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search for a company to manage
cafeteria operations last December
citing the need to improve clinical
By Lisa Koivu outcomes and service, create a safe
Daily Staff Reporter and healthful workplace and
enhance financial strength and com-
Although University Board of petitiveness.
Regents members don't traditionally Officials are searching for ven-
speak during the public comments dors to staff the hospital cafeteria,
session during their monthly meet- catering services and two coffee
ings, Regent Laurence Deitch (D- kiosks, all located within the hospi-
Bloomfield Hills) responded to tal and Taubman Health Center.
concerns regarding the outsourcing Although there was speculation
of labor in the University's Medical that the University actively under-
Center cafeteria. mined workers'
The unexpected s s slap rights, Anthony
move has encour- seea rDenton, associate
aged students' thefacdirector for oper-
who have fought ations at the hoas-
to protect hospi- dliversity Workers. pitals and health
tal workers. centers, said the
During the - Scott Burkhardt claim is unfound-
spring semester, Member of Students Organizing for ed.
the University dOur primary
reached an agree- Labor and Economic Equality °reason for this
ment with Ara- decision was to
mark Services to run and manage focus more on our patient service
cafeteria operations and contract mission and to spend less time on
out 58 cafeteria employees. areas that are not directly tied to
Aramark is a privately-owned patient care," Denton said in a writ-
company, which works in approxi- ten statement. "However, we do
mately 375 colleges and universi- expect moderate expense savings
ties, as well as cafeterias in other since we are no longer in the retail
areas. food business. Other savings will
Scott Burkhardt, an RC senior depend on sales performance of
and member of Students Organizing Aramark"
for Labor and Economic Equality, Denton said Aramark is helping
said the group views the decision to the hospital reduce expenses and
hire a private company as a move to provide a positive margih, as many
undercut University workers. other university hospitals in the
"We see it as a slap in the face to country are not making money.
University workers by the adminis- "The reality of health care for us,
tration," Burkhardt said. "This is the as it is for most other academic
first instance in which an outside health centers, is that revenue per
contractor has been brought in on a case is decreasing from many pay-
permanent basis." ers, and thus more pressure is on to
The Medical Center began its See ARAMARK, Page 7A
Texas Gov. George W. Bush talks to workers about his plans to revise the nation's energy policy at Wright-K Technology Inc. In Saginaw on Friday.
US anes Clnton energy
By Jeremy W. Peters
Daily Staff Reporter
SAGINAW - In a state where oil prices sig-
*ficantly impact the economy, George W.
Bush spent his visit to Michigan on Friday dis-
cussing plans to revamp the nation's energy
"Affordable energy is vital to Michigan's great
economy with its automobile manufacturing
base," the Texas governor told workers at an auto
parts factory in Saginaw.
Bush was quick to draw a connection between
the rising cost of oil and what lie said was the
Clinton administration's lack of a comprehensive
"Today America has no energy policy," he
said. "The energy secretary ... admitted that the
C A M P A I G N administration
was 'caught nap-
ping' - his
words - when
W fuel prices rose.
And it took an
election to wake them up."
Bush said he hopes his energy policy will
strike a chord with Michigan voters. Bill Bal-
lenger, editor of Inside Michigan Politics, said
yesterday that Michigan voters definitely have
oil prices on their minds.j
"It's important because of the automobile
industry, because of gas prices. There's been a
lot of concern about the rising cost of operating
automobiles," Ballenger said.
Michigan is one of the most closely contested
states in the race to the White House, with both.
Bush and Vice President Al Gore fiercely con-
testing its 18 electoral votes.
In his speech, Bush jumped at the chance to
question Gore's credibility with regard to the
See BUSH, Page 7A
Week kicks off with
mental health vigil
By Jane Krull Thursday is National Depression Screening Day.
Daily Staff Reporter Anyone can get a free and confidential screening
during the day on the third floor of the Michigan
With tears and stories of'survival, an intimate cir- League from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
cle of 20 University students, staff, and community Later on Thursday, a free showing of "One Flew
members gathered around the bronze 'M' on the Over the Cuckoo's Nest" will take place at 8 p.m. at
Diag last night to begin Mental Illness Awareness the Sophia B. Jones Room in the Union. A discus-
Week. sion about the many mental health issues the movie
Recent University graduate Elizabeth Davies told addresses will follow.
about her father's continuing relationship with a The highlight of the week will take place at noon
schizophrenic army buddy he met in 1961. That rela- Friday in the Diag with the annual "Scream-In." The
tionship helped her father understand her bi-polar screaming is in an effort to "break the silence" sur-
disorder diagnosis. rounding the issues of mental health and illness. The
RC sophomore Cara Sandelands dedicated a can- Scream-In Will conclude with comments from the
dIe at the vigil to "people who are too scared to Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library steps.
admit they are suffering" from a mental illness, as RC and Artjunior Julia Klien said she is surprised
she once was. more people don't participate in the Scream-In.
The campus group Mentality, which promotes "It is very empowering," Klien said. "It is an
education and awareness of mental health and men- unusual way to get awareness out."
tal illness, is sponsoring Mental Awareness Illness Information booths will be set up in the Diag dur-.
Week at the University and will host several events ing the Scream-In, and community organizations
on campus. will be on hand to give information on different per-
Mentality will be posting and handing out infor- spectives of mental health and mental illness from
mation sheets on campus today through Wednesday. noon to 5 p.m.
tate Sen. Alma Wheeler Smith (D-Salem Twp.) talks Friday with Fredda Clisham of
he University Hospitals' child life department about giving hospitalized people
access to vote as Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs Gil Omenn looks on.
Initiative ai s t
re gi atien[lts
RC Junior Julia Klien and RC sophomore Cara
Sandelands reflect during the Mentality candlelight
vigil last night on the Diag.
"This week is extremely impo rtant to us because it
breaks the silence of stigmatized mental illness,"
said Mentality member Rebecca Messing, an Engi-
neering junior. "Mental illness effects many more of
us than believed,"
See VIGIL, Page 7A
y Karen Schwartz
aily Staff Reporter
Although she is not up for re-election
intil 2002, state Sen. Alma Wheeler
mith wants to support the democratic
heess and make sure people who want
0 oice their votes have that choice.
Smith (D-Salem Twp.) spoke Friday
i the University Hospitals on a new
Doting initiative designed to give more
eople the chance to be part of the
ecision-making process when elec-
ion time rolls around this year.
Aimed at making voting accessi-
)le, the two-phase initiative includes
three-day registration drive to regis-
er hospital staff, visitors and
avnts. Absentee ballots will be
ivable for people who know med-
ical restrictions will keep them from
the polls Nov. 7.
Members of student organizations
Youth Vote 2000 and Voice Your Vote
will help register voters Wednesday,
Thursday and Friday. Oct. 10 is the
deadline for voters to register for next
"I think that as elected officials we
need to make people aware of how
critical their vote really is, and then
make it easy for them to vote," Smith
said. "And when people are expectedly
or unexpectedly hospitalized, the last
thing they're thinking about is getting
to a voting booth. They shouldn't be
denied access to the ballot."
The program endeavors to raise
public awareness of the Emergency
See SMITH, Page 7A
'Best Olympic Games ever'
come to a close in Sydney
SYDNEY, Australia (AP) - The Sydney Games bid
farewell to the world yesterday in an Aussie-sized extrava-
ganza of exuberance, sparkling the skies and rocking
Olympic Stadium in a closing ceremony bursting with the
exhilaration of the land they call Oz.
But before the party, there were a few final stars.
Gezahgne Abera of Ethiopia won the Sydney
Olympics' final event - the 26.2-mile marathon -
striding into the stadium just a few hours before it was
taken over by the robots on stilts, the Frankenstein kan-
garoo and the giant shrimp on bicycles that helped Syd-
ney cap its games.
The U.S. "Dream Team" survived another bad dream to
capture the gold in an 85-75 victory over France - two
days after beating Lithuania by just two points. On Sun-
day, France cut a 12-point deficit to four with four minutes
left. But Vince Carter double-pumped before dunking with
1:40 left and the Americans scored nine of the game's final
Emily deRiel of Haverford, Pa., stunned even herself by
winning the silver medal in the first Olympic women's
modern pentathlon. "I don't know how it happened. I real-
ly don't," said deRiel, who started competing at the inter-
national level only this year.
There were a few down notes: The U.S. boxers and
freestyles wrestlers found themselves shut out of Olympic
gold for the first time in decades, and the struggling U.S.
men's water polo team lost to Italy to finish sixth ,in the
See OLYMPICS, Page 7A
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Tonight Lend a helping hand Head-turner 1 Badger beating
Partly cloudy. The beating death of an incoming University Social William Friedkin's 1973 film "The David Terrell's fourth-quarter
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Tomorrow spurs two Michigan lawmakers to draft legislation extra minutes of head-spinning Wisconsin field goal put Michigan
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