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©2003 The Michigan Daily
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Vol. CXIII, No. 131

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$80 billion
war budget
The Associated Press
Congress voted Saturday to allocate
nearly $80 billion toward paying for the
war in Iraq. The bill also includes
money for the broader war on terror,
homeland security, foreign aid and the
airline industry. President Bush is
expected to sign the bill soon.
The majority of the money - nearly
$63 billion - is earmarked for the war
against Iraq. Domestic security agencies
are set to receive $3.9 billion while the
airline industry is scheduled to get $2.9
President Bush said the bill provides
"the resources necessary to win the war
and help secure enduring freedom and
democracy for the Iraqi people."
House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-
Ill.) echoed Bush's sentiments. "In the
end, we had a job to do to help our
troops, and we did that job well,"
Hastert said.
"My vote is a vote to support our
brave troops and to ensure they have all
they need while they diligently perform
their duties in times of great danger,"
U.S. Rep. John Conyers (D-Detroit) said
in a written statement.
"My vote should not be misread,
however, as endorsing President Bush's
reckless diplomacy, his disdain for the
U.N. and his decision to start this war,"
Conyers added.
The bill was delayed because of sena-
tors' proposed amendments - many of
which were seen as pork barrel legisla-
tion. The early stages of the bill includ-
ed money for costs related to the
Providence, R.I. nightclub fire and a
provision on Ginseng labeling.
"Unfortunately in this town we have
people who will take advantage of even
a war situation," House Majority Leader
Tom DeLay (R-Texas) said.
- Daily Staff Reporter Michael
Gurovitsch contributed to this report.

U.S. moves into
Tikrit foliowing
rescue of POWs

0 Search for evidence
of Saddam's death
U.S. forces met sporadic resistance
Sunday in their move on Tikrit, birth-
place of Saddam Hussein, after spirit-
ing to safety seven missing American
soldiers unexpectedly released by a
leaderless band of Iraqi troops.
Marines assembled on Tikrit's out-
skirts and sent units in and out of the
city, drawing occasional small-arms
fire and rocket-propelled grenades,
not the intense battle that once
seemed likely there. Even so, U.S.
forces did not try to occupy Tikrit
right away, Pentagon officials said.
The city is the last center of Sad-
dam loyalists known to the allies,
who are already turning their atten-
tion to the task of scouring towns
they skipped in the race to.Baghdad.
"We have simply bypassed villages
and towns and so forth," said Gen.
Tommy Franks, the war commander.
"And now we will go to each and
every one of them, and be sure that
we don't have some last, small
stronghold in that country"
Three weeks after Iraqis seized
them and put them on TV, the seven
ex-POWs were escorted to a Marine
unit on the road to Tikrit by a group
of Iraqi soldiers who had given up the
fight and been abandoned by their
The seven walked - some ran -
into a transport plane that flew them
to Kuwait for checkups, treatment for
those who needed it, and briefings.
The sight of their loved ones, bedrag-
gled in their pajama-like POW garb,
electrified families and communities
back home.
U.S. officials, trying to determine

whether the vanished Iraqi president
is dead, said forensics experts had
samples of Saddam's DNA and
would try to find a match from bod-
ies recovered in the bomb and missile
attacks most likely to have killed him.
And on the war's other deep puz-
zle, the location of any Iraqi weapons
of mass destruction, U.S. forces
reported they held a variety of Iraqi
officials, including a half brother of
Saddam, who might have useful
Other figures from the Saddam era
have certainly escaped into Syria on
Iraq's western border, Defense Secre-
tary Donald Rumsfeld said.
President Bush warned that must
not continue. "They just need to
cooperate," he said.
Syria's deputy ambassador to the
United States, Imad Moustapha,
denied his country was taking in
Iraqis and said it was America's job
to monitor Iraq's western border.
Franks said he expects to visit
U.S.-occupied Baghdad within a
week, although not in the style of a
conquering commander. He said he
would travel "with a very small staff
for the purpose of seeing my people"
in a low-key meeting.
He said Iraqis were coming for-
ward in great numbers to tell sol-
diers where to find Saddam
loyalists, arms caches and leads on
chemical, biological and nuclear-
weapons programs.
One example of cooperation stood
out above all others yesterday - the
delivery of the seven POWs into U.S.
Capt. David Romley said Marines
were met by Iraqi soldiers north of
Samarra who approached the 3rd
Light Armored Reconnaissance
See WAR, Page 2A

Former POW Army Spc. Shoshana Johnson, center, is escorted by U.S. soldiers to a waiting transport plane yesterday-.
Johnson was with the 507th Maintenance Company that was ambushed March 23rd in the Iraqi city of Nasirlyah.
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The Associated Press

Their long weeks of waiting over,
their prayers finally answered, fam-
ilies of seven captured U.S. soldiers
laughed and cried with unbridled
joy Sunday as they celebrated word
that their loved ones had been
released in Iraq.
"Greatest day of my life," Ronald
Young Sr. beamed as he and his wife,
Kaye, watched a choppy CNN video
of their son, helicopter pilot Ronald
Jr., running to an aircraft that whisked
the rescued prisoners of war out of

danger after 22 days in captivity.
"I'm just so happy that I could kiss
the world!" added the elder Young.
"When I saw him, it was like some-
body had won the World Series.
Everybody was jumping around and
Kaye Young laughed with glee at
images of her grinning, 26-year-old
son as neighbors delivered food and
flowers to their home in Lithia
Springs, Ga. An American flag hung
on the front door and yellow ribbons
were tied to trees outside.
"Ron has this smile that was ear-to-

ear, we could just see it," said his
mother. "He looks thin. But he looks
good. I always thought he would
come home."
At other homes of POW families,
friends and relatives also crowded in,
shook hands and hugged one another.
Outside, others waved American flags
and blasted car horns.
"I feel that my heart wants to burst
out of my chest," Maria De La Cruz
Hernandez said in Spanish after
learning her son, Edgar, was free.
"I'm going to have a heart attack here
See POW, Page 2A

* AMU lobbyists advocate state tuition caps

By Dan Trudeau
Daily Staff Reporter
The sky is officially the limit when talk-
ing about possible tuition increases for
next year at the University. Recent finan-
cial constraints due to decreased state
funding have placed the University in a
tight situation with regard to its budget
next year, and students and families fear
the missing dollars will be filled in by big
tuition hikes over the summer.
Tradition of NakI
Mile labeled wit
negative reputat
By Maria Sprow
Daily Staff Reporter

Currently, there are no legal limitations
on the amount that state universities in
Michigan can raise tuition between semes-
ters, which is something that lobbyists at
the Association of Michigan Universities
are trying to change.
"If the UM Regents say that they prom-
ise to not raise tuition beyond a certain
level, there's really nothing holding them
to their promise," AMU spokeswoman
Sarah Neitzke said.
"Tomorrow they could decide that they

need to renege on their promise and go
ahead and raise tuition anyway. If the state
puts a tuition cap on the universities, then
the boards have no choice but to obey the
University officials have not been will-
ing to speculate on the exact size of the
upcoming increases, but other Michigan
universities, such as Michigan Tech and
Oakland University, have predicted hikes
between 18 and 20 percent.

So fresh and so clean

University students and members of the Ann Arbor Coalition Against Rape march to end sexualized
violence as part of the Take Back the Night march and rally Friday night.
Marchers urge wo-men to
speak out against violence

By Kyle Brouwer
Daily Staff Reporter
As the sun set behind the Harlan Hatcher
Graduate Library, University students and resi-
dents of Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti stayed out on
the Diag Friday evening to watch and participate
in the 24th annual Take Back the Night rally.
The event, sponsored by the Ann Arbor
Coalition Against Rape and University
Women Against Rape, began with a series of
speeches from survivors of sexualized vio-
lence and members of the Washtenaw County
Sexual Assault Crisis Center.
The speakers aimed to raise awareness of
the severity of sexual assault through first-
hand accounts and descriptions of the impact
the violence has on victims.
From the steps of the Graduate Library,
Diane Moore spoke to the crowd about her
experience with sexual violence. "People who
are sexually abused don't really want to live,"
she said.

"It takes this piece of your
soul of your soul and it feels
like you'll never get it back."
- Michelle Johnson
Survivor of sexualized violence
almost a year ago.
"It takes this piece of your soul and it feels
like you'll never get it back," she said.
Johnson's first-hand account prompted a
wave of sympathy noticeable in the faces of
the attendants, Art and Design sophomore
Laura Dolan said.
"I looked around and there wasn't a dry eye,"
she added.
Upon conclusion of the speeches, rally
attendees proceeded to march through Central
Campus streets and back to the Diag.
The Department of Public Safety estimated
that between 75 and 100 people attended the

It's the end of the school year. Spring is in the air,
and all thoughts are turning toward Wednesday when -
if tradition has anything to say about it - students,
especially outgoing seniors, will turn to the streets,
shed some clothing and make a celebratory run for it.
Some will run to say their goodbyes to the University
and their undergraduate years here. Others will run to
celebrate the passing of another year and the coming of
another summer. Others will run just to run.
Whatever the reason, the Naked Mile has been a pop-
ular campus tradition ever since 12 members of the
University's men's and women's rowing team and varsi-
ty men's track team made the first streak down South
University Avenue in 1986.
But after years of decreased participation sparked by
national media attention, increased police enforcement
and a University-sponsored ad campaign encouraging
students not to run the Mile, many students wonder if
the Naked Mile will ever be what it once was - a
local student tradition, by the students and for the stu-
"Tradition is important at Michigan ... it was a way
for seniors to celebrate, to do something crazy and say
they did it," Kinesiology sophomore Lindsay Kokoczka
said."I hope it will be back, but I'm not sure it will,"
she added.
For many students, the Naked Mile took a sour turn
during the last two years.
In 2000, the teams credited with starting the tradi-
tion boycotted the event, declaring they no longer want-
ed to be participate in the Mile.


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