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Lecture examines
conditions needed
for justifying war


The Michigan Daily - Thursday, October 9, 2003 - 5A

Sweetland unveils new

By Abike Martins
Daily Staff Reporters
Any student that pondered over what
the prerequisites were before the U.S.
military could become involved in Iraq
probably looked to their local news
and the front covers of their newspa-

should be able to know whether the
invasion will be successful or that it
will make the situation worse and that
all invasions must be in agreement
with the United Nations.
The symposium focused on ques-
tions as when should a war be used to
protect human rights and issues sur-
rounding the aftermath of the war.

Yesterday's sym-
posium, "The
Destruction of Civi-
lization and The
Obligation of War,"
examined the mili-
tary's involvement.
William Schulz,
U.S. director of
Amnesty Interna-
tional, a group that
works to protect
human rights world-
wide, went into

"It was a mar-
"The question of when "*l "s""rn"t, it
shows how vital
war should be used in these issues still
are," said Le
defense of human Moyne Universi-
rights is a complex ty history Prof.
Keith Waten-
one. paugh. "Iraq
- William Schulz may have disap-
Director, Amnesty International peared from the
USA front pages but
people are still
hungry for more

center forp
By Ashley Dinges
Daily Staff Reporter
Students who have taken their papers
to Sweetland Writing Center for peer
tutoring this fall have found more room
and conveniences. The Peer Tutor Pro-
gram now has its own center, thanks to
a donation from former tutor Rob Cook.
Cook, who graduated in 2000, gave
the $25,000 donation in late 2000 to
honor his grandmother, Hazel Stimp-
son. His gift established a center exclu-
sively for the Peer Tutor Program, which
allows students to receive help writing
their papers from other students.
Cook also donated $50,000 to the
University's C.S. Mott Children's Hos-
pital, and $25,000 to research being
done at the time. He declined to com-
ment on the source of the money.
"The old center made things diffi-
cult for both students and tutors, and I
wanted a real center, specifically set up
for students. I thought this was a great
way to give back," Cook said.
In addition to the new center in room
G219 of Angell Hall, which opened
Sept. 21, the program budgeted the
donation for other necessities as well.
"It gave us the ability to look for a
new space. But we can also purchase
equipment and send tutors to writing
center conferences because of the
donation," said Peer Tutor Coordinator
Jennifer Metsker.
As a peer tutor for two semesters,
LSA senior Erin Cassard had the
chance to work in both settings. "Every-

er tutorng
thing is a lot more organized. I think it
is easier for students to come in and
know what to do. I don't think the move
has thrown people off," Cassard said.
Before the new center was created,
tutors and writers used room 444C in
Angell Hall. They had to wait until
classes ended and set up the center tem-
porarily every night. Now, the center is
open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and
Friday afternoons, as well as its usual
time of 7 to 11 p.m. Sunday to Thursday.
"It is nice to have our own space that
we can use how we want," Cassard said.
In addition, there are two computers
that are used for the Online Writing and
Learning program. With the OWL pro-
gram, students can submit their papers
via the Internet to a peer tutor, and usu-
ally receive a response within 48 hours.
The Peer Tutoring Center is also con-
nected to Sweetland's Multi-Literacy
Center, which helps students who are
working on electronic projects, such as
PowerPoint presentations or websites.
There are also several offices for
professors and graduate student
instructors, and lockers for tutors to
store their belongings.
"The new center is great because it is
broken up into smaller rooms, and each
tutor has their own table with the stu-
dents," said LSA junior Christy Marks,
who used the service in past years and is
currently training to become a peer tutor.
The Peer Tutoring Center also fea-
tures a waiting room for students and a
separate tutoring room, which seats
about 15 people.


LSA Honors Program Director Stephen Darwall speaks on the situation in Iraq
during a symposium held at the Michigan Union yesterday.

detail on his list of prerequisites need-
ed for military intervention.
"The question of when war should
be used in defense of human rights is a
complex one," Schulz said. He added
that he disagreed with what he
described as a hasty decision of Ameri-
ca's military invasion in Iraq.
The list of conditions, Schulz said,
included that the possible invaders

Social Work student Laura Clayman
said, "This symposium showed how
extremely important it is that the Uni-
versity brings attention to the issues
surrounding the war. "
Near Eastern studies Prof. Piotr
Michalowski's lecture presented the
destruction of Iraq's museum after
the war.

"It was a complicated presentation
,but one of my points was to make
people aware that more than 14,000
artifacts have been destroyed since the
war. And the destruction of archeologi-
cal artifacts which is happening as we
speak is an even more tragic event than
anything happening to the museum
because it's been going on for months
and the legacy of human culture is
being destroyed," Michalowski said.
LSA Honors Program Director
Stephen Darwall also spoke about
Iraq during the symposium.

University President Mary Sue Cole-
man made the introductory remarks for
the four panelists. The Institute for the
Humanities and the Center for Near
Eastern and North African Studies
sponsored the symposium.
"This symposium managed to take
the academic prowess of three profes-
sors and make it very real for the audi-
ence in the room as well as the reality
of the plight of the Iraqi people,"
Schulz said.
The symposium was held in the
Michigan Union.

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