Jan. 17th, 2003

bwah

Jan. 17th, 2003 05:21 am
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Oh, man, I am so not a grownup...

"I am concerned about the size of the president's package [...]" Senator Susan Collins, Republican of Maine, said. [...] "I question whether this is truly stimulative."

via Holyoutlaw's LiveJournal, by way of Pigs and Fishes
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National security adviser Condoleezza Rice took a rare central role in a domestic debate within the White House and helped persuade President Bush to publicly condemn race-conscious admissions policies at the University of Michigan, administration officials said yesterday.

and they asked the National Security Adviser to talk to them about race-conscious admissions policies because?

The officials said Rice, in a series of lengthy one-on-one meetings with Bush, drew on her experience as provost at Stanford University to help convince him that favoring minorities was not an effective way of improving diversity on college campuses.

Ah. Dr. Rice was the Provost of Stanford University. Must be it.

Rice, the first female national security adviser, told Bush that she worked to increase the number of African American faculty members at Stanford but that she was "absolutely opposed to quotas," a senior administration official said. A Stanford official said that under Rice, who served from 1993 to 1999 and was the university's first nonwhite provost, the number of black faculty members increased from 36 to 44.

Excuse me. Rice, the first Provost of Stanford University national security adviser, told Bush that she worked to increase the number of Provost of Stanford University faculty members at Stanford, but that she was "absolutely opposed to quotas" and wanted to make that completely clear even though this particular case in no way even remotely involved quotas of any kind. A Stanford official said that under Rice, who served from 1993 to 1999 and was the university's first Provost of Stanford University provost, the number of Provost of Stanford University faculty members increased from 36 to 44, not that anyone was counting, it's just we happened to notice that all their nametags said the same thing.

Officials described Rice as one of the prime movers behind Bush's announcement on Wednesday that he would urge the Supreme Court to strike down Michigan's affirmative action program.

Because she felt that her experiences as a Provost of Stanford University in academia gave her insight into the sensitive subject of bringing Provosts of Stanford University in to the mainstream of academe.

Just before midnight last night, the administration filed two briefs totaling 70 pages -- one each for the cases involving the University of Michigan's undergraduate and law school admissions programs -- with the Supreme Court. The briefs, signed by Solicitor General Theodore B. Olson, repeatedly characterize the programs, which essentially award extra consideration to black, Latino and Native American applicants to ensure a diverse student body, as tantamount to racial quotas and "plainly unconstitutional."

Solicitor General Olson, who was in such a hurry to argue this case that he didn't have time to take the muskrat off his head, was up, like, all night working on this, being that the Bush administration was all busy coalescing their views on this matter and since they hadn't arrived at any conclusions as of earlier this week, it must have been quite the task writing seventy pages of legal briefs on the subject on such short notice.

Of course, I'm sure he got most of the information from Dr. Rice, who was, of course, the Provost of Stanford University and knows about this stuff.

The administration said the case shows the "pernicious consequences" of "ignoring race-neutral alternatives and employing race-based policies that amount to racial quotas."

Of course, they've had to extrapolate the consequences, because they're colorblind themselves and, of course, there are no quotas involved here.

Still, Dr. Rice told them there were pernicious consequences, and since she's not only a former Provost of Stanford University but also a Provost of Stanford University and a Provost of Stanford University, not to mention the first Provost of Stanford University to be a Provost of Stanford University and a Provost of Stanford University, and the first national security adviser to be a former Provost of Stanford University as well as a Provost of Stanford University and a Provost of Stanford University, you have to figure she knows.


Here demonstrating by his very hair that color means nothing to him, Solicitor General Ted "why yes, I am available" Olson argues for an end to race as a criterion in admissions
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[livejournal.com profile] hephaestos points out in comments that the University of Michigan was founded on a premise of racial preference.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

The University of Michigan was established in 1817 by the Michigan legislature by way of a land grant signed away in treaty by the native people of the Michigan Territory. It has provided a diverse student population with a diverse set of educational opportunities including academic and professional programs, intramural and NCAA sports programs, and more cultural activities than most residents of Ann Arbor can exploit.

The University of Michigan is often called 'The Harvard of the Midwest', a title also claimed by the University of Chicago, Truman State University, and Macalaster College, among others.

A condition of the treaty which is the basis for most of the land grant schools in the state of Michigan was that the education of all of the native people of the state would be guaranteed for all time. The land has been used well, and the University of Michigan is now one of the finest public universities in the world, but whether the state's obligation to the native people has been met is a topic for debate.


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