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March 27, 1998
41 students seek to enter lawsuit
ed against the University's Law
hool admissions policies
ly Staff Reporter
A group of more than 20 students, ranging in gender, race
ducational level, gathered yesterday on the steps of the
igan Union to defend the use of affirmative action by
nouricing plans to enter the second of two lawsuits filed
ainst the University.
A total of 41 students - who may be joined by more -
ng with three coalitions, filed a motion yesterday to inter-
ne in the lawsuit challenging the use of race in the Law
hool's admission practices.
The group asserts its involvement as defendants in the law-
it on the grounds that its members have a significant legal
erest in the case - one that cannot be fully represented by
felt that the attack on affirmative action would per-
nally affect me and make it hard for me to get into a
od university," said Detroit's Cass Technical High
hool senior Erika Dowdell, a member of the party
ping to intervene. "I have classmates that express their
ncerns (about affirmative action), but they're not so
ger to get involved because they're afraid to speak
The group's members hope to combine the legal debate
rrounding affirmative action with efforts to build a student
>vement defending the social policy at the University and
her college campuses.
"Because the right wing is attacking affirmative action
ough the law, we have to defend it through the law, but
se legal defenses are only guaranteed to win if there is
militant civil rights movement providing the proper
ntext for the formal debates," said Detroit attorney
iranda Massie, who is leading the group's legal action.
e see the two as absolutely indispensable to each
As part of this effort, members of the group - many
whom are members of the Coalition to Defend
mative Action by Any Means Necessary on campus
are planning for a second National Day of Action this
The composition of the group is unlike the coalition of
nority students from Detroit-area high schools that is
rrently seeking to intervene in a similar lawsuit filed
ainst the College of Literature, Science and the Arts this
In addition to high school students, the second group is
mprised of University undergraduate students as well as
dergraduate students from California and Texas and
See LAWSUIT, Page 7
By Katie Plona
Daily Staff Reporter
Several days ago, University staff members embed-
ded "NCAA" into the ice at Yost Ice Arena, prepped the
press box for the additional media that will be on hand
for the NCAA West Regional and assembled temporary
lockerrooms to accommodate every team competing in
the tournament, which begins today.
But preparation for the tournament did not just begin
this past week. It started nearly two years ago, when
Michigan hockey coach Red Berenson pitched the idea to
Athletic Department administrators.
"The purpose of it was just to have Michigan recog-
nized as one of the premier programs that can host a
regional - an NCAA regional - and show off our
program and our rink and our school to all of the
hockey fans that are going to come from all over,"
Soon after the Michigan hockey team captured the
national title in 1996, Athletic Department officials made
a bid to the NCAA Hockey Committee to host the tour-
nament, said Associate Athletic Director Jeff Long.
Long said that on July 26, 1996, the University received
word that the 1998 West Regional would be held in Ann
Arbor for the first time in Michigan hockey history.
"I think that (the tournament) benefits from the excite-
ment and enthusiasm generated on a college campus,"
Long said. "You don't have the same atmosphere at larg-
er arenas. The spectators are farther from the ice."
Long added that by hosting the regional, the University
will have the opportunity to showcase and honor a suc-
cessful Michigan hockey program.
See PLANNING, Page 7
Lynn Haberkorn, a freelance photographer from Detroit, sets up a camera for the NCAA West Regional this weekend at
Yost ice Arena.
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By Fred Link
Daily Sports Writer
One cliche reigned supreme at the
NCAA Hockey West Regional coach-
es' press conference yesterday:
Experience, or lack thereof, will play a
major role in which teams move on to
the final four inlBoston.
While appearing in the NCAA tour-
nament has become an annual event
for teams like Michigan, Michigan
State and North Dakota, the other
three teams in the West Regional have
considerably less experience.
Yale is making its first appearance
in the NCAA tournament in 46 years.
Princeton and Ohio State have never
appeared in the tournament.
And when the four teams take the
ice this weekend, experience could be
a big factor. ":
Tonight's 8:30 game between
third-seeded Michigan and No. 6
seed Princeton will feature a
matchup between a perennial power
and one of the most improbable
teams in the tournament - the
While the Wolverines (30-11-1)
have been one of the top teams in the
country all season, the Tigers (18-10-
7) have remained consistently average,
but made it into the field of 12 by win-
ning the ECAC tournament champi-
onship last week.
"What our guys did last week was
very inspirational," Princeton coach
Don Cahoon said. "We played six
See HOCKEY, Page 7
After 'Many months
of preparation, the
big day is finally
here - and the
Daily is providing
full coverage of
the NCAA West
section - Road to
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the arena and
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For the Daily
Hoping that history will never be for-
gotten or repeated, University students
began a 24-hour reading of the names
of Holocaust victims on the Diag yes-
Small groups from sororities, fra-
ternities, the LSA Student
Government and other organizations
participated in the all-day and all-
The separate groups planned to
read names for one-hour shifts
through the night and early morning
using the warmth of gas heaters to
help them through the cooler hours.
The reading began at noon.yesterday
and is scheduled to end at noon today.
Many of the students involved said
they want to remember the past by
actively participating in memorial
"It's very important to me," said
LSA sophomore Beth Shyken, a
member of the planning committee.
"I saw the atrocities ind what's left
when I visited some of the concentra-
tion camps ... I wouldn't want it to
LSA junior Andrew Shenkman said
he hopes that paying tribute to the vic-
tims of the Holocaust will benefit
"If one is in touch with what it
SA sophomore Kevin Olson feeds a candy bar to a squirrel outside the Chemistry Building yesterday afternon. The
quirrel ate more than half the candy bar before Olson left for class, and he left the rest for the furry creatur. The
squirrel then ran off, carrying the remainder of the confectionary concoction in its mouth.
)avis speaks on blues legacy
ily Staff Reporter
Slitical activist Angela Davis was welcomed with a stand-
g ovation last night as she addressed an impassioned and
verse crowd about the legacy of blues music and the rela-
nship between blues and feminism.
Davis spoke about the inspirations behind her new book,
ilues Legacies and Black Feminism," which interprets the
.nninas and feminist sionificance behind the works of three
because it centers on sexuality, the genre was a source of
empowerment and freedom for the female blues singers.
Davis said that after reading WE.B. DuBois' work, "it
occurred to me that maybe sex was a realm in which people
who had been enslaved for centuries had palpable evidence of
their freedom ... The openness in which sexuality was
expressed in the blues is about that freedom."
Davis, a professor in the History of Consciousness
Denartment at the University of California at Santa Cruz, is
LSA senior Adam Schllfke reads the names of victims killed during the Holocaust.
This annual vigil will end on the Diag at noon today.
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