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The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, March 15, 2006 - 3

Union will host
discussion on
low-cost insurance
for students
A discussion will be held today on
low-cost insurance plans for college
students. The panel will feature repre-
sentatives from the University Health
Service, the UMHS Program for Mul-
ticultural Health and the Washtenaw
County Health Department. The event,
sponsored by the Center for the Educa-
tion of Women, will take place today
from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Pond
Room of the Michigan Union.
Ford School to
host Arab-Israeli
relations lecture
Aaron David Miller, who was an advi-
sor on Arab-Israeli negotiations to six
American secretaries of state, will deliver
a lecture titled "Is Arab-Israeli Peace Pos-
sible? Lessons Learned from 25 Years
of Negotiation" today at 4 pm. in Hale
Auditorium. The event is sponsored by the
Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.
UK professor to
talk on dental
health care
Nigel Pitts, a professor at the Univer-
sity of Dundee, in Scotland, will give a
lecture titled "The Complexity of Dental
Caries and its Importance from a Range
of Public Health Perspectives - A Euro-
pean View of the Evidence." The lecture
is today from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in Auditorium
1 of the Henry F. Vaughan Public Health
Building. It is sponsored by the Depart-
ment of Epidemiology.
Pennies damage
door in Markley
Someone jammed pennies into the lock
of a door in Mary Markley Residence Hall
Monday at about 9:30 p.m., the Depart-
ment of Public Safety reported. The door
no longer functions properly.
Graffiti found in
parking structure
Graffiti was found in the fourth level
of the stairwell of the Palmer Drive
parking structure on Washtenaw Ave-
nue at about 8:30 a.m., DPS reported.
Police also located evidence of people
sleeping in the area.
Truck driver injured
after trip at Union
A truck driver was injured when he
tripped over a pothole while making a
truck delivery at the Michigan Union
Monday at about 4 pm., DPS reported.

He was transported to the University Hos-
pital emergency room.
In Daily History
New computers in
UGLi aid research
March 15, 1988 - Three state-of-the-
art computer systems arrived at the Under-
graduate Library last week that librarians
say will help students conduct research.
The University paid $4,332 for each
Compact Disc-Read Only Memory
(CD-ROM) system. The systems have a
searchable version of the Social Science
Index, the Readers' Guide to Periodical
Literature and Psych-lit. The systems are
intended to make term paper research
easier and faster for students.
The CD-ROM system is similar to a
compact disc player, but it is hooked up
to a computer rather then a stereo sys-
By simply entering a title, subject or
author, a student will be able to find peri-
odicals from the last five years. "The
microcomputer has software that inter-
prets the data off the CD;' said Richard
Jasper, a reference librarian at the UGLi.
The results of a search can be printed

1,600 additional
SATs may be

College Board says
even more exams were left
unchecked from October
(AP) - The College Board disclosed
yesterday that an additional 1,600 SAT
scores have not been rechecked from an
exam in October that had scoring prob-
lems. '
The previously overlooked batch of .
answer sheets came from among those
being scored separately fora variety of
reasons, including
security concerns.
Some of those It raises fur

SAT college entrance exam, disclosed last
week that scoring errors had been discov-
ered on 4,000 out of 495,000 tests taken
during the October sitting. All 495,000
tests, plus answer sheets from three other
sittings, were rescanned.
College admissions offices said that the
earlier disclosure came just in time, before
final decisions were made, though some
expressed concern erroneous scores may
have affected the decisions of students on
where to apply for college.
Though it is unknown how many scores
will be changed
from the latest group
rther of 1,600, the latest
revelation will likely
boutintensify criticism
e know that has already sur-
faced from many in
)e of the the admissions and
testing fields over
the College Board's
handling of the


Debate over highesphool
girls' basketball heats up

scores were on hold
and had not been
reported, but oth-
ers may have been
reported incorrectly,
according to an e-
mail sent to college
admissions officers
and guidance coun-
selors early yester-
day. The statement
also was posted on
the College Board's

questions a
whether w
the full sco
problem "

- Kristen Galles
Attorney, Communities for Equity

"It raises



Attorneys contend girls
don't have opportunity to
play basketball
CINCINNATI (AP) - It isn't fea-
sible for Michigan high schools to
conduct boys' and girls' basketball
seasons at the same time, because
schools have limited practice facili-
ties, an attorney for the state athletic
association told federal appellate
judges yesterday.
"Most schools in Michigan have only
one gym," said Maureen Mahoney, rep-
resenting the Michigan High School
Athletic Association.
She told judges that it would be
counterproductive to move to a single
season, when boys' and girls' varsity,
junior varsity and freshman teams all
would be vying for practice time.
"Many girls will lose the opportu-
nity to play basketball," she said.
The hearing before a three-judge
panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of
Appeals was the latest round in a bat-
tle that began when the Grand Rapids,
Mich.-based Communities for Equity
sued the Michigan High School Ath-
letic Association in June 1998.
The group contends that Michigan
high schools discriminate against

female athletes by scheduling their
basketball, volleyball and other sports
seasons during nontraditional times of
the year, and that hurts girls' chances
at college scholarships.
The group's attorney, Kristen
Galles, told the court that maintaining
separate seasons was clearly illegal
because it shows "disparate treat-
"They treat boys and girls differ-
ently," she said. "Once you show there
is intent to treat differently, that is the
only intent you have to show. You do
not have to show evil motive."
Mahoney said the decision to have
girls play basketball in the fall and
volleyball in the winter was a "good
faith decision" based on recommenda-
tions of coaches and the best interest
of the female athletes.
"There is strong sentiment that this
maximizes participation opportuni-
ties," Mahoney said.
Communities for Equity won its suit
at the district court level in December
2001. The MHSAA appealed U.S.
District Judge Richard Alan Enslen's
decision, but the appeal was denied by
the 6th Circuit. The association then
appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court,
which told the appeals court in Cin-
cinnati to reconsider the case.

The same three-judge panel that
rejected the original appeal in 2004
heard yesterday's arguments. Judges
did not say when they would rule.
In remanding the case, the Supreme
Court said it needed to be viewed in
light of the high court's 2005 ruling
in Rancho Palos Verdes v. Abrams,
which bars certain lawsuits when a
different portion of federal law, such
as Title IX, provides a remedy.
Under questioning from the panel,
Galles said she disagreed with the
Supreme Court's ruling and criticized
the athletic association for continuing
to oppose the nationwide movement to
parallel seasons.
Michigan is the only state where
high school girls play volleyball in
the winter, and one of two states to
play girls basketball outside of winter.
Hawaii girls play in the spring.
Golf, tennis and soccer also would
be affected by the pending ruling.
Girls' golf is scheduled for spring,
which is that sport's traditional
season in most states. However, in
Michigan, fall is considered the
superior golf season, and that's when
the boys play.

College Board spokeswoman Chiara
Coletti said yesterday she became aware of
the latest problem late Monday. The sheets
will be rescanned over the next few days
and colleges and students notified of any
changes as soon as possible.
She said she expected some scores
would be affected.
"To the best of my knowledge, there are
no more surprises," she said.
The College Board, which owns the

_____________whether we yet
know the full scope
of the problem," said Robert Schaeffer of
the group FairTest, which opposes overuse
of standardized testing and is calling for an
independent investigation into the errors.
"It's not a large percentage, but if they were
your scores or your kid's scores, it could
mean something very significant."
Some counselors and admissions pro-
fessionals have also criticized the College
Board's decision not to change the scores
of students who received higher scores
than they should have.


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