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Al-Qaida leader believed
to be killed by U.S. miss*le

Leader said to have
played a key role in
bombing of CIA post
in Afghanistan
al-Qaida leader believed to have
played a key role in the bombing
of a CIA post in Afghanistan last
December was apparently killed
by an American missile strike last
week, a senior U.S. official said
The counterterrorism, offi-
cial said Hussein al-Yemeni was
believed killed in a strike in
Miram Shah, the main town in
North Waziristan. The official
spoke on condition of anonym-
ity to discuss sensitive informa-
Drone strikes in Pakistan's bor-
der region, largely conducted by
the CIA, have escalated in recent
months, proving an effective
From Page 1A
ity of the bill passing by creating
a contingency plan that takes into
account the potential change in
the system.
"We think that ultimately
what's going to happen is that
the government will be doing the
direct student funding and banks
will be doing private student lend-
ing," he said.
Kelly added that recently the
number of private student loans
has been steadily increasing,
while federal student loans have
been falling.
Lisa Westermann, a spokes-
woman for Wells Fargo, wrote in
an e-mail statement that regard-
less of the proposed legislation,
Wells Fargo would continue to
support students in any way that
they can.
"We remain committed to serv-
ing the financial needs of students
and families through responsible
lending of student loan prod-
ucts and to our team members
who serve these customers," she
In a conference call with col-
lege journalists yesterday, U.S.
Rep. Timothy Bishop (D-NY)
responded to critics who have
said that the plan will lead to the
loss of jobs within the student aid
From Page 1A
" Tony Fama, co-creator of the
program and president of the
MariaMadeline Project - anorga-
nization that provides resources
for baby-boomers - said LEARN
participants can watch online
instructor-led courses, download
workbooks and take an indepen-
dent study class without the con-
straints of a traditional classroom
All of the courses are housed
on the Maria Madeline Project's
website, SOplusprime.com, which
is geared toward baby-boomers,
Fama said.
Fama said the courses offered
by the program help baby-boomers
who have lost their jobs learn the

new skills necessary to compete in
the current job market.
"People are going to need to re-
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an issue," Armstrong said.
Armstrong added that offering
students the option of Saturday
night dining is important because
for many students Saturday night
is a "large drinking night," and a
lack of an option for dinner could
be "dangerous" for those who can-
not afford to eat in Ann Arbor res-
taurants and choose to drink on an
empty stomach.
Armstrong, who also serves as
chair of MSA's LGBT Commission,
said if elected, he will build a better
relationship between the RHA and
MSA to discuss and implement a
Saturday night dining option in the
dining halls.
According to a Feb. 17, 2009
* report in the Daily, then-LSA Rep.
Timothy Bekkers, who introduced
the resolution along with Business
Rep. and MForward member Alex
Serwer and LSA Rep. Virat Gupta,
called the lack of Saturday night
dining a "pretty big social justice
"Ithink (closed dininghalls) hurt
the people who can least afford to
be here at this school already," Bek-
kers said at the time.
Then-Student General Counsel

way to target al-Qaida and Tal-
iban leaders hiding in the rugged
mountainous border. While Paki-
stani officials have criticized the
strikes, it is widely believed that
Islamabad privately supports the
attacks and works with the U.S. to
provide intelligence.
CIA director Leon Panetta
said the stepped-up campaign
has driven Osama bin Laden and
other leaders deeper into hiding
and left al-Qaida and the Taliban
in Pakistan's tribal regions in dis-
"Those operations are seriously
disrupting al-Qaida," Panetta told
The Washington Post in an inter-
view. "It's pretty clear from all the
intelligence we are getting that
they are having a very difficult
time putting together any kind of
command and control, that they
are scrambling. And that we really
do have them on the run."
Al-Yemeni is considered an
important al-Qaida planner and
explosives expert who had estab-

lished contact with groups rang-
ing from al-Qaida in the Arabian
Peninsula to Afghan and Paki-
stani Taliban militant groups. He
is also known as Ghazwan al-
The counterterrorism official
said al-Yemeni was in his late 20s
or early 30s and was a conduit in
Pakistan for funds, messages, and
recruiting but that he specialized
in suicide operations.
A jihadist Web site linked to
al-Qaida recently announced his
death, said Bruce Riedel, a former
CIA officer who now is a senior
fellow at the Brookings Institu-
tion's Saban Center.
"This is another sign that drone
operations and stepped-up efforts
against al-Qaida are having an
impact in the tribal regions,"
Riedel said yesterday. He said
al-Yemeni served prison time
in Yemen in 2005 before being
released and has since moved
through Afghanistan and Iran
and was a trainer for the Taliban.

From Page 1A
theHLC committeefeltthe Univer-
sity should focus additional atten-
tion to one area within the first
criterion, which calls for the Uni-
versity to operate "with integrity to
ensure the fulfillment of its mission
through structures and processes
that involve the board, administra-
tion, faculty, staff and students."
Without going into extensive
detail during the meeting, Fernan-
dez said the University should
ensure this pledge is held and con-
tinues to be upheld by taking a look
at its commitment to diversity.
However, Fernindez reported
the concern was minor enough that
the HLC delegation would not pro-
pose outside intervention, instead
telling University officials they
should look into the matter.
At the meeting, University Presi-
dent Mary Sue Coleman said she
was happy with the process and
was appreciative of the hard work
both members of the HLC delega-
tion and officials at the University
had put into the process.
In an interview following the
meeting, Coleman declined to com-
ment on the concern regarding
diversity raised by the HLC delega-
From Page 1A
to pay to remove any graffiti on
their buildings.
The ordinance was implement-
ed after City Council received
complaints from people who
believed many property owners
did not care enough to remove
graffiti when it appeared on their
City Councilmember Chris
Taylor (D -Ward 3), one of the
sponsors of the initial proposal
for the graffiti ordinance, said
that while City Council hasn't
analyzed official numbers, he
believes the ordinance is doing
its job.
"Where I used to see graffiti,
I'm not seeing it anymore," Tay-
lor said.
According to Taylor, City
Council is waiting to review the
ordinance until a report is fin-
ished in upcoming months.
Though graffiti is sprawled on
sides of property in Graffiti Alley,
the area remains unaffected by
the ordinance simply because

Lion, saying it was too early to dis-
cuss the matter since the University
had notyet receivedthe delegation's
report. However, Coleman said she.
appreciated the delegation's input
and advice, adding that the com-
mittee was trying to help the Uni-
versity advance its work.
HLC delegates will now return
to their respective universities and
will work on drafting the commit-
tee's report to the HLC. The com-
mittee has four to six weeks to draft
the report, but Fernindez said in an
interview Monday that he expects
the report tobe compiled earlier.
Once the reportis written, a draft
will be sentto University officials to
review for factual accuracy over a
two-week period. In the interview,
Fernindez stressed that University
officials would only be allowed to
offer factual corrections - like if a
name or date was mixed up.
After the committee reviews the
draft with suggested corrections, it
will finalize its report and will sub-
mitittothe HLC Board of Trustees
who will make the official decision
about whether or not to reaccredit
the University.
It is possible that if the University
does not agree with the assessment
offered by the HLC delegation in its
report, it could appeal the findings.
However, Coleman did not make
people have chosen not to file
complaints, according to City
Councilmember Sandi Smith (D-
Ward 1). The ordinance is geared
toward new graffiti that appears
on the sides of clean buildings.
"There is a gray area in the
ordinance, which is for art on
the side of a building," Smith
said. "It seems to me that every-
body looks at Graffiti Alley
as something they don't want
Smith cited the mural on the
side of Potbelly's at the corner of
South State Street and East Lib-
erty Street as another example of
art on a building. Even if some-
one were to complain about the
mural, the city would likely not
require its removal.
Smith said that she was not a
big proponent of the ordinance
when it was passed, though
she has yet to notice any major
changes to the frequency of graf-
fiti as a result of it.
"I don't know that we see any
more or less (graffiti) than we did
before," Smith said. "In terms of
what deems it a success, I guess
that's in the eye of the beholder."

Thursday, March 18, 2010 - 7A
any indication yesterday that she
planned to do so based on what she
knows about the HLC's findings at
this point.
TheUniversityundergoes areac-
creditation review every 10 years.
During the last review in 2000, the
HLC did not raise concerns about
diversity in its report.
"With strong leadership from
the president, provost and execu-
tive officer, the University of
Michigan is a national leader in its
passionate commitment to diversity
and affirmative action," the 2000
reaccreditation delegation from the
HLC wrote in its report.
It is not yet known what the HLC
delegation will include in it's report
to the HLC Board of Trustee's and
what statement, if any, willbe includ-
ed abouttheir commentson diversity.
The HLC delegation arrived on
campus Sunday to start a two-day
series of interviews that ran on
Monday and Tuesday before leav-
ing after yesterday morning's exec-
utive briefing.
However, HLC representatives
have been working on review-
ing University documentation for
quite some time prior to their visit.
University officials have been pre-
paring the documentation and
coordinating the site visit for the
past three years.
When The Michigan Daily
checked the progress of the
graffiti ordinance in July 2009,
the system for reporting graffiti
was complaint-based, meaning a
resident had to file a complaint
with the city in order for the city
to issue notices to property own-
According to Taylor, the same
method is still used for the ordi-
Department of Public Safety
spokeswoman Diane Brown said
it's difficult to measure the fre-
quency of graffiti on campus.
Just like the city's complaint sys-
tem, not all cases of graffiti are
reported to DPS.
Brown also said the University
allows a certain level of artis-
tic expression. University policy
permits temporary graffiti, like
chalk, on horizontal surfaces.
Anything written with a perma-
nent material, like paint, or on
a vertical surface is considered
destruction of property.
"We want to embrace free-
dom of expression but not to the
point of destruction of property,"
Brown said.

business, saying that private loan
and bank programs will still be
allowed to operate. He added that
the loss of jobs won't be too sig-
nificant, because the student aid
industry isn't very "labor inten-
"The direct student loan pro-
gram still relies on private con-
tractors, banks to service loans
and to do some of the adminis-
tration of loans," Bishop said. "So
there's going to be work under
this program, in fact there contin-
ues to be work under this direct
student loan program."
Bishop said the student aid plan
requires the balancing of resourc-
es and making sure that the bill
will be beneficial to both students
and employees who work in the
student loan industry.
"There's no question in terms of
the benefit to students, benefit to
families. And because of the fact
that there will still be a role for
private servicers in the system,
we think we've struck the right
balance with the SAFRA law."
Pamela Fowler, executive direc-
tor for the University's Office of
Financial Aid, wrote in an e-mail
interview that, for the 2008-2009
academic year, 1,833 undergradu-
ates used private lenders for their
loan needs.
Students are eligible for two
types of student loans, either sub-
sidized or unsubsidized, with the

latter not based on need.
Fowler added that for the 2008-
2009 year, 7,512 undergradu-
ate students received subsidized
loans, while 8,160 undergraduate
students received unsubsidized
Fowler noted that there is
duplication between the num-
bers, as some students receive
both subsidized and unsubsidized
Williams of the U.S. Public
Interest Research Group said he
believes the proposed legislation
is important because students like
those at the University who tak-
ing out loans are incurring debt
that has increased dramatically
over time.
"Just twelve years ago, only
one-third of students needed to
borrow to go to college, and their
average debt was $12,000," he
said. "In 2008, two-thirds of col-
lege students are borrowing to
graduate and their average debt is
closer to $25,000."
Kantrowitz of Finaid.org said
he thinks the proposed legislation
could benefit parties other than
students taking out the loans.
"The argument is that you get
all of the savings," Kantrowitz
said. "You can use the savings
for a combination of student aid,
other priorities and deficit reduc-
tion, and you don't have to raise
taxes to increase student aid."

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The goal of the courses is to help
participants find the right career
by gainaing a better understanding
of their strengths.
"We're the bridge between the
former career and the new career,"
he said.
Once the participants choose a
career, LEARN will help them find
the right school for their occupa-
tion and teach them how to fund
that education, Fama said.
Wooten said she chooses the
courses for the program based
on research about the sectors in
which opportunities for employ-
ment are growing.
According to the Department
of Energy, Labor and Economic
Growth, from October 2007 to
October 2009, jobs in the private
health care and social assistance
sectors grew 2.4 percent. Dura-
ble goods manufacturing jobs
declined 26.4 percent in that same

time period.
Because health care has sur-
passed manufacturing as the
leading industry in Michigan, the
program wanted to offer those
courses first, in order to give its
participants the "greatest benefit,"
Fama said.
Courses to come later this
year include classes on emerging
technologies and governmental
non-profit jobs, as well as some
intermediate computer skills
Wooten said she is excited to
offer the computer-based courses
because they can help unemployed
workers create a resume.
Thus far, there has been a large
amount of interest in the program
due to its advertisements on the
Fox 2 news channel, according to
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jump in our website traffic," he
said. "It really is unbelievable."

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and current Rackham Rep. Michael
Benson said at the time that MSA
would push RHA to offer the option,
accordingto the Daily article.
"It's an issue that affects all of
our constituents," he said at the
time. "So now we'll work collabora-
tively, as we have in the past, with
RHA to try and find some sort of a
Caitlin Sadler, president of the
Residential Hall Association, said in
an interview this week thatthe issue
of Saturday nightdiningcould be via-
ble with sufficient student interest.
"If the students currently in the
residence halls are very interested...
it's definitely something that could
be solved," Sadler said.
University Housing spokes-
man Peter Logan echoed Sadler's
sentiments, saying that Saturday
night dining was cancelled in 2005
because of the low student turnout
in the dining halls. A dinner option
for Sunday - which hadn't been
available since 1965 - was revived
"It was determined that the stu-
dent interest at that time was more
geared toward a Sunday evening
meal," Logan said. "Saturday eve-
ning dining did not have significant
participation in it because, as you
can imagine, many students have
differentplans on Saturday night."

Logan added that maintaining
both Saturday and Sunday din-
ner options would cost Univer-
sity dining facilities an additional
"When we make a significant
change in operations that has an
increase in expense, we have to fig-
ure out a way to offset that expense
so that we aren't making it an addi-
tionalburdenontheresidential stu-
dent," he said.
"I doubt very much, personally,
that students at this point would
want to undertake an additional
meal that would add sufficiently to
their board expenses," Logan said.
East Quad resident and LSA
senior Elizabeth Jackson said Sat-
urday night dining would be con-
venient, especially during the cold
winter months.
"During winter, I don't want to
leave the dorm, and I don't want to
pay for delivery," she said.
Engineering sophomore Wil-
liam Mohr, said he doesn't mind
the lack of a dinner option on Satur-
day nights because it gives him an
excuse to eat out with friends over
the weekend.
"It's a nice break from cafeteria
food," Mohr said.
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(March 21 toApril 19)
The next four weeks are all about you,
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your batteries for the rest of the year.
Fontunately, people and opportunities
wilt bedrawn to you inexplicubly.
(April 20 to May 20)
Work alone or behind the scenes for
the next month. You need time to think
about what you want your new year
(birthday to birthday) tobe all about.
(May 21 to June 20)
You have a popular month ahead. Get
out and schmooze with others. Accept all
invitations. Join clubs, groups and
(June 21 to July 22)
For the next six weeks, the Sun will be
at high noon in your chart, shining down
on you like a spotlight. Others will
notice you more thanusual-especially
bosses, parents, teachers and VIPs.
Make the most of this!
(July 23 to Aug. 22)
Make plans to travel. You want to
broaden your horizons. Any kind of
study or the exploration of new subjects
and ideas will delight you.
(Aug. 23 to Sept. 22)
In the month ahead, you'll be more
focused on debt, insurance matters,
inheritances, bills, taxes and the wealth
and resources of others, especially part-
ners. You want to figure things out.
(Sept. 23 to Oct. 22)
This is the time ofculmination in your
life when youare seeing some successes,
and, at the same time, seeing what you
have to let go. The quicker you do this,

the happier you'll be.
(Oct. 23 to Nov. 21)
You're keen to get better organized!
You want your life to run more effi-
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(Nov. 22 to Dec. 21)
You feel playful, flirtatious, prankish
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perfect for a vacation, love affairs,
romance, playful activities with children
and sports.
(Dec. 22 to Jan. 19)
Home, family and your domestic
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next month. Discussions with a parent
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(Jan. 20 to Feb. 18)
You're keen to enlighten others. The
next six weeks are a wonderful time for
writers, teachers, actors and people who
work in sales and marketing.
(Feb. 19 to March 20)
Write down your moneymaking ideas.
Your focus is definitely on your cash
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and your ability to perfect your talents.
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opportanity to study or learn something
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