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Technical High School, which is
96-percent black, and said she never
realized the rest of the world wasn't
like her high school. That, she said,
was why she wanted to come to the
University: to see what the world
was like outside of her bubble.
After 12 years of schooling with a
homogenous student body, the culture
shock of coming to the predominant-
ly white University was inevitable.
Smith describes the beginning of her
time here as lonely. She had trouble
finding her own campus niche.
Until April 1, 2003.
Before that day, she had attended
a few meetings of the pro-affirma-
tive action group BAMN, but she
wasn't completely sure she was
ready to commit.
"It's radical to join such a move-
ment," she said, "To dedicate your
life to it, you have to be sure it's the
And on April 1, 2003, amid
the cheers, the speeches, and the
march, Smith was sure she was part
of something special.
"It made me feel like I was part
of a well-organized movement,"
In coordination with her party
and the campus chapter of BAMN,
she has devoted herself to support-
ing affirmative action. Recently, she
attempted to mobilize action against
the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative,
a proposal that, if passed, would end
some affirmative action programs
in Michigan. DAAP has been circu-
lating a petition against MCRI, and
Smith has been speaking out against
the initiative anywhere people will
On her days off from classes at
the University, she speaks in high
schools around Detroit about the
issues facing minorities today in
America. Her schedule on these
days runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. She
has prepared presentations about
the fight for affirmative action and
gives them in class after class until
the school day has finished.
Fighting for civil rights is more
than just a passing phase for Smith.
She is majoring in sociology, which
she said helps her see where social
problems come from so she can
work to fix them. Following gradu-
ation, she plans to become a law-
yer and to focus on protecting civil
That DAAP is running primarily
on a single-issue platform has been
the subject of criticism.
"It is a danger that DAAP is
only running on this one issue,"
said Robbie O'Brien, party chair
of Students 4 Michigan, "Most of
our candidates are opposed to the
MCRI, but we realize that there
are many other issues that concern
Smith said she will keep fighting
for what she believes in.
"For three years, I've been a civil
rights leader here on campus," she
said. "That has been the center of
my life, and it will continue to be
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goals on Fantuzzi's and SCP's platform.
"It's about student choice," he said of the
Coke contract debate. "Whether Coke is
guilty or not, that's up for debate. But it's
about student choice."
Members of the Coalition to Cut the Con-
tract with Coca-Cola have dismissed SCP's
promise to bring Coke back to campus. RC
senior Clara Hardie, a campus activist who
has been heavily involved in the campaign,
said Fantuzzi's claim that only a small
minority of students wanted the Coke con-
tracts suspended is laughable.
"He obviously doesn't understand that
there's a coalition of over 5,000 students at
the University who are working with thou-
sands of students at hundreds of schools
across the country" Hardie said.
Fantuzzi, however, passionately voices
his support for his party's promise.
"I would like (MSA) to get out of stu-
dents' business" he said. "Just leave me
alone. Let me party on the weekends and
study for school. Give me my Coke."
He didn't stop there.
"Don't speak for me on political issues,"
he said. "What do you know? But (MSA
doesn't) want to be told this. That's why I
First and foremost, Fantuzzi sees
his family and hometown as inte-
gral to who he is and what he does.
"If you want to know about me, you really
have to know a lot about my family," he
said, "because they're a very important part
of my life."
Born in Royal Oak and raised in Sterling
Heights, Fantuzzi's father and most of his
father's friends are union workers. Almost
everyone he knows from home works for
the Big Three auto companies.
He doesn't drive a car on campus, but Fan-
tuzzi, a metro Detroiter, was surprised by the
types of automobiles prevalent on campus.
"Back home, you will not find people
driving foreign cars," he said. "But then
I come here and I go, 'What's a Subaru?'
Half these car companies I didn't even know
existed. 'What is this? Toyota?' "
Fantuzzi said the word "conservative"
isn't as useful for defining him and his par-
ty's politics as it once was.
"I think the word is often perverted,
especially in recent times," he said. "A lot
of people think we're going to get rid of
condoms at (University Health Services) or
something like that, and that's just not the
case. It's not that great of a word anymore."
Though his party calls itself conserva-
tive, Fantuzzi said SCP represents an over-
arching common-sense viewpoint.
Ideally, he would like students to under-
stand the word "conservative" to mean a
doctrine of small, limited government.
"Government is best when it governs
least. That's the type of conservatives we
are," he said of SCP.
For Fantuzzi, the idea of limited govern-
ment means a few things, one of which is that
MSA should cut its discretionary spending.
He even tried to solicit game show host
Bob Barker to help him make this last point.
"I wrote (him) a couple months ago. We
were going have something called 'The
Price is Wrong,' and it was going to be about
how MSA wastes our money. I thought it
was a great idea."
Unfortunately, Barker didn't come
through the way Fantuzzi had hoped.
"But he sent me an autographed picture,"
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providing transportation to
away athletic events. Unlike
MPP, S4M does not vote in
a bloc or share a common
DAAP is running pri-
marily on a platform of
defeating the Michigan
Civil Rights Initiative and
action on campus.
"If you defend affir-
mative action - if you
defend integration - you
have to vote for us," Stenvig
According to Ruper, two
of SCP's key issues are allo-
cating student funds more
fairly and bringing Coke
back to campus.
Voting opened at mid-
night this morning. It will
continue through 11:59 p.m.
tomorrow. Students can vote
Winners are determined
through a point-rank-
ing system. For example,
because there are 10 open
seats for representative can-
didates on MSA, students
will have to rank 10 candi-
dates in order of preference
- the higher the rank, the
more points awarded. The
candidates with the most
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period, Davalos was allowed to speak.
Davalos placed the blame for the housing rush on
the shoulders of students, not landlords. He argued
that student government should educate students to
help them make informed choices about housing, not
push for legislation.
Landlord Lelahni Wessinger presented an inch-
thick pile of listings printed from University Hous-
ing's website to underscore her point that there are
still many housing units available for this fall.
"There are right now over 1,100 postings at the
University of Michigan website," she said. "It's more
about the rumor mill on campus than it is about facts
on the ground."
But only 617 of those listings are available next
fall - the rest begin earlier.
Student after student took the microphone to tell
of the pressure to sign leases early.
"Students name the housing rush as a hardship
each and every year," said Mohammad Dar, vice
chair of MSA's External Relations Committee.
City Council member Leigh Greden (D-Ward 3)
joined students in urging passage of the legislation.
"There are many times when the market fails," he
said. "When that happens, it is the duty of the gov-
ernment to step in and correct that failure."
The University will likely now hold its fall hous-
ing fair in late November or early December next
year, Levine said. In years past, the University has
held the event in late October.
Levine said it necessary for the the ordinance
to go hand-in-hand with education about the lease-
"(Student Legal Services housing attorney) Steph-
anie Chang and MSA will be working to make sure
students are aware," he said.
-Jason Liu contributed to this report.
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(June 21 to July 22)
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