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become the prey of drug dealers.
Bob Krzewinski, coordinator of the
Washtenaw County chapter of Veterans
for Peace, said he was dismayed by
President Bush's foreign policy in Iraq.
"With the situation in Iraq our com-
mander in chief, urged on by advisors
who nev r served a day in the military,
seemed almost giddy in his enthusiasm
to start ' war," Krzewinski said.
"Indeed, Mr. Bush even encouraged
attacks o4 our troops by his infamous
'bring them on' statement."
Krzewinski called for Americans to
become a force of positive change by
writing letters to Congress and the pres-
ident. "Telhour leaders that soldiers are
not playthings like figures in a video
game," he said. "War is real; it hurts and
should be avoided at all costs."
Veterans for Peace constructed a sym-
bolic cemetery on the grass of the Diag,
with a cross, Star of David or other sym-
bol for every American soldier killed in
Iraq. At sundown they held a candlelight
ceremony and read the names of Ameri-
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available MSA seats in this winter's
election, including all nine seats up for
grabs in the LSA, while DAAP and the
independent candidates each received
two seats.
But perhaps this election's biggest
surprise came from the OPP, which
clinched one seat in the Division of
Kinesiology and College of Engineer-
ing, despite a platform that included flat-
tening the wave field on North Campus.
Last year Students First received 12
seats, followed by the University Party
with 11 seats and DAAP with one seat.
The newly-elected MSA members
will join the assembly for their first
meeting tomorrow.
Students First also dominated the
LSA-SG elections, winning 10 out of
the I1 positions up for election -
including the presidential and vice-pres-

can soldiers killed in Iraq.
Yesterday's rocket attack in Baghdad
brought the number of American sol-
diers killed in Iraq up to 578.
SNRE junior Elizabeth Graham,
who attended the rally, said she was
opposed to the war in Iraq. "I'm kind
of disgusted that we've been there for a
year and haven't really accomplished
anything," she said.
Graham said the allegation that war
protesters are unpatriotic is false. She
said the majority of Americans were
against the war in Iraq.
"It's pretty ridiculous that right after
we invaded, everyone said, 'Even if
you don't agree with the war, you
should support the president.' This is a
democracy. If he is not going to sup-
port the feeling of the people, I'm not
going to support him."
U.S. Rep. John Dingell (D-Michi-
gan) issued a statement to Ann Arbor
residents in which he criticized the
Bush administration's policy in Iraq.
"I do not believe the administration
made an adequate case for war, which
is why I voted against authorizing the
use of military force in Iraq," he said in

the statement. "In my letter to Presi-
dent Bush, I requested that the Admin-
istration, among other things, make a
clear and convincing case that Iraq has
weapons of mass destruction - bio-
logical, chemical or nuclear - and the
means to deliver such agents. I asked
that the Administration explain why it
believes Iraq will employ these kinds
of weapons in imminent attacks on,
other nations." Dingell said that he
never received a response to his letter.
U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-
Mich.), who spoke in the Michigan
Union's University Club yesterday,
said oil was a deciding factor in the
Iraq war.
. Steve MacGuidwin, president of
College Republicans, said the Iraqis
have approved a constitution and are
on their way to becoming a democracy.
"The worst thing we could do right
now is to take our military out of an
unstable region," MacGuidwin said.
Meanwhile, Al-Jumaily said the
people of Iraq are hopeful about the
fate of their nation. "On the positive
side, the Iraqi people are resilient,"
he said.

Senator discusses future
of environmental policy

By Michael Gurovitsch
Daily Staff Reporter
U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) provided students
with an overview of environmental issues ranging from
clean air laws to trash yesterday during a speech at the
Michigan Union.
Stabenow, the first woman elected from Michigan to the
U.S. Senate, chided the Bush administration for its policies
while outlining her own vision for the future of the envi-
"It would be tough to find a more anti-environment
White House than we have now," Stabenow said, referring
to "rollbacks" in laws and funding concerning clean air,
global warming, toxic waste dumps and oil drilling.
"They've taken the environmental cop off the beat."
"This (issue) is very much about your future and what
will happen down the road. Decisions we are making today
will have a profound impact in the future," she said.
Tying the environment to the loss of state manufacturing
jobs, Stabenow said companies should not have to decide
between staying afloat and meeting sometimes-costly envi-
ronmental standards.
She added that many foreign countries, like Mexico, do
not enforce their own environmental protection laws,
which allows their companies to operate cheaper than their
American counterparts.
"We need to be increasing environmental protection
standards around the world, so if standards are raised,
they are raised all around and everyone shares the cost,"
Stabenow said.
She suggested that the U.S. government use environ-
mental standards as a bargaining chip in future trade
Stabenow also discussed Canadian trash dumping in
Michigan, which she says is an environmental and a
homeland security risk. Over 180 trucks from Canada

carrying trash toward Michigan landfills enter the state
every day, she said.
She said she was frustrated by the Environmental Pro-
tection Agency's neglect in enforcing a law that requires
the state's approval before allowing waste to be shipped
in from Canada.
Stabenow also said since the trucks are not being
inspected properly, they pose a threat to national security.
Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge has toured the
border-crossing area where the trucks enter by helicopter
and has initiated an investigation, she said.
"We have this on the radar screen to make them under-
stand this is a security as well as an environmental issue,"
she said.
Stabenow also spoke about preserving the Great Lakes
and preventing the United States from drilling for oil in
State Sen. Liz Brater (D-Ann Arbor), vice chair of the
state Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs com-
mittee, introduced Stabenow.
"Everything (Sen. Stabenow) is doing at the federal
level, we are doing at the state level," said Brater, who was
the recipient of the Sierra Club's Environmentalist of the
Year award in 1996.
LSA freshman Ryan Werder, a self-described hiker, said
he attended the event because he is interested in the envi-
ronment and had never heard a federal politician speak
"I agreed with most everything (Stabenow) said. ... I
liked her detailed approaches to solve the problems, espe-
cially in the Great Lakes," Werder said.
The event, titled "Women, Politics, and the Environ-
ment," was sponsored by the Environmental Issues and
Voice Your Vote commissions of the Michigan Student
Assembly), Project Democracy, the League of Conserva-
tion Voters Education Fund, Students for PIRGIM and the
College Democrats.

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idential seats. LSA-SG President Lauren
May, a sophomore, and Vice President
Ryan Ford, a junior, are enthusiastic
about this year's projects and working
with the nine new representatives.
"The thing that's most important for
this year is to get the old representa-
tives acquainted with the new repre-
sentatives and set the agenda for next
year,"' Ford said.
The Students First victory is due to
the party's interest in representing a
wide range of students, said newly-elect-
ed LSA-SG representative Meta Brown,
a freshman who ran with the party.
"We're working for each and every stu-
dent at the University," Brown said.
"We're working for all types of groups
at the University, not just the majority."
The new LSA-SG representatives
have pledged to work on a number of
projects that they began last year.
"A lot of the projects that Lauren and
I ran on are projects that have already

been started that we just have to contin-
ue," Ford said.
Establishing an International Rela-
tions minor and planning activities for
homecoming in the fall are some of the
projects that LSA-SG will be continu-
ing. New undertakings include expand-
ing Entree Plus to all academic
buildings and to some off-campus busi-
nesses, as well as improving the aca-
demic advising system.
"We want to create a better advising
system," Brown said. "We want to make
advisors more accessible, especially for
first-year students."
The eight other representatives that
were elected to LSA-SG included:
freshmen Brittany Jackson, Reggie
Gates, Missy Siegal, Andrew Yahkind,
Matthew Megally, David Arnstein and
sophomore Basil Basha, all members of
Students First: Freshman Jeffrey.Mona-
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sought input from our academic
advisors and professionals in the
Schools and Colleges. They sup-
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dents as they enroll for courses."
Communications Prof. Susan Dou-
glas said the changes will help profes-
sors and the University
administration, but she understands
why students are upset. f
"I imagine most students won't like
this, but from a professors point of
view, especially in large lecture class-

es, it's often very difficult to know
actually how many spaces you have
for students who are trying really hard
to get into a class they need. Also, for
example, if a student is in one section,
but waitlisted in two, it takes faculty
and (Graduate Student Instructors) a
while to sort through everything,"
Douglas said.

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