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Comments by Bus spark
protest on campus
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"Once people understand clearly the University's
admissions policies and see it's not quotas, there will
be a positive reaction to offset the negative," Massie
said. The brief Bush filed with the U.S. Supreme
Court yesterday declaring his opposition to the Uni-
versity's policies has spurred new intensity in the
pending decision by the Supreme Court.
Agnes Aleobua, BAMN member and student inter-
vener - a personal witness to the impact diversity
and integration have on the University's atmosphere
- said she was not worried about the potentially neg-
ative influence of Bush's statement on the Court.
"I'm just more determined more than ever. We have
our work cut out to defend affirmative action," Ale-
'Say no to Bush, say yes to integration' read one of
the signs BAMN members at the conference held as
they called against the re-segregation they said Bush
offered have all failed where they have tried. To say
that there is a 'race neutral' method of addressing
problems that stem from racism simply flies in the
face of facts," Miranda Massie, an attorney for the
student defendants, said in a written statement.
Aleobua said Bush contradicted himself when he
claimed to stand for diversity while opposing the only
program of integration that allows minorities into the
University in great numbers for the first time.
"Bush does not have the authority to move society
back," she added.
Asking youth to show their support for affirmative
action when the case is heard, BAMN continues to
garner support for their protest march on Washington,
D.C., when the Court hears the case.
Aleobua, now a School of Education senior, first
joined the case while in high school, said the Court
will pay more attention to the civil march than. to an
amicus filed by Bush.
"The Supreme Court will look out of the window
and look around and see minorities and white youth
marching," Aleobua said. "They will feel accountable
to the crowd, based on (its) demands."
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per gallon for regular unleaded gasoline.
"$1.3 was the average, but now we are seeing $1.5
per gallon," Jason Boekeloo, the gas station's manager,
With the higher gas prices, Rackham graduate Adhi
Tjandra, who lives on North Campus and drives to
school almost everyday, said he would switch to filling
his car in the gas stations in Washtenaw, where the
prices are relatively lower than the gas stations near
"I have noticed the gas prices went up and I don't
know what I could do if it continues to rise," Rackham
graduate Nirav Patel said.
Although the cost of driving will continue to go up,
Patel said he would not stop driving completely
because of the inconvenience.
Engineering senior Tamar Gontovnik said she did not
think the gas prices were very high but the recent
increase in prices might "encourage some people to
reserve more energy."
wants to institute.
"The alternatives to affirmative
BAMN member Agnes Aleoboa opposes Bush's position toward the
University's admissions policies at a press conference yesterday.
action that Bush
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ana's interim president, Jean
Bepko's responsibilities include
overseeing operations at the presi-
dential residence, hosting university
functions and being a general assis-
tant to her husband.
James Tinney, spokesman for the
University of Indiana, said Bepko is
paid the equivalent of $30,000 a year
- excluding travel, car and phone
allowances - and holds the title of
assistant to the president.
As the husband of Ohio State Uni-
versity President Karen Holbrook,
retired oceanographer Jim Holbrook
is in a situation similar to Ken Cole-
man. Jim's duties are general, but
focus on supporting his wife and the
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"I think it's degrading and disre-
spectful. It shows where some peo-
ple's mindsets are," said Lediju,
who added that he personally tore
down some of the fliers from the
glass wall in Haven Hall.
Office of the President.
Like Ken Coleman, he receives no
direct monetary payments for his
work. "I have the luxury of doing
things that help without receiving
compensation," Jim said.
He said that many spouses prefer
not having any formal responsibilities
because they can choose what proj-
ects they would like to work on. But,
he added that if the amount of money
offered were appropriate enough,
many spouses would accept it.
"Many spouses of presidents feel
that compensation, if adequate, would
be welcomed. More often, (compen-
sation has) been token in nature.
When converted to a dollar per hour
wage, it is below minimum wage,"
Spouses of the presidents of Michi-
gan State University and the Universi-
ty of Minnesota, Twin Cities, also do
not receive salaries, but do play a role
at the school.
Joanne Mcpherson, wife of Michi-
gan State President Peter Mcpherson,
started Safe Place, a domestic abuse
shelter on campus. Terry Dunbow,
school spokesman, said she is also
active in the revitalization of home-
coming festivities and the preparations
for the school's 150th anniversary.
The University of Minnesota has
a written policy concerning com-
pensation and duties for the spouse
of the president. The spouse is
expected to represent the university
at a variety of events, and is for
reimbursed travel costs and car
mileage - much like salaried
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among the briefs sent to the Supreme
Court yesterday, University of Virginia
law Prof. Kim Forde-Mazrui said. The
influence of the solicitor general, who
files briefs in the president's name, is
often comparable to that of a tenth jus-
tice in the Court, he added.
"They will listen to his brief more
then they would any other amicus. It is
a voice that carries a good deal of
respect among the justices," Forde-
But Forde-Mazrui added that in this
case, the brief will not influence jus-
tices who have predetermined opinions
on the use of race as an admissions
"For the most part, it will carry
little weight ... given their positions
on affirmative action are fairly
University law Prof. Evan Caminker
said Supreme Court rulings have often
contradicted past presidents' opinions.
"There are many occasions when
the Court rejects out of hand the
position of the United States,"
In addition to Bush, organiza-
tions ranging from the state of
Florida to the Center for New Black
Leadership also filed briefs yester-
day, but Levey said the number of
briefs sent to the Supreme Court
will have no influence on the
"Amicus briefs only influence the
decision to the extent that they make
good arguments," Levey said. "The
number of amicus briefs on each side
will not influence the argument."
Even well-presented legal argu-
ments will not significantly influ-
ence the final decisions of justices
with predetermined opinions on the
use of racial criteria in admissions
policies, said Prof. Robert Post, a
legal scholar at the University of
California at Berkeley.
"This is not a case of first impres-
sions for these justices. We know how
they think,"he said.
- The Associated Press contributed to
Other students said thy were
unaware that a symposium even
"I am planning to go home to
take advantage of the three-day
weekend. I didn't even know there
was a symposium," said LSA fresh-
man Alex Dengel.
Other MLK Day Symposium
events include a live concert by a
local hip-pop band from Detroit
Sunday night, a theater workshop
by Janet Shier and Gayle Martin in
East Quad Residence Hall on Jan.
24, and a lecture titled "Cowboy
Bush and Indians: Frontier Mentali-
ty and Mother Earth" by Tom Gold-
tooth on Jan. 29, 2003.
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