November 13, 2003
©2003 The Michigan Daily
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Vol. CXIII, No. 51
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protest budget cuts
By Jeremy Berkowitz
and Carmen Johnson
Daily Staff Reporters
LANSING - Michigan might
need a new investment banker,
according to higher education sta-
tistics provided by Wayne State
University President Irvin Reid.
At yesterday's inaugural address
of the State of the Public Universi-
ties - a gathering of the 15 state
university presidents - Reid said
that every dollar of investment in
state universities generates a $26
output for Michigan. At the same
time, Reid noted that the legislature
cut 10 percent of state university
funding last year.
"No other public investment real-
izes such a high rate of return,"
"A serious and substantial invest-
ment in higher education is critical
to the state's prosperity both now
and in the future."
Reid addressed the 15 university
presidents at the Historical Museum
With a decline in state support
becoming a more serious issue
every year, Reid discussed the
importance of the colleges, and pro-
posed ideas to fight funding gaps.
He said the state benefits from
the accomplishments of faculty and
students and the cultural environ-
ments created at colleges. He added
that the universities create numer-
ous jobs for the state.
"Our universities deliver econom-
ic value by creating jobs and nur-
turing Michigan's most important
asset, a highly skilled workforce,"
Reid said, adding that it is getting
harder to attract graduates to stay in
the state after graduation. "To the
state of Michigan, it means more
than $35 billion annually in person-
al earned income."
He referred to yesterday's Detroit
News article listing Detroit as one
of the least desirable places for
recent college graduates to live and
noting complications with prevent-
ing graduates from leaving Michi-
"We are in a war for the state's
economic future," Reid said.
Reid also noted that it is harder
for students to maintain accessibili-
ty to universities because declining
state support always means increas-
Appropriations for state universi-
ties declined from 75 percent in
1975 to less than 50 percent this
See UNIVERSITIES, Page 3A
Chef Emeril Lagasse greets a young fan during a signing for his latest book, "From Emeril's
Kitchens: Favorite Recipes from Emeril's Restaurants," at the Arborland Borders yesterday.
Krugman dicusses Bush
administration, new book.
Study claims online
job search sites may
violate privacy laws
By Cianna Freeman
For the Daily
Students and faculty crowded the hall-
ways and auditorium of the School of
Education yesterday to listen to New
York Times columnist Paul Krugman dis-
cuss his views on the Bush administra-
In addition to writing for the Times,
Slate and Fortune magazines, Krugman
is also an economics professor at Prince-
Krugman, a major critic of President
Bush, attracted much of his audience
with his analysis of the follies of govern-
"I accused the administration of
exploiting September 11 for the political
gain of wrapping itself in the flag while
it sought weakened environment regula-
tion, tax cuts for corporations and the
rich," Krugman said.
He added that one of the main goals of
the Bush administration is to eliminate
the role of the federal government in the
social arena through a method referred to
as "starving the beast," which is per-
formed by cutting taxes and getting rid
of government programs.
"I'm a conservative and these guys are
radicals," Krugman said.
Krugman added that one of the main
reasons that Americans are unaware of
the radical nature of the Bush adminis-
tration is the media.
"The media is supposed to be objec-
tive but it seems like they (media) are
afraid to take a stand. If Bush said world
is flat, then the headlines would say,
'Shape of the world: Views differ,"'
He added that the Times has given him
an outlet to speak to a mainstream audi-
ence and he holds no remorse for criti-
cizing the Bush administration.
Krugman said he was not afraid of
being persecuted for his outspokenness
toward the Bush administration, joking
that he could always find work as college
New York Times columnist Paul Krugman
talks about the Bush administration during a
professor in England.
Laurie White, a member of the Ann
Arbor Area Committee for Peace, said
Krugman is one of the nation's chief pro-
gressive spokesmen and that he presents
a different viewpoint on Bush than the
"College students are a vital compo-
See KRUGMAN, Page 3A
By Ashley Dinges
Daily Staff Reporter
Students and job seekers who post their
resumes on Internet databases may want to think
twice before they do it again, according to a
study released Tuesday.
The study, conducted by the World Privacy
Forum, states that professional job search web-
sites are not the only ones violating privacy laws
- even some internship and scholarship web-
sites may be breaking the rules in their collection
of personal information.
The study raises questions regarding possible
privacy violations - such as distribution of
information to third parties - and specifically
cites websites USAJOBS.gov, FastWeb.com and
Pam Dixon, principle investigator in the study,
originally worked for the Privacy Foundation of
the University of Denver but left to create her
own organization, the World Privacy Forum. The
forum was launched Tuesday with the release of
the study, which commenced in 2001.
"I posted 25 resumes online, and I found that
they were being shared. I would receive e-mails
from sites thanking me for the submission of my
resume, when I hadn't submitted it in the first
place," Dixon said.
One of the main concerns of the study is
whether these resume services violate Title VII
of the U.S. Civil Rights Act of 1964, which
makes it unlawful for an employer to offer
employment or fire an employee based on race,
color, religion, sex or national origin.
But sites such as the scholarship search engine
FastWeb.com ask students questions about their
sexual orientation and whether they are HIV pos-
itive. These questions fall into the category of
Equal Employment Opportunity information,
which is covered in Title VII.
Because sites such as FastWeb do not directly
deal with employers, they technically do not fall
under the jurisdiction of Title VII. Yet according
to the study, if students opt for it, the services
will forward their information to potential
employers. The study also raises questions
because FastWeb is a division of Monster.com
Inc., an employment service.
See PRIVACY, Page 3A
By Evan McGarvey
Daily Staff Reporter
Suicide truck bomber
attacks Italian coalition
forces stationed in Iraq
NASIRIYAH, Iraq (AP) - A suicide bomber
blew up a truck packed with explosives at an Italian
paramilitary base yesterday, killing at least 26 peo-
ple. The United States struck at the Iraqi insurgency
hours later, destroying a warehouse in Baghdad and
chasing attackers who were seen firing mortars.
The Nasiriyah attack was the deadliest against an
American ally since the occupation began and
appeared to send a message that international
organizations are not safe anywhere in Iraq. It came
on the same day the chief U.S. administrator for
Iraq went to the White House to put forth proposals
on transferring more authority to the Iraqis.
Col. Gianfranco Scalas said
18 Italians were killed: 122 n l
Carabinieri paramilitary r26 people v
police, four soldiers, a civil- the deadlies
ian working at the base and a
documentary filmmaker. A fOn-Alfefl(
spokesman for the U.S.-led i
coalition said at least eight since the b(
Iraqis also died. The bomber the occupat
whose nationality was not
known - also died.
The blast wounded 79 people, 20 of them Ital-
ians, hospital sources and Italian officials said.
Italians were stunned by their nation's single
worst military loss since World War II and its
first in the Iraq campaign. At Rome's tomb of
the unknown soldier, the green-white-and-red
flag rippled at half-staff, and parliament held a
minute of silence.
Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi pledged that
Italy's mission in Iraq would not be derailed.
Opposition leaders who opposed the deployment
b to notwar Iran called on the government to with-
There were conflicting accounts of the attack,
which took place about 10:40 a.m. at a three-
story building used by the Carabinieri's multina-
tional specialist unit in Nasiriyah, 180 miles
southeast of Baghdad.
Witnesses said the decoy car ran a roadblock in
front of a square where the Italian barracks was
located. Guards opened fire but as the vehicle
sped away, the fuel tanker approached from the
opposite direction and rammed into the gate of
the building before exploding.
Italian Defense Minister Antonio Martino said
the truck, followed by an armored car,
approached the compound at
ere killed in high speed. Gunmen inside
one of the vehicles opened
attack on fire at Italian troops guarding
the entrance, he said. The
111 COanlitiOn guards returned fire, but the
)inning of vehicle plowed through the
i i f gate, and then exploded, he
It was the 13th vehicle
bombing in Iraq since Aug. 7,
when a car exploded at the Jordanian Embassy in
Baghdad, killing at least 19 people. Yesterday's blast
from the estimated 650 pounds of explosives col-
lapsed all three stories of the building, gouged a 6-
foot-deep crater in front of it, and set fire to parked
cars. Secondary explosions from stored ammuni-
tion shook the area.
The scorched, twisted remains of military jeeps
littered the parking lot, and bulldozers cleared
rubble. Chunks of concrete and wiring hung from
partly destroyed walls.
"This is terrorism, oure and simple," Scalas said.
Rackham student Fatima Ashraf signs up yesterday to help out with the annual Ramadan Fast-a-thon.
The event is sponsored by the Muslim Students Association and is intended for non-Muslim students.
Non-Muslims fa4nst to raise
donations and awarUeness
With recent crackdowns on the ille-
gal downloading of copyrighted music,
college students who still download
have been living in fear of loss of Inter-
net access, loss of their computers or
worse - loss in court after being sued
by the Recording Industry Association
Most students, especially those
who regularly access music online,
are beginning to grasp the new dan-
gers of downloading.
"I think it's a big deal, I understand
some groups can get pretty annoyed
with people who download music,"
LSA freshman Chris Devulapalli said.
Last week, Pennsylvania State Uni-
versity negotiated a deal with the newly
relaunched Napster. The deal grants all
Penn State students unlimited access to
Napster's music files at only a $160 -
charge, to be taken from each student's
The Penn State deal adds to an
already tumultuous period in the file
sharing debate. The Massachusetts Insti-
tute of Technology announced this week
that a student-designed music sharing
service would be suspended, as reported
in The Chronicle of Higher Education.
By creating a web-based system to
allow MIT community members to
pick music and play it through their
By Adam Rosen
Daily Staff Reporter
For non-Muslim students who have ever won-
dered what its like to fast all day in observance of
Ramadan, the Muslim Students Association is
offering a unique opportunity today.
MSA is sponsoring an all-day fasting event for
non-Muslims with the goal of assisting a local char-
ity in combating hunger as well as raising aware-
ness of the Islamic faith during the holy month of
Dubbed Fast-a-thon, the event, which has attract-
ed between 200 to 300 non-Muslim students, pro-
hibits participants from eating, drinking all
beverages - even water - or smoking anytime
The student group is holding a free "break fast"
meal open to all students, regardless of whether or
not they fasted, at 5:15 p.m. in West Quad to com-
memorate the event.
Aisha Jukaku, MSA administrative affairs chair,
defined fasting in Ramadan - one of the five pil-
lars of Islam - as a time for Muslims to increase
their spirituality through hunger and to learn to be
submissive to God.
"Fasting as well as charity are the basis of our
religion; one of the reasons that we fast is to
gain self-control over other aspects of our lives,"
MSA community affairs chair and event organiz-
er Lubna Grewal said she feels it will give non-
Muslims a unique chance to see what its like "to be