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'U' students
rejoice after
historic race

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Military science students rappel off of the top of the parking lot behind the School of Dentistry. The training exercise was intended to help first-year cadets overcome their fear of
heights and gain self-confidence.
Voters pass affirmative action.
b f Michiganuniversities

Michigan to become
third state to ban
admissions policies
Daily StaffReporter
Nov. 8, 2006 - Michigan voters
dealt a firm blow to the Universi-
ty's affirmative action programs
yesterday, voting decisively in
favor of Proposal 2, which bans
the consideration of race, gen-
der or national origin in college
admissions, hiring and contract-
University President Mary Sue
Coleman, a vocal opponent of the

proposal, reaffirmed the Uni-
versity's commitment to diver-
sity late last night in a statement
released before the election was
"We defended affirmative
action all the way to the Supreme
Court because diversity is essen-
tial to our mission as educators,"
Coleman said. "Regardless of
what happens with Proposal 2,
the University of Michigan will
remain fully and completely com-
mitted to diversity."
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 proposal's pas-
"It is like Christmas," Fan-

tuzzi said. "The government
can't discriminate against people
anymore - and that is a beautiful
Not all students were quite so
jubilant at the news.
LSA junior Rachel Tanner, who
campaigned against Proposal 2
with Students Supporting Affir-
mative Action, resigned herself to
defeat last night.
"We did a great job on campus,"
Tanner said. "But ultimately the
lies and deceptions prevailed."
While Michigan voters
approved Proposal 2 by a 16-per-
cent 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 amend-
ment, the University will be
forced to change its admissions
policies halfway through this
year's admissions cycle.
Marvin Krislov, the Univer-
sity's general counsel, confirmed
last week that the University may
request a stay to delay the imple-
mentation of the amendment.
In the coming weeks, Univer-
sity administrators will have to
review admissions, hiring and
outreach programs to ensure that
they are in compliance with the
new law.

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Lindreds gather A group of students formed a
drumline on the steps of the Har-
Diag to celebrate lan Hatcher Graduate Library,
while hundreds of students alter-
ection victory nated chants of "Go-bama!" and
"Yes we can!" to the beat.
By JULIE ROWE After receiving text messag-
Daily StaffReporter es, a group of students encour-
aged those gathered to go to the
5, 2008 - It was through streets. Students were asking each
screams and complete ela- other for a destination but no one
at Kinesiology sophomore seemed to know - or care where
n McCloud processed the the crowd was heading. Some
tion that the nation elected headed to Michigan Stadium,
president. others to the intersection of State
chless, she dropped to her Street and Liberty Street.
n the midst of hundreds of One group marched to the steps
ts gathered on the Diag just of the Michigan Union, clogging
1 p.m. last night, and prayed State Street and chanting, "It's
d, grateful that Barack great to see an Obama victory." A
* was elected the next presi- portion of the crowd walked along
the United States. toward the home of University
le she knelt, students erupt- President Mary Sue Coleman and
eafening chants of "Yes we called for her to make a speech.
nd "Obama!" which soared She never emerged and the group
ume over chaotic cheers, soon moved eastward on South
is and tears. University Avenue.
tly after Obama gave his The crowds and celebrations,
ance speech near mid- though numerous and disparate,
a band of percussionists, only grew through the evening as
iphonist and a tag-a-long national results came in.
doo player headed to the As of 4 a.m., Obama had won 338
laying a jazz version of the electoral votes, well above the 270
al Anthem. The hundreds needed to secure the presidency.
gathered at the center of Republican nominee John McCain
s circled the band. clinched 163 votes.
ents continued to pour into In the crucial fight for swing
ag from all directions, a few states, Obama nearly swept Repub-
large American Flags. A lican nominee McCain, though
A of University police moni- not by substantial margins in indi-
the crowd, including one vidual states. Obama took Florida,
rked on a path between the Pennsylvania, Ohio and Virginia.
nd West Hall. The crowd As of 4 a.m., North Carolina, Mis-
ed peaceful, yet rowdy as souri and Indiana were too close
watched. to call.

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