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Boot predicts 'U' approval for Spring Break move


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Five years ago...
* Anti-affirmative action leader
Ward Connerly spoke to 500 students
at the Michigan League. Connerly,
who sat on the University of Califor-
nia Board of Regents board when it
voted to end its affirmative actions
policies, faced vocal opposition from
students when he talked about his
hardships growing up as a black
child in Mississippi. The audience
later complained that Connerly
avoided their questions.
Ten years ago...
Violence broke out in downtown
Ann Arbor at an annual rally of the
National Association for the
Advancement of White People.
Among the outbursts, counter
demonstrators pushed three white
supremacists into the wall of the Ann
Arbor Fire Department and repeated-
ly punched them.
March 16, 1983
The Committee on the Economic
Status of Faculty released a survey
showing 77 percent of University fac-
ulty members opposed unionization.
But the survey said professors also
wanted a greater voice in determining
their salaries.
March 20, 1986
For the fifth consecutive day, pro-
testers demonstrated outside Repub-
lican U.S. Rep. Carl Pursell's Ann
Arbor office. They demanded
Pursell meet with them to discuss
his support of President Ronald
Reagan's proposed bill to send $100
million dollars to the Contra rebels
fighting the Sandinista government
in Nicaragua. Police arrested 40
demonstrators that day.
March 16, 1973
University Safety Director Fred-
erick Davids reported a 20 percent
increase in campus crime between
1971 and 1972, including a large
jump in the number of armed rob-
beries. Davids said new measures
were being taken to improve cam-
pus security, including a require-
ment for all security officers to
wear radios connected with the Ann
Arbor Police Department dispatch-
March 19, 1972
The LSA curriculum committee
began looking at proposals for
changing the school's grading sys-
tem. Possible alterations included the
addition of a written evaluation for
grades as well as a pass/no entry sys-
tem where if a student failed a class,
it would not appear on a student's
March 19, 1969
The Intramural Sports Committee
proposed construction of the Central
Campus Recreation Building and the
North Campus Recreation Building.
Rod Grambeau, director of intramu-
rals, said the buildings would cost
$10 million and make the University
intramural programs equal to or bet-
ter than those at any other Big Ten
March 18, 1965
Police arrested four University
students in Montgomery, Ala for
picketing outside the Alabama state
capitol in support of the 1964 Civil
Rights Act. Police held the students

- Eric Brown, David Aroner, Barry
Goldstein and Helen Jacobson -
for $300 bond each. Later that
night, other University students in
Montgomery picketed the jail,
demanding the four students'
March 18, 1958
The state Senate Appropriations
Committee announced a $1 million
cut in the University's appropriation
for the 1958-1959 school year. The
University originally requested a $7
million increase. President Harlan
Hatcher said such a cut would seri-
ously cripple the University, curb-
ing student enrollment and
downsizing faculty.
March 16, 1948
Bennie Oosterbaan succeeded
Fritz Crisler as head football coach.
Crisler retained his two other posi-
tions as athletic director and chair
of the physical education depart-
ment. Previously, since 1941, he
occupied all three positions. During
his time as football coach, Crisler
attained a record of 70 wins, 16
losses and 3 ties.
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By Andrew Kaplan
Daily Staff Reporter
Students who have always lamented the Univer-
sity's early Spring Break can most likely look for-
ward to vacationing with the rest of their peers next
year, Michigan Student Assembly President Sarah
Boot said.
Boot said an assembly proposal moving Spring
Break one week later into the Winter Term needs
only a green light from the University Board of
Regents to become official.
"I met with different administrators in (Universi-
ty Provost Paul Courant's) office, and the final
word was he doesn't have any problem with a
change if the faculty doesn't have a problem with a
change," Boot said. She then submitted the propos-
al to the faculty's Senate Assembly, which support-
ed a Spring Break move by a 74 to 1 margin.

"(Faculty) might like the break right now
because it falls exactly in the middle of the semes-
ter," she said. "But a benefit to making it a week
later is that more midterms could be accomplished
before break and students wouldn't have them
hanging over their heads."
Boot added that the proposal began as a ballot
question on the student government elections web-
site last spring, when it rang in an 80 percent
approval rating among voters for LSA Student
Government and a 75 percent approval rating
among voters for MSA.
Citing the assembly's capacity for national and
international reform, MSA passed a resolution urg-
ing the regents and University President Mary Sue
Coleman to alter financial ties with Dow Chemical
Corp. Several representatives and constituent
speakers said Dow, a Michigan company -
which has donated millions of dollars to the

University - is morally and financially liable
for its subsidiary Union Carbide's 1984 chemi-
cal spill in Bhopal, India. The spill is responsi-
ble for more than 20,000 deaths and continues
to contaminate drinking water in the Bhopal
area, supporters of the resolution said.
Constituents said that because Dow owns
Union Carbide, the company must pay $828
million in liabilities. The resolution, which passed
13 to 10 with seven abstentions, urges the Universi-
ty to compel Dow to begin cleaning up the spill and
to "reject all donations from Dow Chemical or its
directly associated foundations in excess" of what
Dow spends annually to handle the spill.
"The chemical disaster is one of the worst disas-
ters ever to occur," LSA senior Morlie Patel said.
"People are still suffering from this disaster."
The resolution also holds Dow accountable
for contaminating Michigan's Tittabawassee

River flood plain.
"We have a significant number of students
from those areas being affected by the pollu-
tions," said MSA Environmental Issues Com-
mission Co-Chair Alan Talhelm, who sponsored
the resolution. "I feel like there is a good
amount of student support."
But some representatives who voted against the
resolution said decreasing funding to the University
would be unwise in light of recent state cuts to Uni-
versity funding.
"This is going to hurt the University, when all we
want to do is hurt Dow in the right place," Rack-
ham Rep. Yoosuf Picard said, citing potential tuition
hikes in the upcoming fall term that would be exac-
erbated by terminating a University relationship
with Dow. "I don't want to strain the University
and send them letters saying to divest from a com-
pany that is very important to them."

Grand opening

CD-ROM program instructs
college students on alcohol

By Kyle Brouwer
Daily Staff Reporter
In an effort to curb alcohol-related
incidents on campuses, one non-profit
organization seeks to make sure col-
lege students across the country gain
the knowledge of responsible drinking
in addition to what they already learn
in the classroom. The Century Coun-
cil, funded by the nation's top alcohol
producers, will release Alcohol 101
Plus, a CD-ROM geared toward college
students, this month.
The program is an update to Alcohol
101, released in 1999. The new version
of the program - set on a virtual cam-
pus - will have more individualized
features designed to show students the
effects of their drinking-related decisions
in different college settings, said Leslie
Mills, director of public relations for the
council. "There should be something for
every student to learn in it," she added.
The program includes a virtual bar, in
which the user can enter their physical

"This program respects the student. It doesn't
treat them like they are stupid."
- Leslie Mills
Century Council spokeswoman

statistics and see the effect on their
blood alcohol concentration as they sip,
drink, or slam different alcoholic drinks.
The University has used the original
version of Alcohol 101 since the fall of
1999 as a means of teaching students in
residence halls about the effects of
drinking-related decisions, said Andrew
Chadwick, coordinator for student con-
duct and conflict resolution.
However, the program lacked the abil-
ity to connect personally with students
and had little instruction for users, he
said. "Alcohol education has to include
an individualized aspect," he said. "The
CD-ROM also didn't have much of a
curriculum to go along with it."
These lacking areas led the council to
revamp the program's contents, Mills

said. After a year and half of product
testing, she said, the new version is more
entertaining and has situations and char-
acters to which students can better relate.
"Students can personalize it to them and
it isn't too preachy" she said. 'This pro-
gram respects the student. It doesn't treat
them like they are stupid."
Sigma Nu President Anthony
Ragnone said he thinks programs like
Alcohol 101 are a step in the right direc-
tion, but often fail to inform students
about the long-term dangers of drinking.
"I believe students are educated so
much from middle school that they
know by the time they get here," he said.
"I don't think people know enough
about alcoholism. That's something that
could use help."

Closing hearing for local
terrorists' trial commences

Students enjoy a meal at Potbellys Sandwich Works on South State
Street. The restaurant celebrated its grand opening yesterday,

Continued from Page 1
racism are more urgent issues to stu-
dents. "If the country goes to war, stu-
dents will be affected," she said. "There
will be students who have family living
in Iraq, or who have family who will be
called to go fight in a war - and there
will be cuts to education."
Disputing accusations that MSA is
incapable of affecting change on a
national scale, Stenvig, an organizer for
the Coalition to Defend Affirmative
Action and Integration and Fight For
Equality By Any Means Necessary, said
one of the top priorities for her presiden-
cy would be to organize a march in
Washington, advocating race-conscious
"Student government is what you
make of it, there's not just a set amount
of power that MSA has," she said. "I
think that the opportunity that the march
on Washington gives us is to show stu-
dents that they have power to change
Echoing Stenvig's statements,
Galardi said she will listen to any stu-
dent group that wants the assembly to
recognize central issues. "The bottom
line is if you have 100 students stand-
ing in a meeting telling you they want
to vote on a resolution, who's going to
tell them to leave?" she said. "I don't
know who's going to be the president,
but who's going to tell a student that
his or her issues don't matter?"
Galardi's vice-presidential running
mate is MSA Women's Issues Commis-
sion Co-Chair Monique Perry.
While Clifton said he and running
mate Paul Scott, an LSA representative,
will always support a forum for student
opinion, he added that it is essential to
"bring the focus back to strictly student
issues" - such as funding student
groups, obtaining transportation to away
football games and opening a Taco Bell
on campus. "One of the most important
things that student government does is
allocate money to student groups," he
said. "I want to make sure that groups are
getting as much money as they possibly
"I think that there's a false counter-
position of campus issues against
national issues," Stenvig said.
"Whether or not there will be women
in science programs, whether or not

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withdrawal from the Nuclear Non-Pro-
liferation Treaty.
Apart from being the highest-ranking
woman in the history of the U.S. govern-
ment, Albright is also the highest level
American official who has ever met with
Kim Jong 11, leader of North Korea.
Albright said her visit to North Korea
in October 2000 was productive and that
direct dialogues should be held with
North Korea for the United States to
make clear that its weapon development
is unacceptable. "I have always believed
that you have to talk to the other side if
you want to be able to deliver a tough
message," she said.
Chul echoed Albright's view and said,
"dialogue and diplomacy is the most
practical and rational response to the
North Korea situation."
He said the whole world should con-
tribute to resolving the crisis.
"The United States together with
China, Russia and the (European Union)
must coordinate and cooperate with each
other to achieve the end," Chul added.

DETROIT (AP) - The trial of four
men accused of conspiring to support
terrorism began-yesterday with a judge
barring the public and the media from
the early stages of jury selection,"
which is expected to last at least until
next week.
U.S. District Judge Gerald Rosen
closed the hearing at the request of
defense attorneys, citing the need to
ensure fairness in the first trial in
the United States for an alleged ter-
ror cell detected after the Sept. 11,
2001, attacks.
"My paramount responsibility in this
case is to protect the fair trial rights -
not only of the defendants but of the
government too," Rosen said.
By the end of the day, nine jurors
had participated in the hearing and six
were placed in the group from which
the final jury selection will be made,
according to an update posted on the

court's Web site.
Rosen said he was concerned that
the potential jurors might not speak Is*
frankly in the presence of media, and
that news reports about the part of jury
selection in which potential jurors are
questioned to see if they can be fair
might taint the pool.
Lawyers from the Detroit Free
Press and The Detroit News argued
to keep the selection process open,
saying secrecy can create skepti-
cism and important information
would go unreported. Government
lawyers also said jury selection
should be open.
"What we are dealing with is
public confidence in this institution
in this very high-profile trial," said
attorney James Stewart, who repre-
sented the News.
But Rosen, who noted that jurors
have expressed concerns about their

safety and privacy, said the presence of
the press could "chill the candor" of
^the" responses. Othef options, ,sucta
allowing public access to the question-
ing of some jurors, would be too
unwieldy, he said.
Sixteen jurors, including four alter-
nates, will be picked and are to remain
anonymous. A group of 220 potential
jurors filled out lengthy questionnaires
last month that covered topics such as
whether they had visited the World
Trade Center site.
Karim Koubriti, Ahmed Hannan,
Farouk Ali-Haimoud and Abdel-Ilah
Elmardoudi are charged with con-
spiracy to provide material support
or resources to terrorists. The
charges stem from a raid on a
Detroit apartment less than a week
after the Sept. 11 attacks, but are
not related to the strikes on New
York and Washington.


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