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One hundred nine years of editoflfeedom

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October 21,1999

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Sweatshop
Garment workers spe
y Michael Grass factry producing apparel for tal
)' Staff Reporter Kathie Lee Gifford's Wal-Mart clo
When garment worker Sonia Beatriz Lara Lara, a single mother caring for
oured Ann Arbor yesterday, she was familiar daughter, told the audience about tI
ith Michigan's maize and blue - she had she worked at in a factory producin
een it before, in the factory where she used to ets, blouses and pants for Liz Claib
ork in El Salvador. and Perry Ellis, among other comp
"The factory I worked at made T-shirts for "We went into work at 6:50 in
he university you study at," she said, through ... and we wouldn't usually get
n interpreter at an informational forum hosted night," she said.
y Students Organizing for Labor and After she and others spoke
economic Equality. University graduate students
*re than 75 people filled Room 100 of sweatshop labor wages, she said
utchins Hall to hear Lana and fellow garment March 19.
rker Eva Nerio Ponce speak about labor con- "Our friends told us that our b
itions at factories where they once worked. they fired us because we had talke
The workers are touring college campuses gos," Lara said.
cross the nation with Charles Kernaghan, exec- Ponce told a similar story to the
tive director of the National Labor Committee. mother of a 4-year-old daughter, s
Last month, Kernaghan and the NLC exposed shirts, skirts and other garments fo
weatshop labor conditions in an El Salvadoran including Fruit of the Lom and K
schools1lokt
rograms to cut
substance abuse
y Hanna LoPatin
)aily Staft Reporter
&hile the University's Binge Drinking Committee is set to
n unce the results of its campus survey this morning, some
igh schools and universities across the country are already
Yoing to great lengths to prevent students from going over-
oard with their new-found college freedom.
Ann Arbor Huron High School Giuidance Counselor
rmethia Sims, formerly the school's substance abuse advi-
or, said schools don't often look at college-bound students
s having substance abuse problems.
"When a student is getting A's and B's, there isn't a reason
o be concerned. But if a student is failing school, substance
be is considered. It's then left up to colleges to intervene,
hey often are not prepared," Sims said.
Sims said she believes that students who have not started
drinking by the time they get to
DRNKING college are not likely to begin.
"The average substance abuser
begins by age II," she said.
Even so, Sims said she wishes
more college preparatory pro-
grams were geared toward sub-
stance abuse.
. "( don't think there's enough
of it," she said.
.1.0. Delancey, a senior at
Huron, said he thinks it's easi-
o us er for teens to abuse sub- The University's
stances in college. contained under
"Being away from home, you don't have to put as much
effort into hiding stuff from your parents," Delancey said.
"lt'S a lot easier to access."
Helen Gutierres, assistant director of Alcohol and Drug
Education at Notre Dame University, said the school imple-
mented a mandatory intensive program for its first-year stu-
d s this year. The program, presented during the first two-
a-half weeks of the school year, consists of watching a
17-minute video made for the school and discussion about
the video's message.
Gutierres said she was very pleased with the video. By Jodie Kaufm
"It is very straight-forward. It shows healthy drinkers talk- Daily Stafl Rporte
ing about their social life," she said. Hiding on Nc
This video replaces one that primarily used scare tactics to Union and the I
discourage underage students from drinking. University's nuc
Students who do not participate in the program are forced has produced h
to pay a $25 fine and are not allowed to go to any campus Today and tomor
es: This has resulted in near-perfect attendance. celebrate it's S0t
utierres emphasizes the importance of the Notre Dame The symposiu.
program taking place at the beginning of the academic year. senting their re
"if you don't get to them right away, .so much experience The speakers wi
can make the information feel like its old," she said, various issues,
Preliminary results of the program, Gutierres said, have future plans f

See DRUGS, Page 2A L
NoblPie wine
By Jeannie Baumann big grin on my face, and she cried a lit-
Daily Staff Reporter tIe," Veltman said.
Sporting a blue tie dotted with minia- It turned out that Veltman's phone
ture maize Michigan 'M's, physics Prof number was unlisted, and the academy
emeritus Martinus Veltman returned to had difficulty getting in touch with him.
campus yesterday from his home in the At a press conference yesterday,
N herlands to celebrate the Nobel Prize Veltman discussed everything from the-
hysics he received last week. oretical physics to his favorite sushi
On the night when The Royal restaurant in Ann Arbor. Veltman will
Swedish Academy of Sciences notified be in town until Saturday for various
recipients of the prestigious interna- events in his honor across campus.
tional awards, Veltman said he and his Veltman received the Nobel Prize for
wife almost gave up hope because it work he began more than 30 years ago
was nearly midnight and they had not with former graduate student Gerardus
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visit

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k show host
thing line.
r a 5-year old
he long hours
g skirts, jack-
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anies.
the morning
out until 7 at
to Columbia
researching
she was fired
oss told them
d to the grin-
audience. The
aid she made
or companies
-Mart.

Holding up a T-shirt, she explained to the
audience how she used to made similar gar-
ments. She estimated that she got paid an
equivalent of 5.03 per T-shirt in the factory
where she worked.
Kernaghan explained that a similar garment
for Yale University would have a retail price of
$ 14.99, about two-tenths of 1 percent of what
they are paid.
In the end, Ponce said she just wanted to
thank University students and other student
activists across the nation for their work to help
end sweatshop labor.
"On behalf of all of all of my companeras, I
thank you," she said.
Kernaghan said students need to be aware
about where their clothing is produced.
"There is something wrong here. You are here
at a tremendous university, in a beautiful city,
getting a great education -- there is something
See SWEATSHOP, Page 9A

DANNY KlICK/Daly
United Students Against Sweatshops organizer Eric Brakken holds up a Nike advertisement regarding its
factory locations that appeared in college newspapers nationwide two weeks ago.

MSU could
make students
buy computers

By David Jenkins
For the Daily
In the heart of the information age,
colleges and universities across the
country are doing all they can to keep
up with technology, and one strategy
being used to keep pace with the
speed of change is to include person-
al computing in more aspects of col-
lege life.
A majority of colleges provide
computer labs and other technology
to students, but within the last
decade, some schools have trans-
ferred the responsibility of computing
to students by requiring them to own
a computer.
Michigan State University is one of
several institutions consideriing poli-
cies to require students to own a per-
sonal computer.
We want every student to be able
to own a computer, not just the two-
thirds (of students) who are able to
afford it now," said Paul Hunt, vice
provost for libraries, computing and
technology at MSU.
By requiring MSU undergraduate
students to own either a laptop or
desktop computer, the cost of the
computer could be added to the stu-
dent's tuition bill, thereby allowing
the cost of the computer to fall under

financial aid.
Originally, the program called for
all students to own laptops, but stu-
dent and faculty complaints allowed
for the option of either laptop Or
desktop computers, Fhint said.
After a year of ironing out the
kinks, the program is now being
reviewed by MSU's committee or
academic policy, and it could possibly
go in front of the school's board of
trustees fbr a vote by January.
If passed, it weuld probably be
implemented fir thc 2(101 fall semester.
l1 unt said the reasoning behind that
date is that "by 2005 the expectations
of employers will probably be for stu-
dents to be versed in using laptop
computers."
Hunt also said that in today's business
See COMPUTERS, Page 7A
Spartan techrology
A proposal to require Michigan
State University students to own a
laptop or desktop
computer is being Li.J
reviewed by MSU's
committee on
academic policy.
If approved, the policy could be
implemented by fail 2001.

JERIEMY ME NCHIKOa iy
nuclear reactor in the Phoenix Memorial Laboratory on North Campus is
26 feet of de-ionized water and glows blue without artificial light or colors.
clear eacto
rkshl etr

tan
rth Campus between the Media
Curie Engineering Center is the
lear reactor. The small building
hundreds of research projects.
rrw, the campus community will
h anniversary with a symposium.
um will feature 35 speakers pre-
search on nuclear technology.
will spend two days discussing
from the reactor's history to
for the Michigan Memorial

Phoenix Project, which created the reactor.
Built in the mid 1950s, the reactor was creat-
ed as a memorial for the 600 University stu-
dents, faculty and staff who perished during
World War l. With a $1 million grant from the
Ford Motor Co., the University Board of
Regents established the reactor to be "dedicat-
ed to the peaceful uses of nuclear sciences and
technology, as a living war memorial," said
John Lee, chair of the Department of Nuclear
Engineering and Radiological Sciences and
interim MMPP director.
See NUCLEAR, Page 5A

Hindu groups
observe Navaratri

By Jody Simone Kay
Daily Staff Reporter
Navaratri is one of the most impor-
tant religious holidays in India. A word
literally meaning "nine nights," it is a
celebration of the Mother Goddess in
Hinduism.
The three main goddesses involved
in Navaratri represent education, wealth
and strength, said Basu Mahavisnc, an
LSA junior and member of the Hindu
Students Council.
"The 10th day, Dassara, is when we
believe the three goddesses merge as
one," Mahavisnc said.
Dassara officially occurred Tuesday,
but Hindu organizations on campus are
hosting a celebration tomorrow at 8
p.m. in the Michigan Union Ballroom.
The free event is a collaborative effort
between various Indian student organiza-
tions at the University. While HSC is the
main organizer of the event, the Indian
Students Association, the Punjabi
Student Organization and the American
Indian Organization are co-sponsors.
"This is the first time all organiza-
tions have gotten together for this cele-
bration,' Mahavisnc said.

"It's an opportunity to learn and see
what another culture is all about. It's for
everyone. Most people don't know
these dances so we take them step by
step," said Rohit Garg, a Rackham stu-
dent and HSC member.
Representatives from the organiza-
tions involved will teach participants
how to perform various cultural dances.
The Bhangra is a popular form of
Indian dancing. Dandia is a dance that
involves the use of two sticks, called
dandiyas, while dancing in a circle
around an object of religious signifi-
cance.
"It's fast paced and has a lot ofjump-
ing and spinning and we'll be wearing
Indian outfits so it will be colorful,"
said Kavita IDesai, an I.SA sophomore
and one of the dancers who will partic-
ipate in the event.
It is a chance to get a flavor of Hindu
religious ceremonies and a feel for tra-
ditional ethnic dances, Engin.eering
graduate student Manish Chopra said.
"It has a lot of religious implications
in terms of spirituality. This event
brings together spirituality and ritual-
ism;' Navaratri said.

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