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Contrary to some graduating seniors' expecta-
tions, the keynote speaker at Saturday's Commence-
ment ceremony was met with widespread approval
by the 2004 audience.
In his speech, Automobile Magazine founder
David Davis Jr. said that while the graduates have
received their education in four or five years, it took
him fifty years to receive his degree.
Davis said that he measures success by being able
to have fun every day while also making a decent
living. But he added that it is also important to take
responsibility for one's own actions.
"Every morning when we look at ourselves in the
mirror, we must say to that self, 'Whatever happens
today, my dear, you're responsible ... You can't hide
behind your parents, your professors, your own igno-
rance or the ignorance of others," Davis said.
He also said he wanted to humorously convey to
the graduates that there is always a second chance.
"I did everything to prevent myself from succeed-
ing and yet I still succeeded," said Davis, who was
awarded a University honorary doctorate of humane
letters degree at the ceremony.
Some seniors had expressed concerns with the
University's choice for the commencement speaker
after it was announced in March, but Davis said he
received many positive comments from both stu-
dents and faculty afterwards.
LSA graduate Jessica Badt said she was aware of
the disputes surrounding Davis' appearance as
keynote speaker before the ceremony but she said
See GRADUATION Page 8

nine students
By Ashley Dinges
Daily News Editor
After months of anticipation, the
University received a subpoena from
the Recording Industry Association of
America last week, which may require
the University to turn over the names
and contact information of nine stu-
dents who allegedly used illegal file
sharing programs to upload files.
"The subpoenas were received at the
end of last week, and we notified the
students before media. The RIAA orig-
inally sent (the University) notice of
intent to subpoena students they said
were illegally distributing their music
files," said University spokeswoman
Julie Peterson.
The University now has 21 days to
respond to the subpoenas, during
which they will decide if the subpoena
is valid.
"Essentially we have three weeks to
comply with the subpoena, and if it is
valid, we'll have to comply - that's
what we'll have to do. There isn't really
a choice in the matter," said University ,
Assistant General Counsel Jack
Bernard.
In order to determine whether or not
the subpoena is valid, Bernard said the
University will read through the sub-
poena and assess both what it is asking
for, ad what law it uses to request the
information.
RIAA issued the subpoena under the
"John Doe" litigation, because they do
not currently have access to the nine
See RIAA Page 8

Kerry, Bush bring campaigns to Michigan

Kerry concludes 'Jobs First" bus
tour with final stops in Michigan

Bush outlines tax reliefpolicies,
decisiveness in war on terror

By David Branson
and Justin Miller
Daily Staff Reporters
Democratic presidential-hopeful
Iohn Kerry (D-Mass) visited Washt-
enaw Community College last
Wednesday, speaking of plans to
improve higher education and revi-
talize the industrial sector.
"Manufacturing here in Michigan
and all across America isn't what it
once was, thanks in no small part to
increased outsourcing and unfair
trade practices," Kerry said.
He has focused on Michigan
0ecause of its loss of about 136,000
industrial jobs since mid-2000.
"The President wants this (elec-
tion) to be just about the war on ter-

ror because he's ignored jobs," said
John Austin, a member of the State
Board of Education.
Kerry introduced his economic
plan last month at Wayne State Uni-
versity promising to create 10 mil-
lion new jobs if elected. Many of
those jobs would be created with the
help of education.
"My College Opportunity Tax
Credit will make four years of col-
lege universally accessible, with a
tax credit on up to $4,000 of
tuition for four years of college,"
Kerry said.
That credit would help students pay
for training in advanced technologies
such as robotics and new plastics that
could create new jobs in fields that
See KERRY Page 3

By David Branson
Daily Staff Reporter
STERLING HEIGHTS - An
enthusiastic crowd greeted President
Bush in the bitter cold last night and
only stopped cheering at Bush's
request. At the rally, Bush highlighted
his domestic tax relief policies, deci-
siveness in the war on terror and the
differences between himself and
Democratic presidential-hopeful John
Kerry.
"I will take on these issues with
optimism, resolve and determination
and lead this country for four more
years," Bush said. He advocated a
"positive vision" for the United
States' future in education, security
and the economy.

Bush's Midwest tour titled "Yes,
America can" mirrors the "Jobs First"
tour Kerry completed last Wednesday.
The President and Kerry have been
divided on virtually every issue but
both have initiated tours to build sup-
port in the Midwest, a historically
battleground region.
The President focused on the
nation's military success in
Afghanistan and the capture of Sad-
dam Hussein as rationale for a more
secure America.
"I think that some people would
say that the whole coding alert is mis-
leading but it's good ... I think people
understand there's an imminent
threat," said Greg Crump of Jackson,
a Bush supporter at the rally.
See BUSH Page 3

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