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September 26, 2000
Students react to
Harer's bid for
y Jon Fish
)allv Staff Reporter
After I5 months as interim vice president
>r student affairs, E. Royster Harper says she
ready to take permanent control of the posi-
on, although some students have expressed
oncern if she is offered the job.
"It's time for us to be able to settle down
ecause we have a lot of work to do," she said.
"A lot to do" is an understatement. Who-
ever gets the position will become respon-
sible for one of the largest student bodies
in the nation.
Like other-executive officers at the Universi-
ty, the vice president for student affairs reports
to University President Lee Bollinger and the
University Board of Regents. But most signifi-
cantly, the new vice president will also answer
to the almost 38,000 students represented by
more than 600 organizations.
Michigan Student Assembly Vice President
Jim Secreto said balancing this kind of
accountability is extremely
"She has to balance
the administration and
also make sure that the
students feel empowered.
She truly has to answer
to Lee Bollinger and the
students," he said.
Several student lead-
Harper W ers, including Secreto,
said Harper has done a
satisfactory job at maintaining this balance
so far. "She's been great," said Marcus
Collins, president of the Black Greek Associa-
tion. "She's very, very personal with students.
She gets her hands dirty with the students and
that's what's great about her. She's genuine and
sincere with her efforts."
Harper, who had been at the University since
1978, points to her performance as interim vice
president as proof that she is the right person
for the job.
"I have an enormous amount of adminis-
trative experience," she said. "I understand
the culture and values of this community."
A tough position to occupy
Harper has been put to the test repeatedly
during her tenure, particularly in February of
last academic year when two student groups
occupied University buildings, bringing nation-
al attention to their causes and the University.
The Students of Color Coalition stormed the
meeting space of the senior honorary society
Michigamua on Feb. 6.
The occupation, which lasted 37 days, was a
trying ordeal on all sides, with Harper as the
primary administrator working with the two
See HARPER, Page 7
y Jodie Kaufman
aily Staff Reporter
In the state where affirmative action was banned in
998, the president of the California university system
ecently proposed that 12.5 percent of the top students
t statewide pubic high schools be invited for admis-
We schools have been using the top 4 percent after Cal-
iornia voters nixed affirmative action in a state referen-
"We are expanding the educational opportunities by
trengthening relationships with the University of Califor-
ia and the community college system so more people can
ccess the University of California," said Terry Lightfoot,
ommunications director for educational outreach for the
If students are not ready for the state universities, they
ill go to community college to prepare.
* See ADMISSIONS, Page 7
By Rachel Green
and Tiffany Maggard
Daily Staff Reporters
The Genocide Awareness Project made its
debut yesterday on the University's campus
by taking over the Diag.
Fletcher Armstrong, director for the south
east region of the Center for Bio-Ethical
Reform, said he believes the shock-value of
the Genocide Awareness Project is neces-
sary to teach onlookers about abortion.
"We find that most Americans are nomi-
nally pro-choice because they really don't
understand who the unborn child is and
what abortion does to the unborn child,"
Armstrong said. "When people learn more
about who the unborn child is and about the
violent nature of abortion, then their atti-
tudes and ultimately their behaviors begin to
The campaign is composed of a collection
of 30 mounted 6-foot by 13-foot photographs
of aborted, dissected fetuses juxtaposed with
scenes from genocides, including black lynch-
ing and the cultural elimination of Native
Americans and Jews.
The anti-abortion campaign, organized by
the Los Angeles-based Center for Bio-Ethical
Reform, has received widespread national
The barricaded project was surrounded
throughout day by a group of about 15
protesters, including members of Students
for Choice and the Coalition to Defend
Affirmative Action By Any Means Neces-
LSA freshman Donna Pettway argues with Ann Arbor resident Jennifer Wolf, who is pro4ife,
on the Diag yesterday outside the Genocide Awareness Project.
SACUA takes on intellectual property
VITV News' correspondent John Norris prepares yesterday
or the Town Hall Forum with Al Gore which is being held in
he Media Union on North Campus this afternoon.
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lY Hanna Lopatin
)aily Staff Reporter
A bit of urban New York City moved into the Media
Jnion on North Campus yesterday as MTV set up stage for
he "A Town Hall Forum with Al Gore" to be taped today.
The program, which will air tonight at 8 p.m., will feature
Jniversity students questioning the presidential candidate
n a range of issucs.
"We wanted a breadth of topics, MTV Vice President of
ommunications Jeannie Kedas said regarding the selection
rocess of 150 students and residents participating in
is discussion. Applicants were asked to name three
0 s they want to &scuss as well as a one--liner question.
MTV held a technical rehearsal yesterday, with a small,
andom selection of the 150 participants in attendance.
While in rehearsal, LSA sophomore Edgar Zapata said he
-ied out for the show because he thought it was a once-in-
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By Lisa Hoffman
Daily Staff Reporter
Intellectual property and the role of facul-
ty in athletics were the primary topics of
discussion yesterday between Senate Advi-
sory Committee on University Affairs
members and University President Lee
Bollinger at SACUA's weekly meeting.
"I haven't settled on a view if our existing
intellectual property framework should be
amended," Bollinger said. "I don't feel it is
a major problem. There have been no com-
plaints since I've been president."
New global learning communities have
raised concerns about faculty involvement
in Internet institutions. If an individual fac-
ulty member signs on to a global institution,
they become part of the global institution as
well as their current university, creating
competition between the global university
and the professor's original institution.
"Our own faculty become our competi-
tors," Bollinger said. "I do believe we have
to sort out commitment problems because I
want us to be part of this very special
Pathology department Chairman Peter
Ward added, "Abiding by principals would
put faculty in a position where they should
not be competing with the University."
With competition being a major issue, the
role of creativity between professors was
questioned by SACUA Vice Chairman
Mojtaba Navvab who said that "hampering
of creativity has not been the case."
Internet "universities" want leading insti-
tutions to join online with other major uni-
versities such as Columbia University and
the University of Chicago. These communi-
ties are currently not mutually exclusive.
Other intellectual property issues such as
copyrights, patents and royalties were
"We're still exploring the current rules"
SACUA Chairwoman Jackie Lawson said.
SACUA members also asked Bollinger
about the role of the Board in Control of
This board's role is to advise the athletic
director and Bollinger on certain issues, such
as academic requirements for student athletes.
Bollinger said he has "no intention of sig-
nificant change. A year ago, I was verycon-
cerned with the financial being, and
See SACUA, Page 2
Former 'U' president
resigns from Princeton
Hand in hand
M Shapiro decides to resign to
pursue research, teaching
By Robert Gold
Daily Staff Reporter
Former University President Harold Shapiro
announced last week he expects to end his term
as the president of Princeton University next
Before taking on Princeton in 1988, he held
th- to tn t the rTnipmityof MAi ;,,j; from
announced his resignation
plans at a regular trustees
Shapiro wanted to focus on
full-time teaching and research
at Princeton, Durkee said,
adding that Shapiro has taught
classes on bio-ethics and issues
in higher education the past
few years. Shapiro was
Shapiro appointed University of
Michigan president in 1980, at
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