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Tuesday, April 10, 2007 - 3

NEWS BRIEFS
NATANZ, Iran
Iran says it has
expanded uranium
enrichment
Iran announced a dramatic
expansion of uranium enrichment
yesterday, saying it has begun oper-
ating 3,000 centrifuges - nearly 10
times the previously known num-
ber - in defiance of U.N. demands
it halt its nuclear program or face
increased sanctions.
U.S. experts say 3,000 centrifug-
es are in theory enough to produce
a nuclear weapon, perhaps within a
year. But they doubted Iran really
had so many up and running, a dif-
ficult technical feat given the coun-
try's spotty success with a much
smaller number.
Instead, the announcement may
aim to increase support at home
amid growing criticism of hardline
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
and to boost Iran's hand with the
West by presenting its program
as established, said Michael Levi,
a nonproliferation expert at the
Washington-based Council on For-
eign Relations.
BAGHDAD
Shiites march,
demand that U.S.
leave Iraq
Tens of thousands of Shiites - a
sea of women in black abayas and
men waving Iraqi flags - rallied
yesterday to demand that U.S. forc-
es leave their country. Some ripped
apart American flags and tromped
across a Stars and Stripes rug.
The protesters marched about
three miles between the holy cities
ofKufaand Najaftomarkthe fourth
anniversary of the fall of Baghdad.
In the capital, streets were silent
and empty under a hastily imposed
24-hour drivingban.
Radical Shiite cleric Muqtada
al-Sadr ordered up the march as a
show of strength not only to Wash-
ington but to Iraq's establishment
Shiite ayatollahs as well.
Al-Sadr, who disappointed fol-
lowers hopinghemightappearafter
months in seclusion, has pounded
his anti-American theme in a series
of written statements.

ADMISSIONS
From page 1
premier institutions,"he said. "Stu-
dents embrace the type of environ-
ment and diversity of thoughts, ideas
and perspectives available here."
Former University President
James Duderstadt, though, said
universities nationwide are seeing
increases in applicants.
"Actually every university is
seeing a substantial increase in
applications," said Duderstadt,
who recently served on Security
of Education Margaret Spellings'
Commission on the Future of High-
er Education, in an e-mail inter-
view. He said that the nationwide
increase is probably due in part to
efforts to standardize applications
for electronic submission, which
makes it easier for students to apply

to more universities.
Almost 300 universities use
the Common Application, which
allows students to apply to multiple
schoolsby filling outthe same form.
The University of Michigan is not
one of them.
Although data is not yet avail-
able for this fall's class, the grade
point averages and standardized
test scores of freshman classes at
the University of Michigan have
been inching upward over the last
10 years.
The range of composite ACT
scores for the middle 50 percent of
enrolled freshmen has increased
Sfrom 25-30 in 1996 to 27-31 last year.
The middle 50 percent of combined
SAT scores has increased from1140-
1360 in 1996 to 1210-1420 last year.
The middle 50 percent of the
1996 freshman class had high
school GPAs ranging from3.4 to 3.9.

The same group of last fall's fresh-
man class had a high school GPA of
3.6 to 3.9.
Applicants are also involved in
more extracurricular activities
each year, Lucier said.
Colleen Creal, a guidance coun-
selor at Pioneer High School inAnn
Arbor said she has seen the qual-
ity of applicants increase over the
seven years she has worked there.
"The kids are just so involved in
so many things," she said. "They are
just more well-rounded kids."
Lucier said it's these things that
make reviewing the 27,000 applica-
tions interesting for him and his staff.
"It's so great because each stu-
dent has a story to tell us about
who they are and why they should
attend the University," he said. "It's
excitingto find thattype of interest,
passion. It's something beyond GPA
and test scores."

RC Prof. Ian Robinson speaks at a forum last night held by Students Organizing tar
Labor and Economic Equality to discuss their arrests last week. For a reporton the
forum, visit The Michigan Daily's news blog at michigandaily.com/thewire.

COKE
From page 1
The University suspended its
contracts with Coke after they
expired in late December 2005 for
the company's failure to meet a Dis-
pute Review Board deadline. Nine-
teen other universities had stopped
the sale of Coke products on cam-
pus by that time.
When Coke products were
brought back to campus in April of
2006, the Dispute Review Board set
a deadline for assessments of the
conditions in both countries to be
completedby March 31,2007 andbe
reported to the University by April
30. By May 31, Coke is required to
have a plan of action in place.
So far, the investigations have
missed the March deadline.
On March 30, Ed Potter, the
director of global relations for
Coca-Cola and the U.S. delegate to
the International Labor Organiza-
tion, held a phone conference to
update administrators at univer-
sities around the country on the
progress of the assessment of oper-
ations in Colombia.
Dan Sharphorn, the Universi-
ty's deputy general counsel said
Potter reported that an investiga-
tion would not take place until the
ILO had established a presence in
Colombia.
Sharphorn also said that to his
knowledge the office has not yet
been set up.
But according to notes from
Potter's conference call provided to
The Michigan Daily by a Coca-Cola
spokeswoman, Pottersaid an agree-

for the Cola-Cola Company, but to
monitor all corporations.
As a branchofthe United Nations
that monitors labor practices, the
ILO typically investigates coun-
tries, not corporations.
The ILO has set up a team of four
to work with different labor unions
in Colombia and assess the Coke
bottling companies, Whit said.
According to both Whit and Uni-
versity spokeswoman Kelly Cun-
ningham, an ILO report is expected
in the fall.
InIndia,theTataEnergyResearch
Institute is supposed tobe assessing
water sustainability. Sharphorn said
an assessment is expected at some
point this summer.
Ray Rogers, president and direc-
tor of the Campaign to Stop Killer
Coke, a national group, has a differ-
ent view of the investigations.
"It's really a comedy of sorts if
you look at it," Rogers said. "The
ILO investigation and their office
in Colombia doesn't exist now and
won't ever exist."
Rogers, like many involved with
the issue, is especially concerned
about the ties between Potter and
the ILO, because Potter's involve-
ment in both the ILO and the Coca-
Cola Company.
"The ILO cannot be considered
unbiased because of their relation-
ship with Ed Potter," he said.
University alum Clara Hardie, a
former member of the now-defunct
student group Coalition to CutCon-
tracts with Coca-Cola, said she is
worried about where the informa-
tion on the investigation in Colom-
bia and India is coming from.
"We're getting all our infor-
mation from -Coke," Hardie said.
"What happened to the third party,
the independent investigators?
Where are they?"
As for student activists on cam-
pus, Hardie said the return of Coke
products and lack of progress in the
investigations has dampened their
spirits.
"There are still so many people
dedicated to the issue," Hardie
said. "But many feel betrayed by the
administration. They didn't ask for
our opinion when they reinstated
the contract with Coke. They weak-
ened students' belief that they can
change the world."

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mentbetween the ILO, the Colom-
PYONGYANG, North Korea bian government and labor unions
. Koe was reached in June, establishing a
N. Korea says it will permanent presence for the ILO in
.w t Colombia.
inSpections According to the notes, Pot-
ter said the office was opened in
after fund release December.
"It has taken longer than expect-
A U.S. delegation pressed North ed for the ILO to set up this office
Korea yesterday to shut down its space," said Coca-Cola spokesper-
main nuclear reactor and allow son Kirsten Whit. "They finally set
in U.N. inspectors even as the top it up towards the end of this past
American negotiator said it would year, but as a result they had to
be difficult for a weekend deadline delay the actual assessments."
on the closure to be met. Whit also said the ILO pres-
The American delegation said ence in Colombia is not specifically
North Korea's top nuclear nego-
tiator, Kim Kye Gwan, told them
his government would allow U.N.
nuclear inspectors into the country
as soon as $25 million in disputed
North Korean funds are released. _ & * .

ERLANGER, Ky.
Toyota business
group to expand
Mich. tech center
Toyota Boshoku America Inc.
said yesterday it will locate its
North American home office in
northern Kentucky and plans to
expand operations at its technical
center in Novi, Mich.
The company, a Toyota busi-
ness group that manufactures
interior auto parts, said the move
to the 23,000 square-foot office in
Erlanger would consolidate admin-
istrative operations that are cur-
rently spread across the country.
. It plans to open the office later
this year and hire 100 employees
over the next two years.
- Compiled fram
Daily wire reports
39274
Number of American service
members who have died in the war
in Iraq, according to The Associat-
ed Press. The following were iden-
tified by the Department of Defense
yesterday:
Army Staff Sgt. Jerry C. Burge,
39, of Carriere, Miss.
Army Cpl. Joseph H. Cantrell
IV, 23, of Ashland, Ky.
Army Pfc. Walter Freeman Jr.,
20, of Lancaster, Calif.
Army Pfc. Derek A. Gibson, 20,
Eustis, Fla.

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