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Monday, August 2nd
By BRYN MICKLE
DALY NEWS EDTOR
As the search for a new athletic
director (AD) enters its final phase,
questions remain about the search pro-
Last year, a12member committee
was formed by President James Dud-
erstadt to find acceptable candidates
for the AD position. Headed by Farris
Womack, the University's vice presi-
dent and chief financial officer, the
search committee was composed of
were taken from four select pools -
faculty, student athletes and alums.
One athletic department adminis-
trator, Jeffrey Long, was asked to par-
ticipate in the search.
When questioned about their in-
responded with afinm "no comment."
Only one participant, Stacie McCall,
was willing to talk about the search.
Director of University Relations
Walter Harrison said the AD search
was no different from any other Uni-
versity search, except the level of se-
"Dr. Womack stressed to the com-
mittee the importance of keeping the
search confidential given intense pub-
licandimediainterestin this position,"
Harrison said in an electronic mail
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ati ret both women and
people of color as
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Dmetor of Unioveay Relationa
Harrison said the AD search is not
related to the University's pending
Open Meetings Act (OMA) case. The
Ann Arbor News and the Detroit Free
Press are suing the University over its
last presidential search. The papers
arguedthattheselectionof James Dud-
erstadt violated a state law that orders
searches for presidents of public insti-
tutions be open to public scrutiny.
Harrison said the AD search dif-
fered because it is conducted by the
president instead of the Board of Re-
gents. A university's governing board
conducts a presidential search and is
subject to the OMA, he said.
The University's Board of Regents,
however, must give the fusal approval
to any AD candidate recommended by
"He hopes to have a candidate to
recommendtothe Boardof Regents by
"But that is not a firm deadline."
Current Athletic Director Jack
Weidenbach will continue to oversee
the athletic department until his suc-
cessor is named.
Other questions remain concern-
ing the pool of candidates the commit-
tee submitted to Duderstadt.
Last week, the Daily reported a list
of likely candidates for the AD posi-
tion. The list was composed of only
men, of which only one - Reggie
McKenzie - was not Caucasian.
Harrison said the committee's at-
temptto findfemale candidates as well
as those ofcolor was one reason for the
delay in the search.
"I believe we went to consider-
able effort to attract both women and
people of color as candidates,"
John Matlock, director of minority
give an explanation if an African
American is not selected for the posi-
"It's easy for people to write their
own script," he said.
Peggy Bradley-Doppes, the asso-
ciate women's athletic director,refused
to comment on the AD search.
It is believed she was an initial
candidate for the position, but she was
not included on the list of finalists.
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Party Not at my pad
says MSs Brian Kight
By JEN DIMASCIO
DAILY NEWS EDITOR
On Monday, students, faculty and
orientees meandering across the Diag
may have spotted flyers proclaiming
the existenceof aparty that night at the
home of the Michigan Student
Assembly's Vice President Brian
The flyer (above) stated that free
beer would be offered and MSA funds
sponsored the fete.
But the party never took place.
Kight's high-school friends from
Pittsburgh printed the advertisements
as apracticaljoke on their stoic buddy.
Kight said they used to yell, "Party at
Kight's," out of the school bus win-
to anew level," Kight said.
When Kight discovered the prank
that evening, he collected as many
flyers as possible to piece together the
charred remains of MSA respectabil-
Whilehe searched for errant flyers,
Kight said three or four party-seekers
arrived at his home, but left when no
stale lager could be smelled.
Kight received calls from Univer-
sity administrators who wanted an ex-
planation for the party.
judicial advisor; realized the flyer was
a farce but said it was an unfortunate
"I feel very badly that someone
it would be in violation of the alcohol
as to the existence of a party."
Kight said he was surprised at the
clamor the joke generated.
"It would be funnier if it hadn't
happened to me," Kight said.
U' denied six city streets
By WILL WADE
DAILY STAFF REPORTER
The University and the city of Ann
Arbor are currently negotiating the
details of a new parking lot which
would meet the needs of both.
centered on a proposed new road on
University land. When the Ann Arbor
the University's request for six city
streets, the parking lot proposal be-
came a possible compromise.
The parking lot will be built in
Fuller Pool, Superintendent of Parks
and Recreation Ron Olson said. It will
be available for University parking
during the day, and used for public
parking in the evenings and weekends.
Olson said the city has wanted to
build another parking area in Fuller
Park for several years.
The University requested permis-
sion in June to build a parking lot
which could be shared with the city.
The University needs more space to
accommodate construction workerson
theplannedCancer andGeriatrics Cen-
After construction finishes, the lot
parking, Olson said.
reviewedby the Parks Advisory Com-
mission, the commision's surprising
answer was to link the request to the
ongoing Oak Way negotiations.
City and University officials have
been haggling all summer over the
proposed relocation of Oak Way.
The planned expansion of the
Veteran's Administration hospital
to be moved a few hundred feet east
onto undeveloped University-owned
The original plan would route the
road directly through a grove of an-
cient oak trees.
Responding to public outcry, the
City Council asked the University in
May to surrender about six acres of
land east of the trees, permitting the
road to be moved and saving the oaks.
The University in turn requested
near Central Campus, Medical Center
and Athletic Campus.
Officials from the city and theUni-
versity have been deadlockedin secret
negotiations ever since.
See OAK WAY, Page 2