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Friday
November 3, 2000

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earing
moved up
in LSA
Jawsuit
Oral arguments for
summary judgement
rescheduled for Nov. 16
By Jen Fish
Daily Staff Reporter
* Oral arguments have been moved
,p to Nov. 16 for the summary judg-
ment in the lawsuit challenging the
use of race as a factor in admission
to the College of Literature, Sciences
and the Arts.
The hearing
will be held in
Judge Patrick ON
D ugg a n' s '~iA
courtroom at-
9 a.m. in fed-
al court for
he Eastern
District of Michigan, located in
Detroit.
Originally filed in October of
1997, this lawsuit and a similar one
facing the Law School have been
subject to numerous delays. A
motion in September postponed the
hearings from Sept. 18 to Nov. 21
due to an illness on the University's
*-fense team.
While University spokesman Julie
Peterson said it was not clear why
the hearing have been moved up, she
said the University will be ready.
"This is a small change in the
schedule," Peterson said. "We've
been preparing for many months and
we look forward to the beginning of
the process."
Last spring both sides in the case
bmitted motions for a summary
'dgment, which is a decision based
on evidence presented to the court
without a trial.
If a summary judgment is not
granted, the case is expected to go to
trial sometime in December.
The Washington-based Center for
Individual Rights filed the case on
behalf of Jennifer Gratz, who
lieges that she was not admitted to
e University because her spot was
taken by less qualified minorities.
The CIR also filed a case against the
Law School on behalf of Barbara
Grutter.
The trial for the Law School case
is still scheduled for Jan. 16, 2001.

AMER ICAN WOMAN
Candidates,
supporters
rally at Hill
By Hanna LoPatin
Daily Stafi Reporter
Last night the backstage of Hill Auditorium was trans-
formed into somewhat of a women's club.
Congresswoman Lynn Rivers, State Rep. Liz Brater and
other top Democratic Michigan female politicians greeted
each other with hugs and kisses before a Democratic rally
celebrating the 80th anniversary of woman's right to vote.
At the head of the group was the mother of vice presiden-
tial candidate Sen. Joe Lieberman, introduced to more than
1,200 people in the audience as 'Baba.'
"I'm as proud as can be," Lieberman said before the
event, as her daughters, granddaughters and great-grand-
daughter chatted behind her. "I hope and pray that they
will get in, because they will do a wonderful job for the
young and the old and the those in-between." A survivor
1 of the Holocaust, Lieberman said she began voting as
,I soon as she was of age.
Speaking on the low turnout of young voters, Lieberman
said "I think the young folks are going to get out, I have con-
fidence in them."
CARRIE MCGEE/Daily The lone male in the parade of females to grace the stage
U.S. Congresswoman Lynn Rivers (D-Ann Arbor) speaks at Hill Auditorium last night during a rally for the Democratic party that celebrated was actor John Cusack.
the 80th anniversary of women's right to vote. See WOMEN, Page 7
lose races to determine
size o Senate majon

By Jeremy W. Peters
Daily StaffReporter
The plot of Michigan's highly competitive Senate race
between Spence Abraham and Debbie
Stabenow is being played out in several COUNTD
other states, suggesting that when the new TO
Senate convenes in January it could be
operating on the thinnest majority in recent
history.
Republicans currently control the Senate
with a 54-46 majority over the Democrat.
This means Democrats need only gain five LL f
seats to reclaim the majority they lost in 1994.
But even Democrats acknowledge this will not be a sim-
ple feat.

"We need to flip five seats, and that could be a lot to do in
a single year. but it's been done before," said David
DiMartino, deputy communications director for the Democ-
ratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. "A bunch of close
races will decide who has the majority. It's an outside
chance. We're optimistic but realistic."
Terry Holt, the Republican National Committee's Victory
2000 communications director, said he thinks the Democ-
rats have an uphill battle ahead of them.
"Obviously this is going to be a very close election for a
lot of people ... but we are going into the weekend before
the election very energized. It's very unlikely, at this stage,
the Democrats will take the Senate," Holt said.
Depending on what defines a "competitive race," seven
GOP senators are considered at risk of losing their seats:
See SENATE, Page 7

New KZvoters may face confusion

U
By Jeremy W. Peters
Daily Staff Reporter
Since Michigan residents must register to vote in
the city listed on their drivers licenses, many stu-
dents have changed their addresses to Ann Arbor but
do not know where they should cast their ballot
Tuesday.
Couple this with one of the highest projected voter
rn outs in the state's history, and the result could be
omewhat chaotic come Election Day.
Secretary of State Candice Miller released the
state's official projected voter turnout numbers this
week, and at 4.3 million, it is significantly higher
than in 1996 when 3.9 million voters went to the
polls. The figure is about the same as the number of
Michigan voters who cast ballots in 1992.
Michigan Student Assembly's Voice Your Vote
commission, which registered more than 6,000 peo-
ple to vote in Ann Arbor in the past year, is express-

ing concern that some students may run into difficul-
ty when they try to vote.
VYV Chair Shari Katz cited the fact that some of
the voter registration forms could have been illegible
or contained mistakes -- factors that could inhibit
some from receiving their registration cards in the
mail.
"If students registered to vote in Ann Arbor and
have yet to receive their voter registration card they
can call the City Clerk's office ... and the Clerk will
take their word for it that they registered before the
deadline," Katz said.
Considering that many newly registered voters
have never voted in Ann Arbor before, many may
not know where their polling place is located.
Interim City Clerk Yvonne Carl said those unclear
as to where they vote should either call or stop by
her office before Tuesday to avoid any confusion.
Carl said her office has been swamped during the
past few days with voter registration concerns.

"We're just making sure the kids know where they
need to go before they vote. It's much better if they
call now because on Election Day they may not be
able to get through," Carl said.
The tightness of the presidential and senatorial
races, combined with a high projected voter turnout
in Michigan should crowd the polls. The secretary of
state's prediction was based on these two factors and
more.
"In this case Michigan is ground zero," secretary
of state spokeswoman Liz Boyd said. "We looked at
particular circumstances of the election such as this
but we also look at turnout in similar elections."
But previous data suggests that an election this
close should have an unusually high turnout.
In 1960, the closest presidential election before
this year, Michigan experienced a 96 percent turnout
among registered voters. This year the secretary of
state is predicting 63 percent of its registered voters
See VOTERS, Page 7

DAVID KATZ/Daily
A former gang member and his friend stand outside of Pinball Pete's on South
University. Arcade managers enforce a dress code to eliminate gang-related clothing.
City Successful
idn ]crbngag
rel;ate,d activities

No. 12 MICHIGAN VS.
SN WESTERN
Ryan Field, Evanston
3:30 pm. tomorrow
ABC
THE OPPONENT:
IS rviinas the dark horse of the Big
en NorThwestern plays host to
Michigan tomorrow at Ryan Field.
TOMORROW:
Michigan is coming off a bye week and is
still on line for a share in the Big Tern title.
It will have to deal with scrambling QIR
Zak Kustok and TB Damien Anderson.

Students wa ed no By Caitlin Nish

to study in Mieas

By Jodie Kaufman
Daily Staff Reporter
Recent clashes between Israelis and
Palestinians have prompted concern
over the safety of American students
in the Middle East and the future of
college study abroad programs there.
The University of Michigan does
not sponsor study abroad programs in

tant director for the Office of Interna-
tional Programs.
But students coming to OIP for
study abroad information are advised
to not travel to Israel, Pollack said.
"We discourage them from going, at
least in the current-period," Pollack
said, "but we encourage students they
can apply on a conditional basis, in
case the current conditions change."
Ac of nnwr~ PrAl'Inr,nidA"the citii

Daily Staff Reporter
Teenage patrons of Pinball Pete's
arcade on South University Avenue say
that it is not uncommon for a manager
of the game hall to ask them to turn the
brims of their baseball caps around.
When employees of Pinball Pete's
tell patrons not to wear their hats
cocked to one side, they are enforcing
the arcade's dress code aimed at elimi-
nating all gang-related clothing and
paraphernalia from the arcade.
Pinball Pete's dress code is a
reminder that affiliations with gangs or
with o~in nfmmhershin exit in Ann

specialist, said the first step to fighting
gang activity is publicly declaring that
there is a problem.
"Back in 1994,.we publicly came
out and said we had a problem with
gangs in the city," she said.
EI-Ayoubi added that after the pub-
lie declaration, the police department
worked with local schools, neighbor-
hood community watches and local
businesses to stop all gang activity.
"We have very little activity now,
but we still have some. It's very mini-
mal," she said.
El-Ayoubi attributes the decrease to
city-sponsored education on gangs and
additional activities available for
young people in Ann Arbor.
El-Ayoubi participates in the Gang
Reistaince- Fduicatioin and Traininoy

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