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International hour helps
to bridge nationalities

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Contract talks

between General Motors Corp. and the
Jnited Auto Workers union were set to
resume today amid the lingering threat
of walkouts at selected assembly
UAW President Stephen Yokich said
yesterday that the union had no imme-
diate plans to strike after weekend
negotiations failed to produce an agree-
ment by the union's midnight Sunday
While Yokich said he was commit-
d to reaching an agreement at the
bargaining table, he also left open the
possibility that some UAW-GM
locals could call strikes at individual
"These locals are going to have to
take a look at it themselves' Yokich
told a news conference at Solidarity
House, the union's headquarters.
Once the deadline passed, the
UAW's extension of the old GM con-
act terminated, freeing the union to
call a strike. UAW-GM locals with no
local agreements are free to call walk-
outs with the national union's
Yokich said GM employees would
continue to work for the time being
without a contract.
Dale Brickner, a labor professor at
Michigan State University, said Yokich
was "sort of ratcheting up the suspense,
'f not the threat. It keeps the pressure
UnGM to sort of put the final touches
on the thing"

® Program aims to bring foreign,
native students together
By Nick Farr
Daily Staff Reporter
A few years ago, a group of students from abroad
approached the University with a problem.
"They came to us saying they had a hard time meeting
other international students in social and informal atmos-
pheres,' said I-Lun Ellen Chang, who works for the
University's International Center.
To boost social interaction (
between international students, the -
International Center started the of
International Friendship Hour.
Meeting in the Michigan League's
buffet, International Friendship Unie
Hour brings in ethnic foods and
entertainment to create an informal div rs, j
atmosphere of relaxation and dis-
"International Friendship Hour
helps to get people to mingle and dislikes."
interact, said Rachel Persico, an
International student adviser. "It - Benjit
helps people from different parts of Mj
the world to get acquainted, and to
relax together before the weekend.' programm
One of the purposes of the get-
together is to promote interaction
between international and American students.
"International students are looking to build friendships
with American students, since they come all the way to
Michigan to study' Chang said.
Chang believes that American students, who only com-
prise only a handful of the 40-50 students who attend on a
biweekly basis, can benefit from interacting with interna-
tional students.

"American students can take advantage of the interna-
tional student population, either by finding friends for when
they travel abroad, or just to learn more about different cul-
tures," Chang said.
Matthew Rierle, an RC junior, said more students would
come to the event if they knew about it.
"There has to be a way to get more exposure for it. I
think it's really important that at one of the most multina-
tional universities that there is a forum like this,' Rierle
The hour also allows students to find common ties and to

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a Maria Murrel
ichigan League
ing coordinator

talk about life at the University.
"You find even though the
University of Michigan is diverse, you
have the same likes and dislikes," said
Michigan League Programming
Coordinator Benita Maria Murrel.
"There's a commonality. You resolve
your differences, and your world
becomes quite small."
Tomas Larsson, a Engineering sec-
ond-year graduate student from
Sweden, said he enjoys meeting old
friends at the biweekly event, and
looks forward to making new ones.
"It's such a good environment. I like
to meet new people from all different
places," Larsson said. "It's a good,
relaxed way to meet."
Originally from Russia, LSA junior
Tania Ionin said the hour would help

Todd Cashbaugh, gallery preparator for Slusser and Media Union Galleries
on North Campus, takes down an African textile exhibit. Cashbaugh said
the gallery has lost some of its funding in the past year.

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Continued from Page 1
boils down to discrimination.
Nicholas Kirk, president of the campus
ollege Republicans, said he hopes that if
epublican presidential nominee Bob Dole is
elected, he will end affirmative action.
Kirk said Dole's message is one of unity and
that unity cannot be achieved if affirmative
action is still in place.
"Discrimination for a group is discrimina-
tion against another group," Kirk said. "I think
Bob Dole's plan is to kick it out.'
Dole said he is committed to protecting the
civil rights of all Americans. He said he has
fought for voting rights, for non-discrimination
*n housing and employment, and for rights of
people with disabilities.
Dole introduced the Equal Opportunity Act
of 1995, which would prohibit granting of
group preferences by the federal government
in federal contracting, employment and federal
But in protecting civil rights, preferences
must not be given out, Dole said.
"The key is to guarantee the opportunity to
compete, not to rig the results of the competi-
*ion with quotas, set-asides and other prefer-
ences,' Dole said in a statement.
Literature provided by the Michigan
Dole/Kemp campaign says Dole is against
race-based employment decisions, race-based
scholarships and race-based university admis-

"Bob Dole believes that Americans should
be judged as individuals, on the basis of their
own unique talents and abilities;" the statement
The literature says Dole would like to see,
"Aggressive, determined and persistent recruit-
ment of minorties and women by business,
government and universities?'
President Clinton contends that affirmative
action is still useful.
"Affirmative action
has been good for A ffiri
America;' Clinton said in
a statement. "That does action h4
not mean it has always
been perfect. It does not good to,
mean it should go on for-
ever. It should be retired That doe
when its job is done, and
I am resolved that day mean it
will come. But ... the job
is not done ..." alw ys
Clinton ordered a
review of the federal gov- per/fect
ernment's affirmative -
action programs in 1995. -___
The review concluded
that affirmative action is
still useful in expanding economic and educa-
tional opportunities.
Clinton said he is against special treatment,
but is committed to ensuring equal opportuni-
ty for all. He said he has demonstrated this
commitment repeatedly throughout his tenure


in office.
There is still a need for race-conscious
affirmative action measures in terms of
assistance to small businesses owned by eco-
nomically and socially disadvantaged
groups, Clinton said. Affirmative action pro-
grams aid in preventing discrimination, he
Clinton/Gore officials said four standards
are needed to ensure the fairness of affirmative
action programs: no
quotas, no reverse dis-
iative crimination, no prefer-
ences for unqualified
S enindividuals,no continu-
ation of programs after
4me rca . they have reached their
Under Clinton, the
Department of
a Education reversed a
Bush administration
en policy forbidding col-
leges and universities
from receiving federal
funds for offering schol-
esident Clinton arships only awarded to
minority students.
Hoffman said many
of the arguments candidates tout about affir-
mative action are invalid. "Affirmative action
laws have never called for quotas. That's
absurd. That's a misnomer being thrown
around a lot;'he said. "Affirmative action laws
set up guidelines to establish goals."

Continued from Page 1
area, I think our attention to public
safety should be increased," Sheldon
said. "We need to be in cooperation
with the University to ensure that
everyone feels safe?'
Some in the crowd said they were
impressed by the debate.
"After listening to the candidates, I
think that Chris Kolb appeared more
in touch with the students' concerns,'
said Ryan Friedrichs, a life-long Ann
Arbor resident. "Maybe it is because
he was a student here at the University
After the conclusion of the mediated
questions, the floor was opened to the
public. NWROC supporters asked the
candidates to respond to the issues they
feel are more salient to the community.
Both candidates were reluctant to
take firm positions on the questions
they posed, specifically about the
impending charges against the KKK
rally protesters.
"They won't address the problems
that are really affecting the community,
like racism and anti-youth legislation;'
said Jessica Curtin, an NWROC mem-
ber. "What they give us is their posi-
tions on parking permits; not the real

anyone discover different cultures.
"I think people learn what it's like to be in a different
country. It's a good experience for meeting people," Ionia
Co-sponsored by the Michigan League and the
International Center, International Friendship Hour meets
from 4-6 p.m. every other Friday. The event is open to all
University students.
Continued from Page 1
Stanley Chodorow as the 12th president.
"I think he was more upfront on a lot of the issues,"
Pniewski said. He said Chodorow specifically addressed cut-
ting the budget, working with students, and issues concern-
ing undergraduate education.
"Most students I talked to agree that Chodorow is the
best," he added. "Faulkner would be a good second choice."
Regent Philip Power (D-Ann Arbor) said that since the
court decision bars the regents from discussing candidates
privately, members of the board have been left to fact-check
on their own.
"I have done some reference checks on my own,
Newman said. "I have a better understanding of the four
The regents would not speculate on whether additional
names will be added. According to the search plan the board
outlined last spring, individual regents may add names to the
list at any time.
"I am very comfortable with these four ... yet I'm always
open,' Newman said.
Newman also said the board will be careful when publicly
discussing the four candidates.
"The idea is to try not to impugn any reputations,'
Newman said. "You're picking the one with the best fit. I
don't think choosing one says anything less about the other

Continued from Page £
dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at
Illinois before he began in the provost position.
Last week, the regents interviewed the three other
candidates PSAC had recommended - Carol
Christ, provost at the University of California at
Berkeley; Stanley Chodorow, provost at the
University of Pennsylvania;
and Dartmouth Provost Lee
Bollinger. A uni t
Yesterday, Faulkner
dressed concerns about the abouti thE
rowing necessity of cutting
costs while still maintaining It eXjsts
academic excellence, an issue
that he said is "at the heart of a Q ..
the higher education agenda."
He said the University is the ca$
"financially stronger" than bett £
other public institutions, but it r uu
is still "not immune" to cost- __
cutting pressures. ,
"The University of U preside
Viichigan is an expensive place
to go to school," he told about
50 people at the town-hall meeting yesterday afternoon.
"The University has relatively little room to use tuition
policy as a way to solve financial difficulties."
Faulkner also addressed the concern that the public
perception of universities is declining. He said the
University specifically is becoming more isolated
from its responsibility to serve the state.
"Large universities have gotten away from the con-
ept ... that the public deserves services from the

University," he said.
Public research universities like Michigan have
additional social responsibilities - a concept of
higher education with which he fell in love as an
undergraduate student at Southern Methodist
He said that as higher education faces the chal-
lenges of the future, the University - the "exquisite
end of an exquisite creation" - must work extra hard
to keep this notion alive.

rersity is
i bea
-Larry Faulkner
ntial candidate

"A university is about the
future,' he said. "It exists
because people ... believe there
can be a better future?'
Chemistry Prof. Thomas
Dunn, chair of the faculty's gov-
erning body, asked Faulkner
about his views on tenure.
"I strongly support the tenure
system," Faulkner said, but
added that faculty members
must prove to the public that
they deserve academic free-
"If we cannot demonstrate to
the public a reasonable level of
responsibility ... it may be
removed from us;' Faulkner

and asked Faulkner how he would respond.
"It's absolutely essential for the institution, and
especially the faculty, to provide a secure learning
environment for students," he said. The situation
she outlined involved a tenured professor who
exposed himself to a student and then attempted to
rape her.
"The institution has an obligation to do what it can
to remove the member," responded Faulkner, who said
sexual harassment cases have arisen at Illinois. "We
have been as forceful as the law will allow in protect-
ing the integrity of the academic environment?'
Faulkner said he is unaware of a sexual harassment
case with the characteristics MacKinnon described,
but said there was a recent Illinois case between two
faculty members. The case resulted in a hung jury
and was not addressed formally at the university
Regent Nellie Varner (D-Detroit) asked Faulkner
during the morning interview about the role of facul-
ty governance.
"Anyone who is likely to be affected by a decision
deserves to be consulted," he said. "That is my simple
rule of thumb?'
Faulkner said he meets monthly with Illinois' stu-
dent trustee and has organized task forces to address
various issues.
Michigan Student Assembly LSA Rep. Dan Serota
said he liked that Faulkner was "frank about balancing
costs" and seemed receptive to student issues.
Faulkner said the interview's public environ-
ment makes it more difficult to interact with the
"It's extremely difficult in the process to come to
know the personalities of the individuals at this table:'
he said. "It is also difficult for them to come to know
my personality?'

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Faulkner also addressed other typical questions
that have been raised during the town-hall meet-
ings, including the influence of technology, the
university of the 21st century, student and faculty
governance and the future of University Hospitals.
One unexpected question came from Law School
Prof. Catharine MacKinnon, a feminist legal scholar,
who posed a hypothetical sexual harassment situation

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