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2 - The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, October 8, 2002


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For the Daily two uppercase "A"s in the word "I won't denounce it, but it certainly
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As iocai anti-war sentiment grows,
Ann Arbor's anti-war graffiti is slowly
fading away.
The message "Attacking Iraq is Ter-
rorism" that appeared on walls of two
local restrooms and a number of side-
walks, now reads "Attacking Iraq is,"
on a USA Today dispenser and just
"Attacking" on a construction truck,
both of which displayed the full mes-
sage two weeks ago.
The original message also appeared
on walls of the men's bathroom in the
State Street Starbucks and the Border-
s'and Liberty Street men's bathroom
stall, where it has since been washed
off, twice on the sidewalk at State
Street and North University Avenue.
Though it is now practically invisi-
ble, the graffiti could be found on the
connecting Maynard Street sidewalk
in front of White Market last month.
Both the stencil used to create the
outside graffiti and the handwriting in
Borders and Starbucks contained two

Alan Hatfield, who sells hot dogs
on the corner of State and North Uni-
versity, said the graffiti near the stand
appeared on Sept. 11 of this year.
"People just look at it and go about
their business," he said.
Education junior Maran Maguran
said the anti-war graffiti did not move
her one way or the other. "I guess I'm
just used to it," she said.
Associate Political Science Prof.
Robert Franzese said the anti-war
graffiti "may actually get people to
tune out and not pay attention, the
same way negative campaign ads
"I imagine the graffiti writers are
drawing a parallel between the
inevitable civilian casualties that
any military strike would produce
and the intentional civilian casual-
ties produced by terrorism, by defi-
nition," Franzese said. "Whether
that parallel is warranted, is another
question," he added.

we would engage in."
- Joseph Tanniru
LSA senior

LSA Senior Joseph Tanniru, a
member of Students for Social Equal-
ity, said "I don't think that graffiti and
the defamation of buildings is a seri-
ous response to the tasks required in
the building a movement opposing the
war. I won't denounce it, but it cer-
tainly doesn't help and it is not a prac-
tice that we would engage in."
"When the graffiti actually causes
physical damage to the buildings,
then it is no different really from
breaking windows at Citibank or Star-
bucks - a form of action that substi-
tutes pseudo-radicalism and
pseudo-militancy for a real effort to
build a movement in the broad masses
of the population against war and all
Continued from Page 1
In the case of the tobacco decision,
former University President Lee
Bollinger created the Tobacco Advisory
Committee to investigate the costs of
withdrawing from its tobacco stocks.
"Our tobacco investments were less
than one-quarter of one percent of the
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forms of oppression," Tanniru said.
"I think that the point of the slogan
is to draw attention to the complete
hypocrisy of the American govern-
ment in its talk of 'terrorism,' when
the United States acts as the principal
force of oppression internationally,"
Tanniru added.
Linguistics Prof. Noam Chomsky
said in his new book, "9/11," pub-
lished shortly after last years terrorist
attacks that "Western powers could
never abide by their own official defi-
nitions of the term (terrorism)." Call-
ing the U.S. battle a "war on
terrorism," Chomsky says, "would at
once reveal that the U.S. is a leading
terrorist state, as are its clients."
million," Peterson said, adding that the
current investments are only in the hun-
dreds of thousands.
In a written statement to the
Board of Regents in 2000,
Bollinger said if the University
maintained its tobacco stocks, it
would be supporting an "organiza-
tion whose practices are fundamen-
tally at odd with our own mission of
education and research and general-
ly accepted standards of behavior."
Continued from Page 1
ate planned votes for Thursday, and
the Bush-backed resolution was
expected to pass by wide margins.
Still, doubts lingered at home and
abroad about Bush's plans.
Even as he spoke, new polls
revealed lingering unease among vot-
ers about going to war, particularly if
casualties were high or fighting dis-
tracted attention from America's sag-
ging economy. Democrats criticized
Bush's insistence upon confronting
Iraq alone if the United Nations
failed to act.
Bush hopes an overwhelming
vote in Congress will persuade
reluctant allies in the United
Nations to adopt a tough new reso-
lution forcing Saddam to disarm -
by force, if necessary.
The president said U.S. intelli-
gence shows Iraq to be building
manned and unmanned aerial vehi-
cles that could be used to target the
United States with chemical or bio-
logical weapons.
He said Iraq had trained members
of Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida ter-
rorist group, and that a "very senior
al-Qaida leader" has received med-
ical treatment in Baghdad.
"Iraq could decide on any given
day to provide a biological or chemi-
cal weapon to a terrorist group or
individual terrorists," Bush said.
"Alliances with terrorists could allow
the Iraqi regime to attack America
without leaving any fingerprints."
On the anniversary of the first U.S.
airstrikes in Afghanistan, Bush tried
to explain why Iraq should be the
next front in the war on terror.
Continued from Page 1
the College Democrats has not official-
ly taken a position, their executive
board discussed the issue Sunday night
and tentatively agreed to support the
boycott, a member of the group said.
Members of Students Organizing
for Labor and Economic Equality
said at a meeting last night that one
member of the group made a verbal
agreement to support the boycott,
and although other members may
disagree, they feel pressured not to
back down on their decision.
"It is an unfortunate reality that
now we're in it. We can't condition-
ally say we're in, we can't back out
because it would be skeptical and
further along the stereotypes of

color," said one SOLE member at
the meeting last night, adding SOLE
is predominantly composed of non-
minority students.
Other members of student groups
who have joined the boycott said
they were reluctant about it and they
felt it was a waste of time.
"This boycott is making a non-issue a
very divisive one. These student groups
should certainly make better use of their
time than to identify this as a top issue on
campus," said an LSA student who
wished to remain anonymous.
But some students said they feel
they have a responsibility to support
groups who have already joined the
"As far as the College Democrats

A 13-year-old boy was shot and critically wounded as his aunt dropped him off
at school yesterday, bringing fresh terror to the Washington area where a sniper
killed six people last week.
Anxious parents streamed in to retrieve their children from the school, and
police in neighboring Montgomery County hunting for the serial sniper rushed to
the scene. Officials stressed that no link to the Montgomery shootings had been
established, but many school districts in the area canceled outdoor activities.
Another shooting yesterday that left a man critically wounded in the District of
Columbia also was being investigated, but Washington police spokesman Kenny
Bryson said there was "no link whatsoever" to the Maryland attacks. He said
police believe the motive was robbery.
"Whether they're connected or not, the fear has ratcheted up quite a bit;' Mont-
gomery County Executive Doug Duncan said.
The boy was shot shortly after 8 a.m. outside Benjamin Tasker Middle School
in Bowie.
He was shot once, in the chest, and was in critical but stable condition and
breathing on a ventilator following two hours of surgery, said Martin Eichelberg-
er, director of emergency trauma service at Children's Hospital.
Fourteen Palestinians killed in Israeli raid
The Islamic militant group Hamas threatened new attacks yesterday after
Israel fired a missile into a crowded Gaza street and killed 11 Palestinians.
The United States said it was "deeply troubled" by the raid in which three
other Palestinians died and 110 were wounded.
Israel said its troops were searching for Hamas militants when they raided
Khan Younis with 40 tanks backed by helicopters shortly after midnight yester-
day. Most of the dead fell victim to a missile fired into a crowd. The Palestinians
said they were civilians. Israel said most were fighters killed in battle.
"Everyone should know that as our people were not safe in Khan Younis,
so Israelis will not be safe in Tel Aviv," said Abdel Aziz Rantisi, a Hamas
leader. "We will strike everywhere."
In Washington, State Department spokesman Richard Boucher couched
U.S. criticism of the operation with a restatement of American support for
Israel's right to self-defense.
"We're deeply troubled by the reports of Israeli actions in Gaza over the
weekend," he said.

Justices let Torricelli,
Nichols rulings stand
On the first day of the Supreme
Court's new term, justices turned
down appeal after appeal, disap-
pointing more than a thousand peo-
ple including Oklahoma City
bombing conspirator Terry Nichols
and exonerated Olympic Park bomb-
ing suspect Richard Jewell.
Among the castoffs was an emer-
gency request from New Jersey Repub-
licans, who wanted to prevent
Democrats from replacing incumbent
Robert Torricelli on the Nov. 5 ballot
for Senate. The high court's refusal to
get involved means the Democrats can
put former Sen. Frank Lautenberg on
the ballot.
The court also turned away assisted
suicide advocate Jack Kevorkian, who
is serving a jail term for~his role in
helping a man die, and the son of singer
Frank Sinatra, who wanted to stop his
one-time kidnapper from profiting
through a movie about the crime.
Medical Nobel Prize
honors U.S., Britain
An American and two Britons won
the Nobel Prize in medicine yester-
day for groundbreaking research
into organ growth and cell death -
work that has opened new avenues
for treating cancer, stroke and other
The prize, worth about $1 million, is
shared by H. Robert Horvitz of the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
and British citizens Sydney Brenner of

the Salk Institute for Biological Stud-
ies in San Diego and the Molecular
Sciences Institute in Berkeley, Calif.,
and John E. Sulston who is retired
from the Wellcome Trust Sanger Insti-
tute in Cambridge, England.
Collectively, their work provided
the first solid evidence that cells in
the body carry a "self-destruct" pro-
gram to kill off excess cells.
But sometimes the process goes
awry. In cancer, abnormal cells fail
to turn on their self-destruct pro-
gram, so they grow into tumors.
Urine tests used to
catch teen smokers
Breath mints won't cut it anymore for
students who have been smoking in the
bathroom - some schools around the
country are administering urine tests to
teenagers to find out whether they have
been using tobacco. Opponents say such
testing violates students' rights and can
keep them out of the extracurricular
activities they need to stay on track. But
some advocates say smoking in the boys'
room is a ticket to more serious drug use.
"Some addicted drug users look
back to cigarettes as the start of it all;"
said Jeff McAlpin, director of market-
ing for EDPM, a Birmingham drug-
testing company.
Short of catching them in the act,
school officials previously had no way of
proving students had been smoking.
Testing-students for drugs has spread
in recent years and was given a boost in
June when the U.S. Supreme Court
affirmed random testing of those in
extracurricular activities.
- Compiledfrom Daily wire reports.


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