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By Jen Fish
Daily Staff Reporter
By Rachel Green Committee on
Daily StaffReporter Rights.
The new, pe
With the addition of four new facul- mended by an
ty members to the Asian Pacific Amer- June 1999 to
ican Studies division this academic
year, the University is working to
ecome a prominent institutional fig- Happy
e in APA studies.
After four years of revamping the
entire department, American Culture
Prof. Amy Stillman, director of APA
studies, said the hard work finally paid
"It was a long time, but the good
thing about it was that both the Uni-
versity, more specifically LSA and the
program in American Culture, main-
tained it's commitment to Asian Pacif-
American Studies' Stillman said.
In the last year, the University
appointed a search committee to bring
professors focusing on APA studies to
the University, she said.
"APA studies is a very competitive
field. We were competing with many
other universities also trying to hire
faculty for Asian Pacific American
studies, Stillman said.
No formal concentration exists in
PA studies at the University, but stu-
dents can concentrate in American
Culture and choose classes in the eth-
nic studies track.
The APA division of the American
Culture department began in 1990 with
professors Stephen Sumida and Gail
Since its inception, the couple left
the University to pursue careers at the
University of Washington, and the pro-
am has waned in size and in staff
embers, leaving the department with
little influence in higher education.
Students also helped to rejuvenate the
division. LSA senior Rupal Patel, chair Daane DeVrle
for the student group United Asian
American Organizations, formed a
coalition group called Ethnic and Black
Studies Initiative to help recruit faculty.
EBSI, a group of black, Hispanic
sian Pacific American, Native Amer-t C01
n and Arah students, worked with
the American Culture department to
bring related faculty to the University. By Lizzie Ehrle
"Basically we were concerned with For the Daily
the lack of faculty teaching our studies
and the lack of tenure given to faculty The maze of
teaching these classes," Patel said. tral Campus ha
"We met with the dean of LSA several phere for stude
times and the director of American class.
Culture, to discuss how we can make DPS spokesw
this program grow and keep the facul- fences aid the
tv here," Patel said. Haven halls.
American Culture Director Alan The renovati
Wald said the effort to advance the APA Haven Hall tow
studies division is part ofa larger project Fishbowl eigh
to advance Latino/a, Native American Brown said, are
and African American studies as well. of both pedestria
"We're focusing on building all of The project is
these studies up with in American Cul- to complete, Bri
ture," Wald said. "It's really at the "It makes oi
See APA, Page 2A junior Lisa Grab
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to continuously monitor labor
I other issues relating to the
g of University apparel, Uni-
sident Lee Bollinger has
e appointment of the Standing
Labor Standards and Human
rmanent committee was recom-
advisory committee charged in
study the University's existing
practices and help form new policies for
monitoring labor practices and other licens-
The committee will be chaired by Social
Work Prof. Larry Root, director of the Insti-
tute of Labor and Industrial Relations. Root
was also a member of the advisory commit-
"I'm looking forward to working with the
committee," he said. "I think it's a great composi-
tion - there are a variety of views representing
different perspectives on the issue."
The committee will be composed of three rep-
resentatives from faculty, staff and the student
body. This equal representation is especially
important to student activists, who complained
that the last committee was unfairly balanced
toward faculty and staff members.
LSA junior Scott Trudeau said he is also look-
ing forward to working with the committee, but
would be careful to ensure that student concerns
would be heard.
"I'm not overly optimistic that it's going to
be the best of processes, but I'm certainly
willing to work with the committee to make
sure the University lives up to its obliga-
tions," Trudeau said.
Root said that the committee will be working
with both the WRC and FLA this year.
"We should be exploring all possibilities. The
solution is going to have to involve a number of
The report from the advisory committee was
released in August. It also recommended that the
University establish a stronger code of conduct
The committee split on the issue to have the
University join the Fair Labor Association, a
See LABOR, Page 7A
By Yael Kohen As Congress continues to meddle
Daily StfReporter through the budget, Pell Grants could
receive the biggest increase ever in a
As higher education becomes more single year. Before its August recess
accessible, the cost of colleges and Congress discussed a $350 increase in
universities have many Americans the Pell Grant. The maximum amount is
concerned about monetary access to $3,300.
institutions of higher learning. But now some members of Con-
The hefty prices of college tuition and gress have recommended an increase
the availability of student of$500.
loans have left many worried In the last 10 years, fed-
about accessibility to institu- eral student funding
tions of higher education. increased from $20 billion
"Most families don't start to $44 billion, said Laura
early enough saving for col- Wilcox, assistant director
lege' said Tony Pals, public of public affairs at the
information director for the American Council on
National Association of Education, adding that
Independent Colleges and Part two in a since 1990 tax benefits
Universities, adding that six-partseries for higher education have
"it's reay in middle school un ectloun Days gone from nearly nothing
that families need to start HIGHER EDUCATION to $5 billion.
planning, and not only Despite increases in
financially but academically." funding for higher education, repaying
But many enrolled students rely student loans has become a concern
heavily on available financial aid, for many who worry about life after
including University, state and federal- college - their future occupation may
ly funded aid. hinge on incurred debt, Wilcox said.
Some candidates running in the In the past, 60 percent of financial
November election have announced aid has taken the form of grants, which
plans for making college more are not repaid and 40 percent were
affordable. See ISSUES, Page 7A
s of Ann Arbor prepares to land while skydiving yesterday afternoon at Skydive Tecumseh.
nstruction reroutes students
fences running through Cen-
ve created a cage-like atmos-
nts trying make their way to
woman Diane Brown said the
construction of Mason and
ons will add an extension to
ward the Diag and make the
t stories high. The fences,
intended to ensure the safety
ans and construction workers.
scheduled to take three years
ur campus look ugly," LSA
ham said about the fences. "I
can't believe they're going to be here for my
last two years of school"
The fences have forced students to find
alternate routes to destinations on Central
Campus, creating an inconvenience for pedes-
"The biggest problem is having to walk all
the way around and deal with extra people
everywhere " Graham said.
LSA junior Aaron Adelman said he has
run into similar problems. "The only time
it really bothers me is between classes
because everyone's crammed into smaller
spaces," he said.
But Brown said the project management
team in charge of putting up the fences
kept the convenience of pedestrians in
"The fences that cross walkways were built
with gates that can open for pedestrians;'
Brown said. "It is an acknowledgement that
we still need to meet the needs of pedestri-
LSA junior Jodi Siskind acknowledges the
importance of the fences for safety during
such extensive renovation.
"I definitely hate them, but it's for our pro-
tection" she said.
Brown said that further concerns exist
about possible disruption the construction
may cause during classes, although there
are no specific plans to schedule around
"We're going to try to work around it as
best we can," said Janet Sawyer, senior pro-
ject engineer. isBasts
Brown stressed the importance of keeping Biology graduate students Stephanie Pfeffer and Brody
See FENCES, Page 2A DeYoung walk past the Museum of Art yesterday.
'U' prof talks about
teaching Gore, Bus
s By Caitlin Nish
Daily Staff Reporter
Department of Public Safety crime logs show that 15 coin oper-
ated feminine-supply machines have been burglarized in the past
While the break-ins began on Central Campus in the Institute of
Social Research, Fleming Administration Building, Horace Rack-
ham School of Graduate Studies and the School of Dentistry, they
have reached as far as the Media Union and the Industrial Opera-
tions Engineering Building on North Campus.
In each incident, the tampon machines were broken into and the
money - totalling between $15-$20 -- stolen.
"It is apparently not uncommon for this sort of thing to happen.
Break-ins of these machines have happened in other college set-
tings," DPS spokeswoman Diane Brown said.
DPS has not yet named any suspects.
Nathan Norman, director of Building Services, which installs
and maintains the machines, agreed that this is a common problem
"This is nothing new. The fact that someone is doing it in this
time frame is new, that means that there is probably one person
By Anand Giridharadas
For the Daily
When Business School Prof. Jim Reece votes
for president this November, he will be forced to
break a cardinal rule of his craft: Never pick a
On Election Day, Reece
- an accounting professor
at the University of Michi-
gan who taught three
decades ago at the St.
Albans prep school in Wash-
ington and later at Harvard
Business School - will be
choosing between two of his
former pupils, Vice Presi-
dent Al Gore and Texas Gov. Reece
George W. Bush.
"Based on my knowing 'them as students, I
wouldn't have any qualms about either of them
being president," he said.
Reece came to know the budding politicians
early in his career. In his first job out of college,
he taught calculus to Gore and a dozen other
high school seniors at St. Albans. Some years
later, he was Bush's professor at Harvard in an
introductory course on management accounting.
This fall, as voters sift through a blitz of televi-
sion spots and news reports to choose their next
president, Reece offers a unique perspective on
two former students who just happened to run for
Reece describes Gore as a "parent pleaser" and
a diligent student, "well organized but very struc-
tured," who was polite, worked hard and mingled
as easily with his father's Senate colleagues as his
"The Al Gore I knew wouldn't blow off any-
thing," he recalled. "You knew if you called on
him, he would have done the homework."
Bush was a cooler, more relaxed student,
Reece said, calling the Texan "free-form," cre-
ative and "a leader among leaders," though not so
much for his intellectual gifts as his social skills.
"Unless it was political pull, that's how he got
in' to Harvard, Reece said of Bush's leadership
Reece's reflections echo the themes of a cam-
paign that has placed considerable focus on the
candidates' personality types - with perceptions
of Bush as the well-liked slacker, and Gore the
See PROFESSOR, Page 7A
A tampon machine at the Media Union is out of order after being
robbed Monday night, one of 15 such robberies on campus.
going around doing this," Norman said.
Ann Arbor Police Department Sgt. Michael Logghe said that
the wave of break-ins may constitute larceny charges.
"If they steal money, it would be a larceny," Logghe said.
The largest rash of machine break-ins occurred last Wednesday
when money was stolen from four machines. Reports of the bro-
ken machines were made between 4:34 p.m. to 10:56 p.m. Three
machines were broken into Thursday, again in the late afternoon to
See BURGLARIES, Page 7A
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New catheters tested
A recent University study shows that silver coated
catheters may prevent urinary tract infections and are
cost-effective alternatives to the ones in use.
Green group EnAct asks the 'U'
Information Technology Division to
switch to recycled paper.
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