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The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, October 29, 2003 - 3

THIS WEEK
Five years ago...
University President Lee
Bollinger announced his intent to
move the executive offices from the
Fleming Administration Building
into Angell Hall.
Bollinger had long desired to
bring the administration closer to
students.
Although plans were temporary, the
proposal was designed to move the
president and his staff into various
LSA administration offices on the
first floor and basement of the build-
ing.
Several students and faculty
responded positively to the decision.
"I like the idea of moving to
Angell Hall," Michigan Student
Assembly President Trent Thomp-
son said. "It's one way of making
students physically closer to the
administration.
Moving to Angell Hall will give a
central position on where the
administration is."
Five years later, the president's
office remains in the Fleming
Building.
Ten years ago...
Mark Schollett, president of the
Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, and
Megan Stedman, Chi Omega sorori-
ty president, confirmed allegations
that Chi Omega bribed SAE into
letting Chi Omega members play in
the Mudbowl by sending a female
stripper along with pizza and cham-
pagne to the fraternity.
Schollett also confirmed that he
received a keg of beer from the Kappa
Alpha Theta sorority, also hoping for
a Mudbowl spot.
"We regret the offensive nature of
the incident and apologize for the neg-
ative statement that it makes," Sted-
man said.
Members of the Interfraternity
Council said actions against the
houses would be taken by the
national chapters of their organiza-
tions.
Oct. 30, 1987
The state Senate passed a bill allow-
ing state universities to deputize their
public safety officers. At the time, the
University was the only Big Ten
School not to have a regular campus
police force.
Regent Thomas Roach (D-Saline)
said he thought such a move would be
positive.
"It is clearly a more effective way
to protect students than currently
exists."
But state Sen. Lana Pollack (D-
Ann Arbor) said she would oppose a
deputized police force at the Uni-
versity.
"The very nature of the University
is independence and that's a good rea-
son not to have a police force," Pol-
lack said.
Three years later, the University
made the controversial decision to
create the Department of Public Safe-
ty as a police department.
Oct. 26, 1965
The American Friends Service
Committee and Students for a
Democratic Society held a meeting
for community members to discuss
the draft and possible alternatives to
not serving in the Vietnam War.

Paul Lauder, a member of the
AFSC, told his audience that they
had the options of serving in the
Medical Corps, taking a clerical
position in the Army or another gov-
ernment position for two years or
going to jail if they decided to ignore
the Selective Service.
But SDS President Carl Oglesby
said the bigger issue of the meeting
was actions being taken in Vietnam
rather than the draft.
"But, then, if I were the govern-
ment and were in the position of
having to justify our actions in Viet-
nam' I would rather talk about the
fdraft too.''
Nov. 1, 1956
The Student Government Council
approved a motion to investigate
residence hall funding.
The study would cover the current
plan, its effects on students and
comparable systems at other univer-
sities.
Also during the meeting, there was a
discussion related to the ongoing Suez
War in Egypt.
Nov. 1, 1978
The University announced the cre-
ation of four residence hall study
rooms to alleviate overcrowding in
University libraries. Students com-

Prof: Military violates law

schools'
By Tomislav Ladika
Daily Staff Reporter
The founder of a group that is suing
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld
called on Law School students and fac-
ulty yesterday to join the "current civil
rights battle" by protesting military
recruitment policies that he said violate
college nondiscrimination clauses.
The military's "Don't ask, don't tell"
policy - which discourages military
members from discussing their sexuality
- conflicts with law school non-dis-
crimination statements, said Boston Col-
lege law Prof. Kent Greenfield. These
statements in almost every case protect
students from discrimination on the
basis of sexual orientation, said Green-
field, who is the founder of the Forum
for Academic and Institutional Rights.
But colleges are required to allow mil-
itary recruiters onto their campuses or
lose federal financial aid provided by the
Department of Defense, according to the
Solomon Amendment passed by Con-
gress in 1995, Greenfield said at the
Law School yesterday.
"The enforcement of the Solomon
Amendment forces the Law School to
compromise its principled commit-
ment to equality and non-discrimina-
tion," Law School student Madeleine
Findley said.
Findley is a member of Outlaws, a
student group that sponsored the pres-
entation.
Greenfield said he created FAIR with
the help of some of his law students to
sue Rumsfeld after the Department of
Defense sent letters to law schools

equality
across the country threatening to revoke
federal funding.
"The Defense Department were act-
ing like thugs," Greenfield said. "They
wanted special treatment. They wanted
to come on our campus and only hire
straight people."
All other recruiters that come to law
schools are required to abide by the
schools' nondiscrimination policies, he
said.
."You can't condition government
benefits on whether the recipient
agrees with the government, and
that's what the Solomon Amend-
ment does," he said.
He added that some schools that have
joined FAIR in the lawsuit have received
between $100 and $300 million in fund-
ing from the Department of Defense.
The only schools that have publicly
announced their support for the lawsuit,
which was filed five weeks ago, are
New York University, George Washing-
ton University and Golden Gate Univer-
sity, he said.
The Department of Justice, which
usually handles such lawsuits, filed a
brief defending the Solomon Amend-
ment and the military's recruitment
policies.
The brief states that federal aid pro-
grams are unconstitutional only when
their conditions prohibit recipients from
engaging in constitutionally protected
conduct outside of the program's scope.
"The provision at issue has nothing to
do with the protected conduct, speech,
that the plaintiffs' claim is infringed
upon," the brief states.
"(The Solomon Amendment) does

policies
not prohibit the recipients from engag-
ing in any protected conduct - they are
free to speak as they please. They are
only prohibited from discriminating
against the military from gaining access
to campuses in their recruitment activi-
ties."
Greenfield said since the Department
of Defense began threatening to take
away their funding, law schools have
been "caving in ways we would never
teach our students to do."
Greenfield said "it would be incredi-
bly powerful" if the University Law
School or its faculty joined FAIR in the
lawsuit.
He asked University students to
encourage Law School faculty and
administrators to support the suit.
Many schools and the American
Association of Law Schools have
declined to participate in the lawsuit
because they fear government retalia-
tion, he said.
"The more numbers we get, the hard-
er it will be for AALS to be a non-par-
ticipant" in the suit, he said. "Now
everybody's scared of retaliation, but in
a year everybody will be saying, 'My,
what were we thinking?'"
After Greenfield concluded his
speech, a Law School professor
announced that he would support the
initiative.
Law School student and Outlaws
member Pierce Beckham said Outlaws
has been meeting with Law School fac-
ulty and administrators.
"Faculty members at the Law School
tend to be very supportive of LGBT
issues,"he said.

Boston College law Prof. Kent Greenfield, founder and president of the Forum for
Academic and Institutional Rights, discusses yesterday his lawsuit against
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.

GREENBELT
Continued from Page 1
Homeowners already pay a 0.5 mill tax,
part of which allows the city to maintain
bicycle and hiking paths around the city, but
Proposal B would prolong the tax for a 30-
year period. "Proposal B doesn't take a single
cent away from parks, but instead will add to,
them," Hieftje said.
Students for PIRGIM, the Environmental
Justice Group, and other environment-friendly
organizations have been working with the
Environmental Issues Commission of the
Michigan Students Assembly on the Greenbelt
proposal.
Ellen Kolasky, who is a co-chair of the
MSA commission, responded to the concerns
about housing. She said that legislation simi-
lar to the Ann Arbor Greenbelt proposal has

been passed in other cities, including Boulder,
Colo.
While the average housing price in Boulder
has increased by 106 percent, she noted that
the average housing price in Denver, a city
without a greenbelt plan, also increased by
103 percent.
Kolasky, an LSA junior, said Proposal B is
not anti-development and preserves the quali-
ty of life for Ann Arbor residents.
"(The Greenbelt proposal) offers environ-
mental protection and benefits everyone,
regardless of class and both students and non-
students alike," Kolasky said.
MSA passed a resolution to support Pro-
posal B at its meeting last night, after Hieftje
spoke in its favor. MSA will hold a teach-in
at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow in the Michigan Union
Ballroom to educate students about Proposal
B and to garner its support.

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