Wednesday, December 13, 2000 - 3
ms at Harvard
Harvard University's Living Wage
ampaign last week staged a mock
hristmas pageant, including an origi-
ak play, carols and speeches.
This was the campaign's first major
rotest of the year and more than 100
pectators endured the cold weather to
ee the outdoor performance. The
ampaign was organized by the Pro-
'ressive Student Labor Movement,
.hich demands that the University
ay all Harvard workers a S10.25
inimum hourly wage.
The mock pageant was part of a
eries of creative efforts aimed at draw-
ng attention to working conditions at
larvard that has been going on for two
ears. The play's plot was a spoof based
n Charles Dickens' "A Christmas
arol." The dean and president of the
niversity were portrayed as paying
overty-level wages to the school's
'mployees, subcontracting union jobs,
saintaining an air or secrecy and refus-
ng to consider the demands of workers,
tidents and community members.
Massachusetts state Rep. Jarrett
arrios and Cambridge City Council-
man Marjorie Decker made speeches.
he City Council passed a living
_age for the city of Cambridge last
pring and has long supported Har-
ard's living wage campaign.
. Kentucky revises
University of Kentucky Athletic
Director Larry Ivy announced a revi-
sion of the student-athlete alcohol pol-
icy last week. The new policy will
allow students charged with driving
under the influence of alcohol to
remain on scholarship and continue
racticing with their team.
The student offenders will be on
suspension from competition for one
year. The changes mean suspended
ba'sketball player Jules Camara will be
able to retain his scholarship but he
will not be playing before next season.
The revision comes from the advice
of a committee Ivy formed in October
to examine the University's current
zero-tolerance policy, which stands as
ne of the NCAA's toughest.
U. Missouri to
The University of Missouri's Facul-
ty Council Information Technology
Committee decided that until a court
deision is made, students can contin-
ue downloading music from sites like
apster to campus computers.
But Information and Access Tech-
nology Services may prohibit students
from uploading material onto campus
computers. The reasoning is that the
material "eats up big chunks of band-
cidth and then slows down e-mail and
other things online," committee chair-
man Mike McKean said.
McKean said a downloading ban
'Would not occur until a court decision
is made prohibiting such behavior.
Record Companies sued Napster, a
ile-sharing music community last
December for copyright infringement.
lass action suit
could repay MSU
Michigan State University students
may receive money back for having
their cars towed away due to an invalid
owing ordinance. A 1983 court deci-
sion rendered the university's ordinance
invalid, ruling it was not in substantial
-conformity with Michigan's Uniform
Traffic Code - the state laws on which
municipalities base traffic laws.
The university's Board of Trustees
will be discussing an amendment to the
,odinance this week. Despite the court
ruling, the University has continued to
tow vehicles and charge their owners.
Students still have to pay a ticket
charge for parking in a tow-away zone.
Students who have older tow-away
costs they want refunded will have to
participate in a class action lawsuit,
but students with recent towing
charges can contest the cost at an
- Compiledfiom t U- WIRE seports by
Duir Sltff ReporterJolie Kainan.
Winter gradTu Y .T e St
Smoke caused by the construction outside the Horace H. Rackham School of
Graduate Studies building has some worried about carcinogens.
Carcno e s esent
By Kristen Beaumont
Daly Stab Reporter
Air quality concerns have been raised
in response to emissions released duri ng
construction at the Horace H. Rackham
Graduate School building.
Workers and passers-by recently
complained about smoke that was
being released from the construction.
The University has received complaints
that it is difficult to breathe around
Rackham. In addition a complaint has
been made about the odor of the smoke.
To apply a tar sealant to the roof, it
must be melted in a kettle, and as a
result of the burning a yellow-green
smoke is released nto the air, said an
employee of Ann Arbor Roofing Co.
There is a slight level ofcarcinogens
present in the emissions, but aCilttes
and Operations spokeswoman Diane
Brown said students and workers are at
no risk from the emissions.
"All activity has been reviewed, and
workers and students should be safe.
The construction company is not
exceeding pollution standards and they
are well within the EPA requirements,"
She added that the Occupational
Safety and Health Administration at
the University has set standards to pro-
tect the construction employees work-
ing at Rackham from being
overexposed to emissions.
The Ann Arbor Roofing spokesman
saidle it msbeets norkng around tar
sealant liii nooe thani 311suits and ha~s
had no heal th problems from the
fumes. He said the heated tar can burn
skin,and it is not desirable to inhale the
fumes but construction companies
Continue to use the sealant on roofs.
"W' ve been usi" i t for years, and
no one has stoppedtl is" he said.
There have been technological
developments that can eliminate the
emissions from the smoke. fly--tech
Products Inc. of 'Cleveland, Ohio, pro-
duces and sells an after-burner system
that sucks out the smoke produced by
the kettle and releases it into a collec-
tion receptor off to the side.
"The system is about 99.9 percent
efficient, said Mark Paine, a territory
manaer for Hs -ech Products Inc.
"There is a s iit level of carcinogens
in the smoke but no more than is
released by a car
Paine said such a system is usually
used for construction near schools and
But a typical 612-gallon kettle costs
about S12,500 and the after-burner sys-
tem adds about S10,000 onto the cost.
In response to the complaints about
the oder of the smoke, Brown said the
construction company is working to
reposition the kettle burner.
Brown said the construction poses no
risk to students or workers at Rackham.
"We have to charge the construction
contractor with adhering to health and
environmental regulations," she said.
"We are a proactive environmental safe-
ty epstent.isand e regltasrly stpass
By Jaimie Winkler
Daily News Editor
Unlike the Spring Commencement ceremony, whichcele-
brates a significantly larger number undergraduate seniors,
Dec. 17's winter commencement combines undergraduates.
masters' candidates and doctoral candidates.
For the 2000 students expected to participarte in Sunday's
winter commencement, the ceremony will be a little more
intimate than the one held in spring.
The ceremony, to take place in Crisler Arena, is set to
accommodate about participating 2,000 students and thou-
sands of spectators.
"Because there are a smaller amount, it just lends itself to
being a little more intimate," said Jacque Dunham, co-irec-
tor of University development and event planning. Duttham
added that each graduate crosses the stage to shake hands
with the dean and either University Provost Nancy Cantor or
President Lee Bollinger.
Other differences separate the Winter Ceremony from the
Spring. Only about 3,000 students are eligible to walk in
December, including fall and summer graduates. Students
who finish a degree program in August can attend either the
May or December graduation ceremony. There is no summer
Because of the smaller number of graduates, the Crisier
ceremony is open to all undergraduate and graduate students.
Many schools opt out of individual ceremonies, but host
receptions, Dunham said.
Rende Leslie Safra, an economics major, will be this
semester's student speaker. Safra is a member of Phi Beta
Kappa and a James B. Angell Scholar. She was a leader of
the Conservative Minyan in the B'nai B'rith Hillel Founda-
tion for Jewish Life in Ann Arbor and teaches third- through
10th-grade students in afternoon religious school and tutors
bar and bat mitzvah students.
Safra has based her speech on an Emerson quote which
she ties to the benefit of receiving a liberal arts education at
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Campus Iokstores xiill be selhing graduation attire until
the crm;ns scinus. "We'll probably start cleaning up on the
1 7h stit hi \aritey, manager at Michigan Book and
S us iicacuss," g s mad tasselscwill be available on
the s, sfii rslitioi. "I depends on your size," she said.
The cermsy begins at 2 p.m., with a 1:15 p.m. round-up
fo ntlse and candidates in the Crisler Arena tunnel.
rI ip. n stuets can pick up tickets in the Michigan
iin_ Pti iR,sd Room today and tomorrow between 8:30 a.m.
and 4:30 p m. Ix ma tickets are available on a first-come, first-
ser ed basis beginning Friday.
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storex , .idls cap, gow and tassel. For graduate students, a
set includes cap, gown, tassel and hood. Only The Michigan
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Assembly votLes to
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By Jane Krull
u ilyumS sumRepcrt
In a crowded meeting characterized
by sudden outbursts and character
attacks, the Michigain Student Assembly
passed a proposal to form an affiirative
action task force in a vote of 31-6.
"I am sure that my freshman class
will be disappointed to hear that you
guys can't control yourselves proper-
ly," Engineering freshman Ryan Iaag
said to the assembly.
Ilaag said he attended the meeting
at the suggestion of Rackham repre-
sentative and Defend Affirmative
Action Party founder Jessica Curtin,
who spoke and handed out flyers dur-
ing the first 10 minutes of his Physics
The affirmative action task force
was proposed by Curtin, former Peace
and Justice Comrmission chair, the
week after she was ousted from her
position by current PJC chair James
"There is no precedent for MSA
putting up obstacles for reps who want
to work on an assembly supported
issue," Curtin said. "The reason that
there is opposition to the task force is
that there are reps on this assembly
that are opposed to afirmative action."
During constituents' time 14 people
spoke in favor of forming the task
force and two spoke'against.
Luke Massie, an organizer of the
Coalition to Defend Affirmative
Action By Any Means Necessary, said
that if the assembly deems the position
of "SuperIan" worthy of a task force,
than affirmative action should be given
one as well.
"Every rep that votes against this
Defend A firmative Action Task fiorce
shows that this assembly takes Super-
Fan' more seriously than defending
affirmative action and integration in
society, Massie said,
"If these issues go to trial and we
lose, and we as VISA leaders didn't do
anything to fight for ou school, I will
resign as Superan,' LSA Rep. Reza
LS A junior Dustin Lee said forming
an affirmative action task force "would
set a very dangerous precedent that the
University doesn't want to get involved
with - if somebody loses a chair, they
can come back the next week and set up
a task force to get that power back.
Wilson said he doesn't see the for-
mation of the task frce as the end of
his work with affirmative action.
"I ran for P&J chair with the inten-
tion of bringing levelheadedness to the
affirmative action debate. This vote
doesn't bring an end to that possibility,
but I am afraid it allows some abuse,:
The assersbly also unanimously
passed funding O55 to the Interna-
tional Students Affairs Commission
for the funding of a holiday dinner for
those students who are unable to make
it home furthe holidays.
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