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The Michiaan Daily-Friday, November 16, 1979-Page 3
Regents hear allocations dispute
By TOM MtRGA contrast with the image MSA represen- MIRC requested $1,400 to pay for Thur- Republican Party presidential can-

Concierto de Musica Latinoamericana

At one o'clock yesterday afternoon,
the executive officers of the Michigan
Student Assembly (MSA) tried to con-
vince the Regents that it had discarded
its so-called "sandbox mentality" and
had entered a new era of fiscal respon-
Three hours later, representatives of
the Michigan Republicans Club
(l IRC) encouraged the Regents to ad-
drpss the problem of "irresponsible
hapdling of student funds" by MSA, ad-
vocated the immediate suspension of
MBA's capacity to fund, and requested
that the body rethink the propriety of
financing the Assembly by means of a
mjindatory student assessment.
What's a Regent to do?
THE GOVERNING. body of the
University is expected to come to a
decision on the MIRC proposal early
this morning when they re-convene for
the second half of their monthly
"We did not go to the Regents on our
own behalf alone," MIRC president
Lawrence Lichtman said after the
meeting. ''We're disturbed by the fact
that the MSA funding process is not
euitable. They haven't demonstrated
to he University community that they
al ocate funds in a manner which
represents diverse student needs and
Lichtman's statement was in sharp

tatives attempted to convey in their an-
nual report to the Regents.
"SINCE JANUARY 1972 the Assem-
bly has begun an extensive overhaul of
its allocations procedures that in-
creases accountability to the students,"
MSA president Jim Alland told the

Canciones de Chile, Mexico, Cuba, Argentina y Venezuela
Benefit for Nicaraguan Aid
at the ARK, 1421 Hill St
Sunday, November 18, 8:30 pm

'We recognize that the Unrersty is O p1(cc for differing groups
and ideologies, but here is MIRC and the 're saying MSA has
adopted a attitude hazardous to thE student body vy allocat-
ing .funds to pro-cont fitist, ain ti-capitalist. anti-Aiieric(an
-Regent Dean e Baker (R -Ann Arbor)
body. Alland stressed that the Assem- long-standing MSA policy not to fund
bly has put greater emphasis on the these types of events," he told the
training of financial officers and has in- Regents. "If we \agreed to the MIRC
troduced an appeals process for student request, we would have to fund the next
groups dissatisfied with MSA 300or so beer parties."
allocations. Last Tuesday, Lichtman accused
"This year's Assembly has adopted MSA's Budget Priorities Committee
an attitude of taking MSA to the studen- (BPC) coordinator Alan Abrahams of
ts," vice president Laurie Tyler said. distorting what his group said in defen-
"There's a visible increase of activity se of the event at a BPC hearing held
around the office. MSA is a credible last week.
student service and it's an exciting "AT THE HEARING we did not em-
place to be around." phasize that this would be merely a
MIRC's proposal to the Regents social event. We felt the mixer could be
closely follows a recent MSA decision a mechanism by which we could
not to fund an open house sponsored provide members and guests with in-
yesterday by the Republican group. formation about MIRC and the

GEO demands 'U'discusscontract

Chanting "two, four, six, eight, when
will you negotiate," members of the
Graduate Employees Organization
(GEO) picketed the openihg of' the
Regents meeting yesterday demanding
the University return to the bargaining
table' to negotiate contracts for
teaching assistants.
For three years, the GEO has been
without a contract. The University has
walked out on negotiations, claiming
that graduate teaching assistants are
students only and not employees.
IN RESPONSE, GEO has sued the
University, contending that its mem-
bers are entitled to a contract. The case
is: currently tied up in court, with a
ruling expected in January.
According to GEO president Greg
Scott, the University refuses to
negotiate with the GEO unless graduate
teaohing ;assistants go on strjke. ""The
University should know better, than to
be doing this; and it's protty, clear to us
that they're hoping for the union to dry
up and blow away," said Scott, one of

some 30 people who picketed outside the
Administration Building yesterday.
"We're between a rock and a hard
place," he added.
FLOYD KERSEN, vice president of
the Huron Valley Labor Council, a GEO
affiliate, agreed. "The University isn't
fighting to stop you; it's fighting to have
you stop yourselves," he told the
picketers. He asserted that the biggest
problem facing graduate student
assistants was the constant turnover in
union membership. But he added that it
would be only a matter of time until
they succeed.
History TA Victoria List was less op-
timistic. Admitting that she "didn't
think chances were very good for GEO
to become an organization of much
power in the next couple of years," she
attributed current low membership in
GEO to campus apathy in general and
to the University taking advantage of
GEO's ever-changing membership.
"But," she said, "I think we need to
THE GEO currently is holding a
Union Week to increase membership
and awareness of the organization and
its problems in negotiating a contract
with the University.

Ann Arbor Film Co-op-The Maze, 7, 10:20 p.m., Barbella, 8:40 only, MLB
Gargoyle Films-Rebecca,7, 9 p.m., Hale Aud., SEB.
Alt. Act Film-Slaughterhouse Five, 7, 9p.m., MLB 4.
Cinema II-Norma Rae, 7, 9p.m., Aud. A, Angell.
Mediatrics-Close Encounters, 7, 9:30 p.m., Nat. Sci. Aud.
Minority Student Services-Eleanor Wong Telemaque, "Asian
Americans, The Forgotten Minority", "Asian Americans, Agenda for Ac-
tion,"8 p.m., Main Lounge, Stockwell Hall.
Center for S&SE Asian Studies-Joel Rocamora, Berkeley, Calif., "The
Fourth Indochina War and the Liberation Movements of Southeast Asia,"
noon, Commons, Lane Hall.
Center for S & SEAsian Studies-Joel Rocamora, $erkeley, Calif., "The
Philippine-American Political-Economic Relationship Since Martial
Law," 3 p.m., 48 Lane Hall.
Dept. of Sociology-Prof. Samuel Preston, "Recent Patterns of Ur-
banization and Urban Growth in Developing Countries; Are They
Pathological?" 4 p.m., Rackham Assembly Hall.
« The American Presence in South Africa, U.S. Senator Paul Tsongas, 2
p.m., Rackham Amphitheatre.
Dept. of Nuclear Engineering-The National Solar Goal: A Challenge for
Technology, Prof. John Clark, University Mechanical Engineering Dept.,
3:45 White Aud., Cooley Bldg., North Campus.
U-M Center for Chinese Studies-The Dawn of New Chinese Literature,
Journalist-author Xiao Qian, 4 p.m., Lane Hall Commons Room.
Canterbury Loft-Five Solo Dances by Beth Fitts Novak, 8 p.m., Canter-
bury Loft.
UAC-Robin Goodfellow, 2 p.m., Kuenzel Rm., Union.
Theatre and Drama-Tango, 8 p.m., Trueblood Theatre.
Dept. of Dance-Senior Dance Concert, 8-p.m., Dance Bldg., Studio A.
UAC/New Musket Company-In the Dark, 8 p.m., Power Center.
k Musical Society-Fred Waring Show, 8:30 p.m., Hill Aud.
Ark-benefit for Michael Cooney, 9 p.m., 1421 Hill St.
Residential College Players-The Alchemist, 7:30 p.m., East Quadrangle
dSchool of Music Opera Theater-La Boheme, 8 p.m., Lydia Mendelssohn
The Harbinger Dance Company-Evening of Contemporary Dance, 8:30
e p.m., Orchestra Hall, 75 Victor, Highland Park, MI. .

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