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AfifSafieh,who has represented the Palestinian government in the United States since October of last year, speaks with Engineering Prof. Karem Sakallah and George
Khoury, a member of a Palestinian Christian group, before giving a speech titled "On Palestinian Diplomacy."
Palestinian envoy visits ca-mpus
U.S. to mediate
By ALESE BAGDOL
American foreign policy in the
Middle East is at a crossroads, the
Palestinian ambassador to the
United States said yesterday in a
speech in the Modern Language
He said the U.S. government
can either alienate Arabs by
constantly siding with Israel or
change course and work with both
sides to achieve peace.
Afif Safieh, who has represent-
ed the Palestinian government in
the United States since October of
last year, said there is a need for a
third party to mediate the peace
process between the Israelis and
The United States could be that
mediator by withholding support
from the Israeli government until
Israel changes its policy toward
Palestine, Safieh said.
The United States does not give
the Palestinian diplomatic mis-
sion or Safieh official diplomatic
"We have become unreasonably
reasonable," he said. "We have
reached the end of our willingness
to make concessions."
The American Culture depart-
ment held the event in hopes of
changing the preconceptions of
Arabs and Arab-Americans, said
Prof Nadine Naber, who arranged
She said anti-Arab racism tends
to intensify during times of war in
the Middle East.
"It's important to support the
participation of Arab and Arab-
American voices in discussions
about peaceful solutions and pos-
sibilities for change in the Middle
East," Naber said.
Safieh lamented what he calls
the intolerant way many Western-
ers view Arabs.
"In today's world, the only pho-
bia is Islam-phobia," Safieh said.
"But there is no different kind of
man or woman. We all belong to
the same mankind."
Safieh said it's not American
ideals that he disagrees with, but
"My hope is that America rec-
onciles its power with its princi-
ples," Safieh said.
Safieh said the Palestinians find
inspiration in the legacy of Ameri-
can reformers like Martin Luther
King Jr. and Abraham Lincoln.
He stressed the need for the
United States to be even-handed
See AMBASSADOR, page 7A
was a I
'ply disappointing,' Julia Darlowinlastweek's election,
he will have one more chance to
ays fellow board vote onthe planbefore he leaves his
post on Jan. 1.
member The lame-duck board is sched-
By GABE NELSON for the proposed renovations to
Daily StaffReporter Michigan Stadium at its meeting on
member of the University Critics say the board should post-
of Regents has been a more pone voting on the plan until after
'ken advocate of the contro- Darlow replaces Brandon.
plan to add luxury boxes Regent Larry Deitch, who voted
chigan Stadium than David against the plan in May, criticized
on. the administration for bringing
ndon, a former captain of the the proposal before the lame-duck
gan football team with close board.
the Athletic Department, "I am deeply disappointed by
key member of the board that their decision," he said in an e-mail
5 to 3 to add 83 luxury suites interview. "I believe it is wrong."
early 4,000 premium club University President Mary Sue
o Michigan Stadium. Coleman decided to ask the regents
hough Brandon, a Republican to approve schematic designs at Fri-
Ann Arbor, lost his seat on day's meeting after consulting chair
ard to Democratic candidate See REGENTS, page 7A
A NEW CROP OF STUDENT LEADERS
POLLS OPENED AT MIDNIGHT LAST NIGHT.
TOMORROW NIGHT, THEY'LL CLOSE.
IN BETWEEN, IT'S UP TO YOU TO VOTE
Arrington's troubles deepen
MICHIGAN STUDENT ASSEMBLY
LSA STUDENT GOVERNMENT
Trial moves closer for
sophomore wide receiver
Daily Sports Editor
yesterday, Michigan wideout Adrian Arrington
received more bad news: A trial on charges of
domestic violence seems to be more likely.
Judge Kirk W. Tabbey, presiding over Washt-
enaw County 14 A-2 District Court, set Nov. 30
as the date for a settlement conference.
The judge also scheduled jury selection for
Dec. 4 if the trial proceeds.
Arrington,whose charges stemfromanargu-
ment with his girlfriend on Oct. 13 in which he
allegedly assaulted her, arrived at the court-
house at 8:33 a.m. for the 8:30 hearing, about 30
minutes earlier thanathis initialhearingNov. 1
When Arrington's case was called, his
defense attorney Chris Easthope immediately
asked for a conference at the bench.
The conversation between Easthope, Tabbey
and the prosecutor lasted several minutes and
appeared to be lighthearted. The judge enjoyed
See ARRINGTON, page 7A
Unlike last time, Starting nine
scant scandal in
Four parties vie HOW TO VOTE
Visit vote.www.umich.edu any
for 23 rep seats before Friday night at midnight
on assembly hle
By LAYLA ASLANI "I stressed at the b
Daily StaffReporter ningthatanyviolationw
have big repercussions
Despite some chalking, only to the individual, b
flyering and the usual poli- the whole party as wel
ticking, thisyear's Michigan said. "I don't think as
Student Assembly campaign wants to see a repeat of
has been uneventful. happened."
At least when compared Bouchard was refe
wi ' I l d to 010 PI.-Ptct M-
are all going to
make the team
witn ast spring's no-noias-
barred battle for the student
Voting kicked off at mid-
night this morning and will
continue until midnight Fri-
day. Students can vote for
candidates running from
their school or college at
0 MSA election director
Ryan Bouchard called the
election "very clean" and
credits the candidates' good
behavior to his communica-
tion with party organizers.
Perhaps the strict warn-
ing he issued several weeks
ago to candidates also
to tme eiecr on tasr iarcn,
during which candidates
flooded voters' inboxes with
campaign e-mails and par-
ties accused each other of
tearing down flyers, eras-
ing chalking and trying to
shut down party websitesby
overloading them with hits.
Inresponse, MSA formed
the Election Reform Select
Committee to revise the 15
pages of election rules. The
revisions are not in place
for this semester's election,
but pending approval from
MSA, they will most likely
be set for the more hotly
See MSA, page 3A
As many spots
By JAKE HOLMES
Just as students are
recovering from the
onslaught of campaigning
leading up to last week's
national election, they've
got another brand of cam-
pus politicos to deal with.
The LSA Student Gov-
ernment will hold its elec-
tions today and tomorrow
Any LSA student is eli-
gible to vote.
But voters won't have
many choices. Nine candi-
dates are running for nine
seats, all from the Michi-
gan Action Party.
Their platforms are var-
ied, but all include work
on GSI consistency. Candi-
dates said they hope to hold
workshops to ensure GSIs
across different class sec-
tions grade students fairly
Freshmen: Shelley Rosenberg,
Nick Glauch, Tonia Berry and Venu
Sophomores: Tyrone Schiff, det
Blouin, Janet Soave and DanaIsen-
Junior: Sanaa Rawji
LSA sophomore Janet
Soave is running for a
representative seat. She
said one of her goals is to
increase what she called
She said that means
reminding LSA students
just how outstanding the
"The majors and minors
that we have in LSA are
world-renowned," she said.
other candidates said
they want to improve the
visibility of student gov-
LSA sophomore Alex
Blouin said he hopes to
make sure students know
who their representatives
are and what they are doing
See LSA-SG, page 7A
LSA junior Sheldon Johnson, a member of Phi Beta Sigma, manned the grill for students who showed up to
support the annual Sleep-Out for the homeless on the Diag last night.
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