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By Mara Sprow
When the Rev. Jesse Jackson came to Ann
Arbor for a rally in support of affirmative action
following U.S. District Judge Bernard Fried-
man's ruling striking down the University's use
race as a factor in admission to the Law
ool, he challenged students and the Universi-
ty to become active members and leaders of a
new civil rights movement.
Jackson specifically asked campus leaders to
hold a national civil rights conference this spring,
as well as participate in a national march on
Washington next year.
Rising to that challenge, members of the
Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action and Inte-
gration and Fight for Equality By Any Means
Necessary are making preliminary plans to host
the conference, planned for June 1-3.
Though the dates were announced a few days
ago, representatives of several schools, including
Colorado State University, the University of Cal-
ifornia at Berkeley and the University of Penn-
sylvania have already reserved spots at the
conference. Other schools expected to send rep-
resentatives to the conference are the University
of Texas, where the Hopwood v. Texas decision
banned the use of race in admissions; the Univer-
sity of Florida, which recently held a rally to
protest Gov. Jeb Bush's One Florida Initiative
that would end the use of race in admissions
there; and the University of Virginia.
"These are schools we have been in contact
with in the past and we expect to keep in contact
with in the future," said Rackham student and
BAMN member Jessica Curtin. BAMN has sent
an e-mail invitation to campuses across the coun-
try. "We've made contact with people we've
never had contact with before," Curtin said.
The announcement urges young leaders to
provide a "new, progressive vision and leadership
to the nation." The conference is expected to
include anywhere from 30 to 200 students from
around the nation who act as civil rights leaders
in their own areas, Curtin said.
"If we can get even one or two people from
every school that is taking a part in the new civil
rights movement, then they can go back with
new ideas and be organizers at their school for
this fight," Curtin said.
The purpose of the conference is to take grass-
roots campaigns at universities and nationalize
them by allowing movement leaders to share
their ideas and strategize ways to overturn the
decision against the University of Michigan Law
School and the Hopwood decision.
The conference will also be a key to planning
a national march in Washington - tentatively
scheduled for either January or February - tied
to either Martin Luther King Jr. Day or Black
History Month. "This is not going to be primari-
ly an educational kind of conference;' Curtin
said. "It's going to be a 'What do we do next?'
kind of conference."
Curtin said another march could be scheduled
for October in Cincinnati, where the 6th Circuit
Court of Appeals is scheduled to hear the case
against the Law School.
The Rainbow/PUSH coalition, founded by
Jackson, is promoting the conference. BAMN is
hoping Jackson will be in town for at least part of
the event, especially the opening rally June 1.
Other groups organizing or supporting the
event are the Michigan Student Assembly,
School of Social Work Student Union, African
American Alumni Association, Project SERVE,
Alpha Phi Omega fraternity and the Defend
Affirmative Action Party.
MSA signed a list of supporters against Fried-
man's ruling and passed a resolution in defense
of affirmative action. "The assembly has time
and time again supported affirmative action and
this was just another step in that direction," said
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Part of Diag to
be blocked off
for Naked Mile
By Marva Sprow
The University plans to block off
parts of the Diag tomorrow during the
traditional Naked Mile run, but officials
still cannot predict the path participants
will take - and how much jurisdiction
the Ann Arbor Police Department will
have to make arrests for indecent expo-
sure, as they have threatened.
"We are going to make all the arrests
necessary to shut it down;" said AAPD
Sgt. Michael Logghe.
Department of Public Safety spokes-
woman Diane Brown said the sidewalks
that will be blocked for safety purposes
and to protect a newly planted oak tree
will be those between the Harlan Hatch-
er Graduate Library and Haven Hall and
the sidewalk between the Museum of
Art and Tisch Hall. "That's where it gets
narrow" Brown said.
In order to block off the sidewalks,
the University will be extending the
construction fencing that normally sur-
"We are going to
make all the
to shut it down."
- Sgt. Michael Logghe
Ann Arbor Police Department
rounds them. Parts of the Diag not
equipped with construction fencing that
can be extended will not be blocked off,
"We can't just erect blockades to
erect blockades;" Brown said. "There is
no construction at the arch so it will not
The West Hall arch will still be open
for students, as well as the sidewalk
between Mason Hall and the Kraus Nat-
ural Science Building.
The traditional path of the run is from
See NAKED MILE, Page 2A
LSA freshman Paul Knupp attempts to pull an all-nighter studying for finals in his Mary
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By Karen Schwartz
Daily Staff Reporter
LSA senior Dana Freeman doesn't mind pulling
all-nighters to complete classwork, but she dreads
seeing the sun rise after a long night, and morning,
Freeman, like many of her peers, sometimes
finds herself working through the night and sleep-
ing the next day.
"It works out better because I do better work
when I stay up all night. ... I do my best stuff dur-
ing crunch time," Freeman said.
She added that though she gets tired toward the
middle of the night she doesn't mind all-nighters.
"It means I'm in trouble for the next day, but I take
naps;' she said.
Interim University Health Service Director
Robert Winfield recomm
nighters and stressed the in
able to organize one's thoug
ing finals time.
"It's wise to get at least sot
he said. "It's a balance which
individual between how much
ing nighttime hours versus h
not being able to focus during
He added that although the
for one night of missed sle
without sleep adds up.
"Arbitrarily, people should
four hours minimum each n
preferably more;" Winfield sai
R.C. freshman Jennifer Ch
nighters to a combination of a
minute to study and having a b
rMarkley Residence Hall Room.
ended against all- "I have other stuff to do during the day," she
nportance of being said. "I sometimes don't see how I could have
ghts, especially dur- done it earlier. And some nights you have a lot to
do and just don't expect to sleep."
me sleep each night,' Chua said she finds all-nighters a necessary evil
is different for each because she knows how important sleep is but
h can be learned dur- needs to get her work done.
how much is lost by "I was just always raised with the idea that you
daytime exams." don't go to bed until your homework is done;' she
e body can make up said. "I don't think it's a good idea to stay up con-
ep, multiple nights sistently but every so often I don't think it's that
City to present
By James Restivo
Daily Staff Reporter
d try to get three to
night during exams,
ua attributes her all-
waiting until the last
LSA senior Dan Leonard said he doesn't pull
all-nighters and he doesn't plan to start. "I just try
to organize my time well enough so that I don't
have to stay up all night;' he said. "I think it's a
bad idea because you can't do anything effectively
the day after."
By Jacquolyn Nixon
Michigan sophomore linebacker
Shantee Orr stood mute on charges of
third-degree criminal sexual assault in
Washtenaw County District Court after
an alleged incident involving his former
girlfriend last month.
Third-degree sexual assault, a felony,
involves penetration and is by punish-
able up to 15 years in prison. Orr was
barred from having contact with his
alleged victim and released. A prelimi-
nary hearing is set for May 9.
Football coach Lloyd Carr acknowl-
edged in a written statement the severity
prove costly to
By Jane Krull
Daily Staff Reporter
Rashawanda Talbert, a senior at Grand Rapids City High
School, said she, like most of her classmates, has contracted a
case of senioritis.
"I've been sleeping in and going to class late" Talbert said.
"I've slacked, but not to the point where my grades are that
Senioritis is commonly known as the phenomenon of high
school seniors slacking in their studies after they have gotten
their college acceptance letters. This problem can be severe
for many students, who if their grades become too bad, can
have their college admissions revoked.
University spokeswoman Julie Peterson said there are about
a dozen cases of revoked admissions to the University each
year due to a significant drop in grades.
Senioritis has become such a national concern that the U.S.
Department of Education launched the National Commission
Two months after Mayor John Hieftje
presented his annual "State of the City"
address asking for a 4 percent cut in all
departments, City Administrator Neil
Berlin will present the 2001-2002 bud-
get proposal tonight to the City Council.
The proposed budget recommends a
gross of $215.4 million and allocates
$90.4 million to the general fund. The
general fund - up 0.18 percent from
the 2000-2001 fiscal year - covers rel-
atively all basic services, including the
police and fire departments and street
maintenance. The remaining funds are
distributed into debt service, trust funds
and other various service funds.
"The fiscal state is that we are trying
to change directions," Berlin said. "We
are trying to place a greater emphasis on
capital projects and creating a long-term
sustainable level of operating expenses
while trying to move into a position
where in future years there will not be
significant upward movement - there
will be some downward movement on
the property tax."
City taxes will not be raised, though
additional funds are made available
from the rise in the average residential
value by 5.6 percent. Instead of raising
taxes the city was forced to make cuts in
virtually every department, with person-
nel taking the biggest cuts at about 72
percent, Berlin said. The city hopes to
reduce its labor force by about 55 peo-
ple by offering a better retirement plan
for city workers to avoid layoffs.
"The hope is that there would be suf-
ficient retirement so there wouldn't have
to be any layoffs," Berlin said. "It would
enable people who were qualified for
full retirement or early retirement to
retire under a different formula - and
in some instances benefit people."
Budget Director Alan Burns said he
has already spoken to many of the
unions and so far does not foresee big
problems with the personnel cuts,
though more groups will be spoken to in
the upcoming weeks.
The police and fire departments will
take the biggest cuts, with more than 30
positions expected to be eliminated.
Hieftje said city services will not go
down in quality because the current
police and fire departments are signifi-
cantly larger than they need to be. He
attributed much of this to the Universi-
ty's Department of Public Safety and
said DPS takes about 90,000 calls every
year that used to go to the Ann Arbor
Police Department. "If they're doing
that many calls that we used to have to
do I think there is adequate room in the
police budget and manpower situation
to make some changes," Hieftje said.
The budget calls for $728,000 to be
carried over from the previous year's
general fund, which the council original-
ly expressed concerns against. "The
council basically said that they wanted a
budget that didn't increase taxes and
See BUDGET, Page 7A
2001-2001 Ann Arbor city
City Administrator Neil Berlin will present
the budget to the City Council tonight
positions to be cut: