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D A' IVol LXXXVIII,,No. 35-S
Thursday, June 29, 1978
[micigan DAIL Sixteen Pages
Ann Arbor, Michigan Ten Cents
High Court tells med
school to admit Bakke
un Decision vague on
affirmative action

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme
Court opened the doors of a California
medical school yesterday to Allan
Bakke, but said other whites still can be
excluded from the nation's colleges un-
der admission policies designed to give
an advantage to minorities.
The 5-4 decision was a clear victory
for Bakke, but without clear guideposts
for the future use of quotas or goals in
programs designed to aid minorities.
And, while the court ruling was on
college admissions, its decision could
affect minority hiring practices by
hundreds of businesses and gover-
nment agencies under affirmative ac-
tion programs developed over the past
K 15 years.
THAT WARNING was sounded by
Justice Thurgood Marshall, the court's
only black, in an impassioned dissent.
"It has been said that this case in-
volves only the individual, Bakke, and
this university," Marshall wrote. "I
doubt, however, that there is a com-
puter capable of determining the num-
ber of persons and institutions that may
be affected by the decision in this
The court's majority held that the
A4 University of California's medical
AP Photo school at Davis went too far in con-
ALLAN BAKKE WAS reportedly pleased upon hearing the Supreme Court's sch______D__swnt______r_____-
decision ordering that he be admitted to the University of California-Davis
medical school.
Ruling draws praise ,fire
'U' says programs safe Pursell lauds verdict

sidering race when it refused to admit
Bakke. But it said some affirmative ac-
tion programs can properly be a factor
in decisions on admitting students -
without explaining what those
programs might be.
THE JUSTICES limited their six
separate opinions to admissions
policies in education and did not direc-
tly address themselves to other affir-
mative action programs.
See COURT, Page 5
State may
less than
exp ected
The University may face a $3 million
cut in scheduled appropriations from
the annual state education budget, state
Rep. Perry Bullard (D-Ann Ar-
bor)revealed yesterday;
Several weeks ago, the state House
passed a budget bill allocating a $137.5
million slice for the University for 1978-
79. That amount would have been $14.6
million above this year's allotment.
BUT BULLARD said a special con-
ference committee meeting today of
members of the Senate and House Ap-
propriations Committees is likely to
slash the University's proposed share
by $3 million. Bullard said he expects
some committee members to contest
any University cuts during the meeting,
where allotments to other state
educational institutions are also expec-
ted to be finalized. The Senate still
must vote on the allotments before the
bill is sent to Governor William
Milliken for approval.
Richard Kennedy, the Vice-President
for State Relations and Secretary of the
University, yesterday said he hoped
Bullard's assertion was mistaken.
"It is a scary feeling, so I hope the
figures are incorrect. I'm going to Lan-
See 'U', Page 10

The U.S. Supreme Court decision in favor of Allan Bakke
has fostered a variety of opinions from community leaders,
but the ruling apparently will not affect the University, ad-
ministrators said.
The U.S. Supreme Court yesterday said the University of
California-Davis Medical School would have to accept
Bakke-a white man-as a student and ruled uncon-
stitutional the school's program for admitting minorities.
comment before reading the text of the Court's decision,
University President Robben Fleming said the ruling "ap-
pears to allow considerable flexibility" in the area of affir-
mative action.
Fleming said, by his understanding of the decision, that he
was encouraged to think that many of the University's.affir-
mative action programs "are probably within the lmit's
See RULING, Page 10

Special to The Daily
WASHINGTON - Rep. Carl Pursell (R-Ann Arbor) -
who serves more University students than any other U.S.
House of Representatives member - lauded yesterday's
Supreme Court ruling ordering the University of California
Medical School at Davis to admit Allan Bakke. -
"Overall, I think it's a good civil rights decision," Pursell -
said. "It reaffirms'my long-time support of the basic con-
stitutional provisions of academic freedom."
PURSELL SAID HE will contact University President
Robben Fleming to insure that the Regents "reassess the
overall University (admissions) and policy with legal ad-
visors to make it consistent" with the court's ruling.
Pursell said that although he supports affirmative action
programs, quota systems have no place in university ad
See PURSELL, Page 10

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