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January 28, 2003
©2003 The Michigan Daily
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Vol. CXI I, No. 82

One-hundred-twelve years of editorialfreedom


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with Iraq's
weapons inspectors bolstered the Unit-
ed States' case yesterday that Iraq has
failed to cooperate with them whole-
heartedly, but also called for at least a
"few months" to give the process time
to avert a war.
The presentations to the U.N. Securi-
ty Council, 60 days after inspections
resumed following a four-year break,
left the five veto-wielding members
divided on how much more time Bagh-
dad should be given to disarm.
As the Pentagon pushed ahead with
war preparations, Secretary of State
* Colin Powell warned that Saddam Hus-
sein has "not much more time" to com-
ply and suggested the next step by
Washington could come as soon as
next week.
But China, Russia and France,
which have said they currently see
no cause for war, countered that
yesterday's reports support the need
for inspectors to continue to do
their work.
In his toughest criticism yet, chief
inspector Hans Blix charged that Iraq
has never genuinely accepted U.N. res-
olutions demanding its disarmament
and warned that "cooperation on sub-
stance" is "indispensable" for a peace-
ful solution.
"Iraq appears not to have come to a
genuine acceptance, not even today, of
the disarmament that was demanded of
it," Blix told the council.
Speaking next, Mohamed ElBaradei,
who heads the U.N. nuclear control
agency, said inspections of 106 sites
had turned up no evidence so far that
Iraq was reviving its nuclear program.
With Iraq's cooperation, he said, "we
should be able within the next few
months to provide credible assurance
that Iraq has no nuclear weapons pro-
"These few months would be a
valuable investment in peace
because it could help avoid a war,"
ElBaradei said.
Iraqi Ambassador Mohammed al-
Douri insisted his country "has actively
cooperated" and "has expressed its sin-I
cere willingness to clarify any ques-
tions." Iraq also sent a 10-page letter to
the United Nations defending its coop-
"We open all doors to Mr. Blix and
his team. If there.is something, he will
find it. We have no hidden reports at
all," al-Douri said.
The inspection reports came as Pres-
ident Bush planned to outline his case
for possible war against Iraq in
tonight's State of the Union address.

FBI task force's
info probe tracks
student activity

While the FBI does not track
all University events, it has
access to student information
By Carmen Johnson
Daily Staff Reporter
Some students are wondering how much privacy
they still have now that Joint Terrorism Task Forces
overseeing counterterrorism include collegiate
police officers on a dozen campuses. Paying atten-
tion to college campuses and working with campus
police to check any tips or leads is one way federal
agencies have been monitoring potential terrorist
The Department of Public Safety regularly works
and exchanges information with the FBI on differ-
ent security issues like the ban on flyovers over the
Michigan Stadium, said DPS spokeswoman Diane
"Only if any of the law-enforcing agencies, like
the FBI, received a credible tip about an issue on
campus, that would be investigated," Brown said.
"However the FBI could find out public informa-
tid like details on the (University) directory."

However, students and faculty are weary of zeal-
ous federal agencies after the USA Patriot Act was
passed in October 2001, which took away signifi-
cant privacy protections from students, said Noel
Saleh, staff attorney of the American Civil Liberties
Union of Michigap.
"The FBI could really find out anything they
wanted," Saleh said. "They are interested in student
activists or organizers. Like the divestment confer-
ence that happened late last year was an interest to
the FBI."
Prior to the Patriot Act, the Family Education
Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 stated that, unless
the school had been mandated by court order or
subpoena, an academic institution was generally
barred from releasing a student's education records
without a student's consent.
"Now, students would never know what files fed-
eral agencies have or how it will be used," Saleh
said. "Before the Patriot Act, students had consent."
But FBI agent Greg Stejskal said unless there is
some reason for investigation on campus, the feder-
al law and the Constitution still protect the rights of
"We don't monitor demonstrations or guest
See FBI, Page 2
cip cutail

date rape incidents

Icicles form on nearby tree branches as an Ann Arbor firefighter puts out the remainder of a fire that
occurred at an apartment complex on the corner of Ann and Division streets yesterday.
Ann- Streetfredamages
15 student apart ments

By Elizabeth Anderson
Daily Staff Reporter
A new consumer product has made date-rape
drugs less threatening to American women but
has gone largely unnoticed by the University
and Ann Arbor communities. The Drink Safe
Coaster, created by Drink Safe Technologies,
Inc., can detect if GHB, Ketamine or other
common date rape drugs have contaminated
The coaster indicates ime of six date-rape
drugs is present in any beverage by 'changing
color to bright blue when a drop of the beverage
is dotted onto it.
Organizations such as the YWCA and rape
crisis centers around the country have been
handing out the coasters since October.
"They have real value," said Sandy Davis,
Rape Crisis Center director for the Santa Clara,
Calif. YWCA. "We just stumbled across a web-
site of the manufacturer. I think they'll be very
available and I think the really savvy bars are
going to have them."
Each coaster has two testing areas and a
suggested individual retail price of 75 to 95
cents, said Drink Safe Distributors Director
John Allison.

"I've had many phone calls from universities
on how to get the product," Allison said. ''But
the product is so new, that's why no one's
heard of it."
Neither Kent Baumkel, Ann Arbor Police
Department personal safety coordinator, nor
Therese Doud, Advocacy Services coordinator
for the Sexual Assault Crisis Center of Washte-
naw County, had heard of the Drink Safe Coast-
er. But both expressed positive reactions to the
coasters and a desire to see them implemented
in University settings.
When asked about marketing strategies, Drink
Safe Technologies Vice President Mike Giles
said many colleges and universities have placed
orders for the coasters.
"Our main thrust has been trying to get it into
your local drugstores and convenience stores,"
Giles said. "The product hasn't been out that
long, but it threw a slew of colleges and univer-
sities towards us - one of the bigger clienteles
that came on board initially."
Initially, Drink Safe Technologies pitched the
Drink Safe Coasters to alcohol companies such
as Bacardi and Anheuser-Busch, said Drink Safe
Technologies Scientific Coordinator Brian
See COASTERS, Page 3

By Maria Sprow
Daily Staff Reporter
The historical three-story, yellow home-turned-
apartment complex located on the northeast cor-
ner of East Ann and North Division streets went
up in smoke yesterday, leaving at least one resi-
dent temporarily homeless and a dozen others liv-
ing with family and friends.
Firefighters first received the call that the 15-
unit building - which has two addresses, at 208
N. Division St. and 499 E. Ann St. - was on fire
at about 11:20 a.m., said Ann Arbor Fire Depart-

ment First Battalion Chief Louis Johnson.
In addition to the fire damage done to the
building's interior, witnesses said several of the
windows were shattered and the roof over the
addition was destroyed.
"When I looked outside around 11 or 11:30
there were two or three fire trucks behind the
house, and two more on Ann and there was a Red
Cross emergency vehicle. I could see the house
and I could see the smoke," said LSA senior
Sarah Ensor, who lives next door to the burned
home. "The addition seems to be almost entirely
See FIRE, Page 2

'U' group aids health
care in.Bangladesh

By Bron Daniels
For the Daily

Ashleigh Banfield, who reported on the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks and the
war in Afghanistan, speaks yesterday about her experiences.
sS '
Panel of journali1sts
disculss war CO-verage

Amid the festering heat, the putrid
stench of fecal decay is evident as
sanitation sludge fuses into the water
supply. Widespread unsanitary condi-
tions are pervasive in this environ-
ment. Bangladesh's health care
system has plummeted into a degener-
ative state, Alex Crawford, Michigan
International Development Program
spokesman said. Doctors are known
to perform numerous Caesarian births
a day with the same set of instruments
and dentists have performed appen-
The Michigan International Devel-
opment Program, a non-profit group of
current and former University stu-
dents, runs a program pioneering gains
for Bangladeshi garment workers to
provide them with health care.
Business Prof. Andrew Crawford,
founded the program in Oct. 2001
before he died of leukemia. Crawford
received no treatment for his disease,
his son Alex said, choosing to make a
point by channeling the money into the
Bangladesh program instead.
. "One life is not as valuable as the
many others one could save," Alex
said. "Professor Crawford's treatment
cost ... totaling as much as $150,000,
ensured that more than 10,000
Bangladeshi garment workers received

health care for a year's time," Alex
The students have traveled for the
past year, approaching business owners
to implement the health care services.
The students deal directly with owners
of manufacturing facilities to convince
them of the need for better care, LSA
senior and MIDP volunteer Rowtulo
Adebiyi said.
"It is crucial that the owner of the
factories understand the grave benefits
that health care will provide by invest-
ing in their employees that increases
output and quality of production,"
Adebiyi said. The results from the ini-
tial pilot project stand resolute as testa-
ment to the program's success, he
"We are getting it done with market-
driven solutions to curtail these prob-
lems. Our program has shown savings
to the owner up 1000 percent and to
the worker up well over 500 percent,"
Crawford said.
Only six months after the program's
establishment, all operations are over-
whelmingly designed, run and institut-
ed by a small and determined nucleus
of students. The students' goal is to
connect doctors in the region with fac-
tory workers to ensure adequate health
service. The group should be a model
to other students groups looking to
make change, said MIDP Chairman
See MIDP, Page 3

By Nedda Mehdlzadsh
For the Daily
A panel of speakers, including
nationally-recognized journalists and
experts, traveled from different corners
of the country, to discus their opinions
and concerns on the impending war
and biological warfare yesterday at the
University Alumni Center. Despite
their differing views, all panelists
agreed on the importance of public
understanding and awareness of the

current political climate.
The Knight-Wallace Fellows and
W.K. Kellogg Foundation created an
opportunity for the guests to speak with
each other and also to address some
concerns and questions from the audi-
ence. The main theme, however,
revolved around one major issue: How
well is the public being informed during
this time of crisis and are the media and
experts prepared to inform it?
"A journalist is a member of society

Eastern Michigan University senior Karen Reaume does some
routine bulb maintenance at Tanfastic on Plymouth Road.



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