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By Christina Hildreth
Daily Staff Reporter
As several dozen students
gathered on the Diag for a vigil
for hurricane victims, University
officials reported yesterday that
all but four of the University's
students known to be from hur-
ricane-affected areas have been
Dean of Students Sue Eklund
said a fifth student has not con-
tacted her office, but has been
sighted on campus.
Of the students who have
phoned or e-mailed the Univer-
sity, all are safe and sound, if a
The University continues to
search for the remaining students,
Eklund said, adding that her office
is doing everything it can: send-
ing e-mails, asking professors
and housing staff to keep an eye
out for the students and contacting
"Some are having a tough time
getting back to campus, leaving
temporary shelter or finding trans-
portation. It's just taking time until
they surface," she said.
For now, Eklund said, energy is
being devoted to helping hurricane
students who are on campus.
As of yesterday, a total of 66 stu-
dents from colleges and universi-
ties located in the devastated areas
have been admitted to the Univer-
sity, with dozens more applications
being processed. Two professors
from affecteduniversities -'Ilane
plan at MSA
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Can't leave for three
weeks? The Red Cross needs
you here. The Washtenaw
County Chapter of the Red
Cross is in urgent need of
local volunteers, especially
those who can commit to a
regular schedule for the next
three to six months.
Things you can do:
" Help receive and process
" Assist individuals and
organizations wishing to
" Act as front-door greeters
" Answer phones
Want to go?
The Red Cross is also
seeking volunteers for
deployment to affected areas.
For more information, call
By Ian Herbert
Daily Sports Editor
A small section of students at Michigan Sta-
dium on Saturday may have to actually watch
the game from their seats. Last night, the ath-
letic department sent an e-mail to the approxi-
mately 2,000 students whose season tickets are
in the south endzone - sections 11, 12 and 13.
The e-mail explained that, starting with this
weekend's game against Notre Dame, the stu-
dents would be required to remain seated for
most of the game.
"We are asking you to respect the other Wol-
verine fans by not standing for the entire game,"
Athletic Director Bill Martin said in his e-mail
to the select students. "Students standing for
long periods of time are subject to removal."
Associate athletic director Marty Bodnar
said that, during the Northern Illinois game last
weekend, there were confrontations between
the Michigan students and the fans who were
sitting directly behind them. Bodnar said that
there were reports of people throwing food and
drinks at each other in that part of the stadium.
He added that they would kick people out, but
only if absolutely necessary.
"We don't want that," Bodnar said. "Believe
me, that's our last resort."
LSA freshman Wanita Espinoza, who sits in
the south endzone, said that most of the students
weren't being overly rowdy, but she added that
Event Staff at the stadium came down to moni-
tor the student section.
Normally, student tickets are in the northeast
corner of Michigan Stadium. The students in
those sections often stand - usually on top of
the bleachers - for the entire game.
"We understand that students stand as a part
of culture, but we just want this group to please
sit down," Bodnar said. "We still want them to
cheer, cheer hard, cheer loud."
This year, the athletic department could not
accommodate all of the student ticket requests
in the student section because it received 21,053
See FANS, Page 7
history profs. Lawrence Powell and
Steven Pierce - will be teaching
classes at the University this fall.
Though physically well and
relocated, many of these students
now face the daunting task of find-
ing money to pay forfall term.
To help, the University has
opened its wallet.
"We are being very generous
with financial aid," University
See KATRINA, Page 7
LSA freshman Aimee Bothwell holds a candle during a vigil for Hurricane Katrina on the diag last night. The vigil
was attended by a few dozen students. The University has successfully located all but four of the students from
WASHINGTON (AP) - Acting with extraor-
dinary speed, Congress approved an additional
$51.8 billion for relief and recovery from Hurri-
cane Katrina yesterday. President Bush pledged
to make it as "easy and simple as possible" for
uncounted, uprooted storm victims to collect
food stamps and other government benefits.
"We're not asking for a handout, but we do
need help," said Sen. Trent Lott - whose home
state of Mississippi suffered grievously from
the storm - as lawmakers cleared the bill for
Bush's signature less than 24 hours after he
requested it. The measure includes $2,000 debit
cards for families to use on immediate needs.
Bush signed the bill last night. In a statement
issued by the White House, he praised Congress
for "moving swiftly and in strong bipartisan fash-
ion to approve these additional emergency funds"
but cautioned: "More resources will be needed as
we work to help people get back on their feet."
The overwhelming support for the measure
across party lines - it passed 410-11 in the House
and 97-0 in the Senate - masked murmurs of con-
cern about a rapidly rising price tag as well as a
growing atmosphere of political jockeying in Con-
gress less than two weeks after the hurricane bat-
tered the Gulf Coast.
Congressional Democratic leaders said they
would refuse to appoint members to a committee
that Republican leaders intend to create to inves-
tigate the administration's readiness and response
to the storm.
House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi called
the GOP plan "a sham that is just the latest exam-
ple of congressional Republicans being the foxes
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By Amber Col
Daily Staff Repc
drops to third among public universities
The University has dropped from its number-two spot in this
year's U.S. News & World Report public university rankings,
out last month, coming in behind the University of California at
Berkley and the University of Virginia at number three.
While none of the categories that the rankings are based on
have suffered a significant drop, a few have declined slightly dur-
ing the past few years. The University's number of classes with
fewer than 20 students has gone down 2 percentage points in two
years, from 48 to 46 percent.
Small classes have become more of a luxury at the University
due to state budget cuts.
Alumni giving has also decreased 2 percent in the same time
frame, despite a $100-million dollar donation last year from Ste-
phen M. Ross to the Business School, now named for him. Also
dipping in the statistics were the University's peer assessment
score and graduation and retention rankings.
Another reason the University is now the number-three public
university is the slightly improved scores of the University of Vir-
ginia, which was bumped up from three to two.
Former University Provost Paul Courant said that while it was
an honor for the University's achievements to be recognized in
the magazine, the rankings could not always give an accurate
portrait of the University.
"As pleased as we are with this recognition, I think it
important to recall that no simple set of statistics can cap-
ture adequately the nuanced strengths and weaknesses ofa
large and complex institution like (the University)," Courant
said in a written statement.
University spokesman Joel Seguine said the yearly rank-
ing of schools does serve its purpose for college-shopping
high school students, but reiterated Courant's point that they
are not always accurate.
U.S. News & World report releases the college guide every
August, along with a guide to graduate schools in the spring.
Statistics such as graduation rates, student-to-faculty ratios and
SAT scores of the incoming freshmen class are used to calculate
an overall score for each school. The University, with an overall
score of 75 out of 100, came in as the 25th best college in the
nation - a ranking it has held for a few consecutive years now,
with the exception of last year's 22nd place.
A new ranking this year called the Washington Monthly Col-
lege Guide placed the University at number 10 in the nation.
Instead of looking at alumni donations and retention rates, the
new guide, according to the Washington Monthly website, prefers
colleges that enrich the country rather than colleges with good
"Universities should be engines of social mobility, they should
See RANKINGS, Page 7
Iraqi, U.S. forces sweep
TAL AFAR, Iraq (AP) - A joint U.S.-
Iraqi force punched deep into Tal Afar, a
key insurgent staging ground near the Syrian
border, and the Iraqi army said yesterday it
arrested 200 suspected militants in the sweep
- three-fourths of them foreign fighters.
Most of the estimated civilian population
of 200,000 have now fled this predominantly
Turkmen city, where 70 percent of that ethnic
group is Sunni Muslim - the sect that domi-
nates the Iraqi insurgency. The U.S. military
reported killing seven insurgents over the past
two days amid growing indications the joint
force was preparing to intensify the operation.
The sweep .in Tal Afar came as election
officials tallied figures from three Sunni-dom-
inated provinces, where the voter registration
was extended a week in preparation for the
Oct. 15 nationwide referendum on the new
handed control of the 275-member National
Assembly to Shiites and Kurds.
The new basic law was approved and sent
to voters by a coalition of Shiites and Kurds,
over the objections of Sunni representatives,
who fear it would allow the country to split into
sectarian and ethnic mini-states. That could cut
Sunnis out of Iraq's enormous oil wealth.
The very Sunni clerics who railed last Janu-
ary against an election "under foreign military
occupation" are now urging their people to take
part in both the referendum and the parliamen-
tary balloting in December.
Rejection of the charter would mean elec-
tions in December for a new parliament under
the rules of the interim constitution approved in
March 2004. The new parliament would start
the entire process of drafting a constitution
Demographics are a big problem for the
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