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2A - Thursday, October 15, 2009
MONDAY:
In Other Ivory Towers

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TUESDAY:
Off the Beaten Path

WEDNESDAY:
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FRIDAY:
Photos of the Week

Instituting a race and ethnicity requirement

All current LSA students
must take one course address-
ing issues of race and diversity
before graduation - but that
wasn't always the case.
The University's diversity
course requirement passed on
Oct. 8, 1990, according to an
article published in The Mich-
igan Daily Oct. 9, 1990.
The article reported that
LSA's Faculty General Assem-
bly voted 139-90 to approve a
mandatory course for under-
graduates "examining the
meaning of race, ethnicity and
racism."
After three years of
debate, the General Assem-
bly welcomed the new course
requirement with "applause
and cheers."
Then-History Prof. Ter-

rence McDonald, who now
serves as dean of the Col-
lege of Literature, Science
and the Arts, co-authored
the proposal and told the
Daily at the time that three
other diversity proposals had
been presented to the faculty,
though only one of them was
seriously considered.
That plan, termed Proposal
A, focused only on "ethnic
and racial intolerance in con-
temporary American society,"
according to the Daily article.
The faculty had voted against
it 99-50 the previous April.
The Daily article quoted
McDonald as saying that his
Faculty Proposal included a
broader range of disciplines
and directly involved faculty
in the development of diver-

sity courses.
While Proposal A focused
only on diversity in the United
States, the Faculty Proposal
looked at those issues in any
society. ThiswayLSAstudents
could satisfy the requirement
by taking courses like Jews
in the Modern World, Dutch
Culture or Introduction to
Anthropology.
Students stood divided over
the new requirement, as the
Daily reported in an Oct. 10,
1990 article.
"It would get people to
confront issues they wouldn't
ordinarily," LSA senior Nicole
Susser told the Daily at the
time.
Chad Reidler, an LSA
freshman, was more critical,
arguing that requiring such

a course eliminated choice.
Reidler also told the Daily that
because of the University's
emphasis on racial and ethnic
diversity on campus, a manda-
tory course was unnecessary.
Although the Michigan Stu-
dent Assembly did not take an
official position, its president,
Jennifer Van Valey, expressed
both enthusiasm and skepti-
cism over the proposal in an
interview with the Daily at the
time.
"I will always be in favor of
a diversity requirement," Van
Valey told the Daily.
However, she added the
broad range of classes would
not force students "to look at
the way racism is constructed
in their minds."
-DYLAN CINTI

James Olekszyk, contemplates his Scrab-
ble options as Steve Lawrence, co-founder
of the Ann Arbor Scrabblers, looks on.

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CRIME NOTES
Appliances
abandoned at
dumpster's door
WHERE: 700 block S. Fifth Ave.
WHEN: Tuesday at about 9 a.m.
WHAT: Various appliances
were left near a dumpster
owned by the Sports Coliseum
without permission, University
Police reported. There are no
suspects.
Gym theft
WHERE: CCRB
WHEN: Tuesday around 11 p.m.
WHAT: A student's gym bag
with a cellphone, a wallet and
other "personal property"
was stolen while the student
played basketball between 9:30
p.m. and 10:45 p.m, University
Police reported. There are no
suspects.

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CAMPUS EVENTS & NOTES

Marker malice
WHERE: Palmer Drive Com-
WHEN: Tuesday around noon
WHAT: A person wrote in ink
on a poster, damaging it, Uni-
versity Police reported. Police
know of a suspect and are inves-
tigatingthe situation.
Bicycle larceny
WHERE: Life Sciences Insti-
tute Building
WHEN: Tuesday at about 11:45
a.m.
WHAT: A black 10-speed
bicycle, which had been
locked, was stolen between
10/1/2009 and 10/8/2009, Uni-
versity Police reported. The
estimated combined value of
the bike and the lock is $165.
There are no suspects.

Source-citing
workshop
WHAT: An informational
session on importingcitations
from the Internet and creating
formatted bibliographies.
WHO: Teaching and Tech-
nology Collaborative
WHEN: Today from 3 p.m. to
5 p.m.
WHERE: Harlan Hatcher
Graduate Library, Room 206
International
jobs panel
WHAT: A panel featuring
student interns, returned
Peace Corps volunteers will
discuss opportunities in the
foreign and civil service.
WHO: Gerald R. Ford School
of Public Policy
WHEN: Tonight at 6 p.m.
WHERE: Wiell Hall, Room
1120

Health care
reform panel
WHAT: A panel discussion
on health care reform featur-
ing University professors and
researchers.
WHO: Gerald R. Ford School
of Public Policy
WHEN: Today at 4 p.m.
WHERE: Weill Hall, Room
1120
Lecture on
women's rights
WHAT: Faye Wattleton the
co-founder of the Center for
the Advancement of Women,
will speak about the unfin-
ished Women's rights agenda.
WHO: Center for Education
of Women
WHEN: Today at 5p.m.
WHERE: Rackham Audito-
rium, Fourth Floor
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Angeles reported that Pabst
Blue Ribbon Beer sales are
up 25 percent this year. Accord-
ing to their report, sales have
increased because of marketing
campaigns aimed at increasing
sales among"hipsters."
2The Stearns Collection
ofhMusical Instruments
on North Campus hous-
es about 2,500 old and rare
instruments.
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3USA Today is reporting
that a controversial bill that
would require the Census
Bureau to ask people whether
they are in the country illegally
is scheduled for a Senate vote
on Wednesday. If it passes, this
would be the first time the Cen-
sus Bureau asked this question.

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