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One hundred eight years of editoirzlfreedom

Tuesday
April 20, 1999

shut

down

refugee

exodus

he Washington Post
For the second time since NATO began its air war against
ugoslavia, authorities in Belgrade abruptly shut down the
ow of ethnic Albania refugees from Kosovo to its southern
eighbors, cutting off their escape route after days in which
:n thousands have fled the province. Only a few hundred
f es made the crossing yesterday into Albania,
lacedonia or Montenegro.
The Belgrade government's decision effectively to close
e border added to fears among NATO governments and aid
rganizations about the fate of 500,000 to 850,000 displaced
hnic Albanian refugees still inside Kosovo, where many of
em are believed to be without shelter and running low on
)od as Serb-led Yugoslav forces continue to expel whole
>mmunities from their homes.
As the NATO air campaign entered its 27th day, President
I"n asked Congress for an extra $6 billion to finance the
Fisive, an amount that members of the House and Senate
tid they would meet or even exceed. U.S. officials also
ought to persuade NATO allies to consider measures for
opping the flow of oil to Yugoslavia from foreign suppliers,

,.. ...

including the use of force.
U.S. and allied warplanes continued their raids on targets
in Kosovo and elsewhere in Yugoslavia - including a gov-
ernment headquarters in the country's second-largest city,
Novi Sad, that was badly damaged early yesterday morning.
Late last night, loud explosions were heard near the city of
Nis, Yugoslavia's third-largest, according to the official news
agency Tanjug.
Although bad weather forced the cancellation of some
NATO missions, officials in Washington and at NATO head-
quarters in Brussels pronounced themselves pleased with the
progress of the air war, which is aimed at forcing the govern-
ment of Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic to pull its
troops out of Kosovo and permit the safe return of refugees
under the protection of an international peacekeeping force.
At the same time, NATO officials reversed themselves
after five days of confusion and acknowledged yesterday that
precision-guided bombs from alliance warplanes probably
killed a number of ethnic Albanian refugees during attacks
last week on two separate columns of vehicles in Kosovo.
See KOSOVO, Page 11

'Ualum works t i
refugees in Macedonia
By Yael Kohen Macedonian border. prehensible, Fink said,
Daily Staff Reporter Speaking from Macedonia, Fink while conditions on the

adding that
Macedonian

University graduate Sheri Fink, a
doctor of neruosicence and part of
Physicians for Human Rights, arrived
in Macedonia shortly after NATO
forces began bombing the region in an
effort to end the atrocities from the
war in Kosovo.
Fink currently is part of the human-
itarian effort underway on the

said PHR has two objectives - to
document human rights violations
and to work with local doctors to
gather information and provide
assistance.
"It was really, really horrible," Fink
said, remembering her arrival in
Macedonia.
The problems in Kosovo are incom-

border are terrible, she cannot even
imagine the conditions in Kosovo.
After arriving in Macedonia , on
March 31, Fink found 50,000
refugees representing every element
of society - from farmers to profes-
sors huddled together - stranded on
the border, exhausted from spending a
week in a mudpit. Person after person
See DOCTOR, Page 2

ydney
r epares
or 2000
E)Iympics
y Adam Brian Cohen
aily Staff Reporter
DNEY, Australia The Games
re coming and this city is getting ready.
On Sept. 15, 2000, Sydney will host
he 2000 Summer Olympics, which one
fficial described as the "biggest event
hat has ever hit Australia." The games
ill showcase one of Australia's most
opulated and developed cities to the
iore than one million spectators,
5,000 athletes and 15,000 media and
aff who will flock down under for the
g d festivities.
- less than a year before the
iain event - developments and con-
truction can be seen from one end of
he city to the other. Commercial
dvertisements plaster downtown
uildings, with the city dolling out eco-
omic incentives to companies that use
tie Olympic logo.
"It's the biggest upgrade (in Sydney)
his century'" said Kathryn Pearson, City
finey Council's Program officer in
he 2-year-old Olympic Program Office.

A light at the end of the tunnel

Programs aim
for diversity

California, Texas schools
automatically admit top
high school graduates
By Nika Schulte
Daily Staff Reporter
In the aftermath of court and voter
decisions to eliminate race as a factor in
admissions at several universities
across the country, administrators are
finding alternative plans to ensure
diversity on their campuses and acces-
sibility to all applicants.
Last month,
the University,
of California
system Board t
of Regents
approved a
plan guaran-
teeing admis-
sion to the top
4 percent of
California
state high *
school stu-
dents to one
of UC's eight undergraduate campuses.
The plan, pushed by California Gov.
Gray Davis, was implemented in an
attempt to make more students eligible
for admission. This is the first change in
the admissions policy since the 1995 ban
passed by the UC regents eliminating
race as a factor in the admissions process.
In 1997, Texas lawmakers passed a
bill requiring the state's public universi-
ties to grant automatic admission to all
high school students graduating in the
top 10 percent of their high school class.
Texas state legislators passed the law
to counter the effect of the 1996
Hopwood ruling which eliminated the
use of race in admissions and financial
aid at Texas' public universities.
Administrators from both schools
champion these plans as creating a level
playing field by admitting students
from a wide range of racial and eco-
nomic backgrounds.
But results from The Michigan Daily

Student Survey show University stu-
dents do not approve of programs simi-
lar to these.
In initial results from the survey _- a
sample representing 87 percent of the
student population - only 38 percent
of respondents said they approve of
programs that automatically admit a top
percentage of high school graduates to
state universities.
The survey was conducted by the
Daily in conjunction with the Institute
for Social Research and Department of
Communication Studies. Results of the
survey are based on 873 interviews con-
ducted with a stratified probability sam-
ple of all currently enrolled students.
The sample was drawn by the Registrar's
Office and is weighted to account for
demography. Interviews were conduct-
ed between March 30 and April 13.
The margin of error due to sampling
is + 4 percentage points and it larger for
subsamnples.
Subgroups of survey respondents,
who identified themselves as receiving
financial aid or affiliation with the
Greek community, also showed only
marginal approval for the use of pro-
grams like those in California and Texas.
LSA junior Adam Weber, a survey
respondent, said he does not think the
admissions programs are appropriate.
"Colleges should look at applicants
on an individual basis," Weber said.
"Colleges are always saying they want
well rounded individuals. Just being in
the top doesn't guarantee that.:
While survey respondents indicated
they do not approve of the programs,
Augustine Garza, deputy director of
admissions at University of Texas at
Austin, said the top 10 percent plan is
working well.
Garza said that more Asian, black and
Latino/a students were admitted for the
1999 school year than the previous year,
a change Garza said he is happy to see.
"Every institution wants diversity,
but the law won't let us achieve it
through the previous methods," he said.
See SURVEY, Page 10

LX) -
2000 OLYmpics
SYDNEY

Anti ci pat i n g
enormous crowds
for the 2000
S u m m e r
Olympics,sur-
rounding univer-
sities and schools

JESSICA JOHNSON/Daily
LSA senior Leah Dawson crawls through an Inflated tunnel yesterday during Senior Days in the Diag. Today marks the
last day of class for all students before the summer break.
SACUAdebates rights
to intellectual prope rty

ave decided to shut down for the
James.
"I think it would be a nightmare for
ee to get to" the university, said
Aeg Brewer, University of New South
Vales executive officer to the academ-
e board. UNSW hosts about 50
Jniversity of Michigan students for
tudy abroad each semester.
During the Olympics, many tour-
uiding, hosting and driving jobs will
pen to students familiar with Sydney's
oads and the organization of the city.
"We don't want students to be disad-
JAged during that time," Brewer said.
They should be able to take advantage
f the casual paid work positions of the
ames to be able to fully participate."
University of Michigan students cur-
"ently studying abroad in Sydney also
ire being asked to apply for the part-
See OLYMPICS, Page 7

By Nick Faizone
Daily Staff Reporter
The University has many ways of generating revenue
independent of tuition and state appropriations, includ-
ing funds spawned from the inventions of faculty mem-
bers.
But debate recently has been sparked on campus regard-
ing the alteration of the percentage of faculty compensation
if the invention is successful.
Mary Mandeville, a Senate Advisory Committee for
University Affairs research associate, said if a faculty mem-
ber invents something while employed by the University,

they are obligated to sign an agreement to give the rights of
the "intellectual property" -- the invention - to the
University.
The faculty member and the University then agree upon
a set percentage of the invention's revenue that the inventor
receives, Mandeville said, when the creation is introduced
to the world. But at the invention's introduction, Mandeville
said many faculty members are unaware of the true value of
their creation.
"Sometimes you don't know if it's a good thing or not
if it's worth $10,000 or $10,000,000," Mandeville
See SACUA, Page 17

THE BARE ESSENTIALS

Students, 'U' work to
make Naked Mile safe

As another school year comes to
an end, so does the daily
production of The Michigan Daily.
Look for the Daily's Summer
Weekly beginning May 4, with
*tinuing coverage of Ann Arbor
I the University. We'll be back in
the fall to bring you coverage of the
beginning of the lawsuits against
the University's admissions
policies, the review of the Code of
Student Conduct and another

ly O'Connor
aff Reporter
at do you get when you take an innocent jog
;h town, add drunk euphoria and hundreds of
-sity seniors on the verge of graduation and
:t their clothing?
answer - the Naked Mile, a time-honored
sity tradition celebrating the end of the
ter and the end of college for many students.
recent years, the size and safety of the famous
te come into question, prompting some stu-
- +n - -+~nc teir nw xvil l A-i-teynun

national attention, the crowds of spectators are more
unruly than ever. This behavior, she said, can jeopar-
dize runners' safety.
Seamon has recruited more than 200 volunteers who
will line the runners' path to lookout for broken glass
and other objects that could be safety hazards and com-
municate with other organizers by walkie-talkie in case
someone is injured and needs medical attention.
But the ultimate responsibility for safety lies with
Naked Mile participants, Seamon said.
"If you're going to run, run smart," she said, list-
ino a fewu tins for runners to keen in mind. "Carry

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