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PLEDGE
Continued from Page 1
communist countries that had atheist
ideology."
Despite that, Friedman added that he
didn't think the ruling would be upheld.
Instead, he saidlhe believes one of two
things will happen: Either the 9th Circuit
will review the decision and the full
court will reverse it and affiri the lower
court, or the Supreme Court will choose
to hear the case and reverse it. He said
he believes the Supreme Court would
agree to hear the case because it con-
flicts with a decision made by the 7th
Circuit Court of Appeals years ago.
Whether or not the words to the
pledge will end up being omitted, the
decision and the lawsuit itself, brought
up by University Law School alum
Michael Newdow, an atheist who did not
want his second-grade daughter to listen
to her classmates and teacher endorse
God, has, for some Americans, hit
America in the heart.
The belief in God "is a huge part of
our nation's history," LSA senior Krystle
Ariyavatkul said, citing the government's
other common references to God. "This
nation was founded under a belief in
God.... It just seems like that's the way
the Pledge has been for so long, I would

need a heer ar ment for('king the
phrase out).'
Other students said they could see
both sides of the debate. "I believe one
God can reflect all sorts of religions,"
LSA senior Michael Richey said. "At
the same time, for those people who do
not believe in a God, living in a country
that promotes acceptance of every belief
and non-discriminatory practices, then it
could be a problem."
He said though he does not feel his
ties to the Pledge of Allegiance are espe-
cially strong right now since he does not
often recite it, he is glad the issue arose
and believes it should be addressed, no
matter what the decision. "I .think it
could be a much more sensitive topic at
this point in time and pull on people
more than at other times," he said. "But I
think it's an important topic to debate and
discuss, so I don't see why it should be
put off because of the political climate."
Friedman added that he does not
believe the lawsuit was brought up to
make anybody angry but acknowledged
that some Americans are defensive.
"What you are talking about is one of
the great icons of American political
culture. It's a pledge that most Ameri-
cans are very, very familiar with. It's an
icon that goes to the heart of patriotism,"
he said.

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CONGRESS
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two years and she currently resides in
Ann Arbor.
The Democratic primary is consid-
ered mostly determinant of the area's
representative in Congress because the
district is predominantly Democratic.
The winner of this primary will face
Martin Kaltenbach of Deatborn, who is
unopposed in his quest for the Republi-
can nomination.
Rivers, a University alum and Ann
Arbor resident, formally kicked off her
campaign at a June 20 rally on the Diag,
during which she outlined her principle
issues - gun control, a woman's right to
abortion, the environment and keeping
grants and loans available for college
students. She talked about how she
believes her background as a young
mother allows her to understand the
people she represents.
"I came to Congress with a partic-
ular perspective. Congress tends to
'be a pretty prosperous place," Rivers
said, adding that she has had the
experiences of searching for change
in couches and going without health
care. "That's real life. That's how
everyday people are struggling to
make it week by week. That's the
voice I want to bring to Congress,
and that's the voice I want to make
sure stays in Congress."
Dingell kicked off his campaign
about a month ago, focusing on his rep-
utation and pull in the House. In an
elected body in which seniority often
greatly affects one's impact, Dingell is
currently the top Democrat on the
house Energy and Commerce Commit-
tee, through which travels approximately
half of all legislation in the House. He
would again become committee chair-
man if Democrats regained the House.
"One of the highest compliments I've
REGENTS
Continued from Page 1
appointments for positions related to the
Board of Regents new structure,
approved in February. Regent Andrea
Fischer Newman (R-Ann Arbor) was
appointed vice chairwoman. In addition,
Deitch selected Regent David Brandon
(R-Ann Arbor) to chair a committee on
University financial matters and May-
nard on senior executive compensation
and performance.
The new structure allows for a chair,
vice chair and committees as opposed to
an ad hoc structure which was used pre-
viously. Though Maynard originally
opposed the change during a transition
period for the University, she said she
now feels more comfortable with the
new structure because of the recent
appointment of Iowa President Mary
Sue Coleman as the next University
president. Maynard said she intends to
"get ideas from the regents and from
President Coleman" as to how the com-
mittees should be used.
The regents also postponed approval
of incoming President Mary Sue Cole-
man's contract until either on or before
the July meeting. Though some minor
details have to be worked out, it has been
agreed that Coleman will receive an
annual salary of $475,000, a car for per-
sonal and business use and a tenured
professorship in the departments of
chemistry and biochemistry. Coleman
held similar positions at Iowa, but never
taught a class during her time as presi-
dnt there.W

een paid is to have bencalled effc-
tive," Dingell said in a written statement
to kick-off his campaign. "That tells me
I've done something right - that I've
been able to deliver. It means that I've
established the proper friendships and
also that I've made the right enemies."
His campaign also notes his back-
ground and how he raised his four chil-
dren by himself after he divorced his
first wife.
A recent poll by the Detroit Free
Press showed Dingell with 45 percent of
district voters leaning toward him with
35 percent doing the same for Rivers.
But many University students seem to
be supporting Rivers over Dingell and
polls have shown that University-aged
and female voters generally support
Rivers. The Free Press poll showed Din-
gell having the support of only 28 per-
cent of likely voters with college
degrees, trailing Rivers, who had 54 per-
cent of those likely voters.
School of Education gaduate student
Lisa Ehrlich said that although she is
still looking at both of the candidates,
she is leaning toward Rivers.
"Idealistically, I would love to have a
candidate who believes in what I
believe in," Ehrlich said, adding that
the issues that matter the most to her
are gun safety, education, women's
right to choose and health benefits, all
of which are issues central to Rivers'
campaign.
Central to Dingell's campaign are
issues involving affordable health care,
Social Security, protecting jobs, the
environment and pension plans.
The more moderate Democrat,
Dingell has won the endorsement of
the 13th Congressional. District
Democratic Organization -- the
party organization in Rivers' current
district - the Alliance for Retired
Americans as well as the Michigan
Teamsters, the United Auto Workers

and the AFL-CIO. Formally endors-
ing Rivers are the National Abortion
and Reproductive Rights Action
League, the Million Mom March
organization, the Human Rights
Campaign, EMILY's List, the Sierra
Club, Planned Parenthood and The
Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun
Violence.
Ehrlich said that even though Rivers
may not have the seniority or pull of her
adversary, she believes that if enough
voters support Rivers, her influence will
increase.
School of Public Policy student Jen
McCormick, who said she supports
Rivers, also said she did not believe Din-
gell's extra pull in the House should
have an effect on people's votes.
"He could be getting things done, but
I don't think he'll be getting the things
done that we want done. He's not my
representative," she said, questioning
that if seniority is the key to being an
effective representative, "when do
younger people with fresh ideas ... get
their chance?"

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