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April 12, 2000

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First hearing


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By Anna Clark
Daily Staff Reporter

After being filed more than two years ago,
the first hearing in the lawsuit challenging the
teersity's Law Schoo; admissions policy will
take place today and possibly ignite a series of
similar court dates to set the stage for the offi-
cial trial, scheduled to begin in January 2001.
The lawsuit, which challenges the Law
School's use of race as a factor in admissions,
was filed in December 1997 by the Center for
Individual Rights, a Washington, D.C.-based law
firm, on behalf of Barbara Grutter, a white appli-
cant who was denied admission. A similar law-
s* was filed in October 1997 against the
Umversity's College of Literature, Science and
By David Enders
and Caitlin Nish
Daily Staff Reporters

the Arts.
The hearing begins at 2 p.m. at the Washte-
naw County 14th District Court in Ann Arbor.
"It's a very technical day," University Deputy
General Counsel Liz Barry said.
Issues to be addressed include the CIR's
request for the application files of 50 rejected
white applicants to the University and 50
accepted underrepresented minorities.
Barry said the University does not want to
hand over students' files, because although
essential information such as names and Social
Security numbers would be removed, the stu-
dents might still be identified through the infor-
mation in their essays and recommendations.
"We're called upon to protect our students'
rights," Barry said.

Miranda Massie, legal counsel for the inter-
venors, said CIR should not be entitled to the
requested applicant files.
"The only purpose would be to intimidate
and stigmatize students who are currently
enrolled in the Law School," she said.
The University's legal team will also request
that U.S. District Judge Patrick Duggan revisit
his decision defining the suit as mandatory
class action. The judge defined the class as all
white applicants who were denied admissions
from 1995 to the date of the case's verdict.
Being a mandatory class, this includes appli-
cants regardless of their knowledge of the suit:
"We believe that the class shouldn't be
mandatory," Barry said. "We should look at
what the class is looking for now. They aren't

looking to get in anymore. They've moved on.
They're seeking money. And if they're seeking
money, that requires a non-mandatory class,
where the members need to be notified of their
status and can choose to opt in or out."
Barry said the University also wants Duggan
to exclude white rejected applicants who still
would have been denied admission under a
race-blind system.
The University has parallel requests for the
undergraduate case. To demonstrate support,
many students, including intervenors, are plan-
ning on rallying on the Diag today before
marching to the federal building at the corner
of South Fifth Avenue and East Liberty Street.
"It'll be really great for the judge to see
that," Barry said.

Today's court date is the first after two-and-
a-half years of discovery, motions and campus
When CIR handed the University it's first
lawsuit, it named LSA, University President
Lee Bollinger and former President James
Duderstadt as defendants.
Jennifer Gratz and Patrick Hamacher, two
LSA applicants who were rejected after being
waitlisted in 1995 and 1996 respectively, were
named as plaintiffs. They claim the Universi-
ty's system of using race in admissions offers
"students from favored racial groups ... a sig-
nificantly greater chance of admission than stu-
dents with similar credentials from disfavored
racial groups."
See LAWSUIT, Page 8

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Ann Arbor Police Department officers
arted a 19-year-old University student
li day night after the use of a counter-
feit $20 bill to buy McDonald's french
fries led them to his room in Bursley
Residence Hall on North Campus.
Officers confiscated the computer
equipment of the student, who faces
charges of counterfeiting. The student,
whose name has not been released,
may face a variety of charges on the
local and federal levels.
At the state level, counterfeiting is
p hable with up to 10 years in prison
ai a maximum $5,000 fine. At the fed-
eral level, the penalties are more severe.
It is still unclear as to under which laws
the student might be charged.
Employees at the McDonald's
Restaurant on South University
Avenue alerted police to the counter-
feit money after the student's girlfriend
used one of the bills to purchase
fr ch fries. Police then found 14
ational $20 bills in her purse.. The
girl, who is from New York, is not a
University student.
She toid police that she was using
the bills because she needed money to
return to New York. Upon further
questioning, police learned her
boyfriend had printed the bills.
In addition to facing criminal
charges, the student may also be
charged with violating the University
t ZCof Student Conduct and rules of
esidence Hall Association.
While the Community Living Hand-
book accounts for the breaking of state
and federal laws while on residence hall
property, residence hall officials say that
this is not grounds for immediate and
automatic eviction.
Instead, the student would have to
undergo the judicial processes of either
the Office of Student Conflict Resolu-
tior the Residence Hall Association.
The possible outcomes of these process-
es will determine sanctions against the
student at the University level.
AAPD Sgt. Michael Logghe said
charges will be pressed against the stu-
dent, but motive is unclear. "We're not
sure why he was doing it," he said.

By Jacquelyn Nixon
Daily Staff Reporter
With the clock ticking down to the
end of the term, some students are
concerned with juggling finals while
still observing religious holidays.
RC sophomore and Hillel Vice
President Shari Katz said students
should realize that the University
accommodates religious holidays.
"I'm not certain that students are
aware that they can reschedule their
finals," Katz said.
Passover is "a week-long holiday,
but traditionally students observe the
20th and 21st and the 26th and 27th
with family members and are unable
to write on their exams during that
time;' Katz said.
Executive Director of Hillel
Michael Brooks said,."Many stu-
dents have arranged to take exams
before the holiday."

Some students said their profes-
sors have been very cooperative.
LSA sophomore Sara Dalezman
said students in her class "com-
plained because of the conflict with
an exam, but the professor who
wasn't Jewish understood and moved
the exam to an alternate date for
those students."
Passover is also a holiday which
requires extensive preparation and
many students find it easier to observe
when they are with their families.
Jewish students often go home and
spend time at synagogue, Katz said.
Passover is "typically a time that
there are many traditions," she said.
"There are special religious rituals
that Jews go through to rid the house
of unleven materials and families use
different sets of silverware. Home
makes it easier to observe the holiday
and it's a different way of life for a
See FINALS, Page 5

Sara Ballon, a Berman Fellow at the University of Michigan Hillel, gathers kosher-for-Passover snacks at Hillel yesterday.
Jews are not allowed to eat leavened bread during the eight-day holiday beginning April 20.

Massage therapy serves
as effective alternative

Shabnam Daneshvar
Daily Staff Reporter

providers in the Ann Arbor area, offers
alternative ways for patients to handle
their pain and traumatic emotional and

Pointing an accusatory finger at spiritual situations.

conventional medi-
cine, practitioners of
holistic treatments crit-
icize traditional tech-
niques for being
ignorant of effective
alternative medicinal
methods that aim at
preventing ailments.
The Alternative

Alternative Medicine
Second in a three-
part series about
popular and non-
medical techniques

"More and more,
these forms of therapy
are being covered by
insurances. In the long
run, they will be more
cost effective for
patients because of their
emphasis on preventive
care. The more alterna-
tive therapy sought, the

Glaza, coordinator of the alliance.
One of the more accepted forms of
alternative therapy - and often times
not regarded as a therapeutic diagnosis
- is massage therapy.
Through the use of their hands, cer-
tified massage therapists, like Laurie
Akkeros of Ann Arbor, touch patients
in certain pressure or tense points on
their body and work in rhythmic fash-
ions to release locked or problematic
flows of energy.
"Twenty-five to 30 percent of the
average person's medical dollars are
spent on alternative healing and doc-
See MASSAGE Page 5

Health Care Alliance, an organization
comprised of 18 different health care.

fewer number of reoccurring episodes
of running to the doctor," said Christa

MSA addresses
controversial class

Lift every voice and sing

By Usa Koivu
Daily Staff Reporter
In the final Michigan Student
Assembly meeting of the semester, the
afTbly passed a resolution support-
ing a course that will be offered for the
first time this fall -- English 317
"How to be Gay: Male Homosexuality
and Initiation."
According to the course description,
the class, taught by English Prof.

Many students attended the meeting
to speak in favor of the class.
Public Policy student Jim Holm said
the American Family Association's
campaign to cancel the class is absurd.
"This type of campaign is limiting
to academic freedom. It would be a
real disservice for us not to stand up
and defend it," he said.
Rackham Rep. Kieu-Anh King told
the assembly it needed to defend the
rights of all lesbian, gay, bisexual and

Ladies 4th place winner Nicole Baker and Men's 1st place Khalid Haywood talk
before the UConnections modeling competition at Ricks American Cafe.
Models take to
runway at Rc'

By Tiffany Maggard
Daily Staff Reporter
A runway took the place of Rick's
American Cafe dance floor last night
as 20aniring models stole the e~ves of

program pioneered by the presidents of
UConnection.com, an interactive col-
lege Website, and UModels.com, a
Website devoted to assisting college stu-
dents in the first steps of their career.
"Our Loals are aimed- at especiallv

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