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Speaker to promote
grassroot activism,
black power
Center for Afroamerican and African
Studies Prof. Stephen Ward will be speak-
ing at the CAAS brownbag series today at
9 a.m in Room 4701 of Haven Hall.
Ward's lecture is titled Black Radical
Thought, Grassroots Activism and the
Roots of Black Power: Thoughts on the
Lives and Work of James and Grace Lee
Boggs. For more information about the
event, contact ecnirp@asdroot.itcs.edu.
Workshop to help
prepare women
S for job interviews
The Career Center for the Education
of Women will be hosting a workshop
to prepare students for job interviews.
The workshop activities will take place
at noon at the Center for the Education
of Women located at 330 E. Liberty St.
There is no cost to attend, but Pegis-
tration is required; to register call (734)
Prof. to give his
autobiography in
Alice Lloyd lounge
Todd V. Ester, the current director
of multicultural affairs and an assistant
clinical professor of Endodontics at the
School of Dentistry, will speak today
.as part of the Health Sciences Scholars
W Program's Professional Autobiography
Series at 7 p.m. in the West Lounge of
Alice Lloyd Residence Hall.
Parking permit .
stolen from car
A subject reported to the Department
of Public Safety on Monday that a per-
mit was stolen from her vehicle while
it was parked in the carport on Kipke
Drive. There are currently no suspects.
Subject harasses
woman at library
A subject reported to DPS that she
received harassing communication from
another person at the Alfred Taubman
Medical Library on Monday. The case
is still under investigation.
Officers unable to
locate trespasser
A caller reported to DPS that a sub-
ject was trespassing in Angell Hall on
Monday. The officers were unable to
locate the subject.
Clothing found
without incident

Clothing was reported missing to
DPS in West Quadrangle Residence
Hall early yesterday morning but
was found without incident.

Bush speaks in
Detroit about new
economic plans

DETROIT (AP) - President Bush, who is trying
to gain support for his second-term goal of chang-
ing Social Security and improving the economy,
made a strategic stop yesterday in Michigan, which
lost thousands of jobs during his first term.
"It is time to confront great challenges," Bush
told an audience of around 1,500 people at a Detroit
Economic Club luncheon. "If you care about the
quality of life for our children and grandchildren,
now is the time."
Bush spoke about his plans to expand the econ-
omy, including reduced federal spending, tax cuts,
lawsuit reform and ensuring free trade and afford-
able, reliable energy. He also spoke at length about
his plan to overhaul Social Security.
It was Bush's second visit to Michigan this
year and his second speech to the Detroit Eco-
nomic Club. He first spoke to the club during
the 2000 campaign.
Michigan's unemployment rate was 6.8 percent
last year, lower than in 2003 but still higher than the
national rate of 5.4 percent. Since December 2003,
Michigan has lost 47,000 payroll jobs, mostly in
"Parts of our country struggle just like Michi-
gan. I'm very aware of that," Bush told those in
attendance at yesterday's speech, including the
chief executives of Detroit's Big Three automakers,
Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, Cardinal Adam Maida,
Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land and Attorney
General Mike Cox.
General Motors Corp. CEO Rick Wagoner
said Bush's goal of a business environment that

is dynamic and flexible is a good one. He said
GM supports Bush's tax cuts and wants to see
a long-term fix for Social Security. He also said
Bush understands the weight of health care costs
on Detroit's automakers.
"We share the view that health care costs need to
be brought under control," Wagoner said.
Bush's proposed budget - released Monday -
includes a boost in spending on the military, which
could be a boon for defense-related manufacturers
in Michigan. It also calls for increased Medicaid
spending in Michigan. But the proposed budget
would cut education funds and subsidies to farmers,
which could hurt Michigan.
Bush also discussed his No. 1 domestic prior-
ity, allowing younger workers to set aside some of
their Social Security earnings in private investment
accounts. Bush says Social Security will be running
a deficit by 2018 and his plan would help stop the
red ink.
"The government has made a promise to young-
er workers that it cannot pay for," Bush said. "The
whole world is watching to see if we have the cour-
age to fix this problem."
Michigan Democrats say the Social Secu-
rity plan is a dangerous one for the 1.7 mil-
lion people who receive Social Security in
Michigan. Rep. Sander Levin (D-Detroit) said
Democrats want to keep Social Security sol-
vent but believe Bush's plan is expensive and
wouldn't help the shortfall.
"We Democrats are always ready to help out, but
not to divert these moneys and not to add terribly to

President Bush addresses the Detroit Economic Club yesterday. Bush was in Detroit one day
after sending a $2.57 trillion federal budget proposal to lawmakers on Capitol Hill.

the debt and not to cut benefits for younger work-
ers," Levin said.
Levin was among those who released a report
Monday by the Institute for America's Future,
a liberal Washington group, which said young
Michigan workers would lose an average of
$151,703 in benefits by the time they retire in
2050 under Bush's plan.
Bush said benefits will be cut, but workers could
make up for that with personal accounts that have

a higher rate of return that the government now
offers. Without his plan, he warned, Social Security
will face a $300 billion shortfall by 2033.
"If we don't act now, imagine what life is going to
be like trying to fill that hole," Bush said.
About 20 people - some holding signs read-
ing "No War," others wearing T-shirts urging no
changes to Social Security - protested Bush's visit
from a spot near Cobo Center, where the president
delivered his speech.

College Dems endorse Dean for DNC chair

By Julia Homing
Daily Staff Reporter

The University chapter of the College Demo-
crats endorsed Howard Dean for the Democratic
National Committee chairmanship this week.
The endorsement comes late in the race, when
six other candidates for the position have already
backed down. A former candidate for the Demo-
cratic presidential nomination, Dean runs unop-
posed for the DNC chairmanship. Former Rep.
Tim Roemer of Indiana was Dean's last remaining
opponent until he dropped out on Monday.
LSA junior and College Democrats Vice Chair
Libby Benton said the decision to endorse Dean
required much deliberation.
"This is a very important aspect of the Demo-
cratic Party, and it's important that students have a

voice in it," she said.
Members of the College Democrats registered
their opinions at weekly meetings and in an online
poll over the last month. Benton said about 60 per-
cent of the members supported Dean.
LSA junior and College Democrats Chair Ramya
Raghavan said she supported Dean because of his
track record of expanding the Democratic Party.
She also said Dean appeals to younger Democrats
because of his dedication to grassroots organization.
"A lot of politics are top-down, and Dean gives
young people today the ability to get involved from
a lower level," she said.
A former physician, Dean was the governor of
Vermont before entering the presidential race. Benton
said his effective campaigning in the primary race -
including his use of technology and fundraising abili-
ties - was encouraging to the College Democrats.

But some feel Dean's policy record will be det-
rimental to the Democratic Party. LSA junior and
First Vice Chair of the College Republicans Jeston
La Croix said Dean was too liberal for the position.
"I think a political party should be reaching out
to the people who tend to agree with them and not
try to polarize the party," he said.
Political Science Prof. Vincent Hutchings said
the DNC chairmanship is more about the fund-
raising abilities of the candidate than his policies.
He said the role of the position is to organize the
Democratic Party.
"Because the Democrats are out of power in the
White House and Congress, and because Dean
already has recognition, he will be the face of the
Democratic Party," he said.
Hutchings said Dean will help the party because
he is unapologetic.

"They need someone who will not offer up
Republican views, but instead will put up a Demo-
cratic vision," he said.
Business School senior Scott Foley, the senior
advisor to the College Republicans, said the Repub-
lican Party will see more victories with Dean as
DNC chairman.
"It's obvious from his failed presidential run that
the American people don't connect with Howard
Dean's view of the world. For the Republicans, hav-
ing Dean as the DNC chair will be terrific," he said.
Hutchings said it is important not to understate
or overstate Dean's potential influence.
"He is not single-handedly going to resolve the
problems of the Democratic Party, nor is he going
to destroy it," he said. "Dean will perhaps do some-
thing that most of the party chairs cannot doand
that is to be visible."

GM introduces
new airbags with
more safetyfeatures



DETROIT (AP) - General Motors
Corp. is introducing a new front pas-
senger air bag that deploys differently
based on the severity of the crash, where
the seat is and whether the passenger is
wearing a seat belt.
The company planned to unveil the
new air bags today at the Chicago Auto
Show. They will be standard on two
luxury sedans, the 2006 Buick Lucerne
and the 2006 Cadillac DTS, which will
go on sale this fall. GM spokeswoman
Meganne Hausler said the company
eventually plans to introduce the air bag
on other vehicles.
GM said the air bag is the first of its
kind in the industry.
The federal government is requir-
ing all vehicles made after Sept. 1,
2006, to have advanced air bag sys-
tems, which determine how much to
inflate the frontal air bags based on
the passenger's weight, seat belt use
and seating position.
Conventional advanced air bags
inflate to a single size but adjust the air
pressure according to the passenger's
weight, position and belt status. GM said
its air bag goes further by adjusting both
the size of the bag and the pressure.
Advanced air bags cost automakers
about $127 per vehicle, according to
the National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration. GM isn't revealing the
added cost of installing the new air bag
system, Hausler said.
Robert Lange, GM's director of struc-
ture and safety, said early testing indi-
cates the air bags could improve GM's

ratings in frontal crash tests.
Several GM vehicles already have
advanced air bag technology, including
the Cadillac Escalade, the Chevrolet
Avalanche, Silverado and Suburban and
the GMC Yukon.
GM's new air bag has a tether that
holds the bag back to a smaller size if
it detects the passenger is seated too
close, unbelted or could otherwise be
injured. The tether releases if the pas-
senger is far enough back and belted.
GM said it takes the vehicle's sensors
only milliseconds to determine whether
to unleash the full pressure.
Brian O'Neill, president of the
Insurance Institute for Highway Safe-
ty, said he hasn't seen technology like
GM's before.
O'Neill said one issue with advanced
air bags has been false signals - such
as a heavy bag on a seat - which auto-
matically turns the passenger air bag
off. He said manufacturers are so wary
of harming passengers that they may err
on the side of not letting bags deploy.
He said GM's option of a smaller air
bag could help that problem.
"It will more often be able to deploy
the passenger side air bag without
doing harm, so there's a safety gain
where it might have been turned off,"
O'Neill said.
Wednesday's unveiling was GM's
second major safety announcement in
two weeks. The company said on Jan.
31 that it plans to put two safety features
- OnStar and electronic stability con-
trol - in all of its vehicles by 2010.

Wednesday, February 9,7:30-9:00 pm
Michigan Union, Anderson C&D

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Faculty proposes
nuclear war crisis
conference at 'U,
Feb. 9, 1983 - Although some may
believe it is only a political fad, Uni-
versity faculty members are joining
colleagues from a growing number of
colleges across the country by studying
the threat of nuclear war.
Instructors from various departments
in the University have been meeting
for the last 18 months as part of a fac-
ulty arms control seminar to discuss the
issues surrounding nuclear weaponry.
Other faculty members, who have
formed an Office of International Peace
and Security Research, hope to stage
a symposium that would produce a
book summarizing existing knowl-
edge about the international crises that

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