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October 31, 2002
Foreign student population may decline
By Maria Sprow
Daily Staff Reporter
Tighter immigration and student visa
standards are likely to hurt the University's
international population as the Bush admin-
istration attempts to make it harder for
potential terrorists to enter the United
"It's hard to know for certain how a
change in the laws would affect the interna-
tional student population here at U-M with-
out. knowing exactly what those changes
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would be," said Louise Baldwin, assistant
director of the University's International
Center. "However, it's certainly possible
that tightened laws would mean that fewer
international students would come to U-M."
There are about 4,000 international stu-
dents at the University, 3,000 of which are
graduate and professional students. Baldwin
said the reputation of the University's grad-
uate programs would probably be the most
affected by a decrease of international stu-
"I think having fewer international stu-
dents would hurt our graduate departments;
I also think having international students
here really adds a lot to the environment of
the whole University," she said.
Since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the
FBI and Immigration and Naturalization
Services have been asking universities and
colleges to hand over information - both
private and public - on international stu-
The most common information sought is
on individuals who have applied to universi-
ties, been accepted, received student visas
or traveled to the United States but never
actually attended class.
. One of the Sept. 11 airplane hijackers
was reportedly in the country on a student
visa, but never attended classes.
Certain universities were also asked to
release records of individuals who are in the
United State on student visas.
President Bush said on Monday that he
plans on setting tougher immigration and
student visa standards.
"We're going to be very diligent with our
visas and observant with the behavior of
people who come to this country," Bush
said. "If a person applies for a student visa
and gets that visa, we want to make sure
that person actually goes to school."
Hundreds of universities have also been
asked to turn over information about inter-
national students who have attended class.
A survey given by the American Associa-
tion of Collegiate Registrars and Admis-
sions Officers to almost 1,200 American
universities discovered that 220 academic
institutions had been contacted by at least
See STUDENTS, Page 7
WASHINGTON - The Pentagon
moved yesterday to step up its support
of the anti-Taliban rebels in northern
Afghanistan, acknowledging for the first
time U.S. troops are on the ground to
coordinate intensified air strikes and sig-
nalling that additional military assets
may be moved to Central Asia in the
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld
said "something like 80 percent" of yes-
terday's air strikes were aimed at front
line troops of Afghanistan's ruling Tal-
iban militia. A senior defense official
said the strikes focused on Taliban units
barring the opposition Northern
Alliance from taking Afghanistan's
major northern city, Mazar-e- Sharif,
and its capital, Kabul.
Rumsfeld said the U.S. combat troops
in northern Afghanistan are playing a
liaison role with the Northern Alliance,
designating targets, for air strikes and
helping arrange logistical support. "We
do have a very modest number of
ground troops in the country," Rumsfeld
told reporters at the Pentagon. "They're
in the north. We've had others on the
ground who have gone in and come out
in the south."
A senior U.S. military officer, mean-
while, said it is likely that additional
forces - most likely strike aircraft -
will be moved in the coming weeks to
Central Asia, where they could easily
strike targets in northern Afghanistan.
Another official said that the deploy-
ment of a variety of military assets to
the region has been proposed but not yet
approved by Rumsfeld.
The United States is already using
bases in the Central Asian republics of
Uzbekistan and Tajikistan.
Rumsfeld is scheduled to make a trip
to Central Asia early next week, follow-
ing one he made there earlier this
month. That visit comes on the heels of
one made to Uzbekistan yesterday by
Army Gen. Tommy Franks, the com-
mander of the U.S.-led war in
Afghanistan. Rumsfeld also is expected
to visit Russia, India and Pakistan.
The shift of the Pentagon's attention
to northern Afghanistan after several
weeks of concentrating air strikes on the
south of the country could provide sev-
eral military and political benefits to the
United States and its allies. By helping
the Northern Alliance advance, it would
enable the United States to point to
progress in the 24-day-old war as well
as open up northern land corridors for
humanitarian food relief for starving
Afghans as winter approaches.
It also addresses a major concern of
Pakistani President Gen. Pervez
Musharraf that weeks of bombing the
south are exacerbating tensions inside
his country, where the war is widely
unpopular. Many Pakistanis are far
more sensitive to bombing of their eth-
nic cousins in the south than they are to
military action in the north.
Finally, officials said, an emphasis on
the north might buy time for the covert
U.S. effort in southern Afghanistan
under which the CIA and Pakistani offi-
cials are trying to woo leaders of the
ethnic Pashtuns, the dominant ethnic
group in the south, away from the ruling
Until yesterday there were few signs
that the U.S. strategy was succeeding.
But prominent officials said yesterday
that they now think that splits may be
emerging. British Defense Secretary
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WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S.
authorities suspect Osama bin Laden's
inner circle may have issued new
orders for attacks against Americans
and are concerned the terrorists might
strike even if they get cut off from
their central command in Afghanistan,
officials said yesterday.
The terrorist alert issued Monday
was based on intelligence involving
Afghanistan and known al-Qaida sup-
porters elsewhere in the world, includ-
ing Canada, the officials told The
The officials, who described the
information solely on condition of
anonymity, said some of the intelli-
gence suggested one of bin Laden's
lieutenants in Afghanistan recently
urged new attacks on Americans. They
declined to be more specific.
U.S. officials have long suspected
that bin Laden's top deputies, Ayman
al-Zawahri and Mohammed Atef, were
involved in the planning or support of
the Sept. 11 hijackings.
They cautioned, however, that U.S.
intelligence also is open to the possi-
bility that the terrorists are aware their
communications are being monitored
and may be planting false information.
The officials said other information
that led to the warning from Attorney
General John Ashcroft on Monday
suggested known al-Qaida operatives
in Canada, Asia and elsewhere were
discussing new attacks.
Canada's Solicitor General
Lawrence MacAuley, who oversees the
nation's law enforcement and intelli-
gence, confirmed yesterday that infor-
mation his country provided to the
United States was behind the warning.
Information provided to the FBI
from the Canadian Intelligence Securi-
ty Service "led Mr. Ashcroft to make
the statement that he made yesterday,"
U.S. officials said they are con-
cerned the al-Qaida network may
become more decentralized in the
midst of the U.S.-led bombing in
Afghanistan. They said there are some
See THREAT, Page 7
President Bush throws the ceremonial first pitch before Game 3 of the World Series at New York's Yankee Stadium
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GEO contract negotiations se
By Jeremy W. Peters
and Tyler Boersen
Daily Staff Reporters
University officials and members of the Gradu-
ate Employees Organization - the graduate stu-
dent instructors' union - met for two hours last
night hoping to approve a new contract without
causing a GSI walkout like the last time the
groups met in 1999.
The meetings allowed negotiators to talk about
the meeting schedule and ground rules, and the
University told GEO that it wanted to hold
closed-door meetings, which GEO President
Cedric deLeon said -is merely a back-door effort
to undermine the union.
"They want to turn this into some backroom
dealing Teamsters-style negotiations," deLeon
said. "The GEO prides itself on being a very
democratic union. We are one of the most active
and visible unions on campus."
GEO members voted last March on a series of
proposals that included increasing the living
wage of GSIs, increasing the availability of bene-
fits and improving child care.
"If (the University) is paying attention to grad-
uate student concerns they can anticipate what
our proposals will be," said GEO chief negotiator
The GEO will propose "having every GSI go
through an evaluation process to determine how
well they are able to teach," she said. "The con-
cern is that the test is administered not exclusive-
ly to international students, but to students with
Negotiators will also propose improvements l
for the room-and-board system for GSIs during
The current contract between GEO and the
University has been in effect since April 1999 1
and will expire on Feb. 1, 2002. Negotiations
over this contract led to a GEO walkout in 1999.
"Every time GEO members got together in
large numbers all of a sudden we saw movement 1
at the table," deLeon said.
"A lot of people want to say that (working with
the University) is a different situation, but it's not.
In fact, the University behaves like most any
But both the GEO and University hope to avert
having to take a similar action in this negotiation
In a meeting with The Michigan Daily earlier
in the day, members of the University administra-
tion outlined their intentions for fashioning a
comprehensive agreement with GEO.
Seeking to develop what they call a "powerful
intergenerational model of learning," administra-
tors said they were keenly aware of the dual role
See GEO, Page 7
from new angles
By Karen Schwartz
Daily Staff Reporter
RC junior Monique Luse stood in the
Diag yesterday covered in sticky, pink
fluff as she made cotton candy and
talked to people about affirmative
"Food and fun is a meehanism to
reach students to try to educate them
about the policies that affect their daily
lives," Luse said.
Luse and the other members of Stu-
dent Supporting Affirmative Action
shared candy and information as part of
National Take Affirmative Action Day,
which took place yesterday in 10 states
on 19 college campuses around the
nation. SSAA sponsored the Universi-
ty's event to inspire action and aware-
ness of affirmative action issues.
"Th nnint o CqA A is t gnn-nra
appreciation of what affirmative action
does for all of us," she said.
She added that it's also important to
recognize that the day is designed to
address and impact issues far beyond
the court cases most people think of
when they think about affirmative
action. Rather, Luse said, it's about
affirmative action in the more general
sense and trying to educate people
about what it really entails.
"This isn't a rally, it's an open educa-
tional celebratory forum. Whoever
hears what's going on hears what's
going on," Luse said.
The event featured student speakers
and United States Student Association
representative Liz Geyer. Although the
University isn't a member of USSA, it
was one of a handful of schools outside
of the USSA taking part in the event
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or sex assault
By Jacquelyn Nixon
Daily Staff Reporter
A University student could face charges for third-degree
criminal sexual conduct after an 18-year-old female student
reported that she was sexually assaulted at an unregistered
Beta Theta Pi fraternity party last Thursday.
The suspect, whose name could not be released, was not
arrested or held by Ann Arbor Police Department officials.
He interviewed with police earlier this week and the case is
being sent to the Washtenaw County Prosecutor's office for
AAPD Sgt. Michael Logghe said it is unknown when
officials will know what charges he will be facing.
"It could be two days or two months," Logghe said.
Third-degree criminal sexual conduct involves some
form of sexual penetration and is a felony punishable by up
to 15 years in prison.
Police would not confirm if the man suspected of the
crime is a member of Beta Theta Pi. He was described as a
black male between the ages of 18 and 20.
The woman alleged that someone put something in her
drink and she passed out in a bedroom of the house at 604
S. State St. After she awoke to find herself naked, she took
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