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Hip Hop Congress
to gather, inspire
youth to be active
The Hip Hop Congress is calling
all emcees, disc jockeys, breakers,
graf writers and freedom fighters to
the University's Hip Hop Congress
chapter meeting today in the Michi-
gan Union at 8 p.m.
The Hip Hop Congress is a national
organization which aims to inspire
young people to get involved in social
action, civic service and cultural cre-
ativity through the positive attributes of
hip hop music.
Lecture to show
challenges facing
science museums
Robert West, principal of Informal
Learning Experiences, Inc. and co-
publisher of the Informal Learning
Review and the Traveling Exhibitions
Database, will give a lecture on the
future of Science Museums in the
Exhibit Museum of Natural History
today at 7:30 p.m.
West will discuss the challenges fac-
ing science museums in the 21st centu-
ry and how some museums are
meeting those challenges.
The lecture will show specific
examples of how the science museum
business is changing, adapting and
evolving. The event is co-sponsored
by the Exhibit Museum of Natural
History and the Museum Studies
Lack of women in
IT field addressed
in studies, speech
University Research Scientist
Pamela Davis-Kean will giving a lec-
ture titled "Women, Minorities, and
Information Technology: Results
from Three Longitudinal Studies," in
2239 Lane Hall, tomorrow at noon.
She will discuss why women and
minorities are underrepresented in
the IT labor force. The event is spon-
sored by the Institute for the
Research on Women and Gender.
Man's ability to
understand laws of
nature questioned
The fundamental laws of nature will
be discussed by physics Prof. Gordon
Kane in 340 West Hall tomorrow at
4:10 p.m. Kane will seek to answer the
question "Can We Learn the Ultimate
Laws of Nature?"
Kane will focus on supersymmetric
particles, a field that will help particle
physicists explain the fundamental
laws that occur in nature. Kane will
also summarize where physicists are
today in learning the basic laws and
how our knowledge can be organized
into effective theories.
Racial identity
topic of public
health discussion
Prof. Cleopatra Caldwell will be
speaking on "Racial Identity as a
Risk or Protective Factor" in School
of Public Health I tomorrow at
The seminar is sponsored by the
Center for Research on Ethnicity.

"Standing Room"
talent show offers
cultural diversity
A multicultural talent show,
"Standing Room Only" featuring
music, dancing and art from Uni-
versity's student groups will be per-
formed tomorrow in the
Mendelssohn Theatre at 8 p.m.
Acts include Amazin' Blue,
Rhythm, Impact, the Bhangra team,
Hanna and the No Name. Tickets
can be purchased in the Michigan
Union Ticket Office for $6.
Biotech challenges
to be discussed by
Nobel Prize winner
Nobel Prize winner David Balti-
more will give a lecture on "Biotech-
nology: New Capabilities, New
Challenges" in the Rackham Audito-
rium Thursday at 4 p.m.
Baltimore, who will discuss the
life sciences and its values, won the
1975 Nobel Prize for his work in
virology and currently is president of
the California Institute of Technolo-
gy. The lecture is sponsored by the
Life Sciences, Values and Society
Black history
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Race-conscious bake sale stirs

By Elizabeth Anderson
Daily Staff Reporter

In an attempt to make the University's
race-conscious admissions policies more
tangible to students, staff members of
The Michigan Review held an "Affir-
mative Action Bake Sale" yesterday.
The purpose of the bake sale was to
exemplify the University's 150 point-
based system admissions process in
another setting, Michigan Review Editor
in Chief James and LSA senior Justin
Wilson said. The University awards 20
out of a possible 150 points to underrep-
resented minority students.
The bake sale offered bagels and
muffins at different prices for different
students according to their race. Non-
minority students - including whites,
Asians and Middle Easterners - were
charged $1 for each baked good, while
minority students - blacks, Native
Americans and Hispanics - were
charged 80 cents. Engineering senior

Matt Franczak said the
pose was to raise awa
University's race-cons
policies, which he said
Many students deb
with the sellers over a
"This has gotten a lot
and that's a good thing,
Michigan Review staf
Duran said. "This is w]
does, except with col
More people should be
Student reactions ra
to laughter. "People h
with us since 8 a.m.,"'
surprised the Universi
down yet."
Wilson emphasized
The Michigan Re
minorities. Profits fro
were donated to the U
lege Fund - that am
at the end of the sale.
Students' opinionsi
means and effectiver

bake sale's pur- sale. Many students refused to comment
ireness about the on the sale due to personal outrage.
cious admissions Scott Unger, an LSA sophomore,
are "ridiculous." found the bake sale offensive and igno-
ated and argued rant. "I don't think anything's going to
ffirmative action. happen (as a result of the sale)" he said.
of people to talk, "But I don't feel it's right."
" LSA junior and Education senior Agnes Aleobua said
F member Ruben she hoped the sale made students inter-
hat the University ested in fighting for affirmative action.
lege admissions. "Baked goods are in no way relatable to
outraged." when a student is admitted to college.
nged from shock It's not a tangible example at all," she
ave been arguing said. "What's at stake is that minority
Wilson said. "I'm students have an opportunity to continue
ty hasn't shut us their education past high school."
LSA freshman Dana Dougherty said
* that the staff of she participated in the sale to demon-
view supports strate the real-life effects of the Univer-
m the bake sale sity's policies. "I'm participating
nited Negro Col- because I believe affirmative action
ount totaled $17 policies are unconstitutional," she said.
"We've had a lot of debate - peaceful
were split on the debate. The people who stayed to debate
ness of the bake the longest are for affirmative action."

English Prof. Alisse Theodore takes her class on a field trip yesterday afternoon to
talk with the bake sale sponsors about affirmative action. Michigan Review staff
members held the bake sale as a metaphor for the University's admissions process.

Continued from Page 1
Vest - whose school, MIT,
opened up two previously minority-
exclusive summer programs to all
students last week - said diversity
enriches universities while the law-
suits threaten the quality of education
across the country.
"Our admissions procedures might
be different in detail but the underly-
ing goals are similar in philosophy,"
Vest said.
Twenty-eight former top-ranking
and civilian leaders with the armed
forces will file a brief today, noting
the three military academies in this
country use race-conscious admis-
sions policies not unlike the Univer-
sity's. The minority percentage of
enlisted soldiers is 40 percent, but
the percentage of officers, who large-
ly come from university ROTC pro-
grams, is about 19.9 percent.
"We do not have the proportion of
minority (officers) that is commensurate
to those in the enlisted," Blair said. "We
are looking to make sure that we can
have future Colin Powells."
The University has also received sup-
port from other prominent individuals
including U.S. Rep. Richard Gephardt
(D-Mo.), a 1965 graduate of the Law
School. But Sedler said this case is too
sensitive to be weighed by such factors.
"That's not going to influence the
court especially on an issue like this
where there are sharp divisions,"
Sedler said.
Continued from Page 1.
encouraged to submit entries, which
are due by Friday at 5 p.m. A commit-
tee assembled from members of MSA,
the athletic department and those
returning from last year's "Blue Out"
effort will select a design and
announce the winner March 5.
The design contest's winner will
receive two 2003 season football tick-
ets and the opportunity to carry the Go
Blue banner at the season opener
against Central Michigan Aug. 30.
Entry forms and details are available at
T-shirts can be ordered for $10 with
student season tickets, the deadline for
which is March 12. In August, the
shirts will cost $15 and will be avail-
able to the public at the M Den. Stu-
dents who order T-shirts will receive a
voucher with their tickets in the mail.
The vouchers will be redeemable with
an Mcard at various distribution sites
on campus.
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day's Daily.
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Continued from Page 1
lyzing the consequences of the repeal of race-conscious
admissions policies used by the University of Califor-
nia and the University of Texas.
The brief argues that enrollment of minority students
at Harvard, Stanford or Yale "would drop precipitously
to 1.2 percent" if these schools reform their admissions
policies, Gray said.
LeBlanc said, "At the top levels, our argument is that
minorities would be all but absent."
Though it is one of about 60 briefs expected to be
filed today, the law students' brief could receive special
attention because eight of the Supreme Court justices
attended one of the three schools represented by the
students. Other law students filing briefs with the court

argue minority communities would be drastically
affected by a ruling overturning the University's admis-
sions policies.
Samantha Adams, a University of New Mexico law
student, said minorities return to service their respec-
tive communities after graduating from law school.
She added many Native Americans also depend on
UNM's race-conscious admissions policies because
UNM has the state's only law school.
If the Supreme Court rules against the use of race as
an admissions factor, "New Mexico itself would be
handicapped in its ability to provide legal services to its
minority community," Adams said.
Admissions officers at UNM are concerned about
the ramifications such a ruling would have on their
school's admissions policies, Adams said. "A disfavor-
able Grutter ruling would directly impact our admis-

"At the top levels, our
argument is that minorities
would be all but absent.
- Travis LeBlanc
Yale Law School student
sions process;' she said. "If we're not allowed to use
race-segregated admissions, the racial composition of
the state bar will be dramatically affected."
A group of University of Michigan law students are
also expected to file a brief today, but a spokesperson
for the group could not be reached for comment last

Continued from Page 1
business in a vigilant manner."
Several students said they are tak-
ing the University's advice, adding
that their focus is on classes and
spring break and not the possibility
of another terrorist attack.
"We have to be a little more cau-
tious and aware that"the world is not
like it was, but it's not something I
want to be scared of - it's just
something I want to be aware of,"
LSA senior Niya Nanavati said.
But Nanavati added that she felt
most people are more concerned
about the possibilities of an attack
due to extensive media coverage.
"It's good that they want to make
people aware, but I'm sure it's also
making people scared because it"s
constantly on television," she said.
"You watch the TV, and it's just 24-7.
... It's good to be cautious, but-we
are just creating more fear."
"I have no urge to go to the store
and buy duct tape," Nanavati added,
referring to the government's advice
to stock up on duct tape and plastic
sheeting in case of a biological or
chemical attack.
Students at other colleges are
reacting similarly.
At American University in Washing-
ton, where school officials released a
similar statement, junior Eric Rittinger
said there is "a healthy balance
between paranoia and ignorance."
"I'm not ignoring the situation....
I think people are not letting the
warnings interfere with their lives,"
Rittinger said, adding that he is

relieved the government continues to
inform the American public about
possible threats. "I think it is reassur-
ing to some that the government is
telling us something. But I don't
think the practicality of it comes into
AU sophomore Ben Sears said he
does not believe the threats to be too
"Personally, I'm not too worried
about it," Sears said. "I think there
are way better targets than AU and
other colleges."
At Harvard University, a severe
snowstorm took precedent yesterday
over the possibility of terrorist attacks,
though officials did issue a response
through the school's website.
According to the school's state-
ment, "for the past year and a half,
(Harvard) has been actively address-
ing potential operational and security
concerns prompted by the attacks of
September 11. The Harvard Univer-
sity Police Department is trained and
equipped to keep the Harvard com-
munity as safe as possible. (Harvard)
maintains emergency management
teams ready to respond to contingen-
cies that might arise."
- Princeton University and the Uni-
versity of Pennsylvania also released
similar statements.
The University of Texas at Austin
temporarily canceled campus tours
and changed the university's parking
procedures, directing vehicles with-
out university parking permits to off-
campus parking garages and
requiring drivers' licenses from peo-
ple operating vendor vehicles before
allowing them in university lots.

Continued from Page 1
Ahmad expressed concern that the act
was applied beyond its original purposes
and cited the example of Rabih Haddad,
a local Muslim community leader who
was arrested in December 2001 and still
remains detained on charges of a visa
violation. In addition, he was accused of
having ties to terrorist organizations.
Ahmad also discussed the potential
effects of the Domestic Security
Enhancement Act of 2003 or "Patriot
II;" which he said would further increase
surveillance powers of the federal gov-
ernment, take away immigrants' rights
and could give the government the abili-
ty to remove citizenship from people

because of their political affiliation.
"It's very scary to see that this could
happen," Ahmad said about the pro-
posed bill that would allow the govern-
ment to strip even native-born citizens of
their U.S. citizenship. "We don't even do
this to capital murderers,"he added.
Hayad described the Immigration and
Naturalization Service's new National
Security Entry-Exit Registration Sys-
tem, which requires immigrants from
certain countries to go through a special
registration process with the INS.
Engineering sophomore Maher Iskan-
dar said the event was meant to inform
everyone of their rights. "Whether they
are citizens, residents or activists, they
have rights and they should be aware of
them,"he said.

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