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May 6, 2002
NEWS Democrats worried
about loan proposal
The Senate By Jeremy Berkowitz education and the barriers they sometimes
passed a bill last Daily News Editor confront."
week that critics Under a loan consolidation program,
say lowers the President Bush's recent proposal to change established by the federal government in
funding for need- interest rates on student loans, which some 1986, the Pell Grant program allows college
ed programs, say makes it harder for college students to students faced with many loans to combine
such as Planned pay back money borrowed for college, creat- them into a single loan with the lowest fixed
Parenthood. ed a controversy both on Capitol Hill and at interest rate available.
Page 3 the University last week. President Bush's plan replaces the fixed
Though President Bush rescinded his pro- rate with a variable rate based on the present
OP/ED posal Wednesday, many Congressional economy.
The Daily takes Democrats said they are still worried his plan "The minute you make this variable based
on the role of in could be revived as a way of cutting the on the marketplace, those loans would cost
loco parent is, budget in response to a $1.3 billion deficit in much more," said U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow
wch ges' the Pell Grant program, a grant that helps (D-Mich).
whic ives many students pay tuition. "We would see a lot of families and stu-
more rights to "Now is the time to send a message to the dents not being able to afford to college ...
parents, in high- president that we will not tolerate his distort- students spending many more years digging
er education. BRANDONSEDLOFF/Daily ed priorities. At the same time he is propos- their way out of debt from college," she
Page 4 Vice President Dick Cheney addresses graduates at Michigan State University's ing massive tax giveaways to the richest 1 added.
Undergraduate Student Convocation Saturday morning. percent of Americans, he is now slamming Margaret Rodriguez, associate director of
ARTS the doors of opportunity shut on our nation's the University's Office of Financial Aid, said
students," said Sen. Paul Wellstone (D-Minn). students choose to consolidate their loans
"I'm not sure the president understands either because they are looking for a low
how hard people are working to get a college See BUSH, Page 2
f MSU for graduation P" auWebber:
The Arts staff -
reviews the new By Shoshana Hurand administration. - A llegaio ns
movie Spider- Daily StaffReporter "To be here and not express myself
man starring would have felt very wrong," said
Toby Maguire Supported by a crutch as a result of Kathie Kuhn, a member of People for
and Kirsten an Achilles tendon injury, Vice Presi- Positive Social Change out of Lansing
Dunst in this dent Dick Cheney hobbled to the podi- Community College. She added that By J. Brady McCollough
week's paper um at the Michigan State University decisions made by the Bush/Cheney DailySports Editor
Page 10 Undergraduate Student Convocation in administration are plaguing the world
the Jack Breslin Student Events Center environmentally, economically and In an interview published by the
SPORTS . in East Lansing Friday. Although his militarily. Sacramento Bee Thursday, former
speech was notably brief -just under "I really feel it's my duty as a citizen Michigan basketball
10 minutes - the Vice President of the Earth to be here," she said. star Chris Webber fur-
Cheney's attendance still brought a Inside the Breslin Center, Cheney ther refuted the allega-
great deal of attention to the event, addressed a crowd of approximately tion that he accepted
including that of protesters. 7000 students, their families and DANNY MOLOSHOK/Da iy $280,000 from former
The demonstrators, who appeared an friends. He encouraged graduates to Three-year-old Turner Yamamoto holds on while spinning booster Ed Martin.
hour before the ceremonies com- always strive for success even if it on the merry-go-round with her sister, Riley, yesterday. Martin was indicted
The softball menced, spoke out against Cheney's See CHENEY, Page 2 March 21 by federal
team won the courts for loaning a
Big Ten Regular " " total of $616,000 to Webber
Season Champi- V1S1tors W est an G Za Webber, Marcus Taylor, Robert Traylor
onship against and Louis Bullock in an effort to launder
Michigan State "e " (" money from his illegal gambling enter-
yesterday 1-0. 'strip call experence intense priseinmetro Deoit auto plants.
Page ____ 13lJ~ J. Webber made it clear that he took
money from Martin on numerous
ONLINE By Shabina S. Khatri sion two weeks ago, particularly disturbing. occasions but was adamant in the
O Daily Staff Reporter "I wasn't prepared for how devastated Jenin interview that the amount was
Ann Arbor Mus- was. It looked like an earthquake. That's affect- nowhere near $280,000.
lim Rabih Had- The International Solidarity Movement's trip to ing, to see that level of devastation," he said. "I was definitely asking (him) for
dad, currently the West Bank and Gaza Strip last week was Because the area was closed off to foreigners money or to help me get gym shoes here
jailed for a visa intense,Reverend Thom Saffold said. by military checkpoints, Saffold and a team of 15 See WEBBER, Page 2
violation, Saffold, along with 15 others from across the others from around the world decided to sneak
speaks out " world, traveled to Israel and the occupied territories into the camp. In reporting the results of the Best
against the bias- last week as part of an effort to launch a wide-scale, "We ran down this tree-lined path to escape of Ann Arbor edition of Weekend
es he has faced. non-violent, pro-Palestinian movement. being seen by the soldiers at the military Magazine, published April 11,
The excursion was Saffold's fourth visit to checkpoints. Whenever we were stopped, we 2002, the winner of Best Mexican
CONTACTS the area. He said the extent of the damage told (the soldiers) we were going to a different Restaurant was incorrectly given to
NEWS: 76-DAILY DANNY MOLOSHOK/Daily shocked him. village," Saffold said. only Sabor Latina. Both Tios and
CLASSIFIED: Reverend Thom Saffold recently Saffold said he found the state of Jenin, a refugee The ISM also visited the Presidential Com- Sabor Latina tied for the category.
764-0557 returned from a visit to the Middle East. camp that was reduced to rubble by an Israeli incur- See SAFFOLD, Page 8