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©2002 The Michigan Daily
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Vol. CXIII, No. 48


One-hundred-twelve years ofeditorialfreedom

Rain storms
are expected in
the morning.
Skies are
expected to
clear by the



Iraq leaders denounce U.N. resolution

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - Iraqi lawmak-
ers denounced a tough, new U.N. resolution
on weapons inspections yesterday as dis-
honest, provocative and worthy of rejection
- despite the risk of war. But parliament
said it ultimately will trust whatever Presi-
dent Saddam Hussein decides.
One after the other, senior lawmakers
rejected the resolution, the latest in a long
effort to ensure Iraq scraps its weapons of
mass destruction. This time, however, the
United States and Britain have made clear

they will attack Iraq if it does not fully
Parliament speaker Saadoun Hamadi said
the resolution was stacked with "ill inten-
tions," "falsehood," "lies" and "dishonesty."
Salim al-Koubaisi, head of parliament's for-
eign relations committee, recommended
rejecting the resolution but also advised
deferring to the "wise Iraqi leadership" to
act as it sees fit to defend Iraq's people and
"The committee advises ... the rejection

of Security Council Resolution 1441, and
to not agree to it in response to the opin-
ions of our people, who put their trust in
us," al-Koubaisi told fellow lawmakers.
Saddam has used parliament's action as
cover for difficult decisions in the past, and
harsh rhetoric does not necessarily mean
parliament will reject the proposal. Saddam
ordered parliament to recommend a formal
response, and lawmakers were expected to
vote on recommendations for the Iraqi lead-
ership today. According to the 'resolution,

Iraq has until Friday to accept or reject the
resolution, approved unanimously last week
by the U.N. Security Council.
U.N. spokesman Fred Eckhard said there
are numerous interpretations for the dead-
line - the minute the resolution was adopt-
ed, the minute Iraq was notified, the end of
business Friday, or midnight on Friday. It is
up to the Security Council to interpret its
own resolution, Eckhard said.
Anne Power, a spokeswoman with the British
mission at the United Nations, said Britain

interpreted the deadline to be seven 24-hour
periods from the minute the resolution was
That would mean that Iraq has until 10:17
a.m. EST Friday, Nov. 15 to respond. Other
Security Council members could have different
interpretations however. Chinese deputy
ambassador Zhang Yishan, the current council
president, said he was checking on the exact
If Saddam fails to follow through, a Pentagon
See IRAQ, Page 7


Academic integrity
still plagues campus

By Dan Trudeau
Daily Staff Reporter

demic dishonesty'
at universities acr
"Atmost any re

Cheating, plagiarism and dishon- on this topic mak
esty on campus will be the focus of fact that academi
a town hall meeting, which will seek in this country.C
to clarify what constitutes as aca- assume, at the v
demic dishonesty. opportunity to 1
The meeting, which will take place greater today tha
tomorrow in 3222 Angell Hall from 4 Louis Rice, coord
to 5 p.m., is being held in response to Academic Judicia
growing concern over incidents of aca- Student observa
RHA ban
on smoking
awaits OK
By Soolung Chang
Daily Staff Reporter

both on campus and
oss the country.
search you might do
kes references to the
c incidents-are rising
One could probably
very least, that the
be dishonest is far
an in the past," said
inator of the College.
ry Committee.
ations of cheating on

campus support Rice's view that cheat-
ing is prevalent at the University.
"I think a lot of times it happens in
social studies and language classes
where you have more of an opportu-
nity to cheat because the class is
interactive," an LSA freshman said
who wished to remain anonymous. "I
think everyone (has) cheated once in
their life, intentionally or uninten-
tionally. As human beings, it is

Rackham student Maria Gomez takes a study break to laugh with her five-year old daughter, Daniela Pulido. Gomez is one
of many students with a child on campus.
Students juggle school,
wn parenthood

By Samantha Won
Daily Staff Reporter

In an environment where balancing classes, activities,
friends, exercise and a budget proves to be disastrous for
most students, some manage the above while also caring for
other individuals - children.
Some student-parents at the University said being a full-
time parent while also attending classes has advantages as
well as disadvantages, with the many programs and services
offered on the one hand and unpredictable complications
and misunderstandings on the other.
"The benefit of being a parent and being a student
is that you have a much more flexible schedule than
you would if you worked from 9 to 5," said Maria
Tucker, a SNRE graduate student, adding that she is
able to form a relationship with her son's teachers
because she does not have class on Friday and can go
to school with her son.
But the disadvantages, such as balancing her energies
between her son, schoolwork and the demands of parenting,

prove being a student-parent to be a very challenging com-
"In addition to your normal things, you also have this
whole other person that you are in charge of," Rackham stu-
dent Marla Gomez said, adding that although it takes a lot of
energy, it is definitely "do-able."
Time constraints are one conflict that student-par-
ents must resolve. Tucker and others must design
their class schedules so they will be home when their
children arrive from school. Since Tucker's son is
involved in a range of activities - soccer, music,
Boy Scouts and basketball - times vary depending
on the day of the week.
But the University offers a range of services to
help parents. Family Housing Program Coordinator
Patty Griffin said about 80 percent of the apartments
in Family Housing are occupied by students with
Programs offered include a single parent network, a
resident-managed support group, outreach services

A proposal to ban smoking in all University residence halls
was recently passed by the Residence Hall Association and is
pending approval from the University Housing department.
RHA voted at its meeting last Thursday on two proposals
about smoking in the residence halls. The first was designed to
control smoking by requesting that all smoking rooms be des-
ignated in the top floor of every dorm. It failed in favor of the
second proposal to ban smoking completely in all residence
halls. Smoking would only be allowed in Northwood Family
Housing on North Campus.
In addition, the proposal calls for a ban of smoking within a
10-foot radius of all residence halls. If passed by the housing
department, the ban will go into effect in the fall of 2003.
"RHA has been trying to get this passed since last year,"
said West Quad Residence Hall RHA representative Pragav
Jain, an LSA sophomore. He said a similar proposal came up
last year but failed to make the two-thirds majority needed to
pass by one vote. This year, RHA found out they would need
only a 50 percent majority for the proposal to pass.
Jain said even though residence halls are public facili-
ties, RHA wanted to create a less toxic environment for
students. Although the rights of smokers was a concern,
it was decided that the detrimental effects of second-hand
smoke infringes upon the rights of non-smokers because
of the danger to their health.
Although only about 450 of the University's 9,500 residence
See SMOKING, Page 3

U' alum victorious in
race for Maine House

Keep on rocking

In an effort to steer college students from binge drinking,
new websites are being developed to educate students on
the dangers of excessive alcohol intake.
Ne w websites
offer students
alcohol inflo
By MarIa Sprow
Daily Staff Reporter
After years of telling college-aged students to just say no
to alcohol, several interactive websites are trying to.send a
new message - be responsible.
Websites like mystudentbody.com and AlcoholEdu.com
are becoming popular tools at colleges nationwide as meth-
ods to deter alcohol use and binge drinking on campuses.
"We're still always trying to find better ways in which to
educate students about alcohol use and helping them to
make better choices about that," said Gwyn Hulswit, associ-
ate director of the Office of Student Conflict Resolution,
which has started requiring some first- and second-time stu-
dent alcohol offenders to use AlcoholEdu.com
"We've been very, very impressed with the AlcoholEdu
course and the feedback that we've received has been very
positive," she added.
Neither site is currently available to all University stu-
dents, but Hulswit said visiting AlcoholEdu.com is mandato-
ry for students at several other colleges.
Though more than 100 institutions - including Duke
University and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst
- are using the website, students here said they did not
know how effective it could be.
"Students know about the effects of alcohol and choose to
drink anyway," LSA junior Joe Bates said. "A website is not
going to change their minds."
A dozen University students have completed the course so
far, Hulswit said. Each student is required to pay the $20 fee
charged to the University by the website.
Like MyStudentBody.com - which is undergoing pre-
liminary testing at 26 universities nationwide, including

By Whitney Meredith
Daily StaffReporter
Recent University alum Jeremy Fischer upset
long-time Republican incumbent Richard Dun-
can in the race for representative in the state
House of Maine last Tuesday. The 22-year-old
Democrat said he will greatly contrast the 70-
year-old Duncan in his representation of his
hometown of Presque Isle, the 145th district of
Graduating just this past spring from the Uni-
versity of Michigan, Fischer majored in political
science and was a semi-finalist for the Rhodes
Scholarship Trust. While he was never involved
in student government at the University, he said
he always planned to run as a state representa-
tive. The variety of perspectives he encountered
and opportunities he experienced at the Univer-
sity influenced the approach he will take as rep-
resentative, he said.
Fischer spent summers working in Washing-
ton, where he established a connection with
the current governor of Maine, Angus Spring,

on vacation, Fischer went home to pursue his
"I went to every door twice. It was a lot of
houses and a lot of time, but I met lots of people
and it was a great opportunity," he said.
Going to more than 6,000 houses in five
months, Fischer attributes his victory to hard
"Voters liked my energy and my work effort,"
Fischer said.
He said that by interacting with the people in
his district he not only increased his popularity,
but he also increased his awareness of issues rel-
evant to his district. As a result, he gained a
powerful perspective on their problems.
"I had some idea of their problems, but didn't
have a personal side to it. When a person tells
you that they must choose between heating oil,
food and prescription drugs, you get a perspec-
tive you don't have when simply leading a nor-
mal life," Fischer said.
Moreover, the young Democrat is one of the
youngest representatives in the history of the
Maine House and the legislation he plans to

During the 54th night of their God Loves Ugly tour, the Opus



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