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The Michigan Daily - Monday, November 10, 2003 - 5A

'M', OSU battle for
blood, charity begins

By Faryal Osman
For the Daily
As Michigan competes with Ohio State to draw
the most blood from its students, the organizers of


Zeinab Dirani is the wife of Mustafa Dirani, a Lebar-se prisoner held in Israel since Tzipora Avitan is the mother of Israeli Sgt. Adi Avitan, an Israeli
1994. She holds pictures of Mustafa at their home in Beirut, Lebanon. soldier captured by Hezbollah guerrillas and believed dead.
sIsOKs deal to release prisoners

the annual Blood Battle hope
they call "the curse."
Every year for the past 12
years that Michigan has won
the Blood Battle, it has lost
the football game against its
biggest rival. Blood Battle
co-chair and LSA junior Jodi
Keller hopes this year that the
curse will be broken and
Michigan will win both on
and off the field.
The blood drive kicks off
today and will take place
across campus until Nov. 21,
the day before the football
game in the Big House. This
year's Blood Battle marks the

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* In return, Hezbollah
will send businessman
and bodies back home
JERUSALEM (AP) - Israel's
Cabinet narrowly approved a pris-
oner swap with Hezbollah after
eight hours of anguished debate
yesterday, overriding warnings
that the deal could signal weak-
ness and encourage more kidnap-
pings of Israelis.
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon
lobbied hard for the swap, which
excludes Israel's most famous
missing serviceman, Air Force
navigator Ron Arad, who was shot
down over Lebanon 17 years ago.

The vote was one of Sharon's
toughest leadership tests in three
The deal for the swap could
still collapse, and the Lebanese
guerrilla group threatened yes-
terday to kidnap more Israelis if
it does.
Under the deal, about 400
Palestinians and several dozen
prisoners from Lebanon, Syria,
Morocco, Sudan and Libya will
be released in exchange for Israeli
businessman Elhanan Tannen-
baum and the bodies of three
Israeli soldiers.
The Palestinians have been
pressing Israel to release Palestin-
ian prisoners - though the

exchange might not have an
immediate effect on the Israeli-
Palestinian conflict. It could fur-
ther boost Hezbollah's popularity
among Palestinians and reinforce
a belief that Israel only responds
to force.
Some Israelis believe the
Palestinians have been encour-
aged in their ongoing uprising by
Israel's withdrawal from southern
Lebanon in 2000, seen by Arabs
as a victory for Hezbollah's years
of resistance against Israeli
In yesterday's Cabinet session,
the ministers voted without know-
ing the names of most of those to
be released, but were assured that

they would not have been
involved in killing Israelis - with
the exception of several Lebanese
prisoners on the list who killed
Israeli soldiers in south Lebanon.
That restriction would presum-
ably preclude the release of Pales-
tinian uprising leader Marwan
Barghouti, who stands accused by
Israel of a role in attacks that
killed 26 Israelis. Palestinian
sources have said they expected
Barghouti to be released.
Palestinians reacted with disap-
pointment yesterday.
Issa Karake of the Palestinian
Prisoners Association said he had
hoped those with life terms would
be among those freed.

As the Michigan-Ohio State competition is the
largest blood drive in the nation, turnout numbers
are expected to be high. An estimated 2,000 to
3,000 pints of blood are expected this year, said
The American Red Cross often finds difficulty
in meeting hospitals' need for blood. According to
the group's website, every two
P1C seconds of each day someone
needs blood in the United
Ie $tokwell States. More than 38,000
chig:n .eague, blood donations are needed
Markley...' daily. A single car accident
Q~uad Pierpont victim, alone, can require as
many as 100 units of blood.
J.:. E <st .uad Also, the demand for blood
ry Studnt h transfusions is growing faster
al Atrium1 Univer- than donations.
ig~an Unlon "The supply is low," Keller
er Center, Univer- adds. "If there were a national
lg' Un f°"n rtragedy, there wouldn't be
higan U~n...n.enough blood. That's why it's
important to donate, and a
good time is now."
Although he cannot donate blood, Engineering
junior Andrew Bush said the cause is an important
one. "I think (the Blood Battle) is a great idea and
plan on watching the game and the results on TV"
he added.
Alpha Phi Omega, a coed service fraternity,
is sponsoring the event along with the Red
Cross and the Michigan Student Assembly.
More information can be found on the Blood
Battle website at www.umbloodbattle.org. Inter-
ested donors can sign up online and walk-ins
are also encouraged.
A complete list of locations, times and other
guidelines can be found on the website.

22nd year the schools have competed to collect
the most blood.
Michigan officially starts collecting today - a
late start compared to the Buckeyes, who already
began the battle two weeks ago. Even with its late
start, University students expect to win, said
Keller, who runs the event with LSA seniors Kate
Wooley and Kat Lesko.
"I'm pretty confident about winning," she
said. "We've won a lot more than we've lost
(in the past)."
Following tradition, the results of the Blood
Battle will be announced at half-time, with a
trophy awarded to the school that donates the
most blood.

Continued from Page 1A
the gay community into the
Democratic Party," he said.
Nadolski said the strategy is to
start chapters at the bigger colleges
in Michigan, then extend resources
to smaller colleges.
College Democrats Chair Jenny
Nathan said the Stonewall Democ-
rats is one of the most successful
caucuses under the University of
Michigan's College Democrats
She said the group has attracted
many members and a lot of atten-
tion. "This is really, really exciting,"
she said.
Frank argued against what he said
was a common misconception that
the Republican and Democratic par-
ties are identical.
"I don't think there has been a
time when the parties are more
sharply divided than they are
today," he said. "On virtually every
issue, you have a substantial party
He added that Democrats have
gotten better on gay rights issues at
a pace faster than the country in
general, while the Republicans have
lagged because of their strong
Christian fundamentalist wing.
Frank used his speech to high-
light what he felt were the negative
consequences of far-left political
parties such as the Green Party.
"The Democratic Party is a process,
not an entity," Franks said. "There's
room for a third party between the
two parties. If you think the Democ-
rats aren't far enough to the left,
why do you make Democrats lose
and help people even further to the
right win?"
He added that the best way to get
more left-wing policies enacted is to
work for change within the Democ-
ratic Party, rather than working out-
side of the party.
When asked which Democratic
candidate he was endorsing, Frank
told the crowd that he chose U.S.
Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) because
he felt Kerry had the best chance of
avoiding Republican criticism.
He also cited Kerry's military
record and his position as chief
prosecutor in Middlesex County -
in Frank's home state of Massachu-
setts - which Frank said showed
that Kerry was tough on crime.

Continued from Page 1A
the mosque dangerous.
"There are safety issues with going to the mosque at
night. They should put in a traffic light or a pedestrian
crossing. There is a mile walk from one traffic light to
the next. This is a busy street where there is a hill, so
cars can't always see pedestrians crossing the road"
Faisal said.
Faisal added that the dangerous traffic conditions are
a risk not only for the Muslim community, but also for
people who live in Willow Tree Apartments, which are
located on Plymouth Road.
Faisal said that although the deaths were tragic, espe-
cially because they could have been prevented, she
feels better about the situation knowing that it occurred
during Ramadan.
"It's a good thing they passed away during Ramadan.
It's a holy month and they just came back from pray-
ing. It's a good way to go, I think," Faisal said.
Faisal said that she had been at the mosque with both
girls before the accident, and in general that the three
of them had been inseparable.
"All three of us were best friends. We go everywhere
together, I guess. Both of them were really smart. If I
wanted to remember just one thing about both of them,
it would be they were both loyal. You could just tell
them anything and they wouldn't judge (you)," she
She said she is still in shock about the accident, and
that the atmosphere is somber among the victims' close
Two informal Islamic prayer services were held last
night at 10 p.m. at Vera Baits Houses on North Campus.
One service was held by the men, the other by the
women. About 20 Malaysian Muslim students of each sex
attended the separate services.
The U.S. Embassy in Malaysia will send representa-
tives to the families' houses to inform members of the
deaths. The official funeral date in Ann Arbor has not
been announced yet.

Lauded at pageant,
woman condemned
by Afgh a n offlcz ds
MANILA, Philippines (AP) - Miss Afghanistan Vida
Samadzai, condemned in her homeland for parading in a
bikini at the Miss Earth contest, won the pageant's first
"beauty for a cause" award yesterday.
The 23-year-old Samadzai, the first Afghan in three
decades to take part in a beauty contest, failed to make it to
the contest's semifinals.
But judges announced that, for the first time, they were
handing out a "beauty for a cause" prize. They awarded it to
Samadzai for "symbolizing the newfound confidence,
courage and spirit of today's women" and "representing the
victory of women's rights and various social, personal and
religious struggles."
Samadzai could face prosecution if she returns to her
native country because of her attire at the Manila pageant, a
senior Afghan justice official said Saturday.
Fazel Ahmad Manawi, deputy head of Afghanistan's
Supreme Court, said Samadzai, a college student in Cali-
fornia, had betrayed Afghan culture by appearing at the
Miss Earth contest in a bikini - and may have also bro-
ken the law.
"I hope that this lady regrets her actions," Manawi said.
He added that Afghan prosecutors may open an investiga-
tion, but refused to say what charges or penalties Samadzai
could face.
Regardless of any legal action, Samadzai's parading down
a catwalk in a red bikini during the contest's qualification
last month was a radical departure from the traditional
image of Afghan women.
The Miss Earth crown went Sunday to Miss Honduras,
Dania Prince.

Miss Afghanistan Vida Samadzai, the first Afghan in three decades to take part in
a beauty contest, dances wearing her traditional costume yesterday on the
coronation night of the Miss Earth 2003 beauty pageant in suburban Manila.


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