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One hundredfve years of editorial freedom

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Sic 90, an honrary society
kfovn as Michigamua has existed,
and the group is credited with the
concept of the Michigan Union.
With neartly a century of legacy, the
society and its younger sister,
Adara, re again coming under
drmng the past month e-mal mes-
ges accusing the Tower Society
of elitism, racism and sexism have
been ciculated Wth a new group of
rembers inrsttedues night,
Tower tac ety membe e step-
ping forrdt tsdefed tqrlegacy.
See P f use If~l at the
Ueto s ban
on abortion
The Washington Post
WASHINGTON - Maintaining a
. nsistent abortion-rights record,
President Clinton yesterday vetoed
legislation that would have outlawed a
rare procedure that is used to end late-
stage pregnancies.
The veto came in an emotional
Roosevelt Room ceremony where five
women sometimes tearfully described
having the abortions after being told by
their doctors they faced potentially fatal
harm if they car-
ried their preg-
nancies to term.
Clinton had said
he could allow the
° ban only if it con-
tained an excep-
tion for women
who faced serious
health conse-
The proce-
nton dure, called "par-
tial-birth abor-
tions" by its opponents, has become a
fiercely divisive election-year issue.
Abortion opponents have provided
gruesome details and diagrams of the
procedure and abortion rights activists
have countered with wrenching stories
of women whose fetuses suffered rare
and dangerous complications in the
final months of pregnancies they had
d comed. Had Clinton signed the
gislation, it would have been the first
ban of an abortion procedure since the
Supreme Court legalized it more than
two decades ago in Roe . Wade.
The abortion rights issue remains one
of the most unambiguous differences
between the two presidential candidates
this year and one Republicans hope they
can use to deprive Clinton of the
Catholic vote, a major component of
inning presidential elections. Key
Catholic leaders had held a prayer vigil
outside the White House last week and
three archbishops, Cardinal Joseph

Beemardin of Chicago, Bernard Law of
Boston and James Hickey, archbishop of
Washington, all denounced Clinton yes-
Law criticized Clinton for what he
called his "unconditional support for
abortion under any circumstances and
any means whatsoever, even those
rdering on infanticide," and Hickey
said, "Not only Catholics but all
Americans should sit up and take
notice. ... Thoughtful Americans
should keep this in mind as they pon-
der their choices on Election Day."
Clinton's veto yesterday follows an
unbroken line of actions as president
to support the abortion rights move-
ment. By contrast, Senate Majority
ader Bob Dole (R-Kan.), Clinton's
ikely presidential opponent, voted for
the ban on the procedure and though
occasionally wavering on the details,
has been an opponent of abortion
rights, although not an activist on the
issue, and supporter of a constitution-
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continue state-mediated talks

By Anupama Reddy
Daily Staff Reporter
The Graduate Employees
Organization and the administration
walked back to the bargaining table
yesterday, this time for a two-day ses-
sion with a state-appointed mediator -
a last-ditch effort to resolve their con-
tract dispute.
The teams, which began bargaining
before noon yesterday, had not
emerged from the mediation as of mid-
GEO spokesperson Pete Church
said it was a good sign that both teams
met late into the evening, considering
the administration's tough stance at the
end of last week's non-stop bargaining~
"Given the fact that the University
told us last week they had nothing left
to talk about, it's a good thing," he said.
Church said the GEO bargaining
team had the authority to decide the
terms of an acceptable contract, but it
had to be approved by the majority of
the union membership.

"They can come to what they think
is an agreement, but the membership
has to ratify it," Church said. "Right
now, they are on their own."
Members of both bargaining teams
were unavailable for comment last
night, but many shared their views on
the remaining proposals and the media-
tion's purpose before entering the talks.
GEO bargaining team member Peter
Wolanin said the union is still fighting
for the same thing since negotiations
began Oct. 31 - a fair contract that
includes a living wage.
"We're not changing what we're
asking for in mediation," Wolanin
said. "We're hoping the mediatorcan
help us find a common ground with
the University."
Charles Jamerson of the Michigan
Employment Relations Commission is
the state-appointed mediator for the
mediation. He mediated between the
administration and GEO in the last
contract negotiations in 1993.
University chief negotiator Dan
Gamble said the administration was

standing by its wage proposal because
it believed it treated GSIs in the same
regard as faculty.
"The offer is they would receive the
same percent increases as LSA tenure-
track faculty," Gamble said. "This
shows that we care the same for (GSIs)
as our faculty."
On the issue of paid international
GSI training, both sides differ on their
definition of an international GSI as a
student or employee during the sum-
mer training.
"They're looking at them as employ-
ees, but they're employees starting
Sept. I," Gamble said.
Wolanin said international GSIs
need to be paid for their training, to
cover financial costs, and that they are
employees as soon as they accept their
positions, according to federal forms
and department memos.
"It is a financial hardship for inter-
national GSIs who have to come early
and support themselves when they
aren't getting a salary -from the
University," Wolanin said.

Union strike leaves Yale
without profs, diing halls

By Jennifer Harvey
Daily Staff Reporter
The University of Michigan's campus
is not alone in sporting protest signs and
shouting picketers. Students at Yale
University have been caught in the
midst of a two-union strike since Feb. 7.
Yale's strike has closed most dining
halls and spurred professors to move
classes to churches and movie the-
aters. It even prompted some student
supporters to get arrested for the cause
Locals 34 and 35 have not been able
to reach a contract agreement with the
Yale administration since talks began
last November. The unions represent
the Yale clerical and technical workers,
and the service and custodial workers,

It's essentially a defensive strike,"
said union spokesperson Deborah
"Our hope is to resolve the contract
negotiations as soon as possible," said
Yale Deputy Director of Public Affairs.
Tom Conroy.
The two unions are bargaining
together for new four-year contracts.
They decided to institute a "split
strike" to minimize difficulties caused
by the strike, according to Charnoff.
Local 34 struck first, ending their
picketing March 6. Local 35 began the
second phase of the strike March 27.
The Local 35 strike has caused the
shutdown of all but one of the dining
halls on Yale's campus. Students are
currently receiving checks for $185.84
See YALE, Page 8A


salaries low

fof peer group
Professors still highest paid in state

By Jodi Cohen
Daily Staff Reporter
Students, faculty and administrators like to
boast about the University's distinction of being a
large, public research university that has the pres-
tige of a private Ivy League school.
The logo, "Harvard: The Michigan of the
East," adorns T-shirts, indicating the University's
academic reputation.
But, when it comes to faculty salaries, a recent
survey indicates that the schools may not be as
An annual survey by the American Association
of University Professors shows the University's
top professors boasting the highest salaries
among the state's schools, but earning less than
professors at the nation's top private universities.
"I think our faculty salaries are not high when
you compare us to our peer organizations,"
Provost J. Bernard Machen said. "Our peers are
mostly the private universities."
The AAUP survey, which was recently pub-
lished in the Chronicle of Higher Education,
shows that the University's highest ranked pro-
-fessors earned an average of $85,000 in the 1995-
96 school year. Associate professors earned
$62,000, while assistant professors received
$50,100 and instructors $39,800. The figures do
not include medical school professors.
"Our greatest competition is from the private
universities," President James Duderstadt said
yesterday. "In reputation, Michigan compares to
... Harvard, Stanford and MIT among the pri-
The average salary at these top universities,
which potentially can raid faculty from the
University, include Harvard at $107,000,
Stanford at $103,000, MIT at $96,900,
University of Chicago at $96,500 and
Northwestern at $92,000.
"It's a problem if we are trying to recruit in the

same pool as they are," said Thomas Dunn,
chemistry professor and member of the
University's Committee on the Economic Status
of the Faculty.
When compared to the nation's public research
universities, the University ranks behind only
Rutgers University at $90,800 to $96,500, the
University of California-Berkeley at $86,000,
and the University of Southern California at
The University ranks ahead of public schools
such as the University of Virginia at $81,400,
University of Wisconsin-Madison at $70,400 and
the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill at
"In reality, only the University of California is
a strong competitor among the publics,"
Duderstadt said.
See SALARY, Page 8A


Spreading the word JOE
Tom O'Brien speaks at passing students about the word of the Lord in the Diag yesterday.

Panelists debate role, future of affirmative action

By Katie Wang
Daily Staff Reporter
Is affirmative action obsolete?
A group of panelists tackled this
question at last night's ninth annual Jack
Walker Conference at the Law School.
Mary Snead, president of the
National Association of Human Rights
Workers, answered, "No, affirmative
action is not obsolete.
"If we can say discrimination is in
the past, then 1 can say, 'Yes, affirma-
tive action is obsolete,"' she said.
"Unless justice is obsolete, then affir-
mative action is not obsolete."
State Rep. David Jaye (R-Washington
Twp.) disagreed, declaring preference
by race is evil and "should be crushed."
"Affirmative action and preference
y rcenor nenenr is racist and unfair"

voters in this year's general election
will decide whether or not to ban pref-
erence by race, color, religion, sex or
Jaye also tried to evoke xenophobic
fears, asking, "Why should immi-
grants receive preference over
Michigan kids?"
LSA junior Liban Jama said Jaye is
trying to split America by blaming eth-
nic and racial minorities.
"This issue of affirmative action is
political," he said. "It's a great vote-
Jaye said the University discounts
merit by considering race as a factor in
its admissions policies.
"What a shame at the University of
Michigan, we have individual merit
across the hoard in snorts, but not in

being;' Spencer said.
Susan Rasmussen, associate director
of the University's affirmative action
programs, said if the University admit-
ted students solely on test scores and
GPAs, most students would be women
from the East coast.
Snead said that if there are only sev-
eral candidates left, there are no more
objective measures to use other than the
personal preferences of the employer.
"Our preferences come into being
whether your father went to the same law
school, or if your sister belonged to the
same sorority,' she said. "Why then is it
unreasonable that someone's race or sex
comes in and make the decision?"
Law first-year student Dave Camp
said that although he thinks something
ought to be done to eradicate dispari-


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