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Continued from Page IA
"I do see a necessity of providing
funding for them," Mironov said.
"$20,000 or more of our budget should
be allocated to an organization like
AATU, whether it is AATU or some-
thing like it."
Radojcich said Heidel could not
attend the debate because he was "ill,"'
but yesterday Heidel said he would
skip the debate to play an intramural
volleyball game.
Radojcich spoke about Heidel's
hopes for MSA but also mentioned the
newly formed OPP's inexperience on
student government.
"He's a really selfless guy and all he
wants to do is bring new blood to
MSA," Radojcich said. "We may not
(currently) be active in the entire MSA
system, but we will be."
Disparities arose between Mironov
and Moore in terms of MSA's accessi-
bility and productivity.
"I think that the importantafact of
the matter is that we've been accessi-
ble for students," Mironov said.
"Students First believes that no stu-
dents should have their beliefs not
represented on MSA."
Moore argued that accessibility has
been gained at the cost of efficiency and
suggested stronger leadership as a solu-
tion to this problem. "MSA is trying to
tackle too much" he said. "Somebody
needs to cut through all of the matter in
MSA that isn't actually related to MSA."
It was a concern of some candi-
dates that the debate might be slanted
because on Monday night, current
MSA President Angela Galardi of
Students First was given access to
potential questions by WOLV-TV.
Although Galardi claimed not to have
read the questions or passed them on to
Mironov, the complaints prompted
WOLV-TV News Editor Laura Averitt to
send the questions to all candidates
before the debate. WOLV-TV eventually
resolved to leave the questions out of
the debate completely.
"They were not asked," said Wasseem
Abaza, general manager of WOLV-TV
"We wanted to make sure that there
were no unfair advantages, so we decid-
ed to take the questions out."
While the debate was not open to the
public, it can be seen this Saturday,
Sunday and Monday at 10 p.m. on
channel 22 for Comcast subscribers
and channel 70 in the residence halls.
Elections will take place on Wednes-
day, March 17 and Thursday, March
18. Students can vote online at
vote. wwwumich.edu.
WOLV-TV executive board member
Michael Ostrander and The Michigan
Daily Editorial Page Editor Jason
Pesick got the candidates warmed up
with general questions about their rea-
sons for running and their qualifica-
tions before moving onto individual
Continued from Page 1A
international institutions such as the
North Atlantic Treaty Organization and
built strong multilateral support to deal
with Kosovo.
"The U.N. system is slow -
there's no question about it," she
said. "(But) in order to have lever-
age to reform institutions, we need
to support them."
Concerning post-war Iraq, she
emphasized the need to work with
others and not forget about the rest of
the world.
"The administration is beginning
to realize we can't go at it alone,"
Albright said. "America cannot sur-
vive as a tranquil island in a chaotic

Citing the consequences of World
War I as an example, Albright pointed
out that there existed "lawless competi-
tion due to shifting power" between
nations after the war, contributing to
effects such as the rise of Adolf Hitler
and the Holocaust.
With regard to Iraq, Albright said
she never believed originally there
were ties between Iraq and al-Qaida, as
Bush has alleged, although she now
believes that such ties have developed
after the war between the terrorist
group and the country.
"The people who bombed the Twin
Towers didn't come from Iraq,"
Albright said.
"She did a good job of not being
vindictive and too vitriolic about the
current administration," MBA student
Todd Markson said. "It would have
been interesting to have her talk about
her perspective of the international
business world."
Other students disapproved of her
"There was a bit too much plugging
of the Democratic Party," MBA student
Brad Duncan said.
Toward the end of her speech,
Albright recommended to students that
there is no better way to pay the coun-
try back than to get involved with pub-
lic service and become engaged in the
public process.
Madeleine Albright was unanimous-

TEHRAN, Iranq' <
Iran signals intent to develop nuclear power
Iran said yesterday it would resume uranium enrichment for peaceful purposes
once its problems with the International Atomic Energy Agency were resolved.
Iran's defense minister also said its military had built low-level nuclear cen-
trifuges primarily for civilian use.
"It's our legitimate right to enrich uranium," Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi
said after a Cabinet meeting. "We suspended uranium enrichment voluntarily
and temporarily. Later, when our relations with the IAEA returns to normal, we
will definitely resume enrichment."
He warned European partners Iran could end nuclear cooperation if they fail to
support Tehran.
IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei said such a move would hurt
Iran's efforts to convince the world its nuclear intentions were peaceful.
"I think suspension is ... a good confidence-building measure, and Iran
needs to do everything possible right now to create the confidence required,"
he said in Vienna, Austria, where the U.N. atomic agency's board of gover-
nors was meeting.
House votes to ban obesity-related lawsuits
The GOP-controlled House yesterday voted to ban lawsuits that blame the food
industry for people's expanding waistlines and health woes, saying such cases could
bankrupt fast-food chains and restaurants. The 276 to 139 vote is intended to prevent
suits that contend food companies and their supersize offerings are responsible for
Americans' putting on the pounds and lurching toward obesity.
The debate came a day after the government said overeating could soon replace
smoking as the No. 1 preventable cause of death. Two out of three adults and 9 mil-
lion children are overweight or obese, the report said.
House Republicans have in recent years approved similar bills barring suits against
the gun industry for gun crimes and against businesses for asbestos-related health
problems. Not one measure has passed the closely divided Senate.
"We as Americans need to realize that suing your way to better health is not the
answer," House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) said. "Trial lawyers need to stop
encouraging consumers to blame others for the consequences of their actions just so
they can profit from frivolous lawsuits against restaurants."
The White House endorsed the bill. The Senate is not expected to pass it this year.

U.S. civilian officials
killed by gunmen
Gunmen disguised as police shot to
death two American coalition officials
and their Iraqi translator south of Bagh-
dad after stopping their car at a road-
block, the Polish military said yesterday.
The Americans were the first U.S.
civilians from the occupation authority
to be killed in Iraq.
Farther south, Iraqi police clashed with
a Shiite Muslim militia during a raid on a
building in a gun battle that killed four
policemen and wounded two.
L. Paul Bremer, the top administrator
in Iraq, has requested that the FBI
investigate the slayings of the Ameri-
cans late Tuesday on a road outside the
town of Hillah, 35 miles south of Bagh-
dad, said Dan Senor, spokesman for the
U.S.-led coalition. It was not known
whether the gunmen were specifically
targeting coalition officials.
set date for summit
The Palestinian and Israeli prime
ministers agreed in principle on a long-
delayed summit next week, officials
said yesterday, a sign of diplomatic
progress. But corrosive violence per-

sisted, with Israeli forces killing six
Palestinian militants in the West Bank.
The summit is the latest step in the
complex brinkmanship between the
sides, with the Palestinian uprising ┬░in
its 42nd month and both sides jockey-
ing for U.S. and international support.
Among Israelis, who have suffered
about 1,000 fatalities in the fighting,
there is widespread support for a Pales-
tinian state. But the Palestinians are far
from their goal that such a state encom-
pass all of the West Bank, the Gaza
Strip and east Jerusalem.
U.S. peacekeepers
kill Haitian gunmen

U.S. Marines shot and killed two gun-
men who opened fire on them, a
spokesman said yesterday, bringing to
four the number of Haitians to die this
week at the hands of the peacekeepers.
The Marines were patrolling Tues-
day evening when they came under
"hostile fire," Staff Sgt. Timothy
Edwards told The Associated Press.
He said they then shot and killed at
least two gunmen. No peacekeepers
were wounded. U.S. Southern Com-
mand spokesman Raul Duany said the
gunmen were shooting from a rooftop
near the prime minister's residence.
- Compiled from Daily wire reports


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