January 12, 2004
©2004 The Michigan Daily
Ann Arbor, Michigan
S Vol. CXIII, No. 74
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By Ashley Dinges
Daily Staff Reporter
DETROIT - Opening its doors to
the general public Saturday, the 2004
North American International Auto
Show is expected to draw almost
850,000 visitors during its 11-day run
- equal to Detroit's population.
The show kicked off Jan. 4 with a
three-day-long media event that
accommodated more than 6,600 jour-
nalists from 52 different countries. Fol-
lowing the media preview days were
the industry preview days on Wednes-
day and Thursday and the Charity Pre-
view on Friday.
Last year, the show brought in
$536.8 million. But NAIAS Executive
Director Rod Alberts said the numbers
"We keep thinking year to year that
things might level out," Alberts said.
It's projected that the 2004 show will
raise nearly $550 million.
"It's good for the economy and sym-
bolic of what Detroit is known for,"
In recent years, companies at the
show have begun catering to a younger
market, especially because of-a grow-
ing interest in modifications and cus-
tomizations to automobiles, such as
high-tech audio systems.
"(Age groups) 18 through 30 is the
area a lot of shows have not been capi-
talizing on. It's a little bit of a wake-up
call - you have to change according-
ly," Alberts said.
Michigan Hall, which housed the
lower level of the show, was dedicated
mainly to companies offering modifi-
cations, such as Ford Vehicle and Per-
sonalization and Saleen Performance
Parts and Accessories.
"People buy a $20,000 or $30,000
car and put another $10,000 into it,"
In fact, modification companies are
trying to attract potential buyers in this
age group in several ways, including
special exhibits like celebrity vehicles.
Alberts said that some of the largest
mistakes that have been made in other
shows deal with attracting a younger
generation to the shows.
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speak at 'U'
By Karen Schwartz
Daily Staff Reporter
Fifty years ago, the Rev. Oliver
Brown joined the fight to integrate
schools after his daughter Linda was
denied admission to the local elemen-
tary school in Topeka, Kan. because
she was black. Today, Linda Brown
Thompson and her sister Cheryl
Brown Henderson will tell their stories
and discuss the implications of the
landmark 1954 Brown v. Board of Edu-
The sisters kick off the University's
Separate? Still Unequal? Brown v.
Board of Education 50 Years Later."
Events, which feature everything from
lectures to films and music to dance,
will explore possible answers to these
and related questions.
"I think the biggest thing is that this
year's symposium has more of a
national focus in that we're just one of
the many places commemorating the
1954 U.S. Supreme Court decision that
basically ended segregation in schools
and as an after-effect basically ended
segregation, period," Carranza said.
Featured speakers include Arturo
Michigan wide receiver Braylon Edwards catches a touchdown pass from John Navarre in front of Willie Gaston and Will Gulley
of the Houston Cougars Sept. 6 at Michigan Stadium. Edwards will return for his senior year at Michigan.
National championship or
bust: dwards to stay at
King Jr. Sym-
posium with an
event titled "A
with the Brown
designed to get
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elists will lead
'I have a dream'
Other noted MLK Day events
Jan. 19: Keynote speaker Harvard
law Prof. Lani Guinier speaks at Hill
Auditorium at 10 a.m. on the rela-
tionships between the legal and
sociai sides of the civil rights move-
.an. 19: A panel discussion on
the impact of voter disenfranchise-
ment in communities of color in
Hutchins Hall at 12:30 p.m.
For more events of the month,
ident of United
Farm Workers of
and activist John
Prof. Lani Guin-
er, who will give
address Jan. 19.
added that she
feels the sym-
By Kyle O'Neill
Daily Sports Editor
In an exclusive with "Sports
Final Edition" last night, Michigan
junior wide receiver Braylon
Edwards announced that he will
return for his senior season.
"I talked to coach (Lloyd) Carr the
other day, and I had a lot of time to
make this decision," said Edwards at
about 11:45 to WDIV-TV
"I sat down with my family, sat
down with my grandmother - we
prayed on it. A lot has been taken
into this decision, and I have decid-
ed to stay for my senior year."
"I hope (Carr) is happy," said
Edwards later in the interview.
The Wolverines' top receiver the
past two seasons (85 catches for
1,138 yards and 14 touchdowns in
2003) stated that the Orange Bowl
in Miami - the site of next year's
BCS national title game - was
among the top reasons why he is
coming back for the fourth year.
"Now I'm a senior so I can't look
to the older guy - I am the older
guy," Edwards said.
"Now is the time I have to make a
stand and lead this team hopefully
to the Orange Bowl, the national
championship, to leave my legacy at
Edwards was close to jumping to
the NFL, but benefited from the
new system that allows underclass-
men to speak with pro scouts about
what their draft status would be.
"It was real close," Edwards said.
"The odds were great. There were a
lot of things going on with the NFL
that I liked, a lot of positive feed-
back. But I feel that when I come
back on the field next year, I can go
and establish myself as the guy."
The junior said scouts have rated
him as high as the No. 3 or 4 wide
receiver in college, meaning he
would have had to rely on an unbe-
lievably good combine in order to
become the top wideout in the draft
- which is his ultimate individual
"(The scouts) said they liked a lot
of things about me: my physical
attributes, they said they liked the
fact I was very physical on the
field, blocking, they said I had good
speed," Edwards said.
"They said sometimes I'm incon-
sistent. I think that was one weak-
ness that they gave me is the
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a message of
activism that is
many facets of the
have the opportunity to ask questions.
"The goal is to bridge the 50-year
gap between students to students, Uni-
versity of Michigan students to the
Brown sisters," said Carranza, program
associate for the Office of Academic
Brown's lawsuit and related suits
went before the U.S. Supreme Court in
1952, and in 1954 the court overturned
the 1896 Plessy v. Ferguson, "separate
but equal" precedent. In the Brown rul-
ing, the court declared segregation in
public schools unconstitutional.
The theme of this year's symposium,
which continues into February, is "Still
theme and so many different target
audiences that I think there's really
something in there for everyone," she
LSA senior Shyla Kinhal, one of the
student staff members helping to
organize the dialogue with the Brown
sisters, said she hopes students take
advantage of the opportunities avail-
able to them as part of the symposium.
"The fact that our University offers a
symposium like this that no other uni-
versity really has, I think it's something
that we should all take advantage of,
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NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems
Martian dust storms, like those photographed in the above time-lapse series by the Mars Global Surveyor in 1999, can affect
the landing of rovers like the Mars Spirit. University Prof. Nilton Renno has served as a dust-devil expert for the Spirit mission.
University faculty and students
turn their eyes toward Mars
tapped for recent Martian
By Naila Moreira
Daily Staff Reporter
When NASA's Mars Spirit rover
touched down safely last week on the
red soil of Mars, University Prof. Nilton
Renno could take a little bit of the credit.
Renno, a professor of atmospheric,
oceanic and space sciences, studies
dust storms, a common and often vio-
lent weather phenomenon on Mars.
As a member of NASA's Entry,
Descent and Landing Science Adviso-
ry Board for the Mars Exploration
Rover, Renno used his expertise to
help design an effective landing strat-
egy for the Spirit.
Because of the colossal challenges
rover about 50 feet above the
ground. Once free,
rovers face in
a trip to the
must accept a
failure rate of
15 to 20 per-
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from 1:30-2:30 pm.
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space systems: from assembly to final
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per hour. ...
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the rover faces
as it bounces
as high as a
on the Mart-
let it go,"
rover has taken
Jan. 15 - "System-level
Jan. 20 - "System-level
By David Branson
Daily Staff Reporter
As the differences between the
Democratic presidential candidates
become more delineated, retired Gen.
Wesley Clark's credentials continue
to contrast from those of the other
Democratic frontrunners. Clark
served as the supreme allied com-
mander of NATO, a position first held
by Dwight Eisenhower before his
presidency, and orchestrated the war
in Kosovo using only air power.
As a military commander, Clark pro-
fesses the use of force as a last resort
when all other options are exhausted,
and as a presidential candidate, he
expresses a similar lofty vision.
mary reason for running for president
and uses it as the basis for his cam-
The standards Clark refers to recall
the courses in ethics and philosophy he
took at Oxford University as a Rhodes
Scholar. Clark became a Rhodes
Scholar in 1966, and joins the likes of
fellow Scholars former President Bill
Clinton and Senator Bill Bradley.
"I like Plato and (David) Hume
because I believe they are the book-
ends of philosophy," Clark said.
Presidential candidates do not often
discuss their favorite philosophers in
interviews, but Clark's distinguished
educational background heavily influ-
ences his political career. Clark spoke
very highly of his experience at Oxford,
and especially other people's views,"
Clark said. "It's not only views, but
the systems, patterns of a different
society, it's everything about the
experience of another country that
enriches a person and helps them
contribute to the world."
Clark went on to explain the impor-
tance of an academic background in all
facets of society.
"I think (an academic background)
is important because people in high
leadership positions have to grapple
with serious issues. You need a broad
academic background to run the coun-
try for everyday Americans."
All the Democratic presidential can-
didates have brought forth sweeping
education plans and Clark's has drawn
Jan. 22 - "System-level overview of
EDL (Entry, Descent and Landing)"
three zeroes in six
color photos of the Martian surface and