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The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, October 12, 2005 - 3

ON CAMPUS
Gates to discuss
tech opportunities
for students
Microsoft founder and multibil-
lionaire Bill Gates will be speaking
at Rackham Auditorium today about
the opportunities computer science
can offer students. Although all tickets
have been given out, the lecture will be
viewable from television screens in the
Rackham Amphitheatre. The event will
be held at 10 a.m. today.
Stonewall Dems
to address LGBT-
related court cases
The Stonewall Democrats, the
LGBT Caucus of the College Demo-
crats, will hold a panel discussion as
part of National Coming Out Week
that will center on the court cases
Smith v. Salem and National Pride at
Work v. Granholm.
The discussion will analyze the
significance of the rulings and their
effect on the LGBT community. The
event will be held in the Kalamazoo
Ballroom of the Michigan League at
7 p.m. tonight.
Former MIT pres
to lecture on US
intelligence issues
Charles Vest, the former presi-
dent of the Massachusetts Institute
of Technology, will deliver a lecture
titled "Improving the U.S. Intelligence
Community - Lessons from Iraq,
Libya, and Elsewhere," today. Spon-
sored by the Gerald R. Ford School of
Public Policy, the event will be held in
the Michigan Union Ballroom at 3:30
p.m. this afternoon.
CRIME
NOTES
Drunken man yells
at student on Diag
An intoxicated man was verbally
harassing students Monday after-
noon on the Diag, the Department of
Public Safety reported. The man had
an outstanding warrant with the Ann
Arbor Police Department for having
an open container of alcohol in pub-
lic. DPS arrested the man and turned
him over to the AAPD.
Math department
receives vulgar
e phone messages
An employee of the math depart-
ment reported finding vulgarities
on the answering machine of the
math department Monday after-
noon, according to DPS. DPS said
the obscenities were not targeted
at a specific person. The employee
also reported that the problem has
occurred in the past.

'U' bus driver
rear-ends vehicle
A University bus driver reported
rear-ending a vehicle on Huron
Parkway late Monday afternoon,
according to DPS. The vehicle that
was hit left before DPS arrived.
The University bus sustained no
damages.
THIS DAY
In Daily History
Hundreds rejected
in sorority rush
Oct. 12, 1984 - Due to a record num-
ber of women participating in fall rush
this year, more than 200 women did
not receive pledges from sororities said
Sonya Norgren, president of the Panhel-
lenic Association.
About 1,054 female college students
rushed this fall, an increase of 136 from
last year's fall rush. Only 521 received
bids to join sororities, but at least 225
women were not invited to join the
sorority of their choice. Last year, 104

Northwest plans to meet with mechanics

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Northwest Airlines Corp. and its
striking mechanics said yesterday that they will meet, although
neither side described the talks as negotiations.
Northwest mechanics, cleaners and custodians have been on
strike since Aug. 20, although Northwest has kept flying with-
out them. The last round of talks broke off Sept. 11. Northwest
filed for bankruptcy protection three days later.
A hotline for the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association
said the union negotiating committee and the airline agreed to
meet "for the purpose of reviewing where the parties stand on
the open issues related to the current strike, and to determine
whether the open issues can be resolved."
"The parties have agreed to meet Thursday to review the
status of bargaining and what options remain, if any, for res-
New Orleans
colleges begi:
recruitment

olution of the ongoing strike," Northwest spokesman Kurt
Ebenhoch said.
Northwest is Michigan's leading passenger air carrier, with a
hub at Detroit Metropolitan Airport.
Earlier talks have been mediated. Ebenhoch said there were
no plans for a mediator to attend tomorrow's meeting, although
he said Northwest wouldn't object.
AMFA negotiations spokesman Jeff Mathews declined to
comment.
Before the strike, Northwest employed about 4,400 mechan-
ics, cleaners and custodians.
Its last offer before talks broke off would have kept just 1,080
mechanics. Northwest shifted many of the other jobs to con-
tractors, and said it began hiring permanent replacements on

Sept. 13.
On Monday, AMFA said about 50 of its members had crossed
the picket line and returned to work.
Union officials said at the time that the key differences
were over severance pay and work rules. Negotiator Rich
Nygaard has also said Northwest sought a five-year contract
with no raises, while the union wanted a three-year deal with
two raises.
Northwest's demands have increased since the strike began.
It originally sought $176 million in concessions, but increased
that to $203 million in the last round of talks. It wants $1.4
billion from all of its workers, and other unions have said they
expect Northwest to ask the bankruptcy court judge to impose
its terms if they don't negotiate cuts soon.

DURHAM, N.H. (AP) - The college
fair at a University of New Hampshire
gymnasium is a regular stop on Rae-Anne
Mena's annual circuit through the North-
east. tier job is talking up Loyola Univer-
sity of New Orleans - its Jesuit service
mission, its strong core curriculum, its
academic programs and sports teams.
If all goes well, maybe she persuades a
handful of students to apply.
But this year, as students and parents
snake along the rows of tables toward
Loyola's, they look surprised to see her.
"Are you under water?" several ask.
"When will you reopen?"
Some offer friendly encouragement,
others crack jokes within earshot. "I hear
their best major now is scuba diving," one
man says to his son as they walk past.
Mena smiles patiently and stays on
message: Loyola was not badly damaged;
television exaggerated the violence; the
school will be running when they arrive
next fall. Maybe by then Mena will get to
answer some of the questions that used to
seem normal, like "What SAT score do I
need?" and "Could I study abroad?"
The New Orleans colleges that were
closed at least temporarily by Hurricane
Katrina face monumental short-term
obstacles simply to reopen their campus-
es, and next year's freshman class won't
arrive for nearly a year. Nonetheless,
recruiting is an urgent priority. New stu-
dents are the lifeblood of any college, and
for schools such as Loyola, Dillard and
Xavier - and even for wealthier Tulane
- the future depends on filling classroom
seats and collecting tuition.
For the admissions officers working out
of scattered hotels and offices, this may
be their most challenging and important
recruiting season ever.
"We need to be out there and show the
flag," Mena says, setting up her Loyola
table a few minutes before the fair begins.
"People walk by and you see them say,
'You're here, are you OK?' And you can
start that dialogue."
The challenge is enormous.
Admissions officers first had to get
their own lives in order after the storm,
while at work, important records and

plans were destroyed.
Against that backdrop, recruiters' sales-
manship on the road must be better than
ever. There may be just a few moments to
persuade a potential applicant that - the
chaotic television images nothwithstand-
ing - New Orleans will rise again as a
great college town.
The colleges acknowledge that enthu-
siasm from new prospects has been
muted so far. But they also insist stu-
dents who had already expressed inter-
est haven't crossed the New Orleans
schools off their lists.
They are counting on current students
and alumni to help. Late last month, a
half-dozen Tulane students showed up at a
recruiting event in Providence, R.I., some
coming from Boston, 45 minutes away.
"Tulane is the greatest place in the
world," sophomore Bridget Cheney, tak-
ing classes temporarily at Providence
College, told the audience. "Every single
person I know is going back."
Tulane admissions officer Liz Seely,
a 2004 graduate, emphasized that the
school, which plans to reopen next
semester, was not badly damaged.
She even talked about unique service
opportunities. New Orleans, she said,
"is going to be an amazing place to be
involved next year."
"I really believe it's going to be the
same wonderful place it was a month ago
again," she said.
Then she put the topic to rest, turn-
ing to Tulane's facilities, its plans to
hire more faculty, its alumni network.
Even during the question-and-answer
session the audience ignored the storm,
asking instead about academic pro-
grams, housing and sorority life. The
students, at least, seemed unperturbed
by the state of New Orleans. Their par-
ents appeared more concerned that it's
1,500 miles from home.
"I think it might even be an interest-
ing opportunity to be there and be part
of the rebuilding process," said Kaileigh
Ahlquist, a high school junior from Provi-
dence. Said her mother, Kathy: "I don't
think it's going to be any worse than send-
ing her off anywhere else."

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