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60 Minutes feature segment on
admissions lawsuits to air Sunday
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two, lawsuits are represented,
i ding interviews with Universi-
ty President Lee Bollinger, Univer-
sity Deputy General Counsel Liz
Barry and Law School Dean Jeffrey
Bradley also interviewed Law
School case plaintiff Barbara Grut-
ter and LSA case plaintiff Jennifer
In the segment Barry is quoted as
saying, "Look, they would like to
get people sort of caught up in the
intricacies of our process when the
fundamental issue at stake here is
are colleges and universities going
to be allowed to take race and eth-
nicity in their admissions processes
to pursue important educational
Philosophy professor Carl Cohen
is identified in the segment as one of
the University's most vocal oppo-
nents of affirmative action.
"It's evil, it's not meant to be evil
but it's fundamentally wrong in a
good society," he said.
Public opinion of the case
remains divided across the nation
and on campus. A 1999 survey
sponsored by The Michigan Daily,
Department of Communication
Studies and the Institute for Social
Research found that 51 percent of
students surveyed opposed the use
of race as a factor in admissions
policies. Results of the survey, were
based on 873 responses to an Inter-
net-based questionnaire. A strati-
fied probability sample of enrolled
students was drawn by the Regis-
The Law School case is scheduled
to get under way on Jan. 15.
tate house debate held in League
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Michigan League for the debate, sponsored by Michigan
Student Assembly's Voice Your Vote and the Michigan
due. The debate structure was relaxed with occasional
qf ions from the audience
"I would not have the ability to run if it weren't for term
limits, so it might surprise you that I'm against it,' Kolb
said. "The ultimate term limit is done by the voter."
Bykowski agreed that term limits do flush out the experi-
ence in Lansing but maintained that he still supports them.
"There are procedural issues," he said. "And they will be
KoIlb, who currently serves as Mayor Pro Tem and as a
City Council member in Ward V, lashed out against school
vouchers, arguing they would drain money from the public
e ation system.
t's scary to be on the same side as John Engler," Kolb
said, referring to the Republican governor's opposition to
Bykowski, a real estate appraiser, suggested the loss of
money would be smal! enough that the state could replace
it. The state should cut down on funds for lottery advertis-
ing and redirect the money elsewhere, Bykowski said.
The candidates did find common ground on some issues,
including opposition to Proposal 2, which would require a
tX -thirds vote from, the state Legislature in issues that
ly affect the control of local governments.
Bykowski touted the diversity that the University's stu-
dent population brings as a unique aspect of the 53rd dis-
"A lot of times, I think people look down at University
students," tending to think that they are apathetic about poli-
tics, he said. "That's just not true.
Kolb also spoke about getting students involved, saying
the Legislature needs to let students know how important
the local level is.
"We want to make sure that the students vote all the way
from the top of the ballot to the bottom of the ballot," Kolb
said after the debate.
With fewer than 20 people attending the event, the audi-
ence turnout was decidedly low.
"I'm disappointed with the student turnout," said event
organizer Michael Gold, an LSA sophomore.
Among those in the audience, the favor of the debate
seemed to go in Kolb's direction.
"He seemed to be knowledgeable about every issue and
he had definite stances on every issue," LSA freshman
Rachel Fisher said. "He was not afraid to voice them."
LSA sophomore Duncan Hwang, who considers himself
a Democrat, also said he thought Kolb came off stronger in
"He was just more experienced in the political field,"
Bykowski conceded that he is the less experienced of the
"We're both going for the same job," he said. "And he's a
good guy, and I'm a good guy so may the best man win."
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New poll Stabenow picks up steam,
ties Abraham in bid for US. senate
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to bloodhounds to the State Capitol
in what they said was an effoit to
search for Stabenow's accomplish-
ments. The following day, Stabenow
sent a giant pill bottle to Lansing that
Throughout the campaign, one-
fourth of Abraham's supporters
have' wavered on their voting pref-
era ce, Sarpolus said.
Wt Abraham's numbers have
remained independent of Republi-
can presidential candidate George
W. Bush, while Stabenow's num-
bers have seemed to correlate with
those of Democrat Al Gore. When
Gore's support declines, so does
Stabxnow's, Sarpolus said.
Abraham campaign officia:s dis-
counted the FPIC/MRA poll yesterday,
citing their own poll showing the sena-
to with an 8-point lead over
S enow, 49 percent to 41 percent.
These media polls ae tthat
sophisticated and el aborate," Abraham
campaign spokesman Trent Wisecup
But Polla was delighted by the
results of yesterday's poll and criti-
cized the Abraham campaign for not
taking the numbers seriously.
"They're happy to agree with the
polls when they like them," Polla
Wisecup said he does not believe
voters even pay attention to polls.
But University communications
studies Prof. Michael Traugott said
polls can significantly influence cer-
tain voters who use polling data as a
cue for who to support.
Higher polling numbers "will help
(Stabenow's) campaign, but it's not
going to hurt Abraham either," Trau-
Stabenow could benefit from a more
energized campaign and will encour-
age voters to help out if they feel vol-
unteering could make a difference,
"These media polls
- Trent Wisecup
Abraham campaign spokesman
But the influence of polls on vot-
ers is hard to measure because
some will look at a poll and vote
for the likely winner while others
automatically vote for the under-
dog, Traugott said
Both candidates are planning to
campaign rigorously in the remain-
ing days before the Nov. 7 elec-
"There's no doubt that it's going to
be a close race," Wisecup said.
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