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March 27, 2001

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BATTLE OF THE SEXES

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By Hanna LoPatin
Daily Staff Reporter

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The U.S. Supreme Court will be looking at
affirmative action sooner than many people
thought - but the case has nothing to do with
higher education. Yesterday, the high court
agreed to hear a case challenging a federal
program that gives help to minority-owned
businesses.
Although the court has ruled on several race-
based districting cases within the past few years,
this case is the first time in which the court will
seriously consider affirmative action since 1996
when they denied to hear The University of Texas
v. Hopwood, said University of California at
Berkeley Law Prof. Jesse Choper.
The current case is one of two brought by
Adarand Constructors Inc. against the U.S.
Transportation Department for a 1990 program
that gave bonuses to highway contractors if at
least 10 percent of their subcontracts went to
"disadvantaged business enterprises." The stipu-
lation included all businesses owned by racial
minorities.
Oral arguments for the case will likely take
place sometime this fall.
Choper, who specializes in constitutional law,

ectU
said determining whether a decision in the
Adarand case will affect the pending affirmative
action cases at the University of Michigan is
"like reading tea leaves."
But, Choper said, "If I were representing the
University of Michigan, I would not want this
case to be picked up."
In 1995, the court ruled in favor of Adarand,
finding that as a program used to remedy past
discrimination, it was not narrowly tailored.
Since then, the Department of Transportation
revised the program so minority-owned business-
es as well as businesses owned by women are
classified as "disadvantaged."
Companies claiming to be "disadvantaged"
must prove economic and social need and prove
that the owner's personal net worth is less than
$750,000.
Those state and local highway construction
programs which receive federal funds must set
their own goals and the create their own plans to
incorporate disadvantaged businesses. Also,
financial incentives were dropped.
Adarand, a Colorado firm owned by a white
See COURT, Page 7
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Inside: The court also agrees to consider wlther
mentally retarded people can be executed. Page 2.

JOYCE LEE/Daily
Contributing editor to Playboy magazine Asa Barber (left) debates gender issues with National Organization for Women President Patricia
Ireland (right) at Rackham Auditorium last night with University alum David Barringer moderating.
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By Elizabeth Kassab
Daily Staff Reporter
Students hoping for bitter confrontation or freec
magazine did not receive either at last night's "Unco
Truth," a debate at Rackham Auditorium between
resident of the National Organization for Women,
contributing editor for Playboy Magazine.
Baber alluded in his opening remarks that there w
on stage. "You won't find me saying 'Patricia, you i
said, admitting her response would be along the line
ignorant."
Before an audience of hundreds, both Ireland an

'The Naked Truth'
humor to delve into more serious issues including traditional gender
roles, abortion and the feminist movement.
Early on, the debate focused on the perceptions and receptions of
copies of Playboy the feminist movement.
vering the Naked Baber addressed misconceptions of the male reaction to feminism,
Patricia Ireland, making clear that not all men are violent people who cheat women
and Asa Baber, a out of equal wages. "These little slurs are very troubling," he said.
Baber also expressed disapproval of the one-sided presentation of
ould be no brawls gender relations.
gnorant slut,"' he "I think there have been excesses in feminism. I don't want to get
s of "Asa, I'm not rid of feminism," Baber said, adding he advocates a more "balanced
curriculum" on campuses that would include courses such as "Men
d Baber used dry See DEBATE, Page 7

Conference on gende
confronts womn sss

By Elizabeth Kassab
Daily Staff Reporter
common misconception, researchers say,
is that the enormous gains women have made
in education and the workplace have come at
the expense of their male counterparts.
Approximately 200 participants took this
and other women's issues up yesterday at a
conference titled "Bridging Gender Divides:,
Educational Access, Leadership & Technolo-
gy.
Although women now make up more than
If of the total number of university under-
duates, statistics presented at the confer-
ence showed their majority fades in
post-graduate work. Women constitute 60
percent of students who attain associate
degrees and maintain a significant majority as
candidates for bachelors and masters degrees,
but men earn more professional and doctoral
degrees than women.
"Educational attainment is not a zero sum

game. The success of women does not have to
come at the expense of men," said Jacqueline
King, director of federal policy analysis for
the American Council on Education.
"The last thing we need ... is to alter our
admissions policies to favor men," King said,
calling attention to the conservative backlash
against affirmative action.
"A major reason why women stay in school
longer seems to be continuing economic
inequality," King said. Men are able to earn a
decent amount of money, at least initially,
without higher education, she said. Women,
on the other hand, find a college degree essen-
tial for good wages.
Student panelists addressed the issue from
their standpoints, asserting that significant
progress has been made, but women are still
underrepresented in certain fields.
"Our work is equally important," said Lisa
Jackson, a biopsychology doctoral candidate
who studies estrogen and the human brain.
"I know my work has implications for over

half the population," Jackson said but added
her work may be considered marginally
important by some of her colleagues.
As students, Jackson said she and others
are "committed to supporting each other ...
and we're committed to not losing the gains
that women before us have already gained."
Statistics noted the lack of women in sci-
ence, math and engineering careers, but the
conference emphasized the realm of informa-
tion technology as one area where females are
severely underrepresented.
University President Lee Bollinger, along
with eight other research university chiefs,
officially recognized the presence of gender
inequalities in science and engineering earlier
this year and pledged to take steps to remedy
the situation.
"The vast majority of girls and women hate
IT," said Jose-Marie Griffiths, the University's
chief information officer. "It's very clear
something is wrong."
See GENDER, Page 7

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Matt Nolan and Jessica Cash will assume control of the Michigan Student Assembly when current
President Hicleki Tsutsumi hands over his gavel tonight.
SA leadeShip
to b 1 tOWA L 1to day

By Carrie Thorson
Daily StaffReporter

As newly elected president and vice president
of the Michigan Student Assembly, Matt Nolan
and Jessica Cash are eager to start reforming the
assembly.
"We really know how to do the things we've
talked about doing," Nolan said. "We can't wait
to get started"
Many assembly members said Nolan and Cash
will be a welcomed change from the previous

president, Hideki Tsutsumi.
"We are going to have a much easier time
working with this executive than either of the two
executives we've worked with before," said
Rackham Rep. Jessica Curtin, referring to past
MSA presidents Tsutsumi and Bram Elias.
"They are two very qualified candidates and I
look forward to working with them," Student
Rights Commission chair Michael Simon said.
Simon, who ran as presidential candidate with
the University Democratic Party, plans to contin-
See MSA, Page 7

U' sixth in Peace
Corps volunteers

Students, faculty
honored at annual
leadership awards

By Ted Borden
Daily Staff Reporter
dVhen the Peace Corps released its
annual list of the colleges and univer-
sities with the largest number of vol-
unteers last week, the University
ranked sixth, with 65 volunteers
presently active.
Campus recruiter Denise Mortimer
said the University's program has been

viewed. Our goal is generally 55, and
we still have several weeks left in the
school year" she said.
Mortimer noted that campus Peace
Corps participation ranked first in the
University's district, which includes
Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Mis-
souri and Kentucky.
The University of Wisconsin at
Madison ranked first with 93 volun-
teers.

By Ted Borden
D)aily Nws Reporter
At its annual ceremony yesterday, the
Michigan Leadership Awards honored
outstanding University students, faculty
and organizations for their accomplish-
ments.

ient, as well as the ability of each to
communicate the meaning of his or her
experience.
"We are here to honor the leaders
among the leaders and the best," said
Steve Grafton,- executive director of the
Alumni Association, in his welcome
speech. "They make the campus, com-

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