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From page 1A semeste
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Committee. They must also write next sem
one or two pages explaining how Evans
the course will have a substan- for und
tial discussion of three issues: the students
meaning of race, ethnicity and rac- tor of th
ism; racial and ethnic intolerance should c
and the resulting inequality; and Stude
comparisons of discrimination tions to
based on race, ethnicity, religion, Board if
social class or gender. another
Often, a course doesn't count sity shot
because it does not address all of ment. TI
these issues substantially, as is syllabus
the case with Prof. Joshua Cole's ten argiu
History Ili: History of Modern course a
Europe. site issue
"Questions of race and ethnicity
are relevant to many of the topics we LOON
cover," Cole said in an e-mail inter- Despi
view. "Nevertheless, because race ises to re
and ethnicity constitute only a part dent gov
of a wider range of subjects covered to force
by the class, it doesn't seem right to Max
me to allow students to satisfy the academi
requirement with this course." said the
After a faculty member submits issue he
a course, the Curriculum Commit- but it's
tee determines whether or not the long tim
course meets the requirements. A This
course is typically approved for a work fo
five-year period, after which it must malizini
be re-certified. for the p
For courses taught by more than to resea
one instructor, departments may tutions
submit the course for a blanket cer- compar
tification. If the course is approved, versity's
each instructor must use the same the info
syllabus. Point p
If a course does not receive blan- versity a
ket approval, one faculty member Lebow
might offer the class as R&E based aged stu
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or her syllabus, while oth-
ht not. This means that one
r the class might count
the requirement, while the
ester it might not.
Young, LSA assistant dean
ergraduate education, said
should talk to the instruc-
e course if they feel the class
ount toward R&E.
nts can also submit peti-
the Academics Standards
they feel aclass they took at
institution or at the Univer-
uld fulfill the R&E require-
'he petition must include a
for the class and a writ-
ment explaining how the
addressed the three requi-
es.
KING FOR A SOLUTION
ite years of campaign prom-
form the requirement, stu-
ernment members have yet
a change.
Lebowitz-Nowak, MSA
i affairs commission chair,
R&E requirement is an
will work on this semester,
a process that could take a
ie.
semester, he said he will
r an MSA resolution for-
g the assembly's support
roject. After that, he plans
rch what other top insti-
do across the country and
e their policies to the Uni-
. He said he wants to use
rmation to craft a Power-
resentation to show Uni-
administrators.
witz-Nowak also encour-
dents to voice their opin-

ions.
"The more student feedback we( LA VOZ

have, the more we know it is impor-
tant to students and we can bring it
to the administration," he said.
Meanwhile, LSA-SG is also work-
ing on the issue.
Nick Glauch, chair of the Race
and Ethnicity Task Force, said LSA-
SG has had problems addressing the
requirement.
"There are many ways in which
people interpret the requirement
itself," he said. "Some people think
it should cover discrimination in
general, some people think it should
be just cultural studies, then there
are some who don't think we should
have it at all."
These differing opinions have
lead to arguments during LSA-SG
meetings, Glauch said, citing a two-
hour debate last year.
This year, Glauch hopes to get
past the difficulties. He said that
starting this week, his commit-
tee will begin surveying student
groups at their meetings. He also
plans to poll a random sample of
students.
Glauch said the survey is an
important step toward understand-
ing how students feel about the
requirement.
"This was something I ran into
coming into the University," Glauch
said. "I know it is something stu-
dents feel differently about across
the spectrum."
Glauch said he will present the
results to LSA-SG at the beginning
of the upcoming fall semester.
University officials are also plan-
ning to discuss the requirement
later in the term, Young said.

"It is also important for our orga-
nization to be as accepting as pos-
sible of the variety of definitions of
what it means to be 'Latino'," Ortiz
said.
This is not the first time the orga-
nization has changed its name to
broaden its appeal and bolster mem-
bership. The Latino Students Orga-
nization was originally called La Voz
Mexicana. In the early 1990s, the
group changed its name to La Voz
Latinato include members who were
not of Mexican descent, Ortiz said.
Ruben Soto, a Business School
junior and a member of the group,
said that with the name La Voz
Latina, people saw the group as
more of a social club than an orga-
nization that served the Latino
community.
Soto said he hopes the Latino
Student Organization will have
an image similar to groups like
the Black Student Union. La Voz is
changing more than just its name,
he said. It's trying to change the
group so that people do not attend
activities just to meet with friends
but also to help the Latino com-
munity.
Soto said he has noticed a
decline in the Latino community
on campus this year. Usually, at
least 40 people participate in four-
day program for incoming Latino
students. This year there were
only 20, Soto said.
Soto said the number of par-
ticipants in La Voz Latina have
dropped off as well.

DRUGS STUDY
From page lA
esty is not necessarily enforced.
"We geta high level of truth-tell-
ing for a host of reasons," he said.
Johnston said confidentiality
and administration of the survey
by the researchers lead students
to respond honestly. As evidence,
he cited a high correspondence
between teens own reported drug
use and what they report as their
friends' drug use.
Johnston said Monitoring the
Future paints a picture of drug use
in the United States so that every-
one from parents to drug policy
makers can respond to it in the
most effective way possible.
"Initially, people way overes-
timated the amount of drug use
kids were involved in," he said,
referring to the past tendencies
of policymakers to look at an iso-
lated sample of kids showing high
drug use and apply it to the teen
population at large.
The survey results are announced
each year at a press conference

in Washington, D.C. High-rank-
ing officials like Attorney General
Alberto Gonzales and the White
House's drug czar often join John-
ston at the podium
Bill Clinton's response to the
study resulted in one of the larg-
est nationwide campaigns to
reduce cigarette smoking in teens
- a project funded by a $250 bil-
lion legal settlement with tobacco
companies.
According to the 2006 Measur-
ing the Future results, though, the
decline in tobacco use by younger
teens is nearing a halt. Johnston
sees this as a sign that it's time for
new initiatives, though he's not
sure a campaign on the federal
level will succeed in reducing teen
drug use.
"Many perceptions of the dan-
gers of drug use come from the
media picking up stories and
spreading them," Johnston said.
In addition to all of the "unfortu-
nate role models" displayed nightly
on the local news, there are also
celebrities whose status may influ-
ence teen lifestyle changes when
they hit rock bottom, he said.

FORD
From page IA
had an intimate knowledge of air-
craft carriers - and even helped
save one in the Pacific.
Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) noted
that during Ford's combat service
aboard the aircraft carrier USS
Monterey, he led a crew that bat-
tled a fire sparked by planes shaken
loose in a December 1944 typhoon.

"Thirty years before Presi-
dent Ford would right our ship
of state, Lt. Ford helped save the
Monterey and its men," Levin
said.
Sen. John Warner (R-Va.),
who joined Levin in pushing for
the carrier to bear Ford's name,
recalled Ford's wise counsel as
he was considering a career in
politics. Warner served as Navy
secretary while Ford was vice
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ARIES some of the things you're thinking about
(March 21to April 19) today.
For some reason your personal life SCORPIO
might be on public display today. (Let's (Oct. 23 to Nov. 21)
hope you have nothing to hide.) Avoid You have a strong desire to let some-
public arguments. one know exactly what you think about
TAURUS something today. Conversations, with
(April 20to May 20) siblings especially, will be lively! It's
Today you have a strong urge to break OK to have your own point of view.
away from your daily routine. It's a mild Where is it written that you can't?
urge, but it's there. fThe study of any- SAGITTARIUS
thing new will appeal to you now. (Nov. 22 to Dec. 21)
GEMINI You might be less willing to lend
(May 21 to June 20) something to someone today. That's
No matter what happens, your emo- because you identify more strongly with
tional reaction to things will be more what you own.
intense than usual today., Keep this in CAPRICORN
mind. You're not losing it. (And you (Dec. 22 to Jan. 19)
don't feel casual about shared posses- The Moon is in your sign today. This
sions today.) always makes you a bit more emotional
CANCER about everything. (No big deal.) Be cool.
(June 21 to July 22) AQUARIUS
Conflicts with others might be heated (Jan. 20 to Feb. 10)
today because the Moon is directly Youneed to hide today or work quietly
opposite your sign right now. Take a behind the scenes. Whatever you're
deep breath. Don't get your belly in a doing, there's a good possibility that
rash over anything. you'll come across a secret. (Psst.)
LEO PISCES
(July 23 to Aug. 22) (Feb. 19to March 20)
'This is a good day to take care ofmat- It's important to talk to a female friend
ters related to home crafts or personal today. Someone needs to confide in you
hygiene and generally reorganize your or perhaps vice versa.
personal things. Reduce some of the YOU BORN TODAY You have firm
clutter in your life. Clean up a bit. ideas about your goals, and you're very
VIRGO independent. Early hardships that test
(Aug. 23 to Sept. 22) your mettle make you strong. You have
Your relations with women will be such a memorable, forceful character,
improved today (regardless of your own you sometimes overwhelm people. You
sex). In fact, you feel more protective work best on your own. Something
and nurturing toward others - both chil- you've been involved with for the past
dren and adults. decade could end this year to create
LIBRA room for something new to enter.
(Sept. 23to Oct. 22) Birthdate of: Jim Carrey, actor/come-
This is a good day to retire to a quiet, dian; Muhammad Ali, boxer; James Earl
secluded place. You need to get away Jones, actor.
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