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The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, November 18, 2003 --3

POLLS OPEN AT MIDNIGHT
BY KRISTEN OSTBY, DAILY STAFF REPORTER

Experts will speak
on terrorism and
weapons
"The Forum on Weapons of Mass
Destruction" will include discussions
on the United States government, ter-
rorist networks and weapons of mass
destruction. Speakers include political
science Prof. Raymond Tanter, Inter-
national Institute Director Michael
Kennedy and Van Harps, a former
special agent in charge of the FBI
field office in Washington.
A member of former President Bill
Clinton's National Security Telecommu-
nications Advisory Committee, Peter
Staudhammer, will also be speaking.
The discussion will be followed by a
question and answer time with the
speakers and with Alireza Jafarzadeh,
foreign affairs analyst for Fox News and
former spokesman for the National
Council of Resistance of Iran. Spon-
sored by the Speaker Initiative Commit-
tee, the event begins at 7 p.m. today in
the.Hussey Room of the Michigan
League.
Presidential
candidate will
speak to students
Gary Nolan, 2004 Libertarian presi-
dential candidate, will speak about his
candidacy tomorrow in Room D of the
Michigan League. Nolan has been the
host of two nationally syndicated radio
shows and from 1997 to 1999 and
served as president of "Capital Watch,"
a group working to defend American
taxpayers. Currently, Nolan is a mem-
ber of the board of directors of Free the
Eagle, an anti-tax group.
NPR commentator
will discuss Israeli
cultural situation
Author and National Public Radio
commentator David Ehrlich will speak
about the cultural situation currently
existing in Israel in a lecture titled "Lit-
erature in a Time of Crisis." Ehrlich
has written a collection of short stories
and founded Tmol Shilshom, a
Jerusalem literary caf6. Sponsored by
the Frankel Center for Judaic Studies
and the Near Eastern Studies Depart-
ment, the event begins at 5 p.m. today
in room 3050 of the Frieze Building.
Images portray
cultural history of
Mackinac region
Since the 1630s, visitors to the
Straits of Mackinac region have left
their imprints through pictures and
words. Through maps and drawings,
this lecture gives a look into the Mack-
inac of Native Americans, explorers,
soldiers, fishermen and traders. The
lecture, titled, "Mackinac Before Pho-
tography: Travelers, Artists and Car-
tographers, 1634-1870," begins at 3
p.m. today in Clements Library.
Vigil to remember
anti-transgender
violence deaths
A vigil will remember transgender
people who have died due to anti-trans-
gender violence within the past year.
Music will be performed by the Outloud
Chorus. Following the vigil will be a
community gathering in the Kuenzel
room of the Michigan Union. Spon-
sored by the Transgender Advocacy
Project, the vigil begins at 6:30 p.m. on

Thursday in the Diag.
London's Globe
Theatre will be on
campus
London's Globe Theatre brings its
authentic Elizabethan production of
Shakespeare's Twelfth Night to cam-
pus. The production includes an all
male cast. The play is at 8 p.m. today
and Thursday in the Michigan Union
Ballroom. Tickets are $55.
Lecture will
explore women's
role in battle
Since the 1980s, Jenny Matthews
has photographed women in combat in
Guatemala, Sierra Leone, Nicaragua,
Afghanistan, Burma, Chechnya, Haiti
and Sudan.
The photographs and written diaries
of her subjects provide a look into the
role of women in combat. The lecture
is at 4 p.m. on Thursday in room 2239
of Lane Hall.
Lecture will look

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The University Party, the youngest stu-
deint government party, hopes to gain
seats on the Michigan Student Assem-
bly and on LSA Student Government in
tomorrow's elections by focusing its issues
on the individual student's needs.
"The party is running on an overall platform
of making student government, your voice and
your Mcard work for you," said U Party Chair
Bobby Counihan, an Engineering senior.
The U Party, which formed last January,
wants to bring a "spring fling" to Palmer Field
the day before winter term finals begin, Couni-
han said. The proposed event would include a
day of fun activities and a nighttime concert so
that students can relax before finals.
"We also want to encourage school spirit
through athletics by doing things like cam-
puswide tailgating or changing football ticket
ordering ... which (would) allow seating on a
first-come, first-choose basis," Counihan said.
Junior Erica Levine is running for a LSA rep-
resentative seat on MSA, one of nine open seats.
"Basically my biggest concerns are increasing
school spirit and unity across the LSA student
body," Levine said. She added that she wants to
focus more on student issues rather than national
and international issues, where she feels the
assembly would have little sway.
Counihan said the U Party would like to
change the way Mcards function and create a
"roll over" system, where unused meal credits
from one week would transfer over to the next.
"Additionally, we would like to work out a better
system for guests at the dorms," he added.
"We would like to change MSA so that it
offers more educational opportunities for stu-
dents about national or international jssues

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instead of voting on the issues," Counihan said.
He added that the U Party would bring in
experts to MSA to educate the assembly on
either side of a controversial issue. This way, stu-
dents would hear both sides of an issue before
voting on a resolution.
The U Party has been campaigning by speak-
ing personally with students. "We want to ... be
able to explain to them what exactly our party is
about," Counihan said. I 'n
Independent candi- I trying to
date Ian Fette has been U get in the
campaigning similarly,
talking one on one with get students i
students. Fette is run-
ning for a seat on MSA student gove
as an Engineering repre- and get partke
sentative. "Basically I'm
trying to keep my cam-
paign really simple,"E
said Fette, an Engineer-Eng
ing senior. He said he Indepen
would like to get reasonably priced color print-
ing on campus along with more Engineering
computing sites on central campus.
"I'm really big on funding student groups,"
Fette added.
"There are a lot of student groups asking for
a lot of money and MSA just doesn't have
enough to go around, so I want to see a $2
increase in student fees to help support student
groups." Fette said he is running as an inde-
pendent candidate because he feels that Stu-
dents First and the U Party have not
accomplished much in MSA. "I'm trying to
mix it up, get in there and get students into stu-
dent government and get parties out."
The U Party's website is www theUpartycom.

Students First is counting on its experience
and past results in the Michigan Student
Assembly and in LSA Student Govern-
ment to sustain its position as the majority party
in both governments.
"We're the only party with a solid record of
accomplishment," Students First Party Chair
Jesse Levine said.
"Students First focuses on the students and we

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into
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s out."
- Ian Fette
ineering senior,
ndent candidate

want to make sure that all stu-
dents are represented on this
campus. We make sure that we
have leaders from all types of
communities on our campus,"
Levine added.
"Students First brings a
diverse vision that DAAP and
the U Party just does not have.
... While on the assembly, Stu-
dents First reps have their own
opinions about different issues
and we foster debate on the

it should be." Levine said that Students First is
working to continue the Readership Program,
which would give students free access to copies
of The New York Times, the Detroit Free Press
and USA Today.
LSA freshman Stu Wagner is running for a
position on LSA-SG and is currently working
on implementing an international relations
minor. "We're trying to open opportunities to
students and allow them to diversify their selec-
tions in their classes or the options they have in
their classes. We're one of the only schools in
the Big Ten that does not have an international
relations program."
During elections last April, Students First
campaigned with the intent to move spring break
back a week to coincide with other universities.
As of yet, this has not been accomplished.
Levine said that Students First representatives
in MSA have indeed been working on the issue,
but that it has met several roadblocks in accom-
plishing the spring break move.
"The problem with the spring break issue is
the bureaucracy of the (University) administra-
tion and the Ann Arbor Public Schools (whose
permission is needed to move the break).... Stu-
dents First is still committed to this issue and the
problem lies ... not with our party," he said.
Students First has been campaigning mostly
door to door to personally interact with students
to let them know that they plan to get things
accomplished, Levine said.
Campaigning door-to-door is "the best way to
let everyone know what we're all about and why
we're the best party to represent students on this
campus."
More information on Students First can be
found on the party's website, wwwvotefirst.com.

assembly and we think that's a good thing."
Levine said Students First wants to postpone
deadlines for signing leases so that students do
not have to begin house-hunting as early as Sep-
tember. We are "working with Doug Lewis of
Student Housing and the Ann Arbor city govern-
ment to restrict landlords and their power over
the students in terms of lease dates."
He also said Students First would like to
increase Mcard access to residence halls and
expand the places Entr6e Plus can be used.
Students First is also working to improve
resources for the William Monroe Trotter House,
Levine added. "We would like to have more
money funneled into the Trotter House to make
it into a more vibrant multicultural resource that

'U' students compete for Rhodes scholarships

By Ryan Vicko
Daily Staff Reporter

Three candidates nominated by the
University for the Rhodes Scholarship
will compete in the Michigan Union
tomorrow against other candidates
throughout Michigan for what many
educators call the most competitive and
prestigious academic scholarship in the
country.
The Provost's Council on Student
Honors selected University of Pennsyl-
vania medical student Raj Gupta, LSA
senior Johanna Hanink and LSA senior
Jessica Szczygiel from an applicant
pool of 16.
"These are all people who are really
interested in bettering the world,"
PCSH member John O'Shea said.
The highly selective scholarship
seeks candidates who will be able to
make the most of the experience by
contributing to society, PCSH Co-Chair
James Adams said.
"I think the Rhodes Scholarship is
for a person on the one hand who has
already demonstrated excellence in the
classroom ... and who is going to be a
major contributor to society down the
road," Adams said.
The three candidates talked about the
experiences that led to the University
nominating them. All discussed the
impact of traveling overseas.
Gupta is a second-year medical stu-
dent who obtained his bachelor of sci-
ence degree from Michigan. He went
on an internship to the National Insti-
tutes of Health in Washington to help in
the search for an AIDS vaccine.
The internship at NIH "was like a
Manhattan Project for biomedical
research,"-Gupta said, adding that he
was inspired "to pursue exciting oppor-
tunities and actively engage in different
questions."
Gupta then went to India where he

experienced the disparities in medical
care that are vastly different from the
United States.
"There's a burden on the system
(in India) and a big difference in
how rich and poor people get med-
ical care," he said.
Szczygiel talked about going on a
trip to Japan and teach-
ing children in middle
school to speak Eng-
s flish. She said she
r gained a global politi-
S- cal perspective from
her experiences there.
"On the other side of
Szczyglel the world, people are
dealing with totally dif-
ferent issues," Szczygiel said.
Eager to discover whether a
career in politics was for her,
Szczygiel then became an intern at
the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw,
Poland. There she revised the Annu-
al Human Rights Report, the Child
Labor Report and the International
Religious Freedom Report. She also
conducted interviews and called
other ministries, she said.
Hanink said her experiences spend-
ing a summer teaching
teachers in Africa how
to use modern technol-
ogy opened her eyes to
the luxuries of Ameri-
can life compared to
other parts of the
world.
Hanink "Every kind of
assumption that I had
about how people live and see things
was challenged," Hanink said.
Currently the books editor and a
former editorial page editor at The
Michigan Daily, Hanink said she
learned the most from her experiences
at the student newspaper.
"Being an editor involves a lot of

learning and a lot of teaching at the
same time," Hanink said.
Gupta and Hanink were both
eager to praise those who impacted
them as undergraduates. Medical
School Prof. David Fox encouraged
Gupta to "go to exciting and dynam-
ic environments," he said.
Majoring in classical studies, Hanink
said Greek Prof. H.D. Cameron kept
her efforts constant through times when
she questioned the relevance of her
major to the modern world.
"He's brought stability and continu-

ity. I've relied on him a lot as an intel-
lectual constant," she said.
As a recipient of the Telluride
scholarship - which pays tuition and
provides room and board for graduate
and undergraduate students commit-
ted to self-governance and communi-
ty service - Hanink also said she
drew inspiration from her peers at the
Telluride house, where all recipients
of the scholarship live.
Seeing them function at a high
level made her want to work harder to
fulfill her potential, she said.

Each year, 32 college graduates
age 24 and under are chosen from
the United States for the Rhodes
Scholarship, which pays for stu-
dents to study as a graduate for two
to three years at the University of
Oxford in England.
Among the long list of influential
Rhodes scholars are former President
Bill Clinton and Iran Contra figure
Oliver North.
The last person from the University
to receive the scholarship was Fiona
Rose in 1998.

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Tuesday, November .1 .2 03, 7:00 pm
Hussey Room, The Michigan League
Weapons of
Mass Destruction

College of Literature, Science, and the Arts -
Twenty-Fifth Disiinauished .Senio F iculty Lecture

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Dr. Michael Kennedy:
Dr. Peter Staudhammer:
Dr. Raymond Tanter:
Van A. Harp:

Speakers:
Vice Provost for International Affairs
Former Vice President, Science and Technology, TRW Inc.
Adjunct Scholar Washington Institute for Near East Policy
Former Assistant Director, Washington Metropolitan Field Office, FBI.

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