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Members of the United Coa -
lition Against Racism will begin a
petition drive today to increase
student support for their anti-racist
'demands. While the University met
one demand - an honorary degree
dto South African anti-apartheid
leader Nelson Mandela - last
month, and six demands will be
partially met; UCAR leaders say
they want to keep students focused
on fighting racism.
The University administration
last week announced six initiatives
that address issues raised by Black
student groups. UCAR members
say the initiatives are not complete
because more needs to be done to
combat racism.
UCAR demands that match
University initiatives are:
-UCAR demanded a specific plan
to guarantee a substantial increase
in Black enrollment.
Although no formal plan has
been made, University President
Harold Shapiro announced a six-
point proposal to increase minority
enrollment. He also -set a goal to
attain 12 percent Black student
enrollment, as opposed to the 10
percent which was promised in
'UCAR called for the
establishment of an Office of
Minority Affairs with an autono -
mous supervisory commission elec -
ted by the minority campus com -
Shapiro announced a new vice-
provost position for minority
affairs, pending regental approval,
See 'U', Page 3







Strike imminent
4fmediation fail

Daily Photo by DARRIAN SMITH
Chris Cannon, a young entrepreneur, sells overrun sweaters in the Fishbowl yesterday to help the University
Lacrosse Club earn extra money. Cannon and his organization, Rumrunners, obtained permission for the sale
from MSA by affiliating himself with the Lacrosse Club. The merchandise and display attracted many studen-
ts, and will also be in the Fishbowl today.
Prison murder ends
Proec Outreac visits

University negotiators and the
Graduate Employees Organization
accomplished "basically nothing" at
contract talks yesterday afternoon,
according to a GEO bargaining
team member.
Richard Dees, a philosophy
teaching assistant, said the GEO
offered to tie future salary increases
to any change in the tax law. If the
tax law becomes less stringent, the
TAs would accept a salary decrease.
"We're not interested in soaking
the University for money," Dees
said. "We're interested in making
up for the new tax law."
ACCORDING to Dees, the
University's team refused to have a
new contract tied to the tax law.
Led by chief negotiator Colleen
Dolan-Greene, the University will
not comment on negotiations while
talks are in progress.
At yesterday's talks, Dees said
the University proposed a salary
adjustment "worth exactly the
same" as previous proposals. Ac-
cording to Dees, the University
took money out of a tuition waiver
and put it toward a salary increase.
The GEO is demanding class
size limits and paid TA training as
part of a new contract.
"The University is consistently

-uninterested in talking about
those," Dees said.
ALTHOUGH the teams were
in negotiations for four hours, Dees
said they were at the bargaining
table together for only about 20
The two sides will travel to
Detroit on Tuesday for mediated
talks. The GEO has called a general
membership meeting for that same
night, at which time a decision will
be made as to possible strike
LSA Dean Peter Steiner has
asked LSA department chairs to
devise contigency plans in the event
of a strike, according to Dees.
English Department Chair John
Knottssaid he had received 'a
directive from Steiner.
Under the current contract, TAs
can lose their tuition waivers,
salary, health insurance, and other
benefits if the University can prove
that an individual TA was on strike.
Dees would not speculate on how
this would be done.
Currently, all TAs who have at
least a .25 teaching appointment -
one-fourth of a base salary of
$7,651 - receive a waiver of 56
percent of resident tuition. The
average TA receives a .35 appoint-

Fourteen University students will not be allowed
to return to their Project Community jobs at
Jackson state prison following last week's slaying
of prison guard Josephine McCallum there.
Department of Corrections officials are barring
the University's Project Community groups - the
Creative Writing Workshop and a group helping
prisoner-members of Hispanic Americans Striving
Towards Achievement (HASTA) - from returning
this term.
Students worked with prisoners from Cell Block
Four, the cell where the inmate accused of killing
McCallum lived. Cell Block Four is considered the

prison's most dangerous unit, as it houses dozens of
maximum security prisoners in a cell block designed
for less serious offenders.
SINCE McCallum was killed, Cell Block
Four's 477 prisoners have been isolated in their
cells except for brief periods to eat and exercise.
They cannot use the prison chapel, library, or the
classes and services that University students
Eight Project Community members, five of
whom were female, worked with HASTA members
in the building where McCallum was found nude
and dead. The students tutored the 25 prisoners in
See OUTREACH, Page 2

Hispanic students hold forum .
to address campus racism FV

In an effort to alert admin-
istrators and students to Hispanic
student concerns, about 60 Hispanic
students met last night to discuss
six proposals which they will
present to University President
Harold Shapiro.
The proposals include measures
that Hispanic students hope will
combat racism against Hispanics,
such as the new Vice Provost and
Office of Affirmative Action sym-
pathetic to Hispanic concerns; the
expansion of the Latino Studies
r Program; and recruitment and
retention of Hispanic staff, faculty
and students.
"We (Hispanics) are at a pivotal
position," said Eddie Torrez, a
University Admissions Counselor.
"We feel that what we have put
together is only the beginning."

MANY of the Hispanic stu-
dents who attended the forum
expressed their concern that His-
panics are underrepresented at this
Hispanics represent 2 percent of
total student enrollment, according
to a recent Office of Affirmative
Action Minority Student report.
The number has increased over the
last five years.
In terms of minority enrollment,
Hispanics are among the least
represented minority group. Native
American students represent .5 per-
cent of the student body. Estimates
say Hispanics will be the largest
minority group in the United States
by 2010.
"It is important to educate the
people in the history, culture and
socio-economic concerns of His-
panics," said Anne Martinez, an

LSA sophomore and Socially
Active Latino Students Association
THE forum gave Hispanic stu-
dents the opportunity meet each
other, as well as Hispanic faculty
and staff.
"There are a lot of issues which
are inherent to Hispanic students on
campus," said Cynthia Hernandez, a
LSA sophomore. "It is necessary to
mobilize Hispanic students in light
of the concern of racism."
Hispanic students who attended
the forum were concerned that they
were being overlooked as a mi-
nority group who also experienced
racial prejudice.
"Hispanics in the past have been
less reluctant to take a stand on
racism," said Torrez. "Some of us
assimilate better than others, but
nevertheless racism is a problem."

Doily Photo by SCOTT LITUCHY
Hector Delgado, Sociology graduate student, speaks yesterday at a meeting for Hispanics in the Pond Room of
the Michigan Union. The group plans to present six proposals about Hispanic concerns to University President
Harold Shapiro.

Mayor Pierce faces tough battle for re-election

Under the leadership of Mayor
Ed Pierce, Ann Arbor City Council
Democrats have accomplished much
of their political agenda. But Pierce,
perhaps the city's best-known
politician, has been plagued in the
past two years by the rising city
crime rate and an "anti-business"

Council. Since then, city funding
of shelter, food, and housing
programs for the poor has more
than doubled, according to Willie
Powell, fiscal manager for the
city's community development
In addition, the council has
provided more money to fix Ann
Arbor's roads, stiffened the city's

as Proposal B on the ballot this
Monday, would tax city residents to
subsidize low-cost developments.
B U T Pierce has proposed
virtually none of these Democratic
initiatives. Most have come from
Fifth Ward incumbent Kathy
Edgren, Third Ward incumbent Jeff
Epton, and outgoing First Ward
councilmember Lowell Peterson.

jumping the gun," Epton said. "He
was out in front of everybody - he
wasn't consulting the firefighters as
much as I thought he should have."
The plan was withdrawn from a
council committee after Pierce
acknowledged his lack of support.
Crime issues have continued to
hurt Pierce politically. Recent
police department figures showed a

Vote Democratic in wards 1, 2,
and 3 in the city council elec-
Los Lobos' show tomorrow
night at the Michigan Theater is
a must-see.

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