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Opinions
revealed
W
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survey
By Kelly O'Connor
DailyStaffReporter
For the past year and a half, affirma-
tive action foes and forerunners across
the nation have focused their attention on
the University and the two lawsuits chal-
lenging its use of race as a factor in the
admissions process.
0 Throughout the debate, many
University students have expressed their
opinions, but the overall pulse of the
campus had not been taken until the
completion of a recent survey.
The Michigan Daily Student Survey, a
collaborative effort between The
Michigan Daily, the Department of
Communication Studies and the Institute
for Social Research, is the first compre-
ensive poll of student opinions on affir-
mative action and admissions policies at
the University.
In initial results from the survey - a
sample representing 87 percent of the
student population - nearly 51 percent
of respondents opposed the use of race
as a factor in undergraduate admissions
to the University, while about 41 percent
of respondents supported its use. The
remaining respondents either chose not
to answer or were unsure.
S The results are based on 873 inter-
views conducted with a stratified proba-
bility sample of currently-enrolled
University students using a Web-based
questionnaire. The sample was drawn by
the Registrar's office and the results were
School

weighted to account for demography.
Interviews were collected between
March 30 and April 13.
The survey also asked students if they
approve of the use of grade point aver-
age, standardized test scores and other
academic and non-academic criteria in
the undergraduate admissions process.
Almost 95 percent of those surveyed,
including both undergraduate and gradu-
ate students, said they approve of the use
of GPAs in admissions. A majority of the.
respondents also favored the use of lead-
ership, difficulty of high school curricu-
lum and the use of personal essays in
admissions.
University President Lee Bollinger
said yesterday that he would not com-
ment on the results of the survey, but said
he is in favor of actions that encourage
dialogue on the issue of affirmative
action.
"I'm very pleased to know that there
are discussions about this going on"
Bollinger said, adding that he feels the
end of affirmative action would diminish
See ACTION, Page 5
Use of race as a factor
in admissions

Many
unaware of
admissions
policies
By Yael Kohen
Daily Staff Reporter
Affirmative action in college
admissions has become a much dis-
cussed and debated issue in recent
years, but despite this seemingly con-
stant dialogue, some students still do
not know all the facts.
Although about 92 percent of stu-
dent respondents to The Michigan
Daily Student Survey said they
understand the University uses affir-
mative action in its admissions prac-
tices, initial survey results show
many are misinformed about certain
specific aspects of the policy.
The survey, conducted'in conjunc-
tion with the Department of
Communication Studies and the
Institute for Social Research, is rep-
resentative sample of 87 percent of
the student body and includes gradu-
ate students and undergraduate stu-
dents in the College of Literature,
Science and the Arts, the School of
Nursing and College of Engineering.
Initial survey results show slightly
more than 48 percent of student
respondents believe quotas are used
in determining if an applicant will be
admitted to the University.
In fact, the 1978 Supreme Court
decision in the University of California
Regents v. Bakke case, which allows for
the use of race as a factor in admissions
disallowed quota systems.
In accordance with the ruling, the
University does not use quotas in its
See SURVEY, Page 5
Standardized test
scores

Photos by DHANI JONES/Dal
TOP: The Michigan Daily Student Survey shows
about 70 percent of Law students support the use
of race as a factor in admissions.
ABOVE: LSA senior Jacqueline Carrol advises
perspective students Wednesday about applying to
the University.

Clinton
defends
attacks
By Nick Bunkley
Daily Staff Reporter
Just three weeks after NATO began bombing in Yugoslavia,
President Clinton plans to speak in the Detroit suburb of
Roseville regarding Kosovo humanitarian relief efforts today
one day after he reiterated his commitment to the interven-
tion amid criticism due to civilian casualties.
Clinton arrived on Air Force One at Detroit Metropolitan
Airport late last night and is scheduled to attend a Democratic
fundraising event in Dearborn for the Majority 2000 campaign
this morning.
After the luncheon, Clinton will trav-
el to the Roseville Recreation Center to
meet with organizations involved in
giving aid to the thousands of Kosovar
refugees leaving the country every day.
According to The Washington Post,
the NATO alliance and the Pentagon
acknowledged yesterday that allied
warplanes mistakenly attacked refugee
convoys in Kosovo, but President
Clinton redoubled his defense of the Clinton
allied air campaign, saying Americans
must stomach civilian tragedies and possibly months of warfare
if they are to play their rightful role in restoring stability to the
Balkans.
A day after the bombing error left scores of mauled bodies
strewn along miles of roadways in southeastern Kosovo,
Clinton seemed more determined than ever to steel U.S. com-
mitment to stopping Yugoslav forces in the name of morality
and democracy. Although he ratcheted up his rhetoric, he
offered no broad new policy.
But his comments seemed to deepen his personal commit-
ment - comparing the actions of President Slobodan
Milosevic's forces in Kosovo to atrocities committed by Nazi
Germany - and they envisioned no retreat.
"We must follow the example of the World War II generation,
by standing up to aggression and hate," he told the American
Society of Newspaper Editors in San Francisco. "We cannot
allow the Milosevic vision, rooted as it is in hatred and violence
and cynicism, to prevail.'
Following his speech in Roseville today, Clinton plans to
depart from Selfridge Air Force Base for Boston to attend
another Majority 2000 fundraiser.
While bombs continue to fall in Kosovo and there is no end
in sight for the conflict, Democrats hope Clinton's presence at
nine events around the country will help them raise $9 million
to be used for the upcoming U.S. House and Senate campaigns.
In the House, Democrats are only six seats away from gain-
ing a majority, and party leaders are optimistic that the 2000
elections may swing control to their side of the aisle.
Democrats have already raised record-breaking amounts
during the first quarter of 1999, surpassing the money raised
See BALKANS, Page 2
Committee
presents
institute plan
* Members of the Life Sciences
Commission discuss their objectives
with the University Board of Regents
By Jalmie Winkle
Daily Staff Reporter
A team consisting of faculty and administrators
involved in guiding the life sciences project into existence

spoke to the University Board of Regents yesterday as
part of their campus tour to inform the University com-
munity about the importance of implementing this insti-
tution
University President Lee Bollinger explained that the pur-
pose of the presentation was to introduce the regents to the
vision of the life sciences institute, giving them a chance to
develop questions.
"No voting will be expected or required," Bollinger said to
begin his remarks.
He plans to have a proposal ready for the May meeting
with more specifics, he said.
Vice President of Medical Affairs Gilbert Omenn
summed up the life sciences mission in his presentation as
"understanding the intrinsic, complexity of living organ-
isms."
This means understanding the building blocks of life -
proteins and DNA.
Co-Chair of the Life Sciences Commission Huda Akil also
laid out what the life science institute's objectives would be,
taking the present knowledge of DNA structure and function
and learning to read it to enhance understanding of what
causes problems in the human body.
"This country has embarked on figuring out the
sequence of the entire set of genes in the human body,
Akil said.

Legacy status

w j w w r

College of Literature,
Science and the Arts

Approve
Disapprove

39.8%
51.8%

Approve
Disapprove

31.2%
63.3%

Approve
Disapprove

91.3%
6.6%

Law School Approve 68.1% Approve 24.4% Approve 93.3%
Disapprove 28.1% Disapprove 70.4% Disapprove 6.7%

School of Nursing/
College of Engineering

Approve
Disapprove

27.2%
58.1%

Approve
Disapprove

31.5%
57.1%

Approve
Disapprove

89.9%
8.2%

Graduate students
(excluding Law students)

Approve
Disapprove

60.4%
32.1%

Approve

20.1%
75.3%

Approve
Disapprove

87.9%
9%

Disapprove

For the entire sample, the margin of error due to sampling is +1-4 percentage points and is large for subsamples.

SOLE hosts
lab or forum
National leaders
discuss AIP-FLA
By icael Grass
Daily Staff Reporter
"This is a first step but a dead end," warned National
Labor Committee Executive Director Charles Kernaghan
to a crowd of more than 75 people who turned out for an
open dialogue on a contentious set of labor standards spon-
sored by the Apparel Industry Partnership-Fair Labor
Association.
The AIP-FLA code is one piece of a complex puzzle that
*ntly entered the anti-sweatshop debate on college cam-
puses nationwide, including the University.
Kernaghan said if more universities sign onto the AIP-
FLA code, it will become more difficult to change sweat-
shop labor conditions. He spoke about the issue along with
Mark Levinson, chief economist for the Union of
Needletrades, Industries and Textile Employees and
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AAPD helps
local employees
detect fake IDs
By Marta Bill
Daily Staff Reporter
A group of University students gathering around an overhead
projector to study confiscated fake identification cards may
sound a little suspicious. But the students at Rick's American
Cafe yesterday were not brushing up on their laminating skills
and ID-making techniques. They were servers, bouncers and
managers from local bars and restaurants participating in an
Ann Arbor Police Department program designed to crack down
on underage drinking.
"The goal of the project is to keep alcohol out of the
hands of underage individuals," AAPD Lt. Mike Zsenyuk
said.
"We are going after the minors. That is what we are focusing
on in this project."
Since 1995, the number of MIPs and furnishing alcohol
to a minor tickets issued has more than doubled. In 1998,
AAPD wrote 500 tickets for MIPs and 39 tickets for fur-
nishing alcohol to a minor.
Project Spotlight, which is funded by a $5,400 grant the
police department received from the Office of Safety Highway

DAVID ROCKHIND/DailIy
Charles Kernaghan displays a Nike T4hlrt that he tells the
audience cost $75 to buy but $20 to make.
approach it."
To date, 50 universities from around the country has signed
onto the AIP-FLA code. University administrators have not
snned the dnnment althonuh their decision is pending fur-

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