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©2002 The Michigan Daily
* Ann Arbor, Michigan


One-hundred-eleven years offeditoriadlfreedom

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Vol. CXIIIeNo. 17




closer to

having nukes

* LONDON (AP) - Iraq has a growing
arsenal of chemical and biological
weapons, and plans to use them, Prime
Minister Tony Blair said yesterday, unveil-
ing an intelligence dossier to a special ses-
sion of Parliament.
Blair, who also said Iraq is trying to
develop nuclear weapons, told lawmakers
his priority is to get inspectors back into
Iraq. But he repeatedly expressed enthusi-
asm for the U.S. goal of "regime change" in
"Iraq, the region and the whole world
By Jennifer Misthal
Daily Staff Reporter

would be better off" without Saddam Hus-
sein, Blair said in releasing the dossier,
which asserts the Iraqi leader has weapons
of mass destruction ready to be used within
45 minutes of an order to fight.
"There is no way that this man, in this
region above all regions, could begin a con-
flict using such weapons and the conse-
quences not engulf the whole world," Blair
told a packed House of Commons.
Baghdad rejected the British analysis,
which also said Iraq was trying to extend
the range of its ballistic missiles.

"The British prime minister is serving
the campaign of lies led by Zionists against
Iraq. Blair is part of this misleading cam-
paign," Iraqi Culture Minister Hammed
Youssef Hammadi said in Baghdad.
In Cairo, Iraqi Foreign Minister Naji
Sabri denied Iraq has or is developing
weapons of mass destruction, and said Blair
was trying to justify a military attack
against Baghdad.
French President Jacques Chirac and Chi-
nese Prime Minister Zhu Rongji both said
the U.N. Security Council must play a vital

role in the crisis.
"I do not think at all that war is unavoid-
able," Chirac said, adding that U.N.
weapons inspectors must be allowed to find
out what Saddam has.
"Any military attack on Iraq that does not
have the blessing of the Security Council "will
lead to severe consequences," Zhu said.
The White House called the dossier
"frightening" and praised Blair for his
strong defense of the U.S.-led efforts
against Saddam. "We don't trust this man,
and that's what the Blair report showed

today," President Bush said.
The 50-page dossier - which appeared
to contain little new evidence - said "Iraq
has military plans for the use of chemical
and biological weapons," and has tried to
acquire "significant quantities" of uranium
from Africa.
"Unless we face up to the threat, not only
do we risk undermining the authority of the
U.N., whose resolutions he defies, but more
importantly ... we place at risk the lives
and prosperity of our own people," Blair
said in an introduction to the report.

Poor economy
results in fewer
student loans

By Shabina S. Khatri
Daily StaffReporter

Minority enrollment in colleges
and universities across the county is
on a rising trend, according to a
study published by the American
Council on Education.
Between 1990 and 1999, minority
enrollment increased 48.3 percent
nationwide. Four million minority
students were enrolled in institutions
of higher education in 1999, in com-
parison to an enrollment level of 2.7
million in 1990.
All racial groups included in the
report witnessed increases in enroll-
ment, the report titled "Minorities
in Higher Education 2001-02: Nine-
teenth Annual Status Report"
Hispanics had the largest increase
in enrollment at 68.3 percent, along
with a 58.9 percent increase of
Asian Americans and 31.6 percent
among blacks. The number of
Native American students grew by
41 percent.
Senior Vice Provost Lester Monts
said despite slight variations, the
University has seen "constant num-
bers across the board."
"We're always going to have fluc-
tuations," he said. "We should
expect this."
According to the University's
Office of Budget and Planning,
enrollment numbers for students of
color rose to 38 percent between
1990 and 2001. Non-minority enroll-
ment dropped by 8 percent.
Monts said he attributes these
changes to several factors; including
economic conditions and the number
of high school graduates.
Orhemetse Marang, an LSA senior
and member of the African Student
Association, said she was pleased
with the study's results but is con-
stantly reminded of her status as a
"It's hard to compete on an equal
playing field when you come from a
school with less resources than a
suburban school," Marang said.
Black Student Union spokesper-
son Aundrea- Johnson said, "Recruit-
ment-wise, I think the University is
doing a better job than 10 years ago.
"However, a lot of minority stu-
dents struggle when they get into the
(University). I believe this happens
because the University does not pro-
vide a student-friendly atmosphere."
With the help of the University's
race based admissions policies,
some students said they think diver-
sity has become an important aspect

Supporters for detained Ann Arbor Muslim leader Rabih Haddad held a press conference yesterday urging the government to
release Haddad, who is being held on a visa violation.
a for local man s release

Students accustomed to applying for
financial aid after April have been
unpleasantly surprised to find that Uni-
versity funds have been tapped out.
Margaret Rodriguez, a senior associ-
ate director of the Office of Financial
Aid, explained an increase in application
volume for funding due to the economic
downturn has caused a shortage in the
number of available student loans,
grants and scholarships.
"Our most significant indication that
families are more concerned about edu-
cation costs is ... the increased number
of early applicants," she said.
The number of students applying for
financial aid has increased by 5 percent
this year, Rodriguez said. Although the
University increased funding for finan-
cial aid to correspond to the 7.9 percent
tuition increase, economic factors have
still caused demand to exceed supply,
said Al Hermsen, an associate director:
of the Office of Financial Aid.
"The demand for need-based aid this
year is greater than it's been for quite
some time. As a result we've awarded
our scholarships more quickly and late
applicants will not receive funding," he
said. "In recent years we've been able to
(provide aid) to applicants past (our pri-
ority deadline of) April 30, but this year
we've had to stop giving funding by
May 31."
As one of the more than 55 percent of
students who received financial aid last
year, Engineering sophomore Edward
Cruz said the shortage in funds caused

him to lose a total of $15,000 in grants.
"Before I was on need-based aid.
(This year) I turned in my forms at the
end of May, the second-priority dead-
line, but they were processed after the
third-priority deadline in June. When I
didn't hear back, I was concerned, so I
called them. They said, no you shouldn't
worry because there's never been a
shortage. And then I got nothing," he
Hermsen said the shortage of federal
loans has caused many students to bor-
row from private sources. "The concern
I have is. we are experiencing (an
increase in) alternative loans at a much
greater rate than in the past," he said.
Unlike federal loans, which can be
spread out over a 10-year period,
Hermsen likened alternative loans to
credit card debts - which are often dif-
ficult for students to repay.
"I would caution students to limit
their involvement because interest pay-
ments are often higher and could cause
problems when they have to pay them
back," he said.
But students in need of financial aid
see few alternatives. Cruz said his par-
ents are now seeking to take out loans to
support his education. "I don't qualify
for financial aid anymore," Cruz said.
Hermsen said the lesson is "to pay
attention to the deadlines. You're always
subject to the availability of funding.
When the economy goes down, the
demonstrated needs go up."
As for the future, Rodriguez said the
economy will continue to play a role in
determining the volume of applicants
for need-based aid.

By Louie MeIzlish
Daily Staff Reporter
Only two days before his release could be blocked by
a federal appellate court, supporters of local Muslim
leader Rabih Haddad urged the federal government to
free him.
Members of the Committee to Free Rabih Haddad,
including Haddad's wife, encouraged the government
to free him during a rally yesterday morning at St.
Aidan's Episcopal/Northside Presbyterian Church on

Broadway Street.
Haddad, a Lebanon-native, has been held in solitary
confinement by the Immigration and Naturalization
Service for overstaying a six-month visa. Around the
same time as he was detained, the government raided
the Illinois offices of the charity he co-founded, Global
Relief Foundation, Inc., and froze its assets.
His deportation hearings were closed to the public
until federal courts ordered them open this past spring.
Just last week, a federal district judge in Detroit
See HADDAD, Page 7

By Maria Sprov
Daily Staff Reporte

one of top party schools


Students who want to know how life at
the University stacks up against other
higher educational institutions can forget
about U.S. News and World Report's list
of America's Best Colleges, which offers
information on universities' graduation
and acceptance rates and the school's stu-
dent-faculty ratio.
The Princeton Review released its year-
ly rankings for 2003 last month, compar-
ing colleges in categories ranging from
how happy students are and how engaging
professors are to which ones offer the
most "bang for the buck" and which have
the most alcohol and marijuana use on
"Instead of just using one overall ulti-
mate list, we decided to create a whole

number of lists," Princeton Review Editor
Erica Magrey said. "We believe all the
schools included in the book are outstand-
ing institutions, but for their own reasons.
They have their own personalities."
According to the rankings, the Universi-
ty may not be as academically-focused as
some would think.
Though it scored high in almost all
social categories, including Party Schools
(No. 13), Lots of Beer (No. 13), Reefer
Madness (No. 15), Lots of Hard Liquor
(No. 10) and Major Frat and Sorority
Scene (No. 16), it did not make the Top 20
cut for many academic categories.
Those categories include Professors Get
High Marks, Professors Make Themselves
Accessible, Class Discussions Encour-
aged, Best Overall Academic Experience
for Undergraduates and The Toughest to

Get Into. The University ranked No. 15
when it came to average number of hours
students spend studying and No. 16 in the
Great College Libraries category.
Last year, the University was ranked the
No. 8 college in the category "Professors
Suck All Life out of Material."
To compile the rankings, The Princeton
Review collected surveys from 100,158
students from 345 colleges and asked
them 70 questions about the institution
they attend.
The rankings are based from student
responses to questions like "How much of
your overall course time is devoted to dis-
cussion (as opposed to lectures)?" and
"overall, how happy are you?"
Magrey said the publication chose to
survey students because "we feel they are
See RANKING, Page 2

'U' students show the school spirit that helped rank the
University as one of the top schools for campus social life.

Campus propaganda

Chris Webber's father also indicted

If convicted he faces up to
10 years in prison and a
$500,000 fine
By Steve Jackson
Daily Sports Editor
Mayce Webber, father of former Michigan
basketball star Chris Webber, was arraigned
on charges of lying to a grand jury and
obstructing justice ybsterday. Mayce Web-
ber's lawyer, Robert Morgan, entered an
innocent plea on his behalf. Webber did not
speak in court or to. the press afterward. His
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ber's aunt Charlene Johnson, were indicted
on the same charges on Sept. 9. If convicted,
each could face up to 10
years in prison and a
$500,000 fine.
Chris Webber was
arraigned Sept. 11 and
released on $10,000
bond as well.
The indictment claims
that all three defendants
gave false testimony dur-
ing the trial of Ed Mar-
tin, a former Michigan Chris Webber
booster who was facing
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Detroit auto plants.
Martin testified in May that he took
money from the gambling ring, combined it
with other funds and loaned money to four
former Michigan basketball players, includ-
ing $280,000 to Webber. Martin pleaded
guilty to the charge. of money laundering and
agreed to disclose all the details of his rela-
tionship with former Michigan basketball
players. Martin's sentencing date is Oct. 8.
Webber has repeatedly denied accepting
large sums of money from Martin.
"I will fight this case to the end, and I feel
that I will be vindicated," Webber said at a
press conference the day before his arraign-

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