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2A - The Michigan Daily - Monday, November 4, 2002

NATION/WORLD

Earthquake rocks central Alaska

ANCHORAGE - (AP) A major
earthquake rocked a sparsely populated
area of interior Alaska yesterday, knock-
ing over fuel tanks, damaging highways
and shaking up rural homes.
The magnitude 7.9 quake, centered
90 miles souh of Fairbanks, was strong-
ly felt in Anchorage about 270 miles to
the south. It hit at 1:13 p.m. Alaska
DIWALI
Continued from Page 1A
becoming more aware of ISA ... and
that's an excellent thing," Sawlani said.
ISA is not to be confused with the
Indian American Students Association,
though the two groups work together
on various events. ISA simply serves a

Standard Time, said Bruce Turner of
Alaska Tsunami Warning Center. "It
shook for'a good 30 seconds," he said. It
did not generate a tsunami, he said.
KCAM-radio in Glennallen reported
that fuel tanks in the Interior village of
Slana were tipped over and that nearby
highways suffered damage.
Paul Whitmore of Tsunami Warning
different purpose.
"We aim to make international stu-
dents feel comfortable. Diwali is a big
function in India. We miss a lot of
events back home so we bring the cele-
bration here," ISA member and LSA
senior Dhaval Mehtha said.
The crowd was not only comprised
of students but it included children,

Center said the highway between
Anchorage and Fairbanks was damaged
and Alaska State Troopers had closed
the road to one lane.
Jill Woster said she was driving
between Fairbanks and her home in
North Pole when the quake began.
"The car felt like it was going to fall
apart," she said. Woster arrived home to
parents and grandparents as well.
"Here, people are just enjoying
Diwali the way we are used to back
home, with our families," LSA fresh-
man Suchi Sethi said.
"Its great that ISA combines reli-
gious activity and cultural activity.
It's a good way for people to learn
more about our culture and how

AWARDS
Continued from Page 1A
Jensen went on to relay the creden-
tials of each nominee, including work-
ing for the FBI, having original
compositions performed abroad and
working with citizens in Bolivia and
Honduras.
Each student cited life-changing,
memorable, or simply favorite experi-
ences contributing to their application
for the scholarships. Leadership roles
dominated each student's testimony.
LSA senior Gwendolyn Arnold is a
nominee for the Rhodes and Marshall
Scholarship competitions. Arnold said
that teaching at an agricultural vocation-
al school near Tarata, Bolivia, for two
months defied her expectations and
strengthened her ability to be flexible.
"I thought I would be expected to
teach English, but instead I had to teach
English and farming. I only had two
months, so I knew I had to do something

that would leave a mark. I taught them
creative things they would remember,
like how to scavenger hunt, play Pic-
tionary and make pancakes," she said.
Rhodes Scholarship nominee and
Engineering graduate student Brian Net-
ter named several summer experiences
as memorable - developing a math
model for Ford Motor Company in Sal-
vador, Brazil and interning for the FBI
in the counterterrorism department.
Netter said living in Salvador when
the police went on strike was both terri-
fying and rewarding.
"Living in Brazil was like being in a
war zone. There were hundreds of mur-
ders every day," Netter said. "It really
gave me a sense of insight."
LSA senior Heather Jensen, a
Rhodes Scholarship nominee, said that
her experience living in the Middle
East influenced her commitment to
public service and her very high career
aspirations.
"I want to .work for the United

Nations," she said, adding that she hopes
to specialize in conflict resolution and
diplomacy.
LSA senior Ryan Bodanyi said he has
led several campus initiatives, including
a symbolic protest against the Burma
pipeline and persuading campus vendors
to switch to Fair Trade coffee products.
He said the nomination is only a first
step toward the honor of receiving a
scholarship.
"This isn't an honor yet - I haven't
won anything yet," he said.
Joshua Palay, who graduated from the
School of Music with degrees in com-
position and music theory, is a nominee
for the Rhodes and Marshall scholar-
ships. Jensen said that Palay has studied
in Paris and had pieces performed in
New York, Paris and Florence.
Other students nominated for one or
more of the three scholarships include
recent graduate Annie Maxwell, LSA
senior Theron Tingstad, and LSA senior
Anna Haskins.

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find pictures off the walls and on the
floor, along with glassware.
Earthquakes above magnitude 7 are
considered major - capable of wide-
spread, heavy damage.
The "Good Friday" earthquake in
Alaska that left 131 people dead in 1964
measured 8.5 on Richter scale. Current
measures put the magnitude at 9.2.
intertwined religion and culture real-
ly are," Engineering graduate student
Navin Gupta said.
Diwali signifies the renewal of
life, and therefore, it is common to
wear new clothes on the day of the
festival. Likewise, it heralds the
approach of winter and the beginning
of the sowing system.
SENATE
Continued from Page 1A
If Bush succeeds in permanently
implementing the cuts, they will
add "an additional $400 billion cost
this decade and add $4 trillion cost
in the next decade," Levin said.
In terms of controlling corporate
responsibility, Raczkowski said
while Republicans and Democrats
both pass legislation reactively, the
government should be investing
more money into the Securities and
Exchanges Commission.
"The SEC did not check (World-
Com's) books, and therefore the
SEC is the one that actually should
be rebuilt and made stronger to
investigate these frauds," he said.
Levin said he will seek legislation
requiring companies to account for
stock options they provide to their
executives by showing them as
expenses on financial statements.
While offering differing perspec-
tives on the economy, both candi-
dates said they oppose the
privatization of Medicare and
Social Security, although they pro-
pose different plans for the pro-
grams.
Levin proposed adding an option-
al prescription drug benefit for
Medicare recipients, which would
allow the government to choose
among competing companies for
drugs. This plan would drive down
drug prices and avoid relying on
insurance companies to offer drug
benefits, Levin said.
"The Republican plan would put
the insurance companies and the
pharmaceutical companies in the
driver's seat. Our plan puts
Medicare in the driver's seat and
guarantees that the benefits would
be available."
Levin has also proposed using
payroll deductions from all workers
to fund universal healthcare.
To lower the price of prescription
drugs, Raczkowski said states should
join together to buy drugs in bulk,
using an analogy of buying iced tea
in bulk at Sam's Club stores.
Both candidates said Social Secu-
rity funds should not be privatized
because they should not be placed
on the stock markets.
During Levin's 24-year tenure in
the Senate, numerous military bases
in Michigan have been closed, and
Raczkowski has been quick to
attack his opponent on the issue.
Raczkowski, a captain in the
Armed Reserves, said some soldiers
are living in poverty. He proposed
providing allowances for soldiers
with families and fixing bases
instead of closing them.
"When you close down military
bases, you close down the units that
are based there," Raczkowski said.
"You can't take those units and put
them elsewhere."
Levin said the number of bases
was excessive after the end of the
Cold War. "The military pleaded

with us to quit wasting money on
bases we did not need."
He said an outside commission
decided which bases to shut down,
and some of the bases were reused
in alternative ways, creating more
employment than was present while
before they were closed.
RESPECT
Continued from Page 1A
A group of about 50 people sat
together and paid their respects to
those who have died.
Many of the students lit candles for a
lost loved one and spoke on how their
lives had been impacted by those lost.
"It's a sentimental thing for most
people," Vaca said. "It's a way for us to
pay homage to our Latino ancestors
whether they are far removed or recent-
ly lost."
The ceremony was a solemn and
quiet one, but it encouraged dialogue
about family history and emphasized
the importance of remembering and
keeping personal history alive.
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JERUSALEM
Sharon, Netanyahu
ally to stabilize Israel
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon sought
to keep his imperiled government afloat
yesterday by bringing former premier
Benjamin Netanyahu into the Cabinet,
while Netanyahu set a tough condition
for joining - early elections.
Israel's two leading right-wing
politicians, Sharon and Netanyahu, are
trying to work out an alliance while
also battling each other to lead the
Likud Party into the country's next
general election.
The ballot must be held before next
November, but could be brought for-
ward to early next year if Sharon
resigns or if his fragile coalition col-
lapses in the coming days or weeks.
That could plunge Israel into even
greater turmoil as the Israeli-Palestinian
conflict drags on and with the threat of
a U.S. war with Iraq on the horizon.
In the complex rivalry between Sharon
and Netanyahu, both stressed their efforts
to resolve the current political crisis.
VLADIKAVK , Russia
Chechens shoot at
Russian helicopter
Chechen rebels shot down a Russian
military helicopter yesterday, killing
nine soldiers, shortly after the defense
minister announced he was suspending
plans to cutback Moscow's force in the
troubled province.
In the second such attack in less
than a week, the Mi-8 helicopter, car-

rying three military crew and six
troops, was hit as it lifted off from
Russia's military headquarters in the
southern republic. The Interfax news
agency reported that all nine soldiers
onboard were killed.
"I have made a decision to suspend
the plans on cutting down troops in
Chechnya," Defense Minister Sergei
Ivanov told journalists in Khabarovsk
in the Russian Far East.
Russian officials have repeatedly
said that they have the situation under
control in Chechnya.
WASHINGTON
Army seeks funds
for war on terrorism
The Army is considering contracting
out nearly 214,000 military and civilian
support jobs to the private sector in an
ambitious plan to free money to fight
terrorism iand comply with"President
Bush's desire to trim the federal gov-
ernment through outsourcing.
Army Secretary Thomas White has
directed his commanders to submit
plans by Dec. 20 to privatize or out-
source all functions not essential to
fighting wars. If approved, the
unprecedented government overhaul
could begin this spring and affect
two-thirds of the Army civilian work
force. Military personnel would be
reassigned.
"The Army must focus its energies
and talents on our core competencies
- functions we perform better than
anybody else."
- Compiledfrom Daily wire reports.

NEWS IN BRIEF
CAIRO, Egypt....r.
Saudi Arabia refuses to lend U.S. bases
Saudi Arabia will not allow bases on its soil to be used for an attack on Iraq
even if the United Nations authorizes military action, Saudi Foreign Minister
Prince Saud al-Faisal said in an interview broadcast yesterday.
Saudi Arabia earlier ruled out the use of its territory for unilateral U.S. action
against Iraq, but had indicated it would cooperate in some way if the U.N. Securi-
ty Council approved.
In the CNN interview, however, Saud said more clearly that Saudi cooperation
would not include permitting use of its territory for strikes against Iraq.
"We will cooperate with the Security Council, but as to entering the conflict or
using the facilities as part of the conflict, that is something else," Saud said.
Pressed about whether Saudi bases could be used, he gave a definite "no."
In Washington, White House spokesman Ari Fleischer refused to comment on
the CNN interview.
Saud also said his government believed it was still possible to avoid war.
"Iraq has made a very clear and unambiguous promise to the Arab countries
that it will abide by the United Nations resolutions," he said.
The Security Council is debating a U.S. proposal to toughen U.N.
weapons inspections after Iraq agreed to allow inspectors to reurn after
nearly four years.
AIRS ER
Protests threaten U.S. movement against Iraq
Iraqi President Saddam Hussein said in a rare interview that he believed the
American and British determination to make war on Iraq could collapse under the
weight of anti-war sentiment in the two countries.
"Time is in our favor, and we have to buy more time hoping that the U.S.-
British alliance might disintegrate because of ... the pressure of public opinion on
American and British streets," Saddam told the Egyptian weekly Al-Osboa in the
interview published yesterday.
"The demonstrations in the Arab and Western world include hundreds of
thousands of peace-loving people who are protesting the war and aggression on
Iraq," he said, apparently referring to protests in the United States and around
the world last month.
Pointing to Arab public opinion as a force in Iraq's favor, Saddam also appealed
to Arab leaders to defend Iraq.
Arguing that Washington's goal was to control Mideast oil, he said that
after attacking Iraq, U.S. forces could strike at other Arab countries and
non-Arab Iran.

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