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Cinema prof. gives
University of Southern California
Prof. Martha Kinder will speak on the
"Interactive Memoirs and Digital City
Symphonies: Database Documentaries
from The Labyrinth Project." Spon-
sored by the Institute for the Humani-
ties, the lecture will be today at noon in
the Osterman Common Room of the
Rackham Building. The Labyrinth Pro-
ject, directed by Kinder, is an art col-
lective and research initiative on the
language of cinema and the interactive
potential of digital media.
Scholar to lecture
on father's role in
Author and Wellesley College biilo-
gy Prof. Adrienne Asch will speak
today at 4 p.m. in the seventh floor
conference room in the North Ingalls
Building. Her talk is titled "The Role
of the Father in Abortion Decisions."
Asch specializes in disability rights,
feminism and bioethics.
The lecture, sponsored by the Uni-
versity Life Sciences, Values and Soci-
ety Program, is open to University
faculty and graduate students with the
organizers' permission. For more infor-
mation, call 647-4571.
Students age 21 and older are invited
to a book discussion with author
Stanislaw Lem today at 7 p.m. in
Room 1318 of Markley Hall. Law's
book, "His Master's Voice," is about a
mysterious signal from outer space.
Snacks and sherry will be served.
Lem has also written two other
books called "Solaris" and the discus-
sion is sponsored by the English
Hillel to offer
class on hip-hop
dance, Israeli pop
University Hillel is sponsoring a hip-
hop dance class to contemporary
Israeli pop music today at 8 p.m. in
Room 1429 of Hillel on Hill Street.
The program is titled "Blend Hora and
Hip-Hop and What Do You Get? Not
Your Grandmother's Israeli Dancing."
Hora refers to Israeli folk dancing.
LGBT bureau seeks
students to serve
in mass meeting
Students who would like to help
educate others about lesbian, gay,
bisexual and transgender affairs and
wish to enhance their public speaking
skills are encouraged to apply and
attend the Speakers Bureau.
The meeting is sponsored by the
Office of LGBTA on Wednesday at 6
p.m. in Room 3200 of the Michigan
Scholar holds talk
The Center for Japanese Studies
Noon Lecture Series will feature
Motohiro Kondo on Thursday at noon
in Room 1636 of the School of Social
Kondo is a professor of social and
cultural studies at the Nihon University
Graduate School in Japan and a CJS
visiting scholar. He will speak on "The
Development of Monthly Magazines in
The European Union Center and
Center for European Studies will
sponsor Brian Gaines as part of its
"Conversations on Europe" lecture
series on Thursday at 4 p.m. in
Room 2609 of the International
Gaines is an associate professor
of political science from the Uni-
versity of Illinois at Urbana-Cham-
paign. His talk is titled
"Connections Between German
Federal and State."
study abroad fair
to be held
Those seeking to study abroad or
, find other international opportunities
Federal jury convicts publisher
of spying for Saddam's regime
CHICAGO (AP) - A community newspaper publisher
accused of spying on Iraqi dissidents in the United States was
found guilty yesterday of serving as an unregistered agent for
The jury took less than two hours to convict Khaled Abdel-
Latif Dumeisi after the weeklong trial.
"This sends an important message that people can't come to
our country and spy on their fellow residents," U.S. Attorney
Patrick Fitzgerald said.
Dumeisi, 61, was convicted of failing to obey a federal law
that requires agents of foreign governments to register with the
Prosecutors maintained that the Palestinian-born Dumeisi
spied on Iraqi dissidents because he was desperate for money
and admired Saddam Hussein as the only true friend of the ,
Palestinian cause in the Mideast.
They cited evidence of at least $3,000 in payments from the
Iraqis to the debt-ridden publisher.
The jury also convicted him of conspiring not to reg-
ister, lying to an immigration officer and lying to a fed-
eral grand jury.
Dumeisi faces up to 25 years in prison at sentencing March
30, but he is likely to get much less time under federal sen-
Dumeisi was not charged with espionage, nor was he
accused of terrorism.
His tiny suburban newspaper, Al Mahjar, was full of articles
critical of U.S. Mideast policy and praising the now-deposed
Prosecutors launched the trial by showing a videotape of a
speech Dumeisi gave at a birthday party in honor of Saddam at
the Iraqi mission to the United Nations in New York. Prosecu-
tors said the U.N. mission was a hotbed of intelligence agents.
In the speech, he referred to Saddam as "our great leader"
and "our inspired leader" and praised him for missile attacks
against Israel, "the Zionist stronghold," at the time of the 1991
Persian Gulf War.
Witnesses said Dumeisi received training in spying on a trip Publisher Khaled Dumeisi, shown here in a 2001video Image giving a speech on
to Baghdad and even got a pen that was actually a combination Saddam Hussein's birthday, faces up to 25 years In prison for serving as an
tape recorder and camera. unregistered agent of the deposed dictator.
Faul OerFty powrseng leads
,fGM to recall80,0 cars
DETROIT (AP) - General Motors Corp. is recalling more
than 800,000 cars because of a power steering defect that may
have led to at least eight injuries, the automaker said yester-
GM also is facing a separate government investigation into
alleged failure of brakes, power steering and windshield
wipers, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
said yesterday. NHTSA's investigation could affect more than
1.2 million vehicles.
GM said it will recall 750,000 cars in the United States and
about 55,000 in Canada - all made between Jan. 1, 1996 and
Oct. 31, 1997.
The models are the 1996 Buick Regal, 1997 Oldsmobile
Cutlass Supreme, 1997-98 Oldsmobile Cutlass, Chevrolet
Lumina, Monte Carlo, Malibu, and 1998 Oldsmobile Intrigue
cars. Also, some 1996 Pontiac Grand Prix and Oldsmobile
Cutlass Supreme, and 1997-98 Buick Regal cars are being
Drivers have experienced intermittent losses of power
steering when making left turns, especially at low speeds, GM
said. Some drivers also experienced higher resistance when
turning left, followed by stress directed toward the right that
could pull the car in that direction, the company said.
Eight injuries have been reported that may be related to the
defect, the automaker said. GM will begin instructing car
owners in February to bring the affected vehicles to dealers
NHTSA is investigating 2500- and 3500-series pickup
trucks after receiving 19 complaints alleging loss of power
brake or power steering.
The alleged defect, which could affect 660,000 trucks, is
blamed for at least two crashes and one injury.
From left, Ann Arbor residents William Niebling, Alec McBean
(14), Will Niebling and Anne Goldammer play a game of "Dancing
Dice" at the Underworld on South University Avenue last night.
Winning purse: Louis Vuitton
maker awarded $38M in lawsuit
PARIS (AP) - The maker of
Louis Vuitton handbags and Moet
champagne won a court judgment
yesterday that orders investment bank
Morgan Stanley to pay at least $38.5
million in damages for biased
research that hurt LVMH's image and
helped its rival Gucci.
The Paris commercial court said
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information about yourself is made
public," Columbo said.
Samuel Tedjasukmana of the Les-
bian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender
Affairs group said that he does not
think that their groups' membership
will increase due to the new e-mail
"Enlisting their names on our lists
does not mean exploitation to the
world, yet this new privacy may give
many people more assurance in
anonymity. We have many people who
are in the closet still enrolled on our
lists despite their closeted status,"
Tedjasukmana added that the group
has been using a privacy server for the
past year and might switch to the new
Morgan Stanley had "considerably
prejudiced" LVMH and helped
Gucci, its own client. It was the first
major ruling by a European court on
conflicts of interest between research
and investment banking services.
LVMH, whose brands include
Vuitton bags, the Kenzo and
Givenchy fashion lines, Tag Heuer
privacy options the University now
offers. Some students said there were
positive and negative aspects to mak-
ing e-mail groups private.
LSA junior Aazaz Haq said, "It's a
combination. It'll help people conceal
group affiliations, but if someone is
looking for someone in a group it
would make it harder to find them."
Other students also had mixed feel-
ings. LSA sophomore Henry Birdseye
said, "E-mail groups can often reveal
things about you, and if you're in a
group of private interests then you
might want to keep it secret.
"I can't think of anythi~ng that
shouldn't be hidden, but that might just
be because I haven't thought about it.
Unless it's a terrorism club," Birdseye
LSA freshman Emy Lam said that
there were two different aspects of the
watches and Moet et Chandon
champagne, had demanded $128.5
million in damages.
It argued successfully that Morgan
Stanley carried out a three-year cam-
paign of "systematically erroneous
and biased information" against
LVMH while hiding its business rela-
tionship with Gucci.
private e-mail groups. "If someone
knew that a person was in a controver-
sial club, they might be ostracized. But
for academic purposes, it would be nice
to keep the groups public so that you
can find people in your classes."
While it is still unknown how many
students will take advantage of the new
feature, some students said they doubt-
ed privatizing e-mail groups would
boost membership to student organiza-
tions. As of now, there hasn't been any
criticism, Craig said. "It is an opt-in
kind of thing, so if people don't care for
it, they don't need to choose it," he said.
"It's really too soon to tell how the
user community will handle group pri-
vacy since it just came into effect Satur-
day morning," Craig added.
For more information about the ITCS
policy, students can log onto their web-
site at www.itd.umich.edu.
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Henderson spoke about Brown as
the "beginning of the end" of racial'
segregation that started a dialogue
in the United States about race rela-
She added that fear is one of the
roots of racism, a fear student pan-
elist Paul Spurgeon said is often
used to further misunderstandings
and manipulate people. "We have to
understand that fear can be corrupt-
ed," Spurgeon, an LSA junior, said.
Henderson charged students with
the responsibility of being active
and involved citizens as well as
informing future generations of the
struggle for equality in education.
She also emphasized the impact
young people have on making
change. She also pointed to what
she saw as a need for youth to make
their voices heard on "anything that
smacks of injustice."
Cheryl said she was particularly
impressed with the young people
who spoke out about the Supreme
Court cases last year regarding the
use of race as a factor in University
"The average age of the people in
this country that have changed this
nation was about 16, 17," she said,
referring to the dedicated actions of
ordinary people in the civil rights
movement who made a difference.
"They are you all sitting in this
room and it's clearly the challenge
we issue for this evening."
She also discussed the value of
education and its role as a founda-
tion of the nation's democracy.
"The bottom line is ... Brown v.
Board was never about sitting next
to white children. It was about hav-
ing access to the resources that
white children had access to. The
resources were following those chil-
dren and I'm sorry to say they still
seem to be following those chil-
dren," Cheryl said.
LSA junior Jessica Taylor said
she found the event informative and
was impressed with the dialogue
between the panelists, speakers and
She said she was especially
inspired by the speakers' comments
about the ongoing efforts to inte-
"It's my motivation to do my part
to ending the segregation ... ending
the self-segregation they were talk-
ing about," said Taylor a minority
peer advisor in Mary Markley Hall.
"It motivates me to keep doing
what I'm doing," she added.
Ann Arbor resident Donna Fre-
und said she thought the dialogue
did a good job bridging the gap
"I think the concept of a dialogue
is good because it's a generation
that didn't live through it. I think
the dialogue for them could be
more meaningful for them than to
the older generation because we
remember it," Freund said. "I liked
hearing the history of the decision
itself because I remember the era.
"We didn't even look at it from a
distant context and how it fit in to
the larger context because we were
so close to it," she added.
For Engineering senior Michele
Goe, the event was a reminder of
the need to promote the discussion
on campus diversity. "It was some-
thing I wished all students could
attend, not just students who are in
support but people who are apathet-
ic to it," she said, referring to the
- Daily Staff Reporter Michael
Kan contributed to this report.
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LSA freshman Lindsey Trainor said she decided to cut back
on meat, especially fast food. "I don't think it is a major threat
yet, but it's a good habit to get into in case it gets worse,"
Trainor said. She added that she decided to primarily cut back
on fast food because it seemed to her the most likely place
contaminated meat could come from.
Media coverage has expressed the same uncertainty
about the safety of the food supply. Concerns of the effec-
tiveness of current regulations and the possible spread of
the disease to other farm animals have further caused con-
sumers to wonder if their next meal is safe to eat. But
University medical professors said little danger exists of
anyone becoming infected with
Epidemiology Prof. Arnold
Monto said he thinks the disease is
more of a veterinary problem.
"The (large) number of flu
deaths compared to the (few) num-
ber of deaths from mad cow dis-
ease doesn't even compare," he
said. "I think (the disease) has had
more of an impact on the economy
than on public health."
people in the
eat meat regi
getting the di
that it is infected. Even if you eat the meat of an infected cow,
you still may not get the disease, he added.
Because recent tests show that the food supply is not con-
taminated with BSE, Wilson said proper meat preparation
along with genetic factors resist the disease in most people.
He also added that the spreading of the disease within cow
herds should not be possible since current regulations prohibit
cows from being fed cattle parts. Chances of other farm ani-
mals contracting BSE are also low, he said.
"It's not really clear if chickens or pigs can get it. ... As far
as we can tell, the ground-up remains (of cows) are not being
fed to chickens or to pigs. And even if they were, there is no
evidence to show that they have the disease."
But for most students, along with the risk of contracting
diarrhea from E. coli, heart disease and cancer from meat,
ltiy of even the recent discovery of mad
cow disease hasn't deterred them
U.S. who from enjoying a hamburger
"I've continued eating meat. I
ilarly, of haven't seen enough evidence to stop
. e iseating meat;" LSA sophomore Greg
1 O is Haapala said, adding that he eats one
y small. or two hamburgers a week.
In fact, some students are con-
- Mark Wilson vinced there is no real danger of
. ks dying from mad cow disease.
)idemiology Professor. "I get the impression the media is
exaggerating it," LSA junior David Wintermute said.
From what he has seen and heard, he said the chances
of getting the disease are very slim. But he added that
many news stories are trying to make the danger of BSE
more shocking than it seems.
"I see a news story exaggerating it by saying people
should be shocked (about the danger of contracting the
disease), but people really aren't shocked. The media
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But he added that the disease is difficult to destroy - in
already-contaminated meat and there are possible worries
that younger cattle still carry the disease, although he said
the chances of more cattle getting infected are low.
Epidemiology Prof. Mark Wilson said not only is there little
danger of contracting the disease, but the media have
overblown the entire situation, making the risk of contracting
the disease seem much higher than it actually is. "The proba-
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