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2 - The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, December 9, 1997


La tThird-year student Zach Ratzman, a member of the campus chapter of the
National Lawyers Guild, speaks about affirmative action on campus yesterday.
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1 S I "If class/cultural biases, or inequali-
Continued from Page 1 ties in education and opportunity,
the eventual practice of law,' Ratzman account for the disparity in test scores,
said "I would submit today, however, then something must be done to address
t1t these tests are not an accurate the systemic bias that continues to dis-
proxy at all." advantage blacks, Latino/as and other
Ratzman said it is inaccurate to minorities in the United States,"
assume that test scores are always Ratzman said. "That something is affir-
"i ad cative of one's potential to suc- mative action."
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not sign the policy and said she first
wanted to discuss the matter with her
"We just haven't talked about it in
our chapter yet - we're planning on
signing it," said Riesenberger, an LSA
junior. "I'm just interested in making
sure my chapter understands what we're
Panhellenic Adviser Mary Beth
Seiler said the new sorority policy will
cover part of the present alcohol poli-
"Technically, we should be BYOB
for all events larger than a two-way or a
Continued from Page :.
expected re-apply for housing.
"We can't say there is a 100 percent
guarantee that next year's sophomores
will be guaranteed traditional housing."
LSA senior Becky Beamish said the
situation affects the Ann Arbor commu-
"I lived in the halls for four years,'
Beamish said. "This does affect the
community. Off-campus housing (com-
panies have) raised their prices because
they know we have no other place to
Beamish said she is concerned for
the incoming first-year students who do
not yet have a voice in the debate.
"I can't say 'screw it' to the people
behind me," Beamish said. "Someone
has to stand up for the incoming fresh-
men who don't realize what is happen-
ing and that this may happen to them.
Continued from Page
Balgooyen said. This rough figure
includes the University's involve-
ment in the Rose Bowl and other Big
Ten schools' participation in indi-
vidual bowl games, Balgooyen said.
"Illinois, who went 0 and 11 this
year, will get just as much money from
our appearance in the Rose Bowl as we
will; said Keith Molin, senior associate
athletic director for external operations.
When Ohio State headed to Pasadena
last year, the University's share totaled

date party," Seiler said. " We've been
talking about doing a mjor review of
our alcohol policy next semester."
Seiler said the policy is a good idea,
not only from a legal standpoint but for
the safety ofthose involved.
"People drink less when they bring
their own beverages' Seiler said.
Mary Gray, who became the new
president of the Panhellenic
Association today, said the questions
surrounding the policy are not surpris-
"I think there were valid concerns.
There are definitly loop holes that need
to be undertaken," said Gray, an LSA
senior. "The policy will definitely have
some changes."
No one wants to live in an overflowed
LSA junior Jonathan Mezzadri said
that he doesn't understand the
University's math in looking for solu-
tions to the problem.
"Right now, the University has 100
percent plus 300 (percent) capacity'
Mezzadri said. "Housing promises all
teturning students a place in University
housing. If the same size freshman
class comes in next year, there will still
be over-capacity. Where do these peo-
ple go?"
Phil Randall, an LSA junior, said
shuffling students around and moving
the upperclassmen to non-traditional
residence halls won't change the high
numbers of students to place in hous-
"If you have a deck of 52 cards in
order, and you shuffle them around,
you still have 52 cards," Randall
$701,200. The University, along with
the 10 other conference schools, also
took in $201,000 each from the
University's Outback Bowl participa-
tion and the other schools'Alamo Bowl
and Citrus Bowl appearances.
Molin said the University also
receives $1.3 million from the Rose
Bowl for expenses, which include
transportation and lodging for the "offi-
cial party."
Included in the "official party" are
football players, coaches, trainers, band
members and cheerleaders - among
other people who have University ties,
Molin said. Most of the players, coach-
es, trainers and managers will head out
to California on Dec. 19 and return Jan.
2, Molin said.
"We do get a budget to cover our
expenses," Molin said. "If we go over
our budget, we have to eat it our-
Vice President for University
Relations Walter Harrison said others
have suggested that the University's
athletic success would lead to growth in
other areas,
"I have never seen our data that
would indicate that donations go up
when you're having athletic success,
but that's the conventional wisdom,"
Harrison said.
Harrison said he is moderately skep-
tical of this concept, adding that many
people who make endowments to the
University have specific interests in
mind, such as scholarship funds or
donations to particular University pro-
Because the Rose Bowl has the
potential to draw increased national
attention to the University, some
administrators wonder if applications
will go up, Harrison said. Although
the potential for high application
totals exists, Harrison said the
University already attracts a lot of
"I just don't know whether many stu-
dents around the country are saying,
'Wow, Michigan's in the Rose Bowl.

I've got to apply there,"' Harrison said.
Even if applications and donations
do not increase, the Rose Bowl is likely
to increase sales revenues, many said.
David Hirth, who is the co-owner
five M-Den stores, which market an
array of Michigan products, said Rose
Bowl merchandise has been selling
well since the team secured its trip to
Pasadena by defeating rival Ohio State
on Nov. 22.
"It's beenadoing very well. Five
years ago was like the 1 800s com-
pared to now," Hirth said. "It's much
much bigger than it was the last time
we went."

TWA Fht 800
crash hearings begin
BALTIMORE - In the final
moments before TWA Flight 800 blew
up, pilots chatted about restless passen-
gers, a wildly fluctuating fuel gauge
and how the jet was handling sluggish-
ly, like a "homesick angel."
At the end, there is an abrupt, tenth-
of-a-second noise that trails off into
silence, possibly the sound of the cen-
ter fuel tank exploding.
The 54-page transcript released yester-
day during the opening of federal hearings
into the July 17, 1996 disaster was
described by investigators as routine con-
versation, revealing nothing unusual lead-
ing up to the blast aboard the Paris-bound
flight that killed all 230 people aboard.
Having ruled out a bomb or missile,
investigators are searching for a
mechanical explanation for the explo-
sion in the Boeing 747's center fuel
tank. Their goal: to prevent something
similar from happening again.
The weeklong hearings are intended
to gather facts, and a probable cause will

not be determined until late next year
National Transportation Safety
Board Chair James Hall warned vic-
tims' relatives attending the hearings
that they might want to leave the room
before another exhibit - a videotape
simulation that chronicled the disc r
second by second, picking up wher e
cockpit voice recorder left off.
White House lobbies=
for civil rights chief
WASHINGTON -The White House
has begun a campaign of public pressure
in a renewed effort to win Senate confir-
mation for Bill Lann Lee, President
Clinton's choice to be the United Sta '
chief civil rights enforcer,
Yesterday, Attorney General Janet
Reno urged an end to the Senate dead-
lock that has kept Lee, a Los Angeles
attorney, from assuming the Justice
Department post.
"Civil rights in America should not be
about politics' she said during a cere-
mony marking the 40th anniversary of
the department's civil rights division.

Detroit slated for race relations forum
WASHINGTON - Detroit is among the cities President
Clinton has targeted for his race initiative.
Administration officials will hold group discussion, called
"One America: Conversations That Bring Us Together,' in the
selected cities.
Judith Winston, executive director of a group called the
President's Initiative on Race, said the Detroit region is con-
sidered an ideal discussion site because of its diversity.
"We're anxious to identify places already experiencing mul-
tiethnic issues as a result of growing diversity," Winston told
The Detroit News for a story yesterday. "The president has Clinton
often spoken about the diverse racial and ethnic makeup of the
Detroit area and has cited it as sort of a laboratory for the kind of diversity we wi11
be seeing all over in the new century."
Attorney General Janet Reno was slated to lead a mini-forum in Detroit on
Friday, but the event was postponed because of Coleman Young's funeral. A new
date had not been set.
The president has used the region before as a platform for his concerns alt
race relations.

_ A UE

Gore re-energizes
energy talks in Japan
KYOTO, Japan -American negotia-
tors, given a freer hand by the White
House, plunged into final talks yesterday
to piece together a historic accord to con-
trol energy use and protect the planet
against global warming in the 21st cen-
In a lightning one-day visit, Vice
President Al Gore announced he was giv-
ing the U.S. team "increased negotiating
flexibility" to end a standoff with Europe
over how deeply to cut fuel emissions.
After meeting with Gore, Britain's
deputy prime minister sounded opti-
mistic that the 150-nation Climate
Change Treaty conference will conclude
successfully tomorrow.
"It leads me to believe the flexibility
and political will is there to reach an
agreement," John Prescott said.
Gore said he thought his visit "gener-
ated momentum."
But even if the U.S.-European differ-
ences are bridged, the U.S. team must
still nail down another major feature -
commitments by developing countries to

limit emissions - to improve chances
the agreement will be ratified in the US.
The Kyoto conference was convened
to strengthen the 1992 Climate Cha
Treaty by setting legally binding targs
for reducing industrial nations' emis-
sions of carbon dioxide and other green-
house gases linked to global warming
Britain plans ban ase
madcow precaution
LONDON - The British govern-
ment has a controversial warnings
a nation of beef lovers: If you fancy
cuts like T-bone steak, standing ribs
and oxtail, eat 'em quick. Startipg
next week, a dinner of beef on the
bone could be followed by jail for
Despite angry farmers, supported by
derisive carnivores, the Agriculture
Ministry said officially yesterday that
as a public health precaution it will bin
sales of beef on the bone in Brie
effective next Tuesday.
- Compiled from Daily wire reports.

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