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@2003 The Michigan Daily
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Vol. CXIII, No. 23

One-hundred-twelve years ofedtonalfreedom

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Students speak against proposition

By Jeremy Beurkowtz
Daily Staff Reporter
Even the U.S. Supreme Court - the highest
judicial body in the nation
- might not have the final
say regarding the Universi-
ty's race-conscious admis-
sions policies.
Supporters of the Uni-
versity's admissions pro-
gram are preparing for a
fight to prevent Michigan
voters from nullifying the
Led by University of Cal- onnery
ifornia Regent Ward Connerly, the American

Civil Rights Coalition is gearing up to proposed
state constitutional amendment on the Nov. 2004
ballot banning the use of race in higher education
admissions. Supported by a coalition of 20
Republican Michigan state legislators, the ACRC
needs to obtain at least 317,000 signatures
between January and July of next year for the
proposition to be voted on in November. This
comes three months after the court decided the
University could use race-conscious admissions
according to set rules.
Several factions, ranging from University
administrators to students, are slowly beginning
to form a statewide campaign to fight Connerly.
While some believe in different tactics, all agree
the voters of Michigan need to be educated on
the issues.

Proposal to,

put race

on the

"I feel like when people in Michigan get all the
information and they are educated, they will
make the correct decision for Michigan, which is
that we can make our own decisions," University
President Mary Sue Coleman said in an inter-
view last week.
Although state laws constrain the University
from funding the movement, Coleman said she
plans to continue traveling around the state, gain-
ing support from other state colleges and legisla-
State Sen. Liz Brater (D-Ann Arbor) said she
and other legislators see the matter as a "grave

concern." But she added that she wants to see
first if Connerly has the necessary funding to get
all his signatures.
"It'll depend on how much money they are
spending," Brater said. An Associated Press Poll
taken three weeks ago showed 52 percent of
Michigan residents support a potential ballot ini-
tiative. In addition, West Michigan and the Upper
Peninsula represent enormous challenges for
supporters of affirmative action.
But Students Supporting Affirmative Action
member Jackie Bray remains optimistic about
spreading word beyond Ann Arbor.

aot iks groups
Those two areas of the state aren't void of net-
works that would oppose Ward Connerly," Bray,
an LSA senior, said. "This isn't just about being
liberal or conservative."
SSAA has had conversations with other
groups about fighting Connerly. But Bray said
she feels it would be a "futile" campaign to try
and prevent the ACRC from getting signatures
next year.
"I think if he makes a concerted effort, he will
get the signatures," Bray said.
But some students disagree with that notion.

Spokes a-flyin'

Officialsphbill repe
provisions of U.S. Patriot Act
By Andrew Kaplan
Daily Staff Reporter "We're very concerned that the (orioinal) Patriot Act

i. 1 %~l %

As the government seeks greater power to jIms gu
track and arrest terrorist suspects, several fed-
eral and local officials have mustered counter-
efforts to guard citizens against unlawful
investigations in judicial procedures. Ron Paul
Hoping to limit the scope of federal inves- ers (D-Det
tigative agencies, two U.S. congressmen have Michigan 1
introduced a bill that would repeal several pro- erties Unio
visions of the 2001 USA Patriot Act. The act ic Relation
allows the government to police terrorist sus- the Advan
pects through secret searches, increased access voiced thei
to classified records and prolonged detentions. original Pa
Among lawmakers and activists who sup- Passed s
port the new bill - known as the "Benjamin the appreh
Franklin True Patriot Act" and authored by governmen
U.S. Reps. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) and "We're
DPS report
finds rise in
cnme In 02
New statistics show crime in
residence halls went up in the last year
By Victoria Edwards
Daily Staff Reporter

)ne too far too fast.
- Wendy Wagenheim
Michigan ACLU spokeswoman

(R-Texas) - U.S. Rep. John Cony-
troit) has pledged his sponsorship.
branches of the American Civil Lib-
n, the Council on American-Islam-
ns and the National Association for
cement of Colored People have also
ir favor for repealing sections of the
triot Act.
shortly after Sept. 11, 2001 to ease
hension of terrorists, the act gives
nt agencies sweeping powers.
very concerned that the (original)

Patriot Act has gone too far too fast," said
Michigan ACLU spokeswoman Wendy
Wagenheim, adding that the ACLU has urged
Michigan residents to contact their state and
federal legislators to protest the 2001 act.
Citing an "unprecedented assault on the
United States Constitution and the Bill of
Rights" as a result of the original Patriot Act,
Kucinich, a candidate for the 2004 Democratic
presidential nomination, revealed the new leg-
islation in a press conference last Wednesday.
See PATRIOT, Page 5A

Law School student James Loy shines a bike with a buffer at the Student Bike
Shop on Maynard Street yesterday.
Month's events help raise
breast cancer awareness

By Alison Go
Daily Staff Reporter
Every year, breast cancer kills over 40,000 peo-
ple in the United States. A Uni-
versity chapter of the national
movement to greatly reduce the
mortality rate of breast cancer
kicked off the 18th annual
National Breast Cancer Aware-
ness Month yesterday.
In order to help initiate the
month's activities, Lisa New-e
man, director of the Breast Care
Center at the University Hospi-
tal, held an open informational session.
The session addressed issues ranging from risk
factors to diagnosing the cancer at different ages.
"The best chances for a full recovery come from

detecting breast cancer in an early stage," Newman
Although the risk for a woman in her 20s to get
cancer is one in 2,500, awareness at the college
level is still important, Newman said. She recom-
mended that women administer a monthly breast
self-exam one week after her menstrual period.
University Students Against Cancer will be hold-
ing an array of events throughout October.
On Oct. 6, members of USAC will be on the
Diag passing out pink ribbons and educational
pamphlets. Later that day, Deanna Beyer, a breast
cancer survivor, will come to the University to
speak at the USAC mass meeting.
"My goal for the month is to help spread the
facts about breast cancer to more students and
make them more aware of what they can do to
prevent it or at least detect it at its earliest

Burglary statistics published in the Campus Safety Hand-
book for 2002 showed almost a 30-percent increase in crime
in the University residence halls compared to last year.
But larceny in general, the most common crime perpetrat-
ed at the University, went down 17 percent according to
these reports.
Diane Brown, Department of Public Safety spokes-
woman, said the high number of burglaries helped push dif-
ferent security measures on campus such as video cameras,
electronic locks and educational material.
"There had been discussions about some of those initia-
tives, but burglary gave them more focuses and speeded up
the planning process," Brown said.
According to the report, the exact numbers for burglaries
went up from 77 in 2001 to 100 in 2002.
Brown added that she believes many of these burglaries
took place as a result of being offered to the perpetrator. She
said there were many situations where crimes occurred
because students left their belongings unattended or left
their doors unlocked in the residence halls.
She said that as a result of new security procedures, the
opportunities for would-be burglars greatly decreased.
Brown said the success of the safety measures can be seen
because more crime is taking place in off-campus housing
as opposed to the residence halls. But she added, "if we
wanted to decrease crime even more, we would reduce
See CRIME, Page 5A

Friends enjoy drinks at Grisley Peaks yesterday. The lowering of the legal blood alcohol
content makes Michigan residents more likely of exceeding the legal driving limit.
Drvers alcohol leves
-meet new restrictions
due tofdrlmandate

By Evan McGarvey
Daily Staff Reporter
Michigan diners and bar-goers
will now have to monitor their
drinking habits more carefully with
the passage of a federal mandate
that will punish those driving with a
lowered blood alcohol content.
Prior to the new law, driving with
a .08 BAC did not necessarily con-

$1,500 in fines, 360 hours of com-
munity service and a maximum of
93 days in jail.
Anne Readett, Michigan Office
of Highway Safety Planning
spokeswoman, said she feels opti-
mistic about the new law.
. "I don't think we'll see a big
change in arrests but we can expect
that more people will be more care-
ful now that the standards have

Pres. candidate LaRouche
spurs support, controversy

By Ashley Dinges
For The Daily

To some, it came as no surprise that 92-year-
old civil rights activist Amelia Boynton Robinson
has shown her support of presidential candidate
Lyndon LaRouche. To others, the move made lit-
tle sense.
Robinson, who spoke at the University yester-
day, expressed her belief that seven-time candi-
date LaRouche is continuing the fight that her
fellow activist, Martin Luther King Jr., began.
Robinson spoke of her fight for civil rights,
including the march on Bloody Sunday, March 7,
1965, on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Alabama,
where she was beaten, gassed and left to die.
"I was not afraid and I would not run. I was
appalled that human beings would beat others

year-old LaRouche in past years, and more
recently, his 2004 campaign for the presidency.
"I thought to myself, 'This man's program is
doing what we had been trying to do for 40 years:
To lift up humanity and get people to think for
themselves,"' Robinson said.
LaRouche's platform centers on global devel-
opment and domestic economic recovery, accord-
ing to his website. He has spoken out against the
U.S. occupation in Iraq, saying the United
Nations should play a greater role in the country's
Though his platform has been viewed as mod-
erate, some say LaRouche, who served time in
prison on criminal conspiracy charges, is not a
serious contender for the Democratic nomination.
Recently, the University's College Democrats
disassociated themselves from LaRouche by

stitute drunk
driving. Now a
motorist with a
.08 BAC will
receive the same
punishment as a
driver with .1
BAC content.
Sgt. Matt Bolger,
governmental liai-
son for the Michi-
gan State Police,
clarified the
changes in the law.

" I don't think there
are any hard and
fast rules for the
BAC. It's controlled
by many factors:'
- Sgt. Matt Bolger
Governmental liaison,
Michigan State Police

changed," Readett
With the new
regulations, the
drinking habits
that previously
fell under the
legal level could
now raise some-
one's BAC above
.08. Acceptable
social drinking,
loosely defined as

"A blood-alcohol content of .08
has always been illegal. However,
the previous law used to make .08
presumptive that a motorist with a
.08 BAC could have previously
made a case that they were not, in
fact, legally intoxicated," Bolger

less than four drinks in the course
of an evening according to the Uni-
versity's website, could now land a
diner or bar patron that gets behind
the wheel under arrest.
The National Restaurant Associa-
tion claims that two drinks in a two-
hour period could leave a 160 lb.
person with a BAC above .08,


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