Campus News Editor
BERKELEY, Calif. - University of California-Berkeley students and faculty held a press conference Monday to release what they say are the admissions numbers for Berkeley's first entering class without affirmative action.
The group announced that without affirmative action the number of underrepresented minorities in the class has dropped from 18 to 7 percent. They did not indicate how they obtained the figures, and university officials are denying the figures' legitimacy.
"The figures are not accurate," said university spokesman Jesus Mena. "I don't know where these numbers came from."
The figures indicate that 2 percent of students admitted to this fall's freshman class are black, 5 percent are Latino, 33.5 percent are white and 35 percent are Asian. Only 26 Native American students were admitted, the group said.
Yvonne Valenzuela, outreach coordinator for the Raza Recruitment and Retention Center, said the initial figures are accurate.
"From what I gather ... this is the raw data," she said.
However, she admitted that numbers could change slightly because the figures only represent admitted students, not those who accepted admission, and some applications are still under review.
"I don't know how that will affect the numbers when they are finalized," Valenzuela said. "I'm sure they will be really close to those numbers."
Justin Fong, a senior who was involved in setting up the press conference, said the students and faculty released the numbers before the university officially did so to underscore the "urgency of the situation."
"It was important to let the university's people know that students take the decline in admissions seriously," Fong said.
A former student at the University of Rhode Island at Kingston has been convicted of breaking the state's wiretap law when he videotaped himself having sex with a woman in his fraternity house.
A jury also found Jeffrey O'Brien, 22, guilty of conspiracy for asking a friend to hide in his closet at the Alpha Epsilon Pi house and tape the 1996 liaison with the fellow student, then 21.
O'Brien is scheduled for sentencing April 24 and faces up to five years in prison for each crime. He and cameraman Jordan Smith, 21, were kicked out of the fraternity and suspended from the university.
Smith testified in January that O'Brien asked him to tape the encounter and that the woman wrestled the tape from him and left the house with it after she noticed the camera.
He said he tried to get the tape back because he feared it depicted other fraternity members smoking marijuana.
Smith said he went to the woman's house and grabbed the tape while apologizing to her. He crushed the tape, but the woman was able to repair it and take it to police.
Rhode Island law prohibits the recording of a conversation without the consent of both parties if the recording breaks another law, in this case a privacy law.
GREELEY, Colo. - Debate still surrounds the name of a lunchtime discussion group for lesbians at the University of Northern Colorado.
More than 45 students complained about "Dining with Dykes" when two campus publications, including a newsletter from the women's resource center that sponsors the meetings, listed the group's name in their upcoming events columns.
Students said they were offended by the term "dyke" and thought it violated the school's anti-discrimination policies.
At the same time university officials, who also thought the term was derogatory, are under fire for omitting it from a faculty and staff news letter. Complaining students say that omission is censorship.
"We made an editorial decision ... We were not going to print what we viewed as a derogatory term," said Ken McConnellogue, a university spokesman.
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