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January 28, 1999

Fight against preferences intensifies

Two activists may combine efforts

CIR targets college papers

By Kelly O'Connor
Daily Staff Reporter
We fight to the end the use of race as a fac-
tor in admissions to Michigan universities and
colleges could gain speed as two outspoken
anti-affirmative action leaders consider joining
forces in an attempt to bring the issue to voters
in November 2000.
Ward Connerly, a former regent for the
University of California system, said he is very
interested in seeing a proposal on the Michigan
ballot that would prohibit universities from
c oosing prospective students based on,
ng other things, race. Connerly was the
main proponent of California's Proposition

209, which ended the use of racial preferences
in the state of California.
"I will support an initiative if raised by the
people who live" in Michigan, Connerly said.
"There are people in Michigan who want to
take the lead role."
State Sen. David Jaye (R-Macomb) said he
has not talked with Connerly about teaming up
since the two spoke about it last year, but they
will talk today to discuss the possibility of a joint
effort to push the ballot proposal. "I've asked
him to consider a Michigan initiative' Jaye said.
Jaye, who played a key role in putting togeth-
er the two lawsuits against the University con-
cerning the use of race as a factor in the admis-

sions process, has been a
consistent opponent of
affirmative action since he
joined the state
Legislature. The suits
against the College of
Literature Science and Jaye
Arts and the Law School
were filed by the Center for Individual Rights.
Jaye, a University alumnus, said it is just a
matter of time before the state of Michigan does
away with using race as criteria for such process-
es as hiring people for jobs and admitting stu-
dents to universities.
. See CONNERLY, Page 5A

By Nika Schulte
Daily Staff Reporter
The Center for Individual Rights, in a new
strategy to disseminate their ideas to college
students, are taking their message to print, run-
ning advertisements in college newspapers
across the nation.
But while CIR has channeled a message against
affirmative action through several college newspa-
pers, CIR representatives said the firm will not be
approaching the University.
CIR, which represents the plaintiffs in the two
lawsuits against the University's College of
Literature Science and Arts and Law School
admissions policies, used ads titled "Guilty by

Admission" to promote a handbook containing
methods students can initiate to reform "unlawful"
admission policies.
"The point of the handbook is to avoid litiga-
tion," said Terry Pell, senior legal counsel at CIR.
"It's too late for Michigan," he said.
Announced at a news conference Tuesday, the
campaign "is a response to prevail higher educa-
tion's current wait-and-see attitude regarding affir-
mative action," Pell said.
Pell said many universities "are waiting for a
Supreme Court decision before doing anything to
change their admission policies.
"The law is very clear. It is in everybody's inter-
See ADS, Page 9A

Job fair
By Mahvish Khan
For the Daily
Almost 1,000 University students
ought summer employment at yester-
day's 25th annual Multicultural
Internship and Summer Job Fair at the
Michigan Union.
From advertising and computer
programming corporations to engi-
neering firms and the FBI, students
had 86 booths from which to choose.
Coordinated by Career Planning
and Placement, the event is one of
many organized by CP&P to assist
students in finding employment.
0 "This is a great way for students and
employers to connect on campus, for
internship opportunities or full-time
positions," said Career Events
Manager Sally Schueneman.
Most students said they sought
employment opportunities related to
their future career plans to give them
first-hand experience in their intended
field of work.
"Right now, my summer jobs have
onsisted of weeding flower gardens
... I think I want something a little
closer to my future job," LSA sopho-
more Brandon Root said.
"I'm looking for an internship
before I go into a graduate program ...
specifically, I need some hands-on job
experience in the field of space
propulsion," Engineering junior Murat
Celik said. "I was surprised to see so
many engineering corporations - I
didn't expect such a broad variety
Some students who attended the
fair said they were glad CP&P pro-
vides these career planning services.
"I was really glad they had this
job fair," LSA junior Bob Herrera

Senate will
not end trial

® Bid to call witnesses
in trial approved; trial
may end in mid-February
Los Angeles Times
Republicans rejected a bid to dismiss
President Clinton's impeachment trial
yesterday, rammed through their own
plan to question three witnesses in the
case and then immediately plunged into
talks with Democrats on a
plan that could end the trial
by mid-February.
Although the dismissal
motion lost, 56-44, the vote
was noteworthy for
Democrats - and Clinton
- because it showed what
until now has only been '
surmised: The two-thirds
majority needed to convict
the president of "high
crimes and misdemeanors" simply is
not there, barring some major unfore-
seen development.,
"The president will not be removed
from office," Senate Minority Leader
Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) declared
moments after the votes. "For the good
of the country, and in keeping with the
Constitution, it is now time to end this
trial. It is now time to move on."
But Senate Majority Leader Trent
Lott (R-Miss.) ignored such talk and
focused instead on the logistics of
deposing the witnesses, all proposed by
House Republican prosecutors. "I feel
good about where we are, and we'll go
forward," Lott said.
The questioning of the witnesses -
Monica Lewinsky, whose affair with
Clinton sparked the impeachment case,
presidential confidant Vernon Jordan and'
White House aide Sidney Blumenthal -
could occur as soon as this weekend.
As of last night, however, Lott and
Daschle were unable to agree on a blue-
print governing the logistics of the
depositions, as well as the remainder of
the trial.
Before leaving the Capitol, Lott said
both sides hoped to unveil an agree-
ment today that will win the blessings
of Republicans and Democrats.
The vote approving witnesses mir-

rored the vote rejecting dismissal -56-
44. The witness issue had loomed as the
most contentious procedural issue since
the Senate trial began earlier this month.
Except for a lone Democrat who
twice sided with the GOP majority -
Russell Feingold of Wisconsin - the
back-to-back votes yesterday broke
along party lines.
"Calling witnesses will not serve any
good purpose, but will, instead, only
intensify the spread of the cancer of the
bitter political partisanship
on the Senate floor and
throughout the nation," said
4dt Sen. Robert Byrd (D-WVa.)
author of the defeated
motion to dismiss the trial.
With the approval of the
witness list, the immediate
ifs challenge facing Lott and
Daschle was to agree on the
array of details surrounding
the depositions - such as
what parties may attend, how much time
each witness is to be deposed and
whether the sessions will be videotaped.
Some Democrats expressed the hope
that the three witnesses will add noth-
ing new to the record - and thus the
White House would forego calling its
own witnesses.
In such a case, Sen. Edward Kennedy
(D-Mass.) said, the trial could then go
right to final arguments and then votes
on the two articles of impeachment.
Republicans had offered a plan that
they said could end the proceeding
within 10 days - if the president's
lawyers do not call witnesses.
The GOP plan also contained a pro-
posal to allow the Senate to adopt a
"finding of fact," putting the chamber
on record as stating that the allegations
against Clinton are true - but not
require members to formally convict
him, which would automatically lead to
removal from office. But Democrats
are vehemently opposed to that sugges-
Another snag surfaced when some
Republican senators expressed opposi-
tion to a plan to set a time for the trial to
end --because they fear that might fore-
close the opportunity to call live witness-
es, as sought by the House prosecutors,
See IMPEACH, Page 5A

Engineering senior Arthur Hutchinson looks over some information given to him by Jodi Bennett, a recruiter for Anderson
Consulting, at a job fair in the Michigan Union yesterday afternoon.

said. "It gave me a chance to get my
resumes out, and I got to talk to dif-
ferent employers, who were all very
informative," he said.
Employers also said they were glad
to be interacting with potential
employees and were pleased with
what they saw.
"This is the best group we have ever
had," said Central Intelligence Agency

representative Mike Lechlitner.
"These students are fabulous. They
are extremely well prepared, intelli-
gent, and very personable."
Although it is considered a very
successful event with a consistently
high turnout, CP&P representatives
said the job fair is only one of many
events organized to help students in
their career planning.

"Our mission is to serve all stu-
dents in all class levels," said Kerin
Borland, senior associate director of
CP&P. "Besides a host of different
job opportunities - such as job
fairs - we also critique resumes and
cover letters, offer counseling
appointments and help students
relate their 'major to a potential


Friends, fy
share memories
of LSA students

Engler to focus on
education, tax cuts

arta Brit
Staff Reporter
Under a clear evening sky, about
150 friends and family of Sarah
Metzger and Celia Zwerdling
walked through the Diag in a pro-
cession to celebrate the lives of the
two LSA first-year students. The
silence of the procession was occa-
sionally broken by a whispered
memory between friends.
*Celia was the coxswain for the
crew team. Since she died we have
not been at rest. It's hard to describe
how it touched the team," LSA first-
year student Decker Ringo said.
Participants in the vigil stopped
often along the way to the Michigan
Le oe hallroom to re-light the can-

Johnson said.
"It's not easy for those of us still
facing it to let the world go back to
normal. I don't think, because of the
shock, that the service was as heal-
ing as tonight might be," Johnson
Johnson-is also a coxswain of the
crew team.
The two students were killed in a
car accident near Traverse City Jan.
18 while returning home from a ski
trip at Crystal Mountain.
They were passengers in a Jeep
driven by LSA first-year Kelson
Smith, who hit an icy stretch of road
in adverse winter weather. Smith
lost control of the car before collid-
ina with an oncoming vehicle.

By Nick Bunkley
Daily Staff Reporter
As one of the first items of business
in his third term as Michigan's governor,
John Engler will present his ninth State
of the State address to legislators in
Lansing tonight.
In his address,
Engler will tackle
topics including'
education and tax
cuts, spokesperson
John Truscott said.
"Education is
our key priority
issue, as it has been
in every speech,"

Michigan's colleges and universities.
"There will be a little mention of
higher education,"Truscott said. "We are
very proud of our higher education sys-
tem. It's one of the best in the country."'
Truscott added that Engler plans to
present a proposal that would allow the
mayor of a city to take control of the
city's public school system.
Pointed specifically at Detroit public
schools, the proposal would allow a
mayor to step in and appoint a five-
member board to run the schools,
Truscott said. After five years, a public
vote would determine whether the sys-
tem would remain in effect further.
"There's nobody out there that would


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