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U' try for contract in bargaining marathon
ally Staff Reporter
Bargaining teams for the Graduate Employees
ganization and the University began non-stop
ntract negotiations yesterday morning in an
mpt to avoid next week's scheduled work
age and state-supervised mediation process.
"We're going to sit down, sequester our-
Ives in a room 'til we get a deal," said GEO
okesperson Glen Perusek. "The hope is to get
e contract settled as soon as possible. Both
des see this as speeding up the process."
GEO representatives suggested the marathon
iscussions with two conditions - both sides
Both sides negotiate in attempt to avoid 2-day walk-out
would not speak to the media and talks would
be closed to GEO members who are not on the
"We approached the University and asked
them. It was our idea," said GEO organizer
Tamara Joseph. "We told them we would do a
media blackout on content of negotiations for
the next few days."
Joseph said the talks will go on until both
parties reach an agreement. As GEO's organiz-
er, Joseph is not part of the bargaining team
and is paid to coordinate the operations of
GEO's various committees.
"It can go on indefinitely," Joseph said.
"We'll negotiate until we're done."
GEO Bargaining Secretary Mike Sell said he
could not comment on the progress of the talks
because of the media black-out. He said CEO's
main goal was to get a contract before the
"We're working as hard as we can to get a
contract signed by April 8," Sell said.
Provost J. Bernard Machen saidbe hoped the
talks would make next week's planned work
"I hope this means they'll settle before next
week," he said. "If we settle, there's no need for
Machen said calling the non-stop negotia-
tions was a step in the right direction for the
"It means we're going to talk a lot more with
each other," Machen said.
Frank Williams, chief steward of the Skilled
Trades Association, agreed that engaging in
non-stop negotiations was "significant."
"It's a lot more intense," Williams said.
"They're serious about it. Both sides are making
that extra effort."
The Skilled Trades Association is one of the
affiliated unions on the University campus,
which plans to rally at 11:30 p.m. today on the
Diag in support of GEO and union solidarity.
The group is part of the All-Campus Labor
Council, which includes a chapter of the
American Association of University Professors.
See GEO, Page 2
ly Staff Reporter
Chants of "Raza si, Daily no"
"sounded on campus yesterday when
bout 250 students and community
enbers gathered on the Diag to rally
gainst what protesters called a "hos-
c limate in which students of color
threatened and scapegoated."
- The protesters targeted The
ichigan Daily at the rally, accusing
e newspaper of perpetuating institu-
onalized racism. The protesters said
ey were upset by the March 28 front-
age article in the Daily that quoted an
nonymous source saying members of
lianza may have been responsible for
e removal of Dailys from their racks
.arch 27. Alianza is an alliance of
o/a University students.
he protesters included members of
umerous student groups who said
ey were also offended by the Daily's-
overage and editorials regarding the
andidacy of United People's Coalition
andidates for the Michigan Student
ssembly, a Jan. 27 editorial about the
ental School Three, and other edito-
als and cartoons. They also said the
aily regularly fails to give "fair and
I coverage to issues important to
tudents of color."
"This (rally) is about a conglomera-
ion of racist events on this campus,"
aid Christine Garza, a Rackham stu-
ent and member of Fuerza Latina.
Alisha Jefferson, an LSA senior, chants outside the Student Publications Building yesterday as part of a protest against
recent articles published in The Michigan Daily. About 250 people participated in the rally.
LSA senior Raul Garcia said the
protest aimed to "stop the Daily's slan-
dering of Latino/Latina students."
"It's a really shoddy quote to use an
anonymous source," said LSA senior
Andrew Adams III, co-chair of the
Native American Student Alliance.
"The Daily needs to use reputable
sources and not go on a witch-hunt."
I "All students who read the Daily
will automatically assume they (the
Daily) are going on a witch-hunt or
Alianza did it," Adams said.
"We stand with Alianza against the
common foe, the Daily. We oppose
their treatment of issues and liberal
viewpoints," said College Republicans
President-elect Nicholas Kirk, an LSA
United Asian American
Organizations Advocacy chair Ann
Kim Pham, an LSA junior, said the
removal of the papers was not an act of
"The Daily censored people of color
first. The removal was a public protest.
Whoever did it made a lot of waves
and made people feel empowered to be
vocal," Pham said.
Daily Editor in Chief Ronnie
Glassberg said, "I think a lot of this
stems from a portion of our story that
was unclear. The Daily's source knew
one of the individuals to be a leader of
Alianza. It wasn't clear from the story
why the source believed Alianza mem-
bers may have been involved."
The protest began on the Diag and
marched through Angell Hall, down
State Street, then to the Michigan
Union and the Fleming Administration
Building. They stopped last at the
Student Publications Building on
Maynard Street and held a speak-out.
"Straighten up or you won't have no
damn newspaper," said.- Eastern
Michigan University sophomore Kalif
The protesters distributed a list of
demands at the rally and read the list at
the speak-out. The demands included
"fair and equal coverage," "a public
apology" for the March 28 article, the
See PROTEST, Page 7
By Katie Wang
Daily Staff Reporter
The University's Department of
Public Safety released a police report
yesterday identifying LSA junior
Wayne Wolbert, co-chair of the
Latino/a student alliance Alianza, as a
suspect in last week's theft of 8,700
issues of The Michigan Daily.
The report, which contained testi-
mony given by LSA sophomore Olga
Savic, said Savic identified Wolbert as
one of the four to six persons she wit-
nessed removing the newspapers from
the Angell Hall drop site last
Although DPS has closed the inves-
tigation, the county prosecutor's office
may decide today to re-open the case.
Savic, who was the Students' Party
vice presidential candidate in last
week's Michigan Student Assembly
elections, told the Daily she was at the
Fishbowl at 7:15 a.m. to post election
"I saw a red car pull up to the doors
of the Fishbowl and four to six people
came out of the car," Savic said.
She said the individuals got out of
the car, picked up several bundles of
the papers and put them in the trunk of
Savic said she recognized Wolbert
and asked him what he was doing. She
said he replied that the Daily was
being canceled. Savic alleged Wolbert
said to her, "You didn't see this hap-
pening," as he left the building.
Wolbert neither confirmed nor
denied Savic's report of the incident.
In an interview yesterday, he said, "It's
understandable why The Michigan
Dailys were reclaimed -- we're still
Alianza and we're still going to oppose
racism on campus.
The Washtenaw County Prosecutor's
Office closed the case yesterday, con-
cluding that a lack of crime elements
exist in the incident.
DPS Sgt. Wesley Skowron said he
was informed by Sgt. Kevin McNulty,
who is leading the investigation, that
the prosecutor's office may reconsider
"(Sgt. McNulty) heard from the
prosecutor's office, who advised him
that they're going to re-review ihis
case," Skowron said. "(Sgt. McNulty)
See REPORT, Page 7
3y Heather Miller
)aily Staff Reporter
Tonight, Jews across the world will remtember
heir ancient liberation from bondage in Egypt
ith seder dinners and prayers.
Seder, which means "order" in Hebrew, is a
monial meal with a variety of symbolic foods
"Seder is a ritual meal that commemorates the
vents of the exodus from Egypt," said Michael
rooks, executive director of Hillel.
Jews drink four glasses
f wine during the meal
o represent the four ways Its
'od named to redeem the
ewish people in the book " "Use
atzah, an unleavened accuston
d, symbolizes the
"hortened baking time being wit
efore the Jews were
arced to flee Egypt. Salt family an
ater reminds Jews of
ears shed, and bitter friends. W
erbs recall the bitterness
Seders, which will also LSA fir
e held tomorrow night,
time to spend with family.
'It's traditional to be with the family for the
ewish seder," Brooks said.
LSA senior Darren Spilman plans to leave Ann
rbor today to have seders with his family and
ill return Friday.
"The first two nights I will be going home, like
k to observe
y from home
"It's fun. That's primarily why we do it," Shira
Her husband agreed.
"It's fun because they bring new family tradi-
tions," he said.
LSA junior Michele Fox has participated in
Hillel's program for the past three years. She is
unable to spend the holiday with her family
because they live in Texas.
"It's sad (not to be able to spend Passover with
family), but it's already been three years of being
away from home," she said.
Fox said she likes Hillel's
r. Wu tprogram because they try to
match students and families
F i so who have similar Passover
ed to "It enables you to find the
kind of service at Passover
f my that you have at home;' she
d When matching students
with local families, Hillel
considers whether they keep
Eileen Sherwin kosher, which means adher-
ing to the Jewish dietary
st-year student laws, and whether the fami-
-----_ - -- lies are conservative, ortho-
dox or reform.
Ann Arbor resident Cindy Kellman will be
hosting students for the first time tomorrow
"I thought it would be a nice thing to do,"
Kellman said. "I wanted to give students the
chance to spend seder with a family."
for Diag Penu it
By Michelle Lee Thompson
Daily News Editor
Although the 25th Annual Hash Bash is set for Saturday at
"high noon," student members of Help Eliminate Marijuana
Prohibition A2 have not yet obtained a Diag use permit from
the University - but all they are waiting on is money.
The registered student group is working with marijuana
advocate Adam Brook and other members of the Hash
Bash Coalition to sponsor the event, which is expected to
draw a crowd of up to 5,000 to central campus.
LSA sophomore Ed Tayter, a member of HEMP A2, said
yesterday that the group's Diag use permit application was
in the hands of the University's Office of Student Activities
and Leadership. Tayter said its acceptance was pending a
$178 deposit - the balance of a $600 clean-up deposit and
a $200 electricity deposit.
A representative of SAL said the office had the group's
application but was waiting on "paperwork" from the stu-
Tayter said HEMP A2 had $622 in its accounts this week,
left over from the deposit it paid to the University last year.
"I don't foresee a problem (with obtaining the permit),"
Brook said the group would pay the remainder of the
deposit by Friday, in time to receive the permit before the
rally. Private donations and bucket drive contributions will
fund the deposit.
"We can't manufacture money - that's against the law.
We can't steal money - that's against the law. It just takes
time," Brook said.
Ann Arbor resident Rich Birkett, a member of the Hash
Bash Coalition, said the organization plans to perform some of
its own clean-up in hopes of reclaiming most of the deposit.
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