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Monday
March 31, 2003
©2003 The Michigan Daily
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Vol. CXIII, No. 121

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U.S. campaign
presses on in
southern Iraq

U.S., British report
increased cooperation
from Iraqi people
The Associated Press
Allied soldiers inched toward
Baghdad yesterday and pressed their
campaign on a southern redoubt of
Saddam Hussein loyalists, trying at
every turn to gain trust from Iraqi
citizens and stay safe from those
who may be combatants in disguise.
The military campaign has
increasingly become a confidence-
building one, too, and not only in
Iraq. U.S. war leaders, deployed on
the airwaves yesterday, defended
their strategy as a sound one and cast
the painstaking pace of recent days
as a virtue.
"We have the power to be patient
in this, and we're not going to do
anything before we're ready," said
Gen. Richard Myers, chairman of
the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

LEFT: A boy looks on as U.S. Army military intelligence officers questions Iraqi bedouins, who welcomed the American soldiers with white flags and told them about
nearby Iraqi troop movements in the desert of central Iraq Sunday. RIGHT: The officer gets "five" from a child afterwards.
Admissions on trial

Lineforms on steps

By Jeremy Berkowitz
Daily Staff Reporter

ofSupreme Court
Rochester Hills, Mich., these enthusiasts are ready to sleep
in tents and cardboard boxes until early tomorrow morning,
when they hopefully receive a coveted ticket to the Grutter v
Bollinger and Gratz v Bollinger hearings, where the Univer-
sity will defend its race-conscious admissions policies.
"This is going to be the affirmative action case of our gen-
eration," said 18-year-old high school senior Jim Albertus,
who drove down here with his dad from Michigan yesterday
to wait in line.
Kenyon Coleman, a first-year law student and president of
his class at Howard, said he hopes to represent his class
See WAITING, Page 3A
peak out on U'

WASHINGTON - From East Capitol Street last night,
approximately 30 people huddled together all bundled up,
trying to forget about the cold weather. The lit Capitol just
1,000 feet in front of them as well as casual conversation
kept motivation high for the 35 hours left.
Whether coming from Howard University across town or
Relected students a

U.S. and British allies reported
increased contacts with ordinary Iraqis
on many fronts yesterday, a development
measured - like the march toward
Baghdad - in wary steps.
The reason for the caution was
clear: persistent danger from plain-
clothes killers and warnings from
Iraqi officials that there will be more
suicide attacks like the one that took
the lives of four Americans in Najaf.
Iraqis said some 4,000 Arabs have
come to Iraq to help attack the
invaders.
Airstrikes on Baghdad will continue
today against Iraqi leadership targets,
command and control centers and com-
munications facilities, Pentagon officials
said. A fire was burning at the govern-
ment's Information Ministry after strikes
by Tomahawk cruise missiles. The
Army's 101st Airborne Division sur-
rounded Najaf yesterday and was in posi-
tion to begin rooting out the paramilitary
forces inside the city, said Command Sgt.
Maj. Marvin Hill.
See WAR, Page 2A
Int'l travel
discouraged
by repirator
illness fears
By Adhiraj Dutt
Daily Staff Reporter
Heightened concern over the outbreak
of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome
in the United States has led the Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention to
issue a travel advisory discouraging
nonessential travel to Hong Kong,
China, Singapore and Hanoi, Vietnam.
Less travel is expected to lead to a loss
of $250 million in Hong Kong, accord-
ing to Morgan Stanley Dean Witter.
"I start working in Hong Kong in
July," Art and Design senior Rosalyn
Woo said. "Hopefully everything will be
better by then, but if it gets worse, I will
talk to the company to see if there is
anything else I can do. If I do go, I'll
take precautions, like wear a mask like
everyone else is doing."
Though the travel advisory discour-
ages travel to some countries, many in
those countries have problems leaving.
"A big problem is that a lot of us sen-
iors have parents coming for gradua-
tion," Woo said. "My parents are in
Hong Kong and already bought tickets
to come for graduation but are worried
about flying because in one incident, an
infected person spread the disease in an
airplane because of the circulating air.
They are looking at the situation to see if
it gets worse and they may end up avoid-
ing the travel."
Though SARS has caused only 54
deaths compared with the 500,000
caused worldwide by influenza each
year, the mystery disease has put the
world in an agitated atmosphere similar
to that during the polio outbreak in the
United States in the '50s.
Since the illness was first discovered
in November in Hanoi, Vietnam, it has
infected 1,550 people. Carlo Urbani,
the World Health Organization doctor
See SARS Page 7A

raionale for achieving diersity

By Tomislav Ladika
Daily Staff Reporter

When applying to the University four years ago, Dave
Nelson said he was certain his 3.7
grade point average and 33 ACT score "1 :SSIONS
would be enough to guarantee accept-
ance into the same school his dad had
attended and raised him to cheer for as
a child.
Instead, he said, he was shocked to
first be waitlisted and then to receive a
rejection letter.
"I was very surprised. I didn't feel
there was any way they were going to
reject me," said Nelson, now a junior at Michigan State Uni-
versity's College of Engineering.

Although he is not certain he was rejected because he is
white, Nelson - a graduate of Grand Rapids Catholic Cen-
tral High School - said the University's use of race as an
admissions factor is not a fair way to achieve diversity.
"With the race factor, you can have two people who
went to the same high school, had the same classes,
the same grades, and one got in based on the color of
their skin," he said.
The University's admissions policies have come under fire
since 1997, when two lawsuits were filed by two white
applicants, Jennifer Gratz and Barbara Grutter, who felt they
were rejected from the College of Literature, Science and the
Arts and the Law School in part because the plus factor
given to minorities.
While most white students with grades and test scores as
high as Nelson's are easily accepted into the University, a
See CRITICS, Page 7A

RYAN WEINER/Daily
Michigan forward Eric Nystrom celebrates with his teammates after Mark Mink's
empty-net goal to seal Michigan's 5-3 win over Colorado College.
Icers' upset win sends
Blue to Frozen Four

By Dan Rosen
Daily Sports Writer

U' admissions supporters stand by clazins

The look on Michigan coach Red
Berenson's face said it all.
The Wolverines' normally stoic coach
couldn't help but smile and pump his
fist after his team upset Colorado Col-
lege 5-3 yesterday. With the win, Michi-
gan earned a trip back to the Frozen
Four. It's the third consecutive time and
ninth in the last 12 years that the
Wolverines have reached that milestone.
Colorado College entered yesterday's
contest as the top-seeded team at the
Midwest regional and favorite to
advance. On top of that, the third-seeded
Wolverines had to survive a 2-1 nailbiter
with Maine on Saturday just to reach the
Tigers. But Michigan found a way to
persevere.

"We were playing as an underdog but
we had our crowd with us, and we got
the breaks that we needed," Berenson
said. "It was a great game fqr college
hockey and certainly a great game for
Michigan."
Sophomore forward Eric Nystrom
got the ball rolling for the Wolverines
with a rebound goal just two minutes
and 20 seconds into the first period to
make it 1-0.
Colorado College answered back with
two picture perfect powerplay goals
midway through the period. The Tigers
came into the game converting on an
eye-popping 30.8 percent of their man-
advantages - good for tops in the
nation. And they showed why early on
yesterday.
Colorado College freshman Brett
See HOCKEY, Page 2A

By Tomislav Ladika
Daily Staff Reporter

Critics of the University's admis-
sions policies may feel LSA freshman
Sarah Barnard's 3.0 grade point aver-
age and 22 ACT score did not merit her
acceptance into the University, but she
says standardized tests do not ade-
quately measure an applicant's intelli-
gence and are inherently biased against

minorities.
"They don't really show your capa-
bilities of how you can excel at the
University," said Barnard, a graduate
from Ann Arbor Huron High School.
"There's no way that a three-hour test
can measure anybody's intellectual
capability."
Barnard admitted she definitely
would not have been admitted into the
College of Literature, Science and the

Arts if its admissions policy had not
granted her 20 points for being black.
She was required to take classes before
the start of her freshman year through
the Summer Bridge program, designed
to prepare certain students for Univer-
sity classes and determine whether
they are capable of succeeding aca-
demically.
But Barnard said the University's
See SUPPORTERS, Page 2A

Consumer confidence hits 10-year low

Flamenco finesse

By Lydia K. Leung
Daily Staff Reporter

Consumer confidence dropped to a
near-decade low in March as war creat-
ed uncertainty about economic
prospects, according to the University's
Surveys of Consumers released Friday.
The final results of the Index of Con-
sumer Sentiment fell to 77.6 in March
from 79.9 in February - its lowest level
since September 1993. Although it gave
up more than two points, the final data
is better than the mid-month prelimi-
nary's, which stood at 75.0.
Consumers felt more optimistic about
the economy during the war's first week
v n it was expected to be a short war
said Business School Prof. Richard
Sloan said that during the first week of
the war with Iraq when people expected

"The successful completion of the war will not
be sufficient to reestablish confidence."
- Richard Curtin
Director, Surveys of Consumers

a short war, as uncertainty cleared. But,
experts said, the April number would
better reflect how a longer-than-expect-
ed war with more casualties and higher
expenses impacts consumers and their
spending, which fuels two-thirds of the
whole U.S. economy.
"There is a delay from the release of
the number to the actual time that the
data was collected," Sloan said. "On the
first day of war, the stock market rose
and the data might have been collected
during that week."
Sloan said the prolonged war is creat-

ing more uncertainty that will reduce
spending of consumers and businesses.
If the war turns out to be a tough one,
consumer confidence will sink further in
the coming months.
Although the progress and develop-
ment of the war has affected the mood
of consumers, Surveys Director Richard
Curtin said in a written staement that
"the successful completion of the war
will not be sufficient to reestablish con-
fidence."
"The full restoration of consumer
See CONFIDENCE Page 2A

University students perform the Flamenco at the Latino Cultural Show at the Lydia Mendelssohn
Theatre Saturday. NVore ceverage oniine 'xvu/ugmdy.z.

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