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February 5, 1999
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By Nick Faizone
Daily Staff Reporter
Today, for the first time in three years, members of the
Graduate Employees Organization will be working without a
cr act. The organization's three-year agreement with the
versity expired yesterday at midnight.
GEO spokesperson Chip Smith said while he and other
Graduate Student Instructors will be working without a con-
tract, he does not predict a strike or walkout in the near future.
"We're working without a contract; we want one that's fair,
not one on the (University's) terms," Smith said.
"It will be at least two weeks before anything happens" he
Smith said GEO will send out strike authorization ballots
to its entire membership, almost 1,600 graduate students, this
v4end. If the majority of the membership votes to autho-
rize a strike, Smith said the GEO steering committee will
then have the power to determine whether a walk-out or a
strike is necessary.
According to GEO documents, if members decide to walk-
out, GSIs could cease teaching duties for one to three days. If
they decide to strike, GSIs could stop their teaching duties
until they agree to a new contract with the University.
Smith said that even if the GSIs go on strike, GEO will still
work toward achieving an agreement with the University.
At last night's negotiations, the University bargaining team
amended its wage proposal recalculating the appointments
GSIs receive for hours worked.
An appointment is equivalent to the percentage of hours a
GSI works compared to a full-time faculty member. For
example, a GSI with a .5 appointment would work approxi-
mately 50 percent of the hours of a University faculty mem-
The previous proposal removed GSI appointments between
.3 and .4, giving most GSIs a .25 or .5 appointment. Chief
University Negotiator Dan Gamble said his team added the .3
and .35 appointments back into the wage proposal last night
to appease GEO members.
Smith said GEO members were concerned that all GSIs
with a current .3 or .35 appointment would go down to .25,
receiving less money for the same amount of work.
But Gamble said GSIs with .3 and .35 appointments would
have been moved up to .5, since it is costly for the University
to give .25 appointments.
"The .25 is very expensive for the University," Gamble
said. "Point two-five GSIs basically teach one section yet
they receive a full tuition waiver and benefits."
Gamble said since GSIs with .5 appointments teach more
sections, this covers their tuition and benefits more effective-
But Smith said that many GSIs with a .4 appointment can-
not work more than 40 percent of the hours of a full-time fac-
ulty member. He said problems might occur if GSIs are
required to do more than this.
"Everyone (with a .5 appointment) will have to work six
more hours a week," Smith said. "Since there's a 10-term GSI
See GEO, Page 7
The road to a strike?
Oct. 21, 1998: GEO and the University begin contract
a Feb. 1, 1999: GEO extends contract with University
® Feb. 2, 1999: 268 GEO members favor passing out
strike authorization ballots to entire membership of almost
e Feb. 4, 1999: GEO contract expires. Wage proposal
a Feb. 5, 1999: GEO begins working without contract.
Feb. 8, 1999: Contract negotiations are scheduled to
continue with the University.
o In the Future: If a majority of the GEO membership votes
for a strike authorization vote, the GEO steering
committee will have the power to call a strike or walk-out.
out on ticket
B pson Stoffer
DW Staff Reporter
The Athletic Department's decision
last week to raise alumni football sea-
son ticket prices from $27 to $35 per
game has generated a slew of differing
reactions from members of the
University Board of Regents.
Regent Daniel Horning (R-Grand
Haven) said he opposes such a sharp
increase, adding that he did not expect
football ticket prices to change until
n* the time when the Athletic
Department presents its budget to the
regents this spring.
"I'm not mad at (Athletic
Director) Tom Goss, but I don't want
to see a 30-percent ticket price
increase unless it can be proven to
me it is absolutely necessary,"
Horning said. "I want the common
citizen to be able to afford intercol-
le ite athletics."
Wss was not available for comment
Steve Papadopoulos, chair of the
Board in Control of Intercollegiate
Athletics' finance committee said the
increase will generate more than $3
million in revenue each season.
He told the athletic board last week
that the Athletic Department needs to
replenish its reserves because they were
used to purchase new scoreboards for
Michigan Stadium and Crisler Arena
Papadopoulos added that the Athletic
Department also needs to increase
prices to cover rising costs of recruiting
student athletes, maintaining athletic
facilities and paying for teams to travel
"We have to remain competitive on
a national basis in several sports and
stay on par with our peers in the con-
ference and nationally,"
Papadopoulos said. Student ticket
prices will remain the same at $13.50
per game, he-said. -
Regent David Brandon (R-Ann
Arbor) said Goss has the authority to
pass a price increase without consulting
"It's the athletic director's decision as
to what ticket prices should be,"
"My job as a regent is to review, ana-
lyze and evaluate the budget they sub-
mit" he said.
See TICKETS, Page 7
NAT HAN HUti-LX/UaIIy
Kinesiology junior Karma Ruth Stuart performs an African dance in the Miss Black and Gold Scholarship Pageant
presented by the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity In the Michigan Union last night.
Stude,,nt wins pageant
to kick off
Proceeds will benefit
Hospital in Royal Oak
By Kelly O'Connor
Daily Staff Reporter
Music will be in the air this week-
end when more than 230 students plan
to cut the rug in this year's Dance
The event,. titled "Making Kids
Smile Maize and Blue Style," is in its
second year and will raise money for
the physical therapy department and
special children's programs at William
Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak.
Dance Marathon Public Relations
Chair Jennifer Riesenberger said this
charity event differs from others on
campus, combining the efforts of
many groups and more than 1,500 vol-
unteers in total.
"I think the best aspect is the fact
that it pulls together so many diverse
campus organizations," said
Riesenberger, an LSA senior.
Beginning Saturday at 10 a.m., par-
ticipants will dance until Sunday at 4
p.m. in the Indoor Track Building.
Dancers cannot sit down at any time
during the event. They are allowed to
take short breaks from the floor, but
they do not have to dance at all times,
All money raised will be channeled
through the Children's Miracle
Network and given to the hospital.
Dancers are required to come up with
a minimum pledge contribution of
$200. The funds could be raised
through a variety of ways, such as
donating the cost of a residence hall
meal to the cause or selling raffle tick-
ets at Michigan football games.
Associate Planning Director
Whitney Roberts, an LSA junior, said
meeting the families who benefit from
the money raised during the event can
be emotional for participants.
"It's an inspirational experience,
Roberts said. "You can volunteer in so
many ways, but very rarely can you
see the difference you're making."
In addition to the dancers, volun-
teers called moralers work in shifts of
2 to 4 hours, providing fresh faces and
energy during the long stretch of
hours, said LSA sophomore Megan
Sights, a participant.
"They just work to encourage the
dancers," Sights said.
All money raised by moralers will
go toward the pledge fund of their
Many campus groups will combine
efforts to entertain participants in the
marathon. The sketch and improv
comedy group Comedy Company will
perform, as well as an a cappella vocal
group 58 Greene and others.
Local businesses also will be on
hand to feed hungry dancers and orga-
nizers. Sponsors include Subway
Sandwich Shop, Zingerman's
Delicatessen, The Bagel Factory and
The central planning team began
nlannin2 Dance Marathon in early
The Washington Post
WASHINGTON - Bridging parti-
san divisions, the Senate yesterday
charted a course to wrap up President
Clinton's impeachment trial next
N without Monica Lewinsky testi-
fy'g and likely without any "find-
ings of fact" that would cite presiden-
tial misconduct while leaving him in
In a series of votes defying the party
lines that have governed the trial in
recent days, the Senate refused to sub-
poena Lewinsky to appear in person but
authorized excerpts of her videotaped
deposition and those of two White
House advisers to be shown on the floor
tomorrow. The decisions eliminated the
prospect of any live testimony, finally
ending the campaign by House
Republican prosecutors to conduct a
more complete trial.
Off the floor, Senate Republicans
conceded they had all but given up
hope of passing bipartisan "findings of
fact" that would detail wrongdoing by
the president without convicting him.
See IMPEACH, Page 2
By Sarah Lewis
Daily Staff Reporter
More than 120 people saw the
Michigan Union Ballroom trans-
formed into a runway that showcased
both talent and fashion in last night's
"1999 Miss Black & Gold
The fifth annual event was co-
sponsored by Alpha Phi Alpha
fraternity, Mary Markley
Residence Hall Multicultural
Awareness Council and the South
Quad Residence Hall Ambatana
"The purpose of this event is to
support African-American women
financially on this campus, to
achieve their goal of getting a
degree at the University of
Michigan and to show off their
talents," said APA President
Carlos Evans, an LSA senior.
Evans explained that APA chap-
ters across the nation hold the
pageants in order to encourage
and try to help black women stay
"African Americans, in general,
are the ones that need financial help
to achieve their goal of attaining a
degree," he said.
The top three pageant winners
took home scholarships of $300,
$200 and $100, respectively.
University and APA alumnus Idris
Stallworth, who served as a judge at
last night's event, said it is a program
that APA chapters participate in
across the nation.
"The winner will go on to state,
regional and national competitions,"
The five contestants modeled
fashions including evening gowns
and business wear, participated in a
question-and-answer session and dis-
played their talents in a competition
that included singing and traditional
Kinesiology junior Karma Ruth
Stuart, who was crowned this
year's pageant winner, said she is
excited to participate in the
regional competition, especially
since she enjoys performing and
"I'm ready to represent the
University of Michigan," Stuart said.
"I can do it"
First runner-up Rossalyn
Quaye, an Engineering junior,
said she entered the pageant for
fun and for the scholarship oppor-
See PAGEANT, Page 2
RHA members discuss
future of Oxford Housing
By Gerard Cohen-Vrgnaud
With the fate of Oxford Housing still in the
balance, members of the Residence Hall
Association approved a resolution, yesterday,
urging University Housing to inform residents
if it will sell the non-traditional residence hall
and demanding that Oxford undergo renova-
Since its inception in the '60s as a woman's co-
operative living facility, Oxford has failed to attract
enough residents to break even financially.
Director of University Housing William Zeller
+tA DUNA mamharc last niht thnt Ovfnrd hac Inct
ns made to Oxford would be risky.
,rything we've tried to do in terms of mar-
ig it has failed."
Iller admitted that Housing has let condi-
; in Oxford Housing deteriorate as the
ersity considers the sale of the multiple
:ler estimated the cost of renovations
d reach millions of dollars.
he quality of living at Oxford is below the
lard," Zeller said. "Even if we put all this
ey into it, it's still questionable whether
ould make it an attractive housing option