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Tuesday, March 7, 2006
News 3 Granholm: New
requirements won't
hurt career education
Opinion 4 David Betts on

One-hundred-fiteen years of editorialfreedom

Sports 8

Cagers' Harris aims
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Ann Arbor, Michigan

Vol. CXV, No. 85

62006 The Michigan Daily

You wont
miss a beat
of class
with iPod
New CTools feature will
have podcasts of some
University lectures this fall
By Christine Beamer
Daily Staff Reporter
The ubiquitous iPods seen around campus
will soon be blasting lectures along with the lat-
est Coldplay album. By this fall, the University
plans to distribute podcasts of lectures over the
The plan is to encourage podcasting by mak-
ing it simpler for professors to upload their lec-
tures and easier for students to download them.
The CTools website will feature two ways to
access podcasts. For students with iPods, there
will be a link to a page in the iTunes music store
where they can download audio recordings of
lectures to their iPods. Students with other MP3
players will be able to download the podcasts
through the resources section of CTools.
The emergence of podcasting as part of
CTools resulted from the success of the pod-
casting program at the University's School of
Dentistry, according to James Hilton, associate
provost for academic, information and instruc-
tional technology affairs.
In 2004, Jared Van Ittersum, then a first-year
dental student, set out to find a way to access
lecture audio online.
According to Lynn Johnson, director of
dental informatics at the School of Dentistry,
Ittersum and other dental students constructed
three studies with the help of the Office of Den-
tal Informatics to determine whether students
prefer lectures in video, audio or PowerPoint
Sixty percent of the students preferred audio
recordings, Johnson said.
"It is very much a student-driven project,"
Johnson said. "They've stuck with it and they
show that it works."
Their research attracted the eyes of Apple
Computers, which donated hardware for Den-
tal School lecture halls to give the students the
technology needed to upload the lectures.
At the same time, Apple was developing iTunes
U, a version of the iTunes music store that orga-
nizes the podcasts of lectures and makes them
available for downloading to an iPod.
"(iTunes U) just cloned the iTunes setup,"
said John Leasia, CTools product manager.
Since last fall, dental students have been able
to enter their unignames and passwords into
iTunes U and access more than 300 lectures
from dental school classes which are available
for downloading.
Last fall, the dental school "had a coming-out
party for their program," Leasia said. "And that
started people thinking."
Professors will not be required to podcast
their lectures, but will have the means to do so
through CTools.
Several professors already make podcasts
available to their students without the benefit of
CTools or iTunes U.
Chemistry Prof. Brian Coppola, a 1994
Golden Apple winner, has provided what he
calls "enhanced podcasts" for Chemistry 210
and 215. His podcasts synch the audio of the
lecture with visual presentation of formulas and
See PODCASTS, page 7

High court

European Union Ambassador John Bruton explains the importance of cooperation between Europe and the
United States at Rackham Auditorium yesterday. In the future, Michigan and other states will need a good
relationship with European nations to be successful, he said.
EU offidca dicse
global power transfer

Campus reacts to.
decision preventing
colleges from barring
military recruiters
By Ashlea Surles
Daily Staff Reporter
The Supreme Court voted unan-
imously yesterday that it is legal
for the government to cut funding
from universities that do not allow
the military to recruit on campus.
The Court's decision came in the
face of an effort of a coalition of
law schools and
professors totl',
repeal the Solo- It's disapp
mon Amend- we didn't E
ment, which
allowed the gov- Court wo
ernment to with-
hold funds. favor of it,
The group
said colleges didn't expi
should not haver
to promote the resoundin
military because
of its "don't ask,
don't tell" policy
regarding gays
in its ranks.
The Pentagon's policy against
openly gay soldiers conflicts with
intentionality clauses stipulated in
the bylaws of many universities,
including the University of Michi-
This contradiction has made
the Solomon Amendment a hotly
debated issue for a decade as uni-
versities have sought to bar mili-
tary recruiters from fairs and other
opportunities to seek employees.
"It's disappointing ... we didn't
expect the court would rule in favor
of it, but we didn't expect such a
resounding defeat," said Law stu-
dent Nadine Gartner, a board mem-
ber of the National Lesbian and
Gay Law Association.
Chief Justice John Roberts said
especially in a time of war, campus
visits are crucial to recruiting.
"When you're in the middle
of war, even if it's not a terribly
popular one, courts are hesitant to
tie the hands of the military," Jon
Davidson, legal director of the gay
rights group Lambda Legal.
The decision is a setback for uni-
versities that have become a prime
battleground for the military's dis-
criminatory policies.
"Law schools are places where
we train the harbingers of social
change but the Solomon Amend-
ment forces law schools to violate
their own nondiscrimination poli-
cies," Gartner said.
The University requires potential
recruiters to sign an agreement that
they will not discriminate. Howev-


er, the University makes an excep-
tion for military recruiters because
of the Solomon amendment.
"A military recruiter's mere pres-
ence on campus does not violate
a law school's right to associate,
regardless of how repugnant the
law school considers the recruiter's
message," Roberts said.
LSA junior Jaya Kalra, co-chair of
the Stonewall Democrats, an arm of
the College Democrats that protects
the rights of the LGBT community,
said she does not support the amend-
ment's financial threats as a tool to
force universities to discriminate.
Most college administrators say
they could
not afford the
Iitin~g ... drop in fund-
:xpect the ing, which is
estimated at
Id rule in $35 billion a
but we The Asso-
ciation of
┬░ct such a American
x defeat." Law Schools,
which rep-
resents all
- Nadine Gartner accredited
Law student law schools
in the nation,
a non-discrimination policy in
1991 and made adherence to the
policy a membership requirement.
Students at law schools includ-
ing the University of California at
Berkeley, the University of Wiscon-
sin at Madison, Harvard University
and Yale University complied by
voicing concerns to their adminis-
trations or holding protests against
military recruitment on campus.
Other universities complied by bar-
ring military recruiters from employ-
ment fairs or intentionally granting
them less desirable locations.
The University's law school has
never barred or protested the pres-
ence of military recruiters.
"It's clear at this point that the
Solomon Amendment is binding
law, and until something changes,
there isn't any room for conver-
sation," Law School Dean Evan
Caminker told The Michigan Daily
in December 2004.
Gabe Javier, assistant director of
the Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexu-
al and Transgender Affairs, said he
was disappointed by the ruling but
that the public nature of the trial as
well as the dialogue it will provoke
will be instrumental in raising
awareness against the military's
biased policy.
"I think this will strengthen our
resolve to work harder as law students
and people who care about equal
rights in this country," Gartner said.
The Associated Press contributed
to this report.

EU ambassador says Western
powers should work together
to maintain liberalism in
Eastern-dominated future
By Katerina Georgiev
Daily Staff Reporter
With a bounce in his step, a charming
Irish accent, spectacles and a pink tie, John
Bruton, the European Union's ambassador
to the United States and former Irish prime
minister, yesterday said it will be crucial to
maintain world peace as India and China
overtake the major Western powers.
Bruton spoke to faculty and students at
the International Institute over lunch and
lectured later at the Rackham auditorium.
Europe and the United States form about
12 percent of the world's population and con-
trol 40 to.45 percent of the world's wealth,
according to Bruton. But he said that may
soon change. M
"Our share of the world's income will

decline as other countries emerge," he said,
citing budding powers India and China.
Bruton said whether the rebalancing of
power is a peaceful process hinges on the
United States and Europe's willingness to
cooperate with each other.
"If the situation is handled unilaterally, it
is more likely to be mismanaged," Bruton
said. "By working together, we have a bet-
ter chance of ensuring liberal values, and by
those I mean human rights and dignity."
Bruton stressed the importance of the
United States's economic ties with Europe.
"I want Michigan students to know that in
terms of business and investing in jobs, the
most important relationship Michigan will
have is with Europe," he said in an inter-
Bruton said the EU's role in European
politics is to deal with issues that cross bor-
"We are concerned with regulating ducks
being shot in France because those ducks
fly across borders," he said. "We care about
water pollution on beaches because' that
See BRUTON, page 7


South Dakota governor signs
legislation to ban most abortions

Bill expected to be'
challenged and argued for
years, won't take effect unless
upheld by Supreme Court
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Gov. Mike
Rounds signed legislation yesterday
banning nearly all abortions in South
Dakota, setting up a court fight aimed
at challenging the 1973 U.S. Supreme
Court decision that legalized abortion.
The bill would make it a crime for
doctors to perform an abortion unless
the procedure was necessary to save the

test of a civilization is how well people
treat the most vulnerable and most help-
less in their society.
"The sponsors and supporters of
this bill believe that abortion is wrong
because unborn children are the most
vulnerable and most helpless persons in
our society. I agree with them," Rounds
said in the statement.
The governor declined all media
requests for interviews yesterday.
The Legislature passed the bill last
month after supporters argued that the
recent appointment of conservative jus-
tices John Roberts and Samuel Alito
have made the U.S. Supreme Court more

in prison for performing an illegal abor-
Rounds noted that it was written to
make sure existing restrictions would
still be enforced during the legal battle.
Current state law sets increasingly
stringent restrictions on abortions as
pregnancy progresses.
After the 24th week, the procedure
is allowed only to protect the woman's
health and safety.
Kate Looby, state director of Planned
Parenthood, said the organization has
not yet decided whether to challenge the
measure in court or to seek a statewide
public vote in November.



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