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One-hundred-thirteen years of editorialfreedom
Ann Arbor, Michigan Vol. CXIII, No. 106
©2004 The Michigan Daily
to review AP
Daily Staff Reporter
LSA sophomore Mike DeGraff said he is unhappy that
his Advanced Placement credits for European and Ameri-
can history were not counted towards his history concen-
tration because of guidelines the department placed on AP
credits a few years ago.
As a result of the complaints of DeGraff and other stu-
dents, the LSA Student Government is taking steps to review
the College of Literature, Science and the Arts' guidelines of
accepting high school AP credits. Representative said they
plan to create a resolution by the end of the school year.
"We want to make sure that students that put forth their
eftorts with the AP class
is paying off in college,
and a lot of the students
I've heard don't feel there
was a point of taking the
AP classes," LSA-SG
Rep. Larry Fogel said.
"At the same time
though, we have to
understand the adminis-
tration's point of view, so
what we're really trying
to do is research and find
some median between
the two sides."
Wie AP history
- Susan Juster
effects of occupation ofIraq
and Patriot Act on students
By Marie Handfield
For the Daily
In an attempt to revive protest to the
ongoing U.S.-led occupation of Iraq,
the student group Anti-War Action!
has redirected its focus from trying to
prevent war to discussing the repercus-
sions of the Iraq war and other govern-
ment policies directly affecting
The group commemorated the one-
year anniversary of its "Books not
Bombs" rally yesterday. "Books not
Bombs" was a one-day program held
last year before U.S. troops were sent
to Iraq. During the original program,
AWA! held protests, lecturers and
teach-ins to educate the University
community about the dangers of a pos-
sible war with Iraq.
Yesterday, a similar event was held
again nationwide, but on a smaller
scale with an altered purpose. During
the day, pinatas in the shape of bombs
were smashed on the Diag to distribute
candy and facts about the war, as well
as to encourage students to attend an
evening lecture and discussion.
AWA! recently generalized its mis-
sion, detailed in its mission statement
"Points of Unity," from a focus solely
on the war in Iraq to include all unjust
conflicts. At this point, the group has
expanded its efforts beyond Iraq to
include a protest of the Patriot Act.
"We want to focus on the ways that
people's rights, specifically students',
are being violated (by the Patriot Act).
One of our goals is to prevent the pas-
sage of further acts of the sort in Con-
gress," said RC senior Moira Birss, a
member of AWA! who helped organize
the events yesterday.
The forum held last night empha-
sized instances of government decep-
tion, the violation of privacy
legalized by the Patriot Act and the
lack of funding towards education,
allegedly resulting from an unhealthy
economy and the re-allocation of
funds to the war effort.
Steve MacGuidwin, president of the
College Republicans offered an oppos-
ing viewpoint regarding the Patriot
Act's effects on students.
"In some sense it does violate stu-
dents' rights; however, they are given
up for the greater good of the nation.
Something as simple as the govern-
ment seeing what books you check out
is not as important as saving the thou-
sands of lives lost on September 11,"
MacGuidwin said, an LSA senior.
In addition to AWA! members
speaking on these issues, RC Prof.
Thomas O'Donnell, a professor in the
Residential College, described his
research and conclusions that the U.S.
involvement in the war was heavily
motivated by its need for oil.
The AWA! maintains the stance that
the troops should be removed from
"We believe at this point that we're
doing more harm than good, to the
people of Iraq and to our own soldiers.
See RALLY, Page 3
According to Fogel, LSA-SG is first concentrating on
the history department's regulations, due to an increased
amount of concern from the history concentrators. Fogel
sent out an e-mail to history concentrators asking for their
input and viewpoints on the matter before Spring Break.
Fogel emphasized that representatives will be looking at
regulations in other departments because their initial
understanding of the issue was that LSA does not have a
uniform policy for accepting AP credits.
"We're at an exploratory phase in the process. We have
a lot of student feedback and are analyzing the responses
of history concentrators and will try to come up with a
general consensus of what the student government's posi-
tion is from there," Fogel said.
The history department is one of the LSA departments
that changed their concentration requirements with respect
to AP credits in 2001. History Prof. Susan Juster, chair of
the department's curriculum board in 2001, said the board
See CREDITS, Page 3
JEFF LEHNERT (above) AND SHUBRA OHRI (insert) /Daily
Anti-War Action! holds a rally yesterday on the Diag. INSERT: .SA senior Rachel Burrage and RC senior
Moira Birss work at one of the exhibits yesterday. The Diag events were part of the one-year
anniversary of another all-day anti-Iraq war rally.
A tale of two successful student job seekers
By Michael Kan
Daily Staff Reporter
For Business School senior Andreas Penna, getting a job
is like a chess game. The players in the game are him and 40
other applicants, while the interviews and the resumes are
"It's a game of chess because you have all these variables.
You have other people who are going for the same job. Yet
your moves, what you do, ultimately affects what you get,"
Yet for School of Art and Design graduate Jenna Major,
finding her job was almost like a fluke.
"I was just starting to see the job market, until I got
approached with an offer. I got lucky," said Major, who
graduated last year.
Amid the many college seniors still tackling the
tough job market, hoping they can shake an offer out of
it, some students like Penna and Major have already
persevered and found employment. Although they took
two different avenues to pursue their
two different careers, both found
ways to overcome the obstacles of the
Penna, a consulting management
major, began his search back in Octo-
ber, and by mid-November he was
offered a high-profile job as a consult-
ant for Microsoft. He said one of the
keys to winning the game of job- b .
searching for his field was to differen-[
tiate himself from every other~
competitor on the board and to show the employers he was
the most capable player.
Undertaking his job strategy was no easy task when com-
pared to an actual chess game though, he said. Constantly sub-
mitting resumes, connecting with employers and sending out
thank you letters, would only be some of
the first steps toward securing ajob.
But the last and most crucial move
in getting a single job offer is the
interviews, he said. Fortunately, Penna
said as the economy was picking up,
he could anticipate more interview
}Th'e40 opportunities than what last year's
seniors had to contend with. Yet even
with an improving economy, for every
interview he went to, Penna knew
competition would be fierce.
"These 40 other applicants (at the interviews) come from
the top schools, like Harvard, Stanford and Columbia....
It's gonna be tough to impress (employers);' Penna said.
All of these applicants were just as qualified as him and
had been reading the same insider guides on the top busi-
ness industries and trying to forge the same contacts with
employers. Everyone was doing the same thing he was,
Interviews would be the only part of the job application
process where he could truly interact withemployers on a
business level. That was where Penna had to differentiate
himself from everyone else.
The interviews Penna attended were usually conducted by
a first and then a second round of interviews. In the first
round, companies usually look at an applicant's credentials.
If the employer is interested, the applicant moves on to the
second round of interviews that determine if they will be
hired or not.
See JOBS, Page 7
campus flyers as
'U', gov't continue
fight over records
By Jameel Naqvi
Daily Staff Reporter
By Adhiraj Dutt
Daily Staff Reporter
The University and the Department
of Public Safety are conducting sepa-
rate investigations into a series of fly-
ers accusing English lecturer Raymond
McDaniel of seducing students and
consciously spreading sexually trans-
The brightly colored flyers, found
posted around Angell Hall early yester-
day morning, had "Beware!!!" written
across the top in bold letters, above
McDaniel's name and photo. Below
the photo were the phrases "Seduces
Students," "Knowingly Transmits
STDs" and "Avoid at all costs!"
DPS Lt. Robert Neumann said the
case is currently being investigated by
works at the Michiganensian in the
Student Publications Building. "I was
sitting at my desk with my back to the
window when I heard some rustling in
the bushes and didn't really make any-
thing of it. But when I turned around,
the flyer was taped to the window, fac-
ing in, above an air conditioner."
The air conditioner blocked Mario-
la's view of the person posting the
flyer. She and a friend later noticed a
few more flyers taped to the back door
of the building.
McDaniel, who also works at the
Sweetland Writing Center, said he can-
not comment on the case because it is
still under investigation.
"Anyone with info is encouraged to
call (DPS)," Neumann said.
Students who have previously taken
The U.S. Justice Department deliv-
ered the latest stroke Wednesday in a
heated volley between the attorney
general's office and the University over
the subpoenaed medical records of
obstetrician Timothy Johnson.
The Justice Department filed a brief
in Detroit defending its subpoena, nine
days after the University Health Sys-
tem submitted its motion to block the
release of records documenting abor-
tions performed by Johnson.
The government's motion argues
that disclosure of the records is neces-
sary because the plaintiffs' case may
rely on the argument that the contro-
versial procedure, labeled as partial-
birth abortion by its opponents, is at
times a medical necessity. A provision
of the 2003 Partial-Birth Abortion Ban
Act waives the law in cases when the
mother's life is endangered.
of several obstetricians who are plain-
tiffs in the suit along with the National
Abortion Federation. The Justice
Department issued the subpoena to
assess Johnson's experience and com-
petence as an obstetrician.
The University was not a party to
the original lawsuit, which questions
the constitutionality of the 2003 ban.
But when the Justice Department
subpoenaed Johnson's records,
UMHS intervened to protect
patients' privacy by filing a motion to
block the subpoena.
"The UMHS, which is required by
law to maintain its patients' records in
a confidential fashion, are caught in
the crossfire of a dispute to which they
are not parties," the motion states. The
brief cites both federal and state laws
that outlaw the disclosure of private
According to the motion, filed on
Monday of last week, the federal pri-
vacy law defers to a Michigan priva-
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