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The Statement, Page 6B

Ann Arbor, Michigan

Wednesday, September 3,2008

michigandaily.com

Leading
gay rights
advocate at
'U' retires
Toy co-founded University's
LGBT Affairs office
By JESSICA BAER
Daily StaffReporter
James Toy officially retired July 1, but he prefers to
say that he's "retreaded."
"I keep on working for justice and equality," said the
78-year-old, a University alum who has devoted his
life to advocating for the LGBT community. "We must
work until we all are free and enjoy full human and
civil rights."
Toy, recognized as the first person in the state to
publicly declare his homosexuality, said his commit-
ment stems in part from the injustices he endured in
middle school when other schoolchildren criticized
his mixed race and poverty.
Toy got started with the LGBT community in 1969
when he attended what he called a "gay meeting," an
open gathering of the state's homosexuals. He was ap-
prehensive about attending the meeting at the time,
See TOY, Page 7A

WORKS IN PROGRESS
Fifteen major construction or renovation
projects totaling more than $1.3 billion are
underway across campus."
By Kyle Swanson|1.Daily Staff Reporter

NORTH QUAD RESIDEN-
TIAL AND ACADEMIC
COMPLEX
When completed, the 220,000
square foot complex will house
four LSA departments, the School
of Information and provide housing
for 460 University students.
ESTIMATED COMPLETION DATE:
Summer of 2010
ESTIMATED COSt: $175 million

I

C.S. MOTT CHILDREN'S &
WOMEN'S HOSPITALS
The twobuildings, totalingapprox-
STOCKWELL RESIDENCE imately1.1 million squarefeet, are.
HAL L Eslated to include state-of-the-art
The dorm's dining room and court clinical and inpatient facilities
Therdrm'sbinicnromandtourt- for children and women.
pardarebeingconerteditbath- ESTIMATED COMPLETION DATE:
om smplumbing and heating sys-a lof2010
tams are . T hlTE _O : $523 million
being renovated.
ESTIMATED COMPLETION DATE:
Summer 2009
ESTIMATED COST: $39.6 million

SOUTH UNIVERSITY AVE.

G9'
N

ALUMNI MEMORIAL HALL
MUSEUM OF ART
A 54,000-square-foot addition to
the Museum of Art and renovations
to the original building were offi-
cially completed this summer.
Collections are now being moved
back to the museum. ESTIMATED COMPLETION DATE;
Spring, 2009
ESTIMATED COST: $41.9 million

HILL ST.

STEPHEN M. ROSS
BUSINESS SCHOOL
New facilities will feature 12-tiered
classrooms, an auditorium, faculty
offices, student services activities
space and a food court.
ESTIMATED COMPLETION DATE:
October 2008, with classes slated
to begin in January 2009
ESTIMATED COST: $145 million

Jim Toy, a gay rights activist for nearly four decades, retired
from the University earlier this year.

Young Republicans: Palin's daughter's
pregnancy shouldn't impact race

* CAMPAIGN 2008
Getting shut out of the
Grand Old parties

By ANDY KROLL
Daily News Editor
St. PAUL, Minn. - With the dra-
ma surrounding Hurricane Gustav's
arrival barely having subsided here
at the Republican National Con-
vention, a new media storm blew
into town with the news that vice
presidential hopeful Sarah Palin's
daughter is pregnant.
Just as soon as the Alaska gov-
ernor announced that her 17-year-
old daughter, Bristol Palin, was five
months pregnant, a nationwide
news frenzy ensued. Rumors flew
about the father of the child and
Sarah Palin's future as McCain's
vice presidential nominee.
But coming to the defense of both
mother and daughter are young Re-
publicans here in St. Paul. Not only
do they express their undivided
support for the Palin family, but,
for the most part, they also criticize
the media for what they believe to
be unfairly overblown coverage of

the news.
The support for Bristol Pa-
lin's decision to keep her child was
unanimous among young Republi-
cans here at Xcel Energy Arena.
"They are embracingtheir daugh-
ter as she brings a new life into the
world with enthusiasm, and that's
the most important thing," said Jes-
sica Colon, president of the Young
Republican National Federation.
An enthusiastic politico from
Lafayette, Colorado, wearing but-
tons reading "Jihad This" and "Gun
Control is hitting your target," 22-
year-old Kimberly Peticolas said
she admired Bristol Palin for stick-
ing to her convictions and marrying
the father of the child, 18-year-old
Levi Johnston.
"She does have the family val-
ues, clearly, and she continues to
have pro-life values like her mother
does," Peticolas said. "And I really
respect that she's sticking to those
convictions even though she's real-
See PALIN, Page 3A

MINNEAPOLIS - I knew from
the first furrowed brow, nervous
glance and cautious examination
of my press credentials that I
wasn't getting
in the door.
The party
was an AT&T-
hosted cel-
ebration of
Michigan's
Republican -.4 2
National Con- ANDY
vention del- KROLL
egation at the
swanky Karma
nightclub in.
downtown Minneapolis's Ware-
house District.
Never mind that I'd received
two separate invitations to this
shindig from Michigan Senate
Majority Leader Mike Bishop and
Oakland County Sheriff Mike
Bouchard.
Any plans I had to see Repub-

licans at the parties were now
foiled.
The first sumo-sized bouncer
heard my plea to get into the
party, whispered something into a
small lapel mic, and then another
intimidating bouncer stepped out-
side to scrutinize my credentials
and hear my case. He mumbled
something into his walkie-talkie
and soon after a woman - whomi
presumed to be some sortof press
secretary - emerged.
She curtly informed me that
I could briefly interview Bishop
and Bouchard for a few minutes
outside of the club but that I would
not, under any circumstances, be
allowed inside, despite my insis-
tence that I'd been invited - twice.
A short while later Bishop and
Bouchard appeared, and as one
of the sumo-sized bouncers stood
over my shoulder I began asking
the two delegates a few Michigan-
See KROLL, Page 7A

AP PHOTO
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the Republican vice presidential candidate, disclosed
this week that her 17-year-old daughter is five months pregnant.
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