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September 10, 2002
02002 The Michigan Daily
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Vol. CXIII, No. 6

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Webber to
face charge
of perjury

lower for
on Sept. 11
By Rahwa Ghebre-Ab
Daily Staff Reporter
As the physical evidence of the
attacks of Sept. 11 slowly fades, the
hate crimes, ethnic intimidation and
prejudicial behaviors are also declin-
ing, some students on campus said.
Muslim Students Association Pres-
ident Kenan Mossa-Basha, a Busi-
ness senior, said, "Personally, I
thought there was a great deal of
anxiety in the aftermath of the
attacks. There were many incidents
of ethnic intimidation across the
United States but now its gotten a lot
In the aftermath of the attacks, a
lack of knowledge on the nation's
behalf concerning Islam and the Arab
world in general brought questions
about Middle Eastern culture and
"After Sept. 11, I saw people want-
ing to know more about all kinds of
Muslim-related issues. Wearing the
head scarf (hijaab) has become a
symbol for knowledge. It makes peo-
ple curious and when they're curious,
they ask questions," LSA freshman
Wajeeha Shuttan said.
Not only have looks influenced
education, but the Near Eastern Stud-
ies department, in conjunction with
the Middle Eastern and North
African studies and history depart-
ments, also added classes to fulfill
the growing need for education on
issues concerning the Middle East,
said a Near Eastern Studies faculty
"Things have died out a lot due to
education. After Sept. 11, all the
classes having to do with Arab or
Islatnic issues were filled. People
have become a lot more educated
and that has led to a definite
change," Education junior Farah
Anwarullah said.
Despite the numerous terrorist links
found within the United States in the
past year and the recent arrests of
three Detroit men linked to terrorist
organizations, the anxiety of members
in the University community has been
on the decline, some students said.
"There's a lot less worry. By and
large it was heartwarming to see the
University and Ann Arbor communi-
ties reach out to the Muslim commu-
nity. There were a few ignorant
people, but the vast majority were
open-minded supporters," Mossa-
Basha said.
The Muslim Students Association,
along with numerous other student
organizations, is contributing to the
vigil tomorrow night on the Diag at 9
p.m. to commemorate the anniver-
sary of the attacks.

President Bush joins members of the U.S.-Canadian Border Patrol as they applaud Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien
during a "Smart Border" event yesterday.
Bush, Chretien -discuss

tighte fling
DETROIT (AP) - President
Bush visited Michigan for the sixth "This g
time yesterday on a trip to promote
security, not politics, although he open tt
seemed to score on both fronts. p l
With the Ambassador Bridge in pople
the background, Bush and Canadian
Prime Minister Jean Chretien
reported progress in tightening
security at U.S.-Canadian crossings
while keeping goods flowing his public r
between the world's largest trading was on the
partners. dred or so4
Bush also held a closed-door ses- business pi
sion with Chretien in which he bridge.
pressed his case for action against Jeffrey Ht
Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein. Chre- with the De
tien, like many other world leaders, of Commer
has said he has yet to see evidence economic se
that would justify Canadian support. issues he see
Neither leader mentioned Iraq in Hunt said1

of security
;reat and peaceful border must be
o business, must be open to
- President Bush

By Steve Jackson
Daily Sports Fditor
Former Michigan basketball star
Chris Webber was indicted yesterday in
Detroit on charges of conspiracy to
obstruct justice and giving false testimo-
ny before a grand jury.
Webber, who currently plays for the
Sacramento Kings, could face a maxi-
mum penalty of 10 years in prison with
a maximum fine of $500,000 if convict-
ed on both counts.
The indictment also states that Web-
ber's father, Mayce Webber, and aunt,
Charlene Johnson,
will face the same
Webber and his°
family allegedly
committed these
crimes in August
of 2000 by con-
spiring to with-
hold information
relating to Web-
ber's involvement Webber
with Ed Martin, a former Michigan
booster who was facing federal
charges for running an illegal gam-
bling ring in Detroit.
In May, Martin pleaded guilty to a
charge of conspiring to launder money.
He admitted that he loaned money from
his illegal gambling ring to at least four
former Michigan basketball players,
including Webber.
Martin said that he loaned $280,000
to Webber, $160,000 to Robert Traylor,
$105,000 to Maurice Taylor and
$71,000 to Louis Bullock.
The Ed Martin saga began on Feb. 17,
1996, when Taylor crashed his Ford
Explorer while a number of teammates
and potential recruits were in the vehi-
cle. The car accident triggered the first
of three investigations into the Michigan
basketball program.
Those investigations led to the firing
of head coach Steve Fisher, who along

with Chris Webber and the "Fab Five"
led the Wolverines to back-to-back
appearances in the Final Four.
None of the University's investiga-
tions could turn up a major NCAA vio-
lation. But those sorts of violations may
have been hidden by Webber and his
"The conclusions reached by the Uni-
versity of Michigan Report of Self-
Examination that were forwarded to and
relied upon by the NCAA, contained t
false information based in part on the
false information that was caused to be
provided by the defendants," the federal
indictment read.
Should the facts prove that Michigan
violated NCAA guidelines, the basket-
ball program could face television or
post-season bans. The NCAA could also
take away scholarships or force Michi-
gan to forfeit games.
University officials refused to com-
ment on the most recent developments
in the case against Chris Webber, but
Michigan Athletic Director Bill Martin
said he is frustrated with how slowly this
entire ordeal has unfolded.
"The major issue here is that timing is
not controlled by the University," Martin
said. "If we were in control, this would
have been resolved a long time ago. But
this is a very serious matter, and we
should not be speculating about it in the
Although the process has not gone as
expeditiously as he had hoped, Martin
said he is still optimistic that the issue
will be resolved "relatively soon."
"We are cooperating fully with the
investigation," Martin said. "It's our
job to find the facts and take them to
the NCAA so that it can make a fair
and just decision.
U.S. Attorney's Office spokeswoman
Gina Balaya said the timetable for Web-
ber's trial has not been set.
"We still have to meet with the
defense attorneys before we can deter-
mine a time," Balaya said.

remarks, but it clearly
minds of the few hun-
customs officials and
eople gathered at the
unt, a regional lobbyist
troit Regional Chamber
ce, said homeland and
curity are the foremost
es the president facing.
he hopes Bush acts pru-

dently as he decides whether to take
on Saddam Hussein.
"I'd listen very carefully to my
advisers and line up my allies first,"
Hunt said.
As they have recently started
doing with regularity, small groups
of anti-war protesters greeted Bush's
motorcade on its short trip through
See BUSH, Page 7

Lloyd scholars ends
resident fellowship °

By Jeremy Berkowitz
Daily Staff Reporter
Despite a push last year for increased facul-
ty interaction among undergraduates, the
Lloyd Hall Scholars Program will no longer
offer live-in faculty position as part of the pro-
gram, members of the LSA Dean's Office and
LHSP administrators decided.
The positions, termed .resident fellows,
place graduate students in Alice Lloyd Resi-
dence Hall, where the program is centered, to
teach one or two classes in the program.
Though the Report of the President's Com-
mission on the Undergraduate Experience
released last fall called for an "increase (in)
the faculty presence in undergraduate residen-

tial and social settings", the elimination of
resident fellows has upset a number of people
in the LHSP community, considering the
positions were established at the program's
start in 1962.
The decision was based on budgetary mat-
ters and the desire to standardize the Lloyd
Hall Writing Center with the Sweetland Writ-
ing Center, said Marjorie Horton, LSA assis-
tant dean for undergraduate education.
"The majority of the graduate students
and professional students who serve as resi-
dent fellows do not plan to teach undergrad-
uate writing after obtaining their Ph.D's or
professional degrees from the university,"
Horton said. "Our goal is to have Sweetland
See LHSP, Page 7

The Lloyd Hall Scholars Program, housed in Alice
Lloyd Residence Hall, will undergo major changes.

State proposal
could dispose
of scholarship
By Louie Meizlish
Daily Staff Reporter
The state's highest court is expected today to rule on
the ballot status of a statewide proposal that, if enacted,
could suspend or eliminate a scholarship program for
in-state residents after 2001.
The ballot would redirect the annual $300 million
payments to the state from tobacco companies to health
care and smoking prevention efforts. The money is now
disbursed among numerous state spending programs,
including payments for the $2,500 MEAP Merit Award
scholarships, which are given to graduating Michigan
high school students who pass a series of assessment
The Board of State Canvassers initially denied a spot
on the ballot for the proposal, but the Michigan Court
of Appeals overruled the board Friday, prompting the
opposing group to appeal to the state Supreme Court.
Funding for the scholarships currently comes from
the tobacco settlement and redirecting the settlement
dollars to health care and smoking prevention would
thus remove the current funding source for the scholar-
ships. The pro-proposal group argues that the state has
not adequately funded health care and smoking cessa-
tion programs - the original intent of the settlement
reached with tobacco companies. The opposing group,
People Protecting Kids and the Constitution, says the
state has adequately funded those programs and the
lawsuit was intended to recoup state health care costs in
those areas, not fund new programs.
"The minority opinion was right on line as to how we
see this," said David Waymire, a spokesperson for the
group seeking to keep the proposal on the ballot, in ref-
erence to the dissenting ruling from the Court of
But Roger Martin, a spokesman for the pro-proposal
group, took a differing view.
"We certainly believe the Court of Appeals was
right," Martin said, saying he expects the Michigan
Supreme Court to uphold that decision.

Land of the free

Financial collapses leave
students leery of business

By Shabina S. Khatri
Daily Staff Reporter


Business senior Nada Abu-Isa serves as a
sore reminder of how accounting scandals
stemming from companies including Enron
and WorldCom negatively affect University
life for some students.
Abu-Isa, who is concentrating in finance
and accounting, lost her summer internship
with Arthur Andersen, a former member of
the Big Five management and consulting
firms, shortly after the company was indicted
in March on criminal charges related to the
Enron fraud.
"Ten days before I was supposed to move
to Chicago, about 15 days before I was sup-

Other students also said they are feeling the
stress of scrambling for internships in a once-
plentiful market. Finance Prof. Richard
Sloane attributes this drop in available jobs to
reduced recruitment efforts.
"The biggest impact (the accounting scan-
dals had) on the University is that Arthur
Andersen and Enron recruit here, and they're
not going to be on canmpus anymore," he said.
"We lost one-fifth of our job offers when
Arthur Andersen went away. In the short run,
there's going to be a lot of former Arthur
Anderson employees in the market, so the
demand for new accounting employees has
gone down."
But LSA junior Liana Reading, who plans
on applying to the University's Masters in

The American flag will hang at half mast tomorrow in
memorial of the tragic events of one year ago. The
Michiaan Daily also beains coveraae from New York to


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