The Michigan Daily - Friday, February 19, 1999 - 7
Buying a bone 1
Texas poi. asks attorney
general to revisit Hopwood
By Laura Offenbacher
The Daily Texan
AUSTIN - A Texas senator called for a new Attorney
General interpretation of the controversial Hopwood rul-
ing in a Senate Finance Committee meeting Tuesday.
Texas Sen. Carlos Truan (D-Corpus Christi) asked
Committee Chairman Bill Ratliff (R-Mt. Pleasant) to
request that Attorney General John Cornyn, write anoth-
er opinion on the case.
Hopwood is the 1996 ruling by the 5th U.S. Circuit
Court of Appeals that former Attorney General Dan
Morales interpreted to effectively end affirmative action
in schools receiving federal funding.
Truan, vice chair of the Senate Finance Committee,
said Morales' interpretation of the ruling was too broad.
He added that the Hopwood decision relates solely to
admissions at the UT School of Law, not to loans and
"I am very interested in finding out from the new
attorney general whether he is in agreement that the
Hopwood case applied to loans and scholarships," Truan
He added that Morales' opinion may not have as
much weight as it has been given.
"The former attorney general issued an opinion,
which is just an opinion, but unless it's challenged, it has
the impact of being the real thing," Truan said.
More than 60 Texas law school professors and four
deans of schools said they strongly objected to Morales'
opinion that the scope of the case includes scholarships
and loans, he said.
"The opinion is bringing a lot of grief and misery to
a lot of minority students that need financial assistance,"
UT System Regent Tom Loeffler said the university is
at a disadvantage because of the Hopwood decision at
"Today we're disadvantaged in the state because
everyone else can be attractive to minority students -
they can be given scholarships in ways that we cannot
give scholarships today based upon the Hopwood case,"
"The attorney general
welcomes any dialogue that
comes about because of
- Heather Browne
Spokesperson for Texas Attorney General John Cornyn
Ratliff has not commented on whether he would make
the request to Cornyn.
Heather Browne, spokesperson for Cornyn, said no
comment could be made Tuesday because the attorney
general had not received any information regarding the
Browne said Cornyn is willing to discuss the issue of
a new opinion upon the arrival of such information.
"The attorney general welcomes any dialogue that
comes about because of new developments," Browne
During his 1998 campaign for Attorney General, Cornyn
said he supports what he calls "affirmative access," which
includes policies making college more available to poor
families without considering race.
While the Senate debate continues, the university is
also currently handling a pending appeal on the
"We have, as a board, collectively, unanimously,
moved forward with the appeal of the Hopwood case,"
Patricia Ohlendorf, UT vice president for administration
and legal affairs, said the appeal is being handled by the
Vinson and Elkins law firm. Cornyn will also be involved in
"The new attorney general, Mr. Cornyn, has decided that
his office will also be active in the case," Ohlendorf said.
Ray Farabee, vice chancellor and general counsel for the
UT System, said he was not aware of Truan's request for
another opinion on the Hopwood case.
John Klausmeyer, the head exhibit preparator at the Museum of Natural History, explains to a group of students where
the Anahanguera's eye would be before the students presented him with a check for $1,000 to buy the skull for the
Dartmouth College Greek
controversy attracts me da
By Jeffery Tanenhaus
HANOVER, N.H. - The controversy over the Dartmouth
Board of Trustees' historic initiative has captured not only the
attention of the Dartmouth community - the story has been
thrust into the national media spotlight in the past week, most-
ly by newspapers, and radio and television programs drawn to
the college's connection to the movie Animal House.
The movie, created by Alpha Delta alum Chris Miller '63,
*,ased on his experiences at AD while he was a Dartmouth
student. Although the conception of unrestrained and bar-
barous revelry portrayed in the movie has separated from the
reality of Dartmouth Greek life, the stereotype seems to be
unshakable and has been the focus of most coverage by the
ABC's World News Tonight broadcast a segment on the con-
troversy Sunday evening. After spending two days at Dartmouth
and interviewing dozens of students and Dartmouth President
James Wright, the 10-minute ABC segment focused on the
imal House connection and included clips from the movie
an interview with Miller.
Tara Connell, managing editor of Page 1 for USA Today,
said a primary reason for a front page article in the USA
Today on the Dartmouth controversy was, "the Animal House
connection. We assume a lot of our readers can relate to the
Animal House image.
"The irony of the coed action was obviously very contrary
to the Animal House image," Connell said.
According to Connell, "If Animal House had been based
on a small mid-western college we probably still would have
run the story ... but the fact that it's Dartmouth makes it that
Others said even without the Animal House connection,
Dartmouth is well-known for its Greek system, making the
news of the possible elimination of the single-sex Greek sys-
tem of national interest.
"Dartmouth is a well known institution, and Greek life his-
torically has been a big part of the college, and thus it strikes
us as a major change" said Ben Gose, senior editor of the
Student Section of The Chronicle of Higher Education. Gose
said The Chronicle would have written a story about the
Dartmouth controversy even without the Animal House angle,
"although for other media, Animal House is part of the appeal."
"Forcing fraternities to go coed is a reflection for the frater-
nities nationally as another blow to national Greek organiza-
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But the remaining defendants are
facing all of the original charges.
A video surveillance tape taken at
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October - allegedly shows five Phi
Delta Theta fraternity members pur-
chasing alcohol with false identifica-
Four other fraternity members -
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Michael Halper, Mike Novick and Evan
Frank - were present at the trial but
share Addis as their attorney.
Addis said there have been no plea
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The pre-trial for the 10th Phi Delta
Theta member charged in the incident,
David Davis, was previously scheduled
for March 16. The pre-trial was
adjourned until March 16 for various
One factor contributing to the contin-
uance is that Phi Delta Theta members
Josh Shapiro and Simeon Maleh, both
LSA sophomores, have hired new attor-
To allow time for the lawyers to
become acquainted with the case, the
pre-trial date was moved.
Addis also requested a later pre-triad
date to review the Meijer videotape that
is being used against the defendants
adding that he has more people to inter-
Despite the fact that he is reprex
senting four of the Phi Delta Theta
members, Addis said "each one of
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ually" and each case will proceed
differently depending on the defen-
The sharing of one court day for the
pre-trial is only for the convenience of
the court, Addis said.
-Daily Staff Reporter Gerard Cohen-
Vrignaud contributed to this report.
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