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2A - The Michigan Daily - Monday, December 9, 1996


- I

Prop. 209 throws
a wrench into
UC admissions

Students carrying signs and flags march through Belgrade while protesting
Saturday against the ruling presidential regime of Slobodan Milosevic. More than
80,000 people protested for the 19th consecutive day against the government's

Continued from Page 1A
in his party whose titles seem impor-
tant but who really have little power,
and he has tried to use the courts for
Although the courts are widely con-
sidered to be under Milosevic's control,
some diplomats and Serbian analysts
had thought the appeals procedure
would provide Milosevic with a face-
saving way out of the crisis.
In recent days, five Supreme Court
justices and a number of lower court
judges have voiced support for the
opposition, giving rise to speculation
that Milosevic's annulment of the Nov.
17 elections might be overturned.
Both Zajedno and the Belgrade
Electoral Commission filed appeals;
both have now apparently been reject-
"This doesn't make sense unless he
has another legal option (in mind) or
he has decided to hunker down and try
to wait it out and not give an inch,"
said a Western diplomat. "This
demonstrates his desire'to not compro-
mile and to play it tough. It demon-
strates he is more interested in power
than the rule of law."
People who have met with
Milosevic in recent days said he seems
surrealistically cavalier about events in

his country. A meeting on Saturday
with an American media-rights advo-
cate took place only after he delayed
plans to go duck-hunting.
Kati Marton, the American who
chairs the New York-based Committee
to Protect Journalists, said Milosevic
tore up a declaration she presented
him on respecting press freedoms. She
then scribbled another, terse statement,
which he signed.
Marton, who is married to Richard
Holbrooke, the former U.S. peace
envoy to the Balkans, came to Serbia
to show support for independent
media shut down by Milosevic. She
said she told Milosevic that he should
try to salvage a reputation that had
improved dramatically with the sign-
ing of the Bosnian peace accord a year
ago but that was now "as bad as could
Radomir Lazarevic, president of the
Belgrade Electoral Commission, told a
late-night news conference yesterday
that with the appeals rejected, he will
pursue other legal remedies, including
a new appeal to the Yugoslav, or feder-
al, judiciary.
The Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
is made up of dominant Serbia and
smaller Montenegro. Almost all power
rests at the Serbian level, but courts at
the federal level can review other
courts' decisions.

By Melinda Marks
The Daily Californian
BERKELEY, Calif - A top univer-
sity official, in the wake of a temporary
restraining order against Proposition
209, said at last Wednesday night's
ASUC meeting that pending legal bat-
tles place undergraduate admissions
policies in limbo.
"We have an awkward set of circum-
stances," said Bob Laird, director of
undergraduate admissions. "No matter
what happens (with Proposition 209), we
will be rejecting 18,000 people - many
of whom will still feel entitled to a place
at UCB because generations of their fam-
ily have paid
California taxes."
"The degree of TheA
competition will
not change," Laird eXpecta
added. "The level
of expectancy will change.
Henderson is
set to decide today Directort
whether to extend admission,
the temporary
restraining order to the university. At a
scheduled Dec. 16 hearing, Henderson
is expected to take the next step and
rule on a preliminary injunction against
Proposition 209. The possibility of an
injunction and an appeal leaves unclear
whether weight will be given to the
applications of underrepresented
minority students.
"We have been advised by general
council to wait," Laird said. "The diffi-
culty for us is that we have to evaluate
students for their academic and personal
achievements. It's a huge, labor-inten-


sive process. We probably can't start
until Dec. 16, when we know the policy."
Currently, 50 percent of all new stu-
dents are admitted solely on the basis of
grades and test scores. For the remain-
ing 50 percent, the admissions office
takes into account applicants' extracur-
ricular activities, adverse circumstances
and disabilities, in addition to race.
Proposition 209 prohibits admission
policies that take race into account.
While the university's own affirmative
action ban is set to take effect for spring
1998 applicants, Proposition 209 moves
its implementation forward by one year.
A campus study projected minority
students in the
UC system
velof would
decrease if
cy will race prefer-
ences were
removed from
,BLi the current
- Bob Laird system, with
undergraduate the enrollment
at UC Berkeley of black first-
year students
dropping 54 percent, Latino/a first-year
students by 51 percent and Native
American students by 60 percent.
Laird added that there would be an 8-
percent increase in the enrollment of
white students at the university and a
22-percent increase in Asian under-
"It makes a huge difference for under-
graduate admissions this coming year,"
said Northern California ACLU attorney
Ed Chen. "Without 209, these affirma-
tive action policies would continue."
- Distributed by University Wire


U.S. to dispose of 50 tons of plutomu
WASHINGTON -The Clinton administration will announce today a two-track
plan to get rid of 50 tons of highly radioactive surplus plutonium from the nation's
dwindling stockpile of nuclear weapons.
Some of the toxic material will be "immobilized" - encased in glass or ceram-
ic blocks and consigned to a permanent underground repository. The rest is to be
combined with conventional nuclear power plant fuel and burned in commercg
electricity-generating plants under the plan.
Both disposition methods in the $2 billion program involve immense technical,
economic and political uncertainties. But the Energy Department, after a three-
year study, concurred with the National Academy of Sciences that they are prefer-
able to all 34 other known methods of plutonium disposition. In reaching the deci-
sion, the administration followed the process prescribed by law for actions that
have a major environmental impact.
Scientists recommended pursuing more than one option because, according to the
NAS report, "it is crucial that at least one of these options succeed ... and because
the costs of pursuing both in parallel are modest in relation to the security stakes." In
selecting two methods, the Energy Department discarded such options as launching
the plutonium into space or sinking it in the ocean. The department also rejected Z
too dangerous the "do-nothing" alternative, keeping the plutonium in secure storage.

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Huebner said. "People like to be invited
(to the dinner) and they are very lucky."
Current Martha Cook residents were
also very proud of the traditional dinner.
"The residents bring enthusiasm
because it's a bridge between past and
future traditions," said Martha Cook
resident Katie Hart, a Music senior.
Martha Cook resident Elizabeth
Powers, co-chair of the dinner planning
committee, said the residents of Martha
Cook have been planning this year's
dinner since September.
"At least half of the women work on
planning committees," Powers said. "It's
been the tradition that the women plan it."

The tradition that has both former and
current residents boasting started in
1945 when the director of the Martha
Cook building, Leona Diekma, invited
the director of the University Musical
Society to dinner after the concert at Hill
Auditorium. The director, Charles Sink,
said he could not accept the invitation
because his wife planned to host a dinner
for the soloists in the concert that night.
Diekma invited the soloists to attend
dinner that night at Martha Cook as
well. Ever since then, the soloists have
been the guests of honor at the dinner.
Residents of Martha Cook entertained
the guests during dinner by playing vari-
ous classical works. Martha Cook resi-
dent Ayako Kato also performed a dance
she choreographed.

Court to weigh law
on sexual predators
TOPEKA, Kan. - A 62-year old
child molester who has been impris-
oned for about 30 years is at the center
of a closely watched constitutional bat-
tle which the U.S. Supreme Court will
take up tomorrow.
The court will look at whether states
may confine sexually violent predators
after their prison terms are completed.
Currently, Kansas law allows that, if a
prisoner is diagnosed with a personality
disorder or mental abnormality that
makes them a threat to sexually prey on
The justices will review a ruling that
struck down Kansas' 1994 law as
Forty-five states and territories have
filed documents supporting the Kansas
appeal, includipg five states with sexu-
al predator laws: Arizona, California,
Minnesota, Washington and Wisconsin.
The Kansas law is the first signifi-
cant attempt to expand the types of peo-
ple the state can confine, said Chris
Hansen, an attorney for the American
Mother Teresa's
condition worsens
CALCUTTA, India - Mother
Teresa appeared tired and her condi-
tion deteriorated slightly yesterday, as
doctors tried to cure her pneumonia so
that they could concentrate on her
heart ailment.
"Mother is still not out of danger and
physicians remained concerned," said a
medical bulletin at the B.M. Birla Heart
Research Center. "Today she appeared
But the 86-year-old Roman Catholic
nun has remained attentive to her char-
ity work, meeting with nuns to give
them instructions concerning her
Missionaries of Charity order.
A hospital statement yesterday said
her bronchial pneumonia was worsen-
ing, despite "aggressive respiratory and
antibiotic therapy."
Her kidneys, however, were function-
ing, doctors at the hospital said.
Mother Teresa was hospitalized Nov.
22 after suffering a mild heart attack.
She underwent an angioplasty on Nov.

Civil Liberties Union in New York.
Traditionally, he said, only people
convicted of crimes or found insane can.
be locked up. The Kansas law creates a
third category - people likely to com-
mit crimes based on past behavior.
HalfW-iilion blacked
out by heavy snow
More than half a million customers
had no electricity yesterday in New'
England after a fast-moving storm piled
nearly 2 feet of snow on the region.
"I'll tell you right now, I'm not verb
pleased," said Mary Tyler of West
Dummerston, Vt., who had to make her
morning coffee on a wood-burning str
"It's getting cold in this house,"
O'Grady of Thompson, Conn., said;
yesterday afternoon as she bundled up
with several shirts, two pairs of sweat
pants and big, fuzzy slippers.
"We can't flush the toilets, the refriger-
ator door remains closed ... I'm dying for
a cup of coffee," said O'Grady, who was'
told her local utility did not expect to
restore power to her house until tonight.
29 to remove blockages intwo arteries;
but her recovery has been hampered by"
lung and kidney problems linked to the
poor functioning of her heart.
Sudan rebels free
Red Cross workers
NAIROBI, Kenya - Sudanese
rebels released three Red Cross workers
- including an American pilot - yes-
terday after holding them captive for
five weeks.
The rebels continue to hold five
Sudanese patients who were in the
of the team when they were abducx
said Nic Sommer, a spokesperson for.
the International Committee of the Red
Cross in Nairobi.
The three captives -American pilot
John Early of Albuquerque, N.M.'
Australian nurse Maree Worthington,,
and Kenyan pilot Mohsin Razam -
were in good condition and safely i
Khartoum, the Sudan capital, Sommer
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