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The Michigan Daily - Monday, September 27, 2004 - 7A

Turkey's parliament ready
to discuss admission to EU

Kemal Anadol, a Turkish lawmaker, makes a speech as Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet All Sahin, left, Justice
Minister Cemil Cicek, center, and Defense Minister Vecdi Gonul, right in the background, listen during an emer-
gency session at the parliament in Ankara, Turkey, yesterday.

Continued from page 1A
with other states to buy prescription drugs in bulk and
lower costs," Granholm said. The current pooling process
provides a 20 percent discount to every uninsured Michi-
gan resident. This discount, Granholm said, is available
to persons of all age and should be widely employed. "1
encourage you all to sign up. The greater the number, the
greater the discount."
LSA sophomore Jed Vanderklok, who attended the rally to
"increase his awareness of social issues and hear current pub-
lic figures speak," applauded the governor's health care plans.
"Pooling the uninsured is a really good idea because it will save
people a lot of money," Vanderklok said.
Regarding the fight against crime, Wayne County Sheriff
Warren Evans proposed the planning of a regional Crime and
Safety Action Summit, where state and law enforcement offi-
down the barrier
mental health syste
Continued from page 1A The work grou
said. The taboo surrounding open dis- mental health serv
cussion of mental health leads some coordinates with
students to bottle up their concerns, with student group
creating more serious problems in the Its mission is to an
future, she added. services and make
Nearly four years ago, Vice Presi- on how to improve
dent for Student Affairs E. Royster The work group
Harper created the Mental Health last year to imp]
Work Group, which Pinder-Amaker mendations, one
has headed, in an attempt to break map of mental hI
Continued from page 1A
For all its perks, there are definite drawbacks to the online
system. Applications received electronically must still be
printed out and reviewed in hard copy form, adding time to the
evaluation process.
Also, there are many parts to an online application. Unlike
forms submitted via traditional mail - where students' applica-

cials will discuss methods of increasing Michigan "safe zones,"
where residents travel door to door gathering information about
crime hot spots. Law enforcement officials will subsequently
be held responsible for addressing problems identified in those
A handful of University students, all members of Michi-
gan Student Assembly's voter registration committee Voice
Your Vote, were acknowledged for their commitment to a
recently launched voter protection team. This consortium
of students and regional representatives plans to disperse
its members across polling sites in Detroit and other areas
known for mishandling votes, in order to ensure that ballots
are properly counted on Nov. 2.
"Misinformation and miscommunication is the number'
one reason why people are disenfranchised at the polls,"
said LSA senior and Voter Protection Team member Evan
Major. "We will make sure that people don't get turned
away at the polls."

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) - A spe-
cial session of parliament approved
legal reforms Sunday aimed at open-
ing the way for Turkey to begin mem-
bership talks with the European Union
after the governing party dropped a
proposal to criminalize adultery, a
plan that had upset EU leaders.
The vote came before an Oct. 6
EU report that is expected to rec-
ommend the bloc start negotiations
with Turkey.
But the dispute over criminalizing
adultery, a measure that Prime Minister
Recep Tayyip Erdogan had supported,
left concerns about his Islamic-rooted
governing party and overwhelming-
ly Muslim Turkey's commitment to
European values.
"Unfortunately, the debate over
adultery has created serious doubts in
Europe about Turkey's determination to
preserve its secularity," Onur Oymen,
a lawmaker from the main opposition
party, told parliament before the vote."
Even if this is solved, you've created a
Continued from page 1A
The bills were put forth by Demo-
crats as political statements, in protest
of the overrepresentation of low-income
and minority soldiers on the military's
front lines. A draft, they argued, would
spread the burden of war equally among
all races and social classes.
Draft legislation is considered
Continued from page 1A
have as much strategic importance for
Kerry and Edwards as it does for Bush.
The same Time poll revealed that only
17 percent of Kerry supporters said it
is "very important" that a presidential
candidate is religious, compared with
42 percent of Bush supporters. Respon-
dents who supported Bush also said they
attended religious services far more often
than Kerry supporters.
Still, Edwards's faith may appeal to the
40 percent of Kerry backers in the poll
that agreed "religious values should serve
as a guide to what political leaders do in
In an interview with the Interfaith Alli-
ance last year, Edwards said he would not
let his religious beliefs influence national
policy, especially when his beliefs conflict
with those of other faiths.
In the same interview, Edwards said he
"moved away somewhat" from his faith
in college - he was raised as a Southern
Baptist - and rediscovered religion after
the death of his son in 1996. Edwards now
belongs to the United Methodist Church,
to which Bush and his running mate Dick
Cheney also belong. Since then, Edwards
has co-chaired both the Senate and

confidence problem."
The reform package, the first over-
haul of the penal code in 78 years,
revamps Turkey's criminal laws and
includes tougher measures against
rape, pedophilia and torture and
improves human rights standards.
President Ahmet Necdet Sezer must
approve the changes before they take
Erdogan has made Turkey's entry
into the EU his top priority and the
criminal code reforms follow earlier
changes that broadened freedom of
expression, granted greater rights to
minority Kurds and trimmed the role
of the military in politics.
Conservative legislators and many
grass-roots supporters of Erdogan's
Justice and Development Party had
demanded that the penal code package
include the anti-adultery provision,
which led to tensions with the EU and
claims that the measure was closer to
Islamic law than EU law.
Opposition leaders and women's
politically unpopular, and as such
has little support in either house of
Recent questions about a military
draft may have been prompted by
mounting evidence that the military, and
especially the Army, is short on troops
and hard-pressed to find more.
Last Thursday, Sen. Jack Reed (D-
R.I.) quoted a new report by a Penta-
gon-appointed panel as finding that
National Prayer Breakfasts, where people
of different faiths and political stripes
unite in prayer.
Yesterday Edwards repeated an
anecdote about President Lincoln that
he used when he introduced Bush at
the 2002 National Prayer Breakfast.
Edwards related how a Congressman
asked Lincoln during the Civil War to
pray God is on the side of the Union.
Lincoln declined, saying, "Let us pray
we're on God's side."
Kerry borrowed the quote, which
Edwards had also used to rebut the Mas-
sachusetts senator during a primary sea-
son debate, for his acceptance speech at
the Democratic National Convention.
At the Prayer Breakfast, the quote had
a conciliatory and nonpartisan tone, but
yesterday it served to augment the Kerry
campaign's moral purpose.
Detroit resident Iris Smith said reli-
gious language has a place in political
"It's good, but let it be part of your life-
style," she said.
LSA junior John Gehart, a Campus
Crusade for Christ member, questioned
the influence of religion on voting pat-
terns. He said a candidate's strong reli-
gious faith alone cannot overcome a
voter's opposition to that candidate.

groups also strongly opposed the pro-
vision. and Justice Party legislators
abruptly withdrew the entire reform
package Sept.10.
Erdogan apparently agreed to drop
the adultery provision after meeting
Thursday in Brussels. Belgium, with
EU leaders, who said afterward that
once the penal code was approved
there would be no more obstacles to
the EU report.
But while signaling that the
report was likely to recdmmend
membership talks, EU officials
also have indicated it would be
years before Turkey could become
a full member.
Many Europeans have serious ques-
tions about letting Turkey become the
bloc's first Muslim majority member.
Soli Ozel, a political analyst, wrote in
Sunday's editions of the Turkish news-
paper Sabah that the controversy over
adultery "has given a lot of bargaining
chips to opponents of Turkey's mem-
bership in the EU."
U.S. troop numbers are insufficient to
sustain current military operations and
future missions.
Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) is one
of few Republicans who have publicly
entertained the idea of a draft. He said
last April that conscription might become
necessary depending on future military
developments, and has expressed support
for the idea that all Americans should
"share the burden" of war.
But he said religion is an issue presi-
dential candidates cannot avoid, even if
their faith is very personal for them, and
despite their attempts to avoid exploita-
tion of the issue.
"The reason the issue comes up is peo-
ple are curious how they make decisions.
I don't think it's possible to hide when
you're in the public eye,"he said.
Neither Smith nor Gehart said the
invoking of Christian concepts poses a
problem for religious minorities. Gehart
said Americans only object to Christian
candidates who share their faith with
the public, and not to candidates of other
faiths such as Sen. Joseph Lieberman ,
a Democrat from Connecticut who ran
in the presidential primaries earlier this
year, who openly declares his faith in
"I'd expect that if I were in a Muslim
country, they'd acknowledge that their
law comes from Islam," he added.
Smith and Gehart both invoked the
intent of the nation's founding fathers to
support their contention that religion has
a role to play in politics. They said Amer-
ica's foundation was religious.
"These are deeply religious men who
formed the country," Gehart said. "I can't
imagine they'd create a country where
God has no place."

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"The map wouldn't exist with-
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in a single envelope - online forms need to be assembled piece-
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filing and more waiting on the admissions' end of the process.
The University still charges the same undergraduate applica-
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or electronically. "I have a feeling that two to three years will
bring an even larger number of applications being done online.
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