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Tuesday, March 23, 2004

News 3
Opinion 4

A new look for
South University
Columnist Jess
Piskor laments
about David E.

Art-rock legend David Byrne returns, Breaking Records ... Arts, Page 9


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Sports 8 Men's tennis plays
Notre Dame today

One-hundred-thirteen years of editorialfreedom
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in foiled
By Adhiraj Dutt
Daily Staff Reporter
A University student suffered
stab wounds and a collapsed lung
after being attacked with a knife on
the 500 block of West William
Street as he walked home from
Pizza House early Sunday morning.
At 2:05 a.m., the 28-year-old stu-
dent heard the assailant run up to
him from behind. The attacker then
grabbed the student's backpack and
jumped on top of him, said Ann
Arbor Police Sgt. Andrew Zazula.
He said a neighbor heard the stu-
dent yelling while she was sitting
in her basement bedroom nearby.
According to Zazula, the woman
said she went outside and saw a
man dressed in dark clothing lean-
ing over the victim. Zazula said the
woman then screamed, "Stop, I am
going to call the police." The
assailant ran off and neighbors
waited with the injured student for
the police to arrive.
Though the attacker attempted
to steal the victim's backpack, he
was unsuccessful in robbing the
student, Zazula said.
The victim is currently in the
University Hospital recovering
from bruises resulting from
* punches to the face and from
three stab wounds - one on the
leg and two on the left side of his
body. The student also had a
punctured left lung, Zazula said.
There are currently no suspects
in the stabbing case, though Zazu-
la said the attacker was described
as a 6-foot- 1 maledweighing about
180 pounds and dressed in dark
In the interest of safety, students
should make sure their valuables
are hidden, said Diane Brown,
spokeswoman for the Department
of Public Safety. She added that
students should make sure others
know their plans in case they don't
reach their destination.
"We encourage all students and
others to walk in well-lit areas, to
try to walk with another person
and to avoid being alone," Brown
said. "Everyone should be aware
of emergency phones on campus
and be alert to their surroundings."
Brown emphasized that stu-
dents who are suspicious of their
surroundings should act on that
suspicion and move into a well-lit
area where they can be around
other people.
The University offers cab services
that students can use around Ann
Arbor. Ride Home is free and trans-
ports students to their residences
See ATTACK, Page 7

Both sides
get set for
ballot fight

By Aymar Jean
Daily Staff Reporter

LANSING -As winter turns into
spring, both the group behind the
initiative to end race-conscious poli-
cies in Michigan and its opponents
have publicly unveiled their cam-
paign strategies, setting the stage for
months of caustic competition.
The petition drive for the Michi-
gan Civil Rights Initiative - a ballot
initiative to end the use of race, sex
and ethnicity in public education,
employment and contracting - will
soon begin in all parts of the state,
according to MCRI officials.
If the initiative obtains 317,757
signatures by July 6, Michiganders
will vote in November on amending
the state constitution to ban "racial
and gender preferences."
MCRI held a public meeting last
weekend at the Marriot Hotel in
Lansing to educate citizens eager to
join their campaign.
Present at the meeting were MCRI
Executive Director Jennifer Gratz,
the plaintiff in the undergraduate

admissions lawsuit, and University of
California Regent Ward Connerly,
chairman of the American Civil Rights
"I thought it was good. It was sup-
posed to be a training session those
who want to collect signatures and
on the methodology of collecting
signatures," said LSA sophomore
Laura Davis, chair of Young Ameri-
cans for Freedom.
But an opposition group, Citizens for
a United Michigan, seeks to undercut
MCRI's efforts and prevent the issue
from reaching the ballot. The group has
recently hired a campaign manager,
Tricia Stein, to coordinate its activities.
Stein worked on Gov. Jennifer
Granholm's campaign for attorney gen-
eral. "We've got a good one here," said
Michael Rice, the group's director.
The coalition includes more than 40
individuals and organizations, including
the Michigan Catholic Conference, the
AARP and the United Auto Workers.
Both groups have spent the past two
months girding for their campaigns.
MCRI has organized its campaign

Rosier economic
future predicted

Michigan senior Bernard Robinson drives by an Oklahoma defender during last night's game. The Wolverines' 63-52 win puts
them in the NIT quarterfinals against Hawaii tomorrow night at Crisier Arena.
Wolverines down Sooners,
will face Hawaii to-morrow

By Daniel Bremmer
Daily Sports Editor

In its biggest game of the year in
front of the loudest home crowd of the
season, the Michigan basketball team
didn't disappoint its fans. The Wolver-
ines played solid defense and endured
a late Sooner rally en route to a 63-52
win over Oklahoma in last night's sec-
ond-round NIT game at Crisler Arena.
After Michigan took a nine-point
lead with 6:28 to go in the game, Okla-
homa made a late surge as the Wolver-
ines settled for numerous poor shots.
Freshman Lawrence McKenzie nailed a

pair of triples as part of a 7-0 run for the
Sooners to pull Oklahoma within two.
Then, in the next two minutes,
Michigan freshman Dion Harris hit
two free throws sandwiched between a
pair of Daniel Horton floaters in the
lane to give Michigan (9-9 Big Ten,
20-11 overall) a 55-47 lead and put the
game out of reach.
"Daniel hit a couple of shots down
the stretch like he did in the previous
game against Missouri," Michigan
coach Tommy Amaker said. "He was
able to get a few to drop in big situa-
tions for us."
Oklahoma (9-9 Big XII, 20-11) had

its chances to take advantage of
Michigan mistakes down the stretch
but failed to do so. During a three-
minute span with less than five min-
utes to play, the Wolverines forced up
several bad shots, including a 25-foot
3-pointer from Horton that followed a
But Michigan's tough defense down
the stretch was too much for an under-
manned Oklahoma squad which had
just two players on its bench after
sophomore DeAngelo Alexander
injured his shoulder in the first half.
The Wolverines forced the Sooners
See SOONERS, Page 10

By Koustubh Patwardhan
Daily Staff Reporter
University experts say the U.S.
economy is poised for an upswing.
America's economy, which has
endured a recession, is finally show-
ing some signs of recovery and
could see a growth in employment
soon, according to the annual spring
forecast released by the University's
Research Seminar in Quantitative
In the report, economists Saul
-Hymans, Joan Crary and Janet Wolfe
predict an increase of nearly 3 mil-
lion jobs in the next two years.
"We expect the economy to be
strengthening," Crary said. "We
think that strong productivity growth
necessarily will slow down and in
order to produce more, jobs will
have to be added to the economy."
The researchers predict employ-
ment growth of 900,000 jobs this

year and 2 million jobs in 2005. In
addition, they claim that unemploy-
ment will continue to decrease, falling
below 5 percent after 2006.
The economists said the dollar is
currently weak compared to interna-
tional currencies, meaning that exports
will increase since American goods
will be cheaper overseas. Improving
economic conditions abroad will allow
exports to continually rise, thus
expanding the economy at home.
Despite outsourcing to third world
nations, Crary said that the growth
would continue. "I think that this sort
of growth is still possible even if that is
true," she said.
Outsourcing has been happening for a
long time but since it is now affecting
the service sector, awareness of it is
heightened, Crary said. Outsourcing had
previously affected mostly industry.
National economic output, measured
in terms of real gross domestic product,
See ECONOMY, Page 5

'U' lecturer takes on
Dingellfor House seat

A Greek circus

By Farayha Arrine
Daily Staff Reporter
Not too many congressmen can say they've
rocked out on acoustic drums at a concert or
recorded with the local blues ensemble The Witch

But if School of Informa-
tion lecturer Hans Masing
were to win the congres-
sional elections this
V November, he would
become perhaps one of the
most colorful additions to
the U.S. House of Repre-
The 39-year-old inde-
pendent candidate from
Ann Arbor will go up
against incumbent John
Dingell (D-Dearborn) in
this year's congressional
elections for the 15th Dis-
r trict which was redrawn in

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School of Info
and U.S.]

member of Congress, looking to be re-elected for
what would be his 50th year of public service.
Dingell has a record of successfully pushing
through legislation and remains popular with his
He is currently involved in the University as
one of the strongest adversaries of the Michigan
Civil Rights Initiative to end
affirmative action in state
gy, like programs, an issue that Mas-
ing views from a different
icafS, perspective.
nto a "One thing we're lacking
here at Michigan and at
C or other top schools is that we
bucket" have ethnic diversity but
b ke. not economic diversity," he
said. "Are we in fact truly
helping people that need a
- Hans Masing leg up or those that have the
rmation lecturer socioeconomic capacity but
House candidate are of a different race?"
Masing also takes a con-
servative stance on gun con-

push shifts to
By Nicole Frehs".
For the Daily
Your favorite Michigan sweatshirt is warm, comfortable
- and could be made by underpaid factory workers. The
same goes for your Rose Bowl T-shirt, your hockey hat and
your NCAA jersey.
University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman
will address this issue Friday after hearing the final
recommendation of the University's Advisory Commit-
tee on Labor Standards and Human Rights, when she
will decide if the University will require companies
that manufacture University apparel to disclose of
workers' wages.
Students Organizing for Labor and Economic Equali-
ty is fighting to mandate wage disclosure in the Code of
Conduct for University of Michigan Licensees. SOLE
initiated the push for wage disclosure in a letter sent to
Coleman last month. The letter states that monitoring
corporations' compliance with the code's current com-
pensation clause is difficult without awareness of work-


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