Sep. 10, 2004
Nader to visit U. Michigan
It isn't unusual for a political activist's appearance to be praised by campus conservatives and bemoaned by campus liberals. But most speakers who elicit that response aren't steadfast supporters of affirmative action, gay marriage and marijuana legalization.
Ralph Nader, the Independent presidential candidate who Democrats fear will "spoil" the upcoming election, is such a speaker. He will appear Monday at the University of Michigan.
Nader will be on the ballot in Michigan as an Independent candidate as a result of a Sept. 3 ruling by the state Court of Appeals. The state Democratic Party had attempted to block his candidacy, arguing that the petition signatures gathered by Republicans to get him on the ballot should not be valid.
Republicans had turned in 45,000 signatures on behalf of Nader.
' Michigan Daily (U. Michigan)
Iowa State U. punishes 15 rioters
When the sun rose the morning of April 18, it revealed the wreckage of a riot that erupted the night before on the Iowa State University campus.
Now, an ISU judicial process nearing its conclusion has handed down more than a dozen disciplinary repercussions resulting from the riot.
A total of 28 people were arrested on misdemeanor charges during the hours-long Campustown riot, with six arrested on felony charges. Iowa State has taken disciplinary action against 15 students arrested for their participation in the riot, with four of the cases resulting in either suspension or expulsion, according to information released Wednesday.
In the other 11 cases, students were given deferred suspension or were placed under conduct probation, according to the information.
University officials did not reveal the names of those expelled, suspended or otherwise disciplined because of restrictions from the Federal Education Right to Privacy Act ' a federal law protecting the privacy of students.
' Iowa State Daily (Iowa State U.)
Indiana U. students write N. Korea petition
During election years, there is always the potential for partisan gridlock to stall any meaningful action. In the name of advancing the cause of human rights, some Indiana University students are looking to work against that standstill.
A bipartisan coalition of students, including the president of the IU College Democrats and the chairman of the IU College Republicans, sent a petition to Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., requesting his help in addressing human rights violations in North Korea.
"We...are unified in our concern about the human rights situation in North Korea," the petition read. "We regret that both policymakers and the media tend to focus on Kim Jong Il's nuclear proliferation to the exclusion of his human rights violations."
The petition urged Lugar, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, to use his clout to help pass the Senate version of the North Korean Freedom Act, a bill that would direct all negotiations involving North Korea to include discussions on human rights and to authorize delivery of humanitarian assistance to refugees.
' Indiana Daily Student (Indiana U.)
' Compiled from U-Wire
reports by reporter Josh Robinson