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One hundred seven years ofeditorz7ifreedom

October 20, 1997



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1f parents
flock to
Ann Arbor
U Pep rally and football
ilgate parties highlight
rents Weekend
By Rachel Edelman
Daily Staff Reporter
Thousands of parents could be seen tak-
ing in the sights and sounds of Ann Arbor
this weekend and squeezing in time to visit
their sons and daughters as part of the annu-
al Parents Weekend.
Highlights included a pep rally Friday
nht, a pre- and post-game tailgate party
rday, a number of reserved parents'
seats at the Iowa football game and a Paula
Poundstone performance at Hill Auditorium
Saturday night.
"It's given me the opportunity to look at
the school through (my granddaughter's)
eyes," said Phyllis Brown, grandmother of
LSA first-year student Kristina Dunigan,
who attended the LSA reception and the pep
rally Friday. "So far, it's been really interest-
s ."
organizers reported that about 2,000
families participated in this year's Parents
Weekend, making it the largest-ever. The
Student Alumni Council sponsored the
Many parents and students expressed a
desire to spend some quality time together,
and to become better acquainted with the
"We're mostly going to hang out
together, which we haven't really done in
P years," said parent Rosemary Reilly.
daughter, LSA first-year student
Nora Broege, accompanied her on a
Saturday tour of the University's Art
Museum on State Street.
Of the many events planned for Parents
Weekend, favorites included Saturday's

Myrna Rouse and her daughter, LSA senior Ingrid Rouse, both of Rochester Hills, chow down during the Parents Weekend pre-game brunch
in the indoor track building.

football game, tailgate party and Paula
Poundstone performance. Other activities
included a parent/student "treasure hunt"
romp through the streets of Ann Arbor and a
58 Greene a cappella concert Friday.
"The tailgate was awesome. The march-
ing band was really great," said LSA junior
Nicole Nelson. "The programs that they set
up were all really cool."
Receptions and information sessions
were held at individual schools as well, giv-
ing parents an opportunity to ask questions
and become more familiar with academics

at the University.
"I feel very welcome here. The LSA
reception was informative," said Ellen
Samuels. Samuels spent the weekend visiting
her son, LSA first-year student Eric Samuels.
The weekend ended with a breakfast buf-
fet and brunch on Sunday morning.
"It's been great. It's a good bonding expe-
rience," said Engineering senior Ellen
Although the majority of parents par-
ticipating were family members of first-
year students, the weekend was a chance

for other parents to visit their children as
"This is our fourth Parents Weekend,"
said Gregg Sindici, father of LSA senior
Michael Sindici. "We're going to the game,
and to dinner tonight. It's sad that this is our
last time."
Some families decided not to take part in
most of the weekend's planned activities,
preferring to spend time together on their
"I liked doing my own things with my
parents," said LSA sophomore Caryn Burtt.

to suit
By Heather Kamins
Daily Staff Reporter
Amidst a class action lawsuit that threatens the University's
future use of affirmative action in admissions, University
President Lee Bollinger announced the administration's plan to
educate the campus about the complexity of diversity.
Bollinger said the suit, which claims the University's use
of race as a factor in undergraduate admissions is unconsti-
tutional under the 14th Amendment, attacks a long-standing
policy that is part of the University's tradition of encouraging
"What we have with respect to the admission process is
the same as every other institution in the country,"
Bollinger said. "We view this with the gravest possible
concern, with the present success of this movement (in
California and Texas) ... what has happened to diversity
in those institutions is unfortunate, but nevertheless crys-
tal-clear proof of what we will face if this suit is success-
Bollinger said it is important to view the suit as a discus-
sion in which the University can take a serious look at itself.
"This is an educational institution," Bollinger said.
"We must come to terms with it educationally. This will
be a difficult time for the University of Michigan. It will
test the character of the institution. I do not mean that this
discussion, or debate, is unacceptable. On the contrary,
we are dealing with something that goes deep into our
Provost Nancy Cantor said she and the president have
begun to form plans to enrich campus discussion on the topic
of diversity. Cantor said activities will include town meetings
and a lecture series that will bring in scholars from around
the nation to discuss issues ranging from American culture to
the particulars of diversity.
"I think we hope people will rise to the understanding that
this is one community" Cantor said. "Our core mission is to
be a place where all views can be aired.:
Regent Philip Power (D-Ann Arbor) said the intricacy of
the suit has the opportunity to bring the University commu-
nity together.
"This is plainly a very large matter. It is striking absolute-
ly at our core as a public institution," Power said. "It is also a
very complicated subject, and will require all parts of our
community to think about who we are, what we have been
and relate that to our existing community."
Power said the suit will allow the University to evaluate its
"I think this debate comes from between the means and
the end," Power said. "Mainly the end is for us to.have a
diverse student body. At this point, affirmative action is
the means."
See REGENTS, Page 2A
S t allingS m a y
be Goss' next
pick for coach
By Dan Stillman
Daily Sports Writer
Illinois State's Kevin Stallings may be the next Michigan
basketball coach - by default.
University Athletic Director Tom Goss said he could
announce his choice for the
Wolverines' head man as Sta~llngs' stats
early as Wednesday. 1 Illinois State Head
Since beginning his Coach, 1993-present.
search last Sunday, one day Record: 82-42 (.661)
after firing nine-year bas- One NCAA Tournament
ketball coach Steve Fisher, appearance, one NIT

Goss has reportedly inter- Tournament appearance.
viewed at least five candi-
dates for the position, . Assistant coach at
including Stallings. Purdue under Gene
But Goss's list of candi- Keady, 1982=88.
dates has become more and
more limited with every Assistant coach at
denial by an athletic director Kansas under Roy
to speak the school's coach. Williams, 1988-93.
While permission is not
required, Goss has apparent-
ly backed off when athletic directors have requested.
Bradley's Jim Molinari, Southwest Missouri State's Sam
Alford, and Providence's Pete Gillen all appear to be out of
the running after their athletic directors have, or said they
would, refuse Goss's request to speak with them.
Of the known remaining candidates, the only one current-
ly employed with Division I head-coaching experience is
Stallings, and his resume may be enticing to Goss.
In four seasons at Illinois State, Stalling's Redbirds have
posted an 82-42 record, including one NCAA tournament and
one National Invitational Tournament appearance. The
Redbirds lost to Iowa State in the NCAA Midwest Regional last
Prior to taking over at Illinois State, Stallings served as ai
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Students 'ke
Christine M. Paik in mainstr
nd Katie Piona University,"
aily Staff Reporters ence is open
Through an art exhibit, a poetry slam and people are p
o panels, University graduate and under- ing the conf
raduate students and students from other A series of
schools nationwide questioned what it means and opening'
o be "keepin' it real." welcome by
f ganized by Rackham graduate students which docum
Clene Allen and Niki Dickerson, pus who defi
Keepin' It Real: Authority and Authenticity to them.
in the Performance of African-Americanist "The phra
cholarship" centered on the experience of ent things to,
lack scholars and their questions about connected so
identity. can relate to
"The main goal of the conference is to community o
ive an opportunity for people to come of how to de
ogether and dialogue about the experi- Art first-
nce of being black in mainstream space, Alexander,
ofac e trial
r 1991 rap
Py Stephanie Hepburn
Daily Staff Reporter
A University alumnus who is accused of raping his step-
sister on campus will face trial for the 1991 incident after a
local judge ruled in an emotional hearing Friday that the
case must go to court.
Prior to the hearing, attorneys for University Engineering
graduate Michael Dugan, county prosecutors and the trial
u e agreed to try a rape charge against Dugan under a legal
pk.nown as the Cobb's agreement, which can be applied to
some rape cases.
. According to the Cobb's agreement made before Friday's
hearing, the defendant agreed to plead guilty to all charges in
return for a three-month sentence.
But after the victim, LSA graduate Cara Foley, made an
emotional victim's impact statement before the court Friday,
Washtenaw County Judge Wilder decided to nullify the pre-

yep it real'

with the arts

eam institutions, like the
Dickerson said. "The confer-
n to everyone, not only black
articipating or presenting dur-
f events began with a registration
session Friday, which included a
the co-planners and a video,
nented students of color on cam-
ned what "keepin' it real" means
se 'keepin' it real' means differ-
different people, but they're all
imehow," Allen said. "Everyone
issues of breaking ties with their
of origin temporarily, and issues
al with it"
year graduate student Shawn
who was one of four Art stu-

"feel like African-
Americans are
- Mischa Thompson
Rackham first-year student
dents to display his work, said his paint-
ings "incorporate the histories, memories,
heritage and spirituality of the African
diaspora," although the viewer may not
see it. .
"From art you can see multiple realities,"
Alexander said. "The paper is real, the paint'
is real, and the images are definitely real. It's
just how you interpret it."

Rackham first-year student Mischa
Thompson registered for and, attended the
conference "to see if the conference itself
was 'keepin' it real."'
"I feel like African Americans are chang-
ing," Thompson said as she browsed through
the gallery. "I wanted to see if the conference
would address only things in an academic
manner, or if it would really go out of acade-
mia and touch on things outside the school
Jemima Pierre, an Anthropology graduate
student at the University of Texas at Austin,
who made a panel presentation, said she was
very pleased with the way the conference
was conducted.
"I didn't really have any expectations com-
ing in, so I kind of left myself open," Pierre
See POETRY, Page 5A

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