The Michigan Daily - Monday, March 9, 1987 - Page 31
Bigfoot promises to
focus on minorities
State mediator enters
GEO contract talks
(Continued from Page 1)
The party platform includes a
plan to fight any code, including a
group to organize demonstrations,
meetings, and letter-writing cam-
Newblatt is a member of the
assembly's campus governance co-
mmittee, vice chair of its dev-
elopment committee, and a member
of the University Council, a board
established to draft a code.
Heckstall was the president of
the Markley Minority Affairs
Council, parliamentarian of the
Black Student Union, and is
currently the vice president of
Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity.,
Newblatt and Heks&tal want to
establish a paid student organ-
izations counselor at MSA to help
incoming students ,get involved on
campus. According to Newblatt, if
the students join a group via MSA
they will likely to bind the group
closer to the assembly.
The party specifically addresses
MSA interaction with minority
organizations. And according to
Heckstall, the party has tried to
"emphasize minorities on our
ticket." The party slate includes
seven minority students and five
Heckstall and Newblatt say
Minority Peer Advisors should
receive a stipend in addition to
room and board to attract qualified
minority leaders to those positions.
The party also wants MSA to help
finance a renovation of the Trotter
House, a cultural center for
minority students which has been
plagued by inadequate funds. In
addition, the party favors a
mandatory freshman course to
discuss and combat racism.
Both candidates oppose the
funding of the Public Interest
Research Group in Michigan
through the assembly. Newblatt
said he thinks PIRGIM should have
been handled through the regents
but will abide by the mandate of the
The Bigfoot party supports the
"end-use" clause for military
research which prevents research
that can kill or maim human
beings, and a mechanism to enforce
By ANDY MILLS
The Graduate Employees Org-
anization and the University, failing
to reach a contract agreement after a
week of negotiations, have decided
to bring in a state-assigned med-
The existing contract between
the GEO, which will represent the
University's 1700 teaching ass-
istants, and the University has been
extended indefinitely. Either side
can terminate the contract on seven
Talks will resume after the
mediator, Edmund Phillips, can be
contacted and a date set. Phillips,
of the Michigan Employment
Relations Commission, mediated
talks between the GEO and the
University during contract negotiat-
ions last fall.
According to Richard Dees, a
member of the GEO bargaining
team, the two sides are "still pretty
far apart" on the issues, including a
tuition waiver, a salary increase,
limitations on class size, and paid
When talks ended Thursday
night, the GEO proposal asked for a
full tuition waiver - the current
waiver is 56 percent of in-state
tuition - a salary increase of eight
percent next year and 6 percent the
following year, paid training for
new TAs, a departmental-set limit
on class size, and an extension of
the tuition waiver for the Spring
and Summer terms.
The University's final offer,
according to Dees, is a salary
increase of zero percent and an
increase in the tuition waiver of tens
percent in 1987-88 as well as a
two-and-a half percent salary raise
and an additional eight percent
tuition waiver the next year.
In each of the past three years;
the graduate tuition has increasedo
eight percent, more than the rise in
the national inflation rate.
The GEO will hold a general
membership meeting on Thursday,
where the contract negotiations will
Blacks face racial bias
(Continued from Page 2) One former University student
rather than being drawn away from who spoke at the Hood hearing
general campus life, black students said, "My reasons for leaving the
,ho are active in black University are as complex as the
organizations "manage to create and racism that exists here." When
maintain favorable social relat- asked to be interviewed, she
ionships with blacks and whites, declined, saying her experiences at
faculty and students." the University were too
These students tend to have emotionally draining for her to
better interpersonal skills, which relate them.
lead to a greater involvement in Royster said students who have
both black student life and campus experienced such compound
student life in general, according to obstacles sometimes feel
Allen. stigmatized by their situation, and
Other Students may be reluctant to vocalize their
Barbara Robinson, who as frustrations.
Minority Student Service "You're damned if you need
representative sees many students help, and you're damned if you
:daily, said she is concerned about don't get help," she said.
the students who "fall through the Robinson emphasized that other
cracks" - the students for whom minorities and special group
the University can be an students, such as those from rural
overwhelming place and who may areas, may also face this social and
leave college. cultural displacement.
Of the 203 black students who "It's not necessarily a racial
entered the University in 1979, thing. You don't have to be black
only 119 (58.6 , percent) had to feel uncomfortable here in Ann
graduated by 1985. While the six- Arbor, it's a matter of adjusting to
year retention rate has been an unfamiliar situation," Robinson
improving each year, it is still far said. But she emphasized that black
below the 74.5 graduation rate for students face the greatest set of
all students. obstacles in adjusting to a new
Allen notes that although environment.
academic difficulties were cited by And the adjusttne'nt can be
studentas,.4iApiary g s, Nusiutrating. 4 -
other students leaving the One student recently asked
University, these academic Royster, "'When am I just going to
problems are rooted in other factors be all right just the way I am?...
such as "cultural shock" or I'm not going to be too black or
"difficulty of social adjustment." . too poor. When am I just going to
Thirty-two percent of the be all right?"'
students called "feelings of isolation
or lack of asssociation with blacks" Tomorrow: the University's
the most serious problem they face. minority policies and programs.
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