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The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, March 10, 2004 - 3

THIS WEEK
IN DAILY HISTORY,
Five years ago ...
Faculty from the College of Litera-
ture, Science and the Arts approved a
resolution at a meeting yesterday to
allow students to complete academic
minors.
More than 50 faculty members unani-
mously approved the change to the fac-
ulty code to add minors to the LSA
curriculum.
During the meeting, representatives of
the LSA Student Government implored
the faculty to approve the resolution,
which had already been voted on by the
curriculum committee and the LSA
executive committee. "Peer universities
offer the option and don't lose credibility
by doing so," LSA-SG representative
Steve Sharpe said.
March 2, 1978
In light of the upcoming Spring
Break, Daytona Beach police in con-
junction with Daytona's City Hall and
Chamber of Commerce sent memos to
all major northern state universities,
warning of local ordinances which pro-
hibit heavy partying.
"We get lots of Michigan plates down
here," said Daytona Police Sgt. Jim
Penkins. "By Easter week we get
200,000 kids - there's so many you can
stir them with a stick.
"During that week we may arrest
1,000 to 1,500 students," he added.
According to Jenkins, the most
abused ordinance prohibits carrying or
consumption of an open alcoholic bever-
age on the beach of city streets. "Stu-
dents come to have some fun, sun and
drink a few beers," Jenkins said. "They
take the risk and get caught."
March 6, 1986
One of the nation's largest defense
contractors - Lawrence Livermore
Laboratories - cancelled its job recruit-
ment after students planned to protest its
presence on campus.
But a Livermore human resources
representative said the cancellation was
because no one signed up for interviews,
not because they feared protesters.
Michigan Alliance for Disarmament
member and Rackham student Justin
Schwartz said, "It's equally fine by me if
they cancelled because of pickets or
because no one signed up."
March 2, 1935
Athlectic director Fielding Yost helped
two fratenity pledges complete their ini-
tiation tasks, thereby saving them from
being assessed "black marks" and win-
ning the staunch support and admiration
of both.
The two pledges were asked to make
a topographical map of the University
golf course and count the number of
bricks in the south Ferry Field wall.
The two pledges saw Yost in the
Michigan Union and thought he could
tell them where the wall was located.
Yost did know - but he didn't stop
there.
He drove the two initiates to the Ath-
letic Department administrative offices
in his car and quickly disposed of their
problems by going into his office and
drawing a map from the huge plan of the
golf course hung above his desk.
The second problem was more diffi-
cult. The three went out and measured
the wall with the aid of a board procured
by Yost. It was reported that after a heat-
ed argument and the application of
advanced mathematics, Yost and the two
initiates came to an agreement on the

number of bricks in the wall.
March 5, 1985
The University lost a bid to receive
funding from the National Science
Foundation for one of four supercomput-
er centers across the country.
The NSF instead chose Princeton
University, the University of Illinois at
Urbana-Champaign, Cornell University
and the University of California at San
Diego to receive the $40 million
machines.
Nuclear engineering Prof. William
Martin said while present research proj-
ects in the department will not suffer, the
computers could have "started some
new projects" at the University.
March 6, 1968
Six members of the College Republi-
cans traveled to New Hampshire pri-
mary to support George Romney for
president, only to find out he had with-
drawn from candidacy.
While on their way, they were
shocked to hear on the radio that Rom-
ney dropped out of the race.
"Our first reaction was to cry. We felt
a sense of futility at traveling 1600 miles
and not accomplishing anything," Britt
Procter said.
SMarch 7. 1951

DAAP party to
fight Michigan
ballot initiative

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By Kristen Przybybskd
Daily Staff Reporter

The Defend Affirmative Action Party
is living up to its name during this
year's Michigan Student Assembly elec-
tions, fighting for a cause that brought
the University to the national spotlight
almost seven years ago.
The 18 DAAP candidates running
for MSA positions are hoping to garner
the votes of students who have been
active in the fight for affirmative action
since the University was first sued
regarding its race-conscious admissions
policies in the fall of 1997.
"We're calling on students who are
part of this action to vote and continue
to fight because obviously this is not
over," DAAP presidential candidate
Kate Stenvig said. "Right now we are
fighting to defend the victory at the
(U.S.) Supreme Court and particularly
to face the attack of the Michigan Civil
Rights Initiative petition," Stenvig said.
The Court ruled last June that the
University could
use race as one of
many factors in
admissions, but it
struck down the
point system it used
to admit undergrad-
uates. Currently,
supporters of the M*A it
MCRI are trying to
bring a referendum .
to November's bal-
lot asking voters to
ban affirmative d
action policies at
state universities.
DAAP is focused on fighting the
MCRI by organizing a "Decline to
Sign" campaign to deter students
from signing the MCRI petition.
"I think the fight that we have in
Michigan to fight this ballot initiative is
central in the national battle for affirma-
tive action," Stenvig said. "We've been
doing a "Decline to Sign" campaign to
try to consolidate the support for affir-
mative action on campus."
Another issue that DAAP is address-
ing is the prevention of changes to the
Sexual Assault Prevention and Aware-
ness Center. "To cut SAPAC is totally
outrageous," Stenvig said. "Especially
knowing how rampant sexual assault
and rape are on campus, it's such a step
backwards."

Fighting recent cuts to certain student
groups and offices such as the Office of
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgen-
der Affairs is also a concern of DAAP,
party vice presidential candidate said
Cyril Cordor.
"The University has been doing a
whole series of cutbacks," Cordor said,
an LSA junior. "(We want) MSA to be
a real student union so that the adminis-
tration doesn't feel like it can do these
things"
Cordor said if DAAP wins any posi-
tions within MSA, its candidates would
like to make MSA a more interactive
group that allows for more student
input, especially in terms of budgeting.
"You have to come up with a series
of ideas and get input from students on
how to allocate money," Cordor said.
But DAAP is in favor of a $1
increase in student fees this year to fund
renovations of the William Monroe
Trotter House, a student cultural center.
On the national scale, DAAP is
organizing participation in a national
march on Wash-
ington scheduled
for May 15 in
2t' ff honor of the 50th
~ anniversary of
hgthe Brown v.
S v Board of Educa-
tion Supreme
( tCourt decision.
,,ti f Stenvig sees the
er anniversary of
the decision as a
e rpivotal event in
..,i . the fight for
affirmative
action.
"Since this is the 50th anniver-
sary of Brown, we have the oppor-
tunity to decide which direction
we're going," Stenvig said, refer-
ring to whether the state and the
country will choose to support or
contest affirmative action. "If we
lose affirmative action, there will
be a 75 percent drop in minority
enrollment. We've seen this in Cal-
ifornia."
Stenvig will be going up against
presidential candidates from Stu-
dents First and independent candi-
dates in a debate tonight at the
WOLV TV station.
Elections will be held on
Wednesday, March 17 and Thurs-
day, March 18.

W ^ILL I^XAC ^SASIaily
Art and Design freshman Daniel McClendon sketches plans for the proposed School of Art and
Design courtyard yesterday.
MSA discusses ways to curb
tuition increases at mweeting

By Andrew Kaplan
Daily News Editor
As rising tuition fees accompany the
falling number of college applicants, the
Michigan Student Assembly has voted
to support the federal College Afford-
ability and Accountability Act, which
would offer incentives for state colleges
and universities to mitigate tuition hikes.
The growth of tuition increases has
been gaining speed since 1999 and now
stands at about 14 percent, according to
the American Association of State Col-
leges and Universities.
The act, U.S. House of Representa-
tives Resolution 3519, states that
schools that keep the rate of inflation of
tuition fees to a "Higher Education Price
Index" would receive such benefits as
more Pell Grant funding..
The congressional bill makes its way
through the House at the same time as a
provision in Gov. Jennifer Granholm's
proposed 2004-2005 budget would sap
funds from Michigan colleges and uni-
versities that do not rein in tuition fees
increases.
The act MSA voted unanimously to
support last night, which was intro-
duced to the House in November,
would take no such measures and in
fact forbids states from decreasing
funding to any college to a level below

the average amount provided by the
states to higher education institutions
in the past five years.
The bill also offers cost-saving solu-
tions to schools, such as "bulk purchas-
ing" and "streamlining administration"
in order to cut expenditures, which con-
tribute to tuition increases.
By voicing its support for the act,
MSA began a lobbying campaign to
encourage the Michigan delegation to
the House to support the act. MSA will
also contact other Big Ten universities to
persuade their student assemblies to sup-
port the act.
"With Granholm's proposal, if
schools are punished because tuition
goes up, students will feel the burden of
that. ... (H.R. 3519) says students
shouldn't be held accountable for prob-
lems for the state budget," said LSA jun-
ior Rachel Fisher, chair of the
Communications Committee.
She added that the MSA resolution
was not drafted specifically in response
to the governor's budget proposal.
Echoing the concerns of constituents
representing the Lecturers' Employee
Organization, the assembly also passed a
resolution aiming to improve the lot of
non tenure faculty at the University, giv-
ing them more academic and profes-
sional parity with their tenure-track
counterparts.

The resolution demands that admin-
istrators to establish a "system of con-
tinuous employment" for
"high-quality" lecturers, who, unlike
faculty who have earned tenure,
receive no guarantee of being rehired
at the end of their term here.
Supporters of the resolution said that
while lecturers often do not publish as
frequently as professors or engage in as
much research, their services to students
merit certain amenities from the Univer-
sity that they currently do not receive.
They cited examples such as health
benefits during the spring and summer
terms, salaries increases more indicative
of the quality of their work and guaran-
teed employment if they perform their
jobs well and without infractions.
"Our point is we need to start treat-
ing the people who do that excellent
teaching accordingly," said sociology
Prof. Ian Robinson, co-chair of LEO.
"Once you pass a probationary period,
after two years and you've been
approved ... then you can assume you
have continuous employment just as a
tenured staffer does."
According to the resolution and
LEO, lecturers currently comprise
half the undergraduate faculty at the
University and, in the Residential
College, teach about two-thirds of
the courses.

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A Night of Persian Sounds
Reza Derakshani, a vocalist and virtuoso of several
Persian instruments, such as the Tar and Setar
(Persian style lutes), Ney (reed flute), Tarmanche
and Kamanche (bowed strings), and Daf (Persian
handdrum), will perform a fusion of traditional
Persian music, jazz, and other world genres.
Sunday, March 14 at 6:00 p.m.
Michigan League Ballroom
911 N. University, Ann Arbor
Also well known as a visual artist, his paintings will be on
display and available for sale prior to the concert.
Information at 734-764-0350 or
www.umich.edu/-iinet/cmenas
The University of Michigan College of Literature,
Science, and the Arts presents a public
lecture and reception

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