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MSA to hold
LGBT celebration
on Diag
The Michigan Student Assembly's
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans-
gender Commission is sponsoring a
celebration of gay culture and diver-
sity at the University today on the
Diag at noon. Everyone is welcome
to attend the rally.
Expert to offer
tips for starting
Neel Hajra of Nonprofit Enter-
prise at Work, Inc. will speak
today at 2:45 p.m. in the Betty
Ford Classroom of Weill Hall on
how to start a nonprofit organi-
zation. The event is sponsored
by the University's Nonprofit Billy Bang and his band play Canterbury House before cont.
and Public Management Center yesterday.
in collaboration with the Schools
of Business, Public Policy and
Social Work.


Wednesday, October 11, 2006 - The Michigan Daily - 3A

Mich. high court
rejects Nazi case

Supreme Court yesterday turned
down the case of an elderly Michi-
gan man who has tried to retain his
U.S. citizenship despite his ties to a
Nazi slave camp.
The Justice Department suc-
ceeded in revoking the U.S. citizen-
ship of 86-year-old Iwan Mandycz
of Sterling Heights, Mich., who suf-
fers from Alzheimer's disease.
Mandycz could face deportation.
His lawyers said the right that
prevents the government from pros-
ecuting amentally incompetent per-
son also should apply to citizenship
cases, which are civil proceedings.
"The accused should be able
to assist in the preparation of his
defense and consult with his attor-
neys before he may be punished
by the government," Mandycz's
lawyers said in asking the Supreme
Court to take the case.

The court declined to hear his
case on yesterday without com-
A message seeking comment
was left yesterday with Mandyez's
lawyer, Joseph Siciliano.
The Justice Department, wfhich
wants to remove himfromthe Unit-
ed States, initiated denaturalization
proceedings, saying Mandycz had
concealed that he worked forsthe
Jaclyn Lesch, a Justice Depart-
mentspokeswoman,saidthe depart-
ment was weighing its options on
how to proceed.
Justice Department officials said
Mandycz lied abouthis background
when he applied for displaced, per-
son status and American citizen-
ship after World War II. Mandycz
became a U.S. citizen in 1955and
has lived in the Detroit area ever

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Architect to
speak on Kosovo
Andrew Herscher, an assistant
professor at the School of Archi-
tecture and Urban Planning, will
speak on architecture in Kosovo
and the violence in the region
today at noon in room 1636 of
the School of Social Work Build-
ing. The lecture is part of a series
hosted by the Center for Russian
and East European Studies.
BB pellet pierces
car near Trotter
A car parked outside Trotter
House was shot with a BB gun
Monday, the Department of Public
Safety reported. The car's owner
returned to her vehicle at about 4
p.m. and saw that there was a hole
through her windshield. A BB pel-
let was found inside.
No extra meds
for one hospital
A man suspected of smuggling
narcotics and other prescription medi-
cation to a University Hospital patient
was read trespass rights and asked to
leave the building rights Monday at
about noon, DPS reported.
Drinking fountain
in grad library
shocks student
A student said he felt an electric
shock when he touched a drinking
fountain Monday at about 5 p.m.,
DPS reported. He did not need medi-
cal attention. A University electrician
who inspected the drinking fountain
did not find a problem, but took it out
of service anyway.
In 'U' History
Registration rally
turns partisan
Oct. 11, 1988 - A Diag rally yes-
terday intended to promote student
voter registration quickly turned into
a shouting match between Demo-
crats and Republicans.
Scheduled speakers for the event
included state Sen. Lana Pollack
(D-Ann Arbor) and U.S. Rep. Carl
Pursell (R-Plymouth),the challenger
for Michigan's 2nd Congressional
District seat. Pursell, however, did
not attend the rally.
Pollack attacked Pursell's lack of
involvement in environmental issues,
including the Republican candidate's
refusal to increase funding for the
Clean Water Act I of 1985.

"Carl Pursell said there's no
money for clean water, but he's got
money for the MX (missile) and the
B-1 (bomber);" Pollack said.
Pollack also criticized Pursell's
vote against the Civil Rights Resto-
ration Act, saying the Republican has
"a record that cannot be defended."
Pollack touted the importance of
education, clean water, affordable
health care and minimum wage.

State board supports botched Korea
evolution curri-culum SOUTHFIELD (AP) - only encouraged bad be
Republican Sen. John McCain The Arizona senator


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Intelligent deSign will
not be taught in high
school science classes
LANSING (AP) - The State
Board of Education supported the
theory of evolution yesterday in its
unanimous vote to approve what
Michigan public schools should
teach in science classes.
The board's vote on high school
course content expectations
appears to leave intelligent design
shut out of science classrooms, at
least for now. But educators say
there would be room to discuss
intelligent design outside of sci-
ence class, perhaps in courses
such as philosophy.
The science curriculum lan-
guage also is designed to allow
some flexibility for introduction
of new material and discoveries,
as long as they are based on sound
"The intent of the board needs
to be very clear," said board mem-
ber John Austin, an Ann Arbor
Democrat. "Evolution is not under
stress. It is not untested science"
The state board, with help from
specialists and educators from
across the state, has been work-
ing for months on course criteria
related to Michigan's new high
school graduation standards that
start with the class of 2011.
Intelligent design's proponents
hold that living organisms are so
complex they must have been

created by a higher force rather
than evolving from more primi-
tive forms. Some want science
teachers to teach that Darwin's
theory of evolution is not a fact
and has gaps.
Some science groups and the
American Civil Liberties Union
had worried that state standards
would not be strong enough to pre-
vent the discussion of intelligent
design in science class. But after
some wording changes adopted
yesterday, it became clearer that
evolutionary theory was support-
ed by the state board.
Gregory Forbes, a biology
instructor at Grand Rapids Com-
munity College, said it appears
the "doors have been shut" on
those in Michigan who support
the teaching of intelligent design
as a viable scientific alternative to
Forbes, a supporter of evolution
theory, told the state board there
is a difference in scientific status
between evolution and intelligent
"Science can't answer all the
questions' he said. "Scientific
theory has to be testable. To sug-
gest intelligent design is a sci-
entific theory is inappropriate
because it is not testable. ... It
hasn't earned its way into the sci-
ence classroom."
Richard Thompson, leader of .
the Thomas More Law Center in
Ann Arbor, said intelligent design
should have a home in science

"It would make students more
knowledgeable about science and
more interested in science," he
said in a phone interview. "Evolu-
tion is a theory. It's not a fact."
The content expectations lay
out what should be taught, but
how it is taught could largely be
for teachers and local school dis-
tricts to decide, state schools chief
Mike Flanagan said.
He said yesterday's vote has
broader significance than the
debate over evolution theory. It's a
move to make science class stan-
dards the'same in public school
classrooms across the state.
"It's the same in Marquette as it
is in Monroe, and that's never been
done before," Flanagan said.

yesterday accused former Presi-
dent Clinton, the husband of his
potential 2008 White House
rival, of failing to act in the 1990s
to stop North Korea from devel-
oping nuclear weapons.
"I would remind Senator (Hill-
ary) Clinton and other Democrats
critical of the Bush administra-
tion's policies that the framework
agreement her husband's admin-
istration negotiated was a failure"
McCain said at a news conference
after a campaign appearance for
Republican Senate candidate
Mike Bouchard.
"The Koreans received millions
and millions in energy assistance.
They've diverted millions of dol-
lars of food assistance to their
military'" he added. "We had a
carrot-and-no-sticks policy that

Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y.,
are considered their party's front-
runners for 2008.
In response to McCain's com-
ments, the New York senator's
spokesman, Philippe Reines,
said: "President Bush has been in
charge of North Korea policyfor
six years, and two days ago we
saw the brazen result."
Democrats have argued Presi-
dent Clinton presented his succes-
sor with a framework for dealing
with North Korea and the Repub-
lican fumbled the opporturity.
In October 2000, Secretary" of
State Madeleine Albright made
a groundbreaking visit to Pyong-
yang to explore a missile deal with
Chairman Kim Jong I. There was
even talk of a visit by President

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