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The Michigan Daily - Thursday, January 19. 1995 - 3

U' student
ack after
visa snafu
iCanada
ditors' note: The Michigan Daily
R reported the story of Sunny and
Kevin Roest in early December.
'unny, a South Korean citizen study-
ng Southeast Asia at the University
on a student visa, and Kevin, an Engi-
eering student, were married in Au-
gust. Sunny was stranded in Windsor,
Ont., after a weeklong honeymoon.
fere is the conclusion to their story.
By SCOT WOODS
Daily Staff Reporter
Sunny can relax now, at home
with her husband Kevin in their North
Campus apartment. She's working
again on her master's thesis and he
expects to graduate in June.
Today, the two can laugh at the
experience that caused so much worry
until a month ago, when Sunny was
still stranded alone in Windsor.
gn early December, though, it
di 't look like Sunny would be home
forthe holidays. She had been stranded
in Windsor since Aug. 15, waiting for
U.S. immigration officials to process
her application for permanent resi-
dency.
Returning to the border, immigra-
tion officials had declared her student
visa invalid, saying her marriage to
Kevin indicated an intention to stay in
t1Jnited States permanently, a vio-
lation of the terms of her visa.
The family's most optimistic guess
was a late January return.
Both Kevin and Sunny had to drop
out of the University for fall term.
Kevin stayed on at L&L Engineering,
where he had interned for the sum-
mer.
The couple was forced to rent an
agirtment for Sunny in a rough
VWdsor neighborhood, all they could
afford on Kevin's pay. They hoped
Sunny would be able to enter the
United States before Canadian immi-
gration officials forced her to return
to South Korea.
Meanwhile, Kevin's mother,
Diane Roest, had been pulling all the
strings she could think to pull, at-
tempting to use political pressure to
gther daughter-in-law home.
Muskegon County Circuit Judge
Bill Kobza, a friend of the family, was
also a friend of James Blanchard, the
U.S. ambassador to Canada, and Sen.
Carl Levin (D-Mich.). With Kobza's
persuasion, both men wrote letters to
immigration on the Roests' behalf.
On Dec. 17, armed with the let-
ters, Kevin and his mother went to
q'oit and applied for early parole
in o the United States for Sunny.
"I got there at 8 in the morning and
ended up leaving at 2:30 or 3 in the
afternoon," Kevin said. But their pa-
tience paid off.
When Kevin called the immigra-
tion offices in Detroit later that after-
noon, they confirmed that Sunny's
parole had been approved.
"Maybe we had such sweet honest
fos," Diane Roest said. "It's too bad
it took us four months and four days to
get the letters."

Sunny said she felt welcomed and
comforted when she finally returned
home Dec. 18.
"I feel settled now," Sunny said.
"I feel like I'm starting my life again."

GM workers strike,
citing heavy overtime

FLINT (AP) - A strike that threatens to
disrupt North American auto production broke
out yesterday at a General Motors Corp. plant
that makes spark plugs, filters and electronic
parts for dozens of assembly plants.
Negotiations broke off shortly before the
United Auto Workers union's morning strike
deadline, and the union local called out its 6,800
members at the AC Delco Flint East complex.
Talks resumed for three hours in the afternoon
before they were recessed for the night. They
were to continue at 9 a.m. today.
Union officials said the issues were similar
to those that caused two GM strikes last year.,
which interrupted the supply of parts and quickly
forced other factories to close.
They contend GM has violated their contract
by refusing to hire up to 500 additional workers
to reduce overtime. The union says the long
work days and work weeks are creating health
and safety hazards.
"Most of these guys have been working a lot
of overtime," said Al Woodham, a GM
autoworker for 31 years. "They're tired."
Strong demand for cars and trucks has many
auto plants running at capacity.
The UAW also has raised job-security issues
with GM over its use of outside contractors for
some work. The three-year local agreement was
signed in February.
When the union bargaining team entered the
union hall near the plant shortly after the strike
was called, several hundred workers who had
gathered for their picket assignments cheered
and applauded. They included union members
from nearby Buick City and other GM plants.
"We will remain on strike until the company
recognizes we have an agreement and they have
to honor it," UAW regional director Ruben
Burks told the crowd.
The UAW predicted that GM plants in Flint
and Lansing would feel the impact within a day,
and GM plants elsewhere could be forced to shut

down soon after.
"Within a week, it will go nationwide," said
Jill Miron, chairwoman of the executive board
of Local 651. -
The Buick City plant in Flint produces the
Buick LeSabre and Park Avenue and the
Oldsmobile 88 Royale. Another Flint plant pro-
duces full-size vans. The Lansing assembly
plant produces the Pontiac Grand Am, Olds
Achieva and Buick Skylark.
GM officials declined to comment on the
effects. Automakers' reliance on the just-in-
time delivery system for parts makes them
vulnerable to any interruption in supplies.
Chris Cedergren, an industry analyst with
Auto Pacific Group Inc. in Thousand Oaks,
Calif., said GM is the most vulnerable of the
Big Three to a strike because it's not as finan-
cially healthy.
"The key here is how long they're going to
be out. If they're out for a couple of days or the
remainder of this week, I'd say no impact," he-
said. "But if it goes into next week and gets
prolonged, that will shut down production."
The plant also supplies some parts to other
manufacturers. Chrysler Corp. spokesman Alan
Miller said the No. 3 U.S. automaker didn't
expect to be hurt by the strike. Ford spokesman
Mike Vaughn said he was unaware of any likely
effects at the No. 2 automaker.
Talks began in August and the workers in
November overwhelmingly authorized a strike.
Negotiators worked through the night to try to
avert the strike. Pickets appeared outside the
sprawling plant soon after the strike was called,
and passing drivers honked their horns in support.
"To avoid a strike, we did everything hu-
manly possible, but it takes two," Burks said.
"This company has refused to comply with
the agreement we negotiated with them in good
faith. We said from the beginning, all we wanted
was justice. We're entitled to job security. We're
not going to rest at this local until we get that."

STEPHANIE GRACE LIM/Daily
Students flock to Winterfest
Andre Reeves, a Mumford High School student, talks to Marcus Wood, an LSA first-year student,
yesterday at a booth during Winterfest 1995 in the Michigan Union Ballroom.

Police nab East Quad streaker for indecent exposure

Indecent exposure calls led the
Department of Public Safety to the
1000 block of Monroe Street at 1:30
a.m. yesterday, where officers found
approximately 20 naked subjects flee-
ing toward the East Quad residence
hall.
Reports indicated that streakers
were seen in the area around KBL
Plaza and that they may have been
involved in a breaking and entering
earlier in the evening.
After visibly locating the subjects,
officers took one into custody. Sub-
jects were seen running into and
around East Quad.
At 1:45 a.m., an officer reported
more naked subjects between East
University Avenue and Church Street
on the north side of East Quad. The
officer reported that the subjects may
have gotten into an unknown vehicle.
Attempted break-in
on Packard
A storage bin behind a party store
on the 1900 block of Packard Street
was broken into between 10 p.m.
Monday and 8 a.m. Tuesday, accord-
ing to Ann Arbor Police Department
reports.
Reports say that unknown persons
"totally destroyed" the door to a stor-
age bin located at the rear of the
establishment. The bin, which holds

Police
Beat 6
returned bottles and cans, also had a
large hole in its side. There are no
suspects.
Iegal activities
reported to DPS
Department of Public Safety
records for Tuesday through Wednes-
day morning report two incidents in
University buildings.
Following a report of larceny, of-
ficers spoke with a subject at the Frieze
Building Tuesday. Officers deter-
mined that one Quasar and one
Panasonic camcorder were taken from
a secured room on the third floor
sometime between Jan. 12 and Jan.
17. The property was valued at ap-
proximately $1,700 and no suspects
were reported.
DPS officers were dispatched to
the East Quad residence hall at 8 p.m.
Tuesday on a report of solicitation. A
Black female and a Black male were
reportedly selling perfume door-to-
door on the fourth floor of Anderson
House. According to DPS reports, an

officer "met with vendors and ex-
plained the rules."
At 10:15 p.m., a parent of a Michi-
gan State University student called
DPS with a report of harassment.
The subject reported that the MSU
student, who is a dating a female
University student, was receiving
threatening e-mail from a male Uni-
versity student. The threats were re-
portedly due to the male University
student's interest in the female. DPS
contacted the suspect, and the male
University student was advised to stop
making contact with the MSU stu-
dent.
Runaways reported
Five runaways were reported in
the Ann Arbor area from 5 a.m. Mon-
day to 5 a.m. Tuesday.
"The five runaways compensate
for the days that we don't have any,"
Scheel said yesterday morning. "Such
as the day before, we had no reports of
runaways. While five is a lot for one
day, it is not unusual," said AAPD
Sgt. Phil Scheel.
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TV nabbed
Unknown persons entered a resi-
dence on the 600 block of Peninsula
Court sometime from Dec. 5 to Jan.
13 by forcing the lock on a rear sliding
door to the house. Police reports say
that the residents were on vacation at
the time.
According to the report filed Tues-
day, the door was pried open with an
unknown tool, and a television was
stolen. Drawers were also open
throughout the first floor. The case is
under investigation and there are cur-
rently no suspects.

Jewelry stolen
A resident of a home on the 1400
block of Hill Street reported this week
that her room had been burglarized
between Dec. 17 and Jan. 5 and that
close to $3,000 in jewelry had been
stolen.
Someone entered the victim's
room during the two-week period, the
police report says. The victim reported
that the room may have been un-
locked. No witnesses or suspects were
reported.
- Compiled by Daily Staff Reporter
Josh White

Group Meetings
Q Alpha Phi Omega, mass meet-
ing, 663-6004, Michigan League,
Room D, 6:30 p.m.
Q Amnesty International, mass
meeting, Michigan League,
Room C, 7:30 p.m.
U Bible Study and Fellowship,
sponsored by 1CM, 763-1664,
BaitsII,Coman Lounge, 6-8 p.m.
Q Cricle K International, mass
meeting, 663-2461, Michigan
Union, Pond Room, 7:30 p.m.
Q Eye of the Spiral, informal meet-
ing, 747-6930, Guild House Cam-
pus Ministry, 802 Monroe, 8p.m.
Q Intervarsity Christian Fellow-
* ship, 764-5702, Dana Building,
Room 1040,7 p.m.
Q Queer Unity Project, 763-4186,
Michigan Union, Room to be
announced, 10 p.m.
" ShulchanIvrit,AmericanMove-
ment for TIrael snonsored by

Room, 8 p.m.
U "Evelyn Lau: Reading From Her
Work," sponsored by Depart-
ment of English, Michigan
Union, Kuenzel Room, 5 p.m.
Q "Feminist Text Study," spon-
sored by Hillel, Hillel Building,
7 p.m.
U "Let's Go Back To Church,"
sponsored by Integrity Campus
Ministries, Michigan Union,
Kuenzel Room, 8 p.m.
Q "Internship and Summer Job
Search," sponsored by Career
Planning and Placement, EECS,
Room 1311, 4:10-5 p.m.
Q "Prudential Information Ses-
sion," sponsored by.Career Plan-
ning and Placement, Michigan
Union, Wolverine ABC, 7-8:30
p.m.
Q "Summer Opportunities," spon-
sored by Pre-Medical Club,
Michigan Union, Anderson
pnnmr.:.In n M

vironment at Sable Island
Nova Scotia Dervied from
Measurments Made During
the North Atlantic Regional
Experiment in 1993," physi-
cal seminar, Mary Anne
Carroll, sponsored by Depart-
ment of Chemistry, Chemis-
trymBuilding, Room 1640, 4
p.m.
Q "TV Night," sponsored by
Hillel, Hillel Building, 8-11
p.m.
Q "Volunteers in Action: Din-
ner for the Homeless,"6spon-
sored by Hillel, call 764-0655
for location, 3 p.m.
:Student Services
Q 76-GUIDE, peer counseling
phone line, 7 p.m.-8 a.m.
U Campus Information Center,
Michigan Union, 763-INFO;
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