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along with Gov. Jennifer Granholm
and the trustees of any other public
educational institute in Michigan.
Because the University's lawsuit
is a response to the BAMN suit,
its legal bills will be covered by its
legal insurance plan.
The Pacific Legal Foundation,
a Sacramento-based law firm that
opposes affirmative action, is likely
to file a response arguing against
granting the stay.
"I don't think it's justified in the
least," said Alan Foutz, an attorney
for the foundation.
"The universities that are mov-
ing for this stay in enforcement
have known about Proposal 2 for a
Foutz said the universities
have had plenty of time between
the passage of Proposal 2 and its
implementation to retrain staff and
change their admissions and finan-
cial aid policies to co..ply with the
The Pacific Legal Foundation is
also combing through Michigan law
and government policies to deter-
mine if they contain any language
that violates Proposal 2, Foutz said.
If the foundation finds a provision
it suspects violates the amendment
that isn't repealed after Proposal 2
takes effect on Dec. 23, the founda-
tion plans to sue the state.
In the stay request, the univer-
sities argue not only that did they
not have enough time to change
their policies, but also that doing so
would be unfair to applicants.
University President Mary Sue
Coleman highlighted those con-
cerns in an interview yesterday.
"This will permit us to get
through our current cycle and be
fair to all of our applicants," she
said. "It's not easy for us just to flip
the switch and kind of change the
process, and we didn't think that
would be the right thing to do for
the number of young people apply-
ing to the University of Michi-
University Provost Teresa Sul-
livan laid out the complexities of
the University's admissions and
financial aid processes in an affi-
davit that accompanied the motion
for the stay. She said the Office of
Undergraduate Admissions expects
tohavereceived about20,000 appli-
cations by the time the amendment
is slated to take effect. The office
also told potential applicants about
the criteria for admissions begin-
ning in August.
"Students have relied on the
information they were given
months ago about this year's admis-
sions process," Coleman said in a
The stay request also argues
that the meaning of Proposal 2 is
unclear. On Nov. 9, Gov. Jennifer
Granholm issued an executive order
asking the Michigan Civil Rights
Commission to determine what
the amendment means and which
state laws and programs should be
repealed in order to comply with
it. The commission is expected to
issue a report in February.
University of Michigan General
Counsel Marvin Krislov said that's
one more reason the court should
grant the stay.
"There is a lot of uncertainty
over what the law implies," he said.
"We hope that will be lessened by
the governor's executive order."
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had nothing to do with preventing
a permanent ban on affirmative
In public statements, Univer-
sity officials and their supporters
yesterday hammered home the
point that it would be unfair to
change the rules on admissions
and financial aid in the middle of
The message of the day was
clearly that a sudden change in
policy would be too disruptive, and
that the University would figure
out how to comply with Proposal
2 after this year's admissions and
financial aid cycle.
"Anyone who takes just 30 sec-
onds to consider the equity of this
is going to realize that the Univer-
sity is doing the only thingthat is
wise and fair," said Bruce Cortade,
a Republican lawyer who has often
argued publicly on behalf of affir-
mative action supporters.
That line of argument appeared
to resonate with some opponents
of affirmative action.
State Rep. Bill Caul, the vice
chair of the state House higher
education appropriations subcom-
mittee, said it would be inappropri-
ate for the University to bring a
lawsuit to fight Proposal 2, but that
asking for temporary relief might
But Caul, a Mount Pleasant
Republican, warned that taking
too defiant a stand could hurt the
universities' pocketbooks. Because
the voters supported Proposal 2,
he said, being seen as fighting it
would risk alienating voters. And
since voters elect the legislators
who dole out state tax dollars, he
further argued, the schools should
take care to avoid that.
"They need to make the case
that they're working toward com-
plying with the law," he said.
Though anti-affirmative action
diehards have criticized the uni-
versities for failingto have new
policies ready to go, the main-
stream appears mostly untroubled.
The conservative Detroit News
issued an online staff editorial sup-
porting a delay only hours after the
request was announced.
A BALANCING ACT
Coleman's rhetoric yesterday
was also noticeably more moder-
ate than in the speech she gave on
the Diagthe day after Proposal 2
In that speech, Coleman called
California's 1996 ban on affir-
mative action a "horribly failed
experiment" that "we cannot, and
will not, allow to take seed" at the
University. She then said the Uni-
versity was considering every legal
option and questioned whether
Proposal 2 itself was lawful.
Voters, one might argue, could
be forgiven for coming away with
the impression that the president
intended to try overturning Pro-
Yesterday, though, Coleman
continued a more recent trend
of toning down her language. As
she has in recent weeks, Coleman
stressed that she was seeking to
find new ways to retain a diverse
student body without using race
and gender preferences.
Gone was the bluster about
overcoming the "handcuffs that
Proposal 2 attempts to place on
us." Coleman said yesterday that
the University would "obey the
law" and comply with the amend-
Although Coleman sounded
more conciliatory than ever
toward opponents of affirmative
action, she still seemed careful to
retain her credibility with liber-
als who support it. In a written
release, the president said the Uni-
versity would "recognize" - not
"respect" - the voters' decision.
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Thompson drove to Lansing
yesterday afternoon and picked up
the license from the commission's
offices. The license allowed for the
delivery of beer, which Thompson
had already ordered. Thompson
said the beer arrived at the bar
around 4 p.m. yesterday.
By 8 p.m., the bar was filling
quickly with students who had
heard rumors about Mitch's re-
opening throughout the day, many
of whom had never enjoyed one of
the bar's famously cheap pitchers.
Most upperclassmen were not old
enough to enter the bar before it
closed two years ago.
LSA seniors Matt Curd and Will
Foss and Engineering senior Carl
Jones came to the bar and ordered
the night's special - a 60-ounce
pitcher of Miller High Life - imme-
diately after leaving class.
"Christmas came early this year,"
Curd said, pouring a glass of beer.
"We've heard everything about
this bar," Foss said as he fired up his
cell phone to spread the word about
the bar's opening. Meanwhile,
Jones selected Weezer's "Buddy
Holly" and Journey's "Don't Stop
Believin' " on the jukebox.
"It's so nice, such a change from
Rick's," Jones said, comparing the
space to the popular Church Street
Many people in the bar sounded
like children in a toy store.
Jones and his friends marveled at
everything from the 13 televisions
tuned into Monday Night Football
to the layout of the pool room and
its two billiards tables.
"I think this is going to move
up on the favorites," Jones said.
"It might overtake the Jug. Now
we have somewhere to go on Mon-
They were soon joined by LSA
senior Amber Janis, who was just
"I came straight from class," she
said. "I didn't even go home and
change my clothes. It'slike, 'Mitch's
is open, drop your books, let's get a
Janis pointed out another one of
Tuesday, December 12, 2006 - 7
the bar's perks: The staircase lead-
ing up to the doors is located inside
the building, which eliminates
waiting outside in long lines like at
most other bars.
"I'm so excited for Thursday,"
"I'm so excited for every night
this week," Foss replied.
By 11 p.m., nearly every table in
the bar was occupied and clinking
quarters bouncing off the tabletops
in a familiar drinking game could
be heard over the music coming
from the jukebox. While there was
no line to get in, a steady stream of
eager patrons continued to come up
the stairs and through the door.
Nursing junior Caroline Luke,
one of the waitresses, said business
had picked up at about 10:45 p.m.
She said she was hoping the bar
would see another uptick in cus-
tomers at about midnight.
"It's a lot of running around, but
it hasn't been too bad, pretty man-
ageable," she said of her first expe-
rience at Mitch's, which was also
her first shift as a cocktail waitress.
"Hopefully it will lead up to the
hype the old Mitch's had," she said.
Luke has had her job since July,
when she went into the new space
after hearing the bar would be re-
opening. She admitted she had
forgotten about it for much of the
semester until she received a call
from Thompson early last week.
He said the bar was opening that
Wednesday. When that didn't hap-
pen, she heard from Thompson over
the weekend. He told her yesterday
would be opening night.
Despite the patrons' excite-
ment on Monday night, Thompson
remains realistic about the level of
business the bar will see in the next
few weeks before students leave
campus for the holidays.
"I'm disappointed that we didn't
open earlier," Thompson said. "I
don't expect a lot in the next two
But Jones, who began planning
his next order as soon as the pitcher
of Miller High Life arrived, was
still thrilled about his first night at
"We will never have a night like
this again," he said.
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improve your job.
(April 20 to May 20)
According to astrology texts, your
sign makes the best parent. That's
because you know three square meals a
day come first. Resist the tendency to be
critical of children today. (Forget how
far you walked to school as a kid.)
(May 21to June 20)
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members and partners today. You have a
deep urge to make improvements to
where you live. Don't lay this trip on
others. Just work according to your own
(June 21to July 22)
Quite often, you worry too much.
Perhaps it's because you're a constant
nurturer. Avoid differences with others
today, especially siblings. You feel too
passionate about something.
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today. Pay your bills. Sort things out.
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bosses or parents today. (You know you
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about someone who has a different back-
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