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Nick Delgado, a member of La Voz
Mexicana, said the lawsuit will force
students to take a closer look at society
and acknowledge existing racism and
"Ithink it's an opportunity for people
on campus to be educated about the
issue," Delgado said.
Curtin contended that the issue plays
important role in the campaigns of
any conservative leaders. A successful
outcome for the plaintiffs of the lawsuit
may mean more power for conservatives
in the state Legislature.
"The same people attacking affirma-
tive action are taking money away from
the schools,' Curtin said. "It's going to
mean more right-wing attacks."
Burden, however, argued that Curtin
was "oversimplifying to say all
publicans are against affirmative
Brad Weltman, Interfraternity
Council vice president for community
service learning, said affirmative action
is not the most debated issue in U.S. pol-
"I can't agree that it's the pinnacle
issue in politics," Weltman said.
Regardless of its political attention,
the students all voiced their opinions on
need for affirmative action and the
ics of imposing it.
"There wouldn't have been the kind
of diversity we experience here at the
University of Michigan without affir-
mative action," Shubow said.
Shubow recalled her first-year orien-
tation, when she met a woman from the
Upper Peninsula who told Shubow that
she was the first Jewish person she had
never met and that she had never met a
black person.
F*If you're never exposed to people
who are different from you, you're not
going to be likely to succeed in the real
world," Shubow said. "It's very impor-
tant to experience the broad range of
people that we have here."
But some leaders- said affirmative
actiofi inot the correct way to achieve


The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, November 11, 1997 - 7
Strategies vary fod
Unabomber case

The Washington Post
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - By the
time a suspect was apprehended in
April of last year, after the most exten-
sive and expensive manhunt ever, the
terrorist known as the Unabomber had
become one of the most widely known
serial killers in history.
With the arrest of Theodore
Kaczynski in Montana, FBI agents
uncovered a cabin filled with damning
evidence, including not only a signature
explosive device in the style of the
Unabomber, but a draft of his infamous
35,000-word manifesto against technol-
ogy and diaries providing incredible
detail about Kaczynski's thoughts and
actions, material that appears to amount
to a virtual signed confession.
This trove of incriminating evidence

will form the core of the government's
case against Kaczynski when his feder-
al trial begins here with jury selection
What possible defense will
Kaczynski, who has pleaded not guilty
to the charges, offer?
His lawyers appear to be ready to tell
the jury that despite all that prosecutors
know about the defendant, there is
something missing: Kaczynski is mcpn
tally ill, they are expected to argi
probably suffering from paranoid sehjL
It is a high-risk strategy, yet one4hat
many trial lawyers agree may hele
only way to keep Kaczynski from being
put to death if he is found guilty at the
end of his trial, which is expected to jst
at least four months.

Michigan Student Assembly Vice President Olga Savic, LSA Student Government President Lauren Shubow and La Voz
Mexicana member Nick Delgado discuss affirmative action at a roundtable forum of student leaders Sunday.

a diversity of culture and experiences at
the University.
"Saying that someone is different by
the color of their skin is selling the stu-
dent body short," Potts said.
While Burden acknowledged that an
inequality of opportunity exists between
the races, he said affirmative action
attempts to find an easy way out of a
complicated problem.
"It proposes to fix a social problem
for free, and easily," Burden said.
But Shira Katz, a member of Project
Serve, argued that affirmative action is
not such a complicated solution.
"It's just doing right what once went
wrong, Katz said.
It is difficult for students born in
poverty to succeed because of a disad-
vantaged starting point, said Olga Savic,
vice president of the Michigan Student

"If you start at a different position, are
you ever able to catch up?" Savic asked.
"Do we want to continue patterns of seg-
regation or (use) distributive measures?"
Some students said that should the
lawsuit be successful and the University
be forced to eliminate its affirmative
action programs, it would be a serious
threat to minority enrollment on cam-
"I don't know if minority students
want to come to a homogenous univer-
sity' Weltman said.
Savic agreed that the University would
need to resort to intensive minority
recruitment to attract minority students.
"If they eliminated affirmative
action, we would have to make this
campus seem as minority-friendly as
possible," Savic said.

The students, including Erica Cohen,
Chair of the University's chapter of the
College Democrats, agreed that true
diversity does not yet exist on campus.
Delgado said that simply having vari-
ous minorities represented at the
University does not indicate a diverse
"Maybe the people are here, but the
University is not taking advantage of the
demographic diversity we have here,"
Delgado said. "I don't think the
University has achieved diversity. True
diversity is when you have discussions
and interactions between all those eco-
nomic and ethnic groups."
Leaders from 12 other campus orga-
nizations, including the campus chapter
of the NAACP, Queer Unity Project and
the Black Volunteer Network, were
invited to the roundtable discussion but

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tion - both on-going Ann Arbor con-
Transportation issues, especially
those of parking and busing, are
matters on which the University and
the city have cooperated extensively
in the past, Kosteva said.
Sustainability issues fit in closely
with University President Lee
Bollinger's master plan for campus.
Ann Arbor Mayor Ingrid Sheldon
defined sustainability as "managing
your environment in every possible
For the purposes of this event,
Kosteva said sustainability was the
issue of maintaining the balance of
campus and community planning.
Sustainability means holding onto the
character of a community by control-
ling the city environment, particularly

in matters of the city's physical layout.
Sheldon said a major issue of su6-
tainability is how the city will continue
to be zoned.
"Do we want more intense develop-
ment of our city? Is that in conflict with
some of our more (urban) neighbo.
Sheldon asked.
Ann Arbor is divided into sufui'-
ban outlying areas and a relatively
urban core. Sheldon said that with a
growing city, choices must be nde
on whether to send the growth ta'the
city's center, thereby increasinthe
inner density, or to allow it to sp d
out toward the edges and overrun the
Sheldon said that other issues within
sustainability were recycling, infrr
structure maintenance and overall eco-
nomic development. ,
"It's one of those concepts that car bt
approached from so many angl
Sheldon said.

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'them to the outside world.
"Fora brief moment, we get to leave the environment of
the prison" the prisoner said. "Metaphorically, we go with
you and carry away from the class hope and confidence."
The public tends to forget that prisoners have
human traits, one prisoner said.
"I'm still a person," the prisoner said. "I made a
mistake and that's why I'm here. These classes allow
me to exercise my mind."
Wright said the program gives prisoners "an oppor-
enity to express themselves" while dispelling stu-
dents' stereotypes of prisoners.
"These people are human," Wright said. "Going to
the prison helps break media images about what peo-
ple in prison are like."
Another prisoner said inmates are routinely dehu-
.manized by the general public, and so he values the
opportunities provided by Project Community.
"Classes like this give us a chance to interact with
people from the world that show interest in the people
that are locked up," the prisoner said..
I*Along with helping older inmates, students also
work with juveniles.
"The juveniles love the University students,"
Wright said. "They wrote a paper to the University
students that said that the University of Michigan stu-
dents really care."
It is good to see what a prison environment is like,
Wright said. She described a variety of prison settings,
such as Maxey WJ Boys Training School, a juvenile
site she described as "green" and a place where "the
students. play tennis."
in contrast, Western Wayne Prison is surrounded by

"For a brief moment, we
get to leave the
environment of the
- Prisoner
Western Wayne Prison
barbed wire.
"The workshops are positive for the inmates
because they can imagine something beyond the
wall," Wright said.
One prisoner said the creative writing class helps
break up the monotonous prison routine.
"It helps us write poetry for our loved ones," the
prisoner said. "It helps release the strain of prison life.
When I am in class, it feels so relaxed."
The inmate said the classes give him a sense of
"I'm in the drama class and the Thursday creative
writing class," the prisoner said. "While I'm locked
up, I can accomplish something and go home know-
ing something that I didn't know when I first came."
Defor said many sensitive issues arise during the course
of the debate class. One day, the class was discussing
issues of chemical castration, and an inmate later told
Defor that he was imprisoned for criminal sexual conduct.
"So the things we are debating are sometimes very
sensitive topics, and we have very heated discussions,"
Defor said.
Sometimes the prisoners want to talk about topics
that do not touch on their prison experiences.

"They would rather debate on other things going on
outside," Defor said. "Not prison issues or prison
Joyce Dixon, the first woman to gain a bachelor's
degree from the University while in prison, was sent
to jail for the first-degree murder of her abusive hus-
band. She wrote that she saw education as an outlet to
gain the tools that eventually led her to freedom
through legal appeals and letters.
"I was scared in prison," Dixon wrote in her alum-
na profile. "Freed by Faith." "But it was also a good
time in my life because I started to look around and
see what my options were."
Dixon also earned a paralegal degree and helped
incarcerated women work for release and better treat-
ment. Dixon also obtained a master's degree in social
work the year after her release from prison.
A student taught in jail by University English Prof.
William "Buzz" Alexander wrote a script while in
prison. The former student was released from jail,
received good reviews for his writing and now hopes
to attend film school.
"The prisoners love homework," Defor said. "Just
about everybody participates."
But Defor said many jails fail to serve one of their
primary purposes - rehabilitation.
"For prisoners, it may be financial, and some of
them never had channels of hope. We encourage the
prisoners to have faith in themselves, and tell them
that they can do it," Defor said. "We try to help pris-
oners with conflict resolution through speech or
creative writing. All of it has real world applica-
The prisoners are especially proud to receive a cer-
tificate for their efforts - a document sometimes
signed by the University president.

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