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Food, banter and shvitzing
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Know what a Shmoo-
zalufuguse is? Have you ever
shmoozed?Ifnot, you must not
know about Shmooze.
Shmooze is a Jewish stu-
dent organization founded in
2004 with a primary purpose
of, quite simply, shmoozing.
Students gather once a month
to share food and conversation
at a member's home. While the
informal meetings generally
begin with obscure icebreak-
ers, they quickly turn into
impassioned discussions about
Jewish culture, past and future
club events and, perhaps most
Food is a central part ofboth
shmoozing and the Jewish cul-
ture, and most of Shmooze's
events focus on cooking.Kugel,
a Jewish dish similar to cas-
serole, is the subject of the
organization's premier annual
event-- the Kugel Cook-off
The club's leader, head
Shmoozalufuguse Avery Rob-
inson - a Shmoozalufuguse is
any member of the club's lead-
ership board - explained that
the cook-off allows members
to "expand what can be kugel,"
or even show off their grand-
mother's kugel recipes. .
The club hosts another
annual cook-off that focuses
on a different food each fall.
Apples starred this semester,
yielding creations like apple
challah and apple-butternut
squash soup, while past years
have seen a variety of desserts
that experimented within the
cooking limitations of Pass-
Shmooze, which receives
most of its funding through
Hillel, also organizes events
such as the upcoming Ashke-
nazi food symposium, an event
which highlights the evolution
of Jewish food. An expert on
Jewish food from Zingerman's
Delicatessen, Zack Berg, will
be the keynote speaker at the
While food is indeed impor- 0
tant, conversation is the other
important aspect of the group.
Robinson, an LSA junior,
believes that shmoozing is an
important skill to have, both
in professional and social situ-
ations. The meetings allow
members to become more com-
fortable speaking and interact-
ing with others.
The living room often leads
to the CCRB's locker room sau-
nas, as members sit together
and talk. Robinson said this
form of socializing, known as
shvitzing, is a fantastic way to
form friendships in a relaxing
atmosphere. JEREMY CHO/Daily
Members of the Shmooze Club play guitar at a backyard campfire on Elm
-PETERNOORANI Street in 2007.
Accidental purse Tire slashed
CAMPUS EVENTS & NOTES
Hillel ice Bowling club
hockey game meeting
WHERE: University Hospital
WHEN: Yesterday at 11:45 a.m.
WHAT: A patient mistakenly
took the wrong purse while
under the influence of medica-
tion, University Police reported.
She then returned the purse.
WHERE: Cardiovascular Cen-
ter Parking Lot
WHEN:Yesterday at about
12:50 p.m. -
WHAT: A man reported that
his vehicle's tire was slashed
while parked in the lot, Univer-
sity Police reported. There are
Railing broken Another railing
WHERE: School of
WHEN: Yesterday at about
WHAT: An officer founda
handicap railing broken from
the building after a caller
reported skateboarders in the
area, University Police reported.
The damage was valued at $100.
WHERE: Mosher-Jordan Hall
WHEN: Yesterday at about
WHAT: A handrail was report-
ed broken, University Police
reported. It was split down in
half and broken from its base.
There are no suspects.
WHAT: The Hillel Ice
Hockey Team will play a
game at the Ann Arbor Ice
WHEN: Tonight from 10
p.m. to 1 a.m.
WHERE: Ann Arbor Ice
WHAT: A printmaking
exhibit of Takeshi Takaha-
ra's work called "The Four
WHO: Residential College
WHEN: Today from 9 a.m.
to 5 p.m.
WHERE: East Quadrangle,
Resiidential College Art
WHAT: The bowling club
welcomes members and
nonmembers of all skill lev-
els to attend their practice
WHO: Michigan Union Bil-
WHEN: Tonight from 7
p.m. to 9 p.m.
WHERE: Colonial Lanes
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day's edition of the Daily,
'Open gender discussion,'
incorrectly stated that the
group is for individuals
questioning their sexual-
ity. It is to discuss gender
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through a window and
under a fence to escape
from a Tennessee prison,
KTVU.com reported. Once
free, the men stole cigarettes
from a convenience store and
then re-entered the prison
through the same window
they used to escape.
Two gay rights bills are
going through the leg-
islature, one of which
could overturn the 2004
amendment to Michigan's
constitution that prevents
homosexual couples from
having spousal benefits.
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British panel begins inquiry on Iraq war
Inquiry called the
of the conflict
LONDON (AP) - An inquiry into
Britain's role in the Iraq war kicked
off yesterday with top government
advisers testifying that some Bush
administration officials were calling
for Saddam Hussein's ouster as early
as 2001 - long before sanctions were
exhausted and two years before the
Critics hope the hearings, which
willcallex-Prime Minister Tony Blair
and are billed as the most sweeping
inquiry into the conflict, will expose
alleged deception in the buildup to
fighting. However, they won't estab-
lish criminal or civil liability.
As the inquiry began, a small group
of anti-war protesters gathered near
Parliament. Three wore face masks of
George Bush, Blair and Prime Minis-
ter Gordon Brown - their hands and
faces covered in fake blood.
"Five years we've waited for this,
and finally we're getting somewhere,"
said Pauline Graham, 70, who trav-
eled from the Scottish city of Glasgow
to see the hearings. Her grandson
Gordon Gentle, 19, was killed in the
southern Iraqi city of Basra in 2004.
Sir Peter Ricketts, who was
chairman of Britain's Joint Intelli-
gence Committee in 2001, said Brit-
ain had hoped for a strengthened
policy of containment - reducing
the threat posed by Iraq through
sanctions, weapons inspections
and security measures. The strat-
egy had been in place since the 1991
Gulf War when Iraqi forces invaded
But Ricketts said some in the Bush
administration had a different vision.
"We were conscious that there
were other voices in Washington,
some of whom were talking about
regime change," Ricketts said, citing
an article written by National Secu-
rity Adviser Condoleezza Rice warn-
ing that nothing would change inIraq
until Saddam was gone.
The panel will question dozens of
officials over the next year - includ-
ing military officials and spy agency
chiefs. It will also seek evidence but
not testimony from ex-White House
Bereaved families and activists
have long called for an inquiry into
the U.S.-led war that left 179 British
soldiers dead and triggered massive
public protests. The Labour-led gov-
ernment lost a significant share of
parliamentary seats because of the
But with no lawyers on the panel,
few believe the inquiry will answer
one of the most basic questions -
whether the war was legal.
Blair will be questioned on wheth-
er he secretly backed U.S. President
George W. Bush plan's for invasion
a year before Parliament authorized
military involvement in 2003.
"There were no weapons of mass
destruction and we know that, so
what are we going to get out of this?"
asked Mabel Saili, a 49-year-old office
administrator. "It's too little too late.'
Led by a panel appointed by
Prime Minister Gordon Brown, the
inquiry can only offer reprimand
and recommendations in hope
mistakes won't be repeated in the
In the United States, the 9/11 Com-
missionexaminedsome issues around
prewar intelligence, and a Senate
select committee identified failures in
intelligence gathering in a July 2004
report on prewar intelligence assess-
But the Iraq inquiry is envisioned
to be a comprehensive look at the war.
Brown set up the inquiry to address
public criticism of three key aspects
of the conflict: the case made for war;
the planning for the invasion; and the
failure to prepare for reconstruction.
Any significant findings could pose
embarrassing questions for the gov-
ernment ahead of a general election
next year. Both the Labour Party and
the opposition Conservatives voted
for the invasion.
Leaked military documents pub-
lished Sunday disclosed that senior
British military officers claim war
plans were in place months before
the March 2003 invasion, but were so
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badly drafted they left troops poorly
equipped and ill-prepared.
The panel said yesterday it would
first try to establish Britain's view of i
Iraq before 2003.
Ricketts, who is now the Perma-
nent Secretary at the Foreign Office,
said elements of a containment strat-
egy - sanctions, an incentive to lift
sanctions if Saddam allowed weapons
inspectors to return and no fly zones
were already starting to show signs of
failure in 2001.
The deterioration was linked to the
rise of smuggling, Saddam's growing
standing in the Arab world and the
increasing unpopularity of the mea-
sures in Iraq.
Witnesses also said Saddam was
feeling no pressure from the interna-
tional community -the United States
and Britain viewed Iraq as a consider-
able threat but astumbling block had
been Russia, which was against strict
"In February 2001, we were
aware of these drum beats from
Washington and internally we dis-
cussed it (ousting Saddam)," said
Sir William Patey, head of the Mid-
dle East department at the Foreign
Office in 2001 and now Britain's
Ambassador to Saudi Arabia.
"Our policy was to stay away
from that. We didn't think Saddam
was a good thing, and it would be
great if he went, but we didn't have
an explicit policy for trying to get
rid of him."
Simon Webb, who in 2001 was
policy director of the Ministry of
Defense, said despite mounting
skepticism over the containment
strategy, there were no military
plans in 2001 for regime change.
"The question of regime over-
throw was, I recall, mentioned but
it was quite clear that there was no
proposition being put in our direc-
tion on that"
The turning point for the U.S.
administration was Sept. 11 terror
attacks, according to the three wit-
nesses who said they believed the
UN Security Council would have
agreed to revised sanctions on Iraq
if it weren'tforthe attacks.
"In 2001, we were seeing an
acceleration of work on missile
programs, we saw increased Iraq
efforts to secure material for the
nuclear program and we saw con-
tinuing interest in CW (chemical
weapons) research and develop-
ment," Ricketts aid.
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