The Michigan Daily - Monday, January 7, 2002 - 7A
Troops head to base in Cuba
WASHINGTON (AP) - About 1,500 sol-
diers are heading to the U.S. Navy base in Cuba
to prepare for the arrival of al-Qaida and Tal-
9 iban prisoners. The biggest prize - Osama bin
Laden - remains uncaptured, though there's a
growing belief he's gone to Pakistan, two U.S.
senators said yesterday.
About 1,000 troops - many of them mili-
tary police - from bases all over the United
Stptes have .received orders to go to the Navy
base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where the pris-
oners will be held under maximum security, Lt.
Cmdr. Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman, said
yesterday. Another 500 U.S. troops will go to
the base in the coming weeks.
"This is our part and we are going down to
} take care of business," said Col. Terry Carrico,
commander of the 89th Military Police Brigade
at Fort Hood, Texas, just before boarding a
plane to Cuba to prepare for the troops' arrival.
Some of the troops are being sent to trans-
port the prisoners from Asia to the island, offi-
Others will quickly prepare a section of the
base to hold an initial first group of fewer than
100 prisoners, though up to 2,000 prisoners
eventually may be housed there, Davis said.
Gen. Tommy Franks, the head of the military
campaign in Afghanistan, said Friday that some
prisoners are to arrive at Guantanamo within 10
The U.S. Navy base at Guantanamo predates
the communist revolution on the island nation.
It is well-defended and would offer few
avenues of escape for prisoners. Fidel Castro's
government says the base should have been
closed and returned to Cuban control decades
More than 300 suspected Taliban or al-Qaida
members were in U.S. custody this weekend,
military officials have said. Soldiers were
guarding 275 prisoners at the base in Kandahar,
21 at Bagram air base north of Kabul, and one
in the northern city of Mazar-e-Sharif. Another
nine prisoners, including American Taliban
John Walker Lindh, are being held on the USS
Bataan in the Arabian Sea. Afghan and Pak-
istani authorities are holding thousands more
prisoners captured during the fighting.
But the top targets, al-Qaida terrorist chief
Osama bin Laden and Taliban supreme leader
Mullah Mohammed Omar, continue to elude
the coalition hunt.
Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C.), who is travel-
ing with other senators in the region, said yes-
terday that Uzbekistan's military intelligence
service believes bin Laden has crossed the bor-
der into Pakistan. Uzbekistan, like Pakistan,
borders Afghanistan and has been a U.S. ally in
the fight against the Taliban and al-Qaida.
"I fully expect the Pakistanis will do every-
thing they can to help us locate bin Laden,"
Edwards told "Fox News Sunday."
Intelligence Committee Chairman Sen. Bob
Graham (D-Fla.) said bin Laden and other top
officials have probably escaped Afghanistan,
but no one is certain.
"Increasingly as our efforts to get them in
Afghanistan have been futile, there is a greater
sense that they have, in fact, escaped, and are
probably in one of those tribal territories just
over the border into Pakistan," Graham said
from Miami on ABC's "This Week."
Top military officials have said they don't
know where bin Laden and Mullah
Mohammed Omar, the Taliban's supreme
Bin Laden was thought to be in the Tora
Bora region of Afghanistan, but he has not
turned up in searches by U.S. and anti-Taliban
forces there. Omar was most recently thought
to be near Baghran, northwest of Kandahar, but
Afghan officials now say they believe he
The guidon bearer of the 401st Military Police Company looks back as the troops board a C-130
aircraft yesterday at Fort Hood, Texas. About 300 soldiers from Fort Hood are being deployed to assist
in the security of detainees from the war In Afghanistan, Army officials said yesterday.
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and has also said the names of candi-
dates will not be made public. "Confi-
dentiality is the touchstone of a
successful search," he said.
White has yet to announce whether
he will seek the post. "My first obliga-
tion is to communicate with the regents
on that matter," he said.
Fifteen search advisory committee
candidates were chosen from a pool of
300 nominees, including students, facul-
ty and staff from all three campuses and
were announced at the December
The two students on the committee
will be Michigan Student Assembly
President Matt Nolan and psychology
doctoral student Lisa Jackson.
Other members of the committee are
° classical archeology Prof. Susan
Alcock, Flint Prof. Paulette Cebulski,
m custodian supervisor Anocha Cornell,
English Prof. Nicholas Delbanco,
° Depression Center Executive Director
John Greden, Alumni Association Pres-
ident Saul Green, psychology depart-
ment Chair Pat Gurin, alum Michael
Jandernoa, Dearborn communications
Prof. Rashmi Luthra, Engineering Prof
Tresa Pollock, Social Work Prof. Larry
Root, Life Sciences Commission Co-
Chair William Roush and Undergradu-
ate Admissions Director Ted Spencer.
Bollinger's departure marks the
beginning of a period in which the Uni-
versity's top two positions are vacant.
Paul Courant, University associate
provost for academic and budgetary
affairs, began serving as interim provost
on Jan. 1. University Vice President and
Secretary Lisa Tedesco had taken over
the position last semester after Provost
Nancy Cantor left to become chancellor
of the University of Illinois' Urbana-
Champaign campus last summer. After
, Bollinger announced he would accept
the presidency at Columbia University,
Tedesco requested that she be able to
return to her appointment as University
secretary in order to concentrate on the
White says he will be committed to
three priorities he outlined soon after he
accepted the offer to serve as interim
president in October. "Number one is to
maintain continuity and momentum in
our most important University initia-
tives, such as the life sciences, improve-
: ment of undergraduate education,
excellence in the arts and humanities,
and preparing to launch a successful
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to just relax," said LSA graduate Larry
Rubeck, adding that he believes
Bollinger will be missed in Ann Arbor.
I've worked very hard here" Rubeck
said. "It's hard to leave, but I'm a
Wolverine for life."
Naming about a dozen graduates,
Bollinger singled out the accomplish-
ments of these students, saying, "Every
individual has a unique story to tell."
Student speaker Stephanie Dionne, an
LSA graduate, encouraged graduates to
fulfill their potential in their professional
and private lives.
"We live in a time when we know
more about the world than ever before,
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their pastor, Ruth Strang of Ann Arbor.
"I'll be so excited. ... I just hope I can
walk briskly enough," said Strang, 78.
Rev. Barbara Cavin of Holy Cross
Episcopal Church in Saline describes
Strang as a "feisty lady" with an
"enormous amount of compassion and
caring for people"
"She is definitely a role model for
women seeking professional careers,"
In addition to being ordained priest,
Lester Monts, senior vice provost for
academic affairs, will help White focus
on three areas White thought needed to
be more fully represented. Monts will
remain a senior vice provost while tak-
ing on the duties of senior counselor to
the interim president for the arts, diver-
sity and undergraduate education.
White said he will leave the fundrais-
ing campaign to the permanent presi-
dent but will use his time as interim
president to organize. He said the cam-
paign is necessary to maintain support
of students and faculty through scholar-
ships and endowed professorships and
to improve the University's facilities.
White said his second priority is to
keep the University in good shape for a
permanent successor. "That's going to
be difficult because it's going to be the
worst financial year since the recession
of 1991. We have a lot of work to do."
Central Michigan University
announced in December that it expects
to raise its tuition by 28 percent, but
White said he is "100 percent confident"
that University of Michigan students will
not see a similar increase. The Universi-
ty of Michigan had the lowest tuition
hike of any of Michigan's public institu-
tions this year, despite a meager 1.5 per-
cent increase in funding from the state.
Due to a declining economy, the state
is expected to scale back even further on
higher education funding for next year.
"That is going to put pressure on tuition,
but we are going to focus more on cost
containment in the next year's budget
than in the last decade," White said.
"The third priority is a reflection of
the times we're living in. I want to make
sure that the University of Michigan
campus is both a safe and secure place
during this period of national security
concerns and that it's a place character-
ized by freedom of thought and expres-
sion and a lot of learning opportunities,"
White said. "I would like people to feel
that the University of Michigan commu-
nity is the best possible place for them to
be during this troubling period in terms
of both learning and safety and security."
White added that he has asked Anne
Little, chancellor of the University's
Dearborn campus, to arrange a meeting
with senior leaders of the Arab-Ameri-
can community in the Metro Detroit
area, which is home to the largest popu-
lation of Arabs outside the Middle East.
"I think we all have to reach out dur-
ing this time to people who perhaps we
haven't have not had the kind of rela-
tionship that we'd like to have for the
purpose of learning and joining hands
and building a better country"'he said.
and that means that our opportunities
are boundless," she said.
The commencement address was
given by English Prof. Charles Baxter, a
poet and novelist whose -works include
"The Feast of Love," and "Shadow
Baxter told graduates that every well-
developed fictional character has a goal
and setbacks to that goal.
"You can't have a story without for-
ward movement. You can't have move-
ment without a solid belief," Baxter
said, adding that every graduate should
have a plan after graduation and should
expect to encounter setbacks.
"Everyone here today should have a
story, and the livelier the story, the bet-
ter," Baxter said.
Crash remindiscent of Trade Center attack
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"There was no doubt he died on impact," said Fire
Department Capt. Bill Wade.
Fire department officials said damage to the building
was limited to the office where the plane hit and small
areas of adjoining floors. Most of the building was expect-
ed to be open today, though there was concern about
chunks of the facade falling to the sidewalk below.
Images of the plane blasting a hole in the side of a sky-
scraper were chilling reminders of the World Trade Center
attacks. Until it was pulled in early yesterday, the plane's
tail had dangled from the 28th floor of the building.
In Palm Harbor, police unrolled yellow crime scene
tape yesterday outside the apartment complex where Bish-
op lived with his mother, while detectives and FBI agents
interviewed family members.
Julia Bishop, the boy's mother, told a camera crew to
"get out" when they attempted to film her as she opened
her door for investigators.
Bishop's grandmother had taken him to the National
Aviation Academy flight school at St. Petersburg-Clearwa-
ter International Airport for a 5 p.m. flying lesson on Sat-
urday, authorities said.
A Coast Guard helicopter caught up to Bishop over
Tampa after he had traveled about 20 miles, and the crew
signaled for him to land. Pilots said he ignored them, then
crashed the plane into the building.
As a precaution, two F-15 fighter jets were scrambled
from Homestead Air Reserve Base, 200 miles away, but
they arrived after the crash, said Capt. Kirstin Reimann at
- the North American Aerospace Defense Command.
Only a few people were in the building at the time of
} the crash. None were injured.
Sheriff's Sgt. Greg Tita said there was no record of the
ninth grader running into problems with the law in the
-_ .Derek Perryman, a classmate of Bishop's at East Lake
High School in Palm Harbor, about 25 miles west of
Tampa, said Bishop often talked about planes with a
friend in their journalism class.
After the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, he said, Bishop read
a paper to the class. "It was real expressive about how he
felt, how disappointed he was," Perryman said.
Another classmate, Ross Stewart, 15, described Bishop
as a "teacher's pet."
"I knew he was an honor student. He got straight A's;'
Stewart said. "He seemed to like his classes. He liked
school. He was a happy kid. He was never really down
about anything. He smiled a lot."
Neighbors said Bishop, who had moved from the
Boston area a year earlier, kept to himself.
"He rode my bus to school. He sat in the front row. He
always had sunglasses on for some reason" said David
Ontiveros, 14. "He never talked to anybody."
Bev Pinkham, who lived near the Bishops in Norwell,
AP PHOTO Mass., said Bishop "was just an ordinary quiet kid."
The tall of a Cessna 172R hangs out of a window of the 42-story Bank of America building after "One day he came over and said my flower gardens
crashing Saturday in Tampa, Fla. The 15-year-old pilot of the plane, who was not authorized to fly, were beautiful," she said. "Other than that, he was very
expressed support for the Sept. 11 attacks in a suicide note found in his pocket yesterday. quiet."
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fication and employment sponsorship. Nubani said
Haddad was refused bond because he was consid-
ered a flight risk since he had purchased a hunting
"There have been no official charges and no evi-
dence," Colvin said. "No argument has been given
except for the fact that the INS keeps harping on the
gun he owns. It's totally licensed. He is an avid
hunter. Does that make him a criminal?"
Nubani said his client should be protected from
prosecution for that violation because of his pending
most likely move to deport Haddad. The goal for
community members this evening is to make Had-
dad's case a part of the discussion.
"There are probably more than 500 people like
him across the nation," he said. "We're trying to raise
public awareness. The only defense these people
have is publicity."
Nazih Hassan, vice president of the Muslim Com-
munity Association for Ann Arbor said the govern-
ment has used excessive and unnecessary tactics in
handling Haddad's case and has failed to grant him
"We have very grave concerns for the fact that he
is being held, denied bond, and that his hearings.
were closed," Hassan said.
Hassan said the judge claimed in an opinion that
Haddad had no strong ties to the community.
"When hundreds of people are outside in the
freezing cold to support him ... that's just incredi-
ble" Hassan said of a rally in Detroit outside Had-
dad's Jan. 2 hearing. "He has very strong ties to the
community - both the Muslim and the general
community. He's somebody who in his public
speeches has always called for helping people."
Hassan said deportation of Haddad would be a
great loss to the community, especially after the con-
tributions he made following the Sept. 11 terrorist
"He spoke at our open house and at the town hall
meeting," Hassan said. "We send him to seminars.
He is a mentor in our youth mentoring network. On
that level, he will be a great loss."
application for permanent residency.
Colvin said following the appeal,
the INS will
Oath of the Olympic Torch i definitely a once-in-a-lifetime
truhAnArbor todiay oportunity. The greatest gift is seeing
all the friends and family that want to
E p come out to support him and be a part
of the event. It just reaffirms that other
DIA G people see the same qualities that I see
She added that in addition to the
country rallying to support its Olympic
n uathletes, the Torch Relay allows every-
day people to participate in its festivi-
ties. "It demonstrates that we can all
um 2,Nd carry a little bit of that flame inside
ourselves," she said.
9:20a. Since the Olympic Flame was ignit-
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year that seemed to be suffocating
under the pressure - it's a breath
of fresh air.
Michigan's first portion of the
season seemed to follow the same
disappointing pattern as previous
seasons - losing to Mid American
Conference teams Bowling Green
and Western Michigan, shooting a.
dismal 24 percent in a loss to San
Francisco and losing two players to
"We have alot of
excitement in the
- LaVell Blanchard
Michigan junior forward
The Wolverines were 2-12 away