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snow showers
during the day
and winds
reaching 17
miles per hour
in the evening.


Vol. CXIII, No. 92


'U' faculty
talk about
conflict in
By Carmen Johnson
Daily Staff Reporter
Conflicting views held by South
Korean Prime Minister Kim Suk-soo
and Defense Secretary Donald Rums-
feld demonstrate the everpresent spec-
ulation on North Korea's possession of
nuclear weapons. Suk-soo declared
yesterday that there is no proof that
North Korea has produced nuclear
weapons, while Rumsfield said intelli-
gence services said they know the
North Koreans have "one or two
nuclear weapons."
0 "The U.S. can never know if they have
nuclear weapons unless North Korea
actually test the bombs," political sci-
ence Prof. Meredith Woo-Cumings said.
Woo-Cumings, who was appointed by
President Bill Clinton in 1996 to serve
on the Presidential Commission on U.S.-
Pacific Trade and Investment Policy,
said the North Korean dictatorship's fear
for their security and are concerned they
are United States's next target after the
conflict with Iraq is resolved.
Woo-Cumings added that North
Korea is the real crisis because Iraq
clearly does not possess any nuclear
weapons. To protect against outside
forces, North Korea's budget is spent
mostly on building up its military for
defense, which ultimately threatens the
United States, said Prof. E. Han Kim,
an expert on the Asian economy and
adviser to the South Korean govern-
ment in 1998.
"When the U.S. stopped sending aid,
the North Korean dictatorship didn't
care because it only affected civilians
- but now that the food shortage has
negatively affected the military, North
Korea feels pressure," Kim said.
Meanwhile, North Korean civilians
are unaware of the situation and are
starving because there is no infrastruc-
ture to control floods, Kim added.
The United States not only fears that
North Korea might use or sell the
nuclear weapons to other countries or
terrorists groups, but that other Asian
countries such as Japan will feel pres-
sured to develop their own weapons of
mass destruction to defend themselves
against North Korea, Kim said.
Yet the United States does not have
many options in its dealings with
North Korea since the United States
See KOREAS, Page 3

Step back, rock forward

Security alert
hinders U.S.
border travel

By Dan Trudeau
Daily Staff Reporter
Increasingly serious federal warnings
about the threat of terrorism have caused
US. Customs agents and airport security
agencies to tighten security on the bor-
der and in the nation's airports.
Last Friday, the Department of Home-
land Security raised the national terror
alert level from yellow to orange, signi-
fying a shift from an "elevated" threat of
terrorist action to a "heightened" threat.
In Detroit, Port Huron and other
points of entry into the United States,
border patrol agents are slowing travel-
ers crossing in and out of Canada for
more frequent and thorough vehicles
searches. Cherise Miles of the U.S. Cus-
toms office said the searches are a pre-
cautionary measure and not necessarily
a signal of impending danger.
"We don't have a specific threat for
the state of Michigan. This is consistent
with border security across the country,"
Miles said. She added that the tighter
measures would not likely cause unrea-
sonable traffic delays at the border,
specifically for travelers crossing
between Michigan and Canada.
"We've been able to keep the wait
times down. If you look at Detroit you're
looking at around a 15-minute increase
on average," Miles said.
At the University, many students are
unconcerned about the increased alert
level, and in some cases, they are skepti-
cal of the motives behind the increase.
"They probably have a good reason
for (the raised alert), but I feel like it's a
way to get more support for the war,"
LSA sophomore Heather McManus

said. "But if we let what other people
decide to do with their lives affect what
we do with ours, we're only going to live
in fear."
At Detroit Metro Airport, the height-
ened alert level has led to increased
presence from uniformed security
guards, altered traffic patterns and
diminished patience for loading and
unloading at the airport's curbside
But Metro Airport officials said the
changes have not negatively affected
customer service and waiting times.
"What we're doing is basically trans-
parent for the customer, and the passen-
ger screening lines won't be any longer,"
Metro airport spokesman Michael Con-
way said. "Both Attorney General John
Ashcroft and Homeland Security Secre-
tary Tom Ridge said that based upon
intelligence they've received, there is no
reason to change any travel plans."
Conway added that many of the
measures the airport is taking cannot be
disclosed to the public for security rea-
sons and that the real burden of the situ-
ation falls on uniformed agents working
in the airports.
"The biggest strain is for the law
enforcement agencies," he said. "Offi-
cers are working more overtime than
they would probably care to."
Other students acknowledged that
while the meaning of the alert-is unclear,
it might influence plans for international
travel. "I think it might prevent me from
going to some countries in Europe or the
Middle East or something like that, but
if I was going to Canada or Mexico it
wouldn't have much effect," LSA soph-
omore Rasheeda Curry said.

Daniel Almirail, an M-Salsa instructor leads students in a lesson In salsa dancing in the Michigan
Union Ballroom.
Terror alert halts visitation
rights frHddad'sr faamly

By Erin Saylor
Daily Staff Reporter

Homeland Security Secretary Tom
Ridge said yesterday on CBS's "The
Early Show" that the Bush administra-
tion's heightening of national security
was "the most significant" warning
issued since Sept. 11.
Responding to suggestions of an
increased threat from Osama bin
Laden's al-Qaida terrorist network,
the administration raised the level
from yellow to orange on the five-step
alert scale. Red is the highest warning
and has never been issued in response
to terrorist actions.
But heightened security has had some
upsetting consequences for a local inter-
national detainee and his family.

When Salma Al-Rushaid went to visit
her husband Rabih Haddad last week-
end at the Monroe County Jail, she was
turned away. The guards cited height-
ened levels of secu-
rity as the reason
she was denied vis-
itation rights.
from the U.S.
Department of Jus-
tice and the Mon-
roe County Jail
were not available
for comment. H
"They gave her Haddad
some spiel about the national security
being raised to code orange during the
pilgrimage," said Ashraf Nubani, Had-
dad's attorney, referring to the Hajj, a

trip Muslims must make at least once in
their lifetime. "It would have been nice
if they had called her before, but even
then I'm not sure it would have been jus-
tified. What does the rise in national
security have to do with their family?"
He added that he felt it was very
inappropriate to suggest that religion
would have anything to do with that
type of violence.
Haddad, a local Muslim community
leader, was arrested in December 2001
on charges of a visa violation and
interrogated by the federal government
about his charity, the Global Relief
Foundation, and its possible ties to ter-
rorism. He has been held in the Mon-
roe County Jail for the last year.
"When we raise the level of alert,
See HADDAD, Page 3

Athletics, budget cuts
top SACUA concerns

By Emily Kraack
Daily Staff Reporter

A construction worker passes the edge of the nearly
completed life Sciences Institute.
Advisory board
named for LSI
By Maria Sprow
Daily Staff Reporter
Incoming faculty and staff members at the University's
still-under construction Life Sciences Institute will soon be
seeking the advice of internationally-renowned scientists
and businessmen, who were named members of the insti-
tute's external advisory board on Friday.
The diverse list includes former LSI Director Jack Dixon,
who left the University this summer to become the Health
Sciences Dean for Scientific Affairs at the University of
California at San Diego, and former Business School Dean
and Interim University President B. Joseph White, who left
Feb. 1 to serve as the managing director of Fred Alger Man-
agement Inc., a New York investment firm.
Also among the board members are Los Angeles-based
neurosurgeon Keith Black, who discovered a protein that
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The results are in, and the Senate Advisory
Committee on University Affairs has elected their
leaders for next year. Yesterday SACUA reelected
Medical School Prof. Charles Koopmann Jr., as
chair. Natural Science associate Prof. John Riebe-
sell is the new vice chair.
After the election, Riebesell and Koopmann dis-
cussed issues that will arise in the upcoming year.
Both said budget issues will be key to
SACUA. "We're going to have to watch very
carefully the benefits for faculty," Koopmann
said. He said SACUA will push for faculty input
into decisions regarding faculty benefit reduc-
tions due to budget cuts.
The upcoming U.S. Supreme Court hearing
regarding the University admissions policies
will also carry significance for faculty members
represented by SACUA. "If the Supreme Court
should require changes (in admissions policies),
SACUA's role is to make sure there is faculty
involvement," Riebesell said.
Koopmann said having the same chair for two

terms will benefit SACUA. "It'll add continuity,"
he added. "There are relationships that have been
Koopmann pointed to his close relationship
with Michigan Athletic Director Bill Martin.
"(SACUA) will have more input on the advisory
board for athletics than in the past," he said.
Riebesell said the committee will continue
exploring and improving faculty appeals proce-
dures. Koopmann added that SACUA is trying to
set up a central ombudsman's office where facul-
ty grievances can be heard. He said the commit-
tee will continue to work on training for members
of the grievance board, which deals with faculty
employee grievances.
Reducing the University's reliance on social
security numbers for identification of students
and faculty is also a hot issue, Riebesell said. "I
hope the social security number issue is resolved
by next year," he said.
Koopmann also stressed reworking the Acad-
emic Affairs Advisory Committee's document
on teaching principles, which he said was
developed "two provosts ago" and must be

By Jonathan Hop
For the Daily

Retelling his experiences at the
beginning of the Persian Gulf War,
Keio University Prof. Yoshi Soeya
opened his lecture "How Normal is a
Normal Country? Japan's Responses
to Security" by summing up his
thoughts on Japan's involvement in
international disputes.
"News of war had just broken out
shortly before my last class of the day,
and my stomach turned," he said. He
stated he was concerned about Japan
in the context of the gulf war, and that

Japan would not be able to intervene
on behalf of Kuwait due to the con-
straints of Article Nine.
Article Nine, an important part of
the Japanese constitution prohibiting
Japan from "use of force or threat of
use of force," is the centerpiece of the
ongoing debate on the role of Japan in
international security. Soeya said the
popular sentiment in Japan is anti-war.
"War is wrong, it should not be used
to settle disputes. This sentiment has
been working through the post-war
years," Soeya said, referring to the years
after World War II until now. Any
See JAPAN, Page 3

Keio University Prof. Yoshi Soeya spoke of his feelings of dismay in Japan when he
heard that the Gulf War was beginning.
*world politics, wars

Interactive seminar teaches students money matters

By Andrew Kaplan
Daily Staff Reporter

"I had been out of school for a couple of
years and realized that there are all these
life-after-school things that no one
explains," said seminar leader Jesse Vickey,
who runs a company called Cap and Com-
pass that helps teach college students money
management skills and business etiquette.
Thi Anhan (n.; Aant A cman , cnanonreAd

two of the company's seminars in the Michi-
gan Union last night, where Cap and Com-
pass representative Andy Ferguson presented
the "Love Your Money" and "Avoid Looking
Stupid At Dinner" talks to a large crowd.
"The undergraduate experience leaves
people well prepared in things you learn in
school but somewhat inexperienced to han-
dle your own life," MSA Communications
Committee Chair Pete Woiwode said.
"WPw rn+ to iv nennla 1p hann to crt

out any confusion they have," Ferguson said.
"You do want to make the seminars as enter-
taining as possible."
Drawing from his previous careers as a
schoolteacher and standup comic, Ferguson
presented a step-by-step slideshow about the
most lucrative accounts and stocks for stu-
dents to invest in, credit card bills and the
common mistakes made by graduates when
repaying loans.
"Tt'q all about nutting onur money with

the best interest rate possible," he said, cit-
ing the traditionally high yields of money
market funds. "The problem with a check-
ing account is it gets you nothing."
Both seminars involved students asking
questions - for which Ferguson tossed
them a candy reward - and interactive
examples demonstrating how to choose a
wine during business meals and appropriate
topics for conversation.

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