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One hundred and one years of editorial freedom
Vol. CII, No. 22 Ann Arbor, Michigan - Tuesday, October 29, 1991 22"c, iy
by Purvi Shah
Daily MSA Reporter
Although the Michigan Student Assembly has had
plenty of heated debate in the past two weeks, it has
lacked input from many representatives.
In the past two meetings MSA has failed to meet
quorum. The assembly officially removed eight
representatives last week, cutting the number to 38. In
order to have quorum, 19 representatives need to attend
the meetings, which are held every Tuesday night.
Before being removed from the assembly, represen-
tatives are allowed 12 roll call absences - taken at the
beginning and end of assembly meetings and before
President James Green argued that the absenteeism
was probably due to midterms.
"I think it's just a problem with midterms. This
happens every year. This happens every term," he said.
"When I was an LSA rep. I never missed a meeting."
While Green is forming a list for representatives
who are in danger of being removed from the assembly,
he said no additional measures are being taken to ensure
that representatives attend the meetings.
Rules and Elections Committee Chair Brian Kight
said that by strictly monitoring attendance and remov-}
ing representatives who fail to meet the minimum
standards, the assembly has already taken the steps
stipulated by the code and constitution to remedy the
situation. See MSA, Page 2
MADRID, Spain (AP) - In a
deadly outbreak of violence just
two days ahead of Arab-Israeli peace
talks, attackers firing automatic
weapons killed two Jewish settlers
in the Israeli-occupied West Bank
Hours earlier, two separate
attacks in Turkey killed an
American soldier and wounded an
The West Bank attack appeared
likely to harden Israeli opposition
to the peace talks and put a sharp fo-
cus on Israel's oft-stated worries
Israelis blamed the Palestinians
and vowed revenge for the shoot-
ings, which also wounded six peo-
ple, including five children.
"Whoever was looking for a
proof that we have nobody to dis-
cuss peace with, that our enemies...
want to continue to kill us and to
destroy us... got the message
tonight," Cabinet Minister
Rehavam Zeevi told reporters at a
rally in Tel Aviv. As word spread
of the deaths, the crowd swelled to
50,000 people, some shouting
"Death to the Arabs!"
Zalman Shoval, Israel's ambas-
sador to Washington, said of the at-
tack: "It certainly harms the atmo-
sphere and it raises some very grave
question marks with regard to their
genuine attitude toward this whole
Hanan Ashrawi, a spokesperson
for the Palestinian delegation, con-
demned the violence but explained
it as the consequence of the
"extreme violence" of the Israeli
"Unless we really work hard to
remove causes of conflict and the
causes of violence, it's going to go
on," she said in a television inter-
view. Ashrawi also predicted more
attempts to disrupt the talks.
There have been several Muslim
fundamentalist calls for attacks to
impede the conference that begins in
Madrid, Spain, tomorrow. A
Lebanese newspaper reported that a
radical Iranian leader called for sui-
cide attacks on the Jewish state and
said the peace conference was "high
Palestinian and Jordanian dele-
gates arrived in Madrid to an enthu-
siastic greeting from a score of sup-
porters. Young Palestinians and
Spaniards waved placards saying in
Arabic, Spanish and English: "Long
Live a Free and Independent
Soviet President Mikhail
Gorbachev arrived last night and
President Bush arrives today, a day
before the conference begins.
Bush said he hoped the talks
would be a first step to peace, but
cautioned that "there's a long, long
way to go.
See MIDEAST, Page 2
An Israeli soldier inspects the driver's side of the bus that was attacked from an ambush
near the Tappuach Junction in the occupied West Bank Monday night.
GEO files 'Big Three' grievances
as union, sign 2-year contraci
by Elizabeth Marshall regular employee; and the lack of a "In effect, the TAs are absorbing Colleen Dolan-Greene, ch
Even as the Graduate Employees
Organization (GEO) officially
ended this year's contract dispute
yesterday bysigning a new two-year
agreement, the union submitted
three outstanding grievances to the
GEO's "Big Three" grievances
address: the hiring of undergradu-
ates to do graduate work at a lower
pay; the hiring of graduate students
as "temporary employees," who do
not receive the benefits granted to a
distinction between "teachers" and
"graders" within departmental
In all three instances the union.
claims that the University is trying
to pay students a lower salary with
fewer benefits for, performing es-
sentially the same job.
GEO Membership Organizer
Phillis Engelbert said one of the
union's primary responsibilities is
"to be vigilant in making sure the
contract is being followed."
the costs the departments are trying
to cut," Engelbert said of the prac-
GEO represents all University
TAs. Although .not every TA
chooses to join the union, all TAs
are covered by the contract.
Gilbert Whitaker, Provost for
Academic Affairs, has 14 days to re-
spond to yesterday's filing by set-
ting a meeting date to discuss GEO's
complaints. He has an additional 30
days to submit a written answer.
University bargainer in the
grievance process, said the Univer-
sity had no comment on the
grievances. There will be no further
response until the two week dead-
line, she added.
The contract provides for incre-
mental pay raises, health benefits, a
waiver of building and maintenance
fees, as well as instituting partial
tuition waivers for TAs with small
hourly appointments in their second
gay cut state tuition
program if rates keep rising
Dems. say possible cut shows Engler's political agenda
by Stefanie Vines
Daily Government Reporter lawmakers expected tuition in- contracts from 1990 are evidence of
Gov. John Engler says steep tu-
ition hikes may endanger a program
- the first of its kind - which al-
lows state residents to pay in ad-
vance for their children's college
But state Democrats say Engler
wants to cut the program for politi-
Engler said in a statement that
parents should be charged more, or
the program should tie eliminated,
because tuition at Michigan's 15
public universities has increased at a
faster rate than lawmakers origi-
When the Michigan Educational
Trust (MET) was created in 1988,
creases of 7.3 percent per year, but
rates have been rising by an annual
rate of 8.8 percent.
To enroll a child in the program,
parents pay a base fee which is then
invested by the state. When the
child is ready to enter college, the
state pays the tuition at any in-state
university. Last year, the cost to en-
roll a newborn in MET was $2,100.
Engler spokesperson John Tr-
uscott said the governor hasn't
firmly decided to cut the program.
"What the Governor has said is
that we need to take a step back to
evaluate it," he said.
Truscott said Engler's attempts
to guarantee the 55,000 existing
his support for MET.
No plans have been made to issue
contracts for 1991 until a new
Board of Directors has evaluated the
current MET program. The board's
members, all appointed by Engler,
include lawyers, the state treasurer
and University President James
Duderstadt. It will meet in early
December to discuss the status of
Sabrina Keeley, the executive di-
rector for MET, said she has confi-
dence in the board.
"We have very capable board
members who will make the future
decisions regarding MET," she said.
See CUT, Page 2
by Rob Patton
Daily Minority Issues Reporter
The Reverend Al Sharpton
brings heated debate and con tro-
versy wherever he goes. And the re-
action on campus suggests that his
scheduled appearance tonight will
be no different.
Sharpton, the controversial
civil rights activist from New
York City, will speak at the Power
Center tonight in an open forum
presented by the University
Activities Center (UAC)
Viewpoint Lecture series.
He will be ioined by Moses
Vigil for women and children of
A three-hour tour
LSA seniors Joe Helminski and John Dwaihy pass the time sipping Cokes
dso edsoand talking while stranded on the traffic island at State and Liberty.
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Daily Women's Issues Reporter
The eighth annual Candelight
Vigil for battered women and chil-
dren drew a crowd of more than 200
people to the Rackham Auditorium
steps last night.
The vigil - which was spon-
sored by the SAFE house and the
University Lesbian and Gay Male
Programing Office - was held to
This years vigil was dedicated to
the memory of Philip Edwards, a
three-year-old child who was al-
legedly murdered by his father
Joseph Carlos Warrington. War-
rington was said to have had a long
history of battering Philip's
mother, Ilene Edwards.
"Tonight is the first time we
have dedicated the vigil to someone.
As we work to stop violence, let us
firm the need to talk about this per-
vasive crime," Brater said.
The vigil focused on naming the
victims who have been killed by
"We are evoking the spirits of
those who have died in order to give
us the strength to go on fighting.
This strength will help us to move
the mountains that must be moved,"
new Student Services VP
by Henry Goldblatt
Daily Administration Reporter
A member of the interviewing
process said that the new vice presi-
dent for Student Services will be
announced "any day now."
However, Shirley Clarkson, spe-
cial assistant to University Presi-
Anderson, who has served in the
position at WSU for five years, is
also one of five finalists for an ex-
ecutive-level student services posi-
tion at Stanford University. Before
serving at WSU, Anderson held an
equivalent position at Case Western
Reserve University in Cleveland.