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By Maria Sprow't
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Daily Staff Reporters
To many students, the question may
8. a) Race/Ethnicity: Choose
which best describes you (optional)
OAsian or Pacific Islander
(includes the Indian sub-continent)
OAfrican American/Black (not of
OHispanic/Latino (Spanish culture
or origin, regardless of race)
OAmerican Indian or Alaskan
Native Tribe (Tribal Affilia-
OWhite (persons not of Hispanic
origin, having origins in any of the
original peoples of Europe, North
Africa, or the Middle East)
ORace Not Included Above (please
b) Are you multi-racial or multi-
ethnic (parents are of two or more of
the above groups)? OYes ONo
IfYes, please specify
But whether or not to give an answer
to the race and ethnicity question is
one that is becoming more frequently
asked by college applicants, and
according to data from several col-
leges, providing this information is
becoming less and less popular.a
Some universities are reporting a rise
in the number of applicants skipping the
race question, choosing to leave it blank
rather than admit to their Caucasianu
black, Asian, or Hispanic backgrounds.
"I skipped the question because I
wanted to know that I could get in
regardless of what race I am," said Chrisc
Phillips, a recent high school graduate -
from California who applied to the Uni-
versity. "I did not feel I deserved any j
additional consideration because of my
race, since it has not caused me any 'r
additional hardships in my life." Photo illustration by EUSE BERGMAN/Daily
Many students are choosing not to mark their race on admissions applications
See RACE QUESTION, Page 2 for universities around the country'
to speak at ',
may lead state
Daily News Editor
Since the Supreme Court upheld diversity as a compelling
interest in higher education, American Civil Rights Coalition
Chairman Ward Connerly has been suggesting that he will try
to fight the decision with a voter initiative in Michigan.
Connerly - the University of California-Berkeley
regent who led successful voter initiatives that ended
affirmative action in California and
the state of Washington - will be
speaking at a press conference hosted
by the The Michigan Review at noon
tomorrow on the steps of the Harlan
Hatcher Graduate Library.
According to a written statement,
Connerly "will announce the next
step for all those who oppose the gov-
ernment-sponsored practice of treat-
ing people of different 'races'
differently" at the press conference. Connerly
The Associated Press reported that
Connerly said a previous effort at starting a Michigan ballot
initiative four years ago was suspended because it was
believed the issue would be resolved by the Supreme Court.
After the Court's decision allowing the use of race-con-
scious admissions, interest in a ballot initiative resurfaced.
"This pushed us over the edge," Connerly said about
Connerly said that in Michigan, organizers have to
get signatures from at least eight percent of registered
voters in the last election for governor.
"Once we generate sufficient organization from people in
Michigan for this, we'll pass the baton to them,"he said.
The Michigan Review staffers would not comment on
what Connerly would be speaking about, but National
Affairs Editor Karl Sowislo said the next step in combat-
ing affirmative action could include a number of different
legal challenges to the University's admissions policies.
"The Supreme Court decision left open many possi-
bilities for future legal challenges," he said. "It is by
no means an open-shut case. They are very vague about
See CONNERLY, Page 8
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his senior year.
ence at the Uni-
Ann Arbor poised to change Liberty and f
ordinance on panhandling
For the Daily
The Ann Arbor City Council will vote today on
whether or not to amend the city ordinance on
If passed, panhandlers would be barred from soliticit-
ing pedestrians at outside restaurants and cafes.
It would also outlaw the solicitation of pedestrians
who are within twelve feet of the exit or entrance of
parking structures, banks or Automated Teller
Machines, and the Nickels Arcade, the proposal says.
The proposal also states that panhandlers can-
not approach pedestrians "In a manner that
appears likely to cause a reasonable person of
ordinary sensibilities to feel intimidated, threat-
ened or harassed."
City Councilwoman Joan Lowenstein said the
suggested measures would benefit panhandlers.
"A taskforce has met for two years to look at
the problems downtown and proposed the
changes to the ordinance along with funding for
an outreach worker to work with street people,
most of whom are not homeless but are suffering
from substance abuse, " Lowenstien said.
"Giving them money only exacerbates their Bdd
problems with drug abuse and alcoholism and Brothers Anton and Simon Gensterblum celebrate Indepen
See PANHANDLING, Page 2 Day by planting American flags In the pavement on Friday.