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Plaintiffs in Hopwood case to appeal


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Daily Texan
TEXAS - Plaintiffs in the affirmative action
,suit that ended the use of race as a factor in admis-
sions and financial aid at Texas said Sunday they
will appeal a $1 settlement issued by a federal
judge last week.
A U.S. district judge ruled Friday that each of
the four plaintiffs in the March 1996 Hopwood v.
Texas case would receive $1, not nearly the $5
million they demanded in their lawsuit against
the UT System for its affirmative action poli-
After being rejected for admission by the UT
School of Law in 1992, the four white plaintiffs
successfully challenged Texas's use of race as a
factor in the school's admissions procedures.
The Fifth U.S. Circuit Court ruling in the Hopwood
case -named after plaintiff Cheryl Hopwood - led
Texas Attorney General Dan Morales to force the end
of affirmative action practices in Texas public colleges
and universities.

While the damage requests of the plaintiffs were
denied, U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks did award
them about $776,000 in attorneys' fees and court
But Steven Smith, the Austin attorney representing
plaintiffs Kenneth Elliott and David Rogers, called
the ruling unfair.
"Our generic response is the plaintiffs are
being discriminated in the ruling for a second
time," said Smith, who filed the lawsuit. "For the
second time, the court found they were intention-
ally discriminated against on the basis of race,
and yet they were not provided any meaningful
"In the end, the determination of who deserves an
offer of admission and who does not is left in the less-
than-capable hands of people outside the academic
arena - judges," he wrote.
"The court finds the law school has proved by a
preponderance of the evidence that none of the

plaintiffs would have been admitted to the law
school under a constitutional admissions system,"
Sparks continued.
Rogers, one of the plaintiffs in the case, said
Sunday he had mixed feelings about the settle-
ment decision.
"I'm glad that the University of Texas had to
pay some compensation for racially discriminat-
ing against people," Rogers said. "However, I'm
disappointed that I won't have the chance to go to
the University based on the color of my skin."
Smith said his clients would probably appeal
"We waited a year for the ruling. We really
don't have time to burn," Smith said. Rogers
added that he was "outraged, but not surprised"
by the decision.
UT System officials haven't decided how to pay the
money, UT System General Counsel Ray Farabee said

Court sidesteps late-term abortion issu
WASHINGTON - Confronted with its first opportunity to take up the contr
versial issue of late-term abortions, the Supreme Court yesterday chose instead
sidestep the subject, prompting an angry dissent from three conservative justice
The action leaves states without guidance as they try to outlaw certain medical pri
cedures, including what critics call "partial-birth abortion."
Abortion rights groups immediately hailed the high court action in an
case as a victory and warned that it should discourage states from trying"
restrict a woman's right to end a pregnancy. But the court's order yesterday se
no national precedent and its failure to clarify standards for abortion regulatic
likely means that the politicking in the nation's statehouses and in Congress wi
not ebb.
By declining to take the case, the high court ensured that Ohio cannot enfor<
its 1995 ban on almost all late-term abortions and on a procedure sometimescoi
sidered a "partial-birth" abortion. The justices' action leaves in place a lower cou
ruling that struck down the ban as unconstitutional. With more than 20 stat
already outlawing "partial-birth" abortions and Congress continuing to push.i
proposed ban - twice vetoed by President Clinton - legislators around the c q
try had hoped the high court would provide some direction as to whether such bai
are permissible.


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Michigan, but I also understand peo-
ples' frustrations," said Lisa Baker,
associate vice president for
University relations. "I have an enor-
mous amount of sympathy for appli-
cants and their families."
Manu Raju, a senior at Hinsdale
South High School in Darien, Ill., said
he was surprised that his high school
credentials did not initially land him a
spot in next year's incoming class.
"I think that the University might be
looking for too much from out-of-state
students," said Raju, adding that he
thinks he will get accepted from the
waitlist. "I feel that it was unfair and
that I should have gotten in."
Raju said he thinks his credentials
-a 5.0 GPA on a 5.0 scale, an 1180
on the SAT, a three-sport athlete and
president of the largest youth group in

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Illinois - demonstrate that he is a
well-rounded student.
This year's first-year class was larger
than excepted because of the large num-
ber of students who accepted admission
and enrolled in the fall. The excess total
produced a housing squeeze early in the
school year, which is what University
officials hope to avoid by making the
incoming class smaller this year.
"Because we do not want to exceed
our enrollment targets and replicate last
year's crowding problems, we are act-
ing conservatively until we see whether
this high rate of yield will be sustained,"
Cantor said in the memo.
Cantor said most students on the
admissions waitlist will be updated on
their status within the coming two
months, but some students will be noti-
fied until as late as the summer.
"The admissions process in certainly
not complete and won't be for some
time," Baker said.
The web address was
incorrectly listed in the
M Pathways ad that ran
in the March 19 edition
of The Michigan Daily.
The address should have
The Michigan Daily
would like to apologize
for any inconvenience
this caused M Pathways.

Court says scouts can
ban gays, atheists
Scouts are not a business covered by
California's anti-discrimination laws
and can exclude homosexuals and boys
who don't believe in God, the state
Supreme Court ruled unanimously yes-
One ruling could allow the Scouts
to expel twin brothers. They were
barred by a Cub Scout den because
they refused to profess a belief in
God, were admitted by court order
and recently qualified to become
Eagle Scouts. A second ruling
upheld the Scouts' rejection of an
Eagle Scout's application to become
a Scout leader after he disclosed his
homosexuality in a newspaper inter-
The opinion by Chief Justice
Ronald George stressed that court was
not judging the wisdom of the Scouts'
policies, and carefully avoided the
question of whether the Scouts, if cov-
ered by civil rights laws, would have

the constitutional right to exclude gay
and atheists.
"This is the sort of victory that ti
Boy Scouts should be ashamed of
said Timothy Curran, whose applicf
tion to be an assistant scoutmaster
Contra Costa County in 1981 was
subject of one ruling.
People finding wor
after losing welfare
WASHINGTON - The first sc
entific look at welfare time limits,
controversial new policy that cu
off benefits for people after a
number of years, found that
recipients in the study were workin
six months after they lost the
assistance. But the study release
yesterday also found that the polic
did not prompt families to leave th
rolls any sooner than if they weren
facing a time limit.
The federal law established
five-year limit on benefits, but'
allowed states to set shorter limid



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Huge crowd greets
Clinton in Africa
ACCRA, Ghana - The crowd
began gathering at 5 a.m., when the
object of its curiosity was still far over
the Atlantic. By the time President
Clinton stepped to the podium six
hours later, the mass had grown into
what was being called the largest audi-
ence ever assembled to see him.
On the first stop of a six-nation, l I-
day African tour, Clinton came to the
capital of the first sub-Saharan nation to
win independence and predicted that a
region long marked by disease, dissen-
sion and dependency.is poised for "the
beginning of a new African renaissance."
Ghanaians applauded politely at
Clinton's words, at least those who heard
them from loudspeakers that blared in a
tinny echo across Independence Square.
But most of the crowd - a boisterous
throng that the Ghanaian government
claimed was over a half-million strong
- seemed less interested in hearing
Clinton than simply seeing him. Over
and over, people craning their necks
toward the stage said they considered it

nearly beyond belief that a U.S. presie
was on their soil.
The welcome was uncritical bu
hardly unblemished. As the tem
ture rose into the high 90s, people w
had been standing for hours with n
water began to fall to the ground b
Abanians to return
to Serb schools
PRISTINA, Yugoslavia
Sparking a wave of protests, Se
and ethnic Albanian delegates in th
tense Kosovo province agreed yester
day to return Albanian students to th
schools they have been unable 'o
unwilling to attend for years.
The agreement was seen as an
important first step in restoring
Albanian rights and a rare positiye
gesture amid a deadly police crack-
down on Albanian separatists. But
numerous education issues were I ft
unresolved, and resistance from Se
was instantaneous.
- Compiled from Daily wire reports.

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