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when asked if he was worried about
the power given to his new employer.
Atkin said the ability of the RC
leadership to hand the reins over to
the students is one of the things that
differentiates the college from the
rest of the schools at the University,
as well as the rest of the schools
around the country.
"In the 1960s and '70s, students
were more active in the RC govern-
ment than they are now, but I think
that's because they weren't as involved
in everything else," he said, adding that
he believes the chance RC students are
beinggsien nowhoda be nreserved

and taken advantage of. "The fact that
the faculty and staff are willing to take
this risk is a huge note of confidence.
... In the RC, it's a foregone conclu-
sion that students are going to be taken
Members of the Student Republic
began their work last week, meeting
several times to arrange meetings with
University President Mary Sue Cole-
man and the deans of other schools, as
well as to discuss how the republic
should be run and what other things
they wanted to accomplish.
Atkin said the Student Republic
could serve as an important introduc-
tion to the RC for Coleman, adding
that even if the students do not have
the opportunity to meet with her, he

would like her to "spend a day or even
an hour at the RC and see the sorts of
things that go on."
"It's unbelievable - the respect for
students, the students' respect for fac-
ulty, the respect for learning in gener-
al," he said.
When asked if he believed two weeks
was enough time to make any changes,
Atkin responded with, "Why would you
ever sell yourself short like that? There
is no reason to doubt yourself."
Several RC students agreed, saying
that the Student Republic could offer
students a chance to make a real differ-
ence in the way both students and fac-
ulty are heard.
"I would like to see Graham Atkin
go into a room and just listen for an

hour and not say anything - to work
to have other people heard, to really
empower everyone," RC sophomore
Bill Trenary said. "The most brilliant
people are the ones not being heard."
Other students expressed doubts that
the Student Republic could accomplish
anything significant during its two-
week tenure but said they hope it will
grow into something that impacts the
"I think this is a great idea," RC sen-
ior Mark Buckles said. "But if he
wants a republic, he better get some
"I just see a lot of actions like this,
that never advance beyond the organiz-
ing and the rallying cries," Trenary

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next several months."
Surgery Prof. Jeffrey Punch, a mem-
ber of the Medical Affairs Advisory
Committee, said that while he was "a lit-
tle bit surprised" by the decision because
he was under the impression that Green-
field "wanted to slow down," he is very
pleased by the decision.
"He's very fair and he sees the big
picture (needed to ensure) the suc-
cess of academic medicine," Punch
said. "I'm a little bit biased because I
am a surgeon. I am sure if he were a
dermatologist, the dermatologists
would be pleased."
As far as a long-term replacement
goes, Punch said he'd like to see some-
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one who is "a politician and an advo-
cate," as well as someone who can "ban
together" with other schools to make
sure the American public "understands
the importance of academic medicine"
- qualifications he said Greenfield
He also indicated that he sees the cur-
rent economy as challenging academic
medicine because tax payers do not want
to spend the money needed to further
research and better the institutions.
"I think the goal for the next 10 years
should be to keep academic medicine
from sort of fading away," he said.
"Almost everything that happens (in
medical research) is something that is an
American development, and if we want
that to continue, unfortunately the

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Supreme Court will take the case," said
communication studies Prof. Anthony
Collings, a former CNN Supreme Court
correspondent, despite the fact that the
Court only hears few of the cases that it
is asked to, he added.
"This case has the most fully-devel-
oped factual basis," he said, adding tha
the University's case includes much
research on the benefits of race-con-
scious admissions policies.
The Supreme Court often bases its
decisions to accept cases on whether the
case is of "great national importance" or
whether there have been disagreements
in lower courts, Collings said. Four jus-
tices must vote in favor of hearing the
case in order for it to be accepted.
University Assistant General Counsel
Jonathon Alger said the Law School's
admission policy is based on a formula
supported by the Supreme Court 1978
decision in University of California-
Davis v Bakke, when it struck down
California's race-based admission policy
but allowed the consideration of race in
admission decisions. He added that
"Bakke is the governing standard."
But CIR lead counsel Kirk Kolbo
said the Law School's admission policy
did not follow .Bakke's precedent
because in the Court's decision, "only
(Justice) Powell held that diversity is
valid in admission decisions," and
Powell's decision should not be consid-
ered binding precedent because it does
not reflect the decision of the majority
ruling in the case.
Kolbo also said he believed the "Uni-
versity's system is illegal even under
Powell's formulation," a view that has
been the subject of much legal debate.
If it accepts the appeal, the Court
would probably not make their decision
until Summer 2003, Georgetown Law
Prof. Susan Low Bloch.
The 6th Circuit's decision on the
lawsuit filed by the CIR against the 4
College of Literature, Science and the
Arts for its admission policy has yet to
come down.

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