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2B - The Michigan Daily Graduation Edition - Thursday, April 13, 2000


Students settle into residence hall life OUTGOING

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Editor's Note: This article originally ran in the
Sept. 3; 1996 issue of The Michigan Daily
By Stephanie Jo Klein
Daily Staff Reporter
In his first few days on campus, Jacob
Rodriguez has accumulated quite a poker debt.
Due to a University housing shortage, Rodriguez
had to bide his time playing card games - instead
of unpacking - in the Bursley Residence Hall
lounge that is his temporary home.
Continued from Page 1B
exert more executive control over athletics.
"I've said from the beginning that one of the things
would not do is run the Athletic Department,
Bollinger said. "It's simply not the role of the presiden
of the University."
Bollinger said he recognized the importance o
deferring "in most instances to the judgements of indi
vidual departments."
But at the same time, he stressed the need for admin
istrative participation in certain matters to allow for<
collective decision-making approach..
"I do not want a University where various part
simply decide how to deal with things, and th
University, which we are supposed to represent it
the central administration, is only informer
about," Bollinger said.

Rodriguez and nine others were given temporary
housing in Bursley lounges, since approximately
5,300 students in the entering class have over-
loaded all available University housing facilities.
Eric Kuper's bed is pushed next to a black-
board, and his desk is actually a study carrel.
Kuper, a School of Music freshman, said he actu-
ally likes the spacious lounge, but said the uncer-
tainty of his position troubles him.
"It's not knowing," Kuper said. "We could be
here three days or three weeks. I want to unpack."
Alan Levy, director of Housing public affairs,
A source said the NCAA's recent investiga
of Jamal Crawford's eligibility - and Bollin
unawareness of it - was a factor in Goss' de
I "You can take any of the issues that have been r
" in the media over the past two or three years. Ever
it gle one of those issues has been a collective effl
the part of the athletic department and on the pa
f the administration" Bollinger said.
i- "Take any of those issues, and you have Unive
1- Near the end of this academic term, Gossi
a receive a lump sum of $280,500 and will no longe
on the University payroll.
s Bollinger named Bill Martin interim athl
e director in March and plans to form a comm
n to search for the University's tenth athletic di
d tor. The appointment will be the secon
Bollinger's three-year tenure.

said all the residence halls have reached capacity
this year. Even Baits and Oxford Housing, with
lower occupancy rates, are completely filled.
Now the University is facing a space crunch,
with about 9,400 students demanding housing.
Early this summer, the University tried to
accommodate the extra students by putting "over-
flow triples" into housing plans.
"Some students simply don't show up to
school because they spent their summer deciding
to attend Harvard or Yale, but they didn't end
their leases (before school started)," Levy said.

Rooms unclaimed by today will be legally
available for re-assignment, which should help
alleviate the space squeeze. Those who have not
been given rooms will get first priority when the
two-week housing freeze on vacancies ends,
Levy said.
Communication troubles have also plagued the
lounge lizards. Lounges are not equipped with
telephones, so the students can't call home with-
out going to a pay phone and have had to walk to
many offices for information they could have
easily gotten by phone.

University President Lee Bollinger hired former Athletic Director Tom Goss in September 1997.
But after being rocked by scandal and financial woes, Goss resigned this February.


Continued from Page 18
he was upset that minorities with lower qualifications
gained acceptance to the University. With a GPA slightly
under 3.4 and an ACT score of 28, Hamacher claims he was
qualified for admission to the University.
"I had seen other kids getting in, and they had much
lower credentials than me," said Hamacher, who is currently
a student at Michigan State University.
Gratz, a Southgate resident who graduated with a 3.765
GPA and an ACT score of 25, said she hopes the lawsuit will
change an admissions system that she believes is flawed.
"I felt like there was a wrongdoing' Gratz said. "The poli-
cies need to be changed so nobody has to go through what I
went through."
CIR spokesman Terry Pell said the lawsuit against the Uni-
versity has the potential of setting a precedent similar to the
Hopwood case. "The admissions system here is more egre-
gious than the Hopwood case," Pell said.

Whyman said she hopes this case will eliminate any pref-
erential treatment received by minorities.
"This is a big day for us, the people who are fighting dis-
crimination," Whyman said. "We have good plaintiffs who
were selected because they have outstanding cases. You want
to have the strongest plaintiffs possible for this type of suit."
Under the case of The University of California Board of
Regents v. Bakke, which is the 1978 Supreme Court ruling
that set current precedent in the area of affirmative action, a
university or college may use race as one of many factors in
admission. CIR's current lawsuit, however, claims "race was
one of the predominant factors (along with scores on stan-
dardized admissions tests and high school grades) used for
determining admission."
The complaint states that Gratz and Hamacher suffered
"humiliation, emotional distress, and pain and suffering" as a
result of being rejected. The suit demands that the court award
the students financial compensation, declare that the Universi-
ty's admissions policies violate the 14th Amendment and
order the University to admit Hamacher as a transfer student.

Continued from Page 16
expenses, and 36.7 percent of those sur-
veyed plan to get a part-time job.
LSA freshman Katie Darner said
she needed to work in the summer to
help reduce her college costs.
"I work two jobs in the summer" she
said. "It's definitely always a concern."
The University was more successful
than other public universities in admit-
ting community-service-minded stu-

dents. More than 85 percent of respon-
dents had participated in volunteer
work in the past year, while 76.8 per-
cent of students at other public univer-
sities did community service.
Darner said volunteering was a help-
ful experience. "It made me thankful for
what I have," Darner said. "It gave me a
new perspective on things."
In alcohol statistics, more Universi-
ty incoming freshman reported having
consumed hard liquor and wine, 59.8
percent, than beer, 53 percent.
But Mary Lou Antieau, assistant to
the vice president for student affairs,
said students only had to drink once in
the previous year to answer yes.
Also, Antieau said many students
drink very lightly to celebrate gradua-
tion. "How many students had a glass of
champagne after graduation?" she said.
These alcohol statistics fall in
line with other public universities
that participated in the study. These
institutions reported that slightly
more students, 56. 1 percent of

respondents, reported drinking beer
while 58 percent had drank liquor
or wine.
LSA freshman Nikki Gunter was
slightly surprised by the findings.
"I would expect the beer to be high-
er than the liquor. It just seems more
common," she said.
Fitness also was important to this
freshman class, with only 2.6 per-
cent reporting that they did not
exercise. More than half the class,
51.8 percent, said they spend more
than six hours per week exercising
and playing sports.
In addition to keeping fit, only 8.6
percent reported smoking cigarettes.
A surprising statistic, according
to Cherry Danielson, the graduate
student research assistant who com-
piled the University data, was that
67 percent of the class reported they
had spent no time playing video
games last year.
"This says these students don't have
a lot of time," Danielson said.

equally memorable. Engineering senior
James Schrader said he will always
remember the days he spent in his resi-
dence hall.
"The time I was most happy, the time
I really felt content with my choices in
life was my freshman year at Couzens
Hall," Schrader said. "I experienced
many people and events that I w'
always cherish. To this day, all of
closest friends are people that I met in
Couzens at that time."
LSA senior Garth Heutel said he will
be glad to move on, but he will miss
things such as the walk to class.
"I'll miss going to class and walking
through the Diag and seeing people I
know, nothing out of the ordinary. I'll
never forget the sit in by the Students of
Color Coalition in the (Michigan
Union) tower. That was impressive
exciting and I'll probably remembe
forever," Heutel said.
SNRE senior Joe Reilly said he will
never forget the days the SCC occupied
the tower of the Michigan Union.
"I will always remember the 37 days
that students came together to recognize
the institutional racism inherent in
Michigamua and the University and
stood together in occupation of the
Michigan Union tower," Reilly said.
"The time spent in the tower was
truly powerful as our love and accep-
tance of all peoples tore down the walls
of exclusion and oppression that for so
long housed the secret tower societies,'
he added.
Former MSA president Bram Elias
said he will never forget when the foot-
ball team made it to the Rose Bowl
"It was my sophomore year and we
went to the Rose Bowl. I live in S- I
Diego and had 30 people staying at 9.
house. That was the year everyone kept
pouring onto the field after games, and
we all wanted to do that after the Rose
Bowl, but it was harder because there
were about 15 cops guarding us;' Elias
said. "After the game we were all
screaming because we were the champs,
and then the team poured out of the
locker room and stormed across the
field, breaking through the cops.
"I was in the front,*and I gave five To
Brian Griese and Charles Woodson. It
was total pandemonium. Then I grabbed
onto Woodson's back and got a piggy
back ride onto the field past all of the
cops. I don't think Woodson noticed. I
was so starstruck. I walked around the
field, stole some astro turf and even
hugged Goss. The entire experience was
so exciting," Elias said.
Engineering senior David Shay-said
he will miss almost everything about t1
University next year.
"I'll miss the events, the social activi-
ties and the school atmosphere, but I'll
be glad to be done with class. I've had a
really great experience here," Shay said.
While many seniors may regret that
they didn't have enough time to accom-
plish everything they set out to do, Phar-
macy senior Kathryn Timberlake said
she never did anything that she wo
"I do the things I am not sure about,
because if I don't do them, I will regret
it in the future;'Timberlake said.
"So, I ran the Naked Mile. I rushed a
sorority. I got football tickets all four
years. I stayed up for 30 hours dancing
for a good cause. I dated guys. I broke
up with guys. I painted the rock. I stayed
ap all night talking and I stayed up all
night studying," she added. "I gave tours
of campus and I hope that I made oth
love their Michigan experience as muc
as I loved mine!"
Continued from Page 18
A respected expert on the First

Amendment, Bollinger said free and
open expression is critical to the Univer-
"There's nothing I think that's mt
important in the University ... than the
sense of what we call academic free-
dom," he said. "It has to be maintained
at all costs."
Bollinger said he is prepared to face
future challenges, but that there is no
need for widespread, radical change. He
said "there is a public disenchantment
with the ideal of higher education," not-
ing public cynicism toward increasing
tuition and quality teaching. B
Bollinger said the University is mos'
on the right track.
"What these institutions do is funda-
mentally sound and we should continue
to do them," he said.

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