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Bin Laden tape
urges attacks
on Americans

DOHA, Qatar (AP) - A raspy voice
believed to be Osama bin Laden's urged Iraqis
to carry out suicide attacks against Americans
and draw U.S. troops into combat in Iraqi
cities. U.S. officials said the call broadcast
yesterday proves the world must fear Saddam
Hussein's ties to the al-Qaida terror network.
The appeal was made in a voice tape aired by the
Al-Jazeera satellite television station throughout the
Arab world and believed by U.S. officials to be
authentic. It was broadcast as U.S. officials warned
of devastating attacks within the United States and
the Persian Gulf, where U.S. forces are massing for
a possible attack against Iraq.
"This nexus between terrorists and states that
are developing weapons of mass destruction can
no longer be looked away from and ignored,"
Secretary of State Colin Powell told the Senate
Budget Committee.
support 'Li

Some analysts wondered at bin Laden's motives
for issuing a statement supporting Iraq, given many
countries' skepticism of U.S. allegations of Iraqi-al-
Qaida links. Others worried the recording would
inflame Muslims against U.S. troops in the Persian
Gulf region.
On the tape, broadcast on the first day of the
Muslim holiday Eid al-Adha, the speaker advised
Iraqis how to fight the Americans, based on al-
Qaida's experience in Afghanistan.
"We stress the importance of martyrdom oper-
ations against the enemy, these attacks that have
scared Americans and Israelis like never before,"
the man identified as bin Laden said.
"We advise about the importance of drawing
the enemy into long, close and exhausting fight-
ing, taking advantage of camouflaged positions in
plains, farms, mountains and cities," he said.
See BIN LADEN, Page 2
brief to
r' policies

Approximately 500 Muslims from the Baton Rouge, La., area bow in communal prayer y
pilgrimage to Mecca. The prayers, and the holiday that follows, are called Eid ul-Adha, o
Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son Ishmael at God's command.
Muslbns celebrate

By Michael Gurovitsch
Daily Staff Reporter

Muslims gathered in prayer yesterday
in observation of Eid ul-Adha, one of the
two major annual Islamic holidays. The
day marked the end of Hajj, a pilgrimage
to Mecca in Saudi Arabia that all physi-
cally and financially-able Muslims are
required to make once in their lifetime.
"Most people enjoy the day with fami-
ly and friends," said Kenan Basha, presi-
dent of the Muslim Students
Association, "It's not a celebration time
MSA bans
flyers fro-m
S 0n S
By Afrew Kaplan
Daily Staff Reporter

- it's a time to dedicate to sp
Eid commemorates the Qu:
when God first told Abraham
his son, but in-the end, only as
sacrifice a lamb and share it wi
Muslims remember this during
ing food to the poor, Basha said.
LSA freshman Aisha Jukaku s
Eid ul-Adha away from homec
any different, except that sh
friends instead of family. In the p
spent the day at her mosque and
over for dinner in the evening. Z
Went to the mosque for prayer,

esterday to celebrate Hajj, which marks the end of the annual
r 'festival of the sacrifice,' which commemorates the Prophet
Eid ul-Adha
irituality." and then I went out to lunch with friends,"
ranic event Jukaku said.
to sacrifice The 10 days of Hajj are observed in
sked him to different ways, depending on whether a
th the poor. pilgrimage to Mecca is made. Pilgrims
Eid by giv- spend the days performing acts of wor-
ship in and around Mecca. For Muslims
aid her first who do not make the pilgrimage, the
did not feel days are still highly spiritual and reflec-
e was with tive, Basha said. But this year's obser-
ast, she had vance took on a different tone, MSA
J had family vice president Omar Khalil. Celebration
This year, "I for Eid ul-Adha has changed over the
and service See HOLIDAY, Page 2

By Andrew McCormack
Daily Staff Reporter
Gov. Jennifer Granholm will
file a brief supporting the Uni-
versity's admissions policies to
the U.S. Supreme Court within
the week, her office announced
Granholm also filed a brief as
attorney general in 2001 when
the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals'
was hearing the lawsuit challeng-
ing the race-conscious policies.
"The governor is very com-
fights to

mitted to the University's right general supports diversity, a se
to determine the diversity of its arate brief would do little good.
student body," said Elizabeth "The attorney general look
Boyd, spokeswoman for the at the briefs that have been fil
governor. She "has supported and felt that there was no ne
the University's position legal ground to break," Eastm
through this whole process." said. "There are briefs upo
Briefs supporting the Univer- briefs.... -The issues have be
sity, called amicus briefs, as well exhausted on both sides. It's tin
as the University's, are due next to sit back and let the court ma
Tuesday. Granholm asked Attor- its decision."
ney General Mike Cox to write a While the governor's offi
brief similar to her own, but he declined to comment on t
declined. Cox spokesman Sage details of the brief, Boyd said
Eastman said while the attorney See GRANHOLM, Page
keep funding


By Christopher Johnson
Daily Staff Reporter


Students experiencing problems with their
landlords may soon find one less ally to help
them with their struggles. The Ann Arbor Ten-
ants Union demanded the remainder of its
$20,000 Fall 2002 funding from the Michigan
Student Assembly on Feb. 7, threatening to dis-
continue its services if the assembly does not
pay the funds in full by Friday.
The AATU is also concerned with MSA's
continued reluctance to negotiate a contract for
Winter 2003. AATU Executive Director Amy
Ament said MSA has refused to offer the fund-
ing entitled to AATU despite the dependent
organization's completion of its contract

requirements. She added that AATU continues
to advise students in expectation that MSA will
eventually supply compensation.
"We have fulfilled every part of the contract
and they have not fulfilled their part," she said.
"We continue to serve in a good-faith effort.
And now they have stalled negotations with the
service contract for Winter 2003."
Joe Bernstein, MSA student general counsel,
said the assembly has not given AATU its entire
funding for Fall 2002 because the group has not
spent the money it has already been given. He
added that MSA is under no contractual obliga-
tion to pay the money by a certain deadline.
Because the contract for the fall term will not
expire until all the money is paid to AATU, the
assembly does not need to write a new contract,

Bernstein said, disputing Ament's claim that the
contract has already expired.
While AATU has not decided on a definite
response if MSA refuses to offer the funding, it
has yet to dismiss the possibility of legal action,
AATU board member Nicholas Roumel said.
"We hope that (a lawsuit) won't be necessary,"
he said. "We're currently exploring all of our
Roumel said MSA's recent refusal to cooper-
ate with AATU comes after a long history of
antagonism between the two organizations
since the early '90s. He noted that MSA had
once established that 5 to 10 percent of its fund-
ing would go to AATU in its by-laws, although
in recent years that amount has dwindled to 4 to
See AATU, Page 3

Walls usually covered twice a year
with colorful flyers advertising Michi-
gan Student Assembly candidates will be
bare during the election campaign this
Responding to student complaints
about flyering, MSA passed a resolution
last night banning the posting of cam-
paign flyers on all campus walls except
those in residence halls.
"I'm just excited to see that people
will be on the Diag meeting students and
hearing concerns, rather than killing
trees and littering hallways," MSA Rules
and Elections Committee Chair Jason
Mironov said. The resolution "increases
the democracy of the process, in that it's
harder for frivolous claims to negatively
affect candidates"
"I don't think candidates should
flyer," said Communications Committee
Chair Courtney Skiles, who supported
the ban. "I think flyering allows them to
resort to campaigning on a name, their
face, and not who they are or what they
have to offer MSA or their constituents."
But some representatives disagreed
with the resolution, saying the regula-
tions violated their constitutional right to
free speech and overlooked the advan-
tages of flyering.
"If used correctly, flyering can be a
very effective process," said Brad Sugar,
Academic Affairs Commission co-chair.
"If there were pertinent information on
these flyers, such as campaign ideals,
candidate info and platform promises, I
think students would appreciate it."
With the U.S. Supreme Court slated to
hear the case against the University's
admissions policies in April, the MSA
voted to sponsor tomorrow's Outlooks
on Affirmative Action event.
The event will host four speakers,
a rivrnolu- '



Tony Anderson, a first-year medical student, studies In the
Medical Library yesterday. Anderson took the MCATs when it
was still an option to withhold one's score from medical schools.
poli*cy pro-mpts
mixed response
By Erin Saylor
Daily Staff Reporter
Students applying to medical schools will no longer be
able to submit only their best Medical College Admission
Test score. Beginning in April, MCAT scores will be
released directly to medical schools without student con-
sent for the first time.
The change in policy resulted from a decision by the
American Association of Medical Colleges, which admin-
isters the test.
Alber Chen, executive director of graduate programs at
Kaplan Test Preparation Services, said the decision was made
in response to a number of concerns expressed by both stu-
dents and medical schools.
"The main problem was that many people who have not
prepared for the test were taking it for practice because
they could withhold their scores," thus dragging the aver-
age score down, Chen said.
Students had varied responces to the new policy, Chen said.
"Those who are really geared towards medical school would
not have a problem," he added.
But some pre-medical students were concerned and

Giving a little

Greenspan addresses
war uncertainties

Threat of war leaves
businesses worried over
state of economy
By Lydia K. Leung
Daily Staff Reporter
Federal Reserve Chairman Alan
Greenspan delivered his semi-annual
congressional testimony yesterday,
saying the uncertainties created by a
potential war with Iraq have kept busi-
nesses from spending, and emphasiz-
ing the importance of fiscal budget
The Bush administration maintains
that a war to disarm Iraq may be nec-
essary, and Greenspan said this is
one of the factors that blurs the
future of the economy.
"The intensification of geopoliti-
cal risks makes discerning the eco-
nomic path ahead especially
difficult," Greenspan said in his pre-
pared remarks.
He added that if the uncertainties
over the war with Iraq are cleared,
businesses would no longer eschew
spending and the economy will be
Business Prof. Richard Sloan
agreed with Greensnan's view and

said the unpredictable outcomes of a
possible war dent business invest-
ment incentives and create a negative
force on the economy.
"The longer (tensions with Iraq)
go on unresolved, the greater the
uncertainty," Sloan said. "It's quite
possible that we'll just stick in a
stalemate, when the U.N. won't sup-
port the war and the U.S. is reluctant
to go in alone."
Sloan added that although con-
sumer spending has the largest
impact on the economy and con-
sumers have recently been steady in
spending, the significant role of
business investment should not be
Last week, President Bush present-
ed Congress with a new budget,
which forecasts a record high $304
billion deficit this year. Greenspan
said the government must be cau-
tious in allowing such large deficits
to accumulate.
While Greenspan said he supports
Bush's plan to cut dividend taxes, he
criticized the president's overall $1.3
trillion tax cut by questioning
whether the economy needs more
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Fifth year student Mike Patrick waits for care as
he donates blood for his sixth time ever.


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