Why does my date change from 3/5/12 in excel

I have a spreadsheet. In column E , every cell contains a numbered date (example: 3/5/12 )
When I call the value of the cell I get:
date “Monday, March 5, 2012 12:00:00 AM”

What’s up with that? Why doesn’t applescript copy it just like it’s written in Excel? How do I fix this?

Excel 2008
OSX 10.5.8

[code]tell application "Microsoft Excel"
get value of cell "E2" of sheet 1 of workbook "Workbook1.xls"

end tell[/code]


the value of a date formatted cell in Excel is always a date object,
to get its displayed string representation use string value