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One hundredjfve years ofeditorialfreedom

March 21, 1996

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tudent fee,
curie Mayk
aily Staff Reporter
Student activities fees and program
ing would be restructured and con-
olidated under a recent proposal by
ichigan Student Assembly Presiden
lint Wainess.
Wainess' proposal consolidates the
tudent tuition fees for MSA, the Uni
'ersity Activities Center, WOLV tele
Sn station and WCBN radio station
nder one fee and creates a genera
tudent programming board for the
Vice President for Student Affair
aureen Hartford said the program
ing board would help to centraliz
ecisions and evaluate programs. Sh
>ffered to designate the Office of Stu
lent Affairs' discretionary funds to
he board for allocation to studen
thought it was a good idea - so
uch so, we would put our discretion
ry money in student affairs into the po
nd let that control that too," Hartfor
The board, consisting of representa
ives from MSA, UAC, Minority Stu
ent Services, the Dean of Students
ffice, and several others, would bot
Ian, fund and evaluate campus-wid
rams. Wainess said the programs
tId include core events, such a
elcome Week and Homecoming, an
d hoc projects such as MSA's lectur
"It would charge a body to determine
hat core programs should continu
ndatwhatlevel they should be funded,
te said.
Revenue from the consolidated fe
vould be distributed among the organi
.ations according to a formula agree
by the groups, Wainess said. Th
ee would be negotiated with the Uni
ersity Board of Regents by the MSA
resident each year.
Waines said the proposal would al
ow students to both track where thei
oney goes and assure that it is used fo
orthwhile programs.
"It's a great thing for students to fin
ut where people's money is going,"
ness said.
he amount requested by the assem
ly would determine the starting poin
or the proportional fee allocation
ainess said. The actual proposal, how
ver, would represent a unanimous de
ision of the groups.
"MSA would not have sole control,
aid WCBN general manager Terr
Hartford said the proposal would b
more effective plan than the curren
em of charging separate fees.
he plan would more effectively di
ect the available time and money, sai
Frank Cianciola.
"Student organizations on this cam
See FEES, Page 2

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d- most acclaimed and controversial f
e of this era, spoke to a packed Hill A
torium audience last night.
Stone, whose recent films inc
e "Natural Born Killers," "Nixon"
""JFK," spoke about his life as a f
maker and the media's influenc
e society.
- "This evening is going to be a
d paranoia and betrayal and danger
e death," Stone said, playing off his
- egade image.
Stone said he began to questionr
thority at a young age. During a 1
- hood trip to France, he said he
r struck by the country's state of d
r concerning its leaders' collabor
with the Nazis.
I "The vast majority of people
" been neutral, and in some ways
laborated with the Germans," Stone
- Stone also said growing up in
t I 950s during the McCarthy hear
S and the Communist witch hunt
- vided a backdrop to his later view
- "It's very funny, being ac c
of being paranoid all my life, w
tthis was the way we were rais
y he said.y
Stone, whose irst success as a d
e tor was in 1986 with the Acad
t Award-winning "Platoon,"saidthe
was based on largely autobiograpl
- material. He described the sense o
d tion he felt at its success.
"It was a wonderful high, as go
- it gets to be," Stone said. "The rev
A were goodandthe boxoffice wasgc
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A snowstorm
marred the first
day of spring in
blacking out more
than 100,000
power customers.
The storm blew
snow into two-
foot drifts and
caused at least
one fatal crash.
Conditions were
windy but clear in
much of the state.
But the
corner of the
state was hit by
snow just as
spring began at
3:02 p.m.
Left: In the Arb
yesterday, locals
Tony Dwyer, Geoff
Grisdale and Marc
Van Volkinburg (far
left) sled down one
of many paths

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Lik on 'paranoia,' media hype

on GEO
By Anupama Reddy
Daily Staff Reporter
Members of the Graduate Employees
Organization have not ruled out striking
despite their plans to enter into mediation
with the University on April 10.
"If the contract isn't signed, the fight
is still on," said GEO President Scott
Dexter. "The fight can include work
action, like a grade strike."
GEO and University members spent
yesterday's bargaining session extend-
ing contracts to April 1 and discussing
proposals about wages and international
graduate student instructors.
Both parties have also debated on
whether the University should pay in-
ternational GSIs for their three-week
summer training and give them free
housing or health benefits.
Gamble said the University was not
responsible for incoming international
GSIs who have not actually taught
"They come to the United States and
take this training," he said. "The reason
we can't write them into a contract is
because they aren't covered by the con-
GEO Bargaining Secretary Mike Sell
said international GSIs were covered
by the contract as soon as they were
"For international GSIs, a conditional
offer of employment is unethical and
possibly illegal according to our con-
tract and the law," Sell said.
Dexter agreed. "People are employ-
ees as soon as they receive and accept
their hire. It is the same for American
GSIs who accept a job in April and do
training in the (summer)."
Gamble said the matter fell under the
jurisdiction of the individual schools'
"The deans agree it's serious anc
they want to look into it because (inter-
national GSIs) are graduate students,
Gamble said.
"It's two sides looking at a problem
from two different angles."
The Michigan Employment Relations
Commission appointed a familiar face tc
both sides Tuesday. State mediator Charles
Jamerison was assigned to the last contrac
mediation between the two parties.
Gamble said the purpose of media-
tion is to speed up the contract talks.
"A third person can get in there anc
help us out," Gamble said. "Normally
mediation is called for by one side or
the other when they are at impasse. It'
a step to get past the impasse."
Sell said mediation is "the tough par
of the fight. The membership is getting
"No one wants to go into mediatior
because it isn't fun," Sell said.
See GEO, Page 2A

f the
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od as

, Stone said the film helped soci-
ety come- to grips with its involve-
ment in Vietnam, a release he said
had been contained "like scorpions
in a bottle."
He also said America would have
fought a similar war in Central America
in the 1980s, had the Iran-Contra scan-
dal not come to the surface.
Stone said he is fearful of what he
described as the country's tendency to
forget and fabricate its own recent his-
"The Gulf of Tonkin was a wholly
manufactured incident that 20 years
later was proved to be a hoax," Stone
said. "And the journalists believed it."
When "JFK" was released in 1991,
Stone said he felt the sting of the news
media's bite.
The film, which depicted an elabo-
rate conspiracy working for the assassi-
nation of President Kennedy, drew fire
for his interpretation of the killing.
"The price to pay is that I became the
object of much criticism, partly from
the political press," he said. "They (the
press) want to make the news. They
want to tell you what to think, what is fit
to think."
He warned of the media's growing
monopoly on information.
"I lived through this whole thing,
where you watch the media go one way
and then the other," Stone said. He
described the press as "a vast beast that
just sniffs where the wind goes."
Stone encouraged upcoming gen-
erations to question authority and so-
cietal norms. "The '80s, and so far the
'90s, have been an age of repression,

Academy Award-winning director Oliver Stone muses about movies and politics to
a packed house at Hill Auditorium last night.

an age of conformity.... I look to the
newer generation because that's where
the brains lie, that's where the hopes
Students in the audience gave mixed
reactions to Stone's ideas.
"I think his personalizing history is
very good, because that's how we expe-
rience everyday events," said LSA jun-
ior Kristin Smith.
"It gives you a feel for the emotions

he felt and the struggles he had," she
Kinesiology senior Phil Daman said
he was "disappointed" that in his speech
Stone portrayed his work as fact instead
of "the vision of one particular interpre-
"His truth is no more fact than that of
anyone who he discounts," Daman said.
"As a filmmaker, he should take history
only as his definition of history."

eynote speaker
iecries violence
By Laurie Mayk
Daily Staff Reporter
The risks are too high, and so are the expectations, said
women's activist and author Evelyn White.
White's speech last night focused on black women as
sexual assault victims, survivors and prevention activists,
kicking off a celebration of Rape Prevention Awareness
ek and the Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention
ter's 10th anniversary.
"For every three white women that are murdered, there are
12 black women who are murdered," White said. "Black
women are being killed by design."
Although White noted that "all blood is red," she stressed
that men and white women are less likely to be raped,
attacked or abused.
"It is the lives of girls and women that are limited ... and
rearranged because of violence," she said.
Physical violence is not the only or the worst offense
emitted against black women, she said.
We have to deal with institutions of psychic violence as
well ... both the super- and sub-human images that society
holds of black women."
White said society has trapped black women with ste-
reotypes of drug-addicted, unwed mothers and expecta-
tions of strong and powerful professionals. Either way,
she said whites accuse black women of disrupting the

Bosnian war
lingers for
'U' students
By Alice Robinson
Daily Staff Reporter
For Ahmed Halilovic, dreams do
come true.
Bad ones.
"This is like a terrible dream for me,"
said the Sarajevo native and Engineer-
ing first-year student about the break-
up of his country. "As of now, I don't
have a place to return to."
The homeland he and his family fled
four years ago no longer exists.
Under the Dayton peace agreement
reached last November, the state of
Bosnia will be composed of two sepa-
rate regions-a Bosnian-Croatfedera-
tion and a Bosnian Serb republic. A
multi-ethnic central government will
be mostly symbolic, with the Croatian



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50 km .
the United States to stay with relatives.
For a time, Halilovic's family was
afraid they would be forcibly returned
to Bosnia, like many refugees.
His aunt was not so lucky.
"One of my aunts was in prison in a
town called Prijedor," he said. "The
town was occupied by Serbian para-
military forces from the beginning of
the war." Prijedor is located in north-
west Bosnia.

"Maybe I've been really fortunate
that no one in my family has been rape(
or murdered," he said.
A beautiful day
For students with Balkan roots, lin-
gering scars are all that remain of th{
drawn-out conflict that once seeme(
"It's different when you hear stories
and different when it happens to some-
one you know ... when it's people yoz
visited and stayed with," said LSA jun-
ior Olga Savic, who lost a Serbian-aur
and uncle to the fighting four years agc
"Itwasa beautiful sunny day. I waseatin
corn flakes, and I was shocked to read tha
they were killed," Savic said. The death.
were listed in her church paper.
"The Ustasa rounded up Serbs ai
killed them. This man reported my aur
and uncle - we don't know why. The;
were taken to a camp and held for fou
days, then released. That day they wer
found dead," she said.
"All ofmy friends have been drafted,
said Engineering sophomore Bori
.Kokotovic, a Serbian who moved her
from Belgrade when he was 10. Hi
father and grandmother live i-

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Evelyn White speaks at Rackham last night for SAPAC's
rape prevention month.

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