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y Michael Grass
aily Staff Reporter
A new age for the College of Architects
d Urban Planning officially began yest,
y.
More than 300 students, faculty, alun
d University administrators crowd
e a tent outside of the Art a
Witecture Building on North Campus
nor philanthropist A. Alfred Taubm,
ho gave a $30 million donation to t
hool in June.
"This gift will allow us to reach mu
gher, to build a stronger faculty and si
ti-gay
riing
ound on
osters
Mike Spahn
#ews Editor
Hate speech scrawled on posters and
ers in Alice Lloyd Residence Hall
is weekend drew sharp criticism from
niversity administrators yesterday.
Provost Nancy Cantor said in a writ-
n statement that this type of action
olates fundamental standards and
lues that the University upholds.
"We are deeply saddened and
ended by the actions a few have
that by design dehumanize mem-
rs of our University of Michigan
mmunity and diminish the quality of
e educational environment for the
tire campus," Cantor said.
Department of Public Safety Sgt.
net Conners said that at 12:18 a.m.
nday, DPS officers found and
moved several items from Alice
byd that contained hate speech.'
The words "Kill the Fags" were writ-
more than one poster in Alice
oyd, and students and staff members
und fliers condemning homosexuali-
in restrooms, lounges and elevators
oughout the residence hall, Housing
irector Alan Levy said.
Levy said an investigation into the
ident, which included the defacement
several objects advertising National
ming Out Week events, is ongoing.
"The staff is certainly very con-
" Levy said. "There is a desire to
n honest dialogue on this topic.
is type of hate graffiti is not open
logue.
"It's distressing and disappointing,"
said.
National Coming Out Week, spon-
red on campus by the Office of
sbian, Gay, Bisexual and
ansgender Affairs, concludes today
th a celebration on the Diag.
See POSTERS, Page 9A

4s to United States.
"1 hope that this gift xw ill reconnect archi-
tecture to the society it is meant to serve,"
Polshek said, adding that architecture in the
United States has "eroded" to a state of
"nickel and dime" cheapness. He explained
that many contemporary architects do not
focus on quality and thoughtfulness in their
elbaugh. dean of designs, rather they place greater emphasis
bman College of on reducing costs.
anning. Because Taubman's donation is aimed at
cited I am about strengthening the college's program, not on
his college will the construction of a new building for the
Lbman told the school, Polshek said "Alfred Taubman's gift
d the sides of a provides a historic chance to change things
4nt as wind and in architecture. The whole world will be
structure. watching what happens here."
New York archi- Polsheck served for 15 years as dean of
e donation is an Columbia University's Graduate School of
provides the Architecture, Planning and Preservation
opportunity to and was selected to design President
iitecture in the See TAUBMAN, Page 2A

dent body," said Douglas K
the renamed A. Alfred Taul
Architecture and Urban Pl
"I can't express how ex
the future contributions t
make to our world." Tai
crowd, many of who line
specially built enclosed te
rain battered the temporary
In his keynote addressI
tect James Polshek said th
extraordinary gift and
University with a unique
change the face of arch

JEREMY MENCHIK/DaI~
Students and faculty at the A: Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning rededication
ceremony last night wear T-shirts imprinted with Taubman's name to show their appreciation for his gift.

High court
takes up race,
speech issues

LOUIS BROWN/Daily
Michigan fans pass a student upward through the stands in Michigan Stadium during the football game against Rice
University on Sept. 11.
Collegeflootball -stadlims
battle fior best fan cheers

By Anand Giridharadas
Daily Staff Reporter
Buried in the thick stack of legal doc-
uments in the Supreme Court docket
this term are two cases from Hawaii and
Wisconsin that could boldly impact col-
lege students nationwide.
The high court, which began its
1999-2000 term last week, will consid-
er in November whether state universi-
ties' mandatory student activity fees,
which in effect require students to
finance campus organizations they
might find objectionable, violate their
First Amendment rights.
A ruling in the case will determine
the constitutionality of the fees - sim-
ilar to those the Michigan Student
Assembly uses to fund a range of stu-
dent groups on campus, including polit-
ical. religious and ideological organiza-
tions - and could bind all public edu-
cational institutions in the United
States.
The justices also heard arguments
last Wednesday in a Hawaii voting
rights case that explores the extent to
which the government can consider
race in public elections.
The reach of a narrow decision in the
case- which challenges the exclusive,
right of ethnic Hawaiians to elect oifi-'
cials to allocate public funds owed to
them - would not likely extend to the
contiguous states. But a broader ruling
could impact all government programs
that grant special benefits on account of
race.
University philosophy Prof. Carl
Cohen, a former Michigan ACLU pres-
ident who submitted a brief in the case,
said the Court could address the case

simply as a voting rights question. In
that case, he said, its scope would be
very limited.
But if the justices examine the matter
in a broader context, he said, a decision
against Hawaii could threaten all gov-
ernment preferences for racial groups,
such as affirmative action programs at
state universities nationwide, including
the University of Michigan.
In the case, Rice is Catevano, the
Court will decide if Hawaii's election
laws violate the 14th and 15th
Amendments to
Up for hrmtt
Up forthe Constitution.
argument: The case
The Supreme involves the
Court heard the exclusive right of
racial preference native Hawaiians
case last week. A to vote for
decision will come trustees of the
early next year. state's Office of
UThe 'Hawaiian
student Affairs. Each
fees case year, the agency,
is slated acting on behalf
for argu- of American
ment in November. conquerors more
than two centuries ago, gives out millions
of dollars to native Hawaiians, who are
the descendants of the conquered.
The state has argued that. an agree-
ment between natives and settlers in the
I8th Century is analogous to the unique
relationship between the Federal gov-
ernment and Native American tribes,
which are treated as partially sovereign.
The exclusive election doesn't violate
the Constitution, the state claims,
because it is a Constitutional exception.
Attorneys for Rice argue, on the
See COURT, Page 9A

By Marta Brill
Daily Staff Reporter
Did the University of Michigan
steal the Florida State University
chop? Does the wave rightfully
belong to Michigan?
From the chop to the wave, the crew
row to the jangling of keys - football
cheers help keep fans involved in
games in stadiums across the nation.
Many colleges build on the traditions of
one another, developing their own sig-
nature cheers and motions.
"Why the hell the Hawaiian War
Chant? But there it is! And it's great!"
University Assistant Athletic Director
Bruce Madej said. "Who knows how
these things start? But the crowd loves it.

"The otly tradition I really like is
winning.'ie added.
At FSU. "whenever there is a big
play or a touchdown." students do the
"chop" while the band plays the war
chant, said FSU junior Ryan Grindler.
During the chop, students hold out their
arm and bend it at the elbow, up and
down, similar to the motion of striking
with a tomahawk.
The chop was inspired by FSU fans'
mascot, the Seminole Indian. Before
games, the mascot rides a horse into the
stadium and launches a burning spear
into the center of the field.
Michigan fans have adopted the
chop motion in the stands. but accord-
ing to Michigan Marching Band

Drum Major Gregory Whitmore, a
Music senior, it is done for complete-
ly different reasons.
"What they are doing ties into their
mascot. We are supporting our defense.
It's not a NativeAmerican thing, It's not
a hand chop" Whitmore said.
The Michigan chop is played to the
song "Temptation," and the band
makes a similar rmotion .to FSU's
chop, except instead of holding their,
palm open, band members make a
fist. Whitmore said this represents the.
Michigan defense pounding the
offense into the ground.
Whitmore said the band is trying to
avoid copying the FSU motion.
See CHOP, Page 9A

,tudents bid for A2 City
ouncil as Libertarians

Activists to gather
at Iraq conference

Yael Kohen
ily Staff Reporter
*ough student voter turnout is expected to be
for this year's local elections, that isn't stopping
me from running for Ann Arbor City Council.
o University students are campaigning with the
bertarian Party for spots on the local board.
LSA senior Gabriel Quinnan is running against
idi Herrell, the Democratic incumbent in Ward
,and Rackham student Charles Goodman is
nning against Democrat John Hieftje in Ward I.
th wards include portions of campus.
main issues that the two libertarian candi-
t ant to raise in the city council election is the
galization of medical marijuana and increasing the
rount of affordable housing in Ann Arbor.
Medical marijuana is especially important to
uinnan, who spoke of how his grandmother used
e drug to alleviate pain caused by cancer.
Though legalization of medical marijuana is not

expensive housing problem is the high property tax,
which indirectly affects students who pay rent.
He added that zoning regulations also impede
development and in effect slow competition.
Goodman said he is proposing to eliminate the red
tape on development throughout Ann Arbor.
Quinnan said unused farmland and parks sur-
rounding Ann Arbor would be ideal for development.
But while Goodman has his own ideas of how to
cut housing costs, Herrell said that she too is
working to make living in Ann Arbor affordable.
The city has established a bipartisan committee
to work on the problem and has set goals to
increase the number of housing and funding
sources, Herrell said.
She added that she has other projects that she
plans to work on if elected for another term,
including a lighting ordinance to increase safety
and lower energy usage and to address traffic
issues such as speed and volume.

By Jody Simone Kay
Daily Staff Reporter
This weekend will be the first
ever national organizing conference
on Iraq in the United States. It will
draw national activists from 27
states and several countries through-
out the world, including Japan and
Jordan.
"It's meant to be an organizing
conference, not just an academic
conference, since it involves judicial
action, boycotts, and demonstrations
on a nationwide level," said Eric
Lormand, a University professor of
philosophy and a local organizer.
The conference is organized
chiefly by Prevent, which is a
University student group, Metro
Detroiters Against Sanctions, the
Interfaith Council for Peace and

nation," Lormand said.
Southeast Michigan is home to
more than 150,000 Iraqi American
refugees, said Deana Rabiah, a
University alum and organizer of the
conference.
Another reason Ann Arbor was
chosen as the conference site is
because the University was the first
school in the country where its stu-
dent government passed a resolution
condemning the U.N. sanctions
against Iraq.
LSA senior Will Youmans, ADC
president and sponsor of the January
resolution to the Michigan Student
Assembly, said a resolution is a
good way to draw media attention
and to educate others.
He will participate in a weekend
panel on writing resolution and get-

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