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Thursday, March 31, 2005

Science 8A
Sports 9A

Military recruits
new robots
'M' nine pulls out
victory in slugfest
Exams are coming.
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One-hundredfourteen years ofedoriadfreedom
www.mizhiandaiy.com Ann Arbor, Michigan Vol. CXV, No. 109 ®2005 The Michigan Daily

Board's control of
publication is inappropriat
according to some experts
By Donn M. Fresard
Daily News Editor

content criticized


the editors of the popular student-run
satirical campus newspaper and UAC last
UAC is a student-run organization that
distributes money - provided to UAC by
the University through student fees - to
15 student groups, including the Every
Three Weekly, that provide activities and
entertainment for students.
After the Every Three Weekly printed
an issue that included three stories about
student athletes - including one, head-
lined "Phelps To Major In Pussy," that

skewered University student and Olympic
gold medalist Michael Phelps - Executive
Associate Athletic Director Michael Ste-
venson said he felt obligated to approach
the newspaper and the UAC executive
board, which controls the newspaper's
"I think that that kind of satire is unbe-
coming to any student at the University,"
Stevenson said. "It adds nothing to our
campus community to have that kind of
Although all parties involved in the

meeting said neither UAC nor any Univer-
sity official threatened to censor the Every
Three Weekly or cut its funding, UAC's
involvement in discussions of the newspa-
per's content raised First Amendment con-
cerns. Mark Goodman, executive director
of Student Press Law Center, said UAC's
executive board should not involve itself in
the Every Three Weekly's content.
"It is undoubtedly inappropriate for the
University or a body to which the Univer-
sity has delegated authority to be hearing
See E3W, Page 3A

First Amendment concerns were raised
over the relationship between The Michi-
gan Every Three Weekly and the Univer-
sity Activities Center after a high-ranking
Athletic Department official approached

anticipate 4
million obs
The March forecast of the economy
estimates that after 2006, 2 million
new jobs will be added each year
By C.C. Song
Daily Staff Reporter
After three consecutive years of job losses, the U.S. economy
is finally picking up again, according to University economists
who predict 4 million jobs will be created in the country by the

end of 2006.
Conducted by Economics Prof.
economics research scientist
Joan Crary and senior research
associate Janet Wolfe, the March
forecast for the economy predicts
that after 2006, 2 millions jobs
will also be added each year.
Hymans added that most of the
new job openings will be located
in the service industries.
Phil Gardner, a Michigan State
University researcher and college
hiring recruitment trends expert,
agreed that most of the jobs will
be created in the service industry
and employers will have a high
demand for college graduates. He
added that many of the jobs will
be professional services, such as
business, accounting, marketing
and sales, as well as biological
research, health care services
and engineering consulting.
But he added the 4 million
predicted by the team of Uni-
versity economists is a conser-
vative number. Instead, Gardner
predicts 4.8 million jobs will
be produced by the end of next

Saul Hymans, along with
who are
growth feel
the need for
new workers,
and they're
confident to
make hiring
- Saul Hymans
Economics professor

Aisha Jukaku carefully pins up her headscarf to make sure her hair, ears and neck are tucked away as part of her hijab, the islamic dress code for women.

Hymans said the job growth stems from the Federal Reserve
Board, which controls the nation's monetary policy, and its
implementation of low interest rates to stimulate the economy.
"The policies of the Federal Reserve Board brought the
interest rate really low to increase incentives to increase busi-
ness activities, especially in new residential constructions and
purchasing homes. Investment by business is more profitable at
a low interest rate," he said.
As the economy began to recover, Hymans said there was
an increase in consumer confidence, which brought about the
growth in consumption. He added that with the increase in
consumption and consumer confidence on the rise, businesses
were willing to increase their number of job openings.
"We really have the economy that's back on the growth track.
Employers who are confident about economic growth feel the need for
new workers, and they're confident to make hiring decisions," he said.
The positive effects of the new job openings are evident
in the internship fairs that the University Career Center has
sponsored, said Lynne Sebille-White, assistant director of the
recruitment service at the Career Center.
She said that the internship fairs had the most employers
coming to recruit students during 1999 to 2001 - prior to the
job losses. She said there was a dramatic decrease after 2001,
but in 2004, the number of employers has come back to the
See JOBS, Page 3A

By Christina Hildreth
Daily Staff Reporter

Every morning before walking out the door,
Business junior Aisha Jukaku looks in the mirror,
skillfully pinning her scarf to make sure her hair,
ears and neck are carefully tucked away. Like mil-
lions of Muslim women across the world, Jukaku's
colorful scarf is part of her daily wardrobe.
Jukaku's scarves, along with her long-sleeved

shirts and long pants, are part of her hijab, - the
Islamic dress code for women - which she wears
in observance of the Islamic law of modesty. Her
faith requires that she cover every part of her body
except her feet, face and hands. There is also a
separate law of modesty for men, although this
law is not as noticeable because it only requires
them to be covered from the navel to the knee,
she said.
Nadine Naber, a professor of women's studies

and anthropology, said there has been a lot of dis-
cussion about hijab in western society, and images
of women in hijab have been used to demonstrate
the so-called backwardness of Muslim culture.
" ... We are constantly bombarded with images
of the veil in the U.S. media as a sign of Muslim
women's oppression, covered from head to toe in
long black garbs as if they were faceless and name-
less." she said.
See HIJAB, Page 7A

Board fears bias in
final Coke decision

MSA seeks better minority relations

By Amber Colvin
Daily Staff Reporter

The Dispute Review
Board worries that two
students involved in SOLE
have a conflict of interest
By Breeanna Hare
Daily Staff Reporter
As members of the Dispute Review
Board deliberate on a decision regard-
ing the University's vendor contract
with the Coca-Cola Company, mem-
bers of the Coca-Cola Campaign - the
group requesting that the University end
its business with the soft drink giant
- have voiced concern over what they
say is an attempt by DRB to exclude its
representatives from voting in the final
decision, which will occur by the end of
the semester.
The worries by Coca-Cola Campaign
members stem from recent discussion
within the DRB meetings involving
issues of a conflict of interest involv-

flict of interest issue will be used as a
pretense for the DRB to prevent their
representatives from voting in the final
LSA sophomore Jory Hearst, who
is a member of Students Organizing
for Labor and Economic Equality and
the Coca-Cola Campaign said there is
nothing wrong with Ris and Graham
being members of the DRB.
"SOLE feels very strongly that there
is not a conflict of interest because the
Dispute Review Board was set up so
that students from the Coke Campaign
could be on the board because they are
generally the students that bring a lot
of the complaints to the board," Hearst
Ris, a member of the DRB and the
campaign against Coke agrees that her
involvement in the board would not be
a conflict of interest.
"Student members who bring com-
plaints should be allowed to vote," Ris
"They play an important role in pro-

The Michigan Student Assembly was
once seen as intimidating and unwelcoming
to students from underrepresented minority
groups, said newly elected LSA representa-
tive Melton Lee.
But MSA aims to improve its reputation
this year by working toward a more minor-
ity-friendly according to some MSA repre-
"We've been doing a lot of work to expose
the issues of climate in student government
bodies to help to counteract some of the
things that turned off students of color and
minorities to participating in student govern-
ment," Lee said.
Lee, who is black and is this semester's co-
chair of the Minority Affairs Commission,
said much of MSA's unfavorable reputation
among minority communities came from the
now defunct Students First party.
He said that Students First went too far in
recruiting minorities as candidates in order
to improve the party's image, eventually
becoming a blatant form of tokenism.
Alexandra Moffett, an LSA sophomore
and recently elected MSA-LSA representa-

conversations about minorities being used as
tokens in previous years, but has not seen it in
her tenure on the assembly.
"My experience ... so far it's been really
good. I don't feel like minorities are under-
represented," Chen said.
Lee said MSA is currently working to
overcome the issue, by having retreats at the
beginning of each semester with icebreakers
and other activities to help representatives get
to know each other and to spur a more friend-
ly environment.
However, a recent study found that this issue
goes beyond student government. According
to the study, minorities are underrepresented
in top-ranking government jobs around the
country, but are frequently asked to lead tasks
such as civil rights commissions. The study
said that while minorities composed 32 per-
cent of the nation's population, they held only
16 percent of key appointed policy positions
in state governments in 2004.
The study was done by the Center for
Women in Government & Civil Society, a
part of the Nelson A. Rockefeller College of
Public Affairs and Policy at the University at
Albany, State University of New York.
At the University, many minorities say they
are underrepresented on MSA for a variety of

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