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MANY AQUINAS COLLEGE STUDENTS OPPOSED TO PRESIDENT BUSH'S RESOLUTION FOR WAR WITH IRAQ - Oct 1, 2002

October 1, 2002 - Students at Aquinas College have begun to voice their interest in a peaceful resolution to the conflict with Iraq and the United States' determination to oust Saddam Hussein's regime. In addition to an information table located in the Academic Building on campus, a peace vigil is planned for Wednesday evening, October 2, at 5:30 p.m. on the steps of the Academic Building.

A growing concern among faculty, staff, and students ever since President Bush's speech to the United Nations and the release of the congressional resolution draft, has led different groups on campus to begin action in the form of a letter-writing campaign to members of the Congress. Discussions on the topic are also taking place. Most recently, a group of Aquinas faculty members held a public forum to address the concerns.

The Social Action Committee, a student organization, is responsible for the information table, and is organizing Wednesday's peace vigil. In addition, they will ask members of the student senate to wear white ribbons in support of a non-violent resolution to the conflict at the senate meeting on Wednesday, October 2, which will take place at 3 p.m. in the Aquinas Lacks Center, room 141, 159 Woodward Lane, S.E.

Aquinas College is one of the few colleges in the Midwest to have passed a resolution renouncing the economic sanctions against Iraq, when the Senate voted to support the motion in 1998. Some studies indicate that the sanctions are responsible for the deaths of 4,000 Iraqi children per month.

The information table in the academic building will continue through Wednesday, and will culminate with the peace vigil on the front steps of the Academic Building at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday evening.