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Panel discusion on
sexual assault to
be held in Union
The Sexual Assault Prevention and
Awareness Center is holding a lecture
and discussion in the Wolverine Room
of the Michigan Union today at noon-
There will be a panel with students and
staff from the LGBT community, and
various minority groups.
After the lecture, discussion will
focus on the challenges people in diverse
identity groups face when speaking out
about sexual violence.
for mentors to be
held in Union
The Office of New Student Pro-
grams is holding a mass meeting
for its Peer mentor program today
in Anderson Rooms A and B of the
Michigan Union from 5:30 to 6:30
p.m. Peer Mentors will work with a
group of first-year students and one
faculty member in the fall.
Students find an
excuse to play
video games in
A video game tournament will take
place in the recreation room at Pierpont
Commons from 6:30 to 9:00 p m. today.
The tournament, sponsored by the Univer-
sity Unions Arts and Programs, will fea-
ture the Game Cube console. Students can
sign up at 6:30 pm. Winners will receive a
$75 gift certificate from Best Buy.
in weight room
A person was injured in the Central
Campus Recreation Building weight
room at about 6 p.m. on Monday, the
Department of Public Safety reported.
The subject was taken to the University
stolen from UGLi
A student's wallet was stolen last Fri-
day from an unattended backpack in the
Shapiro Undergraduate Library, DPS
reported. The wallet contained money,
various cards and identification.
* Art thief lifts piece
from South Quad
A caller informed DPS that artwork
was missing from South Quadrangle
Residence Hall on Monday, DPS said. It
had been displayed near the entrance.
In Daily History
for inclusion of
Jan. 18, 1973 - The Program for
Educational and Social change held a
debate yesterday titled "The Univer-
sity and Minority Students." About
70 people attended the debate that
centered around accusations from
minority students that the University
had a tendency to cater to upper-and
middle-class white students.
The majority of the attendants
at the debate were Native Ameri-
cans, Mexican Americans, gays,
blacks and women. Representa-
tives from the University included
George Goodman, assistant director
of undergraduate admissions, John
Romani, associate vice president
for academic affairs, and Joe Eisley,
associate dean of the engineering
Goodman responded to the stu-
dents' concerns by pointing out that
the number of minority students at
the University has greatly increased
over the course of the last ten years.
"There is now a ratio of two black
Tape shows A2
hostage in Iraq
Message says journalist
will be killed if U.S. does
not release prisoners
CAIRO, Egypt (AP) - An Arab tele-
vision channel aired a silent 20-second
videotape last night of hostage Ameri-
can reporter Jill Carroll, of Ann Arbor,
and said an accompanying message gave
the United States 72 hours to free female
prisoners in Iraq or the journalist would
The tape showed the 28-year-old
reporter sitting in front of a white back-
ground and speaking, but her voice could
not be heard. On the tape, Carroll is pale
and appears tired, and her long straight
brown hair is parted in the middle and
pulled back from her face.
Al-Jazeera TV would not tell The
Associated Press how it received the
tape, but issued its own statement
calling for Carroll's release. An Al-
Jazeera producer said no militant
group's name was attached to the mes-
sage that it was sent to the station with
the tape yesterday.
Carroll was a freelance reporter for
The Christian Science Monitor, and
the newspaper released a statement
from her family pleading with her cap-
tors to set her free.
"Jill is an innocent journalist and we
respectfully ask that you please show her
mercy and allow her to return home to
her mother, sister and family," the state-
ment said. "Jill is a friend and sister
to many Iraqis and has been dedicated
to bringing the truth of the Iraq war
to the world. We appeal for the speedy
and safe return of our beloved daugh-
ter and sister."
Carroll grew up in Mich., and still
has family in Ann Arbor.
The State Department responded to the
videotape on Al-Jazeera with a statement
saying U.S. officials were doing every-
thing possible to win Carroll's freedom.
"We continue to make every effort
we can, working with Iraqis and oth-
ers, to see Miss Carroll is returned
safe and sound," spokesman Sean
Carroll was kidnapped Jan. 7 in one
of Baghdad's most dangerous neighbor-
hoods. Gunmen ambushed her car and
killed her translator shortly after she left
the offices of a Sunni Arab politician.
The Boston-based Christian Science
Monitor said Saturday that it continued
"to pursue every possible avenue" to win
The U.S. military raided a prominent
Sunni mosque a day after Carroll was
kidnapped, sparking a demonstration by
hundreds of worshippers. A U.S. military
official said the raid was a necessary imme-
diate response to the kidnapping based on a
tip provided by an Iraqi citizen.
President Ford responding well to treatment
Gerald Ford, a University alum,
is expected to be released from
the hospital Thursday
RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) - Former
President Ford was responding to treatment for
pneumonia that put him in the hospital during
the weekend, his chief of staff said yesterday.
Ford is a 1935 graduate of the University.
The hospitalization was the second time in
five weeks that Ford, 92, has been admitted to
Eisenhower Medical Center near his Thunder-
bird Estates home.
"He is responding to treatment and doing
well," his chief of staff, Penny Circle, said in
a brief statement.
"Decisions regarding his discharge are made
on a day-to-day basis and if all continues to
improve, we anticipate, his date of discharge as
Thursday," Circle said. She said there would be
nothing further until a statement today.
In mid-December, the nation's oldest living
and only unelected president underwent rou-
tine tests at Eisenhower and was hospitalized
overnight because of what Circle called "a
horrible cold." It wasn't clear if the cold led to
the bout with pneumonia, she said.
Ford was admitted to Eisenhower on Satur-
day afternoon, but word didn't leak out until
Monday. Ford has kept his personal life pri-
vate and he has declined interview requests in
"Based on his age it is prudent for his initial
course of treatment - IV antibiotics - to be
done at the hospital," Circle said Monday.
Citing patient privacy, hospital spokes-
woman Elizabeth Wholihan referred callers to
Circle's written statement.
Ford became the nation's oldest living for-
mer president after the death of Ronald Rea-
gan on June 5, 2004.
Ford, a Republican from west Michigan, was
House minority leader when President Nixon
chose him to replace the resigned Spiro Agnew
as vice president in 1973. Ford became the
nation's 38th president on Aug. 9, 1974, when
Nixon resigned amid the Watergate scandal.
Ford and his wife, Betty, have lived in Ran-
cho Mirage since leaving the White House in
1977. They have another home in Vail, Colo.
Ford had strokes in 2000 and was hospital-
ized briefly in 2003 after suffering a dizzy spell
while playing golf in near-100 degree temper-
atures at a course near his desert home.
Concerns about his health resurfaced in
November 2004, when he did not attend the
dedication of former President Bill Clinton's
presidential library in Arkansas.
Ford's current hospitalization coincides with
the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, a golf tourna-
ment Ford has participated in since moving to
Rancho Mirage. He hasn't played at the contest
in recent years but he takes part in the festivi-
ties and was expected back this month.
Last year, he presented the winner's trophy
with Hope's widow, Dolores Hope. Tourna-
ment chairman Steve Morton told the Palm
Springs Desert Sun that Ford indicated he
planned to return this year.
"He expressed to us that if he was feeling
up to it, he wouldn't miss it," Morton said.
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