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OGne hundred eight years of editorialfreedom

Friday
November 6, 1998

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V'enn State at Michigan
Who:"
No. 9 Penn State (7-1) at No. 22 Michigan (6-2)

What:
Penn State looks to exact revenge for last year.
Where:
Michigan Stadium

Group
Coalition works to achieve
minority student representation in
affirmative action lawsuit defense
By En Holmes
Daily Staff Reporter
In the latest advancement in the fight for minority
student representation in two lawsuits against the
University, a coalition of groups is confronting the 6th
Circuit Court of Appeals in an attempt to overturn an
earlier denial of its intervention.
The move is in correlation with the lawsuit attack-
ing the College of Literature, Science and the Arts' use

appeals
of race in its admissions policies.
This spring, the two lawsuits threatening the
University's admissions policies in the Law School
and LSA faced intervention attempts. The attempts
were shot down by District Judge Patrick Duggan in
an earlier ruling.
The appeal, filed Monday, focuses on allowing the
coalition to participate in the lawsuit as a full party in
the case. It may take 60 to 90 days for the coalition to
submit its formal brief.
Lead attorney for the coalition Godfried Dillard
said his client believes the recent appeal will be bene-
ficial because the 6th Circuit Court in Cincinnati is
one of the most favorable for cases of intervention.

ruling
The 6th Circuit Court "has a history of granting
intervention," said Dillard, adding that the coalition
intends to expedite the appeal and submit a request to
consolidate the LSA and Law School cases - which,
though not identical, are closely linked.
Dillard said the consolidation would get people
involved immediately in the lawsuits.
"We want to get a ruling as quickly as possible so
we can get into the game," Dillard said.
The coalition involves Citizens for Affirmative
Action's Preservation, the NAACP Legal Defense and
Education Fund, the American Civil Liberties Union
and the Mexican American Legal Defense and
See LAWSUIT, Page 7

When:
Tomorrow at 12:10 p.m.
Line:
Penn State by 3

Television:
ABC, channel 7

Nadel

Chem mayhem

suspended
after Code
hearing
#ErIn Holmes
Daily Staff Reporter
As the Code of Student Conduct
approaches its scheduled January
review, LSA sophomore Steve Nadel
said he was sentenced under its juris-
diction to an indefinite suspension.
"I wasn't expelled, I was just sus-
pended forever," said Nadel, adding
that the decision, which he called unof-
al, was made at "4 a.m., on very lit-
t e sleep."
The Code, a set of rules that governs
the conduct of the student body, defines
suspension as "separation from the
University for a specified period of time
or until certain conditions are met"
Assistant to the Vice President for
Student Affairs Sean McCabe said he
was not able to comment on Nadel's
case.
tnder a ruling handed down by
*ushtenaw County District Court
Judge John Collins, Nadel was sched-
uled to be tried on two counts of fourth
degree criminal sexual conduct.
The incident, which allegedly took-
place in a South Quad Residence Hall
room on Feb. 13, put Nadel in the
courtroom for a pre-trial on May 26.
His lawyer, Douglas Mulkoff; said an
See CODE, Page 2
J' may
up ticket
security
By Jennifer Yachnin
Wly Staff Reporter
-Jniversity students looking to buy
and sell student football tickets could
get sacked next season.
Members of the Board in Control of
Intercollegiate Athletics discussed the
possibility of increased ticket security
during their monthly meeting yester-
day.
"The best way to assure it is to ID
students at the time they come into the
rium," said Marty Bodnar, director
1 ticket operations.
Last spring, University officials
guaranteed season football tickets to all
students interested in purchasing them
following the split season tickets some
first-year students received during the
1997 season.
"One of the project we're working on
right now is to see what happens at
other schools," Athletic Director Tom
Goss said.
*The University made a "huge com-
mitment" in guaranteeing student sea-
son tickets, Goss said. He added that he
was discouraged to find students re-
selling tickets on the Internet and other
venues.
Bodnar said he will be surveying the
ticket offices of other universities of
similar size and venue to discuss the
measures taken to protect student tick-
s from being used by non-students.
oard members discussed options
including using student IDs to enter the
stadium, technology involving
microchips inside tickets and even a
ticketless system. Bodnar described the
ticket system used by the University in
the early 1980s.
"Student- ued tn nt their tickets in

MSA AMSA
back tobacco
divestment

By Paul Berg
Daily Staff Reporter
Concern about the University's invest-
ment in tobacco stocks is gaining interest
from student organizations, putting pres-
sure on a plan of divestment that began to
take shape more than a year ago.
Both the American Medical Student
Association campus chapter and the
Michigan Student Assembly are pursu-
ing actions that advocate taking tobac-
co stocks out of the University's invest-
ment portfolio.
"For medical students, this goes
beyond economics," second-year
Medical student and AMSA president
Josh Buckler said. "This is a socially
conscious argument. It is hypocritical
that we claim to be a non-smoking uni-
versity and make money from these
companies."
AMSAoffered support for the
Senate Assembly resolution to divest at
a recent meeting, and is in the process
of drafting a letter to University
President Lee Bollinger urging the
Regents to act on the issue.
Bollinger repeatedly has said he
wants a "sounding of the community"
before any action is taken.
The faculty's representative governing
body recommended tobacco divestment
to the University Board of Regents on
Oct. 27, 1997, following a Sept. 29
Senate Advisory Committee on
University Affairs report about the costs
and benefits of pursuing such a policy.
According to the report, the idea of
tobacco divestment follows precedents
both within the University and its con-
temporary institutions.
The University divested from com-
panies involved with South Africa dur-
ing apartheid in 1978.

Other universities across the country,
including Wayne State University and
Harvard University, already have
divested from tobacco stocks.
Alex Huppe, director of public affairs
at Harvard, said the university felt it
could not influence the tobacco industry
to discontinue deceptive marketing prac-
tices in developing countries.
"In September of 1989, Harvard
reached the decision to sell all of its hold-
ings in the stock of companies involved
in the manufacture of tobacco products,"
Huppe said "We were motivated by a
belief that we would be unable, as a
shareholder, to influence policies regard-
ing these marketing procedures."
Buckler said the University can set an
example by becoming the first major
public university to divest from tobacco
interests.
"We are a leader in social thinking
and involvement," Buckler said. "We
can encourage other schools to fight
tobacco.'
MSA has taken an interest in the
issue, and will vote on a proposal to
urge divestment next Tuesday.
MSA Rep. Sumeet Karnik, who
authored the resolution, said arguments
like those that swayed Harvard's deci-
sion to divest are compelling.
"In some parts of Asia and Europe,
tobacco companies are not providing
information on the consequences of
smoking," said Karnik, an LSA junior.
"To some degree, it's a person's right to
smoke, but we should not be a part of this.
I find the health statistics staggering."
SomeMSA representatives are skep-
tical. During this week's meeting, MSA
Business Rep. Andrew Serowik cited
the loss of potential influence divest-
See TOBACCO, Page 2

NATHAN RUFFER/Datty
LSA junior Suzanne Blum, co-president of the University's American Chemical Society Student Affiliates, presents a
combination of warm water, liquid soap and dry Ice to passers-by on the Diag yesterday as part of National Chemistry Week.

ASPA'
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Permit theft
common
practice
By Nikita Easley
Daily Staff Reporter
Ninety-four pieces of blue, yellow; green,
gold and orange paper have been stolen from
cars on campus this semester.
More than just ordinary pieces of paper,
University structure and lot parking permits are
a hot commodity that often get stolen from
vehicles on campus.
Regular faculty, staff and students pay big
bucks in order to park in University-owned
parking structures and lots. Faculty and staff
also are becoming victims of theft because of
these permits.
According to the Department of Public
Safety, 94 parking permits have been reported
stolen this semester. DPS Captain Jerry
Seames. said the lamest number of permits

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Renovations to
cost $0miiion
By Kelly O'Connor
Daily Staff Reporter
As winter's chill finds its way to Ann Arbor, many lucky students
will crank up their car heaters driving to classes and through down-
town. Cars are a luxury in a Michigan winter, but in Ann Arbor, find-
ing parking can be a true hassle.
The Downtown Development Authority - the branch of city govern-
ment that oversees, among other things, the upkeep of city parking struc-
tures - is trying to help. During the next 10 years, all seven city-owned
-parking structures will undergo some form of renovation.
DDA Assistant Director Susan Pallae said the ultimate goal is to
provide parking for all people who come to Ann Arbor.
"We all need parking and we're always looking for it. It's important
to understand that a lot of work goes toward making it available,"
Pallae said.
At least $30 million dollars is expected to be spent on the massive
renovation project, not including the cost of one structure's remodeling
that has not yet been determined.
Pallae stressed the money to finance the project will not come from
See STRUCTURES, Page 2

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New parking
Structure Improvements Cost
(PaUSIa list) ,
liberty~Square at~ ~~upgrading lights, i~a8M
Ann and Ashley repainting
Fourth and adding 50 new $9M
Washington parking spaces
Maynard St. improving lighting, $8M
layout
Fourth and William new coat of concrete $1.5.

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