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Today: Scattered thunderstorms. High 79. Low 63.
Tomorrow: Windy. High 75.

Oane hundred eight year of editorialfreedom

September 8, 1999

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Bollinger seeks input
on stadium halo's future

T hne staff of The
Michigan Daily
£ cwelcomes you back
o campus.
Today marks the first
day of classes, new books
and new professors.
Each day of school we
will attempt to keep the
students, faculty and staff
members of the
University informed of
@11 the latest news and
happenings on campus.
From the two lawsuits
currently challenging the
University's admissions
process to analysis of the
atest football game, we
will be there.
As we approach the
ear 2000, the Daily
popes to keep ypu alert
and entertain you.
If you would like to
join the Daily's staff call
763-2459 or stop by the
Student Publications
Building at 420 Maynard
St. - The editors
Students are expected to
live their lives according to
the University's Code of
Student Conduct. But is this
! good idea? Plus more on
-mail etiquette, personal
finance and sex.
Technology advances trickle
Town to the art world, and
low new art forms to
! flourish - and not just at
the University. Plus Arthur
Miller's "revival" and the
Motor City's rave and live
music scenes.
Ann Arbor's rich architectur-
al history, although threat-
ened by new growth, is still
very accessible - just take
a walk. Plus get your hands
on the renovated Hands-on
useum, Lynn Rivers and
our one-stop, Dave
Matthews and inflatable
goat shopping.

,urt Golder's touch
eturned Michigan to the
elite among men's gymnas-
tics programs. Plus men's
and women's hoops try to
fill Crisler Arena after disap-
pointing seasons, and the
Michigan hockey team does
it all.

U Changes to the halo
could be included in
Press Box renovations
By Nick Bunkley
Daily Staff Reporter
Tradition appears to be winning the
war against Michigan Stadium's infa-
mous halo.
In response to cries that the enormous
blue lettering adorning the bright yellow

ring around the top of the Big House is
an eyesore, a redesign could be in the
University President Lee Bollinger
said he will begin discussions about
what to do with what Michigan fans~
have dubbed the "halo," added during
last year's $6 million stadium renovation
and expansion project. He said people
should have a say in changing the image
of prominent icons on campus, such as
the stadium and Hill Auditorium.

"I reached the conclusion that I had
not allowed sufficient discussion around
the design process" Bollinger said. "t
really do believe that public buildings
on campus - before you make major
changes - you should gather public
The halo was designed by
Philadelphia architects Venturi. Scott-
Brown and Associates and added to the
stadium at a cost of s500,000. Bollinger
See HALO, Page 8A

University President Lee Bollinger said he may seek public input on the future of
the yellow halo that adorns the top of Michigan Stadium.

Anticipating victory

U relieves
needs for
By Jeannie Baumann
Daily Staff Reporter
Rather than place nearly 200
University students in non-tradi-
tional temporary rooms - like con-
verted residence hall lounges used
in recent years -- many first-year
students instead found themselves
placed in non-traditional residence
halls like Oxford, Fletcher Hall and
Vera Baits.
Housing officials also succeeded
in reducing the number of overflow
triples to less than 15, down from
320 rooms used two years ago.
Director of Housing Public
Affairs Alan Levy said the
University aimed to provide all
first-year students with permanent
standard spaces.
The University eliminated placing
students into converted lounges last
year and lowered the number of
overflow triples.
To meet the goal, Levy said,
Housing officials placed more first-
year students in nor-traditional
Non-traditional residence halls do-
not have an attached dining room
for residents and are usually occu-
pied by upperclassmen and graduate
"We didn't want to create a high-
ly isolated environment for the first-
year students," Levy said.
To accommodate first-year stu-
dents, Levy said Housing placed
first-year students into rooms
together and attempted to create a
cluster of first-year students in each
non-traditional residence hall.
All Oxford Housing residents
have received some benefits from
the first-year students. Beginning
today, an a la carte continental
breakfast will be available from
7:30-9:00 a.m. during the week.
Since there is not a University bus
route near Oxford, Housing will
also provide an AATA bus pass at no
cost to all Oxford residents.
"This isn't just a bus pass from
Oxford to central campus. Oxford
residents can use this to go to
Meijer and Briarwood as well,"
Levy said.
LSA first-year student Mahesh
Subramanian lives in a double at
See HOUSING, Page 3A

Members of the Michigan Marching Band run out of the Michiga4 tadium tunnel to the cheers of a record-setting 111,523 person crowd In attendance during the
Michigan football team's 26-22 victory over Notre Dame on Saturday.
Court aows nervenon in suits

By Michael Grass
Daily StatfReporter
Two minority advocate groups will
be allowed to serve as co-defendants in
the admissions lawsuits facing two
University schools as a result of a deci-
sion handed down by the Sixth Circuit
Court of Appeals in Cincinnati last
The decision will delay the two law-
suits that are challenging the admis-
sions processes of the University's
Law School and College of Literature,
Science and the Arts until next sum-
Miranda Massie, lead counsel for the
defendants intervening in the suit fac-
ing the Law School, said the introduc-
tion of co-defendants is a significant
"The attack on affirmative action
can only prevail if the truth is not let
into the court room," Massie said. "We
are elated. It is a historic turning
The LSA suit is scheduled to begin
some time next July or August, with the
LSA senior
begins trm
on county
By Kelly O'Connor
Daily Staff Reporter
From the Ann Arbor School Board to
the Oval Office, rarely has there been a
shortage of University alumni holding
public office. But in a surprise to many
do i ,r rari-ntc th.s Qi-mp 1e i

Dates for 'U' admissions
trials pushed to next year

Law School case set to start Aug. 28,
2000. The cases originally were sched-
uled to go to trial this fall.
The Washington, D.C.-based Center
for Individual Rights filed the lawsuits
in 1997 on behalf of three white appli-
cants, contending that using race as a
factor in admissions is unfair.
LSA applicants Jennifer Gratz and
Patrick Hamacher and Law School
applicant Barbara Grutter claim they
were unfairly denied admission, con-
tending that less-qualified minority
applicants were admitted.
The court's decision allowing the
inclusion of intervening defendants
marks the first time minority advocates
will be permitted to have their interests
directly addressed in an affirmative
action case.
University Deputy General Counsel

Liz Barry said trials were pushed back
to allow the intervening defendants
time to become fully acquainted with
the cases.
"We welcome the intervenors
because their point-of-view is relevant
and important to the debate," Barry
said. "Clearly, they need time to ade-
quately prepare."
Barry said in order for the inter-
venors to be included, they had to prove
that they had a legal interest in the cases
and that they would not be adequately
represented by the two parties already
The decision, which came more than
a year after separate district judges
denied previous requests for interven-
tion, allows about 60 high school and
undergraduate students to defend their
interests in both the LSA and the Law

School cases, respectively.
Godfrey Dillard, lead counsel for the
intervening coalition in the LSA case,
which is backed by several national and
local organizations, including the
National Association for the
Advancement of Colored People and
the American Civil Liberties Union,
said the decision allows the real work to
"Certainly we; are happy with the
decision, but it is a small step," he said.
"It opens the door for us to play a full
and equal role in the case."
Dillard said the attorneys repre-
senting the intervening defendants
will now be allowed to interact with
the judge in chambers and file
As defendants, the coalitions have
the same rights as the University and
the plaintiffs.
"We have not been intimately
involved" before the decision, Dillard
said, adding that the coalition has had to
view the case as an observer and now

UAC to reorganize
internal spending

By Jewel Gopwanl
Daily Staff Reporter
University Activities Center" one of
the largest student organizations on
campus is changing how it spends its
money internally after a former mem-
ber accused the organization last spring
of spending its money irresponsibly.
Created by the University Board of
Regents in 1965, UAC receives S2 from
each student's tuition each semester for
about S150.000 ner academic year to

used for more quality programming,'
Lanier said in April.
Kelly Karpinski, UAC's executive
chair at that time of the retreat, defends
the spending. "Having recruited, hired
and interviewed the new members, we
wanted to give an impression of
accountability and professionalism,"
she said.
But UAC's current Executive Chair
Abby Adair and Coordinator of Finance
Teias Shah said they want to decrease


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