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November 19, 2001
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BANGI, Afghanistan (AP) - The
Taliban offered yesterday to surrender
their last northern stronghold if Arab
and other foreign fighters loyal to
Osama bin Laden in the city are spared,
an anti-Taliban commander said. The
northern alliance, meanwhile, agreed to
a conference on neutral ground to plan a
The offer to surrender Kunduz came
after U.S. bombers unleashed their
heaviest strikes so far on the city. War-
planes were also reported in action near
the Taliban southern stronghold of Kan-
dahar and areas of eastern Afghanistan
where bin Laden is believed to maintain
camps and hide-outs.
In Washington, National Security
Adviser Condoleezza Rice said the
advances on the ground were reducing
bin Laden's room to maneuver. "We
think that the more that we are stripping
away his protection ... that we're begin-
ning to narrow his possibilities for hid-
ing," Rice told CNN's "Late Edition."
Secretary of State Colin Powell said
the northern alliance had agreed to take
part in U.N.-brokered talks with other
Afghan factions about forming a new
power-sharing government in
The head of the alliance, Burhanud-
din Rabbani, said Saturday his group
supported such a conference but wanted
it to take place in the capital, Kabul. The
United Nations favors a neutral site.
Following talks in Tashkent, Uzbek-
istan, with U.S. envoy James F. Dobbins,
the alliance's foreign minister, Abdullah,
said the meeting "will be held outside
Afghanistan," possibly as early as this
That would represent a major conces-
sion by the alliance, which clearly want-
ed the conference to take place in a city
under its control. Abdullah said some
locations proposed by the United
Nations "were acceptable to us," citing
Germany, Switzerland and Austria.
"It is my understanding based on the
discussions we had today that the issues
of venue and timing of such a meeting
are agreed," Dobbins said.
The United States had been putting
heavy pressure on the northern alliance
to drop Kabul as a venue for the talks.
Powell expressed hopes the meeting
organized by the top U.N. envoy for
Afghanistan, Lakhdar Brahimi, would
take place in days. -
"We've got to get this moving," Pow-
ell said on "Fox News Sunday."
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Field hockey team
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By Bob Hunt
Daily Sports Writer
KENT, Ohio - Years from now,
people won't remember that yesterday
the Michigan field hockey team played
the consensus No. 1 team in the coun-
try. They won't remember that its
opponent had six senior starters. They
won't remember that its opponent had
beaten the Wolverines just two years
earlier in the same game.
But they will remember that these
women were the leaders and the best.
Led by the incredible play of senior
goaltender Maureen Tasch and a great
all-around defensive effort, the Michi-
gan field hockey team knocked off
top-ranked Maryland 2-0 to capture
the NCAA Division I National Cham-
pionship and Michigan's first national
title in a women's sport.
"I'm happy to bring another one
home for the Wolverines," said Michi-
gan coach Marcia Pankratz. "Men's
programs, women's programs, rev-
enue, non-revenue, it doesn't matter.
We're just really proud to be a part of
Inside: Victory finally puts Michigan
women in the spotlight Page 1B.
This completes a rise to promin-
cance for a program that had never
made the NCAA tournament until
1999, when the Terrapins defeated the
Wolverines in the title game.
"It's pretty darn exciting," Michigan
Athletic Director Bill Martin said last
night. "Being the first of anything is
Tasch pulled out the first shutout in
a championship game since 1996. She
stopped 13 shots against the nation's
No. 1 scoring offense, giving the first
field hockey title to a school west of
Virginia since Iowa won in 1986.
"Obviously nothing could be better
than this and it still hasn't quite all
processed in my mind," Tasch said. "I
haven't cried like everyone else yet."
Maryland controlled the play early,
but with two minutes remaining in the
first half, Kristi Gannon sent a cross-
ing pass from the far right side through
the Maryland defense and Maryland
keeper Ashley Hohnstine and some-
See FIELD HOCKEY, Page 7A
Michigan field hockey captains Catherine Foreman (front left), All Balmer and Jessie Veith hold the team's national
championship trophy yesterday after defeating Maryland, 2-0, to win Michigan's first NCAA title in a women's sport.
Many afraid to fly home
for Thanksgiving break
By Casey Ehrlich
Daily Staff Reporter
Following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on
New York and Washington and last week's
crash of American Airlines Flight 587 in New
York, many students who usually fly home for
Thanksgiving are now opting to drive because
of their concerns over air travel safety.
"I have flown home to Cincinnati before,"
said Priya Sehgal, an Engineering sophomore
who is driving home for the break. "Now, I
would feel insecure about using public trans-
portation or flying."
Many travel agencies, such as Stamos
Travel in Ann Arbor, have noticed an enor-
mous decrease in the amount of people wanti-
ng to travel by plane.
"What's happened is that traffic has
dropped in airlines because of a dramatic cut
back on schedules. There have been fewer
flights to make up for the lower amount of
traveling people," said a Stamos Travel
employee. "We have had dramatically less
"There has absolutely been a big decrease
in air travelers," agreed Ken Ascher, chairman
and chief executive officer of Communica-
tions Electronics Inc. Emergency Operation
Center, a division of the Airline and Travel
"People are scared of flying on a plane and
dying. They are scared of terrorists and of the
plane crashing. A lot of people have switched
to using automobiles. There is certainly a
downward trend every time there is a plane
crash," Ascher said.
For some students, it is impractical to travel
any other way except via plane, making the
decision an easier one.
"I have to fly home," said Social Work
graduate student Jill Sur of Kailua, Hawaii.
"I've never been afraid to fly before; obvious-
ly I live on an island and anywhere I have
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0 BRETT MOUNTAIN/W~ily
ee increase a p roved *, An IASA member performs a dance titled "Hipnatyam" at the
group's cultural show, "Ranga: Shades of Brilliance," held at
13 BeHill Auditorium Friday night.
13Blue candidates win TASA cutua
By Kara Wenzel
Daily Staff Reporter
University students approved a $1 increase in
mandatory fees by a vote of 2,309 to 1,779, and
Blue Party candidates won 13 of the 22 seats up
for election last week on the Michigan Student
"I think it shows clearly students are in step
with the Assembly in thinking student organiza-
tions are underfunded," said MSA Treasurer Josh
Samek. "The assembly hopes and expects Vice
President (E. Royster) Harper will recommend
the fee increase to the regents."
MSA and LSA Student Government members
are hoping to make a presentation at the January
or February Board of Regents meeting to "pre-
sent a clear picture to the regents of all the fund-
ing increases necessary on campus," Samek
If the regents approve the fee increase, Samek
said, it will become a part of next fall's tuition
In the MSA election, the Michigan and Uni-
versity Democratic parties each won three seats,
while the Defend Affirmative Action Party took
two seats. The newly elected candidates will take
DAAP candidate Aimee Coughlin, who was
elected to represent the School of Social Work on
the assembly, said she is looking forward to
"learning everything about MSA I can and taking
it from there."
Coughlin said the election was "an impor-
tant step in defending affirmative action. I feel
the University Democratic Party, said, "I am real-
ly excited to make some changes in MSA and
give a new group of students a voice."
Harris, like other newly elected representa-
tives, said she plans to "start an in-depth look at
the bussing system."
Engineering Rep.-elect Matthew Franczak,
who ran with the Michigan Party, said he plans to
start looking at the bus situation at next week's
steering committee meeting.
"I plan to help write a resolution to form a
transportation task force to get real work done on
the bussing problem," Franczak said.
"It generally feels good to win because the
North Campus election was really hard fought,"
LSA Rep.-elect Scott Meves, a Blue Party can-
didate, said he was "really excited and relieved to
find out the results of the election."
By Karen Schwartz
Daily Stff Reporter
After more than nine months of planning and the com-
bined efforts of about 300 students, the Indian American
Student Association's annual cultural show debuted Friday
to an audience of 3,000.
The show at Hill Auditorium, titled "Ranga; Shades of
Brilliance," featured dance segments from the different
states of India and incorporated modern and traditional ele-
ments of expression. Skits addressed the interactions
between Indian American students and their parents and the
challenges associated with being part of two cultures.
Show co-coordinator Adil Daudi said the performance
was designed to educate people about India and give them a
chance to take away a better understanding of India and the
issues faced by Indian Americans on campus.
He added that it is important to let parents know that their
children haven't lost their Indian values despite growing up
"The balance is trying to find where that blend is so you
can feel like you're adhering to the culture and they feel
comfortable with how they brought you up," he said.
"When you go home you don't want to be a different person
than you are at school."
Co-coordinator Smita Kalokhe said another of the show's
important messages was to recognize India's different cultures
As the sun sets Saturday, Pittsfield Township firefighters help prevent a fire