January 29, 2003
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Vol. CXIII, No. 83
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in State oft e Union
WASHINGTON (AP) - Repub-
licans are closing ranks, Democrats
voicing doubts, after President
Bush's State of the Union vow to
use the "full force and might of the
U.S. military" if needed to disarm
Saddam Hussein's Iraq.
"Unless we stand fast and stand
strong, the forces of evil will not dis-
appear," House Speaker Dennis
Hastert (R-Ill.), said last night after
Bush's speech before Congress and a
global television audience that includ-
ed U.S. troops in the Persian Gulf.
"This is not the time for the timid
leadership offered by the naysayers."
But Bush had scarcely completed
his condemnation of the Iraqi
leader - including an explicit,
prime time listing of Iraqi torture
techniques -when Sen. Edward
Kennedy issued a fresh challenge.
"Instead of rushing down the path.
to war with Iraq, the American peo-
ple deserve a full debate," the
Massachusetts Democrat said.
Congress voted last fall to authorize
military action, but Kennedy said he
wanted to require Bush to give Con-
gress "convincing evidence of an
imminent threat" before sending
troops to war.
Half of the president's speech -
delivered to a crowded House cham-
ber and with hundreds of protesters on
the Capitol lawn outside -was devot-
ed to domestic policy, a recognition
that the economy needs mending and
that the new GOP-controlled Congress
is eager to tackle issues ranging from
overhauling Medicare to curtailing
See BUSH, Page 3
Students in the Business School student lounge tune in to watch President Bush deliver the State of the Union and
watch politicians' reactions to his proposals.
Students divided over Bush '
economic plan, stancev on Iraq
By Dan Trudeau
Daily Staff Reporter
Michigan politicians expressed strong opinions about Presi-
dent Bush's State of the Union address yesterday, maintaining
partisan alliances in their responses to the speech.
The dramatic conclusion of the speech emphasized Bush's
views on the potential conflict in Iraq, the issue that many
Americans regard as the most important facing the nation.
Bush's assertion that Saddam Hussein has not sufficiently
cooperated with U.N. weapons inspectors drew dissent from
Michigan Democrats. U.S. Sen. Carl Levin of Detroit was
skeptical about the viability of Bush's proposals, saying in a
written statement that the president's call for action in Iraq is
premature and unwarranted.
"I urge the presider4 to provide the U.N. inspectors with the
large amount of information which they have requested ... and
to support the U.N. inspection process as long as the inspectors
are making progress, before deciding to take another course of
action, including military action" Levin said.
Before the speech, U.S. Rep. John Dingell (D-Dearborn)
criticized Bush's plans regarding Medicare and homeland
security, as well as his assessment of the situation in Iraq.
,See LAWMAKERS, Page 3
By Emily Kmaack
Daily Staff Reporter
Many students spent last night
glued to their televisions as President
Bush set out his vision for the nation
in his State of the Union address,
leading them to express a range of
opinions after the speech.
Bush's speech touched on health
care, the environment and education.
But discussion of disarming Iraq and
Bush's economic stimulus package
sparked some of the strongest reactions.
Many students-said they were unhap-
py, yet not surprised, by Bush's determi-
nation to use force if necessary to
disarm Iraq. LSA sophomore and Col-
lege Democrats executive board mem-
ber Jennifer Nathan said Bush's
remarks were what she had expected.
"I feel like war has been inevitable in
the Bush administration;' Nathan said.
"I feel like we could go to war any day,
and that scares me. I expect it will come
sooner rather thanlater."
But LSA senior and Young Ameri-
cans for Freedom Chairman Dean
Wang took a strong stance in support
of Bush. "I support a regime change
in Iraq by force if necessary," he said.
"I believe we should've attacked Iraq
See REACTIONS, Page 2
Bush is swarmed on the floor of the House of Representatives
after addressing a joint session of Congress.
JERUSALEM (AP) - Prime Minis-
ter Ariel Sharon and his Likud Party
won a resounding victory in Israel's
parliamentary elections yesterday, as
voters endorsed his hard-line approach
to the Palestinian uprising and dealt the
dovish Labor Party its worst defeat in
The prospect of progress on the
Palestinian front now appears to
depend on whether Sharon can form a
coalition that will include the opposi-
tion Labor, which campaigned on a
pledge to restart peace negotiations
with the Palestinians.
In his victory speech before jubilant
supporters, Sharon called for a "unity
government" and warned that "there is
no cause for celebration. The battle
against the terrorist organizations has-
n't ended and it claims more victims
every day ... It's a time for soul-
searching, for uniting."
Israel TV quoted Sharon as saying
he would not establish a right-wing
government under any circumstances,
although in his speech he did not offer
any policy incentive to Labor.
Labor leader Amram Mitzna has
ruled out joining a Likud-led govern-
ment, and he reiterated that stance yes-
terday after congratulating Sharon on
his victory. "We will remind Sharon
every day that there is an alternative,
that there is another way," Mitzna said.
Even without Labor, Sharon is expect-
ed to face difficulties in forming a stable
government from the myriad political
and religious factions, especially amid
the turmoil of the Palestinian uprising.
White leaves 'U' to lead
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By Lydia K. Leung
Daily Staff Reporter
B. Joseph White, former interim University
president and current Business School professor,
announced he will leave his post at the University
to serve as managing director of a New York-
based investment firm.
Beginning Feb. 1, White will officially take his
new position at Fred Alger Management Inc., a
company established by two University alums
who are his close friends. He flew to New York
on Sunday and started working early at the firm.
White said that in late December and early Jan-
uary, he received a personal invitation from his
friend, Fred Alger, chairman of the company, to
join the firm.
"It was not a job that had been advertised,"
While working in New York, he said, he will be
commuting back to Ann Arbor to fulfill his
remaining duties at the University. Furthermore,
he will also remain on the advisory board of the
Life Sciences Institute.
"I think I have a life-long love affair with the
University that continues," he said.
White came to the University in 1971 as a
doctoral student. In addition to serving the inter-
im president of the University from January to
July 2002 after former President Lee Bollinger
left to serve as president of Columbia University
in New York, White served as the dean of the
Business School from 1991 to 2001.
"My wife and I feel that Ann Arbor will always
be our home," he said.
White added that he did not expect to leave but
he was also "excited about the experience in New
"I love a challenge, especially a leadership chal-
lenge. I have very high regard for Fred and for his
late brother David and I really like the opportunity
to join a firm that is making a remarkable recovery
from the unimaginable loss'of 9-11," he said,
explaining why he took the job.
Thirty-five members of the firm - including
co-founder David Alger - died when a plane
crashed into the company's office in the World
Trade Center on Sept. 11. White said Fred Alger
has been his professional acquaintance for 15 years,
See WHITE, Page 3
Engineering senior Derek Herbert and LSA senior Jerry Pankratz walks out of the intermural Building
after playing basketball, passing a sign showing the proposed renovations of the building.
Survey will help MA in
renovating athletic facilities
By Andrew Kaplan
Daily Staff Reporter
Students who want better recreational sports
facilities on campus should take care not to delete
an e-mail appearing in their mailboxes today
marked "Improve CCRB, NCRB, and IMB" - the
Central Campus, North Campus and Intramural
After promises by the Michigan Student Assem-
bly for higher-quality facilities and months of plan-
ning and research by the Department of
Recreational Sports, the two bodies collaborated to
send 7,303 randomly- selected students an online
survey asking what improvements they feel the
University can make to Rec Sports facilities.
"The survey's something along the lines of, 'are
you satisfied with current weight and fitness equip-
ment?"' Pete Woiwode, MSA Communications
Committee chair, said.
"We are very undersized in our weight and fit-
ness, cardiovascular, aerobic and strength ... and
apparatus," said William Canning, director of
"One question is how much they're using the
facilities now," Canning said. "The survey will get
us statistically valid results on the needs and desires
of the student body." Canning added that the cur-
rent buildings - some of which were built as early
as the 1920s - are too small to accommodate the
growing number of students who use them on a
regular basis. "We have right now 10,000 to 11,000
square feet of space," he said. "A standard that is
being used by facilities across the country is one
square foot of space for every student on campus."
With nearly 40,000 students at the University, Rec
Sports should maintain approximately 38,000
square feet of space.
"We have the stats of everybody that walks in the
See MSA, Page 3
Ypsilanti man arrested for
residence hall invasion
By Maria Sprow
Daily Staff Reporter
An Ypsilanti resident is now facing misdemeanor
charges in 15th District Court for attempting to
break into several rooms in South Quad Residence
According to Department of Public Safety
reports, the man, allegedly 24-year-old Garland
Hall, was seen testing several doorknobs - includ-
ing one to a women's restroom - on the residence
hall's third floor at about 8 a.m. Friday.
Upon discovering an unlocked door, he knocked
and entered after not receiving an answer, but was
then confronted by the room's resident. He left the
area and DPS was notified soon afterward, reports
DPS Capt. Joe Piersante said officers were able
to apprehend the man, who was described in DPS
reports as tall and wearing a black coat and dark
jeans, based on information provided by witnesses.
Hall, who is not affiliated with the University,
was arrested after police discovered he had a stolen
elevator access key in his pocket, Piersante said.
According to the DPS crime log, nothing else was
reported stolen from the residence hall Friday
morning, and Piersante said Hall never gained
See CRIME, Page 3