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Wednesday, November 15, 2006

'U': Prop 2 won't affect faculty hiring

But minority
professors could be
deterred if classroom
diversity falters
Daily StaffReporter
Michigan voters may have
thought they had banned all forms
of affirmative action at the Univer-
sity when they passed Proposal 2

last week, but they were wrong.
Four decades ago, then-Presi-
dent Lyndon B. Johnson signed an
executive order mandating the use
of affirmative action programs for
government contractors.
That order will allow the Univer-
sity to continue usingits affirmative
action programs in hiring after the
constitutional amendment takes
Executive Order 11246 prohib-
its all government contractors
who do more than $10,000 in busi-
ness with the federal government

from discriminating in employ-
ment on the basis of race, gender,
color or national origin. The order
also mandates that all govern-
ment contractors with more than
50 employees track the numbers
of women and minorities among
their employees and use affirma-
tive action to correct for any short-
The University, which has mil-
lions of dollars worth of federal
research grants and contracts,
is considered a federal contrac-
tor and must comply with federal

employment regulations in order
to remain eligible for federal fund-
Clause four of the constitutional
amendment passed last week stipu-
lates that the prohibitions on affir-
mative action does not apply if it
would make the state ineligible for
any federal funds.
Because abandoning its affir-
mative action programs would
violate federal employment laws,
the University will continue to use
the hiring procedures currently in

On Monday, Laurita Thomas,
vice president for human resources
and affirmative action, sent a memo
to all deans, directors and depart-
ment heads clarifying that the con-
stitutional amendment would not
have any effect on the University's
hiring practices.
"We are not expecting any
changes in our employment pro-
cess," Thomas said in an interview.
"That is fairly clear."
However, simply maintaining
current hiring practices does not
ensure that the University will con-

tinue to have a diverse faculty.
After affirmative action was
banned in California in 1996, many
minority faculty members left the
University of California at Berke-
ley, said Robert Berdahl, president
of the Association of American Uni-
versities and a former chancellor of
In an interview last month, Ber-
dahl said many minority faculty
members at Berkeley were interest-
ed in teaching minority students.
After minority enrollment at UC-
See PROP 2, page 7A

in Buckeye V
country ...

Keeping safe isn't
easy when behind
enemy lines
Daily StaffReporter
According to University offi-
cials, the best way to stay safe
in Columbus this Saturday is
approaching Ohio State fans
like you would a herd of wilde-
beest: If you're around them,
you'd better stay still. If not,
you could be in for a stampede.
"Stay low-key; don't draw
unnecessary attention to your-
self," read an e-mail from the
administration to the student
That's just part of an effort
by officials in both Columbus
and Ann Arbor to curb tension
between unruly fans at Satur-
day's highly emotional show-
down between Michigan and
Ohio State.
Dean of Students Sue
Eklund, Michigan Student
Assembly President Nicole
Stallings and Alumni Associa-
tion President Steve Grafton
e-mailed students Monday to
warn them of the perils that
Wolverine fans who make
the trip to Columbus face. It
advised students to travel in
packs, cover up maize-and-
blue clothing and leave cars
with Michigan license plates
at home.
Last on the list was an unex-

plained request to stay off High
Street, the main thoroughfare
of OSU's campus.
Michigan fans aren't the
only ones steeling themselves
for the worst in Columbus.
After Ohio State beat Mich-
igan in 2002 to win a spot in
the National Championship
game, enraptured Buckeye
fans tore the city apart, set-
ting fire to dumpsters and
On Monday, OSU released'
a series of public service
announcements urging good
"Cheer loud," Columbus
Mayor Mike Coleman says in
one of the spots. "Welcome
our guests. And let's show our
nation we are the best fans in
the land."
It's not just flaming couches
that concern OSU administra-
tors. Flying glass could be a
problem, too.
Three convenience stores
near OSU agreed to stop selling
all domestic beer bottles last
Monday, The Associated Press
reported. Plastic bottles and
cans are still OK.
"Beer bottles are lethal
weapons when thrown empty,
and cans don't hurt you empty,"
Willie Young, OSU's director of
off-campus student services,
told the AP.
The stores can still sell
Heineken, though.
"Our students drink cheap
beer, so the foreign beers are
See COLUMBUS, page 7A

Business junior David Sanese isa stranger in a strange land. Sanese comes to Ann Arbor from the heart of Buckeye country, Columbus itself. In his third year at the the University, he
still hasn't shifted his allegiances northward. He plans on attending Saturday's game in attire similar to what is pictured here.
... Buckeye s in Wolverine country

'U' students who hail
from Ohio find
themselves torn
Daily StaffReporter
The Michigan-Ohio State rivalry
has grown past epic to genetic pro-
University graduates breed litters

of baby Wolverines, while grown
Buckeyes teach their children rever-
ence for OSU as early as they teach
them their ABC's.
And both instill in their progeny
hatred for the other side, gleaming
like a beacon of enmity across the
state border.
But for certain students at the Uni-
versity of Michigan, those who call
Columbus home, it isn't as clear-cut
as red versus blue. These are the few
who have dared transcend the tradi-

tional lines of allegiance, rendering
their personal ideologies a murky
Torn between their hometown and
their alma mater, these students find
themselves harassed by both sides.
And it all comes to a head around
game day.
With an OSU alum as a sister and
two Penn State graduates for par-
ents, LSA junior Matt Sturgeon, who
is from Columbus, lives in a hotbed
of clashing Big Ten loyalties. But

his family treats him civilly, he said,
even around game time. He said the
worst he has to put up with is annu-
al e-mails from his brother-in-law
with lists of Michigan jokes. (Ques-
tion: Why do Wolverine players eat
their Wheaties straight from the box?
Answer: They choke whenever they
get near a bowl.)
Despite his Penn State and Michi-
gan allegiances, Sturgeon can't help
but feel at least a little warmth for
See ANN ARBOR, page 7A

Student uses fashion
to fight breast cancer


Bad takeout:
Pizza delivery
gets dangerous

Profits from T-shirt
sales go toward
cancer research
Daily StaffReporter
There's a new trend on campus.
Shirts with the slogan Save
Our Women, with a pink ribbon
in place of the "a," are becoming
a hot commodity.
The American Apparel-made
shirts go for $20, half goes to bat-
tle breast cancer.
LSA freshman Samantha Kel-
man started selling the T-shirts
when she was a senior in high
school. It wasn't until she got to
Ann Arbor, though, that her non-
profit business took off.
Kelman said her campaign has
sold close to 400 shirts and raised
about $7,000.
Kelman said her grandmoth-
er, who died of breast cancer,

inspired her to sell the shirts.
Ever since she has been old
enough to participate, Kelman
has walked with her mother in
the Susan G. Komen Breast Can-
cer 3-Day in honor of her grand-
mother. The 3-Day is an event in
which participants walk 60 miles
from one city to another, sleeping
in tents at night. Each volunteer
must raise $2,100 in order to par-
ticipate in the walk.
When she was 17, Kelman
designed T-shirts and sold them
to family and friends to raise
money for the walk.
Kelman's busy schedule at the
University will prevent her from
participating in the walk this
year, but it hasn't stopped her
from doing her part to fight breast
This spring, Kelman started a
Facebook.com group to expand
the sale of shirts to students on
campus. She worked with Mara
Sofferin, a student at McGill
See T-SHIRTS, page 7A

Several drivers
clubbed, robbed
in string of
local crimes
Daily News Editor
The life of a pizza deliv-
ery driver is fraught with
There's the possibility of
not getting a tip, the drunk
customers, the orders that
turn out to be prank calls.
Then there are the cus-
tomers who hit you over the
head and take your money.

Two robberies occurred
within hours of each other
in Ann Arbor last Thursday,
both with pizza vendors as
victims. While police don't
think the robberies are
connected, they are inves-
tigating possible links to
two other recent fleecings
of pizza vendors in Ypsi-
lanti and Ann Arbor.
Last week, a gunman
forced employees and cus-
tomers at Marco's Pizza on
Plymouth Road into a cool-
er, demanded their money
as well as their cell phones,
and proceeded to raid the
cash register, police said.
About two hours later,
See PIZZA, page 7A

A worker pumps more than 3,300 gallons of liquid nitrogen into the Chemistry Building from the back
of his frosted-over delivery truck Monday night.


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