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March 31, 2000

Engneering, Nursingschools rank fourth

By Robert Gold
Daily Staff Reporter
U.S. News & World Report rankings
released today rated four University gradu-
ate schools among the nation's top ten in
*eir respective fields.
According to the rankings, which are to be
published Sunday in a special edition of the
magazine, the University's School of Nursing
is fourth and the School of Engineering tied
for fourth place with the Georgia Institute of
Technology. The University's Law School
and School of Education were both ranked
seventh, the Business School ranked ninth
and the Medical School shared 12th place
*th the Baylor College of Medicine..

Harvard University's business, education,
and medical schools all received first-place
While reactions from the deans of the five
ranked University of Michigan graduate
schools varied, they all agreed that the mag-
azines measurement methods are not per-
"It's always difficult to know how serious
to take the rankings," Nursing Dean Ada
Sue Hinshaw said.
Hinshaw said the University has been
among the top five nursing schools for the
past decade, although the magazine has not
rated nursing schools since 1997.
Hinshaw said credit for the lofty ranking
should go to the dedicated staff.

"I can brag because I am the dean. The
faculty are the ones that make it," Hinshaw
Hinshaw added that the school does not
base its self-evaluation on the magazine
scores. She said internal curricula reviews
and critiques from the American Associa-
tion of Colleges of Nursing are two indica-
tors the school uses.
Although the School of Engineering still
remained in the top five this year, it dropped
from the third-place position that it shared
with the Georgia Institute of Technology
last year.
Engineering Dean Stephen Director said
the rankings add prestige and self-esteem to
faculty and students but added that the cal-

culations have some flaws because criteria
change somewhat each year..
According to a U.S. News press release,
.40 percent of the scores for engineering
schools are based on reputation, with selec-
tivity, faculty resources and research activi-
ties serving as other primary factors.
Director said the school can be consid-
ered among the nation's best for a number
of reasons.
"We have a very large research program.
We are near the top in terms of research
(money) per faculty member," Director said.
Education Dean Karen Wixson said she
was pleased the school remained in the top
ten, moving up from eighth to seventh.
See RANKINGS, Page 2

Leaders of the best
Nursing: 4th US.N
Engineering: 4th (tie) W
Law: 7thRePor
Education: 7th Gradu
Business: 9th Scho4
Medical: 12th (tie)



work to

U forced
to release

By Charles Chen
Daily Staff Reporter

Perhaps the best way to alert major
corporations of threats they pose to
the environment is to hit them where
it hurts the most - the job market.
Encouraging students not to work
for BP Amoco and the Coca-Cola
Company after graduation because
of threats they may pose to the envi-
ronment, groups including Environ-
pmental Action and the Michigan
Student Assembly's Environmental
Issues Commission sponsored the
Dirty Jobs Boycott yesterday on the
"If you can educate people, then
there will be more to fight the fight.
Everyone should take an invested
interest in the environment," said
Brianne Haven, president of EnAct
and chairwoman of EIC. "I want the
companies to know that students are
aware of these issues."
The groups claim that BP
Amoco, a major oil company, has
been lobbying Congress to open up
the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
in Alaska for oil drilling..
Environmentalists fear drilling in
the Arctic could impact herds of
caribou that migrate there each
spring to give birth.
EnAct member Sarah Walker said
the drilling would also affect the
Gwich'in, a Native American tribe
that lives near the refuge. The cari-
bou has religious significance for
the tribe and also serves as a food
The student groups identify
Coca-Cola as a threat to the envi-
ronment because of the materials
they use to produce their soda bot-
tles. Coca-Cola produces more than
See BOYCOTT, Page 2

By Jeannie Baumann
and Jen Fish
Daily Staff Reporters
Intervenors in the lawsuits challeng-
ing the use of race as a factor in the
University's College of Literature, Sci-
ence and the Arts admissions gained
ground Wednesday when U.S. District
Magistrate Judge Thomas Carlson
ordered the Univer-_
sity to turn over the
names and phone W 'r r hi
numbers of all
undergraduate prove a a
black and hispanic black an
students as well as
its classifications of students.
high schools.
Godfrey Dillard,
lead counsel for the Lead counsel for
intervening under-
graduate defen-
dants, said he hopes to use the code
information to prove that the University
is using discriminatory practices in
their admissions process. Dillard said
he wants to examine whether the Uni-
versity gives unfair advantages to white
suburban schools - slighting predomi-
nantly minority, urban schools.
Dillard said he requested the tele-


phone numbers to speak with minority
students at the University to see
whether or not they perceive that they
are being discriminated against.
The lawsuits were filed against the
University in 1997 by the Washington,
D.C.-based Center for Individual
Rights, on behalf of two white appli-
cants who claim they were denied
admission to the College of LSA
although less-qual-
ified minorities
re to were accepted. A
similar complaint
ise for against the Law
Latino School was filed
later that year.
Last August a
ruling by the 6th
- Godfrey Dillard Circuit Court of
e LSA intervenors Appeals allowed a
coalition of 58 stu-
dents of various
ethnicites, in addition to national
groups such as the American Civil
Liberties Union, to join the case as
intervening defendants. The decision
allows the intervening students and
groups the same status as the Universi-
ty and CIR.
Because the University is under the
See LAWSUITS, Page 2

LSA sophomore Deborah Bass explains the Dirty Jobs boycott to ISA sophomore Henry Rosenbaum on the Diag as he
signs a petition not to work for Coca-Cola or BP Amoco until the companies become more environmentally friendly.
Earth Day lives.30 years,
maraks atv spirit in A2

By Jacquelyn Nixon
Daily Staff Reporter
Thirty years ago, 20 million people
demonstrated nationwide in streets,
parks and auditoriums on April 22
demanding a healthier environment.
That day marked the first Earth Day,
which took place during a time when
anti-Vietnam protests were prevalent
and had spread to college campuses
across the nation.
Founded by former Wisconsin sena-
tor Gaylord Nelson, Earth Day received
support from organizations and politi-

cians of all parties and backgrounds.
"The objective of Earth Day was to
organize a national demonstration of
concern for the environment so large
that it would shake up the political
establishment and force this issue
onto the national agenda," Nelson
said in a written statement. "It was a
gamble, but it worked."
More than 35,000 people attended
the first Earth Day festival in Ann
Arbor, which was largest national gath-
ering in the country for the first Earth
Day celebration. Nelson spoke in front
of a capacity crowd at Crisler Arena.

Before starting Earth Day, Nelson
had begun preserving land for
wildlife and recreation areas through
funding from a penny-a-pack tax on
cigarettes, which was one of the first
programs of its type in the nation.
"The reason Earth Day worked is
that it organized itself. The idea was
out there and everybody grabbed it. I
wanted a demonstration by so many
people that politicians would say that
people really care about this and
that's just what Earth Day did," Nel-
son said in the statement.
See EARTH DAY, Page 2

Get by with a little help from our friends

Hopes set
high for 29th
Hash Bash
By David Enders
Daily Staff Reporter

Music school sophomore Jim Leija displays the first issue of the G-Spot magazine
during a poetry reading at the Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered
Affairs last night.
Gay and Proud kicks
o first G-Sot issue

Adam Brook thinks he has the answer to an often-heard
campus debate: When lighting a joint, is a person smoking
up, down or out?
"It's slang, whatever gets you going. I guess it depends on
what kind of weed you're smoking,"
said Brook, an Ann Arbor business-.
man who has organized the annual
Hash Bash festival, a celebration of
hemp, on the Diag for the past nine A
More neonle may find an answer

By Karolyn Kokko
Daily Staff Reporter
G-Spot magazine, the newest publi-
cation on campus, kicked off its first
issue last night with a reading from the

"There's going to be a second print-
ing since it's so popular," said Burns,
an LSA junior.
"I think it's imperative to have a vis-
ible and tangible queer voice on cam-
pus. G-Spot does exactly that," said
Music junior Molly Bain Frounfelter, a

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