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January 21, 2003
©2003 The Michigan Daily
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Vol. CXIII, No. 77

One-hundred-twelve years of editorialfreedom

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day and into
the night with
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Fiht for affirmative
action spurs new
civil nghts movement

Powell, Rice
take stand on



By Andrew McCormack
and Dan Trudeau
Daily Staff Reporters
Resolute defenders of affirmative
action from across the country rallied
in Ann Arbor this weekend to support
what they have designated as the new
civil rights movement.
In a culmination of the weekend's
events, hundreds of high school and
University students marched with pub-
lic leaders across campus and into the
Chemistry Building where speakers,
like the Rev. Jesse Jackson and U.S.
Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Lansing)
addressed the crowd.
Shanta Driver, event moderator and
national organizer for the Coalition to
Defend Affirmative Action and Inte-
gration and Fight for Equality By Any

Means Necessary, introduced the dis-
cussion saying racial division in the
United States results from a failure by
previous generations.
"The leaders of my generation failed
you. We shut down the movement. We
stopped organizing," Driver said. "We
pretended that it was enough for a few
of us to get a job (and) to move out to
the suburbs. Our failure has come at a
high price."
Jackson, who was the keynote
speaker, called on the crowd to take
action in swaying the U.S. Supreme
Court's decision in the upcoming hear-
ings on the University's admissions
policies. He said the Court is composed
of real people, not inaccessible icons.
"They also read papers, they also lis-
ten to the radio, they also watch TV,
See RALLY, Page 7A

Nearly 200,000 convene
in D. C. to protest war

Bush's statement
provokes top officials to
voice their dissent
By Jeremy Berkowitz
Daily Staff Reporter
In a surprising incidence of disagree-
ment within the Bush administration,
two prominent members of his inner cir-
cle, Secretary of State Colin Powell and
National Security Adviser Condoleezza
Rice, spoke out
this weekend sup-
porting certain %DMISSIONS
facets of the Uni- ON TRIAL?
versity's admis-
sions policies.
B u s h
Wednesday that he believes the Univer-
sity's use of race in admissions is uncon-
stitutional, and would file a brief in
support of the Center for Individual
Rights, a Washington-based law firm
that is suing the University in two cases
regarding LSA and Law School admis-
sions policies.
On CBS' "Face the Nation" Sunday,
Powell reinforced his full support for the
University's admissions policies, which
he first expressed three years ago. But
Powell emphasized he believes Bush is a
supporter of overcoming racial preju-
dices in higher education.
"In the Michigan case, whereas I have
expressed my support for the policies
used by the University of Michigan, the
president, in looking at it, came to the
conclusion that it was constitutionally
flawed," Powell said. "But I do know that
he is absolutely committed to diversity
and the manner in which the brief has
been filed to the Court allows the Court
to make its choice on the Michigan case
but doesn't go to the underlying issues."
Meanwhile, the views expressed by

Rice were not as clear-cut. After a Wash-
ington Post article Friday suggested she
was responsible for influencing Bush's
decision to file an amicus brief support-
ing CIR's position, Rice released a state-
ment saying she is against
race-conscious admissions.
"I believe that while race neutral
means are preferable, it is appropri-
ate to use race as one factor among
others in achieving a diverse student
body," Rice said.
But on NBC's "Meet the Press" Sun-
day, Rice, a former Stanford University
provost and faculty member, was more
reluctant to state her position on the Uni-
versity's policies. Although she said she
benefited from Stanford's efforts to
diversify, she was less at ease to say that
she disagreed with Bush's beliefs and
more inclined to express her dissatisfac-
tion with the University's policies.
"I think that the president has come
out in exactly the right place here. I am
fully supportive of what he has done,"
Rice said. "I happen to think personally
that there are problems with the Michi-
gan case ... It is important to take race
into consideration if you must - if race
neutral means do not work - if you
must take race into consideration, to do
it in a way that looks at the total person,
that does not assume certain things
about a person's race just because of the
color of their skin."
In addition, Sen. Hillary Clinton
(D-N.Y.) said yesterday during Mar-
tin Luther King, Jr. day celebrations
that she, along with several Senate
colleagues, would file an amicus
brief supporting the University's
admission policies.
"There are many ways to get to the
promised land of integrated higher
See POWELL, Page 7A
Inside: Students voice their opinions.
Page 3A

By Andrew Kaplan
Daily Staff Reporter

WASHINGTON - In wake of
escalating talks of preemptive mil-
itary strikes, an estimated 200,000
activists, including dozens of Uni-
versity students, gathered at the
Capitol Saturday to protest a
future war in Iraq.
International advocacy coalition Act
Now to Stop War & End Racism
orchestrated the March on Washington,
which began with a collection of
speakers in front of the Capitol and
ended with a march to the Navy Yard

- a military harbor for warships - in
the afternoon.
While thousands marched to the
Navy Yard, protests occurred in 30
other countries, including England,
Japan and Brazil. In San Francisco,
another 200,000 protesters marched
against the war.
protesters expressed several different
motives for their opposition to a war,
but many agreed that a war would crip-
ple the U.S. economy and kill thou-
See PROTEST, Page 7A
Inside: Ann Arbor protests the war.
Page 3A

A rally in support of affirmative action quickly turned into an anti-war protest as
demonstrators handed out "No war" signs on State Street yesterday.

Webber faced with new indictment

By J. Brady McCollough
Daily Sports Writer

Federal prosecutors charged
former Michigan basketball stand-
out Chris Webber Friday with
three new counts of lying to a fed-
eral grand jury.
The first indictment of Web-
ber, issued Sept. 9, charged that
he, his father and aunt tried to
mislead a federal grand jury in
August 2000 about cash and
gifts he allegedly received from
banned Michigan basketball Webber
booster Ed Martin. The original indictment did not
include a written transcript of the false statements
in question. This lack of evidence prompted Steve
Fishman of Detroit, Webber's attorney, to file for a

dismissal of the case.
The government "filed the superceding indictment
because their original indictment was clearly legally
insufficient," Fishman told The Michigan Daily.
The second indictment includes a partial transcript
of Webber's answers to more than 50 questions in
which the prosecutors accuse Webber of making false
statements. Fishman said "there is no doubt" that the
government issued the second indictment to ensure that
the case will not be dismissed at the scheduled Feb. 5
hearing with U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmunds.
"The only thing that is new (about the latest indict-
ment) is that now, at the eleventh hour, faced with the
imminent dismissal of the original indictment, the gov-
ernment has decided to comply with the requirement
that it set forth the specific statements that it claims to
be false;' Fishman said.
Fishman said that the Feb. 5 hearing will still take
place, but he is sure that the case will not be dismissed.

Webber's trial is set to begin in July after his duties with
the NBA's Sacramento Kings are finished. Fishman
also said he will likely file another dismissal request of
the latest indictment.
Fishman, a former Michigan basketball player
(1967-70), questioned why the government would not
have introduced the partial transcript in the original
"Since the indictment was clearly insufficient,
under federal case law, they either had-to have done
it deliberately or been deliberately ignorant," he
said. "Take your pick."
US. District Attorney Rick Convertino interviewed
Webber in August 2000 as a witness in the investiga-
tion of Martin to uncover how much money Martin
was making from an illegal lottery in Detroit-area auto
plants. This past May, Martin pleaded guilty to charges
that he used the proceeds from his illegal lottery to give
See WEBBER, Page 2A

Eminem surprises crowd
with free concert in A2

Rajmohan Gandhi addresses an audience yesterday on the legacy of his
grandfather's philosophy of nonviolence.
Grandson of Gandhi
speaks on nonviolence

By Joseph Utman
Daily Arts Writer

By Katie Glupker
and Min Kyung Yoon
Daily Staff Reporters
Standing Room Only - the sign that
should have been posted outside Schor-
ling Auditorium 3:45 p.m. yesterday.
Hundreds of people who could not enter
the auditorium to hear Rajmohan Gand-
hi's speech, "Clinging to the Truth in the
21st century: What the Legacies of King
and Gandhi have to offer," stood outside
and watched the speech from a live tele-
vision screen.
Rajmohan, the grandson of humani-

tarian Mahatma Gandhi, spoke about the
relationship Martin Luther King, Jr. and
Mahatma Gandhi shared in their vision
for peace.
"It was interesting to hear what he
said and to see how he related Gandhi
and King to the theme," RC senior
Kevin Fosnacht said.
Rajmohan illustrated the parallel
between his grandfather's fight for the
Untouchables in India and King's fight
for the blacks in America.
"Violence against the weak had to be
condemned," Rajmohan said. "Gandhi
See MLK, Page 2A

There are local celebrities and then there are
local celebrities.
Patrons at Touchdown Cafe on Saturday night
fawned over prominent members of the Universi-
ty's basketball team - players celebrating an 11th
consecutive victory that had been recorded earlier
that day in Evanston - interspersed throughout the
bar's crowd. Yet these notable guests were reduced
to adoring fans themselves when Ann Arbor rap
group Athletic Mic League took the stage around
midnight. After energetically performing for 45
minutes, the League rejoined the hoi-polloi and all
those left in the crowd - regular bar patrons, bas-
ketball players, and promising rappers alike -
were sent into a frenzy by the evening's final, unex-
pected performer, Detroit native Eminem.
The hip-hop megastar appeared in conjunction
with the scheduled performance of his Shady
Records proteg6, Obie Trice. Trice rapped by him-
self for roughly 30 minutes, completing only parts
of several songs and taking time for various sala-
cious, obscenity-laced tangential interludes. The
tone for Trice's performance was set when he asked
people in the crowd if they were drunk and

responded to their cheers of affirmation by
acknowledging his own inebriation.
Eminem, whose real name is Marshall Mathers,
helped conclude Trice's set, emerging from Touch-
down's off-stage wings like a white-jacketed
phoenix in time for his verse in the song "Love
Me," one which he performs with Trice on the
soundtrack to Mathers' movie 8 Mile. Following a
lengthy speech, Mathers performed one more song
before quickly exiting the bar, ignoring overtures
from fans and media.
In an oversized down jacket, his usual white T-
shirt and a white stocking cap adorned with a black
headband, Mathers paused after his entrance to
acknowledge the crowd's chants of "(expletive)
Benzino." The mantra referred to Eminem's public
discord with rapper and entrepreneur Ray "Benzi-
no" Scott, co-owner of The Source magazine. The
two men have feuded since Scott criticized
Eminem's mass appeal and flippantly disregarded
Mathers' success.
Reminding "Michigan" that he was on proba-
tion, Eminem said, "I ain't touching that man. But
Michigan's a big market," and the music giant
implored those in attendance to ignore Scott and his
upcoming promotional tour.
See EMINEM, Page 2A

Rappers Eminem and Obie Trice entertain a crowd at
Touchdown Cafe in a surprise performance Saturday night.

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