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eUC
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freshmen, up from 16.9 percent last
fall but down from 18.8 percent in Fall
1997.
The UC Board of Regents voted in
1995 to ban race as a factor in admis-
sions. The policy, known as SP-1,
took affect in 1998.
California residents also passed
Proposition 209 in 1996, which out-
lawed the use of race in admissions
statewide.
University spokesman Terry Light-
foot said the increase in admitted
minority students is partly because of
outreach efforts such as informing high
schools about admissions requirements.
"Many students were a class or two
from being ready," but did not know it,
Lightfoot said, adding that an increase
in overall population size is another fac-
tor in the increase in admitted students.
UC Regent Odessa Johnson echoed
Lightfoot's argument that outreach
programs have helped increase admis-
sion numbers but warned that the data
can be misleading.
"Even though the numbers are up ...

at the two flagship campuses, we're still
not there,' Johnson said, referring to the
Berkeley and Los Angeles campuses.
"The folks should not believe SP-I
did not have a detrimental effect," John-
son said. "It's not okey-dokey when it
comes to" UC-Berkeley and UCLA.
"The admissions figures confirm
our belief you can increase racial
diversity without preferences," said
Kevin Nguyen, the director of UC
Regent Ward Connerly's American
Civil Rights Institute of Federal
and State Affairs, adding that
minority numbers have increased at
UCLA and UC-Berkeley from last
year.
At UC-Berkeley, minority appli-
cants rose from last year but are still
considerably less than 1997. That
year, 1,778 Native Americans, blacks
and Hispanics were admitted, com-
pared to 1,169 this year - a 15.3 per-
cent increase from last year.
Underrepresented minorities make
up 15.3 percent of this year's admitted
students at UCLA, which is down
from 21.2 percent in 1997 and up
from last year's 14.9 percent.
Fall 2000 underrepresented minori-

ty admission levels at the Santa Clara,
Riverside and Irvine campuses are
higher than 1997, according to UC
records. Riverside is the only campus
with a higher proportion of underrep-
resented minorities.
UC Regent William Bagley said
fewer minority students have been
admitted to UCLA and UC-Berkeley
because of a "feeling you are not
wanted and (a feeling) you probably
couldn't get in" and a stricter admis-
sions process.
Richard Black, assistant vice
chancellor of admissions and
enrollment at UC-Berkeley, said
the campus can only accept about
25 percent of all applications while
some campuses accept most stu-
dents that apply.
Black said a diverse student pop-
ulation could be best reached
through affirmative action, but out-
reach methods have been helpful.
Black added that since the passage
Proposition 209, admissions appli-
cations must be read at least twice
and students who maximize
resources in their high school may
be given some preference.

'Urban' secretary
lectures on nature

By Josie Gingrich
Daily Staff Reporter
James Lyons is not a typical defend-
er of the U.S. wilderness. The current
Undersecretary of Agriculture grew up
in urban New Jersey and only enjoyed
the great outdoors on family camping
trips. But Lyons' lack of exposure has
led him to fight for natural resources
with more vigor.
Lyons spoke to a group of students,
faculty and community members at the
Samuel Trask Dana Building yesterday
about conservation history, current ini-
tiatives and predictions for the future.
"It's a pleasure to be in an environ-
ment where discourse and discussion
is at a higher level," said Lyons, who
often testifies before Congress. "I've
come to love what I do because I care
about our natural resources."
In discussing the history of conser-
vation, Lyons said, "We are in the
process of completing the first century
of American conservation. Much has
changed over time, but the issues and
conflicts over conservation have
remained the same."
Lyons quoted Winston Churchill in

saying, "Those who don't understand
history are doomed to repeat it."
Although natural resource conserva-
tion has traditionally been a Democratic
concern, Lyons said he has "worked
more and more with moderate Republi-
cans to secure changes."
Lyons' work has involved roads and
roadless areas in national forests as
well as the elimination of two long-
standing timber contracts in Alaska.
"You have to deal with road sys-
tems," Lyons said. "We lose 1,400
miles a year (of roads) to neglect.
We're losing access to national forests
because of benign neglect."
Lyons emphasized the importance
of public involvement in conservation
and said he envisioned a future in
which the public is more involved in
land stewardship.
"We have to emphasize public
input," Lyons said. "We haven't ade-
quately engaged the public. We have to
be more focused on a collaborative
approach involving the public."
Lyons also had words of advice for
students at the School of Natural
Resources and the Environment.
"Take time to think about what

Jim Lyons, Undersecretary of
Agriculture for Natural Resources and
Environment speaks at the Dana
Building.
you're learning and where you want to
go," he said. "We have to build a foun-
dation for land ethics."
Lyons' lecture was the first in a series
sponsored by Ecosystem Management
Initiative. SNRE Prof. Steve Yaffee said
the initiative is dedicated to "innovation
in natural resource management."
"Today there is an important and his-
torical transition underway," Yaffee said.
The SNRE has "long been involved in
precareer, undergraduate and graduate
studies. We can do more. I envision a
mid-career training program."
Student response to Lyons' lecture
was enthusiastic.

POLICY
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drunk, belligerent, making a lot of noise," Lovernick
"The University recommended that we do something
it, and this is our way to make sure that freshmen a
getting in when they shouldn't."
A committee of six Panhel members and six IFC
bers created the revised Greek social policy. Some co
tee members were chosen from a pool of applicants
others were appointed.
"These are people we felt would represent the
community well," Lovernick said.
Because all parties held by third-party vendors are no
VERSITY
Continued from Page 1A
Lemke said he does not officially
permit commercial notetakers into his AF
courses but he "implicitly allows"
them. ,F
"I don't have any policies of
enforcement to stop them from send-
ing notetakers. I would rather they
didn't," Lemke said.
Lemke said he doesn't think
good students will use the Web
notes to enhance their performance
in class.
"Students who do aren't very good
students. It is unfortunate but they
will learn their lesson. Students could
go on the Internet and get bad notes,"
Lemke said.
Some professors are angered by
Versity.com coming into their class- Corr
rooms without permission, but Versi-
ty says this new policy will retain
professors' authority over their class-
room lectures.
Communications Prof. Susan
Douglas told the company she was
not interested in having them post
her lecture notes online, but Versi-
ty.com still posted her Communi-
cations 101 notes.
"I post my own important defini-
tions and key concepts on the Web
and I think it is important for stu-
dents to come to lecture," Douglas
said.
Douglas said she warns students to
avoid using the Website because she
has found mistakes in the past.
"There is nothing I can do to
stop it, I warn students to go there
at their own peril," Douglas said.
"I feel like we (professors) don't
E have any rights."

on chapter property, these are not considered "events." While
they must be registered with the Office of Greek Life, they are
not under the jurisdiction of event parameters specified by the
k said. new social policy.
about In addition, parties held at third-party vendors are not
are not subject to monitoring by the Social Responsibility Commit-
tee. All events held on chapter property are checked for
mem- violations by the SRC, but parties at third-party vendors
)mmit- will be allowed to have kegs, party bowls and cups.
while "It might take a while for fraternity members to get
used to it," IFC President Adam Silver said of the new
Greek policy. "In the long run, it will better serve the com-
munity as a whole and it will make a more responsible
ot held community."
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