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NATION/WORLD

GRANGER
Continued from Page 1A
make."
McKinley said admissions offi-
cers take all factors regarding appli-
cants into account before making a
decision about their admission sta-
tus.
"if we are aware of some behav-
ioral problem that occurred here or
some place else, we'll look at that
during the admissions process." she
said.
But McKinley added that any vio-
lations students commit will not
necessarily prevent there from
attending the University's Dearborn
campus.
"We can admit the student on dis-
ciplinary probation, placing restric-
tions on what the student could and
could not do," she said. "We look at
it in light of all the circumstances:
what the student has done between
the time they were suspended,
whether they had any rehabilitated."
Drake said Granger is suing the
Grosse Pointe Board of Education,
superintendent Suzanne Klein and
Grosse Pointe North High School
administrators.
"We are suing the school for vio-

lating his constitutional rights. It has
nothing to do with the criminal
case." Drake said. "It's just what
these administrators did to all these
kids."
The sexual misconduct scandal
began during the 1997-98 academic
year, when the Grosse Pointe North
High School yearbook staff ran a
picture of Granger's genitalia. Mark
Mcinerney, attorney for the Grosse
Pointe Public School System, said
Granger and several of his friends
had purchased the page, and the pic-
ture was removed before the year-
books had been distributed to all
students.
"The school system and its
employees believe they have acted
properly and responsibly throughout
this matter. They intend to aggres-
sively and successfully defend them-
selves in this litigation." McInerney
said.
Drake said Granger "is a kid" who
has been punished for what he has
done. The real perpetrators, he said,
are the Grosse Pointe school admin-
istrators.
"The bigger picture is the real
adults who destroyed seven kids'
lives to protect themselves from get-
ting fired," Drake said.

PANEL
Continued from Page IA
higher education in an attempt to make
it available to a broader audience.
Hurtado opened the discussion with
the question, "What have we learned in
the last 40 years in terms of race rela-
tions?"'
Trent, the first speaker, is considered
an expert on the issue of school deseg-
regation.
"We are facing a situation where
African Americans are as segregated as
they were in 1977" Trent said. "We
can't afford to limit the use of race in
admissions."
Trent presented information showing
that minorities, especially black
Americans, are facing as many educa-
tional limitations as they did during the
years of formal segregation.
There is a requirement "of continued
commitment to using race in an
informed way in admissions," Trent
said.
Levin focused on the psychological
aspect of using race in admissions
processes.
"White Americans overwhelmingly
endorse racial equality," Levin said.
But "racism is still very much a part
of U.S. culture," she said.
Levin cited research showing that
"opposition to affirmative action is
highest when blacks are the targeted
group instead of the elderly or the hand-
icapped."
"Ignoring race in merit-based selec-
tions unfairly disadvantages minority

groups," she said.
Milem concluded the program by
discussing the educational benefits
of diversity. After praising the work
of the University of Michigan in its
affirmative action program, Milem
presented evidence on how diversity
positively affects educational estab-
lishments.
"Diversity has a transformative influ-
ence on institutions," Milem said.
He discussed the benefits of having a
diverse faculty as well.
"Students are more likely to be
exposed to faculty which is student-
and teacher-oriented," Milem said.
Following the presentations, the
audience engaged in a question-and-
answer session with the panelists.
"It seems the media is more interest-
ed in the political rhetoric surrounding
affirmative action, not the empirical
rhetoric," Milem said in response to one
question.
Members of the audience expressed
a positive reaction to the discussion.
"It was really interesting." LSA
sophomore Akosua Mireku said. "A lot
I'd heard before, and a lot I agree with."
But Mireku expressed concerns
about the effectiveness of such a pre-
sentation.
"We're a self-selected sample." she
said. "We came here because we want-
ed to. What about the general public?
They need to hear this information
rather then the media-represented infor-
mation. The research needs to get to the
general public, not just those getting a
higher education"

ACROSS T HE NATION
Clinton's final address free of scandal
WASHINGTON - When President Clinton strides into the Capitol tonight to
deliver the final State of the Union speech of his presidency, gone will be the dra-
mas of his past addresses, the impeachment trials, the exploding sex scandals,
sense of drift and disarray.
Without the melodrama or political intrigue of the past, this year's speech will
offer an ambitious legislative agenda for Clinton's final year in office that not even
his top aides believe will pass on his watch.
"He'll be laying out an agenda for the decade," said Sidney Blumenthal, a senior
White House aide, "an agenda that understands the new realities, that's visionary
and practical. They may not all be reached this year, but they will be reached."
For much of his tenure in office, Clinton has been a master of this venue, a rambling
yet eloquent orator who used his epic State of the Union addresses to re-energizehis
presidency. Each year, the image of Clinton evoking cheers from a joint session of
Congress has lent his presidency a stateliness it otherwise did not always convey.
Last year, as an extraordinary Senate impeachment court stood in judgment
him. Clinton used the address to try to prove that an expected acquittal would n
in effect, end his tenure in office.
This year, no less an authority than Clinton himself says lie is simply trying, in
the waning months of his presidency, to stave off nostalgia for past triumphs.

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NASA
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get limited their options. That's when
Gilchrist stepped in. Gilchrist recom-
mended a space systems design class
at the University.
NASA budgeted S230,000 for the
student assignment and various
University departments contributed
student assignment and various
University departments contributed
about 570,000.
"I suggested to NASA we could
provide cheap labor for" the project,
Gilchrist said.
Toiling in the University's Space
Physics Research Laboratory and gar-
nering expertise from many faculty
members, students have spent as
much as 30 hours per week each on
the project.
The 15-member class began
designing the satellite on paper dur-
ing the fall semester of 1998, and
NASA accepted the group's proposal
last January.
While the satellite is a benefit to
NASA, many students emphasized
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"This has been one of the craziest
but best experiences I've ever had,"
student program manager and
Engineering graduate student lane
Ohlweiler said, adding that about two-
thirds of the participants have been
volunteers.
"These are much wiser people than
a year ago." Gilchrist said, explaining
that the students dealt with real work
a year ago," Gilchrist said, explaining
that the students dealt with "real work
pressure and deadlines and prob-
lems."
Johnson said the kind of work
experience students got by working
on this project is rare to their field of
interest.
"It usually takes five to 10 years
from inception to flight," Johnson
said.
The project team will hand over the
finished project to the Marshall
Space Flight Center on March 1.
Currently, the project is in the "inte-
gration stage," Gilchrist said.
.Johnson said recent NASA failures
have had an impact on the Icarus pro-
ject - the students' name for the pro-
gram.
Marshall Space Flight Center
Director Art Stephenson wrote the
report detailing the failed landing of
the Mars Polar Lander. Johnson said
Stephenson has increased the regula-
tions the students had to follow for
their project.
"NASA has constantly been watch-
ing our design," Ohlweiler said. "We
don't get any special treatments."
The satellite is scheduled for
launch on the Delta 11 rocket this fall
at the NASA air station in Cape
Canaveral, Fla.
Engineering senior Steven
Lanzisera, who designed the mecha-
nism's power distribution systems,
said he won't be nervous on the day
of the launch.
"We know the system better than
anyone else," Lanzisera said.

Blizzard covers N.C.,
reminices Floyd
RALEIGH, N.C. - Four months
after Hurricane Floyd's devastating
floodwaters. North Carolina struggled
yesterday with the aftermath of a
"white hurricane" - a record 2-foot
snowfall in a part of the country that
doesn't have much experience with
blizzards.
The snowstorm left thousands of
people stuck in cold, dark homes and
paralyzed Raleigh and other communi-
ties.
"I'm 45.years old and I've never seen
it like this. Our fire trucks couldn't go
anywhere. Our ambulances couldn't go
anywhere," said Rick Harris, emer-
gency management coordinator in rural
Montgomery County, outside
Charlotte.
Raleigh Mayor Paul Coble, snow-
bound yesterday like many of his
constituents, described the storm in
terms people in North Carolina are
certain to understand: "a white hurri-
cane."

AROUND THE WORLD

More than 140000 homes and busi-
ness remained without electricity yes-
terday in North and South Carolina.
The storm was blamed for one traffic
death in North Carolina and two
South Carolina. Two people were found
outside dead of exposure in South
Carolina.
Smokers sue for
tobacco settlement
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Lawyersfor
smokers are planning to sue eight states
seeking a share of the S206 billion
national tobacco settlement.
That settlement was reached in 1998
with 46 states seeking to recover money
spent treating smoking-related illnesses
of people on Medicaid. But many states
plan to use the money for unrelated pro-
jects, and that has angered some smok-
ers with tobacco-related illnesses.
The new lawsuits are being filed this
week in Pennsylvania, Vermont, West
Virginia, North Carolina, Sot
Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia a
Rhode Island, lawyers said.

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Ethnic tensions in
China still mounting
BEIJING - Despite a police crack-
down. unrest in China's northwestern
territory of Xinjiang appears to have
intensified, fomented by ethnic ten-
sions, strong-arm Chinese tactics and
the pull of Islamic fundamentalism.
Armed Uighur militants and Chinese
security forces clashed early this month in
the isolated town of Aksu, sources said in
Beijing. Several militants were killed in
what sources here described as a dramat-
ic shootout when Chinese security forces
in helicopters clashed with militants who
had kidnapped five police officers.
The state-run Xinjiang Daily report-
ed last week that five militants have
been sentenced to death for separatism,
murder, robbery and illegally dealing in
weapons and ammunition in connection
with a two-year spate of separatist activ-
ities across the vast territory. Eight other
separatists got long jail terms, said the
paper, which was seen in Beijing
Tuesday. One of those sentenced to

death had killed a police officer.
A classified circular issued in
December by the Ministrv of S*
Security. meanwhile, indicated strongly
that China believes problems with
Uighurs - mostly Muslims with a
Turkic language and ethnically differ-
ent from the majority Han Chinese -
will not go away.
Farmers fear spread
of genetic pollioUtio
MONTREAL -Small-scale farmers
from around the world came to
Montreal on yesterday to ask for regula-
tions limiting what they call "genetic
pollution"- genetically modified crops
spreading their altered genes into the
environment around them. Canadian
farmer Hart Haiden said that in the
Canadian provinces of Alberta and
Saskatchewan, genes from genetically
engineered canola plants have alre v
spread to unaltered varieties
- Conypiledfion Daily wire reports.

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