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FOR NANCY PELOSI
OPINION, PAGE 4

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Ann Arbor, Michigan

Friday, November10, 2006

PROP 2 AFTERMATH
STATE BY STATE
Using ballot proposals, Ward Connerly and his supporters banned affirmative action in Michigan on
O n d ec : W h ic h Tuesday and have done the same in two other states. Now, where will they go next?
state's up next? Orego
Anti-affirmative anti-affirmative action cru- reported.
saders are searching for their Connerly's group donated Illinois
action crusaders next target. more than $700,000 to the
Ward Connerly - a Cali- Michigan Civil Rights Ini- Missouri
look ahead fornia businessman whose tiative, the group that cam-
American Civil Rights Insti- paigned for the proposal.
tute backed Proposal 2 as Jennifer Pae, president KEY

ByANDREW GROSSMAN
Daily StaffReporter
After winning a campaign
to ban affirmative action in
Michigan on Tuesday despite
being outspent at least 3-to-1,

well as similar measures in
California and Washing-
ton - said he is considering
bringing anti-affirmative
action ballot initiatives to
Illinois, Missouri and Ore-
gon, The Wall Street Journal

of the United States Student
Association, a Washington-
based group that lobbies for
affirmative action programs
and against tuition hikes,
said she's heard from other
See WHO'S NEXT?, page 7

Banned by
ballot initiative
Banned by courts
] Potential ballot
initiative targets
ILLUSTRATION BY BRIDGET O'DONNELL

SWEPT AWAY

Ford
closes
m on
record
'U' alum to become
oldest living
ex-president ever
over the weekend
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Gerald R.
Ford is closing in on a record held
by Ronald Reagan - living longer
than any other U.S. president.
Ford, who turned 93 on July 14,
will officially become the oldest
president on Sunday by living to 93
years and 121 days. The milestone is
based on full days.
"The length of one's days matters
less than the love of one's family
and friends," Ford said in a state-
ment this week from the Rancho
Mirage compound he shares with
former first lady Betty Ford.
The nation's 38th chief executive
was president from Aug. 9, 1974,
when Richard Nixon resigned, until
January 1977.
Ford, who graduated from the
University in 1935, played center for
the football team for two national
championship teams. He was also
a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon
and the University's elite senior
honor society, Michigamua.
The Public Policy School at the
University bears his name.
He's suffered a variety of health
problems in recent years.
"He's doing very well. He's still
recuperating," Ford's chief of staff
Penny Circle said.
In the statement released by
Circle, the former president said: "I
thank God for the gift of every sun-
rise and, even more, for all the years
he has blessed me with Betty and
the children, with our extended
family and the friends of a lifetime.
"That includes countless Ameri-
cans who, in recent months, have
remembered me in their prayers.
Your kindness touches me deeply.
May God bless you all and may God
bless America."
Duke Blackwood, director of the
Ronald Reagan Presidential Library
in Simi Valley, said, "On behalf of
all those who continue to serve
Ronald Reagan, we all send our best
to President Ford for reaching this
milestone."
"If President Reagan were alive,"
Blackwood continued, "he'd proba-
bly say,'Finally, somebody's talking
about another president's age."'
Ford underwent heart procedures
inAugust at the Mayo Clinic in Roch-
ester, Minn. He received a cardiac
pacemaker to regulate his heartbeat
See FORD, page 7

ALLISON GHAMAN/Daily
As part of an intramural tournament, the Spacebrooms, in red, took on the Ross Broomball Team D, wearing yellow, at Yost Ice Arena last night at about 10:30 p.m. Broomball matches started at about 10 p.m. last
night and were scheduled to go until after 2 a.m.

Wolverine
Access down for'
three days

Mitch's bar to come
back to campus soon

By KATIE L. Woods
Daily StaffReporter
Ifyouwere countingon getting
your transcript or course listings
this weekend, you're out of luck.
With internship deadlines
looming and next semester's
course registration just around
the corner, the University is tak-
ing its information systems out of
commission.
Wolverine Access - the Uni-
versity's go-to site for all things
administrative - will go on hiatus
starting at 7 p.m. today for faculty
and staff and 8 p.m. for students.
The outage will continue through
the weekend until 7 a.m. Monday.
The reason for the three-day
digital vacation?
Michigan Administrative
Information Services, which
oversees the University's infor-
mation systems, is relocating its

WHAT YOU CAN'T DO
WITH THE SITE DOWN
" Backpack courses
R tetrieve transcripts
. Check financial aid
. Balance your account
* Apply for graduation
* Check paycheck status
offices and software.
The main operating system
location for MAIS will make a
trek across campus from its cur-
rent spot next to Michigan Sta-
dium to a new location north of
North Campus.
Wolverine Access handles vast
quantities of sensitive University
data, including information on
staff benefits, the University's
financial system and student reg-
istration and grades.
See WEBSITE, page 7

Popular bar gets
liquor license in one
of last hurdles
By BRIAN TENGEL
Daily StaffReporter
The Ann Arbor City Council
approved without deliberation last
night a liquor license for the popu-
lar student bar, Mitch's Place.
The bar needed approval to
transfer the license across the
street to its new location, the sec-
ond floor of 1220 S. University Ave.
The Council delayed action
on approving the license, partly
because it had discovered outstand-
ing property taxes. The tax issues
were resolved, and the city acknowl-
edged the payments last month.
Mitch's now awaits the Michi-
gan Liquor Control Commission to
give it a final OK.
Jody Thompson, a general man-
ager and partner, speculated that
this final step will take about a week,
and doors will open soon after.

IN OTHER CITY
COUNCIL NEWS
City Councilftailed to resolvethe
long-standing question of where its
new courthouse and police station
would be located.
Proposed sitesfor thestructure
include the parking lot next to the
Ann Arbor District Library and a lot
near the Municipal Building.
The Council is divided on how to
finance the project.
In the upcomingweeks, there will
be more deliberation on the issue. A
Council Work Session is scheduled for
Nov3 to review funding proposals
for each site, and on Nov.27 a public
hearing will take place.
A final decision is expected to be
reached by the first council meeting
in January.
But that's not set in stone.
"You can put any date down you
want," said frustrated council mem-
ber Chris Easthope (D-Ward 5), "but if
the Council isn't ready to make a deci-
sion, the date is meaningless."

ANGEL A CESERE/Daily
Mayor John Hieftje at last night's City Council meeting. The council discussed pos-
sibilities for new locations of the fire and police departments.

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