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state of Michigan," Shaw said.
The University has revised its re-
cruitment strategies for in-state stu-
dents over the past few years. "We
have focused on the high schools and
service centers. We have developed a
relationship with high school coun-
selors, and we have visited the
schools more," Shaw said.
Much of the increase can be at-
tributed to an increase in applicants
from outside the eastern Michigan
area. "We've had significant progress
(in recruiting) out state students...
We got more students from the Up-
per Peninsula, and out state Michi-
gan," Shaw said.
Despite current progress, Shaw
predicts a decline in applications in

the upcoming years. "In Michigan
(the number of high school gradu-
ates) will continue to decline for the
next couple years. It'll be forever be-
fore we see the numbers we saw a
decade ago. We will be in the bot-
tom of the trough in about a year."
Other schools, however, are fac-
ing diminishing numbers of applica-
tions. Michigan State University
(MSU) is among them.
"We are not doing a lot different.
We are down sizing our freshman
class," said William Turner, director
of admissions and scholarship at
Applications at Western Michi-
gan University (WMU) are running
10 percent behind last year. Applica-
tions for admission to the class of
1994 dropped 15 percent.
"(The decline) is exclusively due

to demographics and the economy,"
said Stanley Henderson, director of
admissions and orientation at WMU.
"Students will choose to stay at
home... or attend schools and live at
home," he added.
Michigan Tech University has
experienced a very slight decline in
the total number of applications, but
applications from in-state students
are significantly down from five
years ago. This decline is being
compensated for by applications
from out-of-state students and for-
eign students.
Administrators at all three
schools do not expect application
figures to start recovering until 1994
or 1995, when the number of high
school graduates is expected to in-

Leaders predict fastest air

battle ever with ne

can and allied air forces in the Per-
sian Gulf are poised for the fastest-
paced air battle ever seen, an assault
perhaps led by U.S. stealth fighters
and strike planes that could drop
more than a million pounds of ex-
plosive forces to try to retake
Kuwait, where Iraq has deployed a
heavily fortified army of at least
540,000 men.
Iraq's air force has anti-aircraft de-
fenses, including American-made
Hawk surface-to-air missiles and
thousands of hand-held anti-aircraft
The allied forces recently opened
an air base in central Saudi Arabia,
bringing five squadrons of F-15E
Strike Eagles and other warplanes
within closer reach of targets in
Kuwait and Iraq.
U.S. military experts generally
agree that the U.S.-led coalition ar-
rayed against Iraq could win control
of the skies within days, but a
tougher question is whether air

power could make the difference in
pushing Iraqi ground forces out of
Les Aspin, the Democratic chair
of the House Armed Services com-
mittee, said earlier this week that a
U.S.-led attack that begins with air
strikes would have a good chance of
achieving a rapid victory. Experts
say an aerial assault under the cover
of darkness probably would begin
with strikes deep inside Iraq.
The stealth planes, specially built
with composite materials the Air
Force says make the aircraft virtually
impossible to detect by radar.
"Every system we own is there,"
said Lt. Col. Michael R. Gannon, an
Air Force spokesperson.
In all, about 1,300 aircraft from
the U.S. Air Force, Navy and Ma-
rine Corps are deployed in the gulf
area, including about 400 warplanes
on six aircraft carriers.
The Air Force will not publicly
confirm that it has sent B-52 long-
range bombers to the area for Desert

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disputing the assertion that Amer-
ican soldiers are in the region to
protect the people of Kuwait.
Dan Young, a member of the
Committee for Non-Violent Con-
flict Resolutions helped organize

the rally.
"We were only expecting about
700 people and we had 2,000,"
Young said. About one-third of
the protesters were Ohio State stu-
"It was a huge success in our
minds and we were glad it turned

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Continued from page 1
leave Iraq.
At the State Department, deputy
spokesman Richard Boucher said a
U.S.-chartered plane will take out
the remaining U.S. diplomats in
Baghdad on Saturday and said seats
are available for any other Americans
who want to leave the country.

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On the other side, House Repub-
lican Leader Robert Michel of Illi-
nois recalled his combat experience
in World War II, and the unchecked
German and Japanese aggression that
brought it about. "I feel strongly
that our younger generation not for-
get the lesson we learned in spades at
that time.," Michel said.
In the House, lawmakers will
have the chance to vote on three sep-
Continued from page 1
hundreds of U.N. employees were
fleeing the Middle East. The White
House urged all Americans, includ-
ing journalists, to leave Iraq.
"Everyone is concerned about
time running out," said White House
spokesperson Marlin Fitzwater.
France said it would pursue its
own initiatives. Its defense minister,
Jean-Pierre Chevenement, urged the
United States to make "a little ges-
ture" in support of an international
Mideast peace conference. Iraq has
repeatedly tried to directly tie such
talks to resolving the Persian Gulf
crisis; the United States has-rejected
any such linkage.
"The price which Bush will pay
is not only the U.S. defeat and the
loss of U.S. strategic interests, but
rivers of Americans' blood," said al-
Thawra, the newspaper of Iraq's rul-
ing Baath Arab Socialist Party.
Perez de Cuellar's proposal calls
for a U.N. force to monitor a phased
withdrawal of Iraqi forces from
Kuwait and the multinational force
from Saudi Arabia, and to establish a
buffer zone between them.
Under the plan, the U.S.-led
forces could complete their own
pullout after the Iraqi withdrawal,
and the Kuwaiti government would
be restored. The withdrawal of the
entrenched Iraqi troops would take.
weeks, perhaps months, diplomats

!w planes
Shield, but military sources spe
ing on condition of anonymity sa
at least one squadron is based on the
Indian Ocean island of Diego Garcia.
Besides an estimated 44 F-17A
stealth fighter-bombers deployed in
Saudi Arabia, the U.S. Air Force has
nearly an equal number of F-11
swing-winged bombers at a base in
southern Turkey, within range of
Critical to the success of a coor-
dinated air attack on Kuwait and Iraq
would be the role of the Airborne
Warning and Control System, or
AWACS, aircraft, which can detect,
identify and track enemy and friendly
low-flying aircraft.
Also on hand are F-16 fighting
Falcon jet fighters never before used
in combat; A-10 Thunderbolt
planes designed to hit tanks; F-4
Wild Weasel planes to seek out and
destroy enemy anti-aircraft artillery
and missile sites; and hundreds of re-
fueling aircraft.
out the way it did," Young said
"However, we can't let up the
fight yet. We're going to keep on
fighting to show our elected offi-
cials that we don't want a war."
Another rally in Columbus is
planned for Saturday afternoon and
a vigil is scheduled for Tuesday
arate resolutions: one which asserts
Congress' war-declaring authority
but takes no position on the central
question of whether the time is right
to use force, the Democratic alterna-
tive calling for continued sanction9
and the authorization to go to war.
House Speaker Foley called the
decision, tentatively scheduled for
Saturday morning, a "momentous
vote" and an "issue of conscience"
for every member.
said, speaking privately.
Kuwaiti diplomats have privately
confirmed that their governmert
would be willing to resume the ne-
gotiations with Iraq over oil, money
and territory that broke off with the
invasion. Diplomats said they
thought Perez de Cuellar would pro-
pose binding arbitration on the is-
sues, perhaps under a U.N. arbiter.
The diplomats also said it is as-
sumed that when the Persian Gulf
crisis is over, pressure will moue
for diplomatic solutions to other
longstanding Middle East problems,
such as the Arab-Israeli dispute and
the Palestinian question.
Perez de Cuellar planned to meet
with European foreign ministers in
. Geneva today before his talks in Iraq
on Saturday. He told reporters at
U.N. headquarters yesterday it w
"difficult to say" whether war coup
be headed off.
Congressional backers of Bush's
Persian Gulf policy unveiled a reso-
lution that would authorize him to
take the United States to war against
Iraq, and they predicted it would pass
this weekend.
The resolution would provide fo
the president "to use United State
armed forces" to back up U.N. goals

of forcing Iraq from Kuwait and
restoring its legitimate government.


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