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Gene Goldenfeld, who coordinated
the election for GEO, said that about 50
teaching and staff assistants became
new members during the two-week
voting process, which ended Tuesday
night. Those students included a check
for union dues with their ballot.
Although the union represents all
graduate student assistants, only union
members can vote.
"I think the fact that we have 637
members indicates that we have a lot
more recruiting to do, and we will,"
said Goldenfeld.
NEGOTIATIONS for the current con-
tract began in December 1982, two
months after GEO members voted
down an earlier contract agreement.
At that time, a group of GEO mem-
bers - including some of the union's
leadership - lobbied against that con-
tract, calling for better pay, a full
tuition break, and affirmative action
measures.
Although opinions of GEO members
are no less diverse now, according to
union president Burke, the current
leadership is "more united in thinking
that this is an acceptable agreement"
than was the leadership of the previous
year.
HOWEVER, FORMER GEO mem-
ber Marty Burke, who was on the
steering committee last year, contends
that the contract that was ratified was
not all that different from the one rejec-
ted last year.

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Tracy Stallings, mayor of Carrollton, Ga., marks the start of "The Great Americian Smokeout" by throwing a pack of
cigarettes into a fire. Last year 19 million smokers went without a puff in the American Cancer Society's 24-hour
program.

One of the major reasons for the
ratification this year was that "the two
people who led last year's opposition,
Joe Graves and Jon Bekken, have left
town," Burke said. "GEO was left with
more rational leaders,"
GEO also realized that it wasn't going
to get everything it wanted from the
University, he said. "They had cold
water thrown in their faces."
GOLDENFELD said that the union
"could have come up with a much bet-
ter contract. I think with a mobilized
membership, we could have gotten a
better money and tuition deal and cut
class sizes while maintaining our frac-
tions and dealt with minority and
sexual issues effectively in this con-
tract," he said.
Said psychology TA Janet Landman,
who voted for the contract: "I voted for
it with reservations. While the tuition
break is overdue and welcome, I wish
that it had included a class size
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limitation. Class size limitation is the
only way we have of limiting the nur4-
ber of hours we put in."
But Cindy Palmer, a TA in th*
English department, said that adding
issues such as affirmative action iS
asking too much in the contract. "As-
firmative action is extremely impo
tant, but it's unrealistic to expect that
sort of thing in the contract," she said. A
Palmer is very optimistic about tl*
union's future. "I think over the ne'kt
few months we'll see a dramatic ini
crease in membership. Things have
clearly turned around," she said. 2
Dolan-Greene, the University
negotiator, declined to comment on
whether the contract ratification is a
signal of GEO's strength, or whethe.
the ratification would influence GEO')
position in future negotiations.

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Medical schools must cut
enrollment, economist says

CHICAGO (UPI) - An economist yes-
terday said it is time for the American
Medical Association to recommend at
least modest cutbacks in future ad-
missions to medical schools in the
United States.
"I have viewed with growing
misgiving all aggressive interventions
at both state and federal levels to force
the expansion of the physician supply,"
Eli Ginzberg said in a jurnal of the
American Medical Association com-
mentary.
"Many, probably most, economists
believe that a goal of more physicians is
desirable public policy because it will
improve access and lower fees," he
said. "I disagree on both counts."

More physicians mean more services
and higher - not lower - total costs, he
said.
Dr. Donald Louria of the University
of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jer-
sey in Newark said in a letter to the
editor medical school enrollment must
be cut by 20 percent by the fall of 1985 to
prevent a "massive doctor glut."
"The caldron boils on how many doc-
tors would be excessive, insufficient or
enough for this society," said Dr.
George Lundberg, the journal's editor.
"There is obviously no current or im-
pending physician glut in the world."
Lundberg said AMA policy supports
"the operation of self-adjusting market
mechanisms that are consistent with
quality medical care."

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