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February 25, 1998

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The University and CIR
respond to a coalition's
motion to intervene
By Peter Romer-Friedman
'aily Staff Reporter
oth the University and the Center
Individual Rights filed responses
yesterday to a coalition's motion to
intervene in the first of two lawsuits
challenging the University's admis-
sions policies.
The University did not oppose the
intervention, while CIR expressed its
apposition to the inclusion of the coali-
tion that is seeking to intervene on behalf
f 17 minority high school students.
CIR filed the lawsuit against the
llege of Literature, Science and the
Arts on Oct. 14 targeting its use of race
is a factor in the admissions process.
The coalition, called Citizens for
Affirmative Action's Preservation, said
it wishes to intervene because it believes
it has interests that cannot be sufficient-
ly represented by the University.
If Detroit Federal Judge Patrick
Duggan approves the intervention in
catz v. Bollinger, the coalition would
e rights equal to both parties.
"The defendants will vigorously
lefend this case," the University's
esponse stated. "The Proposed defen-
jant-intervenors have a substantial inter-
est in the subject matter of this litigation.
lhe defendants do not oppose their
notion to intervene in this case."
CAAP, comprised of 17 students,
arents, attorneys, the American Civil
Liberties Union, the NAACP Legal
ense and Educational Fund and the
exican American Legal Defense and
Educational Fund, has five days to
eply to the two responses, after which
Duggan will hand down his decision on
he intervention.
CIR Senior Legal Counsel Terry Pell
said the coalition has no "legally pro-
:ectable interest," and therefore,
Duggan should deny its motion to
itrvene. He said it would also corn-
ate the lawsuit and slow down the

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Hundreds rally for
affirmative action

By Rachel Edelman
and Susan T. Port
Daily Staff Reporters
Hundreds of students attempted to
capture the essence of the '60s and
'70s social movements as they
demonstrated support for affirmative
action at the University yesterday.
The National Day of Action, desig-
nated by the Rev. Jesse Jackson as a
day to support affirmative action
nationwide, was celebrated at the
University by a rally and march on the
Diag, two teach-ins and a sit-in at
Angell Hall. Event organizers also
encouraged students to skip classes for
the day.
The day hit close to home at the
University in light of two lawsuits
filed against the University last fall
that target its use of race in its admis-
sions policies.
"It's important for the students to
show the media and the nation that it's
not business as usual when affirma-
tive action is under attack," said Law
second-year student Kevin Pimentel.
After the morning teach-in,
Pimentel stood before 250 students

who gathered on the Diag to rally for
affirmative action. Pimentel described
affirmative action as "the last game of
the Civil Rights Movement that is still
Pimentel said that although his
classes at the Law School were not
cancelled, his professors accommo-
dated students by offering audio and
video tapes of missed lectures to stu-
dents who participated in the day's
"I think we have had a great showing
of the school," Pimentel said. "The peo-
ple are really listening to the speakers
here at the rally and at the teach-in."
University officials said no classes
were officially cancelled for the
events. But several professors and
graduate student instructors offered
alternatives for students who missed
classes yesterday.
History GSI Alice Ritscherle said
she encouraged her class to attend the
sit-in to learn more about how diversi-
ty affects the campus.
"I am going to let students make up
their own minds," Ritscherle said. "I
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Students respond to a speaker during a rally on the Diag (above) and listen to various speakers in Angell Hall during a
teach-in (right) yesterday. The rally and the teach-in were two of the events held on campus for the National Day of Action,


U.S. questions
new Iraq accord


[VWashington Post
General Kofi Annan predicted yesterday
that his agreement with Iraqi President
Saddam Hussein about future U.N.

weapons inspections will win unani-
mous support from the Security
Council. But after hearing a detailed
explanation from
Annan, U.S. offi-
said they still"
ave many unan-
swered questions
about whether the
accord provides an
effective means of
finding Iraq's pro-
hibited weaponsa
A senior U.S.A
fficial, who
lined to be identified, said the Clinton
nistration is especially concerned
about how much control the U.N. Special
Commission charged with eliminating
[raq's weapons of mass destruction will
retain over inspections of eight large
aomplexes that Iraq claims are essential
Lo its national security.
The agreement negotiated by Annan
in Baghdad this past weekend calls for
giving the authority to conduct inspec-
h s at the eight so-called presidential
Ss to a new special group composed of
LNSCOM personnel and senior diplo-
mats, probably chosen from the five per-
manent Security Council members. The
U.S. fears that this new entity might be
more susceptible than UNSCOM to out-

guiding its operations. He also said he
believes UNSCOM requires some kind
of political oversight and added that,
with this in mind, he intends to appoint
a special political representative to Iraq,
without spelling out the duties this offi-
cial would have.
In a private briefing to the Security
Council yesterday morning shortly
after returning here from Paris to a
hero's welcome from the United
Nations staff, Annan said that
UNSCOM's responsibility for inspec-
tions outside the eight disputed areas
would continue unchanged, according
to an official who was present. In the
accord, Iraq agreed to grant weapons
inspectors "immediate, unconditional,
and unrestricted access."
U.S. officials continued to describe
the pact in public in generally opti-
mistic, if cautious, terms. Annan's
descriptions of UNSCOM's revised
role, however, seem to fall short of past
U.S. insistence that UNSCOM must
have the central responsibility in any
future inspection activity, and one offi-
cial said that Annan thus far has not
defined UNSCOM's duties within the
new group more specifically.
Late yesterday, Annan telephoned
President Clinton to offer assurances that
the arrangements he will make for
inspections by the special group will meet
key U.S. goals, according to two senior
administration officials. These officials
said that Annan said he will appoint an
expert in weapons inspections as the head
of the group, and that the inspections it

MSA potentials
to file candidacy
anticipate races
By Kristin Wright
Daily Staff Reporter
While some students will be relaxing and enjoying the sun
during spring break, aspiring campus politicians will be
preparing their campaigns for the upcoming Michigan
Student Assembly elections.
Although the final deadline to file for candidacy in the
March 18th and 19th elections is not until Friday, prospective
candidates and other students are buzzing about party affili-
ations, campaign strategies and candidate platforms.
LSA Rep. Trent Thompson, co-chair of the Student Regent
Task Force, said his decision to run for MSA president was
not easy, but he is excited about his upcoming presidential
campaign. Thompson has not decided who will run on his
slate for the vice president seat.
"It took me a while to decide how I was going to run,"
Thompson said. "It was something that I didn't really think I
was going to do until last night."
Communications Chair Ryan Friedrichs, an LSA junior,
also announced his intention to run for the presidential seat
with LSA-SG Academic Affairs Committee Chair Albert
Garcia as a runningmate.
Friedrichs and Garcia are running as independents in the
Friedrichs and Garcia said that running as independents will
change students impression of MSA elections - that cam-
paigning through a party is the only way to join the assembly.
Thompson is running with the Students' party.
"We're making MSA a better place. I think there's a defi-
nite need for parties," Thompson said.
"I personally have nothing against the party system,"
Garcia said. "But I've noticed that parties create a division
within the assembly."
Garcia said their decision to run without a party stems
from a desire to eliminate the divisions within the assembly
caused by parties.
Garcia said that although parties have been beneficial for

LSA senior Brian Chisholm tries indoor tanning at Southern Exposure on South University Avenue
before heading to the beaches in Panama City for spring break.
Students prepare for Sun

By Lee Palmer
Daily Staff Reporter
With Michigan's lack of sun this time of
year, some students are resorting to local tan-
ning salons in order to combat their appearance
concerns and fear of burning in tropical cli-
mates during spring break.
Employees of Ann Arbor tanning salons said
their schedules are full as students rush to try to
get a base tan before they head south.
"We're booked for the whole week," said

round, but the recent crowd is preparing for
spring break.
"They, tan so they don't burn on the beach,"
Poszywak said. "But you also look better out
there with some skin color, so you don't look like
Barry Auster, a dermatologist and a clinical
instructor of Dermatology at Wayne State
University, said it is paradoxical for people to
think they can avoid the dangers of ultra violet
rays by frequenting a tanning salon before



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