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November 25, 2002
.2002 The Michigan Daily
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Vol. CXIII, No. 57
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By Joe Smith
Daily Sports Editor
"We didn't start the fire."
That's what some Ohio State stu-
dents were claiming following the 49
arrests that were made early yesterday
morning after close to a dozen fires
were reported in a 10-block area of
Just more than five hours after Ohio
State's dramatic, 14-9, victory over
Michigan - which sent the Buckeyes
to the national title game - police
were forced to use tear gas and pellets
to disperse a crowd of hundreds of
fans near campus.
"Up until midnight, when a few
parties went out of control, it was a
pretty quiet night," said Sherry Mer-
curio, Columbus police spokes-
woman. "It's disappointing that some
irresponsible people can try to take
attention away from the great things
the football team accomplished."
But after midnight, several blocks
close to campus - including Chitten-
den Street, 13th Avenue, 15th Avenue
and 16th Avenue - were filled with
See RIOTS, Page 7A
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Takes 16 of 22 seats on MSA, seven
of nine on LSA-SG
By Elizabeth Anderson
and Carmen Johnson
Daily Staff Reporter
The Students First Party nearly swept the elections for vari-
ous student government positions, winning a vast majority of
the seats up for election on the Michigan Student Assembly
and LSA Student Government.
After nearly a month of campaigning for seats on MSA and
LSA-SG, candidates running under the Students First platform
won 16 of the 22 available seats on MSA and seven of nine on
LSA-SG, according to unofficial results released Friday
Newly-elected Engineering representative and Students First
member Brian Doughty accounts his party's success to their
strength working together.
"It's who campaigns harder that wins," Doughty said. "And
we campaigned together a lot." Doughty said voters might
have voted straight Students First because of their campaign.
The Defend Affirmative Action party won four seats and the
Blue Party won two seats on MSA.
DAAP members won the Public Health, Pharmacy and
School of Music representative and DAAP member Ken-
neth Kellogg said people voted DAAP because they have a
"I think people realize the importance of affirmative action,"
Independent candidate Paul Scott said his election is a
See MSA, Page 3A
Fans celebrating an undefeated football season erupt in riots following Ohio State's second consecutive win over Michigan Saturday. A pile of
about nine cars were burned, and approximately 45 arrests were made.
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By Jeff Phillips
Daily Sports Editor
COLUMBUS - To earn its Fiesta
Bowl bid, Ohio State did what it had
been doing all season: holding tight
defensively and getting just enough
points to squeak out a victory.
After the Buckeyes' Will Allen inter-
cepted John Navarre's last-gasp pass
attempt in the endzone to preserve Ohio
State's 14-9 victory, Buckeyes fans
rushed the field in jubilation. Much less
jubilant were the security personnel on-
hand, who pepper sprayed the celebrators
as they tried
in vain to pull MICHIGAN 9
goalposts. OHIO STATE 14
Michigan players hurried off the field,
running back Chris Perry had to be
yanked off the field as fans taunted him
while he watched the festivities of anoth-
er Ohio State win.
The victory was Ohio State's second
consecutive in the rivalry, and with it,
the Buckeyes again send the Wolverines
to central Florida for New Year's Day.
Last season, Michigan ended the season
in the Citrus Bowl after losing to Ohio
State 26-20. This season, the Wolverines
will either play in the Capital One Bowl
(formerly the Citrus Bowl) in Orlando,
Fla. or the Outback Bowl, played in
The bids for the two bowls will likely
go to Penn State and Michigan, with the
Capital One Bowl getting first choice.
Despite the disparity in the prestige of
the bowls that Michigan and Ohio State
will attend, the two teams were not much
different on the field. Michigan was bet-
ter than the Buckeyes in nearly every
offensive category - most significantly,
time of possession and total offense.
Michigan possessed the ball almost 10
See BUCKEYES, Page 7A
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - In a point-
by-point protest, the Iraqi government
complained to the United Nations yes-
terday that the small print behind the
weapons inspections beginning this
week will give Washington a pretext to
The new U.N. resolution on the
inspections could turn "inaccurate state-
ments (among) thousands of pages" of
required Iraqi reports into a supposed
justification for military action, Foreign
Minister Naji Sabri said in a letter to
U.N. Secretary-General KofiAnnan.
"There is premeditation to target Iraq,
whatever the pretext," Sabri said.
His lengthy letter, a detailed commen-
tary on the Security Council resolution,
was not expected to affect the inspec-
tions, which resume Wednesday after a
four-year suspension. Iraq had accepted
the resolution in a Nov. 13 letter from
Sabri to Annan.
Preparations moved steadily ahead on
Baghdad's outskirts yesterday, where
technicians at the U.N. inspection center
worked to establish a "hot line" with
liaisons in the Iraqi government.
The first working group of 18 inspec-
tors arrives today on a flight from a U.N.
rear base in Cyprus. Their numbers are
expected to swell by year-end to between
80 and 100 at a time in Iraq.
In seven years' work after the 1991
Gulf War, U.N. experts destroyed large
amounts of chemical and biological
weapons and longer-range missiles for-
bidden to Iraq by U.N. resolutions, and
dismantled Iraq's nuclear weapons pro-
gram before it could build a bomb. The
- inspections were suspended amid dis-
merging of Indian,
By Soojung Chang
Daily Staff Reporter
"More than anything, we wanted
to show our parents that we truly do
appreciate and acknowledge our
Indian culture and traditions, and
we will never forget what they have
instilled in us," said the Indian
American Student Association's
cultural show co-coordinators Jill
Chokshi, an LSA senior, and Anu
Sheth, an LSA sophomore.
They also said the show was
focused on traditional but creative
dances that represented different
regions of India.
"A more traditional show stresses
the importance of our culture and
how we maintain that culture thou-
sands of miles away from where it
originated," Chokshi said.
The title of this year's show,
"Prathanjali," a combination of two
Hindi words meaning "Preserving
the culture," also reflected this
"I thought this year's show was a
lot more traditional than last year,"
LSA sophomore Smitha Vilasagar
said, who was in a bamboo dance
where participants dance in between
bamboo sticks that are clapped
together to the beat of the song.
Although this type of dance origi-
nated in the Philippines, it is also
found in the northeastern part of
Other acts included perennial
favorites such as a fashion show
that showcased outfits from many
of the different regions of India and
the "Smokin' Raas," a traditional
dance that utilizes wooden sticks
The show also had less standard
acts such as the "Ghagra," which
means dress in Hindi, a gypsy
dance that showcases girls in skirts
with tambourines, and "Moksha,"
an a capella act that sang primarily
traditional Hindi music.
Although all of the dance titles
See SHOW, Page 3A
Students Aisha Sabadia, Roberto Vega-Morales and
Meredith Zielke film a movie Sunday on the Diag.
opt to live with
By Karen Schwartz
Daily Staff Reporter
Recent University graduate Sterling McNeal lives with
his girlfriend. For McNeal and others, cohabitation is more
convenient than going back and forth between houses and
is part of the natural progression in a relationship.
"She was staying at my place quite a bit so it just made
sense - all her stuff was around my place anyway, even
before she moved in," McNeal said.
More than just being an issue of convenience, living togeth-
er gives couples a sense as to if they are suitable marriage part-
ners, he added.
"I don't think people can make that decision after just dating
and not living with each other. Everything will be fine and
great and you can always get out of each other's faces. Until
you live together it's not really a test marriage," he said. "If
See COHABITATION, Page 3A
LSA senior Ranjana Ram performs in the dance "Sangaram"
during "Prathanjali," the Indian American Student
Assocation's cultural show.
Government denies asylum for Muslim leader Haddad
By Jeremy Berkowitz
Daily Staff Reporter
Stating he did inot feel Rabih Haddad would be
in danger if he returned to Lebanon, U.S. Immigra-
tion Court Judge Robert Newberry denied political
asylum to the local Muslim leader, his wife and
three out of his four children Friday afternoon.
Supporters of Haddad were angered by the deci-
sion, saying they felt the judge, as well the Immi-
gration and Naturalization Service, were biased
some independent thought, but it is painfully obvi-
ous that the INS administra-
tive mechanism is a
formalized mouthpiece of the
spokesman for the Committee
to Free Rabih Haddad, said in
a written statement. "Having
reviewed the entire record and
analyzing the testimony of
Haddad and his supporters,
Haddad's lawyers are currently planning to
appeal the decision to the Board of Immigration
Appeals in Falls Church, Va.
Nobody in the Justice Department could be
reached for comment yesterday.
At his immigration hearing, Haddad and his
attorneys expressed concern for his safety if he
were to return to Lebanon. They claimed that al-
Qaida operatives active in the country could harm
him, or that the Lebanese government would
imprison him to prove to the U.S. government it is
cracking down on terrorists.
to please the U.S.," Haddad said at the hearing. "I
fear torture, imprisonment and even death."
Asim Ghafoor, a spokesman for the Haddad
family, said he thought Haddad's reputation was
being severely tainted.
"To deny him (asylum) is one thing, but to
malign his character ... is just unfair," Ghafoor
Haddad, detained by the federal government
since last December on a visa violation, has been
held in Monroe County Jail for most of the last
year. He has also been suspected of having links to