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8A - The Michigan Daily -Thursday, November 4, 1999

NATION/WORLD

BOILING ER
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is currently writing on public cultural
institutions.
The University's affirmative action
policy was the first topic discussed, and
the two lawsuits currently facing the
University were described in detail.
"The two lawsuits, one against the
Law School and the other against
LSA claim that the University violat-
ed the 14th Amendment by using
race as an admissions factor,"
Bollinger said. "But, we support the
1978 decision of Bakke vs. the
University of California that says that
universities can take race into
account for admissions to achieve a
diverse atmosphere."
"We only admit students that we
feel are the most qualified. We want
students from Michigan, and those
from around the country and world,
athletes, people from different
socioeconomic backgrounds, and
people from various ethnicity's and
races. This is the student body that
we want to achieve," he said.
One question posed to Bollinger was
when he felt aversion to diversity began
to take root in people.
Bollinger said the United States has
always had to struggle to achieve racial
equality.

"In the past 15 to 20 years a feeling
of individualism has taken root in the
public. This is great when it comes to
goods and services, but not good when
this belief begins to transcend into the
community," Bollinger said.
The discussion then shifted to
whether the University was thinking
of requiring incoming students to
purchase laptops, a policy recently
considered by Michigan State
University.
Harper said she hadn't heard anything
about requiring laptops and Bollinger
agreed when a student said that the cost
could be prohibitive.
Students were also curious whether the
University would ever offer Internet
courses similar to those at other colleges.
Bollinger said that although online
classes can be educational and that
everyone may eventually have the
opportunity to learn from the Internet,
there is a specific purpose to having
universities in traditional forms.
"The University is a community.
Students are immersed in this world
and there is no way that staring at a
computer can replicate that experi-
ence," Bollinger said.
LSA first-year student Matt Nolan, a
member of the MSA external relations
committee, said students randomly
were selected to attend.
The next chat is scheduled for Dec. 2.

Cyclone death
tolpses 10,000

PARADWIP, India (AP) - Angry
mobs looted aid trucks, robbed desper-
ate survivors and fought over food in
cyclone-ravaged eastern India yester-
day. Officials used bulldozers to collect
hundreds of bodies.
In rice fields that have become lakes
and along roads turned into rivers,
bloated human corpses lie rotting for
mile after mile alongside the carcasses
of drowned cows, goats and pigs.
- "So many thousands have died that
there is no one left to cremate them," said
Dhaneshwar Mohanty, who fled the
flooded port city of Paradwip yesterday.
Five days after eastern Orissa state

was pounded by one of India's worst
cyclones, officials had no way to esti-
mate an accurate death toll. A senior
army officer involved in the rescue
operation told The Associated Press on
condition of anonymity that it could
reach 10,000 to 20,000.
More than 15 million people live in the
area hit by the cyclone.
The storm was one of India's worst,
possibly more deadly than a cyclone
in 1971 that killed 10,000 people.
Officials have said the storm has set
back the state's economic develop-
ment more than 20 years.
Furious gangs tried to stop every

Villagers en route to the eastern Indian village of Cuttack cross a damaged
highway with their belongings at Soro, Orissa, yesterday.

passing car, bus or truck to grab
whatever was available. Relief trucks
were looted before they could reach
desperate rural areas. Those stuck in
the seemingly endless traffic jams

were most vulnerable.
Near the small village of Panikuli, l 1
Dev rushed across a road strewn v
broken egg cartons to reach an arrmy
truck, flailing his arms to get attention.

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biological systems. Each system is a
resource for enhancing the quality of
another system" Raju said.
Raju also said that each holiday is
associated with a diety and Lakshmi,
the goddess of wealth and prosperity, is
the diety of Diwali.
"If there is one occassion which is all
joy and jubilation for one and all - the
young and old, men and women - for
the entire Hindu world, it is Deepaavali;
the Festival of Lights. It is celebrated to
signify the victory of divine forces over
those of wickedness, according to the
program for last night's event.
The significance of Diwali is sym-
bolized in several aspects of the Puja,
which was organized on campus by the
Hindu Students Council.
The Puja itself is conducted in
Sanskrit because it is the language of

the Rigveda, from which the verses are
taken.
The Rigveda is a sacred Hindu book
that is one of humanity's oldest records
of religous ideas, Raju said.
Water was sprinked on everyone p
sent to symbolize the presence of .
diety Lakshmi. As the verses are recit-
ed, Raju said, the presence of the diety
is felt.
Raju added that a red mixture of
Tumeric powder and lime juice marked
participants' foreheads, signifing, "I am
ready, I am here."
Part of the celebration included
Bhajans, hymns, to honor Lakshmi and
the diety Ganesh, the god of wisdom
and intelligence.
Following the Puja, students feast
on a traditional Indian meal called
Prasadam, which was blessed by the
prayers. Shalimar restaurant and Manili
Cafe helped HSC members with the
cooking.

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