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One hundred eight years of editoralfreedom

March 17, 1999

Pd S
y Jewel Gopwan
~aily Staff Reporter
Members of the Defend
ffirmative Action Party have pre-
ented a primarily politically-based
latform to encourage students to
ffer the party their support in next
eek's Michigan Student Assembly
'l ons.
Alished in the winter of 1998,
the.DAAP obtained its first seat on
MSA during that term's elections.
The party
expanded its
M sr on the assem-
bly to six
seats in Fall
1998 elec-
* ~ "To a large
extent, the
FOUR- PART MSA determined
ELECTIONS SERIES: the direction
of MSA, even
with six
seats," said
candidate and
c u r r e n t
Rep. Jessica
sophomore student Julie Fry, a
DAAP candidate for MSA said she
joined the party because it is "actual-
ly concerned about political issues."
Defending affirmative action and
ighting "for equality and integration
lo K- 12 through college" tops the
pa 's agenda.
'What we've done here has been
an essential part of tuning the tide
against the attack on affirmative
action," Curtin said.
The DAAP's platform also
includes expanding financial aid and
snding future tuition increases.
Curtin said the party's plans to end
increases involve contacting other
:a uses and initiating a statewide
no ement.
Abolishing the Code of Student
Conduct is also a priority for the party's
:andidates, which Curtin said doesn't
:rotect the rights of student on campus.
"We see MSA as a union to fight
For students' rights," said DAAP Vice
President candidate and current LSA
Rep. Erika Dowdell.
The party also defends supporting
:he Graduate Employees
prw ization and ending what party
meubers say is police harassment of
tudent social parties.
"Since the death of (LSA first-year
tudent) Courtney Cantor there has
been a lot of harassment of students at
parties," Fry said. "No. one has been
eady to challenge the police and
ecurity on campus."
Since December, the party has used
ts six seats on MSA to present resolu-
i on the "police persecution" of
tudents at parties, freezing tuition,
supporting GEO in negotiations, the
walkout and strike and condemning
See DAAP, Page 5

UN chi
By Jamle Winkler
Daily Staff Reporter
University President Lee Bollinger has recom-
mended four honorary degree recipients to be
approved by the University Board of Regents at its
March meeting, scheduled for Thursday and
The recipients for this spring's honorary degree
awards include Kofi Annan, the secretary-general
of the United Nations; Aharon Barak, chief justice
of the Supreme Court of Israel; Shirley Malcolm,
director for education and human resources at the
American Association for the Advancement of

ef to

deliver address

Science; and Pramoedya Anata Toer, an
Indonesian author.
Annan is scheduled to deliver the keynote
speech at the 1999 spring commencement cere-
mony, pending regents' approval, according to
members of the University administration. The
commencement speaker will be officially
announced at the board meeting.
"The commencement speaker is traditional-
ly someone who receives an honorary degree,"
said University spokesperson Julie Peterson,
adding that the speaker is likely to be official-
ly announced at the regents' meeting tomor-

Previous spring commencement speakers
include Bollinger, Hillary Rodham Clinton,
Johnetta Cole, the first "female president of
Spelman College and Mamphela Ramphele, vice
chancellor of the University of Cape Town, South
"I think it's nice to have someone who has an
influence on the world, not just our country,"
LSA senior Ian Shainbrown said, adding that he
is pleased with the choice for speaker because
"it shows we're a world-class school."
Other students expressed amazement at the

University's ability to attract such a prominent
world leader.
Business senior Brian Kristofic said the
University's extending an invitation to leaders
like Annan to come to the campus is an illus-
tration of the University's growing concerns
"It shows how important international issues
are to the campus," Kristofic said.
Annan, a national of Ghana, has had three
decades of experience with the UN and suc-
cessfully negotiated several diplomatic agree-
See ANNAN, Page 7


w dean
le n


By Michael Grass
and Jaimie Winkler
Daily Staff Reporters
Shirley Neuman, a dean and profes-
sor at the University of British
Columbia in Vancouver, has been
named the top choice for dean of the
University's College of Literature,
Sciences and the Arts.
"I'm looking forward to work at a
university that has a strong commit-
ment to undergraduate education,"
Neuman said.
LSA, the University's largest school,
has been without a permanent dean
since former Dean Edie Goldberg
resigned after being offered a position
at the University of Texas in September.
Psychology Prof. Patricia Gurin has
served as interim dean since Goldberg's
Neuman has "a mix a qualities we
were looking for," University Provost
Nancy Cantor said.
LSA Dean Search Committee member
Phil Hanlon said the committee did an
international search for a new dean and
utilized a search consultant firm as well
as word-of-mouth recommendations.
"We did consider a lot of people,"
Hanlon said, adding that the committee
looked at more than 100 candidates
from both outside and within the
Neuman's appointment, pending
approval by the University Board of
Regents at its April meeting, is sched-
uled to begin in August.
An English professor at UBC and the

dean of the faculty of arts, Neuman will
have appointments in the University's
English and women's studies depart-
The committee of about 12 people
including faculty members, students
and administration did "a very through
and careful" search including several
rounds of investigation, said Hanlon, a
University mathematics professor.
"I think some of the real pluses about
Shirley is she's a dynamic person,'
Hanlon said. "She has a great track
record as dean of the faculty of arts" in
British Columbia, he said, adding that
Neuman looked like a good choice
from the start.
Cantor said Neuman has strong
experience in interdisciplinary and col-
laborative work, including her study of
English and women's studies.
Neuman wrote a book of interviews
with Canadian novelist and poet Robert
Kroetsch and compiled monographs for
the autobiographies of feminist
Gurtrude Stein and poet W.B. Yeats, and
worked on the first major edited compi-
lation of essays from the world of
Canadian women's writing.
Neuman is one of the founding
members of NeWest Press, a suc-
cessful regional publishing houses
and a co-founder and publisher of
Longspoon Press, which publishes
the work of avant-garde Canadian
The Association of Canadian and
Quebecois Literature honored Neuman
See DEAN, Page 2

TOP: Marko Mitkowski and Brittaly Rejnlak peer at
each other through a mirror and glass window during
a field trip to the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum
m a or expansion ABOVE: Chantar Yousif uses a microscope at the
Reflection Protection exhibit In the museum



By Undsy Alpert
For the Daily
We're off to see the wizard - Mr.
Wizard, that is.
The Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum
is in the middle of a $4.2 million ren-
ovation intended to quadruple the size
of the museum.
The museum, located in Ann
Arbor's old Central Fire Station, fea-
tures more than 250 interactive

exhibits incorporating concepts of
physics, math, biology, physiology,
botany, geology, technology, art and
Part of the $4.2 million was
raised by selling bricks on the
museum's new entrance feature
- a yellow brick road.
Depending on the size of the pur-
chased brick, the sponsor cost can
range from $250 to $1,000.

Supporters receive a commem-
orative certificate, an engraved
brick on the yellow brick road and
a locator map to find the brick
once the road is complete. Bricks
are available for purchase until
April 16.
Renovations to the museum include
a musical staircase that plays a differ-
ent musical note on each step, a new
See HANDS ON, Page 5

wants charter

Phi Delt members to plead

By Gerard Cohen-Vrgnaud
Daily Staff Reporter
Two of the 10 Phi Delta Theta fra-
ternity members originally charged
with furnishing alcohol to minors
and allowing minors to drink in their
fraternity house last fall will plead
their cases at trials scheduled for
June 25.
In Washtenaw County Court yes-
terday, lawyers for Engineering
junior Daniel Davis and LSA sopho-
more Josh Shapiro asked Judge
Archie Brown to bind the two over
for a jury trial..
The charges stem from a party held
Oct. 15 at the Phi Delt fraternity

Markley Residence Hall window.
Cantor had a .059 blood-alcohol level
and traces of the date-rape drug GHB
in her system.
Brown adjourned the pretrials of
LSA sophomores Michael Novick,
Michael Halper, Evan Frank, Jeremy
Bier, Simeon Maleh and Jared Fishman
until next month after their attorneys
requested a conference with sentencing
judge Elizabeth Hines.
"If Danny was in attendance at
that party, it was at the very tail end
of it," Shea said. "He was at a Lions
game that night. He didn't get back
till very late. His connection to the
party was extremely minimal or

By Kelly O'Connor
Daily Staff Reporter
With Gov. John Engler's plan to
hand over the Detroit public schools
to Mayor Dennis Archer days away
f r o m
passage Daily In-depth
and talk
of priva-
tization as a possi-
ble solution for
struggling public
schools, the face of
primary education
in Michigan is
One new phe-
nomenon - chartert
schools - may b
soon become an
issue on campus as
Regent David Brandon (D-Ann
Arbor) said he hopes to see the
University sponsor charter schools in
the future.

get it right?"
As former chair of Central
Michigan University's Board of
Trustees, Brandon said during his
term the school's chartering program
grew from a small group of visionar-
ies to a fully-operational university
office. Brandon, along with all other
members of CMU's board, was
appointed by Engler.
Brandon said CMU, which sup-
ports 47 of the nearly 150 charter
schools in Michigan, is the largest
charterer of schools in the nation.
Nine of the 15 public universities in
Michigan charter schools at this
While new in Michigan, charter
schools exist in 33 states, Brandon
said, adding that they are becoming
an important and lasting aspect of the
education system.
"Charter schools are a phenomenon
that is here to stay," he said.
Regent Daniel Horning (R-Grand




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