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One hundred seven years of edioril freedom

October 21, 1997


discusses ICC
i ipending U Officials look into
possible sale of least-
profitable 'U' housing
lawsuit By Janet Adamy

By Chris Metinko
Daily Staff Reporter
With the lawsuit filed to change
admission policies at the University, the
faculty's governing body decided yester-
day to endorse President Lee Bollinger's
stance on affirmative action.
" at we are saying is that we stand
be d those policies and administra-
tion," Lewis Kleinsmith, a member of
the Senate Advisory Committe on
University Affairs, said at yesterday's
Bollinger said in a statement last
week that a diverse student body is
necessary to provide a quality educa-
tional environment. If the larger Senate
Assembly approves yesterday's propos-
]i'tjf faculty will formally support the
,dWistration on the issue of affirma-
ive action.
"I think it's a very strong statement of
support," Kleinsmith said of the poten-
ial Senate Assembly endorsement.
SACUA member Barbara
MacAdam, who is also head of
Educational and Information Services,
greed with the decision to support
Bollinger's stance.
"I think a statement that endorses that
t takes on a lot of force," she said.
Not all members of the committee
ere totally satisfied with the state-
ent. "I guess I would like the
President (of the University) formally
to put forth something stronger," said
SACUA member and SNR, Prof.
Bunyan Bryant. "I'm not happy with
he statement itself, but I support it to
get it to the floor of Senate Assembly."
Bryant said he may try to amend the
t lent on the assembly floor.
CUA member William
Ensminger said he wasn't sure that
mending it would be possible.
Ensminger, an internal medicine pro-
fessor, said it would "be interesting" to
bserve efforts to amend the statement
before the entire assembly.
Sociology Prof. Donald Deskins did
ot support SACUA's endorsement.
Deskins said he did not disagree with
h6resident's statements, but said the
acu ty should take their own stance.
"I have no problem endorsing the
resident's statement, but what are we
aying about this?" Deskins asked.
'We've never taken a position on this:"
The proposal will go to the Senate
ssembly next week for full approval.
Also at the meeting, the nine-mem-
er committee held a telephone confer-
nee with Sandra Weiss, chair of the
U versity of California's faculty's gov-
rg body. Weiss explained some of
he advantages and disadvantages of
aving faculty members on the Board
f Regents in California.
Bryant has been spearheading an
ffort to look into getting faculty and
tudent representatives on the
University Board of Regents.
Weiss, one of the faculty regents for
he University of California, said hav-
inaculty on the board has given fac-
voice in the administration.
But many differences between the
wo boards became apparent during the
onference, such that University of
alifornia regents are appointed and
ot elected like Michigan's.
"Their board is a very different ani-
nal," said astronomy Prof. Gordon
Bryant would not speculate about his
uture plans of pursuing a faculty
t at the University.

Daily Staff Reporter
In an effort to revitalize one
University's least profitable h
complexes, the Inter-Coope
Council is trying to buy Oxford
ing from the University.
ICC President Jim Jones me
representatives of University H
earlier this month to discuss th
sibility of acquiring Oxford to
into a student co-op.
"We feel that it is possible fo
buy this at a fair-market vali
still provide housing at a much
rate than is currently possible,"
Director of Housing William
said that as a cost center, O

trying to
"income has not exceeded its expen- bly sc
ditures for the past few years." resoN
Zeller said the University is cur- Zel
unit rently in the preliminary stages of dis- some
cussion and is not ready to make any nance
decisions about selling Oxford. ing re
"No concrete decisions have been infras
of the made and no policies have been made "(U
ousing for pursuing the sale of the complex," wheth
erative Zeller said. "We need to consider funds
J hous- these issues very carefully and have other
as many constituencies within the Jon
t with University participate in these discus- of we
ousing sions." to suj
e pos- Vice President for Student Affairs "W
turn it Maureen Hartford said the University and t
is "not in the selling mode" right now, agree
r us to but is looking at how Oxford will fit intere
ie and into University President Lee LS
lower Bollinger's master plan - an admin- stude
Jones istrative effort to bring cohesion to into a
the campus's many buildings. body
Zeller "The whole creation takes some dent
xford's time," Hartford said. "This is proba-

purchase Oxford

omething we're not going to see
ved this year."
ler said his office is addressing
of Oxford's long-term mainte-
issues, including roof and sid-
epair, as well as health code and
structure renewal issues.
University Housing) is deciding
her to begin to infuse significant
into the complex or look at
options," Zeller said,
nes said ICC hopes to find ways
orking with University officials
pplement their goals.
Ve think that over time Bollinger
he administration will come to
that it is in the University's best
est," Jones said.
A junior Isaac Kriegman, ICC's
nt president, said turning Oxford
a co-op would benefit the student
by providing more low-cost stu-
housing and giving more stu-
See OXFORD, Page 7


The Inter-Cooperative Council is considering the possible acquisition of Oxford
housing complex, the least profitable of all the University's residence halls.
v on
F i2er s
ijyy firing
By James Goldstein
Daily Sports Writer
University students and alumni
offered strong opinions about the firing
of Steve Fisher - some hailed the
decision, but others suggested the
University should be "de-Gossed."
Responses came to an e-mail group
established by The Michigan Daily last
week asking reader opinion about the
dismissal of the former Michigan
men's basketball coach.
Many were sympathetic toward
Fisher, expressing disapproval about
Athletic Director Tom Goss. Some stu-
dents and alumni applauded Goss for
the decision, complimenting him for a
take-charge atti-
tude. Many said
t "they hope Goss's
choice will rein-
force the impor-
tance of student-
athletes at the
But others, like
Nursing senior
Lakeeta Smith,
said Fisher was Goss
given a raw deal.
"I think that the
University handled the situation inap-
propriately," Smith said. "Whether or
BRYAN MCLELLAN/Daily not Fisher did something wrong is none
project the Diag recently under- of my business, but they should have
their first bluebook exam will fail. given him the opportunity to resign."
Engineering junior Brian Gurwin
said Michigan fans "should breathe a
la h o m e sigh of relief" that Fisher is gone.
Gurwin agreed with Goss's intention of
finding the new coach from outside the
a granite slab. But the University Michigan program.
anged its plans to instead use a "Tom Goss should be applauded. It
ecific type of granite, so the M is time to clean house." Gurwin said.
urned to Ann Arbor completely "By bringing in an outside coach, the
changed. basketball team will regain some of its
"It's going to be just like it always much-lost respect. Hopefully, the stu-
s," Julianne Chard, coordinator of dent-athletes will return to being just
e Diag reconstruction project, said that - a student and an athlete"
rlier this year. Gurwin said Fisher took the "presti-
Though it is the same M that has gious University and turned it into a
ways resided in the Diag, the layout junior college for basketball players.
ound the M is now different. The Goss fired Fisher on Oct. 10, the day
See DIAG, Page 7 after the University released the results
of an investigation into the basketball
team conducted by Kansas City law
firm Bond, Schoenck and King.
Questions remained about Fisher, espe-
cially ones regarding his relationship
allegedly initialed the name of former
assistant coach Perry Watson on ticket
Wednesday, indicated yesterday from request forms for Martin in the name of
near Oakland that an announcement the former assistant coach.
obably not come until later in the LSA first-year student Naveen
Lemuri said that despite the accusa
labama, on the other hand, has two com- tions, Fisher was not treated properly.
well as the university's president making "Whether he committed any NCAA
ecision on a new coach. rules violations or not ... Coach Fisher
st committee is comprised of a trainer, deserved more than the poor display
t manager, academic adviser, assistant that Goss gave at the Saturday press
rector and a compliance officer. The 13- conference," Lemuri said. "At the very
ommittee teams up with a more academ- least, Fisher deserved to be given the

Workers prepare to replace the M in the Diag after it was placed in Brazilian granite. The new M is part of a larger renovation p
went. The M was relaid just in time for midterm exams - traditional campus lore says new students who step on the M before
Restore d 'Mreturns toCen tralDi

By Mike Spahn
Daily Staff Reporter
The M is back. Finally.
After being restored and reset in
a Brazilian granite, the brass M
donated by the University's Class of
1953 will assume its place in the
center of the Diag today.
Most students were thrilled to see
the symbolic M back on the Diag
yesterday, even though the area still
was undergoing final construction.
"I'm glad it's coming back," said

Peter Rose-Molina, an LSA sopho-
more. "We were even talking about
it as a Spanish discussion topic
Sam Schoenfield, an LSA sopho-
more whose father graduated in
1953, said he is ecstatic to see the M
"I've been missing it all year,"
Schoenfield said. "The Diag was not
complete without the M. Michigan is
now complete."
As part of a larger renovation pro-

ject, the Diag area underwent other
changes during the past few months,
including more trees, pathways, light-
ing and bricks. However, when it
seemed complete, the brick area that
usually held the M displayed only a
brick M.
"The brick M that was there was a
cheap imitation," said LSA first-year
student Dave Tigay.
In May, the bronze M was
removed and taken to Minnesota,
where it was supposed to be attached


Fisher interviews for S. Alabama

Goss on West Coast interview-
in potential replacements;
ision expected later in week
By Mark Snyder
Daily Sports Writer
Good fortune is one again smiling on Steve
The former Michigan men's basketball coach,
who led the Wolverines to the 1989 national cham-

ongoing selection process
to include Fisher as a possi-
ble candidate.
The Jaguar coaching job
became available when
coach Bill Musselman -k
notorious for his short-
coaching stays - left to
become an NBA assistant
with the Portland Trail

South Alabama sports information director Mike
Nicholson, who is a member of one of the inter-
view committees. "It's not a hard-core, you're a
bad guy, tell us why you're not a bad guy type of
The interview process at the Mobile, Ala.,
school is dissimilar to Michigan's one-man cam-
paign led by Goss.
In his search to replace Fisher, Goss is trav-
eling across the nation conducting interviews,
and he singlehandly is expected to make a

coach by'
his home
would pr
South A
mittees as
the final d
The fir
athletic dii
member c

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