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One hundred eleven years ofeditorialfreedom



October 16, 2001

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WASHINGTON (AP) - A letter sent to Sen-
ate Majority Leader Tom Daschle tested positive
for anthrax yesterday as the bioterrorism scare
rattling the nation reached the halls of Congress.
The discovery of anthrax in Washington fol-
lowed earlier instances in Florida, New York
and Nevada in which at least 12 people were
exposed to spores of the potentially deadly bac-
teria. Mondaypight, another case of the dis-
ease was announced in New York.
The 7-month-old child of an ABC News
1 employee has tested positive for anthrax, ABC
News President David Westin said. The child is

Inside: A Lansing firm that is the nation's only
anthrax vaccine maker seeks FDA approval. Page 3.
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expected to recover. New York police commis-
sioner Bernard Kerik said news agencies
throughout the city were being inspected for
anthrax contamination.
The piece of mail in Daschle's office, which
contained a powdery substance, was dispatched
to an Army medical research facility at Fort
Detrick, Md., for further examination, said
Capitol Police Lt. Dan Nichols.
The Fort Detrick findings could be available

as early as today, officials said. Nichols and
others warned that the initial tests were not
necessarily accurate.
Bush told reporters "there may be some pos-
sible link" between the spate of anthrax inci-
dents across the country and Osama bin Laden,
who administration officials say was behind the
Sept. 11 airline hijack attacks.
'I wouldn't put it past him, but we don't
have any hard evidence," Bush said.
Daschle was in the Capitol and was not
exposed to the letter, which was opened in his
other office a block away in the Hart Senate

Office Building. Officials would not
the person who opened the letter,


Nichols referred to the aide as a female. Aides
who may have been exposed to the letter were
tested with nasal swabs and being treated with
the antibiotic Cipro as a precaution, said Dr.
John Eisold, attending physician in the Capitol.
"They are innocent people caught up in a
matter for which they have nothing to do," a
somber-looking Daschle (D-S.D.) told reporters
at a news conference outside the Capitol. "I am
very, very disappointed and angered."
Nichols said a criminal investigation led by

the FBI was under way.
The Daschle letter - and similar scares in
other congressional offices - prompted a halt
to all mail deliveries in the Capitol and raised
the angst there. Many lawmakers, aides and
other employees already were nervous about
working in a building that could be a high-pro-
file target for terrorists.
In Trenton, N.J., Postal Inspector Tony Esposi-
to and FBI officials said the letter to Daschle was
postmarked in Trenton on Sept. 18, the same
date and postmark on a letter that infected an
NBC employee in New York last week.

U.S. not
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Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - The U.S. bomb-
ing campaign against Afghanistan
intensified sharply yesterday amid sig-
nals from the-Pentagon that the air raids
will not soon taper off, as some officials
suggested only a few days ago.
As Navy attack planes and land-
based bombers blasted targets across
Afghanistan, Pentagon officials said
yesterday's strikes may have been even
larger than the campaign's first day,
when 40 aircraft and 50 cruise missiles
were dispatched against that nation's
Taliban regime and the al-Qaida ter-
rorist network.
"It's been a big day for the air war,"
a senior defense official said.
Meanwhile, a leader of the anti-Tal-
iban Northern Alliance said in an
interview that about 10,000 rebel
fighters were advancing on the strate-
gically important city of Mazar-i-
Sharif in northern Afghanistan and
expect to take it in coming days.
The city's capture would help the
rebel forces consolidate groups of
fighters who have been battling in sep-
arate pockets in the north and west.
The U.S.-led forces began the air
campaign Oct. 7 to root out bin Laden
- the Bush administration's top sus-
pect in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks -
and to punish the Afghanistan Taliban
regime for harboring him.
Defense Secretary Donald H.
Rumsfeld told reporters that while the
air campaign's planners had largely
destroyed their first list of targets, with
the help of overhead surveillance cam-
eras and sources on the ground they
have developed a new list that will
likely take more days to destroy.
And Rumsfeld said the officials
hope that "as relationships with people
on the ground develop and improve,
that the targeting information will be
still better."
Lasting through night and into yes-
terday, the latest airstrikes pounded
Kabul and its airport, where a variety of
military equipment has been stored.
The bombs cut a power cable, plunging



slated to visit


on Friday

By Rachel Green
Daily Staff Reporter
The Rev. Jesse Jackson plans to visit
campus Friday to promote affirmative
action before a federal court of appeals
in Cincinnati examines the University's
race-conscious admissions policies.
A spokeswoman for Jackson's Rain-
bow/PUSH coalition yesterday con-
firmed the visit. Fliers posted around
campus say Jackson is scheduled to
speak at a
rally in the.
Michigan - 4MISS Na
League Ball- / N ARIA
room at noon.t
last visited
campus in Inside: Two scholars
March, two
days after a argue against criticisms
fdysaaftd- of affirmative action.
federal dis-P e3
trict judge Page 3.
struck down the Law School's admis-
sions policies.
Meanwhile, with the 6th Circuit
Court of Appeals scheduled to hear the
two lawsuits challenging the admissions
policies of the Law School and College
of Literature, Science and the Arts one
week from today, students are question-
ing what might happen to diversity at
the University if the use of affirmative
action is deemed unconstitutional.

Nursing junior Joe Salazar said he
believes the sole purpose of the use of
race in admissions is to promote diver-
sity. "If you have a whole crowd of the
same, it's like hanging out with a
bunch of 'you,"' he said.
Salazar said he adds a unique dimen-
sion to his Nursing classes as one of the
only male and Latino students in his
program. "Because of affirmative
action, I can offer my perspective in
class, what my culture offers to medica-
tion and healing," he said.
Engineering senior Bernard Drew
said he considers affirmative action a
vital and equaling factor in college
admissions. "Affirmative action benefits
many students who might ordinarily be
overlooked during selection processes
due to factors outside of their immedi-
ate control," he said. "These external
factors may manifest themselves
through the gender roles, race relations,
financial barriers and more."
As a member of Omega Psi Phi, a
black fraternity that boasts members
including Jackson, Drew said members
of his fraternity will be attending Fri-
day's rally and will travel to Cincinnati
to protest the hearing next Tuesday.
But for every student on campus who
believes a ruling against the University
would be detrimental, it's not difficult to
find another who thinks the opposite.
See LAWSUITS, Page 2

State Sen. John Schwarz of Battle Creek shakes hands with Arizona Sen. John McCain last night during a campaign fund-
raiser at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Ann Arbor. Schwarz is a Republican candidate for governor of Michigan next year.
MCdain uses stump
speech to praise . S.

By Louis Meizlish
Daily Staff Reporter
Impressed with Americans who are now "more patri-
otic than any generation ever was," Sen. John McCain
last night praised a nation still reeling more than a
month after terrorist attacks rattled its foundation and
offered his perspective on the U.S. response during an
appearance in Ann Arbor.
The results of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks became the
focus of McCain's speech yesterday at a fund-raiser for
Michigan gubernatorial candidate John Schwarz, a
Republican state senator from Battle Creek.
During the event, McCain frequently told reporters
and donors that it is OK for American citizens to be

afraid, so long as that fear is controlled.
"So be afraid, but fly the airlines and make your pur-
chases," said McCain, the Arizona Republican who ran
a failed presidential campaign against George W Bush
last year.
As the United States continues its second week of
airstrikes in Aghanistan, McCain, who has served for 15
years in the Senate and currently holds a position on the
Armed Services Committee, said he supports whole-
heartedly President Bush's attempts to oust the Taliban
from power.
"No regime that believes that women should not work,
receive an education, or health care should stand," he said.
If the United States is successful in ridding
See McCAIN, Page 2

Annual housing
hunt beginning
earlier each year
By Karen Schwartz
Daily StaffReporter

Bollinger finally meets
with SACUA members

By Shannon Pettypiece
Daily Staff Reporter
After weeks of frustration with University Presi-
dent Lee Bollinger, members of the Senate Adviso-
ry Committee on University Affairs finally met
with the chief executive to address their concerns
about inattention to facultyp
matters and proposed changes
to the Board In Control of
Intercollegiate Affairs.
"This is a unique opportu-
nity for us. This may be they
last time we meet with the
president," said SACUA
Chair Moji Navvab, an
Architecture and Urban
Planning professor.
Although Bollinger had Bollinger
met last week with Navvab and informally over
the phone with other members, he had not met
with the board this semester, canceling his visit
to last month's Senate Assembly meeting.
Navvab said he felt SACUA had finally

"This may be the last
time we meet with the
- Moji Navvab
SACUA chair
Navvab said.
It was critical to finalize the issues regarding the
Board in Control bylaw changes before leaving the
University rather than passing them on to the next
president, said Bollinger, who will become Colum-
bia University's new president July 1.
"It is important that I do this in the time I have
left because I have been working on this for a
long time. If this was not in line with what I take
to be the Common practice around the Big Ten
then I think it would be different," he said.
Bollinger said there should be a "line" between
the Board in Control and the administration so
productive relationships can be created between

Although most students moved into
their houses and apartments less than
two months ago, some have already
taken to the streets to begin looking
for a place to live next fall.
LSA sophomore David Bender said
he started looking for housing three
weeks ago, around the second or third
week of classes.
"From our experiences last year, we
decided that nothing was too early and it
couldn't hurt to start looking," he said.
"We're looking on the Housing website
and going door-to-door; people are sign-
ing leases already. ... Where we live
now, the company is already asking us if
we want to renew for next year."
Engineering sophomore Steve Brill-
hart said he secured his current apart-
ment last October, and even then he
found that a lot of places for this year
were taken.
"We heard that if you didn't have
anything by Thanksgiving you were
going to wind up living in the dorms
again," he said. "Everyone had places
when we did, if not a little earlier."
But Engineering junior Ahmad
Elkhatib said he didn't start looking
for housing until the beginning of
March last year but wasn't at all wor-
ried about not finding a place.
"Even as late as March if you look

Landlords have been asked to not
advertise for 2002 until Nov. 6, after the
annual housing fair, to prevent early
lease signing, said University off-cam-
pus housing adviser Melissa Goldstein.
With about 26,500 students living
off campus and 10,500 living in Uni-
versity housing, Goldstein said she
knows finding a place to live can take
some time and effort.
"You have to really look at all the
things you're looking for ... look on
websites, make a list, look at a bunch of
different places and contact the land-
lords, and look at the lease - be careful'
you know what it say;' she said.
She added that it is important for
students to read contracts carefully and
know what they're getting into.
"People don't realize leases are bind-
ing contracts. When you sign the lease,
it's a deal and the landlords hold you
accountable. Landlords have rights and
duties and so do you," Goldstein said.
She also recommended that students
"test out" places they're thinking of




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