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2- The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, April 29, 2003

NEWS.

BUSH He added that most non-Iraqi Arab-
Pae Ance=wamot Bolnger defends affirmative
He also stressed how Iraqis living in of them are just against this whole
the U.S. and Iraq both have expressed thing," he added. "They don't want e "
their support forrthe U.S. initiative. to seea liberation." action and diversiy in speech
"I talked to Tarik Daoud, a Catholic Bush also thanked the many mem-
fro Bara ho owlives in Bloom- hers of the Dearbomn community who
field Hills. When the dictator regime have voiced support for the U.S's ini- By Jeremy Berkowitz said. "What do you do in the face of that alternative."
fell, here's what Tariq said, he said: I am tiative and afterward held a private Daily Staff Reporter Bollinger also talked about the strategies he and his
more hopeful today than I've been since meeting with some of them. administrative team implemented from 1997 to 2001
1958.... The new generation could Imam Husham Al-Husainy, the Iraqi- CHICAGO - Columbia University President Lee when the lawsuits began to make their way through the
really make democracy work," he said. born leader of the Karbalaa Islamic Bollinger said he sees history running in fifty-year court system. Besides accumulating a top-notch lega
"Earlier this month, Iraqis helped Center in Dearborn and political activist cycles, and he believes the U.S. Supreme Court's decision defense, he said one of the biggest challenges was find-
Marines locate the seven American has long supported the president in his in the University of Michigan's lawsuits regarding its ing allies who would openly support the University.
prisoners of war, who were then res- actions and even organized an anti-Sad- race-conscious admissions policies begins a new cycle. "Nobody likes to associate with defendants," he said,
cued in Northern Iraq. One courageous dam protest in Washington last October. "We're facing the question. 'Do we have the will to adding that a New York Times Op/Ed column written by
Iraqi man gave Marines detailed lay- However, he said he was upset with the continue?"', Bollinger asked, almost fifty years after the University President and former President Gerald Ford in
outs of a hospital in An Nasiriyah, President's guest list. Brown v. Board of Education decision which declared the 1999 supporting race-conscious admissions, was a major
which led to the rescue of American "I got a ticket but turned it back," "separate but equal" concept unconstitutional. breakthrough for the University's case.
soldier Jessica Lynch," he added. "The Imam said. "There are 200 people Bollinger, president of the University from 1997 to 2001, The University also pushed very hard to bring the law-
desire for freedom is not the property - Iraqi freedom fighters - who spoke at the National Educational Writers Association Confer- suits into the public spectacle, showing that affirmative
of one culture, it is the universal hope were not invited in." ence Friday, discussing the many challenges universities face action was an issue that affected "all of mainstream
of human beings in every culture." Hanny Choulagh, a Chaldean elec- today, including the importance of diversity. America" including businesses and the military.
Laith Alattar, a recent University trical engineer for the city of Detroit He dispelled many myths associated with affirmative Other issues he touched on dealt with the growing
graduate and member of the Iraqi forum and the president of his union, said he action - especially the viewpoint that race no longer importance of the life sciences, cultural awareness and
for democracy, said he feels that the would have liked for Bush to have matters because we live in an integrated society. unionization of campus workers, all of which touched
attendants were thankful, but that there included Chaldeans in his discussions. "The whole controversy involving Trent Lott was Bollinger's tenure in some way.
are many who oppose the war. But Choulagh said this was out- very effective in making that no longer a myth," Bollinger, a noted First Amendment scholar, also
"I was invited to sit on the stage weighed by his joy at Saddam Hus- Bollinger said. briefly discussed controversial remarks made at a recent
behind the president to represent my sein's deposition. Bollinger also said he remains bewildered by Justice Columbia war teach-in by Prof. Nicholas De Genova.
generation of Iraqi Americans," he said. "Now I can go back to the country Atonin Scalia's comments during the April 1 oral argu- Although Bollinger said he was disgusted by the nature
"The theme from the Iraqi attendants, at where I was born. I can visit my grand- ments. Scalia told the University to lower its admis- of DeGenova's comments, he refuses to engage in censor-
the speech, was a thank you. A lot of mother's grave," he said. "A lot of peo- sions standards if it feels diversity is a compelling state ship of the professor.
gratitude for liberation and a lot of sup- ple are thinking of going back to Iraq. interest. "He has the right to say what he wants to," Bollinger
port for the U.S. and the troops." Maybe I'm one of them too." "You don't know how to respond to that," Bollinger said. "I won't fire him."
Tenant's union replaced by other campus resources

By VtoriaEdwards
Daily News Editor
After tomorrow there is a good
chance that the Student Legal Services
will be picking up a larger population.
Instead of the Ann Arbor Tenants
Union, which is now defunct to students
due to lack of funding, as a resource for
dealing with their landlords; students
will now be directed towards both the
Student Legal Services and the Univer-

sity's Housing Department.
"We're not taking over for the AATU,
we're doing what we've always done.
The only difference might be we'll have
to do more of it," Lewis said.
However, Lewis said he doesn't
believe the increase in students seeking
these services will be one that would
seriously set the organization back. He
said if there is a drastic increase in peo-
ple, the attorneys will either handle
more cases or increase their staff.

"I think MSA is trying to replace the
AATU with Student Legal Services. We
don't believe that is possible," Executive
director of AATU alum Amy Ament
said. "There are not enough people (at
Student Legal Services). Also there are a
lot of problems that students come in
with that don't need a lawyer. It's like
going to an emergency room with a
scraped elbow"
But Lewis said that the University has
other resources than the Student Legal

Services when there are problems
between tenant and landlord that do not
require the use of an attorney.
"You could go to Ann Arbor Housing
for mediation. There is a University
Housing mediation service for media-
tion between students and landlords and
students and roommates," Lewis said.
Still, Ament said the AATU was far
more accessible and convenient to stu-
dents, giving advice over the telephone,
e-mail and in person.
. LL

Lewis agreed that the AATU has a
more interactive site than Student Legal
Offices, but said they had never done
advice through the medium of a website
and still preferred people coming in for
face to face consultations.
"The concept behind the AATU is
exceptional, just the idea of uniting stu-
dents to fight landlords in unfair condi-
tions. But their inability to do so is the
sole reason for its demise," General
Counsel for MSA Jason Mironov said.

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