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The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, February 14, 1996 - 3

ND students
cund guilty of
xam cheating
An undisclosed number of Notre
ame business students were found
uilty of cheating by a university com-
ittee last week.
Students in four different sections of
he Advanced Corporate Finance class
ere charged with cheating last semes-
er when they were seen collaborating
n a take-home exam. They had gath-
red to work on the exam in a university
Oputer classroom.
Students found guilty were punished
ith grade reductions by one or two
etter grades for the class. Since the
lass is required for finance majors,
ome studentswho failed withthe grade
eduction will have to remain at the
niversity an additional semester to re-
ake the course.
nsas students angry
out quiet alarms
Students at the University of Kansas
aid last week that their fire alarms are
t loud enough.
Residents ofJawhawker Towers resi-
ence hall slept through a fire alarm
hat went off after some paper was
~gaited in an elevator shaft. They said
hey had to rely on hall staff to wake
Sfor evacuation.
omeone came in screaming -
hat's, the only way we woke up," said
duate student Antonio Olivas.
The fire alarms are located inside
lcoves near the center of each floor.
'ansas State Fire Chief Ross Boeling
aid the location of the alarms might be
he problem causing the quiet alarms.
Other offcials speculated the fault
ies with too many false alarms desen-
*ing residents to the sound.
Florida student admits
rson and thefts
Last week, Florida State University
ampus police charged a first-year stu-
dent with 18 counts of arson. Jeffrey
Knowles admitted to starting the 18
fires.
nowles set the fires in the bath-
s, kitchens and hallways of resi-
den-e halls and other buildings. Lt.
ack Handley of FSU's campus police
said,,"He would just enter a building
where he had class or some other busi-
s, start a fire and then leave."
?Fingerprints found at the crime scenes
led police to Knowles.
Knowles also confessed he broke into
bout 50 mailboxes on campus. Handley
campus police will likely charge
owles with stealing credit cards from
the mailboxes and using them to make
over $4,000 worth of purchases and
ATM withdrawls.
Free personal trainers
avaliable at Cincinnati
'University of Cincinnati students
have the opportunity to have free per-
sol trainers this semester.
The trainers are health education stu-
dens who want to practice their skills.
Thee students are currently serving as

free trainers for 12 of their fellow stu-
dimts.
The trainers meet with students about
three times a week in a campus weight
room. They instruct students in equip-
ment use and try to motivate them dur-
ijtheir workouts.
- Compiled by Daily Staff Reporter
Jennifer Harvey.

GEO, U' barganing likely to continue

By Anupama Reddy
Daily Staff Reporter
The clock is ticking for the Univer-
sity and the Graduate Employees Or-
ganization.
After a two-week bargaining exten-
sion that expires at midnight tonight,
the two parties have not yet reached a
consensus on several issues. At a bar-
gaining session scheduled for today,
they plan to extend negotiations for
another two weeks.
University chief negotiator Dan
Gamble said numerous bargaining ses-
sions have been productive, but many
proposals need more discussion.
"We are making progress, but it's
the sheer number of proposals that is
taking so long," Gamble said.
While bargaining team members
from the University and GEO have
continued meeting twice a week since
Oct. 31, the main proposal on wages
has not been resolved, which further

delays signing a contract.
Mike Sell, secretary of GEO's bar-
gaining committee, said "the main is-
sue" is that the union has not received
an acceptable counterproposal on
wages.
"We are asking that (Graduate Stu-
dent Instructors) be given a raise that
would enable them to meet costs in Ann
Arbor," Sell said. "We're talking about
two bags of groceries, rent increase and
inflation."
GEO President Scott Dexter said the
University proposed that the wage in-
creases of the union be the same per-
centage as the wage increases of ten-
ured LSA faculty. He also said this
counterproposal was against a union's
right to collectively bargain.
"Our increases will be determined by
the administration every August,"
Dexter said. "We don't know how much
they'll spend on us 'til then. They effec-
tively said, 'Let the administration de-

termine wages.' That's against collec-
tive bargaining."
Gamble said the University's wage
proposal was fair and equitable because
GSIs are considered as valuable as ten-
ured faculty. He also said setting aside
a lump increase in GSIs' wages might
result in wages that are not as high as
faculty wage increases in the future.
"We're saying that (GSIs) be respect-
fully linked to faculty, and the vast
majority of faculty don't know what
their increases will be until Septem-
ber," Gamble said. "(So) if we had to
come up with a percentage, we might
end up with lower numbers than (over-
all) faculty increases."
Sell said equivalent percentage-based
wage increases would translate into
higher dollar-amount increases for fac-
ulty than for GSIs.
"Faculty cannot bargain over their
salaries, and they make much more
money than we do," Sell said. "A 4-

percent raise to a tenured faculty mem-
ber who is making $70,000 a year is a
heck of a lot more dollars than a 4-
percent raise to a GSI who makes about
$9,000 and has no job security and no
guranteed summer employment."
Gamble agreed the salary bases were
in the favor of tenured faculty, but he
said that GSIs do not work a full 40-hour
week and are still treated like faculty.
"We have no problem in offering
them the faculty average; they deserve
that," Gamble said. "They have a smaller
base because they are working less than
full-time. Currently, they work an aver-
age of 19 hours."
The process of bargaining has been
slow and time-consuming for all mem-
bers, said Karen Miller, head of GEO's
bargaining team. She also said the power
structure of the union is not as strong as
the University and can lead to some
unpredictable outcomes of bargaining
sessions.

"You can't really tell how bargaining
is going, even if things are signed,"
Miller said. "You'll only know at the
end when you have a contract."
"Even though -we know the whole
thing is about power, we need to make
moral and logical arguments and make
those arguments public to change the
power from the University to us," she
said.
Dexter said G EO had sent out ballots to
members on a strike authorization vote
this week and plans to tally the results
Feb. 21 and 22. He said the possibilty of
striking would be determined by consid-
ering the results of the vote.
Miller said the only reason GEO
wants to strike is to increase its bargain-
ing power.
"The University objectively knows
paying us more is good, but it is about
power," Miller said. "The reason we
would strike is to demonstrate the power
we have to disrupt an institution."

MSA votes down
BPC fee increase

KRISTEN SCHAFER/Daily
Playing with Love
Members of Basement Arts, an independent student theater group, perform Shakespeare's "Love's Labour Lost"
yesterday. Performances continue through Saturday at the Arena Theatre.
Cios
Ci reS ,Ond ostdn' lwut

By Laurie Mayk
D~aily Staff Reporter
In the midst of continued debate on
the "Non-BPC Crisis," the Michigan
Student Assembly voted last night
against a proposal to solicit student
input for next year's Budget Priorities
Committee.
The proposal, originally submitted
by BPC chair Matt Curin, suggested
students be presented with a ballot pro-'
posal to increase student tuition fees by
$0.50 per semester, effective for the
1996-97 budget year. The revenue
would be deposited directly into BPC
accounts for funding student groups,
with a minimum of $105,000 to be
allocated to the committee.
"I want MSA to be the primary source
of student group funding on this cam-
pus," Curin said. "If you join a group,
you're basically going to get your money
back."
Curin said he will attempt to collect
the minimum of 1,000 student signa-
tures to put the proposal on the ballot
for this winter's election, and override
the assembly's decision.
The proposal was designed to avoid a
repeat of this year's BPC spending
crunch, and give students a voice in
fundingmore studentgroups, Curin said.
Several assembly members expressed
concern regarding the public request
for more money.
"All we're doing is milking every-
thing on this campus for another dol-
lar," LSA Rep. Olga Savic said.
"This body is unbelievably self-serv-
ing," said School of Public Policy Rep.
John Roman. "I strongly urge you not to

"All we're doing
ismling
everything on this
campus for
another dollar."
-- LSA Rep. Olga Slavic
put this out there to be embarrassed with."
Supporters of the proposal argued
that students should have the opportu-
nity to assess the question and affect
funding allocation.
"Let's give the students a chance to
vote on it," said LSA Rep. Fiona Rose.
"Students should have, at the very ledast,
the ability to decide how the fees should
be levied."
Several opponents asserted it was not
the principle of a ballot question, but
the specific wording of the proposal
that rendered it unacceptable.
"I support increased fu~nding for stu-
dent groups and I support a ballot ques-
tion to let students do that, but I didn't
think this was the right one to do that,"
said MSA Vice President Sam Goodstein.
LSA Rep. Dan Serota, who success-
fully proposed an amendment to the
proposal, asserted that the minimum
specified allocation may allow the as-
sembly to reroute part of the revenue to
other committees, defeating the pur-
pose of helping BPC.
Curin said he plans to circulate the
petition using the original language ofa
$1 per term increase and a $150,000
minimum.

By Will Weissert
Daily Staff Reporter
The city of Ann Arbor responded
Friday to a lawsuit charging that the
hiring of Detroit lawyer Abigail Elias
violated the city charter, stating that
most of the suit's claims are not valid
and that the lawsuit should be dismissed.
Because the response was filed with
no motions attached that would require
legal action, the case is a virtual stale-
mate and will not be considered by a
judge unless either side files a motion.
The suit, filed in early January by third-
year University Law student John Polish,
claims that the contract the City Council
offered to Elias violated the city charter
because it allowed Elias to "establish
residence in the city within 12 months
after the start of her employment or such
a later date as may be approved by council
in its discretion."
The city's response was filed by lo-
cal attorney Bruce Wallace, who vol-
unteered to handle attorney's responsi-
bilities for this case free of charge to
avoid a conflict of interest with acting
city attorney John Van Loon, who was
a candidate for the position.
"I'd hate to see the city waste money
on a case like this," Wallace told The
Michigan Daily last month.
In the city's response, Wallace
claimed the city correctly followed the
charter with Elias' contract.
Elias' contract begins April 1.
Polish's attorney, Thomas Weider

said the suit was merely a matter of
interpreting the charter and all that was
left to be done in the case was for each
attorney to present summary disposi-
tions to a judge.
"We'll both say 'based on the facts
we win,'" Weider said. "I can't tell you
who will do it first."
Weider also expressed concern about
settling the suit before Elias begins work.
"Ms. Elias is planning to report to work
on April 1," he said. "It would be nice to
have this thing settled before that."

He said he would likely file motions
before the end of the month, which
would reactivate the case.
Wallace said that usually the attorney,
in Weider's position is the first one to
respond in a case such as this one. "If he
waits a long time, I might beat him to it."
Wallace went on to say that, settled
or not, the suit would not hinder Elias
from beginning city attorney duties on
time. "The reality is that we have a
contract with the city attorney. She
signed it. We signed it. It's official."

Hungaran official, a vsiting prof., speaks on Bosnia

By Heather Miller
Daily Staff Reporter
Geza Jeszenszky welcomes U.S. in-
volvement in Bosnia. In fact, he calls it
"essential."
Jeszenszky, a member of the Hun-
garian parliament, is a visiting profes-
sor in the Honors College. Jeszenszky
spoke yesterday afternoon at a luncheon
on the "Lessons of Bosnia."
The speech was part of the Tuesday
International Forum series sponsored
by the Ecumenical Center of the First
Presbyterian Church of Ann Arbor.
"The U.S. showed (with its military
intervention) that it has realized that these
crimes have to be stopped," Jeszenszky
said. "There is a good chance for peace,
but it requires constant efforts."

Jeszenszky told the crowd of about 30
people that military action is the key for
making lasting peace. He said it was only
the threat of force that finally brought the
two warring sides to the negotiating table.
If the U.S. had entered the conflict
earlier, he said, perhaps some of the
violence could have been prevented.
He also said a way to prevent similar
future crises is to incorporate a local level
of democracy within the national level.
He said local autonomy is important.
"There are-many potential Bosnias
all over the world."
Nile Harper, director ofthe Ecumeni-
cal Center, said he found Jeszenszky's
speech "positive." He said he liked the
perspective offered by Jeszenszky's
central European background.
Rev. Amy Heinrich said the speech
*own

challenged her opinions of the topic.
"It was very informative. He was
giving a lot of history," Heinrich said.
Heinrich said she struggled with
Jeszenszky's beliefs on military inter-
vention. "Personally, I had a hard time

saying we should go in," she said. "It's
kind of hard to think about violence
ending violence."
However, Heinrich said she is "re-
luctantly" reconsidering that original
position.

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