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He was the only
Arab leader to stand
up to the Americans.
Look what happened,
no one else will dare
try that again."
- Adel, a lawyer in Beirut, Lebanon
explaining how Saddam Hussein will
be remembered and what the end of his
rule means for other Arab states, as
reported yesterday by Reuters.
«. Hey Dad!
- -- xctac s _t r iwr._ .
JOEL HOARD AND SCOTT SERILLA ST1cK FIGURES ARm AWESME
Combination of things
really; apathy, girls,
beer ... oh and my
has it in for me. Why in the
have it in
I just wanted to
How would I
know, I never
go to class.
to just prejudge
you like that.
WNBA wants equal treatment? End it.
LUKE SMITH THERE IS NO I IN COLUMN
omen's has survived on two accounts, NBA money attempting to cull that from this argument
sp o rt s and the ideological convenience and accom- would be suffering from knee-jerk reac-
are just panying peace of mind with having women tions to perceived attacks on women's
men's sports in slow represented in a professional sphere. rights - and doing themselves a tremen-
motion," quipped a Both lifelines to the WNBA should be dous intellectual disservice.
friend of mine when recognized as shaky at best. A league that Instead, the question ultimately returns
the WNBA was makes no money, has no marketed stars, to equality and representation and the pur-
birthed in 1996. Now, exists solely for the purpose of equal repre- suit of these ideals through unequal
the WNBA, on the sentation. Were the NBA and WNBA com- means. Were the WNBA treated as a busi-
cusp of what would be bined into a single league without a women ness, rather than a tokenist landmark of
its seventh season, is in jeopardy of not per team quota (something Martha Burk female athletics, it would not exist.
even having a season. would surely fight for), would there be It could share a gravestone next to the
Oh no! women's basketball? Doubtful. Is that a XFL under the epitaph "Ideas that lost
Without the equal representation of problem? No. That is the nature of business, tons of money."
women in professional basketball, the not a byproduct of misogyny. The WNBA, for as long as it has existed, is
framework of equality would surely be But is the representation itself equal? If the result of the sort of fiscal mismanagement
altogether lost. This, of course, ignores the the WNBA exists, but no one watches, does of funds that left-thinking fools like Martha
huge parental role of the NBA which is it exist? Certainly, but as little more than a Burk exhibit. In terms of these ideals and their
forced to hold the WNBA's hand and financial vacuum sucking sound in the implementation, it is a horrible detriment to
siphon funds for its survival. Excusing, for NBA's pocket. As Daily columnist Joseph allow a league designed to showcase women's
just a moment, the financial woe and mis- Litman pointed out in a piece titled "Leave athletics to survive outside of reality in the
ery of the WNBA - the NHL and MLB your husband at home day" (01/23/03) the name of ideological equality.
both lose money - the WNBA exists for poorly launched and poorer marketed XFL These double standards under the guise
all of the wrong reasons. was axed after one dismal season. of equality are the reasons why Annika
Without a contract for its players since Yet, entering its seventh season of Sorenstam will play in the PGA's Colonial
Sept. 15 and with little to no progress dwelling in the fiscal red zone, the WNBA next month (and will not make the cut);
made on restructuring a deal, NBA com- is allowed to continue to exist, if for no why women will always be allowed in
missioner (and WNBA foster father) other reason than to save ideological face. Men's locker rooms, but to even suggest
David Stern demanded that in order for It looks good for the NBA to big brother that men be allowed in women's locker
there to be a 2003 WNBA season an the little girls' league. rooms is perverse; and why affirmative
agreement (between the WNBA players' Is this sort of paternalistic attitude action should be met with opposition.
association and ownership) must be proactive for feminist rhetoric though? To The pursuit of equality through unequal
reached by April 18. 1 simply champion the existence of the means will always be a flawed way for a
ESPN.com reports the WNBA claims WNBA because it contains women is group to achieve its goal, whatever that
its average salary hovers around $60,000, fruitless and regressive. Let alone that the may be.
while the players' union claims that num- women's league is essentially run by the
ber is actually closer to $46,000. Either NBA and its money. It is truly a one step
number is far too high for -a league that forward, two steps back approach to run- regularly re th thanks the ouen.peop ewh
plays around 30 regular season games and ning an athletic exhibition. Kelly aoyria happy anniversarys-itolerating
only lasts for four months. Does all of this mean women shouldn't him for four years is quite an achievement. He
The WNBA is an athletic exhibition that have the right to play basketball? Readers can reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
MSA would be wrong to pass
divesment f rom Caterpillar
TO THE DAILY:
It is unfair to judge a situation based solely
on one-sided rhetoric. Following the tragic
accident that caused the death of Rachel Corrie,
pro-Palestinian groups are pushing for a new
Michigan Student Assembly resolution that
would urge the University to divest from Cater-
pillar Corp. This resolution is questionable in
content, and would be counter productive to the
already strained relationship of pro-Israeli and
pro-Palestinian groups on campus.
This is a very sensitive issue that should not
be judged hastily. The supporters of this resolu-
tion should wait until the investigation is com-
plete, and proven facts are available. The
accounts of Corrie's death are much disputed at
this point. Multiple publications such as The
New York Times (03/26/03) had to publish
retractions to parts of their stories on the inci-
dent. According to a source from the Israeli
Defense Forces, the area being bulldozed was
not a populated area, but it did contain aban-
doned buildings that were being used by terror-
ists to stage attacks against Israeli civilians.
The International Solidarity Movement (Cor-
rie's group) contends that its mission is to pro-
tect Palestinian civilians. If that is indeed its
purpose, then one must ask what it was doing
protecting terrorist positions that were used to
attack Israeli civilians.
In addition; pro-Palestinian groups con-
tend that Caterpillar bulldozers are being
used to demolish civilian homes. What peo-
ple tend to forget is that the houses being
demolished are the houses that belong to
Palestinian !terrorists. Most people don't
know that the family of a homicide bomber is
awarded more than $25,000 for their "loss."
Demolishing their houses serves as a deter-
rent to those who think that they will help
their family by blowing up Israeli civilians.
MSA should think twice before passing a res-
olution that condemns anti-terrorism efforts.
Coverage of admissions
policies inadequate, too much
focus on war with Iraq
doesn't seem like it is. I read the articles the1
Daily printed and was disappointed they were 1
further down on the page, which seemed to i
downplay their importance. As the University'si
premiere student newspaper, it is the Daily's
duty to provide students with interpretive cover-+
age of the affirmative action lawsuits. I'm not
talking about the oral arguments, I'm talking
about the everyday articles leading up to and fol-
lowing the arguments. The Daily's coverage
only scraped the surface of the issues; the Daily
seemed too preoccupied with the war. Why do I+
have to go to The New York Times, The Wash-i
ington Post and the Detroit Free Press to find
stories about the racial climate at the Universi-
ty? I don't want to see another story on how
Justice Sandra Day O'Connor is the swing vote,
I want to see a story on how the race debate is
or is not polarizing this campus.
Yes, the war started right before the argu-
ments were heard. However, this should not
have taken the affirmative action coverage
off page one. (For example, see the March
21, 2003 edition of the Daily) Students can
follow war coverage or any other national or
international news on television or online.
But the Daily is the only place where students
can find out what's going on in their own
backyard. Take a different angle on the war
because whatever war "news" goes into your
newspaper will be old news by the time we
pick up the paper. If you're going to cover
the war, be innovative. Write stories that
appeal to students. The war is being fought
by people our own age, and tons of students
have friends who are fighting in Iraq. Both of
these issues affect students in ways the Daily
is clearly not grasping.
Alattar's viewpoint inspires
those who support the war
To THE DAILY:
I would like to commend and praise Laith
Alattar's viewpoint (Operation Iraqi Freedom:
an honorable mention, 04/07/03). Never before
have I been so moved while reading an article
in the Daily. It inspired me, a supporter of the
war, and I hope it will move to inspire those
that oppose our difficult and massive, yet lib-
erating job. Kudos to you, an American that
has seen the horrors of Saddam's regime, for
standing up for what you believe!
trayal of student apathy regarding the affirma-
tive action cases (Skewed coverage, 04/09/03),
its assertion that the student body is unified in
its view of the cases is completely off-base.
Specifically, the editorial states that "it is
obvious that the media is not convinced that
a collective pro-affirmative action status
exists among students." If this is the view
that the media are illustrating, then it could
not be more accurate! Just over two weeks
ago, the Daily reported: " survey compiled
during Michigan Student Assembly elec-
tions last week shows students might not be
presenting a unified home front when it
comes supporting the policies" (Survey
shows opinions differ on cases' policies,
03/24/03). In fact, according to this survey
of voters, more students opposed the Uni-
versity's current admissions policies (41.5
percent) than supported them (40.8 percent).
Do these statistics show a collective pro-
affirmative action status? I think not.
The irony of the title of the Daily's editor-
ial is clearly evident. This student body is not
solidly pro-affirmative action. Pro-affirma-
tive action voices are generally louder; how-
ever, it is the Daily that is now presenting
Student body not unified in
supp ort of affimative action;
almost evenly split on issue
TO THE DAILY:
I am slightly concerned with the Daily's
editorial, "Skewed Coverage, (04/09/03)." The
Daily claims that major U.S. papers are, "not
convinced that a collective pro-affirmative
action status exists among students." Well,
neither am I. The only polling I've seen done
on the subject, the recent spring elections,
showed the student body slightly favors an
end to considering race as a factor.
While the numbers in the election were
extremely close (probably statistically
equal), they show the students at this
school are at most split on the issue. For
the national and local media to say that stu-
dents are not supporting the University in
its stance on affirmative action would be
expected on a campus with as many views
on the issue as the University.