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The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, January 24, 1996 -3

Former college
pres. pleads
1ul ty to theft
Former Mississippi College Presi-
dent Louis Nobles Jr. admits that he
took money from college donations and
added itto his own accounts. He pleaded
guilty to five charges of fraud and
money-laundering last week.
-Nobles was originally charged with
embezzling more than $3 million from
thebcollege during his 16-year term as
p esident. As part of his plea agree-
ht, he has transferred $500,000 of
land and stock to the college. He faces
a maximum prison term of 40 years.
Nobles resigned in 1993 because of
allegations of income-tax evasion and
transporting women across state lines
for sex.
Penny protest at 'U'
Kentucky
niversity of Kentucky senior Daniel
Lavit began what he called a "small one-
man protest" this week. Lavit said he is
angry about the recent institution of stu-
dent ticket fees for basketball games.
U-K decided to charge students $5
per game this season. When students
lined up to purchase their tickets, Lavit
went to his bank and withdrew $250
worth of pennies.
He returned and convinced 32 of the
dents in line to pay for their tickets
with pennies to show their resentment
for the new prices. U-K spokesman
Rodney Stiles said the total amount of
pennies used to purchase tickets
weighed 110 pounds. ,
Lavit said that by the time he got to
the front of the line, the ticket sales-
people had dubbed him "Penny Boy."
"They said if it happens again they'll
er not accept my money or send me
he back of the line," Lavit said.
Students taught to
play Neanderthals
Students at St. Lawrence University
in Canton, N.Y., experienced a hands-
on lesson in their anthropology class
last semester when they skinned and
dressed a deer for a class feast using
V historic tools.
ssociate Prof. John Barthelmew told
his students that the class, "Neanderthal:
Fact, Fiction and Fantasy," attempts to
give students a more complete image of
their prehistoric ancestors.
Wildlife officials donated the deer to
the class after it had been shot by a
poacher. The students did not cook the
meat themselves, leaving that task to
the school's cooks.
Private colleges lure
students with aid
Private colleges and universities in
Michigan are using more aggressive fi-
nancial tactics in order to compete with
their less expensive public counterparts.
In recent years, independent col-
leges have really stepped up their ef-
forts to make it affordable for students
attend their colleges," said Edward
ws, president of the Association of
Independent Colleges and Universities
of Michigan.
lHe said private schools have had to
devise mechanisms to lure students
away from less expensive public
schools. Those efforts have included
paying faculty and administrators less
than the public sector, and attempting
to raise more money from alums, cor-

R ations and other supporters.
- Compiled by Daily Staff Reporter
Jennifer Harvey from The Associated
Press and staff reports.

GEO seeks to
change training
of foreign TAs

Group also expresses
concerns about
affirmative action
By Anupama Reddy
Daily Staff Reporter.-
Members of the Graduate Employ-
ees Organization plan to debate train-
ing for international graduate student
instructors and the issue of affirmative
action in today's bargaining session
with the University, which will extend
into a session on Friday.
So far several proposals have been
agreed on by both sides, including the
retitling of teaching assistants to gradu-
ate student instructors, GEO secretary
Mike Sell said.
GEO President Scott Dexter said in-
ternational GSIs deserve three main
concessions surrounding their manda-
tory three-week summer trainings.
"First, they should be paid during
training; second, have access to hous-
ing; third, have access to paid health
insurance," Dexter said. "We want to
see a shift in the nature of training."
Tomami Yamaguchi, who trained to
be a GSI in May 1992, said graduate
students who are new to the United
States have trouble finding housing and
have little money. She also said poor
training conditions make it harder for
international GSlstoadjust toan Ameri-

can classroom.
"Because they put all people from
different departments in international
training, the content of training didn't
address my needs," Yamaguchi said.
Yamaguchi was originally a commu-
nication department GSI and is now
teaching in the anthropology department.
Dan Gamble, the University's chief
negotiator, said the issue ofinternational
GSIs is a complex problem because the
University has many international GSIs
in different departments.
"It involves thorough investigation
to look at it properly," Gamble said.
"We need to talk to these departments."
While both the University and GEO
support affirmative action policies, Sell
said the two sides differ on its imple-
mentation.
Yesterday, GEO and University rep-
resentatives met in an informal
workgroup on affirmative action to ne-
gotiate the terms of GEO's proposal.
Alejandra Marchevsky, who repre-
sented GEO at the workgroup, said the
University was considering a new pro-
gram that would give more power to
individual departments, thus jeopar-
dizing the influence of GEO's input.
"We're very disappointed,"
Marchevsky said, adding that she was
especially disheartened by some of the
University's latest proposals for dis-
tributing grants through departments.

Dishmgit out
Bev Taylor-Glaza, a native Jamaican, operates a mini-restaurant serving up spicy, authentic Caribbean food prepared and
served In an oversized kitchen on Packard Street.
Gay ad Christian students
liss stere~otyes, beliefs

MSA passes resolution
to support GEO goals

By Kate Glickman
Daily Staff Reporter
While 10 lesbian, gay and bisexual
students scribbled down stereotypes about
Christians, several poked fun at "judg-
mental" and "Bible-thumping" students.
Far more reserved, 10 Christian stu-
dents wrote about gays and lesbians who
did not understand or live by the Gospel.
Nonetheless, these two groups came
together last night in the Anderson
Room of the Michigan Union to try to
build bridges of understanding by dis-
cussing stereotypes.
LSA senior Matt Robison, a member
of the Queer Unity Project, and Joe
Lora of Intervarsity Christian Fellow-
ship led students from different back-
grounds through the dialogue.
Many of the gay and lesbian mem-
bers of the Queer Unity Project said
they had been condemned by Chris-
tians for their lifestyle.

"Everyone said (being gay) was a
choice, that I was flawed. I was going to
hell," Robison said, telling his story
about coming out.
The meeting opened with students'
personal stories - three individuals
described telling their parents that they
are gay or lesbian.
Ryan LaLode, an Art junior, said
coming out to his family was difficult,
but that his mother is very supportive.
"My cousins knew, and they were
like, 'So, do you like Erasure?"' he
said.
Christian students shared their feel-
ings about sexual orientation.
Sharine Doshi said she has close
friends who are gay, and "it's not that
big of a deal. I love them so much,
although I don't personally agree with
homosexuality."
But gay and lesbian students chal-
lenged Christian students' "disagree-

ment," saying the Bible has many inter-
pretations.
"Take eating pork and seafood, or
menstrual rules for women," said
Robison, listing several traditions of
the Bible that are no longer commonly
followed.
Gay and lesbian students accused
Christians of "blindly follow(ing) the
Bible without questioning."
In response to gay students' accusa-
tions that Christians are hypocrites, LSA
junior Joshua Uy said, "We fall short in
our struggle to live like Jesus. He wasn't
a hypocrite at all."
"Webelievein loving everyone. That
is something we need to work on," said
Doshi.
Both groups conceded that dialogue
encourages progress. Although some
current stereotypes may be accurate,
the groups said discussion may break
down the barriers.

By Laurie Mayk
Daily Staff Reporter
Offering another vote of confidence
to the Graduate Employees Organiza-
tion, the Michigan Student Assembly
adopted two resolutions supporting the
union last night.
The assembly passed a resolution at
last week's meeting in favor of the
current bargaining proposals of the
University's international Graduate Stu-
dent Instructors.
This week's reso-
lutions support Th
GEO's general de-
mands and affiirma- argani
tive action propos-
als. CommIt
"It may be ex-
actly what we need Iistened,
to push these pro-
posals to the top and Univers
get the support we
need," said Mike barfa nh
Sell, a member of
the GEO bargain- C
ing team. what ""
MSA's support
has already made a s y
difference for the E
bargaining team,
Sell said. MS4
"When (LSA
Rep. Olga Savic) spoke in support of
international GSIs, her speech had a
real impact on the bargaining" at last
Friday's negotiations, said Rackham
Rep. Ray Robb. "The University bar-
gaining committee listened; the Uni-
versity bargaining committee cared
what Olga had to say."
Although the assembly passed the
resolutions by a majority, members
raised questions about the impact a GEO
bargaining victory would have on stu-
dents. Representatives said they were

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concerned that increased GEO wages
would raise tuition.
"I don't buy the University line that
they can't find the money so they're
going to raise tuition," said LSA Rep.
Probir Mehta.
Sell said increases in tuition are not
directly related to GSI wages. The
money flow at the University would
prevent this effect, he asserted.
"This is not just about money," Savic
said. "Our tu-
________________ ition is going to
ilVersity- go up anyway."
Theresolution
encourages both
sides to avoid a
GEO strike and
reach an agree-
the ment by Feb. 1,
whentheunion's
V current contract
expires.
"A general TA
caredst rike would
devastate the
had to state of under-
graduate educa-
tion at the U-M,"
said MSA Vice
- Ray Robb President Sam
Rackham Rep. Goodstein.
Savic, who
proposed the resolution in support of
international GSIs last week, presented
the assembly with an affirmative action
proposal last night that was adopted
only in part.
"I was approached by a member of
the bargaining team to write something
on affirmative action ... to say specifi-
cally the student assembly supports stu-
dents of color," Savic said.
G EO members are expected to present
the resolutions during negotiations with
University representatives today.

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Corrections
Cynthia Marcelo's name was misspelled in yesterday's Daily.
Jamie Reynolds is the president of the men's volleyball team. His name was misspelled in yesterday's Daily.
The Michigan hockey team has ousted its opponents' goaltender in eight of the Wolverines' last 11 home games. This was
*orrectly reported in yesterday's Daily.

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