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One hndred eleven years ofeditor'ifeedom



January 30, 2002

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President says US. will
defeat teffrorts worldwide

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Bush
said last night that tens of thousands of ter-
rorists still threaten America - "ticking
time bombs, set to go off" - and promised
to stalk them across the globe. In his first
State of the Union address, he pledged a
battle of equal vigor to revive the ailing
"We will prevail in war, and we will
defeat this recession," the commander in
chief said, standing before Congress and the
public with heroically high approval ratings.
Nearly five months after the Sept. 11
attacks that shocked the world, Bush

pledged to push the war on terrorism
beyond Afghanistan to a dozen countries
that he said harbor terrorist camps. He also
warned of "an axis of evil" of nations like
North Korea, Iran and Iraq, and said the
United States would not allow them to
threaten the world with weapons of mass
Offering chilling evidence of terrorists'
plotting, Bush said U.S. forces in
Afghanistan found diagrams of American
nuclear power plants hidden in terrorist
Bush entered the packed House chamber

to boisterous applause from R
and Democrats alike. Secon
speech, he made a fist, and tapp
against the podium as he de
despite terrorism and recession,"
our union has never been stronge
Democrats, responding to Bt
to show unity on the war while
differences on domestic policy.
House Minority Leader Dick
words for terrorists were similar
"Make no mistake about it: We a
hunt you down and make you p
also challenged GOP positions
Security, taxes and health care.
In a 48-minute speech inte
applause more than 70 times, I
Congress to pass his tax-cutting
package and challenged Americz
mit two years or 4,000 hours to
service. He hopes to tap the surg
tism since the attacks.

epublicans "We can overcome evil with greater
ds into his good," the president said.
ed it lightly Amid extraordinary security, leaders of
clared that the congressional, judicial and executive
"the state of branches gathered beneath the same Capitol
r." dome that officials believe was targeted dur-
ush, sought ing the attacks on Washington and New
reinforcing York.
Dick Cheney, who has spent many nights
Gephardt's in undisclosed locations because of security
r to Bush's: precautions, took the vice president's tradi-
are going to tional place on the rostrum behind the presi-
ay." But he dent during the speech.
on Social In the gallery, first lady Laura Bush was
joined by several guests in her VIP box high
rrupted by above the well of the House, including
Bush urged interim Afghan leader Hamid Karzai and
g economic firefighters, soldiers and other citizen-
ans to com- heroes whose stories helped buoy a weary
community nation.
e in patrio- "The men and women of our armed
See BUSH, Page 7

President Bush shakes hands with Vice President Dick
Cheney as House Speaker Dennis Hastert looks on prior to
the president's State of the Union address last night.

Study reveals
traits attractive
to employers

By Jennifer Mistha
Daily Staff Reporter

Communication skills and a'
strong work ethic are among the top
qualities employers are looking for
in job applicants, according to a
study released by The National
Association of Colleges and
Employers earlier this month.
The study revealed that employ-
ers look beyond students' grade
point averages when selecting a
prospective employee from a stack
of applications, but similar studies
by the University's Career Planning
and Placement office show that a
student's GPA remains a factor for
future employment.
Terri LaMarco, associate director
of CP&P, said a similar survey
done by her office confirms the
NACE findings.
"We get consistent results in our
surveys. Employers are looking for
someone with interpersonal, prob-
lem-solving and leadership skills.
They also want a team player,"
LaMarco said.
Qualities such as creativity and a
sense of humor in job candidates
ranked lower on the survey.
Other qualities that top NACE's
list for desirable job candidates
include honesty and integrity, team-
work and interpersonal skills.
"An employer given the choice
between a sense of a humor and one

"Employers are
looking for people
who can go beyond
the job requirements,"
- Lora Hesch
Engineering junior
who can work with others is going
to take the team player," LaMarco
"Personality is something that
doesn't go on a resume. It's some-
thing exhibited on a second or third
interview," she said, adding that
some qualities that can't be
expressed on paper.
Engineering junior Lora Hesch
said employers are not looking for
students who meet the minimum
requirements for employment.
"Employers are looking for peo-
ple who can go beyond the job
requirements and be leaders as well
as interact with other people," she
NACE Executive Director Mari-
lyn Mackes said in a written state-
ment that employers are also
looking for well-rounded applicants
to fill positions.
Many students said they agree
with NACE and CP&P, saying that
See JOBS, Page 7

Winter weather
returning today

Forecasts predict up
to six inches of snow will
fall today and tomorrow
By Annie Gleason
For the Daily
Shorts and t-shirts have not been
uncommon attire for students this
winter. Earlier this week tempera-
tures reached a date-breaking
record of 55 degrees. But if predic-
tions of an oncoming snowstorm in
the next few days are correct,
spring and summer apparel may be
put back on the shelves until
Ann Arbor is expected to receive
up to six inches of snow today and
A winter storm watch is in effect
until tomorrow. "The syst em is
expected to travel northeast during
the next couple of days ... (and
may) bring very heavy snow," said
University meteorologist Dennis
Kahlbaum noted the amount of
snow depe'nds on how much warm

could cause freezing rain or sleet
instead of snow.
I "We are right on the dividing line
(between freezing rain and snow),"
Kahlbaum said.
Monday's record-breaking high
of 55 degrees was evidence that
this winter has been unseasonably
warm for Michigan. Kahlbaum said
the mild winter can be explained by
upper-air patterns working to keep
most of the cold air away.
"Flow of upper-air currents are
not conducive to heavy snowfalls,"
he said. "Moisture couldn't get to
Many student said they have
appreciated the mild weather when
walking to classes. "I like studying
outside, I like walking outside.
Everyone's a lot less stressed out,"
said LSA junior Andrea Rowe.
LSA sophomore Tiffany Wade
said she is also enjoying the change
from previous winters. "It just wor-
ries me that it's 55 degrees in Janu-
ary. People are wearing shorts!"
The storm is predicted to arrive
sometime this afternoon or evening.
"We can expect highs in the 30s for

GEO, U' negotiations at a standstill

By Maia Sprow
Daily Staff Reporter
Two days before their contract expires Friday, the
Graduate Employees Organization and the University
are seeking to speed up the negotiations that began in
late October. The two parties met last night for a bar-
gaining session - as they have been every Tuesday
and Thursday for the past three months. During the last

The slow progression of the negotiations have left
many graduate student instructors frustrated and some
are contemplating a strike.
"Right now, the University has basically rejected
every single one of our economic proposals," said
GEO President Cedric de Leon. "We're adults and we
understand we are not going to get everything, but ...
our contract expires Friday and they have literally
given us nothing."
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"The University feels it has been responsive to the
proposals offered by GEO," Peterson said.
Among the changes to the current contract that have
been proposed by the GEO are:
University-provided child care for GSIs with
A written definition of harassment in the contract
and protection against work-place harassment;
A written statement from the University agreeing
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