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onight: Showers and
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hunderstorms, high 50'.



One hundredfve years of edtorialfreedom

April 12, 1996

Vol. CV Nil. 112 Utah, V 1900 It* milobigaft Daily


harged m
y Sam T. Dudek
?aily Staff Reporter
Two students were arrested yester-
ay in connection with a string of
ires set in Bursley Hall on March 30.
LSA first-year students John
acDonald and Justin Angelino were
rrested and arraigned on four counts of
rson - three against MacDonald and
against Angelino.
Arson of a dwelling house is a felony
nd punishable by up to 20 years ir
rison for each count.
In a written statement, Department
f Public Safety Capt. James Smiley
aid an anonymous tip led DPS to the
"Department of Public Safety of-
icers responded to an anonymous tip
nd were able to identify the alleged
etrators of this crime," Smiley
The suspects, both Bursley residents,
ere arraigned before 15th District
ourt Magistrate James Sexsmith yes-
erday and released on personal recog-
izance bonds.
The students are scheduled to ap-
ear for preliminary hearings April
Judicial Code Adviser Mary Lou
ieau said arson is generally cov-
d under Section E of the Student
Antieau said "tampering with fire or
ther safety equipment or setting an
nauthorized fire" is punishable under
e Code.
While unable to comment on the spe-
ific case, Antieau said arson generally
eads to the termination of a residence
all lease. She said more severe punish-
ent is also possible.
*Of there is evidence of malicious
ntent, punishment couldmove towards
xpulsion," she said.
Antieau said the current case would
ave to be investigated before a deci-
ion could be made.
"Every case has its own set of facts,"
ntieau added.
DPS reports indicate that the fire
aused approximately $3,500 worth of
age to the building, and a housing
rity officer broke his foot while
esponding to the fires.
University Fire Marshal Robert
atrick said he is pleased the suspects
ave been apprehended.
"The University takes arson very se-
iously because the risk for injury or
een death is so high, especially in a
esidence hall where people sleep," he
"We absolutely cannot tolerate this
of behavior on campus," Patrick
DPS spokesperson Elizabeth Hall
"It's really important for people to
alize how severe arson can be," she
Hall said the investigation is ongoing
nd that anyone with information about
he incident should contact DPS at 763-
*all said students can call the Con-
idential Assistance Network - the

niversity's anonymous tip line - at
800) 863-1355.
She also said the Michigan Arson
revention Committee accepts anony-
ous tips and offers up to $5,000 for
nformation leading to the arrest and
onviction of persons suspected of
rson. The MAPC tip line may be
eached at (800) 44-ARSON.


U' hammer out

tentative agreement

By Anupama Reddy
Daily Staff Reporter
Bargaining teams for the Graduate
Employees Organization and the ad-
ministration reached a tentative con-
tract agreement yesterday. Negotiations
between the two sides began Oct. 31
and concluded at about 1:30 a.m. yes-
terday with the assistance of a state-
appointed mediator.
Both parties said the 24 changes to
the current contract are the most agree-
ments ever signed into a contract be-
tween the administration and GEO.
"We've approved more proposals than
ever before. We've set a record," Uni-
versity chiefnegotiator Dan Gamble said.
"That's the reason it took a lot of time."
GEO spokesperson Pete Church
agreed. "It is the highest number oftenta-
tive agreements signed into a contract,"
he said. "The union identified a number
ofissues at the very beginning we wanted
to fight for, and we fought for them."
The union's last three contracts have
all been resolved by Charles Jamerson,
a mediator for the state.
Church said the tentative contract
agreement must be ratified by a major-
ity of the union's membership before it
will be officially accepted. Ifapproved,
the three-year contract will go into ef-
fect Sept. 1, Church said.
"The contract will be discussed in a
membership meeting next week,"
Church said. "It is waiting for member-
ship ratification."
Gamble said the process should take
about 10 days because members usually
vote on agreements by mail. He has par-
ticipated in bargaining with GEO since
1981, when GEO and the adminstration
signed their second contract.
Vice President for University Rela-
tions Walter Harrison said the parties

reached an agreement through compro-
"Like most negotiations, each side
seems to have given a little and taken a
little," Harrison said. "We're all very
relieved to have bargaining behind us,
and we look forward to our relationship
with GEO."
One compromise stems from the ten-
tative agreement stems from two unfair
labor practice suits that GEO filed last
week and the administration's decision
to withhold pay from participants in
this week's two-day work stoppage.
GEO agreed to drop the charges and the
administration agreed not to discipline
participating employees.
The major terms include a minimum
2.5-percent wage increase and a $700
fellowship for international graduate
student instructors during their three-
week summer training.
"This is a good contract, but it still
doesn't guarantee a living wage for our
members, and some of them will still
have to take a second job to make ends
meet," said John Curtiss, GEO bargain-
ing team member.
Gamble said the administration could
not grant a higher percentage wage in-
crease because it is hard to predict next
year's budget.
"The further you project in a three-
year agreement, you get more conser-
vative because you don't know about
funding," Gamble said. "You do know
faculty will get the best increases that
we can give."
GEO chief bargainer Karen Miller
said the fellowship for international GSI
training showed progress in the contract.
"Seven hundred dollars for IGSIs will
make a huge difference," Miller said.
"Our previous contract has a 3-percent
raise. This contract is likely to be an

A New Contract
The tentative agreement addresses
many of the different concerns GEO
members brought to the bargaining
* Salaries will increase in each of
the next three years by a minimum :
of 2.5 percent.
International GSIs will be provided
with a $700 fellowship for support
during the three-week summer
training period.
* Same-sex domestic partners of
employees are eligible for group
health and dental coverage.
Three joint University and GEO
committees will address affirmative
action in international GSIs and
graduate student teaching,
improvement on that."
The agreement also mandates writ-
ten policies on hiring, notification of
job availability and same-sex domestic
partner health benefits. Three new com-
mittees with both GEO and administra-
tive representatives were created to
address concerns about affirmative ac-
tion, international GSIs and graduate
student teaching.
Both sides agreed that the formation
of the three committees could impact
the relationship between GEO and the
"The neat thing in having commit-
tees is that the union will have a real
voice in policy changes over the term of
the contract and not just during negotia-
tions," Church said.
"It will provide more of an opportunity
for the University and GEO to work to-
gether on problems," Gamble said. "If
we have a spirit of cooperation, maybe
we'll get to know each other better."

Sounds of spring
Brian Garden plays the drums for the band "The Still," which is
participating in the Earth Week celebrations this week. Earth Week began
Monday and features events with themes of conservation and species
preservation. A different band performs at noon each day on the Diag.

Roberson designs
department changes

Govt scrambles to
finish fiancial aid
requests by 15th

By Jeff Eldrddge
Daily Staff Reporter,
Amidst the Board of Regents' re-
examination of the bylaws governing
the Board in Control of Intercollegiate
Athletics, and the national restructur-
ing of the NCAA, the University's Ath-
letic Department faces a more immedi-

ate change.
Michigan Ath-
letic Directoroe
Roberson an-
nounced Wed-
nesday night a re-
organization of
the Department
of Athletics. The
changes will al-
ter the responsi-
bilities of the

Special assista

also said the changes will allow Roberson
to spend more time with the regents and
members of the administration, as well as
affording him the opportunity to be more
active within the Big Ten Conference.
Vice President for University Rela-
tions Walter Harrison said the newly
announced changes are not related to
the regents' concerns about the Board
in Control.
Harrison said
Imuwesome have
drawn analo-
on gies between
the changes and
planning". the regents'
concerns about
- Keith MoH n the depart-
ant to Roberson ment's ac-
But Harrison, who is part of a com-
mittee looking at rewriting the regents
bylaws governing the Board in Control,
said whatever similarities exist between
the new changes and the regents' con-
cerns are "coincidental."
He said the administration was aware
of the proposed changes.
"We've had a series of discussions
over the last four or five months."
Harrison said.
Harrison added that Roberson and
President James Duderstadt met two
weeks ago to discuss possible changes.
Roberson said in a statement that the
changes will allow him time to be a

department's executive staff and con-.
solidate its external relations depart-
ment into one unit.
"It's a focused emphasis on strategic
planning," said Keith Molin, special
assistant to Roberson.
Molin said the changes will allow
Roberson more time to examine the
"major philosophical issues" facing col-
lege sports.
"It frees the director up to signifi-
cantly look at maj or policy areas in day-
to-day operations," Molin said.
Molin said these issues include the
"relationship of academics to athletics,
and the restructuring of the NCAA." He

better advocate for the department.
"Michigan's voice is heard in delib-
erations both within the Big Ten Con-
ference and at the national level,"
Roberson said. "However, our other
objectives must not be ignored and it is
my belief that this reorganization will
continue to move the department in the
direction of realizing each of them."
The following people will assume
new responsibilities:
Michael Stevenson, executive as-
sociate director of athletics, will serve
as chief operating officer and direct the
daily operations of the department.
Stevenson has worked extensively on
panels in and out of the Athletic Depart-
ment, including committees for the pro-
vost and the Senate Advisory Commit-
tee for University Affairs.
Bob DeCarolis, senior associate
director ofathletics, will be responsible
for facilities and event management.
He will oversee $60 million worth of
departmental property. He will also be
See ATHLETIC, Page 2

By Stephanie Jo Klein
Daily Staff Reporter
As April 15 approaches, members of
the University community are waiting
anxiously for financial news.
Not only the IRS tax deadline, Monday
is also the Federal Department of
Education's self-imposed deadline to fin-
ish processing the Free Applications for
Federal Student Aid received before March
31. After a computer error and 21 days of
lost work due to government shutdowns,
the pressure is on to fix the backlog and to
inform schools of aid disbursements for
the coming academic year.
Education Department spokesperson
Jane Glickman said the processing is
quickly nearing completion.
"As of Tuesday we had 100 percent
of (applications received during) Janu-
ary done," Glickman said. In addition,
she said, 99 percent of FAFSAs re-
ceived before Feb. 15 and 94 percent of
those received by Feb. 29 were done.
"We're delayed," she said. "We're
not going to deny that. We're hoping
schools are going to be flexible in their
Judith Harper, the University's in-
terim director offinancial aid, said many
incoming students are concerned that if
they don't receive a financial aid pack-
age, they won't properly be able to
choose which college to attend in the
fall by the May I national enrollment
decision date.
"We're still getting more phone calls
from parents," Harper said. "We're
making every effort to respond to the
families affected by the delay in federal
"This is a time that we're watching
on a daily basis what records are avail-
able," she added. "We're very depen-
dent on the federal processors."
When the University's Office of Fi-
nancial Aid receives completed records
from the Education Department, Harper
said, award notices will be sent out

Waiting for info?
Federal Department of Education
figures show improvements in
processing Free Applications for
Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Of the 3.5 million applications
received by March 31,
approximately 800,000 still need
to be processed.
All forms received during January
have been completed.
be processed, which will enable schools
to get the necessary information to stu-
dents dependent on aid.
In the event of further delays, the
University is developing contingency
plans, which Harper could not com-
ment on.
Theodore Spencer, director ofunder-
graduate admissions, said the Univer-
sity will be lenient during this year's
admissions process.
"We'll be a bit more liberal this year
with the (May 1) deadline for those
having difficulty getting their financial
aid package completed," he said.
"It's a nationwide problem," Spen-
cer said. "Most colleges are saying we're
not going to have an across-the-board
change (of enrollment deadlines), but
we will take each individual case into
Enrollment numbers are on the rise,
however, as Spencer said enrollment
deposits are "slowly creeping up;" after
the delay that kept students from mak-
ing their college choices.
Incoming first-year students affected
by the delay should not have much
difficulty attaining housing or signing
up for Orientation, Spencer said.
"We will have space for people who
get deposits in around May 1," he added.
"Generally, classes and residence halls
are not a problem."
Even if federal forms are fully pro-
cessed by Monday, one unavoidable
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BEIRUT, Lebanon -
ck that heightened
rch for peace in th
sraeli warplanes and h
hips yesterday struck
errillas across Lebano
or the first time in 14
At least five people
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rockets pound
was also hit, reportedly killing a Leba-
- In a reprisal nese soldier. Israel said it fired on the
fears about the regular troops after they had shot at the
e Middle East, Israeli attackers.
helicopter gun- Israel saidthe attacks were in response
at Hezbollah to the increased Hezbollah rocketing of
n,hitting Beirut its northern communities and farms.
years. Tuesday, 36 people were wounded by a
were killed and barrage of katyusha rockets fired by
tided by rockets Hezbollah from southern Lebanon into

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