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NOV. 3, 2004
Mich. bans gay
Voters in Michigan approved a
ballot proposal on Nov. 2 to amend
the state's constitution to ban
gay marriage and other similar
With the adoption of the pro-
posal, the constitution will now
define the union between a man
and a woman in legal marriage as
"the only agreement recognized as
amarriage or similarunion for any
About 63 percent of voters
approved the proposal.
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual
and Transgender caucus of the
University's chapter of the Col-
lege Democrats led a movement
on campus opposing the proposal
by campaigning in the Diag during
the week before the vote.
"We are arguing that this
amendment puts discrimination
into our constitution," caucus
member AndreaKnittel said. "The
American soldier killed in Iraq. At
sundown they held a candlelight
ceremony and read the names of
American soldiers killed in Iraq.
The rocket attack in Baghdad
of April 19 brought the number of
American soldiers killed in Iraqup
LSA sophomore Pamela Baker,
who attended the rally, said anti-
war protest is still relevant even
though a year has elapsed since
the U.S. invasionbegan.
"A lot of people think it doesn't
matter anymore because we
already went to war," she said,
"but it's important in an election
year because a lot of people are
concerned about the direction the
U.S. is going, especially in foreign
- Lucille Vaughan, Daily Staff
JANUARY 4, 2007
Bill Clinton to
speak to grads
During their college careers, the class of 2007 saw
the deaths of two of the University's most celebrated
alumni and of a beloved former football coach:
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The master of theater -
Arthur Miller, an iconic playwright of American
theater, died Feb. 10, 2005 at the age of 89. After grad-
uating from the University
in 1938, Miller became a
renown author, speaker
and playwright. He
went on to win the
Pulitzer Prize in
1949 for his trag-
edy "Death of a
Dm rasprytengtfNv.720.School of Business sophomore Arvind Sohoni somberly watches Proposal 2 results trickle in at a College
Democrats party tre night of Nov. 7, 2006.
Proposal 2 gets
58 percent of vote
By WALTER NOWINSKI
Daily News Editor
Nov. 8, 2006 - Michigan voters dealt a firm
blow to the University's affirmative action
programs on Nov. 7, voting decisively in favor
of Proposal 2, which bans the consideration
of race, gender or national origin in college
admissions, hiring and contracting.
University President Mary Sue Coleman,
a vocal opponent of the proposal, reaffirmed
the University's commitment to diversity late
last night in a statement released before the
election was called.
"We defended affirmative action all the
way to the Supreme Court because diversity
is essential to our mission as educators," Cole-
man said. "Regardless of what happens with
Proposal 2, the University of Michigan will
remain fully and completely committed to
LSA junior Ryan Fantuzzi, co-chair of the
Washtenaw County Michigan Civil Rights
Initiative, the group that campaigned for the
amendment, said he was overjoyed at the pro-
"It is like Christmas," Fantuzzi said. "The
governmentcan'tdiscriminate against people
anymore - and that is a beautiful thing."
Not all students were quite so jubilant at
LSA senior Rachael Tanner, who cam-
paigned against Proposal 2 with Students
Supporting Affirmative Action, resigned her-
self to defeat last night.
"We did a great job on campus," Tanner
said. "But ultimately the lies and deceptions
While Michigan voters approved Proposal
2 by a 16-percent margin, University students
voted decisively against the amendment. In
predominantly student precincts around
campus, Proposal 2 failed 75 to 21 percent.
The amendment to the state Constitution
will go into effect sometime in late December,
depending on the day that the Secretary of
State certifies the election results.
Unless a judge delays the implementation
of the amendment, the University will be
forced to change its admissions policies half-
way through this year's admissions cycle.
Marvin Krislov, the University's general
counsel, confirmed last week that the Univer-
sity may request a stay to delay the implemen-
tation of the amendment.
In the coming weeks, University adminis-
trators will haveto review admissions, hiring
and outreach programs to ensure that they
are in compliance with the new law.
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are so vague and After a string of relatively low-
that we don't know profile commencement speakers
dment will do." drew complaints from many grad-
he constitutionality uating seniors, this year's choice,
ment will be chal- former President Bill Clinton, is
ourts. eliciting a much different reac-
ing of the amend- tion.
match for what its Clinton will address an audi-
tim it should achieve ence of about 40,000 in Michigan
otect marriage from Stadium on April 28.
state judges. This Having a speaker as famous as
oes much farther, Clinton is a cause for excitement
invalidate private among many members of the class
and civil unions," of 2007. Students said the past
kendall, professor of several speakers have lacked name
n State University's recognition.
r. The fact that Clinton was a
world leader as the class of 2007
- Karen Tee, was growing up is a bonus, LSA
Daily Staff Reporter senior Allison Jacobs said.
"We watched him when we
were in middle school and just
T learning aboutpolitics," she said.
iraq: one Gary Krenz, special counsel to
University President Mary Sue
r Coleman, who heads the com-
mencement speaker search pro-
first anniversary of cess, said it took over a year to
of the war in Iraq, secure Clinton's commitment.
00 Ann Arbor resi- "Throughout the year, people
through the city on with (Coleman's) office checked
to protest America's in on the invitation and reiterated
volvement in Iraq our desire to have him speak," said
the victims of the Lisa Jeffreys, a project specialist
in Coleman's office.
titled "The World Krenz said those involved in
o to War" and spon- the process worked with contacts
nn Arbor Area Com- close to Clinton to bolster the
.e, Anti-War Action! University's chances of recruiting
for Peace, was part him.
test throughout the The University Board ofRegents
granted Clinton an honorary doc-
r Peace constructed torate of laws Jan.18.
netery on the grass
'ith a cross, Star of - Jessica Vosgerchian,
r symbol for every Daily Staff Reporter
1E MBECHLER 1929-2006
The leader of
Bo Schembechler, who
coached the Michigan
football team for 21 years,
died Nov. 17, 2006 at the
age of 77. During his ten-
ure, Schembechler won 13
Big Ten titles, went to 10
Rose Bowls and compiled
a 194-48-5 record.
Although not a
ni, he embodied
r t the Michigan
GERALD FORD: 1913-2006
The head of state -
Gerald Ford, the only
president never elected
to either the presidency
or the vice presidency
and the only Univer-
sity alumni to ever
become president, died
Dec. 26, 2006 at the age
of 93. He made the con-
to pardon his pre-
Nixon. The move was
maligned at the time, but it
was later widely commended.
He received the John F. Kennedy Profile in
Courage award for his decision in 1991.
- Text by Jessica Vosgerchian
- Illustrations by Sam Butler
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The University has a different landscape today than it did when members
of the class of 2007 were trying to find their classes freshman year.
1. The Big House
In its November 2006 meeting,
the University Board of Regents
approved schematic designs for
a plan that would add 83 luxury
suites and 3,200 club seats to
Michigan Stadium. The plan drew
criticism from some community
members who said the Regents'
votes were secretive and that the
skyboxes themselves are unat-
tractive and elitist. But according
to research by Architecture Prof.
Mojtaba Navvab, the renovations
should take the noise level of the
Big House from that of a loud office
to that inside a New York subway.
Construction will begin after one
more vote approving the final plan
in the following months.
create a living and learning envi-
ronment for students. North Quad
is expected to open in fall 2010.
ect overview as "a symbolic gate-
way to Central Campus."
3. Overhauling the 5. Bridging campus
The Hill area hasn't had a
semester's rest from construction
since work began on the addition
to the School of Public Health
in the fall of 2003. Since then,
renovation began on Mosher-Jor-
dan Residence Hall that includes
creating a multi-level lobby area
and ground was broken for the
Hill Dining Center that will be
attached to Mosher-Jordan Hall
and will be the main dining source
for residents of Hill area dormito-
ries. The project is scheduled for
completion in the fall of 2008.
The Palmer Drive Development
- which includes the Life Science
Institute Building, the Under-
graduate Science Building, Palmer
Commons, a parking center and
the pedestrian bridge that con-
nects them all - was completed in
December 2005. The development
provides offices, classrooms, con-
ference rooms and event spaces for
faculty and students, as well as an
alternative route to Central Cam-
pus for Hill area residents.
6. The latest
In September 2001 the Univer-
sity Board of Regents approved the
plans to construct the Biomedical
Science Research building on Zina
Pitcher Place. The 472,000-square-
foot building broke ground in the
spring of 2002 and was completed
in February 2006. The Medical
School Building includes 240 labo-
ratories, an animal research facility
and a 300-seat auditorium situated
inthe front of the structure.
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2. Frieze falling 4. A new home for
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Demolition of the 99-year-old
Frieze Building began in February
which will be the University's first
new residence hall since Bursley
Hall was built in 1968. North Quad
will include a 10-story residential
wing and a seven-story academic
wing in the University's effort to
Construction ended in Septem-
ber 2006 on Joan and Sanford
Weill Hall, which houses the Ger-
ald R. Ford School of Public Policy.
The building is situated on the cor-
ner of State and Hill streets and is
heralded in the University's proj-