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One hundred twelve years of editoral freedom

Summer Weekly

July 21, 2003

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Art Fair comes
to an end, and
some displaying
artists remi-
nisce on their
Page 2
Columnist Aymar
Jean explores
New York, a city
that he believes
flourishes out of
its many contra-
Page 5

Chr Webber
pleads gully
to crimnal
By Gennaro A. Filice IV
Daily Sports Editor
Last Monday, a day before his a
trial for perjury was set to begin,
Chris Webber pleaded guilty to a x
smaller charge of criminal con-
tempt, according to his attorney
Steve Fishman. The former Michi-
gan and current Sacramento Kings
superstar will be fined but won't
face any jail time.
"Given all the circumstances, it
was an excellent resolution," Fish-
man said.
The trial of Chris and Maycet
Webber, Chris' father, was supposed
to start last Tuesday with jury selec-
tion. The duo had faced a maximum
of five years in prison and a
$250,000 fine for lying to a federal
grand jury in 2000. According to
Fishman, Chris Webber had mixedr
feelings following the hearing.
"Chris's thoughts are: Number
one, he is relieved that the case is in
the process of being concluded,"
Fishman said. "Number two, he
deeply regrets what has happened toP
the University of Michigan basket- According.to the proposed rates for 2003, eight semesters of In-state tui
See WEBBER, Page 11 cost a grand total of $33,928, a 6.5 percent increase over previous fees.
Haddad deported, A2 Are those re
rallies to his support

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By Victoria Edwards
and Andrew McCormack
Daily News Editors
Ending a long period of budgetary debate, the Board of
Regents announced its fiscal plan for the upcomming year,
which, among many decisions, involves a 6.5 percent
increase in tuition.
The tuition increase remains the lowest among public
universities in Michigan. It will add an extra $490 a
year to an incoming LSA freshman, hiking the cost of
tuition to $7,975.
Provost Paul Courant said there is often a direct relation-
ship between state appropriations and the rate of tuition;
with a higher state appropriation rate, lower tuition can be
expected. As a result of a weakened economy this year,
budget cuts in the state of Michigan translated into a state
appropriation rate of 10 percent.
Tuition increases ate marginally lower at 6.5 percent, less
than they were a year ago at 7.9 percent, when the budgeted
state appropriations were at zero percent.
"(The percent tuition increase) is the lowest in'the
state. The last time we had to deal with a negative
budget increase was in 1982 and we responded by a 18
percent tuition increase," Courant paid.
Courant added that both the academic and adminis-
trative units had to make cuts to keep up with rising
enrollment and research activity, which continue to
grow despite budget cuts in the University.
LOWR/Dily "Every piece of the University took a cut. The administra-
tion would tion took a larger cut than academic programs. 275 staff
See BUDGET, Page 8

VIL 0Vra
takes the
teenage romance
genre to a new
Page 9

player Courtney
Sims hopes to
make a big
impact when
basketball sea-
son rolls around.
Page 12
Check out this
week's photo
gallery to see
more scenes
from the art fair
and other local

By Soojung Chang
Daily News Editor
Muslim community leader Rabih
Haddad has been deported to
Lebanon, but many individuals and
groups left behind are still working
on his behalf.
Haddad, the co-founder of a Muslim
charity accused of having terrorist ties,
first made headlines when several
Detroit newspapers and U.S. Rep. John
Conyers (D-Detroit) sued the govern-
ment for closing his immigration hear-
ings to the public. Prior to his sudden
deportation on Monday, he had been
imprisoned without bail for 19 months
for overstaying his visa.
Kristine Abougahr, spokeswoman
for the Free Rabih Haddad Com-
mittee, said their initial efforts were
focused on ensuring that Haddad
will be reunited with his family.
The group called an emergency
meeting on Tuesday after hearing
about the deportation.

"We finally found out ... that the
rest of the family is going to join
the father," she said. "The family is
able to travel together, and the
eventual destination is Lebanon
with a stopover in Kuwait,"
Abouzahr added.
The reunion was difficult to
arrange and took the concerted
effort of several parties, Abouzahr
said. The FRHC worked with the
family's legal counsel, the Muslim
Community Association of Ann
Arbor, Conyers' office, the
Lebanese counselate in Detroit, and
the Kuwaiti embassy in Washing-
ton, D.C.
Haddad's wife, Salma Al-
Rushaid, is a Kuwaiti citizen, while
three of her children have Lebanese
passports. The youngest is an
American citizen. In order for all of
them to be able to enter Lebanon,
the Bureau of Immigration and
Customs Enforcement will have to
See HADDAD, Page 8

Brittany Mumford inspects a life-like sculpture of a woman made by Marc Sijan, who had a booth at
the corner of East William and Maynard streets.

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