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Page 6- The Michigan Daily- Tuesday, November 15, 1983
'U' admits to mistakes
in GEG membership list
(Continued from Page 1)

which would boost total membership to 776.
An accurate accounting of the mem-
bership is essential to the current
balloting because the union needs at
least 50 percent plus one of its members
to approve a contract for ratification.
Because of the errors, the deadline for
voting on the contract was extended
from last Saturday to today.
DAN GAMBLE, the manager of the
University's personnel office, which is
responsible for providing the union with
its membership list, said yesterday that
the University "had started to find
some errors," but he said he couldn't
estimate how many there would be.
Under the current deduction system,
which was enacted in January 1982,
graduate student assistants return
deduction cards to the payroll office
authorizing the University to deduct
either union memberbship dues or a
representation fee if they don't want to
join GEO.
GEO leaders said they became aware
of the problem with the membership
list when some graduate students
notified the union that although they
had authorized a membership dues
deduction, the University failed to do so
in their October paychecks.

SOME OF these members did not
return a ballot because they were un-
sure of their eligibility, Goldenfeld said.
GEO leaders plan to meet with
University officials today to discuss the
GEO President Celeste Burke said
that these administrative problems are
nothing new. "Every term we've had
problems with dues being randomly
deducted," she said.
BURKE ALSO criticized the Univer-
sity for not making sure the deduction
cards were distributed and for sending
new graduate student assistants a
'very confusing letter explaining
Research iss
(Continued from Page 1)
forums to discuss the issue. There could
be other options too," he said.
Hildebrandt said no definite action is
planned yet. "All we are doing is
waiting for RPC's statement, then we'll
decide what to do," he said. It's up to
the members of SACUA."
At their meeting, SACUA members
made no mention of'yesterday's protest

Members can still turn in ballots in a
drop slot in theLSA Building until 4:30
p.m. today or to GEO's office in Guild
House until 7:30 p.m.
GEO leaders also are calling
graduate students with unclear mem-
bership status to inform them of the
administrative problem and to en-
courage them to return a ballot.
Goldenfeld estimated yesterday that
more than half of the originally
estimated 650 members have returned
ballots. But GEO will not begin opening
ballots until they receive an accurate
membership list from the University.
GEO leaders said they plan to an-
nounce election results at a member-
ship meeting Thursday at 7:30_p.m.
ue reopened
at Senior's laboratory, and Hildebran-
dt said last week's demonstration at the
lab will have no influence on the com-
mittee's decision.
"We are not reacting to that," he
said. "SACUA firmly feels that the in-
vasion of students into places where
research is taking place is inexcusable.
It's an abridgement of freedom."

Daily Photo by DOUG McMAHON
The Nuclear Saints of America perform a "cleansing ritual" designed to rid Prof. Thomas Senior's lab of the effects of
last week's PSN sit-in.
Nuclear Saints take over lab




(Continued from Page 1)
war, several lives may be lost, and if we
can successfully replace our killed
citizens, that may give us the advan-
tage," he said.
At 3 p.m., the group gathered around
a large table to begin a "cleansing
ritual" in order to purify the lab after it
was "defiled by a band of brutal leftist
thugs" last week.
Prof. Senior entered the lab during
the ritual, smiling and curious about
what the students were up to. One
student offered him a Hostess Sno-ball,
which he gladly accepted and ate.
about an hour. "Thank you for your
moral support and presence," he said
in his first address to the students.
"Now that you have cleansed the lab,
we would be grateful if you would leave
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so the graduate students can continue
their work."
But after urging the students to
depart a second and third time, it was
obvious he was becoming angry with
"Unless you leave now and come out
with me, I will report you to the Univer-
sity administration as trespassing on
this laboratory," he said at one point.
AT ABOUT 4:25 p.m., Senior retur-
ned with Walter Stevens, the Univer-
sity's director of safety, and again
asked the group to leave. When they
refused, spectators and the press were
locked out of the lab, but the demon-
strators were allowed to come in and
out as they pleased, under the super-
vision of security guards.
One of the guards said they wanted to
give this group the same access to the
lab that they did for PSN last week.
Stevens said others were locked out
so that the University could know who
to hold accountable for the incident.
In their so-called "divine com-
munication" the demonstrators said:
"In research labs across the country, a
few towering individuals light the way
to a greater American life-style. Such a
man is Prophet Professor Thomas B.A.
Senior, whose objective, pure scientific
research has such obvious and utterly
glorious military applications. With
God's good grace, and the feverish
commitment of devoted volunteers, the
Prophet Professor Senior will soon

enable us to shield the communications;
command and control systems of our
star-spangled military complex from
the electromagnetic effects of a nuclear
explosion perpetrated by the atheistic
force of terror. How else could we in-
sure the reliable functioning of our first
strike weapons system when the time
comes for the final solution to the anti-
American problem."
Engineering students in the building
had mixed reactions to the latest
"It stinks," said graduate student
Numan Dogan. The group has "a right
to say what they think, but they are
making a nuisance of themselves," he
Engineering college senior Mike
Kucinski took a*more light-hearted at-
titude: "It's pretty funny, but they
should have had coffee."
The group made no indication last
night of when they planned to leave the
lab. Instead, they continued their vigil.
"There's a window of vulnerability, and
if we don't close the shade, we'll be
caught with our pants down."
Daily staff writer Jim Sparks con-
tributed tothis story.






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