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SNRE may nix undergraduates
aily Staff Reporter
A committee charged with exploring the
possibility of creating a joint program
between the School of Natural Resources
and the Environment and the College of
Literature, Science and the Arts proposed
the elimination of SNRE undergraduate
Interim SNRE Dean Barry Rabe said-
ndergraduate programs will most likely be
iminated and SNRE will no longer accept
new undergraduate applicants.
A committee comprised of SNRE and LSA
faculty is expected to submit a proposal for
an environmental studies program that
involves both schools by the end of this
The proposal recommends "a meaningful
partnership between LS&A and SNRE,"
offering a centralized office, a director that
reports to the deans of both schools, faculty
from various schools, increased curriculum
breadth and a joint LSA/SNRE degree.
LSA Dean Shirley Neuman formed the
Environmental Sciences/Studies Committee
last spring in response to a request from Uni-
versity Provost Nancy Cantor.
"Committee members joined with the
sense that this is an opportunity to expand
environmental education at the University -
to broaden our curriculum, increase student
numbers, get more money, bring in more fac-
ulty," said the committee's chairman, English
Prof. John Knott.
Knott quoted Neuman's letter to the com-
mittee as saying SNRE will no longer admit
undergraduates once a joint environmental
studies program is formulated.
"We assumed from the start that we were to
come up with a program and see if people
were willing to support it,"Knott said.
Rabe said the final decision on the proposal
will involve faculty from both schools.
"The decision is going to be a result of a
process of deliberation, Rabe said. "We will
be discussing this until there is a sense of fac-
He added that it will take "some time" for a
See SNRE, Page 7
School of Natural Resources
and the Environment
Founded in 1927 as the School of
Forestry and Conservation
First school of its kind in the nation
Proposal: Integrate undergraduate
SNRE programs into LSA
Sixth most popular concentration
Fastest growing concentration
* Created in the 1970s
Plan: Organizational studies is no
longer an option for students
LSA dean ends
By Jen Fish
When organizational studies concentrator Julie Herzfeld
went to the LSA Academic Advising office yesterday to pick
up a list of courses that fulfill the program's requirements, she
instead found a single-page letter from LSA Dean Shirley
Neuman announcing its demise.
In the letter, dated last Tuesday, Neuman states that the
See ICP, Page 7
Study shows that few
is running forI
And although many students on
this campus can name both presi-
dential candidates, they could not
name the vice-presidential candi-
dates, often referring to Joe Lieber-
man as "the Jewish guy" and
completely forgetting Dick
By Yael Kohen
Daily Staff Reporter
Undecided voters have the poten-
"All I know is
tial to swing this
tial election, but
while many stu-
dents are grap-
pling with which
candidate to vote
for, others are
who is even on
According to a
study released yes-
terday by the
Close Up Founda-
tion, one-third of
16- to 21-year-olds
the Republican and
Texas Gov. George W. Bush and Vice,
President Al Gore face off in their
second debate tonight at 9 p.m.
The final debate before the election is
scheduled for 9 p.m. next Tuesday.
Gore's running mate
is Jewish," Engi-
Drew Bahner said.
paigns are not
made relevant to
young people at
all," said Jon
director for Youth
Vote 2000. Isaacs
said both Republi-
can Texas Gov.
George W. Bush
Vice President Al
University President Lee Bollinger speaks at a legislative forum in Southgate yesterday as Michigan State President M. Peter McPherson looks on.
WORKI WTH THE ENE
Rival presidenSspeak on education1
do not know who
dential candidates are and 75 percent
cannot name either of the two vice-
Gore have focused most of their
attention on senior citizens and par-
ents with small children.
Isaacs said the most prominent health
See STUDY, Page 3
Dy JSn Fish
Dly Staff Reporter
SOUTHGATE - Although the two will be
bitter rivals when the Spartans come to Ann
Arbor next Saturday, University President Lee
Bollinger and Michigan State University Presi-
dent M. Peter McPherson found plenty to
agree about on higher education yesterday.
At a legislative forum titled "Education for
the Future," hosted by the Southern Wayne
County Chamber of Commerce, both university
presidents discussed the projects their schools
were involved in and the impact. their schools
would have on the workforce of the future.
McPherson opened the forum by saying that
although it is true the schools are rivals on the
playing fields, "it is also true that the two uni-
versities have worked very closely on a num-
ber of things."
Both presidents named life sciences as the
field that will transform education, science and
"The life science corridor is at the top of
everything for us," McPherson said. "Technol-
ogy will come out of this that will save lives
and broaden the economic composition of our
"This is the most exciting intellectual devel-
opment in our lifetime," Bollinger said.
"This is a joint effort. We'll be stronger at U of
M when Michigan State is stronger and vice
McPherson said his school will "enhance the
science component of the curriculum for non-
"They don't have to do all the formulas, but the
students need to understand the broad concepts ...
See PRESIDENTS, Page 2
Students rally against
fighting in Middle East
By Jacquelyn Nixon student Amer Zahr said.
Daily Staff Reporter LSA sophomore Michael Gold, a Jewish studen
The past two weeks of turmoil for students with
family affected by the conflict between Palestinians
and Israelis came to a head yesterday during a rally
for Palestine Day of Action.
Yesterday afternoon, members of the Muslim
Students Association, Arab-American Anti-dis-
crimination committee, International Action
Center, Palestine Committee and Secular
Humanist Jews rallied together on the steps of
the Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library.
Some speakers compared the conflict to the
struggles of Native Americans and the intoler-
ance of the Klu Klux Klan. Speakers also
stressed that the problem extends across the three
and member of the American Movement for Israel,
said it is unfortunate there have been deaths on
both sides, but "the U.S. doesn't give the weapons
to Israel for the specific purpose of oppressing the
Gold has been talking to friends and family about
"I have gotten the sense that there is a fearful
atmosphere on the side of Palestinians, the Israeli
Arabs and Israeli Jews," Gold said.
LSA senior Ahmad Nassar said he is not sur-
prised by the violence in the Middle East because
of the history between Israelis and Palestinians.
The violence "seems to flare up every couple of
years," Nassar said.
"ThP I IS,' nd II nitpA N tinc nd a bahnda..idIand
Erica Kubersky, an LSA senior, dressed in a chicken costume yesterday to prove a
point during World Farm Animals Day.
students on DiagO'
By Maria Sprow
For the Daily
With a TV, a VCR, a chicken suit
and a table full of vegan food, the
Michigan Animal Rights Society host-
ed a rally for World Day for Farm Ani-
mals on the Diag yesterday.
The dav which fis orga~nzed nation-
contacted the group and helped orga-
nize the event along with MARS Pres-
ident Kristie Stoick, an LSA senior.
"Many people have the idea that
their meat, eggs and dairy products
come from the idyllic family farm,
with animals trouncing around in the
sun, eating grass and mooing," Stoick
said "It lus~t doesn't hannen that wav