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NEWS BRIEFS
NEW YORK
Clinton gets ready
to run for White
House in 2008
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton
met yesterday with New York's
Democratic governor-elect, Eliot
Spitzer, to solicit his support for
her likely White House bid, the
latest indication she is stepping
up plans to join a growing field of
potential contenders for 2008.
One rival, Indiana Sen. Evan
Bayh, announced yesterday he was
establishing an exploratory com-
mittee to raise money for a pos-
sible presidential run. He expects
to decide over the Christmas holi-
days whether to seek the Demo-
cratic party's nomination.
A top aide to Clinton said he did
not know when the former first
lady would decide about pursuing
the presidency or set up an explor-
atory committee. Clinton aides,
however, have begun interview-
ing possible campaign staffers in
recent weeks, Clinton strategist
Howard Wolfson said.
HAVANA
Castro skips
military parade
Fidel Castro was a no-show Sat-
urday at a major military parade
that doubled as his 80th birth-
day celebration, raising questions
about whether the ailing leader
will ever return to power as his
public absence begins taking on a
tone of permanence.
Many Cubans had hoped for at
least a glimpse of Castro before
dozens of olive-camouflaged tanks
rumbled through the Plaza of the
Revolution and jet fighters soared
above the capital to mark the 50th
anniversary of the formation of
Cuba's Revolutionary Armed
Forces.
Castro hasn't been seen in public
since July 26, before he underwent
secretive intestinal surgery and
temporarily ceded power to his
younger brother, Raul. He delayed
his 80th birthday celebration from
Aug. 13 to this week in order to
give himself time to recover, and
speculation had been rife whether
he would appear.
BEIRUT, Lebanon
Hezbollah loyalists
call for ouster of
Lebanese leaders
Thousands of Hezbollah sup-
porters set up camp in the heart
of Beirut on Saturday, starting an
open-ended sit-in with a carnival
atmosphere intended to pressure
the U.S.-backed government of
Fuad Saniora into resigning.
The political crisis, which has
disrupted life in the capital's com-
mercial district and raised fears
of violence between the country's
pro- and anti-Syria forces, showed
no sign of easing.
Holed up in his office only about
50 yards from some of the protest-

ers, Saniora made clear he had no
intention of stepping down and
urged Hezbollah to abandon its
protests.
PADANG, Philippines
More than 300
0 dead in swamped
Philippine villages
Rescuers scouring mountain
villages buried under mud and
boulders loosened by a powerful
typhoon discovered more bodies
Saturday, raising the death total to
more than 300, with another 300
missing.
Officials fear the number of
those killed by Typhoon Durian
will rise as rescue operations con-
tinue in devastated villages on the
slopes of the Mayon volcano, 210
miles southeast of Manila in the
northern Philippines.
- Compiled from
Daily wire reports

PREPARING TO LAUNCH

Models prepare for their appearance in Sheifest on Saturday night in Palmer
Commons. Shei, a campus popular culture magazine, will appear online this year,
though editors are planning a print edition for the future.

MIDEAST TALK
From page IA
Tanter said that in an attempt to
abate the protesters, he began taking
questions from the audience, alter-
nating inquiries from the protesters
with other audience members.
"I was bending over backwards in
order to accommodate the protest-
ers," Tanter said. "The accommoda-
tions I made only resulted in greater
hostility."
The University's Standard Prac-
tice Guide for Freedom of Speech
and Artistic Expression provides
rules for balancing protesters' free-
dom of speech with that of speakers.
The document says a person may be
removed from an eventfor "undue
interference."
Heckling is acceptable unless the
interruptions don't block the speak-
er's communication with the crowd.
When a crowd member disrupts
an event, the guidelines say three
escalating warnings should be read
before police escort a protester away.
Brown said it is not mandatory that
the statementbe read before someone
is asked to leave an event, but it has
become an accepted procedure on
campus. Berman said he and other
organizers read the three warnings.
Campus police then stepped in
to remove the woman. The woman
resisted by going limp, Brown said.
This forced police to ohvsically

remove the woman, Brown said.
LSA senior Stuart Wagner, who
was in the crowd, said he saw Cole-
man try to prevent the officers from
removing the woman. He also said
that an officer put his arms around
Coleman frombehind, at whichpoint
Coleman fell to the ground.
"It was a circus," Wagner said.
Catherine Wikinson, an Ann
Arbor resident who said she came to
support friends who were protesting,
said Coleman was unconscious.
Brown said this could have been
part of Coleman's strategy.
"Portrayingunconsciousnessispart
of a protest strategy and up to a medi-
calphysicianto decide,"shesaid.
Coleman refused to comment on
whether or not he was unconscious.
An ambulance was called to the
scene and took Coleman, 49, to the
University Hospital's emergency
room to treat a cut on his forehead.
The other two protesters were
taken from the League to the DPS
station for processing, Brown said.
Coleman was taken to the station fol-
lowing his treatment.
The three were released pending
prosecutors' authorization of charg-
es late Thursday night or early Fri-
day morning, Brown said.
Brown said the results of a DPS
investigation will be taken to the
county prosecutor, who will issue
any warrants.
Wilkinson said police used exces-
siveforcewhenremovingthenrotest-

Monday, December 4, 2006 - 3A
ers. Brown said police were patient
and used only necessary force.
A 45-second clip posted Friday on
YouTube.com, titled "Police Brutal-
ity at University of Michigan," shows
Wilkinson telling an officer that
Coleman can't breath.
Brown said standard police proto-
col is to use one level of force above
theresistance. Becausethe protesters
used passive resistance techniques,
DPS used "open-handedtechniques"
to remove the woman. Open-handed
techniques could include applying
pressure to pressure points, but do
notincludetheuse ofanyweaponsor
chemical agents, like mace, she said.
"The police were so gentle that
they couldn't get her up," Tanter said.
Tanter e-mailed members of the
University Board of Regents about
Prof. Kathryn Babayan's alleged
involvement in the protest.
Babayan is an assistant professor
of Iranian history and culture in the
DepartmentofNear Eastern Studies.
TantersaidthatwhileBabayanhad a
right to participate,she is obligated as
a faculty memberto not assistgroups
that interfere with free speech.
Tanter suggested that the regents
and the Senate Advisory Commit-
tee on University Affairs, which
addresses faculty issues at the Uni-
versity, consider the issue of a faculty
member's role in disruptive demon-
strations during academic events.
Babayan did not return calls ask-
ingforcommentvesterdav

ROSE BOWL
From page IA
Early Sunday morning, before
Carr received word that Michi-
gan would be left out of the BCS
National Championship Game,
he predicted that the day would
bring controversy.
"I think it's going to be a great
controversy - I don't care who
gets selected," Carr said on the
weekly television show "Michi-
gan Replay." "I just think that
based on some of the comments
the Florida coach has made in
the last two weeks - campaign-
ing strenuously for a berth in
the championship game - and
making some statements about
Michigan that I think were inap-
propriate."
But Sunday night during a tele-
conference, Carr refused to com-
ment on whether he felt Michigan
was better than Florida, and also
if he thought Florida coach Urban
Meyer campaigned excessively for
votes.
"I said the system would speak,
and it has spoken," he said.
The Harris poll, which was
introduced in 2005 when the AP
poll coordinators decided they
didn't want to be associated with
the BCS, brought on more contro-
versy with the final vote.
It is composed of 113 former play-
ers, coaches and administrators.
One voter, Jim Walden, voted
Florida as the No. 1-ranked team.
Other voters put Michigan fourth,
behind teams like Louisville,
Southern Cal or Louisiana State,
all of which have two losses.
Bowl Championship Series
coordinator Mike Slive addressed
the possibility that certain poll-
sters could be purposely voting
one team lowerthanthey shouldcto
help another team, but said there
is no way of knowing the individ-
ual intentions of each voter.
The ESPN/USA Today coaches
poll, in which Michigan held a 40-
pointadvantage prior to last week-
end, almost completely flipped.
When the poll was released Sun-
day, Florida had a 26-point edge
over the Wolverines.

Forty-four coaches had Florida
as the No. 2 team, while just 18
had Michigan in the second spot.
Coaches who favored the Wol-
verines included Rutgers coach
Greg Schiano and Notre Dame
coach Charlie Weis.
The most notable Florida pro-
ponent was Louisiana State coach
Les Miles, a Michigan gradu-
ate and former assistant coach
for the Wolverines. His vote for
the Gators as No. 2 probably was
a result of conference loyalty
- both his Tigers and Florida are
SEC teams.
Ohio State coach Jim Tressel
abstained fromvoting, leaving the
poll one vote shorter than normal.
"I thought it was real slick,"
Carr said when asked of Tressel's
abstention.
When asked if there would ever
be a situation that would cause
him to not vote in a poll, Carr
sternly replied "No."
Carr wasn't the only one who
didn't feel like talking about the
news.
As soon as the big screen TV
flashed the pairings at Buffalo
Wild Wings last night, several
tables full of Michigan fans rose
and departed without looking
back.
Fourth-year medical student
Srinu Kusuma sighed as he got up
to leave.
"I had hope," he said. "I still
believe we're the second-best
team in the nation."
Those who remained mumbled
about doing the unthinkable: root-
ing for Ohio State in a football
game.
"I believe Florida gets stomped
on by a team we only lost to by
three," Kusuma said.
In terms of the Rose Bowl,
Southern Cal coach Pete Carroll
said he expects his Trojans to be
up against a strong team.
"They are loaded, they've had
a great season," said Carroll, who
chooses not to vote in the coach-
es poll at all. "They're terrific on
offense and terrific on defense. It's
going to be most challenging."
- Dave Mekelburg
contributed to this story.

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