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Cox a unique position as the first Republi-
can to fill the office in more than 40
Continued from Page 1 years.
"What I'm going to do is stick up While potential incompatibilities
for the little guy, especially the with the state's largely Democratic
600,000 children who don't get the legal staff have caused many to ques-
child support they need. It's an utter tion Cox's ability to function within the
shame that these children wake up position, he asserted that his experi-
every morning without knowing if they ence and political values will be an
have the money they need," Cox said. asset.
One concern Cox's critics hold "I think (my views) are an advantage
involves his relationship with to me because my Republican values
Granholm, who has clashed directly are what helped me get hired. I've spo-
with the attorney general on several ken with the staff and we're all excited
past occasions. In particular, to meet the challenges of the future,"
Granholm's hiring of 12 new lawyers Cox said.
shortly before the end of her term as The attorney general attributed the
attorney general drew protests from formulation of many of the political
9 Cox. Despite this conflict, Cox assert- views that came to influence his career
ed that his relationship with Granholm to time spent studying in Ann Arbor.
will be cooperative and efficient in Cox spent both his undergraduate
order to fulfill the responsibilities of career and his years in law school at
his position. the University and claims that its
"There's going to be bumps in the diverse intellectual environment helped
road occasionally and areas where we shape his policy perspectives.
disagree politically, but I have an obli- "It was a great mix of people that
gation to do the best job I can for the really opened my eyes and made me
governor and for the people of Michi- into the person that I am," Cox said.
gan" Cox said. "That's the great thing about the Uni-
After narrowly defeating Democrat- versity; there are so many people with
ic candidate Gary Peters in the race for different views and opinions that really
attorney general, Cox found himself in make it work."
ALLIANCE action," he added, referring to the
Mississippi Republican senator's
Continued from Page 1 recent comments at Strom Thur-
the president values diversity and the mond's birthday party.
letter "has the president's full and Whether or not the president voic-
personal attention." es an opinion on the cases, spokes-
Although the Court's judgment is woman Julie Peterson said the
independent, Esparza said Bush can University administration appreci-
send the Court a strong message by ates the Hispanic groups' petition.
voicing his support for the Universi- "We are pleased and gratified
ty's policies. that a group of leaders of this
Georgetown University law Prof. stature is supporting our admissions
Susan Bloch said Bush's opinion of policies and the educational impor-
the cases seems to be undecided, tance of diversity," she said. "They
but a response from the president have strongly articulated the rea-
would most likely come in the form sons why access to higher education
of an amicus brief to the Supreme is so crucial for the Hispanic com-
Court. Such a brief would definitely munity, and their concerns about
have an impact on the Court's rul- the impact on related programs
ing, but the Bush administration is including financial aid."
undecided on whether to file one, The letter was presented yester-
she said. day morning at the National Press
Wayne State University law Prof. Club before being delivered to the
Robert Sedler said Bush is unlikely White House. Groups signing on to
to file a brief supporting or opposing the letter include the United States
the University's policies. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce,
"This would be a difficult situa- League of United Latin American
tion for the Bush administration," he Citizens, Mexican American Legal
said. "They don't really want to sup- Defense and Education Fund,
port affirmative action ... but in the National Council of La Raza and
wake of (Trent) Lott's response, they the Hispanic Association of Col-
don't want to bash affirmative leges and Universities.
the michigan daily

Continued from Page 1
tions is more appealing because it
creates a more competitive class,
said Henrik Dullea, vice president
for university relations at Cornell
"Most schools in the public sector
are larger than Cornell, and that affects
the student profile," Dullea said.
A common misconception in the
competition between the Ivies and
the University is the fear of getting
lost in a school of larger size. But
there is not necessarily more stu-
dent-faculty contact at a private
university, said Chris Lucier, Uni-
versity of Michigan associate direc-
tor of undergraduate admissions.
He said undergraduate schools like
Harvard College have introductory
classes that are equally large as
those here.
"With the living-learning communi-
ty, you can build your own communi-
ty" at the University, Lucier said. "You
can get a personalized experience."
In terms of faculty, Dullea said high-
ly ranked public institutions and Ivy
League schools have been competing
for many decades.
"Competition from faculty comes
from a particular discipline. There are
many outstanding faculty in the public
universities - like Michigan - that
are highly competitive with schools in

the Ivy League," Dullea said.
One benefit of public education is
lower tuition fees, Spencer said, adding
that the University offers one of the
best financial aid packages of the Big
Ten schools.
"The cost of value is important, par-
ticularly to in-state students who would
pay three times more for a private
institution," he said.
Dullea said Cornell University
emphasizes that alumni provide ample
financial support to their students. 15
percent of all Cornell students receive
"Support can make up the signifi-
cant difference of the sticker-price of
the institution and a public university,"
he said.
Spencer said the University's social
life and college-town atmosphere also
attract many applicants.
"There are so many things to do in
Ann Arbor. It is a very unique town
with everything in close proximity to
the campus," he said.
In surveys, many students respond
that one of the top reasons they come
to the University is Big Ten athletics.
Ivy League schools do not compete
in the same level of athletics,]
Spencer said.
"It's being part of something bigger
than yourself - academics as well as
athletics," Spencer said.
The University provides its stu-
dents with career or job opportuni-

ties after graduation, Spencer said.
He added that a high percentage of
graduates continue on to law or med-
ical school.
"The period (University) students
spend after graduation until employ-
ment is considerably shorter than other
schools," Spencer said.
The University of North Carolina at
Chapel Hill also shares a desire to
compete with Ivy League schools,
said Matthew Kupec, vice chancellor
for university advancement at the
"We consider Chapel Hill one the
true great public universities along
with the University of Michigan,
University of Virginia, University of
California at Los Angeles and Uni-
versity of California at Berkeley,"
he said.
Kupec said private universities do
not compete directly with Chapel Hill
because they do not depend on state
funding, while Chapel Hill does.
Instead, Chapel Hill looks toward top-
tier public universities for competition,
though its students and faculty are also
recruited by Ivies.
"These are very tough, difficult
times right now with state budgets in
deficit. We are very fortunate in North
Carolina because public education is
so well funded," Kupec said. "We
received $400 million in state appro-
priations, but that is still less than 30
percent of budget."

Continued from Page 1
Laurie David, a partner in the Detroit Project, said these
Middle Eastern governments are most likely funneling a
portion of the oil money proceeds to terrorist groups.
"We're importing more than half our oil from unstable
regions in the world," David said. "I don't think we
should be driving cars that are wasting a natural resource
- particularly one that the United States does not have
much of."
David said the advertisements are parodies of similar
commercials sponsored by the Bush administration last
year, which promoted the idea that Americans who did
drugs were supporting terrorists. David said her group feels
the-issue of boycotting oil is more important than abstaining
from drugs.
The group has had trouble convincing television sta-
tions in the Motor City area to run the ads. WDIV-TV
(Channel 4), WWJ-TV (Channel 62) and WXYZ-TV
(Channel 7) have all declined the option of running the
advertisements. Davis said she is not surprised because
of the relationship between car manufacturers and local
television stations.
"I don't know if we are going to be able to persuade
them," David said, adding that it is important for Americans
to gain awareness of these issues so they can pressure the

automotive industries and the government. "We have to get
the dialogue going so Detroit hears it."
Although Powers admitted most SUVs have terrible fuel
economy, he said this does not deter people from buying
"I think people purchase them for what they can do, not
for whether they use too much gas," Powers said.
Meanwhile, the University's Detroit Project, a group that
performs community service in the Detroit area, has been
receiving many phone calls and e-mails in the last few days
from people confusing the two organizations. LSA senior
and Detroit Project Executive Director Katie Baetens said
she wishes the environmental group had done some research
before they picked their name.
"We are concerned that the University community would
be confusing these groups once the ads hit TV," Baetens
said. "We have established a name in the Detroit area that
has a lot of positive connotations."
Baetens said they plan to campaign with other newspa-
pers and local government offices to delineate the differ-
ences between the two groups.
"We're going to feel itout and see if it does negatively
affect us," she said.
Over the last year, the Detroit Project - founded in
2000- has completed 25 one-day projects in Detroit as well
as run 13 tutoring projects. They will also hold their semi-
annual community Day of Service March 29.

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to hire international students because of
the hassles involved in obtaining
approval from the U.S. government, said
Lynne Sebille-White, assistant director
of the University's Career Center.
"In order for a company to be able to
gain sponsorship approval from the
(Immigration and Naturalization Ser-
vice), they have to prove that they can-
not fill that position from the American
general population;" she added.
Furthermore, the law prevents full-
time work for students with F- visas,
which only allow them to go to school in
the United States unless they can get
sponsorship from the company that is
hiring them. If they are hired, the com-
pany will help them apply for H1-B
visas, which are required for staying in
the country to work.
Many international students said it is
hard to find companies that are willing
to interview international students when
companies have restricted their candi-
date search to U.S. citizens.
"It wouldn't make sense for an
employer who knows they're not
going to get approval for sponsorship
to interview with international stu-
dents because they can't hire them,"
Sebille-White said.
Al Cotrone, director of placement at
the School of Business Administration,
said about 50 percent of the companies
that recruit on campus are not consider-
ing students without U.S. citizenship.
As a result, "the number of interna-
tional students who have jobs upon
graduation is always lower than the
United States students anywhere
between 5 percent and 10 percent
fewer," Cotrone said.
He added that the impact of Sept. 11,
which resulted in more stringent immi-
gration procedures and the sluggish
economy have caused the efforts of job-
hunting international students to be dou-
bly affected.
Furthermore, according to a report in
Business Week, the increase in the num-
ber of H-1B visas will expire in October.
If it is not renewed by Congress, the
available number of visas will be slashed
from 195,000 to 65,000 per year.
"If they are going to cut down the
number of H-1B visas, both internation-
al students and companies will be hurt,
even though from my experience, it is
unlikely to happen," said Kay Clifford,
associate director of the International
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Englebert said.
The University's history of stu-
dent activism has been a motivating
factor , Arrconferece orggpizers,
Williamson said.
"This situation is different fiom
past war situains ut we can learn
a lot from the traditions,"
Williamson said. "We have learned
that what's really important is that
students get involved with issues
outside the campus."

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