A news article about an initiative that, if approved by Arizona voters, would constitutionally bar government agencies from considering diversity in schooling, hiring and contracting, included comments from Patricia D. White, Dean of the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law. The article, titled "Initiative would bar state on diversity: Law schools' preferences on admissions main target," quoted White as saying that minority status alone won't get an applicant into law school. The College of Law considers an applicant's background, work experience, reference letters and personal statement, in addition to Law School Admission Test scores and grade-point averages, she said. The process is competitive: about 3,100 applications are received each year for 160 slots, according to the report, by Howard Fischer of Capitol Media Services. Fischer reported that backers of the Arizona Civil Rights Initiative, which needs the valid signatures of more than 230,000 voters to be placed on the 2008 election ballot, will file its paperwork this week. The proposal would prohibit state government, including all three universities, from discriminating against or granting preferential treatment to people and groups on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity or national origin. Fischer's full article, which was published in the Arizona Daily Star, as well as in other newspapers and Web sites, can be read here.