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NATION/WORLD

GREEK WEEK
Continued from Page 1A
Red Cross. Each participating Greek
chapter and 25 corporate sponsors con-
tributed money to the event.
LSA senior and Greek Week organiz-
er Erin Mote said she hopes to expand
corporate aid next year to increase fund-
ing and reduce the drain on Greek hous-
es. Several national corporations
already sponsor Greek Week, but Mote
hopes to bring in more brand names
including Compaq Computer Corp.
"A lot of our sponsors are local busi-
nesses, which is great, but we have a
national impact," she said.
Mote said sponsorship in Greek Week
is often more appealing to businesses
than is donating money directly to chari-
ty. With their participation, companies
can reach several charities at once and
also market their products to an impor-
tant audience, she explained.
"It's good advertising for them.
We're on a college campus, so we're a
great demographic;' she said.
Another impetus to expand funding
is the Michigan Student Assembly's
recent refusal to allocate funds for
Greek Week this year, Mote said.
Organizers spend over $12,000 per
year on the event and usually receive

about $1,000 from MSA, she said.
LSA senior Peter Apel, vice chair of
MSA's Budget Priorities Committee,
said the assembly stopped funding
Greek Week because it did not present
substantial need for the money.
"They put on their application that
they had tens of thousands of dollars
already and they were raising all this
money," he said. "One of the factors
the committee looks at is financial
need, and they failed to demonstrate
their financial need."
"It's one of those groups that has
gotten money in the past and no one is
really sure why."
Mote said she is optimistic about
regaining MSA funding, though she
would like to become less dependent on
the assembly by increasing business
contributions. She said she believes
MSA's new president and vice-president,
Sarah Boot and Dana Glassel, will be
more receptive to funding Greek Week.
Among Greek Week's other goals for
coming years are to involve the Ann
Arbor community to a greater extent
and to bring performers to campus. This
year's events did not include a major
performance, but Greek Week has
brought entertainers such as Wyclef Jean
and Chris Rock to the University in pre-
vious years.

HEARING
Continued from Page 1A
attorney and head of the Justice
Department's Criminal Division.
"There are obviously some situa-
tions that require the utmost secrecy
and confidentiality but they have to be
very rare and only in special circum-
stances," he said.
The ruling "is not surprising
because open trials are the bedrock of
American democracy," said Jim Secre-
to, chair of the University's ACLU
chapter. "It's the only way we can
ensure our government is free, open
and responsive to our citizens."
"If shows what we contended all
along, that the government abused its
power, that it was denying Mr. Haddad
his due process rights and secrecy is
not warranted in a judicial setting,"
said Haddad friend Nazih Hassan,
president of the Muslim Community
Association of Ann Arbor.
Justice Department spokesman
Charles Miller would not say
whether the government will appeal
the decision.
"At this stage we're reviewing the
judge's decision and we will make a
determination in the near future as to
what our next step will be," he said.

Secreto, however, predicted an
appeal.
"It doesn't look good when a fed-
eral judge tells the government it has
not been following the Constitution,"
he said.
In ordering the hearings open,
Edmunds wrote, "Neither the Creppy
directive nor elsewhere does the Gov-
ernment prohibit detainees in special
interest cases from revealing that infor-
mation to the press and public."
The Justice Department had also
questioned the district court's jurisdic-
tion in hearing the case. Under its
interpretation of the Immigration and
Nationality Act, appeals of immigra-
tion procedures - which are handled
in administrative immigration courts of
the Justice Department --can only be
heard in the U.S. Court of Appeals and
only after a removal has been ordered.
Haddad's case is still pending.
Edmunds rejected those claims.
"The plain language of the statute
... clearly indicates that is limited to
actions challenging 'an order of
remov&l"' she wrote.
Hacker, the local federal immigra-
tion judge, had denied Haddad's bail
and said instructions to close that hear-
ing and subsequent hearings came
from the chief immigration judge.

NEWS IN1~ BRIEF
CINCINNATI
City proposes settlement of racial suit
A year after Cincinnati erupted in riots over the police shooting of a black man,
the city agreed to restrictions on the use of force and announced plans yesterday to
establish an independent agency that would investigate police brutality complaints.
The moves are intended to satisfy U.S. Justice Department concerns and settle a
lawsuit accusing the police force of harassing blacks for the past 30 years. The set-
tlement of the lawsuit still must be approved by the various parties by Tuesday to
avoid a trial.
The independent agency would have seven citizen members appointed by the
mayor and City Council, and would have its own investigative staff. It would
replace a city investigative office as well as an existing citizen police review panel
that has no staff.
The new panel would investigate such things as shootings, deaths in custody and
other major uses of force.
The settlement of the lawsuit was released after days of negotiations between
city lawyers, the police union and parties that filed the lawsuit, including black
activists and the American Civil Liberties Union.
Settlement talks were joined last week by representatives of the Justice Depart-
ment, whichis investigating police department procedures.
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan
Musharraf angling to secure his position
President Pervez Musharraf is expected tomorrow to announce a referendum that
he hopes will give him five more years in power despite opposition charges that the
plan violates the constitution.
Pakistan's Cabinet and National Security Council, which includes the heads of the
armed services, said yesterday that they "unanimously approved the holding of a
national referendum on important national issues."
The official statement added that Musharraf will speak to the nation tomorrow "to
take the people into confidence on the details of the referendum." Musharraf has
been suggesting for weeks that he will seek a popular mandate through a referendum,
which could come in May.
Opposition parties and religious groups have warned against the move, and radical
Muslim leader Fazlur Rehman is already calling for his more than 550,000 supporters
to boycott any referendum.
"Musharraf has abrogated the constitution, and there is a punishment for that,"
Rehman, who heads the Jamiat-ul-Ulema-e-Islam party, said in an interview.
"If he were not the president, he would be in jail."

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KABUL, Afghanistan
Troops graduate
from basic training
The first 600 troops in the new
Afghan army completed six weeks of
basic training yesterday, eagerly per-
forming their skills before Prime Min-
ister Hamid Karzai and other
dignitaries.
The men - drawn from every
province and ethnic group in
Afghanistan - are to be the vanguard
of a 68,000-strong army that Karzai
says will bring an end to the "war-
lordism" that has kept the country
mired in decades of civil war and
destruction.
But making that army a reality is
many months and many hundreds of
millions of dollars away. Yesterday in
Geneva, Afghan Foreign Minister
Abdullah asked donor countries for
$422 million to rebuild the army and
police. President Bush has asked Con-
gress to approve a $278 million pack-
age of extra aid for Afghanistan, nearly
half of which will go for security.
CAIRO, Egypt
Egypt to scale back
contact with Israel
The Egyptian government announced
yesterday that it willtscale back con-
tacts with Israel - but keep diplomatic
channels open - in order to protest the
Jewish state's military operations
against Palestinians.
Egypt's decision, while falling far
short of calls to sever all diplomatic ties

with Israel, reflects growing pressure
faced by Arab governments. Jordan and
Egypt, the only two Arab nations to
have signed peace treaties with the Jew-
ish state, in recent days have turned to
helmeted police and water cannons to
disperse angry demonstrations.
In Egypt, most classes were canceled
at Cairo University to discourage
demonstrations. Truckloads of riot
police were on hand at the school's
gates to head off any possible distur-
bance. One front-page newspaper story
spoke of Israel's "Nazi-like atrocities."
NABLUS, West Bank
Funds to families of
bombers increased
Saddam Hussein has increased
money for the relatives of suicide
bombers from $10,000 to $25,000,
drawing sharp criticism from Wash-
ington.
But Palestinians say the bombers
are driven by a priceless thirst for
revenge, religious zeal and dreams
of glory - not greed.
Since Iraq upped its payments last
month, 12 suicide bombers have
successfully struck inside Israel,
including one man who killed 25
Israelis, many of them elderly, as
they sat down to a meal at a hotel to
celebrate the Jewish holiday of
Passover.
The families of three of the Pales-
tinian suicide bombers said they
have recently received payments of
$25,000.
- Compiled from Daily wire reports.

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