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The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, January 16, 2001-- 3A

Students cited
for alcohol in
Mary Markley
A student in Mary Markley Resi-
dence Hall was transported to the
University Hospitals Emergency
Room early yesterday morning,
according to Department of Public
Safety reports.
, DPS found two subjects intoxicat-
ed, one was taken to UMER and the
other arrested for Minor in Possession
of Alcohol.
*woman reports
domestic assault
A male resident of Northwood
'housing on North Campus assaulted
'his wife after the two had an argu-
ment Sunday evening, DPS reports
"state.
The couple spent the night apart
following the incident. Their I1-
ear-old son was home during the
Coupon solicitors
violate ordinance
in Bursley halls
A resident of Bursley Residence
Hall complained of solicitors Sunday
afternoon, DPS reports state.
DPS responded to the call, but the
*subjects, who had been sliding pizza
coupons from DaVinci's under doors
in Bursley had dispersed. Soliciting in
buildings violates an ordinance.
Student made ill
due to. alcohol
Huron Valley Ambulance transport-
ed an intoxicated student to the Uni-
versity Hospitals' Emergency Room
early Sunday morning, according to
DPS reports.
A residence hall adviser in Burs-
ley called DPS after finding a
female student passed out. The sub-
ject was vomiting and determined
to be highly intoxicated, according
to the report.
*Escapee from
juvenile facility
,not yet found
An Arbor Heights resident escaped
early Sunday morning, according to
DPS reports.
1 A male resident left via a fire
escape and headed toward Mary
OMarkley Residence Hall. He left a
note behind stating that he may
tharm himself. The subject was still
.At large.
Female student
swallows ring
A female in East Quad Residence
Hall was escorted to the University
Hospitals Emergency Room after
Oswallowing a ring late Saturday night,
bPS reports state.

Male subject
:found urinating
on Hill Street
" DPS officers found a man urinat-
ing behind the Pound House on Hill
*Street early Saturday morning,
reports state.
Officers approached the man and
determined that he was a minor and
intoxicated.
Subjects use
West Hall rooms
'for recreation
Subjects have been unlawfully
using rooms in West Hall for recre-
ational purposes, according to DPS
reports. University staff members
-have found cigarette butts, food wrap-
pers and urine on the floor of rooms in
Vest Hall.
- Compiled by Daily News Editor
Jaimie Winkler.

Conyers discusses affirmative action, Bush

N Event provides a forum for
promoting the University's
position on affirmative action
By Louie Meizlish
Daily Staff Reporter
"Happy Birthday, Martin Luther King,"
said Rep. John Conyers, the congressman
who first introduced legislation to make
King's birthday a national holiday, during a
speech yesterday at the Law Quad.
The gathering at Hutchins Hall, which was
largely a rally for the University in support of
its stance on affirmative action, attracted
about 150 people.
Shanta Driver, national director of United
for Equality and Affirmative Action, said the
lawsuit, which goes'to trial beginning today,
will be "the most important case certainly of
the new century."
"For the first time, the very criteria that are

used in the admissions pro
ized tests, GPA, will be scr
dents will be able to sta
criteria that are infectedv
infected w
ver said.
While t
introduc
focused n
mative
issues, C(
the scope
such topi
i ng p r es
effect on
Conyers movement
Referri
elect Bush's choices for his(
(D-Detroit) said, "It's ali
dream, all these people he'sd
When questioned follow
Conyers added that he did n
Bush's plan to implement a

cess ... standard- without the use of quotas, dubbed "affirma-
utinized and stu- tive access."
nd up to ... the "That's something he made out of thin air
with racism and to explain the fact that he's against affirma-
ith sexism," Dri- tive action. Nobody's ever heard of it before."
Conyers said it was often difficult to coin-
he speakers that bat racial injustice and inequality during the
ed Conyers last six years of President Clinton's presiden-
mostly on affir- cy because of the Republican domination in
action-related Congress.
onyers broadened "You can use the bully pulpit all you want
of his speech to but when the whip, (Texas Rep. Tom) Delay,
cs as the incom- is keeping people in line on the Republican
idency and its side, it's very hard to get things through,"
the civil rights Conyers said.
t. With regards to the overall outcome of the
ng to President- presidential election, he was equally upset.
Cabinet, Conyers "In some ways it was stolen," Conyers said,
most like a bad "but it was really taken."
dug up." The Supreme Court's 5-4 decision to halt
ving his speech, the Florida recount, he said, "will take its
ot think much of place among Dred Scott and Plessv - all
ffirmative action these things you have to come back and clean
Rackham dean

up."
Conyers also decried the low turnout
among blacks.
"Why not have Election Day a holiday?"he
asked. "Black males are voting at a national
rate of 48 percent -- it's abysmal. A democ-
ratic society can go under if less than 50 per-
cent of the population is participating."
Students in the audience said they felt
encouraged by Conyers' visit.
"The impact of him coming down shows
what kind of support there is for the civil
rights movement," said LSA sophomore
Agnes Aleobua, one of the intervening defen-
dants in the lawsuit and a member of the
Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action By
Any Means Necessary.
"We can have more students charter (a bus)
here," said Doron Pratt, an Engineering
sophomore at the University's Flint campus.
But, he added, "Basically I feel we're
sleeping on the issue at the University of
Michigan."
addresses'

IAll aboard

history of diversity at 'U'

By James Restivo
Daily Staff Reporter
When Earl Lewis was teaching at the University of
California at Berkeley in 1989, he had to decide whether
to stay in sunny California or bear the cold for a chance
to promote diversity at the University of Michigan.
Lewis, now dean of the Horace H. Rackham School of
Graduate, said he believed he had the ability to mobilize
and recruit others in an effort to create a significant pres-
ence of minorities.
"I had to begin a job of bringing a diverse faculty
together to engage in a way of transforming this soci-
ety," Lewis said. "An institution has to have the leader-
ship and resolve to engage in change for the benefit of a
broader society."
Lewis spoke to an audience numbering more than 150
yesterday as part of the MLK symposium in an effort to rec-
ognize the history of diversity at the University.
Matriculation began in 1817, the first African Ameri-
can enrolled in 1868, the first woman in 1870 and the
first Asian in 1872, which Lewis said shows the Univer-
sity has "been anchored in a large history of remarkable
change."
Lewis talked about the past 100 years, pointing out the
progress the University has made in admissions and
diversity, citing that in the 1960s applicants had to send a
picture for undergraduate consideration.
He also talked about specific events that have recently
shaped the student body, including the 1972 Equal Opportu-
nity Act, removing discrimination in the workplace and the
1978 University of California Regents v. Bakke Supreme
Court opinion, allowing race to be considered as a factor in
admissions.
"Students have played a tremendous role in the communi-
ty we now see - they help to shape American social poli-
cy," Lewis said.
During the presentation, Lewis opened the floor for a dis-
cussion of various issues. He addressed the concerns of
some students regarding the diversity and responsiveness of
University faculty.

"An institution has to have
the leadership and resolve to
engage in change for the
benefit of a broader society."
- Earl Lewis
Dean, Rackham Graduate School
Engineering junior Carmela Barnes said the biggest
problems she faces in her classes is the prototypical pro-
fessors and a high minority drop-out rate.
"They need more minority females," Barnes said. "'We
need encouragement and mentorship. It might be ' ore
helpful to receive this from someone you have some-
thing in common with."
Lawsuits challenging the University's use of race as a fac-
tor in admissions provided another topic of the presentation.
"The University has distinguished itself as a major public
institution. We have the ability to show diversity and a high
quality student body can exist," Lewis said. "Diversity and
excellence are compatible."
The lawsuit, Grutter v. Lee Bollinger et. al., which
goes to trial today, deals with the constitutionality of
taking race into consideration at the Law School,
which Lewis said is necessary to ensure a diverse com-
munity.
"If we are going to look at a whole individual, we can't
ignore a part of them as salient as their racial background,"
Lewis said.
Aeronautics Minority Engineering Society founder
Arthur Hutchinson, an Engineering senior, said the
most important way to solve diversity problems is to
ensure a good balance between students and suppolt
networks.
"The environment is influential on a student's success
Hutchinson said. "We have a very diverse student body
we just need a way to bring them all together'

ELLIE WHITE/Daily
Ann Arbor resident Colin Gardinier, 6, reads about black holes in the
Artrain's NASA Art Program, "Artistry of Space," on Saturday.
Town hlmeetin
examines quality
oflife for Latinosxi

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N Latino actor Edward
James Olmos attempts
to raise awareness of
Latino quality of life
issues among students
By Stephanie Schonholz
For the Daily
Like a battle cry from a war
zone, Edward James Olmos said to
a packed room of people from vari-
ous facets of the Latino community,
"We are everybody, Latinos in the
United States, what do we do'? You
name it, we've done everything."
In addition to delivering an ener-
getic keynote address yesterday, the
Latino actor gave a forceful speech
Sunday evening at the Latino Town
Hall Conference, which was spon-
sored by the student-run Latino
Task Force.
In an attempt to bring awareness
to the quality of life for Latinos
across the country, Olmos said that
"we (Latinos) don't have a national
voice as Latinos; I'm the closest
thing to it."
An advocate for the betterment
of the Latino community for more
than 30 years, Olmos said that the
key to raising the status of Latinos
in this country must begin with
changes in the education system of
the United States, starting with

grammar and preschools.
The relaxed atmosphere of the
meeting allowed many audience
members to express their opinions
regarding the state of the Latino
community at the University and
the nation at large.
Associate English Prof. Jonathan
Sallas, in reference to the expand-
ing Latino studies program, said,
"the Latino studies program on
campus is meant to be a resource to
learn the origins, experiences,
hopes and goals of the Latino com-
munity."
After Olmos' speech concluded
with a standing ovation, the town
hall format included a student-led
discussion that enabled University
Latino students to speak about the
problems and solutions occurring
right now on campus.
LSA sophomore Galy Guzman
said she is not satisfied with the
status of Latinos at the University
and the Latino student community
is not as involved as it should be.
"Keeping the passion for unity in
our community" is one way in which
J.J. Arevalo, an office assistant in
University Undergraduate Admis-
sions, said he feels that the Latino
population can grow and become an
even greater force on campus.
Arevalo said he "would like to
see Latinos in a variety of leader-
ship roles" in order to branch out in
the student groups at the University.

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