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April 15, 2003
By Emily Kraack
and Ryan Vicco
More than 2,000 people took to the
streets of Ann Arbor yesterday to voice
concern and support for the war in Iraq.
The rallies began in the Diag and grew
as they moved to the Ann Arbor Federal
Building on the corner of Fifth and Lib-
Students on the Diag divided them-
selves into two distinct groups - those
who were opposed to war gathered near
the steps of the Harlan Hatcher Gradu-
ate Library, while those who supported
using military force in Iraq gathered
toward the back of the Diag.
A dozen student groups sponsored
the rally in opposition to the war. The
rally included speakers from the Black
Student Union, Muslim Students Asso-
ciation and the Michigan Student
Assembly as well as a drumming rally.
"We're just protesting the war," LSA
junior Lena Masri, a rally organizer and
member of the Muslim Students Asso-
ciation, Anti-War Action! and Students
Allied for Freedom and Equality, said.
"Iraq is only one part (of this war).
Bush explicitly said this war is going to
go on to other places."
Students supporting military action in
Iraq held American flags and expressed
support for U.S. troops in Iraq. "We're
going to sit here solemnly and somberly
to show solidarity for our troops," rally
organizer and Michigan Review Manag-
ing Editor Ruben Duran said.
Although no violent incidents were
reported, the rallies displayed increasing
tensions between those in support and
those opposed to the current war.
LSA sophomore and Anti-War
Action! member Megan Williamson
stepped in to ease tensions between a
group of arguing protesters.
She said she was not surprised that
conflict broke out during the past week.
"We anticipated that there might be
some interferences from the counter-
protesters, but actually we were
expecting them to be more respect-
ful," she said.
Seniors fondly recall
past years at the 'U'
By Soojung Chang
Daily Staff Reporter
LSA senior Chris Molina said one of the things
he most remembers from his past four years in col-
lege is an incident from his freshman year, when he
lived at 2nd Wenley in West Quad Residence Hall.
"There was a stray cat running around West
Quad, so we brought it into our hall and we had a cat
named Wenley for two days," Molina said. "It start-
- ed going to the bathroom everywhere so we had to
take it out," he added.
In addition to the little moments, this year's sen-
iors have witnessed monumental events including
' the war in Iraq, the Sept. 11 attacks, the dawning of
a new millenium and the ongoing legal wrangling
regarding the University's admissions policies. But
many, like Molina, said what they remember most
about college is the little things.
"One thing I'll miss is just being around
friends all the time," LSA senior Paul Gabrail
said. "It's just the nice thing of knowing that you
come home and there's all your four or five best
friends right there," he added.
LSA senior Derek Richardson said he remembers
swimming in lakes around Ann Arbor late at night
with his friends and "mostly just the really bizarre
things we did." Richardson also recalled a staple of
campus life - going to football games. "I remem-
ber just walking every Saturday morning past huge
crowds of people and having this huge mass of peo-
ple walkingtowards the stadium with you," he said.
LSA senior Hetal Desai said she remembers
going to Kilwin's to eat ice cream. Many seniors had
DANNY MOLOSHOK/Daily fond memories of eating out on campus.
Student Jonathan Arenz, shows his MCard for Admission to the football game against the Washington "I've been to Charley's and Brown Jug far more
Huskies on Saturday, August 31, 2002 at Michigan Stadium. Michigan won 31-29. times than I'd like to share," Gabrail said.
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"I remember the diversity of
people and activities, and
just the energy of (the
- Najia Sheikh
"I was the queen of late night take-out;' LSA
senior Najia Sheikh said. But Sheikh also
recalled more serious events such as the admis-
sions lawsuits and said what impressed her most
throughout was the impact that students had on
these events and the University community. "I
feel like at (the University) we really do make a
difference," she said, noting the numerous
humanitarian, community service, and cultural
activities students can participate in on campus.
"There's just so much going on," Sheikh said. "I
remember the diversity of people and activities, and
just the energy of (the University)." Sheikh added.
LSA senior Chrissy Brown also said she will
remember the diversity on campus. "I come from a
pretty small town and it's pretty homogenous. I
think I'll miss all the cultural diversity, just all of the
different people" she said.
Many students expressed appreciation for the
benefits of campus life, such as the opportunity to
see prominent speakers who came to campus.
LSA senior Andrea Novelly said she remem-
bers meeting John McCain as a freshman. "I
shook his hand and I thought that was pretty
cool," she said. "I just remember thinking that I
was very lucky to have the opportunity to come
to the University," she added.
From staff reports
Candlelight filled the area stretching from
the Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library to the
Diag flagpole and from Angell Hall to West
Hall last night as an estimated 15,000 mem-
bers of the University community came
together to promote peace and unity at an
impromptu vigil honoring the victims of yes-
"It was the best behaved 15,000 I've ever
seen," Department of Public Safety spokes-
woman Diane Brown said. "By far this was the
largest turnout (the University has) ever had."
Together, students expressed their mixed
feelings of shock, anger and grief.
"I'm still a little bit shocked. I'm pretty
upset. I think it's unbelievable that something
would happen like this and that it happened to
this country," said Engineering freshman Paul
Gibson, a Washington resident who attended
the vigil. "It's going to take a long time for
people to heal. Until now, people thought of
this as a safe haven where nothing could hap-
pen, and that's changed."
For Gibson, the attack on the Pentagon and
the World Trade Center was personal.
"My dad works at the Pentagon," he said.
"I just went back to my room and tried to
contact him. I just sat by my phone and wait-
ed." Gibson said his attempts were eventual-
Students console each other at the prayer vigil held on the
diag after the Sept. 11 attacks.
Coleman as first
By Karen Schwartz
and Maria Sprow
Mary Sue Coleman, president of the University of Iowa, was welcomed to the
University by the Regents and community members yesterday morning as she was
elected to be the University's 13th president in a motion carried unanimously by the
Board of Regents.
Coleman, who has been president of Iowa since 1995, will
begin her term at the University Aug. 1 under a five-year con-
tract set to be finalized at the June regents meeting.
"She will be a strong, creative, experienced, thoughtful and
successful president of the University of Michigan," Regent
Rebecca McGowan (D-Ann Arbor) said. "And let it be said
again and again, girls can do math and science."
Regents also praised interim University President B. Joseph
White, expressing gratitude and appreciation for his dedications
and involvement in keeping the University running smoothly.
"The only thing more challenging than being president of
this University would be being interim president," Regent Coleman
David Brandon (R-Ann Arbor) said. Added Regent Kathy
White (D-Ann Arbor) to White and his wife, Mary: "I'm very impressed at (your)
deep commitment ... I am basically speechless," she said.
Though she was officially appointed, Coleman will remain at Iowa for the next
A close call
Hoping to sway court,
students convene in
D.C. by the busload
By Andrew Kaplan
and Emily Kraack
April 02, 2003
WASHINGTON - There is a juncture on Interstate 495 where roads from
New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Virginia converge, funneling
motorists into the heart of Washington. By the time dawn broke over the
Maryland foothills yesterday morning, this highway was alive with caravans
of buses leading student activists from Michigan, Illinois, Ohio and New York
to rally in front of the Supreme Court.
While the Supreme Court justices picked apart the University's admissions sys-
tem, University students joined with several thousand activists in support of the
race-conscious policies. Many protesters said they thought their actions will con-
vince the justices to rule in favor of the policies this summer.
"They'll be watching this, their children will watch this;' said Education
senior Agnes Aleobua, a member of the Coalition to Defend Affirmative
Action and Integration and Fight for Equality By Any Means Necessary.
"They're human. They'll be affected by it."
Law School student Tracy Thomas rode to Washington on one of six buses
carrying University members of Students Supporting Affirmative Action. She
said the demonstrations build public support for diversity. "Just the march and
people showing how they feel about affirmative action - it has an impact on
public opinion, showing how you feel," Thomas said. "I want people to have
the opportunity (for higher education), and it's important that we are a racially
diverse student body."
In addition to the buses sponsored by SSAA and BAMN, the Michigan Stu-
dent Assembly sponsored and chaperoned six buses for the overnight trip to
A student waves a University flag at the march in Washington to support race-
conscious admissions policies.
Washington. Unlike the SSAA buses, MSA called its vehicles nonpartisan --
meaning that both students supporting and opposing University admissions
policies were welcome to board them.
"MSA gave money so that all students, regardless of political affiliation, could
participate;" Pete Woiwode, SSAA organizer, said. Nearly 700 students raced to
claim seats on the MSA and SSAA buses, he added.
"The list took basically no time at all to fill," Woiwode said. "Hours after the
sign-ups opened, they were already filled." But Woiwode said although he invited
all MSA affiliates to the rally, mainly advocates of the race-conscious admissions
rode the buses to Washington. As the rally gained strength in the gray April morn-
ing, students protesting race-conscious admissions were conspicuously absent.
"Saying you're against affirmative action when the predominant ethos is against
you takes a lot of balls," said Michigan Review Editor in Chief James Justin Wil-
son, who camped outside the courthouse for two nights in order to hear the argu-
ments firsthand. "The very nature of conservatism is to keep your mouth shut."
Supreme Court fires tough questions at lawyers
By Jeremy Berkowitz
and Tomislav Ladika
WASHINGTON - The most important affirma-
tive action case in a generation went before the
Supreme Court yesterday, giving lawyers on both
sides their last chance to sway undecided justices.
Thousands of vocal supporters surrounded the
court's perimeter, holding signs, beating drums
cases. They asked fast-paced questions challeng-
ing the importance of diversity in society and
education, the University's goal of enrolling a
critical mass of minorities through race-con-
scious admissions policies and the validity of
race-blind alternative programs.
Attorneys from the Center for Individual Rights
- the law firm representing the plaintiffs -
argued that minorities meeting certain minimal
qualifications are automatically accepted into the
whether schools should be permitted to use race
as an admissions factor to achieve diversity. He
asked Kolbo whether states should be con-
cerned if law schools only enroll 2 to 3 percent
minorities, and if the majority of future lawyers
"It's a broad social and political concern that
there are not adequate members of the profession
which is designed to protect our rights and to pro-
mote progress. I should think that's a very legiti-
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