The Michigan Daily - Thursday, March 27, 2003 - 3A
War panel features diverse perspectives
* Open car door
Two vehicles sustained damages
Tuesday afternoon - one while parked
at the main entrance circle drive to
Taubman Health Care Center and the
other while attempting to pass by the
parked vehicle. According to Depart-
ment of Public Safety reports, the
occupant of the first vehicle opened a
car door as the other vehicle was pass-
ing, hitting it. There were no injuries in
An unsuspecting shoplifter was
caught on camera Monday afternoon
stealing key chains and a pair of pants
from the University Hospital gift shop.
The security camera showed the person
stealing three beaded key chains, each
worth $7.50, as well as the pants, worth
$55, between 12:40 and 1 p.m. It is
unknown if any other items were
DPS Sgt. Melissa Overton said the
suspect has not been identified.
after complaint of
A woman informed DPS officers
that a man hit her Monday morning
after she attempted to report him for
parking his vehicle illegally at the end
of a row in a University parking lot.
DPS reports did not state where the
suspect hit the victim, or whether the
victim was injured.
The vehicle owner then fled the
scene in a small brown vehicle.
fired after fist fight
Two parking attendants working for
University Hospital reportedly began
to argue outside the'hospital's main
entrance Monday afternoon. Police
reports state that the argument erupted
into a fistfight, and both employees
Residence hall fire
snuffed by student
A resident of Couzens Residence
Hall reported to police Tuesday
afternoon that there was a hand
towel burning in a trashcan inside
the building. According to"DPS
reports, no fire alarm sounded, and
the resident was able to extinguish
the fire before it spread. The hand
towel was the only victim of the
incident. The trashcan was not dam-
aged, Overton said.
Meanwhile, students at both Alice
Lloyd and Mosher-Jordan residence
halls heard fire alarms on Tuesday
although police did not find any smoke
or fire in either case. Police were able
to determine that a water leak caused
the 6:30 p.m. alarm in Alice Lloyd, but
DPS reports did not list a possible
cause for the 3:30 a.m. alarm in Mosh-
Members of a University-affiliated
anti-war group holding an online dis-
cussion Tuesday morning reported that
they received several threatening e-
mails from an unknown person.
Overton said the threats had not
been specific in nature, but had per-
tained to the war discussion. A total of
six messages were received before the
group was able to ban them from send-
ing more, reports said.
Smiley face artist
may face charges
A 43-year-old male was questioned
and released by police officers Tuesday
afternoon after he was caught drawing
a smiley face on the center of the Diag.
The man was using a permanent mark-
er to apply the grafitti, making it a mis-
cellaneous destruction of property
because it does not wash away.
Overton said the man is "somebody
(DPS) deals with frequently" for tres-
passing, making it more likely he will
be prosecuted for the crime.
A caller from the Student Activities
Building reported Tuesday morning
that she and her boss had received e-
mails from a person in France, who
allegedly offered them money if they
permitted the e-mailer to place $1.3
million in their bank accounts.
Man with syringe
arrested in hospital
Pnlice arrested a man Mondav after-
By Eve Lieberman
For the Daily
As the invasion of yesterday continued with
paratroopers being dropped into northern Iraq, a
dialogue among political science professors and a
Rackham student addressed the central issues of
The forum combined diverse perspectives,
ranging from Prof. Vincent Hutchings's
expertise in domestic politics and public opin-
ion to the viewpoints of international Prof.
James Morrow and Rackham philosophy stu-
dent Justin Shubow.
"Wherever one stands, all sides can agree the
United States is currently in a extraordinary
time period," Hutchings said. While "educators
do not have all the answers," it is their respon-
sibility "to provide clarity in light of the recent
HATE CRIMES aDepa
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victim said. "I fell on the floor. I'd been the hate4
... punched by a Middle Eastern-look- to the c
ing guy." be char
The victim added that he did not Overton
know why he had been assaulted until is punis
he heard a man accompanying the more th,
assailant yelling at him to take off his more ti
shirt, which read "Israel doesn't need intimida
your sympathy, it needs you." "Whi
"I don't know why this happened," campus
the victim said. "I'd never seen this guy attention
before." gated a
The assailant and his companions Executi
were escorted out of the bowling alley, said.
the victim said. The Washtenaw Coun- "Som,
ty Sheriff's Department is investigating campus
the case. does cr
Last July, a similar incident occurred sentimen
when LSA junior Danny Aghion was into que
verbally and physically assaulted. Jewishs
Aghion said three teenage males swore dent ant
at him, cursed his religion and threw a ist disco
bottle at him because he is Jewish. and sh
"I was really scared," Aghion said. angry, I
"It was the first and hopefully only dents ha
time I've ever feared for my life." (the Uni
Aghion chose to press charges and Many
said that pressure from both the Jewish pointed
and Muslim Ann Arbor communities attack."
forced the assailants to confess. "Stuff cringe,'
like this happens on campus ... and I said. "If
really wanted to do something about an Israel
it," Aghion added. "These people who makes n
committed hate crimes were minorities of the A
events," he added.
Shubow, a graduate student instructor, agreed
that educators should provide students with infor-
mation in times of uncertainty.
"Unfortunately, many students don't know
many important facts. I'm sure I taught them
things they did not know about the real threats
and about the Bush administration," he said.
The panelists discussed various topics from the
previous war in Iraq to the media's current por-
trayal of the situation and the future of the rela-
tions between the United States and the
international community. Morrow compared the
current situation to that in the Persian Gulf War,
saying that while anti-war sentiments are higher
now than in 1991, opinion could shift as the war
Hutchings said that while many Americans
endorse President Bush's actions, he has less sup-
port than his father had in 1991.
Opposition to the war is especially strong
among "liberal Democrats, African Americans
and women," Hutchings said, adding that the
media is criticized for inaccurately covering
the war as they were in 1991. Fifty percent of
Americans think Saddam Hussein is directly
responsible for the Sept. 11 attacks, which con-
tributed to support for the war, Hutchings said.
Hutchings and Shubow repeated concerns
about the media's inaccuracy. "The media has
become a megaphone for Bush's administration,"
Both panelists and the students in the audi-
ence agreed that the session was a success.
Event organizer LSA senior Fenlene Hsu said
that her only regrets were "the missing gaps."
She would have liked to hear the perspectives
of other qualified professors on the "topics of
"The media has become a
megaphone for Bush's
- Vincent Hutchings
Political science professor
North Korea and comparative government,"
Business School senior Carl Hasselbarth said
he left "with a better understanding of the war."
"It was very productive ... hearing the facts
and objective points of view without passion or
The undergraduate political science organi-
zation sponsored the lecture in Haven Hall.
subject to this themselves."
rtment of Public Safety Sgt.
Overton said the intent behind
crime is considered in addition
rime itself. The criminal "can
ged with ethnic intimidation,"
said. "This additional charge
hable by imprisonment for no
han two years or a fine of no
han $5,000, or both." Ethnic
ation is a felony in Michigan.
le anti-Semitic incidents on
almost always come to our
n, they are few, and those insti-
re exceedingly rare," Hillel
ve Director Michael Brooks
ne of the public rhetoric on
regarding Israel sometimes
oss the line into anti-Jewish
nt ... particularly when it calls
estion the very legitimacy of a
state. While some of the stri-
i-Israel or Holocaust revision-
urse on campus probably does,
ould, make Jews and others
don't believe that Jewish stu-
ve reason to feel intimidated at
versity)," Brooks said.
students said they felt disap-
and disturbed about the recent
"Hearing that stuff makes me
" LSA senior Eric Bukstein
f someone's assaulted wearing
li flag shirt, that's a problem. It
me ashamed to call myself part
nn Arbor community."
Detroit honored Saddam 20 years ago
DETROIT - A Detroit pastor got
the red-carpet treatment from Saddam
Hussein more than 20 years ago, plus
thousands of dollars for his Christian
church during a trip to Iraq.
The Rev. Jacob Yasso had a gift for
Saddam in return - a key to the city
Saddam's relationship with Detroit
started in 1979, when Yasso of Detroit's
Chaldean Sacred Heart congratulated
Saddam on his presidency. Yasso said
his church then received $250,000.
Yasso said at that time, Saddam
donated a lot of money to Chaldean
churches around the world. "He's very
kind to Christians," Yasso said.
Chaldeans are a Catholic group in
predominantly Muslim Iraq. Among
prominent Chaldeans is Iraq's deputy
prime minister, Tariq Aziz.
In 1980, Yasso traveled with about
two-dozen others to Iraq as a guest of
the Iraqi government. He brought with
him the key to the city, courtesy of
then-Detroit Mayor Coleman Young.
Maryann Mahaffey, current city
council president who was on the coun-
cil in 1980, said it wouldn't have been
unusual at that time for the mayor to
give Saddam a key to the city.
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nation with Students Supporting Affir-
mative Action, representatives have
emphasized that they welcome students
of all viewpoints on the trip.
"SSAA offered to help and we need-
ed that help. It's not because the stu-
dents are being to limited to one group
or another," MSA President Angela
SSAA is planning two days of
events next week. On Monday, stu-
dents will wear gags all day on campus
to represent the silence of color-blind
admissions and white women will wear
white armbands. At 5 p.m., they will
meet in the Diag for a rally and three
hours later, 605 students will board the
buses. SSAA plans to participate in the
9 a.m. Washington rally the next day
and hold a press conference with mem-
bers of Michigan's congressional dele-
gation at 2 p.m.
On the other side of the debate,
members of Young Americans for
Freedom are driving to Washington
and waiting in line at the court in,
hopes of watching the hearing. James
Justin Wilson, editor in chief of The
Michigan Review, said the conserva-
tives' presence will be more muted
than their opponents.
"We're going to have some signs but
nothing big," Wilson said. "In a court of
law, a bunch of activism does not matter
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decided to suspend a program in the
Woodrow Wilson School of Public Poli-
cy open only to junior-level minority
students. At the time, Princeton officials
said they feared that a lawsuit would be
filed against the school.
It "is a program that would not be
able to pass legal muster," Princeton
spokesman Robert Durkee said.
A week later, the Massachusetts Insti-
tute of Technology announced that it
would be open two of its pre-freshman
summer programs to all students. Previ-
ously, the seven-week seminars focusing
on preparing students in math and sci-
ence had only accepted underrepresent-
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