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Panel to discuss
Medical School alum James
Curtis and UCLA Law Prof. Kim-
berl6 Crenshaw will talk about
the ways affirmative action and
diversity have affected their pro-
fessions from 4 to 6 p.m. today in
Auditorium Three of the Modern
Languages Building. The event is
free and open to the public.
SMSA event
to welcome
Members of the Michigan
Student Assembly's Elections
Reform committee are hold-
ing a forum where students can
voice their concerns regarding
last year's assembly elections,
which were rife with dirty cam-
paign tactics, from 4 to 6 p.m.
today in MSA Chambers on
the third floor of the Michigan
Union. Free pizza will be pro-

New pollshows
44 percent

Forty-one percent
support the measure,
and 15 percent
remain undecided
DETROIT (AP) - According
to a new poll, 44 percent of likely
voters said they oppose a Novem-
ber ballot proposal that would ban
some affirmative action programs
in Michigan, while 41 percent
support it and 15 percent were
The telephone poll of 643 likely
voters was conducted Oct. 8-11 by
Des Moines, Iowa-based Selzer &
Co. for the Detroit Free Press and
WDIV-TV in Detroit. The results
were published yesterday by the
The poll had a sampling error
margin of plus or minus 4 percent-
age points.
Following a poll taken in
August, the same polling com-
pany said 43 percent opposed the
proposal, 41 percent supported it

Prop 2
and 16 percent were undecided.
That poll of 803 likely voters had
a sampling error margin of plus or
minus 3.5 percentage points.
An EPIC-MRA poll released
Friday showed that 50 percent of
likely voters supported the pro-
posal, while 41 percent opposed it.
Nine percent were undecided.
That poll of 608 likely voters
was conducted Oct. 10 through
Thursday for The Detroit News
and TV stations WXYZ in South-
field, WOOD in Grand Rapids,
WILX in Lansing and WJRT in
Flint. It had a sampling error mar-
gin of plus or minus 4 percentage
The ballot proposal, called the
Michigan Civil Rights Initiative,
is scheduled to go before state vot-
ers Nov. 7.
The proposed constitutional
amendment would ban the use of
race and gender preferences in
university admissions and gov-
ernment hiring. Similar propos-
als have passed in California and
Washington state.

A2 school district heads to

Screening of
romantic film to court over same-sex benefits
he hIld

The Student Global AIDS
Campaign will offer a free
screening of the HBO film "The
Girl in the Caf6" today from
7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in Forum Hall
at Palmer Commons. The film is
about an unlikely romance at the
2005 G8 Summit from writer of
"Love Actually."

Case is one of three same-sex
benefits lawsuits moving through
the state court system
LANSING (AP) - The Michigan Supreme
Court heard arguments yesterday in a lawsuit chal-
lenging the Ann Arbor school district's same-sex
benefits policy.
But for now, the dispute involves a technicality
- not the legality of providing health insurance and
other benefits to workers' gay partners.
The case is one of three same-sex benefits cases
moving through Michigan's court system. It involves
whether 17 taxpayers followed the proper procedure
to stop the Ann Arbor Public Schools from offering
benefits to gay couples.
The taxpayers are represented by the Thomas
More Law Center, a Christian-rights group that says
governments and other public employers can't offer
benefits to gay couples in future contracts under the

Michigan constitution and state law.
But the state appeals court dismissed the Ann
Arbor case in 2005 and ruled the taxpayers didn't
"demand" that the district stop providing the ben-
efits to employees' gay partners. They had sent let-
ters to school board members asking them to stop
the policy.
The appeals court said the letters were merely a
request, not a true demand for legal action.
The same-sex benefits issue primarily stems from
a 2004 voter-approved constitutional amendment
making the union between a man and a woman the
only agreement recognized as a marriage "or similar
union for any purpose."
The appeals court, which heard arguments
over the constitutionality of same-sex benefits in
April, could rule in that case soon. Also, an Ing-
ham County judge earlier this month dismissed a
separate challenge to same-sex benefits at Michi-
gan State University, ruling the plaintiffs had no
standing to sue.

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residence hall Young candidate
A sign was stolen from Alice
Lloy Residente Darontnt s gears up for election
day morning, the Department of
Public Safety reported. (AP) - Eric Gregory is used against an incumbent in a tradi-

Wallet stolen
at 'U' hospital
A wallet was stolen from the
University Hospital early Tuesday
evening, DPS reported.
In 'U' History
UAC decides on
1930s theme
for homecoming
October 19, 1973 - Organiz-
ers at the University Activities
Center have planned a 1930s
theme for the homecoming
extravaganza this year, with a
Depression, New Deal, gangster
and "brother can you spare a
dime" feeling.
Activities will include a 1930s
look-alike contest, an egg-drop
challenge and a "They Shoot
Horses Don't They" marathon
The look-alike contest will
begin today at noon on the
Diag. Competitors are asked to
dress up as celebrities from the
The judges' favorite look-
alikes will be awarded free
tickets to the homecoming con-
Contestants in the egg-drop
competition will be challenged
to help an egg survive the drop
from the third story of the West
Engineering Building. A tie in the
competition will lead to egg drops
from successively higher floors of
the building.
For a $2 entry fee, couples can
enter the dance marathon and
dance to 1930s tunes for as long
as they can last. It will begin at
3 p.m. today at the Markley Hall
Residence Hall snack bar.
Onlookers need only pay a
quarter to watch the contestants.
Silent films will be shown simul-
For those who are enjoying the
1970s, UAC has arranged for B.
B. King and Judy Collins to per-
form at Hill Auditorium today
and tomorrow. Both concerts will
begin at 8 p.m.

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