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THE LONG, DARK BLUES
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Wilkins, who was trying to
recruit supporters behind one of
the Festifall tables, will spend the
days between now and the elec-
tion driving a green Kia across the
state, planning events and sleeping
in a different hotel each night as
she tries to rally students to support
The RNC hopes her efforts will
turn out young Michigan voters
for DeVos and Oakland County
Sheriff Michael Bouchard, who is
running to unseat Democratic Sen.
Debbie Stabenow. She's confident
she won't disappoint.
"I'm out to build up a mass base
youth effort," Wilkins said.
The College Democrats of
America, the umbrella organiza-
tion that includes the University's
chapter, has made no such person-
nel investment here. Because the
University's College Democrats
are a relatively strong, well-funded
organization, that's not necessary,
said the national group's president,
Lauren Wolfe, who spoke at the
Members of both parties say
student turnout will be heavy and
crucial in the race for governor. On
Sunday, Ruth announced plans to
register 2,500 voters on campus
this fall - voters the group expects
to back mainly Democratic candi-
"You have a lot of young stu-
dents who are very concerned
about the future of the state and
country they live in," Cherry said
after his speech Sunday, adding
that this makes them likely to vote
for the Democratic ticket.
"Student outreach is our num-
ber-one concern," said LSA senior
Anthony Sandoval, chair of Stu-
dents for DeVos. "This race crosses
well beyond partisan lines because
of the depletion of the Michigan
economy at this point, and jobs
are an important issue for students
graduating from the University of
The groups have similar plans
for reaching students, such as door-
to-door campaigning in student
neighborhoods and distribution of
literature at football games.
They will also work outside
the University, contacting vot-
ers on behalf of their candidates.
The Michigan Republican and
Democratic Parties have both set
up offices in Ann Arbor, which
provide the student groups with
resources like phone banks to
call likely voters. The student
groups also plan to travel, can-
vassing neighborhoods around
Though recent polls show Gra-
nholm holds a slight lead over
DeVos, the race is far from over.
Looking out over the crowd of Col-
lege Democrats, Dingell, whose
district includes Ann Arbor, was
optimistic about his party's chanc-
es in November.
"We're going to give those
Republicans the run of their lives,"
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At the reception, Munson
enjoyed popcorn and snowcones
and sported a continual smile.
"The carnival atmosphere, that's
very much him," said Don Winsor,
computing services manager for
the EECS. "He's trying to build a
more social community."
As chair of EECS, Munson
started an annual cabaret show for
students, faculty and staff to show
off their many talents, from acting
to sword fighting to magic. At last
year's event, the department dis-
covered Munson's talent for sing-
ing when he performed in a quartet
with three other EECS professors.
"It was quite good," Winsor
Before coming to Ann Arbor,
Munson performed in community
theater productions with his fam-
"If I made a New Year's pledge
sitting here in September, it would
be to make sure I get to Hill Audi-
torium and the Power Center and
the theater at the League more
often," he said.
Munson's other interests include
gardening, canoeing, antiques,
woodworking and attending sport-
ing events along with his wife and
four sons - especially Michigan
ice hockey, basketball and football.
Munson said he hopes the engi-
neering community at the Uni-
versity will similarly expand its
horizons under his leadership.
"I challenge you to step outside
of your comfort zone," Munson
told reception attendees. "Because
we've always done it that way'
should never justify how we oper-
Munson said the college will
expand study-abroad opportunities
for undergraduates to help them
compete in an increasingly global
job market. In addition, students
will be encouraged to put their
classroom knowledge to work on
collaborative projects and competi-
tions like the Solar Car Team.
He said the college will focus
on leading the way in the world's
transition from fossil fuels to alter-
native energy. The college will
collaborate with other University
departments through a new energy
"Some projects also may require
faculty to leave their comfortable
campus environment to accept
public policy leadership roles such
as spokespersons, authors and visi-
tors in Lansing and in Washington,
D.C.," Munson said. "Our world
badly needs to see and hear more
from engineers in positions of lead-
Munson was chosen because
of his passion for undergraduate
education, his intellectual leader-
ship, his skill at interacting with
potential donors, his management
abilities and his commitment to
diversity, said Martha Pollack, a
member of the search advisory
But it was Munson's easygoing
and approachable personality that
faculty and staff noticed first.
Ed Caldwell, a facilities utiliza-
tion planner in Munson's office,
described him as a "breath of
"He talks with folks, not to
folks," Caldwell said.
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munity on an issue that affects
"I think that all of us have our
individual and collective memo-
ries, an individual and collective
resolve," she said in an interview
before the speech. "That resolve is
around creating a better world."
On the podium, Harper focused
on the effect of the attacks on the
campus community and what we
can do as individuals to change our
"How then shall I choose to live?"
she said, describing the questions
raised by an event spurred from
"hate and misunderstanding."
She called on the crowd to make
a difference and remember how
privileged they are tobe at the Uni-
versity of Michigan.
The crowd of about 40, stood on
the Diag for a few minutes after
the memorial, speaking quietly in
Following the speeches, some
moved inside to the Chemistry
Building for a viewing of a docu-
mentary titled "Obsession: Radical
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takes that have fanned the flames of
insurgency in Iraq and elsewhere.
One, he said, was the Ameri-
can decision to fire all members
of Iraq's Baath Party from govern-
ment posts. Many of them only
became Baathists so they could
obtain passports, which were only
awarded to members of the party,
He also said American insen-
sitivity to Islam has caused prob-
lems. One notable example was
the U.S. Soldiers' violation of the
gender segregation mandated by
"These were cultural affronts of
a very severe sort," Cole said, cit-
ing searches of Muslim households
where male U.S. soldiers came into
contact with Muslim women who
were not wearing the proper cover-
The notorious photos of torture
victims at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison
and the wreckage of Fallujah, the
insurgent hotbed decimated by
American forces, created images
that extremists and terrorists could
rally against, Cole said. It might
be years before the damage to the
United States' image is undone, he
But although Cole was critical of
many of the government's strategic
and tactical moves in the Muslim
world, he seemed somewhat reluc-
tant to be politically provocative.
President Bush and the other offi-
cials behind U.S. anti-terrorism
policy were hardly mentioned. And
Israel, another frequent topic on
Cole's blog, was barely discussed
until an audience member brought
it up in a question.
When asked what steps the
United States should take to con-
tinue preventing extremism in
the Muslim world, Cole said the
country must curb anti-Ameri-
can sentiment. The United States
should pressure Israel and Pales-
tine to restart the peace process,
he added. With a conciliatory
tone, Cole said both Israeli and
Palestinian groups have recog-
nized the needs of their coun-
terparts and should reopen
negotiations. Cole suggested that
pledging a return to the 1967 bor-
ders could end the long standoff.
"It would be better for the Israe-
lis, it would be better for us,"
Cole said. "So why don't they do
Cole finished his speech on a
somewhat optimistic note, insist-
ing that there have been several
successes in stemming terrorism
since Sept. 11.
largely broken up and decreasing in
popularity, the United States has no
reason to fear a large-scale attack
on U.S. soil, either with conven-
tional weapons or weapons of mass
destruction, Cole said. He added
that nearly every Muslim country
has been cooperative in fighting
Although Cole didn't deal with
the details and emotional impact
of Sept. 11 on American culture,
his lecture fulfilled a more relevant
goal, said LSA senior James McK-
"It's important to remember what
happened on 9/11, but I think it's
more important to look back at the
facts and see what we've changed
since then and what we still need
Cole's speech was sponsored by
the Ford School of Public Policy's
Josh Rosenthal Education Fund,
named in honor of Josh Rosenthal,
a University alum who died on Sept.
11 in the World Trade Center.
Where you live can
affect your life span
it's as if there are eight
WASHINGTON (AP) -
Asian-American women living
in Bergen County, N.J., lead the
nation in longevity, typically
reaching their 91st birthdays.
Worst off are American Indian
men in swaths of South Dakota,
who die around age 58 - three
Where you live, combined
with race and income, plays a
huge role in the nation's health
disparities, differences so stark
that a report issued yesterday
contends it's as if there are eight
separate Americas instead of
Millions of the worst-off
Americans have life expectan-
cies typical of developing coun-
tries, concluded Dr. Christopher
Murray of the Harvard School
of Public Health.
Asian-American women can
expect to live 13 years longer
than low-income black women
in the rural South, for example.
That's like comparing women in
wealthy Japan to those in pov-
Compare those longest-living
women to inner-city black men,
and the life-expectancy gap is
21 years. That's similar to the
life-expectancy gap between
Iceland and Uzbekistan.
Health disparities are widely
considered an issue of minori-
ties and the poor being unable
to find or afford good medical
comparison of life expectancy
shows the problem is far more
complex, and that geography
plays a crucial role.
"Although we share in the
U.S. a reasonably common
culture ... there's still a lot of
variation in how people live
their lives," explained Murray,
who reported initial results of
his government-funded study in
the online science journal PLoS