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COLEMAN
From page IA
Admission of black and Latino stu-
dents plummeted.
In an interview after the speech,
Coleman said she didn't know what
methods the University would use
to keep that from happening here.
She did suggest that the University
might ask alumni to reach out to
minority students and encourage
them to apply. Minority applications
declined in California after Proposi-

tion 209 passed.
Coleman has also drawn criticism
for an e-mail she sent to students,
staff and faculty last week asking
for ideas to help keep the University
diverse. That message struck a less
defiant tone.
The e-mail, co-signed by Uni-
versity Provost Theresa Sullivan,
urged recipients to "leave no stone
unturned as we explore ways to
encourage diversity within the
boundaries of the law."
Indeed, that seems to be the route
the University is taking. It has yet to

file any lawsuit challenging Propos-
al 2 or its implementation. On Mon- NEW METHOD
day, Sullivan announced that the From page IA
University will stop taking race and - -
gender into account if the amend- ao, assistant director
ment goes into effect on Dec. 22 as and education for CA:
planned. In 2004 and 2005
University spokeswoman Kelly ducted a mental healt
Cunningham would not comment found that 23 percent
on the editorials, but she reiterated students reported "so
Coleman's goals. suicidal thoughts ove
"The President is fully committed two weeks," Asidao sa
to finding every possible way to sup- Suicide is thet
port diversity at the University," she cause of death amon
said in an e-mail.

of outreach
PS.
5, CAPS con-
h survey and
of University
me degree of
r a period of
aid.
third-leading
g college stu-

dents in the United States, and the
suicide rate is estimated at 7.5 per
100,000 students. This is half the
rate for non-students in the same
18 to 24-year-old age group. Forty
percent of college students know
of someone who has attemptedsui-
cide, and 25 percent know of some-
one who has died by it, according
to the Journal of the American
Medical Association.
Each year there are 1,100 sui-
cides and an additional 24,000
attempted suicides by college-aged

students, accordingto the journal.
Since its establishment in 1999,
the QPR Institute, which devel-
oped the system the University
has adopted, has addressed suicide
prevention through education and
trainingwith anemphasison warn
ing signs and early intervention.
"QPR recognizes that even
socially isolated individuals who
are at suicidal risk have contact
with potentially helpful individu-
als in the community," Asidao
said.

TOWER
From page IA
and an empty robin's nest.
Phoenix's former sixth-floor
room looks like a child's abandoned
bedroom. It still carries an astro-
logical theme reflecting the group's
original name, Adara. Sponged-on
gold stars with the first names of
members dot the bright blue walls of
the room's entryway.
In smudged gold letters, "Abide
Follow" is written backward on the
floor in the center of the room. A
mirror image of the words is reflect-
ed on the ceiling. A giant blue star
remains painted on the roof directly
outside the room's window.
The former headquarters ofVulcan
on the fifth floor is dark and desolate.
These rooms have been left empty
since the groups left in 2000.
Now only Union employees mak-
ing rounds have regular access.
University officials blame the
tower's steps.
In order to reopen the tower, they
say, the University would need to
renovate the space in compliance
with the Americans with Disabili-

ties Act regulations.
Several members of the Michigan
Union Board of Representatives,
which must approve Union renova-
tion projects, said the tower would
need to be outfitted with an elevator
before it could be reopened.
The board is composed of the
Union's director, two faculty rep-
resentatives and seven student
representatives. It also includes sev-
eral advisors representing Univer-
sity organizations like the Michigan
Student Assembly and the Division
of Student Affairs.
The board has not done a formal
cost estimate of the necessary reno-
vations in recent years, Union Direc-
tor John Taylor said.
Members of the board said
reopening the tower is not one of
their main concerns.
Deb Mexicotte, the Division of
Student Affairs representative on the
board, said they have been focused
on other projects, like repairing sec-
tions of the building's roof.
"I doubt you could argue it's a pri-
ority," she said of the tower.
The project's high expected cost
and the tower's space constraints
have discouraged the board from

considering renovations to the
tower, Mexicotte said. Castro not well enough to
"The tower itself is small real
estate," she said.
The apace an elevator would
demand makes it impractical, Tay-
lor said.
In an October interview, Univer- HAVANA (AP) - The ailing country, I sign off with the great the celebrations along wi
sity President Mary Sue Coleman Fidel Castro was not well enough pain of not having been able to Ecuadorean President
said she had no plans for the vacant to attend the kickoff yesterday of personally give thanks and hugs Borja and Nicaraguan I
space. It hadn't crossed her mind, his 80th birthday celebrations, to each and every one of you," the elect Daniel Ortega.
she said. attended by hundreds of admirers message said. Also expected are C
The board has not been who traveled here to fete him. The Cuban leader has been seen Nobel laureate Gabrie
approached by any student groups A government worker at the by the public only in photos and Marquez and Nobel Pe
inquiring about the tower, several gala launch of the five-day birth- videos since his July 31 announce- winner Adolfo Perez Es
members said. day bash read a message which he ment that he was temporarily Argentine human rightsa
LSA senior Nick Hoffman, a Union said came from the Cuban leader. ceding power to his brother, 75- Noticeably absent wil
board member, said renovations would It said Castro's doctors had told year-old Defense Minister Raul tro's good friend and
be impractical, but expressed regret him he was not in condition to go Castro, while he recovered from ally Venezuelan Preside
that the space couldn't be put touse. to the party at Havana's Karl Marx surgery for intestinal bleeding. Chavez, who is up for re
"It's a shame it's wasted," he said. Theater. Details of his ailment and his med- Dec., 3. In his absence
Mexicotte said it's not likely that "I direct myself to you, intellec- ical treatment are state secrets. promised to dedicate his
this space at the heart of campus tuals and prestigious personalities U.S. government officials said victory to Castro.
will be used anytime soon. of the world, with a dilemma," said earlier this month there is still The festivities werec
"Some people have pipe dreams," the note. some mystery about Castro's diag- scheduled around Castr
she said. "(They're not always) finan- "I could not meet with you in a nosis, his treatment and how he birthday on Aug. 13. A
cially or logistically practical." small locale, only in the Karl Marx is responding. But the officials ing ill, Castro asked toI

ith former
Rodrigo
President-
olombian
1 Garcia
ace Prize
quivel, an
activist.
1 be Cas-
political
nt Hugo
e-election
Chavez
electoral
originally
o's actual
fter fall-
postpone

- Donn Fresard, who usually edits
news stories, did not edit this article
because he is a member of the society
formerly known as Michigamua.

Theater where all the visitors
would fit and I was not yet in con-
dition, according to the doctors, to
face such a colossal encounter," it
added. The reading of the message
was broadcast live on state televi-
sion.
The crowd responded with a
standing ovation.
"My very close friends who have
done me the honor of visiting our

believe he has terminal cancer of
the stomach, colon or pancreas.
More than 1,300 politicians, art-
ists and intellectuals from around
the globe were expected to pay
homage to the man who governed
the communist-run island for 47
years.
Presidents Evo Morales of
Bolivia and Rene Preval of Haiti
have confirmed they will attend

them to Dec. 2to coincide with the
50th anniversary of the founding
of Cuba's Revolutionary Armed
Forces.
Other events planned for the
celebration include the dedication
of the new San Geronimo College,
a three-day academic conference,
a concert, an art exhibit and a
parade Saturday expected to draw
300,000 people.

Judge: Bush has no authority to designate terrorist groups

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A federal
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authority to designate groups as ter-
rorists, saying his post-Sept. 11 exec-
utive order was unconstitutionally
vague, according to a ruling released
yesterday.
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(Dec. 22 to Jan. 19)
Work behind the scenes or work alone
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Your popularity rating is strong in the
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Birthdate of: C.S. Lewis, author;
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CORRIDOR
From page IA
settlement money for research
and construction in a new Life
Sciences Corridor.
But it is not likely that the new
University Research Corridor will
receive such lavish support from
the state.
University spokesman Joe
Serwach said the new corridor
could best be compared with the,
Research Triangle in North Caro-
lina.
Founded in 1956, the Research
Triangle is a scientific campus
where scientists from Duke Uni-
versity, North Carolina State
University and the University of
North Carolina at Chapel Hill
work with the private sector on
research and development proj-
ects.
Unlike the Research Trian-
gle, which is home to dozens of
research firms and laboratories,
the University Research Cor-
ridor will not take a physical
form.
"The difference between this
and the Research Triangle in
North Carolina is they got a hunk
of land from the state and built
a research park," Serwach said.
"We are not planning on building
anything new."
Instead of establishing a physi-
cal campus, Serwach said, the
University Research Corridor will
try to bring together the public
sector and university researchers
through a new website: www.urc-
mich.org.
The recently launched website
has many vignettes touting the
benefits of research conducted at
the participating universities.
However, it lacks any mecha-
nism to coordinate scientific
efforts between institutions.
Serwach said the website is still
in its infancy.
"It is like a newborn baby," Ser-
wach said. "You can't tell what it
will do when it grows up."
The partnership could help
the University win additional
research funding.
Recently, Serwach said, diabe-
tes scientists from the three uni-
versities decided that they would
each have a better shot at winning
the funding they needed if they
combined their individual proj-
ects and applied for one 21st Cen-
tury Jobs grant from the state. The
plan worked and the researchers
won the grant.
One thing one won't change:
when scarce federal dollars are on
the line, the universities will still
face off against each other to win
grants.
"(Researchers) will work togeth-
er more," Serwach said. "But they
will still compete for different
grants and whatnot."

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