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Leim Irish Dance

Leim, the Gaelic word
for leap, defines the type of
dance practiced in the Leim
Irish Dance club: a combina-
tion of high-energy leaps and
But for club member
Andrew Berry, an LSAsenior,
it took a little longer than
most to get his feet off the
"I could only do the
Macarena and Cotton-Eyed
Joe (dances)," Berry said
jokingly. "And now I'm the
Since joining the group,
Berry's developed an appre-
ciation for dance. And though
the group combines Irish
themed music and dances
with other types of dance,
Berry said its an appreciation
for all types of dance that ties
the group together.

"We do a variety of things.
We don't stick to just Irish
music. We've had songs that
combine tap and Irish, bal-
let and Irish and hip hop and
Irish," Berry explained.
The unique, non-com-
petitive performance group
formed about 11 years ago,
when a small but ambi-
tious bunch began dancing
around campus, Berry said.
Since then, the group has
grown to 30 members and
performs a couple times
each year across campus.
The group also has had
the opportunity to perform
off campus at cultural fes-
tivals and at other venues,
including the Michigan
Theater on East Liberty
The most anticipated
showcase of the group's

work is a show put on each
year during winter semes-
ter. Performances include
male and female couple
numbers, which Berry said
tend to be crowd favorites.
"The guys are a little hes-
itant to come out," he admit-
But Berry hopes to dis-
miss prospective male and
female dancers' intimida-
tion by establishing an envi-
ronment in which dancers
with any level of experience
are welcomed, adding that
he's "improved tremendous-
ly" since joiningthe group.
"Dancing's also helped
me in a lot of other things,"
he said. "Before college I
was an athlete...I use my
muscles now in different

Four-year-old Annabella Craft takes a stroll through the University's BotanicalV
Garden's Fabulous Flamingos exhibit yesterday.

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$450 Palm cell Man refuses to Ralph Williams Welcome
taken at Union discharge gives movie talk skate at Yost

WHERE: Michigan Union
WHEN: Tuesday at about 6:15
WHAT: A Palm cell phone
valued at $450 was stolen from
an unsecured office, University
Police reported.

WHERE: University Hospital
WHEN: Wednesday at about
1 a.m.
WHAT: A man refused to leave
hospital premises after being
discharged, University Police
reported. He was escorted to a
tow company where his vehicle
was taken.

Student caught Phone swiped
with marijuana
from Angell

WHAT: Former University
Prof. Ralph Williams will
discuss his experience of
shooting his first feature
film, "Answer This!," along-
side Hollywood actors.
WHO: Office of the Vice
President for Com-
WHEN: Today from 7 p.m.
to 9 p.m.
WHERE: M-Den, 303
South State St.
British folk trio
the Strawbs to
perform at Ark
WHAT: Originally known
as the Strawberry Hill Boys
in 1967, the Strawbs will
perform British folk music.
WHO: Michigan
Union Ticket Office
WHEN: Today at 8 p.m.
WHERE: The Ark

WHAT: New Student
Welcome Skate will grant
students with MCards free
admission and skate rentals.
WHO: University Depart-
ment of Athletics
WHEN: Today from
8 p.m. to 10 p.m.
WHERE: Yost Ice Arena
. A September 8 article
in The Michigan Daily
("'U' tohost Peace
Corps celebration")
incorrectly stated that
John F. Kennedy used
the steps of the Michi-
gan Union to lay out his
vision for the National
Peace Corps Association.
" Please report any
error in the Daily to

A man from Long Island
wan arrested for firing an
AK-47 to ward off local
gang members threatening his
home and family, according to
CBS News. George Grier, who
legally obtained his rifle, fired
four warning shots into his
lawn to scare away a group of
more than 20 gang members.
2"Appleville," a short film
written and directed by
University students,is the
inaugural production of the
Michigan Creative Film Alli-
New Jersey Transit has
begun a 90-day trial for
quiet commute in which
the passengers of the first and
last cars on certain express
trains are barred from cell
phone conversations and talk-
ing aloud, according to The
Wall Street Journal.

WHERE: Stockwell Residence
WHEN:Tuesday at about9 p.m.
WHAT: A male student was
arrested for possession of mar-
ijuana and intent to deliver,
University Police reported. He
was released pending authori-
zation of the arrest warrant.

WHERE: Angell Hall
WHEN: Tuesday at about
11:30 a.m.
WHAT: A black Sprint
Motorola BlackBerry Curve
cell phone valued at $200
was stolen, University Police

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European Union mountS
pressures against Iran's
potential use of stoning


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Iran offers little hope
in punishment of
woman found guilty
of adultury
BRUSSELS (AP) - European
Union nations and the continent's
biggest human rights organization
slammed Iran on Wednesday for
its plan to stone a woman convict-
ed of adultery, while Iran's ambas-
sador to the Vatican said there
is "hope" the punishment could
be eased upon review by Iranian
The plight of Sakineh Moham-
madi Ashtiani, a 43-year-old
mother of two, has cast a harsh
light on Iran's version of Islamic
justice and caused a global outcry.
Iran says it has put the stoning on
hold for now but has also indicated
Ashtiani could be hanged for her
conviction of playing a role in her
husband's 2005 murder.
In an interview broadcast on
Italian state TV Wednesday, Teh-
ran's envoy to the Holy See gave
the strongest indication yet that
Iran may set aside the death pen-
alty - or at least the stoning - in
Ashtiani's case.
He, was asked what response
he could give to the many appeals
from around the world to stop the
stoning, including concern from
the Vatican.
Ambassador Ali Akbar Nas-
eri stressed that Islamic law was
"inspired by clemency and forgive-
ness." Asked if that meant there
was some hope Ashtiani could
receive clemency, he replied that
"one hopes for some easing of the
But he insisted that Iranian
judicial authorities were "fully
independent" and would not be
swayed by "threats."
Ashtiani "after having had illic-
it relations with numerous men,
killed, in a savage way, her hus-
band, with the complicity of one of
these" men, the ambassador said.
"Her guilt has been demon-
strated, but the judicial authori-

ties, before issuing the definitive
sentence, are re-examining the
case with utmost care and atten-
tion, and one hopes for an easing
of the punishment," he said with
a slight smile and without elabo-
His comments also appeared to
be a positive response to the Vati-
can's hint that it would try behind-
the-scenes diplomacy to spare
Ashtiani's life.
The European Union Par-
liament in Strasbourg, France,
passed a resolution Wednesday
condemning Tehran, a move that
comes on the heels of EU Com-
mission President Jose Manuel
Barroso calling stoning "barbaric."
The vote passed by a huge 658-to-
1 margin with 22 abstentions. The
vote against was an error and was
to be amended in the parliamen-
tary records later.
Sweden summoned Iran's
ambassador to protest the sen-
"It is important that we are not
passive in a case that - except for
her own destiny - has become
a symbol for the repression in
Iran," Sweden's Foreign Minister
Carl Bildt said. "We are against
the death penalty in all cases, but
stoning is a specifically vile form
of the death penalty."
German Foreign Minister
Guido Westerwelle released a
statement saying he is "deeply
worried for Ms. Ashtiani's life."
"Iran has to respect human
rights, especially because it com-
mitted to do so under interna-
tional law," Westerwelle said. It
is "not a question of religion, but
a question of fundamental human
The sentiments were echoed by
the 47-nation Council of Europe,
the continent's biggest human
rights organization. It called on
the Islamic republic's parliamen-
tary speaker, Ali Larijani, to do
his utmost to fully repeal the sen-
"This inhuman sentence and
the mistreatment that Sakineh
Mohammadi Ashtiani is suffering
cast a tragic shadow on your coun-

try," wrote Mevlut Cavusoglu,
President of the Council's Parlia-
mentary Assembly.
On Iran's state-run Press TV,
Foreign Ministry spokesman
Ramin Mehmanparast repeated
previous statements that plans to
carry out the stoning have been
"stopped" while judiciary offi-
cials also study the punishment
for Ashtiani's conviction of play-
ing on role in her husband's 2005
Ashtiani's lawyer, Houtan Javid
Kian, told The Associated Press
there has been no change in her
case and the stoning sentence was
suspended but not officially can-
celed. He has said Ashtiani was
never formally put on trial on the
charge of being an accomplice to
murder and was not allowed to
mount a defense.
On Monday, Kian said he had
received word that his client was
lashed 99 times last week in a
separate punishment after Brit-
ish newspaper ran a picture of an
unveiled woman mistakenly iden-
tified as Ashtiani. The newspaper,
the Times of London, apologized
for the error.
There has been no official Ira-
nian confirmation of the new pun-
On Sunday, the Vatican raised
the possibility of using its diplo-
matic channels in the case but it
has stopped short of saying such
efforts had begun. Some Western
officials, including Italian Foreign
Minister Franco Frattini, have
said they don't believe Iran will
carry out the stoning following the
international outcry.
But Iran has at times struck
a defiant tone. Even an offer of
asylum from Brazil - which is
on friendly terms with Tehran -
went nowhere.
Mehmanparast accused the
United States and other Western
countries of trying to "exploit" the
case and turn it into a "political
"Our country has been under a
lot of political pressure by the U.S.
and other Western countries over
its nuclear work," he noted.

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