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February 18, 1998
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lasses in support of warned that failur
ffirmative action would only embo
Rachel Edelman A peaceful solu
aly Staff Reporter U.N. weapons insp
A group of 40 students met yester- Clinton said in a sp
to finalize plans for next a briefing by the
sday's National Day of Action, a
ay designated to defend affirmative
ction at the University in light of the
wo recent lawsuits challenging the
niversity's race-based admissions
The National Day of Action was
esignated by the Rev. Jesse Jackson
s a day to defend affirmative action
round the country. Events are sched-
led to be held at universities across
country, including the University
f California at Berkeley and the
niversity of Texas. But organizers
rom United for Affirmative Action, a
tudent group that has formed to
oordinate the day, said the
niversity will have the most exten-
ive list of events.
Scheduled plans include a teach-in
rom 9-12 a.m. in the Michigan
ion Ballroom, a gathering in the
bowl for student testimonials
bout affirmative action, a rally and
arch on the Diag from 12-1 p.m., a
it-in in the Fishbowl from 1-4 p.m.
nd another teach-in from 5:30-8
.m. in Angell Hall.
"This is the first student strike
ince (the Black Action Movement
II)," said Jodi Masley, co-chair of the
omen Law Student Association and
member of United for Affirmative
ion. "I think it's going to be excit-
ng. The Center for Individual Rights
ad no idea what they were getting
nto when they chose the U of M as
CIR filed two lawsuits - one against
e College of Literature, Science and
e Arts and another against the Law
hool - last fall on behalf of three
hite clients who claim they were dis-
inated against during the
ersity's admissions process. UnvriyPe
e Organizers are asking students not of issues affec
o attend class on the day. Several o s
rofessors have already cancelled
""This is a chance for us to really
obilize," said LSA junior Diego
ernal. "This is a chance for us to
ave a shot, as students, to influence By Kristin Wrig
he (affirmative action lawsuit) deci- Daily Staff Report
ion." University ad
he group, which recently formed in front of the
create United for Affirmative League to discu
ction and plan for the Day of University P
Action, is comprised of both students vice president f
rom other student groups and indi- Student Assem
idual students. by the Office o
Masley said the planners have North Camp
orked hard to organize the event, forming ties wi
"It is, in many ways, CIR's biggest long dialogue.
istake and our greatest opportuni- MSA Presid
See ACTION, Page 2 bridge to the ga
vote on 'U'
By Jennifer Yachnin
Daily Staff Reporter
The University Board of Regents will vote on annual rate
increases for room and board during its monthly meeting
scheduled for tomorrow.
The proposal would raise residence hall room and board
fees, on average, by 2.7 percent, and family housing rates
would rise by 2.45 percent.
"The base increase is less than inflation," said Regent
lip Power (D-Ann Arbor).
e residence hall rate increase is comprised of a 2.3-percent
base and an additional 0.4-percent increase to make up for a
reduction in the number of converted triples from 300 to 150.
"I think reducing the number of converted triples has, for
a long time, been a good idea," Power said.
The regents also will vote on whether to reapprove a $19-
N - President Clinton laid out a
terday for prospective American
gainst Iraq, saying "I guarantee
President Saddam Hussein will
al of destruction someday if not
esentation aimed at the American
luctant allies overseas, Clinton also
e to deal effectively with Saddam
iden tyrants and terrorists in the
tion that would allow unrestricted
pections "is by far our preference,"
eech to Pentagon officials, following
Joint Chiefs of Staff. But he made
clear that any deal would have to
meet standards that have been'
unacceptable to Iraq so far: "Iraq:
must agree - and soon - to free,
full, unfettered access to these sites
anywhere in the country."
Hours later, U.N. Secretary-
General Kofi Annan said he
would go to Baghdad later this
week for what may be the last try
for a diplomatic solution. Annan Clinton
made his announcement after
meeting with U.S. Ambassador Bill Richardson and
envoys from the four other permanent members of the
Security Council - Britain, France, Russia and
China. The five did not issue any written guidelines to
him but offered what they called spoken "advice."
While this implied that Annan might have more lee-
way in any negotiations with Saddam than the Unites
States intended, Richardson told reporters, "The
United States is supportive of his trip. We wish him
well. But we reserve the right to disagree if his con-
clusions are not in conformity with U.N. resolutions
and our national interest."
The president's speech came as the White House
intensified its bid to prepare the public for military
action against Iraq. Lamenting that he may have to
place U.S. troops "in harm's way" Clinton said the
military is ready for the risk and "the American peo-
ple have to be ready as well."
Striving to bring the threat home on another level,
See IRAQ, Page 5
3 Iraq is refusing to allow
unrestricted United Nations'
A Iraq has failed to provide a
complete account of its chemical
and biological weapons
U Hussein will unleash an arsenal
of destruction if he is not stopped
By Jason Staffer
and Kristin Wright
D~aily Staff Reporters
The Michigan Student Assembly passed a resolution last
night in support of amending Gov. John Engler's proposed
funding increase for higher education.
If approved, Engler's budget, which he brought before the
state Legislature this past Thursday, will raise the amount of
funding that Michigan higher education institutions will receive
to a rate far below inflation. It could virtually decrease the
amount of state money allocated for higher education.
As a result, Michigan colleges and universities could expe-
rience a 5.5- to 8-percent tuition increase. The University's
in-state students could pay about $560 more in tuition and
out-of-state students could suffer an $1,800 increase.
The University's tuition is already the fastest growing of
all of the public universities in the Big Ten.
LSA Rep. Bram Elias, co-chair of the Student Regent Task
Force, said students have to voice their opposition to Engler's
proposal if they want to keep tuition down.
"We're not going to go along with it," said Elias, an LSA
junior. "Students can't afford for the University to be under-
funded by the state. This bad decision by the governor will
take money from students. If the Legislature doesn't fix it,
our tuition goes up for no good reason."
MSA will not support Engler's proposal unless it is
amended to give more financial support to higher education.
SNRE sophomore Sara Deneweth said MSA must address
Engler's budget proposal because it is an issue that is of con-
cern to students.
"I think it's really great MSA is tinally dealing with issues
that affect students like higher education funding," said
Deneweth, who also worked with Elias on MSA's higher edu-
cation funding resolution.
At last night's meeting, the assembly also voted to retract
$850 of community service funding for Law Students in
Defense of Affirmative Action. The assembly still will allocate
$1,000 to the group. MSA decided to reallocate the $850 to a
group seeking to test students for the Hepatitis B virus.
But the assembly voted against taking the $850 from Law
Students for Affirmative Action and allocating it to the
Minority Bone Marrow Coalition.
Rackham Rep. Mike Pniewski said he was in favor of
moving the money from the law student groups because stu-
dents have expressed interest in supporting community ser-
"When students voted for community service funding,
they wanted their $1 to go to things that serve others rather
than towards activism," Pniewski said.
See MSA, Page 5
ident Lee Bollinger met with student leaders in the Vandenberg room of the Michigan League yesterday to discuss a number
Aing the University community. Bollinger said this is the first in a series of fireside chats.
e oirese ats begins
dministrators chatted with students yesterday afternoon
fireplace in the Vandenberg room at the Michigan
ass a variety of issues affecting the University.
resident Lee Bollinger and Maureen Hartford, the
for student affairs, met with members of the Michigan
bly and other students who were selected at random
f the Registrar.
us concerns, affirmative action and the importance of
ith faculty were topics of discussion during the hour-
ent Mike Nagrant said the fireside chats helped to
ap between students and University administrators.
"It gave Bollinger the opportunity to receive feedback from the
students and the opportunity for students to comment on how they
think the president is doing and how the University is running,"
In response to students' concerns about the isolation of North
Campus, Bollinger said he would like to see more recreational
development on North Campus, including the establishment of
ethnic restaurants. He said his goals for improving the North
Campus area are to increase community interaction and bring it
"What you have to do is think about turning North Campus into
its own community so that people want to go there," Bollinger said.
"That's what a University is - it's that intermixing. We need some-
See FIRESIDE, Page 7
Agenda highlights for this
week's regents' meetings
® Proposed 1998-99V' residence hall and family Housing
p Increase of 2.7 percent for the residence halls, on
average for a double room
Increase of 2.45 percent for family housing
® Proposal for a $19 million expansion the University
Hospitals emergency department
tional living space it would provide for students.
University "Housing is doing a great service to the residents
in reducing the number of converted triples," said Taylor, an
Engineering sophomore. "It's important to look at the level of
services that are provided in the residence halls at this
University - they are well above those at other universities."
Despite recent housing shortages, which temporarily
forced some students to live in residence hall lounges in
September, Director of Housing William Zeller said the
reduction in the amount of converted triples will improve the
quality of student life.
"It's a balancing act with the desire to reduce the number of
overflow triples and to reduce the density (of students) as well,"
Zeller said. "The quality of life ... will improve by this reduc-
By Gerard Cohen-Vrignaud
Daily Staff Reporter
After a four-year absence from the
University, Lambda Chi Alpha, the
nation's third largest fraternity, is
restarting their local chapter and
hoping new members will meet stan-
dards previous brothers failed to ful-
The Greek community is welcoming
Lambda Chi Alpha's decision to return
"We are completely supportive of
Lambda Chi Alpha's efforts," said
Tnterfraternitv (Council advis~er John
The Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity, owners of the house PI Kappa Alpha currently
occupies, will return to campus and plans to reclaim its house.
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