The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, March 12, 2003-3
Fie years ago
Stacy Hinds, a 23-year-old Ann
Arbor man, jumped from the eighth
deck of the Maynard Street parking
structure. He died a few hours later
at the University Hospitals emer-
gency room. Ann Arbor police offi-
cers said Hinds had psychological
Ten years ago ...
Lester Monts, dean of undergrad-
uate affairs at the University of Cali-
fornia at Santa Barbara, became the
new head of the University of
Michigan's Office of Minority
Affairs, taking the title of vice
provost for academic and multicul-
Monts' predecessor had been
known as the vice provost for
minority affairs. Monts said he
wanted a greater focus on multicul-
turalism at the University.
March 11, 1982
School of Engineering Dean
James Duderstadt noticed a growing
trend of University engineering stu-
dents leaving the state of Michigan
upon graduation for higher-paying
jobs in the South and Midwest. Dud-
erstadt said unless the state provided
better enticements for students to
stay in Michigan, it would fail to
attract high-tech industries.
March 10, 1985
An outbreak of measles occurred
at the University, originating on the
medical campus. The University
confined two students afflicted with
the disease to their rooms. The Uni-
versity Health Service offered free
immunizations against measles to
March 11, 1977
The Michigan Daily reported an
increase in the popularity of lofts
among students living in residence
halls. Students said the living
arrangement of having a work area
with a desk and a bed propped on
top was "the new symbol of status
March 9, 1971
The Ann Arbor City Council
passed an ordinance making posses-
sion of marijuana a misdemeanor,
punishable by up to 90 days in jail
and a $100 fine.
At the time, state law regarded the
same offense as a felony punishable
with up to 10 years in jail and a
$5,000 fine. Several city law-
enforcement officials said they
would still enforce the state law,
regardless of the ordinance.
March 15, 1961
Vice President and Dean for Fac-
ulties Marvin Niehuss said the Uni-
versity was considering starting a
Peace Corps training program. The
previous October, presidential can-
didate John Kennedy came to the
University and proposed the idea for
a peace corps on the steps of the
March 10, 1962
The Joint Judiciary Council, a
student judiciary board that judged
student infractions, proposed new
changes to make operating proce-
dures fairer and more similar to civil
courts. If passed, students could
bring witnesses to hearings to testify
in their defense. In addition, hearsay
evidence and the use of double jeop-
ardy would be prohibited.
March 13, 1957
University officials refused a
request to provide bus service for
children living in the Northwood
Apartments on North Campus to a
local elementary school, claiming it
was not the University's responsibil-
March 14, 1959
Saturday Review editor Norman
Cousins told a University audience
that Americans currently live in one
of the most primitive societies to
ever exist. He also called for a ban
on nuclear weapons and more
respect for the United Nations.
March 14, 1942
The annual Michigan Student
Christ Conference began at the
Rackham Building with over 200
attendees from all over the state.
The conference's theme was "Con-
structive Action in a World at War."
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By Katie Glupker
Daily Staff Reporter
A bike parked outside a building on South State Street yesterday shows opposition for a possible
war with Iraq.
Michigan State prof aids
EAST LANSING (AP) -A Michi-
gan State University criminology pro-
fessor will help the FBI track down
terrorists who steal identities and hide
in the United States.
Judith Collins has developed tech-
niques for tracking identity thieves
online at her computer lab at Michi-
"Potentially, she could bring a
great deal to the table," Dennis
Lormel, chief of the FBI's Terrorist
Financing Operations Section, told
the Lansing State Journal for a story
yesterday. "I'm optimistic that we
can adapt some of what she's done .
to what we're doing."
Terrorists often use stolen or fabri-
cated Social Security numbers, credit
cards and passports to create false
identities and pay for their operations,
Faces of Palestinian children sur-
rounded attendees at the First Annual
Banquet for a Free Palestine last night.
Photographs on the wall of the Michigan
Union Ballroom and a video accompa-
nied addresses by Norman Finkelstein
and Laila al-Arian, daughter of Sami al-
Arian, who was recently arrested for
alleged links to terrorism.
Finkelstein, professor of political the-
ory at DePaul University, said because
of the scope of the Israeli-Palestinian
conflict, war is imminent. "This is one
of these moments of truth - they have a
huge problem on their hands and they
don't know how to resolve it"he said.
"These are wonderful times," he said
in the opening of his speech.
"We have grounds both for real fear
and for real hope ... masses of ordinary
human beings having a real impact on
politics." He added that the Middle East
was plagued by a terrible nature of the
events. Now more than ever, Finkelstein
said, the world is seeing the impact of
people speaking out. To provide a brief
background on the Israeli-Palestinian
conflict, Finkelstein described the begin-
nings of the Zionist movement in the
late 19th century and the attempts to cre-
ate a Jewish state. He said there were
two options to achieve this goal - to
create an apartheid regime where a
small elite rules an indigenous minority,
or to expel the indigenous people from
the region completely.
Finkelstein said the idea of expulsion
of Arabs from the area that would
become Israel had popular approval in.
the first half of the 20th century. With
world attitudes constantly changing, he
said, "there's every reason to be skeptical
of concepts like international morality."
Citing the apartheid regime in South
Africa, which was overthrown in the
1980s, Finkelstein said the real issue is
consistency versus hypocrisy. "It's sim-
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and ISR psychologist Leonard Eron
on the long-term effects of TV vio-
lence only examined its impact on
boys. However, the recent study
shows that it has a dramatic effect
on girls as well.
"It's possible that the feminist
movement of the late '60s and '70s
have made females less inhibited
about expressing aggression,"
ply impossible to say you supported one
divestment movement and now refuse to
support another," he said. Finkelstein
said the United Nations is divided over
the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, with the
United States and Israel facing the rest
of the world.
He added that when the U.N. failed
them, Palestinians turned to Iraq and
Saddam Hussein as liberators in the
1980s. In the same way Israel looks to
the United States for support now, he
said. "These are signs of despair. ... The
only way to resolve the problem is for
another country to solve it for them,"
"It seems like war is just around the
corner, although we would hope not,"
said Hiba Ghalib, a University alum who
has relatives in Iraq. "There's a real pos-
sibility my relatives might not be existing
a couple of months from now" she said.
The event was sponsored by Students
Allied for Freedom and Equality, the
Coalition of Arab Students and the Mus-
lim Student Association. Proceeds and
donations were sent to help the Palestin-
ian Children's Relief Fund. "We need to
focus on the children, because they're
the ones we have to worry about," said
LSA junior Irfan Shuttari.
Laila al-Arian spoke about her
father's imprisonment by the govern-
ment. "This really is all about politics"
she said. Sami al-Arian came to the
United States in 1974 and, according to
his daughter, was "always cognizant and
proud of his identity as a Palestinian."
Al-Arian was an active voice for a
free Palestine, Laila said, adding, "All
my father has ever done is to educate
people about these issues." She said that
since Sept. 11, Arabs in the United
States have been viewed with height-
ened suspicion and seen as "guilty
unless proven innocent."
"This case is about the future of free
speech," Laila said, urging the audience
to contact the government about her
"There has been an increase in
aggressive female role models on
TV and in the movies."
He said he hoped the study would
emphasize the importance of control-
ling children's exposure to violent
images in the media and inform both
policy-makers and parents that it
increases the risk of aggressiveness
later in life for both boys and girls.
"You enact what- you see," said
Beth Barclay, an Ann Arbor pedia-
trician. "That's why parents try to
control what our kids watch on TV."
FBI officials say.
Collins' lab uses a process she calls
"footprinting," which searches about
2,000 Web sites for the online tracks of
identity thieves. She also developed
mathematical models that predict how
criminals behave and work together.
Lormel said he wants to combine
Collins' models with the FBI's scor-
ing system to detect suspicious
"Financial crimes are group-driven
and she's got the ability to link the
group together," Lormel said. "When
we combine the two (systems), we'll
have a more comprehensive scoring
mechanism that'll be more useful."
FBI agents will use Collins' tech-
niques, but she won't have access to
classified information, Lormel said.
Collins will get to investigate some ter-'
rorist-related cases after they are
reviewed by the FBI.
Collins' techniques have helped
police and civilians uncover evidence
of financial crimes. The Federal Trade
Commission received 163,400 reports
of identity theft last year, making it
one of the top consumer-fraud com-
plaints in the nation.
Collins started her identity-theft
research lab, called Identity Theft Part-
nerships in Prevention, in 1999. The
lab researches an average of about five
cases a week.
She works with Sandra Hoffman, a
computer consultant, and three other
lab employees try to gather enough
information for prosecutors to build a
Collins said her new assignment is a
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But Tessler said many Arabs are
unhappy with how the United States
supports corrupt regimes in their
countries. Conclusions were formu-
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when someone starts turning off the tap,
you suddenly start noticing that air is
important," Rushdie said. "I got involved
in the subject of free speech after some-
body tried to take away mine."
But Rushdie did admit there is a line
to be drawn.
"Free speech is not limitless. In gener-
al I agree that the direct incitement of
violence is a limiting point," he said.
Rushdie, raised in a Muslim family
and now an atheist, also touched on the
issue of terronsm.
"It's about a particular version and.
interpretation of Islam which many
Muslims reject, but nevertheless it's a
version and interpretation of Islam
which is and has been in the last genera-
tion spreading across the Muslim world
(made up of people) who, in my mind
think in very backward terms;' he said.
"In my mind the so-called 'war against
terror' can only be won when Muslim
countries decide that they will no longer
tolerate that form of Islam. The reason
why these groups - the fanatics and ter-
rorists - have been able to survive and
flourish is because they have been
allowed to survive and flourish in Mus-
lim countries. The solution to fanatic
Islam lies in the hands of Muslim coun-
tries, not in the hands of the West"
Rushdie went on to say that such
groups have been a cancer to the Mus-
lim world, a fact which becomes evident
when one considers the former glory of
cities like the now war-torn Beirut.
"The peace protests have not put
up any credible alternative to solve
the problems in the Middle East.
When you hear those opposed to the
war saying the alternatives they have
to war, its frankly pathetic. Saddam
Hussein would just laugh if he heard
those strategies as a way to deal
with him," Rushdie said. "In most of
my life, I have been on the peace
trail, to quote that great philosopher
Cat Stevens," he said.
"I'm no Bushie," he added. "The
idea that Iraq is a genuine near and
present danger to the United States,
I don't buy it. (But) when you listen
lated based on survey data from
several Arab countries, including'
Egypt, Jordan, Algeria, Morocco,
Kuwait, and Lebanon, as well as
Gaza and the West Bank. Samples
ranged from about 300 to more than
1,000, Tessler said.
Corstange said the results are
consistent with similar polls con-
ducted in the Arab world and that
results are not a fluke. The data is
rare because there are not many
polls conducted in the Arab world,
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