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Advisory Committee on Public Art
to coincide with the 2007 academ-
ic year theme semester "Arts on
James Steward, director of the
University Art Museum, will lead

the committee, which is charged
with bringing more public art to REGENTS
campus. From page 1
After the speech, Coleman
briefly answered audience ques-
tions on topics ranging from been stated, is1
curbing rising college costs to that you can shar
the University's role in the state es you from all
economy to Michigan Stadium dates?" Smith as
renovations. The Democra

One of her sons, 26-year-old
SOLDIER Omar Abdul-Satar, and Abu
From page 1 Rami, the neighbor, followed the
kidnappers in another car, but
turned back before they could
"My daughters struggled with learn where the gunmen were
the kidnappers. One of them broke headed. They feared that they too
her hand and another had her hand may be kidnapped. Abu Rami has
cut in the struggle. They were beg- since left the neighborhood with
ging the gunmen not to take him," his family and went into hiding,
Nasser said. Nasser said.
Dem t s counter
Bush's attacks
with Iraq ads

all said their un
qualify them to s
Brandon, an
he doesn't have
experience as the

there a viewpoint
.re that distinguish-
. the other candi-
ts and Republicans
nique backgrounds
erve as regent.
incumbent, said
a platform, but his
epresident and CEO

of Ann Arbor-based Domino's Pizza
has given him the business know-
how to manage the University.
Brown said she has shown dedi-
cation in 25 years of service to the
University. She currently serves
on the boards of the University's
Museum of Art and the Ford School
of Public Policy.
On the Democratic side, Darlow,
a corporate lawyer, said her experi-
ence in nonprofit and corporate law
has prepared her for the job.
White, a law professor at Wayne
State University, said her background

as an academic lends her a different
perspective on the position.
The Green Party and Liber-
tarian candidates distinguished
themselves by disagreeing with the
major-party candidates.
Out of all six candidates, only
Hudler said he supports Proposal
2, which would ban some forms of
affirmative action in the state of
Michigan, prompting a hiss from
an audience member.
Throughout the debate, Morin
said repeatedly that he stood apart
because of his antiwar stance.

Tuesday, October 31, 2006 -7
Smith read a question from a
member of the University Senate
Assembly asking whether the can-
didates support the presence of
military recruiters on campus. In
order to receive federal funding,
the University must permit mili-
tary recruiting.
"I think it's obscene," Morin said.
"People as varied as Newt Gingrich
and Noam Chomsky have said
we're headed for a third world war
with the policies that we have, and
I think that the University should
stay neutral in all of this."

U.S. envoy visits as October
death toll climbs past 100

paigningfor Republicans,President
Bush said yesterday that "terrorists
win and America loses" if oppo-
nents of his Iraq policy triumph in
next week's elections. Undeterred,
House Democrats countered with
television ads critical of the war in
several competitive races.
"There's a big national debate in
this country about the direction
of this war set by President Bush,
Defense Secretary (Donald) Rums-
feld and Vice President Cheney, and
Democrats think we need to change
that policy," said Illinois Rep. Rahm
Emanuel, who heads the Democrat-
ic campaign committee.
As the death toll for U.S. troops
passed 100 for the month, officials
said ads criticizing Republican
candidates for following the presi-
dent's lead on the war would air in
the campaign's final week in Con-
necticut, New Mexico, Colorado,
Pennsylvania, Iowa and other areas
they declined to name.
Public opinion polls show wide-
spread public dissatisfaction with
the war, helping give Democrats
their best chance in more than a
decade at winning control of at
least one house of Congress.
They must gain 15 seats in the
House or six in the Senate to usher
in a new era of divided government
- and complicate Bush's final two
years in office.
Thirty-six gubernatorial races
are also on the ballot Nov. 7, and
Democrats appear poised to win
several statehouses long in Repub-
lican hands, New York, Ohio and
Massachusetts amongthem.
After a decade of struggle, Dem-
ocrats projected confidence with
eight days of campaigning remain-
ing, and increasingly, the battle
for control of Congress was being
waged on Republican turf.
About three dozen Republican-
held House seats were on the list of

highly contested races, and Demo-
cratic challengers led incumbent
Republican senators in three or
four states.
By contrast, only one Democrat-
ic Senate seat appeared competi-
tive _ Republican State Sen. Tom
Kean Jr.'s challenge of Sen. Robert
Menendez' in New Jersey. And in a
sure sign of crimped expectations,
most of the millions of dollars
House Republicans are spending
this television advertising in the
campaign's final week is designed
to protect seats already in their
Party allegiances were hard to
track in a few cases.
NewYork Mayor MichaelBloom-
berg, a Republican mentioned as a
potential independent presidential
contender, campaigned in Con-
necticut for Sen. Joe Lieberman, a
Democrat running as an indepen-
dent, and hoping a surge of GOP
support will carry him to victory.
Labels aside, Bloomberg's rheto-
ric meshed perfectly with Lieber-
man's appeal. "I think people of all
parties are justtired of the political
bickering," the mayor said at anews
conference in Stamford, Conn.
A spokeswoman for Ned Lamont,
the Democrat in the race, said
Bloomberg favored a commuter
tax on Connecticut residents. Liz
Dupont-Diehl said the day's devel-
opments meant that Lieberman
was "aiding and abetting a policy
that persecutes Connecticut resi-
In next-door Massachusetts,
gubernatorial candidate Deval
Patrick, a Democrat, gained the
endorsement of several officials
from the administration of former
Republican Gov. William Weld.
Patrick's Republican challenger,
Kerry Healey, told business leaders
that taxpayers needed her to put a
brake on spending by the Demo-
cratic-controlled legislature.


BAGHDAD (AP) - The Ameri-
can death toll for October climbed
past 100, a grim milestone as a
White House envoy turned up
unexpectedly in Baghdad yester-
day following a rough patch in
U.S.-Iraqi ties. At least 81 people
were killed across Iraq, including
33 in a bombing targeting work-
A member of the 89th Mili-
tary Police Brigade was killed in
east Baghdad on Monday, and a
Marine died in fighting in insur-
gent-plagued Anbar province the
day before, raising to 101 the num-
ber of U.S. service members killed
in a bloody October, the fourth
deadliest month of the war. At
least 2,814 American forces have
died since the war began in March
count, October has also recorded
more Iraqi civilian deaths - 1,170
as of yesterday - than any other
month since the AP began keeping
track in May 2005. The next-high-
est month was March 2006, when
1,038 Iraqi civilians were killed in
the aftermath of the Feb. 22 bomb-
ing of an important Shiite shrine
in Samarra.
The war and the rising Ameri-
can casualties have produced a
huge drag on Republican candi-
dates as the U.S. midterm election
approaches. The vote is seen in
many cases as a referendum on the
war, which has stretched into its
44th month. The Bush administra-
tion has invested heavy attention
on Iraq in recent weeks, trying to
put a new face on the conflict with
mixed results.
Upon arriving for an unan-
nounced visit, National Security
Adviser Stephen Hadley went
straight into meetings with Prime
aware of
WASHINGTON (AP) - If you're
Happy and you know it, pat your
That, in a peanut shell, is how a
34-year-old female Asian elephant
in the Bronx Zoo showed research-
ers that pachyderms can recognize
themselves in a mirror - complex
behavior observed in only a few
other species.
-or atleast Happy- areself-aware.
The ability to distinguish oneself
from others had been shown only
in humans, chimpanzees and, to a
limited extent, dolphins.
That self-recognition mayunder-
lie the social complexity seen in ele-
phants, and could be linked to the
empathy and altruism that the big-
brained animals have been known
to display, said researcher Diana
Reiss, of the Wildlife Conservation
Society, which manages the Bronx
In a 2005 experiment, Happy
faced her reflection in an 8-by-8-
foot mirror and repeatedly used
her trunk to touch an "X" painted
above her eye. The elephant could
not have seen the mark except in
her reflection. Furthermore, Happy
ignored a similar mark, made oncthe
opposite side of her head in paint of
an identical smell and texture, that
was invisible unless seen under
black light.
"It seems to verify for us she

definitely recognized herself in the
mirror," said Joshua Plotnik, one of
the researchers behind the study.
Details appear this week on the
Web site of the Proceedings of the
National Academy of Sciences.
Still, two other zoo elephants,
Maxine and Patty, failed to touch
either the visible or invisible "X"
marks on their heads in two runs
of the experiment. But all three
adult female elephants at the zoo
behaved while in front of the jumbo
mirror in ways that suggested they
recognized themselves, said Plot-
nik, a graduate student at Emory
University in Atlanta.
Maxine, for instance, used the
tip of her trunk to probe the inside
of her mouth while facing the mir-
rot. She also used her trunk to slow-
ly pull one ear toward the mirror, as
if she were using the reflection to
investigate herself. The research-
ers reported not seeing that type of
behavior at any other time.

Minister Nouri al-Maliki and
his security chief, Mouwafak al-
Rubaie, telling them he "wanted
to reinforce some of the things you
have heard from our president."
Al-Rubaie told the AP late yes-
terday that Hadley was here to
discuss the work of a five-man
committee that al-Maliki and
Bush agreed to Saturday. Hadley
also presented some proposals
concerningthe trainingand equip-
ping of Iraqi security forces as well
as security plans.
"It was a useful visit," he said,
but refused to give any details,
saying only that Hadley's meet-
ings were limited to al-Rubaie and
The White House said Had-
ley was not on a mission to repair
raggedrelations, accounts ofwhich
it said had been "overblown" by
the news media.
"Absolutely not," said Gordon
Johndroe, spokesman for the
ington. "This is a long-planned
trip to get a firsthand report of the
situation on the ground from the
political, economic and security
But the timing of the visit
argued otherwise.
Last week Al-Maliki issued a
string of bitter complaints - at one
point saying he wasn't "America's
man in Iraq" - after U.S. Ambas-
sador Zalmay Khalilzad unveiled
adjustments in America's Iraq
The ambassador announced
that the prime minister agreed
to implement a set of timelines,
prompting al-Maliki to accuse the
White House of infringing on his
government's sovereignty and say
that he was not consulted.
By week's end, al-Maliki and

President Bush held a hastily con-
vened video conference call and
agreed to speed the training of
Iraqi forces and the return of con-
trol over all territory to the Iraqi
With American voter sup-
port for the war at a low point as
the Nov. 7 congressional election
approaches, a top aide to al-Maliki
said the Iraqi leader was using the
GOP's vulnerability on the issue
to leverage concessions from the
White House - particularly the
speedy withdrawal of American
forces from Iraqi cities to U.S.
bases in the country.
Al-Maliki has said he believes
that the continued presence of
American forces in Iraq's popula-
tion centers is partly behind the
surge in violence.
The case of a kidnapped Ameri-
cansoldier, meanwhile,took acuri-
ous turn when a woman claiming
to be his mother-in-law said the
soldier was married to her daugh-
ter, a Baghdad college student, and
was with the young woman and
her family when hooded gunmen
handcuffed him and threw him in
the back seat of a white Mercedes
last week. The marriage would
violate military regulations.
The soldier's disappearance as
prompted a massive manhunt in
Baghdad, with much of it focused
on Sadr City, the sprawling Shi-
ite slum of 2.5 million people in
extreme northeastern Baghdad.
The military still had check-
points surrounding the district
Monday when a suspected Sunni
insurgent bomber slipped in and
set off a bomb among day labor-
ers. There were conflicting reports
as to whether the explosion was
caused by a suicide bomber or
a device concealed amid debris


Gain real world


by the roadside. The blast tore
through food stalls and kiosks
shortly after 6 a.m., killing at least
33 and wounding 59.
Sadr City is a stronghold of the
Mahdi Army, a militia loyal to
radical anti-American Shiite cleric
Muqtada al-Sadr. The district has
witnessed repeated bomb attacks
by suspected al-Qaida fighters
in what were seen as attempts to
incite Shiite revenge attacks and
drag the country into full-blown
civil war.
Al-Sadr, in a statement
addressed to supporters in Sadr
City, warned of unspecified action
if the "siege" continues and criti-
cized what he called the silence of
politicians over actions by the U.S.
military in the district.
"If this siege continues for long,
we will resort to actions which
I will have no choice but to take,
God willing, and when the time is
right," he said in the statement, a
text of which was obtained by the
Ali Abdul-Ridha, wounded
in the head and shoulders, said
he was waiting for a job with his
brother and about 100 others
when he heard the massive explo-
sion and "lost sight of everything."
He said the area had been
exposed to attack because U.S. and
Iraqi forces had driven into hiding
the Mahdi Army fighters who nor-
mally police the district.
"That forced Mahdi Army
members, who were patrolling the
streets, to vanish," Abdul-Ridha,
41, said from his bed in al-Sadr
Hospital, his brother lying beside
him asleep.
However, Falih Jabar, a 37-year-
old father of two boys, blamed the
militia for provoking extremists to
attack civilians in the district.

For Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2006 SCORPIO
ARIES (Oct. 23 to Nov. 21)
(March 21 to April 19) This is an extremely empowering time
You have a strong desire now to for you because five planets are in your
become a better person. Buy some self- sign. (The Sun, Mercury, Venus, Mars
help books or sign up for a course. (Act and Jupiter.) Make the most of this. Go
on this urge while you have it.) after what you want!
(April 20to May 20) (Nov. 22 to Dec. 21)
Five planets now oppose your sign. You definitely need more privacy and
This is why you're so absorbed with ex- time to be by yourself. Start to map out
partners and close friendships. You can how you want your new year (after your
finish a lot of old business now. birthday) to unfold.
(May 21 toJune 20) (Dec. 22to Jan. 19)
A gaggle of planets is currently urging Your popularity rating is off the charts.
you to get better organized in your life. Everyone wants to see your face. This is
Do what you can to make this happen. a busy, social time for you. (Enjoy the
Get yourself the right tools and support company of others.)
system to do a good job. AQUARIUS
CANCER (Jan. 20 to Feb. 18)
(June 21to July 22) Discussions with parents, bosses and
Vacation plans look sweet! Many of VIPs are significant now. People look up
you are in love now or are absorbed with to you and need your guidance about
romantic affairs. Others are spending something. Others easily respect you this
increased time working or playing with month.
children. PISCES
LEO (Feb. 19 to March 20)
(July 23 to Aug. 22) Travel, education, publishing and the
Your focus continues to be on home, media are prime concerns for you now.
family and real estate matters. Family You want more out of life! You're hun-
discussions are significant now. This is a gry for adventure, Therefore, return to
good time for redecorating or renovating school or book a trip.
projects. YOU BORN TODAY You're obser-
VIRGO vant; you research welland pay attention
(Aug. 23 to Sept. 22) to details. Even though you act sweet
It's a busy pace this month because and gentle, you have a determined, war-
short trips, errands and conversations riorlike attitude about your passions.
with siblings and relatives jam your (This drive allows you to accomplish a
schedule. You have a lot to do. (Make lot.) You constantly seek a balance
lists.) between your need to achieve and your
LIBRA need to please. Work hard to construct
(Sept. 23 to Oct. 22) something important this year.
Seek out private time just for yourself Birthdate of: Deidre Hall, actress; Dan
now. You'll appreciate this if you give Rather, journalist; Peter Jackson, direc-
this to yourself. Work alone or behind tor.
the scenes as well. (You need privacy.)

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