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Football Saturday, inside to forfeit to PSU
Sports, page 8A

Ann Arbor, Michigan

Friday, October 5, 2007


'U' considers
of dining halls

Theodore Shaw, the head of the NAACP's legal defense and education fund, condemned the "massive incarceration of African-Americans in the criminal justice system" in a
speech at the Michigan League yesterday.
Defending race-based affirmative action

System where each
dorm has its own
cafeteria nearing end
For the Daily
In a decade, on-campus din-
ing could consist of several large.
dining halls instead of smaller,
scattered cafeterias.
Administrators say those din-
ing halls will likely offer more
upscale, marketplace-style
Starting with the opening of
the Hill Dining Center next year,
the University's Residential Din-
ing Services plans to introduce
marketplace-style dining, into
one, large dining hall each on the
Hill, Central and North.Campus-
es, according to Christine Siegel,
the senior associate director of
Housing Services. After the Hill
Dining Center is finished, the
University will close the dining
halls in Stockwell, Couzens and
Alice Lloyd.
That sort of consolidation
could happen in other campus
neighborhoods, Siegel said.
Although it has no concrete
plans, the University could end
up creating a large marketplace-
style dining center to serve both
South and West Quads, Siegel
Siegel said the University
would work to make sure that
there is a dining hall within a
five-minute walk of every resi-
dence hall.

The changes are part of a
multi-phase plan to modernize
campus dining that grew out of
University President Mary Sue
Coleman's residential life initia-
tives, which she announced in
According to Michael Lee, the
director of Residential Dining
Services, the marketplace eat-
eries will have more open floor
plans than older dining halls like
East Quad and Couzens. They'll
also include more features like
those being included in the Hill
Dining Center, an international
food station, stone pizza ovens
and a soup, salad and deli bar.
The new dining system will
also feature some smaller opera-
tions, like Bursley's The Blue
Apple Emporium, a convenience
store. Lee said the Hill Dining
Center's retail store will sell
more food made-to-order, and
that cooks will prepare some
food right in front of students.
A marketplace-style dining
hall will be in place at North
Quad when the new residence
hall opens. The opening is
planned for 2010.
Siegel also said a survey of stu-
dents influenced the changes the
University is making in the din-
ing system.
Siegel said students filled out
dining service surveys and that
students wanted more quality,
variety and hours of service.
Some students maintained
that a five-minute walk may be a
point of contention, too.
"It's more convenient to have
See DINING, Page 7A


'the N
and th-
many h
to adop

w says class-based a proxy.
But Shaw, a former University
preferences Law School professor, said affir-
mative action based only on class
won't work wouldn't mean more blacks in
higher education and positions of
kRIEM QAMRUZZAMAN power because there are still more
Daily StaffReporter poor white people than poor black
odore Shaw, the head of "I know the majority of poor
AACP's legal defense and people in this country continue to
ional fund, said class-based be white," he said.
tive action is not sufficient Shaw told an audience at the
at race-based programs are Lydia Mendelssohn Theater yes-
l. terday that some think it's time to
e Proposal 2 banned affir- move past the issue of race because
action in Michigan last fall, they feel the nation has reached a
ave called for the University level of racial equality.
it a system based on class as "The political effort is a difficult

one because people deeply want to Shaw said the Jena example is just
believe that we've put these prob- one in the "massive incarceration
lems behind us," Shaw said. of African-Americans in the crimi-
Shaw discussed a number of nal justice system."
issues hurting the black commu- Shaw also voiced his disappoint-
nity during his talk. ed with a recent Supreme Court
He talked at great length about ruling that he said has set back the
the case involving six black teenag- cause of racial equality.
ers in Jena, La. who were charged He called a June ruling that
with attempted murder for alleged- banned some uses of race in K-12
ly beating up a white student. The school assignments "a betrayal"
incident occurred after students at of the landmark Brown v. Board of
the school hung a noose from a tree, Education decision.
heightening the tension between "I appreciate his honest style,"
the black and white students there. , said LSA senior Sheldon Johnson,
Shaw, who attended the protests the speaker of the Black Student
in Jena two weeks ago, said the Union. "The topic is something you
black students are facing "draco- don't necessarily get to hear. We
nian" sentences for a small crime. sort of glaze over diversity."

Shaman Drum
aims for more
Internship intended to help
students understand industry
Daily News Editor
Shaman Drum owner Karl Pohrt is opening his
bookstore's books.
Two LSA freshmen will start work at the store
next week as part of an unpaid internship program
designed to help other students understand how
the oft-criticized textbook business works.
Pohrt said students have lots of misconceptions
about his store.
He says he makes less than $50,000 a year, but
he said he thinks people assume his personal prof-
its are much higher.
"I think the perception is that those of us in the
book industry are lighting our cigars with $10 bills,
but that's not all always true," Pohrt said.
Pohrt held a meeting yesterday to finalize plans
with LSA freshmen Mengyuan Hou and Marcus
Smith, who will observe the inner workings of the
store throughout the first semester.
By working with the students, Pohrt said he
hopes to tear down the perceptions people might
have of Shaman Drum.
Hou and Smith will go through an orientation
session this week at the State Street store to gain
an understanding of how it operates.
For the rest of the semester, they'll play every
role at the store. They'll help unload shipments, sit
in on publishers' sales pitches and examine Sha-
See SHAMAN, Page 7A

On campus, another kind
of presidential debate

Students from
Obama, Clinton,
Edwards and Biden
groups argue
Daily StaffReporter
LSA junior Salim Alchurbaji
wasn't himself last night.
The College Democrats execu-
tive board member told the audi-
ence to call him Tim Russert as
he moderated an hour-long debate

between the heads of four campus
groups campaigning for Democrat-
ic presidential candidates.
The debate was held between
students representing Delaware
Sen. Joseph Biden, New York Sen.
Hillary Clinton, former North Car-
olina Sen. John Edwards and Illi-
nois Sen. Barack Obama.
It covered eight topics, including
the candidates' plans for the Iraq
War and their proposals for mak-
ing college tuition more affordable.
LSA senior Travis Radina, who
chairs Students for Edwards,
highlighted Edwards's plan to pay
See DEBATE, Page 7A

LSA sophmore Kelly Bernero spoke for Hillary Clinton in a debate between campus representatives of four
Democratic canditates for president last night in the Michigan Union.
Online course evaluations to
replace paper surveys


New evaluations could
result in lower
response rates
For the Daily
Online course evaluations are replacing
the pencil-and-paper surveys used in most
University classes. But the move could
decrease student participation.
This semester, all of the College of Engi-

neering's mid-term evaluations will be
conducted online. Officials plan to launch
online evaluations at the rest of the Univer-
sity's schools and colleges for the winter
semester evaluations.
"It's a more efficient way of collecting
data," said James Kulik, director of the
University Office of Evaluations and Exam-
At the moment, the office prints almost
500,000 surveys and distributes them to
about 15,000 classrooms. Then it collects,
sorts and scans them.
See SURVEYS, Page 7A

Music Prof. Stephen Rush leads his jazz group called Quartex on the Diag yesterday.
The group performed to celebrate the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi


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