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October 65,D2003
02003 The Michigan Daily
Ann Arbor, Michigan
SVo. CXII, No. 25

One-hundred-thirteen years of editorialfreedom

Sunny with
north winds
during the n, 58
day and west
winds at 41
night. Tomorrow.

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foes try to
keep issue
in spotlight
By Laurin Gracey
and Trista Van Tine
Daily Staff Reporters
Nearly 300 people lined up at the cor-
ner of State and Eisenhower streets yes-
terday afternoon holding signs with
messages such as "Abortion Kills Chil-
dren," "Assisted Suicide Kills" and
"Adoption is the Loving Option," anti-
abortion supporters participated in a
national event called the Life Chain.
Marilyn Geyer, vice president of the
Pro-Life Action Network, said that
although abortion has been legalized for
many years, the group hopes to return
awareness to the issue.
Geyer said the group has encountered
hostility from its opponents, especially in
previous years.
"We used to march downtown and a
couple of years ago the pro-choice sup-
porters came and intimidated people,"
Geyer said.
She added that some people who
oppose their views yelled from their cars
and made profane gestures. "Last year
someone threw bottles at us," she said.
Many anti-abortion supporters usually
honked and waved, and some even parked
their vehicles and join in the demonstra-
The annual event draws 300 to 400
people each year, including college and

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Job marl



turning point'

By Tomisiav Ladika
Daily Staff Reporter

Indicating that the long-announced eco-
nomic recovery may finally be translating
into more jobs, the unemployment rate stayed
even during the month of September and
businesses hired more workers than they laid
off for the first time in eight months.
The national unemploy-
ment rate held at 6.1 per-
cent last month, and Businesses 1
57,000 new jobs were cre- workers tha
ated, according to statis-
tics reported Friday by the off for the f
U.S. Department of Labor. .
Even the maligned manu- eight mOnti
facturing sector posted
fewer layoffs than in pre-
vious months, with 29,000 job losses.
"This is potentially the key turning
point,"' said Joel Naroff, president of Naroff
Economic Advisors in Holland, Pa. "It is real-
ly taking on the tone of a labor market that is
finally getting over the hump. Indeed, this is
what we need to create the confidence in both
the household sector and the business sector
that this recovery is real."
Although the economy grew 3.3 percent in
this year's second quarter and the stock mar-
ket has also been rising, those gains did not


translate into job growth until last month.
In August, total non-agricultural employ-
ment fell by 41,000, and manufacturing firms
laid off 46,000 workers.
The unemployment rate fell from 6.2 to 6.1
percent, partly due to a decrease in the total
labor force.
Employment increased in September
despite predictions by some economists that
the unemployment rate
would rise back to 6.2
ired more percent, with 25,000 more
a they laid workers losing their jobs
during the month.
-st time in Business School gradu-
ate student Peter Keith
s. said the employment sta-
tistics show the economy
"is getting better, slowly
but surely." He said he is optimistic the job
market will be better by the time he graduates
in 2005.
U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine Chao in a
news release credited some of President
Bush's economic policies for the employment
"The increase of 57,000 new jobs is posi-
tive news for America's workers and is a sign
that the president's Jobs and Growth Act is
having a positive impact on the economy,"
See JOBS, Page 5A

Cathy Dowling, a former University Hospital anesthesiologist, participates in an anti-abortion
demonstration yesterday at South State and Eisenhower streets.

Israeli missiles hit base in Syria


MAJDAL SHAMS, Golan Heights
(AP) - Israel bombed a target inside
Syria that it claimed was an Islamic
Jihad training base, striking deep inside
its neighbor's territory yesterday for the
first time in three decades and widening
its pursuit of Palestinian militants.
The airstrike - a retaliation for a
suicide bombing Saturday that killed
19 Israelis - alarmed the Arab world
and deepened concerns that three
years of Israeli-Palestinian violence
could spread through the region.
Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility
for Saturday's bombing, in which 55
people were wounded.
Washington urged both sides to
show restraint - but added pointed
criticism of Syria, saying Damascus

Strike shakes Arab world

"must cease harboring terrorists and
make a clean break from those respon-
sible for planning and directing terror-
ist action from Syrian soil."
With little option for military'
retaliation, Syria turned for interna-
tional support. On requests from
Damascus, the U.N. Security Coun-
cil and the 22-member Arab League
held emergency sessions yesterday
as Syria's foreign minister Farouq al-
Sharaa sought measures to deter
Israeli "aggression."
Syria's U.N. Ambassador Fayssal
Mekdad called on the council to adopt

a resolution condemning the attack.
"Arabs and many people across the
globe feel that Israel is above law,"
Mekdad said.
' Israel's Ambassador Dan Gillerman
defended the attack. He accused Syria
of providing "safe harbor, training
facilities, funding, (and) logistical sup-
port" to terrorist organizations.
Syria's draft calls for Israel to stop
committing acts that could threaten
regional security. It was unclear when
the council would vote on the resolu-
tion or whether the United States
would veto it.

Leaders of Islamic Jihad and other
militant groups are based in Syria, but
Jihad yesterday denied having any
training bases there. Syrian villagers
near the targeted site said the camp
had been used by Palestinian gunmen
in the 1970s but was later abandoned
- and was now only used by picnick-
ers and other visitors to its spring and
olive groves.
The raid was a dramatic new tactic for
Israel in its attempts to stop Palestinian
Closures, assassinations and mili-
tary strikes into Palestinian areas have
failed to stop suicide attacks, and
Washington strongly opposes
expelling Palestinian leader Yasser
Arafat as Israel has threatened.

Week aims
to open up
closet door
0 Gay community urged to "Shout it
Out" after hour of reflection
By Aymar Joan
Daily Staff Reporter
A week of celebration and inquiry will begin with a
somber hour of silence.
Today is the first day of National Coming Out Week, a
week of celebration and reflection for the gay community,
which will recognize those unable come out of the figurative
closet with one hour of silence at noon today on the Diag.
"While our theme for the week is 'Shout Out Loud,' we
decided to take a day of silence to recognize that not every-
one in our community is afforded the opportunity to come
out," said LSA junior Jeff Souva, co-chair of the Lesbian
Gay Bisexual and Transgender commission of the Michigan
Student Assembly.
At 5 p.m., participants will break the silence, officially
beginning the Shout Out Loud celebration.
Among the festivities is an "An Evening with Larry
Kramer," at 8:00 p.m. tomorrow at Rackham Auditorium.
Kramer is a prominent AIDS-awareness activist and founder
of Act Up, an AIDS advocacy group.
Other events include a viewing of "The Laramie Project"
on channel 72, the Residence Halls Association channel.
The RHA has collaborated with the LGBT commission to
coordinate group showings and discussions of the movie,
about the Wyoming town where Matthew Shepard was mur-
dered in an anti-gay hate crime.
On Thursday in the Art Lounge of the Michigan Union,
the LGBT Commission and the Office of LGBT Affairs will
host an event called Queer Eye on the Media.
Many students commended the LGBT community for
addressing the troubles of the oft-forgotten closeted

All hands-on deck

The Internet offers a wealth of resources for students Interested in cutting
corners on their schoolwork.
Students download
ready-made essays
to avoid assignments

Five-year-old Zoe Zimmerman peers at a large sound reflector Saturday at the Ann
Arbor Hands-On Museum.
Despite fewer volunte ers ,
GandhiDay lends a hand

By Adrian Chen
For the Daily
Each night, University students
have a choice - hit the book or
hit the bars. They face the same
question as other students across
the country: Work or play? Body
paragraphs or body shots?
Increasingly, however, students
have been choosing a third
option, one that lets them finish
their writing assignment, while
leaving time to hit the clubs:
Internet plagiarism.
Internet plagiarism is the prac-
tice of taking all or part of an
essay from a website. Whether
the student "cuts and pastes"
passages from public web pages,
or patronizes one of the many
free or for-profit essay sites,
there is a wealth of resources
available for the savvy on-line,
The growing popularity of
Internet plagiarism can be seen
in the number of ready-to-down-
load essay web pages available.

dozens of such sites. Each page
contains essays that can be
downloaded and printed, or used
in part to add to a student's own
writing. One site,
DirectEssays.com, claims to
offer more than 100,000 essays
on topics ranging from "A Med-
ical and Moral Look at Ectopic
Pregnancy" to "Gottfried Wil-
helm Von Leibniz".
Many sites are strictly for prof-
it, usually charging about $20 for
a month of unlimited downloads.
Others see their purpose as more
philanthropic, providing free
essays to students. One free site
greets users with, "In a jam?
Can't seem to come up with any
ideas for that essay or term paper
you have due tomorrow? You've
come to the right place!" Such
sites often rely on student sub-
Most essay websites urge stu-
dents not to hand in downloaded
papers as their own. DirectEs-
says.com has an entire section
titled "Acceptable Use Policy." In

By Adhiraj Dutt
Daily Staff Reporter
Contributions to the community were abun-
dant Saturday as more than 180 students
assembled to provide community service at
various sites around Ann Arbor and the Detroit
area. Their services were part of the 7th annual
Gandhi Day of Service.
The day was organized by a collaboration
between the Indian American Student Associa-
+in an OA FRmV ,sad Kmnl Patel T 'SA sonh-

to participate but want everyone to get
involved, Patel said.
"We want to expose the community to com-
munity service and make it a good experience
for them so they continue."
Participation was down this year compared
to the 275 students who attended last year.
Patel attributed this decrease was due to the
unusually cold weather.
"We added new sites and the sites were better
this year, but even though we had this decrease
this vear nrticination will 'o nun next year."


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