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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

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-AFFIRMATIVE ACTION BEFORE THE COURT -
Precedent
weighs on
Supreme
Court case

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Republican Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan speaks at Oakland University on Monday.
RyCan i
Ryancampaigns atOakland
GOP VP nominee Paul Ryan was introduced to a the crowd, and after waves to seem more willingto testus. And
packed basketball arena at Oak- attendees, he spoke out against we're showing more daylight
emphasizes land University by Detroit-native President Barack Obama's for- between ourselves and our allies,
Kid Rock. eign policy, discussing his plans and they are beginning to ques-
foreign policy, auto "I want to be real clear that for fostering a stronger nation, tion our resolve. And the reason
I'm very proud to say we elected and echoing the comments Rom- is America is projecting weak-
industry our first black president," Kid ney made in a speech earlier in ness right now."
Rock said. "I'm sorry he didn't the day that focused on his for- The visit to Michigan was
By MATT JACKONEN do a better job. I really wish he eign policy goals. Ryan's second since becoming
Daily StaffReporter would've. I really do, butthe facts "When you turn on your tele- the nominee in Aug. It's also a
are the facts." vision, what you are witnessing sign that Romney that the Rom-
Standing behind a podium Republican presidential nomi- on TV is the unraveling of the ney campaign thinks Michigan
bearing the words "We can't nee Mitt Romney's running Obama foreign policy," Ryan may be in play following Rom-
afford four more years," Repub- mate took the stage as AC/DC's said. "Our enemies are becom- ney's debate win last week.
lican Vice Presidential nominee "Thunderstruck" rang out over ing more brazen. Our adversaries See RYAN, Page 6

'U' cases form
basis of arguments
in Fisher v.
U of Texas
By PETER SHAHIN
Daily StaffReporter
On Wednesday, the U.S.
Supreme Court will again
review the role of affirmative
action in higher education. The
latest case, Fisher v. Univer-
sity of Texas has the potential
to completely reshape the way
affirmative action programs
are used in the United States,
and it all comes down to how
broadlythe court interprets the
issue.
In 2003, the University was
a party to two landmark cases
that will largely form the basis
of the court's consideration
of affirmative action's use. In
these cases, bearing the name
of former University President
Lee Bollinger, Grutter v. Bol-
linger and Gratz v. Bollinger,

the court found that certain
forms of affirmative action are
indeed legal, as long as they
are autonomously approved by
states.
At issue is the University of
Texas' "10-percent rule" that
automatically admits every
student in Texas who ranks
in the top 10 percent of their
high school class. According to
Residential College Prof. Carl
Cohen, Texas high schools still
face de facto segregation, even
if the 1954 Supreme Court rul-
ing in Brown v. Board of Edu-
cation outlawed segregation as
an official policy. Enrollment
of black students doubled and
enrollment of Latino students
increased by 50 percent since
the state's Legislature created
the 10-percent rule in 1997.
Due to the segregation with-
in K-12 education, the Universi-
ty of Texas' plan was successful
at creating a more diverse cam-
pus. However, the plaintiff
22-year-old Abigail Fisher, con-
tends since the university used
the 10-percent rule to achieve
See SUPREME COURT, Page 7

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SENATE ASSEMBLY
SACUA discusses
general counsel
search committee
Assembly mittee members embody the val-
ues of the faculty members.
seeks to help SACUA member Scott Mas-
0 ten, a Business professor, said
replace Suellyn SACUA was not fully involved
.a h in choosing members for the
Scarnecchia search committee for the next
general counsel, which consult-
By DANIELLE ed over the summer, thus limit-
STOPPELMANN ing SACUA's involvement in the
S Daily StaffReporter process.
He added that he regrets that
At its meeting Monday, the SACUA was not consulted earlier
Senate Advisory Committee regarding the committee.
on University Affairs debated "I think that it was really
concerns regarding SACUA's important for us to make a point
involvement in designating a of the fact that ... we did not
search committee for the Uni- have our own representatives on
versity's next general counsel that committee who could have
and vice president. assured that (the faculty values
Law School Prof. Suellyn Scar- represented) were true," Mas-
necchia, former vice president ten said. "We did not appoint our
and general counsel resigned own representatives, (the com-
from her position effective last mittee members) are not people
May. Scarnecchia was appointed that we approved and appoint-
to the position in 2008. ed."
Though some members of the Kearfott said at the meeting
University's lead governing body that she met with Sally Churchill,
expressed frustration with the the University's vice president
lack of transparency and par- and secretary, and researched
ticipation in choosing the next the general counsel selection
search committee, SACUA Chair committee members in order to
Kimberlee Kearfott, a professor choose a competent team.
in the College of Engineering "For example, they were want-
and the Medical School, said she ing policy creation to be based on
is confident that the chosen com- See SACUA, Page 7

Grupo Tucandira, a group of Colombian performers, gives a show in the Michigan League ballroom on Monday.
SP EAK E RS ON C A M PUS
Atorney:T GOP senators
block critical treaties

ELECTION 2012
SOS drops
citizen
checkbox
on ballot
Federal judge
issues injunction
against Johnson
By KATIE BURKE
Daily StaffReporter
Michigan voters will have
one less checkbox to fill when
voting on Nov. 6. with the
removal of the state's contro-
versial citizenship status ques-
tion from the ballot.
Federal Judge Paul Borman
issued a preliminary injunction
Friday against Michigan Sec-
retary of State Ruth Johnson's
enforcement of a citizenship
checkbox on voting ballots. The
decision came after a lawsuit
filed by the American Civil Lib-
erties Union on Sept. 17, which
deemed the checkbox unconsti-
tutional.
According to an ACLU press
release, Borman's decision
stated that the checkbox would
prove to be an unnecessary
obstacle to voters and "create
chaos" and "irreparable injury
to the voting process."
Voters are already required
See CHECKBOX, Page 6

Chief counsel to
Senate Foreign
Relations Cmte.
speaks on campus
ByAUSTEN HUFFORD
Daily StaffReporter
In a wood-paneled room
in Hutchins Hall with brick-
outlined doors and pane glass

windows, Andrew Keller, the
head lawyer for the U.S. Senate
Committee on Foreign Rela-
tions, spoke against the Sen-
ate's anti-treaty behavior at a
gathering of University Law
School students and professors
on Monday.
Keller said a group of 36
Republican senators recently
signed a letter refusing to con-
sider any international treaty
until at least 2013. Since a
two-thirds majority of the 100

senators is required to pass
most treaties, the group of GOP
senators is enough to block any
treaty that is put up for a vote.
Keller said he had a conver-
sation with a "high-ranking"
member of the Obama admin-
istration in January 2011 who
told him the administration
wanted to focus on three
important treaties during the
two-year congressional ses-
sion. These treaties which focus
See TREATIES, Page 7

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