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The Michigan Daily - Thursday, January 28, 1999 - 5A

'UM Greats' program

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By Michael Grass
Daily Staff Reporter
The University is well-known ft its famous gradu-
ates - including former U.S. Preident Gerald Ford,
,creenwriter Arthur Miller and act James Earl Jones.
Now, with a new program call UM Greats, many
9 ther accomplished alumni will'eceive official hon-
for their achievements atmonthly University
Board of Regents meetings.
The goal is to feature U of/I alumni in research,
scholarship and creative arts wo have had an impact
on our world," said Lee Katrman, coordinator of
earch communication for tl University.
The program is under a trl-period for one year,
atterman said.
University alumnus Claud Shannon, a pioneer in
formation-technology thecy, was featured as the
~ONNER LY Tad
f tiEed from Page 1A Tawd
"'It is not a question of ifit's a ques-
tion of when minority prefrences will
be banned from Michigan,'he said.
Law second year stdent Jodi
Masley, a member f Defend
Affirmative Action ByAll Means
Necessary, said a partnership
btween the two antiaffirmative
ion activists will jt people's
Wention.
"At the same time ther are two law-
suits aimed at dismantlig affirmative
;action at the University id ultimately'
in the state of Michiganit is definitely
aiprovocation," Masleysaid. "On the
other hand, I think it'ssomething we
Oan defeat.".
BAMN and other nro-affirmative
action groups will meenext Tuesday at
5 p.m. on the steps d the Michigan
ion to rally against efforts to curb
e use of affirmative ;ction.
y Groups rallying forthe continuation
of affirmative action annot deny basic
problems with the policy, Connerly
said.
"It's not right. It wrong and it's
unconstitutional," hesaid. "No amount
of protesting will evar change that real-
'nvrity."
University President Lee Bollinger
if a ballot propsal striking down
affirmative action is passed, it would
niot automatically afect the University
edmission process.
"It is my understanding that under A billbo8d i
the (Michigan) constitution, the promotin s
University is granted autonomy,"
Iollinger said. "In my judgment, that
means autonomy over the admission of
students.
"Any ballot initiative would have to i
nge or amend the constitution," he
But Jaye said there are alternatives to
going through the lengthy process of
getting an amendment passed that
would still allow a ban of race-based
admissions to be effective.
"There's more than one way to skin a
ct," Jaye said. "Although they have
constitutional autonomy, they have to
nstto the legislature for" their allot-
nt of the budget.
,aye said he has proposed legislation
in the past that would restrict Michigan
Universities from collecting up to 10 S
percent of their appropriation if they do STOP 6
nOt implement processes that are
color-blind."
Bollinger said if the ballot proposal
did pass, it would be a blow to the
;University community.
"It would be doubly unfortunate,"
he said. "It would reduce diversity
that would be a pity. It would also
4 opardize the University's autono-
nMy.
Bollinger, who has consistently and
vocally supported the University's
admission process when it has come
;uder fire from the lawsuits, said he is
confident of people's support for the
school.

"I feel strongly that there would be
an overwhelming support for the
4iversity," he said.
Connerly's politics are his own,
Bollinger said, but he will not stand by
and allow changes in the law that he
feels will harm the University.
"I strongly disagree with his views
About higher education, but he's
tntirely free to pursue this as he
wishes," Bollinger said. "I would do
everything I could to counter his
views."
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January UM Greats selection.
Vice President for Research Fawwa
on Shannon's accomplishments in the
mation technology.
"His mathematical model is the bas
mation technology used today, Ulaby s
The influence of Shannon's work, d
years, forms the foundation for modern t
tions, compact disc technology and the Ir
Katterman said the February UM Gr
been selected. Letters describing theI
sent to college deans and other faculty g
nominations for future selections.
UM Greats will feature alumni fromz
areas of study.
Katterman said that since January's sel
an alumnus in the math and sciences, Fe

recognizes acco
tion will most likely be an alumnus involved in the arts.
z Ulaby spoke Although the process has not been finalized, Ulaby
field of infor- and his senior staff will go through nominations and
decide on the monthly selections.
is of all infor- After the presentation of the selections to the regents,
said. the Office of the Vice President for Research will
ating back 50 assemble additional information on the UM Greats, pro-
lecommunica- ducing a Website and publishing articles.
nternet. After Ulaby finished his presentation on Shannon,
eat has notyet University administrators and regents said they were
program were impressed with the new program.
groups seeking "We don't talk about the accomplishments of our grad-
uates enough," said Regent Laurence Deitch (D-
many different Bloomfield Hills). "This is great and ... very fascinat-
ing."
ection featured Regent S. Martin Taylor (D-Grosse Ile) said the
bruary's selec- program "is sensational."

mplished alumni

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IMPEACH
Continued from Page IA
sources said last night.
Before leaving the Capitol for the
night, Lott and Daschle said the two
sides were narrowing their differences
and that the final plan could end the
trial by Feb. 12.
The two key roll-call votes early yes-
terday afternoon came after more than
55 hours of arguments by House GOP
prosecutors and White House lawyers
and on the 13th day of the nation's sec-
ond-ever presidential impeachment trial.
Aside from Feingold, the other 44
Senate Democrats voted to dismiss the
case. Thus even if all 55 Republicans
voted to oust Clinton, they would need
12 Democrats to join them to reach the
required two-thirds majority.
By prior agreement, there was no
floor debate preceding yesterday's votes.
Each had been debated by the Senate in
closed sessions earlier this week.
If the three witnesses could be

deposed this weekend, Lott said, the
trial could resume as early as Tuesday.
But whether or not the depositions
can actually take place remains uncer-
tain. Lewinsky has returned to Los
Angeles after meeting over the week-
end with three House prosecutors.
Jordan is attending a business confer-
ence in Switzerland.
A speedy trial resolution, said Sen.
Joseph Lieberman (D-Conn.), would
require not only "a lot of very quick
movement in terms of depositions," but
also "the president's counsel to forgo
some of the discovery in the legal sense
that they said they felt they had to do to
protect the interest of their client"
Clinton press secretary Joe Lockhart
raised the prospect that the depositions
could be delayed when he argued for
full access to the documents of the
House prosecutors. "We believe that it's
a fundamental issue of fairness that the
accused gets a right to, and access to,
the same material that the prosecution
gets," he said.

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