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Dowdell,
Curtin
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to return
By Carrie Thorson
Daily Staff Reporter
The Central Student Judiciary last
t reinstated all candidates who had
n disqualified last week from the
Michigan Student Assembly elections,
including DAAP presidential and vice-
presidential candidates Erika Dowdell
and Jessica Curtin.
"We believe the Election Board was
overdrawn regarding the issue at
hand," said LSA senior Steve Couch,
CSJ associate justice.
DAAP initiated the appeal, arguing
on behalf of every candidate disquali-
dfrom the election for missing last
sday's candidates meeting.
CSJ's decision was immediately fol-
lowed by Student General Counsel
Alok Agrawal's resignation from the
Election Board.
"My general feeling is that MSA
elections have slowly gone down the
tubes, and I no longer want to be a part
of it," Agrawal said.
DAAP's principal argument was that
&ough the Election Board had clear-
ly stated that last Tuesday's candidates
meeting was mandatory, the board had
never upheld that ruling.
"This is the first time this rule has
ever been applied," DAAP member
Jodi Masley said. "There's no notice to
anyone that this rule was going to
apply this time when it was not applied
10 times before."
The rule of mandatory attendance
s also questioned because it is not
ed in the MSA complied code,
See APPEAL, Page 7A
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Part two of a six-part series
about campaign patforms
'ighing
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top party
agenda

By Carrie Thorson
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March 12, 2001

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By Joe Smih
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Michigan Athletic Director Bill Martin said
this weekend he plans to make a decision
very soon- about Brian Ellerbe's status as bas-
ketball coach.
Martin met with assistant coaches and
players on Saturday to help evaluate the state
of the program and planned to meet with
Ellerbe "as soon as possible" before a final
statement is made.
"When that (evaluation) process gets com-
pleted, then I'll make the decision," Martin
told The Michigan Daily. "I don't know if it's
going to take two days, three days, one day. I
want to do it.
"It's in the best interest of the whole pro-
gram and for Michigan to get it completed."
University President Lee Bollinger said
although he plans to talk to Martin about the
situation, the final decision belongs in the
hands of the athletic director.
"I have said from the beginning that the
president should not be involved in the hiring
or firing of coaches other than to set a general
framework and standards (of how the depart-
ment should be run)," Bollinger said yester-
day. "I am kept informed but I do not think
it's appropriate for the president to be
involved in athletic decisions about coach-
ing."
In his fourth year coaching the Wolverines,
Ellerbe led Michigan to its worst finish (10-
18) since the 1980-81 season. Three of the
worst losses in the program's history have
came under Ellerbe's reign, along with several
off-the-court problems.
But Ellerbe reaffirmed after his team ended
this season last week with an 82-80 loss in the
first round of the Big Ten Tournament that he
still has three years remaining on his contract
and that he plans on continuing his recruiting

ne call firing
coach racial
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Editor
embers of the University have expressed their
for basketball coach Brian Ellerbe after the
ent a letter to University President Lee Bollinger
the Athletic Department is not treating Ellerbe
ause he is black.
Sellers, a black member of Michigan's Board in
f Intercollegiate Athletics, and Richard Stacey,
ership chairman of the African American Alum-
d, have been vocal in their call for Michigan to
:rbe following last week's complaint by the Rev.
nthony, president of the NAACP's Detroit chap-
k at this point for Brian Ellerbe (to be fired)
unfair," Sellers said. "I think it would be sending
message."
[ology professor and former member of the
Sellers said he feels Ellerbe's showing of disci-
rds his players who have had off-the-court prob-
been spun "in a way that has been used against
that Ellerbe has actually "done a good job in
up the basketball program by setting specific
and rules."
said he feels, much like Stacey, that it would be
nd malicious" for Michigan to let Ellerbe go
ving him more time.
hile, several members of the University Board of
rd the Board in Control of Intercollegiate Ath-
openly disagreed with the complaints made by
See NAACP, Page 2A

Michigan's season-ending loss to Penn State last week may have been Brian Ellerbe's last with
the Wolverines. Athletic Director Bill Martin could fire Ellerbe as early as this week.

trips as usual.
Ellerbe still holds a 62-60 career mark, but
Michigan's minimal improvement on the floor
this past few seasons, combined with escalat-
ing off-the-court problems, have created
much speculation over his removal.
Ellerbe would receive a $450,000 buyout if
released.
Michigan hockey coach Red Berenson said
in his 17 years at the University, he's never
felt the pressure by any athletic director to
win. He feels that it is the "unwritten" rules
of coaching at Michigan; which are most
important and are the criteria by which pro-
grams are judged.

"I think that if you look at every program the wrong
in the Athletic Department, you'll see that A psycl
they all try and do what the unwritten expec- NAACP, S
tations are for Michigan coaches and try to pline towa
get good kids," said Berenson. "And obvious- lems has b
ly kids that are going to represent the Univer- him" and
sity well on and off the ice, floor, on the field cleaning u
as well as off the field." guidelines
Berenson said the "sincere family feeling" Sellerss
surrounding the rest of the coaching fraternity "unfair an
wants to see Ellerbe do well. without gi
"I don't think anyone in the coaching fra- Meanwi
ternity is pointing the finger at Brian Ellerbe' Regents at
Berenson said. "Not at Michigan." letics have
See ELLERBE, Page 2A

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Summers selected to
fill Harvard vacancy

By Anna Clark
and Jon Fish
Daily Staff Reporters
The search that thrust University
President Lee Bollinger into the
national spotlight ended yesterday
when Harvard University named for-
mer U.S. Treasury Secretary
Lawrence Summers as its 27th presi-
dent.
The search committee's recommen-
dation of Sum-
mers was
approved by Har-
vard's Board of
Overseers yester-
day afternoon at a
two-hour meeting
in New York City.
"I look forward
to working closely
with faculty, stu-
dents, staff and Summers
alumni to further the teaching and
scholarship of this great institution,"
Summers told reporters on a telecon-
ference from the Harvard campus
yesterday.
He added that he "will have a very
difficult act to follow," referring to
current Harvard President Neil
Rudenstine, who will formally leave
the post in June. Summers will take

control July 1.
At 46, Summers will be one of the
youngest Harvard presidents in histo-
ry, but is no stranger to the Cam-
bridge, Mass., campus - he received
his doctorate in economics from Har-
vard in 1982, and returned as a pro-
fessor in the following year.
Bollinger, who had been tagged as
the front-runner for the post, said yes-
terday he was "relieved" to have the
ordeal done but maintained his
silence on the search process.
"I just can't talk about the details,"
he said, but added that he had felt
"fully informed" throughout the
process.
"I strongly expected it would be
Summers," he added.
Harvard Provost Harvey Fineberg
was the other top finalist, although
search committee members had
appeared to focus most of their atten-
tion on Bollinger and Summers.
Ultimately, it may have been
Bollinger's lack of a Harvard degree
that gave Summers the edge.
"I think it came down to the fact
that Harvard couldn't pull the trigger
on a candidate who didn't have a Har-
vard- degree," said University of
Michigan Regent Dan Horning (R-
Grand Haven).
See HARVARD, Page 2A

The Defend Affirmative Action
Party, the oldest party in this winter's
Michigan Student Assembly elections,
is campaigning on many of the same
issues they have valued since 1997.
"We're running in these elections to
build the movement to defend affirma-
tive action," said presidential candidate
&&a Dowdell.
AAP members said they feel they
have a strong platform because they
have fulfilled past campaign promises.
They have promised to defend against
what they call the "legal attack" on
affirmative action at U of M, build a
new civil rights movement, and orga-
nize mass education on affirmative
action and related social issues.
"In reality, we're the only people that
actually stand for anything," said vice-
Sidential candidate Jessica Curtin.
y running with DAAP, candidates
are confident their main objectives will
be obvious to voters.
"I dealt with issues personally of
racism which pushed me towards want-
ing to fight for students rights," said
LSA freshman Ebonie Byndon, a
DAAP representative candidate.
DAAP also hopes to extend educa-
tion of affirmative action to grades K-
* They promise to continue with their
past tradition of sponsoring day of
action protests and bringing events such
as Affirmative Action 102 to campus.
DAAP members also promise to
continue their extensive involvement in
the lawsuits against the University's
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FILE PHOTO
Lee Bollinger, seen here in 1997 when he took over as president of the University of Michigan, was not selected to become
Harvard University's 27th president. Bollinger's lack of a Harvard degree may have been a deciding factor.

President likely to be on future short lists

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By Jon Fish
Daily Staff Reporter

"l expect Lee will continue to be approached by
anyone looking for a. great leader. "
- Jeffrey Lehman
Law School dean

Harvard's presidential search is over, but the
constant media speculation that University of
Michigan President Lee Bollinger could
depart for Ivy League pastures may be just
beginning.
Bollinger has already been mentioned in sev-
eral reports of likely successors to Columbia
University President George Rupp, who
announced a week ago that he would step down
in July 2002.
Althnah Cnlumhianofficials have said it will

approached them on the impending presidential
search.
"I do not intend to be a candidate," he said. "I
am deeply committed to Michigan and I have no
expectation of leaving.
Bollinger did add, however, that he could not
rule out any possibilities that would be profes-
sionally or personally beneficial to he and his
wife, Jean, who has an art studio in Vermont.
But for now, Bollinger's immediate future at
Michigan is assured and many believe his com-
mitment to the University is as strong as ever.
"I don't think anybody that knows Lee would
believe that he is using the University as a step-
ping stone," Lehman said. "I think that's an
absurd suggestion. Lee loves the University of

the institution. Bollinger graduated from Colum-
bia's law school in 1971.
"Because of his performance here at Michigan,
his name will appear on a list at every university,"
said University of Michigan Regent Larry Deitch
(D-Bloomfield Hills).
"I expect Lee will continue to be approached
hv anvone looking for a great leader." said Uni-

not.
"I don't think they picked the best man, but
they didn't ask me," joked University of
Michigan Regent Dan Horning (R-Grand
Haven).
Although participation in several interviews
with Harvard's search committee appeared to
indicate an interest in the university's top post.

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