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The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, March 17, 1999-- 3

EJGUCATION L a
Baseball Hall of
Famer boycotts
.C-Berkeley
;,Baseball Hall of Famer Joe Morgan
saidhe refuses to set foot on the campus
of ,the University of California at
Berkeley. His action, he said, is a protest
of the UC system's ban on affirmative
action.
. Morgan was scheduled to speak in a
joiMalism class Thursday about per-
sonal experiences and how he had dealt
xyith racial perceptions. Ile canceled his
arance after he learned about the
amatic decrease of blacks and other
minorities admitted to the university.
The decision to boycott the campus,
Morgan said, was not meant to hurt the
students nor the university, but was a
statement against state politics and for-
r*r Califomia Gov. Pete Wilson.
Arizona hopefuls
Sn apply on-line
Students applying to the University
of Arizona can now fill out an applica-
tion online. Admission officials at
Arizoha said more than 700 students
havealready used the online application
p-ted6s.
The online application process
became partially functional for students
applying for the 1997-98 academic year
became fully functional for this
kr's incoming first-year students.
Although some schools offer stu-
dgnt§' the opportunity to download the
application from a Website, Arizona is
the first school to allow applicants to
actually send it over the Internet.
While most students still use the typ-
ieal, paper application, Arizona
Admissions Director Lori Goldman
said, the online application will soon be
*standard in the Arizona system.
Harvard prof.
pleads guilty to
embezzlement
Former Harvard Medical School
Prof Donald Kirks plead guilty
Tuesday to embezzling more than
$70,000. Kirks took a great deal of the
ey from the Children's Hospital
iology Foundation, where he served
,as president and chair.
The most serious of the several
charges the U.S. Attorney's Office
brought up against Kirk include "dou-
bledipping" - billing the same
exwnses to twb different organizations
and being reimbursed for both.
Kirks' sentencing is scheduled to take
pL% e. June 7. He could receive up to
;an years in jail and $250,000 in
fines. But a spokesperson from the
attorney's offices said the office will
recommend just one year in prison and
$30,000 in fines.
Phi Delts lose
Stanford charter
7 anford University Dean of Students
Marp Wais decided Monday to revoke
* university's chapter of Phi Delta
Theta fraternity .
Closing Stanford's oldest fraternity
followed two alcohol-related house

trdies in the past year.
-:41-ective immediately, for the next
fiveyears Phi Delta Theta will not be
aoTicially recognized by the university
and cannot exist or operate as a student'
organization on campus.
The dean's decision came after a
animous recommendation from
Stanford s Greek Judicial Board.
students able to
order food online
Students at 10 U.S. colleges no longer
have to leave the serenity of their com-
puters to satisfy grumbling stomachs.
Cybermeals, an online take-out and
elvery service based in San Francisco,
8 Iows students to order meals from a
large number of local restaurants.
The service began marketing to uni-
versities last month and now services
10 colleges nationwide.
.- Compiled by Daily StaffReporter
Lauren Gibbs.

Competition begins
with Mr. Greek Week

By Cori McAfee
For the Daily
With loud cheering from groups of fraterni-
ty and sorority members in support of their
teams, the annual Mr. Greek Week competi-
tion kicked off Greek Week last night at the
Power Center.
Sponsored by the Alpha Delta Pi sorority and
Pi Kappa Phi fraternity, the Mr. Greek Week
competition raised money for the Ronald
McDonald House and the PU.S.H. -- an orga-
nization that makes playground equipment for
handicapped children.
Alpha Delta Pi Philanthropy Chair Katie
Hamilton, an LSA sophomore, said the event
raised more than $4,000 last year and sponsors
hope to reach the same total this year.
Members of the enthusiastic competing
teams showed their spirit with banners, match-
ing T-shirts and catchy cheers.
Engineering sophomore Danielle Hitchin,
the event's MC, started out the night by shout-
ing, "There must be absolutely no .silence!
Because spirit counts from now on."
The crowd obeyed this command the entire
three hours as individual candidates performed
in a short skit, a talent portion and finally a
question-and-answer series,
Between the performances, a Greek a cap-
pella group entertained the crowd with tunes
and the University's dance team showed the
crowd a few of their moves.
But the people on stage weren't the only ones
having fun.

"This is the first time I've been to an event
like this and its really exciting," said LSA first-
year student and Kappa Alpha Theta member
Dara Frank, who turned out to watch the event.
"It's also great that we are raising money for
kids that need it."
The Mr. Greek Week event included candi-
date impersonations of Wonder Woman, the
Dancing Baby, Kramer and other comical char-
acters. Some sang, played the guitar or played
the piano.
"It's hard to be nervous when you're having
so much tun," said Business senior and Mr.
Greek Week candidate Sam Swartz, as he await-
ed the decision to see who made the cuts to the
final round. "It's really all about the kids who
we're helping."
The show ended when Engineering sopho-
more and Sigma Phi Epsilon member Mike
Sbihli was named the winner.
In the question-and-answer section of com-
petition, Sbihli said his advice to incoming stu-
dents is to join the Greek system.
His prize for the victory? Two plane tickets to
anywhere in the continental United States and
the Mr. Greek Week title.
"It feels great," Sbihli said. "I never expect-
ed to win."
Kinesiology first-year student Dionne
Westfall said she had a great time being a spec-
tator.
"The whole event was really fun and it feels
good to have fun and help people at the same
time," West fall said.

Andrew Waldman, a Kappa Sigma fraternity member, does an imitation of M.C. Hammer during the
hero portion of last night's Mr. Greek Week competition at the Power Center. Proceeds from the
event will benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Ann Arbor.

Authors
offler
views
on race
By Sarah Lewis
Daily Staff Reporter
Many people argue that the issue of
race is more than black and white, but
three authors with differing views dis-
cussed the subject in that context last
night in Rackham Auditorium in a dia-
logue sponsored by the Diversity Theme
Semester.
"Race in Black and White: Different
Perspectives from Recent Research" fea-
tured authors Abigail Thernstrom, Tamar
Jacoby and James Jackson on the signif-
icance of race in the United States and its
place in the public sphere.
Thernstrom, co-author of 'America in
Black and White,' argued that people
who say they support race preferences
because they create "the backbone of the
black middle class" are wrong.
"The impact on black America is a
matter of evidence, a matter of data,"
Thernstrom said. "This is not a question
of feelings." She added that she doesn't
believe in race preferences because they
"are morally wrong and they don't work."
Thernstrom cited statistics on black
citizens in the United States from the
1940s and compared them to black fam-
ilies' situations today, claiming the evi-
dence overwhelmingly shows a great
amount of progress.
She also said statistics on race-neutral
admissions in California show that with-
out racial preferences "more black stu-
dents will actually graduate," and the
steep percentage drop of minorities in the
University of California system was sim-
ply a redistribution of students.
"There is a school in the United States
for every student who wants to go to col-
lege, and it's more important to graduate
than it is to start and drop out,"
Thernstrom said.
"Judging citizens by the color of their
skin is indeed as American as apple pie;'
she said. "But the civil rights leaders
wouldn't have put their lives on the line
to perpetuate such a racial policy.'
Jacoby, who wrote the book 'Someone
Else's House,' said the United States is in
a racial stalemate right now because of
continuing segregation.
"'Black and white, we've never gotten
over that 'us versus them' thing;' Jacoby
said, adding that integration is "more

Student regent fight ends

By Jewel Gopwanl
Daily Staff Reporter
A majority of Michigan Student
Assembly representatives voted last
night to cease funding for the quest to
put a student on the University's Board
of Regents.
"The fight for a student regent is offi-
cially over tonight," Communications
Chair Joe Bernstein said.
A resolution presented by LSA Rep.
Rory Diamond asked MSA to allocate
$1,030 to David Cahill - the attorney
who the assembly has been consulting
regarding the student regent effort.
About $430 of that allocation would
have paid for time Cahill already spent
working on the project and $600 would
have been directed towards future stu-
dent regent efforts.
Citing the fact that the assembly has
been trying to get a student regent for
about 30 years, said Andrew Wright, a
University student who has been assist-
ing assembly members in obtaining a
student regent, urged the assembly to

pass Diamond's resolution.
"Every time you stop (the quest for a
student regent), you have to spend all
these years retooling and rebuilding a
coalition," Wright said.
After the assembly approved an
amendment to the resolution by LSA
Rep. Elise Erikson, it approved a motion
to pay Cahill only the $430 it owes him.
Erikson, who voted to stop filtering
funds for student regent efforts, said rep-
resentatives had done minimal work on
the issue. Erikson, who chaired the
Student Regent Task Force, said there are
plans in the works for a student liaison
organization "unlike a voting member
that would accomplish the actual concept
behind a student regent, providing stu-
dent input to the board of regents."
MSA also approved last night a
motion by Rackham Rep. Jessica
Curtin to give its Peace and Justice
Committee $485 for a trip to Lansing to
protest Sen. David Jaye (R-Macomb).
Worried this might implicate the
assembly into taking a stance on Jaye's

ballot, Erikson questioned the intent of
the trip, explaining it is illegal for MSA
to lobby on an initiative. But the assem-
bly decided to allot the sum to transport,
interested students to Lansing.
"These are people that want to take
an active stance,"Vice President Sarah
Chopp said. "I can't understand why
we're so reticent about it."
Before the vote, LSA Rep. Kym
Stewart called it "a fight against a
racist."I don't think we should be think-
ing twice about it," Stewart said.
Chair -of the Academic Affairs
Commission Vikram Sarma announced
last night that the group will make
printed copies of online LSA course
guides available on reserve at the
Shapiro Undergraduate Library, Harlan
Hatcher Graduate Library, Pierpoint
Commons, Michigan Union and all rys
idence halls five days after the course:
guide appears online.
"The course guide online is great, butt
not every student has access to the*
Internet," Sarma said.

DARBY FRIEDLIS/Daily
Author Tamar Jacoby speaks yesterday
at Rackham Auditorium on race issues.
than just physical mingling." It means the
inclusion of minorities in mainstream
society, she said, but more importantly,
it's "achieving a a sense of a single shared
American community where both blacks
and whites feel at home."
The failure of integration has led to
a mistrustful, "peaceful co-existence"
in which black citizens have made
progress, Jacoby said, but a sense of
community between black and white
peoples is non-existent.
"Most blacks don't feel they belong in
white America, while whites don't feel
responsible" for those feelings, Jacoby
said. Challenges for both groups are to
develop poor and isolated black commu-
nities and to "cut those cynical self-ful-
filling prophecies that poison race in
America today," she said.
Jackson, director of the Center for
African and African-American Studies
and the author of 'New Directions in
Thinking about Race in America,'
focused on the multiracial and multieth-
nic composition of the United States in
the future.
"It is not a primarily black/white coun-
try" Jackson said, mentioning the range
of differences within ethnic groups and
that the Latino/a population will replace
the black population as the largest non-
white racial group within a few years.
"But informal discrimination and seg-
regation have not disappeared," Jackson
said, explaining that despite progress
made with affirmative action, there still
is "a magnitude of racial disparities.'
Kinesiology senior Mikerra Bostic
said the diverse range of opinions offered
by the panel members allows unique
individual perspectives to "come togeth-
er collectively to identify the problem
and propose solutions.
"It's impossible for one person to dic-
tate or define a problem from one per-
spective; Bostic said.

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