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www.michirandaily.com Ann Arbor, Michigan Vol. CXVII, No. 23 ©2006 The Michigan Daily
ISA junior Kavya Vaidyanathan hands out a copy of The Michigan
independent on the Diag on Sept. 28 at about 3 p.m.
By Kelly Fraser I Daily Staff Reporter
t is the center of the University. Most stu-
dents, faculty and staff pass through it
at least once a day. It has been the site
of countless protests, study sessions, ren-
dezvous, metaphysical debates, romances. It
is the most lively space on campus, not just
between 9 and 5. Here's what happened from
last Thursday at noon to last Friday at noon
- a typical day on the Diag.
The block "M" in the Diag at 2 a.m. last Friday. According to campus legend, if students step on the "M" before
they take their first Blue Book exam, they will fail the test. Throughout the night, students repeatedly stomped on
the "M" In defiance.
Four students toss a Frisbee. It's the peak
of the day, but the mercury doesn't reflect it.
It's barely 50 degrees - the coolest day of
the semester to date. Activity on the Diag is
markedly slower than during the past week.
A girl in a cut-off jean skirt and Ugg boots
walks by with a raspy cough. Holding bright
blue buckets, the Michigan Gospel Chorale
collects donations for its annual tour. Michi-
gan Independent staffers distribute papers.
Members of The Gospel Chorale have a
while to go if they hope to meet their goal to
raise the $40,000 needed for their tour. "If
you don't have money, just prayer helps," one
collector says as people pass.
Traffic on the Diag picks up, filling with
students headed for their 2 p.m. classes.
Two Mormon missionaries stand on
the steps of the Harlan Hatcher Graduate
Library. Their plastic nametags read "Elder
Reyes" and "Elder Wade." They smile and
chat casually with students but don't aggres-
sively recruit anyone.
Engineering freshmen Nader Awni and
LSA freshman Alex Chow and Karen Sta-
sevich try their hand at "squirrel fishing."
Their bait of choice - a sun-dried tomato
bagel from the Betsy Barbour cafeteria tied
to a string - isn't popular with the squir-
rels. After struggling to attach an acorn to
the string, the three decide peanuts would
have been a better choice.
Eight freshmen from Mary Markley
See DIAG, page 7A
RC sophomore Martine Moore writes a message in chalk on the bricks of the Diag on Sept. 28 at about 6 p.m.
Moore is a member of the student group Random Acts of Kindness.
A view of the
coach dead at 87
! Panelists from states
that have banned
By Walter Nowinski
Daily Staff Reporter
Out of UCLA's incoming fresh-
man class of 5,000 students this
fall, 96 are black.
At a panel yesterday, experts
from around the country warned
that if Proposal 2 passes in Novem-
ber, the University could face a
similar dearth in minority enroll-
A panel of professors, communi-
ty activists and students from Cali-
fornia, Texas and the University of
Michigan spoke in front of a crowd
of about 60 last night in Palmer
Commons about the effects that the
abolition of race-based affirmative
action had in California and Texas.
Speaking via videophone, pan-
elists from California and Texas
said minority enrollment at the
flagship universities of the Univer-
sity of California and University of
See MCRI, page 7A
In other states
In November of 1996, the
state of California passedj
Proposition 209. Prop. 209
prohibits the use of any
racial, ethnic or gender-
based preference in public
employment, public educa-
tion and public contracting.
The year before, a vote by
the regents of the Universityj
of California system bannedj
any admissions decisions
based on race, gender, eth-
nicity or national origin.
In 1996, the U.S. Court of
Appeals ruled against the Uni-
versity of Texas in an appeal,
resulting in a statewide ban
on using preferential treat-
ment at public universities.
In Washington state in
1998, Initiative 200 passed.
It was the first major civil
rights law passed directly by
popular vote. The law banned
preferences based on race,
gender and ethnicity in state
employment, education and
Vic Heyliger won
six NCAA hockey
titles in 13 years as
By Amber Colvin
Daily Sports Writer
Look up in the rafters at Yost
Ice Arena and you'll seea parade of
white banners declaring the years
of Michigan hockey glory. That's
all they say - years, no names.
They don't tell you that six of
those nine banners came under the
leadership of Vic Heyliger, one of
college hockey's great coaches.
Heyliger died yesterday at age
87, leaving behind a legacy that
includes 13 seasons as Michigan's
The six NCAA titles (1948,
'51,'52, '53, '55, '56) he won
weren't just the first for the Wol-
verines - they were among the
first ever. Heyliger called for the
creation of an NCAA tourna-
ment by writing letters to coaches
around the country. The first tour-
nament, consisting of four teams,
took place in 1948.
"All I heard about Vic Heyliger
was from players who played for
him and, obviously, all the success
that the teams had had," Michigan
coach Red Berenson said in a writ-
ten statement yesterday. "He set
a standard at Michigan that will
probably never be equaled in terms
of national championships. That
was a special time in the history of
Michigan hockey. He really built
Heyliger owns not only the
coaching record for most NCAA
championships, but also the top
winning percentage (.776) of any
The Bostonnative began hisrela-
tionship with the Maize and Blue
when he came to the University to
play hockey in 1934 at the age of
15. By his senior year, his sweater
boasted a "C." The captain also
earned All-American honors and
notched 116 goals over 51 games, a
school record at the time.
After a couple of stints in the
NHL, Heyliger turned his focus
toward coaching. He took his
first head-coaching job at Illi-
nois. By 1944, he was back in
Ann Arbor and behind the bench
See COACH, page 7A
Architecture senior Jason Doo works last night in the architecture
studio on the top floor of the Art and Architecture Building on
Bonisteel Boulevard on North Campus.