October 17, 2002
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Bush gains bipartisan backing
Plan to attack Iraq lacks support of ternational allies
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Bush
gained important new Democratic support
for his war resolution yesterday, bolstering
his expected margin of victory in Congress
for broad authority to use force against Iraq.
But the administration was having less suc-
cess on the international front.
A 25-minute phone call between Bush
and French President Jacques Chirac failed
to produce a breakthrough over wording of a
new U.N. Security Council resolution to dis-
arm Saddam Hussein. "This is intricate
diplomacy and we are continuing our con-
sultations," said White House spokesman
Sean McCormack. He cited a "mutual
desire" to find common ground.
Both the Republican-led House and the
Democratic-ruled Senate forged ahead with
debate on a resolution giving Bush authority
to use U.S. force against Iraq - with or
without U.N. participation.
The White House cited a new CIA assess-
ment - suggesting Saddam might launch
terrorist attacks if he concluded a U.S. mili-
tary attack was inevitable - as further justi-
fication for strengthening the president's
hand. Opponents used the same document
to argue against a U.S. first strike.
But more Democrats closed ranks with
the president and leaders of both parties
were predicting passage by wide margins by
Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada, the Senate's
No. 2 Democrat, announced he would vote
with the president, while cautioning Bush to
use the power with discretion. "As president
of the United States, you are the leader of
the free world, not its ruler," Reid said.
Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) a decorated
Vietnam war veteran who had been in the
go-slow camp, said he too would support
the resolution "because I believe that a
deadly arsenal of weapons of mass destruc-
tion in (Saddam's) hands is a real and grave
threat to our security and that of our allies in
the Persian Gulf region."
In what may have been a sign of votes
to come, the Senate turned back, 88-10,
an amendment by Sen. Bob Griham (D-
Fla.) to expand Bush's authority for pre-
emptive military action to include five
Graham, chairman of the Senate Intelli-
gence Committee, said focusing solely on
Iraq could distract from the war on terrorism
and "increase the risk at home." But adminis-
tration allies said it would complicate matters.
All 10 votes for Graham's proposal came
from Democrats, while 39 Democrats
joined Republicans in voting to block it.
Kelly Clchy, director of the Secual Assault Prevention and
Awareness Center, describes services offered by SAPAC.
By Rahwa Ghebre-Ab
Daily Staff Reporter
One in four American women will report a domestic vio-
lence incident by a partner at least once in their lifetime.
This is just one of many facts revealed to more than 200
people in attendance at the 3rd annual Tamara Williams
Memorial Lecture held yesterday at East Hall.
The lecture was held in honor of University senior Tamara
Williams who was stabbed to death by her boyfriend on the
night of Sept. 23, 1997.
The featured speaker for the evening was Oliver Williams,
executive director of the Institute on Domestic Violence in
the African-American Community at the University of Min-
nesota. Oliver Williams bears no relation to Tamara
Williams but grew up in the same area.
Flint meeting as the last
before Nov. 5 elections
By Tyler Boersen
Daily Staff Reporter
' "There are all
types of abuse
and no matter
what kind it is,
you've got to
about i t. "
- Carolyn Peterman
Victim of domestic abuse
Williams stressed the
importance of recognizing
a problem even before it
surfaces in the form of
"The issue of being
proactive instead of
remaining reactive is one of
Williams said. "If you are
going to create change,
you've got to have the will
to do it ... communication,
education and prevention
marked the first time a
man had spoken at the
memorial lecture, as well
The University Board of Regents
will hold its monthly meeting at the
University's Flint campus today to
learn about opportunities at the satel-
lite school. They will also discuss a
series of proposals from College of
Engineering Dean Stephen Director to
improve engineering facilities on
Proposals include a new 100,000
square-foot computer science center
which would unite the faculties cur-
rently occupying several different
buildings. Also included are a facility
to unite cellular and molecular biotech-
nology research, and renovation and
expansion of the solid state electronics
lab. Director said more faculty and
graduate students are now studying
these areas at the University.
"We have had significant growth in
research, especially in areas we have
'targeted such as biomedical engineer-
ing, information technology and
microsystems and nanosciences engi-
neering'" Director said.
- "They will provide not only for fac-
ulty but for students, both graduate and
undergraduate ... and will help us to
be well positioned for the future."
Director said the facilities will com-
plement other University priorities,
such as the life sciences initiative, and
will include new laboratories and
classrooms to help enhance the under-
Director said the entire $88 million
facilities will be funded entirely by pri-
vate sources. One of those will be $25
million dollar gift from philanthropist
Ann Lurie, the largest gift ever given
to the College. Lurie has donated more
than $45 million to the University and
is the namesake along with her late
husband, a College of Engineering
alum, of the Ann and Robert Lurie Bell
Tower on North Campus.
Regent Larry Deitch (D-Bingham
Farms) said he was supportive of the
"I am very supportive of Dean
Director and I would look forward to
the continued development of the engi-
neering school. It is one of the jewels
of the University," he said.
Regent Andrea Fischer Newman (R-
Ann Arbor) also said she feels good
about the proposals, but expressed the
importance of discussing the plans at the
meeting. She also said she is looking
forward to meeting on the Flint campus.
"We will be seeing what is going on
(at the Flint campus), and meeting with
the community and student leaders.
That is a very important aspect of the
meeting since we only get up there
once a year," she said.
The meeting today is the last before
statewide elections are held Nov. 5.
Newman is seeking another eight-year
term, while Regent Daniel Horning (R-
Grand Haven) has declined to run again.
The other candidates for regent seats
include Democrat Ismael Ahmed of
See REGENTS, Page 7A
as the first time the issue of domestic violence in the
African-American community was raised.
"More than Dr. Williams being a male, what's significant
is that his talk was directed at the African-American com-
munity both on campus and in a larger context, and that's
important," said Alan Levy, Director of Public Affairs and
Information in University Housing.
University Housing has closely followed the Tamara
Williams Lecture and been a large part of it, mainly because
Williams' murder took place on Family Housing property.
"We had felt for some time after Tamara died that we
needed to figure out a way that we could give some ongoing
meaning to her life as well as ongoing meaning to her
death;" Levy said.
Though the lecture was targeted toward the African-
American community, the message spoke to a number of
"The lecture was something that everyone needed to hear
because no matter who it was directed toward, these issues
affect everybody, regardless of ethnicity," LSA sophomore
Lindsay Jolley said.
See LECTURE, Page 7A
Surgical oncologist Michael Sabel is one of the few doctors in the country who performs cryosurgery to
treat patients in early stages of breast cancer.
Cryosurgery aids fight
against breast cancer
By Kylene Kiang
Daily Staff Reporter
Strengthening the arsenal in the fight against
breast cancer, doctors at the University's Com-
prehensive Cancer Center are using a promis-
ing new treatment to destroy the disease in its
Cryosurgery, a minimally-invasive technique
which is currently under study, combats the dis-
ease by freezing and killing cancer cells.
"Cryosurgery is not new. It has been used suc-
cessfully to treat tumors in the liver, skin and
other areas," said Michael Sabel, a surgical
oncologist at the Comprehensive Cancer Center.
"Originally, it was used with cases of very
advanced cancers to palliate (the patient). It has
only been recently that we have used this method
to treat early cancers."
Through a tiny incision in the breast, a metal
probe finds its way to the center of a tumor
where it becomes very cold, forming a ball of ice
around the tissue.
See CRYOSURGERY, Page 7A
False degrees not'
an easy way out of
a proposal for voters
By Loule Melzlsh
Daily Staff Reporter
Are improving sewer systems in
Michigan worth $1.6 billion?
That is a question state voters will
have to answer Nov. 5 when they
decide whether to approve Proposal
02-2, which authorizes the state to
bring upon itself that amount of debt
to fund sewer improvements in many
pipe for both untreated sewage and
for clean stormwater runoff - mak-
ing it more likely for
polluted water to
spill into lakes after
heavy rains when
"One of the most
MICHIGAN significant sources of
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gan rivers and
streams is sewage
By Samantha Woll
Daily Staff Reporter
While some students spend years at
universities studying and renouncing
sleep, it is now possible to sit in fancy
office with a degree on the wall for a
mere $50. The Internet - usually
accredited for providing a wealth of
information at the touch of a button -
is now a tool for fraudulent individuals
to boost their resumes. Websites such
as www.fakedegrees.com and
www.degrees-r-us.com supply paying
members with false diplomas.
Defending this concept, employees of
the companies explain that they award
these to people who are otherwise
unable to receive them due to lack of
"In order to receive them, one must
company even goes though applicants'
references in order to ensure that they
are truly qualified.
Additionally, these companies also
carry the stipulation that these are for
"We produce online novelty certifi-
cates to be used for fun, gags or fooling
friends," the disclaimer on fakede-
When asked about possible abuse of
their product, Bridges said that if people
choose to abuse them, then "we tell
them that they can't be used."
The "Frequently Asked" Questions"
webpage of this company supports
Bridges' above statement. Some
responses to questions on using these
certificates for a resume or job are,
"Absolutely not. Our Certificates are for
novelty only," and "We do not take
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