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LoCAL/STATE Te Micnigan uaily -Tuesday, ebruary 24, 198 -
Washington faces end of affinnative action


Nine computers
stolen from
Media Union
A University employee contacted the
Department of Public Safety last week to
report that an unknown individual tam-
pered with nine computers at the Media
Union, according to DPS reports. The
internal contents were removed from six
of the computers.
The stolen components include
memory chips, hard disks, video cards,
processor chips, mice, ethernet cards
and scsi cards. After removing the
components, the thief put the covers
ack on the computers.
The approximate value of the stolen
components is S10,920. No suspects
have been apprehended.
MSU student
allegedly fondles
U' student
A DPS officer reported Saturday
ight that he was at South Quad
Residence Hall with a possible sexual
assatult victim, DPS reports state.
The victim, a female student at the
University. said her buttocks were fon-
died while attending a dance at South
The alleged assailant was a 19-year-
old Michigan State University student.
He was cited for possessing alcohol as
a minor and was placed under arrest for
Ssorderly conduct. DPS wvill seek
prosecution for fourth degree criminal
sexual conduct.
Student puts fist
through window
A male student put his fist through a
South Quad hallway window Friday
night, DPS reports state.
Ann Arbor Fire Department offi-
cers reporting to the scene said the
student who broke the window was
intoxicated. AAFD workers bandaged
the -students's hand and the student
was transported by ambulance to
University Hospitals.
Car stolen from
Medical Center
An individual called the Ann Arbor
olice Department on Friday afternoon
:f request assistance finding his 1985
Alkswagon Jetta in the M-22 carport
at the Medical Center, DPS reports
AAPD could not locate the viehi-
cle in the parking area, but found
the door handle from the brown
Jetta. Officers then called and con-
.firmed that the vehicle was not
*npounded. ,
Golf clubs and other property were
in the car when it was stolen.
People brawl on
East University
A witness called DPS early Saturday
morning to report that 15 people were
"fghting in front of East Quad Residence
all. The caller said she saw no weapons,
id the brawl appeared to be a fist fight.
An East Quad security unit confirmed
there were 15 people outside, but said
ey were dispersing. One individual
ived a head injury in the fight. but no
pects were apprehended.
Xeg found near

residence hall
Two underage students were found
exiting a parked vehicle near Couzens
Residence Hall with a keg of beer,
according to DPS reports. The officer
approached the students and found that
neither had any outstanding warrants.
The students were cited for possessing
alcohol as minors and the keg was
- Compiled by Daily Staff'Reporter
Jason Stoile:

By Peter RomerFriedman
Dily StaffrReporter
During the past two years. opponents of affirma-
tive action have worked to outlaw the use of race as
a factor in admissions. contracting and hiring
processes in California and Texas. Going along with
this trend, Washington state Rep. Scott Smith cur-
rently is working to place an initiative on the.ballot
in the state of Washington that would eliminate the
use of racial preferences.
Washington's initiative 200 is similar to
California's Proposition 209, which banned affirma-
tive action in 1996 and resulted in a decrease in
minority acceptances to state universities.
Washington citizens most likely will have the chance
to vote on Initiative 200 in the November elections.
While advocates of Initiative 200 say it would end
discrimination, officials at the University of
Washington said they hope that the initiative will
fail, claiming Initiative 200 would decrease minority
representation in higher education.
"People in America want to get rid of preferences

and discrimination'' said Smith, who has collected
the most signatures for an initiative in the state's his-
tory. "Everyone wants to be treated the same one
people, one nation."
bast March, the Center for Individual Rights filed
a reverse discrimination lawsuit against the
University of Washington's Law School, challenging
the use of race as a factor in the school's admissions
policies. CIR, which filed two similar lawsuits
against the University this past fall, eliminated racial
classifications in Texas by winning in the ease of'
Hopvwood c the ( niver;irvof Tevas Law School.
Bob Edie, University of Washington's vice presi-
dent for university relations, said that in addition to
the threat the lawsuit poses, Initiative 200 may be
detrimental to the school's goal of maintaining a
diverse student body.
"We're deeply concerned about it," Edie said.
"We have a very good affirmative action program
and we're worried about what it would do to our
diversity on campus."
If voted into law by a majority of Washington vot-

ers, Initiative 200 "prohibits government from dis-
criminating against or oranting preferential treat-
mient to indiv iduals or groups based on race, sex,
color, ethnicity or national origin in public employ-
ment, public education or public contracting.
Smith. who has failed to pass the initiative
through the state legislature as a bill three times, said
the initiative will undoubtedly pass with the voters.
Smith cited a recent poll that indicated that 69 per-
cent of the population favors Initiative 200 while
only 16 percent oppose it.
"1 don't have any question that it will pass." Smith
said. "in California, the most diverse state in the
nation, they passed it by 54 percent. There's not
doubt that it will pass in Washington.-
L uluana Treadwell, assistant dean of the
University of California's Bolt Hall Law School,
said Proposition 209 has already diminished the
minority population at Bolt Hall and Initiative 200
could do the same in Washington.
"It's been very traumatic for us," Treadwell said.
"The current second-year class has 20 African

Americans and the freshman class has one. The uor
versity is not happy with a decline in minority enroli-
ment. We regret the loss ot it and are seeking alte:c
native methods"
In the Michigan state Lcgislature, Sen. David Jay
(R-Macomb), who helped spearhead the lawsuit fikcd
against the University College of Literature, Scien e
and the Arts last October, has raised the question of
ending preferences with legislation. Rep. Liz Bratet
(D-Ann Arbor) said she and many other legislato'
will defend affirmative action programs.
"I think it's easy to grandstand on these issues:'
Brater said. An initiative "is not the best arena to di.:-
cuss the issues. I know there have been proposa
discussed. I really hope we, as policy maker;.
encourage our universities to further racial and
socioeconomic diversity so everyone catl succeed."
Myron Apilado, vice president for minority affaies
at the University of Washington, said many peopce
do not understand the ramifications of these types of
initiatives, but the effects will be omnipresent in tK

Bollinger speaks
on inadequate'
budget proposal

By William Nash
Daily Staff Reporter
University President Lee Bollinger
discussed the reasons and possible rani-
fications of Gov. John Engler's "inade-
quate" budget proposal before the facul-
ty's advising committee yesterday.
Enger proposed the 1.5-percent
increase it an address to state legislators
and University officials Feb. 12.
Bollinger said the recommendation
would not nearly cover the University's
rising expenses.
"They are eroding a great University
by passing small increases year after
year," Bollinger said to the Senate
Advisory Committee on Un iversity
One of the factors Engler used to pro-
pose the budget is the Consumer Price
Index, which measures the inflation rate
throughout the past year.
Bollinger explained that the CP1 has
never before been tied to the amount of
money the University needs.
Engler's reasons for recommending a
decrease in higher education funding are
because state funds are being allocate
elsewhere, Bollinger said.
"Ve have major needs.' Bollinger
said. "The proposal creates a dilemma.
with the economy booming and more

attention being paid on intelectual work.
Why isn't (there a greater investment?"
Tax cuts and the building of five new
prisons across the state have prompted
Engler to spread the higher education
budget thirily, Bollinger said.
The effects on the University may not
be apparenti right away, but over a long
period of time, a change will be notice-
able, Bollinger said.
If passed the proposal would cause the
University to tighten its fiscal belt or
raise tuition.
"TO make iup for the inadequate pro-
posal, we w uld hypothetically have to
increase tuftion by 5.6 percent,"
Bollinger sait
The possibility of raising tuition by 5.6
percent elicited negative reaction from
faculty members.
That kind of increase would be incred-
ibly difficult for students to handle, said
Physiology Prof. and SACUA chair
Louis D'Alecv,
To combat that magnitude ofta tuition
increase, the only alternative would be to
cut department funding.
"There is no way to predict how the
moiney would bd allocated:' said Barbara
MacAdam. head of educational and
informational services. "But there would
be a poor impact overall,"

Engineering student Juan Riveros won an international contest for Latino/a students sponsored by the Eurobanco
Commercial Bank in Venezuela.
Student wins fak C12 in
international stock contest

Gargoyle Magazine
gleaves 89-year home

By Katie Plona and
Peter Romer-Friedman
Daily StaffRe'porters
The Gargoyle Magazine, a student-
run humor publication, may no longer
continue publication after N9 years at
the University.
Gargoyle staff members decided to
leave the Board for Student
Publications after they and board mem-
bers could not reach an agreement
about the magazine's fiscal direction at
a board meeting last night.
"Unless we can find alternative
sources of funding ... Gargoyle maga-
zine will be on WOLV Television," said
LSA senior Dan Pipski, Gargoyle act-
ingz business manager and captain of'the
senior staff.
The Gargoyle is funded almost
entirely by the board, which also over-
sees publication of The Michigan Daily
and the Michiganensian yearbook.
Board members said the Gargoyle's
departure from the Student Publications
Building was not provoked by changes
by the board but by a proposal by the
Gargoyle. The board rejected this pro-
posal, saying it would have forced the
board to breach its bylaws.

The board kept its policy consistent
and the Gargoyle chose to depart, said
board chair Joan Lowenstein .
"As a board, we have certain fiscal
responsibilities of how money is spent
for the publication," Lowenstein said.
LSA junior Tom Dillon, the
Gargoyle's junior business manager,
said the dispute between Gargolyle staff
members and board members does not
stem from a funding issue. Rather, the
magazine's staff members do not want
publication to be contingent on the sale
ofadvertisements. They do not want the
magazine to be more of a commercial
enterprise than an educational experi-
ence, Dillon said.
Gargoyle Editor-in-Chief Tony Zarat
said staff members plan to funnel most
of their efforts into a television show on
WOLV-TV, and they also plan to seek
alternative sources of funding to pub-
lish another Gargoyle magazine.
"As far as next year, it's up in the air,"
said Zarat, an LSA junior.
Lowenstein said that although the
magazine might find a way to publish
without 'funding from the board, the
rights to the name of the publications
will stay with the board.

By Diba Rab
Daily Stall Rporer
Magically turning S250,000
into S12 million made Jluan
Riveros the winer of the interna-
tional stock competition for
Latino/a college students spon-
sored by Eurobanco Commercial
Bank in Venezuala.
The contest did not involve real
money - all hypothetical invest-
ments were entered into a com-
puter database and no profits
actually were made.
Not only did he devise a way to
make the most money, but he
made Si 1.5 million more thian the
Riveros, a student in the finan-
cial engineering master's program
and a Ph.D. candidate in econom-
ics at the University. was one of
the 2,500 students of Latino/a
descent who participated in the
international competition.
"It was a trading competition
where you start with S250,000
and you have three nonths to
trade, buy and sell different
financial information and make a
profit,' Riveros said. "The person
who has the highest returns
Using a strategy developed with
the help of Engineering Prof.
Vadim Linetsky, managing direc-
tor of the department of industrial

and operations engineering,
Riveros increased his initial
endowment 50 times in three
The new master's program may
have helped in his winnings,
Riveros said, since he has learned
to apply much of what he has
learned to trading stock.
"I found this program appealing
because I can apply the technical
skills I learned in undergrad to
systems engineering," Riveros
said of the financial engineering
Engineering Prof. John Birge,
chair of the department of indus-
trial and operations engineering,
said the program helps students in
finance management.
"The program helps to prepare
people to work in the quantitative
analysis type of business ... in
general, risk management," Birge
The master's program is new to
the University. It began about a

"I found the program appealing
because I can apply the technical
skills I learned in undergrad ..."
- Juan Riveros
Engineering student

year ago and consists of about 20
students, Birge said.
"It's very interdisciplinary. It is
combined with engineering, math,
computer science, economics, sta-
tistics and finance in the business
school," Birge said.
After completing his studies at
the University, Riveros said he
plans to return to Venezuela.
"I'm considering an academic
position in Venezuela or a posi-
tion in investment banks," Riveros
said. "I'll probably work and
teach part-time."
Regarding the program, Vadim
emphasized the importance of
computing skills. He agreed with
Birge that the financial engineer-
ing program encompasses many
other programs.
"It overlaps with essentially any
department in Engineering,"
Vadim said.
For more information about the
program, visit its Website at

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