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- The Michigan Daily -- Tuesday, February 15, 2000

NATION WORLD

SOLE
Continued from Page 1
Members of Penn Students
Against Sweatshops have now occu-
pied the office of University of
Pennsylvania President Judith
Rodin for eight days, asking the
Penn administration to join the
WRC and drop their association
with the Fair Labor Association.
The FLA is a White House-spon-
sored coalition of corporations and
human rights group aimed at curb-
ing labor abuses in the apparel
industry.
Student anti-sweatshop activists
have fought the FLA for the past
year, contending the group's policies
are weak.
The University of Michigan is one
of the only large schools across the

nation not to endorse the FLA.
In a written statement, Rodin said
Penn's future relationship with the
FLA is on shaky ground.
"I have developed serious ques-
tions about the FLA and a growing
interest in the WRC. However, I still
need to hear the views of the Ad-
Hoc Committee on Sweatshop
Labor."
Rodin said she has asked the com-
mittee to make its recommendations
by Feb. 29 and she will address their
decisions at that time.
PSAS member Miriam Joffe-
Block said the group met with
Rodin yesterday morning and now
the student activists say all they
have left to do is wait for the presi-
dent's decision. In the meantime
PSAS began a 48-hour fast today.
Joffe-Block said she and her fel-

low PSAS members were tired from
fasting but "thrilled by the support
that has been shown for us. People
have been so incredible and that
gives us strength. We are prepared to
stay."
Last week, students at Loyola
University in Chicago held a five
day fast in support for the Penn stu-
dents, and this week activists from
60 different universities will be join-
ing the fast.
The students have also won the
support of the Union of Needlework
and Textile Employees. UNITE
President Jay Mazur will join the
fast, as well as director of the
National Labor Committee Charles
Kernaghan.
Kernaghan exposed sweatshop
labor conditions in Central Ameri-
can factories producing apparel for

talk show host Kathie Lee Gifford's
clothing line.
Meanwhile, SOLE members plan
to meet with Bollinger on Friday.
Disappointed by what they charac-
terize as Bollinger's refusal to recog-
nize students' demands, SOLE
members said they still hope the
University will show strong support
for the WRC.
"Today we were trying to show
our solidarity. I feel like Bollinger
isn't taking students' demands seri-
ously. I mean, look what's going on
upstairs," said SOLE member Julie
Fry, gesturing towards the Union's
seventh floor, which last week was
taken over by the Students of Color
Coalition. These claims the senior
society Michigamua conducts prac-
tices that are offensive to the Native
American culture.
BOLLINGER
Continued from Page 1
some should have the privileged
status of space is a serious ques-
tion."
Bollinger said he believes the
decisions being made on the
Michigamua issues should be dealt
with by neutral parties who will
weigh the arguments and decide
what the outcome should be.
People can advocate the worst
kinds of actions, and as long as
they do not act on them, they can-
not be rejected, Bollinger said.
SACUA member Jack Gobetti
said he agreed with Bollinger.
"I wholeheartedly concur -- we
shouldn't have student groups dic-
tate what other groups do, a wide
variety of views are necessary, we
as a University should stand up and
let these people speak, unless they
violate the constitution," Gobetti

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Ga. tornadoes kill 22, injures more than 100:
CAMILLA, Ga. - Tornadoes descended on rural Georgia early yesterday,
ripping people from their beds and piling up mobile homes. At least 22 people
were killed and more than 100 were hurt.
Dozens of houses and mobile homes in the southwest Georgia town of Camilla
were flattened, their metal and siding mangled and strewn across yards and streets.
"All you heard was a roar, woo-woo-woo," said Johnny Jones, whose mobile
home south of Camilla was thrown on its side. He said he freed his 14-year-oll
son, who was pinned under a washing machine, and they crawled out a window.
"All I could see was that everything was demolished. People were hollering
and crying 'Where's my child?"' he said.
The tornadoes struck shortly after midnight as a line of thunderstorms rum-
bled through the Southeast, scarring property from Arkansas to Georgia. Author-
ities in Camilla and surrounding Mitchell County said two separate twisters cut a
1.5-mile-wide, 10-mile-long path through the county.
"It hit the impoverished and the affluent," said Liz McQueen, a Red Cross
volunteer who was working at a temporary morgue near Camilla.
Fourteen people died in Mitchell County, a primarily rural area dotted with
cotton and peanut farms, chicken processing plants, textile factories and a state
prison. Gov. Roy Barnes, who flew over the area to assess the damage, declare*
Mitchell and three other counties disaster areas.

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Reform party looks
for next nominee
WASHINGTON - After a week-
end of "wrestlemania," Reform Party
leaders faced an uncertain future, try-
ing to build instant stability for a presi-
dential campaign that could be led by
former Republican Pat Buchanan or
party founder Ross Perot.
There was even talk yesterday of
John McCain - talk he didn't reject,
as long as it was clear he'd consider
the Reform Party only after he had
won the Republican nomination.
The party's newly installed leaders
said their free-for-all meeting in
Nashville, Tenn., had been "cathartic,"
a rightful uprising against figureheads
hostile to Perot's vision of reform.
With Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura,
his hand-picked national party chair-
man Jack Gargan and potential presi-
dential candidate Donald Trump
suddenly out, the organization was
returned overnight to stability, Perot's
allies said.
Others said the nationally televised
melee had dealt a major blow.

"I think people are laughing at us,'
Alabama chairman Jim Turpin, who
attended the meeting, said by tele-
phone from his home near Birming-
ham, Ala. "I'm having second
thoughts; I'm thinking about going
with another party, an independent
party."
NEAR begins orbit
around asteroid
LAUREL, Md. -With near flawless
precision, a spacecraft slipped into orbit
around the asteroid Eros, becoming the
first manmade satellite of an asteroid.
The craft starts a yearlong close-up-
study of the potato-shaped space rock,
hoping to determine its origins and hel'
scientists mount a strategy to proteW'
Earth from boulders from outer space.
A short rocket firing yesterday
changed the path of the Near Earth
Asteroid Rendezvous (NEAR) space-
craft to allow it to settle into an orbit of
Eros. The maneuver completed a four-
year odyssey that included a failed
attempt to rendezvous with the rock..
last year.

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said.
Bollinger also addressed the alle-
gations surrounding men's basket-
ball player Jamal Crawford with a
positive outlook.
"In response to freshman Jamal
Crawford, we do not know what
will be the final resolution with the
NCAA," Bollinger said.
"I do think it is extremely impor-
tant to keep what we do and do not
know in perspective, and be alert to
any important influences that
exist," he said.
le requested that if the story
unfolds and becomes more serious,
SACUA may want to look into the
matter, but at this point Bollinger
said he did not think there was any-
thing the group could do.
Bollinger also updated SACUA
on the developments of the pro-
posed Life Sciences Institute.
Bollinger said he is working on
recruiting a director and he is not
eliminating potential candidates
from within the University.
Bollinger said "we are facing one
of the most aggressive University-
wide efforts to move into a bur-
geoning area of knowledge,
matched by growth of biotech
firms. I think once we apply our-
selves, there is no reason why we
can't be at the top."
Bollinger said he hoped con-
struction will begin by the spring of
2001. Four buildings are being pro-
posed, including a number of labo-
ratories and a commons, where
there will be a cafe and conference
rooms.
The institute will be built next to
Washtenaw Avenue across the street
from Palmer Field.
Bollinger also announced that for
now, the administration will remain
in the Fleming Administration
Building, instead of moving its
offices to Angell Hall - which was
proposed in 1997.
"I am concerned about the cost,
and I have faced the fact that even
though it is worth it to have the
administration located more cen-
trally, most people won't find it
cost effective," Bollinger said.
Bollinger also added that com-
munity planning for the next four
or 10 years will include the possi-
bility of more residence halls for
upperclassmen to help combat the
increase in local housing costs.

Students return to
classes after strike
MEXICO CITY - Like a city
reawakening from a nine-month
slumber, the largest university in
Latin America sputtered back to life
yesterday as thousands of students
resumed classes one week after a
police raid ended a bitter student
strike.
But even as the vast majority of the
230,000 registered students and
24,000 faculty at the National
Autonomous University of Mexico
took up heavy course loads to try to
make up lost semesters, several hun-
dred protesters marched to the cam-
pus to demand the release of 284
arrested strikers. They scuffled at
times with strike foes, and march
leader Genaro Vera declared: "The
strike continues."
Those lingering tensions under-
score the challenges ahead for univer-
sity staff and students, who are
seeking to heal lacerations left by a
conflict that erupted in April over

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plans to raise fees from a few cents to
S145 per term. The strike at the uni-
versity, known as UNAM, ended with
an unarmed police takeover Feb. 6
after negotiations broke down and
clashes erupted between rival stude
factions.
For Mexicans, the university com-
mands an impact far beyond its acade-
mic role.
Romania won't ay
for cyanide spi
BELGRADE, Yugoslavia -
Romania said yesterday it would n*
pay compensation to any other
country affected by a cyanide spill
that contaminated two rivers - a
spill rivaling one in the United.
States that cost S170 million to
clean up.
Romania said it suffered damages
when a dam at the Australian-owned
Baia Mare gold mine in northwest
Romania overflowed Jan. 30.
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