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GEO
Continued from page 1
the proposals, but confirmed that
many of GEO's proposals have been
presented and are being negotiated
upon.
Included in GEO's latest eco-
nomic proposals is a plan that would
give TAs a salary increase -
including a 15.7 percent raise the
first contract year and a 3 percent
raise the second.
Before the bargaining session
Friday, GEO picketers highlighted
their proposal for a salary increase
and a "Living Wage" by handing out
pamphlets and bogus $110 bills
during informational picket lines in
front of the LSA Building and the
Graduate Library.
The fake money represented the
gap between the University Office of
Financial Aid's estimated monthly
cost of living of $839 and the $729
the average TA makes in a month.
David Wilmsen, a language TA
in the Department of Near Eastern
Studies, said he has a very difficult
time supporting himself and his
family - including a wife and two
children. He said he hopes a "fair"

contract can be agreed upon soon but
added that he would support GEO in
whatever action it took.
"I'm supporting my (family) on
$809 a month," he said. "If it wasn't
for food stamps I would not be able
to live."
GEO President Dave Tolend said
the bargaining committee does not
plan to present any more proposals
to the University and will utilize the
contract extension to respond to
the University's counter-
proposals.
Both the University and GEO
members said they hope a settlement
for a new contract will be reached as
soon as possible.
"They should have ... all of their
counter-proposals Thursday," said
Tolend.
Tolend added that he has not
ruled out any actions GEO may take
after the March 7 deadline.
"If we're not close to any
agreement by March 7 we will have
to talk about doing something else,"
Tolend said. "Like our signs say, our
biggest power is the power to walk."
The next bargaining session
between the University and GEO is
scheduled for Thursday.

ECONOMY
Continued from page 1
porters last week amid negotiations
over lifting the gay ban.
But Democrats and Republicans
alike say the opening days of Clin-
ton's administration have lacked the
same discipline and focus as his
well-oiled "Putting People First"
presidential campaign.
Democratic consultant Ann
Lewis said some confusion is in-
evitable in the early days of a new
administration.
"The same week you're changing
all the phones at the White House,
it's tough to stay on top of a multi-
media presentation of message," she
said. "I would guess Clinton's long-
term commitment to issues of eco-
nomic change will enable him to
weather and outlast this storm."
Senate Minority Leader Bob
Dole (R-Kan.) said while Clinton
has hit some bumps in the road, "no
real damage" has been done yet.
"I think the honeymoon was be-
tween the election and the inaugu-
ral," he said yesterday on NBC-TV's
"Meet the Press."
Already distancing himself from
campaign promises for a middle-
class tax cut and halving the deficit

in four years, Clinton has promised
to outline his economic plan in a
Feb. 17 speech to Congress.
"Everyone looks forward to mov-
ing ahead on the things he thinks are
important," said Press Secretary Dee
Dee Myers. "I think people want a
debate about how to get the econ-
omy moving again."
But it is Clinton's uncertainty
over just how to do that that helped
trip him up in the opening days of
his presidency, according to Michael
Robinson, a professor of government
at Georgetown University.
Americans are giving record-high
disapproval ratings to the new presi-
dent and displaying growing uncer-
tainty about his economic strategy.
A Newsweek magazine poll re-
leased Saturday showed 32 percent
of Americans disapproved of the
way Clinton is handling the job,
while a USA Today-CNN poll re-
leased several days earlier gave him
a 20 percent disapproval rating.
These were the worst approval rat-
ings for any new president since the
Gallup Organization started such
measures in 1953 with the Eisen-
hower administration.

AIESEC
Continued from page 1
campuses nationwide, AIESEC is
the largest student-operated organi-

zation in the world. The University
chapter - also known as AIESEC
Michigan - consists of approxi-
mately 150 students and welcomes
new members throughout the year.

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"The Art of Conversation:
Speaking of God in a Pluralistic Age"
A Conference of Trinity Institute, New York
via satellite

Featuring:
Martin Marty
Robert Bellah
Ronald Thiemann
Rebecca Chapp
Robert Franklin
Parker Palmer

Professor of Modern Christianity
The University of Chicago
Professor of Sociology
University of California, Berkeley
Dean and Professor of Divinity
Harvard Divinity School
Associate Professor of Theology
Candler School of Philosophy, Emory University
Associate Professor of Ethics and Society
Candler School of Philosophy, Emory University
Author and Teacher
Madison, Wisconsin

BAN
Continued from page 1
"The rules (about privacy and
conduct) must be very specific," the
aide said, speaking on condition of
anonymity. "If the policy is to be
changed, there must be equality
across the board so soldiers - het-
erosexual and homosexual - are
treated with the proper dignity they
deserve."
Clinton's decision has created
widespread uncertainty among
troops in the field, the aide said.
"So I'm told to live with
Homosexual Joe. Do I have any
rights now?" the aide asked rhetori-
cally.
"These are the questions the 23-
ROTC
Continued from page 1
he thinks the ban will be overturned
but refused to comment further.
But Friday, yielding to fierce po-
litical opposition from Congress and
the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Cliton
eased off his pledge to lift the vanu
and directed the Pentagon to draft an
executive order to overturn the cur-
rent restriction in six months. The
Pentagon will report to Clinton July
15.
At Friday's news conference,
Clinton told reporters the military
has spent $500 million discharging
16,500 gay and lesbian soldiers dur-
ing the past five years. He added that
complaints of heterosexual sexual
assault and harassment have been
much greater than charges of ho-
mosexual misconduct.
Haley Barbour, lobbyist and
newly-elected chair of the
Republican Party, reiterated his par-
ty's opposition to overturning the
ban and to "alternative lifestyles."
"It's not like being left-handed or
something," Barbour said. "This
represents a serious threat to the na-
tional security interests of this coun-
try. President Clinton is paying
blood money for all those campaign
contributions he received from
gays."
ROTC members went about their
business, conducting exercises,
drills, runs in the Arb, and military
science classes as President Clinton
announced the delay in overturning
the ban.
Navy ROTC cadet Madelene
Means, an LSA junior, was one of
manysstudents who refusedto com-
ment and directed questions to the
executive officer of the Naval
ROTC.
In an interview with the Daily
last month, University President
James Duderstadt indicated that the
fulfillment of Clinton's promise
would have repercussions on
campus.
Duderstadt said sexual orienta-
tion could be included in University
Board of Regent's Bylaw 14.06 if
the ban on gays in the military is
repealed.
Bylaw 14.06 prohibits discrimi-
nation by the University on the basis
of gender, race, national origin,
Vietnam-veteran era status, religion,

and 24-year-old commanders in the
field have to grapple with now. But
what if a homosexual says he's
threatened in his unit? New stan-
dards must be drawn up so comman-
ders know how to react."
On NBC's "Meet the Press" yes-
terday Senate Minority Leader Bob
Dole (R-Kan.) said that considera-
tion of proposals to segregate gays
to separate living quarters or keep
them out of combat units "just exac-
erbates the problem and it says there
is a problem."
"Gay men and straight men have
been sharing dormitory showers,
health clubs for a very long time....
we don't have ourselves dry
cleaned," Rep. Barney Frankm (D-
Mass.) said yesterday during an in-
terview on CBS's "Face the Nation."
creed and marital and handicapped
status. Over the last few years the
regents have refused several
attempts to include sexual
orientation.
"That is a bylaw that reflects a
federal policy in affirmative action,
and if sexual preference was in-
cluded in a federal policy then we
would change it," Duderstadt said.
LSA Senior Brian Spolarich - a
discussion leader for the Residential
College Social Group for Lesbians,
Gay Men and Bisexuals - said he
sees the administration's use of the
military's ban on homosexuals as a
"phony" reason for refusing to in-
clude sexual orientation in bylaw
14.06.
"The regents will just come up
with some other reason not to
include it," Spolarich said.
Just as the University is looking
to the federal government to include
gays and lesbians in anti-discrimina-
tion statutes, states and companies
are looking for someone to take the
lead on reversing discrimination.
In the public sector, intense inter-
est in the ban has brought the issue
of gay rights to the forefront of the
American consciousness.
Many observers have compared
Clinton's proposed lifting of the ban
to President Harry Truman's deseg-
regation of the armed forces exec-
utive order in 1948.
While he emphasized that
Clinton's actions did not lift the ban,
Spolarich called the effort
"remarkable." He said change is a
question of "when" and not
"whether."
"It's a good step forward,"
Spolarich said. "Before Clinton dealt
with the economy or health care, he
has placed a group which hasn't of-
ten gotten attention first in his 100
days."
Senate Republicans - and some
Democrats, including Senate Armed
Forces Chair Sam Nunn (D-Ga.) -
have strongly disagreed with the
Truman comparison.
Sen. Dan Coats (R-Ind.), a
leading opponent of lifting the ban,
said in an interview that Republicans
would add amendments writing the
restriction on gays in the military
into law to any bill considered by
the Senate. This would make the ban
virtually impossible to overturn.

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