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University's admissions policies," Bollinger said.
"The brief filed today is further evidence that Ameri-
can businesses view our ability to maintain racial
and ethnic diversity on college campuses as essential
to their economic competitiveness."
The involved companies said they joined on so
they may continue to hire a diverse workforce.
In the part of the brief filed by Texaco, the com-
pany said they regularly hire University graduates
and students because its diversity.
"Texaco is committed to developing a diverse
workforce and has dedicated significant time and
resources to creating an environment that fosters
diversity. In the ever-increasing global economy it
is vital to recognize that people are our most valu-
able resource," according to the brief.
Randall Mehrberg, one of the lawyers who pre-
pared and filed the joint brief, said many of the
corporations joined on later in the process.
"Many of the corporations came to us, voluntarily
called us and said they'd like to be a part of this,"
Mehrberg said. "These are important issues and
these companies wanted to be at the forefront."
3arry said the brief could be important to the
"I think the judges will appreciate hearing from
parties with a substantial issue in the case," Barry
said. "This brief supports our argument that diver-
sity is a compelling interest to many. It demon-
strates the critical nature of what is at stake in
The Law School case is set to go to trial in
January but no date has been set in the LSA case.
A pre-trial date for the LSA case is scheduled for
Late last month the University lost an appeal in
the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati
that challenged the class status of the both the
LSA and Law School cases.
Currently all those who are white and were
denied admissions are included in the class,
regardless if they are aware.
High court rejects D.C. plea for vote
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court ruled yesterday that residents of the
District of Columbia do not have a constitutional right to vote for their own rep-
resentative in Congress or, as an alternative, to help choose Maryland's congres-
The ruling, coming in a brief unexplained decision to uphold a lower-cou
ruling, blocked an attempt to win from the courts what the capital city's reside
have been unable to gain from Congress or a constitutional amendment. Justice
John Paul Stevens was the lone dissenter.
The 8-1 decision leaves the city's voters with the right to select only a nonvot-
ing delegate to the House - a position now held by Democratic Rep. Eleanor
Holmes Norton. Amy Slemmer, executive director of D.C. Vote, an activist
group that is seeking to gain full voting rights for district residents, said, "We
take this as a mandate for the work we're doing, to raise the tenor of the grass-
roots debate so that the national legislature will effect a solution. This requires a
political fix." Congress, Slemmer said, has ample authority under the Constitu-
tion to extend voting rights to Washington residents.
Frustrated by Congress' unwillingness to do that, the city's government, join
by 71 residents, has been pursuing a new tactic for the past two years: A laws
arguing that the local residents' exclusion from full voting rights is a form of dis-
crimination that violates their rights as citizens.
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fa ly unity i D.C.
WASHINGTON - In an atmos-
phere of joyous fellowship, thousands
of men and women - and their chil-
dren - gathered amid the nation's
monuments yesterday to celebrate
racial and religious unity and the cen-
tral role of the family in American
Called by Nation of Islam leader
Louis Farrakhan on the fifth anniver-
sary of his Million Man March, peo-
ple of all races and religions spread
out on blankets and lawn chairs in the
National Mall and laughed, clapped
and shouted as speakers urged them to
improve their ftrnily liiu
"The family is the basic unit of civ-
ilization so everything must be done
to take care of the family unit," Far-
rakhan said during his speech of more
than iwo hours.
He, along with rabbis and ministers
of other faiths, then presided over a
mass "sacred marriage blessing" rem-
iniscent of the mass weddings con-
ducted by the Rev. Sun Myung Moon,
whose Unification Church was a
major sponsor of the march. "There
will be many trials, many tribulations,
but you must never think to back out
of the word you give to God and to
each other," Farrakhan told the
already married couples lined up
the crowd, on the U.S. Capitol stage
and at the Lincoln Memorial.
Negotiations in L.A.
transit strike stal
LOS ANGELES - Negotiations in
a month-old transit strike stalled yes-
terday after expectations were raised
during weekend talks joined by the
Rev. Jesse Jackson. 6
About 4,300 bus arid rail operators
walked out Sept. 16, stranding an esti-
mated 450,000 regular commuters in
what has become one of the longest
transit strikes in Los Angeles history.
The drivers oppose the Metropoli-
tan Transit Authority's effort to
change work rules to reduce overtime
and to increase the use of part-time
European Union lift
I3RUSSE LS, Belkium -The 15-
nation European Union voted unani-
mously yesterday to start lifting
international sanctions against
Yugoslavia, deciding to reward the
new democratic government there
immediately and to put off questions
of whether former President Slobodan
Milosevic might be sent abroad to
face war crimes charges.
EU foreign ministers meeting in
Luxembourg agreed to remove an
embargo on oil deliveries and a ban
on commercial air travel to
Yugoslavia, but they maintained a
freeze on Belgrade government assets,
as well as a selective ban on visas, in
an effort to guard against any attempts
by Milosevic or his associates to leave
the country with stolen wealth.
The ministers said they were pre-
pared to welcome a Yugoslavia run by
newly inaugurated President Vojislav
Kostunica back into the mainstream
of European nations, and they dangled
the promise of S2 billion in aid over
the next seven years to help rebuild
the country's economy, which was
severely damaged by NATO bombi
during last year's Kosovo war.
Mideast peace talks
yield no results
SHARM EL-SHEIK, Egypt
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak and
Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat met
warily at an emergency summit aimed
at halting bloody clashes in the Mider
Hours of talks yielded no cease-I
agreement by early today, despite
President Clinton's admonition that
"We cannot afford to fail."
Clinton pressed on into the early
hours, meeting with Arafat and
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak
until past I a.m., then meeting with
Barak for nearly two hours before
heading to his hotel for rest.
More meetings were planned later
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