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March 29, 2002

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Pow Wow
By Maria Sprow
Daily Staff Reporter
This weekend marks the 30th annual
"Dance for Mother Earth" Ann Arbor
Pow Wow, a three-day Native Ameri-
can cultural extravaganza that has
gained so much popularity since its
birth that organizers say is now out-
growing the 13,000 seat Crisler Arena
- its home for the last 10 years.
Nearly 1,000 Native American
dancers will compete this weekend,
and more than 10,000 spectators and
shoppers are expected to attend.
In Native American culture, Pow
Wows are a time for tribes to join in
celebration, renew friendships and pre-
serve their heritage through singing
and dancing. Crisler Facility Director
Lisa Panetta-Alt, who has set up for the
Pow Wow since it moved to Crisler,
said she attributes the event's crowd to
its reputation. "It's become so popular
through word-of-mouth," she said,
adding that she believes the event has
grown enough that it is time to switch
locations. She added that she does not
know of a location on campus large
enough to accommodate the attendees.
"Unless you have it outside, where else
are you going to have it?"
Panetta-Alt said attending the Pow
Wow has allowed her to learn aspects
of Native American culture she never
knew before.
"Each group has their own kind of
beat. Each group has their own sounds,
their own costumes, their own danc-
ing,"she said. "They are all unique."
Though for some the Pow Wow is a
learning experience, others said the
event is a way to stay connected to
their heritage and to experience some
nostalgia. Kinesiolpgy senior Andrea
Walsh, an Ojibwa from the Sue St.
Marie tribe, said this will be her fourth
time attending the Ann Arbor Pow
Wow. But she added that she is no
stranger to other Pow Wows.
"I've been going to Pow Wows since I
was little," Walsh said, adding that she
enjoys Ann Arbor's because of its diver-
sity. 'It brings in people from a whole
lot of different tribes. Most Pow Wows
just have a couple tribes from a distinct

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Matthew Marquardt kicks off his galoshes while playing In a sandbox at Sleepy Hollow Equestrian Center In South Lyon
yesterday afternoon.
Officials claim Haddad
group tied to terrorists

About 3,000 people
will be interviewed in
terrorism investigation
By Maria Sprow
Daily Staff Reporter
Men of Middle Eastern descent
who were not asked to participate in
the December interviews put forth
by U.S. Justice Department and the
Anti-Terrorism Task Force in
response to Sept. 11 might still be
asked to answer questions for the
Ashcroft announced his plan last
week to question an additional 3,000
people nationwide who may or may
not have connections to terrorist
organizations or know something
about the people involved in them.
The individuals expected to be ques-
tioned during this round of inter-
views are newer immigrants to the
U.S. than those previously sought.
Officials at the Jeffrey Collins
office of the U.S. Attorney for the
Eastern District of Michigan said
letters to interviewees will most
likely be sent early next week, but
how many letters will be sent to the
Detroit area is still unknown.
The announcement drew strong
criticism from the local Muslim
community, and though Ashcroft
praised interviewees for their coop-
eration during the last round, local
community leaders said cooperation
would be less likely this time.
"Last time, we advised people to
cooperate with the interviews," said
Nazih Hassan, vice president of the
Ann Arbor Muslim Community
Association. "But now that this is
becoming a pattern, I would advise
people, as it is their constitutional
right, not to answer any questions.
This is becoming a fishing expedi-
tion by the justice department."
The decision to ask for additional

interviews was based on the success
of the last set, in which 5,000 Mus-
lims were interviewed nationwide,
the attorney general said. Of those,
approximately 300 were from the
Detroit area.
Nearly 10,000 individuals were
requested to interview with authori-
ties during that first round, but
Ashcroft said half of them were
unable to be located.
"The individuals who were locat-
ed and interviewed have proven to
be valuable sources of information
about the would-be terrorists in our
midst," Ashcroft said. "We are
reaching out to a second group of
foreign nationals for their assistance
in identifying and disrupting terror-
ist networks."
Hassan said he believes the last
round of interviews hurt the image
of the Muslim community and
caused a fracture between the gov-
ernment and the people who they
are seeking help from.
"Some people were arrested
because of the interviews on some
immigration violations, although the
justice department said they are not
interested in pursuing these immi-
gration issues," Hassan said. "About
20 people were arrested on charges
relating to immigration, not con-
cerning terrorism."
In a memorandum sent to United
States attorneys and members of the
Anti-Terrorism Task Force before
the last set of interviews began,
Deputy Attorney General Larry
Thompson acknowledged the bro-
ken links and sources of troubles
between the Arab community and
law enforcement officials.
"A number of these individuals
may have difficulty with the English
language and little understanding of
our criminal justice system," the
memo states.
The memo also tells interviewers

By Rob Goodspeed
Daily Staff Reporter
Government lawyers asked a federal
judge to throw out a charity's lawsuit
seeking to overturn an order freezing
its assets Wednesday, alleging the
organization had ties to Osama bin
Laden. Lawyers for the charity and its
co-founder vigorously denied the alle-
Federal officials claimed in a memo-
-randum that the Global Relief Founda-
tion maintained contacts with a man
who had connections to Osama bin
Laden, distributed literature that said
donations would go toward ammuni-
tionand operated within Afghanistan
under the Taliban.
Ann Arbor Muslim leader Rabih

Haddad co-founded the Islamic charity
and has been detained since Dec. 14,
the same day federal agents raided
GRF's Chicago headquarters. Haddad
is facing extradition hearings in an
Immigration and Naturalization Ser-
vice court. Lawyers representing area
newspapers and the American Civil
Liberties Union challenged the ruling
that closed the hearings in federal
court this week.
Lawyers for the Global Relief Foun-
dation said they didn't believe the gov-
ernment had evidence connecting the
charity to terror.
"There's absolutely nothing in those
allegations," said Roger Simmons, an
attorney for the Global Relief Founda-
tion. He called the memorandum a
"large conglomeration of trash."

The government claims the founda-
tion had connections with Wadih el
Hage, bin Laden's former secretary.
According to Simmons, the govern-
ment's allegations are based on taped
conversations, the contents of which
they will not release. He also noted
that many people, including the U.S.
government, have supported bin Laden
in the past.
"(GRF) probably talked to 3,000
people in that time period," Simmons
said. "Shame on the government for
trying to smear us with that kind of
A spokesperson for the northern Illi-
nois prosecutor's office declined to
comment on the memorandum.
"I'm skeptical about most of what
See HADDAD, Page 7

A2 state House
delegates offer
diverse stances

provoked by
Inernet use
By Kyene Kiang
Daily Staff Reporter

ByC. Paice Jones
Dily Staff Reporter
Districts 52 and 53 are up for grabs
this election season with a wide range
of candidates vying to be Ann Arbor's
delegates to the state House.
In the 53rd District, Albion College
undergraduate student Larry Lloyd Jr.,
(R-York Twp.) is challenging incum-
bent Chris Kolb (D-Ann Arbor), who
was elected for his first term two years
ago, in the general election on Dec. 15.
The new 53rd District includes most of
Ann Arbor, the University and north-
ern Pittsfield Twp.
Two-term incumbent Gene DeRos-
sett (R-Manchester) is uncontested in
the GOP primary and running for
reelection in the 52nd District against
either Washtenaw County Road Com-
missioner Pam Burns of Lyndon Twp.
or civil rights attorney David Nacht of
Scio Twp. The candidates will face off
in the Aug. 6 Democratic primary. The
new 52nd District surrounds Ann
Arbor and includes Ann Arbor Twp.,
Scio Twp. and western Washtenaw
In the 53rd district, Kolb's plans, if
reelected, include to continue work on
environmental legislation and set foot
into new ground - green commerce
- which includes implementation of

"I could be counted
on to continue to
fight for funds for
the University of
Michigan. "
- David Nacht
Civil rights attorney
"California and New York have put
an emphasis on developing their green
commerce," Kolb said. "With the
research universities and industrial
base, we could develop here green
technology ... we haven't even begun
to scratch the surface."
A member of the House Higher
Education Appropriations Subcommit-
tee, Kolb is focusing on funding higher
education, through moving money
from sectors like corrections to higher
"We have to decide whether our
public policy is really doing what we
want it to do. We're spending $30,000
to $40,000 on each prison inmate per
year," Kolb said. "I remember when
corrections funding was a fourth of
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Students prefer online Instant messaging services for its low-cost convenience. IM users have
Increased to more than 63 million In the U.S. and 250 million worldwide.
Instant Messenger keeps
computers, students online

Reuben Logsdon, a software writer from Washington,
dealt with a chronic seven-year addiction to the computer
game "Civilization."
"I would play it again and again, even though I always
won, and a normal game might take eight to 24 hours to
complete," said Logsdon, whose addiction started in col-
"Civilization" is a game where players create their own
armies in pursuit of world domination. Like many comput-
er games, "Civilization" had the means of providing Logs-
don with an escape from the tedium of college life.
Logsdon's past behavior is a standard example of com-
puter addiction, according to Maressa Hecht Orzack, a
Harvard University psychologist and director of Computer
Addiction Services at McLean Hospital, located in Bel-
mont, Mass.
Not simply isolated to computer games, numerous cases
of addictive behavior have been associated with persistent
online chatting and viewing of Internet pornography.
"Adults also need to realize how they can be caught in a
darker side of the Internet," Orzack said.
Her treatment program for people addicted to comput-
ers includes behavioral therapy and anti-depressants such
as Zyban, a prescription drug used to help wean smokers
off cigarettes.
People who are often bored, depressed, lonely, have low
self-esteem and poor social skills are iore likely to be

By Kylene Kiang
Daily Staff Reporter
A new class of high-speed Internet connec-
tion services touting unlimited access has
made it even more tempting for students to
take advantage of being online and chatting it
up with friends using instant messenger.
According to a report released in November
by Jupiter Media Metrix, the number of peo-
ple who use instant messaging - more com-
monly known as IM - has grown
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cans within the past year. Whether in the
workplace or simply killing time in the resi-
dence halls, online conversations have
become the norm in terms of fast, cost-effi-
cient communication;
"Most students will leave their computers
on all day just in case someone needs to leave
a message," LSA freshman Aaron Barry said.
In lieu of paying costly bills for long-dis-
tance telephone calls, LSA sophomore Alex
Eversmeyer uses IM two to three hours per
day to keep in touch with family and friends




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