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for students in the middle zone; students
with high scores are usually admitted
regardless of race and students with low
scores are usually rejected.
University lawyers contend there are
a number of flaws in Larntz's study.
"He did the wrong analysis and he did
the wrong analysis wrong," University
Deputy General Counsel Liz Barry said.
Barry said the numerical value of how
much race is a factor is irrelevant for
applicants of similar credentials. "Race
can tip the balance" for similar appli-
cants but it results in either acceptance or
non-acceptance, she said, thus making
any numerical value meaningless.
Barry also criticized Larntz's find-
ings because the University has main-
tained that race, LSAT scores and
GPAs are only three of many factors.
Factors such as essays, letters of rec-
ommendation and work experience are
subjective measures that cannot be put
in this kind of model.
This coincides with the testimony
on Tuesday from Dean of Admissions
Erica Munzel, who said admissions
decisions are made on a highly indi-
vidualized, case-by-case basis without
using race as the main consideration.
CIR Chief Executive Officer Terry
Pell defended Larntz's findings, saying
the analysis shows that "race plays an
extraordinary role" in admissions deci-
sions. "We made clear today in a num-
ber of ways how large of a role race
plays in admissions," Pell said.
The intervening defendants did not
have the chance to conduct their cross
examination of Larntz yesterday, but
lead counsel Miranda Massie said they
too have problems with Larntz's find-
ings. "The results he came up with
should have made him realize that
something was very wrong with his
data, with his approach to it or with
both," Massie said. "To claim that it is
some 500 times easier for a black appli-
cant than for a white applicant to get
into the Law School is utterly discon-
nected from reality"
After the intervenors complete their
cross examination of Larntz this morn-
ing, University President Lee Bollinger
will testify today as the first defense wit-
ness. Bollinger was dean of the Law
School the year the disputed admissions
policy was drafted.
--Brian H Yden contributed to this
report fwr the Dail.
Continued from Page 1A
Collegiate Licensing Company, which
are part of the agreement. They specifi-
cally called attention to police attacks
on the 800 striking factory workers,
physical abuse and the firing of hun-
dreds of protesters.
"We are extremely concerned about
allegations of labor violations at the
Kukdong Factory in Mexico," Universi-
ty spokeswoman Julie Peterson said.
"We have asked, and Nike has agreed,
to keep the university informed of
developments on a daily basis. We will
look the matter over carefully in the
next several days and have expressed to
Nike the importance of a timely and
full accounting of the situation."
Through speeches and cries, the pro-
testers said they were also angry at
Bollinger for signing the contract
although it did not include the high
level of labor standards agreed upon by
the University's Advisory Committee
on Labor Standards and Human Rights.
"Although we don't support this con-
tract, we can use it. We fully expect to
hold Bollinger to the contract he
signed," Bray said.

Michigan Student Assembly Rep.
Reza Breakstone, an LSA senior, held
up large, laminated copies of the reso-
lutions that MSA passed Tuesday night
in support of the workers in Mexico.
The assembly voted to ask the Universi-
ty to apply its new labor code of con-
duct in all areas where the production
of logo goods is involved and to
encourage Bollinger to terminate the
contract with Nike if any alleged prob-
lems are not resolved within 30 days.
"This is common sense," Breakstone
said. "We're asking the president to
keep his word."
After rallying for half an hour, the
protesters plastered Bollinger's office
with posters of opposition and "For
Sale" signs to display their feeling that
the University sold out to Nike. They
continued their protest on the streets as
they chanted their way to Moe's Sport
Shop, which. sells Michigan apparel, to
hand out flyers.
Those who benefit from the con-
tract for Michigan athletic apparel
disagree with the protesters' com-
plaints. The Athletic Department has
been without an apparel contract
since last February, when Nike
dropped out of a 1999 agreement
with the University. "From the coach's
standpoint in most of the sports, and for
sure in hockey, we think Nike is the
best company right now in terms of
their nrnriict their service and their

Ashcroft vows to uphold abortion rigls
WASHINGTON - As his prospects for confirmation as attorney general
improved, John Ashcroft promised yesterday not to seek Supreme Court reversal
of a woman's right to abortion and pledged to defend the constitutionality of gun
controls he had opposed in the Senate.
Ashcroft picked up his first Democratic vote when Sen. Zell Miller of Georgia
announced his support.
Other Democrats on the Judiciary Committee predicted Ashcroft's confi a-
tion in the evenly divided Senate.
Under detailed questioning by skeptical Democrats on the committee, the for-
mer Missouri senator reaffirmed his personal opposition to abortion.
But he emphasized that he had no intention of attempting to get the high court
to reverse the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade abortion decision, which he once
called "a miserable failure."
"The Supreme Court very clearly doesn't want to deal with that issue again,"
Ashcroft said, adding that pressing the matter w ould risk undermining the
"standing and prestige" an administration has in arguments before the high
With a long line of women's rights, civil rights and gun control groups watg
to testify against Ashcroft later in the week, there were favorable signs for m
during the second day of his confirmation hearings.

California cuts off
power to thousands
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Pushcd
over the brink by its botched experi-
ment with deregulation, California cut
off power to hundreds of thousands of
people yesterday in the first rolling
blackouts imposed during its electrici-
ty crisis.
Lights blinked off about noon in
parts of San Francisco, Sacramento
and San Jose, as well as other sections
of Silicon Valley.
No major problems were reported,
but the outages knocked out TV sta-
tions, ATMs and traffic lights across
the San Francisco Bay area, backing
up traffic and forcing college profes-
sors to hold class in dimly lit class-
Police officers directed traffic and
store owners turned to pocket calcula-
The rotating, hourlong blackouts in
northern and central parts of the state
were halted in the afternoon. A sec-
ond wave of blackouts in the evening
was averted as the power supply met

Los Angeles was considered safe
because it has its own utility.
Utilities avoided cutting power to
essential services such as hospitals
and airports.
Citing security reasons, tcy
declined to identify exactly wh
areas lost power.
Extra confmement
OK for sex predators
WASHINGTON - Harsh codi-
tions or a lack of treatment behind
bars do not justify releasing a sexual
predator a state considers too danger-
ous to society, the Supreme Chrt
ruled yesterday.
The court underscored its position
that states can lock up sex offenders
after their sentences are over, rejecting
the appeal of a six-time rapist from
Washington state.
The 8-1 decision said Andre
Brigham Young is free to complain
about his treatment in court, and said
the state has a duty to treat those it
involuntarily holds.


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Kabila believed dead;
son controls Congo
- As Congolese officials and foreign
diplomats continued to issue conflicting
statements about Congolese President
Laurent Kabila's reported assassination,
members of Kabila's cabinet said yes-
terday that they had named his son to
rule their vast war-ravaged Central
African nation.
Appearing on state television yester-
day following an emergency meeting of
Kabila's cabinet, Communications
Minister Dominique Sakombi insisted
Kabila had been shot and wounded
Tuesday at his presidential palace in the
Congolese capital of Kinshasa but had
been evacuated overnight to an undis-
closed location where he was receiving
medical treatment.
"Until President Kabila has recov-
ered, and to ensure stability, the govern-
ment has decided to give command of
the government and military to Major
General Joseph Kabila," Sakombi said.
But reports from outside Congo of

Kabila's death continued to mount. Cit-
ing "a number of what we believerare
credible reports," White House national
security spokesman Daniel Cruise said,
we do believe, at this stage, that he
Officials in Angola, an ally of
Kabila's in Congo's ongoing civil
war, said yesterday that Kabila had
been killed.
Arafat's protege
slain in restaurant
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip -*e
head of Palestinian TV - a protege
of Yasser Arafat - was killed.,by
three masked men in a seaside restau-
rant yesterday, but Palestinian officials
played down initial suggestions.that
Israel ordered the attack.
Israel also denied a role in the
killing of Hisham Miki, who vas
struck by more than 10 bullets fired at
close range from a pistol fitted with a
-- Compilediom Dail' ire rep9 Is.

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