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sentations was just one step they took,
added. The repeal of the University
system's ban is the first step in removing
Proposition 209, the state-wide ban on
Students from Penn State talked about
the flood of death threats students say
they have been receiving since 1999.
"Basically what happened was for the
first time in 20 years, Penn State had its
first losing (football) season," said Penn
te student Chenits Pettigrew, compar-
sng the school's athletic tradition to
Michigan's. "Football is the only thing
that kept the Penn State community
"Football players getting death threats
hurts recruitment," added Penn State
student Brian Favors.
The students said after they began
receiving the threats, they asked their
administration to help them build up the
university's diversity curriculum. "We
realized that they didn't know anything
about us," said Lakisha Wolf, a student
who said she personally received several
The students said they wanted the
new curriculum to ease the racial ten-
sions at Penn State.
"We realized that the University had
fallen short on its diversity initiatives,"
said Penn State student Charleen Morris.
"There wasn't a shared and conclusive
understanding of diversity."
The group said although they success-
fully created a new diversity program at
Penn State, they are still fearful of the
climate at the school. "We created a
multi-million dollar diversity plan, but
we are struggling," Favors said.
At one point, Helen Halyrad, a mem-
ber of the audience, spoke out against
affirmative action, saying that class, and
not rim is h L rln~ fa'r' tat -
tributes to inequality.
Halyrad said she is a member of the
Socialist Equality Party, which, accord-
ing to a written statement, believes that
"affirmative action is based on the
premise that some sections of the popu-
lation must be denied access to higher
education, and argues that this depriva-
tion should be rationed out differently
than at present ... excluding white youth
from a college, in order to include more
minority youth, cannot be reconciled
Although Halyrad spoke against affir-
mative action, participants of the confer-
applause. "There's a lot of strong points
that are being made, even hers," said
Heather Brewer, who will be a freshman
at Ok d University in the fall. "I did-
n't understand quite what was going on
and that's the main reason I wanted to
On Sunday, the lawsuit challenging
the University of Michigan's Law
School's admissions policies was dis-
cussed and several resolutions were
passed, including the conference decla-
ration and a resolution to establish a
coordinating committee from those who
attended the conference and have a sec-
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