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Bush calls Dems
'irresponsible' on
Iraq funding
President Bush denounced "irre-
sponsible" Democrats yesterday
for going on spring break without
approving money for the Iraq war
with no strings. He condemned
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's
trip to Syria, too, accusing her of
encouraging a terrorism sponsor.
With Congress out of town,
Bush tried to take the upper hand
over Democrats who are making
increasing forays into the presi-
dent's foreign policy as his term
dwindles and his approval ratings
remain low.
Democrats, buoyed by recent
Republican defections from Bush
on Iraq, shot back that they are the
ones pursuing effective solutions
Britain calls for
direct talks with
Iran in standoff
Britain called for direct talks
with Iran to resolve a dispute over
15 captive Britons yesterday after
its first contact with the chief Ira-
nian negotiator. The announce-
ment followed the sudden release
of an Iranian diplomat in Iraq that
raised new hope for resolving the
In a statement late yesterday,
Prime Minister Tony Blair's office
said there had been "further con-
tacts" between the two countries,
including with chief international
negotiator Ali Larijani.
"The UK has proposed direct
bilateral discussions and awaits an
Iranian response on when these can
begin," Blair's office said.
Shots fired inside
CNN headquarters
kill one, injure one
A domestic dispute erupted in
gunfire at CNN's headquarters
complex yesterday, killing a woman
and critically wounding the ex-
boyfriend who pulled a gun on her,
authorities said.
The man and woman were argu-
ing near the main entrance of the
tomplex when the man shot her,
police officer James Polite said. The
armed man was then shot by a CNN
security guard.
I Expert predicts
'very active'
hurricane season
A top researcher predicted a
"very active" 2007 Atlantic hurri-
cane season yesterday, with at least
nine hurricanes and a good chance
one will hit the U.S. coast.

The forecast by William Gray
predicts 17 named storms this year,
five of them major hurricanes. The
probability of a major storm mak-
ing landfall on the U.S. coast this
year is 74 percent, compared with
the average of 52 percent over the
past century, he said.
The forecast, issued two months
before the hurricane season starts,
is virtually identical to the one
Gray issued before the 2006 sea-
son, which turned out far quieter
than he and others had feared.
- Compiled from
Daily wire reports
Number of American service
,nembers who have died in the War
in Iraq, according to The Associat-
ed Press. The following were iden-
iified by the Department of Defense
Army Sgt. Joe Polo, 24, of Opal-
ocka, Fla.
Army Staff Sgt. Bradley D.King,
28, of Marion, Ind.
Army Staff Sgt. David A. Mejias,
26, of San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Army Staff Sgt. Eric R. Vick, 25,
of Spring Hope, N.C.
Army Sgt. Robert M. McDow-
ell, 30, of Deer Park, Texas.
Army Spc. William G. Bowling,
24, of Beattyville, Ky.
Marine Lance Cpl. Daniel R.
Olsen, 20, of Eagan, Minn.
Marine Pfc. Miguel A. Marcial
III, 19, of Secaucus, N.J.
Army 1st Lt. Neale M. Shank,
25, of Fort Wayne, Ind.

From page lA
ing phrases like "The students
united will not be defeated" and
drumming on buckets.
The crowd formed a line and
cheered as police led each protester
from the building and into police
vehicles. The last student was led
from the building at about 7 p.m.
The students were taken to the
Department of Public Safety's hold-
ing facility on Kipke Road, pro-
cessed and released.
The students don't plan on
returning to Fleming tomorrow,
said SOLE member Blase Kearny,
who was one of the 12 students
arrested. Because the students
were read a trespass warning by
police, they are legally banned from
Fleming, DPS spokeswoman Diane
Brown said.
The students began their occupa-
tion at about 9:30 yesterday morn-
ing when they presented Coleman
with a list of demands, centered on
adopting the Designated Suppliers'
If the University adopted the pro-
gram, all suppliers manufacturing
University-licensed apparel would
have to agree to provide workers
with union representation and a
wage high enough for a worker to
support his or her family by work-
ing no more than 48 hours a week.
Suppliers would also have to submit
to regular inspections by the Work-
ers' Rights Consortium, the group
that developed the program.
The University currently moni-

tors labor practices through its
Vendor Code of Conduct.
SOLE members contend that the
code is ineffective.
The group's demands also include
restructuring the Labor Standards
and Human Rights Committee,
which is charged with reviewing
the University's labor guidelines.
The students - dressed as if for a
day at the office - brought pillows,
sleeping bags and backpacks full of
food. They occupied themselves dur-
ingthe day by blogging developments
on their website and reading testi-
monials from sweatshop workers out
loud. They also used Facebook.com
to publicize the protest.
University spokeswoman Kelly
Cunningham said there is no stan-
dard University protocol for han-
dling sit-ins. She said the students
were allowed to stay during busi-
ness hours because they were not
causing a disturbance.
The students also scattered let-
ters of support they had received on
the floor of the office.
University spokeswoman Julie
Peterson confirmed that the office
received hundreds of e-mails, faxes
and phone calls over the course of
the day.
"There is clearly averyorganized
campaign underway," she said.
Sit-ins at the University have a
long history. In November 1966,
1,500 students defied a ban on sit-
ins issued earlier that month and
occupied three floors of the build-
ing the administration was housed
in at the time. The students were
protesting the University's provi-

sion of class rankings to the Selec-
tive Service.
In March 1999, 30 SOLE mem-
bers demanding that the Univer-
sity set tougher labor standards for
its apparel supplier occupied the
office of then-University President
Lee Bollinger for 51 hours. Those
protesters left on their own, saying
that administrators had met most
of their demands.
Brown said the protesters were
forcibly removed fromthe president's
office this time because ofchangesto
security procedures after the terror-
ist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
"It's been an ongoing effort
across the University not only by
DPS but by schools, colleges and
departments to address security
issues," she said. "If unauthorized
people were allowed to stay in the
building, it takes away the resourc-
es of DPS from dealing with other
situations on campus."
Kearney, though, said he and his
fellow protesters were arrested for
another reason - a difference in
leadership styles between Coleman
and Bollinger.
"The fact that Mary Sue Cole-
man is the president is why we
were arrested," he said, noting that
Columbia University, where Bol-
linger is now president, has adopted
the Designated Supplier Program.
University alum Rodolfo Palma,
who was one of the protesters in
1999, hailed yesterday's sit-in in an
interview yesterday. He, too, said
Coleman was responding differ-
ently than Bollinger.
"(Bollinger) never said yes, but

at least he took us seriously," Palma
said. "She seems like she is com-
pletely disregarding things that are
important to students."
Kearny said the sit-in was a suc-
cess because of the media attention
and student support it generated.
While the sit-in continued at
Fleming, SOLE member Leigh
Wedenjoa questioned Coleman
during an LSA Honors Program
luncheon in Mason Hall.
Coleman said she cared deeply
about student input but that she
must follow the processes for
addresses student concerns.
"Ultimately, my responsibility is
to listen to the advice from a broad
spectrum," she said. Wedenjoa con-
tinued to question Coleman.
Coleman remained calm, and
the conversation ended when she
retorted: "I don't sit in my office
and be the grand pooh-bah and say
thou shall do X, Y and Z."
At about 4:30 p.m., Krenz
offered to arrange a meeting for
the protesters with himself, Labor
Standards and Human Rights Com-
mittee Chair Laurence Root, Vice
President for Student Affairs Roys-
ter Harper and University General
Counsel Martin Krislov today.
The students declined the offer
because Coleman would not be
The Labor Standards andHuman
Rights Committee is scheduled
to submit a report to Coleman on
April 20 providing proposals on
how to strengthen the Vendor Code
of Conduct. Coleman has offered to
meet with SOLE after she reviews

Wednesday, April 4, 2007 - 3A
the committee's recommendations
on April 20.
Root said the committee is work-
ing on ways to ensure suppliers
enforce labor standards. He said
he expects the committee to vote
on the recommendations during its
last scheduled meeting next week.
Root said the committee's main
concerns with the Designated Sup-
pliers' Program are its feasibility.
"We felt that the (program)
raised more questions than it
answered," he said.
The students arrested were: LSA
juniors Adam Lax and Aria Everts;
LSA sophomore Blase Kearney,
LSA freshman Yousef Rabhi, LSA
seniors Noah Link and Alex Bryan;
RC sophomore Kate Barut; RC
junior Jason Bates; RC freshmen
Lauren Keils, Sophie Reich and
Alex Jakubiec; and Music sopho-
more Jonathan Duggan.
Brown said the students were
arrested for violating a 1970 state
law. The law makes it a misde-
meanor for a person breaking the
rules of a college or university
to remain in a place after being
asked by an officer of the univer-
sity to leave and if the person risks
causing harm or is disrupting or
preventing the functioning of the
Violators face fines of up to $500
and or 30 days in prison.
The group is soliciting donations
on its website, uofmsitin.com, to
help cover fines and legal costs.
- Andrew Grossman
contributed to this report.

From page lA
but Beilein didn'telaborate any fur-
The same source said that Beilein
was unsure of who will be on his
coaching staff at Michigan. As of
now, all of his assistants at West
Virginia will remain employed
there, the source said.
"This is an exciting opportunity
for me and my family to join the
University of Michigan basketball
program," Beilein said in a written
statement. "This is a great opportu-
nity to build Michigan as one of the
elite programs in the country."
At West Virgina, Beilein made a
base salary of $740,000 with annu-
al increases of $20,000 per year,
according to The Associated Press.
From page LA
graduate student and continued to
inspire her after she became a faculty
member.She and Bailey are co-author-
ing a book on the history of English.
LSA sophomore Sara Walters
said taking Prof. Bailey's introduc-
tion to modern English class last
fall introduced her to linguistics.
It was a subject she knew nothing
about beforehand, but she said she
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He had a provision in his contract
that required a $2.5 million buyout
should he leave for another school.
Beilein is expected to make $1.3
million per season, according to
The Ann Arbor News. The six-year
contract has a $200,000 annual
base, with $1.1 million additional5
coming from other sources, such
as television and radio appear-
Beilein said he plans to meet with
the 2007 recruiting class soon. The
three incoming members - Alex
Legion, Corperryale "Manny"
Harris and Kelvin Grady - could
potentially withdraw from their
commitments, because Amaker
recruited them.
Calls to Legion and Grady's
cell phones were not immediately
returned last night.
ended up enjoying it. Walters now
plans to take linguistics classes in
the future.
School of Education student Valer-
ie Canter described the class shetook
with Bailey last fall as "awesome."
"You look at him and you expect
to get old school, but then what
comes out is just sheer interest in
the subject and the students," she
said. " He's very conversational.
People developed a real respect for
him in class."
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