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The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, March 25, 2003 - 3

CAMPU S

Students supporting Bush stage sit-in protest

Pulitzer nominee
explores racism,
domestic terrorism
Pulitzer Prize nominee Daniel
Levitas will speak on "Domestic
Terrorism and Paramilitary Hate in
the Post-9/lI Era: The Challenge to
Democracy and Civil Liberties"
today in the Vandenberg Room of
the Michigan League at 7 p.m.
Levitas will address themes from
his book "The Terrorist Next Door:
The Militia Movement and the Rad-
ical Right" and discuss dynamics of
racism, anti-Semitism and far right
groups and social movements in the
United States.
Children living with
SAID
Speak on
"journey of hope"
An educational forum to facilitate
knowledge and understanding about
the impact of HIV and AIDS, "Jour-
ney of Hope," will be held in Rack-
ham Auditorium today at 7 p.m.
With guest speakers being children
living with the disease, the forum
will focus on child experiences.
Chinese 'Dragon'
ballet makes way
to Power Center
A seventeenth-century martial
arts legend will be performed as a
ballet, "Voice of the Dragon: Once
Upon a Time in Chinese America,"
in the Power Center today at 8 p.m.
Sponsored by the Major Events
Office, the ballet is about oppor-
tunism and betrayal of Chinese
Americans.
Relationships and
gender equality to
be focus of lecture
A presentation by Ngaire Don-
aghue titled "Women and men in
close relationship: Who cares about
equality?" will be held in Lane Hall
in Room 2239 tomorrow at noon.
Donaghue received her doctorate
at the University of Melbourne and
research interests include gendered
self-representation and rhetorical
functions of emotion statements.
The event is sponsored by the Insti-
tute for Research on Women and
Gender.
Prof to speak on
ending domestic
violence in Japan
The University Center for Japan-
ese Studies will present a lecture,
"Contemporary Women's Move-
ments to Stop Domestic Violence in
Japan," in Room 1636 of the Inter-
national Institute, Thursday at noon.
Visiting Prof. Yukiko Tsunoda
works as a legal advisor for the
Tokyo Rape Crisis Center.
In this lecture, Tsunoda will dis-
cuss how Japanese women's move-
ments can overcome obstacles like
the government's attempts to mini-
mize the movement's efficacy.
Organizations offer
stories from living
in 'oasis of peace'
Progressive Israel Alliance and
the Muslim Students Association
are sponsoring "Neve Shalon /
Wahat Al-Salam: Living Together in
the Oasis of Peace," a panel discus-
sion on a village where both Jews

and Palestinians have lived together
peacefully.
The discussion will take place at
the University Hillel on Thursday at
7 p.m.
It features Abdessalam Najjar and
Sagi Frish, who will share their
experiences as members of the vil-
lage's community.
Groups perform at
inauguration of
13th 'U' president
University President Mary Sue
Coleman will be inaugurated as the
13th president at a ceremony at
Crisler Arena Thursday at 10 a.m.
Coleman will give the Presidential
Address, which will be followed by a
lecture by Center for Afroamerican
and African Studies Director James
Jackson.
The University Symphonic and
Concert Band and the Men's Glee
Club will perform.
Artist to speak on
installation art,
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By Aison Go
Daily Staff Reporter

More than a dozen students staged a peace-
ful sit-in rally to protest the presence of an
anti-war panel discussion held at the School
of Social Work yesterday by the Social Wel-
fare Action Alliance.
"We are not pro-war, but we just want to support
Americans," said Social Work student Darrell Par-
sons, who organized the sit-in to back U.S. troops
overseas.
LSA senior James Justin Wilson said protests
against the war undermine the efforts of U.S.

troops.
"When bullets start flying, the (anti-war) protest
needs to stop,' Wilson said.
The SWAA Forum on Peace Activism cov-
ered topics ranging from the futility of mili-
tary action to the importance of the anti-war
movement.
Students who stood against the peace
forum expressed their frustration with the
University.
Because the Office of Student Services
sponsored the event, the University had
become officially involved, Parsons said. "I
would just like to see the school present a

more balanced format for debate," he added.
University officials and the SWAA were
unavailable for comment yesterday.
"Our tuition dollars are supporting a dis-
cussion we can't be a part of. By excluding
us, they are silencing the students," said LSA
senior Doug Tietz.
The lack of a second side at the panel also
concerned students at the rally.
"It's the same old ranting and raving we've
heard," Tietz added.
"They don't want to foster dialogue. They
just want to teach us how they want us to
think," LSA junior Ruben Duran said.

"We're for peace too, we're fighting against
terrorism. Those people don't realize that
they are supporting terrorism and Saddam
Hussein," protester and Ann Arbor resident
Susan Niethaumer said. "It's too late and we
already have our sons out there giving up
their lives. All we have to do is support
them."
According to the School of Social Work
website, the SWAA "is dedicated to promot-
ing economic and social justice with the Uni-
versity and the community. SWAA is
committed to not only thought and discussion
but also activism."

Got skills?

Abducted teen returns safely home

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A 14-year-old Michi-
gan girl missing for 23 days was recovered safely and
her convicted murderer companion arrested without inci-
dent yesterday, after a Frito Lay delivery driver recog-
nized their disguised truck more than 2,000 miles from
the girl's hometown.
Lindsey Ryan, who left her house in Jones, Mich., on
March 1, was inside the truck, along with the driver, Terry
Drake, 56, said California Highway Patrol Commissioner D.O.
"Spike" Helmick.
"She appears to be in good condition," Helmick said, adding
that her blonde hair was dyed black as a disguise.
Lindsey's mother, Carol Ryan, walked into a news confer-
ence yesterday afternoon in Michigan's Cass County, threw
her hands up in the air and yelled, "Yay!"
"We have been waiting since March 1st to look into those
(TV) cameras and say, 'Lindsey, we're coming to get you
honey. We love you. I am so thankful that now we do know
where you're at,' she said.
Carol Ryan said she was notified that her daughter was
found alive and safe at 1:20 p.m. EST through a call from the
sheriff's department.
"It was just out of the blue," she said. "My heart just started
pounding. Right after that, I just started getting a barrage of
media calls."
She said she hopes to meet the driver who spotted her
daughter: "I have got one big fat kiss for him."

AP PHOTOS
California Highway Patrol Officer Greg Transue, far
left, talks about the recovery of Lindsey Ryan, right,
who had been missing from her home since March 1.
Lindsey's father, Patrick, said the family was ecstatic.
"This is a victory for all of us. This is the result of a
huge amount of effort by everyone who was involved in
the search," Patrick Ryan said. "This is the way America
is supposed to work.
"It is a horrible situation that has a happy ending. You are
looking at some very happy parents today."
The Ryans expected to fly to California last night to see
their daughter, the South Bend Tribune reported.
The CHP said in a statement that Ryan was cooperative and
happy the incident was over, and was looking forward to being
reunited with her family.

SACUA
Continued from Page 1
less often in order to have fewer class
times with more students in each class,
Courant said. "We may have to cutback
on tutoring for students having aca-
demic difficulty," he added.
Budget cuts have already been
underway for the past few years,
Courant said, but the majority of fund-
ing constrictions will be felt in the fall.
He said the University should expect
to see noticeable changes by September.

JONATHON TRIEST/Daily
LSA junior David Kennedy grinds outside Randall Laboratory
yesterday afternoon.

PDA
Continued from Page 1
The new technology can be effective only if the physician
plays an active role in utilizing it, said Rosemarie Rowney,
director of training for the University's Bioterrorism Prepared-
ness Initiative.
"The most important part is that after diagnoses, the doctor
reports it to the public health department in their area to estab-
lish if in fact there is an outbreak," Rowney said.
The slowness of the current system of investigating out-
breaks is a real problem, said Sandro Cinti, a clinical assistant
professor in the Department of Internal Medicine Division of
Infectious Diseases. "Outbreaks usually pass by the time we
start to investigate them'"he said.
He added that the pilot technology would create a network
in which doctors could quickly pool their information together
and find the epidemic in time to treat it.
Cinti said that the statewide project, a biosurveillance
system for symptoms of disease, was looking into using
similar technology to survey absenteeism in elementary
schools.
"If we could monitor these schools daily, we could really
pick up on illnesses and localize them quickly," he said.

STUDENTS
Continued from Page 1
LSA sophomore Phil Albrecht said that students who
oppose the University's admissions policies are more
likely to be stigmatized on campus.
"I think they feel like they're automatically disadvantaged
because they're not aligned with the University,"he said.
But political science Prof. Gregory Markus said he
feels if students are upset with the University's policies,
they need to speak out. He added that the University
could do a better job of educating students regarding
the admissions policies.
"Politics is conducted by those who take the time and
effort to engage themselves," Markus said. "We could
do a much better job in terms of educating students
about the nature of politics and their place in it and
their power in it."
But Mc Phail said she feels students who support the
University's policies are more visible because the Uni-
versity administration wants them to be.
"The news is tilted through the University. The Uni-
versity is going to want to make it look like there's
more support," Mc Phail said.

ROBI NSON
Continued from Page 1
could have faced up to two years in jail
plus fines and fees, Roumel said.
Those charges have all been dropped
as part of the plea agreement and
replaced with two counts of simple
assault and battery, a misdemeanor.
"He admitted to putting his arm
around the waist of the complainant
without her consent on two counts,"
Roumel said. "It affirms what we have
said all along, that he is not guilty of a
criminal sexual offense."
Roumel said the plea agreement

had come unexpectedly and at the
advice of Washtenaw County Circuit
Court Judge Donald Shelton, who
presided over the case.
He added that although the plea
agreement was a "significant reduction"
to the original charges, the agreement
still holds some consequences for
Robinson due to the guilty plea.
"I think there is always mixed feelings
when you do that," Roumel said. "He
could have been facing a guilty charge
on a sexual offense, which would have
almost certainly ended his basketball
career. This keeps him in school and on
the team. ... It's the known versus the

unknown. If you can live with the
known, you have to take that seriously."
Joseph Burke, chief assistant prose-
cuting attorney, said the plea agreement
was beneficial and supported by all par-
ties involved, including the victim.
"We consulted with everyone, includ-
ing the victim, to make sure that it was
acceptable. We felt that the certainty of
the conviction was worth taking the plea
agreement," Burke said.
Robinson is now scheduled to be sen-
tenced on April 29 at 1:30 p.m. He
could face up to 93 days in jail or
receive a penalty of community service,
counseling and fines.

N. KOREA
Continued from Page 1
The South Korean government put its military on heightened
alert. As a result, North Korea responded by postponing eco-
nomic talks between the two countries that were supposed to
start today.
"This is a very dangerous time, more dangerous than the
nuclear crisis in 1994, which almost led to war" Harrison said,
referring to the the 1994 agreement under which North Korea
promised to freeze its nuclear weapons program in return for
fuel oil and two light water reactors. Harrison added the media
has completely distorted the breakdown of this agreement.
Under the 1994 agreement, the United States also agreed to
normalize relations with North Korea, which involved ending
sanctions on North Korea.
"Washington got what it most wanted with the 1994 agree-
ment," said Leon Sigal, director of the Northeast Asia Cooper-
ative Security Project at the Social Science Research Council.
"Washington did not meet its end of the bargain."
Political science Prof. Meredith Woo-Cumings said North
Korea wants to enter the world market, but cannot due to exist-
ing U.S. sanctions.
By not meeting its promises of the agreement, Harrison said
the United States, along with North Korea, is to blame for the
intensifying nuclear crisis on the Korean peninsula.
"We got upfront what we wanted - like freezing the urani-
um-enrichment nrogram." Harrison said. adding that the orom-

"This is a very dangerous time,
more dangerous than the nuclear
crisis in 1994, which almost led
to war.
- Selig Harrison
Director, Asia Program at the Center for International
Policy
mail," Sigal argued that as the result of United States' failure to
meet its promises and President Bush's "axis of evil" speech,
North Korea had no choice but to continue its nuclear pro-
gram. He added blackmail is not being used by the North
Koreans.
"Why would North Korea give up its nuclear program if the
U.S. sees (North Korea) as its foe?" Sigal said.
"Not negotiating with North Korea about its uranium-
enrichment program literally makes no sense," he added.
"How do you get inspectors into North Korea without negotia-
tions with Pyongyang?"
By refusing to negotiate with North Korea, the United
States is further alienating its allies in Asia - Japan and South
Korea - and antagonizing China, who along with Russia has
economic ties with North Korea, Sigal said.
The North Korean nuclear crisis not only jeopardizes securi-
tv on the Korean peninsula but also creates a "danger of a

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