The Michigan Daily - Monday, March 13, 1989 - Page 3
BY SCOTT LAHDE
Private property is the "most
fundamental right that is reflected in
our Constitution," former U.S. At-
torney General Edwin Meese told a
crowd of more than 400 law stu-
dents, legal scholars, and attorneys
Meese's speech concluded the
two-day symposium entitled
"Property, The Founding, The Wel-
fare State, and Beyond," sponsored
by the Federalist Society, a conser-
vative national legal organization.
This was the first time it was hosted
by the University's Law School.
Federal judge and failed Supreme
Court nominee Douglas Ginsberg,
Solicitor General of the United
States Charles Fried, and judges and
legal scholars joined Meese at the
eighth annual conference.
Unlike Meese's last visit to the
University in 1987, when he was
pelted with snowballs, this week-
epd's audience, who needed an addi-
to participate in politics
More than 400 people packed the Lawyer's Club Saturday to see
former Attorney General Edwin
national Federalist Society.
tional auditorium to accommodate an
overflow crowd, was receptive of
Meese and the issues discussed.
The implications of the concept
of the "takings clause" - which
states that property shall not be
taken without due process and com-
pensation to individuals - was a
main focus of the six panel discus-
"Protecting property from the
ravages of contemporary political
demand remains both an important
issue and a challenge," Meese said.
The panels also discussed the no-
tion that judiciaries should only in-
Meese, who was invited by the
terpret law, not make it.
In response to a question at Sat-
urday's press conference, Meese cited
the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme
Court decision, which legalized
abortion, as a case in which judicia-
ries "imposed upon themselves leg-
A panel titled "Regulation and
Property: Allies or Enemies?" ex-
plained the problem of developing
legislation that includes adequate
mechanisms for payment within the
idea of the "takings clause."
See Meese, Page 5
BY VERA SON GWE
Empowerment is a word used frequently among
minority communities in discussing the attainment of
their goals. The University of Michigan Asian Student
Coalition focused on that word Friday as part of an
ongoing lecture series aimed at promoting awareness
of Asian American issues.
Rockwell Chin, a civil rights activist and a staff
attorney with the law enforcement bureau of the New
York City Commission on Human Rights, spoke to
about 40 students on "Empowerment of Asian Ameri-
cans: Law and Politics in the 1990's."
"The whole question of empowerment means
something we want to work for," Chin said. "But it is
important for us to understand the past in relation to
the present first."
Chin told the students they needed to get a good
grasp of history to do this, and urged them to read
"When the media talks of an increase in the Asian
population in the last years, you should not be satis-.
fied. Find out why there has been one." He explained
that prior to the 1940s, many Asians were excluded
from the U.S., and it was not until 1965 that they
were allowed to be naturalized.
Many tools could be used to combat the problems
faced by Asian Americans today, Chin said.
He stressed that politics and law are important
means to the attainment of the goals of the minorities,
and urged that they be utilized by Asian Americans and
other minorities to the fullest.
"Our potential voting power could grow; this does
not guarantee we would have the votes, but it is defi-
nitely something we can utilize," Chin said.
Chin said the United States' new immigration laws
may be dangerous to Asian Americans. "The
immigration problem is a problem of where we would
be in the '90s," he said. "This country is going to be
modelled by its immigration policy."
Chin linked past U.S. immigration policies to
racism and told the students to keep themselves in-
formed about such changes and how they affect Asian
"The concern we have to raise on the history of
immigration is not different from the history of
racism," he said.
The need to get and stay in touch with the commu-
nity was another of the issues on which Chin spoke.
Chin cautioned Asian Americans against letting
themselves be labelled the "Model Minority," saying it
could prevent them from being progressive.
"I think (Chin) is an inspiration to Asian students,"
said John Feng, a graduate student in engineering.
"It does not seem like the Asian population as a
whole recognizes the importance of people like Chin," _
he said, adding that "it was a very informative discus-
Wacky professor breaks new ground
BY BRADLEY KEYWELL
It's the first day of class and the in-
structor is late. At 14 minutes past the
hour, a man walks in dressed in a steel
German army helmet with a squirt gun in
He proceeds to the chalkboard, where
he writes, word for word, Gordon Gekko's
greed speech from the movie Wall Street.
Dollar bills are passed out to every class
member, signifying initial loans for future
businesses to be started by each student.
Aah... another day in the classroom
for Jack Matson, a visiting professor in
the business school from the University of
Houston. Winner of the Zell-Lurie Fel-
lowship Competition in teaching en-
trepreneurship, Matson's "Failure 101"
class has been a hit since its inception.
Matson's class, designed to
"maximize learning through accelerated
failure," was selected from 158 entries in
the $25,000 fellowship competition for
creative and unique ways of teaching en-
trepreneurship to business students.
But Matson, who at Houston is a
professor of civil engineering, didn't al-
ways teach success through failure. At age
40, while playing tennis, he was struck by
lightning. Though he wasn't hurt, he re-
examined his career with a new apprecia-
tion of life.
"I flip-flopped the way I was teaching,
injecting creativity and excitement into
engineering classes," Matson said. "I be-
came more of a friend to my students."
Since then, he has been on the leading
edge of entrepreneurial development in the
classroom, creating an atmosphere in
which risk is the norm.
"I've found that if you eliminate the
fear of failure, students are no longer afraid
to take risks. I make them fail, and out of
this failure comes eventual success from
experimentation," Matson said.
"The educational system is set up to
minimize risk and errors through strict re-
gurgitation of information. I encourage the
exact opposite, because innovation should
Students are required to introduce
themselves to the class with a poem or
song designed to break down inhibitions.
Failure resum6s and "Dress for Failure
Day" follow. Students then must initiate
serious, ongoing business ventures with
their own money, something Matson feels
will force them to "get a real taste of the
Last semester's businesses included a
party-dress rental business, University of
Michigan watches, a resume-preparation
service, and an attempt to market
"genuine" New York bagels in Ann Arbor.
The bagel venture flopped because the
bagels tasted stale, but, as Matson puts it,
"that bagel failure is what it's all about.
Next time, he will have this experience
under his belt when he evaluates a new
Early this semester, current Failure
101 students presented their proposed
businesses. A VIP card for Ann Arbor bars
attracted a few boos from the class. And a
flower-delivery service on Valentine's Day Jack Matson, av
prompted the student to be booed off the with his waterpis
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HEALTH CARE CLINIC
In response to requests by U of M women, we are
offering examinations in the evening.
BY NOELLE SHADWICK
Information about University re-
search projects, limited for the past
eight months, should soon be avail-
able through the Michigan Terminal
The computerized system will re-
place the publication of weekly
PRISM reports, which provided ba-
sic information on externally- spon-
sored University research and were
issued by the University's Division
of Research Development and Ad-
ministration until last June.
"We wanted something on-line
that was readily available to every-
one," said Dennis Cebulski, assis-
tant to the director of the DRDA and
in charge of the new PRISM sys-
Access to the computerized sys-
tem was supposed to be available in
December, but delays in organizing
and prioritizing information have
shifted the target date closer to the
end of this semester.
The new system should provide
"more information than ever before,"
Cebulski said, though the specific
information is not yet determined.
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be considered sensitive," Cebulski
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