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By Louis Mezish
Daily Staff Reporter.

President Bush will deliver his first State of
the Union address tonight while riding one of the
biggest waves of popular approval ever attained
by an American head of state - and a top advis-
er hinted that he will now try to spend some of
this newfound political capital to push his
domestic agenda forward.
Bush's three goals, White House officials said,
are defeating terrorism, reviving the economy
and protecting American soil. The president will
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change in
By Shannon Pettyplece
Daily Staff Reporter

advocate longer unemployment benefits for the
newly jobless, more tax cuts, prescription-drug
coverage for Medicare patients, as well as an
industry-friendly energy policy and new limits
on lawsuit damages.
"We want to be a strong and vibrant country,
full of opportunity for all our citizens, while we
also want to end this threat to our freedom," said
Counselor to the President Karen Hughes. "The
president will set out three great goals, and we
expect that we can succeed at all of them."
Political science Prof. Ken Kollman compared
Bush's situation with that of a head of a success-

ful corporation.
"A lot of investors like what you're doing and
you have a couple of projects you want to float
and the investors say, 'Sure,"' he said. "It's very
typical for presidents, in times when their
approval ratings are high, to take a little more
risk and try to promote spending items or pro-
jects that they wouldn't otherwise do."
But many portions of Bush's agenda face a
divided Congress with the Republican-controlled
House seemingly eager to move much of his
agenda along and the more reluctant Democrat-
ic-controlled Senate. The president, Kollman

said, may try to use his bully pulpit to nudge the
Senate along, therefore making Bush's oppo-
nents "more afraid to take him on."
Prof. Ronald Inglehart, who teaches compara-
tive politics in the political science department,
said he expects Bush to focus a good portion of
his address on the slowing economy, wishing to
avoid the fate of his father, whose popularity
surged into the 90s following victory in the Gulf
War but dropped below 45 percent as the eco-
nomic recession continued.
The first President George Bush, he noted,
"won a war and got kicked out."

But Inglehart also warned that, although the
president virtually wiped out support for Osama
bin Laden - noting that t-shirts bearing the al
Qaida leader's face were sold on the streets in
some countries where they have now virtually
disappeared - he has yet to address the reasons
why America is not exactly seen as the "leader of
the free world."
"It's quite clear there's a long, term problem of
our relations with Islamic countries," he said.
"The U.S. is seen, quite correctly I think, as not
taking their sensibilities into account."
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If history repeats itself, those at the
Fleming Administration Building
could see a number of new faces and
say farewell to old ones, following the
appointment of a permanent Universi-
ty president.
"It is not uncommon for when new
leadership comes in for the senior
members of the administration to
change," said Vice President for Stu-
dent Affairs E. Royster Harper, who
was appointed to her current position
by former University President Lee
Bollinger appointed Harper and
many other top University officials
during his reign as president -
replacing executives who had
worked under his predecessor,
James Duderstadt.
"No one who was here under Dud-
erstadt is still around. You can make
what you want out of that," said Nancy
Asin, assistant to the University secre-
tary and vice president.
While several positions were
already vacant when Bollinger arrived
in 1997, some officials were asked to
resign, including General Counsel
Elsa Cole.
Many administrators who left the
University during past transitional
periods returned to academics or
administrative positions at other uni-
versities, said history Prof. Rudi Lin-

A young Afghan girl waits In line for cooking oil at a United Nations refugee camp in Chaman, Pakistan. More
Editors Note: This is the second of a three-part series concluding tomorrow by Waj Syed, a the
senior at the University and Daily columnist who traveled to Pakistan and Afghanistan earlier cent
this month, Syed was born in Pakistan and lived there until 1997. was

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administrative offices were offered
presidencies elsewhere," Linder said. southwe
"Many will go back to the positions a
they had, others will be chosen or
recruited by other institutions." the loca
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have already stepped down or changed nm
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positions within the past month, origin a
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Life Sciences Initiative. By W aJ Syed In the last 20
Although Feagin and Emr both like Chaman h
sighted Bollinger's absence from the MONDAY: Home again million Afgba
University as a factor for terminating TODAY: Lfe on the border alredy a iofen
their relationships with the University, WEDNESDAY: The shadow of war violent
Harper said she does not see a connec- trade that susta
tion between the University's 'transi- Mujahideen, as
tional phases and the recent loss of ly boarding sch
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years, the social fabric of border towns
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s well as the use of madrassahs, (typical-
hools meant to sustain an education of

Bible edition uses

By Shabina S. Khatri
and Mica Doctoroff
Daily Staff Reporters
The voices of South Asian Americans, who
experience the highest incidence of hate crimes
within the Asian American community, were
heard in a documentary last night that candidly
depicts the backlash after Sept. 11.
A diverse crowd of nearly 60 students, faculty
and staff members gathered for the sneak pre-
view and discussion of the documentary titled
"Raising our Voices: South Asians Respond to
Hate Crimes."
Sponsored by the Indian American Students
Association, the event kicked off the University's
first annual Hate Crime Week, a new addition to
the University's ongoing Martin Luther King

organizer, said this week's events commemorate
the death of Vincent Chin who was murdered 20
years ago as a result of prejudice against Asian
Americans. The Hate Crime Symposium is
designed to simultaneously raise awareness and
facilitate dialogues amongst students to reduce the
ignorance that leads to hate crimes, he said.
The documentary's co-producer, Debasish
Mishra, a University alum, said Asian Americans
are subject to hate crimes partly because of igno-
rance and because of the false perception that all
Asian Americans are the same.
"It's time to put a human face on the problem,"
Mishra said.
Because hate crimes are most prevalent when
people feel threatened or fearful, Mishra said the
events of Sept. 11 only worsened the incidences
of prejudice against Asian Americans.
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By Kara Wenzel
Daily Staff Reporter
The New International Version of'
the Bible will be given a makeover
later this year that will incorporate.
gender-neutral wording in the New
Testament, in an edition titled
"Today's New International Ver-
Published by the Grand Rapids-
based Christian communications
group Zondervan, the NIV is cur-
rently the most widely read transla-
tion of the Bible in the world. The
TNIV will debut the revised New
Testament in April, but the full
Bible is not expected until 2005.
Campus Chapel Rev. Tom Watts
said he is "glad to hear" a new gen-

"A lot of translations in the past
have made scriptures seem more
'male' than they were originally,"
Watts said.
For years, many conservatives
have argued against changing the
wording to make it politically cor-
According to a Zondervan press
release, generic language is trans-
lated in the TNIV, where the mean-
ing of the text intended the
inclusion of both men and women.
When translators find places in the
original text that make any specific
gender references, like "sons of
God" or "brothers," the passages
will be changed to "children of
God" and "brothers and sisters,"

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