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4 - The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, October 1, 2002

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NOTABLE
QUOTABLE
If you catch this guy,
Bin Laden, I would
like to be the one to
execute him."
- Former New York City Mayor Rudolph
Giuliani to President Bush after the Sept. 11
terrorist attacks. The quotation appears in
Giuliani's new book, Leadership.

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has asked the facilities depart-
fly the rainbow flag in honor of
1 Coming Out Week (Oct. 7-
a well-intentioned gesture, the
n Student Assembly passed a
n during last Tuesday's meeting
-mend that the facilities depart-
the flag that week. Despite the
'als of tolerance and acceptance
A hoped to spread through its
,if facilities chooses to fly the
flag it could establish a trou-
:cedent where certain organiza-
favored over other groups.
important to realize that the
solution is not binding and the
decision to raise the rainbow
r campus will be that of the
ity's facilities. The lack of
t could allow for the facilities
ent to make capricious deci-
at advance certain political
Vhile it may appear to be a
moment for the LGBT com-
if the facilities manager
to allow the rainbow flag to
ayed, in'the future a facilities
hostile to the LGBT commu-
id refuse a request and sup-
;roup with goals opposed to

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e dangerous precedent
from University property? Would
these decisions be based on student
membership? Would groups with hate-
ful or violent messages be permitted to
have their messages unfurled beneath
a clear blue Michigan sky?
Student groups are given numerous
outlets to make their presence known
on campus. From Diag chalking to
seminars to cultural events, University
students are fortunate to have the right
fo express themselves as they see fit.
These forums for expression do not
require the sanction or approval of the
University administration and thus,
allow all members of the University

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community equal access to express
their views. To avoid the development
of University favoritism, it is neces-
sary that the University's facilities are
not politicized. It would best serve the
University community for the facili-
ties department to refuse the request
to fly the LGBT flag and immediately
institute a policy where all similar
requests will be denied in the future.
It is important to support the LGBT
community not just during Coming
Out Week, but throughout the year. It
is a community which continues to be
the subject of persistent persecution
and ostracization. National Coming
Out Week serves as an opportunity for
all community members to express
their support for sexual orientation
equity in our society. Students should
take the responsibility for advancing
this message of justice by their own
individual actions, wearing rainbow
pins, attending events and discussing
the challenges that the LGBT commu-
nity presently faces, not by the actions
of the University.

re you a cool
girlfriend? Are
you a diva?
Are you college mater-
ial? In a stunning dis-
play of hot colors, cool
fonts and hard-hitting
journalism, the Octo-
ber issue of Seventeen
magazine asks its
readership all three of these tough questions.
You'll have to forgive my cynicism. It's
just that I bought this magazine instead of
dinner Sunday night, swallowed my pride
and coughed up $3.99 because I wanted to
see what Seventeen's editors had to say
about my own humble University, which
they ranked number 10 on their list of The 50
Coolest Colleges. I was hoping to find evi-
dence that I'd been wrong about Seventeen
all these years, that it and other magazines of
its ilk were not products of a vast teeny bop-
per industry ploy to make a lot of money
making little girls dumber.
I can't say it looked promising. Reese
Witherspoon was staring sultrily at me, sur-
rounded by promises of the latest on Josh
Hartnett's college years and outfit sugges-
tions for college interviews and hot dates.
Lots of capital letters. Not exactly The
Princeton Review, but I was willing to give it
a chance. Maybe the content of the article
would make up for the presentation. I mum-
bled something about the pursuit of knowl-
edge to the bookstore clerk as he dropped my
receipt and my penny into my outstretched
hand. He nodded politely.
I have to digress for a moment here to
explain why people should care about what

makes it onto the pages of these magazines.
They seem innocuous enough, offering
bright colors and hip quizzes to the girls who
love them. Young teenagers and preteens are
generally selfish creatures. In most cases,
they don't lose sleep over anything that will
actually matter to themselves or anybody
else 10 years down the line. They don't read
Seventeen for college advice.
But this is the first contact many of them
will have with periodicals and the printed
word and what they. read at this level has the
power to shape attitudes and expectations
more than we or they like to think. So any
nudge in the direction of higher education is
good for the nation's junior female popula-
tion, right? Wrong. What even I forgot in my
eagerness to give Seventeen a chance is that
presentation is everything. Girls (boys, too, I
suppose) this age will care about what they
think they're supposed to care about; these
magazines teach them to confuse substance
with style.
Here's an example: "We couldn't find a
college survey aimed at girls," the table of
contents said, "so we did our own, based on
what matters to you." Already, we have two
false assumptions: First, that girls want or
need their college surveys to be printed on
scented pink paper and second, that what
matters to them is not the same as what mat-
ters to boys searching for the perfect college.
These assumptions respectively discourage
ambition (i.e. 'tis better to wait for a hand-
written invitation than to show up with a
notebook like everyone else) and re-enforce
existing perceived divides in the way boys
and girls think.
The eight-page feature itself was beset on

both sides by page after page of advertise-
ments. "We won't bore you with the math
behind The 50 Coolest Colleges," swears a
statement between the list and the "Are you
college material?" quiz. Because math
doesn't matter, girls! What matters, it says,
are boy-to-girl ratios and quality of mass
transit, proximity to shopping opportunities
and financial aid programs and access to co-
ed dormitories.
Wait a second. I was skimming. Did that
say financial aid and mass transit? Like, schol-
arships and buses and stuff? I'm confused.
Since the editors didn't want to bore her
with the math, a girl can only assume they
assigned equal importance to her statistical
chances of snagging a future
doctor/lawyer/engineer boy and the number
of miles to the nearest Abercrombie and
Fitch outlet. I guess I can see why this would
be important to a magazine whose primary
purpose is to sell products, but for actual
girls looking to further their educations,
these are pretty worthless factors to consider.
The problem with placing them next to
things that might really matter is that Seven-
teen's readership might be too young to
know the difference or care. The magazine's
editors don't have a responsibility to educate
their readers, but they also shouldn't pretend
that's what they're doing; framing college in
terms .of designer dorm accessories and
dressing to impress is a self-serving, spon-
sor-friendly sham. My advice? Skip the mag-
azine. Get dinner instead.
Aubrey Henretty can be reached
at ahenrett@umich.edu.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

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proven by the 12 percent increase in
the past year. This outreach must be
extended not only to females, but
also to the males. The stigma of the
male nurse is slowly being dismissed
and the University must attempt to
accelerate that process by welcoming
more qualified males to the ranks of
the profession.
A more thorough review of appli-
cants can determine genuine interest
to nursing. Since the number of peo-
ple applying for the college is rela-
tively low, the administrators are
awarded more time in reviewing each
application. The school should
implement an improved admittance
process by replacing the focus of the
admissions officers on personal
essays and interviews instead of data
from standardized tests.

Coleman displayed moral
courage in her e-mail to 'U'
concerning divestment
TO THE DAILY:
I was surprised and ashamed to see the
Daily (Misused mass message, 09/30/02)
condemn University President Mary Sue
Coleman's mass e-mail in which she
expressed her feelings on the current move-
ment to divest from Israel. I for one would
like to commend President Coleman for
stepping up and speaking out against the
anti-Zionist, anti-Semitic campaign that
veils itself as divestment. The divestment
debate has been picking up steam at many
universities in recent weeks.
One such university is the so-called
"Michigan of the East," Harvard University,
where two weeks ago President Lawrence
Summers denounced the divestment move-
ment as "an action which is anti-Semitic in
effect, if not in intent." Harvard Law Prof.
Alan Dershowitz went on to comment on
Israel's comparatively outstanding human
rights record and democracy in the midst of
surrounding repressive Arab regimes.
Regardless of whether the Students
Allied for Freedom and Equality e-mail was

a spoof or not, Coleman was correct in echo-
ing these sentiments and speaking out against
divestment. All too often, the influential peo-
ple in our communities are silent when faced
with deplorable discrimination. I would like
thank our University president for using her
forum constructively to condemn this bigot-
ed campaign.
JEREMY LACKS
LSA sophomore
LGBT flag serves to unite
all of the University under a
message of inclusiveness
To THE DAILY:
So much for it being "quite clear to every
student on campus that this is an environ-
ment that promotes tolerance of all
lifestyles," as Mike Saltsman stated (Letters
to the Editor, 09/26/02). I was both saddened
and angered at the letter. However, I do
agree that we should all take advantage of
what Old Glory stands for. How quickly we
forget about inalienable rights and equality
for all when it is for those whose lifestyles
we condemn.
I understand and agree with the idea

that the flagpole should not be used to pro-
mote individual student groups. The rain-
bow flag is not, however, a recruiting
effort or a way to "convert" people to the
LGBT community. Furthermore, the flag is
not an advertisement for the University's
LGBT campus group, but rather a univer-
sal symbol of the gay community and its
struggle for equal rights. It is a way not
only of celebrating diversity, but also a
call for awareness and acceptance of this
group of Americans.
Mike Saltsman mentioned that if a Christ-
ian group wanted to hang its flag on the flag-
pole, it would probably be met with a wall of
opposition - and I agree. But this is not an
issue of mere exposure. This is an issue of
civil rights. Christians, as a group, have not
repeatedly been denied the civil rights and
liberties that are allegedly afforded to all
Americans, despite the fact that there are
many people who disagree with the Christian
lifestyle. The day when the ideals and rights
represented by the rainbow flag can be
encompassed in the American flag is the day
we will no longer need to debate this issue.
Until then, I support the advancement of civil
rights for the LGBT community, which have
long been stomped on by both America and
apparently University students.
JULIE CRIMMINS
Business School senior

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The liberal case for expanding free trade

hin the Nurses are some of the hardest
stan- workers in the health field, but they
or the still remain the lowest paid. Progress
nts opt has been made: Hospitals, on high alert
trans- due to the lack of nursing staff, has rec-
e, Sci- ognized the need to improve the situa-
school tion and entered much needed
k-door negotiations. Michigan's legislature is
iversi- also working toward creating the
>urage Michigan Nurse Scholarship, which
gram: would award over 1,000 students up to
selfish a $3,000 scholarship. The increased
y from awareness about the nursing shortage
sing. makes this a great opportunity to pro-
e col- mote the School of Nursing, one that
mns, as the University should not pass up.

BY CHRIS MILLER
With the recent meetings of the World
Bank and International Monetary Fund in our
nation's capital, once again our nation's busi-
ness, finance, and trade relationships with the
international community have come under
scrutiny. While there are indeed parts of the
above that deserve examination and alter-
ation, it is important to remember that free
trade can play a crucial role in increasing the
quality of life both in the United States and
around the globe.
First, protectionism harms the poor -_
Americans and non-Americans alike. Tariffs
are highest for the most basic goods needed
in life. Take clothing and shoes for example.
As review of commerce and trade data by the
Progressive Policy Institute in Washington,
T) C hn e )A Ain +al th.enA itA .n

trading partners grow. Tariffs are regressive
toward poorer nations. The Progressive Poli-
cy Institute has also discovered, for example,
in 2001 the poverty stricken Bangladesh paid
tariffs nearly identical to. those of France,
despite French imports to the United States
being over 13 times more larger in dollar
terms. Cutting or eliminating tariffs with
nations like Bangladesh would profoundly
increase job opportunities as opportunities for
trade with America were opened up. Indeed,
if the State Department were to conduct a poll
of developing nations on what type of assis-
tance from America they would prefer, tariff
and quota reductions would lead the list.
One of the United States' recent unsung
foreign accomplishments has its trade rela-
tionship with Jordan, in the Middle East.
Since it joined the World Trade Organization
and signed a trade nact with the U.S., its

action that would improve sentiments towards
America in Pakistan would b important for-
eign policy goals, but the President either
thinks otherwise or doesn't care.
Now, it is important to realize that bene-
fits accrued from open trade policy don't
occur in a vacuum. In the United States, for
example, jobs are displaced and eliminated.
If the government puisues policies promot-
ing and enacting free trade, it absolutely
must not forget those workers. It ought to
provide sufficient unemployment insurance,
health insurance extensions, and job training
to ensure that those displaced by trade either
have jobs to return to or learn new skills that
will help them find a career in a new industry
and not put their family at risk. Abroad, the
United States must also work to make sure
its trading partners follow up on their obliga-
tions-safe working conditions and oroper

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