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The Michigan Daily - Friday, February 16, 2001- 7

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Alumni reported that there are considerable benefits
rom attending the Law School, such as the friends
nd contacts made in Ann Arbor and the prestige of
he University, Lempert said, and it is these kinds of
actors that contribute to the success of alumni.
npert also concluded that although he supports
s Law School Admission Test scores as a criteri-
n for admission, they are not an accurate predictor
f future success.
The LSAT "has a limited purpose, we should not
verweight it," he said.
During cross examination, Center for Individual
fghts lawyer Larry Purdy argued that while diversi-
y is important, it's not enough to justify using race
s a factor in admissions.
Purdy proposed a system in which there would be

a threshold index score for applicants, who would be
selected randomly from that pool.
Lempert said such a system would not be practi-
cal in real-world situations and would end up
excluding more minorities, which would cancel the
educational benefits the University seeks to obtain
through diversity.
"Because of the bias in the test and because of the
way scores are distributed, there is no threshold you
could pick," Massie said.
But Purdy also questioned whether the benefits of
diversity were that important to alumni. By listing
the factors that a random sample of alumni said con-
tribute most to the classroom experience, Purdy
demonstrated that, on average, ethnic diversity was
ranked second to last in importance.
But Lempert said the rankings were not statistical-
ly significant among each other.
Also testifying yesterday was Oakland, Calif.,

public school teacher Tania Kappner. An ardent sup-
porter of and activist for affirmative action, Kappner
described her efforts to mobilize her high school stu-
dents in the "new civil rights movement."
"We have to have a future of equality. I try to con-
vey to (my students) that this can be done," she said.
Kappner also described her own education as the
only black student in her program at the University
of California's Berkeley campus after the passage of
Proposition 209, the voter initiative which ended
affirmative action in California.
Kappner said her education was greatly affected by
the experience and she was forced daily to "debunk a
lot of racist myths" that even the most well-meaning
of her classmates had about black people.
Today, each side will have 45 minutes to present
closing arguments. To finish the case, each side will
also submit a 30-page brief summarizing their case
to the judge, due by Feb. 27.

a name.
"I was enormously disturbed
when I heard that the Democratic
Party has actually allowed a student
organization to adopt their name to
run for office on campus," said
. Coulouris, who votes Democratic.
"It runs completely contrary to any
notion to the way a student govern-
ment should work."
"Bringing the state Democratic
Party into student government poli-
tics is like diving into Lake Michi-

gan in the middle of February," said
Blue Party presidential candidate
Matt Nolan. an LSA representative.
"It might be new and innovative,
but it's a bad idea all-around."
Nolan said using a well-known
political party name would be tak-
ing advantage of uneducated voters
on campus who do not know exact-
ly what each party stands for.
"The Democratic Party isn't the
only liberal-oriented group run-
ning," Nolan added.
A full list of students running for
MSA in the upcoming election and
their party platforms will be
released next week.

Continued from Page1.
iealth fair in the Michigan Union
Pond Room adorned tables around
he room.
LSA -junior Pierce Beckham, who
:oordinated the health fair, said the
fternoon event went beyond pro-
noting education and awareness of
ex and sexually transmitted dis-
The tables lining the walls of the
Pond Room reflected organizers'
fforts -to include a wide variety of
wealth concerns pertinent to the
LGBT communities, including psy-
hological aspects, in the health

"The suicide rate for the LGBT
communities is alarmingly high,"
said Ben Conway, co-chair of the
LGBT committee. le added that
depression rates are also high.
"Addressing depression, self-morti-
fication, eating disorders and self-
image ... is very important,
specifically to the LGBT communi-
ties for overall health," he said.
Speakers came from Counseling
and Psychological Services and the
Sexual Assault Prevention and
Awareness Center provided addition-
al information.
"It's not us-them. It's everybody,"
said LSA freshman Clair Morrissey,
who worked at SAPAC's table. "Peo-
ple of all orientations are survivors

of sexual assault and dating vio-
Other groups came to increase
their visibility on campus and to let
students know their resources are
"It's because no one else talks
about it," said Medical student Nersi
Nikakhtar, co-coordinator of Les-
bian, Gay and Bisexual People in
Medicine. "There are not a heck of a
lot of out med students, so we try to
provide a place for those who are or
want to be."
LGBPM provides resources within
the medical community and also
tries to establish mentoring relation-
ships between faculty members and

Continued from Page 1.
.to the overwhelming attraction of New Orleans
at this time of year, hotels and hostels encourage people
o make reservations the summer before the actual
pring celebration. Considered by the Lonely Planet
ravel guide as one of the "premier hotels" in New
Orleans,. the Soniat House said that one-third of their
current Mardi Gras reservations made arrangements the
day of their departure last year.
Hotels advise visitors to plan, ahead, and University
ilum Paul Hanna, who partied at Mardi Gras last year,
il nouraged students to research flights in advance.
"Driving from New Orleans back to Ann Arbor was
oo much driving if you ask me. Avoid it if you can,"
[lanna said.
Each year on the day before Mardi Gras, the mayor
:eremoniously relinquishes control to Rex, the "King of
Carnival" for 24 hours. Leading up to this transfer of
power parades, food and costumes run the spectacular
nomentum of the city. Lawlessness may live in the
hearts of visitors but there are still laws governing

acceptable behavior.
William Bess, director of the University's Depart-
ment of Public Safety, encourages students to use com-
mon sense in an atmosphere of the most uncommon and
unexpected circumstances.
"Keep personal safety in mind. If you have a gut feel-
ing that something is wrong, listen to it," Bess said.
Hanna said he left New Orleans last year a little rat-
tled by his first Mardi Gras and the demise of his san-
"I had to forfeit my pair of Doc Martens as unrecov-
erable after walking around the street in them," he said.
Although Spelman and Kleinman said they anticipate
an experience like no other, Hanna was able to equate
his experiences at Mardi Gras to the University's Naked
Mile that takes place on the last day of classes each
"I kind of relate Mardi Gras to the Naked Mile in one
sense. Having run the Naked Mile three times, I think
it's an awesome event," Hanna said, "But what ruins it
is all the news channels and all the perverts on the
streets with cameras. Mardi Gras is awesome except
there might be even more perverts on the streets."

Continued from Page 1
Harper's outline of a general plan for
the construction of a new residence
hall and emphasized the need for reno-
vations to current halls.
The regents unanimously supported
moving forward on plans for a new
Harper noted that while the number
of University students has increased by
more than 5,000 students since 1968
when Bursley Hall opened, the number
of residence facilities has remained the
"This translates into fewer spaces
for upper-class and graduate students,"
Harper said, adding that a lack of
interaction between older and younger
students alters the intellectual experi-
ence in halls.
Harper also pointed out how the
needs of students have changed drasti-
cally in the past three decades.
"Students today have more material
goods than any other generation," she
said. She also mentioned the demand
for technology and need for dining hall
University Provost Nancy Cantor
said a new residence hall can continue
the University's efforts to "stretch
beyond the boundaries of traditional
She suggested the hall could work
towards "intertwining student life and
academic pursuits" by incorporating
public performance spaces, office
hours for faculty fellows and graduate
student instructors, classrooms for
minicourses and a health or global
studies living-learning community.

The University Mentorship Program
is now recruiting for the
We are seeking to hire two people to coordinate the Social
Mentoring Program. This program begins when freshmen
arrive on campus and lasts throughout the first month of
school. It is designed to provide 'new students with an
upperclass mentor who will help introduce them to the UM
social scene in a safe and healthy way.
This program is targeted tozi'ards new students who z'Want to make
their transition to college without alcohol. The Social Mentoring
program willfacilitate opportuinities to meet other students Inaking
similar choices, immediately creating a social network on campus.
We will be hiring two people for the following positions:
Project Manager
" Develops and plans social activities for new students
* Gives presentations advertising program to new students
. Organizes incoming students into groups with an upper-
class mentor
" $10.50 per hour
* Work hours during Winter Term (beginning March 19)
" 20 hours per week from May 1-Sept. 5, with the option
of working up to 40 hours per week if desired
. 10 hours per week from Sept. 5-30
Qualifications include strong organizational skills, commit-
ment to running a program without alcohol, and interest in
helping new students adjust to life at UM.
Applications are available in ONSP and are due
February 23.
Office of New Student Programs
3511 Student Activities Building

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