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Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Opinion 4A

Daniel Adams does
not support Israel



Arts 5A Sage Francis raps
against the right
Sports 8A Montoya solid
in weekend's
third period

li: 44
LOW: 28

One-hundredfourteen years ofeditorialfreedom

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pleads guilty to assault

Michigan basketball player
could face up to 93 days in
jail and a $500 fine
By Eric Ambinder
Daily Sports Editor
Michigan basketball guard Daniel Horton
pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of domes-
tic violence at a pre-trial hearing yesterday.
The charge stems from an incident that took
place on Dec. 10, in which Horton allegedly

choked his girlfriend.
"We got into a heated argument and I pushed
her," Horton said to District Judge Ann Mattson
at the hearing.
Horton, who is free on a $5,000 bond,
could face up to 93 days in jail and a $500
fine. Horton's attorney, Gerald K. Evelyn,
said he expects Horton to receive probation
and counseling but said "there is a chance"
Horton could face jail time. Evelyn said Hor-
ton has been attending counseling for at least
a month.
After Horton's first pre-trial hearing last

Wednesday, Evelyn said Horton's case was
"thoroughly defensible" and that a trial was
"entirely possible."
Evelyn said yesterday that Horton made the
decision to plead guilty because media out-
lets had printed the alleged victim's name and
tried to contact her.
"Daniel was particularly concerned about the
young lady in this case," Evelyn said. "He felt
that his right to trial was less important than her
best interest. And so that was an abiding reason
for us to decide to change our plea and get this
matter behind him."

Evelyn said details of the incident that have
been reported by the media and in the police
report have been "exaggerated."
Since Horton was under 21 years old at the
time of the incident, he will be sentenced as a
"youthful trainee," under the Holmes Youth-
ful Trainee Act, which means that if Horton
successfully completes his sentence, then he
is not considered to have been convicted of
the crime and his record will be closed to pub-
lic inspection.
Horton is currently suspended indefinitely
from the basketball team. Michigan coach

Tommy Amaker said he will consult with
Athletic Director Bill Martin and other Uni-
versity officials before making a decision on
Horton's status as a Michigan basketball play-
er. Amaker did not know when that meeting
would take place.
"Every call here is the University of Michi-
gan's call," Amaker said.
Evelyn said Horton deserves to return to the
basketball team.
"I think many people who have been accused
of things a lot more serious than this have
See HORTON, Page 7A

Housing to
offer diner
on Sundays

Saturday dinners to
be cut, and cafes to be
closed on Sundays
By Omayah Atassi
and C.C. Song
Daily Staff Reporters
Following a resolution passed
by the Residence Halls Associa-
tion last week, Residential Dining
Services announced yesterday that
it will begin offering dinner in resi-
dence halls on Sundays instead of
Saturdays starting this weekend.
Currently, there is no way to spend
meal credits on Sunday nights. The
dining halls are not open for dinner,
and the snack bars and retail out-
lets, while open to customers, do not
accept meal credits on Sundays.
While students will now be able
to use their meal credits on Sundays,
S they will no longer be able to eat din-
ner in the dining halls on Saturdays,
and all cafe locations will be closed
on Sundays.
Housing spokesman Alan Levy
said University Housing decided
to implement the pilot program
based on requests and feedback
from students.
"We really think a lot of students
wanted this because it fits a lot better
into the average student's schedule,"
Levy said. "On Sunday, more stu-
dents are getting settled for the week
ahead in regards to classes. However,
on Saturday, several students are
either away from campus or use this

night for a social night out, so they are
unable to use their meal plan."
"Before, we were offering neither a
meal nor meal credit to be spent on
Sunday nights," said William Durell,
director of Residential Dining Ser-
vices. "I think students really wanted
something offered during this time."
Levy said the new schedule will
benefit students by allowing them to
use meal credits seven days a week.
"This is the first time that we make
Sunday dinners available since 1965,"
he said.
In 1965, University Housing decid-
ed to eliminate Sunday evening meals
to save money. However, over the
past few years, there have been many
requests from students for Sunday
night meals instead of Saturday eve-
ning meals.
RHA President Amy Keller said
RHA's decision to support the change
was partially based on feedback from
the Law Quad - living quarters for
the University's Law School students
- which recently made a similar
switch. Keller said RHA received
data from the Law Quad indicating
that more students were eating dinner
on Sundays than on Saturdays.
One of the main concerns for Uni-
versity Housing was the cost of the
new meal plan, Levy said.
"We knew that we wanted to keep
this program cost-neutral for students
throughout the pilot program," he
said. "That is why we decided to have
Sunday night meals in place of Sat-
urday night meals instead of simply
See DINING, Page 3A

State laws
may curb
youth vote
Report: Michigan's voting
regulations are among the most
restrictive for college students
By Karl Stampfl
Daily Staff Reporter
Students who had difficulty voting in last year's
elections because of stringent registration laws for
first-time voters have not been forgotten.
Harvard University's Institute of Politics released
a report saying that five states - Michigan, Illi-
nois, Louisiana, Nevada and Tennessee - have
voter registration laws far stricter than those man-
dated by the Help America Vote Act of 2002, a law
signed by President Bush that aimed to resolve the
problems highlighted in the 2000 election.
In those states, first-time voters who intend to
use absentee ballots must either vote or register in
person. College students - 42 percent of whom
vote absentee, according to the study - represent
the largest number of absentee voters of any group
besides the military. This makes them one of the

laws in
are really
in general
... I talked
to a lot
of people
who had
- Mike Forster
Former co-chair,
MSA Voice Your
Vote Commission

groups most affected
by absentee-voting
According to the
survey, these regula-
tions force students
to choose between
traveling home or
sacrificing the right
to vote in their home
state. For example, a
student who is a first-
time voter and lives
in Nevada but goes
to school in Ohio has
three choices - vote
in Ohio, travel home
to Nevada to vote or
not vote at all.
"They could vote
in the state they go
to school in - some
may think that's OK
- but they shouldn't
have to," said Jenni-
fer Phillips, director
of national programs
at IOP.

Engineering sophomore Peng Hu gets dinner on his Dining Services meal plan in the West
Quadrangle Residence Hall cafeteria.

Children of employees get admissions boost

By Laura Frank
For the Daily

Children of college faculty 'and staff have
an edge in admissions at several prestigious
universities across the country, according to
a recent report by The Chronicle of Higher
Education. And, to a lesser degree, applicants
whose parents work for the University can
exact the same advantages.

The report found that more than two-thirds
of 50 selective colleges and universities sur-
veyed admitted giving extra admissions con-
sideration and tuition discounts to children
of employees. In the study, many of these
schools said they offer such benefits to attract
high-quality staff and faculty in order to
boost employee retention rates.
Colleges that acknowledge having such
policies include top public and private institu-

tions, such as George Washington University,
Stanford University, Harvard University, the
University of Massachusetts and Johns Hop-
kins University.
The University does not have a formal pol-
icy that gives extra consideration to applicants
whose parents are employed by the school, but
rather considers a parent's employment as one
of many factors affecting admissions favorably,
University spokeswoman Julie Peterson said.

Peterson added that the University does
not have a policy of preferential treatment for
children of employees in the admissions pro-
cess, nor does it offer tuition discounts.
Despite the absence of an official policy,
a parent's employment with the Univer-
sity is often considered as a factor in a stu-
dent's overall application that can help his
or her chances of being admitted, Peterson

IOP met with the National Association of Sec-
retaries of State to offer its recommendations for
improving absentee voting last week. Suggestions
included the elimination of in-person registration
requirements for first-time voters who wish to vote
absentee, clarification of guidelines for absentee
ballot application and submission and standardiza-
tion of voter registration laws nationally to allevi-
See VOTING, Page 7A


Golden Apple nominations begin

Hillel will award an
outstanding professor with
$1,000 in April ceremony
By Jeremy Davidson
Daily Staff Reporter
Rather than giving thanks with a red
apple, for the past 14 years, Hillel has
been honoring professors who inspire stu-
dents beyond the classroom by rewarding
them with a golden apple.
Students Honoring Outstanding Uni-

After all nominations have been made,
the group decides on a winner based on
the number of nominations and the con-
tent of the student comments. The winner
is notified in the middle of a lecture in
early March.
Part of the concept for the award was
inspired by a quote by Rabbi Eliezer ben
Hurkanos, who instructed his students
1,900 years ago to "get your life in order
one day before you die." Acting on this
theme, the recipient delivers his or her
ideal "last lecture" on April 11 in Men-
delsohn Theater. The recipient receives a

Politics in the Sunbelt South" while on
sabbatical. The book incorporates themes
from two of the classes he taught in the
fall 2003 semester - History 364: His-
tory of American Suburbia and History
688: Urban Crisis/Suburban Nation.
"It meant a lot to me (to be selected for
the award) largely because it's a student-
initiated process," Lassiter said.
Lassiter's award lecture was titled
"Alienation, Apathy and Activism: Amer-
ican Culture and the Depoliticization of
"I decided to talk about news and poli-


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