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By Greg Cox
Daily Staff Reporter
More than 20 graduate student
instructors graded homework assign-
ments outside LSA Associate Dean
John Cross's office in the LSA
*uilding yesterday.
The grade-in was an attempt by the
GSIs, who teach in the romance lan-
guage and literature department, to
demonstrate how much time and
effort is spent on grading work
turned in by undergraduate students
in their classes.
The GSIs said they intend to hold
grade-ins on the fourth-floor hallway
of the LSA Building until they
ceive a reply from the dean's office
garding internal and external
reviews on reducing GSI workloads.
"We are looking for a long-term
solution to a historical problem at
this institution," said GSI Maria
Elena Cepeda, a third-year romance
language graduate student.
The grade-in is sponsored by the
Ad Hoc Committee on Teaching
Load, a group of romance language
* Sis who are supported by the GSI
nion, the Graduate Employees'
Organization. In addition to graduate
student support, the grade-in's goals
are endorsed by the romance lan-
guages departments professors and
administration, Cepeda said.
"There is widespread support from
the faculty," said romance languages
associate Prof David Caron.
Kristine Pettersen, a romance lan-
uages graduate student, stressed that
e current situation affects both the
See GRADE-IN, Page 10A

House works
on budget plan
Final funding vote next week

By Jeffrey Kosseff
Daily Staff Reporter
LANSING - On an already delayed schedule,
state legislators say they hope to present a plan for
state university funding next week.
In their final stages of meetings, the state house
higher education appropriations, subcommittee
began yesterday to finalize its budget recommen-
dations for state universities for fiscal year 1998.
The subcommittee reviewed Gov. John Engler's
proposed changes to the structure of appropriations
yesterday. Although the committee has been meeting
weekly, it has not yet set a recommended increase.
"It will be our intent to come to a concurrence
on a bill next week,"said Rep. Lynne Martinez (D-
Lansing), the subcommittee vice-chair.
Members of the University's administration are
hopeful that it will recommend a higher increase
in the budget than Engler, who proposed a 2.5-per-
cent increase.
"There has been a general interest in increasing
the percentage recommended by the governor,"
said Associate Vice President for University
Relations Cynthia Wilbanks, the University's
Lansing lobbyist. "Most of the committee mem-
bers want to make a difference."
Martinez said she cannot state an exact pro-
posed percentage increase, but she thinks the sub-
committee will recommend an increase between
3.5 percent and 4.5 percent, although she said it
might be higher or lower.
"2.5 percent is a pretty tight budget for univer-
sities to go by," Martinez said.
Maureen McNulty, press secretary for Engler's
budget office, said the house appropriations com-
mittee is not progressing as quickly as in past ses-
sions because of the inexperience of many members.
"The House is off to a slower budget start this
session," McNulty said. "Ten of 12 of the appro-
priations members are new."
The Democrat-led subcommittee had some dis-

agreements with Engler's budget changes. There
was partisan disagreement among the members of
the subcommittee regarding Engler's removal of a
$2,300-maximum cap on tuition grants.
"The cap could affect the neediest students;'said
Rep. Donald Gilmer (R-Augusta), who supports
Engler's decision to remove the maximum grant.
Martinez said there are many advantages to hav-
ing a tuition grant cap.
"If we have no cap, there is incentive to distrib-
ute more dollars to fewer students' Martinez said.
The subcommittee agreed with Engler's deci-
sion to remove a clause that allows people to pay
in-state tuition if their parents were forced to move
to Michigan because of a plant closing.
"There are reciprocal conditions that cause peo-
ple to move to other states" said Rep. Morris
Hood (D-Detroit), the chair of the subcommittee.

Graduate Student Instructor Melinda Waterhouse participates in the grade-In yesterday in the I.SA
building with her romance language co-workers.

Investigation int(
handed over to
By Heather Kamins ment from the University presider
Daily Staff Reporter threaten direct and immediate injury
The Washtenaw County Prosecutor's the public reputation or the essent
Office has taken charge of the case functions of the University, the pre
against the University's Chief of dent may direct that the affected facu
Urology Joseph Oesterling. member be relieved of some or all
Oesterling is currently being investi- his or her University duties, ... pendi
gated for financial improprieties the final disposition of the case."
U lying possible expense account Bollinger would not comment yest
a uses and consulting fees that he day on the bylaw or Oesterling's su
received from drug and medical compa- pension.
nies, an anonymous source told the Late last week, the Department
Detroit Free Press last month. He was Public Safety, which was conducti
suspended indefinitely on March 19. the investigation, handed the case ov
Regental Bylaw 5.09 states that "in to the prosecutor's office, said Ch
exceptional cases, which in the judge- Associate Prosecutor Joseph Burke.
kk Week
event hosts kids
living with AIDS
By Greg Cox Some of the money raised during t
Daily Staff Reporter year's Greek Week will go to "Journ
A lone candle burned defiantly at the of Hope," a pediatric AIDS awaren
conclusion of Greek Week's organization that sponsors Car
Educational Forum last night as a Heartland.
reminder of friends lost to the AIDS Karen Partee, a steering committ
virus and as a symbol of the hope for a member for the educational foru
better future. said the committee asked the group
The single burning candle has speak last night because "AIDS
ome a tradition at Camp such a prevalent disease in all a
eartland, the nation's largest summer groups and is very relevant to st
camp for children infected with the dents."
AIDS virus. "We thought we could get a lot
Neil Willenson, founder of the camp, . support in raising money for t
along with some former campers, coun- group," Partee said.
selors and family members, brought Willenson said last night that he g
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) urology chief
)rosecutor's office



"We've been given the case by the
Department of Public Safety," Burke
said. "We will review the report and
then decide if criminal charges will be
brought up (against Oesterling)."
Burke said he could not elaborate fur-
ther on the case and cannot estimate how
long it will take for him to review the case.
Associate Vice President for
University Relations Lisa Baker said
University administrators are unable to
comment on personnel issues, and she
could not comment on the status of
Oesterling's suspension.
One of Oesterling's patients, Auburn
Hills resident Gordon Dibler, said yes-

terday that he heard Oesterling is still
being allowed to teach classes at the
School of Medicine but has been sus-
pended from his surgical duties.
But a colleague of Oesterling's in the
urology department said yesterday he
could not confirm that Oesterling had
returned to work since he had not seen
the urology chief in the office during
the past month.
Oesterling could not be reached for
comment yesterday.
Oesterling, who came to the
University from the Mayo Clinic in
1994, to serve as chief of urology and
See UROLOGY, Page 11A

John Cusack's 'Grosse Point Blank', which he.co-produced, co-wrote, and
acted in, opens in theaters Friday.
Local suburb
featured in film


By Bryan Lark
Daily film Editor
When "Grosse Pointe Blank"
opens in theaters Friday, nice-guy
actor John Cusack will help instill the
name of the affluent Detroit suburb
into the collective consciousness of
the national movie-going public -
just don't expect him to know any-
thing about Grosse Pointe.
"I've driven through Grosse Pointe
quickly once," Cusack confessed.
Though he's never actually spent
quality time there, Cusack's film
takes place in Grosse Pointe, the city
widely believed to be the Beverly
Hills of the Midwest, and has cast
Hollywood's spotlight of curiosity

Evanston, ill.
"(Evanston) is similar but less
upscale. And we have poor people in
Evanston,"Cusack said.
Even when admitting ignorance
about the setting of his film or pok-
ing fun at its social status, John
Cusack retains an air of niceness that
has permeated every performance
he's ever given.
Cusack gave losers a nice name in
"Sixteen Candles." Cusack scored a
big victory for nice guys in "Say
Anything." Cusack even put a nice
face on con artistry in "The
Cusack is now hoping to bring his
nice, Midas touch to the role of

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