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WEA
TODAY
Sunshine, then clouds;
High: 60, Low: 47.
TOMORROW
Possible showers;
High: 58, Low: 45.

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Regents should be
leaders.
See OPINION
Page 4.

A century of editorial freedom
Vol. Cl, No. 154 Ann Arbor, Michigan - Tuesday, September 24, 1991 Copyright C1991
The Michigan Dily

*GEO gives
approval to
contract
by Ben Deci
The six-month long contract dispute between the
Graduate Employees Organization (GEO) and the
University may soon be over if the tentative contract
endorsed last night at the TA union's meeting is
accepted by a majority of teaching assistants and
graders.
Ballots for voting on the new contract will be
distributed to teaching assistants by Sept. 27 and will
be collected on Oct. 4.
"I recommend ratification of this contract, it's the
best we can get," said Alan Zundel, a member of the
GEO bargaining team. Union members showed almost
unanimous support for the contract.
Instead of the 6 percent raise the union asked for,
the tentative contract will give the teaching assistants
a 5 percent salary increase over the next two years.
GEO members said they would focus on getting the
6 percent raise in the next contract negotiations, set to
begin in 1992.
Zundel said GEO was more satisfied with the
agreement reached on tuition waivers. Under the new
contract, a teaching assistant will receive a partial
tuition waiver even if the TA worked fewer hours than
the requirements for a full tuition waiver. This waiver
will affect 200 of the 1,600 teaching assistants.
Other issues addressed in the contract include the
addition of HIV antibody status to the list of non-
relevant factors in University hiring and summer
health benefits for teaching assistants. On both these
S, points the University agreed to GEO's position.
The union, however, was unable to get concessions
barring the practice of hiring undergraduates for po-
sitions traditionally filled by graduate students. There
are undergraduates currently leading discussion groups
in such divisions as electrical engineering, computer
science, and physics.
Another issue that will be decided by vote at the
same time is the authority of GEO's leadership to call a
strike if the contract is rejected.
"We need to make sure the mechanism is there,"
said GEO President Tom Oko.
The union will encourage teaching assistants to vote
yes on both the contract and strike issue, claiming that
this would show solidarity within the union.
"If the contract is not ratified, we would expect to
go back to the bargaining table to find out what was
objected to," said University bargainer Colleen
Dollan-Greene. "The next step in the process wouldn't
normally be a strike."
Dollan-Greene refused to comment any University
preparations for a strike.

Bush urges
tough stand
against Iraq
President also asks U.N. to
repeal 'Zionism is racism'

Associated Press
President Bush told the United
Nations yesterday, "We cannot
compromise" on demands that Iraq
destroy its nuclear weapons capabil-
ity. He also urged the world body to
disavow its stand that Zionism is a
form of racism.
While talking tough about Iraq,
Bush set no deadline for Saddam
Hussein to unconditionally submit
to inspection and destruction of his
most dangerous weapons or face the
possibility of renewed military
force. White House press secretary
Martin Fitzwater told reporters
that the United States was dis-
cussing a 48-hour deadline with
other Security Council members.
Bush said the U.N. should deep
economic sanctions clamped on Iraq
as long as Saddam remains in con-
trol.
He took a strong stance on the

1975 Zionism resolution, a major
source of mistrust between Israel
and the U.N.
"To equate Zionism with racism
is to reject Israel itself," Bush said
in his speech to the General
Assembly of representatives from
166 nations. "This body cannot
claim to seek peace and at the same
time challenge Israel's right to ex-
ist.
"By repealing this resolution
unconditionally," he said, "the
United Nations will enhance its
credibility and enhance the cause of
peace."
The United States has long de-
plored the resolution but Bush had
postponed a campaign to repeal it
out of a desire to maintain Arab
support for the effort, against
Saddam in the Persian] Gulf.
The State Department's assistant
See BUSH, Page 2

An apple a day...
An Ann Arbor resident picked apples at Wizard's Apple Orchard in Ypsilanti
yesterday.

Ecology center sues foam

by Jami Blaauw
Daily Environment Reporter
The Ecology Center of Ann Arbor has
filed suit in federal court against Johnson
Controls Inc., an industry in nearby
Whitmore Lake, for failing to report
emission levels and storage of their haz-
ardous wastes.
The suit represents the first time an
environmental organization has filed a
case under the Community Right-to-
Know Act, a federal law which requires
companies to report all toxic emissions
to the Environmental Protection Agency.
The law - passed in 1986 after the
Union Carbide disaster in Bhopal, India
- is designed to protect communities
near industry and provide them with in-
formation about potential exposure to
toxic chemicals near their homes

"The whole reason the act was passed
is because (a disaster) could happen here
and the reports are critical for safety,"
said Tracey Easthope, of the Ecology Cen-
ter.
The Ecology Center discovered that
Johnson Controls had failed to report cer-
tain emission levels to the federal gov-
ernment through information they re-
ceived from the Right-to-Know Act.
The Ecology Center was especially
concerned that Johnson Controls had
failed to report its true emission levels of
methylene chloride, a suspected carcino-
gen.
Johnson Controls, a manufacturer of
foam cushions, is the second largest pro-
ducer of methylene chloride in the state
and the 16th largest nationally.
After the center filed an intent to sue,

Johnson Controls released full
their toxic emissions, includi
lene chloride. All emissionl
within the amount permitted b)
"Even though they complie
'They did not report
and that is the prob
-Tracey EC
Ecology Center en
regulated amounts," said Easth
did not report it and that is the
In response to the la
spokesperson for Johnson Cont
is still investigating the Eco
ter's claims and defended th
tion's reputation.

company
reports of "We regret this incident," said Denise
ng methy- Zutz, vice president of communications
levels fell for Johnson Controls. "However, we are
y law. fully committed to fulfill the words of
d with the the law as well as the spirit."
If the Ecology Center wins the law-
suit, it proposes to reinvest all penalties
it or fines back into Johnson Controls to de-
lem ' crease toxic emissions and improve work-
asthope place safety, Easthope said.
a plo ye "We don't believe methylene chloride
presents a danger to the public," Zutz
said. "Currently, we are researching sub-
ope, "they stitutes for the material that will reduce
problem." if not eliminate the need for it."
iwsuit, a The Ecology Center hopes that a favor-
rols said it able decision will send a message to other
logy Cen- industrial corporations that environmen-
e corpora- tal regulation should be followed more
closely.

f
KU student pres.
faces impeachment
after hitting woman
by Gwen Shaffer and demanded that I resign. I told
Daily Higher Education Reporter them I have no plans to resign. The
Students at the University of student senators passed a resolution
Kansas (KU) are in the midst of a on the floor to expel me from of-
controversial campaign to oust fice, but it was against our rules and
Darren Fulcher, their first Black regulations," Fulcher said.
student body president, after a Although most students agree
campus newspaper publicized that Fulcher acted improperly, many feel
he hit his former girlfriend. the Student Senate has mishandled
Women's rights groups are lead- the incident, said Student Senator
ing the campaign to remove him, and supporter James Baucom.
while other groups oppose the im- "They mistreated him and have
peachment drive, citing racism as the gone about the whole thing un-
motivation behind the movement. democratically," he said. .
After the Student Senate voted Some supporters point to racism
to remove him from office earlier as a factor in the Senate's vote to
this week, Fulcher won an appeal to remove Fulcher from office. Of the
the KU judicial board based upon university's 26,436 enrolled stu-
doubts that proper voting procedure dents, 6.6 percent are minorities.
had been followed. "In may be racial in the way that
Supporters contend that since the he is a strong leader. Darren repre-
Senate has no jurisdiction over off- sents that Black students can be in-
campus violence and the incident oc- volved in a position of power, which
cuffed before Fulcher was elected, opens up the door for other minor-
the Student Senate vote should not ity groups to participate," Baucom
stand. said.
The controversy began last Fulcher said, however, that he
month when an anonymous caller doesn't think racism was the main
told the university's newspaper, the factor motivating his opponents. "I
Daily Kansan, that last February think the situation has allowed cer-
Fulcher hit his former girlfriend tain racist people to come out of the
Audra Glavas. closet, but its more of a political is-
The incident took place at sue," Fulcher said.

Officials
detained
by Iraqi
sol diers
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -
Iraqi soldiers detained U.N. offi-
cials for more than 12 hours in a
Baghdad building yesterday, then
forcibly confiscated documents that
apparently show Iraq has been de-
veloping nuclear weapons.
The inspectors found the papers
in a surprise search several hours be-
fore the U.N. Security Council met
to discuss Iraqi obstructions to
U.N. searches for hidden weapons
and production facilities.
The confrontation appeared
likely to lead the Security Council
to accept President Bush's offer to
provide troops to guard the inspec-
tors and warplanes to escort U.N.
helicopter searches.
The inspectors hauled seven car-
loads of papers from an Iraqi gov-
ernment building but authorities
stopped the team, held its members
for 12 hours and "forcibly" seized
the data, officials said.
Rolf Ekeus, head of the U.N. spe-
cial commission in charge of finding
and demolishing Iraq's weapons of
mass destruction, said that before
their detention the inspectors had

A frustrated University bus driver left this bus illegally parked in front of the Student Activities Building.
University drivers complain
of scarce campus park ing

by Travis McReynolds

I

In the race to find parking
spaces on campus, even University
staff driving University vehicles
are not safe from the wrath of the
meter maid.
Many University drivers com-

parking spots designated for
University owned vehicles," said a
driver of a Zone Maintenance pick-
up truck who asked to remain
anonymous.
"There are 423 University
buildings we're supposed to service

And when University drivers
fail to find metered spots, they say
they are forced to turn to parking
on sidewalks and other illegal
spaces.
Tickets issued to illegally
parked University vehicles are the

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