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Vol. CXIII, No. 68
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Thousands of Marines, sailors and
soldiers headed for the Persian Gulf
region yesterday, shipping out from
California, Georgia and Maryland as
the buildup for a possible war with Iraq
"I'm worried. I'm also proud," K.C.
Lindberg said moments after saying
goodbye to her son, a 23-year-old
machinist's mate in the Navy who set
sail from San Diego on the USS
Tarawa. "I'm going to miss him a
whole lot and we don't know what's
ahead. But he's going out there to pro-
tect you and me."
President Bush has threatened to
attack Iraq if. it does not eliminate its
weapons of mass destruction as
required by U.N. resolutions adopted
after the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait in
1990. The Pentagon has indicated it
plans to deploy as many as 250,000
soldiers in the Gulf region; at least
50,000 are already there.
More than 10,000 Army soldiers in
Georgia were expected to leave Fort
Benning and Fort Stewart over the
next week. The troops are from the
3rd Infantry Division (Mechanized),
which specializes in desert warfare
and is expected to have all 17,000 sol-
diers and support staff in the region
Many of the division's troops are
Desert Storm veterans, but Spc.
Derante Moody, 23, was a teenager
at the time.
"I'm kind of nervous, but I've got
confidence in my peers," Moody said.
"We've trained together and lived
together for months."
Moody's family left Killeen, Texas,
when he called Saturday to say he was
headed overseas. They arrived at 2 a.m.
"I hope they pull everyone back,"
said his mother, Valery Moody. "I'm
scared, he's nervous but he's trying to
cover it up."
Swirling snow fell in Baltimore as
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Res halls get
By Maria Sprow
Daily Staff Reporter
An advisory note to. students -
and potential criminals - entering
East Quad and South Quad resi-
dence halls: You are being video-
Construction crews successfully
finished installing security cameras
at all entrances to South Quad and
East Quad over winter break. The
spherical black cameras seen above
entrances and main floor hallways
are functional and are able to record
movements of those entering the
residence halls 24 hours a day.
Camera installation started last
semester in South Quad. After suf-
fering a few glitches, including the
discovery that more powerful com-
puters were needed to handle the
video equipment's software, camera
installation proceeded in East Quad
and is moving on to West Quad,
where it is expected to be complet-
ed by month's end.
All residence halls will eventual-
ly have the new security equipment,
and insta'llation is expected to go
"There have been no significant
problems in the two completed
installations of cameras," said Alan
Levy, spokesman for University
"Any installation involving tech-
nical equipment and related soft-
ware goes through an initial period
of working the systems to make
sure everything works properly," he
Levy said the cameras will not be
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Kyung-Hwan Lee, University alum in the School of Music, gives five-year old Harry Song his first
violin lesson as his brother David watches.
Student-run online bookstore
By Melissa Solarz
For the Daily
In a time typically highlighted by complaints
that it takes too much time and too much
money, students purchasing books this semester
have a new alternative to perennial favorite
Cordx.com, a website run by students for stu-
dents, promises to make book-buying smooth
and simple this semester. LSA sophomore Brett
Baudinet said he saw the website, owned by his
fatherBrian Baudinet, as an opportunity to
"Being a Michigan student myself, I too am
getting stung by the massive cost of school-
books at the University," he said. "The site
allows students to sell and buy their books
directly with other students."
On Cordx.com, students search for a text-
book to buy or post the name of a textbook they
want to sell. The site offers books on subjects
ranging from architecture design to geology and
nursing. Plus, there is no waiting in line.
Students opting for more traditional purchas-
ing formed a line that snaked along State Street
in front of Shaman Drum Bookshop yesterday
on the first afternoon of classes. "It sucks
'cause it's so cold out here," LSA freshman
Juby Chacko said, adding she did not know
buying textbooks online was an option.
Later in the afternoon outside Michigan
Book and Supply on State Street, LSA seniors
Rachel Horowitz and Kirt McKee insisted that
they had no interest in buying books online.
After spending 25 minutes in the bookstore,
they said the process had been easy.
Despite some disinterest and lack of knowl-
edge, the use of lesser-known online resouices
has increased on campus this year.
Molly Bloom, publicist for Shaman Drum,
said she thinks the store's website is not only a
convenient way for students who don't want to
wait in line to buy books but also easier on store
employees as well.
Students can search the website by depart-
ment listing or by entering a class and class
number. The website is open for order until Jan.
Christine Comer, store manager of Michigan
Book and Supply, said she is wary of online
book purchasing because not all books bought
on the Internet can be returned to the store
itself. "We also do not buy books online
because we cannot evaluate the condition of the
book. We do offer purchasing and reserving
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Media Union touts new access
to wireless computing network
By Carmen Johnson
Daily Staff Reporter
Students yearning to access the Inter-
net while eating a muffin at Mujo Cafe
in the Media Union now have the option
of utilizing a new wireless system avail-
able on the first, second and third floors
of the North Campus library.
"While other sites on campus provide
wireless Ethernet, the Media Union and
the Lurie Engineering Center - also on
North Campus - are the only sites on
campus that offer wireless Ethernet con-
nectivity for all University students, fac-
ulty and staff," Susan Harris,
information technology central services
relationship manager said.
The Media Union, North Campus'
central computing site, also houses tra-
ditional and digital libraries, computer
training rooms and a multitude of other
information resources, and will now
attract even more students with its flexi-
bility in wireless computing, officials
"People don't want to have to rely on
workstations to use the Internet. Now
they can sit anywhere and connect,"
spokeswoman Glenda Radine said.
"Wireless technology is certainly grow-
ing everywhere and something that has
been in the interest of faculty here for
The Media Union was chosen to have
a wireless network not only to answer
the requests of students but also to learn
the best way to deploy and extend the
network said Paul Killey, executive
director of information technology for
the College of Engineering.
"We plan on keeping the network
going. If the wireless network at the
Media Union is a positive experience,
we want to set up networks throughout
the engineering college and offer net-
works in the music and art school," Kil-
The Computer Aided Engineering
Network, which manages computer sites
on North Campus, is using a Virtual Pri-
vate Network client to gain access to the
Internet. A wireless card is necessary for
wireless Ethernet connectivity although
most up-to-date computers are equipped
"All you have to do to get it to work is
to bring your laptop to the Media Union,
and click on the browser. You'll be redi-
rected to a web page where you just
download some software, then after
restarting and signing in with your uniq-
name, you'll be online," Killey said.
Plans to expand the wireless network
include providing the service at the
Shapiro Undergraduate Library, the Har-
lan Hatcher Graduate Library and the
Computer Site at Angell Hall early this
term, Harris said.
Michigan Gov. John Engler speaks Friday, Dec. 27, 2002, in
Lansing, Mich., during his final scheduled news conference
after 12 years in office.
Students use their laptops on one of the wireless floors in the
Media Union on North Campus.
More students opt to push studies aside
By Lydia K. Leung
Daily Staff Reporter
How many hours do you study a week?
No more than five hours? Around 10
hours? Over 20 hours? If you are in the
last category, you are part of a small and
dwindling group of college students,
according to the latest results from the
National Survey of Student Engagement.
Although some professors suggest that
students spend two hours of class prepa-
ration for every hour spent in the class-
room - 24 to 36 hours of studying per
week for a full-time student - the sur-
vey found that only 23 percent of fresh-
men at four-year residential colleges
spend 21 or more hours per week study-
An atrophy of study motivation is
apparent as a striking 45 percent of sen-
iors only spend 10 or fewer hours on
their academic work weekly. The same
survey found only 36 percent of seniors
were spending that little time on their
studies two years ago, indicating an atro-
phy of study motivation.
Some students said the complexity of
college life is the main reason for the
decline in study time.
"I can understand why some people
aren't studying as much because they
may feel that they need to spend more
time on socializing and to feel more
accustomed to the university environ-
ment," LSA junior Amar Daswani said.
LSA freshman Brad Smith said he
would rather spend more time with
friends and on other activities than study.
"I don't try to know about every single
"I don't try to know about every single little
thin g.,. I am not looking for perfection by
any stretch of the imagination."
- Brad Smith
By Tomislav Ladika
Daily Staff Reporter
Legislators and pundits generally agree that one of
former Michigan Gov. John Engler's greatest accom-
plishments during his 12-year tenure was the passage
of Proposal A, which equalized K-12 education funding
across the state: But the remainder of Engler's legacy,
including his environmental and economic policies,
remains a source of debate.
Voters chose Engler, a Republican from Beal City, as
Michigan's 46th governor in 1990 over the incumbent
Gov. James Blanchard, a democrat. Engler was then
reelected twice before term limits forced him to step
down, paving the way for Democratic Gov. Jennifer
Granholm to succeed him.
Voters also almost unanimously supported Proposal
A in 1994, which adjusted the bulk of education fund-
ing from local property taxes to the state sales tax. This
resulted in poorer districts with lower property tax rev-
enues receiving as much funding as richer districts said
Bill Rustem, senior vice president of Public Sector
Consultants, a Lansing-based think tank.
"The quality of education in districts that are poor
has improved," he said. "There is no question about
Before the proposal's approval, some schools were
receiving more than twice as much funding as other
schools in the same county, and some had computer
labs while others did not, state Sen. Patricia Birkholz
"It brought the lower funded schools up and closed
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little thing. ... I am not looking for per-
fection by any stretch of imagination,"
He added that he spends five hours or
less per week preparing for class.
According to the survey, 19 percent of
freshmen are studying as little as he
"There's a lot to do on this campus.
You have extra-curricular activities and
there are many different organizations
and programs you can join," LSA sopho-
more Chibuzo Okafo said. He added that
the responsibilities stemming from extra-
curricular activities cost students time
that could be spent on class preparation.
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