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House committee delays vote on plan to increase work study

MCC 'disappointed;' vote may come by early next week

LANSING-Student lobbyistswere stalled
once again in trying to change the law govern-
ing work study.
The Michigan Collegiate Coalition has been
pushing to expand the work study program for
three years. The program partially funds stu-
dent jobs with state money.
MCC wants to expand the program to give
dents the opportunity to work at more non-
Trofit work-study jobs.

The state Senate Education Committee
tabled the resolution yesterday after adminis-
trators from Western Michigan University and
Michigan State University said they wanted
more time to look at the changes.
MCC Legislative Director Patrick LaPine
criticized the delay.
"This bill has been around so long the schools
should have done their homework," LaPine
The state would fund 100 percent of the
paycheck of a work study student in a non-

profit job. Currently the state funds 80 percent
of the wages.
The changes would have no impact on the
state budget because $375,000 in work study
money was returned to the state last year.
The bill sailed through the state House last
term with only one dissenting vote.
Conan Smith, the MCC representative from
the Michigan Student Assembly, drove to Lan-
sing to testify.
"Students, especially in our School of Natu-
ral Resources can't always get jobs in their field
of study," Smith said. "We hear from employ-
ers in this field that, 'We're sorry you don't

have experience. Why don't you get some?"'
He said the bill would especially benefit
students who wish to work in non-profit com-
panies. These companies do not generally have
money to support even 20 percent of a student's
Rep. Lynn Jondahl (D-Okemos) sponsored
the House bill and testified yesterday.
"Many of those students would rather get
jobs more related to their field of study or their
outside interest," Jondahl said. He said the bill
would bring students to hard-hit service provid-
ers such as homeless agencies.
MCC Chair Kellye Roberts said, "It's really

great to have the opportunity to work at a non-
profit job." She added, "Many times work-
study jobs run out."
U.S. Senate hopeful Sen. Lana Pollack (D-
Ann Arbor) said, "I think we can look at the cost
of tuition and the cost of room and board and see
that students are financially stressed. I think we
should do everything we can to get them through
college without a debt bigger than their parents
mortgage." She added that no matter what
tuition is, there will still be students who need
work study.
The University has 239 work-study stu-
dents and used all of its allocation last year.

Clinton taps Patrick
to be civil rights chief

employees as

*'n Johnson, John Rosevear and Earnest Mangiapane (left to right) protest the hiring of non-union+
part of the ongoing renovation of the Undergraduate Library.

Protest held behind UGLI
15 union workers accuse contractors of not meeting pay standards

Clinton selected Deval Patrick, who
rose from poverty to partner in a pres-
tigious Boston law firm, to be the
nation's chief civil rights enforcer yes-
terday. Clinton asserted conservative
critics of Patrick "don't give a rip about
civil rights."
Patrickwon immediate praise from
rights activists
and from mem-
bers of the Con-.
gressional Black
Caucus who had
been critical of
Clinton's failure.
to fill the Justice
Department post
duringmore than Patrick
a year in office.
Conservatives had opened fire on
Patrick as a "stealth Guinier" even be-
fore Clinton announced the nomina-
tion at the White House.
They tried to link Patrick's views to
those of his one-time co-worker, Lani
Guinier, Clinton's first nominee to the
Justice Department post. Clinton with-
drew her nomination last June after
conservative criticism of her legal writ-
ings, some of which Clinton said sur-
prised even him.
But in the Oval Office yesterday,
Clinton declared that both Patrick and
Guinier "have had distinguished ca-
reers in trying to enforce the civil rights
laws of the country." He went on to
rebuked critics of Patrick.
"A lot of those people are going to
be exposed because they never be-
lieved in the civil rights laws, they
never believed in equal opportunity,
they never lifted a finger to give any-
body in the minority race a chance in
this country," Clinton said. "If they
attack his record, it means just exactly
what we've all expected all along: They
don't give a rip about civil rights."
Patrick, a native of Chicago's rough
south side, brought his wife and two
daughters to the ceremony. "I am
humbled," he said, "because I know

that Iam standing here on the shoulders
of ... those courageous advocates of
every type and kind who had the guts to
stand up in some court somewhere and
give the Constitution life. I pledge to be
true to that legacy."
Civil rights leaders, many who had
been upset over Clinton's refusal to
fight for Guinier, took a favorable view.
"Patrick has exceptional legal and
civil rights credentials," said Ralph
Neas, director of the Leadership Con-
ference on Civil Rights, a coalition of
major groups. "I'm confident that a
strong bipartisan majority in the Senate
will confirm his nomination" as assis-
tant attorney general in charge of the
civil rights division.
Elaine Jones, director-counsel of
the NAACP Legal Defense and Educa-
tional Fund, where Patrick and Guinier
both worked in the mid-1980s, said,
"The president has selectedwell. Deval
Patrick is an American successstory....
He is a very able lawyer who has a
healthy dose of commitment to poor
people and an overwhelming sense of
Acquaintances of Patrick have heard
him describe arriving as a scholarship
student at Milton Academy, a Massa-
chusetts preparatory school, and hear-
ing other students complain about the
lack of privacy they all had in a large
dormitory rooms.
Patrick was secretly delighted just
to have his own bed. Growing up,
Patrick, his sister and mother shared a
bunk bed - each one taking turns on
the top bed, the bottom bed and the
floor. For a time, he and his sister were
supported by welfare.
As a partner in Hill & Barlow,
former employer of Massachusetts
governors William.Weld and Michael
Dukakis, Patrick represented without
charge Black borrowers scammed into
taking high-interest loans for home
improvements. He negotiated a settle-
ment for 10,000 borrowers and $11
million in new money for low-income

health care
dent Clinton cautioned against mere
tinkering with America's health-
care system yesterday, insisting he
would settle for nothing less than
guaranteed insurance for all. His
chief Republican critic held out new
hope for compromise.
After appearances by Clinton
and Senate Minority Leader Bob
Dole before the nation's governors
and the American Hospital Asso-
ciation, the president said he came
away encouraged about prospects
"You seem to have a leavening
effect on the political rhetoric of the
nation's capital," Clinton told mem-
bers of the National Governors As-
Dole, speaking before Clinton,
told the governors they "may have
laid out a framework for the rest of
us to rally around and talk about."
He was referring to the gover-
nors' newly minted "call to action"
on health care. It stops short of some
of Clinton's goals, but includes a
concession that employers be re-
quired to make coverage available
to workers.
Dole was intent on keeping Re-
publicans involved in the debate,
telling his party, "We're going to be
up in the bleachers when the parade
goes by unless we get our people
As Congress continues hearings
See REFORM, Page 2

The hiring of non-union workers to
install windows in the Undergraduate
Library (UGLi) as part of its ongoing
renovation, prompted a protest yester-
day by union workers of the Glaziers,
Architectural, Metal and Glassworkers
Inc. and members of the AFL-CIO.
The general contractor heading the
renovation of the UGLi, Spence Broth-
Construction Co., awarded Curtis
lass Co. Inc. the estimated one-half
million dollar contract to install win-
dows in the UGLi several months ago.
The non-union workers of Curtis Glass
began work last Wednesday.
Fifteen union picketers lined the
sidewalk behind the UGLi on South
University Avenue for several hours
yesterday morning. The protesters ac-
cused Curtis Glass officials of short-
*anging its workers by not paying
prevailing wages.

Prevailing wages are a standard set
by the U.S. Department of Labor that
protect workers by preventing contrac-
tors from making extremely low bids
on construction projects funded by the
state or federal government.
Prevailing wages ensure that con-
tractors do not "screw their workers,"
one picketer said.
Picketer Dick Dennison alleged that
Curtis Glass is paying its workers be-
low the prevailing wage.
"They are paying minimum wages,
about half of what we get," he said.
However, in a telephone interview,
Curtis Glass President Rob Luscombe,
adamantly defended his company.
"Why wouldn't I pay the prevailing
wage. So I could go tojail? If I don'tpay
it I'm breaking the law."
Protest organizer Mike Clem said,
"We would pay $25.91 per hour. In the
past, non-union workers wages have
ranged from $5 to $15."

Luscombe said his company pays
its workers in excess of $25, including
fringe benefits.
Although the UGLi is not being
funded by state dollars, University Di-
rector of Public Relations Lisa Baker
said, "The University requires contrac-
tors to pay prevailing wages."
Frank Mamet, an attorney who rep-
resents Curtis Glass, said, "Obviously
someone in the union is upset that they
didn't get the job."
Don Johnson, another picketer, said,
"I think this sucks. This is a half-million
dollar contract and we don't have it."
George Selim, senior program en-
gineer for the University who monitors
the construction companies to make
sure they follow the building plans,
said, "I don't know what's going on.
We give them the job and make sure
they do what they are instructed. The
University does not tell the contractor
See PROTEST, Page 2

Amid controversy,
Bell to give Black
Thistory Month talk

Derrick Bell, a visiting
professor from New York
University, will speak tonight.
Among his career highlights:
Justice department lawyer
" NACP staff attorney
Deputy cabinent secretary
1 Bell .was the first Black
tenured professor at Harvard
Law School
The Permanance of Racism," "We Are
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News Analysis
An optimistic SACUA head faces
many pro blems without a mandate

Controversy and despair will surge


The one-vote victory eked out by
Jean Loup to chair the nine-member
Senate Advisory Committee on
University Affairs (SACUA),

in opposition to the University's
salary compensation program.
Nevertheless, Loup said she was
optimistic that she could forge a
coalition and stand-up to the admin-

on some of the hot issues, we will
come with a stronger position. This
will make the role of SACUA more
effective," Loup said.
The issue of salaries - double-
digit increases for University


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