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The Michigan Daily - Monday, September 9, 2002 - 3A

AAMC supports increasing diversity

DPS arrests five
during Western
game Saturday
Department of Public Safety offi-
cers arrested five people at Michigan
Stadium Saturday, four for minor in
possession and one for Violation of
the Controlled Substance Act. In addi-
tion, three people were given citations
for having alcohol in the stadium and
one person was ejected for not having
a ticket.
Woman struck by
car, sees injuries
three days later
A woman reported Saturday night
that she is now discovering injuries
from an accident she was in
Wednesday, according to DPS
reports. She was struck by a car
while riding a bicycle in the area of
the Medical School.
Bike suspension
stolen from rack
A person's bicycle suspension was
stolen from the Seeley bike rack on
Oxford Street Saturday evening,
according to DPS reports.
Man falls out of
bed, injures self
A resident of Mary Markley Resi-
dence Hall fell out of his bed early Sat-
urday and punctured his side,
according to DPS reports. He was
transported to the University Hospital
by Huron Valley Ambulance.
Spanish text lost
in residence hall
A person reported their Spanish
book taken from Mary Markley Resi-
dence Hall Thursday night, DPS
reports state.
DPS apprehends
subjects carrying
* drugs, weapons
DPS officers were called early Sat-
urday by a citizen who reported that
several juveniles were dealing drugs
and that they had fled from the Diag
north onto Thayer Street, according to
DPS reports.,The officers made contact
in front of the Wolverine Hideway, and
arrested six subjects. Three knives, one
BB gun fashioned to look like a Glock
and 31 separate packages of marijuana
were also recovered.
Suspect urinates
on RA's room door
A caller reported early Friday that
an unknown individual urinated on
a resident advisor's door in South
Quad Residence Hall, DPS reports
state.
Satchel missing
from third floor of
undergrad library
A burgundy backpack containing a
watch and a water bottle was stolen
from the third floor of the Harold
Shapiro Undergraduate Library
Wednesday afternoon, according to
DPS reports.
Man cited for
drinking alcohol in
public by Tappan
A white male around 30 or 40 years

old, wearing jeans, a Hawaiian shirt
and tennis shoes, was found drinking
and sleeping on the benches outside
Tappan Hall Wednesday afternoon,
DPS reports state. He was cited for
open intoxicants.
Cigarette causes
alarm to go off in
residence hall
A fire alarm was set off in East
Quad Residence Hall Wednesday night
by someone smoking, according to
DPS reports.
Man taken to
hospital after he
suffers seizure
A male subject was transported from
the Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library
to the University Hospital by Huron
Valley Ambulance Friday morning for
seizure treatment, DPS reports state. A
caller originally reported seeing the
man disoriented.

By Megan Hayes
Daily Staff Reporter

In the wake of the University's
Appellate Court affirmative action
decision, a new report by members of
the Association for American Medical
Colleges has brought the idea of race-
based admissions into the medical
school realm, calling affirmative
action tools "critical to achieving a
diverse health care workforce."
The report, which was published in
the September/October edition of Health
Affairs, focused on the need to develop
a health care workforce reflective of the
demographic realities of the United
States, Charles Terrell, vice president for
the Division of Community and Minori-
ty Programs at the AAMC, said. He said
the report contained four rationales for
increasing diversity - advancing cul-
tural competency, increasing access to
high quality health care services,
strengthening the medical research
agenda and ensuring optimal manage-
ment of the health care system.
While the report focused on the needs
of the workforce, it cited education as a
common denominator, Terrell said,
adding that race is one of many factors
CLASS
Continued from Page 1A
For students in Biology 100, an
introductory biology class for non-
majors, discussion of anthrax, small
pox and other potential biological
weapons had a greater impact on stu-
dents following the attacks.
"They tried to discuss the issue
without scaring us, and tried to make
us realize that this is really very pos-
sible," LSA senior Matt Ross said.
"They told us we should be aware.
Although it's not probable, it is pos-
sible."
Class subject matter has grown to
include recent events. Some interna-
tional politics classes chose to add a
lecture on terrorism, and history cours-
es have added recent events to their
studies.
"We always covered the Afghan
wars and the rise of al-Qaida toward
the end," Cole said of his course on the
history of war in the Middle East.
"But we have had to add a new
chapter to those sagas, so there is more
on the period since 1996 to the present.
I suppose the addition of the War on
Terror makes the class more oriented
toward America's wars in the Middle
East, given that we also do the Gulf
War and Lebanon," he said.
But he also said not much actually
changed because of Sept. 11.
"The facts of history and the
forces that shaped them have not

looked at in efforts to create a diverse
educational environment.
"One has to be conscious of the nar-
rowly tailored provisions that the courts
mandate" he said in reference to using
race as a factor in making admissions
decisions.
"If racial considerations are made in
accordance with the law and used with a
host of other factors, I don't think there
are many downsides," Terrell said.
Curt Levey, director of legal and
public affairs at the Center for Indi-
vidual Rights, a Washington-based
law firm representing plaintiffs Bar-
bara Grutter and Jennifer Gratz in the
cases against the University, said,
"You cannot justify racial preferences
in order to produce a workforce with
desired racial balance."
"The only approved use of racial pref-
erences is to remedy past discrimina-
tion," he said, adding that if the authors
of the article think otherwise, they are
"bucking the national trend."
"If you have a genuine broad-based,
race-neutral plan, I think that it is a per-
fectly good way to maintain diversity on
campus," Levey said. Regarding his role
in the University's admissions cases, he
said, "It's a shame you have to sue
changed, and I always sought to con-
vey those facts and forces to the stu-
dents," Cole said.
But students have become more
aware of international issues, and have
been forced to answer serious ques-
tions. When Croco's international poli-
tics sections returned to class the day
following the attacks, she was irked by
the comments of some students who
made statements seeming to criticize
other students, she said.
"I had several students in my class
who were of Indian or Middle-Eastern
descent," Croco said. "While these stu-
dents had nothing to do with the
attacks, other students in the class,
needing to identify a culprit, would
sometimes use overly-broad statements
thereby implicating millions of people
for the crimes of a few.
"Because of this, I tried hard to get
students to not use generalizations and
to understand why they were not
appropriate," Croco added.
But Croco said students have lost
that initial momentum for learning
about reasons for the attacks.
"I think a lot of my students have
reverted back to thinking of world pol-
itics as something that happens 'over
there,' keeping them out of harm's
way," she said. "While students are
very interested in what is going to hap-
'en next they seem to be less interest-
ed in understanding the much more
complicated reasons of why (Sept. 11)
happened in the first place."

TONY DING/Daily
The Association for American Medical Colleges issued a report speaking to the benefits of a racially diverse student body In
medical schools. The University's Medical School considers race among other factors.

schools to get them to do what the Con-
stitution already requires."
David Gordon, assistant dean for
Diversity and Career Development in
the University Medical School, said
because the areas the other University
divisions focused on in their admissions
policy were areas the Medical School

didn't have, it is less of an obvious target
for a potential lawsuit.
"The overriding question is twofold
- does this person have the qualifi-
cations to suc.cessfully finish the pro-
gram and what will this person add to
the class in terms of diversity," Gor-
don said.

He said under the admissions policy
of the Medical School, race is consid-
ered amongst multiple aspects of an
applicant's profile.
"The Medical School has a fair
admissions process and we are constant-
ly lookingat it to make sure it brings the
best selection of doctors," Gordon said.

Applicants for prestigious
scholarships vie for spots

By Steve Nannes
For the Daily
The Rhodes, Mitchell and Marshall
Scholarship programs accepted applica-
tions from thousands of scholars nation-
wide Friday, included an'increasing
number of Michigan students.
These programs offer scholarships
to attend academic programs in the
United Kingdom and Ireland. The
Marshall Scholarship accepts 40 stu-
dents annually, while the Mitchell
Scholarship accepts 12.
The Rhodes Scholarship pro-
gram, considered one of the most
prestigious scholarships offered,
awards 32 college-level students in
the United States and 95 students
worldwide an opportunity to study
at Oxford University.
Wayne Petty, co-chair of the Provost's
Counpil on Student Honors, said the
process for becoming a Rhodes Scholar
is both fun and challenging.

"They are looking for good grades
but within a demanding program,"
Petty said. "A sense of engagement
within the University community and
the community at large is very
important."
According to Petty, there have
been approximately 30 applicants
each year from the University. He
said this number will likely rise due
to increasing awareness of the schol-
arship programs. University alumnus
Fiona Rose, who graduated in 1998,
is the University's most recent
Rhodes Scholar.
University alumnus Antonia Henry
applied to be a Rhodes and Mitchell
Scholar within the LSA-Inteflex Pro-
gram and said she has mixed feelings
about the application process.
"The process was very stressful,"
Henry said. "I spent the summer gather-
ing recommendations from faculty,
searching degree programs at Oxford
and writing my personal statement."

Henry's application was accepted
by the nomination committee send-
ing her to the next round of the
process: a number of interviews,
which she said were intimidating.
Despite the arduous process, Henry
said she felt honored to be a nominee
and encourages students to research
the various scholarship programs.
"When I was selected as a nomi-
nee from the University and state
levels I was elated and humbled," she
said. "You have nothing to lose and a
major opportunity to gain."
Petty said he believes each student
should take advantage of the Univer-
sity's scholarship programs.
"The University of Michigan has
traditionally been a home for high
achieving students," he said. "The
Rhodes Scholar is one of the most
outstanding opportunities for schol-
ars to pursue graduate work."
The Rhodes Scholars for 2002 will
be announced in early December.

HOLIDAY
Continued from Page 1A
ancestry. It commemorates the begin-
ning of the new year on the Jewish cal-
endar, and it also marks the beginning
of the 10-day period known as the
High Holy Days, which will end with
Yom Kippur next Sunday.
"It is a time of introspection, a
time to contemplate the past year,
what we've done, what we've been
through, all in an attempt to take the
positive things with us to the next
year and to leave the things that are
not beneficial in order to start off
the new year in a good way," Berger
said.
Rosh Hashanah came early this year.
Celebrations began Friday night, about
two weeks earlier than they were last
year.
As a result of the early beginning to
the High Holidays, many more stu-
dents stayed on campus to celebrate
than in past years.
"I didn't go home for the holidays
this year because it was so early in the
year that I wanted to stay at school
and get my classes straightened out
and get prepared for the school year.
Instead I went to celebrate Rosh
Hashanah dinner with my friend and
his family in West Bloomfield, Michi-
gan," said LSA junior Matt Silver-
man, a Chicago native.

Some students also celebrated the
new year in Ann Arbor with friends
from school. Rachael Dobbs, an LSA
senior, stayed at home and cooked a
traditional meal for her roommates
and her friends.
The meal consisted of matzah ball
soup, challah bread and apple slices
dipped in honey, to signify the begin-
ning of a sweet new year.
Many students who were unable to
travel home for the holidays celebrated
at the University of Michigan Hillel.
"Our mission at Hillel is to create a
warm community for students, and to
give students a meaningful experience
for the holidays," said LSA senior Eric
Bukstein.
One of the traditional ceremonies
for Rosh Hashanah is the taschlich, the
throwing of bread into a river, which
was done on the second evening after
Rosh Hashanah this year. The bread
crumbs symbolize sins, the things that
are not positive about the last year. By
casting them away, it is a way to get
over them, and to start the new year on
a positive note.
About 30 students participated in
this ceremony yesterday evening. They-
threw the bread crumbs into the Huron
River, on a spot in the Arboretum
behind Markley Hall.
Services are offered at Hillel
throughout the week and all students
are welcome.

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RANKINGS
Continued from Page 1A
previous Wall Street Journal rating
came as a surprise to many people
because of the past year's decline in
recruiting efforts.
Jan Malas, assistant director of the
Business School's Office of Career
Development, said the results were
unexpected but could be explained by
the Business School's wide-ranging
emphases.
"Because our B-School teaches
more general management, we're not
known for one area like accounting or
finance. So we were able to reach a
broad base of companies through our
manufacturing and services sector,"
she said. "When one sector goes down

Business School's Minority Affairs,
said the school's No. 1 ranking for
recruiting minority talent is due to
several factors, including the Univer-
sity's historical commitment to diver-
sity and the efforts of people who
preceded him.
"Unofficially we've been'acknowl-
edged as a leader in diversity for some
time, but it's nice for a respectable pub-
lication like the Wall Street Journal to
make diversity a criteria and to single
out folks that are doing well in that
area," he said.
Wooten, who took over when the
position was made official two years
ago, said the Wall Street Journal
derived the results by counting under-
represented minorities in the United
States such as blacks, Hispanics and

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