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White House
considered firing all
U.S. attorneys
The chief White House lawyer
floated the idea of firing all 93 U.S.
attorneys at the start of President
Bush's second term, but the Justice
Department objected and eventual-
ly recommended the eight dismiss-
als that have generated a political
firestorm two years later.
White House spokeswoman
Dana Perino said Monday that
then-White House Counsel Har-
riet Miers raised with an aide to
Attorney General Alberto Gonzales
the prospect of asking all chief fed-
eral district prosecutors to resign
in 2004 as a logical way to start a
new term with a new slate of U.S.
Democrats in Congress have
charged that the eight dismissals
announced last December were
politically motivated.
Tenn. soldier on
trial for murder of
Iraqi prisoners
A squad leader never ordered his
soldiers to shoot three Iraqi detain-
ees, but he did help cover up the
slayings, a defense attorney said in
opening statements of the soldier's
murder trialyesterday.
Staff Sgt. Ray Girouard is the last
and most senior soldier from the
101st Airborne Division to face trial
for the killings during a May 9 raid
on a suspected insurgent camp out-
side of Samarra, Iraq.
Military prosecutors say Gir-
ouard, 24, had told his soldiers to
cut the detainees free and then kill
them as they tried to run.
Two other soldiers charged with
murder - Spc. William B. Hunsak-
er and Pfc. Corey Clagett - pleaded
guilty, cooperated with prosecutors
and were sentenced to 18 years in
military prison. Both men said dur-
ing their court hearings that Gir-
ouard ordered the killings.
U.N. panel urges
sanctions on Sudan
A U.N. human rights team criti-
cized the international community
Mondayfor failingto halt atrocities
in Darfur, saying in a sharply word-
ed report that the United Nations
must act now to protect civilians
from a violence campaign orches-
trated by Sudan's government.
The panel,headed by Nobel peace
laureate Jody Williams, departed
from the usual diplomatic niceties
of U.N. reports to accuse major na-
tions of letting Sudan obstruct ef-
forts to quell ethnic fighting that
has killed 200,000 people and dis-
placed 2.5 million in four years.
The report urged quick U.N. Se-
curity Council intervention, the im-
position of sanctions and criminal
prosecutions of those responsible
for atrocities and other abuses.

Bus plunge kills 18
people at wedding
A bus carrying a wedding party
plunged into a gorge in mountain-
ous northern India, killing at least
18 people and injuring another 27, a
government official said yesterday.
The bus rolled down a 600-feet
deep gorge and fell into the fast
flowing Mandakini River late Mon-
day night, said Amit Chandola, a
spokesman for the government of
the state of Uttarakhand.
"Initial inquiry suggests that
the driver, along with many other
members of the marriage party,
was in an inebriated state," he said.
It was not immediately known
whether the bride and groom were
among the dead.
- Compiled from
Daily wire reports
Dollars the Motion Picture
Association of America spent to
train two dogs to sniff DVDs, The
Associated Press reported. The
dogs, two black Labradors, are
on loan to Malaysian officials.
Although the dogs cannot tell
the difference between pirated
and legal optical disks, authori-
ties hope they will help reduce
the smuggling of pirated DVDs in

From page IA
to them all the time.
"I stayed up till 4 a.m. listening
to the podcasts," he said. "I drank
a whole two-liter of pop listening to
nine podcasts."
Lynn Johnson, the director of
dental informatics at the School of
Dentistry, has led podcastingefforts
at the dentistry school beginning in
early 2005. Today, the school has
more than 993 podcasts, 10 percent
of which include video.
Johnson said that when the
project began, she didn't expect it
to grow so quickly. Originally the
school planned to only record the
audio of lectures, but soon branched
out into video podcasts as well.
Along with sound recordings of
lectures for students, the dental
school records informational videos
for patients. The school also shows
patients videos about treatments.
Johnson said that by letting patients
watch a video, the school can stan-
dardize the information given to
patients about potential treatments.
It also saves time for staff members
who no longer need to do these pre-
sentations in person.
Videos of procedures also allow
students to review treatments they
may have learned about months ear-
lier but never preformed, Johnson

said. There is a collection of videos
that cover both course-specific and
general dentistry topics.
"We are building an archive of
videos that cuts across the whole
curriculum," Johnson said.
Based on the work at the dental
school and numerous requests from
student groups and professors, the
University's Course Tools website
now also includes an iTunesU link.
There, professors who request it can
upload audio or video recordings of
their lectures for students.
The podcasts that professors
upload include purely sound files,
sound files annotated with Power-
poiltt slides, and full-fledged vid-
eos, Leasia said.
Leasia said that the response to
the system has been very positive
and that the pnly limits to expand-
ing the program are computer pro-
cessing power and disk space.
Despite their availability, Engi-
neering freshman Danny Byrd said
he never took advantage of the pod-
casts offered in his organic chemis-
try class last semester. Because he
went to class and took notes, Byrd
never thoughtlike he needed to sup-
plement class with the podcasts.'
When he missed class, Byrd
talked to his professor because he
thought that would give him a bet-
ter understanding of the material
than listening to an audio file.

From page IA
Maricruz Lopez, a spokeswoman
for the militant pro-affirmative
action group By Any Means Neces-
sary, said the demonstration could
be the largest student rally at the
University in two decades if all goes
according to plan.
The groups within the coali-
tion, which typically advocate for
separate issues, came together in
an attempt to make the University
administration more responsible
for its actions, Kearney said.
"We want the University to be
run like a reputlic, not a corpora-
tion," Kearney said.
University spokeswoman Kelly
Cunningham said administrators
are always open to hear concerns.
"The University has avery strong
freedom of speech and expression
policy," Cunningham said. "It has
demonstrated over the years that it
is interested in and encourages stu-
dent input."
The rally is part of Week of the
People, a set of protests and events
sponsored by local activist groups.
Week of the People is also sponsor-
ing a protest march on.Saturday to
mark the fourth anniversary of the
Iraq War.

LSA sophomore Oren Brandvain (left) jousts with LSA sophomore Ali Thabet on
the Diag yesterday during an Environmental Issues Commission event.

From page IA
company, said University students
aren't any lazier or unconnected
that students at other colleges,
"They are aware of what's
available at the career center,"
Lochtefeld said. "They are aware of
ways to get their own internships,
but they specifically want some-
thing that we have."
He said half of University of
Dreams's customers are Midwest-
ern college students looking for a
big-city internship. The program
allows students to pick between
internships in New York, Chicago,
London, San Francisco, Los Ange-
les and Barcelona.
"They really want to experience
that city life," Lochtefeld said.
The company does offer several
other perks.
It has connections at hundreds
of prominent businesses like MTV,
Time and Merrill Lynch. The pro-
gram helps students meet their
potential employers - while many
other applicants apply online and
disappear into what Lochtefeld
calls "the black hole."
It also supplies housing and

meals for students.
Hoag said the Career Center can
help students with internships find
housing even if they don't partici-
pate in a University program. She
also said the Career Center has all
the same contacts that internship
consultants do.
"Our students tend to be fairly
resourceful, but we're happyto help
them," Hoagsaid.
School of Business sophomore
Jen Pollack said she has conducted
her search for finance and invest-
ment banking internships without
much help from the Ross School of
Business. Pollack said she wouldn't
use a company like University of
Dreams because she wouldn't want
to spend money for an internship.
Pollack said she went to the
University's Career Center for help
with her resume and cover letter
but researched internships on her
Although she hasn't yet been
offered a position, Pollack said
she's not worried about getting an
internship. She said she'll take a
volunteer position if she doesn't
receive ajob offer.
"If I don't get paid, that's one
thing," Pollack said. "But I don't
wantto pay to get one."

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