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The Michigan Daily - Monday, November 28, 2005 - 3A

* Recruiters to talk
about careers in
community work
Representatives from the Direct
Action and Research Training Cen-
ter will visit campus today to pro-
vide information about careers in
community organizing.
They will also be conducting
interviews tomorrow on campus for
anyone interested in a career in the
DART's information session will
be held today at 5 p.m. in room B103
of the Michigan Union.
Cover design for
M-Planner to be
Students will be allowed to view
cover designs created by other stu-
dentsrforwthe 2005-06 M-Planner
There will be opportunities for
students to review the designs and to
make comments on each one.
The planners can be viewed today
from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the atrium
of the Student Activities Building.
A Closer Walk to
be screened today
The movie "A Closer Walk" will
be screened today in Auditorium D
of Angell Hall.
The screening is in conjunction
with World AIDS Week and focuses
on the global AIDS epidemic and the
reaction to it.
Caller reports
leaking pipe
A caller reported water flowing out
of a frozen pipe in Bursley Residence
Hall at 1:18 p.m. on Friday, according
to the Department of Public Safety.
Maintenance was notified of the
Suspect steals
card, buys tools
A credit card number was reported
stolen at the Fleming Administration
Building at 3:38 p.m. on Friday, DPS
The caller said the card was being
fraudulently used to buy tools.
DPS currently has no suspects.
Car slides off
road; no injuries
A vehicle slid off the road on Hub-
bard Road near Stone Drive at 12:32
a.m. on Saturday, according to DPS. No
one was hurt.


Rural areas supply more military recruits

Some say recruitment records show that
people with limited opportunities are more
likely to join the armed forces
DETROIT (AP) - Michigan's military recruits come dispro-
portionately from its rural areas when compared with urban areas,
according to Pentagon records.
In the state's 45 most rural counties - with 60 percent or more
of their populations in rural areas - about seven of every 1,000
young people ages 18 to 24 enlisted last year. In the state's most
populous counties, about four of every 1,000 young adults signed
up, according to Pentagon records obtained by an anti-war group.
"I think it tells us that young people with limited opportuni-
ties are more likely to join the armed forces," said Anita Bancs,
research director for the National Priorities Project, a Massachu-
setts-based nonpartisan nonprofit that gives people information
about how government works. "If we're going to engage in war, we
ought to know who the people are who volunteer, who are serving
in the armed forces and who put themselves at risk," she told the
Detroit News for a story published yesterday.
Bancs's group obtained the military records from Peacework
visits the
LANSING (AP) - During three whirlwind days
in the Middle East, Gov. Jennifer Granholm served
Thanksgiving dinner to soldiers, rode on a C-130
transport plane with a Lansing-based battalion head- d
ing home and told troops repeatedly that Michigan
residents are thankful for the job they're doing.
Then she came home Saturday afternoon and began
calling families of the Michigan National Guard troops
she'd visited and passing along the soldiers' words.
"I've got this whole handful of scrawled messages.
'Tell my son to get a haircut. Tell them to send some
great northern beans.... Tell them I love them,"' Gra-
nholm said during an interview yesterday with The
Associated Press. "It was a very moving experience." w
Granholm took off Tuesday evening for Qatar with
fellow Democratic Gov. Kathleen Sebelius of Kansas
and Republican govs. Haley Barbour of Mississippi
and Sonny Perdue of Georgia. The four were invited
to the Mideast by the U.S. departments of State and
Defense, and met with U.S., Iraqi and Kuwaiti leaders
as well as soldiers during their stay.
"The troops are concerned about the moral support
of the American people. And for that, I was grateful
to be there to assure them that the troops have 100
percent of our support, certainly in Michigan. I know
other governors were giving their troops that support
as well," Granholm said.
The governor met largely with Michigan soldiers
assigned to Kuwait and Iraq to do maintenance and
construction, deploy supplies, track down insurgents
and make sure routes are clear of IEDs - improvised
explosive devices - and other'dangers.
Nearly 1,700 of the 2,149 National Guard soldiers
and airmen from Michigan currently on active duty In a photo
are serving in Kuwait or Iraq, the governor's office Thanksgivi
Most of the units there now haven't suffered casual- 119th Field
ties. But the 125th Infantry Battalion from Saginaw, in soldiers wer
Iraq since July, hasn't been so lucky. was riding F
"They've lost two soldiers in the past month, so "They we
they've been badly hit," Granholm said. "They are adding that
really in the middle of things." weekend. "
The 1073rd Maintenance Co. of Greenville and ing and holl
the 107th Combat Engineer Battalion from the Upper Granholm
Peninsula are due to come back in January, the gov- calls - mo
ernor said. She expects them to be as jubilant as the specific dat

Magazine, a branch of an anti-war Quaker organization, which
had requested them from the military. The 2004 records do not
include military officers, people who enlisted in the Marine Corps,
or members of the National Guard, who have been widely deployed
in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Last year, the area around North Branch, village of about 1,000
people in Michigan's Thumb area north of Detroit, sent 30 recruits
into the Air Force, Army and Navy, according to the records. .
High school guidance counselors and principals in that area
agreed that most enlisted for economic reasons.
"It's opportunity as much as anything else," said Carolyn Med-
ford, a counselor at North Branch High School. "There aren't a lot
of careers here. A lot of people have relatives who've gone into the
service already; they see (the military) as a viable way to start a,
Most who enlist in Michigan end up in the Army, the recruiting
records show.
George Noirot, a spokesman for the Army's Michigan recruit-
ing battalion, said he has not seen a pattern showing that recruits
come disproportionately from rural or depressed areas. "I see a
pattern where individual recruiters do better than other recruit-
ers, and I see a pattern where some communities might be more

supportive," he said.
Steven Letts of North Branch didn't wait for a recruiter to come
to him. He went to the Marines.
"I always wanted to be a Marine, ever since I was a little kid," he
said. He figures that signing up means he won't have any expenses,
so he can save enough to open his own auto body shop when his
service ends. "I have a dream, and I should follow it."
Letts, a wiry 18-year-old Eagle Scout, approached a Marine
recruiter and told him he wanted to sign up. He will join as soon as
he finishes high school.
He follows news from Iraq and knows that more than 2,100
American soldiers have died since the war started in 2003. "I think
it's mostly mind over matter. If I have been trained right, then I
should not have any problem. If God chose it as my time to go,
then that's it."
Letts said one of his friends also plans to enlist in the Marines,
and another wants to join the Navy.
While the rate at which people sign up is higher in rural
areas, the majority of recruits still come from more populous
parts of the state. Because the figures include only the number
of recruits in 2004, it is impossible to say how that pattern has
changed over time.

f debated
LANSING (AP) - Lawmakers will
begin making decisions on the future of
the state's welfare program this week
when they return from a two-week
A group of legislators that had been
reviewing the current law recently fin-
ished its work.
Lawmakers need to address provi-
sions of the law that expire at the end of
the year, including sections that spell out
which groups can be exempt from work
requirements and lay out sanctions for
those who aren't complying with work
But one of the group's leaders, state
Rep. Jerry Kooiman, wants more sweep-
ing changes.
Kooiman is among a number of House
Republicans who want stiffer penalties
for people who do not show up for work
or job training and limits on the length
of assistance can be awarded.
He said able-bodied adults should
be limited to four years of welfare
and recipients who don't comply with
, requirements three times should be pro-
hibited from ever again receiving aid.
But he does not have agreement from
AP PHOTO the Senate and Democratic Gov. Jenni-
fer Granholm on those proposals. With
only a few weeks of legislative ses-
sion left before the end of the year, it's
.e said it unclear whether lawmakers will be able
t year. to significantly revamp the complex
hat does welfare law or will have to address
our men just the parts that expire.
ey (U.S. Kooiman said he is trying to be
Ley have optimistic.
and that "We have some hurdles to cross," he
he time said. "I think there's the opportunity
hat will for negotiating some of this. The big
thing that's going to be demagogued is
lifetime limits" for assistance.
The House could vote on legislation
tomake changes to the welfare pro-
gram this week.
Although there are a number of dis-
vaccina- agreements on the future of the wel-
.ccine is fare program, Kooiman said there's
agreement that recipients need more.
Winfield individual attention to help set goals
r symp- and figure out how to get the skills
illness." needed for jobs that pay more than
entually minimum wage.
"We're headed down the same
contact path to develop an effective and effi-
ningitis cient system," said Jim Nye, deputy.
ys after director in charge of field services
ne of the for the state Department of Human
,ld said: Services.
te." DHS already is looking to step up
its efforts to get welfare recipients
ow how into long-term jobs with a pilot pro-
ill never gram it will launch later this year in
several counties.
ty's first But results won't be known for more
than a year, Kooiman said.

provided the U.S. Department of Defense, Gov. Jennifer Granholm is shown serving
ng meals with National Guard Gen. Steven Blum In Kuwait.

Artillery Battalion from Lansing, whose
re on the same C-130 transport plane she
Friday night from Iraq to Kuwait.
re ecstatic about coming home," she said,
the soldiers should be in Lansing by this
When the plane took off, they were whoop-
n declined to say whether she supports
stly by congressional Democrats - to set
es for pulling U.S. troops out of Iraq. But

after her talks with military leaders there, shl
appears likely some troops will leave Iraq nex
"It is important to have an exit strategy th
not destabilize the region, but that bringso
and women home safe," she said. "When th
troops) start to turn over regions - and th
- of Iraq fully to the Iraqi security forces,a
goes well, that will be an indication that t
has come for us to withdraw. And I think t
happen hopefully in 2006."

In Daily


Anti-war coalition
* student activism
Nov. 28, 1990 - Students attend-
ed a mass meeting for an anti-Gulf
War coalition yesterday to promote
activism on campus.
Michigan Student Assembly Peace
and Justice Coalition chair Paula
Church said the student government
formed the coalition in response to
a perceived lack of activism at the
"There is an emergency cri-
sis going on that needs to be dealt
with," Church said.
Many students were made aware
of the coalition during a Nov. 18
teach-in on the Persian Gulf where
sign-up sheets were provided.
Coalition members informed oth-
ers of recent events in the Gulf as
well as opportunities for involve-
ment with existing anti-war organi-
Students in attendance voted on

Continued from page 1A
center is finding that students are taking
much longer than before to find desirable
Overall, though, employment opportu-
nities for graduates are still healthy she
said and the number of recruiters visiting
the University has steadily increased over
the past year.
Taylor said students are being forced to
look at smaller employers instead of only
searching for ones with powerful name
recognition and reputations.
Graduates are finding that they need
to broaden both their geographic prefer-
ences and their employment horizons,
representatives from the Career Center
Taylor said the role of interns has
become more influential in obtaining

"The primary hiring tool has recently
become the internship.
Employers are offering interns jobs
directly more now than ever," she
She added it has become crucial to find
career-oriented internships as early as
sophomore year.
Even though Michigan's hiring has
decreased, Taylor said the Midwest and
the nation as a whole have increased.
Hirings are predicted to increase for
the next calendar year.
The University hopes to follow that
trend and help the students by keeping a
steady flow of employers and recruiters
coming to campus, she added.
But speakers at the Economic Out-
look Conference said it looks as if cur-
rent graduates will have to wait at least
a few more years before any significant
recovery in the Michigan economy can
be seen.

Continued from page 1A
meningitis vaccine. Although the student received a
tion before he caught the disease, Winfield said the va
only 90 percent effective.
"The vaccine helped him to fight off the illness," V
said, noting that the student initially displayed milde
toms. "But it was not successful in preventing thei
Winfield added that he assumes the student will ev
return to class.
UHS also treated six students who were in close
with the infected student. Subjects infected with me
generally experience symptoms within three to 10 da
coming into contact with the bacteria. But because nor
six students have shown signs of the disease, Winfie
"It is unlikely we will see secondary cases at this tim
"We are through the highest-risk period," he said.
But Winfield said the University still does not kn
the student contracted the disease and most likely wi
track down its origin.
The case of bacterial meningitis marks the Universit
in 10 years.


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