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U.s. tells
* Iraq to.
stop aid
blockage
Associated Press
Officials said yesterday that
growing numbers of Kurdish
refugees are dying despite interna-
tional efforts to help them. The
United States, meanwhile, told Iraq
not to interfere with the burgeoning
aid effort.
Iraq has been warned that "no
ground or air forces" will be per-
mitted that would be deemed a
threat to relief operations, White
House spokesperson Marlin
Fitzwater said in Washington.
U.S. officials said the warning
carries the implicit threat heli-
copter gunships and fixed-wing air-
craft will be shot down if they take
to the skies.
The U.S. warning effectively as-
serts U.S. military authority in
northern Iraq for the first time
* since hostilities in the Persian Gulf
halted with the rout of Saddam
Hussein's army by the allied coali-
tion in late February.
At the United Nations, Security
Council diplomats said an qfficial
cease-fire in is due to take effect at
10 a.m. today, if no council members
object by then. Iraq has accepted the
cease-fire terms, which strip Saddam
of much of his power.
* Rebellions by Shiite Muslims in
the south and Kurds in the north
broke out after Iraqi forces were
driven from Kuwait by the allies.
See IRAQ, Page 2

'U,

fills gap in

state financial
aid program
by Bethany Robertson

Daily Government Reporter
Never let it be said that this
University has no heart.
Recipients of Michigan
Competitive Scholarships were no-
tified by letter Monday that the
University will be picking up a
$41,000 tab incurred by state cut-
backs in the scholarship program.
The Michigan Higher Education
Assistance Authority informed
students in March that state budget
cuts would force a $15 reduction in
all Michigan Competitive
Scholarship awards. More than
2,700 University students were af-

fected by the state cuts.
"It's showing the commitment
of the University to meeting the
full need of our needy students,"
said Assistant Director of the
Office of Financial Aid Todd
Hubers about the University's deci-
sion.
The second letter sent to stu-
dents said the University planned to
cover the state reimbursement in
order to prevent an end-of-the-year
crunch for Financial Aid recipients.
"We are concerned about the
timing of this adjustment since it
See AID, Page 2

No Parking
Flight instructors Finlay Beaton, Matt Halstead, and Todd Williams rest by the plane that taxied up State St.
to land in the Diag.

Politics still alive on CC

-led as

by Jay Garcia
Daily MSA Reporter
When the new members of
Michigan Student Assembly took
their seats and replaced the old as-
sembly, many applauded the switch
to a conservative majority and lead-
ership.
DAILY NEWS ANALYSIS

MSA President Jennifer Van Valey
ran the assembly and for the policies
which were enacted in the last year.
One common theme that those
opposed to the previous administra-
tion leadership continually came
back to was the "political agenda"
and "radicalism" of Van Valey and
other liberal assembly members.
Even current conservative mem-
bers, during the election campaign,
expressed their opposition to the
"political" nature of MSA. Many
said their aim was to de-politicize
MSA.
But others argue politics is in-

herent to MSA. The actions of the
new assembly last night demon-
strate that the CC leadership, too,
has an agenda of its own - even if
its sole purpose is rescinding and
abolishing the programs,
resolutions, and policies of the
previous assembly administration.
New Rackham Rep. Amy Polk
disputes CC' s supposed de-politi-
cizing of MSA.
"It's a contradiction. They say
that they want to de-politicize
MSA but the first things that they
bring forward to MSA are politi-
cal," Polk said.

MSA President James Green has
not kept his disagreements with the
political views of certain former
assembly members a secret. He also
acknowledges the political nature
of MSA.
"I would certainly say we (CC)
were in opposition to many of the
positions that the previous adminis-
tration has taken.
"MSA is a political body cer-
tainly in the sense that it is a gov-
ernment, and on any legislative body
you're going to have some disagree-
ment along partisan lines. However,
as a student government we should

sembly
primarily be concentrating on stu-
dent issues," Green said.
The new assembly's reactive
agenda started with Tuesday's meet-
ing.
The $450 court cost deferment
which was to be allocated to pay for
Todd Ochoa's expenses was re-
scinded by a 21-9 vote. Ochoa was ar
rested for chalking an anti-deputiza-
tion slogan last year. Charges the
University have brought against
him are still pending.
A part of the resolution specifi-
cally points out that Van Valey cast
See MSA, Page 2

Several old members of the as-
sembly who had run under the
Conservative Coalition (CC) party
came to the first meeting and ad-
dressed the outgoing assembly.
Their comments were filled with
admonitions for the way former

Muslim students observe

holy month of Ramadan

by Robert Patton
Daily Staff Reporter
As the end of the semester ap-
proaches and students buckle down
for term papers and final exams, the
estimated 1,200 Muslim students
on campus have another important
event in their lives.
Ramadan, the Islamic holy
month, began March 17 and will
continue until Monday or Tuesday,
depending on when the next full
moon comes. The month coincides
with the anniversary in the lunar
calendar of the revealing of the

Qu'ran - the holy book of Islam -
to the Prophet Mohammed, second-
year medical student Muzammil
Ahmed said.
Muslims fast from dawn until
sunset every day of Ramadan. This
means they put nothing, from food
and water to pills and cigarettes, in
their mouth during those hours,
Ahmed said. To fast during
Ramadan is one of the five pillars of
the Islamic faith.
For a Muslim student, this
means a number of significant

changes in their routine. An obvious
one involves meals. The residence

at dawn - occurs shortly after 5
a.m., and Iftar - the breaking of the

'It's not a primitive tradition started in the
stone ages, it's something very pertinent to
today's high-stress culture ... it helps you get
your priorities straight'
- Kamran Bajwa
LSA first-year student

per cent refund of students' board or
extended meal credit at the snack
bar. However, Ahmed said there is
no reason why Muslim students
should not be given a full refund.
Most Muslim students wake up
at around 4:30 and eat a small meal
at home, Ahmed said. At night they
get together with friends or eat at
the Islamic Center of Ann Arbor,
located on North Campus
LSA first-year student Munirah
Curtis said it can be tough living in
a residence hall during Ramadan, es-

pecially when it comes to the morn-
ing meal. "You can't cook in the
dorm, and peanut butter and tuna
fish sandwiches get a little tiring
after a while," she said.
_However, both Curtis and a
number of other Muslim students
stressed that the benefits of
Ramadan far exceed any inconve-
niences. They also said many non-
Muslims have misconceptions about
the purpose of Ramadan.
"It helps you control your life,"
LSA senior Navneen Ahmed said.
See RAMADAN, Page 2

hall cafeteria is not an option, as
Fahoor - the beginning of the fast

fast at sunset - happens after 8 p.m.
The residence halls do offer a 70

Zundel practices
what he preaches
as GE O bargainer

Former president returns to
'U' for political science forum

by Stefanie Vines
Daily Faculty Reporter
Like most parents, Alan Zundel
likes to spend time with his chil-
dren. But as the spokesperson for the
Graduate Employees Organization
(GEO), most of Zundel's free time
has been spent in negotiation ses-
sions with the University.
Zundel's wife, Marianne Zundel,
fully supports his involvement in
GEO.
"I think it is great because it has
been a really good experience for
him," she said.
Although Zundel misses her
husband, she thinks the advantages
of his participation in GEO out-
weigh the time he is gone.
"It is hard to see him really
tired, but it has been a very positive
experience for our family," she said.
Zundel recalled one experience
where her husband explained GEO
issues to his eight-year-old son.
"He had made a speech about
economic pie, and he told our son
about it. Then the rest of the night
we went around chanting 'We want

people in Detroit's inner city. I got
interested in community work be-
cause I wanted to create a better
world and serve other people in
some capacity," he said.
The turning point in Zundel's
life occurred when he led a church
program in Detroit after college.
Under Zundel's guidance, the
program collected and distributed;
food and provided welfare recipi-
ents with transportation to counsel-
ing appointments.
"The program made me aware on
a personal level of the struggles and
social problems people had," he
said.
As a result, Zundel attended
Wayne State University and earned a
master's degree in political science.
"I went into political science to
study social organizations in order
to get a better understanding of
what programs could be created to
help poor people," he said.
Zundel became a political science
teaching assistant at the University
in 1988.

by Bethany Robertson
Daily Government Reporter
University alum and former
President Gerald Ford will return
to campus this afternoon for a polit-
ical science colloquium at the Ford
Library at 2 p.m.
"German Reunification, the
Atlantic Alliance and American
Foreign Policy," will be the focus
of the first of a series of University
talks sponsored by the Ford
Foundation.
Ford is not speaking at the event,

but will welcome attendees to the
library.
"He looks on this as a continua-
tion of the educational goal of the
foundation," said Colloquium
Director Richard Holzhaussen. "He
wanted to be a part of getting this
kicked off."
William Hyland, editor of the
journal of Foreign Affairs will de-
liver the colloquiums keynote ad-
dress, titled "America After the
Wars." Four other speakers will

comment on Hyland's address, fol-
lowed by a brief question and an-
swer period from the audience.
In keeping with the theme of
German reunification, a piece of the
Berlin Wall has been purchased by
the Ford Foundation and will be
presented to Ford by Foundation
President Martin Allen.
The Ford Library is located off
of Beal avenue on North Campus.
The colloquium is free and open to
the public.

Zundel

Zundel said. "As TAs, we are doing
a fundamental job at this University
and that is teaching. We deserve to
be treated fairly."
GEO President Chris Roberson
said he believes Zundel is the perfect
GEO' spokesperson.
"Alan is a very stable, sensible
person and he provides the bargain-
ing team with a good moral fiber.
He's certainly the best public
speaker we have," Roberson said,
adding, "He's a nice guy."
Zundel also earns praise in the
classroom.
LSA first-year student Lesley
Brammer said Zundel made her
Introduction to American Politics
class more fun.
"He joked around a lot. He made
the class enjoyable," she said.

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