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March 7, 2003
@2003 The Michigan Daily
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Vol. CXIII, No. 105

One-hundred-twelve years ofeditorialfreedom

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Bush: U.S.
may strike
Iraq with-
out U.N.
WASHINGTON (AP) - President
Bush, preparing the nation for the
possibility of war, said last night the
United States will drive Saddam Hus-
sein from power if it comes to war in
Iraq - with or without support from
France, Germany and other skeptical
"I will not leave the American people
at the mercy of the Iraqi dictator and his
weapons," Bush said at a prime-time
news conference.
Bush said he had not decided
whether to invade Iraq but that it was
only a matter of days before a U.N.
Security Council vote on a U.S.-
backed resolution authorizing force.
He said the United States wants the
Security Council to vote even if the
resolution appears likely to fail.
"It's time for people to show their
cards and let people know where they
stand in relation to Saddam." France,
Germany, Russia and China say they
oppose such a resolution.
"Our mission is clear in Iraq," the
president said. "Should we have to go in,
our mission is very clear: disarmament.
In order to disarm, it will mean regime
change. I'm confident that we'll be able
to achieve that objective in a way that
minimizes the loss of life."
Bush said it was up to Saddam to
avert war. "It's his choice to make
whether or not we go to war. He's the
person that can make the choice of
war or peace. Thus far he's made the
wrong choice."
The president's news conference
came on the eve of a crucial Security
Council meeting. Today, chief
weapons inspector Hans Blix and his
counterpart, Mohamed ElBaradei,
will report on Iraq's measure of coop-
eration in eliminating its banned
weapons. Their assessment could
weigh heavily in determining the out-
come of the Security Council's vote
on a resolution to authorize force.
Intensifying his case against Sad-
dam, Bush is considering a major
address next week to explain the
justification and risks of military
conflict, aides said. The speech
could include a final warning to
Saddam while urging journalists and
humanitarian workers to leave Iraq,
they said.
But officials said the president is
not inclined to set an eleventh-hour
deadline for Iraq's disarmament,
fearing Saddam would use the grace
period to further divide U.S. allies.
They did not rule out the United
States backing a British proposal
that would give the Iraqi leader a few
more days to disarm. But aides
acknowledged that the British pro-
posal was unlikely to be a galvaniz-
ing force.
, Bush has privately expressed frus-
tration with Saddam's ability to turn
France and other allies against the
resolution just a few months after a
similar measure passed 15-0 in the
Security Council, aides said.


Budget proposal
calls for sacrifices

LANSING (AP) - Michigan drivers
could pay more for a license, college
students may get smaller state scholar-
ships and adult education students may
have fewer classes to take if Gov. Jen-
nifer Granholm's proposed fiscal 2004
budget - her first - is adopted.
The $38.6 billion proposal, presented
yesterday to lawmakers by Granholm
and State Budget Director Mary Lan-
noye, deals with a $1.7 billion deficit
by cutting $937 million, saving $122
million through keeping prison popula-
tions down and raising $403 million
from fee increases, more federal dollars
and fewer tax loopholes.
"We cut waste, we innovated, we
made decisions based on the most vital
services and the investments that are
most critical to Michigan's future,"

Granholm told the House and Senate
appropriations committees in a rare
appearance for a governor.
$314.2 million for at-risk students
will be left intact, although there will be
no money for Golden Apple Awards,
math and science centers, career prepa-
ration or gifted and talented programs.
The overall $38.6 billion budget,
which includes federal funds, is 1.4 per-
cent less than the current budget, which
took effect last Oct. 1 and already has
been cut twice to match lower-than-
expected tax revenues.
The proposed $8.6 billion general
fund budget, which covers nearly every-
thing except K-12 education and trans-
portation, is 2.3 percent less than this
year's budget, while the $12.4 billion
See BUDGET, Page 2

Grnholin slashes
budget for hikher ed.

Gov. Jennifer Granholm presents her state budget proposal for 2003-2004 yesterday in Lansing. Serious cuts to
higher education were among her plans to cut state spending.
MEAP may sustazz 80
percet loss z~fundziz

By Dan Trudeau
Daily Staff Reporter

The Michigan Merit Award
program was among the initia-
tives most significantly affected
by Gov. Jennifer Granholm's pro-
posed budget cuts yesterday.
Should the governor's plan be
accepted by the Michigan. Legis-
lature, Granholm's cuts would
slash the awards from $2,500 per

student to $500 after 2004.
Granholm added that students
who had already secured the
$2,500 scholarships would not be
affected by the change.
"The Merit Scholarship is very
important, but it is not vital. Most
would agree that it is not a core
function of government (because
prior to three years ago, it did not
even exist,)" Granholm said.
The scholarships were created

by former Gov. John Engler, who
allocated the money the state
received from lawsuits with
tobacco companies in 1999 to stu-
dents who perform successfully
on MEAP tests during their senior
year of high school. As a result of
the non-passage of Proposal 02-4,
which aimed to shift funding from
the scholarships to health care
programs and failed by a narrow
See MEAP, Page 3

By Andrew McCormack
Daily Staff Reporter
Gov. Jennifer Granholm presented
what she termed a "lean but not mean"
budget yesterday which, if approved by
state Legislature, will institute massive
cuts in government services across the
board, including a 6.5 percent slash to
higher education, an 80 percent cut to
the Michigan Merit Award Program, and
a 69 percent cut to the Life Sciences
Corridor. She did not increase taxes.
Granholm emphasized K-12 education,
which actually received additional funding,
restoring it to its original allocation of
$6,700 per student. But this was one of
very few programs that benefited from a
budget plan that is sure to affect every
level of life in Michigan.
"It isn't hard to choose between the

effective and the ineffective, or between
the useful and the useless. But to balance
this budget, more often than not we've had
to choose between the very important and
the vital," Granholm said yesterday. "In
order .to keep the full funding for K-12
education, we had to cut a portion of the
funding for adult education."
"We all understand the importance of
higher education funding," she added. "But
for people across the state, higher educa-
tion funding is perhaps not critical in the
same way that preparing a child for college
in the first place or protecting that child
from abuse and neglect."
The governor's proposed $154 million
cut to higher education has struck a cord at
the University, which endured a 3.5 per-
cent cut last year, University President
Mary Sue Coleman said.
See HIGHER ED, Page 3

Cancer week raises campus awareness


By Min Kyung Yoon
Daily Staff Reporter

"Am I going to die?" This is usually a
patient's initial response after learning of his
or her cancer diagnosis.
As cancer becomes an increasingly preva-
lent epidemic, awareness and a cure for can-
cer have become necessities. University
Students Against Cancer, formed in 1996,
kicked off Cancer Awareness Week yesterday
to fight cancer and support cancer research
for a cure.
Engineering sophomore and CAW co-
chair said the group has been planning this
year's program of events since last April
because of the lack of knowledge about
USAC and CAW on campus.
"We always use Dance Marathon as an
example," Janelle Penisten said. "Everyone
seems to know about DM, and if you ask
someone for money for DM, they're willing

to give. However, when I ask for money for
CAW, people don't usually know what it is,
and I find myself explaining what CAW is,
then people are more willing."
Both on campus and in the Ann Arbor
community, USAC is involved with events
that raise money for cancer research and
patients, raise awareness in the community
about cancer and provide support to those
who are affected by cancer.
"Our goal is to let people know who we
are, what we're doing, and why we're doing
it," Penisten added.
"We want to increase students' recogni-
tion of USAC and CAW. We want people
to know that we're out there and we're
working for a great cause that we care so
much about."
The second goal of CAW is to involve
the larger Ann Arbor community outside
the University, Penisten said. Organiza-
tion leaders have been soliciting dona-

tions from off-campus businesses to pub-
licize CAW. The choice of the charities
for CAW is a crucial aspect that helps to
involve the Ann Arbor community, Penis-
ten added.
"This year, selecting the (University of
Michigan) Comprehensive Cancer Center
as one of our charities has been essential in
involving the community in CAW," Penis-
ten said.
"Ann Arbor businesses and residents
are much happier to see their donations
going toward a charity here in town -
their money is staying right here in Ann
With the recent discovery of a new stem
cell by the cancer center in the past week,
organizers said such progress in cancer
research on campus will help CAW to gain
more contributors.
"The participants and donors for our
See CANCER, Page 2

Workers commence the demolition of Broadway
Bridge yesterday.

Israel conference aims
for balanced dialogue

Forum focuses on
rise in depression

By Soojung Chang
Daily Staff Reporter

widen dia

While there has been much debate about the Post said.
Israeli-Palestinian conflict on cam--
pus, an upcoming conference hopes Featured Speakers
to present a balanced, academic dia-
logue about the controversial issue. s Avrhaflh 1th
The 2nd Annual Academic Israel speaker ofthe
Conference, titled "Piecing TogetherI
the Puzzle," will take place Sunday Moshe Ram, Israeli
at the Michigan League.c
The keynote address, titled "The Miwe
Future of Israel: Challenges and
Opportunities," will feature Avraham * ogIsland Universi
Burg, speaker of Israel's legislative ty Prof. Muhammed
body, the Knesset.
"Avraham Burg is one of the
most influential politicians in Hebrew University
Israel today. He is an outspoken Prof. Anat Heman
proponent of the peace process,"
conference co-chair David Post said. year's co
Post said the focus of the conference this speakers.
year is to promote an academic discussion military c
about Israel-related issues and the conflict in said SAF
the Middle East, the only conference of its ence on S
kind in the United States.

r goal of the conference is to expand the
points of view represented in order to
logue on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,
"We have expanded the breadth
of speakers," Post said, adding that
the conference will include a mid-
day panel with Palestinian speaker
Prof. Muhammad Muslih of Long
Island University, and New York
University Prof. Arthur Hertzberg,
an expert on Zionism.
But some students are concerned
that there are not enough conference
speakers representing the pro-Pales-
tinian viewpoint.
"All of their speakers but one are
unambiguously pro-Israeli," said
Fadi Kiblawi, chair of Students
Allied for Freedom and Equality.
Kiblawi, an LSA senior, said last
nference included no pro-Palestinian
Last year, SAFE staged mock Israeli
heckpoints to protest the event. Kiblawi
E does not plan to protest the confer-

By Alison Go
For the Daily
The University addressed a grow-
ing trend of depression in higher
education by holding its first-annu-
al Depression on College Campuses
conference yesterday. The confer-
ence gathered researchers, school
administrators and medical health
professionals from across the coun-
try to discuss the widely neglected
topic of college depression.
The program's events aims to
change the perception of depression
from a moral or social weakness to a
serious and treatable mental illness,
said John Greden, the executive
director of The University Depres-
sion Center. "Knowledge and infor-
mation that is disseminated is our
most powerful tool," Greden said.
Speakers emphasized the effects
and management of stigma associ-
ated with depression. Summer
Berman, co-founder of Mentality
Inc., said that stigma is the biggest
barrier in the fight against social

discrimination and the cultural
silencing of the true nature of
Yesterday's keynote speaker,
Andrew Solomon, author of "The
Noonday Demon: An Atlas of
Depression," states that college
campuses are a breeding ground for
the onset of depression. He lobbies
for programs work to reinforce the
claim that depression is a serious
medical condition.
"To bombard ourselves with
information about mental health is
very important," said Berman, who
is also a graduate student in the
School of Social Work. The cultur-
alization of mental health issues to
the point where stigma no longer
exists is paramount, she added.
Speakers also encouraged stu-
dents to be proactive about depres-
sion detection. "Students should
feel it is okay to ask a friend or
neighbor for help and to encourage
others to seek help," Rackham Dean
Earl Lewis said.

Patrick Corrigan speaks about effective ways to reduce the
stigma associated with mental health Illnesses.


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