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Students question
Coleman on
drops in minority
enrollment at chat

A honor guard stands at attention as the remains of Air Force Sgt. Robert Stinson are unloaded by ground personnel at Ontario International Airport yesterday.
NWIIairman's remS ains found

Military divers
found leg fragments
of Stinson, who died
on Sept. 1, 1944
HIGHLAND, Calif. (AP) - For
two decades after her son's bomb-
er went down in the Pacific Ocean
during World War II, Vella Stinson
faithfully wrote the U.S. govern-
ment twice a month to ask if his
body had been found - or if any-
one was looking.
The mother of six strapping
boys went to her grave without the
answer that has finally reached
her two surviving sons 65 years
later: the remains of Sgt. Robert
Stinson are coming home.
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environment," he said. "One way of
supportingthat is through thistype
of housing."
Though Samberg's project is
residential, University Prof. of Sus-
tainable Enterprise Andy Hoffman
said commercial projects are the
more likely candidates for green
"One of the problems with resi-
dential green construction is that
people switch homes too quickly,"
he said. "So big corporations like
universities get all the benefits of
green construction."
Hoffman said it is a "basic fact"
that there is an increasing trend
in green construction, but be isn't
sure about the underlying reasons
as to why.
"I think it's driven probably more
by economics than it is by actual
concern for the environment."
University Planner Susan Gott
said there are a number of initia-
tives currently at the University to
promote and encourage eco-friend-
liness on campus. Included are
programs like the campus-wide
conservation campaign Planet Blue
and the increased variety of recy-
cling options in residence halls.
I Gott said all these programs are
changing with time, but that the
University is trying to make resi-
dence halls and all campus build-
ings more eco-friendly by better
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charge is placed on all orders.
Currently, S2YD employs five
drivers and anywhere from one
to four can be making deliveries
at a time.
Many restaurants affiliated
with S2YD can also be found on
EatBlue.com, one of the company's
main competitiors.
Demchick explained how S2YD
"We employ drivers and basi-
cally the way it works is people can
order through us either by calling
in or online on our website," he
said. "We have a call center which
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the GPA.
With this new process, students

who apply to the University with
a GPA over a 4.0 will not have an
advantage since admissions officers
will continue to review the entire
transcript, looking at how the stu-
4ent responded to the courses avail-
able at their high school.
"What we're going to still do

Military divers recovered
several pieces of leg bone from
the wreckage of a B-24J Libera-
tor bomber found at the bottom
of the ocean off the coast of the
island nation of Palau. DNA test-
ing showed the femur fragments
belonged to the 24-year-old flight
engineer who died in combat on
Sept.1, 1944.
Stinson's remains arrived under
U.S. Air Force escort Wednesday
and will be buried Friday at River-
side National Cemetery with full
military honors. In between, the
body will be kept at a mortuary
less than 100 yards from the home
where Stinson grew up with his
"He's not someplace on a lit-
tle island or at the bottom of the
ocean. He's home," said Edward
managing water use, reducing
lighting during construction and
increasing the amount of insulation
in buildings. ~
"We're an evolving institution,"
she said. "We're always responding
to new demands and new opportu-
She said that the University uses
LEED as a checklist for measur-
ing sustainability performance on
their projects.
Though it won't be LEED-certi-
fied, Gott said North Quad is a good
example of the University's green
efforts since it will have "optimum
Andy Berki, manager of Envi-
ronmental Sustainability for the
Department of Occupational
Safety and Environmental Health
discussed in an e-mail a few sub-
stantial savings the University has
experienced through eco-friendly
In five PlanetBlue pilotbuildings,
energy consumption has decreased
by 6 percent, he wrote, resulting in
an annualized saving of $340,000.
Based on the estimated annual
energy consumption, Berki wrote
that North Quad could net an
approximate $300,000 in annual
He also discussed the solar col-
lector on the roof of the Central
Power Plant, which results in
around $4,000 savings annually.
And the trend isn't just limited to
campus here in Ann Arbor.
Atthe University of Colorado, the
will take calls and contact the res-
taurant and they will make the
order, our drivers will come pick it
up and deliver it to the customer's
Looking into the future Dem-
chick said the goal of the company
is to continue growing.
"The bigger we expand, the bet-
ter," he said. "I guess we're trying
to basically make every restaurant
accessible to every student regard-
less of if they have a car or if it's
nice outside. We want to make
sure if they want any restaurant
they can go on and get that res-
taurant. If the restaurant delivers
themselves, that's great, but if not
we'd like to take care of that for
is that we're going to look at the
courses that were available in the
school and we're going to look at
how many of those courses the stu-
dent took and we're going to look at
it in the context of other students

from the high school and we're
going to look at the grades they
made in those courses," Spencer
"Just because you have a GPA of
4.3, if you didn't challenge the cur-
riculum, if you didn't take the right
kind of courses and you didn't do

Stinson, who was 9 when his
brother died.
For Robert Stinson, the journey
home was far from a sure thing.
Stinson's family knew only that
his bomber had gone down in the
Pacific Ocean after being hit by
anti-aircraft fire. The government
politely responded to his mother's
letters but said again and again
that no new information had sur-
The family learned that Stinson,
who joined the Army Air Forces
right out of high school, won sev-
eral medals in the summer of 1944
for participating in dangerous
attacks on Japanese airdomes,
military installations and enemy
ships. His plane was dubbed
"Babes in Arms."
In 1994, a nonprofit group of

adventurers and scuba divers
began to search for the miss-
ing bomber off the waters of
Koror, Palau's biggest island. The
15-member group, called Bent-
Prop, travels to the island nation
each year for a month to search for
some 200 missing U.S. World War
II aircraft.
Half of the wrecks scattered in
the waters around the archipelago's
300 tiny islands have missing crew
members associated with them,
said Daniel O'Brien, a member of
the BentProp team. Stinson's plane
had 11 crew members - and there
were eyewitness reports of where
it went down. Eight crew members
went down with the plane; three
parachuted out, but were captured
by the Japanese and are believed to
have been executed.

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en each year.
Despite the drop in underrep-
the number of underrepresented
minorities applying to the Uni-
versity has increased in the last
two years.
Rackham student David Green
asked what the University has
been doing to maintain diversity
at the University since the state
banned affirmative action.
Coleman said despite the pas-
sage of that ban, she was pleased
the University didn't suffer the
"dramatic decline" that schools in
California and Washington expe-
rienced when the states passed
similar proposals.
Another student asked if,
similar to the rise in overall
undergraduate applications, the
number of minority applicants
had increased.
Though Coleman didn't know
the exact number of minority
students who applied, she said
the increase was an "encourag-
ing sign." Coleman said though
an increasing number of minor-
ity students were applying to the
University and being admitted,
fewer are choosing to enroll.
"If we were in a position where
families are saying, 'Look, don't
even bother to apply to Michi-
gan,' " Coleman said. "That's a
very different problem."
Coleman said underrepresent-
ed minority students have many
options when it comes to choos-
ing a college and the University
can't match schools that offer
scholarships that the Univer-
sity cannot provide because of
restrictions on minority-targeted
While the University cannot
.giv .similar scholarshipsCole-
man said there are other things
administrators can do to increase
minority enrollment, like com-
munity outreach.
On Tuesday, Coleman traveled
to Detroit and met with counsel-
ors, principals and the superin-
tendent of Detroit Public Schools
to discuss strategies for increas-
ing minority enrollment at the
"We had a wonderful conver-
sation about things that we could
do to help," Coleman said. "So
we're on it."
However, one student said
minorities often are discouraged
from applyingto the University -
citing his high school counselor
who told him not to apply to the
University because he wouldn't
Coleman said she had a similar
conversation while talking this
week with educators in Detroit
who said they didn't want stu-
dents to be discouraged by the
University's academic vigor
when the work is easier at other

In response, Coleman said stu-
dents should never be discour-
aged from applying in fear that
they won't achieve academic suc-
"I said 'Look, first of all, you
can't predict (what will happen).
You come in, you get going, you'll
blossom and it's so worth it to
you at the end of the day to have
this Michigan degree,' "Coleman
Walter Lacy, a Kinesiology
student currently taking time
off, said campus segregation
exists. He questioned Coleman
on how racial tensions can be
Coleman said she believes it's
very important that students,
faculty and administrators see
each other as human beings and
that the University has many
programs that encourage inter-
group dialogue.
"I think we have a number
of ways to try to get people to
get to know each other and see
each other as individuals and as
human beings and not as mem-
bers of any particular group," she
She added that many students
come from "very homogeneous"
high schools, where they haven't
interacted with people of other
races, backgrounds or religious
"It becomes asmatter of how do
you break down those walls. How
you get people to see each other,"
she said. "It's an issue."
However, Coleman noted that
a high percentage of alumni has
responded in surveys that their
exposure to diversity at the Uni-
versity helped them be success-
ful in their careers.
"That's not to say that things
don't happen on the campus, but
I think we work pretty hard at
it, and it's pretty effective," she
said. "But we've got to always
work at it."
After the chat, Lacy said in an
interview that he was not sat-
isfied with Coleman's answers
about race and diversity.
"It sounded like a general
statement. It's something I've
heard before in public speeches
and just in general discussion,"
Lacy said. "That is the response
you get about race. That is, 'we're
doing the best we can."'
He added that he thinks there
is "deep-seated racism that exists
at Michigan."
LSA senior Andrew Dalack,
outreach chair for Students
Allied for Freedom and Equal-
ity, a pro-Palestinian campus
group, had a different opinion
and said he thought the chat
went well.
"I always admire President
Coleman," he said. "I think she
has great leadership style, and
she has great pioneering ideas for
the University."

This house on Packard St. is being renovated to be the first LEED-certified private

student housing in Ann Arbor.
39-year-old Environmental Center
has guided sustainability efforts on
campus. In addition to greening the
Colorado campus, the center aims
to educate students about conserv-
ing the environment.
In addition to educating stu-
dents, the center works with other
divisions on CU's campus - like
housing and dining - to promote
Casey LeFever, Housing and
Dining Promotions coordinator for
Manager Nick Oliverio of Max
& Erma's on East Eisenhower
Parkway said the new service
will definitely mean more student
customers ordering from his res-
"It's been picking up kind of
steady since September when
the school got back in," he said.
"You're going to target it a lot at
the dorms. I mean that's who we
were targeting initially."
Oliverio also commented on the
success of the deliveries.
"So far it's been great," he
said. "We have plans to keep it
going just the way it's going right
Owner Sukhdial Singh of the
Quizno's located on South Main
well in those you won't be advan-
taged in our system," Spencer con-
tinued. "It will remain the same,
Spencer said that after research-
ing the issue, the difference in
recalculated GPAs did not signifi-
cantly change students' GPAs. Sul-
livan said the average change was
as little as 0.08 points on a four-
point scale.
Dick Tobin, director of college
counseling at Greenhills School in
Ann Arbor, said admissions offices

the center, wrote in an e-mail that
the center has been implementing
many programs to increase sus-
tainability in residence halls.
"Being green often means saving
money,"hewrote in the e-mail. "For
example, just last year, CU's Dining
Services eliminated disposable cof-
fee cups in their dining halls. This
meant hundreds of thousands of
cups were diverted from the land-
fill, and less money was spent by the
dining halls."
Street said the reason he got
involved with S2YD was really to
help the students.
"I can go to the students and
maybe their needs are a little far
away from me so that way I can
reach them and give them busi-
ness ... So I'm just helping myself
and helping them," he said.
However, Singh said business
hasn't been good enough for him
to keep working with S2YD and
the results of the partnership have
been mixed.
"It's not easy for me as a fran-
chise owner," he said. "Quizno's
took 11 to 12 percent, then (S2YD)
took (money). I want it to improve,
but I don't know, we will see ... I
can wait a few more months."
at many colleges and universities
around the country do not recalcu-
late GPAs.
He said he believes this change is
understandable, given the amount
of time it took to recalculate GPA.
"I think that the GPAs that Mich-
igan will work with, the ones that
we submit, and this is what they've
found, will be almost identical to
what they were finding when they
recalculated," Tobin said. "So -in
that way I don't think there will be
a difference."

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light vigil was just the beginning
of what the Black Student Union
hopes to accomplish.
"We want to commemorate,
but we also want to instilla move-
ment," James said.
The ceremony opened with
the singing of "Lift Every Voice
And Sing" - the Black National
Anthem- andthenacknowledged
the death of many individuals lost
to urban violence by reading their
names aloud.
Members of the Michigan Gos-
pel Chorale sang in memory of all
the victims and the treasurer of
the Black Student Union, Kortni
Malone, recited Maya Angelou's
poem "Million Man March."
Brittney Williams, the group's
community outreach chair, sang
"Amazing Grace" before Walter
Lacy, a Kinesiology student cur-
rently taking time off, recited
another poem that was dedicated
to two boys lost to inner-city vio-
Finally, the floor was opened
for participants to give remarks
about urban-youth brutality.
One student spoke specifically
about African Americans at the
University of Michigan. He said
these lucky few must understand
they are the exception in the
African-American community,
and the ultimate hope is that this
exception will become the rule.
Most of those who spoke up at
the event agreed that the African-

American community must open
itself up to change and lead others
by example.
McClendon said this shift can
and will occur.
"I really do feel that change
takes place within oneself and
then from there it gets conta-
gious," he said. "I've been affected
by change. Inspirational instruc-
tors I've had changed my para-
digm, changed my approach,
changed my outlook."
"Just as theyhave that power to
change and affect me, I have that
same power to affect and change
someone else," he continued. "I
can guarantee that a change is
going to take place because it is
going to take place within me."
Kinesiology junior Darren
Craddieth agreed, saying that the
African-American community
will evolve.
"A lot of our youth feel like they
have no help and they have no way
out, so we just have to be that way
out for them and let them know
anything is possible for them," he
said. "We have fought for all of our
lives, coming from slavery to now,
so we just have to be that differ-
LSA senior Crystal Irving said
it is the responsibility of African-
American students at the Uni-
versity to lead others in the right
"There is already enough sad-
ness and depression in the world,
there is just no more room for any
kind of situation like this," she
said. "It is definitely our job to step
in and intervene."

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