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Bush orders crackdown on student visas
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Bu:
ordered a crackdown yesterday on forei
student visas - the documents that gave
r least one of the Sept. 11 terrorist hijack
free access to this country.
"We're going to start asking a lot
questions that heretofore have not be
asked," Bush said.
As he chaired the debut meeting of I
Homeland Security Council, the preside
also put Attorney General John Ashcroft
the helm of a new task force on tracki
terrorists and making sure they do not s
into the United States.
Bush instructed the Justice, Treasury a
Thursday night party
at Beta Theta Pi was not
registered with IFC
By Nick Bunkley
Daily News Editor
An 18-year-old woman told
police she was sexually assaulted
during an unregistered party at the
Beta Theta Pi fraternity house Fri-
Ann Arbor Police Sgt. Paul Cur-
tis said last night that he could not
confirm whether the suspect,
described as a black male between
the ages of 18 and 20, was taken
Curtis said the woman took her-
self to University Hospitals after the
incident, which she said occurred
sometime before 2 a.m. Friday
inside the house at 604 S. State.
"She believed that somebody put
something in her drink," he said.
"She then went into the suspect's
room, where she passed out, and
later woke up with no clothes on."
It was unclear whether the victim
is a University student or if the sus-
pect is a member of Beta Theta Pi.
Interfraternity Council President
Mark Hustvedt said he could not
comment on the alleged sexual
assault because it is a criminal
However, he said the party was a
violation of IFC policy because the
fraternity did not register the event
so it could be monitored by mem-
bers of the Social Responsibility
Hustvedt said the incident is being
looked into by IFC, members of the
local Beta Theta Pi chapter and the
fraternity's national organization.
"The chapter is treating this as a
very serious issue," he said.
Beta Theta Pi is not an alcohol-
free house, Hustvedt said.
However, according to the Greek
system's Social Environmental
Management Policy, "any chapter
that is found having an unautho-
rized event is subject to an immedi-
ate social probation, the length of
which will be determined by the
SRC Executive Board."
IFC requires fraternities to regis-
ter any chapter-sponsored event
where alcohol is present, and frater-
nities must allow monitors to enter
parties to ensure that guidelines are
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State departments to work with Canada and
Mexico on a shared immigration and cus-
toms database that would make all three
nations' cross-border policies compatible.
He asked White House science and tech-
nology experts to work with the CIA on
recommendations to use advanced technol-
ogy in enforcing immigration laws.
"We welcome legal immigrants. ... We
welcome the process that encourages peo-
ple to come to our country to visit, to study
or to work," Bush said.
"What we don't welcome are people who
come to hurt the American people, and so
therefore, we're going to be very diligent
with our visas and observant with the
behavior of people who come to this coun-
Bush gave few details about what
changes foreign students might expect,
except to say his administration will "tight-
en up the visa policy" and keep an eye on
students after they arrive.
"We're going to make sure that when
somebody comes we understand their
intended purpose, and that they fulfill the
purpose on their application," Bush said.
About 600,000 foreigners are admitted
each year on student visas and more than
26,000 U.S. colleges and universities are
authorized to enroll them.
Federal investigators have concluded that
Hani Hanjour, one of the men suspected of
hijacking the plane that crashed into the
Pentagon, entered the United States last
" December on a student visa after promising
to enroll - but never showing up - at
Holy Names College in Oakland, Calif.
Mohamed Atta, suspected of being at the
controls of one of the two jets that crashed
into the World Trade Center, was allowed
to enter the country after immigration offi-
cials determined that he had an application
for a student visa pending.
"We're generous with our universities.
We're generous with our job opportunities,"
Bush said in the White House Cabinet
Room. "And never did we realize that peo-
ple would take advantage of our generosity
to the extent they have."
The counterterrorism legislation that Bush
signed into law Friday included $36.8 mil-
lion to put in place before the end of the year
a database to track foreign students. Sen.
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By Joe Smith
Daily Sports Editor
'M' student ticket sales
New Michigan coach Tommy Amaker has
emphasized code words of "passion" and
"patience" in regard to the new era of the basket-
ball program. With just 748 student season ticket
packages sold for the upcoming season - only
154 more than last year - Michigan Marketing
Director Tom Brooks says students are following
through with the patience aspect by taking a
"wait-and-see" attitude before opening their
checkbooks and paying $140 for 15 games.
The priority deadline is over, but Brooks said
that since students traditionally make a late push,
student season tickets can still be purchased until
Michigan's first regular season game Nov. 16
against Oakland. Individual game tickets go on
sale today for $15, with the exception of the Dec.
8 game against Duke, which is $17.
"It's encouraging because a lot have come in
the past few weeks," Brooks said. "But they want
to see the excitement on the court first."
Michigan has the fifth-most expensive price
for student tickets in the Big Ten at $9 per game,
which is half the price of admission for the gen-
Illinois and Iowa, which were picked this pre-
season as the top two teams in the Big Ten, both
have less expensive tickets and have sold more
than Michigan. Iowa has increased student atten-
dance by 30 percent since last season, selling
more than 3,800 student ticket packages this
While both teams are thought to have better
products on the floor, teams like Wisconsin and
Purdue, which are predicted in most publications
to finish near Michigan, also have cheaper tickets
and have created more interest with students,
selling 1,000 and 3,100 packages, respectively.
In the early 1990s, Michigan proved it could
grab the interest of students, attracting more than
1,500 students to Crisler Arena each season from
1992-1998 - peaking at 2,796 in the 1996-97
Coach Overall Full Split
3,100 total student tickets are available for each game.
Split-season gives students a half-year ticket package.
Around the Big Ten
LSA sophomore Ben Royal chalks on the Diag yesterday for the Defend Affirmative Action Party.
Michigan Student Assembly representative elections are Nov. 14 and 15.
11SOURCES: Michigan Athletic Department, staff research 'I
season. But a combination of bad years on the
court, including the team's worst finish in 19
years last season, and several off-the-court inci-
dents in the past seasons have kept many fans
"The phenomena has a lot to do with three
years of subspar basketball that has led to a gen-
eral disinterest," said "Superfan" Reza Break-
stone, leader of the Maize Ragers that have been
going door-to-door in the residence halls and
putting up posters to bolster the student fan base.
"With other sports like hockey, you expect suc-
cess and excellence when you pay the $159, but
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By Kara Wenzel
Daily Staff Reporter
It's that time of year again. The sidewalks
are cluttered with chalking and posters are
appearing on every surface that can hold tape;
campaigning for the Michigan Student Assem-
bly, LSA Student Government and the Univer-
sity of Michigan Engineering Council
elections has officially begun.
The elections will take place Nov. 14 and
15, and voting will be only online, as it was
last year, said elections director Elizabeth
Students will be able to vote at any comput-
er during the 48-hour election period by
accessing the voting website,
vote. www umich.edecu.
MSA Election Board member Siafa Hage
said the only changes to the election rules con-
cern the mandatory candidates' meeting,
which is tonight for this fall's election.
Last winter; some candidates were disquali-
fied from the election when they did not attend
or give notice that they would not attend the
meeting. The decision was appealed and even-
tually overturned, and this year the punishment
for not attending the meeting without notice
will be one demerit point.
"A candidate needs five demerit points to be
expelled from the election," Iage said. "The
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Crime rate in A2
state's lowest in 2000
By Jacquelyn Nixon
Regents want public involvement
By Shannon Pettypiece
Daily Staff Reporter
During a town hall meeting yester-
day in Angell Hall, four members of
the University Board of Regents heard
what students and faculty want to see
in the next University president -
something regents say will weigh
heavily in any decision they make.
"We recognize that we have a
tremendous responsibility here and we
want to choose the best possible per-
son," said Regent Larry Deitch (D-
Bingham Farms). "We will select
someone who is committed to the life
procedures by next month's regents
The board could announce plans for
the search process as early as this
week and has scheduled a private con-
ference call for 8 p.m. tonight, said
Vice President and Secretary of the
University Lisa Tedesco.
"We will have a search process and
the mechanics thereof will be finished
and presented by the next regents
meeting," said Regent Dan Horning
(R-Grand Haven). "We're dedicated to
Although the exact format for the
search process has not been determined,
Ann Arbor had the state's lowest violent-crime
rate last year, according to the FBI's 2000 Uni-
form Crime Reports released yesterday.
The Lansing/East Lansing and Grand
Rapids/Muskegon/Holland areas also htd low
violent-crime rates, wvhile the Detroit, Flint and
Kalamazoo metropolitan areas had the highest.
rates of violent-crime within Michigan.
Ann Arbor Police Chief Daniel Oates said the
report's statistics compliment the quality of life in
"It also says nice things about the combined
services of the U of M police force and the Ann
Arbor Police Department," Oates said. "I want to
believe that a portion of this is attributed to the
effort we all place on community policing, build-
ing and maintaining partnerships with our (con-
stituents) and staying on top of crime issues."
Violent crimes include aggravated assault, rob-
bery, forcible rape, murder and manslaughter.
The Crime Index total, which measures the
national average for violent and property crimes,
decreased 0.2 percent (or 11.6 million offenses)
last year. This marked the lowest figure since
1978. Crime Tndexy offenses ocwcurred most often
The overall Crime Index rate was highest in
Flint, followed by Kalamazoo/Battle Creek,
Detroit, Benton Harbor, Jackson, Grand
City/Midland, Lansing/East Lansing and Ann
Oates said he hopes AAPD can maintain low
figures from 2000 despite the reduction in staff
incurred by the department in January as a result
of city budget cuts.
"There is also an issue out there ... with the
downturn of the economy in maintaining the
same level of service," Oates said,. "That may
affect all government services."
Midwestern states had a 0.6 percent decrease
of Crime Index offenses since 1999 and had an
average of 427.8 violent crimes for every
100,000 inhabitants - the lowest violent crime
* The number of arrests for murder, forcible
rape, robberies, burglaries and assaults nation-
wide were down in 2000.
Larceny-theft crimes, such as pocket-picking,
purse-snatching, shoplifting, bicycle theft, vehi-
cle theft and theft from buildings, were up 0.2
percent and made up about 60 percent of crimes
nationwide. Under this category, Midwestern
states had the highest nercentaize of motor vehi-