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8A - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, April 15, 1999

Dartmouth assembly
opposes Greek changes

Fighting fire

By Jeffrey Tanenhaus
The Dartmouth
HANOVER, N.H. (U-WIRE) - More than two months
after the Dartmouth Board of Trustees announced a revolu-
tionary social and residential life initiative that threatens to
end the Greek system "as we know it, an emotionally
charged Dartmouth Student Assembly meeting last night
night ended with the passage of a highly controversial res-
olution opposing any major alterations to the Co-ed
Fraternity Sorority system, such as co-education or aboli-
tion, without the consent of the CFS Council.
One amendment, that students should take responsibility
to end problems of sexual abuse and alcoholism, was
accepted with ease, while another - that the power to
determine the future of the Greek system be given to all
students and not just the CFSC - was rejected after almost
two hours of heated debate.
The composition and tone of the-meeting - which was
attended by 75 students and marked not only by dissent
from within the assembly, but also from non-members
attending the meeting - showed the extent to which the
assembly has been changed by the controversy which has
embroiled the campus since the trustees' February
"It was the most intense meeting I've ever been a part of.
Finally we are getting to the core issues that this campus
has been dancing around," assembly President Josh Green

A landslide victory of 39 to 3 - with more than 80 per-
cent of yea votes coming from Greek members despite the
fact that the assembly as a whole is only roughly 50 percent
Greek - passed the measure, but not before a walk-out by
several members threatened to table the resolution.
The group of assembly members walked out in hopes
that the body would not have the requisite number of vot-
ing members present to take an official vote.
"We didn't get specific in the 'fundamental alterations'
part because there are certainly things we can't foresee.
Besides it would take a long time to list them. This does not
prevent any changes to the system that the CFSC agrees;'
said resolution sponsor Alex Wilson, who was elected
Secretary of the Assembly before the debate began.
We're "not saying no changes, but we want the basic
nature of the system to remain the same;" resolution spon-
sor Ryan Clark said.
The specific resolved clauses read:
Assembly, as a representative body of the students of
Dartmouth, and in full recognition of the concerns and
aspirations of the administration and the Board of Trustees
as regards improvements of social and residential life,
strongly supports a CFS system that is student-controlled,
residential, and open to both co-ed and single sex organi-

A Miami County firefighter fights a brushfire In Homestead, Fla. yesterday
Jud e orders SU
riot footage released

area news organizations must give
Ingham County prosecutors all photos
and footage taken during the March 27-
28 riot, a judge ruled Tuesday.
Judge David Jordan said the organi-
zations may not withhold footage
because it was not gathered with an,
understanding of confidentiality. The
news organizations were in court to set
aside subpoenas ordering them to hand
over the material.
"Although the photographs are
unpublished, they were taken in public
places, in the streets and on lawns,"
Jordan said in East Lansing's District
Court. "There was no confidentiality in
the (rioters') behavior."
Tuesday's ruling affected The State
News, the Detroit Free Press, WJBK,
WKBD and WXYZ in Detroit, WJRT
in Flint, WILX in Onandaga outside
Lansing, WLNS in Lansing, WWMT in
Kalamazoo and WZZM in Grand
The organizations are expected to
file an appeal "within the next day or
so;' said John Ronayne, attorney for
The State News, WLNS Channel 6 and
WILX Channel 10.
Jordon ruled against the Lansing
State Journal in a similar case April 5.
The State Journal is scheduled to
appear Thursday in circuit court, but
hopes to join the other news media
organizations in a later appeal.
"We're trying to work out the timing
of the whole thing so that the appeal
that's pending with the Lansing State
Journal and the appeal we will file will
be heard at the same time" Ronayne
said. "I'm hoping for a hearing early
next week."
The Lansing State Journal would be

happy to join the other media organiza-
tions in an appeal, State Journal attor-
ney Charles Barbieri said.
Ingham County Prosecutor Stewart
Dunnings III said he wants to ensure
the hearing takes place before MSU
students leave for summer break.
Students' presence is essential so stu-
dents can identify rioters in the photos
that would be turned over to police -
and so student rioters can be arrested.
"Time is of the essence," Dunnings
said. "We only have two weeks. The
third (week) is exams and then the stu-R
dents are gone."
Jim Stewart, an attorney for WXYZ
Channel 7 in Detroit, said the subpoe-
nas go against journalistic principles.
"The press deserves protection
because they should not be cast in a role
as an agent of the police," Stewart said.
Three more people, one an MSU stu-
dent, were arraigned Tuesday in 54-B
District Court for alleged participation
in the March 27-28 riot. A second MSU
student was arraigned late Monday.
Three of the people arraigned
Monday and Tuesday were charged
with felonies.
As of Tuesday, Ingham County pros-
ecutors issued 16 warrants, 14 of which
are for felonies, said assistant prosecut-
ing attorney Allie Phillips. Recipients
of eight of the 16 warrants have been
Those arraigned on felony charges
will have preliminary exams within two
weeks, Phillips said.
An anonymous East Lansing tip line
- (517) 337-2599 - and photos on a
city Web site - www ci.east-
lansing.mi.us/riot/shame_new htm -
have been helpful in giving prosecutors
leads in cases, she said.

UC class
size sees
By Catherine Brew
The California Aggie
DAVIS, Calif. (U-WIRE) - In an
effort to provide high-quality educa-
tion to the state's top high school stu-
dents, the University of California
system has offered admission to 75
percent of all first-year applicants for
fall 1999.
The University admitted nearly
47,000 students, an 8.1 percent
increase from last fall. More that
percent of the admitted students e
California residents.
Applicants who submitted multiple
applications and were offered admis-
sion to their preferred campus
received at least one additional offer
from another campus.
Additionally, as part of the
University's referral process, appli-
cants who did not receive an admis-
sion offer to their preferred came
and did not apply to another campus
will be offered admission somewhere
within the UC system.
"The university's commitment to
accommodating all eligible students
ensures that the majority of applicants
are successful in UC's admission
process" said UC President Richard
Atkinson in a written statement. "At
the completion of the process, nearly
all eligible high school graduates ~
applied will benefit from the ed-
tional experience offered by the
world's best public university sys-
System-wide, the number of stu-
dents from underrepresented ethnic
groups admitted for fall 1999
increased by 9 percent, from 6,222 to
7,439. The number of Chicano/a stu-
dents admitted increased by 8.9 per-
cent, from 3,946 to 4,297, Afri
Americans by 11.4 percent, fr n
1,248 to 1,390 and Latino/as by 11
percent, from 1,312 to 1,456. But, the
number of Native American students
admitted declined from 316 to 296, a
6.3-percent drop.
The number of white students
admitted system-wide increased by
22.6 percent from 16,016 to 19,634.
Asian American students admitted
also showed an increase of 13.5 per-
cent from 13,697 to 15,415. Nearl*
percent of admitted students are
"Due to many immediate outreach
efforts and evolving campus admissions
processes that look at students in a more
comprehensive manner, it appears tat
declines in the number of admitted
underrepresented students is leveling off
across the system," Atkinson said in the
release. "Now the University can c -
centrate on expanding the pool of
eligible students from all backgrounds
through our outreach efforts and partner-
ships with schools."
To encourage students from low-
income families to enroll at UC,
Atkinson is sending out a personal let-
ter reinforcing the value of a UC edu-
cation, as well as the availability of
financial aid. Almost one-third of UC
undergraduates are members of
households with annual incomes
less than $30,000.
UC-Davis Vice Chancellor for
Student Affairs Carol Wall said the

UC has taken more aggressive steps in
recent years to ensure all qualified stu-
dents a spot somewhere within the UC
"As we have moved into this growth
phase, we're working hard to continue
this practice of ensuring eligible stu-
dents admission and making it a vW
public commitment;' she said.
"Consequently, where we might have
said in the past that there is space
somewhere in the system for every eli-
gible student, we have taken other
steps in recent years, encouraging stu-
dents to apply to more campuses -
UC Riverside, in particular, has been
very aggressive in offering admission
to eligible students turned down at
other campuses."

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