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Thursday, February 1, 2007 - 7A
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During the mission, the
winning team will conduct
data collection and analysis at
Friendly competition does
not bother those involved.
"We're all friends here,"
Liemohn said, "but we oper-
ate under strict silence."
Because of the competition,
neither team was willing to
disclose the specifics of their
"It's fun to be working on
this project and have two
teams working on it in the
same building," Bougher said.
"We have to watch what we
talk about over lunch."
Measurements taken by
the mission will be the first of
They will give insight into
the process by which the Red
Planet lost much of its atmo-
sphere and probably most of
wind bombarded the atmo-
sphere, Mars's water evapo-
rated into space. The loss of
atmosphere left the planet's
surface a frozen wasteland.
Data from the mission
could also help shed light on
Earth's potential atmospher-
ic changes. Earth retains its
atmosphere because it is pro-
tected by a strong magnetic
field from its core. Mars has
no such core, but the atmo-
spheric data gathered by the
mission is still relevant. Mars
is most similar of the all plan-
ets to Earth, making it useful
to compare the two.
Both scientists considered
the 2011 mission a promis-
ing beginning for the study
of Mars. They said NASA's
selection of two such similar
proposals signifies its commit-
ment to understanding Mars'
climate and atmospheric evo-
Bougher hinted - only half-
joking - that the research
could also have an impact on
future terraforming of Mars, a
long-time sci-fi fantasy involv-
ing reshaping the planet into
a habitable environment that
may be realized with the help
of an atmospheric study.
From page 1A
national impact of the case
ended in January 2003,
when the Bush administra-
tion entered the debate in
opposition to the University's
policies. Former Democratic
presidential nominee Sen.
John Kerry filed an amicus
brief with the court in support
of the University.
Paul Courant remembered how
supporters of affirmative action
saw the University in the runup
to the Supreme Court case.
"We would hear 'Thank
you' wherever we went," Cou-
rant told The Michigan Daily
in November. "That really is
In an opinion written
by Chief Justice William
Rehnquist, the Supreme Court
struck down the University's
admissions system but upheld
the Law School's use of affir-
mative action and upheld race
as a legitimate consideration
in admissions policies.
The case was then returned
to the district court for fur-
University President Mary
Sue Coleman immediately
declared the Gratz ruling a
victory. "This is a tremendous
victory for the University of
Michigan, for all higher edu-
cation, and for the hundreds
of groups and individuals who
supported us," Coleman said.
in a written statement.
Yet the University's vic-
tory in the Gratz ruling would
prove to be temporary.
Defeated in the courts,
opponents of the University's
race-based admissions poli-
cies turned their efforts to the
Last fall, Gratz served as
the executive director of the
Michigan Civil Rights Ini-
tiative, a group that led the
campaign in favor of Pro-
posal 2, a state constitutional
amendment that banned the
University from considering
race, gender and ethnic ori-
gin in admissions, hiring and
In 2005, the courts slashed
the attorneys' fees that the
University owed the plain-
tiffs from $2 million to
$670,000. Shortly afterward,
the courts ruled that in order
to be awarded any dam-
ages, each plaintiff would
have to demonstrate that the
University's policies caused
them direct harm, which the
plaintiffs could not do. It was
then that they began settle-
ment discussions with the
From page 1A
national conference attended
by professionals in higher
where colleagues discuss
matters like student atti-
tudes and campus policies,
Wilson said there hasn't
been widespread objection
to date auctions on campus
recently but that she and
other administrators and fac-
ulty members still view the
practice as inappropriate.
Wilson said student atti-
tudes toward date auctions
seemed to have changed
over her career. She said she
remembers how in the 1980s,
during her college years,
such events sparked contro-
versy and sometimes even
attracted organized demon-
"It's a huge cultural and
societal symbol of oppres-
sion," she said. "It's hard for
me. It's like seeing a Nazi
The auction organizers
don't think the event will be
found offensive or compared
to historic slave auctions.
"The whole event is very
different," El-Sayed said. "It's
not about using each other.
Several students said a date
auction doesn't evoke images
of the slave trade for them.
"To say that something like
this done in a light-hearted
way for a good cause is even
remotely close to slave trad-
ing isn't giving justice to the
horrific and racist historic
slave auctions," LSA junior
Jen Bojan said.
Some students said the
comparison to the slave trade
is unwarranted, but that the
process of date auctions objec-
"It seems like ahigh school
popularity contest and like it's
based on looks," LSA junior
Moreland said reading the
University's advisory state-
ment made her think such
events might not be harmless.
"It's for a good cause, but
other organizations shouldn't
follow in their footsteps," she
EI-Sayed said the mem-
bers of Project Suyana
didn't encounter any nega-
tive opinions of the event
while they were asking stu-
dents to put themselves up
Only three students who
were asked declined to par-
ticipate in the fundraiser, El-
Olympic gold medalist
Michael Phelps told plan-
ners that he would be out-
of-town. Another student
said she didn't want to gar-
ner lingering, unwanted
attention from a stranger
who might win her - an
experience her friend had
after participating in a date
auction for another campus
group, El-Sayed said.
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(March 21 to April 19)
The Full Moon today creates tension
between romantic interests and friends.
It can also create conflicts involving
children. These problems will fade or
disappear by the weekend.
(April 20to May 20)
Today you're caught in the classic tug
of war between the demands of home
and family and the demands of career
and your public life. You cannot ignore
the public responsibilities you have right
(May 21to June 20)
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(June 21to July 22)
You have to respect the values of
someone else today, although these val-
ies do not reflect your own. Even
though we are all more alike than not
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wants pain), we still have our differ-
(July 23 to Aug. 22)
Today's Full Moon is in Leo, making
you more emotional than usual, and
thereby adding extra stuff to deal with in
your closest relationships. Be easy on
yourself Be easy on others.
(Aug. 23 to Sept. 22)
Be patient with co-workers today.
Expect increased stress at work because
of today's Full Moon. Many of the prob-
lems you have now will greatly diminish
by the weekend.
(Sept. 23 to Oct. 22)
Too often you try to please everyone.
Today this will be too difficult. Children,
romantic interests, friends and groups all
want a piece of you! You'll have to
(Oct. 23 to Nov. 21)
Despite the demands of your outer
world, focus on home and family if you
can today. Family members or domestic
conditions demand this now.
(Nov. 22 to Dec. 21)
Talk to siblings and neighbors. Stay
current with reading, writing and study-
ing. This insane busy period quiets down
by the weekend. (Whew!)
(Dec. 22 to Jan. 19)
Continue your efforts to spend and
earn money. You're definitely focused
on finances now. Today's Full Moon
might create a few speed bumps - no
(Jan. 20to Feb. 18)
Three planets are in your sign, and the
Full Moon directly opposes you. This
creates stress in your closest relation-
ships. Be patient with others. Thingswill
improve after the Moon peaks.
(Feb. 19 to March 20)
Some days are easier than others.
Factoid: Today's Full Moon creates a
few hurdles at work, largely because it
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