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celebrations honoring King.
"On MLK day it's important to
remember the point is we've struggled
to come to a certain point, but we're
still struggling," said L SA senior
Farrah Wilder. "We have to give
respect to and learn about all different
Carmen Guerrero and David Rocha,
two berry-farm workers from Watsonville,
Califjoined Huerta on stage and spoke in
Spanish with the aid of a translator.

"We are requesting the same rights as
everyone else has," Guerrero said.
These rights include working in a
pesticide-free environment, Guerrero
said as she described the rashes and
headaches she and her fellow workers
experience while they work in the
Guerrero said she demands to be
paid at least the federal minimum
wage, have clean and accessible bath-
rooms and be able to work withodt
sexual harassment.
"In 1996, the (agriculture) business
of California was up $1 billion in prof-

its and the wages of the workers
dropped 23 percen," Huerta said.
The union has successfully brought
medical care to the workers, built qual-
ity housing and convinced hundreds of
supermarkets to sign pledges to support
farm workers rights, Huerta said.
Encouraging local activism to sup-
port the workers, Huerta introduced
Todd Mireles, publication manager of
the United Farm Workers in Michigan.
He invited people interested in learn-
ing more about the issue to meet outside
the Ann Arbor Whole Foods Market on
Saturday from 11l a.m.-l p.m.


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there. Engineers are some of the high-
est-compensated individuals when they
Engineering senior Tristan Barcelon,
who has "always been fascinated by
computers" was looking for a job for
only a short while before he was
offered a position with a very competi-
tive starting salary.
"I've got a job offer already,"
Barcelon said. "The salary is certainly
higher than I expected." Barcelon's
salary offer corresponds to the national
average of approximately $41,000.
The University's "engineering school
is the best in Michigan," Barcelon said.
"The curriculum in itself is very diffi-
cult and there are classes here and there
that you'll encounter that are really
tough. But I don't regret going into engi-
neering school."
Engineering Dean Stephen Director
said the University and its engineers are
bucking the national trend of awarding
fewer engineering degrees.
"I'm not so sure that the number of
Engineering graduates is dropping,
Director said. "Here at the University
there are normal fluctuations, but we
have more students in Engineering this
year than we've ever had. We're at a high
and we haven't seen this in a long time."
Between 1996 and 1997, the
University awarded 974 bacholor's
degrees in engineering, -more than
any other university in the state.
"We are living in a very technologi-
cally oriented world," Director said.
"Technology is so pervasive that engi-
neers, because of their knowledge of
technology, are and will continue to be
in great demand."
Schuckman speculated that one of
the reasons the University's number of
bachelor's degrees has not dropped is
because of its national reputation.
"The University of Michigan has a
reputation for being a top engineering
school in the country," Schuckman
said. "It's only natural it's going to
attract more students, and higher cal-
iber students as well"
Schuckman also said the University's
close proximity to the heart of the auto-
motive industry helps in it's high num-
bers of engineering graduates.
"The Big Three demand more savvy
in engineering competitiveness in
terms of determining the safest and
most cost-effective technology,"
Schuckman said. "The synergy from
being so close to the Big Three is cer-
tainly a factor in (the University's)
engineering competitiveness."
Linda Wilder, interim director at the
Engineering Resource Center, said the
demand for engineers this year is
"through the roof."
"Here at Michigan, we've had a 16
percent increase in the number of com-
panies recruiting on campus, and a 39
percent increase in the number of on-
campus interview schedules, or oppor-
tunities," Wilder said. "Everyone needs
technical skills, computer skills, analyt-
ical skills. Engineers have these skills.
Engineering first-year student
Daniel Cook said that although high
salaries were not his sole reason for
wanting to be an engineer, they cer-
tainily are an added incentive.
"I don't need to be rich, but I defi-
nitely want a job that pays a comfort-
able salary," Cook said. "As an engi-
neer, that kind of assures me that I will
get a decent job."

followed Iraq's 1990 invasion of Kuwait.
Marijuana growers
angered by lobbyists
AUGUSTA, Maine - A well-
heeled organization of outsiders
from California has come to liber-
ate Maine's marijuana laws a little
bit. Its November ballot proposal
would let people suffering from a
narrow range of ailments possess
snall amounts of pot for therapeutic
But Don Christen - a Mainer who
grows marijuana with a brazen disre-
gard for the consequences-says he
won't vote for it. In fact, he's cam-
paigning to kill it.
"This thing coming in here from
outta state is not what I would call
help. It's botanically unworkable,"
he said. "These outsiders have just
come in here with their own agen-
Indeed they have. The people who
bankrolled the successful medicinal
marijuana campaign in California
have targeted a half-dozen additional
electorates this year. They have

learned much over the past two years
and are pushing sanitized, highly spe-
cific proposals aimed at winning the
acceptance of Middle America - or
in this case, the outer limits of
America - and sending a message to
the unyielding anti-drug warriors in
Washington, D.C.
McAuliffe may have
killed casino project
WASHINGTON -The chief promot-
er of a controversial proposal to open an
Indian gambling casino in Hudson, Wis.
told a House committee yesterday that
Terry McAuliffe, President Clinton's top
fund-raiser, had bragged to him about
using political influence to have the pro-
ject killed by the Interior Department.
Fred Havenick, who heads a Miami
company that operates dog race tracksin'
Florida, Texas and Wisconsin, made the-
unexpected assertion for the first time as
the House Government Reform and
Oversight Committee resumed public
hearings on the campaign financing
abuses of the 1996 election cycle.

U.N. aide denied access to site by Iraq
CAIRO, Egypt-The chief of U.N. weapons inspections in Iraq left Baghdad yes
terday for New York after failing to persuade the Iraqi government to provide access
to presidential palaces and other sites thought to harbor illegal weapons programs.
Richard Butler, chair of the U.N. Special Commission on Iraq, told reporters in
the Iraqi capital that he had been asked by Deputy Prime Minister Tariq Aziz to
postpone discussion of the issue until April. Butler said he told Aziz that the Iraqi
request "flies in the face" of U.N. Security Council demands for unfettered access
to suspect facilities, which Iraq considers sovereign territory.
Given the importance that Washington has attached to Butler's two-day mission,
Iraq's apparently unyielding response appeared to deepen the prospect of con-
frontation with the United States and Britain, which continue to build up their mil-A
itary forces in the Persian Gulf. Butler is scheduled to brief the Security Council
on the results of his mission tomorrow.
Aziz's proposal was the latest twist in the continuing standoff between Iraq and
the United Nations regarding weapons inspections carried out under the authority
of cease-fire resolutions that ended the 1991 Persian Gulf War. Under the resolu-
tions, the inspectors must certify that Iraq is free from nuclear, chemical and bio-
logical weapons before the Security Council can lift the economic sanctions that


IOffice of Financial Aid

Markets suffer due to
potential successor
JAKARTA, Indonesia -- Indonesia's
troubled currency plunged to a new all-
time low yesterday amid anxiety regard-
ing President Suharto's apparent choice
for vice president - a technology minis-
ter with a taste for expensive projects.
After the markets closed, Suharto
enacted a first wave of sweeping eco-
nomic reforms to end the subsidies,
monopolies and other privileges that had
benefited a wealthy circle of his family
and friends.
At one point, the rupiah crashed to
11,950 against the U.S. dollar, well
below its Tuesday close of 9,750. It
closed yesterday at 11,550, down more
than 80 percent since July.
The plunge was largely fueled by
speculation that Suharto might pick a
longtime friend, controversial Research
and Technology Minister Bacharuddin
Jusuf Habibie, to be his next vice presi-
The 76-year-old Suharto decided
Tuesday to stand for a seventh, con-
secutive five-year term in March,

when a 1,000-member assembly dom-
inated by his supporters is to hold a
presidential election that he is almost
certain to win.
Due to Suharto's age and concerns
about his health, some analysts believe
the next vice president will one day fil
Suharto's shoes as leader of the world's
fourth-most populous nation.
175,000 children get
vaccine overdose
PARIS - France's health minister
acknowledged yesterday that 175,000
schoolchildren had been injected with
too-strong dose of hepatitis vaccine i
1995 - but said only a few suffered
side effects.
At a hastily called news conference,
Health Minister Bernard Kouchner
sought to avert a potential scandal in
France's health system.
Days after the free Hepatitis B inoc-
ulations in November 1995, a number
of children suffered adverse effects, Le
Parisien reported.
- Compiled from Daily wire reports
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