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Thursday,January 6, 2005


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Vol. CXV, No. 54

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By Aymar Jean
Daily Staff Reporter

Free from the legal hurdles that hampered its
efforts last year, the organizers of the petition
drive to ban the use of race in the University's
admissions policies expects to turn in its
signatures today and complete a crucial leg in its
campaign, according to a written statement by
the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative.
Organizers for MCRI "will lead key
supporters to the Bureau of Elections for final
turn-in," according to the statement. MCRI
will make the "major announcement" about
signatures in the Capitol Rotunda in Lansing
this morning. The group's website urged
signature gatherers to hand in their signatures
over the past few days.
Last January, MCRI started to collect the
317,757 signatures needed to place its issue on the
2004 ballot, allowing voters the chance to amend
the state constitution to ban race-conscious
programs. The group had originally hoped to
gather those signatures by early July, but legal
challenges severely hampered the campaign,
forcing MCRI to aim for the 2006 ballot.
MCRI began in response to the 2003 U.S.
Supreme Court decision upholding affirmative
action in admissions policies. The group's chief

Ballot initiative
looks to keep race
out o admissions
proponent, University of California regent
Ward Connerly, is a staunch opponent of using
race in college admissions, public employment
and contracting. Connerly, the chairman of the
American Civil Rights Coalition, which is largely
said to be MCRI's chief financial promoter, will
speak tomorrow in Lansing with Jennifer Gratz,
a plaintiff in the University's 2003 court case
and MCRI's executive director.
When MCRI submits its signatures, it will be
one step closer to getting on the 2006 ballot. But
first, Michigan's secretary of state will have to
review the signatures to make sure they are valid.
Signers must be registered to vote in Michigan
at the address written on the petition; otherwise
their signatures are invalid.
"That's why you have to get more signatures than
the legally required minimum," said Tim O'Brien,
who coordinates the signature gathering effort.
In a public meeting last spring, MCRI stated
it would need 400,000 to 425,000 signatures in
See MCRI, Page 7A

LSA seniors Gaurav Brudhranl and Jennifer Kim add suggestions at the tsunami aid meeting in South Quad Residence Hall as to how the
0 University should handle the disaster. Students discussed how to raise awareness about the tsunami and gather donations for survivors.
Students, U' organize relief
e orts in wake o tsunami disaster

IFC unable to host
parties this weekend

By Justin Miller
Daily Staff Reporter

be good for fraternities because non-Greeks
attending the parties would no longer have fun

By Kristin Ostby
Daily Staff Reporter

University administrators and student groups
across campus are pulling together to coordi-
nate support and relief efforts in the aftermath
of the tsunami disaster that occurred last month
in South Asia. Plans are also underway to orga-
nize a formal community-wide remembrance in
the Diag next week.
About 800 University students are from the
South Asia, said International Center Direc-
tor Rodolfo Altamirano. Dean of Students Sue
Eklund said, as of now, all the students who
were in the region are safe.
One University student was studying abroad in
the region when the tsunami occurred, but he was
unharmed from the damage, Eklund said.

Many student groups and concerned individu-
als met last night at the Michigan Union to coor-
dinate fundraising efforts. LSA senior Hershey
Jayasuriya - who started the group Tsunami
Aid, or TSAID - said she hopes to coordinate
fundraising efforts across student groups.
Jayasuriya is from Sri Lanka, but was in Ann
Arbor when the disaster occurred. "My father's
side of the family all passed away," she said.
To reassure the safety of University students
and to provide support, the Dean of Students
Office and the International Center sent an e-
mail earlier this week to students from affected
areas in Southeast Asia and Africa.
"We are asking them to take a minute and
respond directly to that e-mail to let us know
how they are," Eklund said.
See TSUNAMI, Page 7A

Reaching Out

Students can provide their
input on how the University should
respond to the tragedy tomorrow
at 6 p.m. in MSA's chambers in the
Michigan Union.
! There will be an outreach session
tonight at 7 p.m. in the Vandenberg
room of the Michigan Union.
There will be another outreach
session on Sunday at 7 p.m. in
the Family Housing Center on
North Campus.

Fraternities will be prohibited from throwing
parties this weekend as they seek to implement
new party rules, Interfraternity Council officials
said. The newly required monitors have not yet
been trained in time for the weekend.
The monitors are part of a new social policy the
IFC adopted in December due to fears of possible
lawsuits resulting from behavior at parties. Many
students said they are disappointed that they will
not be able to attend fraternity parties upon their
return from break.
"That kind of sucks because usually that first
week of school everything is slow and people have
time to see each other," LSA sophomore Michael
Montera said.
Parties without monitors would violate the new
social policy, which regulates the conduct of the
Greek community. Another significant change
from the old policy is making parties exclusively
Greek, said Dustin Schmuldt, the new IFC Vice
President for Social Affairs.
Montera said he thought the new change would

purely at the expense of
fraternity houses.
Not all students share
this opinion.
"I think we're a gen-
erally open campus and
to restrain social events
to some people will
discriminate against
(them)," LSA freshman
Tess Manion said. "I
think it's understand-
able. Maybe a good
compromise would be
a guest list instead of an
exclusive Greek setup
Greek leaders have
said the new social

"I've always
heard rules
being in
place, but
not being
- Aaron Swick

policy will reduce the fraternities' liability if a
lawsuit is brought against them in the event that
someone is injured or drinks to the point of alco-
See PARTIES, Page 7A

N ew stu:
wary of
By Christina Hildreth
Daily Staff Reporter
A study conducted by Cornell Uni-
versity's communications department
reports that opinion on civil rights
for Muslims in the country is divided.
Forty-four percent of the people sur-
veyed say that some form of restric-
tions should be placed on the civil
liberties of Muslims living in the Unit-
ed States.
Conducted last year between Oct. 25
and Nov. 23, the nationwide study con-
sisted of interviews with participants
from 715 households in which they
were questioned about various civil
liberties restrictions.
While the majority of those polled
said civil restrictions should not
be placed on Muslims, 37 percent
responded that Muslims should have

Greenbelt proposal has
yet to preserve any land

By AnneJoing
Daily Staff Reporter

More than one year after Ann Arbor
voters approved the Parks and Green-
belt Proposal to limit urban sprawl
inside and outside the city, the project
has yet to preserve its first piece of land
within the designated Greenbelt.
Ann Arbor voters approved the Parks
and Greenbelt Proposal in 2003 with 67
percent of the vote. The proposal cre-
ated a millage, which will be used to
purchase development rights from land-
owners with property in the area sur-
rounding the city of Ann Arbor. It also
approved the buying of parkland inside
the city in the 'parks zone.' The land
will be purchased in an effort to restrict
urban sprawl and promote open spaces The city pla
in the area. parks zone
While Ann Arbor City Council nature area
members approved the purchase of 18.2
acres of parkland last month for $1.2
million, the purchase was a continuation of the park-

ins to purchase parks and nature areas in the
and will limit urban sprawl by purchasing farmland,
s and parks in the Greenbelt zone.

ects in other cities, the timeline of Ann Arbor's proj-

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