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October 2, 2002
©2002 The Michigan Daily
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Vol. Ck(iII, No. 35


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Sniper suspects tied to Michigan man

FLINT, (AP) - Investigators apparently have
a cooperative witness in the Washington-area
sniper killings - a man who co-owned the blue
Chevrolet Caprice believed to have been used in
the attacks.
Nathaniel Osbourne, 26, has spoken at great
length with authorities and is giving theni what-
ever help he can, the man's lawyer said after a
court hearing yesterday.
The Jamaican citizen, described as a friend of
sniper suspect John Allen Muhammad, was
arrested Saturday as a material witness in the
attacks that left 10 people dead and three critical-
ly wounded over three weeks in Maryland, Vir-

ginia and Washington, D.C.
Officials said Osbourne is not suspected of
carrying out any of the attacks, and his lawyer
said he doubts Osbourne has much information
to give.
"I don't think he has any knowledge or
involvement in the shootings," federal defender
Kenneth Sasse said.
Osbourne appeared before a U.S. magistrate
yesterday. He waived his right to a detention
hearing in Michigan and agreed to be moved to
federal custody in Maryland. Sasse said he
expected U.S. marshals to take Osbourne to
Maryland in the next three days.

Osbourne, wearing a one-piece green prison
jumpsuit, spoke briefly and quietly at yesterday's
hearing. Magistrate Wallace Capel questioned
him about child support payments and other
financial matters.
Court officials said Osbourne had $10 in his
possession when he was arrested and that he had
a $300 monthly obligation for a child in Massa-
chusetts whom he fathered.
"I pay child support, but I don't owe anything,"
said Osbourne, who worked through a temporary
employment service.
He was arrested May 30 in a domestic vio-
lence case but has no known outstanding war-

rants. He also has three driver's licenses, one each
in New Jersey, New York and Indiana, where he
attended truck driving school.
Federal officials would not say whether
Osbourne, who came to this country in 1996, had
a valid residence visa. Osbourne's last known
address was in Camden, N.J.
Why Osbourne was in Michigan, how long he
had been there and how authorities tracked him
to the Flint residence where he was arrested all
were unclear yesterday. The affidavit for
Osbourne's arrest was sealed.
The Rev. Charlie Byrd, who said he owns the
home where Osbourne was arrested and lives

nearby, said Osbourne was visiting a woman who
lives there and was considering marrying her. He
said the couple came to him Wednesday briefly
for counseling.
No one answered the doorbell early yesterday
afternoon at the two-story gray brick home,
located across the street from a local police
precinct. About a half-hour after the hearing, fed-
eral agents returned to the house in two cars and
dropped off a late model Honda Accord with
New Jersey plates. .
During the hearing, Osbourne told Capel he
owned two Honda vehicles.
See SNIPER, Page 7A

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Democrats urge
'U' supporters
to make history

University alum Emil Anderson, who graduated In 1931, has some punch during dinner to celebrate his class' scholarship winners at the Sheraton Inn Friday.
Gifts from nee g alums
provide scholarships, sculpture

By Louie Melzlish
Daily Staff Reporter
Make history.
That's what Democratic Party can-
didates told sup-
porters Friday
during the
largest political
rally the Univer-
sity has seen this
election year.
In 2000, Michi- MICHIGAN
gan elected itsS
first woman U.s. ELECTIO
senator, choosingX
Lansing Democ-
rat Debbie
Stabenow in a come-from-behind
upset of Republican incumbent
Spencer Abraham. Now, only two
years later, another Democrat - Jen-

nifer Granholm - could be the first
woman governor the state has ever had.
"We made history two years ago
when we elected our first woman sena-
tor," said U.S. Sen. Carl Levin of
Detroit, already Michigan's longest
serving senator and running for an
unprecedented fifth six-year term.
"Now let's make history again when
we elect our first woman governor."
Granholm, darting across the state
in the last two weeks before her Nov.
5 match-up with Republican Lt. Gov.
Dick Posthumus, told students it is
time to turn Republicans out of state
government. The GOP has held the
governor's office for the past 12
years under Gov. John Engler and has
held majorities in the state House
and Senate for the past four and 18
years, respectively. Granholm, as the

By Maria Sprow
and Min Kyung Yoon
Daily Staff Reporters

When Emil Anderson, Carroll Dietle and Victor
Streeter were students in the College of Engineering
more than 70 years ago, the Engineering classes
were taught on Central Campus, there were no com-
puters, the residence halls did not allow female
occupants, and tuition cost less than $120 a year,
they said.
But much more has changed since the three grad-
uated with 244 others as engineers in 1931.

The three :came together for their 71st-year
reunion this weekend at the Sheraton Inn on Broad-
way Drive. They were the only members of the
class, which has been meeting yearly since their
45th-year reunion in 1976, to attend.
Also returning to campus this homecoming week-
end were members of the Engineering class of 1950,
who came for the dedication of Indexer II, a creation
from the renowned sculptor Kenneth Snelson.
Leon Jaroff, a class of 1950 alum, 1949 managing
editor of The Michigan Daily and TIME magazine
columnist, described some of Snelson's accomplish-
ments during the dedication of the sculpture Friday

at the Robert Lurie Engineering Center.
"Kenneth Snelson is a sculptor who is known
around the world," Jaroff said. "His works are fea-
tured at the Museum of Modern Art in New York
and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculptor Garden in
Washington D.C. and he is the recipient of the Life-
time Achievement Award from the International
Sculpture Center."
Located next to the Mortimer Cooley Lab and
across from the Robert Lurie Engineering Center,
the aluminum and stainless steel work is a presenta-
tion of Snelson's famous sculptural principle,



alums unite
for mudbowl
By Andrew Kaplan
and Allison Yang
Daily Staff Reporters

Soggy field conditions at Michigan Stadi-
um were no match for the liquefied, upended
front lawn of Sigma Alpha Epsilon.
Before the Wolverines went up against the
Hawkeyes Saturday, several of the Greek
community's boldest squared off in two back-
yard football games to compete for charity, as
well as for recognition in one of the Universi-
ty's fall traditions, which SAE has hosted for
the past 69 years.
"It is one of the very few proud traditions
this school still has," said LSA junior Jay
Kopfer, referee of the Mud Bowl.
"We had a tournament last weekend
between fraternities and sororities," said LSA
junior Jim Bryan, president of SAE. "Each
team pays $150 (for entry), and they write the
check straight to Mott's Children's Hospital."
The final brackets for the Mudbowl includ-
ed SAE versus Sigma Nu, and Delta Gamma
versus Delta Delta Delta for the sorority
Dana Friend, the father of Engineering
sophomore Katie Friend, a member of Delta
Delta Delta, attended the Mud Bowl in sup-
port of his daughter. "The Mud Bowl is more
fun than watching Michigan versus Iowa," he

of Islam
By Karen Schwartz
Daily Staff Reporter
Students walking through the Michigan Union today
will have the chance to try their luck at Islamic Jeopardy
as part of Islam Awareness Week, a week designed to
raise awareness and dispel myths about the religion and
its followers.
The goal of Islam Awareness Week is to bring Muslims
together to share information about Islam with the gener-
al public and to clear up misunderstandings and misrepre-
sentations of Islam and Muslims, Muslim Student
Association vice president Omar Khalil said yesterday in
a press release.
"These misconceptions must be removed in order for
us to truly experience the joy of living together with over
1.2 billion Muslim worldwide and 7 million in the U.S.
Only through education, awareness and understanding
can we develop tolerance, respect, and love in our society.
Islam Awareness Week is one step toward this goal,"
Khalil said.
The theme of this year's Islam Awareness Week is
"Islam: A Contribution to Our Society," and activities
include speakers, a panel discussion, a cultural display, in
the Michigan Union Pond Room and an informational
table in the Diag "to allow students a one-on-one interac-
tion with fellow Muslim students to learn more about the
faith of their peers."
MSA member Omran Kaskar, an LSA sophomore, said
he thinks the interaction on the Diag is central to the suc-
cess of Islam Awareness Week.
"There'll be people on the Diag answering questions
and the interaction between these people is very impor-
tant," he said.
"That's where a lot off the information is exchanged
about Islam."

U.S. Rep. Lynn Rivers (D-Ann Arbor) speaks at a rally against military action in Iraq
in Kerrytown Saturday.
A' "
A residents rally
aain stIraq action

Sigma Alpha Epsilon brother John Wilson, an
LSA junior, catches a pass at the Mudbowl
The DGs came out on top in the game with
a score of 6-0.
"This is just something different. It really
brings everyone together - Greek or not.
Just take a look around," said Kristin Wolf, an
LSA junior and DG sister.
SAE won the interfraternity game, 12-6.
"Sigma Nu played a good game. We have
an advantage because we have the experience
of playing in the mud," said Matt McGrail,
SAE brother and Engineering junior. McGrail
played quarterback for the team and scored
See MUDBOWL, Page 7A

By Andrew McCormack
Daily Staff Reporter'
In response to requests from local
residents, the Ann Arbor Committee
for Peace held a march of protest
Saturday against the possibility of an
upcoming war with Iraq. The march
started at 10 a.m. in Sculpture Plaza
at the corner of Catherine Street and
Fourth Avenue. It then moved across
Ann Street, down North and South
Division and finally over to the
Diag. One member of the peace
committee cou'nted 917 people leav-
ing the plaza.
The march in Ann Arbor was one
of many anti-war marches that took
place around the world in other
cities such as Washington D.C., San
Francisco, and cities in Japan, Spain,
South Korea, Belgium and Australia.
"The'best thing to come out of the
march ... is that people will see that

as President Bush said, but that we
are many voices," Susan Camino, a
member of AACP's steering commit-
tee said. "Voicing an opinion against
war and for peace is not un-Ameri-
can, but patriotic and a civic duty."
Phillis Engelbert, spokeswoman
for the peace committee added, "The
congressional vote has a lot of peo-
ple worried. ... More people are
opposed to Iraq than Afghanistan
because it's out of the blue - there's
no Sept. 11 behind it. A lot of people
are truly frightened about what's in
store if we go to war with Iraq."
Toby Jayaratne, an Ann Arbor res-
ident since 1970, said she attended
because of her "strong conviction
that we are heading down a danger-
ous path of war and other injus-
"(Bush) wants to divert domestic
issues and increase Republican sup-
port during elections," she added. "If



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