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Wednesday, May 7, 1997- The Micigan Daily -3

Students
'bare all in
Naked
Mile
y Jenni Yachnin
aily Staff Reporter
A naked man on a bicycle with a
sparkler in his mouth pedaled down
South Universit Avenue at midnight
after the last day of classes, but nobody
seemed to mind - not even the police.
Spectators lined the streets of Ann
Arbor on the night of April 22 to watch
hundreds of their peers bare all and take
part in the annual Naked Mile.
The event is a continuation of a tra-
ition the Michigan crew team began,
ut now many students participate
just for fun.
"The crew team started the naked mile
in the '70s" said Kinesiology first-year
student Jeanine Seeger, a Michigan crew-
team member. "They did it to celebrate,
but I'm not sure exactly what."
Engineering sophomore Steve
Scanio, also a Michigan crew-team
member, said the graduating crew-team
embers wanted to "air it all."
"It really relives the stress of the year"
Scanio said.
Although the tradition was founded
by the crew team, the run is now cele-
brated by both graduating seniors and
many underclass students, along with a
crowd of spectators that greatly out-
number the participants.
"It's away of shedding your clothes for
graduation - as if you're starting some-
hing new" SNRE senior Todd Clements
said after he finished the run.
LSA senior Amy St. Clair said she
waited until her graduating year to run.
She said the mile of freedom lived up to
her expectation.
"I wanted to run since I was a fresh-
man," St. Clair said. "It's something I'll
never forget. It was so liberating."
Dan Cooper, an LSA senior, said the
ADMISSIONS
Continued from Page 1.
The legislator's announcement comes
just shortly after the University joined 61
other institutions in publishing an adver-
tisement in The New York Times renew-
ing their commitment to affirmative
action.
"We want to express our strong
conviction to take into account a
vide range of considerations -
including ethnicity, race and gender
- as we evaluate the students whom
we select for admission," The ad stat-
ed.
The representatives want to create a
case against the University that is
similar to cases that have been served
against the University of Texas and

Committee formed to
fill vacant provost spot

One student celebrates the end of Winter term by spinning the cube in the nude
after taking part in the annual Naked Mile.

By Katie Plona
Daily News Editor
University President Lee Bollinger
announced this week that a search
committee has been formed to fill the
position of University provost.
The 11-person Provost Search
Advisory Committee was appointed by
Bollinger to replace current University
Provost J. Bernard Machen, who
announced in April he wanted to step-
down from his position when his con-
tract expires in August. The committee
consists of.10 faculty members and
one student.
The Provost Search Advisory
Committee, headed by Bollinger, has
already met once and has another
meeting scheduled this week.
"I'm really hoping to do this within
two to three months," Bollinger said.
Anthropology Prof. Richard Ford,
who was appointed to serve on the
search committee, said he realizes the
urgency of finding a person to fill the
position of second-in-command of the
University.
"We would like to go through the
process with diligence and care, but we
realize that it would be very good to
have a provost on board by the start of
the school year," said Ford.
Ford said the committee's work is cut
out for them in a "quick period of
time."
"It's going to really depend on the
richness of the candidates and the qual-

ity of outside recommendations for
each and every one of them," he said.
Bollinger said the search will be
extensive and spread to candidates
nationwide.
Ford said that although the commit-
tee is looking externally for potential
candidates, the University is not lack-
ing quality people to fill Machen's
post.
"We have wonderful faculty and
deans and other administrators that cer-
tainly deserve consideration," Ford
said. "We have to look both places.'
Pharmacy and Medical School
Prof. Michael Marletta, who is also
serving on the committee, said the
provost probably holds the key inter-
nal position for the University's func-
tioning.
"It's a tough job," Marletta said. "If
we had selection criteria written down,
it would probably be a long list:'
Bollinger said he is extremely
pleased with the diversity of distin-
guished people who have agreed to
serve on the committee.
Machen said last month he may be
interested in returning to the
University's faculty after fulfilling
his administrative position in
August. Before he took on the role
of University Provost in 1995,
Machen served as the Dean of
School of Dentistry under former
University President James
Duderstadt.

run should be limited to University
seniors.
"I said, 'this is my senior year and
I've waited all these years to run,"'
Cooper said. "It needs to be kept a
senior tradition. I loved it."
Ann Arbor Police Sgt. Larry Jerue said
that although the event technically does
not abide by all laws, AAPD does not
increase police in the area during the run.
"There certainly is a criminal aspect
in indecent exposure," Jerue said.
"(However) we do not plan to arrest
people participating in the run."
Jerue said the that even though the
AAPD does not make arrests, they do
not encourage students to run.
"We do not endorse (the Naked
Mile,) but it's good intended fun," he
said. "If we were going to do some-
thing, we would come in at the end
when everyone is tired - it would not
be much of a chase."
Several students said they were talked
into running by their friends.
"I was not going to run, I was embar-
rassed," LSA senior Kim Ligi said. "(My
friends) convinced me to run. After I had
a little beer I was more comfortable. I
wasn't embarrassed at all?'
the University of Washington.
In the case against the University
of Texas, plaintiff Cheryl Hopwood
triumphed over the institution as the
court ruled that she had been uncon-
stitutionally discriminated against
with regard to racial preference.
Bollinger said the two cases - as
well as legislation recently passed in
California that bans the use of racial
preference in the admissions process
- are an attack on current affirma-
tive action policies.
"We are in a period of history where
there has been an established constitu-
tionally sanctioned way of developing
diversity," Bollinger said. "Decisions
like Hopwood and Proposition 209 are
clearly threatening to a road of a sense of
values.'

Engineering senior Aaron Sinka said
the influence of friends and alcohol made
the choice to run much easier for him.
"I was drunk and all of my friends
wanted to run;" Sinka said. "Everyone
was standing around taking off their
clothes and I decided, 'I can do that."'
A few alumni return to the
University to repeat the Mile.
"I run it every other year;" said Tim
Stypinski, who graduated in '95. "It's
Ann Arbor and you don't get to do
things like this in other cities."
Many underclass students gathered
up the nerve to run the mile alongside
the great number of seniors.
"I ran it last year and I'm going for a
clean sweep," Scanio said.
Still, many people could not bear to
bare it all this year.
"It's a whole bunch of seniors
thumbing their nose at society," said
Michael Farina, an Engineering
junior.
"Now is not my time to run, I will
when I am a senior."
Mike Hill, a University alumnus
and spectator of the Naked Mile said
he didn't run because "... I didn't
have the proper gear."
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