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Ann Arbor, Michigan

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

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Hard drug
use on the
rise at the
University

Seaholm High School student Daisha Martin confronts Ted Spencer, associate vice provost and executive director of the Undergraduate Admissions Office,
during a By Any Means Necessary protest in the Student Activities Building Tuesday.
BAMN urges admissionls
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Reports find uptick
in the popularity of
some narcotics
By MAX RADWIN
Daily StaffReporter
Editor's Note: Names denot-
ed with an asterisk have been
changed to protect the identities of
the individuals.
Marijuana may be the only
drutg that gets its own festial
each year, butt it's certainly not
the only drug used on campus.
Over the last decade, the Uni-
versity has seen an increase in
the prevalence of harder drugs,
specifically prescription stimuz
lants and ecstasy, while drugs
like heroin threaten to boom in
the near future.
University Police Chief Robert
Neumann, who has been with
the department since 1985, said
he believes drug abuse on cam-
pus is a problem, and one that has
worsened in his time at the Uni-
versity.

"We have seen an increase
in hard drugs here," Neumann
said. "I've seen more than a few
(instances) in the last three or
four years. It's not trending in a
good direction when it comes to
serious, hard drugs."
"Prescription drug abuse has
been a problem for a number of
years," he added. "But I'm see-
ing more and more of the kind of
drugs that we haven't seen in a
very long time - certainly in my
career."
Steve,* a juniot who claims to
deal "THC-related" drugs - or
drugs containing marijuana - to
nearly 40 monthly clients, said
he doesn't believe marijuana is
the most common drug at the
Uniyersity.
"If you count Adderall, Ritalin
and that kind of thing, prescrip-
tion drugs are by far number
one," he said. "There are lots of
people who won't touch weed
and don't like the feeling and
they have no problem taking
some Adderall or Ritalin."
Though prescribed stimulants
See DRUGS, Page 3A

Rejected high school
students partner
with org. to question
acceptance decisions
By WILL GREENBERG
Daily News Editor
Chants of "they say 'Jim'
Crowe,' we say, 'hell no,' "
echoed across campus for the

second time this semester as
By Any Means Necessary part-
nered with Michigan high
school students to protest the
University's admissions process.
Protesters flooded the Stu-
dent Activities Building, con-
gregating in both the Office of
Undergraduate Admissions on
the first floor and then the office
of Financial Aid upstairs. The
group held signs, shouted chants
and gave speeches criticizing
the University's admission pro-

cess for not doing enough to
increase minority enrollment.
Four students were high-
lighted in the protest, and each
of whom were rejected by the
University this year despite
having what they believed were
strong applications. Brooke
Kimbrough from University
Prep Academy High School in
Detroit, Daisha Martin from
Seaholm High School in Bir-
mingham, and Alfredo Aguirre
and Mario Martinez, both from

Cass Technical High School in
Detroit, spoke through mega-
phones in the Office of Admis-
sions, sharing stories of their
work leading up to applying to
college and their subsequent
denial to the University.
The students said the Uni-
versity is not accommodating
the difference in opportuni-
ties between white and minor-
ity students applying to college.
Many said the more affluent,
See BAMN, Page 3A

ADMINISTRATION
'U' officials,
BSU progress
in discussions

NBA BOUND

After months of
dialogue, new
initiatives to take
aim at seven demands
ByYARDAIN AMRON
and CLAIRE BRYAN
Daily StaffReporters
Since the University's Black
Student Union staged a protest
on the steps of Hill Auditorium
in January, student organizers
and administrators have met
regularly to discuss the group's
seven demands aimed at increas-
ing equity and diversity on cam-
pus.
The University released a
preliminary report Wednes-
day detailing concrete progress
regarding the group's demands
for facility improvements and
access to historical documents,
but left other issues like increas-
ing underrepresented minority
enrollment and altering Race &
Ethnicity requirements largely
up to further study.
Discontent with the state of

campus diversity and inclusion
was brought to the forefront
after a series of racially-charged
incidents sparked the Being
Black at University of Michigan
Twitter campaign, which the
BSU launched in November.
Black enrollment at the Uni-
versity has dropped from 7.2
percent to 4.65 percent since
the passage of Proposal 2, the
2006 Michigan ballot proposal
that banned the consideration of
race inthe admissions process of
public institutions.
BSU representatives and
administrators have met week-
ly since January to discuss the
prospects of increasing under-
represented minority enroll-
ment, as well as exploring the
availability of emergency funds,
improvements to the Trotter
Multicultural Center and cam-
pus transportation.
In the release, the Univer-
sity addressed each of the BSU's
demands, as well as the result-
ing policy initiatives or changes
that have resulted or are in the
works.
The most prominent and con-
See PROGRESS, Page 6A

TEtESA MAHEW/Daily
Sophomores Nik Stauskas and Glenn Robinson declared for the NBA Draft at Crisler Arena Tuesday.
Lecture examines use of
affirmative action policy

STUDENT GOVERNMENT
New CSG
executives
hold first
meeting
Assembly discusses
upcoming initiatives,
increase in student fee
By MICHAEL SUGERMAN
Daily StaffReporter
in its first meeting Tuesday
night, the fourth Central Student
Government assembly officially
swore in its new executives and
assembly members, all of whom
pledged to "preserve and cham-
pion the all-campus constitution
of the Ann Arbor student body."
The new assembly discussed
three resolutions - one support-
ing a budget increase; another
establishing a CSG partnership
with the Alumni Association to
expand the LEAD Scholars pro-
gram, which grants four-year
merit scholarships to underprivi-
leged students and a third that
would allocate funds to make CSG
backpack tags to increase aware-
ness of representatives within the
community.
The most discussed resolution
was the budget-focused one -which
suggests atwo-dollarraisetothestu-
See CSG, Page 3A

ACLU rep answers
questions on race-
based admissions
By ALLANA AKHTAR
Daily StaffReporter
A staff attorney with the
American Civil Liberties
Union of Michigan discussed

the history of and misconcep-
tions surrounding affirma-
tive action with University
students and faculty Tuesday
evening.
The University's ACLU
Undergraduate Chapter hosted
the event in an effort to explain
the litigation that follows affir-
mative action in higher educa-
tion and what kind of benefits
it would bring to a college cans-

pus.
The speaker, Mark Fancher,
is the racial justice staff attor-
ney at the ACLU of Michigan
and works particularly on
cases surrounding racial pro-
filing in public schools for stu-
dents of color and other civil
rights cases regarding race.
Fancher started the discus-
sion by explaining the legal
See ACLU, Page 3A

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