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NEWS BRIEFS
CAIRO, Egypt
Iranian president
'Eaccuses Bush of
confrontation
Iranian President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad said yest that Presi-
dent Bush sent a "message of
confrontation" during his recent
Mideast trip.
Bush spent much of his visit
to the region, which he wrapped
up on Wednesday, rallying sup-
port among Arab allies for a strong
stance against Iran - calling the
country the world's top sponsor of
terrorism.
"President George Bush sent a
message to the Iranian people and
all the nations worldwide," said
Ahmadinejad during an interview
in Farsi with Al-Jazeera television.
"This message reflects his own
conceptions and it is a message of
rift, a message of sowing the seeds
of division. It is a message of con-
frontation demeaning the dignity of
mankind."
WASHINGTON
Tougher border
rules mean longer
lines, more ID
New border-crossing rules that
take effect in two weeks will mean
longer lines and stiffer demands for
ID, including for returning Ameri-
cans, Homeland Security Secretary
Michael Chertoff said Thursday.
A driver's license won't be good
enough to get you past a checkpoint
at the Canadian border, Chertoff
said. That will be a surprise to many
people who routinely cross the bor-
der,butChertoffbristledatcriticism
that such extra security would be
inconvenient. More than 800,000
people enter the US through land
and sea ports each day.
"It's time to grow up and recog-
nize that if we're serious about this
threat, we've got to take reasonable,
measured but nevertheless deter-
mined steps to getting better secu-
rity," he said.
WASHINGTON
U.S. to reduce troop
levels as security
improves in Iraq
As security conditions improve
in Iraq, the U.S. should be able to
reduce forces at a slow but con-
sistent pace beyond this summer,
but air support and ground troops
likely will be needed for five to 10
years, a top military commander
said Thursday.
Army Lt. Gen. Ray Odierno, the
No. 2 commander in Iraq, also said
he believes Iraqi forces will be able
to take over security in their coun-
try much quicker than they have
suggested.
"What we don't want to do is sud-
denly pull out a whole bunch of U.S.
forces and suddenly turn things
over to ... the Iraqi security forces,"
said Odierno.
WASHINGTON

Congress, White
House issue rebates
to prevent recession
United for urgent action, the
White House and Congress raced
toward emergency steps Thursday
to rescue the national economy
from a possible recession, including
tax rebates of at least $300 a person
- and maybe as much as $800.
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben
Bernanke endorsed the idea of put-
ting money into the hands of those
who would spend it quickly and
boost the flagging economy.
Allthetalkofrescueeffortsfailed
to soothe Wall Street. The Dow
Jones industrials plunged 306.95
points, underscoring concern about
the country's economic health.
The scramble to take action
came as fears mounted that a severe
housing slump and a painful credit
crisis could cause people to reduce
spending and businesses to stop hir-
ing, throwingthe country into its first
recession since 2001.
- Compiled from
Daily wire reports
3,926
Number of American service mem-
bers who have died in the war in
Iraq, according to The Associated
Press. There were no dead service
members identified yesterday.

LAPTOPS
From Page 1
receives one report of a stolen lap-
top per week. The real number of
stolen computers could be much
higher.
The last two incoming fresh-
man classes were shown a DPS
video during orientation showing
how easy it can be to steal a laptop,
Brown said.
Brown said many laptops are
stolen because students grow
too accustomed to carrying them
around.
"As people have these in their
possession for so many years, it's
easy to become lax and forget it's a
high-tech item," Brown said.
Paul Howell, the University's
chief information technology
security officer, said the Universi-
ty recommends that students pur-
chase recovery software for their
computers.
The software, which usually
ROBERTS
From Page 1
Roberts spoke at length about
how important obtaining a good
education was to him.
"There was a constant voice in
my ear: 'Boy, get your education,'
" Roberts said. "I took executive
responsibility for learning, and I
cannot tell you what a difference
that has made."
When he entered the classroom
on the first day, Roberts's white
classmates protested his presence
by leaving the room. He said he
couldn't believe they were willing
to sacrifice their own education to
hinder his.
Roberts's passion for learning
contributed to his commitment to
desegregation, he said. When Rob-
erts was young, he read extensively
in an effort to understand why he
was not given the same opportuni-
ties as white children. Eventually,
Roberts said, he concluded that
there was no good reason - only
KILLING1
From Page 1't
shooting occurred.
At a press conference yester-i
day morning, police encouragedf
Myrick to turn himself in for
questioning.
"He's out and about, and we'ree
out and about looking for him,"t
Ann Arbor Police Chief BarnettI
Jones said.1
Myrick is a 28-year-old white
male who is six feet tall andi
weighs about 240 pounds. 1
According to a crime alertc
issued by the University'sc
Department of Public Safety, hel
has shoulder-length hair. He is
from Melvindale, Mich., accord-I
ing to the University's student
directory.i
Kinsey said Myrick has ac
criminal record with other localT
police departments, but declinedc
to elaborate.
"There have been some issuest
with Mr. Myrick in the past,"
said Kinsey.I
Kinsey said law enforcementI
officials have contacted several
people who claimed to have
heard gunshots Wednesday

REACTIONa
From Page 1
have received a message about the
incident by about noon yesterday.s
But Brown said not enought
details were available to send the I
mass e-mail at that time.
"We didn't have that much I
information to be able to activate I
that system," she said.
Brown said various heads ofa
the schools and colleges whoc
receive the crime alert e-mails are
responsible for forwarding them s
on to students. The crime alert I
asks recipients to share the infor-v
mation with faculty, staff and stu-
dent colleagues.F
But many administrators nevere
pass the alerts on, and because the"
global e-mail server takes so long I
to finish, many students are left in I
the dark.n
"I heard about it through e-"
mails from other people - ther
University e-mail came muchr
later," LSA freshman Clark Evans
said. "You've got to get the wordv
out the moment you find out aboutc
something like this. Eighteend
hours is just too late."s
To provide a more timely and
comprehensive method of alerting t
students and faculty in emergencyc
situations, the University is in the
process of implementing a mass I
text message notification system.s
Since April's Virginia Tech
shootings, colleges and universi- t
ties across the country have putt
similar text message notificationv
systems into place.s
Brown said the University _
already has a contract with a com-
pany that will provide text mes-
sage services. The system should

costs between $50 to $70 a year,
can be downloaded directly from
a company's website, purchased
with a new laptop or bought in
stores that carry computer mer-
chandise.
LoJack, one companythatcoffers
computer recovery software, also
offers tracers used to recover sto-
len cars.
Howell said the cost of the
software might discourage many
users.
"Unfortunately, the software
really isn't a preventative tech-
nique," Howell said. "It's not as
if there is a sticker on the laptop
that says 'protected by LoJack.'
These commercial packages can
be relatively expensive compared
to other security measures."
Brown said students should
write down their computer's serial
number and avoid leaving laptops
unattended.
Howell said students should
store sensitive information like
bank accounts and social secu-
hate and fear.
"It was a dangerous thing to
teach Terry Roberts how to read,"
he said.
Theda Gibbs, the program coor-
dinator for the symposium, said
Roberts was selected as the open-
ing lecturer to show what we can
learn from that era of the civil
rights movement. She said Roberts
could teach University students
"how to do better by the students
who are going through the educa-
tional system now."
Roberts said that today's society
continues to fight battles started by
past generations. He said "residual
systemic elements" frombefore the
1954 Brown v. Board of Education
verdict still exist today.
"Everything that ever happens
historically is merely an anteced-
ent to everything that happens
since then," he said. "We should
decide collectively whether we
want an integrated society. So far,
we've decided tobe segregated."
Near the end of his talk, Rob-
erts opened the floor to questions.
night. He said drugs may have
played a part in the incident, but
that the case is still under inves-
tigation.
"We have a number of prom-
ising leads and we'll continue to
follow up on them," he said.
AAPD Lt. Michael Logghe
said Myrick should be consid-
ered armed and dangerous, but
that police don't want people to
panic because the shooting may
have been an isolated incident.
The street where the shoot-
ing occurred, Jones Drive, is not
home to many students. The DPS
crime alert advised people on
campus to "look assertive and
be aware of your surroundings"
and walk with another person if
possible.
Kinsey said the victim's fam-
ily has been notified of the inci-
dent, but police won't release his
name until his extended family
can learn of the situation.
Anyone with any informa-
tion on the shooting or Myrick's
whereabouts should call the Ann
Arbor Police Department's tip
line at 734-996-3199.
- Mara Gay and Joe Stapleton
contributed to this report.
be in place by the end of Febru-

ary.
"We're moving just as fast as
we can," she said.
Brown said Wednesday night's
shooting was a scenario where the
text messaging system might've
been used, had it been in place.
"I can't speculate at this point,"
Brown said. "It very well may
have."
Many students said they think
a text message notification pro-
cess will be effective.
- "I would have gotten (the mes-
sage) then," LSA sophomore Billy
Holbert said. "I think it's a better
way."
But some said the cell
phone system could pres-
ent problems of its own.
"I think it's a good idea in theory,
but would cause mass hysteria,"
Ross School of Business sopho-
more Anthony Ambroselli said.
"Text messaging would cause
more panic than the University
needs."
Some students questioned
whether classes should have been
cancelled after hearing that a stu-
dent wanted in connection to a
shooting death was at large.
Brown said it would've been
he professors' decision to cancel
classes.
She said no information led
DPS to believe the suspect was
still in the area.
"The Provost's Office and other
Universityleadership, inconsulta-
tion with DPS, determined there
weren't reasons to cancel classes,"
she said.
Joe Stapleton, Elaine
LaFay and Krista Lewis
contributed to this report.

rity numbers onto encrypted
flash drives so information will be
unreadable if stolen or lost.
Howell said other protective
measures, like antivirus software
and a firewall, are more important
than purchasing recovery soft-
ware.
Some students said they'd con-
sider buyingthe software for their
laptops, saying it would give them
extra comfort in the long run.
LSA freshman Kennedy Carter
said she'd consider purchasing the
software if it meant preventing
theft.
"It's not that expensive com-
pared to buying a whole new lap-
top," said Carter, who added that
she usually brings her laptop with
her if she leaves her study area.
LSA sophomore Daniel Gold-
faden said he saw no real point to
buying the software.
"I just think it is a waste of
money," he said. "I've never had
a problem with someone trying to
take it."
When asked for his opinion on
affirmative action, Roberts said
he supported it, but had to qualify
his support with a definition of the
phrase.
"Americais an affirmative action
country," he said. "Since its incep-
tion, we have believed in affirma-
tive action. America developed
an affirmative action program
for white males unsurpassed in
the history of the world. We need
to expand it to include everyone
else."
Roberts, who now runs a con-
sulting firm specializing in mul-
ticultural awareness, normally
makes between 30 to 40 speaking
appearances per year. This year,
Roberts said, he plans to make
about 100 presentations for the
50th anniversary of the integra-
tion.
Roberts still serves as a deseg-
regation consultant for the Little.
Rock School District but has not
played an active role since 2002,
when a court ruled Little Rock had
fully integrated.
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REGENTS
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House?",said she was disappointed
with the decision-making process
that led the University to initially
move commencement to Eastern
Michigan University's Rynearson
Stadium. She urged University
officials to consider student pref-
erences in its final decision for a
commencement location, which
University officials said will be
announced within the next three
weeks.
NEW RESOURCES FOR
STUDENT VETERANS
University Provost Teresa Sul-
livan said at the Regents' meeting
that the Office of New Student
Programs would become the main
office for student veterans' affairs
on campus.
Sullivan said the office would act
on behalf of all student veterans in
University affairs and would rep-
resent the veterans in University
student governance matters.
She said a new specialist would
be hired to coordinate all Univer-
sity services and events for student
veterans on campus.
In addition, a student veterans
mentoring program and a student
veterans' services website accessi-
ble to all University student veter-
ans will be created, Sullivan said.
HIGHEST DECEMBER
FUNDRAISING TOTALS EVER
Jerry May, the University's
vice president for development,
said the University recorded its
highest-ever fundraising totals
for the month of December last
month, bringing in approximately
$90 million in cash donations and

Friday, January 18, 2008 - 3
reaching $2.8 billion in the ongo-
ing Michigan Difference fundrais-
ing campaign.
Although it has surpassed its
$2.5 billion goal, the campaign
will continue through the end of
the year.
As part of the President's Donor
Challenge, an ongoing fundrais-
ing campaign, the University has
raised about $442 million for
undergraduate and graduate need-
based and merit-based financial
aid, May said.
He said that number would like-
ly rise to $500 million by the end
of this year.
FEDERAL RESEARCH FUNDS
REMAIN FLAT IN FY 07
During the meeting, Stephen
Forrest, the University's vice pres-
ident for research, said the Uni-
versity's federal research funding
grew by about 1.8 percent during
the fiscal year that ended June 31
of last year.
Forrest said he didn't expect an
increase in federal research fund-
ing this fiscal year.
Forrest said higher education
cuts made to the state budget by
lawmakers will result in little to
no increase in federal research
funding for the University from
organizations like the National
Science Foundation, the Depart-
ment of Energy and the National
Institute of Health.
The last fiscal year was the
fourth in a row where federal
funding remained flat for the Uni-
versity.
The University's research
total for the 2007 fiscal year did
increase, though. It rose 3.3 per-
cent to $823 million.Forrest attrib-
uted the increase to new funding
from industry sources.

Bin Laden's son wants peace role

CAIRO, Egypt (AP) - Omar
Osama bin Laden bears a strik-
ing resemblance to his notorious
father - except for the dreadlocks
that dangle halfway down his back.
Then there's the black leather biker
jacket..
The 26-year-old does not
renounce his father, al-Qaida leader
Osama bin Laden, but in an inter-
view with The Associated Press, he
said there is better way to defend
Islam than militancy: Omar wants
to be an "ambassador for peace"
between Muslims and the West.
Omar - one of bin Laden's 19

children - raised a tabloid storm
last year when he married a 52-
year-old British woman, Jane Felix-
Browne, who took the name Zaina
Alsabah. Now the couple say they
want to be advocates, planning a
3,000-mile horse race across North
Africa to draw attentionto the cause
of peace.
"It's about changing the ideas of
the Western mind. A lot of people
think Arabs - especially the bin
Ladens,especiallythesonsofOsama
- are all terrorists. This is not the
truth," Omar told the AP last week
at a cafe ina Cairo shopping mall.

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