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Emphasis on diversity yields high number of applicants for grad programs

MINORITIES the ed
been a big
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students," Horne said. "Over the past 10 years it started a
has fluctuated from as low at 10 percent to this minorities
year's high of 21 percent, but for the past three ty. Ndidi U
years it has been increasing," Horne said. and currer
Many other schools across the nation are she remem
experiencing a similar trend. For the second tion to div
straight year, applications to medical schools "Comin
nationwide increased and enrollment went my decisi
up, especially among minority students, the University
Association of American Medical Colleges priority, at
announced last month. group the
As for the application process, Horne said As pres
students can indicate their racial background tion, Unak
on the application, but it is not a requirement. ity student
"We aim toward a wide definition of diversity, comfortab
looking at different age groups, regions of the where Afr
country and other things besides just race," members f
Horne said. "A diverse student body improves questions
ARAFAT
Continued from page 1
states.
Stockton said a "power vacuum" has already taken shape
among Palestinian authorities, and he said it may be filled
by a collective leadership. As to whether the United States
should play a role in selecting future governing authorities,
Stockton said, "Even if the U.S. was successful in electing
the next Palestinian leader, that person would be seen as an
American agent and be discredited."
He added, "President Bush has said he would not work
with the Palestinian Authority until they produced a new
leadership. Ariel Sharon has said something similar. Once
that leadership is in place, we should begin a major push to
re-open negotiations."
Jessica Risch, co-chair of American Movement for Isra-
el, said it will be crucial to the well-being of both Palestin-
ians and Israelis that future Palestinian leaders are elected

tional process, and students have
part of the recruiting efforts."
dent-run Black Medical Association
welcome weekend that encourages
to feel comfortable at the Universi-
Jnaka, a second year medical student
nt president of the association, said
nbers noting the University's dedica-
ersity when she applied.
g to welcome weekend solidified
on to come here," Unaka said, "The
made minority recruitment such a
rd I was impressed by what a tight
students of color were."
ident of the Black Medical Associa-
ka said she makes sure that minor-
ts applying to the University feel as
le as she did. "We host programs
ican Americans can stay with BMA
for the night, and as we address their
and concerns, we focus on making

students feel more at home," Unaka said.
Unaka said she feels the University's medi-
cal program is successful in achieving diversi-
ty. "There is a lot of diversity, especially in the
class below me, and Michigan makes it a prior-
ity to get the chance to meet minority students
and faculty before coming to the University,"
Unaka said.
Like the University's law and medical
schools, Rackham saw a slight rise in the pop-
ulation of minority students, from about 24
percent in 2003 to 25 percent this year. John
Godfrey, assistant dean of Rackham, said, "For
the past five years there's been an increase in
minority enrollment, and we put a lot of effort
into reaching out to minority students."
Unlike undergraduate admissions, where
mainly admissions officials read applications,
faculty from graduate programs across the
University are deeply involved in Rackham's
admissions process, Godfrey said.

The number of minorities enrolling in the Medical
School increased from 13 percent in 2003 to 21
percent last year - a record high.

"The applicant indicates their race on the
application, but overall graduate programs and
the admissions office are looking for quality
and how ready the students are to pursue their
master's and Ph.D's," Godfrey said.
While the law and medical schools saw an
overall rise in applications, Rackham's number
went down from 20,000 in 2003 to 17,000 this
year. "About half of the applications we receive
come from overseas, so the decline in the appli-
cations this year stems a lot from international
students discouragement over visa issues,"
Godfrey said.
But the drop in applications did not coincide

with a decrease in the minority population.
This year, about 25 percent of all Rackham
students are minorities.
"We constantly work to encourage minorities
to apply to the University, and Michigan is among
the very top leaders in production of minority
Ph.D.s," Godfrey said. "There is a lot of footwork
put in by the graduate programs themselves to
encourage diversity, and we evaluate every appli-
cation in regards to individual merits."
As the University's graduate schools prepare
for next year's enrollment, they are confident
that minority numbers will continue to rise,
Godfrey said.

without influence from an outside party.
"With Arafat's death brings the hope that new Pal-
estinian leadership will mean a partner for peace in
the Middle East and a solution to conflict." Risch said.
"Never before have the Palestinians had the ability to
decide their own fate, and create the changes necessary
for peace. This must be done, hovever, by the will of
the Palestinians and not by the Israeli or the American
governments."
AMI is a pro-Israeli student activist group that works to
educate and increase awareness of the Arab-Israeli con-
flict.
Regardless of what changes are made in the Palestinian
government, it is certain Arafat's death will be felt by many
people on a number of different levels. "A lot of things will
change with (Arafat's) death - it's hard to say, I'm not sure
what - but it will have a huge effect on the situation in the
Middle East," said LSA senior Abby Hauslohner, a Near-
East studies major.

ELECTIONS
Continued from page 1
and strengthening outreach programs.
"The party promotes candidates
who are accessible, approachable and
accountable, and who are ready and
willing to improve the communication
between the student body and its govern-
ment," said Woll, an LSA sophomore.
Founded in 1997, the Defend Affir-
mative Action Party is the oldest party
running in the MSA elections and the
only party returning from last year.
This year, members are campaign
ing to reverse the drop in minority
enrollment at the University, said Kate
Stenvig, who is DAAP's campaign
manager and is running in the election.

Overall minority freshman enrollment
in the College of Literature, Science
and the Arts decreased this year, even
though the incoming freshman class is
the largest in the University's history.
Through a petition campaign,
DAAP is demanding that adminis-
tration reverse the drop in minority
enrollment by "expanding recruitment,
admissions and retention efforts," said
Stenvig, a Rackham student.
She added that the party wants to
make clear that there is a strong move-
ment on campus toward a greater pres-
ence of minorities at the University
and that legal victories, such as the
court's ruling last year allowing for the
general use of race as an admissions
factor, do not guarantee high minority

enrollment.
Last fall, 5,598 students voted in
MSA elections. Students First won a
large majority of MSA seats in that
election.

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