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Ann Arbor, Michigan Vol. CXVII, No. 6

2006 The Michigan Daily

Somber memorial
on a somber day
Diag vigil draws Republican candidate who is Foundation for the Defense
challenging incumbent U.S. of Democracies. The group
small crowd, big Sen. Debbie Stabenow in formed after Sept. 11 to fight
November's election, spoke terrorism throughout the
emotions at the vigil about the collec- world.
By Dave Mekelburg tive spirit of the American "It's a new day' Bouchard
Daily Staff Reporter people. said of the post-Sept. 11 era.
"Nothing could pull "The next chapter not just in
For some who lived (Ground Zero volunteers) U.S. history, but in world his-
through the Sept. 11 attacks, from that opportunity to help tory."
there is a paradox - move people'" Bouchard said. E. Royster Harper, vice
on from the catastrophe, but With the wind gently flap- president for student affairs,
never forget it. ping an American flag at took the microphone on
For the latter, a small half-staff behind the crowd, behalf of the University.
memorial for the attacks' LSA junior Ryan Bouchard She said the University
victims took place yesterday addressed the crowd. became involved in the vigil
evening on the steps of the Bouchard, who is not to honor the alumni that
Hatcher Graduate Library related to Mike, organized passed away in the attacks
under overcast skies. the vigil with support from and to unite the student com-
Mike Bouchard, the the nonprofit organization See VIGIL, page 7

Cole's speech
awes - in a
different way

Prof blogger
evaluates fight
against al-Qaida
By Gabe Nelson
Daily Staff Reporter
Juan Cole's speech was
Just not in the sense politi-
cal junkies have come to
expect from Cole, a professor
of Middle Eastern and South
Asian History and author
of the controversial blog

"Informed Comment" Many
expected to hear a fiery cri-
tique of U.S. foreign policy.
Instead, Cole's speech fac-
tual, not inflammatory.
In front of a crowd of hun-
dreds in Rackham Audito-
rium yesterday afternoon,
Cole focused on America's
successes and failures in
combating al-Qaida and other
extremist groups over the past
five years.
He said the United States
has made a number of mis-
See COLE; page 7

Juan Cole, professor of Middle Eastern and South Asian History,
speaks about the fight against al-Qaida yesterday afternoon.

College Dems, Republicans
gear up for election season

Republicans plan
'Catch an Illegal
Immigrant Day,'
'Fun with Guns'
By Andrew Grossman
Daily Staff Reporter
It's still early in the elec-
tion season, but the College
Republicans and College
Democrats have already
your vote in November.
On Sunday, the College
Dems pulled on Ann Arbor's
strong liberal roots and
brought in John Dingell, a
congressman from Dearborn
who has had a hold on Michi-
gan's 15th district longer than
many students' parents have
been alive.
The College Republicans
have other ideas, some not
quite as mainstream as parad-
ing popular politicians.
Morgan Wilkins, the
intern hired by the Republi-
can National Committee to
win the hearts and minds of
Michigan 20-somethings, is
planning events that some
may find odd. To others, they
may be offensive.
One such idea is 'Catch an
Illegal Immigrant Day;' in
which a volunteer would play

LSA sophomore Paula Klein, who helps coordinate voter
registration for the College Democrat, assists LSA freshman
Hannah Lieberman as she registers to vote at the College
Democrats mass meeting in the Michigan Union Sunday.

lege Democrats' mass meet-
ing Sunday and addressed a
crowd of more than 200 stu-
dents. They came to their feet
and applauded the congress-
man from Dearborn.
"This is going to be a very
interesting year," said Ding-
ell, who spoke alongside Lt.
Gov. John Cherry. "You can
make a real difference in how
this state goes."
While Dingell faces no
major opposition in his bid to
add another term to his half
century of service in the U.S.
House of Representatives,
Cherry and running mate
Gov. Jennifer Granholm are
in a tight race with Republi-
can challenger Dick DeVos.
Leaders of the two student
groups are confident that their
campaigning will make a dif-
ference in the race.
"We're going to walk, we're
going to talk, we're going to
knock our way to victory on
Election Day in November,"
said LSA senior Jamie Ruth,
chair of the College Demo-
Students have formed cam-
pus chapters of Students for
DeVos and Students for Gra-
nholm. They began recruit-
ing Thursday at Festifall,
an annual event on the Diag
where student groups look for
See CAMPAIGN, page 7

New Engineering
School Dean David
Munson speaks at a
reception in his honor
yesterday afternoon
in Tishman Hall on
the first floor of the
Computer Science
and Engineering
New dean, new vision

the part of an illegal immi-
grant and hide somewhere on
campus while others try to
find him. The winner would
receive a prize.
Her other ideas include an
event called "Fun with Guns;"
in which young Republicans
would use a BB gun or paint-
ball gun to shoot cardboard
cut-outs of Democratic lead-

ers such as Sen. Hillary Clin-
ton (D-NY.) and Sen. John
Kerry (D-Mass.)
The College Dem's events
might not be as contentious
as Wilkins', but they seem to
have struck a chord with their
Dingell, a crutch tucked
under one arm, hobbled to
the microphone at the Col-

David Munson
has a plan for the
Engin School.
Hint: It's not boring
By Laura Frank
Daily Staff Reporter
Engineering students,
watch out. Your new dean is
shaking things up.

At a reception in his honor
yesterday, Engineering
School Dean David Munson,
who assumed his new post
on July 1, promised to create
a more lively engineering
Munson - who came to
Ann Arbor three years ago
to chair the Electrical Engi-
neering and Computer Sci-
ence Department - said he
plans to develop new social

events for the engineer-
ing community, though he
wouldn't say exactly what.
"I would like for the Col-
lege of Engineering and also
North Campus to be known
for maybe some unusual
events;'he said. "Things that
only happen up here. Kind
of quirky things that display
a sense of humor and some
See DEAN, page 7


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