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Thursday
February 2 , 2003
©2003 The Michigan Daily
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Vol. CXIII, No. 99

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Anti-U.S.
sentiment
heightens
abroad
By Ted Borden
Daily Staff Reporter
LONDON - It has not been a typi-
cal semester for American students
studying abroad in Europe. Aside from
the lingual and cultural differences,
students have had to deal with rising
anti-war and anti-American sentiment,
particularly in London.
Last weekend's protesters flooded
the streets of all major cities on the
continent as hundred of thousands
demanded a peaceful resolution in Iraq
and decried President Bush's military
proposals. American students in Lon-
don say the protests have left them with
mixed emotions.
"It's not a great feeling to have this
going on," said Beth Wilion, a junior at
Carnegie Mellon University studying
at the London School of Economics.
"It's kind of discomforting to live here
and hear people speaking badly about
America."
Wilion said she has very little contact
with Carnegie Mellon as she is directly
enrolled at LSE for the year. She noted
that it has been difficult for some full-
year exchange students, including herself,
because they have "had to experience the
developments (of this war) away from
America."
LSA junior Naomi Yodkovik, studying
at Queen Mary College, said she did not
realize how strong the anti-war sentiment
was until she arrived.
"I heard rumors about it, but I figured
they were exaggerated," she said. "I feel
that the people here are not well-informed
on the issues. The media's bad at repre-
senting both sides."
Victoria Golshani, a junior from
Emory University who is also studying at
Queen Mary, said she has been one of the
unfortunate few to see anti-American
sentiment up close.
During her first week in the city, her
Jack the Ripper tour in the East End was
abruptly halted after children began
throwing stones at the tourists. One
woman on the tour was severely injured
and taken to the hospital.
Many universities have sent their stu-
dents studying abroad an e-mail urging
them to be cautious. The University's
Office of International Programs sent
such an e-mail last week, stating it would
be best for those abroad to stay away from
See SENTIMENT, Page 2A

Former military
officers seek to

furtheri
By Jeremy Berkowitz
Daily Staff Reporter
In July 1948, as one of the first in a long series
of acts and bills over the next 30 years that elimi-
nated legal segregation against minorities, Presi-
dent Harry Truman signed
Executive Order 9981, ADMISSIONS5
ordering integration of the ON IR AoL '
armed forces.
Yesterday, in a nation ~
with a military that has
enlisted soldier and officer
minority rates of 40 and 19 percent, respectively,
29 former top-ranking military officers filed a
brief supporting the University's two pending
U.S. Supreme Court lawsuits. The University will
defend its race-conscious admissions policies
before the court April 1.
"The military has made substantial progress
towards its goal of a fully integrated, highly quali-

diversity
fied officer corps," the briefs says. "It cannot
maintain the diversity it has achieved or make
further progress unless it retains its ability to
recruit and educate a diverse officer corps."
Both military service academies and ROTC
scholarship programs consider race in selecting
applicants.
"Currently no alternative means to field a fully
qualified, diverse officer corps exists," the brief
says.
The three major military academies in the
United States - the U.S. Military Academy at
West Point, the U.S. Naval Academy and the U.S.
Air Force Academy - all use race as one of
many factors in admissions.
Since its inception in 1802, West Point has
enrolled cadets from every state in the nation
and works hard to make sure cadets come from
a wide variety of socio-economic and ethnic
backgrounds, said Lt. James Whaley, director
See MILITARY, Page 3A

Businesses file court
briefs supporting U'

NICK AZZARO/Daily
A student walks down a hallway in West Quad Residence Hall last night. A rape was reported Monday to
have happened there on Valentine's Day.
Valentine's Day assault,
rape under investigation

By Tomislav Ladika
Daily Staff Reporter
An outpouring of U.S. businesses, many of them
represented by global or national leaders, have
filed briefs with the U.S. Supreme Court in
defense of the University's admissions policies,
indicating that diversity is an important considera-
tion in the corporate sector.
Microsoft, 3M and United Airlines are a few of
about 70 businesses that joined more than 200
other national and military organizations by filing
amicus, or "friend of the, court" briefs before yes-
terday's filing deadline.
The briefs were sent in response to the two
lawsuits that challenge the use of race as a factor
in the admissions policies of the Law School and
College of Literature, Science and the Arts.

By Maria Sprow
Daily Staff Reporter
The Department of Public Safety is investigat-
ing a reported rape of a University student by
another student.
Police officers received a call Monday afternoon
from a West Quad Residence Hall resident. Accord-
ing to the DPS media log, the student said she had
been sexually assaulted on Valentine's Day.
Because the case is still under investigation, DPS
officers declined to comment about the nature of
the assault. Though the case was first reported as
first-degree criminal sexual conduct, its status may
change as the investigation continues, officers said.

An accusation warranting a case of first-degree
criminal sexual conduct would involve both sexu-
al penetration and the use of force or sexual pene-
tration that occurs while another felony is taking
place. Second-degree criminal sexual conduct is
applied when a person forces contact with his or
her victim but no penetration is involved.
A sexual assault may also be listed as first-
degree criminal sexual conduct if another person
aids the suspect and the victim is mentally or
physically incapacitated, as could be the case if
drugs, such as GHB, or alcohol were involved.
DPS Lt. Crystal James said there are no allega-
tions of any date-rape drug being used in this
See ASSAULT, Page 3A

The overarching argument presented in the
briefs is education in a diverse setting prepares
students to better handle the diverse nhture of
national and global business.
"For students to realize their potential as lead-
ers, it is essential that they be educated in an envi-
ronment where they are exposed to diverse
people, ideas, perspectives and interactions," a
joint brief filed by 65 businesses says.
University spokeswoman Julie Peterson said
the briefs help the court "see a different kind of
rationale about diversity in higher education than
the University is able to bring forward."
Businesses seek to hire students from academic
environments such as the University because they
benefit from a diverse workforce and non-minority
employees exposed to racial diversity, said Dave
See BUSINESS, Page 3A
Trial still1
on- despite
Martin S
death
By J. Brady McCollough
Daily Sports Editor

Granholm's higher ed cuts approved

LANSING (AP) - Gov. Jennifer
Granholm's budget director yesterday present-
ed the state House and Senate Appropriations
committees with the governor's plan to fill a
$158 million shortfall in the state's $8.9 bil-
lion general fund budget.
Michigan's state universities and community
colleges will see their state funding reduced by
1.5 percent in the executive order, with $25.5
* million of that coming from universities and
$4.8 million from community colleges.
The Senate Appropriations Committee
adopted the executive order 15-0, and the
House Appropriations Committee approved
it 24-7.
House members voting against the order all

were Republicans, including some who
expressed concern that the state police and.
corrections reductions might compromise
public safety.
The executive order will trim $141.1 million
from spending, mainly by cutting $76 million
from state agencies and reducing money for
state universities and the Life Sciences Corridor.
It also proposes $8.1 million in savings that
must be approved by the Legislature - includ-
ing a $1.1 million reduction in judicial spending
and a $2.1 million cut in the legislative branch.
About $25.5 million of the shortfall will be
filled by transferring money from restricted
funds to the general fund, the state's main
checkbook. The appropriations committees had

up to 10 days to approve or reject the order, but
they couldn't make any changes to it.
With the adoption of the executive order,
state general fund spending has been reduced
twice since the budget year began Oct. 1,
2002. That reduction includes $460 million in
cuts made in a similar budget-cutting measure
by former Republican Gov. John Engler late
last year.
The cuts in Granholm's plan include $26.9
million from the Family Independence
Agency, nearly $17 million from community
health, $4 million from the Michigan State
Police's overall $411 million budget and $7.9
million from the Corrections Department's
total $1.6 billion budget.

A performer in the Standing Room Only charity show dances
in a routine yesterday.
Inside: Coverage of the variety show. Page 3A.

Reflections in watercolor

Profs receive recognition
from engineer academy

By Emily Kraack
Daily Staff Reporter

It's time to pop open the bottles of champagne
for three University faculty members who will
become the newest inductees of the National
Academy of Engineering this fall.
The NAE announced Friday that Prof. Emeri-
tus Richard Woods, chemical engineering Prof.
Ronald Larson and civil and environmental
engineering Prof. Linda Abfiola, along with 74
other engineers, will be inducted into the acade-
my on Oct. 12.
For the first time in University history,
three engineering faculty members were elect-
ed to the academy in the same year, Engineer-
ing School Dean Stephen Director said. He
added that two University engineering faculty
were elected last year.
Engineers are nominated and elected to the
NAE by members of the academy. "If's a great,
great honor - the NAE is about the highest honor
an engineer can hone for" Larson said.

"I think it's the recognition by my peers that's
most significant, Woods said.
Woods, who retired from the University last
May after 35 years on the faculty, said the induc-
tion honors a lifetime of work. "It's recognition
that I've served my profession well and served
the educational community well for 35 years at
Michigan," he said.
Woods worked on minimizing damage to
bridges and tall buildings in earthquake zones. He
also designed platforms that reduced vibrations
caused by heavy machinery and created stable,
vibration-free zones for delicate instruments.
Larson is the G. G. Brown chairman of
Chemical Engineering Department. Before
coming to the University in 1996, Larson
worked on optical fibers and holographic stor-
age materials at AT&T Bell Laboratory for 16
years. Larson said he came to the University to
work on biotech uses of polymers and "com-
plex fluids" - substances that have properties
of both fluids and solids, such as plastics.
See ENGINEERS. Page 2A

Former Michigan standout and Sacra-
mento Kings all-star forward Chris Web-
ber is not out of the woods yet.
Despite the, unexpected death Friday
of Ed Martin, the prosecution's key wit-
ness in its investigation of Webber, the
trial scheduled for July will proceed as
planned, the U.S. attorney's office said
yesterday.
"We analyzed
our case, and we
believe we have
enough evidence to
proceed," said
Assistant U.S.
Attorney Keith Cor-
bett, head of the
office's Organized
Crime Strike Force. Wbe
"(Ed Martin) was
not our only piece of evidence."
Martin testified before a grand jury
about his relationship with Webber, but
according to a confrontation clause in the
U.S. Constitution, Martin's testimony can
no longer be used in the proceedings.
The confrontation clause requires that
the lawyer for the defendant has the
opportunity to cross-examine the wit-
ness. Because Webber's attorney, Steven
Fishman of Detroit, has never ques-
tioned Martin in court, the evidence
Martin gave the government should be
inadmissible, according to Supreme
Court precedent.
Corbett does not know how much
Martin's absence from the trial will
affect the prosecution's chances at con-
victing Webber.
"I don't know how to quantify
that," Corbett said. "We're at a dis-
advantage now."
At a previous hearing, Fishman
requested that, because of Martin's
See WEBBER. Page 2A

JASON COOPER/Dai
A student walks through a reflection of Hill Auditorium and the Bell Tower on the
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