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ABTS Dillion a
legislation
Continued from Page 1A institutions,
pass legislation for the entire Big Ten. have legitim
"We've been a conference that pretends to Re-focu:
be an organization," he said. Northweste
The bylaws abandon any attempt to create ences, said
a governing body for the entire Big Ten, western As
Nolan said, adding that if the new system is said his s
successful, legislation may eventually be con- because of
sidered again. tus as a pri
Most of the delegates supported the from trying
bylaws, which were instituted by a 16-2 vote. ments.
Ohio State delegate Kristen Savko said "We wou
although the new system still needs minor attending th
improvements, it provides ABTS with a good more idea-s
foundation - one that is solid enough to The only
ensure that Ohio State will continue attending was Michig
the conferences. sentatives i
"For the immediate future, we should con- ABTS' lobb
centrate on networking and issue sessions," gate Missy
Savko said. "(Legislation) is important, but Laura S(
sometimes you have to move in small steps delegate, s
before you can move to big strides." effectivenes
DINING
Continued from Page 1A
"We're actually serving more fruits than we used to, and
we're actually putting more fresh vegetables in the recipes,"
Blackburn said. She had not seen the menu criteria document.
The document requires dining halls to serve two steamed
vegetables per meal at the vegetarian bar, but according to the
menu suggestions, "Vegetarian Bar items may be discontinued
in units where demand does not warrant the labor or expense
involved." The Dining Hall in East Quad Residence Hall is
instructed to serve more vegetarian and vegan food than the
other dining halls.
"We try to speak to profile differences in residence halls
like East Quad - where there's the great concentration of
vegans and vegetarians," said Dining Services Director Bill
Durell.
Blackburn said providing for vegetarian and vegan students
is one of her priorities.
"I've looked at where we can boost the plant protein in the
menu so that we make sure we meet the nutritional needs of
vegans wherever they live," she said.
The document instructs the dining halls to serve at least one
vegetarian soup per day, but to offer soups that cost more than
$.15 per serving no more than twice a week "due to expense."
It suggests the dining halls submit recipe changes to reduce
the cost of soup.
"The soup cost reductions were suggested to us by our
director, Bill Durell," said Meyers. "He's responsible for meet-
ing our budget and correctly deduced that if we didn't gain
control of overall costs more effectively that we would not be
able to meet our required goals."
Dining halls are also instructed to buy apples and oranges
in lots of more than 100. In addition to bananas and grape-
fruit, it suggests buying other fruits like tangerines and grapes
only "when affordable." Consequently, tangerines, grapes and
other fruits are rarely offered in the dining halls.
"I would agree that the selection of fruit is often limited....
We've already made the decisi6n to feature fruit a little bit
more often for the remainder of the year providing quality is
good and price is 'reasonable,"' said Meyers.
Durrell said some inconsistency in fruit quality is
inevitable. "If any customer finds any item not up to his or her
standards, we would like to know," he said.
"I want people to be able to eat as much as they need ...
and also work with students to be sure they don't take more
food than they need," he added.
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greed, saying that because ABTS
"has absolutely no bearing on the
there's no point to have it until we
nacy in the Big Ten."
sing the ABTS may encourage
rn University to attend the confer-
Jordan Heinz, president of North-
sociated Student Government. He
chool rarely came in the past
its smaller student body and sta-
ivate university, which prevents it
to lobby state or national govern-
uld be much more interested in
he ABTS conferences if they had a
sharing focus," he said.
school that opposed the changes
gan State University, whose repre-
felt that resolutions can increase
bying power, Michigan State dele-
Kushlak said.
orenson, another Michigan State
aid ABTS can only increase its
ss by passing resolutions.

"We recognize the importance of the net-
working that occurs, but at the same time
we have an opportunity to use our collec-
tive voice to make a bigger change," she
said.
Nolan said the new bylaws eliminate the
winter conference, leaving only two yearly
meetings. He said the changes were made to
save schools money and prevent the repetition
of issues discussed.
Changes to the bylaws also limit student
delegations to six representatives - although
the host school can grant exceptions - man-
date that professional facilitators speak at
issue sessions, and create an Executive Coun-
cil which elects a conference coordinator
each year and decides which issues will be
discussed.
Nolan, who will serve as conference co-
coordinator this summer with MSA Vice
President Jessica Cash, said the Executive
Council will provide ABTS with stronger
leadership than it has had in the past and
improve the quality of issue sessions.

RALLY
Continued from Page 1A
"We know that black people are not inferior
... but if you go to the black schools in urban
Detroit you get an inferior education,'' said LSA
sophomore and BAMN member Agnes Ale-
obua.
BAMN members who spoke asked partici-
pants to rally more people to their cause, find
more signatures for the petition in support of
affirmative action and to continue being active in
protests - including a march to the Supreme
Court if it agrees to hear any future appeal in the
lawsuits challenging the University's use of race
is admissions.
The next major protest will be a "sick-out"
held on Feb. 20, said BAMN member Luke
Massie. On that day, students, teachers and work-
ers in Detroit schools will not attend school, and
will instead gather for a rally at Martin Luther
King High School in Detroit.
"I don't know how much good it will do to
close the schools. I do support their ultimate

SIMON
Continued from Page 1A
what they know to be right.
"You have to be willing to spend some of
your political capital. You have to be willing
to do the unpopular," he said.
Doing the unpopular may have saved an
uncountable number of lives in 1994, he
argued.
At that time, Simon was a member of the
Senate Foreign Relations Committee and
chaired the committee's Subcommittee on
African Affairs. He told the audience of being
horrified by the massacre that was beginning
in Rwanda at the time and conferring with the
ranking Republican on the subcommittee,
Sen. James Jeffords. He and Jeffords called
up the commander of about 500 United]
Nations troops in Rwanda who told the sena-
tors, "If you can get 5,000 to 8,000 troops
here soon, we can stop this." The senators
urged for American military support to pre-
vent the massacre.
Simon said the White House told him
"there just isn't a base of public support." It is
now believed that approximately 800,000
civilians were subsequently massacred - a
lesson, he said.
The former senator also touched on the
importance of federal campaign finance
reform legislation, a version of which was
DINGELL
Continued from Page 1A
ing in the discussion focused their questions
on energy conservation and environment
issues.
Students were impressed by Dingell's repu-
tation as the representative who is currently
serving the longest series of terms, which
began in 1955.
"He's one of the most respected politi-
cians," Rackham student Leon Andrews said.
"He represents what's good about Capitol
Hill"

passed by the Senate last year and will be
debated in the House this week.
"It may be that our friends at Enron have
performed a great public service, unintention-
ally. It may be that we will get campaign
finance reform," he said, referring to the now-
bankrupt energy conglomerate and its use of
campaign donations to develop close ties with
lawmakers.
During his lecture, Simon lamented that,
prior to the events of Sept. 11, he did not per-
ceive a great interest in international affairs
among Americans. He cited news organiza-
tions closing foreign bureaus and the fact that
only .5 percent of the federal budget goes to
foreign aid.
But Simon said he has seen some positive
signs regarding American interest in interna-
tional affairs since Sept. 11.
"I don't think there is any question there is
a greater interest in international affairs now,"
he said. "It is important in our national inter-
est that we continue that interest."
Rebecca Blank, dean of the Gerald R. Ford
School of Public Policy, agreed, explaining
that government is "a necessary force, and the
question is, 'How do you use it effectively?' I
do think September 11 did make somewhat of
a difference in that."
Simon is currently the director of the
Southern Illinois University Public Policy
Institute.
Dingell is running for reelection this year
against U.S. Rep. Lynn Rivers (D-Ann
Arbor).
Before the informal question-and-answer
discussion, Dingell's analysis of Washington,
which included predictions of a larger deficit
after Enron, interested some audience mem-
bers as well.
"He definitely gave us a good sense of the
political backdrop he's facing," Rackham stu-
dent Jose Arredondo said.
The event was sponsored by the Ford
School of Public Policy Speaker Committee
and held at the Foster Library in Lorch Hal.

CONFERENC
Continued from Page 1A
activists counterfeited tickets
University's affirmative actic
suits hearing in Cincinnati on
which he said shows what t
Civil Rights Movement is wi
do to win.
"There's not a lot of case
counterfeiting federal court t
Massie said. "When we say '
Means Necessary,' we mean it.
BAMN's strong showing in
nati was only a taste of w
movement can do, saidI
national coordinator Shanta Dr
"What we did on December,
tre ,iendous but it was too sm
modest. We need to make a
broader shift in American p
Driver said.
Corporate corruption and
affects education was a major1
discussion at the conference, e
ly at a workshop led by Mass
"A Revolutionary Anti-capital
spective in the New Movement
Massie, who is also a men
the socialist Revolutionary V
League, said urban schools ar
apart only blocks away from n
cent public buildings because
ment priorities are skewed
corporations.

goals. ... to keep the door open to higher educa-
tion," said Norman Grange, an administrator
from Lewis Cass Technical High School who
accompanied the students to Ann Arbor.
"We came so we can get better chances to get
into schools like (the University)," said Joshua
Reed, a Cass Tech High School student.
Reed said he also hopes activism will improve
the quality of high schools, including technology
and books.
Counter-protesters from the student group
Young Americans for Freedom also attended the
rally, bearing signs with messages like "Diversity
is more than skin deep."
YAF members stood in a line in the middle of
the Diag, quietly holding up their signs while a
crowd of affirmative action supporters shouted
angrily at them. At least two of the counter-pro-
testers' signs were ripped apart. From the steps of
the Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library,, speakers
threw both insults and snowballs at them.
"It was worse at the beginning but toward the
end the conversation went pretty well," said LSA
freshman Scott Foley, a YAF member.
E1 "the decisions that are being
made are entirely being made from
the perspective of the capitalists," he
s to the said.
on law- Massie said the affirmative action
Dec. 6, movement is part of a larger struggle
he new against those interests because fight-
Illing to ing for racial equality will change
how people look-at the world.
law on "The path that this movement is
ickets," going to take will lead us into much
By Any deeper inroads into society," he said.
." But Shabazz downplayed this radi-
Cincin- cal aspect of the movement.
hat the "We're not fanatic revolutionaries
BAMN or socialists. We are the vanguard of
iver. the new civil rights movement," he
6th was said.
Zall, too The conference voted unanimously
deeper, to approve three resolutions.
olitics," Among the points approved are:
To support efforts to end the use
how it of the Scholastic Aptitude tI'est and
topic of similar standardized tests nationwide;
special- To mobilize for the National
ie titled Civil Rights March in Detroit on April
list Per- 13;
. l To circulate the Petition to Sup-
mber of port Affirmative Action Before the
Workers U.S. Supreme Court, and
e falling To organize a march in Washing-
magnifi- ton, D.C.
govern- The next National Conference of
toward the New Civil Rights Movement will
be held in June at the University.

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