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March 14, 2003
@2003 The Michigan Daily
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Vol. CXIII, No. 110


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Bush may
reconsi er
* votes for
into a diplomatic retreat, U.S. officials
said yesterday that President Bush may
delay a vote on his troubled U.N. reso-
lution or even drop it - and fight Iraq
without the international body's back-
ing. France dismissed a compromise
plan as an "automatic recourse to war."
Amid a swirl of recrimination and
11th-hour posturing, the White House
called France's position unreasonable
while U.N. Secretary-General Kofi
Annan raised the possibility of a global
summit "to get us out of this crisis."
Iraq braced for war, lining the streets
of Baghdad with fighting positions and
foxholes, while the Pentagon moved B-
2 stealth bombers from Whiteman Air
Force Base in Missouri to bases close
to Iraq.
The government of Iraqi President
Saddam Hussein exulted in the diplo-
matic tumult over a U.S.-British
backed resolution that would demand
that Iraq disarm by Monday. The allies
"have lost the round before it starts
while we, along with well-intentioned
powers in the world, have won it," the
popular daily Babil, owned by Iraqi
President Saddam Hussein's son, Odai,
said in a front-page editorial.
Bush spent a fourth day on the tele-
phone, consulting leaders of Britain,
Bulgaria, South Korea, Poland, El Sal-
vador and Norway.
The U.S. diplomatic drive was cen-
tered on Chile and Mexico, both mem-
bers of the U.N. Security Council, a
senior administration official said.
Their support would ensure the United
States of the minimum nine votes need
for adoption of the resolution.
But France's threat to veto is taken
seriously, and the administration may
decide not to give France the chance by
withdrawing the resolution, the official
said on condition of anonymity. Bush
was ready to drop the resolution, sever-
al aides said, if British Prime Minister
Tony Blair didn't want it put to a vote.
Aides said the president has pushed
for a U.N. vote thus far out of respect
for Blair, whose support of Bush has
drawn severe criticism in Britain.

factor disputed in
admissions policy

By Jeremy Berkowitz
Daily Staff Reporter

As University lawyers get closer to defending
race-conscious admissions policies in front of the
U.S. Supreme Court, debate arises over whether
there are other options avail-
able besides the 20 points SSIONS
the University currently
gives to underrepresented
One question raised refers'
to the validity of race-neu-
tral admissions policies and
whether socioeconomic fac-
tors can ever fully replace
using race.
Center for Individual Rights spokesman Curt
Levey said the University does not take a serious
enough look at socioeconomic disadvantages. CIR
is the plaintiff in both Grutter v. Bollinger and
Gratz v. Bollinger, both scheduled to be heard in
the court April 1.

"The evidence from what I've seen is that the
20 points from a socioeconomic disadvantage is
a sham," Levey said, adding that the University
should directly ask students whether they come
from a disadvantaged background. "Very few
people can really justify why the son of a white
coal miner gets zero points and the son of a
black physician gets 20 points," Levy said, refer-
ring to the ambiguity surrounding socioeconom-
ic disadvantages.
But University spokeswoman Julie Peterson said
taking race into consideration does more than just
help people who come from disadvantaged back-
"One of the benefits of having significant num-
bers of minority students on our campus is to
break down stereotypes," Peterson said. "One of
the powerful aspects of learning in a diverse envi-
ronment is to be able to see differences within
groups, and similarities across racial boundaries."
CIR, President Bush and other opponents of the
University's policies defend the percent plans used

House speaker calls for
increase in minority staff

LSA senior Rachel Warnick comes from a long line of University alumni, but does not think she deserved
the four extra legacy points granted to her when she applied for admissions.
Students ques tion poin'ts
granted to legacies, donors
By Victoria Edwards the LSA Selection Index - more than th
and Tomislav Ladika three points admissions officers grant for an
Daily StaffReporters 'outstanding' personal essay. The Selection


Although ten members of her family are
University alumni, LSA senior Rachel War-
nick said she does not feel she deserves any
bonus for what her parents did.
"I already benefited from my parents
achievements by having exposure to two par-
ents with graduate degrees. I should not get
extra points for that," said Warnick.
As a legacy with a parent who attended the
University, Warnick received four points from

Index grants up to a possible total of 150
points for applicants. Applicants can also
receive one point if their grandparents or sib-
lings attended the University.
University Provost Paul Courant said legacy
status is one of many admissions factors because
alumni contribute to the University by volun-
teering to recruit students, serving on advisory
boards and assisting with fundraising.
"Building alumni ties that last across gen-
See LEGACIES, Page 7

By Dan Trudeau
Daily Staff Reporter
In an effort to garner minority support for
future congressional endeavors, House Speak-
er Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) called for fellow
Republican House members to increase the
number of minorities on their staff earlier this
"He met with several African American con-
servative leaders, and this is all part of an
effort to expand our base," Hastert spokesman
John Feehery said. "(The African American
leaders) said if you want to get a few more
African American votes, you should have a
few more African Americans on your staff, and
the speaker liked the suggestion."
According to U.S. News and World Report,
Hastert said he is trying to restructure his staff
to reflect the 25 percent Hispanic population
in his home district and has encouraged other
Republicans to do the same.

The potential effectiveness of Hastert's ges-
ture is debatable, election analyst and Eastern
Michigan political science Prof. Jeff Bernstein
"Certainly this gesture in and of itself is
meaningless. Most people don't follow politics
that closely, so big deal," Bernstein said.
"However, in the longer run, having minorities
on staff may sensitize Republicans to these
Hastert's call for diversity comes amid a
racially charged political environment as a
result of debate over affirmative action and
fallout from the controversial remarks made by
Sen. Trent Lott (R-Miss.).
"If the republicans could ever find a way to
win 20 percent of the African American vote,
they couldn't lose," Bernstein said. "To begin
with they have 10 percent of the vote and they
want to have 20 percent, and then someone
like Trent Lott comes along and opens his
See SPEAKER, Page 3

Containment v. invasion:
Debaters argue Iraq war

By Dan Trudeau
Daily Staff Reporter
Supporters on both sides of the argu-
ment over war in Iraq struggled to stifle
their collective temper last night as eco-
nomics Prof. Tom Weisskopf and Rack-
ham student Justin Schubow debated in
a crowded lecture hall in the Chemistry
Weisskopf took the negative position
and opposed going to war with Iraq,
arguing the virtues of containment and
deterrence versus the possibility of full-
scale invasion with Schubow, who took
the opposing stance.
"It's clear that many more Iraqi chil-
dren will die should the (U.S.-led) sanc-

tions continue. Containment is a farce
for (Saddam) and a tragedy for the peo-
ple," Schubow said. "If we wait for Iraq
to become an imminent threat, it will
already be too late."
Schubow argued that Saddam's past
unpredictability with regard to inciting
international conflict, his provocative
abuse of the Iraqi people and the possi-
bility of his dominance over the Middle
East - should he possess nuclear
weapons - are sufficient grounds for a
U.S. invasion in Iraq.
In response to Schubow's statements,
Weisskopf declared that containment
was a viable option for dealing with
Saddam and that the economic and
human costs of war with Iraq demanded

that the U.S. seek alternatives to war.
"The costs in lives and resources is
likely to be much higher than anticipat-
ed, and higher than the American people
are willing to accept," Weisskopf said.
He added that the consequences of
war could hinder the U.S. effort against
terrorism, jeopardize the Israeli-Palestin-
ian peace process, and undermine the
United States' position as a moral and
political leader in the international com-
"Even if he does acquire nuclear
weapons, it is doubtful that he could use
them effectively. What is needed now is
not war, but vigilant containment, and if
that doesn't work, vigilant deterrence,"
See DEBATE, Page 2

LSA Junior Luke Welger raises his hand to ask a question about the war in Iraq at a
debate between Justin Schubow, a doctoral student in philosophy and economics
Prof. Tom Welsskopf.

Icy conditions create safety hazards at 'U'

efflects of
By Min Kyung Yoon
Daily Staff Reporter
Opposing views on the impending
war in Iraq were continued at last
night's debate addressing the justifica-
tion of war and its after effects in the
Middle East, including Adeed Dawisha,
Karen Dawisha, Khalil Shikaki and
Mark Tessler as panelists.
Political science Prof. Adeed Dawisha
from Miami University of Ohio said, "In
the midst of the very intense sentiments
against the war, I am going to stand here
in front of you and tell you that I am for
the removal of Saddam Hussein from
power and if it has to be by force, so be
it, it would have to be by force."
Dawisha said although the implica-
tions of war are grave, sometimes war is
a necessary evil in certain cases, as in
the case with Iraq. "It's not that I take
war lightly," Dawisha said. "And indeed
I would go as far as saying that war is
an evil. But sometimes, unfortunately,
war is a necessary evil. And in this par-
ticular case, I think it is. That's why I
am actually a supporter of forcing Sad-
dam Hussein out of power."
With the current diplomatic dis-
agreements within the United Nations
Security Council, the U.S. has been
prevented from pursuing its plans for
war in Iraq. Dawisha argued that the
core justification of the U.N. is the
notion of sovereignty. He said accord-
ing to statistics, the U.N. is a body of
sovereign states. One of the arguments
offered by the UN: against intervention
is that all of the countries in the organi-
zation are sovereign, therefore, no other
country has the right to intervene in
the politics of any other states, he
SeaneDICUSION. Pae 3

By Katie Glupker
Daily Staff Reporter

So much for extreme winter sports -
maneuvering around treacherous roads and
sidewalks is challenge enough for many
members of the University community this
LSA junior Veronica Torres broke her ankle
when she slipped and fell on the ice last Sat-
urday night. She will be in a cast for the next
four to six weeks.
After e-mailing her professors to let
them know she would not be in class after
her accident, Torres said she was not the
only one struggling to keep her balance on
the sidewalks. She said many responded
with similar experiences of surviving slip-
pery walking conditions.
Engineering freshman Mollie Mobley
also said she could not avoid the slippery
sidewalks last Saturday night. "I fell and
plunged my face into the jagged ice," she
0 said. Mobley added she now has several
stitches on her face and a swollen lip as a
en-+ ofher fall "T lanr like Frankeanstein

"This year has been one where we've had to be
continuously out (to clear the snow)."
- Diane Brown
University Facilities and Operations spokeswoman

right now."
University Health Service Director Robert
Winfield said there have been more slip and
fall accidents this winter than usual. He added
that the most common injuries UHS sees as a
result of the outdoor conditions are broken
legs, sprained ankles and concussions.
"Usually people fall backwards or slip side-
ways, and if they fall hard enough, they hit the
back of their head," Winfield said. He added
that people who fall forward are more likely
to sustain wrist injuries because they general-
ly put their hands out in front of them to break
their fall.
Diane Brown, University Facilities and
Operations spokeswoman, said Ann Arbor has
seen more snow this winter than any winter in
the last decade. "This year has been one
where w 've had to he nntinury out (to

clear the snow)," she said. Brown added that
extreme weather greatly increases the work-
load for the Grounds and waste management
crew, which already has a large job.
Brown said the hospital is the highest prior-
ity for snow removal, but high-traffic areas
like Central Campus are some of the first
places treated.
The Michigan State University Agricul-
tural Weather Office reports that southeast
Michigan sees 3.9 inches of snowfall by
today's date in March on average. In
March 2003, 8.3 inches of snow has
already fallen.
As the winter continues, and people are
still slipping and falling on the ice. The
Department of Public Safety has received
at least six reports of slip-and-fall acci-
dents in the last uee k

LSA freshman student Shawn Sinacola struggles to regain



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