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SAFE calls for divestment from Caterpillar Corp.

Students' attempt
* to make explosives
discovered by DPS
According to the Department of
Public Safety, two subjects were dis-
covered making an explosive device
at a parking lot on Fuller Road Satur-
day night. The subjects, who were
identified as University students,
were making the explosive from a
water bottle and assorted cleaning
products. DPS Sgt. Stacy Richmond
said the subjects were questioned and
that the case, which is still under
investigation, was turned over to the
Washtenaw County prosecutor.
Child found lost,
wandering in visit
to Mary Markley
A seven-year-old child visiting his
brother was left unattended in Mary
Markley Residence Hall late Friday
night. DPS reports state the child was
found wandering the halls of the resi-
dence hall. The child's parents were
contacted to retrieve their son.
return, but none
are caught
DPS received reports of several
subjects skateboarding on Universi-
ty property throughout the day on
Friday. Skateboarders were reported
at the Regents' Plaza in the morn-
ing, outside the School of Dentistry
and near Dennison Hall in the after-
noon. DPS reports state that all sub-
jects were gone upon the officers'
Evening hit-and-run
accident reported
near 'U' building
A caller reported a hit-and-run traf-
fic accident outside the Ronald
McDonald House on Washington
Heights Saturday morning. The caller's
vehicle was hit overnight. DPS filed a
report but has no suspects at this time.
Runner caught in
traffic accident,
sustains injuries
A jogger was involved in a traffic
accident near Washtenaw Avenue and
-North University Avenue Saturday
afternoon. DPS reports state the jogger
was hit by a vehicle and sustained
minor injuries. DPS transported the
jogger to University Hospital.
Subjects cited for
soliciting outside
Yost Ice Arena
An incident of trespassing and
solicitation occurred at Yost Ice
Arena Saturday afternoon. DPS offi-
cers cited two subjects for sales and
solicitation on University grounds.
One subject was cited for trespassing
and escorted from the area. The case
is currently under investigation.
Unknown person
breaks residence
hall window
Malicious destruction of property
was reported at Mary Markley Resi-
dence Hall late Saturday night. A
caller informed DPS officers that an
unknown person had broken the
window of one of the main doors to
the residence hall. DPS notified the

building's mpintenance staff and
filed a report.
Unattended purse,
airline ticket stolen
from Angell Hall
A caller reported an incident of
larceny at Angell Hall Friday night.,
DPS reports state the caller left her
purse at Angell Hall and discovered it
had been stolen when she returned to
retrieve it. The purse contained $100
in cash and an airline ticket. DPS has
no suspects at this time.
Emergency phone
illegally used by
drunk minors
Several subjects were arrested for
liquor law violations on Geddes
Avenue early Friday morning. DPS
reports state the subjects illegally
used a blue light emergency phone
and were under the influence of alco-
hol. DPS arrested the subjects for
minor in possession of alcohol.
Chairs stolen
from Couzens Hall

By Camen Johnson
Daily Staff Reporter
Some students are calling for the University to
divest from the Caterpillar Corp.as part of Palestin-
ian Land Day - a day commemorating the death
of six Palestinians who were killed by Israeli secu-
rity during a demonstration 28 years ago. Caterpil-
lar bulldozers are used by the Israeli army in the
occupied territories.
Students Allied for Freedom and Equality is
urging students to write to University Presi-
dent Mary Sue Coleman, asking her to use the
school's investment as leverage to pressure
Caterpillar to cease their sale of bulldozers to
Israel. "University policy clearly states that
moral and ethical concerns are taken into con-
sideration when getting an account in their
investment portfolios," SAFE Chair Fadi

Kiblawi said. "So there is framework there for
divestment in line with University policy."
Students are also encouraged to contact
Caterpillar directly to protest bulldozer sales
in Israel. Focus on bulldozers being used as a
weapon increased after American peace
activist Rachel Corrie was recently killed by a
"We are hoping the University forms an advisory
committee to research the moral implications of
investing in Caterpillar," Kiblawi said.
But University spokeswoman Nancy Connell
said divesting is a long and public process.
"Divesting is something that requires regents to
act and would take deliberation," Connell said.
The last time the University regents divested
was in 1978 from companies who engaged in
business in South Africa due to the country's
Apartheid policies.

"University policy clearly states that moral and ethical
concerns are taken into consideration when getting an
account in their investment portfolios.'
- Fadi Kiblawi
Chair, Students Allied for Freedom and Equality

But not all students are in favor of divestment as
a way to influence companies.
Co-Chair of the American Movement for Israel
Avi Jacobson said Palestinian Land Day is being
exploited to push a dishonest campaign. "In practi-
cal terms, if this divestment push would ever be
successful, it's only to economically destroy the
State of Israel, which ultimately hurts Palestinian
people because their economies are so intertwined,"
Jacobson said.
Divestment supporters say Caterpillar

should stop selling the bulldozers to the
Israeli military in order to coincide with the
company's own ethical code to "use their
resources to improve the lives of our neigh-
bors around the world."
"When pressure is put on Caterpillar to stop
selling bulldozers to Israel, they usually respond
by saying they are not responsible for the use of
bulldozers after sold while ignoring their ethical
policies," Kiblawi said. Caterpillar Corp. was
not available to comment.

Wax on, wax off


officials, students of color

discuss lawsuits, budget cuts

By Cannon Johnson
Daily Staff Reporter

Ann Arbor resident Jeremy Axelrod drips candlewax onto the
sidewalk during a peace vigil on Main Street last night.
Detroit Project shines
as dlay, of servce to city

Responding to concerns over how the
University's budget cuts and the contin-
gency plan after the U.S. Supreme Court
rules on the University's race-conscious
lawsuits will impact students of color,
Vice President for Student Affairs E.
Royster Harper and Dean of Students
Ed Willis met with students of color on
Friday to answer questions.
Harper and Willis expressed their
commitment to services directly affect-
ing students and the need for student
input on any changes made based on the
court's ruling. "We aren't going to make
any decisions until we have some legal
guidance from the court. But we do
know we want students involved and
student affirmation on changes," Harper
said. Willis added that if students are not
on campus during the spring and sum-
mer term when changes would be made,
there would be opportunities for stu-
dents to voice their opinions in the fall.
Students expressed concern that cer-
tain programs would not maintain the
integrity of providing services to stu-
dents of color if the programs were no
longer legally allowed to use race as a
factor in instances such as minority
recruitment and retention programs.

"How do we know that the University
will not strike race-based programs,
especially when not everyone in the fac-
ulty cares about diversity as much?"
asked RC senior Monique Luse, who
was facilitating student questions.
Students' concerns were sparked
earlier this month at the Virginia
Technological Institute, which elim-
Harper added that she
has no present plans to
cut MESA's budget
inated many race-conscious pro-
grams after the administration
decided to stop using race as a fac-
tor in admissions in an attempt to
ensure the university aligns with the
changing legal landscape.
Some participants said they are also
worried that in response to the Universi-
ty's expected 10 percent cut in state
funding, some positions in the office of
Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs would not
be filled in an attempt to reduce costs.
Reducing the amount of coordinators
working in the office would make the
service less effective, students said.
Harper said operational costs and
"strategically-selected programs" would

be cut before positions were cut. Harper
added that she has no present plans to cut
MESA's budget, calming the worries of
students who utilize the office's services.
"The budget cuts could go up
higher, depending what comes from
the state. But my principle is a
commitment to guard the services
that have a direct effect on stu-
dents," Harper said.
Another issue discussed was hate
crimes in the residence halls. But
because Department of Public Safety
incident reports are kept isolated in the
residence hall where the incident
occurred, DPS is sometimes not
informed. Harper responded by agree-
ing with students that hate crime inci-
dent records should not be kept within
the residence hall where it occurred.
"It's true that the administration does-
n't get the sense of the total experience
for minority students - something
needs to change," Harper said.
During a debriefing session, LSA
sophomore Brandon White said
minority communities should con-
tinue talk to administration about
their specific concerns and issues.
"We just have to keep following up
on details, even if we say the same
thing as other minority communities,"
White said.

By Katie Glupker
Daily Staff Reporter

Instead of sleeping their Saturdays
away, more than 1,100 University stu-
dents rolled up their sleeves and spent
the day cleaning up a northwest Detroit
Demolishing abandoned houses,
landscaping, planting trees and painting
murals were some of the tasks undertak-
en by the Detroit Project in the commu-
nity of Brightmoor on Saturday.
LSA junior and site leader Kate
Woolley worked at DP Day for the
third year in a row and spent Saturday
cleaning up an abandoned lot near an
elementary school. "We made an unus-
able space a safe place for kids to
play," she said.
The residents of Brightmoor were
grateful for the students' service,
Woolley said, adding that several peo-
ple stopped their cars to tell the stu-
dents how much they appreciated their
efforts. "The residents were thankful

and kept saying, 'Now it's just up to us
to keep it up' - we were just here for
one day."
The morning began with an address
by Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick.
"He spoke about the importance of
service and of giving back to the com-
munity," said executive project director
Catie Baetens, an LSA senior.
University students were not the
only ones involved in the project.
Baetens said about 100 students
from other area colleges and univer-
sities and about 150 community
members participated in DP Day.
"It was such a cold day, but they
were all troopers," she said. The
volunteers were spread out at over
60 sites and accomplished all their
projects by the end of the day.
"It's easy to volunteer (for DP
Day)," Baetens said, "You hear a lot of
things about Detroit, and I think peo-
ple participate in DP Day partly
because they want to check it out for

W I NLaw University began camping out Fri- for most of the time, allowing others to
day and started to draw up a list for catch a few hours to sleep in a hotel
Continued from Page 1A whoever came down. They plan to give room or warm up at Union Station six
inside the courtroom. "I want to be a list of 50 seats to the court marshal at 6 blocks away.
down at the ground level," Coleman a.m. tomorrow when tickets will be Discussion about the cases is mini-
said, adding that he plans to sleep on an given out. There is a "suicide pact" mum, but most seemed to support the
air mattress for the next 36 hours. among people on the list that a represen- University's policies, except of four stu-
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By Michael Kan
For the Daily
"This is a revolutionary war," said
journalist Jonathan Schell in a dialogue
on America's war in Iraq Friday at the
Alumni Center. Schell and other
speakers discussed the context of the
war in global geopolitics and how the
current and long-term actions of the
U.S. government will affect the world.
"There is a danger in assuming that
we know what the war means," anthro-
pology and history Prof. Fernando
Coronil said.
Schell then explained his analysis of
the war in Iraq. "We have to devote spe-
cial attention to its justification," Schell
said. He also said the war is revolution-
ary in the sense that a new government
in Iraq will be created. He said the war is
also revolutionary because the U.S. gov-
ernment now has found ways to surpass
the international community's jurisdic-
tion and its own constitution in conduct-
ing its foreign policies.
Because of this, Schell said U.S. for-
eign policy also wishes to assert its
military power in securing its own
interests. "Iraq furthermore is the pilot-
project of this policy," he said. In this
regard, America's current plan of pre-
venting foreign countries from obtain-
ing weapons of mass destruction is just
another "imperialist strategy," Schell
said. He added, "This is the old-fash-
ioned business of taking over a country
and running it for them."
By adopting this strategy of prevent-
ing the use of weapons of mass
derctio- Schelsaid theUnite'd

Schell said, adding the war will only
worsen the dangers of the situation.
LSA junior Ryan Watkins, a long
time reader of Schell's works, came to
the lecture to hear more about Schell's
opinions on U.S. foreign policy.
"Recent events make this issue even
more urgent," Watkins said.
Other speakers had similar messages
when analyzing how different areas of
American society, such as civil liber-
ties, have been affected by the war.
Law School Prof. Richard Friedman
said civil liberties have not been threat-
ened by the American government's
policies since Sept. 11.
Yet he added that secret arrests and
secret deportations have occurred with-
out the government providing any infor-
mation about who has been subjected to
this treatment. "It's a question of how far
do we go. Now, only narrow civil issues
have been affected." Friedman said.
Anthropology and psychology Prof.
Scott Atran commented on the media's
portrayal of the war. He said it has thus
far been appalling. "The media isn't
doing their job," Atran said. He added
that the media is trying to convince
people to support the war, when the
media doesn't support the war itself.
Rackham student Zareena Grewall
also spoke at the event on how Mus-
lims have been treated in past years
due to American politics. Grewall said
Muslims "made a big mistake in vot-
ing for Bush" because he has not ade-
quately supported Muslim-related
concerns. With hate crimes against
Muslims only increasing after Sept. 11,
Grew21 added "This isa verv fright-

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