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The Michigan Daily-Friday, April 6, 1979-Page 5

GEO elects next year's officers

The Graduate Employees Organi-
zation (GEO) began laying the foun-
dation for its activities next year by
electing new officers last night, with
istory department Teaching Assistant
nd current GEO secretary Gregory
cott winning an uncontested bid for the
The other new officers, all of whom
also ran uncontested, are Vice-
President John Yates, a Sociology TA,
Treasurer David Kadlecek, a math TA,
and Secretary Robbie Lieberman, an
American Culture TA.
BALLOTS WERE sent out last week
to 161 GEO members in good standing
who had paid their union dues. Of the 75
ballots returned, Scott, Yates, and
Kadlecek all received 59 votes, and
Lieberman received 58. James Mitchell
received one write-in vote for vice-

president, and Mike Dompierre got one
for treasurer.
One of Scott's first tasks will be
dealing with a Michigan Employment
Regulatory Commission (MERC)
decision on the employment status of
graduate student assistants. Last mon-
th the University and GE( concluded
hearings on the case before ad-
ministrative law judge Shlomo Sperka,
who is expected to make a ruling late
this summer.
"Looking down the road at the future
of GEO, one of our main goals will be
bringing the court case to a close as soon
as possible," Scott said. He is op-
timistic that the ruling will be in GEO's
favor. "We will do what we can to per-
suade the Regents not to appeal
Sperka's ruling, or at least not a
decision by the full MERC board," he

SCOTT SAID he has worked with
each of the other officers, who have
"shown themselves to be reliable, ac-
tive, and responsible within the
organization. I think we have some
people who I think are good organizers,
who will be good at bringing people in
when our organizing drive starts next
fall,"he added.
Out-going president Marti Bombyk,
who was elected last November, said a
major organizing effort needs to be
launched in the fall, and, as she also ex-
pects a favorable ruling from MERC,
thinks the new officers should prepare
to resume bargaining with the Univer-
During her tenure as president, she
said GEO was able "to further its
organizing drive, to build ties with the
student government and within the
Michigan legislature,andto really
strengthen ties with organized labor,
both at a local and national level."
Delegates to the Michigan Federation
of Teachers convention in May were
also chosen in the election. They are

Mike Clark, Yates, Bob Milbrath, and
Carol Seidelman, with alterntes James
Mitchell and Michael Kozura. Kadlecek
was chosen to represent the
organization at the American
Federation of Teachers convention held
in San Francisco in July.

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... elected GEO president

A weekend symposium at the
esidential College in East Quad will
'ocus on rape, self-defense, sexism in
anguage, and other topics related to
"A "Symposium on Women's Issues:
For Everyone" begins today at 7:30
p.m. with a Creative Arts presentation
in the Bezinger Library.
Films will also be shown on rape and
lesbianism. The workshops are open to
both men and women, with two excep-
ONE, A WORKSHOP in self-help will
e offered to women only, and a $1.50
ee will be charged. Presented by the
nn Arbor Women's Health Collective,
omen will receive a speculum, and be
instructed how to give themselves
ynecological exams. This is from 2
p.m. to 5 p.m., at the same time as the
men's awareness workshop.,
The leaders of the men's workshop
said that having women present would
prevent men from being open and
honest about their feelings. Men's
Awareness will discuss several
women's issues and the prejudices and
feeling men have about them. Subjects
like dating and marriage will also be
These will be the only two workshops
held at the same time. Unlike previous
women's workshops, this symposium is
scheduled so that everyone can attend
all presentations.
ON SATURDAY. the Right to Life

group will speak against reproductive
freedom, and then a discussion on
sexism in language will take place.
The RC Players will present a
production, "Between Women: Faces
of Friendship," held Friday and Satur-
day nights in the RC Auditorium from 8
p.m. to 9:30 p.m., and will cost $2.
The Sunday portion of the symposium
begins at 10 a.m., with a workshop on
lesbianism. A speaker from Safe House
will speak on domestic violence, and
the day will end with a seminar on
women in the law.
Planned Parenthood will be discussing
the legalities of abortion. The law
seminar also features two other women
speaking on poverty and the law, and
women in a male-oriented legal system.
Ellen Steckel and Lois Kalloway
coordinated the weekend with the com-
bined efforts of men and women from
East Quad and the RC.
Steckel, an RC sophomore said,
"We've been working on it for months
and it should be worthwhile.
Everybody's put a lot of effort in. It's
nice because there's been so much
cooperation between the people
working on it. We're urging everyone to
come - it's for everyone."
Free child care will be provided all
weekend. The symposium is sponsored
by University Housing Special
Programs, UAC, MSA, and the RC/EQ
Representative Assembly.




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