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One hundred eleven years ofediorilfreedom

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February 22, 2002


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*files stored
in hallway
DalyStf Reporter
* Over 40 boxes of confidential paper
files, allegedly containing undergrad-
uate admissions applications and
related materials, were stored in an
unsecured hallway in the basement of
the Student Activities Building until
yesterday afternoon. The boxes had
been accumulating in the hallway,
which was unlocked during normal
business hours for over a week.
"It's mainly a matter of space;'said
Andrea Williamson, an employee of the
* Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
"We've put it in the isles in the past"
She added that the boxes are picked up
when the admissions staff makes
Most of the boxes were labeled
black magic marker. Less than an hour
after The Michigan Daily inquired about
the boxes, they had been removed..
"We don't like the fact that we have to
* put boxes in the hallway' Director of
Undergraduate Admissions Ted Spencer
said. "We don't put them in the trash'
Spencer said that the privacy of stu-
dent records is a top priority. "I didn't
realize we have as much as there is;' he
said. "They probably should be in a
much more secure area."
University employees said limited
storage space caused by the legal chal-
lenge of the University's admissions
policies were responsible for the tempo-
rary storage of the boxes. The Universi-
ty's race-conscious undergraduate
admissions policy was legally chal-
lenged in 1997 by the Center for Individ-
ual Rights, a Washington D.C.-based law
The University is legally required to
store all admissions-related materials.
"We have warehouses and warehouses
of materials," Barry said
'We are required because of the law-
suits to save all the materials that come
i," University Deputy General Counsel
Liz Barry said. "In the past those records
would have been destroyed'
*The admissions office received over
23,700 applications for 5,400 spaces in
the incoming freshman class last yea
"For us, space is a real issue,"
Spencer said. "Its a very busy place ... a
lot of paper and things need to be
According to admissions officials, it
. is currently the busiest time of year for
their office.
"There's a process ... during peak
times it doesn't work as well as we
would like" Spencer said.
Federal Law requires the Universi-
ty to protect the privacy of student
records. The University's policy on
student rights and student records
requires that the University obtain a
. tudent's written permission before
*releasing their records to anyone out-
side the University. Spencer said the
admissions office would work to
solve the problem. "It's not as secure
as we would like. ... We will make
every attempt to be more vigilant,"
he said.



not the', cause of
Iraqi starvation

By Louie Molziish
and Jay Uhler
Daily Staff Reporters

Former Secretary of State Madeleine
Albright defended the Clinton administration's
record on fighting terrorism and Iraqi Presi-
dent Saddam Hussein and expressed mild con-
cern over President Bush's tactics in fighting
al-Qaida and other alleged terrorist groups as
well as terrorist-supporting states yesterday
Albright, who served as secretary from
1997-200 1 and as the U .S. ambassador to the
United Nations from 1993-97, taped an
episode of the locally-pioduced "Todd Mundt
Show" for Michigan before an audience of
about 200 people at the University Business
School's Hale Auditorium.
Albright currently serves as the distin-
guished scholar at the Business School's
William Davidson Institute.
Meeting Albright at the event was a group
of several students holding signs bearing mes-
sages, including "No child killers for UM pro-
fessor' in reference to the sanctions posed on
Iraq by Clinton. Prior to the event the group
distributed handouts which say Albright is
"wanted by the world community."
Responding to a question from the audience
which suggested that sanctions against Iraq
imposed by the U.S. have caused the death of
millions of people, Albright responded that the
sanctions are not the cause of many Iraqis'
"It is not the U.S. that is starving the Iraqi
people. It is Saddam Hussein who is starving
the Iraqi people,' she said. She does favor a

change of regime in kraq.
Another audience member questioned why
the U.S. "walked away" from the people of
Rwanda during the 1994 genocide there, in
which 800,000 civilians are believed to have
died. Albright said she regrets what had hap-
pened but does not know how it could have
been prevented.
She did, however, say they succeeded to
some extent in getting the administration to
take a more aggressive stance.
"I didn't like my instructions,"she said,
referring to those she received while serv-
ing at the U.N. "I went back to Washington
and screamed that they give me better
Albright also expressed caution about Presi-
dent Bush's statement during his State of the
Union address last month classify'ing Iran, Iraq
and North Korea as part of an "axis of evil."
"I think that while there is a problem with
all of those countries, I don't think they all
belong together," she said.
Albright's remarks were made while Presi-
dent Bush continues his tour of Asia. He met
with South Korean President Kim Dae-Jung
Wednesday and yesterday met with Chinese
President Jiang Zemin. One of Kim's stated
goals is to improve relations with North Korea.
"We have to be careful with what we say
because the North Koreans have a million-man
army and the demilitarized zone is 35 kilome-
ters from Seoul (South Korea's capital),' she
Albright, who currently heads an interna-
tional consulting group bearing her -name,
See ALBRIGHT, Page 7

Former Sdcretary of State Madeleine Abright spoke last night at the Business School's Hale
Auditorium. Among her topics of discussion, President Bush's "axis of evil."

Detroit Public Schools
sick- out unsuccessful

Officers in training

By Jeremy Berkowitz
Daily Staff Reporter
The Coalition to Defend Affirma-
tive Action and Integration and
Fight for Equality by Any Means
Necessary was dealt a setback
Wednesday in their attempts to get
involved in disputes between
Detroit Public School teachers and
the Detroit Board of Education.
BAMN, upset by a recent massive
layoff of Detroit School District
employees, unsuccessfully tried to
organize a one-day sick-out for
school employees.
Instead, 96 percent of teachers,
secretaries and other school work-
ers showed up for class.
Janna Garrison, president of the
Detroit Federation of Teachers, said
that the federation did not support
the strike, and serves to represent
most of Detroit Public School
"We were not in support of any

I don't know why this issue is important.
... I think it's trying to make it worse...
No one wants to go on strike."-
- Kathleen Bostick
Fifth-grade teacher, Atkinson Elementary School

type of work stoppage, we
denounced it, we would be in
school ... educating our children,"
Garrison said.
Garrison also said that flyers pro-
moting the sick-out that were post-
ed in Detroit schools a few weeks
ago did not give any indication into
what organization was behind the
On Tuesday, Garrison said she
found out about BAMN's involve-
ment, which she says clashes with
the goals of her union members.
"We have an agenda, the Detroit
Federation of Teachers. Their agen-
da is different from ours," she said.

Kathleen Bostick, a fifth-grade
teacher at Atkinson Elementary
School, was confused about
BAMN's involvement in union dis-
putes and if they are actually help-
ing the situation.
"I don't know why this issue is
important. ... I think it's trying to
make it worse. ... No one wants to
go on strike," she said.
The 12 Detroit Public School
workers unions, which include the
Detroit Federation of Teachers, are
currently in the middle of talks with
the Board of Education over 320
layoffs issued last month because of
See DETROIT, Page 7

Freshmen members of the Reserve Officer Training Corps train yesterday In
Nichols Arboretum.
Inside: Members of ROTC speak out on current global issues. Page 10.
Pearl declared
dead b officials

More funds
needed in,
AIDS fight
ByMichael Gazdecki
*D~aily Staff Reporter
Since the identification of the HIV virus in
the 1 980s, the concern among global leaders
has heightened dramatically over the years as
the problem has worsened. Estimates place
the total world population that is currently
HIV positive to be nearly 40 million. Many of
the worst cases are seen in the newly develop-
ing industrial nations of Africa.
"There are a dozen countries in Africa
whose populations have a third to a half of the

AIDS facts
Almost 40 million people are HIIV positive
throughout the world.
The United Nations estimates that $7 billion a
year is required to help nations plagued by AIDS.
The U.S. has spent $500 million over the
last three years in the international AIDS fight.
K In President Bush's latest request, he
asked for $900 million next year to use
toward helping AIDS sufferers, $200 million of,
which will go to the United Nations relief fund.
Bender said.
"This risks throwing Africa back into a pre-
industrial society, which could have political
consequences," he added
Along with the mounting fear came a call to
arms from United Nations Secretary General
Kofi Annan to begin a world relief fund for
countries with poor economic backgrounds
help in AIDS prevention and treatment. An
estimated $7 billion a year is needed to help

RHA discusses
campus safetyo
Daily Staff Reporter
Several new security measures the University 'added to resi-
dence halls recently - such as an increase in security person-
nel and round-the-clock locked entrances - aren't effective
at protecting students, said several members of the Residence
Hall Association last night.
."The 24-hour lock-down is the best thing that they could
come up with for now, but I don't really see that helping;' said
Music freshman and Alice Lloyd resident Anup Aurora.
Though most members agreed that new security measures
in University residence halls have to be taken, they said they
see the current measures as temporary solutions and wanted
to look for new methods to combat breaches of security, such
as peeping toms, forced and illegal entries, theft and rape.
Members said that locking entrance doors is not a solution
because students continue to prop open doors and let

NEW YORK (AP) - Daniel Pearl,
the Wall Street Journal reporter taken
hostage a monthI
ago by Islamic
extremists in Pak-isa ,i ed h
State Department <
said yesterday. Te U .~
Embassy in Pak-
istan received evi-
dence yesterday
that Pearl is dead,Per
the State Depart-
ment said. "We have informed Mr.
Pearl's family and expressed our sin-
cere condolences."
State Department spokesman
Richard Boucher provided no details
on the evidence. Two U.S. officials
said, however, the FBI had obtained a
videotape purportedly showing Pearl
either dead or being killed, and is eval-
uating the tape's authenticity. The offi-
cials spoke on condition of anonymity.
The Journal said it believed Pearl

"We now believe, based on reports
from the U.S. State Department and
police officials of the Pakistani
province of Sind, that Danny Pearl was
killed by his captors. We are heartbro-
ken at his death," the newspaper said in
a statement.
Syed Kamal Shah, police chief of the
province that includes Karachi, told The
Associated Press by telephone that a
videotape sent to the U.S. consulate in
Karachi indicated that Pearl was dead.
Pearl was abducted in the port city of
Karachi on Jan. 23 after arranging to
interview the leader of a radical Muslim
faction with purported ties to the al-
Qaida terrorist network and terror sus-
pect Richard Reid, arrested in December
on a Paris-Miami flight he allegedly
boarded with explosives in his shoes.
The Journal statement, signed by
Publisher Peter Kann and Managing
Editor Paul Steiger, called Pearl "an out-
standing colleague, a great reporter, and
a dear friend of many at the Journal?'
"His murder is an act of bar-
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