THE MICHIGAN REVIEW The Journal of Campus Affairs at the University of Michigan
M A look into the history of religion at the Unversity of Michigan. 3
Regents vote to raise tuition 5.5% for the 2006-2007 school year. Only one regent opposes the hike. 3 Plans for development close to campus cave in after City Council gets caught calling a bluff. 3
Returning home from reality and re-entering the bubble. Has the pursuit of diversity supplanted the pursuit of knowledge at the University? (GLWRULDOV3
R Amanda Nichols on Morgan Wilkins and those pesky illegals.
Adam Paul on Harvardâ€™s decision to end early admissions. &ROXPQV3
Arts & Culture Reviewing season three of Arrested Development. 3
Has the reliance on self-esteem doomed our generation? Generation Me book review. 3
9.20.06 | VOLUME XXV, ISSUE 2
The Deceptive Campaign Against the MCRI One United Michigan and the Center for the Education of Women team up to distort the facts about the MCRI and DIÂżUPDWLYHDFWLRQ
BY NICK CHEOLAS, â€˜07
INCE THE BIRTH OF THE MICHIGAN Civil Rights Initiative (MCRI) in early 2004, supporters of the effort to ban racial and gender preferences in the public sector have faced relentless attacks from a wellfunded opposition. For months, MCRI opponents have challenged everything from the petition signatures to the ballot language, accusing MCRI supporters of engaging in fraud and deception. But as it has become clear that voters will deterPLQHWKHIDWHRI DIĂ€UPDWLYHDFWLRQLQWKH voting booth this November, the opposition has shifted their focus. Ironically, it has been organizations such as One United Michigan â€“ the principle group opposing the MCRI â€“ that have resorted to scare tactics and distortions to further their interests. A recent report issued by Susan Kaufmann of the University of Michiganâ€™s Center for the Education of Women appears prominently on the One United Michigan website, and is heavily touted among the anti-MCRI crowd. Entitled The Potential Impact of the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative on Employment, Education and Contracting, this report is a good example of the fear mongering employed by MCRI opponents, and a comprehensive look at the motives,
agenda, and arguments driving the antiMCRI crowd. In the report, Kaufmann examines the effects of Proposition 209 in California, an initiative similar to MCRI passed in 1996. Kaufmann and her anti-MCRI allies have gone to great lengths to conYLQFH0LFKLJDQGHUVWKDWWKHHQGRI DIĂ€Umative action would spell disaster for the state. Unfortunately, they do so by twisting facts, playing with language, and obscuring the central issue. The notion that the end of racial and gender preferences was a disaster for California is simply not supported by evidence. Kaufmann begins her report by arguing that the MCRI â€œappears to confer no additional civil rights,â€? and that â€œexist-
A look into the claims made by MCRI opponents reveals faulty logic, twisted language, and misleading â€œevidence.â€? ing state and civil rights laws seem to be clear and adequateâ€? to protect such rights. These are arguments frequently made by MCRI opponents. Although modeled â€“ nearly verbatim â€“ after the Civil Rights Act of 1964, those who oppose the measure have argued that the MCRI is deceptively named, and actually threatens civil rights. Mark Bernstein, Chairman of the Michigan Civil Rights Commission declared that the MCRI â€œis to civil rights what an ax is to a tree.â€? The Coalition WR 'HIHQG $IĂ€UPDWLYH $FWLRQ %\ $Q\ Means Necessary (BAMN) argued that
the MCRI would move us â€œbackward toward more segregation and racism.â€? The One United Michigan website warns visitors not to â€œroll back progressâ€? for women and minorities. The absurdity of these claims is evident. First, while current laws may seem to be â€œclear and adequate,â€? racial discrimination in the name of â€œdiversityâ€? remains legal. The MCRI would put an end to that caveat. Second, by declaring the MCRI a threat to civil rights, MCRI opponents have essentially declared the â€œclear and adequateâ€? civil rights legislation to be XVHOHVVZLWKRXWDIĂ€UPDWLYHDFWLRQ,I WKH MCRI, which bans racial preferences, can move us â€œbackwardsâ€? in time, then these individuals actually believe the gains of the entire civil rights movement are contingent on racial preferences. Kaufmanâ€™s faulty logic is pervasive within the anti-MCRI establishment. Her examination of Californiaâ€™s post-209 experience clearly intends to convince the reader that Proposition 209 eliminated benign, legal, and vital programs, and thus, the same would happen in Michigan if the MCRI were to pass. The anti-MCRI forces have relied heavily on this premise, declaring the MCRI would put an end to everything from single-sex schools to breast cancer screening. To make her argument, Kaufmann bases her assessment on a 1997 statement issued by former California Governor Pete Wilson. In that statement, Wilson listed numerous statues and programs
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9/11 On Campus: Five Years Later BY JANE COASTON, â€˜09, AND KELLY CAVANAUGH, â€˜10 EPTEMBER 11, 2001 WILL FOREVER BE characterized as the â€œmajor eventâ€? of our generation, but in todayâ€™s hectic world 9/11 has taken on numerous meanings to the public. To some individuals, 9/11 has become a traumatic personal experience and to others it has become a personal rendezvous with justice. The events of September 11th should command the attention and respect of all, but at the mention of 9/11 the thoughts that come to mind vary greatly from person to person. The underlying theme, however, on the topic, seems to be the war on terrorism. In an address to the public on Monday, September 11, 2006, President Bush called the war on terrorism â€œthe calling of our generation.â€? No matter the opinion on the war, 9/11 should still elicit sympathy from peoples across the world. For those who were personally touched, September 11, UHVXUUHFWHGWKHIHDUDQGORVVIHOWĂ€YH\HDUVDJR5RE'DQ-
iels, a sophomore and native New Yorker, couldnâ€™t escape the destruction of that day. He remembered watching smoke rise above the city from the windows of his high school gym class. Family members were missing and friends with whom Rob grew up had found out that they had lost both parents. Robâ€™s immediate reaction was sympathy for lost life; only later did the terrorist implications affect his thinking. For Rob, the thought of using 9/11 to justify current foreign policy, including the war, seems absurd. Did we go to war for New York City, for the Ă€UHĂ€JKWHUVDQGSROLFHPHQ"Â´DEVROXWHO\QRWÂľ5REUHSOLHG This year, Michigan students commemorated the day in a YDULHW\RI ZD\V6WXGHQWVDQGIDFXOW\Ă€OOHG5DFNKDP$XGLWRULXP to hear Juan Cole, Professor of Modern Middle East and South Asian history, present a lecture entitled â€œAre We Winning
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Ularly virulent and pervasive form of University â€œdiversity.â€? Tie-die â€œpromote GLYHUVLW\ÂľVKLUWVMRLQHGIRUFHVZLWKEOXHÂ´([SHFW5HVSHFWÂľWRDOHUWQHZDQGUHWXUQLQJ VWXGHQWVRI WKH8QLYHUVLW\ÂˇVSULRULWLHV(YHQWKLV\HDUÂˇVRIĂ€FLDOIRRWEDOOVKLUWVHHPingly omits any football-related information, instead praising â€œ50 statesâ€? and â€œ80 FRXQWULHVÂľWKDWXQLWHWRIRUPÂ´RQHYRLFHÂľ%HIRUHFODVVHVHYHQEHJDQVWXGHQWVZHUH invited to a â€œDay of Change,â€? and embarked on a crash-course in social activism, social justice, and diversity. Year by year, the sacred concept of â€œdiversityâ€? has expanded its reach into the OLYHV RI VWXGHQWV )URP VSHFLDO Â´PLQRULW\ ORXQJHVÂľ WR DIĂ€UPDWLYH DFWLRQ WR WKH recent initiatives enacted by the administration to counter the â€œharshâ€? campus cliPDWHWKHQHHGIRUPDQ\WRDIĂ€UPDQGUHDIĂ€UPWKHLUÂ´FRPPLWPHQWWRGLYHUVLW\ÂľKDV reached a fever pitch. Make no mistake, the concept of diversity â€“ the state or fact of possessing difference â€“ is certainly valuable and desirable. But the University, though its programs, DFWLRQVDQGLQLWLDWLYHVKDVUHGHĂ€QHGWKLVFRQFHSWWRWKHSRLQWZKHUHÂ´GLYHUVLW\ÂľLV reduced to variations in skin tones. Minority lounges are not meant for conservatives Â˛DSROLWLFDOPLQRULW\$OWHUQDWLYH:HOFRPH:HHNLVQRWPHDQWIRU-HZLVKVWXGHQWV â€“ a religious minority. In recent years, it seems as if the pursuit of a faulty version of diversity has RIWHQVXSSODQWHGWKHSXUVXLWRI WUXWKDQGNQRZOHGJHDVWKHIRUHPRVWJRDORI XQLYHUVLWLHV)XUWKHUPRUHWKLVGLVWXUELQJWUHQGVKRZVQRVLJQVRI DEDWLQJ 7KHSUREOHPLVWKDWGLYHUVLW\LQLWVRUJDQLFIRUPLVQRWSXUVXHGIRULWVRZQVDNH ,WWDNHVRQDOLIHRI LWVRZQ$OO\LQJLWVHOI ZLWKWKHPDQWUDRI Â´GLYHUVLW\ÂľLVWKHRQO\ ZD\IRUWKH8QLYHUVLW\WRSURYHLWVUDFLDOFUHGHQWLDOV7KHDWPRVSKHUHWRZKLFKWKH 8QLYHUVLW\LVVXEMHFWGLFWDWHVWKDWZHDUHJXLOW\RQUDFLDOLVVXHVXQWLOZHSURYHRXUVHOYHVLQQRFHQWÂłWKDWLVE\ZD\RI PRUHHPSKDVLVRQDIĂ€UPDWLYHDFWLRQWKDQHYHU greater emphasis on an ideological derivative of tolerance, and an ambiguously-purposed â€œExpect Respectâ€? campaign. 6R ZKLOHWKHYDOXHVRI GLYHUVLW\DQG WROHUDQFHDUH ZHOODQG JRRG GLYHUVLW\DV FRQVWUXFWHGE\WKH8QLYHUVLW\KDVLURQLFDOO\VWLĂ HGDQ\WUXHGLYHUVLW\WKDWPD\H[LVW on this campus. The problem for the University, though, is that for so many of its students, the monolithic mantras have undercut any credibility for these mandated FDPSDLJQV:KHQHYHUDQHZLQLWLDWLYHLVFUHDWHGOLNHÂ´&RQVHQWLV6H[\ÂľRUÂ´([SHFW Respect,â€? it results in a collective reaction of, â€œthere they go again,â€? from the student body. The transparency of the Universityâ€™s motives only result in skipped seminars, DQGOLWWOHLQWHOOHFWXDOHQJDJHPHQWRI LVVXHVWKDWPLJKWRWKHUZLVHSURYHXVHIXOIRUD VWXGHQWERG\WKDWLVLQIDFWTXLWHGLYHUVHLQPDQ\ZD\VEH\RQGVNLQFRORU 7KLV SKHQRPHQRQ ZDV QR PRUH HYLGHQW WKDQ LQ WKH DIWHUPDWK RI ODVW \HDUÂˇV infamous â€œAsian urinationâ€? hate crime â€“ the incident that gave birth to the â€œExpect 5HVSHFWÂľFDPSDLJQ7KHXSURDUIROORZLQJWKHDOOHJDWLRQVLPPHGLDWHO\EURXJKWSUHVVXUHXSRQDGPLQLVWUDWRUVWRDFWVZLIWO\WRFKDQJHWKHFDPSXVFOLPDWHNQRZLQJWKH DGPLQLVWUDWLRQZDVQHDUO\REOLJDWHGWRWDNHVXFKDFWLRQ$Q\GHOD\Â˛WRZDLWXQWLOWKH IDFWVRI WKHFDVHZHUHHVWDEOLVKHGÂ˛ZRXOGKDYHEHHQVHHQDVWKH8QLYHUVLW\ÂˇVDEDQdonment of minority students. :KHQWKHIDFWVGLGHPHUJHDORQJZLWKVHULRXVTXHVWLRQVDERXWWKHFUHGLELOLW\RI WKHÂ´YLFWLPVÂľDQGWKHLUDFFRXQWRI HYHQWVWKRVHIDFWVZHUHLJQRUHG7RUHYLHZWKHP ZRXOGKDYHEHHQVHHQDVÂ´EODPLQJWKHYLFWLPÂľDQGZRXOGKDYHFDOOHGWKH8QLYHUVLW\ÂˇV commitment to diversity into question. $QGVRZHHQWHUDQRWKHU\HDUDWWKH8QLYHUVLW\RI 0LFKLJDQ:HFDQRQO\FRXQW the days until student groups criticize the University for failing to protect minority students, and for betraying their commitment to diversity. This, of course, is the VDPH8QLYHUVLW\WKDWERDVWVDYDVWDUUD\RI PXOWLFXOWXUDORIĂ€FHVDQGLQLWLDWLYHVDQG has spent millions of dollars to defend admissions policies that grant preferences to minority students. We can also count the days until the annual boycott of the Michigan Daily, precipitated by something as egregious as making a legitimate point in regard to a UDFLDOO\VHQVLWLYHLVVXHÂ´'LYHUVLW\FRPPLWWHHVÂľZLOOVSULQJXSPHHWLQJVZLOOEHKHOG DQGLQWKHHQGOLWWOHZLOOEHDFFRPSOLVKHG 2I FRXUVHRQHZRXOGEHKDUGSUHVVHGWRDUJXHWKDWWKHVHLQVWLWXWLRQVKDYHQRW UHSHDWHGO\SURYHQWKHLUFRPPLWPHQWWRGLYHUVLW\2QHZRQGHUVKRZPXFKPRUHFDQ EHGRQHWRUHDIĂ€UPWKLVFRPPLWPHQW" But in the era of diversity, more is never enough. MR
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Kaufmann cites the Early Academic Outreach Program as a program that was â€œtargeted for eliminationâ€? in California. Today, the EAOP considers itself â€œone of the stateâ€™s most successful pre-collegiate student academic programs,â€? and serves more than 80,000 students at 542 schools. ed, or expanded. She doesnâ€™t even list the names of the VSHFLĂ€FSURJUDPVWDUJHWHGE\:LOVRQ ,I VKH ZRXOG KDYH WKH UHDGHU ZRXOG KDYH VHHQ D IDU GLIIHUHQW VWRU\ )RU H[DPSOH .DXIPDQQ FLWHV WKH Early Academic Outreach Program as evidence of the elimination of â€œpre college outreach and preparation for ORZLQFRPHDQGPLQRULW\VWXGHQWVÂľ+HUIRRWQRWHKRZever, reveals that instead of targeting underrepresented PLQRULWLHV WKH SURJUDP QRZ WDUJHWV Â´XQGHUUHVRXUFHG FRPPXQLWLHVÂľ,QRWKHUZRUGVWKHSURJUDPXQGHUZHQWD semantic change. Today, the EAOP considers itself â€œone
neering, is a key member of the Spellings Commission. â€œIf implemented, these UHFRPPHQGDWLRQV ZRXOG QRW RQO\ LPprove the quality of education and the Ă€QDQFLDO VXSSRUW SURYLGHG WR 0LFKLJDQ VWXGHQWV EXW WKH\ ZRXOG DOVR HQKDQFH their preparation for college and meet their lifelong needs for further post-secondary education,â€? said Duderstadt. The Spellings Commission faces allegations that the recent report has been ZDWHUHGGRZQLQFRPSDULVRQWRLWVRULJLnal counterpart. Duderstadt responded, â€œThe original draft had really nothing WRGRZLWKWKHFRPPLVVLRQÂŤ,WZDVSUHSDUHG E\ FRQVXOWDQWV ZLWKRXW DQ\ LQSXW from the commissioners.â€? In contrast, Neuman remarks â€œCommission Chair Charlie Miller tried out a number of ideas from his experienceâ€Śand appropriately GURSSHG RU PRGLĂ€HG WKRVH LGHDV ZKLFK proved to be too controversialâ€ŚA consensus report by its nature is a calculated compromise.â€? If these recommendations are implePHQWHGPDQ\ZRQGHUZKDWPXVWFKDQJH at the local levelâ€”in this case, at U-M itself. According to Duderstadt, â€œLots of things.â€? He cites â€œmore attention given to helping K-12 produce graduates ready IRUFROOHJHOHYHOZRUNÂľDVZHOODVÂ´PRUH VWUHVV RQ QHHG EDVHG Ă€QDQFLDO DLGÂľÂłD topic close to the heart of many Michi-
of the stateâ€™s most successful pre-collegiate student academic programs,â€? and it serves more than 80,000 students at 542 schools. Kaufmann also laments the demise of â€œa program helping paraprofessional teachers become fully licensed WHDFKHUV ZLWK DQ HPSKDVLV RQ WUDLQLQJ PLQRULWLHVÂľ Again, the footnote reveals a similar semantic change. Today, the California School Paraprofessional Teacher Training Program has expanded to serve 1,800 members; 70% are ethnic minorities. .DXIPDQQWKHQFLWHVÂ´DIĂ€UPDWLYHDFWLRQLQSXEOLF contractingâ€? as a victim of Proposition 209, arguing that pre-existing programs â€œsimply required prime contractors either to make good faith efforts to meet goals for VXEFRQWUDFWLQJWRZRPHQRUPLQRULW\RZQHGEXVLQHVVHV or to demonstrate that they had made outreach efforts to notify those businesses of bidding opportunities.â€? 7KHVHPHUHÂ´JRDOVÂľKRZHYHUZHUHGHĂ€QHGE\VSHFLĂ€FSHUFHQWDJHVIRUPLQRULW\EXVLQHVVHVIRU ZRPHQ ZKLFK&DOLIRUQLD&RXUWVUXOHGWREHGLIIHUHQW IURPTXRWDVÂ´RQO\LQGHJUHHÂľ1RUZHUHWKHÂ´RXWUHDFKÂľ efforts benign. â€œThe outreach component requires conWUDFWRUV WR WUHDW 0LQRULW\ 2ZQHG (QWHUSULVHV:RPHQ 2ZQHG(QWHUSULVHVXEFRQWUDFWRUVPRUHDGYDQWDJHRXVO\ E\ SURYLGLQJ WKHP ZLWK QRWLFH RI ELGGLQJ RSSRUWXQLties, soliciting their participation, and negotiating for WKHLUVHUYLFHVQRQHRI ZKLFKWKH\PXVWGRÂľIRURWKHU EXVLQHVVHV7KHVHUHTXLUHPHQWVZHUHLPSRVHGRQVWDWH FRQWUDFWRUVDQGVWDWHDJHQFLHVZHUHUHTXLUHGWRDELGHE\ WKHPDQGZHUHKHOGDFFRXQWDEOHIRUWKHLUVXFFHVV7KHVH SURJUDPVZHUHIDUIURPVLPSOHÂ´JRDOVÂľDQGÂ´RXWUHDFKÂľ HIIRUWV 7KH\ ZHUH PDQGDWHG SUHIHUHQFH SROLFLHV DQG
gan students. Among other things, he also recommends â€œchallenging the faculty WRPRUHFDUHIXOO\GHĂ€QHWKHREMHFWLYHVRI each academic program and then provide HYLGHQFH EDVHG PHDVXUHV RI KRZ ZHOO students are achieving these objectives.â€? Duderstadt also endorses the commissionâ€™s ideals of lifelong learning, innovation and competing in a global economy, but alludes that something must be done to promote these principles at the University of Michigan itself, not just nationally. Neuman, on the other hand, seems skeptical. â€œUsually nothing much comes RI WKHVH UHSRUWV ZKLFK HQG XS LQ Ă€OLQJ cabinets and on book shelves.â€? In his YLHZLI WKHUHSRUWGRHVKDYHDQLPSDFW Â´FXUUHQWVWXGHQWVDW80ZLOOEHLQJUDG VFKRRORULQWKHZRUNSODFHÂľE\WKHWLPH any changes occur. The Spellings Commissionâ€™s proposals could lead to a brighter future for higher education. University of Michigan VWXGHQWV PD\ UHFHLYH VWURQJHU Ă€QDQFLDO DLG DQG D PRUH UHZDUGLQJ FROOHJH H[SHrience. On the other hand, the reports FRXOGOHDGWRQRZKHUHRWKHUWKDQDQLVRODWHG IRUJRWWHQ VWRUDJH DUHD )RU QRZ VWXGHQWVZLOOVLPSO\KDYHWRZDLWDQGVHH if the commissionâ€™s ideas are acceptedDQG KRZ WKH DGPLQLVWUDWLRQ ZLOO UHDFW LI they are. MR
quotas. Kaufmann then attempts to detail the â€œdramaticâ€? decrease in minority and female representation in employment, education, and contracting. These scare tacWLFVKDYHPDGHWKHLUZD\WR0LFKLJDQDV0&5,RSSRnents predict precipitous declines in minority and female representation across the board. 0DQ\ZKRSUHGLFWWKHVHGUDPDWLFGHFOLQHVDUHRIWHQ WKRVH ZKR GHFODUH WKDW UDFH LV Â´RQH RI PDQ\ IDFWRUVÂľ XVHGLQWKHGHFLVLRQPDNLQJSURFHVVDQGQRWDGHĂ€QLQJ IDFWRUÂ´<HVZHFRQVLGHUUDFHLQFKRRVLQJRXUHQWHULQJ FODVV HDFK \HDU DQG ZH FRQVLGHU D KRVW RI RWKHU IDFWRUVDVZHOO2XUSROLFLHVDUHPRGHUDWHIDLUDQGFDUHIXOO\ consideredâ€Śâ€? University of Michigan President Mary 6XH &ROHPDQ GHFODUHG LQ +RZHYHU WKRVH ZKR claim race and gender are but small considerations often FRQWHQG WKDW WKH 0&5, ZRXOG GUDVWLFDOO\ KXUW PLQRULW\DQGIHPDOHUHSUHVHQWDWLRQ,I DIĂ€UPDWLYHDFWLRQSURvides only a small boost, then the removal of that boost VKRXOGKDYHDSURSRUWLRQDOO\VPDOOHIIHFW7KHUHZLOOEH QR Â´GUDPDWLFÂľ GHFOLQHV XQOHVV WKHUH ZHUH Â´GUDPDWLFÂľ SUHIHUHQFHVWREHJLQZLWK A look at Kaufmannâ€™s statistics reveals more distortion. In the UC system, she alleges, â€œHiring of AfriFDQ$PHULFDQ IDFXOW\ KDV VKRZQ WKH ODUJHVW GHFUHDVHV ZLWKDQRYHUDOOGHFOLQHRI EHWZHHQDQG Âľ/RRNLQJDWKHUFLWDWLRQKRZHYHULWDSSHDUV that Kaufmann arrived at this â€œdecline of 14%â€? by comSDULQJ $IULFDQ$PHULFDQ IDFXOW\ WRWDOV IURP Ă€YH \HDUV before Proposition 209 (1991-1995) to four years
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ith the Ann Arbor City Planning Commission having unanimously approved the Metro 202 Planned Project Site Plan and Development Agreement, it seemed like the green light for the potential development at South Division DQG:DVKLQJWRQZRXOGVXUHO\FRPHIURP City Council. In spite of this clear endorsement, City Council failed to amass the six needed votes at their August 21st PHHWLQJ WR DOORZ WKH DFUH PL[HGXVH development to proceed, falling one vote VKRUWZLWKWZRPHPEHUVDEVHQWDQGRQH abstaining. What happened next surprised evHU\RQH )LUVW WKH 0F.LQOH\ &RPSDQ\ DQQRXQFHGWKDWWKH\ZRXOGQRWEHUHVXEPLWWLQJWKHLUSURSRVDOEXWZRXOGLQVWHDG pull out of the project, leaving the property on the corner of South Division and Washington. After spending several hundred thousand dollars bringing the project up to code, McKinley CEO Al Berriz decided to cut his losses rather than continue to endure the delays and special requests by the City that cast a cloud of uncertainty over the completion of Metro 202. ,PPHGLDWHO\ IROORZLQJ 0F.LQOH\ÂˇV pullout, Ann Arbor residents began questioning the motives of City Council. The Ann Arbor News ran an editorial statLQJÂ´6XUSULVHVDUHĂ€QHDWELUWKGD\SDUWLHV EXW ZKHQ D GHYHORSHU VSHQGV KXQGUHGV RI WKRXVDQGVRI GROODUVZKHQFLW\VWDII and planning commissioners invest hunGUHGVRI KRXUVLQZRUNLQJWKURXJKSURElems, there should be no surprise at the RXWFRPHÂłRQHZD\RUWKHRWKHUÂľ Jason Roberts of Ann Arbor comPHQWHG WKDW Â´WKH WKUHH PHPEHUV ZKR YRWHGGRZQWKHSURMHFWJRWFDXJKWFDOOLQJ a bluff, and got seriously burned from it. . . . They expected the developer to jump through the same idiotic hoops they push onto everyone else.â€? $Q DQRQ\PRXV OHWWHU VLJQHG Â´)RU
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)DLUQHVVÂľZDVVHQWWRWKH$QQ$UERU&LW\ Council on August 29th, asking for the Council to be â€œabsolutely open and fair ZLWK 0F.LQOH\ DQG RWKHU GHYHORSHUV LQ the City zoning and approval process. No more long delays. End the Cityâ€™s reputation for being anti-developer.â€? In the councilâ€™s 5-3 vote, Mayor John Heiftje (D), and City Council members Bob Johnson (D-1st Ward) and Stephen Rapundalo (D-2nd Ward), believed the Planning Commissionâ€™s recommendaWLRQZDVLQHUURUDQGZHUHWKHWKUHHYRWHV against the McKinley Companyâ€™s proposed development. %RZLQJ LQ WR WKH SUHVVXUH DIWHU WKH result of the vote, Rapundalo used a litWOHNQRZQ ORRSKROH WR FDOO IRU D UHYRWH under the pretense that â€œthe item failed RQDWHFKQLFDOLW\JLYHQLQVXIĂ€FLHQWFRXQFLO PHPEHUVSUHVHQW4XLWHVLPSO\LWZDVQÂˇW fair.â€? At the next meeting, held on September 5th, Rapundalo changed his vote WRÂ´\HDÂľDQGZLWKPRUHPHPEHUVSUHVHQWWKHĂ€QDOFRXQWZDVEURXJKWWR Hieftje and Johnson did not change their votes or their convictions that the project should go through a Planned Unit Development (PUD) before getting apSURYDO$38'JUDQWVWKHFLW\WKHSRZHU to overlook certain aspects of the building code in return for the developer proYLGLQJORZLQFRPHKRXVLQJRUSURYLGLQJ RWKHU VHUYLFHV ZKLFK Â´KDYH D EHQHĂ€FLDO effect on the City, in terms of public KHDOWKVDIHW\ZHOIDUHDHVWKHWLFVRUFRQvenience.â€? While PUD appears to have good intentions, it gives the City more control over the project, leading some developers like Ed Shaffran to compare it to extortion. :LWK RWKHU Ă€UPV VXFK DV *RRJOH looking to expand into Ann Arbor, one FDQRQO\KRSHWKDWVLPLODUGLIĂ€FXOWLHVDSSURYLQJ GHYHORSPHQWV ZLOO QRW DULVH LQ the future. Since the revote, McKinley has agreed to return to the Metro 202 project. MR
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9.19.06 Religious Affairs, C. Grey Austin, on the history of religion at Michigan. He opened his book, â€œThe University RI 0LFKLJDQZDVQHYHULQWHQGHGWREHDVHFWDULDQVFKRRO WKRXJKLWZDVLQWHQGHGWRKDYHDGLVWLQFWO\UHOLJLRXVDWmosphere.â€? 2YHUWKHSDVWRQHKXQGUHGĂ€IW\\HDUVDQGPRUHLWLV clear that this sentiment has become a distinctly minorLW\RQH7KHPRVWSUHVFLHQWGRFXPHQWVIURPZLWKLQWKH 8QLYHUVLW\ DFNQRZOHGJH DV PXFK $ UHSRUW IURP the OER makes several points. It argues students are VXEMHFW WR DQ Â´LQYHUVH SURYLQFLDOLVPÂľ ZKLFK GHGLFDWHV itself to the systemic study of most all religious traditions but those underpinning American life. Ten years later, a study of student religious needs indicated a good QXPEHURI VWXGHQWVZHUHLQWHUHVWHGLQYDOXHVEDVHGHGXFDWLRQ&KDUDFWHULVWLFRI WKHVWXG\ZDVLWVDUJXPHQWWKDW Â´&OHDUO\VWXGHQWV>DW0LFKLJDQ@DUHQRWĂ€QGLQJDGHTXDWH educational opportunity for integrating their lives, their YDOXHVWKHLUÂŤUHOLJLRXVKHULWDJHVDQGTXHVWVZLWKWKHLU DFDGHPLF NQRZOHGJHÂľ ,W DOVR TXHVWLRQHG ZKHWKHU SOXUDOLVPDVSUDFWLFHGRQFDPSXVZDVDIRUPRI QHJDWLYH â€œvalue neutrality.â€? *RG DQG 0LFKLJDQ DUH WRGD\ DW EHVW VWDQGRIĂ€VK Yet religion and education existed to complement each other in virtually the entirety of the history of higher education, save the modern era. Religion and education VHUYHHDFKRWKHUDQGXQOLNHZKDWPDQ\SRVWPRGHUQLVWV might argue, they are suited to uniquely serve and bolster one another. Michigan should not become a parochial FROOHJH LW LV TXLWH FOHDU WKDW VXFK D PLVVLRQ ZDV QHYHU HQYLVLRQHGE\WKH8QLYHUVLW\ÂˇVIRXQGHUVDQGZRXOGIDOO ZHOOEH\RQGWKHVFRSHRI PRGHUQ)LUVW$PHQGPHQWODZ But that does not mean that religion should be almost quite literally a phenomenon excluded to the boundaries of campus. Whether in Mary Sue Colemanâ€™s ethics initiative, academic pursuits, campus life, or personal activities, the devout life need not be crudely divorced from DOORIĂ€FLDOOLIHDWWKH8QLYHUVLW\RI 0LFKLJDQMR
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Student Activism: Worthwhile or Waste? Michigan is known worldwide as a bastion of social and political activism. But what is the role of activism on campus? Is VWXGHQWDFWYLVPDPRQJJURXSVDQGLQGLYLGXDOVZRUWKWKHVWUXJJOHRUDZDVWHRIWLPH",VDQGVKRXOGDFWLYLVPEHDGHÂżQLQJ charactersitic at the University of Michigan? The Michigan Daily and Michigan Review face off on the role of student activism.
BY BRIAN BIGLIN, â€˜08 - CONTENT EDITOR, MICHIGAN REVIEW
t has been made painfully clear by some of the far-fetched student groups at this university, or perhaps, by the Michigan Student Assembly, that student activism has had the â€˜activeâ€™ taken out of it. There are hundreds of well-intentioned student groups at this university, but it is not unfair to say that some do far more good than others. There is certainly a lesson to be learned from the organizations which are active, but may be overshadowed by those that are just loud. Drawing a distinction between different types of â€˜activismâ€™ is important. First of all, letâ€™s make clear that most Diag protests cannot accomplish much, but rather give self-satisfaction to students who are looking for a release of their â€˜activistâ€™ energies. Activism as currently manifest on this campus is more of an act of self-indulgence, and a cry beckoning the attention of others, than it is any concrete contribution to the University community. No one can stop a student or group of students from making their views about the evils of Israel or the Coca-Cola Corporation or Dick Cheney known; but, while these people are the most outspoken (despite usually getting ignored by students rushing to class), they, without question, have less power to effect change than their fellow students signing up to do service work in the inner city, or an alternative spring break trip. The point being, most of the substantial work that can be done to effect change in this world, can and should be done in the real world, not on the Diag with loudVSHDNHUV0XFKRI WKHJORULĂ€HGÂśVWXGHQWDFWLYLVPÂˇLVUHDOO\MXVWDQRVWDOJLFDWWHPSWDW impersonating the protests of the last generation. Being active and making a difference is, in fact, inglorious. But true service to othersâ€”and a true dedication to change and justice in this worldâ€”must be borne of a sense of humility and conviction that does not draw attention to oneâ€™s action for the sake of it. The truth of the matter is students are much more enabled to do things that could change the world after they leave this university, empowered by a degree. Political student activism, while not having as much direct impact as hands-on activism, still has a place. The question remains: what is the difference between a Diag SURWHVWDQGDVLPSOHOHWWHUWRDFRQJUHVVSHUVRQ"$QGZKHQDUHPDVVLYHGHPRQVWUDWLRQVZDUUDQWHG",WLVDSUREOHPZKHQSURWHVWLQJDQDQWLDIĂ€UPDWLYHDFWLRQPHDVXUH is compared to the actual civil rights movement of the 1960s. In this case, a misunderstanding of major issues on all levels causes â€˜activists,â€™ in their self-righteousness, to elevate themselves to inappropriate levels. Posing nude or in undergarments, with ambiguous allegations towards the producers of University apparel is not tantamount to liberating women from the daily drudgery of housework. It is nothing less than an act of hubris for student activists to assume it so. The distinction is between being â€œactiveâ€? and being an â€œactivist.â€? Being an activist is accomplishing nothing but smug self-satisfaction when MSA passes meaningless resolutions (wasting time, no less) condemning the War in Iraq, against the Coca-Cola Corporation, or calling for divestment from Israel. Being active is getting out in the world and accomplishing something tangible. It is spending thirty hours on oneâ€™s feet raising money for a childrenâ€™s hospital at Dance Marathon, or it is helping facilitate an American Red Cross blood or bone marrow drive at the Union. Or maybe, it is even stopping in for twenty minutes, and donating blood yourself. Apathy is the opposite of what we need. While possibly not very productive, student activists are far from apatheticâ€”that, if small, is something to their credit. They are motivated and always thinking and they are making their thoughts known. But some of them stop at this, while some people get their hands dirty. The real students activists, deserving of the most praise (yet never making news headlines because of stunts in the Diag), are the ones who are active. If you have ever taken an alternative spring break, worked at a Habitat for Humanity building site, or volunteered for a Detroit Project activity, you have put your talents to good use and have helped others. MR
BY EMILY BEAM, â€˜07 - EDITORIAL PAGE EDITOR, MICHIGAN DAILY
n the middle of the Vietnam War, members of the Inter-Faith Council for Peace wanted to dig a â€œbomb craterâ€? on the Diag that would represent what was taking place in North Vietnam as a result of U.S. intervention. To the surprise of many, University President Robben Fleming didnâ€™t interfere, reasoning: â€œItâ€™s not a big job to throw the dirt back in the hole after they get tired.â€? Indeed, the dirt was eventually put back in place, and today no trace of the gaping hole in the center of campus remains. But even without concrete physical evidence that yes, activists were here, the impact of student-led protests against the Vietnam War continued to resonate long after students took off their armbands and set down their signs. The contributions of past activists have had no small effect on the present University experience. It was angry graduate students and their supporters that led reluctant University administrators to negotiate a contract with the Graduate Employeesâ€™ Organization. It was the Black Action Movement that pushed the University to address low minority enrollment, as well as led to the creation of the Center for African-American Studies and the dedication of Trotter House. That University committees ranging from the Dispute Review Board to the LSA Curriculum Committee have spots reserved for students did not come about from administratorsâ€™ benevolence â€” students long ago demanded a say in how their university was run. Today it is easy to suspect that student activism has been reduced to joining a Facebook group or holding a bucket drive. Though the Diag continues to be the center stage of student activism on campus, it is more frequently home to teeter-tottering Greeks than massive rallies. Current students, perhaps too worried about getting into grad school or putting together a stellar resume, rarely show the force that characterized student activism in the 1960s and 1970s. But just because student activism today is in many ways a shadow of its former self doesnâ€™t imply that it is not present or that it has no place on campus. Recent years have shown that students are still capable of organizing and making change. Student opposition killed the couch ban three summers ago, and student pressure helped bring about the cityâ€™s new lease-dateâ€™s ordinance. And where there havenâ€™t been results â€“ student activism was disappointingly ineffective stopping the U.S. invasion in Iraq, for example â€“ there is still potential. As students mobilize now in support of or against the 0LFKLJDQ&LYLO5LJKWV,QLWLDWLYHWKH\KDYHWKHFKDQFHWRLQĂ XHQFHWKHFRXUVHRI WKHLU university and the state. As students, we have an obligation to address the problems that plague our society and the world. We can volunteer our time to lessen the blow societal inequalities have on individual lives. But while tutoring a child in math may help him do better in school, it wonâ€™t convince the Legislature to equalize per-pupil funding across the state. Rebuilding houses in New Orleans will help restore a neighborhood, but it wonâ€™t resolve the gross inequalities that heaped the brunt of the devastation on the cityâ€™s poorest residents. The most effective way to bring about lasting social change is by altering the very system that creates those inequalities and injustices that offend our sense of what is right. Individual service can extend beyond the act of volunteering by raising public awareness and forging bonds between communities, but it is far more powerful when accompanied by loud voices unwilling to stand for the status quo. It is simply unwise to trust that administrators, politicians and policymakers automatically know whatâ€™s best. Relying solely on authority to determine the common good would have made the Civil Rights Movement, among other things, impossible, and would have resulted in a radically different University experience. Activism has been, and continues to be, an effective means of holding policymakers accountable and of demanding certain rights or societal changes. The act of waving a sign canâ€™t do much, if anything, to change things. But the power of large groups of students armed with signs has proved and will remain a potent foe of authorities reluctant or unwilling to take action.