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One hundred seven years ofeditori'alfteedom

February 6, 1998


Katie Plona
fly Staff Reporter
In an effort to protect the interests of its
embers in the lawsuit challenging the
ersity's admissions policies, a coalition
at includes high school students and sever-
independent organizations filed a motion
intervene and act as defendants in the case
Detroit Federal Court yesterday.
If the intervention is permitted by Judge
trick Duggan, members of the coalition -
tizens for Affirmative Action's
eservation - will become the third party
the lawsuit and be given the same rights as
laintiffs and the University.
e have a direct and significant interest in
serving an admissions policy that broadens
o rock for
Carissa Van Heest
ily Staff Reporter
Quite a few University students will have sor
nday afternoon after participating in this week
dance marathon.
oney raised by the event, scheduled to take place
d Sunday at the Indoor Track and Tennis Building
ildren supported by the Children's Miracle Networi
"The main thing here is for the kids," said LS
der Singh, executive director of the marathon.
hy it's such an awesome event."
The effort has brought together campus studet
at are sponsoring dancers as well as donating
lunteers to the marathon.
"I know its going to be successful because c
y we've raised so far," said Business senior
tic, one of the more than 400 volunteer
Each dancer has raised at least $230 to parti
is student-run event. All proceeds will go to
en's center at William Beaumont Hospital in R
N's local affiliate.
Thirty-one universities across the country ar
N dance marathons this year, said David Fac
r of the CMN Dance Marathons.
"Our mission is to raise funds and awareness
and hospitals," Facer said. "It's a very gi
e of thing."
The idea for hosting a CMN dance marathc
niversity's campus came from a recent Inter
ouncil and Panhellenic Association retreat, Sin
"It is an opportunity for people to get people
out giving back to the community," said LS
elly Morrison, president of Golden Key, the Ur
apter of the National Honor Society. "Golde
onsoring six dancers, which I believe is more
her group."
Dancers are required to be standing and movii
ion of the event. They are prohibited from u
ine to help them stay awake.
"I've never been up for 30 hours before,"s
nior Kelly Heath, a marathon dancer. "I'm coi
renaline to keep me going. I'm more worri
onday morning."
In order to keep the dancers motivated, the rr
anning committee has arranged to have food
tertainment available for the duration of the e'
A silent auction, featuring sports paraphernal
Jniversity athletes, a baseball signed by I
e pitcher Scott Kamenecki and a football s
embers of the Buffalo Bills, is also scheduled.
"The goal here is that we want the dancers t<
id John Mountz, the marathon's adviser.
Volunteers called "moralers" will also be or

spire the dancers to complete the event, Singh
Those who plan to participate said they will
ailable support.
"I am getting very nervous because it is a Ion.
dancing," said Carolyn Tait, an Engineering ju
ans to participate in the marathon.
W event is free and open to the public.

access to the University, including the
University's authority to consider how a stu-
dent's racial background has affected his or her
experiences," CAAP spokesperson Godfrey
Dillard said in a written statement.
The coalition is comprised of
17 Detroit-area students, their /
parents, local attorneys, the
American Civil Liberties Union,
the NAACP Legal Defense and
Educational Fund and the
Mexican American Legal
Defense and Educational Fund.
To gain full status as defendants in the
lawsuit, CAAP must prove that it holds a
legitimate, but distinct interest in the case
against the University.

to enter


"The University's interests in furthering a
diverse student body ... differs from African
American and Latino students' more focused
interest in preserving their access to an edu-
cation at the University," states
the coalition's motion to inter-


Patricia Mendoza, a representa-
tive of the Mexican American Legal
Defense & Educational Fund, said
that the University's ties to its alum-
ni and the state make its interest in

"I just want everybody (who is a) minority
to be able to get an education" said Rueben
Martinez, a junior at Lawrence High School
in Lawrence, Mich.
The students - most of whom attend high
school in either Detroit or Ann Arbor - said they
were not reluctant to join the coalition because
they want to protect the rights of minority stu-
dents applying to the University in the future.
"My ability to learn and to share my
knowledge and experience at the University
of Michigan is more complex than just a
score on a grid. The University recognizes
that," said Cass Technical High School
sophomore Ebony Patterson, the principle
student in the case. The case's "outcome will
shape our future."

CAAP's efforts come nearly four months after
the lawsuit was filed by the Center for Individual
Rights, a Washington, D.C.-based law firm, on
behalf of Jennifer Gratz and Patrick Hamacher.
The two plaintiffs in the class-action lawsuit
claim they were unfairly denied admission to the
University, while less-qualified minority stu-
dents were accepted.
Secretary and Vice President for
University Relations Walter Harrison said
the University cannot predict whether the
motion will be accepted.
"There is a lot at stake and it's just terrific
that this group realizes that and wants to get
See LAWSUIT, Page 7
In today's Friday Focus: Affirmative action has
a long and controversial history. Page 12

the lawsuit distinct from the CAAP's interests.
If the University is forced to terminate its
affirmative action practices, members of the
coalition said the effects would be detrimen-
tal to minority applicants.

Let it bleed

U.S. boosting
Gulf defenses

The Washington Post
States is sending 2,200 Marines on
warships to the Persian Gulf to defend
U.S. forces and help evacuate civilians
in the region in the event of armed con-
flict with Iraq, military officials said
Even as the U.S. military buildup con-
tinued with the dispatch of the Marines
and the arrival in the gulf of a third air-
craft carrier, the U.S.S. Independence,
President Clinton
said several times
yesterday that he
would prefer a
peaceful resolution y
of the standoff.
As diplomaticN
efforts continued
in Baghdad, there
were a few faint
hints that a diplo-
matic solution Clinton
might still be pos-
sible. "One can say that there are the
first signs of movement," French for-
eign minister Hubert Vedrine said in a
television interview yesterday. He said
the Iraqis told a French envoy in
Baghdad that eight so-called presiden-
tial sites that Iraq has put off limits to
U.N. weapons inspectors "could be
either inspected or visited - there is a
discussion on the terms and on the
practical consequences."
France, Turkey, the Arab League and
Russia, which oppose the use of force
against Iraq, all have sent representatives

to Baghdad this week to press Iraqi
President Saddam Hussein to allow the
weapons inspection teams to resume
their work as the U.N. Security Council
and the United States insist.
These talks are not negotiations and
the foreign envoys are not speaking for
the United States, State Department
spokesperson James Rubin said. He
said reports of an Iraqi offer on inspec-
tions might indicate some movement,
although similar reports have not come
close to satisfying American demands.
"Number one, the diplomatic string
is fraying," he said. "Number two, the
latest proposals fall short. Number
three, they could signal, however, Iraq's
recognition that its position is unten-
able. If they do and (Saddam allows)
full and unfettered access, then the
diplomatic string will firm up."
Asked if the U.S. military deploy-
ments in the area mean armed action is
inevitable, Clinton said, "No, no. That's
up to Saddam Hussein. I do not want a
conflict ... I want a diplomatic resolu-
tion of this" If the diplomacy results in
access to suspect sites by the interna-
tional inspectors, Clinton said, and "it
that assurance can be given in reason-
able form that anyone with sound judg-
ment would accept, then nothing is
inevitable here"
Clinton and British Prime Minister
Tony Blair, the only major foreign
leader to give unconditional endorse-
ment to U.S. plans to strike Iraq mili-
tarily if necessary, stressed to reporters
See IRAQ, Page 2

RC sophomore Sarah Ransdell gives blood in the Greene Lounge of East Quad residence hall
yesterday. Today is the final day of a campuswide blood drive organized by the Alpha Phi
Omega fraternity this week.

LGBT events planned

By SusanT. Port
Daily Staff Reporter
The celebration of Queer Visibility Week
will incorporate a combination of education
and entertainment to promote awareness of
lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered issues
at the University this month.
Several student groups are sponsoring
events that will run from Sunday to next
Friday to help promote LGBT pride as part of
an annual winter semester event. Programs
will include films, speakers and the annual
LSA junior Emily Marker, a co-coordinator
of the Queer Unity Project, said the goal of the
week is to reach out to students of all sexual
"It's about outreach really," Marker said. "A

dialogue within the University community."
Marker said the upcoming week will be full
of festivities and will give students a chance
learn from each other.
"It's just to get queer visibility on campus,"
Marker said.
RC junior Neela Ghoshal, a co-coordinator
of the Queer Unity Project, said the celebra-
tion will help remind students that members of
the homosexual community do not fit into
societal stereotypes.
"It's good for the community in general to
be reminded of our presence," Ghoshal said.
"It's a week of expressing pride in our identi-
Ghoshal said that in the past, reactions to
the week have been mixed. But this year, the
See WEEK, Page 7

Sunday Feb. 8: Movie
"When Night is Falling" at
the Trotter House at 8 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 10: Movie
"Life at the Crossroads:
Films on being Black and
Gay in America" at 7 pm.
in Aud. B of Angell Hall
Thursday, Feb. 12: Biracial
and bisexual author Lani
Ka'ahumanu is scheduled
to speak on safer sex at
Rackham Amphitheater at
8 P.M.
Friday, Feb. 13: Kiss-in on
the Diag at 12 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 13:
Ka'ahumanu is scheduled
to give a safer sex work-
shop at 2 p.rr. in the
Kuenzel Room of the Union.

Clinton may
have asked
secretary to lie
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Clinton's secretary,
Betty Currie, has reportedly told Whitewater prosecuter
Kenneth Starr's investigators that Clinton tried to coach her
to agree that he and former White House intern Monica
Lewinsky were never alone and that he had resisted her sex-
ual advances.
Quoting lawyers familiar with both Currie's account of
events and Clinton's Jan. 17 deposition in Paula Jones' sexu-
al harassment suit against him, The New York Times report-
ed in today's editions that the secretary told prosecutors that
Clinton and Lewinsky had been alone together.
Two weeks ago, Currie also turned over to Starr's investi-
gators gifts from Clinton to Lewinsky that she had retrieved
from the former intern - - including a hat pin, a brooch and a
dress, the Times quoted the lawyers as saying.
It quoted Currie's attorney, Lawrence Wechsler, as saying
any implication or suggestion that "Mrs. Currie was aware of
any legal or ethical impropriety by anyone ... is entirely inac-
curate." Currie was questioned by Starr's investigators before
a federal grant jury last week.
The White House press office issued a statment suggesting
that the Times story was based on false leaks.
"Over the last few weeks, the White House has been sub-
jected to a series of false leaks designed to mislead both
reporters and the American public," the White House state-
ment said. "We have no interest in responding to the latest
false leak."

Procrastination, coffee breaks
widespread during midterms

By Meiw"l Sampson
For the Daily
Semesters usually start off fresh and exciting,
but as students get further into the term, they are
inevitably overcome with worries and stress in
February as they face midterms.
LSA sophomore Shiao-Han Lin said one thing
really helps her get through the tough times of the
semeter "onffee - alot ofcnffee." inaid

straight for an exam" Lin said. "I'm stressed, but I
have time to study for it."
Some students said they feel that being ready is
the key to dealing with the traditional crunchtime.
"I basically just try to study for a couple of hours
each day so when it comes to the test I just have to
review," said LSA junior Angela Moore.
Biopsychology assistant Prof. Aldo Badiani said
some devices students may rely on. such as note-


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