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Last year, Surducan and her housemates
placed plastic sheets over their windows.
"They were supposed to keep the house
insulated, but only helped a little bit," she
In response to their December bill,
Surducan and her housemates intend to
turn the thermostat down from 68 to 63
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the party, saying the improvements it has made on
campus are easy to see.
"The events MSA has worked on are making
campus better," he said, citing the assembly's sup-
port for a city ordinance that would push back lease-
signing dates for off-campus housing.
MPP hopes to gain seats in the March MSA elec-
tion by creating a solid platform, publicizing infor-
mation and running candidates for every vacant
"If we're elected it could, in a very real way, affect
students' lives," Nowinski said.
Levine said the party is too focused on politics.
According to Levine, it is not focused enough on
creating actual improvements in the lives of stu-
"Most students would prefer them doing some-
thing to make campus better instead of just provid-
ing information to students," Levine said. "Students
don't want to elect pollsters, and biased pollsters at
But Nowinski said the representatives need to
know the interests of the students. As an example,
he said the assembly cannot have an impact unless
it is more widely publicized - a need that the poll
While Levine admitted his party has not done as
much as it could have to publicize the work it does,
he said representatives have made some efforts to
disseminate information such as hanging banners
on the Diag.
Survey data also show that a majority of students
surveyed support affirmative action and the Univer-
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be aimed at projecting an image of
strength to al-Qaida sympathizers
and portray the group as still capable
of launching attacks despite blows
against it, analysts said.
The White House rejected the
The United States will not let up in
the war on terror despite bin Laden's
latest threats, White House press
secretary Scott McClellan said. "We
do not negotiate with terrorists,"
McClellan said. "We put them out of
U.S. counterterror officials said
yesterday they have seen no specific
or credible intelligence to indicate
an impending al-Qaida attack on the
United States. The Homeland Secu-
rity Department has no immediate
plans to raise the national terror
alert, spokesman Russ Knocke said.
In the tape, bin Laden spoke in
a soft voice, as he has in previous
recordings, but his tone was flatter
than in the past and had an echo, as
if recorded indoors. He presented
his message with a combination of
threats, vows his followers can fight
forever and a tone of reconciliation,
insisting he wants to offer a way to
end the wars in Iraq and Afghani-
He even recommended a book for
Americans to read -"The Rogue
State," apparently a book of the
same title by American author Wil-
liam Blum. He said it offers the
path to peace - that America must
apologize to victims of the wars and
promise never to "interfere" in other
nations - though it was not clear if
these were conditions for the truce.
Bin Laden said he decided to make
a statement to the American people
because he said President Bush was
pushing ahead despite polls which
showed "an overwhelming major-
ity of you want the withdrawal of
American troops from Iraq."
He said the Bush administration
was lying about victories in the Iraq
war. Bin Laden insisted the insur-
gents will eventually win the conflict,
which he said is only strengthening
the cause of the "mujahedeen," or
But he said that even if the U.S.
does prevail in the war, "the nights
and days will not pass without us
taking vengeance like on Sept. 11,
He warned that security measures
in the West and the United States
could not prevent attacks there, cit-
ing the July 7 bombings in London
that killed 56 people.
"The delay in similar operations
happening in America has not been
because of failure to break through
your security measures," he said.
"The operations are under prepara-
tion and you will see them in your
homes the minute they are through
(with preparations), with God's per-
He offered a "long-term truce with
fair conditions that we adhere to....
Both sides can enjoy security and sta-
bility under this truce so we can build
Iraq and Afghanistan, which have
been destroyed in this war.
"There is no shame in this solu-
tion, which prevents the wasting of
billions of dollars that have gone to
those with influence and merchants
of war in America," he said.
Bin Laden then made an oblique
reference to how to prevent new
attacks on the United States.
He told Americans that "if you are
sincere in your desire for peace and
security, we have answered you. And
if Bush decides to carry on with his
lies and oppression, then it would be
useful for you to read the book 'The
He said the book reads in its intro-
duction, "If I were president, I would
stop the attacks on the United States:
First I would give an apology to all
the widows and orphans and those
who were tortured. Then I would
announce that American interfer-
ence in the nations of the world has
The Associated Press found a
nearly identical passage in another
book by Blum: "Freeing The World
To Death: Essays on the American
Empire," published in 2004. The pas-
sage could not, however, be found
in the latest edition of "The Rogue
The tape ended the longest silence
from bin Laden since the Sept. 11
attacks, a lull which had raised spec-
ulation over his fate.
The last audiotape purported to
be from bin Laden was broadcast
in December 2004 by Al-Jazeera.
In that recording, he endorsed Abu-
Musab al-Zarqawi as his deputy in
Iraq and called for a boycott of Iraqi
Previously, the longest period
without a message from the al-Qaida
leader was from December 2001 to
November 2002. He issued numer-
ous tapes in 2003 and 2004, calling
for Muslims to attack U.S. interests
and threatening attacks against the
Bin Laden appeared in a video
released October 2004, just ahead
of U.S. presidential elections, saying
the United States could avoid another
Sept. 11 attack if it stops threatening
the security of Muslims.
In an April 15, 2004, audiotape,
he vowed revenge against the United
States for Israel's assassination of
Hamas founder Sheik Ahmed Yas-
sin - and at the same time offered a
truce to European countries.
Since December 2004, al-Zawahri,
the al-Qaida Number 2, has issued
a number of video and audiotapes,
including one claiming responsibility
for the London attacks, which he said
came after Europe rejected the terms
of bin Laden's truce offer.
Al-Jazeera's editor in chief Ahmed
al-Sheik would not comment on
when or where the latest tape was
Jeremy Bennie, a terrorism analyst
for Jane's Defense Weekly, said bin
Laden appeared to be "playing the
peacemaker, the more statesmanlike
character" with his offer of a truce.
"They want to promote the image
that they can launch attacks if and
when it suits them," he said. "They
want us to believe they are in con-
trol," he said.
The mention of rebuilding Iraq and
Afghanistan may be a recognition of
divisions among the ranks of Islamic
militants over the insurgency in Iraq
by bin Laden's ally, al-Zarqawi, who
has come under criticism by some rad-
icals for attacks on Iraqi civilians.
Former White House anti-terror-
ism chief Richard A. Clarke said "the
initial significance of this (tape) is
that he's still alive."
Beyond that, he told the AP, "the
only new element in his statement is
that they are planning an attack soon
on the United States.
"Would he say that and risk being
proved wrong, if he can't pull it off in
a month or so?" Clarke asked.
The truce offer may be aimed at
making bin Laden "look more rea-
sonable in Arab and Muslim eyes.
He's a very sophisticated reader of
world opinion and Ameriean opin-
ion, and he obviously knows he can't
affect American thinking. He's too
reviled," he said.
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ion, a nonpartisan voter-registration
campaign. At yesterday's meeting,
some members of the group signed
up to help register students in the
basement of the Union and on the
In addition to the U.S. senatorial
race, voters will decide this year
who will hold several prominent
posts in the state - including gov-
Scott said College Republicans
intends to focus on the gubernatorial
race, supporting Republican hope-
ful Dick DeVos, the former CEO
of Ada-based Alticor. DeVos hopes
to unseat incumbent Jennifer Gran-
holm, the.Democratic governor.
Three Republican candidates will
meet in a primary later this year
to decide who will run against her.
Although they do not endorse candi-
dates in primary elections, College
Republicans will support the candi-
date who wins, Scott said.
"We'll try to get good representa-
tion for all three candidates here at
some point this semester," said Jor-
dan Fennema, the group's publicity
"We want to be messengers for
whichever Republican candidates
come to us for help," Fennema said.
The Republican candidates are
Michael Bouchard, the sheriff of
Oakland County, Keith Butler, the
pastor of International Christian
Center Church, and Jerry Zands-
tra, director of the Acton Institute,
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said she likes aspects of the North-
wood lifestyle, such as the ability to
have a more private living space, have
a car and make her own meals.
But she said would have rather
lived in a residence hall if given the
bus service or paying $25 for a yearly
"It's a pain having to take the bus
down to Central to go out, but at the
same time, it's nice because I have
classes up here," Shenk said. "It's
kind of a trade-off."
The University has always planned
to eventually open sections of North-
wood to undergraduates, but was
forced to do it earlier than planned