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March 29, 2001

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'U' files
to delay
By Jon Fish
Daily Staff Reporter
*The University yesterday filed a
motion for a stay in order to stall U.S.
District Judge Bernard Friedman's
order that the Law School discontinue
its use of race as a factor in admis-
Also yesterday, the 6th Circuit Court
of Appeals in Cincinnati agreed to
hear the appeal for the lawsuit chal-
lenging the admissions policies of the
College of Literature, Science and the
Deputy General Counsel Liz Barry
said the University expected the higher
court to take the LSA case. Center for
Individual Right director of legal and
public affairs Curt Levey agreed, call-
ing the 6th Circuit's decision "totally
It has not been determined when the
higher court will hear oral arguments
in the case, but each side must submit
iefs to the court in advance.
In December, U.S. District Judge
Patrick Duggan granted summary
judgment in favor of the University,
which decided the case without hold-
ing a trial. In his opinion, Duggan
wrote that the University's current sys-
tem of admissions is legal, but the
"grid" system used from 1995-1998
was not.
The University has said it will
appeal the latter portion of that deci-
, while CIR will be attacking the
rest of the opinion, including Duggan's
assertion that diversity is a compelling
government interest, as outlined by
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Lewis
Powell in the 1978 case, University of
California Regents v. Bakke.
Meanwhile, the decision handed
down Tuesday by Friedman continued
to send shockwaves through much of
e Law School, but University
awyers hope a stay will ensure that it
remains business as usual in its admis-
sions office.
A stay would allow the Law School
to continue using its current policy.
The University has asked that this stay
continue until the case has exhausted
the appeals process.
Barry said the University has asked
for Duggan's response to their motion
by next Monday. If Friedman does not
ant a stay, the University will send
'Ws motion to the 6th Circuit, she said.
In its brief to Friedman, the Univer-
sity outlined several reasons why a
stay is necessary, emphasizing that to
comply with Friedman's order "would
preclude Defendants from administer-
ing, in a timely, orderly, and fair man-
ner, the admissions process currently
underway for the entering Class of
Barry said the Law School, which
usually sends out more than 1,000
offers of admission for around 350
seats, has only sent out 826 offers so
far. Also, she said, "we're not done,
we're far from being done" sending
out offers for the summer session,

which begins at the end of May.
Immediate compliance with Fried-
man's order, Barry said, would be
extremely difficult. "You would really
,ve to come up with a new admis-
ns system," she said.
Furthermore, University lawyers
said in their brief, "Court's injunction
will delay final decisions for thousands
of applicants, thereby hindering the
Law School's ability to compete with
other selective law schools for highly
qualified applicants."
University attorneys also hope a
stay will be granted because they "are
*ely to prevail on the merits," mean-
ing they expect Friedman's judgment
would be overturned by a higher court.
Barry said she was confident the
University would be granted a stay, but
Levey disagreed, saying, "Friedman is
not going to give them that. He's said
this is a blatantly ncnstitutional svs-

' a






A.D. Martin
to announce
terms soon
By Raphael Goodstein
Daily Sports Editor
The school that gave the Michigan basketball program
its only national title has now given the Wolverines a
new coach.
Seton Hall basketball coach Tommy Amaker has
agreed to a deal to coach the Wolverines and will be
introduced as Brian Ellerbe's replacement, likely tomor-
row, but possibly as soon as today. Amaker resigned
from Seton Hall yes-Tm
terday. Who's Tom y?
"This is now a team Born: June 6, 1965
that can be restored to Hometown: Falls Church, Va.
some of its past glory Coaching history: Head coach
with this guy on the at Seton Hall, 1997-2001;
sidelines," freshman Assistant at Duke, 1988-96
center Josh Moore said College career: Duke, 1983-87
last night. "We have College honors: Team captain,
enough talent and we 1986-87; National Defensive
have the right coach to Player of the Year, 1986-87;
get it done." All-America, 1986-87; All-Final
Seton Hall Athletic Four, 1986
Director Jeff Fogelson College degree: B.A. in
released a statement economics, 1987
yesterday, saying "I Coaching honors: Metropolitan
appreciate all that Coach of the Year, 2000
Tommy has done to Family: Married to Seton Hall
position our basketball psychology Prof. Stephanie
program among the Pinder-Amaker
best in the nation. I'm sure that he'll do.the same for
Michigan Athletic Director Bill Martin spoke.with
Amaker several times in the past week and flew to
Philadelphia - where Amaker attended a memorial ser-
vice for the brother of Seton Hall freshman Eddie Griffin
- on Tuesday to meet with him.
Martin said the 10-person screening committee he
formed to search for a new coach helped narrow his can-
didate list down to six.
"It was immensely helpful," Martin said. "When I put
it together, I didn't realize how helpful it'd be. Our con-
ference call was three hours long."
The committee was headed by former Michigan star
and current Houston Rockets coach Rudy Tomjanovich.
The committee met last week and those who couldn't
attend joined via conference call. Sophomore forward
LaVell Blanchard missed the meeting but later met with
Martin to discuss the decision.
Fellow committee member and teammate Chris Young
said yesterday that he is pleased with Martin's decision.
"I think he's an excellent coach," Young said. "I heard
See AMAKER, Page 5A

Seton Mall coach Tommy Amaker comes to Michigan with hopes of turning the Wolverines around. More coverage of Michigan Athletic Director
Bill Martin's decision to hire Amaker, Page 8A.
S -tudentls confidentAmakr w il
turn askebl rgrmaon

By Nawed Sikora
Daily Sports Writer
After a disappointing season under Brian
Ellerbe, many students are hopeful that
Tommy Amaker will bring new life to the bas-
ketball program next season.
"I'm from New Jersey, so I have followed
him the past couple of years at Seton Hall,"
LSA freshman Joey Riepl said.
"I am really happy because he is a good
recruiter. He'll be able to get a lot of good

recruits and start pulling them away from
Michigan State," Riepl said. "I didn't have
season tickets this year, but I plan on getting
them next year."
"I think it will help having a big name
coach like Tommy Amaker as far as recruiting
goes," Engineering junior Mike Nash said.
"The main thing is to win the state of Michi-
gan back. I just hope that he can bring in good
players that will stick around and represent the
University with class."
Other students felt the choice of Amaker

was a mistake because of his troubles this past
season at Seton Hall. The Pirates, who began
the season ranked in the nation's top 10, were
plagued throughout the season with off-court
problems and finished 16-15, barely making
the National Invitational Tournament.
"He couldn't keep control of Seton Hall's
locker room this year and I don't think he will
be able to control Michigan's," Engineering
sophomore Jeff Doyle said.
Rackham student Kenneth Nicholson said

Detroit loses big, A2
gains in 2000 Census

The numbers game
The U.S. Census Bureau
released data about Michigan's
2000 population yesterday.
Total population: 9,938,444.

By Louis Me zsh
Daily Staff Reporter

8 White:
8 Black:


5 Native American:
X Asian:
I Pacific Islander:
8 Other:
® Biracial:
® Multiracial:
0 una

Population Pct.
7,966,053 80
1,412,742 14.2
58,479 0.5
176,510 1.7a
2,692 -
129,552 1.3
180,824 1.8
192,416 1.9
Q P77 RR

Although Detroit's population fell
below 1 million for the first time since
1920, Ann Arbor grew by 4.1 percent
since 1990, according to 2000 Census
figures released yesterday.
The U.S. Census Bureau counted
951,270 residents of Detroit, down from
the city's 1950 peak of 1,849,568.
Michigan's overall population grew
from 9,295,297 to 9,938,444 between
the 1990 and 2000 censuses, but that
will not prevent the state from losing
one of its 16 congressional districts.
The data released yesterday indicates
that Michigan's 6.9 percent population
growth was not as fast as other states of
the country which will be gaining con-
gressional districts.
The release of the count begins the
long process of redistricting, during
which Michigan's congressional and
legislative district lines are redrawn to
account for shifts in population.
Ann Arbor, which saw its population
increase from 109,592 to 114,024.

bit and that will radiate out a little bit
and Hansen will have less of the city of
Ann Arbor and more of the suburban
and rural parts of Washtenaw County,"
Brock said.
Democrat Chris Kolb represents most
of the city of Ann Arbor and Democrat
John Hansen represents northwest Ann
Arbor, including North Campus.
Brock predicted a fierce battle
between Republicans and Democrats
in both houses of the Legislature.
"There is no question, redistricting
always has severe partisan ramifica-
tions," he said.
Brock said he expects Republicans,
who hold majorities in the Legislature
as well as the Supreme Court and also
controls the governor's office, to redraw
district lines in a manner that would be
overly favorable to them.
* "If the Republicans can come to a
consensus among themselves they will
draw the districts to their political
advantage," he said.
But Phil Ginotti, administrative assis-
tant to Senate Reapportionment Com-
mittee Chair Bill Schuette (R-Midland)

LSA freshman Francis Legasse of Sigma Chi and Engineering freshman Justin
Myslajek of Pi Kappa Phi duke it out yesterday during State Street Night, a part
of the Greek Week festivities.
fillGreek e~k

By Kara Wenzel
Daily Staff Reporter

organizations," said Corey Fernandez,
Greek Week co-director.
Proceeds from the week's events
will go to the Children's Brittle Bone
Foundation, a foundation for the
research of treatment for children with

Forty campus sororities and fraterni-
ties are hosting their biggest communi-
tv service proiect of the year this week




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