The Michigan Daily - Monday, February 3, 2003 - 7A
Students celebrate Lunar
New Year with traditions
By Min Kyung Yoon
Daly Staff Reporter
Students tried to recreate the festivities of home as Asian
countries welcomed the Year of the Goat with fireworks,
beating of the drums, decorations and food Saturday. Uni-
versity students celebrated with nostalgia the Lunar New
Year by trying to observe the traditions of their families
The Lunar New Year begins on the first new moon of the
New Year and ends on the full moon 15 days later, culminat-
ing with the Lantern Festival. The holiday falls on a differ-
ent date each year because it is based on lunar and solar
This year, the New Year fell on Feb. 1 and Asians all
over the world renewed hopes for good fortune and
prosperity in 2003 - or year 4701, according to the
Lunar calendar. New Year's Eve and New Year's Day are
a family affair marked with reunion and thanksgiving.
The celebration is a religious ceremony to honor Heav-
en and Earth, the gods of the household and the family
Koreans focus on the family as they celebrate the
New Year, dressing in traditional clothing called han-
bok, and kneeling and bowing to their ancestors and
elders in a ceremony called charye.
The children partake in saebae - a form of greeting
by bowing to elders - to wish them good luck. Chinese
children share this same tradition of receiving money or
saebaedon in Korea for every bow.
"It was my second New Year's away from family and
Hong Kong," said Bo Youn Song, a junior in the Taub-
man College of Architecture and Urban Planning and
international student from Hong Kong.
"Although I ate traditional New Year's food, I missed
a lot of things I used to do during Chinese New Year. I
missed going to the flower market to buy flowers, rang-
ing from chrysanthemums to peach blossoms. I miss
the warmth of family and friends wishing the best for
New Year - and definitely the food."
The holiday starts on New Year's Eve with a reunion din-
ner to pay respects to the ancestors, whose spirits - along
with the living - welcome the New Year. This symbolizes
family unity and honors past and present generations.
"I called my father and best friends in China," said
Bo Qin, a junior in the College of Architecture and
Urban Planning, who has family in Beijing. "In the
background I could hear fireworks. There are fireworks
all day long.",
The Lunar New Year is also called the Spring Festival,
marking the end of winter and ushering in spring. Tet is the
New Year holiday observed in Vietnam while the Koreans
No meal is complete without dduk gook in Korea. Tradi-
tionally prepared by the women in the family one day before
all the family gathers, dduk gook is a rice cake soup with
meat and vegetables.
"I miss home and traditional food, especially dduk
gook," Ji Young Bae, an LSA junior from Korea said. "I
also miss saebae money and buying gifts with that and
playing yutnori, a traditional Korean game."
"I miss charye, remembering my ancestors and thanking
them for the fact that we were born from them," Song said.
"And because of the amount of effort they gave to improv-
ing the quality of their lives, it has brought us to where we
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lation was installed on the two types of tanks.
Wadsworth said the tank used aboard the Columbia mis-
sion was manufactured in November 2000 and delivered to
NASA the next month. Only one more of the older tanks is
left, he said.
Dittemore said the tank, though no longer manufactured,
had been used for many years and was between 6,000 and
7,000 pounds heavier than the newer version, but "we had
no reason to doubt it capability."
Earlier yesterday, NASA administrator Sean O'Keefe
named a former Navy admiral to oversee an independent
review of the accident, and said investigators initially
would focus on whether the piece of insulation caused the
damage that brought down the shuttle.
"It's one of the areas we're looking at first, early, to
make sure that the investigative team is concentrating on
that theory," O'Keefe said.
The insulation is believed to have struck a section of the
shuttle's left side.
O'Keefe emphasized that the space agency was being
careful not to lock onto any one theory too soon. He
vowed to "leave absolutely no stone unturned."
For a second day, searchers scoured forests and rural
areas over 500 square miles of East Texas and western
Louisiana for bits of metal, ceramic tile, computer
chips and insulation from the shattered spacecraft.
State and federal officials, treating the investigation
like a multi-county crime scene, were protecting the
d'ebris until it can be catalogued, carefully collected
and then trucked to Barksdale Air Force Base in
The effort to reconstruct what is left of Columbia
into a rough outline of the shuttle will be tedious and
When a shuttle piece was located this weekend,
searchers left it in place until a precise global position
satellite reading could be taken.
Each shuttle part is numbered; NASA officials say
experts hope to trace the falling path of each recovered
The goal is to establish a sequence of how parts
were ripped off Columbia as it endured the intense
heat and pressure of the high-speed re-entry into the
At least 20 engineers from United Space Alliance, a
key NASA contractor for the shuttle program, were dis-
patched to Barksdale for what is expected to be a
Other experts, including metallurgists and forensic
medicine specialists, are expected to join the investiga-
tion. Their focus will be on a microscopic examination
of debris and remains that could elicit clues such as
how hot the metal became, how it twisted and which
parts flew off first.
In addition to NASA's investigation, O'Keefe named
an independent panel to be headed by retired Navy
admiral Harold W. Gehman Jr., who previously helped
investigate the 2000 terrorist attack on the USS Cole.
Gehman's panel will also examine the Columbia
wreckage, and come to its own conclusions about what
O'Keefe described Gehman as "well-versed in under-
standing exactly how to look about the forensics in
these cases and coming up with the causal effects of
what could occur."
AAN Mishra, the founder of the non-prof-
it organization South Asian Ameri-
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explosion. Patel said Chawla had executive director of the Indian
been invited to speak at the confer- Center for Political Awareness.
ence but was unable to attend He led a workshop on hate crimes
because of her NASA activities. and also gave a keynote speech in
Conference participants were able which he urged students to take
to choose from 10 different work- political action.
shops on political, social and cul- Business junior Jayanth Surakan-
tural issues. ti, who served as a small group
In one workshop, actor Kal Penn, facilitator for the conference, said
who had a leading role in National he was excited to see so many
Lampoon's "Van Wilder," discussed prominent South Asian media fig-
the portrayal of South Asians in the ures making appearances.
media and his personal difficulties in "But it wasn't just the celebrity,"
the entertainment business. Surakanti added. "They were basi-
Gupta also spoke at a workshop cally saying, 'We've done these
regarding the AIDS epidemic in South things and you guys can do the
Asian countries. same.'"
"I like that he said that if you feel Surakanti noted that many of the
like you can't make a difference, speakers have become successful in
you can. Spreading awareness fields where South Asians are
among everyone is key," said Nurs- underrepresented in non-traditional
ing sophomore and small group career paths.
facilitator Seema Ghelani. "They're breaking into acting,
Danyanti Gupta, the first female music and even cheerleading.
engineer hired by Ford Motor Co. in They've opened up a lot of options
1967, spoke at a workshop that for the South Asian community," he
explored the obstacles South Asian added.
women have faced because of LSA senior Chethra Muthiah, one
stereotypes. of the conference's co-chairs, said
"I thought she provided a lot of about 180 people registered for the
inspiring insight for women," LSA conference.
senior and conference co-chair Muthiah added that the conference
Chethra Muthiah said. exceeded her expectations.
Musicians from Rukus Avenue, "It was a really positive and
the first South Asian label in North refreshing reflection of the South
America, performed for participants Asian community on this campus,"
and also spoke at a workshop Muthiah said.
regarding South Asian classical "We definitely achieved the goal
music. of reaching the community with
Another prominent speaker and awareness of South Asian activism,"
University alum was Debashish Patel said.
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of people to go to graduate school
because it is definitely hard to find
jobs at this time," Kinesiology senior
Kate Kullgren said.
Kullgren added she is now trying
to secure a job and said the econo-
my situation has slowed down the
"While consumers expect the econ-
omy to stagger forward, they think the
pace of growth will be too slow to keep
the unemployment rate from rising,"
Last week, the U.S. Commerce
Department reported that the real
gross domestic product - the
broadest measure of national output,
adjusted for inflation - only
crawled upward by 0.7 percent in
the fourth quarter of 2002. Although
the whole year's growth was 2.4 per-
cent - which was much better than
the 0.3 percent growth in 2001 - it
was still historically low for the
world's largest economy.
Another part of the survey, the
Index of Consumer Expectations, a
component of the Index of Leading
Economic Indicators, also declined to
72.8 in January from 80.8 in Decem-
ber. This indicates that consumers are
still skeptical about the unclear state
of the economy ahead of them.
The Surveys of Consumers, which
is accessible only to paying sub-
scribers, is conducted by the Universi-
ty Institute for Social Research.
The final results are based on about
500 telephone interviews with Ameri-
cans nationwide and are announced
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after the 1986 Challenger explosion until evidence could
be gathered and analyzed and changes made.
"This is a tragic thing to happen to the space pro-
gram," Rosenthal said. "I think it will set back the
space program a couple of years. It will take a long
time to find the causes. It's sort of like after TWA flight
800 - not much is going to survive intact."
Aerospace Engineering Department Chair David Hyland
said he didn't think the accident would put space travel
permanently on hold.
"I don't think people who believe in manned space
flight will be deterred from this dareer by this acci-
dent," he said.
"Those seven astronauts gave their lives to open new
frontiers for mankind. I think we're going to pick our-
selves up and dust ourselves off and continue."
Hyland called for increased safety. "Hopefully NASA
or the administration will decide to augment the budget
for safety concerns. Many elements of the shuttle
design are a few decades old," he said, adding that
Columbia is the oldest space shuttle in the United
States and that the budget for space flight had recently
"Despite Murphy's Law, we have an outstanding record of
success," said Hyland. He pointed out that the United States
has launched 113 shuttle flights to date. "The incidence of
failure is pretty small."
Hyland said space travel is very precise. "(During)
every single flight, there are numerous things that must
go exactly right," he said.
"You can have the best people doing the best things
with the best technology and bad things can still hap-
pen, like a few tiles coming loose."
Engineering freshman Greg Berman said he thinks
that time should be taken after the accident to improve
"I think we should spend more time developing tech-
nology that would be safer and more efficient."
"For sure we have to look into this to see the causes," he
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concluding from that that all international students are
potential terrorists is absurd," he said. "There's absolutely
no more privacy anymore."
Baldwin said, "A lot of these changes in immigration reg-
ulation were the result of things that have happened in world
In addition to facing more rigid policies, internation-
al students must also undergo an extended visa pro-
cessing system - called VISA MANTIS - if they
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expounded by MSA.
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tected by the same law," immigration attorney Alex
"Dealing with the failure of the (CIA), we say all
immigrants are bad and mean and we have to kill all of
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policy is weak because it is susceptible to party poli-
tics and the congressional docket, and should be put
under judicial review in order to limitthe power of
"Basically, we need to take the politics out of immigra-
tion," Azzam said. "If you keep on changing the law
depending on the political agenda, it means you don't have a
consistent policy that's clear to everybody and clear to
Although some students complain that the new INS poli-
cies are unconstitutional, Xzzam said the nation's current
political tenor prevents their voice from having any impact
"In the Supreme Court under (Chief Justice William
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in the U.S., you have no constitutional protection.
You have to have a green card or citizenship to have
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