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Local and state
politicians to speak
at campus rally
A panel of local and state politicians,
sponsored by the College Democrats,
will speak on topics ranging from the
proposed ban on gay marriages to local
politics during the Get the Vote Out
2004 rally in Angell Hall Auditorium B
today at 7 p.m.
The speakers include state Rep. Chris
Kolb (D-Ann Arbor), state Sen. Liz Brat-
er (D-Ann Arbor) and Ann Arbor Mayor
John Heiftje, and the keynote speech will
be given by Jarvis Houston of the People
for the American Way Foundation.
Noted Indian
musician speaks,
performs at U
Indian composer Ravi Shankar, a
virtuoso sitar player and India's musi-
cal ambassador to the world, will give a
rare public interview today in Rackham
Auditorium at 6 p.m. Stephen Rush,
professor of Dance and Performing
Arts Technology, will discuss Shankar's
career and musical legacy with him.
Shankar will also perform on sitar
tomorrow at Hill Auditorium at 8 p.m.
Tickets for the concert range from $10
to $48.
Tutorial assists
with end notes
The Hatcher Graduate Library is hold-
ing a hands-on session to teach students
how to use the program EndNote tomor-
row, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the library. End-
Note helps students format their works
cited in essays, and the session will focus
on the basics of importing citations from
online resources and creating a formatted
works cited.
The session is free but participants
must register at exploratory@umich.
Door stolen from
Markley room
The Department of Public Safety
reports that a door was stolen from a
room in Mary Markley Residence Hall
yesterday at 2:30 a.m. The doorless
room, 2123 Frost House, is in a men's
hallway. DPS has no suspects.
Garbage truck
catches fire
DPS reports that a garbage truck
belonging to the city of Ann Arbor
caught fire Monday morning on Eisen-
hower Road. Assistance was provided
and the fire was extinguished.

In Daily History
Twelfth president
of 'U' inaugurated
September 22, 1997 - University
President Lee Bollinger was officially
sworn into office, emphasizing that he
planned to focus on collective goals,
remain independent from political
interference and reinstill historic pride
in the school.
"When someone comes to us with
an idea that seems good, our response
should not be first and foremost what
will it mean for our school, our apart-
ment or our group," he said. "Instead,
there ought to be a University perspec-
tive at heart and a sense of pride in help-
ing make things happen without anyone
having to know it happened."
Bollinger was inaugurated at Hill
Auditorium and introduced to the audi-
ence by former University President
Harold Shapiro, who took over the head
post at Princeton University.

Do you want Moore? MSA says it does

By Mary DeYoe
For the Daily
After much debate, the Michigan Student
Assembly has decided to bring the Academy
Award winning filmmaker Michael Moore to
campus for a speech.
Members of the event's sponsor, the assem-
bly's Peace and Justice Commission, expressed
their enthusiasm for the assembly's approval
of a resolution last night that sought to bring
more to Hill Auditorium.
Ashwini Hardikar, music Junior and com-
mission co-chair, said "we are thrilled that
the resolution passed. It is not every day that
Last moi
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Cheney spokesperson Sharon Cas- ing the p
tillo said. "We'r
However, no endorsement will supportc
ensure that all Muslims will vote tillo saic
the same way. the presi
"An endorsement is a way of pro- of terror,
viding well-researched opinion, but Islam."
everyone is still free to vote the way AndE
they want," Saeed said. several N
The Christian Science Moni- tions in h
tor reported that most recent polls And it
indicate Democratic presidential any can
candidate, Sen. John Kerry of Mas- June 30
sachusetts has 54 percent of Mus- America
lim support, independent candidate that 22 1

the University is able to host the appearance
of a speaker with the acclaim and celebrity of
Michael Moore."
The resolution passed by a 17 to 10 vote.
Moore will speak at the auditorium on Sept.
29. Tickets will go on sale at the Michigan
Union Ticket Office at 9 a.m. tomorrow. Stu-
dent tickets cost $4 and other tickets are $5.
Several constituents of the assembly, who
spoke at its meeting last night, expressed
concern over the possible biased message
that such a politically charged event might
send, especially with funding coming from
MSA. All students must pay a fee to MSA.
Business School senior Mike Phillips, editor-

in-chief of the Michigan Review, said, "I don't
blame MSA for bringing a liberal speaker to
campus, but I encourage them to acknowledge
the possible impression that it might leave on
the student body."
In response, LSA senior and commission
co-chair Matt Hollerbach encouraged conser-
vative groups to present to the commission
proposals to bring speakers to campus who
share their views.
It is not the commission's goal to campaign
for or promote one political candidate or
view point, he said. The goal is to promote
a "peaceful and equitable" environment on

"If someone from a conservative group
has a speaker that they would like to bring
to campus, come to us. Every effort will be
made to bring them," Hollerbach said.
The belief of the commission is that Moore
will promote a debate and dialogue on campus
between political parties.
The large turnout at the MSA meeting, Har-
dikar said, already proves the huge impact that
Moore's speech will have.
"It is a great thing that so many people came
out to the meeting tonight, and got to see the
process that MSA goes through concerning all
decisions. This already shows how the event
will spark debate," she said.

nth, filmmaker Muhammad
an and his mother, Seeme
founded "Muslims For
group devoted to reelect-
e working really hard for
of Arab-Americans," Cas-
d. "In the wake of Sept. 11,
ident stressed that the acts
did not reflect followers of
Bush has also appointed
Muslims to high-level posi-
his cabinet, Castillo said.
is not yet certain whether
didate will be endorsed. A
survey by the Council on
n-Islamic Relations found



chool receives top rank


Ralph Nader
and Bush was
in the single
Leaders of
the task force
are working
with Kerry,
Bush and
Nader on mak-
ing statements
to clarify their
positions on
major Muslim
issues such as

had 26 percent

dents believe

"Civil rights is not
the only issue,
but it's the most
- Agha Saeed
American Muslim Taskforce

of Muslim respon-
no party reflects
their views,
while 34 per-
cent of the 1,200
people surveyed
said the Demo-
cratic Party best
represents Mus-
lim interests and
24 percent favor
the Green Party.
"I think Kerry
will carry most
of the vote," said
Ron Stockton, a
political science
University's Dear-
Bush is not very

Continued from page 1
ing and singing "The Victors" in the
Business School's courtyard.
Dolan said although he expected
the top spot after camera crews from
CNBC were on campus last week
interviewing faculty and students, he
was not officially told the news until
yesterday morning.
MBA student Amy Monroe said
she was thrilled to hear the news.
Continued from page 1
actively involved in collecting signatures
for MCRI. These petitioners have col-
lected at football games and mass meet-
ings. Some receive pay for their work.
This summer, news reports
revealed that almost all of the fund-
ing for the campaign came from the
American Civil Rights Coalition,
in California. Opponents, includ-
ing United Michigan, used the
information to say that MCRI was
an "outsider" campaign. Records
showed that MCRI had raised about
But ACRC, led by University of

"I was excited because there was
a lot of hype about CNBC being
here. If we weren't number one- it
would've been disappointing," she
Monroe decided to attend the Ross
School to study brand management
after spending four years in the Navy
as a surface warfare officer and three
years as a defense consultant working
for the firm Booz Allen.
"Obviously Michigan already had
a good reputation.
California regent and affirmative action
opponent Ward Connerly, has not filed
its report yet, Zarko said.
That report should show that some of
ACRC's money came from Michigan
donors, he said.
O'Brien, who runs a separately
funded committee but still works with
MCRI, has also not filed. His list should
be comprised of predominantly Michi-
gan donors, O'Brien said. He expects to
file in January.
To Zarko, MCRI's funding sources
do not matter. "It's irrelevant, the peo-
ple of Michigan want to vote on the
issue," he said.
Both officials also noted that
United Michigan has reported large

"This gives more publicity to the
school," he said, adding that, "Any
good press is always good for
recruiting and for students."
The announcement comes one day
after representatives from the Ross
School kicked off a 10-city capital cam-
paign in Boston.
The goal of the campaign is to
raise $350 million. So far, the school
has accumulated more than $200
million, including Ross's donation,
Dolan said.
contributions - totalling more than
$300,000 - from corporations and
other wealthy donors.
MCRI has seized upon this
information to say that United
Michigan is obstructing democra-
cy and the will of Michiganders by
accepting funding from relatively
few people.
Polls have shown that the major-
ity of the public is against "prefer-
ences based on race."
"That goes to show that Michi-
gan voters are really in support of
this, that it's just the few that ben-
efit from the use of racial preference
who want to continue it," Davis,
from YAF, said.

the war in Iraq,
the Patriot Act and racial profiling,
Saeed said.
"Civil rights is not the only issue,
but it's the most important,"'Saeed
said. "America should be true to its
own ideals in the constitution."
Although Muslim communi-
ties traditionally vote Democratic,
Bush met with community lead-
ers on the campaign trail in 2000
and pledged to eliminate the use of
secret evidence in racial profiling
cases, which often targets Arabs
and Muslims.
But since the Sept. 11 terrorist
attacks, many Muslims have been
critical of Bush's support of the
Patriot Act and believe that the gov-
ernment has unfairly targeted Mus-
lims in its war on terrorism.
"To regain the trust of our com-
munity, Bush has to help restore
equal citizenship and equal rights
to all Muslim citizens," Saeed said.
Despite drawing less than 10 per-
cent of Muslim support, all is not
lost for Bush in the community.

professor at the
born campus.
"Right now,

popular in the Muslim community.
But there's still six weeks to go, and
you never know what will happen
tomorrow," he said.
Both Bush and Kerry are behind
the war in Iraq and the Patriot
Act. Nader, whose father is Leba-
nese, pledges to pull troops out of
Iraq immediately, and his policies
toward Palestinians living in Israel
have also won the backing of many
"Especially for those who are
concerned with the Palestinian
conflict, they are not seeing a major
difference between Kerry and
Bush, so they're gravitating toward
Nader," Stockton said.
Yet one of the problems with
endorsing Nader is that he lacks
a realistic chance of winning the
election, Saeed said.
"The problem is electability," he


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