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Wednesday
April 4, 2001

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Daily Staff Reporter
U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman
dealt another blow to the University's Law
*ool yesterday,
denying a motionA
to stay the injunc- 31MI$imONs
tion he issued last 'ON TRIAi .
week that forbids ]
the consideration
of race in admis-
sions.
In a 10-page opinion, Friedman repudiat-
ed the University's argument that to comply
*g his order would endanger this current

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denies

motion

for

stay

admissions season, which has been halted in
the wake of last Tuesday's decision striking
down the Law School's policies.
"The court's injunction is simply and eas-
ily complied with: race is not to be used as a
factor to achieve a racially diverse class or
to remedy societal discrimination," Fried-
man wrote. "The court sees no insurmount-
able obstacle in completing the admissions
process while obeying the injunction."
Deputy General Counsel Liz Barry said
the University submitted a motion to the 6th
Circuit of Appeals in Cincinnati on Monday.
"We believe our policy is constitutional,"
she said.
Barry added that the University had asked

for the stay to remain in effect until the case
has exhausted the appeals process because it
"would be incredibly inefficient" to re-tool
the admissions policy and "then change it
back again when the court of appeals rules
in our favor."
In their brief to Friedman, the University
argued that a stay was warranted for several
reasons, including that universities have a
First Amendment right to dictate their own
policies. But Friedman dismissed this argu-
ment, writing that "... the equal protection
rights of all applicants to be considered for
admission without regard to their race clear-
ly outweighs the First Amendment rights
claiied by the law school."

"The court sees no insurmountable obstacle in
completing the admissions process while obeying
the injunction. "
- Bernard Friedman
U.S. district judge

Furthermore, Friedman wrote "Even if a
higher court rules that assembling a racially
diverse class can be a compelling state inter-
est, defendants cannot overcome the over-
whelming evidence, and this court's findings
based on that evidence, that their use of race

is not narrowly tailored to the achievement
of that interest."
Barry said that the University is confident
they will prevail in the higher court.
"We think we've made a great case for a
stay," she said.

Student
reports
sexual
assault

Clowning around

Albright to spend
2 years at William
Davidson Institute

One of two
questioned
acquelyn Nixon
Staff Reporter

suspects
by DPS

Department of Public Safety offi-
cers have questioned one man follow-
ing reports of criminal sexual assault
and home invasion in West Quad Res-
idence Hall yesterday afternoon.
Two men entered the victim's room
uninvited at approximately 3:10 p.m.
and one assaulted her while personal
property was stolen from her room,
a rdmg to DPS.
PS spokeswoman Diane Brown
said the victim made a phone call to
DPS while the incident occurred.
"We have descriptions of two peo-
ple, and we had information that led
us to have a possible match in min,"
she said. "We have one possible sus-
pect who is not a student."
One suspect has been questioned,
BAwn said. He is not an Ann Arbor
r dent and has outstanding warrants
against him.
DPS issued a crime alert shortly
after the incident, and anyone with
information is asked to contact DPS
at 763-1131.
One suspect has been identified as
male with a medium complexion,
approximately 6 feet tall with a thin
build, and was last seen wearing a
dark hood concealing his face with
e holes which appeared to be
emade, a black coat, blue jeans
and black gloves.
The other suspect is male with a
medium complexion standing
between 5 feet 3 inches and 5 feet 7
inches tall. He also had his face con-
cealed by a dark hood with eye holes,
and wore a red coat, blue jeans and
black gloves.
V fializes
changes to
city irin
go1clces
ft Jamues Reslivo
Daily Staff Reporter
Despite last week's ruling against the
University Law School's race-conscious
admissions policies, Ann Arbor is still
pushing onward with revisions to its
affirmative action hiring policy.
A 1995, the City Council passed a
elution asking the city to revise its
32-year-old affirmative action policy.
The plan is now being finalized by
the city's office of human resources to
go back to council for approval next
month.
The goal of the new plan is to ensure

Former U.S. secretary of
state to serve as distinguished
scholar beginning this fall
By Elizabeth Kassab
Daily Staff Reporter
The University announced the addition of for-
mer Secretary of State Madeleine Albright yester-
day to the William Davidson Institute's "arsenal
of skill and talent" said Jan
Svejnar, the institute's execu-
tive director.
Albright will serve a two-
year term as the institute's _
first-ever distinguished schol-
ar beginning Sept. 1.
"As you might imagine,
we're obviously delighted,";
said Brent Chrite, the insti-
tute's managing director.
"Her work is highly comple- Albght
mentary to the kind of stuff we do here."
Albright's extensive history in dealing with
emerging democracies adds new perspective and
insight to the institute's work in emerging market
economies, Chrite said.
"My association with the William Davidson
Institute represents a remarkable convergence of
my own interests in developing economically
viable democracies based on the rule of law and
human rights with the Institute's extensive knowl-
edge and expertise in assisting governments, poli-
cymakers and firms in developing economies as
they transition to market-driven economies,"
Albright said in a written statement.
University President Lee Bollinger said
Albright's first-hand knowledge will benefit the

institute.
"Madeleine Albright is a person of enormous
personal and professional knowledge of the
emerging democracies. You couldn't have a better
experience than being secretary of state,"
Bollinger said.
Albright served as U.S. ambassador to the Unit-
ed Nations from 1993-1997 and became the
nation's first female secretary of state in 1997, a
position she held until the Clinton administration
left Washington in January.
As secretary of state, Albright dealt with for-
mer communist nations in eastern and central
Europe trying to establish democratic regimes.
"Economic development in emerging markets
is heavily dependent on those countries' success
in democratization and human rights - no issue
could be more significant to their long-term
development and to our own future," Albright
said.
Chrite said administrators in the next few
weeks to smooth out the details. "Right now it's
still pretty conceptual," Chrite said.
Svejnar said Albright's major contribution will
be academic.
Chrite said the institute hopes to see Albright
work closely with its international network of
scholars, publish materials with the University,
preside over conferences and oversee the insti-
tute's Washington office.
"Many of us hope to have her available to lec-
ture," Chrite said, but he added that Albright will
not teach classes.
Chrite said the institute found in Albright exact-
ly what it was looking for - "a respected and visi-
ble and, obviously, capable public official."
Svejnar added the institute hopes to add more
faculty of Albright's caliber to its roster in the
future.

JEFF HURVITZ/Daily
LSA senior Ryan Hughes, also known as Galaxor Nebulon, wears a clown suit yesterday as he
heads to a hearing on charges he faces under the Code of Student Conduct.

Ross: Peace still possible
amid violence in Mideast

By Louie Meizish
Dily Staff Reporter
The Israeli-Palestinian peace process, as much as it may
appear to be in shambles right now, is by no means a lost
cause, former U.S. Ambassador Dennis Ross told a packed
audience at Hillel last night.
Ross, the United States' lead diplomat in the Israeli-Pales-
tinian negotiations under former presidents Clinton and Bush,
is credited with bringing both sides of the conflict together to
reach the 1993 Oslo Accords, the 1997 Hebron Accord and
the 1999 Interim agreement.
"When I began, the idea of getting the two sides to talk to
each other was seen as a revolutionary achievement," he said.
Ross added that until a few years ago it was unbelievable
that Israel would have diplomatic relations with eight member
nations of the Arab League.
During his speech Ross described the several lessons he has
learned from the negotiations.

The first lesson, he said, is that "there is no alternative to the
pursuit of peace - and both sides know it." Both sides recog-
nize each other's existence, he emphasized, and they cannot go
back into a state of denial.
The second lesson, he said, is that no outside party can
force an agreement on either Israel or the Palestinians nor can
one of the sides force an agreement on the other side.
The Palestinians will not get what they want through terror-
ist attacks and the Israelis will not get their way with military
strikes, he said.
Another lesson, he said, is that there cannot be "a big gap
between what is going on at the negotiating table and what is
going on in the street," he said. "There is no way to be pro-
moting peace and sanctioning violence."
During the speech, Ross blamed both Palestinian terrorist
attacks and the Israeli closing of entry points into Palestinian
territory for inflaming passions on both sides and creating a
climate where attaining peace is difficult.
See ROSS, Page 7

Former U.S.
Ambassador
Dennis Ross
speaks yesterday
at Hillel about
IsraelI-Palestinian
relations. Ross
said Palestinian
terrorist attacks
and Israeli military
strikes will not
lead to successful
negotiations in the
Middle East peace
process.
BRENDAN O'DONNELL/Daily

State senators try to close gap in women's pay

LANSING (AP) - Ann Arbor's state senator
was one of two lawmakers who yesterday pro-
posed legislation designed to erase unequal pay
between men and women for comparable work.
Women make 72 cents for each dollar men
earn for the same work; they make only 67

Sen. Alma Wheeler Smith (D-Salem Twp.).
Michigan ranks 47th in the nation on pay
equity, said Polly Howe, coordinator of the
Michigan Pay Equity Network.
"We're being underpaid and overworked,"
said Tina Abbott, secretary-treasurer of the

create a Commission on Pay Equity in the state
Department of Civil Rights to develop defini-
tions, models and guidelines on pay equity.
But Nancy McKeague, of the Michigan
Chamber of Commerce, said the issue of pay
equity is a complicated one because it's difficult

by the Republican-controlled Legislature. But
Kendall Wingrove, spokesman for House
Republicans, said the House won't take up the
bills because federal and state law already pro-
hibit such pay inequity.
But women at yesterday's press conference

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