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1987, when the plan was implemented.
Minority students now comprise close
to 25 percent of the student body.
The Hopwooddecision will only affect
public universities in Texas, Louisiana
and Mississippi -the three states that are
represented by the 5th Circuit Court.
Although the Hopwood decision does
not apply to the University's current
admissions policies, Duderstadt said,
"I want to assure current and prospec-
tive students that we will not waiver in
our strategic efforts to create and main-
tain a campus that reflects the society
we serve."
U-T officials have not officially de-
cided what action they would take in
response to the ruling, but the univer-
sity said it is considering various ap-
peals of the ruling.
"We believe the University of Texas
should appeal the case and I would
support us doing that," Machen said.
Garcia warned the impact of the
Hopwood ruling would affect every
university in the country.
"If students, faculty and staff at any
university feel they are immune to this
decision they have another thing com-
ing," Garcia said.
Today, more than 500 students are

expected to rally outside the Univeristy
of Texas at Austin Union to demon-
strate in favor of affirmative action pro-
Shouldthe Hopwood case be appealed,
its next step would be the Supreme Court.
A Supreme Court decision, should it
accept the case, would affect affirmative
action programs nationwide.
A Michigan Housejudiciary subcom-
mittee is in the process of reviewing
three measures that propose cutting af-
firmative action programs.
Philosophy Prof. Carl Cohen, who
testified before the House subcommit-
tee last month, agreed with the court's
"(Hopwood) is essentially correct,"
Cohen said. "The concept of diversity
doesn'tjustify giving preference by race."
Calling racial preference "poison,"
Cohen also said "people like Duderstadt
and (Vice President for University Re-
lations Walter) Harrison forget how
disastrous it is to society to give prefer-
ence based on skin color."
Lisa Baker, associate vice president
for University relations, would not
speculate on how the University would
respond if the bills are passed, but she
said she hopes the University can con-
tinue its current programs.
"We just hope we can continue what
we're doing because we think it's appro-
priate," Baker said.

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general topic.
Michigan Student Assembly Presi-
dent Flint Wainess, who also serves on
the task force, said he does not agree
with the proposed recommendations.
"Living-learning does not meet the
needs of all students," Wainess said.
"It meets the needs of some students."
Wainess said the communities may
not maximize some students' poten-
tial. "They are based on the belief that
only the University can empower stu-
dents. The fault with that theory is that
many students come to the University
already empowered."
Although he agreed that the pro-
grams should be expanded for students
who want to participate, he said "it is
not for everyone."
He also said theme-based programs
may limit a student's endeavors.
"Theme-based communities pigeon-
hole students before they know what
their interests are," Wainess said.
An Aug. 16 1etter that asked Wainess
to serve on the task force stated: "The
specific charge for this group will be to
identify the programs that should be in
place to serve the freshman class, the
general characteristics of these pro-
grams, the building that they should
occupy, and the size of the program.
"The goal will be to house each new
student in a learning community by the
Fall of 1997."
Kelly Klimek, an LSA first-year stu-
dent who lives in Couzens residence
hall, said she may have chosen off-cam-
pus housing if a living-learning commu-
nity had been a requirement this year.
"I don't think it should be requiredat
all. If someone is interested, they will
make an effort to find out about it,"
Klimek said. "There will be negative
attitudes if students are forced to do

Thetaskforcerecommendations will
be forwarded to Hartford, who said
yesterday she is waiting to see the rec-
ommendations before stating whether
she thinks it should be a requirement.
"It depends on what we would see
happening in them," she said. "If I
thought this is where we would have
more freshman seminars, smaller
classes and more connection with fac-
ulty and students ... I would see it as a
place where freshman would live."
David Schoem, assistant dean for
undergraduate education, said research
shows that students who participate in
learning communities have more aca-
demic success.
"Students in learning communities
who are more engaged tend to report
better academically," he said. "Students
in both UROP and 21st Century have
GPAs above students at large."
Zellersaid smaller classes help ease the
transition from high school to college -
one reason why some students, like Emily
Levins, wish they had participated in one
of the existing programs.
Levins, an LSA first-year student who
lives in Mary Markley, said she wishes
she were part of the residence hall's
21st Century Program. "It would make
a big university smaller. It would make
the transition easier," she said. "It would
have helped me because of the special
attention and helpful hints and advice
you receive."
Zeller said many universities nation-
wide are considering a similar type of
requirement. The University is hosting a
three-day conference, which began yes-
terday, about living-learning communi-
ties. More than 150 administrators and
students from universities around the
country are presenting their programs.
"The interest in connecting out-of-
class life with life inside the classroom
is something administrators and faculty
are seeing as very important," Zeller
said. "The best way to do this is through
living-learning centers."

Nader: campaign is not about winning
SANTA MONICA, Calif. - Consumer watchdog Ralph
Nader is running for president with no illusions of capturing the
White House and little regard for President Clinton or Bob Dole.
Democrats are afraid Nader's run as a Green Party candidate
could put a dent in Clinton's general election prospects in
California and a few other states, but Nader also has shown he
can siphon votes from Republicans. /
Nader will appear unopposed on the Greens' ballot in
Tuesday's California primary, assuring him a spot on the
general-election ballot in November. Other primary voters on
Tuesday can write his name in..Nader
Nader said splintering one vote or another is the least of his
"Four more years of either of these candidates is not good for the country," he sai
from the Washington, D.C., office of his Center for the Study of Responsive Law
During Nader's brief presidential run in 1992, about 6,300 people voted for hi
as a write-in candidate in the New Hampshire primary. He received 3,054 v
in the Democratic primary and 3,258 in the GOP primary - a difference of

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Clinton set to veto
product liability bill
WASHINGTON - Setting up an-
other veto confrontation with President
Clinton, a dozen Senate Democrats
joined forces with a majority of Repub-
licans yesterday to pass legislationthat
would limit the amount of money
awarded in product liability lawsuits.
But the 59-40 margin of approval
was not adequate to override the veto
that Clinton has promised. Clinton's
opposition reflects, in part, pressure
from trial lawyers, who are among his
biggest contributors, and fears that he
could lose votes in November to Green
party candidate Ralph Nader - who
has fought the bill - if he signs the
product liability bill.
The bill, which includes provisions
contained in the House GOP's "Contract
With America," wouldcappunitive dam-
ages in most product liability cases at
$250,000 ortwice the compensatory dam-
ages, whichever is larger. Businesses with
fewer than 25 employees would be liable
for the lesser of the two.
The legislation, which is expected to

pass in the House, became a battle
ground for powerful interest groups
with trial lawyers on oneside; and busi
nesses and their insurers on the other.
Before the Senate passage, Clinto
signaled that he would like to sign
modified version of a product liabilit
School suspends 5th-
graders for kissing
MELBOURNE, Fla. - Fifth-grad
ers David Cruz and Ashley Burdic
admit it. They kissed. Not once, bu
twice, in a hallway at Atlantis Elemen
tary last week.
Principal Vicki Mace took adimvies
of their smooches, suspending the tw
I I-year-olds for a day. 0
Now their parents are furious - an
contemplating legal action. They noti
fiedthe American Civil Liberties Unior
which has filed a formal complaint wit]
the school.
"They have ruined my daughter'
reputation," said Debra Burdick
Ashley's mother. "It was an innocer
kiss of love that they absolutely bles
out of proportion."

The University of Michigan
School of Music

Sunday, March 24
UM Percussion Ensemble
Michael Udow, director
McIntosh Theatre, 4 p.m.
Public Lecture
Glenn Watkins, Earl V. Moore Professor of Music
"Stravinsky: War Games, 1914-1919"
Recital Hall, 4 p.m.
Monday, March 25
Faculty Recital
H. Dennis Smith, trombone, assisted by Katherine Collier,
piano; Charles Daval, trumpet; Bryan Kennedy, horn;
and the UM Trombone Choir
. Music of Villa-Lobos, Sulek, Bozza, Pryor and Massiano.
Recital Hall, 8p.m.
Tuesday, March 26
Arts Chorale
Hugh Floyd, conductor
Jeff Douma and Daniel Bara, guest conductors
. Music of Handel, Faure and Stravinsky
Hill Auditorium, 8p.m.
UMS Presents: Michigan Chamber Players
. Ravel: Sonatine for Flute, Viola and Harp with Leone Buyse, flute;
Yizhak Schotten, viola; Lynne Aspnes, harp
" Copland: Sextet for Piano with Martin Katz, piano; Fred Ormand,
clarinet; Christopher Neal, violin; Andrew Jennings, violin;
Nicole Divall, viola; Anthony Elliott, cello
. Schubert: Piano Trio in B-flat with Katherine Collier, piano;
Andrew Jennings, violin; Erling Blondal Bengtsson, cello
Rackham Auditorium, 8p.m.
Wednesday, March 27
Jazz Combos
Gerald Cleaver, director
Rackham Auditorium, 8 p.m.
Thursday-Saturday, March 28-30
"Aiming for Excellence: the Impact of the Standards Movement
on Music Education"
National Symposium co-sponsored by the School of Music and
the Music educators National Conference
Registration: $25
For information or to register, call 1-800-828-0229
Rackham Amphitheatre
Dance MFA Thesis Concert
Betty Pease Studio Theatre, 8p.m.
Tickets: $8 and $5 (763-5460)
Thursday-Sunday, March 28-31
Opera Theatre
. Il Campanello di Notte by Donizetti
. Gianni Schicchi by Puccini
Joshua Major, director; Pier Calabria, conductor
Mendelssohn Theatre, 8p.m. (Th-Sa), 2 p.m. (Su)
Tickets: $16-$6 (764-0450)
Friday, March 29
Women's Glee Club
Theodore Morrison, conductor
Esther Archer, piano
. Morrison: Shirei Shabbat
. Krenek: Three Madrigals
. Perera: Earthsongs
. African American sprirituals

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Smear tactics on
rise in Taiwan's
presidential race
TAIPEI, Taiwan - Mobsters, mis-
tresses, treachery and pornography -
the mud is flying as Taiwan's presiden-
tial race enters its final leg.'
While voters in Saturday's election
are preoccupied with the economy and
with China threatening war all camps
are at each other with lurid stories
spread through TV, faxes, mail and
Taiwan's democracy, less than a de-
cade old, is young, robust, and not al-
ways pretty, as evidenced by frequent
brawls on the floor of its legislature.
As candidates try to make themselves
look cleaner by making their competi-
tion look dirty, no one is being spared.
Opposition candidate PengMing-min
claims the ruling Nationalist Party is
spreading rumors that gangsters cut off
his arm in a gambling dispute. Peng lost
his left arm during an Allied bombing
raid in World War II.
The brunt of the smear tactics seem
to be focused on the Nationalist Party's

leader, President Lee Teng-hui.
An opposition candidate is airing
cable TV commercials claiming tha
Lee was once a Communist, and that h
turned in his comrades when he wa
caught. Lee's office denies the all1-
tions and is demanding that the c -
mercials be withdrawn.
House panel oppose
foreign oil business
WASHINGTON - Shrugging of
strong objections from U.S. allies, a
key House committee voted 32-0 yes-
terday to impose far-reaching econoac
sanctions on foreign corporations I
do business with the oil industries of
Iran or Libya.
A similar but somewhat narrower
measure has already cleared the Senate,
with Clinton administration approval.
At least two more House committees
must approve the bill before it reaches
the full House, but congressional senti-
ment against Iran in particular is so
strong that members predicted quick
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