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February 9, 1999
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GEO meeting fails to
By Nick Falzone
Daily Staff Reporter
After three days of working without a con-
tract, members of the Graduate Employees
Organization met with University officials
y terday in an attempt to reach an agree-
But GEO spokesperson Chip Smith said that
while his bargaining team is trying to make con-
cessions, the University is not making any effort
to reach a contract agreement.
"What everything comes down to is this: they
don't care what we say" Smith said.
When GEO's contract expired Feb. 1, mem-
bers agreed to extend the deadline to Feb. 4.
GEO lowered its wage increase request from 27
to 9 percent at the Feb. 1 meeting, but members
were unable to come to an official agreement
with the University before the extended deadline
Chief University Negotiator Dan Gamble
said the University has maintained its wage
proposal despite the potential for job interrup-
"The possibility of a strike or walkout will not
affect the wage proposal," Gamble said.
Smith said GEO sent strike authorization bal-
lots to its nearly 1,600 members yesterday. If the
majority of the ballots - which are due back to
GEO on Feb. 19 - come back with a "yes" vote,
the GEO steering committee will have the power
to call a strike or walkout.
Smith said he believes the membership will
give the steering committee this power, but he
was unable to comment on specific plans GEO
is making concerning graduate student instruc-
He did say his bargaining team was working
on preparations for all possible situations,
including "job actions."
According to GEO documents, a job action
can include a one- to three-day walkout or a
GEO is disappointed about many of its unre-
solved issues, Smith said, adding that his team is
especially discouraged with the University's
response to CEO's request for compensated
international GSI training.
Gamble said his team presented a comprehen-
sive program to support GEO's request last
week. Included in the program, which went into
effect Feb. 1, are room and board, a complete
insurance policy and a $200 stipend for all inter-
national GSIs who undergo the training process,
But GEO bargaining team member Nages
Shanmugalingan said she doubts the University
will comply with this policy since it is not offi-
cially a part of GEO's contract.
Shanmugalingan said the University present-
ed a similar policy to GEO three years ago,
promising all international GSIs a $700 stipend
for the three-week training session. But
Shanmugalingan said the University reneged on
the policy and severely limited who was eligible
for the stipend.
Gamble said he presented a letter from LSA
associate Dean John Cross to GEO members
yesterday to allay GEO's fears that international
GSIs would not be compensated.
"GEO was concerned this program wouldn't
go through," Gamble said. "The memo from
Cross assures that it will continue for at least
five years though."
See GEO, Page 7
The Washington Post
AMMAN, Jordan - Wrapped in a
simple white shroud, King Hussein was
buried in Amman yesterday as leaders
from across the Middle East and
beyond gathered in a palace hall to
honor him as a forceful and compas-
sionate advocate of Arab-Israeli peace.
*'ens of thousands of Jordanians,
many weeping openly, lined the route
of the funeral procession that bore
Hussein's body to the stately grounds
of Raghadan Palace, where a dazzling
roster of presidents, prime ministers,
princes and sheiks assembled in tribute
to the fallen monarch.
It was a rite that bridged the world's
cultures and, for a few moments any-
way, muted long-
such as Syrian
S President Hafez
of whom attended
the funeral even
Hussein though their coun-
ss tries are still tech-
nically at war.
As they filed past Hussein's flag-
draped coffin, attended at each cor-
ner by Circassian guards in lamb's
wool hats and black coats, the mili-
tary men in the line saluted,
Christians made the sign of the cross,
Japanese leaders bowed deeply and
Muslims raised their palms in prayer
for one of their own.
President Clinton and three former
. presidents - George Bush,
my Carter and Gerald Ford -
bowed their heads in unison for a man
they all respected in spite of occasional
sharp differences between the United
States and Jordan over the years, most
recently when the monarch supported
Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein during the
run-up to the 1991 Persian Gulf War.
Ailing Russian President Boris
Yeltsin, defying medical advice, sum-
*ned the strength to travel to Jordan
to pay his respects, although he stum-
bled on his way into the palace and had
to cut his visit short.
House managers and oust
White House lawyers whatl
make final arguments on found
two articles our(
Los Angeles Times lasts
WASHINGTON - House impeach- make
ment managers made a last appeal yes- while
terday to a Senate expected to acquit not a
President Clinton, denouncing him as a H
"pernicious example of lawlessness" the c
who is unfit to finish his term. youa
The White House defense team fired an in
back with a detailed assault on the per- prob
jury and obstruction ofjustice allegations W
facing Clinton - as well as the prosecu- alon
tion team that has so vigorously pursued he a
the president's conviction and removal. Clint
The familiar arguments finished, the ing t
Senate was set to begin its long-awaited pros
deliberations today with advocates of bling
opening the debate to the public facing dent
an uphill battle. "I1
The nearly five hours of closing tives
arguments marked a critical, final junc- adve
ture in a political and legal controversy man
that has hung heavily over the nation's belie
capital --and the country - for more visio
than a year. Still, there was limited sus- ther
pense as the end inched nearer. need
One by one, the 13 House prosecu- a vi
tors urged the silent senators to take one mor
last look at the facts - well aware that A
there is virtually no chance they will gling
win the two-thirds majority needed to
"here's no denying the fact that
you decide, it will have a pro-
d effect on our culture as well as on
politics," said Rep. Henry Hyde (R-
the lead prosecutor and the day's
speaker. "A failure to convict will
e a statement that lying under oath,
e unpleasant and to be avoided, is
ill that serious.
e added pointedly as he surveyed
hamber: "Wherever and whenever
avert your eyes from a wrong, from
njustice, you become a part of the
hite House Counsel Charles Ruff
e provided the defense response. As
nd the other lawyers representing
ton have done again and again dur-
he month-old trial, Ruff asserted that
ecutors had overreached in assem-
the case growing out of the presi-
's affair with Monica Lewinsky.
respect them as elected representa-
of their people and as worthy
rsaries," Ruff said of the 13 House
agers sitting a few feet away. "But I
ve their vision to be too dark, a
on too little attuned to the needs of
people, too little sensitive to the
Js of our democracy. I believe it to be
sion more focused on retribution,
e designed to achieve partisan ends."
s senators prepared to start hag-
g over their verdict, they appeared
See TRIAL, Page 7
Participants In last night's Glow-n-the-Dark March, which kicked off LGBT Visibility Week, walk through the Diag and chant
slogans in a show of support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgenered people.
march kiclks off week
IM a star
By Adam Brian Cohen
and Jaimle Winkler
Daily Staff Reporters
Bag pipes and glow-in-the-dark
headbands may seem an unlikely com-
bination, but last night both were visible
on South State Street.
"The pipes are best out-of-doors,
to lead the troops into battle," said
Tom Todd, the bagpipe player lead-
ing the Glow-in-the-Dark March last
night. "1 guess this sort of is a bat-
The march kicked-off the Lesbian,
Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered
Visibility Week. The week is filled with
events to promote awareness and sup-
port issues facing the LGBT communi-
"We're trying to signify the impor-
tance of being visible, queer or an ally
(a supporter of LGBT rights) on cam-
pus and in our everyday lives," said
Music sophomore Molly Bain
Frounfetter, a coordinator of the
Shortly after the Burton Memorial
Tower clock struck 9 p.m., about 60
participants with glowing necklaces
began to walk from the Diag to State
"I hope nobody falls," said LSA
junior Meredith Hochman, who also
helped to coordinate the march. She
added that the event not only promoted
visibility within the community but
also support from others.
"The idea of glow-in-the-dark is to
show that we're visible even in the
dark," Frounfetter said. "It's more than
that we're visible, we're always pre-
Marchers achieved visibility through
glow-in-the-dark jewelry and holding
up neon-colored picket signs reading
"Look Mom, I'm Gay," "Out" and
"I'm glowing and I'm gay," LSA
senior Andrea Zellner shouted.
Zellner added that she got "hyped"
for LGBT events because she believes
it is a good way to celebrate diversity
and gay pride.
See MARCH, Page 7
Websites offer free study
aids for some 'U' classes
Members of Theta XI and Alpha Tau Omega fraternities square off last night
in an intramural basketball game at the IM Building.
MSA to sponsor
By Michael Chang
For the Daily
Students use it to register for classes. Printers
are jammed because everyone needs to get their
homework off it. Now, the World Wide Web is
also home to an expanding service to students -
lecture notes for University classes available by
clicking on an icon.
Versity.com, an Internet service that provides
students with free lecture notes for various cours-
vide students with this service and we felt that we
had to take advantage of it now," said Jeff
Lawson, a co-founder.
Eric Hong, an Engineering first-year student,
had the opportunity to look up the lecture notes on
Versity.com for his EECS 100 class. "They helped
a little bit," Hong said. "My friends and I have tried
them out, but we don't depend on them."
LSA first-year student Roger Ahn, who is
enrolled in Economics 101, also looked up notes on
By Jewel Gopwanl
Daily Staff Reporter
The Michigan Student Assembly's
Campus Safety Commission is sched-
uled to hold its first annual self-defense
class Thursday at the Michigan Union
Ballroom from 7 to 9 p.m.
CSC chair Kym Stewart said the
class is open to anyone and does not
"We want people to take notice of thc
little signs that could prevent a danger-
ous situation," she said.
Stewart, who took a similar class a
her high school in Naperville, Ill., saic
she learned a lot from the experience.
"It made me learn that no matter hom
safe of a town you think you are living
in, you could be a victim at anytime,