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The Michigan Daily - Friday, October 11, 2002 - 3A

Writer explores
religious themes
Renowned Indonesian writer, Goe-
nawan Mohamad is speaking tomor-
row at 2 p.m. in a "Poetry and the end
of the Holy," a lecture sponsored by the
Institute for Humanities. Mohamad, a
respected poet, journalist ad essayist,
is speaking in room 1636 at the School
of Social Work.
Speaker hopes
for 'Peaceful
Since Sept. 11, Rita Lasar has
traveled to Afghanistan to speak
with those who have lost loved ones
since a bomb campaign began more
than a year ago. As a member of the
September Eleventh Families for
Peaceful Tomorrows, Lasar is
speaking at the Anderson Room of
the Michigan Union about the
Afghan victims' fund the group has
started at 7 p.m. Saturday.
Murder, mystery
part of Japanese
film showing
Kiyoshi Kurosawa's original psy-
chological thriller, "Kyua (The
Cure)" is being shown with Japan-
ese subtitles tomorrow at 7 p.m. in
Lorch Hall. The film follows a
detective pursuing a drifter who
commits murders while hypnotized.
The showing is sponsored by the
Center for Japanese Studies.
Chinese film
series to feature
Sun Zhou
The Center for Chinese Studies is
showing a moving film by Sun Zhou.
Originally premiering in 1999, "Break-
ing the Silence" chronicles a Beijing
woman forced to raise her deaf child
alone. The film will be shown at
Angell Hall Auditorium A today at 8
p.m. with Mandarin subtitles.
'U' to hold annual
A Cappella Festival
Winners of last year's 2nd Annual
Michigan A Cappella Festival, the
Compulsive Lyres are hosting the
festival this year. The event is at
Rackham Auditorium, tomorrow at
5 and 8 p.m.
Featured in this year's event
include Amazin' Blue, the Friars,
Gimble, the Dicks and Janes, Head-
notes, the Sopranos, the Harmon-
ettes, 58 Greene, the GMen, Good
News, Kopitonez, and Kol Hakvod.
Tickets are available at the Michi-
gan Union Ticket Office and at the
Arboretum prepares
for new plants
Nichols Arboretum Director Bob
Grese and others are removing
unhealthy plants from the Arb in an
effort to create new planting sites
from 9 a.m. to noon. All should be
dressed for a day in nature. Tools
will be provided.
Museum celebrates
Asian Culture
The University Museum of Art is

celebrating its current Asian art
exhibits with a community day on
Sunday from 1-5 p.m. Participants
have the chance to try Chinese
painting techniques, see calligraphy
and brush painting demos, and
enjoy performances.
Fall hike highlights
arboreal wonders
With fall in the air, Nichols
Arboretum docents will be leading,
"Fall Color Walk," a hike to explore
and discuss the natural wonders in
the Arb, including oaks, maples and
hickories. The walk will start at 2
p.m. Sunday and depart from the
Reader Center.
Thespians share
theater knowledge
As part of Basement Arts Theater,
theater student Johanna Schuster-
Craig and LSA student Blair Preiser
will be hosting a discussion for stu-
dents about effective stage manage-
ment methods. The talk will be at
the Arena Stage in the Frieze Build-
ing, Sunday at 7 p.m.
Hellenic Students
Association play
Greek tragedy

Regent candidates list
tuition as top pronty

By Tomislav Ladika
Daily Staff Reporter
Support for the University's recent tuition rate
increases may be rapidly dwindling, if last night's
Candidates forum for the University Board of
Regents is any indication.
All eight of the candidates present agreed to
limit, if not completely halt, tuition increases. But
few concrete plans for increasing the University's
affordability were outlined.
In their opening statements, every candidate said
tuition is one of their main concerns, and several of
the candidates blamed the University administration
outright for past hikes.
Green Party candidate Susan Fawcett, a School
of Art student, and Natural Law Party candidate
David Arndt said the University is spending too
much money constructing new buildings.
"We don't need a Taj Mahal ... The University
doesn't seem to have a conscience, like they're
sleepwalking," Arndt said. "And the reason is we
don't have people here who know what they're
doing with the money."
LSA sophomore Pete Woiwode, Michigan Stu-
dent Assembly communication committee chair
and a sponsor of the forum, said the criticisms
reflect a general concern on campus that tuition

rates are too high.
To deal with these concerns, Arndt and Reform
Party candidate Nick Waun, an LSA senior, both
said they would not vote for any tuition increases
that exceeded the rate of inflation.
Saline Democrat Greg Stephens, a business and
financial manager of the International Brotherhood
of Electrical Workers Local 252, said he will use
his experience to limit the University's construction
costs, freeing more money for tuition.
Republican candidate Andrew Richner, a state
representative from Grosse Pointe Park, and current
Regent Andrea Fischer Newman (R-Ann Arbor),
said University administrators are capable of find-
ing creative ways to limit the budget.
The only detailed program was proposed by
Green Party candidate Matt Petering, a second-year
Rackham student. He offered a tuition stabilization
plan directly linked to state government appropria-
Woiwode said the candidates cannot be cer-
tain if they will be able to avoid tuition increas-
es because they do not know what will come up
during their terms. He said regents are in a dif-
ficult position because they have to decide
which programs to fund and how much funding
to provide.
All of the candidates said they support a diverse

Democrat Ismael Ahmed, director of the Dearborn-based Arab Community Center for Economic and
Social Services, discusses tuition increases during a forum for University regent candidates.

campus, although Petering and Waun said they do
not support the University's current admissions
policies. Democrat Ismael Ahmed, director of the
Dearborn-based Arab Community Center for Eco-
nomic and Social Services, said he supports the
policies, while Richner said he does not support
quotas, but believes the University should reach out
to inner-city communities.

The forum, sponsored by MSA, the League of
Women Voters and the Youth Vote Coalition, was
held yesterday in Hutchins Hall in the Law
School. The eight candidates, along with two
other third party candidates who were not pres-
ent, are running in the Nov. 5 general election
for the two available positions on the Board of

Pre-Fall Break study

Airline, travel industry still
suffering following Sept. 11

By Ted Borden
Daily Staff Reporter
With the economy weak and the possibility of a war loom-
ing, airlines continue to show losses a year after the worst ter-
rorist attacks to take place on American soil devastated the
industry. Locally, travel agencies say business is slowly recov-
ering, although travelers are still somewhat cautious.
"Different segments of the travel industry are still suffering
the repercussions of Sept. 11," said Connie Pierce, owner of
Travel Centre on Packard Avenue. "Business travel has
declined, but leisure travel has returned. People aren't afraid to
get on a plane, but they're staying closer to home."
At Travel Centre, popular destinations include the
Caribbean, Hawaii and Alaska. Pierce said she has not
sold any tickets to Israel or the Middle East and has
seen hesitation in people traveling to Greece and
Although she said she expects pre-Sept. 11 travel
levels to return, at the moment, it's "more of an eco-
nomic issue than a feeling of not being safe."
Ryan Tell, manager of STA Travel on South University
Avenue, said business is definitely returning.
"We are back 95 to 98 percent," he said, but noted that
STA is well known for its discounted fares and collegiate,
customer base.
"The college student is a little more resilient than the
market - a little more brave and courageous and more
likely to look for deals," he said. Tell added that while he
expected airlines would continue to raise prices for tickets,
"our fares are different than published fares - they have
not changed and will stay the same."

Pierce also predicted the price of plane tickets would rise.
"I think you will continue to see fares rise because of
the economics within the airline industry. They need to
maximize revenue and we see that in their new penalty
structure," she said. "I'm not seeing great fares, and with
security fees and fuel surcharges, overall ticket price is not
going down."
In recent weeks, airlines have taken new measures to
raise their profitability. Northwest Airlines recently
announced it would reduce the number of flight atten-
dants by 1,600 to cut costs and meet slower demand.
Also this month, the Transportation Department
allowed United Airlines and U.S. Airways to sell seats
on each others' flights. It is rumored that a similar
agreement between Northwest, Delta and Continental
may follow.
Students on campus have shown discontent with the air-
lines' new business strategies.
LSA junior Amy Isaacson, who is flying to Pennsylva-
nia for Fall Break, said she was annoyed with higher fares
and fewer perks for travelers.
"I'm upset that the cost of flying has risen significant-
ly," she said. "I travel a lot and at $250 a ticket, I am not
going to able to afford to travel soon. I kept hearing
rumors that after.(Sept.1.1), prices would drop, but I've
yet to see it. It's absolutely ridiculous what they are charg-
ing to fly now."
Pierce acknowledged, "Flights are fuller and more in
demand." But as for the general outlook for the industry,
she said, "People are going to continue to travel and
whether they're traveling for business or pleasure, there's
always going to be an industry."

LSA freshman Amy Krukemeyer diligently studies in the grass near the
Diag Thursday afternoon.

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"S ince Sept. 11, our nation has been
at war - not just with the ugly face of
terrorism - but with the ugly face of
intolerance ... as if Sept. 11 has given
a green light to trample on other peo-
ple's rights," he said.
"Today our nation is being chal-
lenged.... In fact, the Constitution and
the Bill of Rights are being challenged.
Ironically, this challenge is being
called the Patriot Act."
"What remains of the Swiss cheese
protections of the fourth amendment is
now being eroded," Moss said, also
criticizing the Patriot Act - a law
passed by 99 percent of the Senate that
gives the government increased power
in investigating possible terrorism-
related leads, which Moss said
infringes on individuals' right to priva-
cy. "The Attorney General is disre-
garding the rule of law," she added.
"We must not confuse patriotism with
nationalism," Al-Arian said. "To be
patriotic is to challenge the Patriot Act."
"In Decembef of 2005, (the govern-
ment) will have to vote on it again, so
that gives us about three years to mobi-
lize," he added.
Moss discussed recent alleged gov-
ernment breaches of the Bill of Rights,
including the use of "sneak-and-peak"
warrants, which do not require law
enforcement officials to notify sub-
jects of searches in advance, and
increased government scrutiny of for-
merly protected records - such as
credit card and public library records.
Moss recalled, "The last time I came
to speak about the erosion of civil lib-
erties about 10students showed up.
What happened'?
"We have lost the right to be free
from government surveillance," she
said. "The John Ashcroft administra-
tion has shown a rugged determination
to eliminate many of the protections in
the Bill of Rights," including increas-
ing the power of the executive branch
of government and decreasing the role

SAT policy changed for untimed tests

By Lauren Hodge
Daily Staff Reporter
Universities will no longer be informed of applicants
who received extra time to take the Scholastic Assess-
ment Test or the American College Test because of
learning disabilities. In the past, an asterisk was placed
next to the name of the student who took the SAT
untimed. The College Board, which owns the SAT, will
no longer flag students who take the test untimed at the
start of the 2003-2004 school year.
This change occurred because of a July 15 settle-
ment where an applicant with a disability objected to
having his score singled out because he required
extra time. Immediately proceeding the settlement,
ACT officials who isolated tests by marking them
"special" said they would reexamine their own poli-
cies. Eleven days later, officials decided to stop flag-
ging scores and imitated the SAT's policy of not
identifying students with disabilities.
One student who requested to remain anonymous

said the practice is beneficial because students will not
have to feel categorized by the asterisk, something of
an "academic scarlet letter," for taking the test through
nonstandard administration.
ACT spokesman Ken Gullette said, "We'd been
watching the SAT situation for some time and had
been evaluating our own policy. We made our decision
to end the practice. We are all in the business to make
the tests as fair to everybody as we can."
Many students said they are worried that admissions
will now be more competitive because higher scores
will be reported without knowledge of untimed test
takers. Some students say it is quite simple to ask a
doctor or psychiatrist to write a note on the basis of
anxiety attacks or attention deficit disorder simply to
get more time on the tests.
"The only difficult aspect of the tests is the issue
of time. If I were allowed more time, my score would
dramatically increase. What's to say that I don't
deserve some extra time?" LSA sophomore Bryan
Sofen said.

LSA sophomore Joanna Lee said the new settlement
is advantageous and necessary. "People shouldn't think
about others' scores. I think students should focus on
themselves and their own scores. If this helps to level
the playing field for students with disabilities, then I
think it is a good idea."
According to The National Report of 1997 College
Bound Seniors, 22,441 of 1,105,403 college-bound
seniors who took the SAT indicated on their applica-
tion that they had a learning disability. These students'
scores on both math and verbal means of the SAT were
vastly lower (59-66 points) than those of students
reporting no disability. The math mean scores were
448 for those reporting a disability and 514 for those
without disabilities. The verbal mean scores were 450
and 509 accordingly.
Gayle Bellafiore, a researcher for the publication
Teaching Exceptional Children, said SAT scores of stu-
dents with learning disabilities are significantly lower
becausd of the characteristics inherent within the dis-
ability itself.

You are cordially invited to the Third Annual Lecture in
memory of Tamara Williams (1976-1997), a University of
Michigan senior killed by her boyfriend, September 23,
1997, on the grounds of Family Housing on North Campus.
amara Wiams
Ending Dating and Domestic
ri k<< # 1 X Violence on Campus:
Prevention, Intervention and Social Support
Speaker: Dr. Oliver Williams
Dr. Oliver J. Williams, Executive Director of the institute on Domestic Violence in the
African American Community, is an Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Social
Work at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. He has worked in the field of
domestic violence for more than 20 years. He has been a child welfare and delinquency
worker. worked in battered women's shelters, and developed and conducted counseline on

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