The Michigan Daily - Monday, September 20, 2004 - 7A
Kerry ad critiques
costs o Iraq war
WASHINGTON (AP) - Democrat John
Kerry links the cost of the Iraq war to prob-
lems at home and vows in a new television
ad to both "defend America and fight for the
"Two-hundred billion dollars. That's what
we are spending in Iraq because George Bush
chose to go it alone," Kerry says in the ad,
to start airing today in 13 competitive states
where he is on the air. "Now the president tells
us we don't have the resources to take care
of health care and education here at home.
Suggesting that Bush ignored domestic ills
while focusing on the war abroad, Kerry, a
Massachusetts senator in a close bid for the
presidency, says: "As president, I'll stop at
nothing to get the terrorists before they get
us. But I'll also fight to build a stronger mid-
The $200 billion estimate reflects the cam-
paign's calculation of funds already spent on
combat and reconstruction in Iraq, and money
AP PHOTo anticipated to be spent through next summer,
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts speaks at a fund-raiser in Boston, Saturday. The Kerry cam- based on congressional reports.
paign released new TV ads today connecting the costs of the war in Iraq to domestic problems. The war has cost about $120 billion, accord-
ing to the White House Office of Budget and
Bush has never said there's no money for
education or health care. Kerry's campaign
bases the claim on its interpretation of Bush's
budget proposals for education and reports of
rising health care premiums.
Bush's campaign said the ad was another
Kerry flip flop, noting that in August 2003
on NBC's "Meet the Press" Kerry said war
spending should be increased "by whatev-
er number of billions of dollars it takes to
"After attacking the president for not
spending enough on Iraq, John Kerry is
now attacking the president for spending
too much," said Bush campaign spokesman
"John Kerry's hypocritical attacks and
continually shifting positions on Iraq are
costing him the trust of the American peo-
Kerry spent yesterday in Boston, off the
campaign trail. His economic plan calls for
rolling back Bush's tax cuts for people earn-
ing more than $200,000 a year.
New 'U' initiatives tackle alcohol abuse
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but it isn't something that disrupts his studies or his daily
life on campus.
Other students said they would never encourage
friends to participate in the program, fearing that the
gesture would be taken the wrong way.
Merritt said excessive heavy drinking is the single
largest public-health problem on college campuses.
"There's a culture created that this is the time to explore.
There's a sense that once you're in college, (drinking) is
almost a rite of passage."
"Lots of students who use alcohol don't have an idea
of the impact to the others around them," Merritt said.
He pointed out that heavy drinking can cause students
to become loud and disruptive in the evening, often
distracting others and interfering with homework and
sleep. He said that students who drink excessively and
get sick burden their friends, who are forced to care for
In addition to the BASICS program, the University has
also started a media campaign to educate students about
the recent changes in minor-in-possession laws that
increase penalties for students who violate probation.
Information will also be posted in residence halls to
help students realize that binge drinking is not as preva-
lent on campus as it is perceived to be, Flax said. One
of the posters reads, "Sixty-one percent of U of M stu-
dents have zero to four drinks when they party." Flax
said there will also be an informational website going
up in October.
She said the website, which is to focus mainly on alco-
hol, will be fun, interactive and informative. Flax said
these initiatives are part of the University's new "social
norming" campaign that encourages students to discuss
how much alcohol they truly use.
"We'd like to have more conversation about what really
goes on weekends," she said. Social norming programs
are already in place at large public universities such as
Michigan State University, University of Wisconsin, the
University of Minnesota and Ohio State.
Although residence hall directors will not begin to
advertise the BASICS program for some time, students
seeking help may contact Flax at 763 7808 or speak with
their own hall directors regarding the program.
Students may also call Counseling and Psychological
Services at 764-8312.
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The film included interviews with Noam Chomsky, pro-
fessor of Linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Tech-
nology, Robert Fisk, a reporter with "The Independent," a
London-based newspaper and Seth Ackerman, media ana-
lyst for Fairness and Accuracy In Reporting.
"It was great to see the solidified portrayal of corporate
and Israeli control of the media," LSA freshman Cherine
Others praised the movie for covering the issue thor-
oughly and objectively.
"The movie showed that there are extremists on both
sides," Social Work graduate student Meredith Einsohn
said. "There are also moderates on both sides, and those
are the people that should be concentrated on."
Despite the movie's thoroughness, some believed that
more should have been said about those trying to make
"I would have liked them to spend more time on the
peace movement that is actually happening," Grossman-
Spivack said. "They only spent about three minutes on it
in the end."
LSA freshman Hend Khatib said she anticipates more
events related to this topic.
"I hope to hear more on campus about this issue and
involve more youth in these activities," she said.
This movie is the first in a series of events put on by the
society, which was formed by community members earlier
this summer. The society is planning upcoming events both on
campus and in the community, but did not specify any dates.
- Daily Staff Reporter Anne Joling
contributed to this report
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again to help increase the student
Last year Voice Your Vote
approached the Residence Hall
Association and asked for its sup-
port in getting door-to-door access
in the residence halls.
RHA then raised the question with
the Housing Office, holding several
meetings to discuss privacy issues
and logistics. After much delibera-
tion, Housing and RHA decided to
fully support the Voice Your Vote
Voice Your Vote leaders said they
are committed to staying nonparti-
san in their efforts to register stu-
Woiwode said in each training
session, volunteers are explicitly
reminded not to push their own
political agenda on students.
For example, volunteers won't
personally provide information
on the candidates, but will instead
recommend that students visit cam-
To further protect students' pri-
vacy, RHA has set up a website for
student complaints on the Voice
Your Vote campaign, whether vol-
unteers are knocking on doors with
"No Soliciting" signs or making
rounds after approved hours. Stu-
dents with complaints may log on to
Voice Your Vote, MSA, RHA and
University Housing are aiming to
register 15,000 voters by Oct. 4. In
the last two weeks, Voice Your Vote
programs have registered 3,000 new
Woiwode hopes that the residence
hall campaign will be highly effec-
tive, noting that the majority of
first-year students are not registered
Voice Your Vote has been cam-
paigning all around campus, even
passing out pro-vote shirts that say
"November 2" and "Hail to the Vot-
ers." Woiwode said, "The way our
campus works, going to websites
and seeing T-shirts is going to be
the most interaction we have with
Students also face the issue of
where to vote. While there are some
students that live in the surrounding
areas, enabling them to go home to
vote, many students are from cit-
ies hours away, even states away,
and have no way to get back to their
respective districts Nov. 2, the day
of the election.
Woiwode said that Voice Your
Vote's aim is to get students regis-
tered at any address, be it campus
or permanent and that while Voice
Your Vote cannot provide absentee
ballots, volunteers will be equipped
with information about how stu-
dents can register to receive absen-
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finally began in February of last year.
Now, after nearly two years of construction, the bridges are
open to traffic and the parks complete.
Hieftje, in his address to the crowd, lauded the proj-
ect and its positive impact on Ann Arbor. "We are mov-
ing Ann Arbor forward, and this is a good example
of that," he said. "We are all so grateful (the project)
was ahead of schedule and I am personally glad it was
However, the project wasn't without its difficulties, said
Mike Nearing, senior project manager, who graduated from
the University's College of Engineering in 1988..
"You have to break a few eggs to make a cake," said Near-
ing. The "eggs" in this case were a series of underground utili-
ties, including gas and water, which needed to be dug up and
relocated as part of the construction.
Unfortunately for nearby residents, this had to be completed
at night when the roads were free of traffic. Nearing said the
city received hundreds of complaints from rattled neighbors
about the noise.
However, now that the construction is complete, the
response from the public has been overwhelmingly posi-
tive, Nearing said. He attributed this to improved aesthetics,
accessibility and safety. "You can walk down here and not
worry about getting run over by a bike or splashed by a car,"
When asked about the project, residents attending the event
were quick to agree with Nearing.
Safety, once a concern for neighborhood resident Diana
Millikan, is no longer an issue for her with the new bridges.
"Structurally, I feel much safer driving on the bridge," said
Residents also said they appreciated the improved appear-
ance and convenience of the bridges.
Changes to the bridges include the construction of two,
four-lane structures that have l-foot-wide sideqwalks on
both sides, as well as added pedestrian overlooks.
"Pedestrian traffic is definitely more accessible," said
Erica Perreault, who works at Zingerman's Delicatessen
on Detroit Street. She believes that the project will benefit
her business others in the area.
With these improvements, Hieftje said the project is "some-
thing that the entire city can be proud of."
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