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GEO begins state
requested hearings

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number of criteria which he felt con-
firmed a GSAs status as a student. Ac-
cording to Veracruysee, there is stiff
competition among universities for top
graduate students, and therefore the
University must offer financial support
such as fellowships, loans and GSA
positions to attract the best candidates.
"The University has to offer this sup-
port to these students in order to get
them here," Veracruysee said. "If we
don't offer these positions, they'll go
someplace else, like Harvard or MIT."
Veracruysee also pointed out a num-
ber of distinctions between GSAs and
regular faculty members:
-GSAs must take a certain
minimum number of class hours.
-GSAs seldom hold the same
positions throughout the course of their
graduate years, at times moving from
Teaching Assistant to Research
Assistant or other positions.
-As students, GSAs receive certain
tax breaks from the government and
discounts from the University (on foot-
ball tickets for example) not available
to regular faculty members.
-The hiring process for regular
faculty .is far more involved and
rigorous than it is for GSAs.

VERACRUYSEE tried to direct
Sussman's testimony away from the
teaching duties required of many GSAs.
Cousens, the GEO attorney, took an
opposite tack. In his cross-examination
he attempted to direct testimony away
from the course work required of a
GSA, and concentrated on the teaching
and research requirements which
create similarities between a GSAs
work and that of a regular faculty
Cousens also established that a GSA
must perform certain services for the
University in order to retain his
monetary compensation, and that
departments must allow for a certain
number of GSA positions in their budget
each year.
IN ADDITION, Cousens showed that:
-GSAs receive money from the
University for their services and are
paid on a monthly basis, as faculty
members generally are.
-GSAs help design courses, reading
requirements and tests.
-GSAs may grade tests, quizzes,
papers and class participation.
-Many teaching assistants could
conceivably get a teaching job at a
junior college or community college.

GEO attorney Mark Cusens appears at yesterday's hearing on the status of the
University's Graduate Student Assistants.

Chinese supplier denied license
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South America also supply similar
devices. Parker said the Chinese were
eager to buy from Daedalus because,
"It's a matter of production
capabilities and it's cheaper from us."
Parker said, "I know legitimate
security concerns and I don't see any in
this area," adding he is trying to find
the real reason for the license denial.
Parker travelled to Washington last
week in an attempt to find answers to
his questions and visited ten gover-
nment agencies but had no success.
The status of his license remains un-
changed, and he was told national
security reasons were impending its
approval. Last Friday Parker and his
lawyers filed four Freedom of Infor-
mation Act (FOIA) requests for the
disclosure of the "real reasons" for the
denial, and the company is awaiting the
ten-day interim before his requests are
Dykema's partners in their Washington
office said, "I'm hopeful action will be
taken to respond to the FOIA filings."
He said that several agencies are in-
volved in the case and it is unclear
which one is causing the problem.
The agencies which participate in the
decision-making must reach a

unanimous decision to grant the licen-
se. "There's only one fly in the ointment
and we'll find the fly, but we believe
every secruity agency is represented on
the joint committee."
A joint operating committee com-
posed of members of various executive
agencies delivered an advisory opinion
to the Export Administration of the
Department of Commerce. However,
the names of the members of that
committee have not been revealed.
Spokespersons for the Departments
of Defense, Commerce, State, and the

National Security Council were either
unavailable or refused to comment on
reasons for the denial.
Parker said the Chinese
technologists' "level of indignation is
not high at us, they're very friendly and
understanding" but he was unsure of
their opinion of the U.S. government.
Parker said the technologists "have no
recourse to do anything" though he sent
copies of the governmental com-
munications that he had received to the
Chinese government, against the State
Department's wishes.

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Mesa describes union
movement in Spain
By MATT KOPKA Mesa said part of the reason for the
There is a world-wide news embargo Confederation's rapid growth is a
against the activities of the Spanish recent pact between communist and
National Confederation of Labor, socialist unions which is designed to
member Miguel Mesa told an intimate "stop spontaneous movement of
group of 30 last Friday at Corntree Co- people."
op. HE SAID the pact limits wage hikes
Sponsored by the Ann Arbor branch to 22 per cent while inflation is 30 per
of the Anarchist-Communist cent. Additionally, management can
Federation and Industrial Workers of reduce wages by five per cent. The Con-
the World, Mesa's talk centered around federation has boycotted this pact and
the growing anarchist-syndicalist refuses to recognize any union contrac-
movement in Spain. He described the ts which are not agreed on.by worker
recent rejuvenation of his party which assemblies.
follows the lifting of long-standing bans Mesa gave a short history of his
on union activity under General Fran- movement, but spent the greater part
cisco Franco by the recently crowned of his talk fielding questions. He said
King Juan Carlos. the Confederation dominates union af-
MEMBERSHIP IN Mesa's party has fairs in his home province of Catalonia.
grown from some 40,000 at this time last Mesa emphasized that the Con-
year to a present number of 300,000. But federation has a long way to go to gain
Mesa said, "Numbers are not as impor- control of the Spanish economy. "Anar-
tant as participation in the group, chy is a word that scares people. When I
which is becoming well-organized." first told fellow workers at my factory
Mesa explained that because the that I was an anarchist, they began
group, due to its anti-authoritarian searching the plant for bombs."
idealogy, has no official news agency, it MESA SAID the Confederation is a
cannot easily counter efforts of the-em- completely non-violent 'libertian-syn-
bargo to keep it out of the international dicalist' group. "Everything is decided
eye. fromthe bottom to the top.

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