2 - The Michigan Daily - Friday, October 4, 2002
War resolution expected to pass
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Bush's request
for authority to use U.S. force against Iraq advanced in
Congress yesterday, with a House committee voting its
approval and Senate leaders predicting wide margins
of bipartisan support.
"It's up to us today to send a message to the world,"
said Senate Minority Leader Trent Lott (R-Miss.) He
predicted Congress would give Bush the authority he
wants by next week and "set in motion the beginning
of the end of Saddam Hussein."
The Bush administration was having less success
winning over the U.N. Security Council for a new reso-
lution to disarm Baghdad.
After veto-holding Russia suggested such a resolu-
tion was unnecessary, Bush showed clear frustration
with the lack of headway.
He suggested he would build a coalition of
world leaders willing to join the United States
against Iraq - even if the United Nations does
not. Bush did not say who would sign on, though
U.S. officials mention Britain, Romania and
Bulgaria, among others.
"The choice is up (to) the United Nations to
show its resolve. The choice is up to Saddam
Hussein to fulfill his word," Bush said. "And if
neither of them acts, the United States in delib-
erate fashion will lead a coalition to take away
the world's worst weapons from one of the
world's worst leaders."
The House International Relations Committee
brushed aside several efforts to weaken the Iraq war
resolution embraced by Bush and House leaders and
approved it by a 31-11 vote. That cleared the way for
the full House to debate the measure next week.
Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.)
announced separate votes would be held next week on
two alternatives that would put more limits on presi-
"I think it's too early to give up on making the
effort," he said. Daschle said the latest White House
draft, negotiated in part by House Minority Leader
Dick Gephardt (D-Mo.), was an improvement over the
administration's original proposal.
Daschle, like Lott, told Senate colleagues as
debate began that he anticipated bioad bipartisan
support when a final vote is taken. "There is no
difference of opinion with regard to our ultimate
goal," Daschle said.
In New York, the full 15-member Security Council
got a closed-door briefing from the chief U.N.
weapons inspector, Hans Blix. He was to meet with
State Department officials today.
U.N. diplomats said Blix was continuing with his
announced plan to send an advance team to Iraq; it is
expected to arrive in Baghdad Oct. 19.
Council diplomats said Blix said progress was made
but there were "loose ends" still unresolved, including
access to eight presidential sites.
State Department spokesman Richard Boucher said
the United States does not want inspectors to return
"under the current arrangements. ... We want the
inspectors to go with the full support of the Security
NEWS IN BRIEF
Iraqi defectors prepare for U.S. action
Iraqi opposition figures criticized the Bush administration yesterday for not
moving more quickly to set plans for post-Saddam Hussein Iraq, as the leader of
the Iraqi National Congress called for a provisional government to be established
as soon as U.S. forces challenge Saddam's regime, if not before.
Ahmed Chalabi, whose ambitions to lead such a government are no secret, said
an interim authority backed by the United States would be in a position to entice
Iraqi defectors, fill a power vacuum and set a course for democratic elections. It
would give army units unwilling to fight for Saddam "a home to go to," said the
The U.S. administration should also convene an economic conference to dis-
cuss reconstruction and Iraq's vast international debt, as well as its obligation to
pay tens of billions of dollars in reparations, Chalabi told a large audience at the
American Enterprise Institute.
Iraqi opposition members, energized by White House enthusiasm for replacing
Saddam, have been trying to increase pressure on the Americans to commit ener-
gy and military might to a post-Saddam rebuilding effort. Although top U.S. poli-
cy-makers have pledged support for a democratic Iraq, many Iraqis in exile doubt
the administration's commitment to what promises to be a difficult process.
Weakened Li'i hits coast of Louisiana
Hurricane Lili gave Louisiana's coast a 100 mph battering yesterday that
swamped streets, knocked out power and snapped trees.
But residents were thankful it was not the monster they were warned was
"It looks like we were lucky," said Gov. Mike Foster, who requested and
received a statewide disaster declaration from President Bush.
More than a million people in Texas and Louisiana had been told to clear
out as the hurricane closed in with terrifying intensity. But in an overnight
transformation even forecasters could not fully explain, Lili weakened from
a 145-mph, Category 4 hurricane to a Category 2.
And after its center crossed land at Marsh Island, the storm's winds
dropped again, falling by midday to 75 mph, barely a hurricane. Instead of
a potentially catastrophic 25-foot storm surge, more manageable surges of 6
to 10 feet blew in.
"A lot of Ph.D.s will be written about this," said National Hurricane Cen-
ter Director Max Mayfield.
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brotherhood, philanthropy events as
well as social events," DU President
Brandon Phenix said.
Philanthropy interests include set-
ting up a boys and girls club connec-
tion, adopting a highway, collecting
pop-can tabs for the Ronald McDon-
aid House and erecting a field goal in
their front yard to be used for a chari-
ty field goal kicking event during
They are in the process of erecting
their second field goal; the first one
was vandalized. But Aside from their
philanthropies, DU is also involved in
ongoing social events.
One sorority president Maggie
Weston, an LSA junior who requested
that the name of her sorority remain
anonymous, explained that' it was
great that DU invited every sorority
for a game of dodge ball on DU's
front lawn during the midst of rush, as
it let all of the girls relax, have fun
and see friends from other sororities.
More than 150 sorority women
"We made them all T-shirts, we
gave them hot dogs, food and pop.
And they were here for a couple hours
as a break during their rush," said
Phenix, an Education senior.
Although DU's social events do not
include alcohol, a mainstay of frater-
nity-sorority relations in the past,
DU's individual members are not
restricted from drinking.
"We're not touting alcohol as some
type of evil. What we're saying is that
we don't need it in our house," Phenix
"For the guys who like to go out
and have fun - they do that. They
visit other fraternities who have been
really cordial, or they can go to the
club - wherever they want to go," he
said. "We have brothers who are not
interested in that scene, and we'll just
stay here and play poker on a Friday
But there are consequences for
breaking the alcohol policy.
"Anyone who is stupid enough to
bring alcohol to our house is automat-
ically fined $100 and they come
before our executive board. The
chances of them sticking around is
slim to none," Phenix said. "We really
make a point to stick to (our values)."
Others members of the Greek com-
munity agree that DU maintains its
"These are a wonderful group of
guys and I have no doubt that they
will be successful just because of the
type of guys that they are," Winston
said. "They don't need alcohol and
they don't focus on the fact that they
don't have alcohol."
Weston added, "There are fraterni-
ties and there are frats ... and DU
lives up to all their fraternity values
and ethics daily."
Another part of DU's values is the
process in which they extend bids for
"Guys' rush is nowhere near as for-
mal as the girls.' We can extend bids
whenever we feel like it," Phenix said.
"We're going to keep extending
bids probably all year," Phenix added.
"We are always looking for new
DU's pledging process also sets
"We don't lock guys behind doors
and ask them to do things," Phenix
said. "We have events where guys will
be doing house chores, but that is
only with brothers working right
"Our events are not meant to intim-
idate and not meant to haze. They are
meant to build brotherhood and cohe-
sion within our brotherhood," he
"I'd like to think in DU we are
building Renaissance Men," Phenix
"These guys are changing things
up. I am excited for them," Winston
"For me, I will know when our fra-
ternities here at (the) University of
Michigan have hit the ideal point -
when you walk into a fraternity and it
looks like a sorority house," Winston
Weston also praised the condition
of DU's house.
"I've never understood the attrac-
tion for guys to live in a house that is
disgusting and dirty. (DU's) house is
"(Alcohol-free) is the general trend
- it's where we're heading," Winston
"A lot of people are afraid to deal
with it, but I don't think a lot of the
leaders and the presidents that I deal
with are afraid to face it," he added.
"(DUl is )definitelybV hecminor the
Nobel Peace Prize
The Nobel Peace Prize committee
chose its next award winner yester-
day, a selection aimed at sending
hope to a world still reeling from
last year's terrorist attacks on New
York and Washington.
The choice - drawn from a wide-
spread field that includes the Salva-
tion Army, Afghan President Hamid
Karzai and the U.S. Peace Corps -
will be revealed on Oct. 11. As
usual, the panel offered no hint of
Committee secretary Geir Lun-
destad, would only say that a deci-
sion was made yesterday after a
series of meetings through the year.
"We have noted in the media that
there is no clear favorite," Lun-
destad said about speculation on the
coveted prize, first awarded in 1901.
A record 156 - 117 individuals and
39 groups - were nominated by a
Feb. 1 deadline.
Torricelli's vie for re-
Republicans went to the Supreme
Court yesterday to try to stop New Jer-
sey Democrats from replacing Sen.
Robert Torricelli on the Nov. 5 ballot
for a re-election race he seemed likely
to lose. Control of the Senate could
hang on the court's reply.
The Republicans want the justices
to block a unanimous ruling from
New Jersey's highest court that
would let former Sen. Frank Lauten-
berg jump in for Torricelli, whose
ethics problems had become the
focus of the race after he was
admonished by the Senate.
Less than two years after the Bush v.
Gore case settled the 2000 presidential
fight, the Supreme Court was once
again in the middle of a high-stakes
fight over state election rules.
There was no immediate word
whether the justices would block the
lower court ruling or agree to hear the
Republicans' broader complaints.
SILVER SPRING, Md.
Five killed in D.C.
Five people were gunned down
one by one in the Washington sub-
urbs in less than 16 hours, and
authorities said yesterday they were
looking for a "skilled shooter" sus-
pected of felling each victim with a
While cautioning that the slayings
had not definitely been linked, police
said it was a strong possibility.
"We do have someone that so far has
been very accurate in what they are
attempting to do," Montgomery County
Police Chief Charles Moose said.
Investigators said they had found
no indication the victims, killed in
public places between 6 p.m.
Wednesday and 10 a.m. yesterday,
were related or had any conflict with
anyone. One victim was shot to
death while riding a lawnmower,
another while cleaning her car at a
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