The Michigan Daily - Thursday, December 8, 1988 - Page 3
'Ten-term rule' pits
GEO against LSA
BY MIGUEL CRUZ
SPECIAL TO THE DAILY
DETROIT - The administration
of the school of Literature, Science,
and the Arts yesterday met
representatives of the Graduate Em-
ployee Organization for the second
half of an Unfair Labor Practice
hearing filed in December 1987 by
Two Michigan Employee Re-
lations Commission claims were
filed in respect to the "ten-term
rule," the LSA policy which cuts off
tuition reimbursements for graduate
teaching assistants after ten academic
The first claim is in objection to
LSA's adoption and formalization of
the ten-term rule. The second, filed
for "refusal to furnish information,"
was submitted after GEO failed to
receive what they felt was a satis-
factory response to their request for
documentation relating to the first
case. The claims are being heard si-
The GEO contends that the rule
was first instituted by a June 1987
memorandum from LSA Dean Peter
Steiner, whereas LSA holds that it
has been an unwritten rule for years.
GEO President and Rackham
graduate student Don Demetriades
explained the organization's position
that "the policy represents a new
condition of employment; that you
have to have taught less than ten
terms in order to be hired," which
would violate their contract as cur-
rently negotiated, he said.
LSA has countered the GEO's
arguments from two angles. They
maintain that the policy has existed
in unwritten form long before
Steiner's memorandum. At the hear-
ing, Associate Dean for Budget Car-
olyn Copeland testified to internal
correspondence as early as 1985
concerning the rule.
At the first part of the hearing, in
September, LSA motioned for dis-
missal of the case on the grounds
that the question is academic rather
than one of employment. The state
commission would be disqualified
from hearing the case if it were
determined to be an academic issue.
Demetriades' testimony at that
time was that he was a student of the
Rackham Graduate School, rather
than of LSA, since his academic
evaluation, credit, and degree were all
to come from the former. His only
connection to LSA, he said, was that
of an employee to an employer.
The LSA dismissal motion was
taken into consideration but denied.
Yesterday, University officials
continued to cite past examples and
justifications for the rule.
University Labor Attorney Wil-
liam Lemmer spoke of negotiations
in 1974 when the issue came up in
the form of a GEO proposal "de-
signed to guarantee a certain amount
of longevity to the teaching
assistancy." He it was not accepted
at the time, in part, "on the basis
that the University is decentralized
and there are departments with
different approaches... people have
different views about how long
people should be a teaching as-
Colleen Dolan-Green, Assistant
Vice President for Academic Affairs,
said the rule was "put in place to
encourage students to make normal
academic progress towards their deg-
The final decision on the case
will not be available for at least six
LSA sophomore Tom Robinson (left) and LSA junior Mark Whitschiller eat a 21-patty
burger at Krazy Jim's Blimpy Burger yesterday. They smashed the old record of 13, Blimpy
Fall finals period
BY TARANEH SHAFII
As fall term winds down, student stress
is mounting. Libraries are packed. Com-
puter centers are filled 24 hours a day. And
for the first time this year, the bars aren't
These scenes evoke the traditional finals
image - all too familiar to the veteran
But there is another side to this year-end
frenzy that isn't as noticeable because it's
on the other side of the classroom - the
Students probably feel more antipathy
than sympathy toward their professors dur-
ing the last two weeks of the term. But
professors can get stressed out too.
"The end of the term is always the most
pressure-full time," said Economics Prof.
Thomas Weisskopf. "There are papers to
read, exams to prepare, and exams to
It can take up to one hour to grade each
exam, said Weisskopf. Since he does not
have any teaching assistants this term,
Weisskopf may hire grading assistants
through the economics department to help
him grade his 66 undergraduate exams.
It is not unusual for professors to hire
graduate students to help grade exams, said
History Prof. Raymond Grew.
Although grading policy varies between
colleges, it "usually goes by course size" in
LSA, he said. If a class has between 50-70
students, for example, a grader is often
Although Weisskopf has a lot of work
to do himself he realizes the additional
stress upon University students.
"It's not as stressful for professors as it
is for students because we're not worried
with how well we do," he said.
But, like students, he is pressured for
time. Like many professors, Weisskopf has
to turn in grades within three days after the
Grew said both students and p
feel the strain of the time crunch.
"There are a lot of pressure
deadlines in particular are very av
he said. Grew has two days to gr
the final exams and late papers
students. LSA professors must t
grades into the college by Dec. 24
"You don't know how hard w
he said. Even though the grade
pushes into Christmas Eve, Gre
he would rather be grading than sh
John Kucich, associate profess
glish, avoids the final rush by assigning a
rofessors 10-15 page writing project instead of a final
exam. But even without finals to grade, the
s - the end of the term is hectic for him.
wkward," During the weeks between Thanksgiving
ade all of and Christmas, Kucich spends much of his
from his time working on committees within the
turn their English department, advising graduate stu-
dents about dissertations, writing letters of
ve work," recommendation, and discussing writing
deadline projects with undergraduates.
w admits But preparing questions and topics for
opping. writing assignments does not take up a lot
sor of En- of his time.
Palestinian leaders call for strikes
The Palestinian Solidarity Committee and the Arab Student League
say they do not believe that the board and shanty were defaced by extrem-
ist Arab groups who do not agree with their desire for peaceful coexis-
tence and want to "make them have a bad image." Members of PSC
painted over the statements on the board at 7 p.m. Tuesday night.
JERUSALEM (AP) - Pales-
tinian leaders called for two days of
strikes starting today in the occupied
West Bank and Gaza Strip to mark
the first anniversary of their uprising
against Israeli rule.
The conservative Hebrew daily
Maariv said the army was increasing
forces in the territories in anticipa-
tion of trouble. Army officials de-
clined yesterday to comment on the
report for security reasons.
The "interfaden," Arabic for
uprising, began December 8, 1987
with riots in the Jabaliya refugee
camp in the occupied Gaza Strip af-
ter an army truck collided with a
van, killing four Palestinians. Ru-
mors had spread it was no accident,
and was instead revenge for the stab-
bing death of an Israeli businessper-
son three days earlier.
A day after the riot, soldiers
opened fire on protesting students in
the camp after a firebomb was hurled
at an army patrol. Two Palestinians
were killed, the first of 319 to die in
the yearlong uprising. Eleven Is-
raelis also have died in the violence.
Israel has controlled the territories
since it took Gaza from Egypt and
the West Bank from Jordan in the
1967 Middle East war.
Also yesterday an army official
said that a commander followed
proper procedures in the Monday
shooting that killed a 15-year-did
Asma Abu Obadah of the Shati
refugee camp in Gaza City, was hit
in the back of the head with a single
plastic bullet. Witnesses said she
encountered soldiers trying to dis-
perse a demonstration as she walked
home from school and that she pan-
What's happening in Ann Arbor today
"Floods, Frosts, Hot Rocks,
and Big Pueblos: Classic Pe-
riod . Anasazi Settlement, Sub-
sistence, and Social Dynamics
in the Lower Rio Chama Val-
ley, New Mexico" - Kurt An-
schuetz, 2009 Ruthven Museums, 12
noon-1 pm. Brown Bag Series.
"Social and Reproductive
Characteristics of Depressed
and Anxious Women" - Susan
M. Essock, Ph.D., Connecticut Dept.
of Mental Health, East Lecture Con-
ference Rm., Rackhiam Third Floor, 4
"A Role for U.S. Christians in
the Middle East Conflict" -
Rev. Charles Kimball, Curtis Rm.,
First Presbyterian Church, 7:30 pm.
"Block Copolymer in Selective
Solvents" - Prof. Bohumil Bednar,
Prague Institute of Chem. Technol-
ogy, Czechoslovakia, 1013 Dow, 4
"Controversy and Current Is-
sues in Israel After the Elec-
tions" - Gidon Remez, Head of
Foreign and Political News Desk Kol
Yisrael, 1429 Hill St., Hillel, 7:30
nomics" - Discussion, Alice
Lloyd, Newcomb Lounge, 7:30 pm.
"Fractal Kinetics and Particle
Distributions of Diffusion-
Limited Binary Reactions in
Low Dimensional Systems" -
Ms. Li Li, Chem. Dept., 1200 Chem.
Bldg., 4 pm.
"Nicotinic Receptor Gene Ex-
pression in the Goldfish
Retina" - K. Cauley, 2055 MHRI,
"Waldo Sen Neden Burada
Degilsen: Autobiography of
Ismet Ozel, A Turkish Funda-
mentalist" - S. Mardin, 210 Tap-
pan Hall, 3 pm.
"Aldose Reductase Inhibitors"
- L.Y. Hsu, 3554 C.C. Little, 4 pm.
Shotokan Karate Club of
Michigan - CCRB Martial Arts
Rm., 7-8:30 pm.
U of M Fencing Team - Prac-
tice, Coliseum, 7-10 pm. Last week
of practices for the term.
Publicity Meeting-WCBN -
Downstairs of SAB, 7:30 pm.
U of M Archery Club - Coli-
seum, 7-10 pm. Info call 764-4084.
Miskatonic - Michigan Rm.,
Michigan Union, 8 pm. Society for
United Coalition Against
Racism - Michigan Union, 6 pm..
Socially Active Latino Student
Association - B111 MLB, 7:30
Mission Impossible's First
Annual "Bonzai" Party -- Rick's
American Cafe, SATURDAY, De-
cember 10. All students welcome.
University Lutheran Chapel -
Topic Study: "Pre-marriage", 7 pm;
Lutheran Doctrine Study, 8 pm.
"I'm So Stressed..."- GUIDE
Peer Facilitators discuss student prob-
lems with academic stress, and ways
of dealing with them. Couzens Resi-
dence Hall, 7-9 pm.
Visiting Writers Series - Po-
etry Reading, Karen Fish, Rackham
East Conference Rm., 5 pm.
BFA/MFA Dance Concert -
Dance Building Studio Rm. A The-
ater, 8 pm. Tickets: $4.
Soundstage/UAC Presents -
"Juice", U-Club, 10 pm. $3. Last
show of the semester.
Chamber Music from Residen-
tial College - Pendelton Rm.,
Michigan Union, 12:15-12:45 pm.
String and wind instruments.
Impact Dance Theatre Weekly
Workshops - Anderson Rm.,
Michigan Union, 7-8:30 pm.
MOSCOW (AP) - The The U.
strongest earthquake to hit the So- Golden, C
viet Union's Caucasus Mountains centered s
region in 80 years killed and injured tal of Tbl:
an undetermined number of people Richter sca
yesterday, flattened buildings and left by a mod
thousands homeless. region int
The quake, centered near the So- wracked b
viet-Turkish border, also killed at lence betw
least four people and caused exten- baijanis.
sive damage in eastern Turkey, au- Preside
thorities said. who was v
S. Geological Survey in
olorado, said the quake
outh of the Georgian capi-
isi, registered 6.9 on the
ale. The temblor, followed
erate aftershock, struck a
the Soviet Union already
by months -of ethnic vio-
een Armenians and Azer-
nt Mikhail Gorbachev,
isiting the United States,
called the earthquake "a grave
State-run television, in an
unusually prompt and detailed report
from the scene, showed crumbling
buildings in Kirovakan, Armenia's
third largest city, and in Spitak, a
regional center of Armenia.
hits U.S.S.R. mountains
Officials said communications
had been cut off with Leninakan,
near where the quake was centered.
The government set up a com-
mission to oversee rescue and sal-
vage operations and sent soldiers and
civilian volunteers to the disaster,
area, Tass said.
Fire in fuel tank
A fire in an underground fuel tank
behind the University's power plant
on 1220 E. Huron occupied Ann
Arbor fire fighters for over an hour
yesterday while backing up noon-
time traffic on Huron Avenue.
No injuries were reported.
The fire was caused by a spark
ignited while workers removed a
manhole cover to one of the several
50,000 gallon underground fuel
tanks, said Fire Department Battal-
ion Chief Ronald Hieber.
More than a dozen fire fighters
wearing gas masks hosed out the
fire, which burned the'sludge at the
bottom of the empty tank.
Workers were in the process of
removing all the manhole covers to
sandblast and recondition them.
Ann Arbor police and University
safety officers sectioned off Huron
Avenue from Washington to
Officials kept the area sectioned
off to vehicles and pedestrians until
12:30 p.m., forcing them to take al-
ternative routes to and from the
University Medical Center.
by Patrick Staiger
HOUSE OF WINGS
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LaGROC is demanding that tle
*provide ful disclosure of its re-
search policies, services, treatments,
and budgets concerning AIDS/HIV
-provide "massive funding for
AIDS research, treatment, and sup-
-provide an AIDS treatment cen-
-take a leadership role in
coordination of public health re-
sources to combat AIDS in Africa,
-not discriminate against workers
and students with AIDS/HIV
-provide complete health care
benefits fully payed by the
University, and include expensive
experimental drugs as University-
-provide full disability leave for
workers with AIDS/HIV infection a
workers' request, and
-insure adequate hospital staffing
to provide safety for health care
workers and patients.
* Wishes everyone a happy *2
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