The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, November 6, 2001-- 3
DAAP aims to fight for racial preferences
Five arrested for
s drugs Saturday in
A man was cited for urinating in
public at 6:30 p.m. Saturday evening
in the Thayer Street parking garage,
Department of Public Safety reports
state. Two other people were cited for
possessing an open container of alco-
One was also arrested for posses-
sion of marijuana but was released
pending warrant authorization.
At 6:45 p.m., three additional peo-
ple were cited for open intoxicants at
the garage. One was arrested for pos-
session of narcotics with the intent to
deliver. Police seized a large amount
of the narcotics.
At 11:11 p.m., DPS officers. arrest-
ed four people for possession of nar-
cotics with intent to deliver. The
* suspect's vehicle was impounded for
Man breaks sign
in Dental School
A man became violent with a clerk
at the School of Dentistry Thursday
afternoon, according to DPS reports.
The clerk said the man didn't want to
wait in line, broke a sign and became
verbally hostile with the her.
Man attacked in
A man said he was attacked in a
Hayward Street parking lot in front of
GG Brown Laboratory early Friday
morning, DPS reports state. The vic-
tim said an unknown man asked him
for a light and then for some batteries.
When he refused to provide the
* items, the man began to punch him.
The victim said he was knocked
unconscious for about 30 seconds.
car stolen by ex
A woman said her ex-husband stole
her car from a parking lot in the 2000
block of Hubbard Street on Sunday
morning, according to DPS reports.
She said her ex-husband is in viola-
tion of a personal protection order and
a court order. Officers were unable to
find the ex-husband or the vehicle.
DPS was investigating the incident.
Vehicle stolen from parking lot
The owner of a vehicle parked in
the 1300 block of McIntyre Street
left the keys in the car, and when
the owner returned, the vehicle was
from CCRB gym
A student reported a wallet and a
keyholder containing a residence hall
key and bike lock key stolen from the
Central Campus Recreation Building
on Friday evening, according to DPS
reports. The items had been left
attended under a bench in the main
* Man jumps on
A vehicle parked in the 700 block
of East University Avenue was broken
by an unknown man early Friday
morning, DPS reports state. The man
jumped onto the hood of the vehicle
and kicked the windshield twice.
valet for damage
A woman reported gouges in the
leather seats of her vehicle after it was
parked in an East Medical Center
Drive parking garage, according to
DPS reports. She had used the valet
service and believes the valet had keys
or another sharp item on a belt while
parking her vehicle. DPS was investi-
gating the incident.
Man reports 2nd
vandalism to car
A man who filed a report last week
of damage to his vehicle in a parking
lot on Hubbard Street said the vehicle
has been vandalized again, DPS
- Compiled by Daily Staff Reporter
By Usa Hoffman
Daily Staff Reporter
When the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals convenes
Dec. 6 in Cincinnati to discuss the fate of affirma-
tive action in higher education, the Defend Affir-
mative Action Party will be there.
"Our campaign is focused on the December 6
affirmative action appeals date and the fight for
affirmative action," said Rackham Michigan Stu-
dent Assembly Rep. Jessica Curtin. "December 6
is what it all comes down to. It will decide the
future of integration in higher education."
DAAP - the oldest campus party running in
the Nov. 14 and 15 MSA elections - was estab-
lished in 1997 and stands to defend affirmative
action and work to secure MSA's endorsement of
the national petition to support affirmative action at
"We act on what we say," said LSA Rep. Agnes
Aleobua, a junior who is running for second term.
Part one of a five-part series out campaign platforms
She specifically referred to educational forums and
the national petition campaign to defend affirma-
"The importance of December 6 cannot be
underestimated. When they postponed the trial, it
said (the courts) would take it more seriously" she
The party gathered 6,000 signatures on their
petition that they will present to the judges in
December. A nationwide petition currently has
30,000 people in support of affirmative action.
"The 6,000 people who already signed the peti-
tion should vote for DAAP," Aleobua said. "After
the loss in March, there was a 40 percent drop in
black students in the law school. That is something
we cannot lose. We have to lead a strong fight to
make sure that doesn't happen.
"It is vital that student government be made of
pro-affirmative action people who fight for what
they understand about the situation, and that is
DAAP," Aleobua added.
Curtin said she hopes this MSA election will
be somewhat of a turning point for DAAP,
which has recently seen its support in the
assembly diminished. Many campus groups
have accused DAAP and its members of
monopolizing racial issues. "We took our first
negative when MSA voted 12 to 11 against sup-.
porting the petition. It was the first time in my
three years that MSA voted against (defending
affirmative action)," Curtin said.
DAAP candidate Ben Royal, an LSA junior, said
he hopes to be in a stronger position to organize
students in defense of affirmative action.
"The appeal on December 6 is for students who
care about integration and want to make an impact
on history," Royal said.
Royal also said DAAP consistently defends the
democratic rights of all people, even on issues
unrelated to affirmative action.
"It's the democratic right for (a person) to vote
for who they want to vote for," he said.
DAAP candidates and representatives also urge
women to take a stronger position against sexism
and sexual assaults on campus.
"The rise is not just because of more coverage or
reports, so we're offering women a chance to fight
back," Curtin said. "People think this is a private
problem, and we want to allow women to speak
The party also stands opposed to the war against
terrorism. Members plan to continue the green
armband campaign, which denounces attacks on
Arabs and Muslims following the events of Sept.
"We are the only party that stands against the
war," Curtin said.
Last-minute bylaw change
a concern for some faculty
By Shannon Pettyptece
As President Lee Bollinger's time at the University
draws to a close, the Senate Advisory Committee on Uni-
versity Affairs is preparing to defend its involvement in
the Board in Control of Intercollegiate Athletics in case
that the president tries to push a last-minute change in the
Board of Regents' bylaws.
"If Lee decides to act on this fast we have to be ahead of
the game," SACUA Vice Chair and Dentistry Prof. Jack
Gobetti said yesterday.
The current procedures for amending regents' bylaws
includes a 10-step process that requires any changes to be
printed in the faculty publication, the University Record,
before the executive officers can consider adopting pro-
posal. Fourteen days after the proposed change is printed
in the Record, the executive officers consider it again,
weighing any input generated from the proposal's publica-
tion. If the executive officers approve the amendment, it is
sent to the Regents, who have the final say.
However, under the current procedure, the president or
the regents have the rights to waive the 10-step process
and amend the bylaws without allowing for faculty and
University input, said SACUA Chair Moji Navvab.
SACUA is concerned that if Bollinger has a desire to
change the bylaws in order to bring the makeup of the
University's Board In Control in line with other Big Ten
schools, he may feel he does not have time for the 10-step
process and make changes to the bylaws without giving
the faculty time to respond.
Bollinger will step down in December and take over as
president of Columbia University in July.
"If he feels strongly about getting some things done
before he goes, then.he might not have the time for these
10 steps. I might be wrong, and I hope that I am," said
Medical Prof. Charles Koopman.
University of Michigan spokeswoman Julie Peterson
said she could not comment on proposed bylaw changes
because she did not have any information immediately
But when Bollinger spoke to SACUA less than a month:
ago, he said several times that he would not make any
changes to the bylaws without informing the faculty.
"Lee told us he would not do anything without telling ,
us," Gobetti said. "I think they will tell us and I think it is
at that time when we must be prepared."
In order to better defend the faculty role on the Board in
Control, Navvab attended a conference last weekend and
met with faculty representatives from other Big Ten Uni-
versities to find out if Michigan's board was in line with
"We were pleased to report that our school, as opposed
to others, has all the procedures in place," Navvab said.
"We have a lot of stuff other schools don't have and it is
in our best interest to make sure our bylaws don't
There are still some factors that differ between Michi-
gan and other institutions. For example, other Big Ten
schools have a faculty chair on their athletic governing
boards who helps regulate the agenda, but Michigan is the
only school whose board had faculty involvement in the
financial decision-making process.
"Other Big Ten schools can't even dream of having any-
thing to do with finance," said Tom Schneider, executive
assistant to SACUA. "Michigan is in more control than
"The University is not only in compliance with the other
schools, but also doing many things above and beyond,"
LSA senior Rania Awaad talks with students yesterday about Islam Awareness
Week, which kicked off Sunday, in a tent on the Diag.
week kicks off withi
lectu~tre on Arabs
By Karen Schwartz
Daily Staff Reporter
Muslim Students' Association
President Asad Tarsin said he has
been watching the news. He said he's
seen the truth and reality of Islam in
America being misrepresented and
recognizes that information is going
to be the greatest weapon against
pigeonholing an entire religion.
As a result, Tarsin said that now
more than ever students need to be
educated about the truth and reality of
Muslims and Islam in America.
This week is annual Islam Aware-
ness Week with events taking place
this month across campus and on col-
lege campuses nationwide to educate
and inform students.
"This isn't in reaction to September
11, though it is something we expect
people to take a lot more seriously
post September 11," Tarsin said.
"Now more than ever every American
has a responsibility to learn about
iThe Muslim Students' Association
is sponsoring a series of educational
lectures as well as hosting an infor-
mation booth on the Diag and a
"Jeopardy!" game about Islam in the
Michigan Union throughout the
Imam Achmet Salie spoke about
tolerance and understanding in Islam
at the first of the lectures last night.
Lectures today, tomorrow and Thurs-
day will take place at 7 p.m. in 150
Hutchins Hall in the Law School.
Salie also addressed the issues of
harmony and non-violence.
"Muslims have always been out-
spoken against terrorism," he said,
adding that even though they've
always been strongly opposed to it,
this is the first time that society as a
whole has called Muslims forward to
explain their views.
LSA junior Henna Tirmizi said she
feels it's extremely important for stu-
dents like herself to be available to
answer questions and talk about
Islam. Learning about the true nature
of Islam, she said, will hopefully clear
up some of the misconceptions and
stereotypes about it.
Tirmizi, who was also working at
the information booth on the Diag
yesterday, said she feels misinforma-
tion is too readily available.
"It's so easy and there are so many
ways people can get the wrong infor-
mation,' she said. "They can go on the
Net and type in 'Islam' and get any-
thing made up by anyone. We're trying
to give people the right information
and just be a resource on campus."
A visit to the Ann Arbor Mosque is
also planned for students interested in
touring the religious site.
"It's ultimately about coming and
witnessing people, witnessing the
religion in action," Muslim Students'
Association Vice President Kenan
Basha said. "That's really important.
You learn so much from experiencing
it - it puts faces with the religion."
Basha, a Business junior, added
that it's important to create conhec-
tions between students so they know
people they can feel comfortable ask-
"Education, conversation and dia-
logue are critical to eliminating preju-
dice, destroying stereotypes and
creating a more tolerant society,"
Basha said. "So that when you speak
to someone named Mohammed, for
example, he can be a devout Muslim
and a great American citizen who
loves his country, who works hard,
and who is striving for peace and
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