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The Michigan Daily - Friday, October 10, 2003 - 3

CAMPUS
Former Census
director to lecture
on privacy rights
Former Census Bureau Director
Kenneth Prewitt will speak in a
symposium titled "Privacy in the
Information Age." Prewitt is a pro-
fessor at Columbia University.
The event is part of the 40th
anniversary of the Biennial Meeting
of the Inter-university Consortium
for Political and Social Research
and will be at the ICPSR-Perry
Building on 330 Packard Street
today from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Swing dance with
live music at
Pierpont Commons
Pierpont Commons will host
Swing Night tonight from 9 p.m. to
midnight. A local band of 11 musi-
cians who play a diverse array of
swing styles, The Johnstown Cats,
will play in the atrium. The event is
sponsored by the Pierpont Com-
mons Arts and Programming
Office.
University of Chicago
classicist to speak
on Homer
Glen Most will lecture on the
Homeric epics today in 2175 Angell
Hall. Most is a classics and compar-
ative literature professor at the Uni-
versity of Chicago. The event is at 5
p.m. and is sponsored by Context
for Classics and the Department of
Classical Studies.
UMHS offers flu
shots to stay
healthy
The Turner Geriatric Clinic at the
University Hospital will give flu shots
tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. People
with Medicare B will not be charged
and for everyone else the fee will be
$20. The event will be sponsored by
the Geriatrics Center.
Large, powerful
physics equipment
to be discussed
Stephen Miller will describe how
physicists are using some of the
world's largest scientific equipment
to study extremely small particles.
Among other things, Miller will
describe how the University is using
the world's highest energy collider
to study a very rare, heavy and
unstable particle.
Sponsored by the Department of
Physics, the lecture is tomorrow
from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in room
170 of the Dennison Building.
Tour new Russian
exhibit at art
museum of Michigan
Docents at the University Muse-
um of Art will give a guided tour of
"The Romanovs Collect" on Sunday
at 2 p.m. The exhibit is arranged in
conjunction with the 300th anniver-
sary of St. Petersburg, Russia.

League to screen
'Pirates of the
Caribbean'
The Michigan League will show
"Pirates of the Caribbean: The
Curse of the Black Pearl" on
Wednesday. It will be shown in the
ballroom at 8:30 p.m.
Travel writer to
speak on vacations
in Michigan
Travel writer Bill Simon will talk
about vacationing in Michigan. Titled
"Made in Michigan Vacations," the
event is hosted by the Ann Arbor Dis-
trict Library's northeast branch on 2713
Plymouth Road from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Pre-registration is required. Call 734-
327-4200.
Come sign up for IM
football tournament
Signups for the Preseason Football
Tournaments will be taken Wednesday
from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Intra-
mural Sports Building.
The fee is $35 per team. The tourna-
ment is sponsored by the Department
of Recreational Sports.
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FBI denies service
award, claims recipient
holds ties to terrorism

SETH LOWER/Daily
Ann Arbor resident Pete Wargo climbs up to Stolihaus Unique Used Furniture's roof to apply stain. Wargo is in charge of
maintanance and renovations at the store.

MARRIAGE
Continued from Page 1
one woman, is based on my belief in God and his definition of
marriage," Rep. Triette Reeves (D-Detroit) said in a written
statement.
Opponents say the bill is nothing more than an attack on
homosexuals. "It's mean-spirited. I think they want to discrim-
inate against gays and lesbians. That's the real reason they're
doing this," said Jay Kaplan, ACLU staff attorney for the Gay,
Lesbian, Bi-Sexual, Transgender Project.
Cropsey said the amendment's intent is not to be anti-gay. "I
don't see how (opponents) are saying that. We don't say gay
anywhere (in the amendment). We are in essence putting our
state law in the constitution to protect it from an overactive
judiciary," Cropsey said.
The amendment would also ban individual cities and

public educational facilities from providing domestic part-
nership benefits. Currently, both the city of Ann Arbor
and the University of Michigan recognize domestic part-
nerships, Kaplan said.
"There are (already) lots of benefits that go to married cou-
ples that are denied to same-sex partners," Kolb said. "This
constitutional amendment also would not allow the recognition
of domestic partnerships by cities. University potential part-
nership benefits and benefits from the city of Ann Arbor
would be wiped out."
In order for the amendment to pass, it would need a two-
thirds super majority vote in the state House of Representa-
tives and Senate. The proposed amendment would then need
to be approved by a simple majority of voters in Michigan.
Cropsey said he hopes the amendment will be on the ballot of
the November 2004 general election. Opponents plan to fight
the amendment before it even gets on the ballot, Kolb said.

DETROIT (AP) - The FBI has
rescinded an award it had planned
to give to a prominent area Arab-
American leader and raised ques-
tions about his ties to people the
government wants to deport.
Imad Hamad, who heads the
Michigan branch of the American-
Arab Anti-Discrimination Commit-
tee, had been scheduled to receive a
prestigious service award in Wash-
ington for his for his work with law
enforcement after the Sept. 11 ter-
rorist attacks, the
Detroit Free Press iIm l
reported in a story glad
yesterday. rethought
Local conservative
columnist Debbie It's a tree
Schlussel and the victory
Zionist Organization
of America - one of terroiSM
the oldest pro-Israeli those wh
groups in the nation
- led the attack last support i
month against
Hamad. They
charged that he is
sympathetic to ter- - DE
rorists and unworthy Conserva
of the honor.
Hamad said the
allegations that he
supports terrorism are baseless and
came from fringe groups with no
credibility.
The national office of the ADC
said it was considering legal action
against Schlussel and the Zionist
Organization of America for state-
ments about Hamad.
"We will not tolerate the defama-
tion of any member of our organiza-
tion, particularly Imad Hamad,"
ADC President Mary Rose Oakar
said in a statement. "He has worked
so hard to bridge dialogue between
government and communities."
Schlussel and the Zionist Organiza-
tion of America were especially upset
that the FBI was honoring Hamad
along with flight attendant Madeline
Sweeney, who told authorities by
phone the details of her plane's
hijacking before it crashed into the
World Trade Center.
The FBI had planned to fly Hamad,
who lives in Dearborn, to Washington
yesterday and pay his travel expenses
for the ceremony, which was to honor
just him and Sweeney.
In the past, the U.S. government
had tried to deport Hamad, hinting

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he might be connected with a ter-
rorist group called the Popular
Front for the Liberation of Pales-
tine. But in 1999, an immigration
judge ruled the government's evi-
dence linking Hamad was vague-
and uncorroborated.
Schlussel, though, wrote a col-
umn last month on her website and
in the New York Post that reviewed
Hamad's past and lashed out at him
and the ADC, alleging they support
groups like Hamas and Hezbollah.
Hamad has said
repeatedly he's
they against killing inno-
this ... cent civilians. He
said Schlussel "lacks
endOUS credibility" and
er pointed out that he
was cleared of any
and links to terrorism.
But late Tuesday,
Willie Hulon, the
" head of Detroit's FBI
office, visited
Hamad in person at
his office and told
bbie Schussel him the FBI was tak-
ive columnist ing back the award.
The move pleased
the Zionist Organiza-
tion, whose presi-
dent, Morton Klein, said by phone
from Jerusalem that it's "an impor-
tant step in continuing the war
against all terror groups."
Schlussel also said the move was
good news.
"I'm glad they rethought this,"
she said. "It's a tremendous victory
over terrorism and those who sup-
port it."
But it stunned many Arab Ameri-
cans in the Detroit area.
"I'm absolutely furious," said Mo
Abdrabboh of Dearborn. "It's a bla-
tant insult without any regard for
Hamad or the community."
Abdrabboh said he and others are
considering resigning from
BRIDGES, a group of local law
enforcement officials and Arab
Americans that meets monthly in
Detroit to discuss various issues,
including terrorism
Late Tuesday, the FBI released a
statement saying that Hamad was
somehow connected with people
who could be deported.
FBI officials didn't elaborate on
how Hamad may have been tied to the
potential deportees.

Same sex
unions at
nsk from
amendment
INTERNET
Continued from Page 1
no longer regularly uses the service.
"I think Friendster has a short life
span, in terms of keeping people's atten-
tion," he said. "Once the novelty of
being instantly connected by how-many-
degrees-of-separation to how-many-bil-
lions-of-people wears off, then it's
reduced to just a matter of very arbitrary
connections between person to person."
Still, it seems that from the millions
of users worldwide, sites that build on
the "six degrees of separation" theory
- including Friendster, LiveJournal,
EveryonesConnected and Ryze - are
only growing in popularity.
Each site has its own unique fea-
tures. For instance, LiveJournal allows
users to create their own communities,
such as the umstudents group that
exists within the website, as well as
maintain a web journal, or blog. Mem-
bers can use the blogs for everything
from posting poems to writing about
the day's occurrences to setting up
social gatherings. And EveryonesCon-
nected boasts its own "newspaper,"
which allows users to read, share and
comment on events and happenings
with one another.
School of Information student Cliff
Lampe, who studies websites connected
to the new "social network theory," said
the new websites are different than other
Internet tools centered around interac-
tion - like AOL Instant Messenger -
because they center around group rather
than one-on-one communication.
Another reason they are different
from their predecessors, he said, is
because the user base has changed over
the last five years.
Older websites "tended to be exclu-
sively for nerds and science geeks,"
Lampe said, adding that because of
new technology and user-friendly for-
mats that do not require HTML knowl-
edge, sites today are comprised of
"mostly non-nerds. It looks like a fairly
wide collection of people."
Lampe said he does not believe the
demand for social websites will disap-
pear anytime soon, in part because they
are built on premise that they need to
keep a wide base of users in order for
them to work. Charging money to use
the websites wouldn't benefit the cre-
ators, since the user base may diminish.
"These sites very much depend on
large numbers of people, so I think
they are going to do everything they
can to encourage very wide usership,"
Lampe said. "If I were the only person
in the universe to have a phone, a
phone wouldn't do me much good."
Despite the possible fun involved,
enthusiasts of such websites admit the
websites may be too addictive for their
own Good.

NAPSTER
Continued from Page 1.
declined in recent weeks, coinciding
with a lawsuit campaign against
downloaders by the recording
industry.
Traffic on Kazaa's network, the
most popular, dropped 41 percent
between the last week of June and
mid-September, according to
Nielsen NetRatings, which monitors
Internet usage.
At the same time, online music
sales are expected to grow from 1
percent of the total music market to
12 percent in 2008, generating
about $1.5 billion in sales, accord-
ing to Jupiter Research.
-Siabhon Sturdivant contributed to
this report for the Daily.
DONATIONS
Continued from Page 1
Michigan Daily yesterday afternoon.
Coleman added that although the Uni-
versity is often characterized as "liberal;"
she thinks it is "an undeserved label."
Ken Braun, a legislative assistant to
Drolet who was involved in research-
ing the faculty donations, said, "There
is very little diversity of ideas (at the
University). It is diversity of the Left."
But social sciences Prof. Dennis
Papazian, a contributor to Republi-
can and Democratic candidates,
said that, despite its legality, poking
into faculty political contributions
"is not in harmony with the freedom
of conscience that each individual
American should enjoy," and said
he was a bit offended by the intru-
sion. Papazian, who teaches at the
University's Dearborn campus, con-
tributed a total of $5,900 in the past
three years to both parties.
"If the political thinking of indi-
viduals goes in one direction or
another, who is to say what is right?
Should the University demand that
the business faculty, law faculty and
medical faculty are all divided
equally? (Drolet's assertions) are all
very absurd and fascistic on the
face of it," Papazian said.
The campaign disclosures came from
the state's elections website and
www.opensecrets.org for federal candi-
date information.

MUSIC
Continued from Page 1
to change its marching band's prac-
tice schedule, said Michigan March-
ing Band Director Jamie Nix. "I
think it's more of the city's problem
rather than the University's," said
Nix, who is also a Music School pro-
fessor.
Referring to the ordinance legisla-
tion, Ann Arbor City Council mem-
ber Jean Carlberg said, "We are
going to have to look if there is any
problem (with the ordinance)." She
along with the other council mem-
bers will try and determine if the
noise complaints are widespread.
She added, "I don't know when (leg-
islation) will begin ... I have no idea
if there will be any changes."
Van't Hul's complaints were not well-
received by Art and Design senior Cat
McMacken, who plays in the marching
band. "The band means so much to the
team, students and fans of Michigan,"
she said.
"Prof. Van't Hul should be proud to
hear us practice not only on Saturday
mornings, but every other day of the
week as well."
Van't Hul said he is not that upset
about the band music.
"I'm just asking about one little
thing. I'm not all worked up about
it," he said. Nor does he have resent-
ment against the school.
"I am not ashamed of the University,
I just think it's a classic case of the
arrogance of the University. People just
want some sleep.
Van't Hul added, "I think bands are
great. They just need to adjust things
because there are other people in this
town, and the music wakes them up on
a Saturday at 7 a.m. That's ridiculous.
It's the simple decency of respecting
the people around you."
Business School junior Keri Firek,
who lives only a block away from Elbel
Field, said she does not have a problem
with the band music in the morning.
"I kind of like it," Firek said. "No one
in our house complains about it. It even
helps us get up in the morning for
games."

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