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Admissions lawsuits head back to court
By Rachel Green
and Elizabeth Kassab
Daily Staff Reporters
The last of the slew of lawsuits filed by the
Center for Individual Rights challenging the use
of race as a factor in admissions in higher educa-
tion move to the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals
tomorrow, one step below the U.S. Supreme
Court, which has yet to rule on the issue.
A panel of three judges on the appeals court,
which has jurisdiction over Kentucky, Michi-
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gan, Ohio and Tennessee, was originally sched-
uled to hear the cases in October, but the hear-
ing was delayed when
the court accepted a
request by CIR to have
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r full court.
Buses of University
and high school stu-
dents who planned to
journey to Cincinnati to rally in support of affir-
mative action also had to postpone their plans.
Jessica Curtin, a member of the Coalition to
Defend Affirmative Action and Integration and
Fight for Equality By Any Means Necessary,
one of the most vocal opponents of the law-
suits, said thousands of protesters from more
than a dozen universities in the court's jurisdic-
tion are expected to come together in Cincin-
nati to rally and march in support of affirmative
action before tomorrow's 1:30 p.m. hearing.
"This is going to be a real turning-point
day," Curtin said. "We've got to go all out in
Curtin added that a petition with 40,000 sig-
natures that have been collected from around
the country in support of affirmative action will
be presented to the judges.
CIR filed two lawsuits against the University
of Michigan in 1997. It also sued against the
University of Texas in 1994 and the University
of Washington in 1997.
The first case against Michigan, Gratz v.
Bollinger, was brought before the University's
College of Literature, Science and the Arts in
February 1997 on behalf of two white appli-
cants, Jennifer Gratz and Patrick Hamacher,
who claim they were denied admission to
Michigan's largest undergraduate school while
less qualified minority applicants were accepted.
Grutter v. Bollinger concerns the University
Law School's admissions process. It argues that a
white applicant, Barbara Grutter, was denied
admission, yet minority applicants who did not
have the same qualifications were accepted.
See HEARING, Page 7
By Karen Schwartz
Daily Staff Reporter
JALALABAD, Afghanistan - The
long-awaited ground attack on suspect-
ed terrorist hide-outs in northeastern
Afghanistan got under way yesterday as
the Pentagon challenged persistent
reports that the effort to flush Osama
bin Laden from his rumored bunker
complex in the mountainous region has
caused widespread civilian casualties.
Afghan forces trekked into the
rugged foothills of the White Mountain
range, which quaked under heavy
airstrikes for the fourth day in a row.
U.S. bombers have relentlessly pounded
the snowy mountains near the hamlets
of Mawal and Tora Bora, where U.S.
intelligence reports suggest that bin
Laden and members of his al-Qaida net-
work have taken refuge in a multistory
underground bunker built during the
Soviet occupation of Afghanistan.
The airstrikes killed 15 al-Qaida
members early yesterday, anti-Taliban
officials said. Commanders in nearby
Jalalabad also said they had received
word that bin Laden's personal physi-
cian and lieutenant, Ayman Zawahiri,
was injured in a bombing attack in the
nearby Granjli valley. But U.S. offi-
cials said they could not confirm the
report and privately voiced skepticism.
Zawahiri, a 50-year-old Egyptian
physician and founding al-Qaida
member, is believed to be bin Laden's
most important aide. A brilliant and
forceful intellect, Zawahiri reportedly
provides much of the ideological and
strategic grounding to bin Laden's war
against the West.
As many as 2,000 al-Qaida fighters
fled to the Tora Bora hide-out last
month as the Taliban's grip on north-
eastern Afghanistan crumbled. Many
of the cornered fighters are Arabs,
Uzbeks, Chechens and other foreign-
ers whom Defense Secretary Donald
H. Rumsfeld called "fanatical dead-
enders," apparently determined to fight
to the death.
At the Pentagon, officials reiterated
that they have been unable to confirm
reports that the bombing of apparent al-
See AFGHANISTAN, Page 7
SOUTHFIELD - After a weekend of appear-
ing on national news networks to comment on a
recent spate of violence in the Middle East, former
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke
yesterday at a Metro Detroit fundraiser, discussing
the challenges Israel is facing.
His visit to Michigan came after a series of
bombings that killed 25 people this past weekend,
bringing Israeli and Palestinian relations as well as
terrorism to the forefront again in world news.
"Nothing justifies the blowing up of children, the
blowing up of a bus, the blowing up of the World
Trade Center," he said.
As for getting rid of terrorism, he said it's crucial
to get to the roots. "If you shoot down a kamikaze
pilot, there will be another kamikaze pilot,"
Netanyahu said. "The only way to defeat this war-
fare is by sinking the aircraft carrier, and the air-
craft carrier in'this case is Yasser Arafat's terrorist
addiction. We must say to Arafat what the United
States has said to the Taliban: Surrender terrorism
or surrender power.
Netanyahu also discussed the land conflict
Inside: 2 Palestinians killed, 150 injured in Israeli
missile attack near Arafat's headquarters. Page 2.
between the Palestinians and the Israelis, comparing
it also to when the Arabs occupied Spain and Spain
prevailed. "Does anyone say you did a terrible
injustice to the Arabs?" he said. "In both cases the
original owner of the land refused to give up the
claim. We have a deed that goes back way before
Spain's and a good book to go along with it."
"It's not their land," said Netanyahu, recounting
his response in a recent interview on CNN during
which he was told by an anchorwoman, "But the
Palestinians say you stole their land."
As far as peace in the Middle East is concerned,
Netanyahu said that rights are a central issue.
"Eventually we will have to make a deal with
our Palestinian neighbors, but what impedes the
deal is their claim that we have no rights whatsoev-
er in that land."
More than 250 University students traveled to
Southfield to attend the event, which was held at
local synagogue Congregation Shaarey Zedek. The
Jewish Federation of Metro Detroit made the
opportunity available to students, University Hillel
See NETANYAHU, Page 7
Former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks last night at a synagogue In Southfleld. More
than 250 University students traveled to hear Netanyahu comment on recent violence In the Middle East.
Clinton aide explains new
By Tomislav Ladika
Daily Staff Reporter
National emergencies of
government action, but
Virginia Rezmierski said
she worries that students
do not understand the
laws passed by the.United
States in response to the
Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Rezmierski, an associ-
ate professor at the
School of Public Policy,
said most University stu-
dents and many faculty
members do not compre
provisions passed in the w
attacks. She has helped org
lecture series called "Priva
tion Age" to increase stu
national security issues.
Ohio State Universi
who was former Presid
ften require drastic privacy counselor, expl
by Congress since the
speech of the lecture se
yesterday. Swire said
which was passed less t
11, includes numerous
most notably allowing
cials to use foreign it
sometimes for purposes
"If a person might be
and they might be plot
Swire bust them for shopliftin
hend some of the Swire said Universi
eeks following the most concerned with a
ganize a University allows police to search
cy in the Informa- without first obtaining a
dent awareness of Rezmierski said stud
use their computers without being concerned
ty Prof. Peter Swire, with such surveillance measures. But she said
ent Bill Clinton's chief most students don't know about the new secu-
ained the laws passed rity measures created by the Patriot Act.
e attacks in the third Rezmierski said newspaper polls indicatiig
eries in Hutchins Hall that Americans support increased surveil-
the U.S. Patriot Act, lance perpetuate the problem because they do
han a week after Sept. not take into account the fact that many don't
s security provisions, understand the proposals they are agreeing to
law enforcement offi- support.
ntelligence wiretaps, David Fitch, a business senior at the Uni-
not directly related to versity's Dearborn campus, said students
don't care to understand the laws the govern-
an al-Qaida member, ment has passed because media coverage
ting an attack, we can focuses on the war in Afghanistan instead of
g,' Swire said. national politics.
ty students might be Rezmierski said the U.S. government used
nother provision that the sense of emergency following the terrorist
through their records attacks to pass measures that it had been work-
court order. ing for years to approve. She said the quick
ents should be able to See SWIRE, Page 7
Senator wants to alter
e IDs for those under 21
By Christopher Johnson
AIl For the Daily
Oxygen Media Senior Vice President Cheryl Mills moderates
a women's panel titled "Choose to Lead: Powerful Choices"
to take active
role in crises
By C. Price Jones
Daily Staff Reporter
At a panel discussion hosted by Oxygen Media last
night, five successful women discussed women's reluc-
tance to take leadership positions and the importance
of women taking active roles in times of crisis.
"It's a tremendously powerful image," Associate
Publisher and Editor of Crain's Detroit Business Mary
Kramer said of National Security Adviser Condoleezza
Rice. "She is at the epicenter of everything that is
going on, and so for people to see a woman in that kind
of position is like, yes, women can make decisions that
have value in these types of situations."
Students attending the event said they found it help-
ful and inspiring but some said they did not see the
issues the panel was advocating at work in the Univer-
"It was great to see a panel of successful women. I
don't often see that at this university," said LSA junior
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A state lawmaker wants to make it
harder for minors to purchase alcohol
and tobacco by reconfiguring the dri-
ver's licenses of those under 21 from
the traditional horizontal format to a
new vertical layout.
The new format would make some-
one instantly identifiable as being
underage, and as on current licenses,
the dates when the minor turns 18 and
21 would also appear in bold, red print.
Sen. Loren Bennett (R-Canton) said
he expects swift approval for the bill,
which he plans to introduce before the
Legislature suspends work for winter
Mike Classens, legislative aide to
Bennett, said the purchase of alcohol
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