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The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, November 23, 1999 - 7

Fla. regents support One Florida

Party smart - -

By Jenny L Allen,
Trey Csar
and Michael Samuels
Independent Florida Alligator
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (U-WIRE) - Despite
about 50 students who showed up to protest Gov. Jeb
Bush's One Florida Initiative, the University of
Florida Board of Regents gave the plan its conceptual
seal of approval after a lengthy debate Friday.
The initiative eliminates racial preferences in the
university admissions process. It also guarantees
admission to one of the 10 state universities to stu-
dents in the top 20 percent of their public high school
class through the Talented 20.
"I believe the governor's proposal strikes at the very
heart of what we all want Florida to become in the
next century," Florida University System Chancellor
Adam Herbert said.
The students who attended the meeting carried
signs that read "Instead of looking to the future, we're
returning to the past." Students criticized the plan, say-
ing it drastically would reduce the percentage of
minorities in state universities. Currently, about 37
percent of students are minorities. At UF, about 27
percent are minorities.
While most of the regents spoke in favor of the pro-
posal, many did not feel they had enough time to fully
evaluate the proposal, including Miami Regent
Adolpho Henriques. "Given only a week and a half
from the time I knew this was being proposed to when

"We can have this initiative all we want, but if we
don't have any money it doesn't matter what we
do."
- Dennis Ross
University of Florida Regent

we have to vote on a policy decision, I haven't had
enough time to understand it," Henriques said.
Regent Dennis Ross said his primary concerns with
Bush's plan revolve around whether the university svs-
tem indeed would receive the money necessary to
educate the additional 1,600 students the Talented 20
program is expected to bring.
"We can have this initiative all we want, but if we
don't have any money, it doesn't matter what we do. At
(the cost of instruction of) S9,301 per student times
1,600 students is S16 million," Ross said.
Tallahassee Regent Steve Uhlfelder said he had
concerns with University of California Systems
Regent Ward Connerly's anti-affirmative action cam-
paign. Connerly has campaigned nationwide against
affirmative action programs. He has gathered enough
signatures to put the issue on the Florida ballot next
year. "We're not dealing with this in a vacuum, we're
dealing with this in the face of a referendum,"
Uhlfelder said. "The governor is trying to take a great

BUY
Continued from Page 1
"First, Buy Nothing Day is trying
to encourage people to help the envi-
ronment and prevent resources from
being depleted. Also, it aims to help
people gain a balance between living
a good life and achieving a more
meaningful life," DeYoung said.
Americans, said SNRE junior Kim
Pierce, do not practice sustainable
lifestyles.
"A lot of energy and natural
resources are used to make products.
We buy things and then throw them
away, filling up the landfills. People
don't think about where an item goes
once they throw it away," Pierce
said.
DeYoung sided with Pierce's opin-
ion, saying that if everyone outside
of the United States consumed as
much as Americans, they would need
three or four more planets to sustain
their consumption.
Although people shop all year
long, Buy Nothing Day founders
selected the day after Thanksgiving
because it is established as the start
of the holiday shopping season and
typically is the busiest shopping day
of the year.
Linda McIntosh, marketing direc-
tor, at the Somerset Collection in
Troy, Mich., said the shopping com-
plex expects to double the number of

people who normally visit the mall in
an average day.
"We are expecting between 50,000
to 75,000 people the day after
Thanksgiving, and each of these peo-
ple usually stays for about two
hours," McIntosh said.
But Briarwood Mall general man-
ager Marc Strich said the day after
Thanksgiving has fallen from its
position as the biggest shopping day
of the year.
"Although we get about 40,000
people in the mall on the day after
Thanksgiving, we normally get more
people in on the Saturday before the
holiday when people panic because
they haven't bought anything," Strich
said.
LSA first-year student Tracy
Jamssens said she plans to spend the
day shopping.
"There are a lot of sales that day,
and I like to get most of my
Christmas shopping done," Jamssens
said.
SNRE sophomore Erin Kreindler
said she also will be spending her
day in the stores but not to buy pre-
sents.
"I enjoy going shopping on that
day. It's spirited and fun," Kreindler
said. "But I don't ask for a bag when
I don't need one, and I don't buy
things with excess packaging."
According to the Adbusters
Magazine Website, last year's Buy

Nothing Day activities
handing out gift exemption
setting up no-shopping
carrying empty shopping1
wearing pig noses. Out
Seattle mall activists offer
it-card cut-up service.
Hefferan said at least I
are working locally on the
and they will be conductin
of activities.
"Environmental Action
making posters, people w
ing out various scenari'
street, we will be walkir
with signs, postering our
anti-consumerism signs an
ing a Christmas tree wit
and pictures of underwear
Hefferan said. "But, we v
walking around with empty
wearing pig noses becaus
want to offend anybody."
The effort on campus
Buy Nothing Day is catchi
some students, although
uninterested.
LSA sophomore John I
he will not be shopping
because of Buy Nothing D
"The malls are too crazy
like to take that day to rela
old high school made it t
finals for football, so I mi
watch them." Lamb said.
LSA sophomore Dar
won't be shopping either

deal of wind out of their sails. We're taking a smarter
approach than they did in Washington and California."
UF Interim President Charles Young, who battled
Connerly over the issue when he was chancellor at the
University of California at Los Angeles, left the meeting
promptly after it ended and refused to answer questions.
During debate about the initiative, Regent Jim
Heekin said it was important to allow time for
many of the questions about the plan to be
answered. "Overall the governor is on target with his
policy," Heekin said. "The devil is in the details"
Heekin's proposal asked Herbert to distribute the
proposed rule change to the regents for review and
obtain the position of the Office of Civil Rights and
the Department of Education regarding "the impact
of the proposed rules" on the regents' agreement
with the Office of Civil Rights. The chancellor also
would be asked t® provide the regents with informa-
tion on the proposal's impact on graduate, profes-
sional and remedial education.
included but her reasons are related to the
vouchers, campaign.
stores and "I decided not to shop because of
bags while the message Buy Nothing Day is try-
side of a ing to get across. A lot of people go
ed a cred- shopping for Christmas. I hope that
this campaign shows people that
0 students Christmas is a lot more than just pre-
campaign, sents," Dinse said.
g a variety Many stores have sales on the day
after Thanksgiving to encourage peo-
has been pie to shop more and longer.
ill be act- Switzer said the college apparel
os on the store offers nothing more than the
ng around usual sales.
cars with "We're always having a big sale
d decorat- here. But, that's still a busy shopping
h receipts day for us. We normally get about
r models," four times as many people as a nor-
vill not be mal day," Switzer said.
y packages Best Buy in Pittsfield Twp., is
e we don't expecting a large crowd early Friday
morning and will be much busier
to spread than on an average shopping day.
ng on with "Last year's line of people waiting
many. are to get in stretched all the way to Joe's
Crab Shack. This year, we're expect-
Lamb said ing about five times more people
g but not than an average day," said a Best Buy
ay. store manager who wished to remain
, and I just anonymous.
x. Plus my "We always have a bigger crowd
o the state on the day after "Thanksgiving," said
ght go and Sean Barrett, the manager at J Crew
in Briarwood Mall. "People have to
cv Dinse do something to work off all of the
this year, turkey."

AP PHOTO
Rocker Ted Nugent salutes the crowd at the 14th Annual "Tie One on for
Safety" rally in Lansing yesterday. The rally encourages drivers to celebrate
the Thanksgiving holiday safely.
New DIA direCtor
rteemoves offensive art

DETROIT (AP) - The Detroit
Institute of Arts' new director pulled an
exhibit two days after it opened because
he feared it would offend blacks and
Christians.
The multimedia exhibit included a
Jesus figure in a bathtub, wearing a
condom, and one piece whose title had
a racial epithet, Graham Beal said yes-
terday. "I was concerned it would cause
serious offense," he said. "I felt strong-
ly I could not defend a couple of the
pieces"
Part of a series called "Art Until
Now," the exhibit had opened last
Wednesday, although the artist was still
working on finishing touches on
Thursday. The exhibit, which also fea-
tured a vial of urine from Andres
Serrano's highly publicized photograph
of a crucifix surged in urine, had been
accepted by a curator two years ago,
when the museum had no permanent
director.
"A couple of the pieces were sur-
prises," Beal said, who became muse-
um director seven weeks ago. He first

saw the exhibit Thursday and closed it
Friday - and said he was postponing
it. He said he hadn't realized the
exhibit had already opened to the
public.
Its artist, JefBourgeau, said shock art
intends to make people think. "Part of
the power of the work ... is to evoke dis-
cussion;' he said. "They're trying to
avoid controversy. They wouldn't rea-
son with mek"
Beal said Bourgeau was asked to
change the display but wouldn't. The
artist said he was willing to make some
changes, such as retitling the piece with
the epithet.
Topics such as religion, race and sex
rouse emotions that can make rational
debate difficult - evoking not discus-
sion but blind outrage, Beal said.
"These are very delicate issues," he
said. "This should not in any way be
construed as an attack on artists."
A museum curator said the exhibit
would be postponed so staff could dis-
cuss which pieces were wanted,
Bourgeau said yesterday.

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