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Four-day affirmative
ction symposium starts
ith legal, social history
ySistine M. Palk
aily ,aff Reporter
"Affirmative Action 101:
nderstanding the Controversy" began
w most introductory college courses
- with an overview and historical
alysis of the emotional debate.
The first event in a four-day sympo-
um specifically organized to educate
udents and members of the communi-
on the controversy surrounding the
igtive action lawsuit drew more
an 200 people last night. The sympo-
um is sponsored by the Michigan
tudent Assembly's Women's Issues
ay rights
Peter Meyers
aily Staff Reporter
h hate crimes on the rise across
iy gan, the city of Ann Arbor has
ked the state Legislature to take a
nd against discrimination.
Last night, the Ann Arbor City
ouncil unanimously passed an ordi-
ance asking the state government to
ass an amendment that would protect
itizens against discrimination by sexu-
I orientation.
In 1988, the Michigan Legislature
assed the Ethnic Intimidation Act,
ho forbade many sorts of discrimi-
ation in Michigan.
"The original draft included lan-
age to include sexual orientation,"
id Councilmember Chris Kolb (D-
th Ward), but the sexual orientation
ferences were pulled before the bill
ent up for a vote.
State Rep. Lynne Martinez (D-
nsing) recently proposed an amend-
e to the bill that reinstates the sexu-
I ntation language.
Kolb, who is gay, said hate crimes
gainst homosexuals rose 29 percent
st year in southeastern Michigan.
"Not only did the violence increase,
ut the intensity of the violence
creased," Kolb said. In 68 of the cases
southeast Michigan, the victims
ere hospitalized or killed, he said.
Councilmember Elizabeth Daley (D-
th Ward) said the act also would pro-
e friends and relatives of hate
ri e victims.
"At some point in our lives, that's
oing to be all of us," Daley said.
See COUNCIL, Page 2
160 1in
e Washington Post

LUXOR, Egypt Gunmen thought
o be Islamic militants opened fire on
oreign tourists gathered at an ancient
emple on the Nile River yesterday,
~i 'g at least 57 foreigners and three
Bftians in the country's deadliest ter-
orist attack by anti-government
The gunmen launched their attack
bout 8:45 a.m. as tourists were ariv-
ng in buses at the Temple of Queen
-Hatshepsut, a stunning sandstone edi-
ice at the base of a cliff near Luxor's
orld-renowned Valley of the Kings.
Nost of the victims were Japanese,
and German tourists killed in a
p of gunfire as they stood in a
:ourtyard in front of the massive three-
evel temple, authorities said.
About 25 people, 16 of them for-
signers, were wounded in the attack.
any of the injured were evacuated by
tir ambulance to Cairo.
Badawy Ahmed Salem, a cab driver,



and Minority Affairs commissions and
various other student organizations.
LSA senior Malin Bergner said she
attended the discussion to educate herself
about the history of affirmative action.
"Since affirmative action is a big
issue on campus right now, if I'm in a
discussion, I want to be able to have a
solid ground and argue for my posi-
tion," Bergner said. "I want to learn
more of the University of Michigan's
history of affirmative action, and I want
other people to get educated on this
issue so they can make rational deci-
sions and choices."
Law Prof. Terrance Sandalow began
the two-hour panel discussion with a
brief summary of the constitutional
background of affirmative action.
Sandalow led attendees through a 100-

everyone was equal, segregation was
constitutionally permissible. This was
then overturned in 1954 by the Brown vs.
Board of Education ruling."
Sandalow continued in a timeline fash-
ion, explaining the changes that came
with Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
"Very, very briefly put, Title VI stat-
ed that no person shall be denied partic-
ipation in a federally funded activity on
the basis of race," Sandalow said. "This
would include the University, because it
is, of course, federally funded."
Sandalow described how various
laws and judicial decisions have affect-
ed affirmative action and the present-
day debate. lie explained the signifi-
cance of Bakke vs. the Universityvof
California Medical School at Davis in
See FORUM, Page 7


year history of affirmative action.
"The Plessv vs. ferguson case of 1896
established that 'separate but equal' was
OK," Sandalow said. "Basically, the gov-
ernment was saying that as long as


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Law Prof. Terrance Sandalow last night and SNRE Prof. Bunyan Bryant participate
in a roundtable discussion about affirmative action In Angell Hall.
'U' to revise
budget plan
By Chris Metinko
Daily Staff Reporter
In an effort to bridge the difference of opinion between
University administrators and faculty on a budget plan,
Provost Nancy Cantor announced yesterday proposed revi-
sions to the current system, starting with its name.
"The first set of problems we see with (Value Centered
Management) is with its language," Cantor said. "It claims
too much for itself."
Cantor proposed to change VCM's name to simply "the new
budget system and the new budget model."
The name change was only one of
many alterations Cantor proposed during
her first address to the Senate Assembly.
The faculty has expressed fears that
VCM works against many of the academ-
ic goals of the University because it allo-
cates money to departments based on
enrollment and other revenue-raising
activities. Department heads have been
unsure of their costs, especially when
working with another unit in joint projects.
Louis D'Alecy, chair of the Senate Cantor
Advisory Committee on University
Affairs, the nine-member governing body
of faculty, said he was excited after hearing Cantor's speech.
"I thought it was excellent," D'Alecy said. "She's clearly
charting a new form of budgetary management."
Not all faculty members were content with Cantor's proposals.
Wilfred Kaplan, a professor of mathematics, said he was
happy to see that the provost identified the problems, but
believes she simply stopped them for the time being.
"It's my fear that the dangers are so great they will contin-
ue to exist,' Kaplan said. "I'm pessimistic"
Cantor outlined her three main goals of any "good" budget
system. It would address concerns of individual units,
encourage collaboration among different units and work for
ANIEL CASTLE/Daily the public good of the entire University.
sy throughout To accomplish this, Cantor proposed three other changes
iy to VCM. The new plan would reward units that take part in
collaborative works with other units and "penalize excessive-
ly inward-looking" units.
Citing a "need to support things that are endangered species,"
the plan would allow the provost to allocate money to activities
that can not support themselves but benefit the University.
Under the new plan, individual schools and departments
own would not be required to pay for central services such as jan-
itorial services, as they were under VCM. The costs of these.
resources would be absorbed in other ways, Cantor said.
"Much of what seems to be problematic about VCM can
be broken down into two areas," Cantor said.
Too much of the money in VCM was automatically allo-
cated and the incentives are strong to take care at local levels
but less for collaborative activities and central levels that
work toward the public good, Cantor said.
"We shouldn't have a budget system that even appears to
give priority to the local at the expense of the collaborative or
the shared," Cantor said.
Jon Rush, a Senate Assembly member and Art professor,
hio State agreed that the provost addressed what needed to be discussed.
C) "It's very encouraging, Rush said. "What is very apparent
here is the degree of discretion the provost had in the budget."

Maintenance worker Burnie Neeley clears the weekend's snow off of the seats at Michigan
this week preparing the stadium for Saturday's game against arch-rival Ohio State.

Stadium. The workers will be bu

'U' forbids rushing the fiel

By Sam Stavis
Daily Staff Reporter
As excitement builds for this Saturday's
football Showdown, many University stu-
dents hope Michigan will crush Ohio State
and 106,000 raging fans will rush the field,
carrying Charles Woodson on their shoulders
as "Hail to the Victors" echoes throughout
Michigan Stadium.
But that's not going to happen, according
to University officials. At least not the part
About rushing the field.
"If somebody rushes the field, they're
going to be arrested," said Department of

Public Safety spokesperson Beth Hall. "It's
a violation of regional ordinance, and it's
also very dangerous. We don't want any-
body to hurt themselves."
This may come as a disappointment to
many Michigan fans who were anticipating
an all-out victory celebration on and off the
"If Michigan wins, we should go hog-
wild nuts," said LSA first-year student
Jason Kohler. "It's the biggest game of the
year, and it would be absurd if students
couldn't celebrate."
See GAME, Page 2

The Showdo

Countdown to The G
No. 1 Michigan vs. No. 4O
Saturday, noon (ABC

MSA campaigning less
extreme than other schools

Blocked out

By Jennifer Yachnin
Daily Staff Reporter
Michigan Student Assembly candi-
dates are chalking the ground and cov-
ering the walls of Angell Hall with
posters and slogans for the first day of
elections tomorrow.
But despite all the clutter, University
students can be thankful candidates
aren't dissecting bodies in the library yet.
University of Wisconsin students use
extreme measures to campaign, said

themselves in the news during the year."
Murty said that last year, the group
staged a human dissection in protest of
monkey dissections being conducted in
University labs.
"The had dressed as monkeys dis-
secting human beings," Murty said,
adding that the students "faked" human
organs and blood.
Members of the student government
at Ohio State University also seem to
have a predilection toward primates.

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