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420 Maynard Street
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109
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ANDREW K. GOITESMAN
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Law school
Poor Hispanic recruitment places it among the Dirty Dozen'
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The number of polls and surveys that rate col-
leges and their academic programs is countless.
Many of these surveys are based on questionable
criteria and outright false information. But once in
a while, a legitimate and shocking survey comes
along. Last week the National Hispanic Bar Asso-
ciation released its "Dirty Dozen" annual law
School survey, listing the 12 law schools with the
poorest records for accepting Hispanic students
and hiring Hispanic faculty.
The University of Michigan shared the honor of
making the "Dirty Dozen" list with such law-
school greats as Harvard, Yale, and New York
University. The Law school administration should
take this criticism seriously.
The University of Michigan has publicly de-
clared its commitment to diversity through the
Michigan Mandate, which vows to enlist more
minorities and women into the student body and
faculty. Too often, discussion of diversity or af-
firmative action policies includes only women or
African-Americans, and overlooks the needs of
the Hispanic population. By the year 2000, whites
will constitute less than half of the United States'
total population, with Hispanics contributing in-
creasingly to the more than 50 percent "minority"
population.
Today, the make-up of the law faculty and
student body does not acknowledge such a sig-
nificant trend. Of the 45 law professors, none is

Hispanic. Law School Dean Lee Bollinger com-
plains that it is difficult to find enough Hispanic
applicants for faculty positions and student open-
ings. The dean's frustration is understandable,
considering Hispanics have suffered from the lack
the opportunities, as have other minority commu-
nities, that often lead other young, ambitious stu-
dents to study law. The Michigan Law School,
though, needs to do its best to remedy this situation
by actively seeking out Hispanic applicants.
The Hispanic Law StudentsAssociation (HLSA)
has contributed admirably to bringing about a
solution. By encouraging the Law school to take
steps to attract Hispanics to Michigan, the problem
has been brought to the forefront. Members of the
HLSA have admitted that while Michigan certainly
belongs on the list, the law school has been receptive
to HLSA's and the general Hispanic population's
concerns. Some look optimistically to the future.
The issues of diversity are too often complex
and cyclical. The problem of finding Hispanic
faculty and students, while Hispanics have lacked
the opportunities in their youth that others have
enjoyed, is a difficult one to solve. That does not
mean, however, that the crisis should be overlooked.
The NHBA has properly reminded the Uni-
versity ofMichigan that it hasn't been doing enough
to provide Hispanics opportunities in the legal
field. Steps need to be taken to ensure Michigan is
never again one of the infamous "Dirty Dozen."

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Bo's boo-boo

Former football coach blunders
I n the past, Bo Schembechler has been elevated
to god-like status, his home has been worshipped
and his footsteps have been followed ever so
closely by thousands of Michigan students. Unfor-
tunately, Schembechler's status as a deity appears
to have tainted as of late.;
Ever since the former Michigan football coach i
became the President of theDetroit Tigers, he has
seemed bent upon alienating everybody from
Detroit to Kalamazoo. In less than a year,
Schembechler has gone from the most loved sports I
figure in Michigan to the most despised ... and for
good reason.
Unlike James Campbell, the former Tiger
president, Schembechler has completely ignored a
most important element of the club - the fans. I
The 1991 season had not yet even begun when i
it was announced that Ernie Harwell would not be
allowed to return as the voice of Tiger baseball.
:Although the radio station WJR was to blame
ifficially, theTigerorganization and Schembechler
were obviously involved with and approved of the
tiecision. Despite a huge outpouring of support for
f Arms cuts
Gorbachev ups the ante, Bush sh
('ver the weekend, Soviet President Mikhail
l.J'Gorbachev announced that he would follow
President Bush's lead and reduce the Soviet Union's
M nuclear arsenal - surpassing the United States in
nuclear weapons cuts and exceeding strategic l
.iweapons reductions outlined in the Start treaty. I
w Gorbachev's proposal primarily demands cuts in ;
tactical nuclear weapons systems - short range
nuclear weapons designed for use in battle. In
addition, he is pledging to cut over 500 long range
nuclear missiles (I.C.B.M.s).<
Included inGorbachev's statement is a challenge
to the United States. "We propose to the United
States immediately upon the ratification of the l
Start treaty to embark on intensive negotiations onc
further radical reductions of the strategic offensive
weapons, approximately to halve them." In order
to best capitalize on the current climate for nuclear
arms reductions, President Bush should meet
MGorbachev's challenge and continue to scale down
jhe nation's nuclear arsenal.
Bush cited a thawing of U.S.-Soviet relations as t
his primary motivation for reducing weapons. His 1
own reasoning requires further reduction of long-
range nuclear weapons. Currently, our vast arsenalc
of I.C.B.M.s is aimed at the Soviet Union. If the
Soviet Union is no longer our chief enemy, why
maintain weapons that exist solely to "take them
out" in a nuclear war?

as Detroit Tigers President
Harwell, who had announced Tiger baseball for
more than 30 years, Schembechler stubbornly re-
sisted the overwhelming disapproval of Tiger fans.
As of late, the Tigers announced that they
sought a new stadium to replace the aging stadium
at Michigan and Trumbull. The city indicated an
immediate willingness to deal with the Tigers and
soon after Wayne County Commissioner Ed
McNamara announced that the County would
support the construction of a new stadium within
the city.
The county and the city presented two sites
within the city - one next to the present Tiger
Stadium and another on the Woodward corridor.
Last week the Tigers led by Schembechler rejected
the city's proposals without discussion and began
to seek sites outside of the city.
Throughout Schembechler's reign, he has been
completely rigid and has shown no willingness to
negotiate with the city. Considering that the City of
Detroit has faithfully served as home to the Tigers
for nearly a century, such egoism on the part of Bo
is a betrayal of Detroit's citizens and its Tiger fans.

Fair housing
To the Daily:
I would like to state that not
all of us who live in the
Northwood Apartments are
homophobic. Many of us have no
problem with gay or lesbian
people who have children moving
into our neighborhood. The
Northwood Apartments offer an
incredibly unique environment for
raising children; the diversity of
language, race and religion
present here gives children the
wonderful opportunity to learn
tolerance and acceptance to
lifestyles unlike their own.
Many of the people I have
spoken to believe that residents
with a another sexual orientation
would offer further learning
opportunities for our children.
Lesbian and gay people make up
10 percent of the population in
this country, and, just as with any
other unique trait, children need
exposure to it if they are going to
learn to accept it. Many of the
residents of Northwood do not
fear this acceptance; we encour-
age it!
David Dixon
LSA senior
Poll proves point
To the Daily:
How humorous to watch
administrators scramble to decry
U.S. News and World Report's
poll showing that our school has
sunk below the ranks of this
country's top 20 universities.
Perhaps they truly believe that
fattening President Duderstadt's
salary by 5 percent, adding his
wife to the payroll and cutting
library funds by 2 percent is the
proven path toward improving the
University's reputation for
research.
I always thought that the
quality of a school depended on
its academic resources, not the

personal resources of its adminis-
trators.
Victoria Kuohung
LSA senior
Advice to cyclers
To the Daily:
Every time I cross the campus
I see dozens of of mountain bikes
with seat and seatpost removed.
While I admire students' desire to
protect themselves from theft,
removing the seat and seatpost is
an uninformed choice which
causes expensive damage to
bearing systems.
The seat tube, into which the
scatpost is secured, connects with
the bottom bracket shell. The
bottom bracket shell houses the
bearings between the crank arms
(to which the chainrings and
pedals are attached). When the
seatpost is removed, the bearings
are vulnerable: water, dirt, bugs
and cigarette butts end up in the
bearing system. Destruction of the
bearing system, once penetrated
by water, is quick and complete.
Symptoms include: increased
roughness of the bearing, grinding
noises, and finally seizure.
If your bike has spent even a
few minutes in the rain without
the seatpost installed, likelihood
of serious bearing damage is high,
even with "sealed mechanism"
systems.
Unfortunately, I have serviced
scores of bikes whose owners
were oblivious to the damage. I
strongly recommend inspection
by a qualified mechanic. External
inspection is always free at
professional bike shops, although
less serious damage may not be
seen without disassembly of the
bearing system.
If your bottom bracket
requires service, you will have
several options. If you have
caught the damage early, you may
be able to get by with a bearing
overhaul and limited parts

replacement. Overhaul labor is
typically around $15. Parts
required will be at least $2 for
replacement of the bearings alone,
and may run as high as $20 or $30
if the entire bearing system
requires replacement.
If there is rust on the threads
of the bearing cups, labor costs
may rise as extraction of the
system becomes more time
intensive.
Solution~ don't remove the
seatpost! Get a "seat leash" ($6)
or replace thie "quick release"
seatposi binder with a bolt-type
system 1 to S4) to prevent theft.
Both are easily installed and
available at bike shops.
Paul Southworth
Service Manager
Cycle Cellar, Inc.

hould raise the stakes
By suddenly initiating these cuts, Bush may be
forced into surrendering more than he bargained
for in arms reductions. His actions during the Gulf
War indicate that Bush is far from being a pacifist.
But as the leader of the world's preeminent nuclear
power, it is his responsibility to finish what he
started, and lead the campaign for world-wide
reductions in-and eventual elimination of-our
nuclear arsenals.
Bush should respond to Gorbachev's reductions,
and raise the stakes in the race to rid both nations
of nuclear weapons. He should start by asking
Congress to cut all funding from the Strategic
Defense Initiative. He should propose another round
of cuts, this time focusing on long-range nuclear
weapons. Reductions in conventional forces should
follow, with cuts from each of the armed services.
With these types of cuts, a peace dividend is sure to
follow.
Last summer's coup attempt in the Soviet Union
and the move towards separatism in its republics
that followed raised worldwide concern over the
state of the nation's nuclear weapons. The country
is still unstable. For this reason, Bush should act
quickly to push for increased arms cuts.
The time is right for serious arms reductions. If
Bush can pull it off, he could set the stage for
eventual worldwide disarmament of nuclear
weapons.

U.S. not innocent in Haiti

by Eric Jackson
Last week soldiers arrested
Jean-Bertrand Aristide, Haiti's
first freely elected president. The
ouster of this former liberation
theology priest, who was elected
by a landslide less than a year
ago, brought Haitian exiles in
Miami, New York and elsewhere
onto the street to protest. To
prevent similar protests in Haiti,
soldiers killed dozens of people.
Europe led the world in
condemning the coup and cutting
off aid. Canada led the Organiza-
tion of American States in
pressing for Aristide's restoration
to office. Belatedly, President
Bush followed the OAS lead and
declared that Aristide is the
legitimate president of Haiti and
that U.S. economic and military
aid would end.
Nice gesture, but what's that
about military aid? Why was the
Haitian army on the U.S. payroll

deposed the "winners." Between
Aristide's election and inaugura-
tion, part of the army staged a
coup attempt. The army must be
disarmed and disbanded for Haiti
to have any hope of a democratic
future.
What about economic aid?
Haiti is the poorest country in the
Americas. The forests are gone,
its farms eroded, its waters
polluted and overfished. It is hard
hit by AIDS, tropical diseases and
ailments associated with poverty.
It needs massive help. It was
getting some $82 million in U.S.
aid. Yet do not assume that our
economic aid is benign.
U.S. economic aid is mostly
for U.S. interests. We send cheap
government-subsidized wheat to
places like Haiti, feeding people
but also ruining local farmers.
American agribusiness is the main
beneficiary. The recipient
countries become dependent on
T T C ir

Haiti's only market advantage
was as a dump for garbage and
toxic wastes.
The "free market" means a
poor and dependent Haiti, which
is one reason that Aristide
trounced its advocates winning
over 66% of the vote in the
presidential election. Yet Aristide
entered the race late, and U.S.-
backed parties that he crushed in
his own campaign got a majority
in the National Assembly. Bazin,
who got only 15% running
against Aristide, emerged as a
major legislative power broker.
After Aristide's arrest, the
legislators moved on their own to
oust his ministers and reverse his
policies. The assembly with
debate on its own proposals ended
at gunpoint, voted to oust
Aristide.
LASC supports Aristide's
return to office. If his words are to
be taken at face value (a big "if'),

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