LOCAL/S TATE The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, October 23, 2001
Students compose music for public radio show
By Kylene Kiang
Daily Staff Reporter
Assistant Music Prof. Michael Gould is
helping his students to keep all things con-
Under Gould's supervision, School of
Music students composed 30-second musi-
cal interludes that will be played between
news segments on National Public Radio's
daily afternoon newsmagazine, "All Things
"I wanted my students to be able to work
at the highest artistic level and also to.real-
ize that to succeed in the job market you
need experience both as an artist and as a
businessman. There's more to music than
just being a performer," Gould said..
Having his work exposed to the public
has been a highlight for composer and
Music senior Andy Thompson.
"As a composer you want your music to
be heard, and this was a very good opportu-
nity for that. It was a good chance for my
music to get into other people's ears,"
Music composed by Gould and seniors
Christian Howe and Jeremy Edwards also
will be featured on NPR.
Thompson said he is unsure as- to when
their work will be played.
"I had tried contacting (Director) Bob
Boilen at NPR, but I didn't have any luck
finding anything out. Then I just turned on
the radio one day and heard some of the
stuff I had written," he said.
Jazz accordion music from Spain, tradi-
tional Norwegian fiddle music and elec-
tronic music from Finland are just a
sampling of genres that make up the "All
Things Considered" play list.
"They are definitely looking for an
eclectic sound," Thompson said, whose
compositions for NPR ranged from folk to
"All Things Considered" broadcasts
national news and special features daily.
Weekdays, the program airs locally on
WUOM-FM 91.7 from 4 to 6:30 p.m. On
weekends, it airs from 5 to 6 p.m.
In response to the growing popularity of
its interlude music, NPR launched an Inter-
net-only music program, "All Songs Con-
sidered," in January 2000.
To ipany people the interludes, lasting
only a few seconds in between news seg-
ments, go unnoticed, but to the seasoned
listener they are not simply random snip-
pets of noise to fill dead air time.
Gould said the interludes give listeners a
few seconds to reflect on what had just
been said. "It serves as a transition and sets
the mood for the next piece," he said.
"The music they play is chosen because
it refers to something mentioned in the
story," said Music freshman Will Dunlap.
"Sometimes my dad will point out the
musical references, but I don't think most
younger people, including myself, have a
grasp of where most of the music comes
from," he said.
"I think it was a rewarding experience
for the students,,especially the non-compo-
sition majors, to compose their own
music," said Gould.
State police confirm many terrorist
groups have support in Michigan
EAST LANSING (AP) - Michigan State
Police confirmed yesterday that many terrorist
groups - including Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida
network - have members and major financial
supporters in the state.
But Col. Michael Robinson, head of the state
police, urged people not to be alarmed by the
information, saying Michigan faces no more
danger than any other state.
"We have a great number of Arabs and Mus-
lims in the state of Michigan who are law-abid-
ing citizens that deserve our protection,"
Robinson said. "Reports such as this sometimes
serve to inflame tensions."
The information was inadvertently released
last week when police presented a report on
Michigan's preparedness to state lawmakers. The
report was prepared for the U.S. Department of
Justice and won federal approval last week.
Robinson said he doesn't know how Michigan
compares to other states because most haven't
turned in their reports yet. Justice Department
spokeswoman Glenda Kendrick wouldn't say
how Michigan compares.
Kendrick said yesterday that Utah, Florida,
Hawaii, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and South
Carolina also have had their reports approved.
Reports for Minnesota and Wyoming were being
reviewed, she said.
State police wouldn't release copies of the
report, but The Associated Press obtained an
executive summary from another source.
The report identifies 374 "potential threat ele-
ments" in Michigan, a figure that includes indi-
viduals and groups. It says the threats include
Middle Eastern terrorist groups as well as
domestic hate groups.
"It also includes the guy that makes threats to
his county commissioner because he doesn't like
to pay taxes," Robinson said.
Robinson said local law enforcement identi-
fied those they considered "threat elements."
The Michigan State Police is reviewing that list
now, he said. All 83 counties were required to
submit at least one threat element, police
spokesman Mike Prince said.
,The report, a three-year plan for combating
terrorism and other threats, was one of the first
to win the approval of the Justice Department.
Michigan expects to get around $6 million for
training and equipment because of that approval.
The report says "the Detroit/Dearborn area is
a major financial support center for many Mid
East terrorist groups," adding that it is "conceiv-
able that 'sleeper cells' may be located in this
The report does not give any specific exam-
ples of financial supporters and Robinson did
not elaborate. But it cites the FBI's November
2000 arrest of two brothers from Dearborn, Ali
and Mike Boumelhem, on charges of smuggling
weapons and military equipment to Lebanon.
"Evidence existed that linked the individuals
to ... the terrorist group Hizballah," according to
A U.S. District Court jury on Sept. 10 convict-
ed Ali Boumelhem, 36, of five counts of being a
felon in possession of ammunition, one count of
conspiracy to ship firearms and ammunition in
foreign commerce and one related conspiracy
count, said Gina Balaya, a spokeswoman for the
U.S. Attorney's.Office in Detroit.
Boumelhem was being held without bond
pending a Dec. 20 hearing at which he could be
sentenced to up to 10 years in prison on each
count, Balaya said.
The jury acquitted Mike Boumelhem of the
same conspiracy charges, she said.
Michigan State Police Director Michael Robinson said yesterday that despite a report
confirming that terrorist groups have members in the state, there is no cause for alarm.
Lawmakers want to keep
LANSING (AP) - There's no talk of drafting troops
for the-war on terrorism, but state Rep. Paul DeWeese
said yesterday he's working on legislation to prevent
draft dodgers from being elected to office. }
Rep. Randy Richardville, chairman of the House
Military and Veterans Affairs Committee, said he's
leery of considering a bill that may punish people for
something they did years ago.
"People make mistakes when they're young," the
Monroe Republican said.
The measure being discussed by DeWeese would
apply to those convicted of evading the draft, refusing
to register for the draft or refusing to be inducted into
the armed services if drafted.
It would prevent them. from being elected to
statewide office, the Legislature and judgeships, said
DeWeese, a Williamston Republican who hasn't served
in the military.
Those who were designated conscientious objectors
wouldn't be affected by the legislation, DeWeese said.
The bill also wouldn't apply to those who were par-
doned for dodging the draft during the Vietnam War.
The draft was abolished in 1973. Federal law
requires men ages 18 to 25 to register with the Selec-
tive Service System.
Dennis Gillem, a retired Army colonel, has been
pushing for such a bill for decades. He's chairman of
the 1776 Society of Veterans, a political action com-
mittee that represents veterans' interests.
Gillem said the measure is particularly important as
U.S. troops battle terrorist groups in Afghanistan.
"Those who refuse to pay the price when called don't
have the integrity to represent the citizens who are
willing to serve," Gillem said.
But Richardville said such a bill may not be neces-
sary because voters can easily figure out whether a
candidate dodged a draft, and then decide if they want
to vote for that candidate.
STeen accidentally hanged while
trying to make hayride scary
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SPARTA (AP) - The state of
Michigan generally does not inspect
or certify haunted attractions, a
state official said following the
accidental hanging death of a teen-
ager working at a haunted hayride.
Caleb Rebh, 14, of Sparta Town-
ship in .Kent County died Saturday
night at a Sparta horse farm that
offers Halloween-themed hayrides.
People who saw him desperately
struggling with a noose around his
neck thought he was acting, his
mother said Monday.
The sheriff's department is inves-
tigating the death as an accident,
Capt. Dan Krajewski said yesterday.
The county medical examiner has
ruled that asphyxiation was the
cause of death.
The Michigan Department of
Consumer and Industry Services
has opened an investigation to see if
youth-employment standards were
being met, said spokeswoman
Maura Campbell. The department's
report probably will take at least a
"It may be that it will just turn
out to be a horrible tragedy," Camp-
The only time the department
would inspect a haunted attraction
would be if there were an amuse-
ment ride involved, she said.
A telephone message seeking
comment was left yesterday at
Alpine Ridge Farms for co-owners
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Alpine Ridge Farms had recently
called Caleb to say there could be a
hayride job for him at the horse
"It was something that was right
up his alley because he loves Hal-
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dark," she said. "Trying to scare
people was the perfect job for
Kathy Rebh said she took her son
over to Alpine Ridge on Saturday
and spoke with Thomas Bradley
about a possible job. Thomas
Bradley told her that he had all the
workers he needed that night and to
check back on Sunday, she said.
"I went back and told Caleb that,
and he said, 'Well, can I just stay
and hang around?' He said, I'll
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wanted to do this."
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himself, Kathy Rebh said.
As he let go of the rope with the
noose around his neck, the tree
whipped back and pulled the rope
taut, choking him as his feet
remained on the ground, his mother
When he started scrambling to
get the tightening noose off his
neck, fellow workers and hayride
participants seemed to think he was
acting, she said.
"That's why we know he didn't
try to hurt himself," she said. "He
thought he was safe because he was
on the ground."
Hayride employees and partici-
pants tried to resuscitate Caleb, but
he was pronounced dead at the
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youth group and enjoyed reading,
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