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October 4, 2000
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By Jen Fish
Daily Staff Reporter
Eight months after the University
joined the Worker Rights Consor-
tium, the organization's governing
board gathered this week in Washing-
ton, D.C., for its second meeting.
The WRC, a newly formed moni-
Sing organization for the collegiate
apparel industry, was developed pri-
marily by students as an alternative to
the Fair Labor Association - a
White House-sponsored coalition of
human rights groups and corporations
that has come under fire during the
past year for its relationship with
Members of the WRC governing
board, which is composed equally of
representatives from universities,
*man rights groups and student
activists, said their organization has
made great progress since its inau-
gural meeting in April. Specifically,
the board approved several changes
to the organizations' bylaws, filed
for nonprofit status and reduced its
list of executive director candidates
"It was a very successful meeting,"
WC coordinator Maria Roeper said.
e most important thing is that the
board lay the groundwork for other
work to happen."
Roeper and other members of the
governing board agreed the hiring of a
new executive director is imperative to
the organization's future development.
WRC secretary Peter Romer-Fried-
man, an RC senior and member of
Students Organizing for Labor and
Economic Equality, said the WRC
*uld begin interviewing candidates
within the next two weeks.
The board members also agreed to
change the number of votes needed to
amend the organization's bylaws.
Representatives from some universi-
ties, Romer-Friedman said, had
expressed concern that only a simple
majority had been needed to amend
the bylaws. Now any changes to the
maws must be approved by a two-
The board also approved a commit-
tee to oversee pilot projects to be
implemented in the next few months
in at least three different countries,
"A great deal of institution building
has happened since April -- I've
been quite impressed," said governing
board member Dan Long, a Universi-
ty of Wisconsin graduate student
, oeper said the schools like the
iversity of Michigan that joined
the WRC on a provisional basis
should be pleased with the group's
"I think it's unreasonable to expect
that we had implemented a monitoring
system by now or something ike that.
If their provisions are reasonable, ... I
think they should be satisfied."
Long, Romer-Friedman and Roeper
*said students and administrators,
many of whom were bitter enemies
just a few months ago, are on good
The University joined the WRC on
a provisional basis in February along
with the University of Wisconsin at
Madison and Indiana University after
SOLE members occupied the office
of LSA Dean Shirley Neuman for
In the months preceding the W RC's
i gural meeting, student activists
across the nation urged their universi-
ties to join the WRC and reject the
During the protests, more than 100
students were arrested at various
schools, 54 in Madison alone.
lchut now that adversarial relation-
ship seems to be gone or at least put
on hold for the greater good of the
Most of the decisions were made
by consensus -- unanimous vote
most of the time," Roeper said.
"While our structure is based on
votes, there is a real spirit of wanting
to work together."
Ramer Friedmna(Yreed s aving the
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"Almost half of all the tax cut benefits, as I said,
under Governor Bush's plan, go to the wealthiest
1 percent." -Vice President Al Gore
The Washington Post
BOSTON - Vice President Al Gore and Texas Gov.
George W Bush clashed sharply last night over tax cuts,
prescription drugs and what to do with the projected bud-
get surpluses, with Gore charging Bush with favoring the
wealthy over the middle class and Bush claiming the vice
president had failed for eight years to get things done in
The first of their three presidential debates was barely
minutes old when the two rivals began a series of pointed
exchanges that set the tone of an evening in which Bush
and Gore offered voters starkly different philosophies on
some of the biggest issues facing the country.
Bush accused Gore of using "phony" numbers after the
vice president criticized the governor's tax and spending
priorities and later charged that Gore was practicing the
politics of "Mediscare" on the issue of prescription drugs.
Gore charged that Bush would "squander our surplus"
with a big tax cut heavily tilted toward the rich. "He
would spend more money on tax cuts for the wealthiest 1
percent than on all of the new spending he proposes" for
education, health care and the military, Gore said. In the
first hour, Gore made this point in some way seven times.
See DEBATE, Page 7
Undecided voters tune 1n
Many undecided voters watching
last night's presidential debate between
Texas Gov. Geoge W Bush and Vice
President Al Gore were expecting to
come away with a clear picture in their
minds as to whom they would vote for.
Unfortunately, that was not the case.
Gore, a seasoned debater known for
his caustic attacks on previous oppo-
nents, would walk away from the podi-
um last night having a distinct edge on
Bush, a less experienced debater who
has been criticized for fumbling his
Instead, little is likely to be resolved
in undecided voters" minds after last
"I think Gore won, but Bush beat the
spread," said Zack Schram, an LSAx
senior who said he supports Gore.
"I don't know if there was any run-
away winner," visiting assistant Politi-
cal Science Prof. Margret Howard
said. "All in all - not bad for Gore,
not bad for Bush."
That seemed to be the consensus.
'Gore was the better speaker, the more
adroit debater, but Bush outperformed
expectations and dispelled the widely
held view that he is an inept orator.
For those who have already decided
See UNDECIDED, Page 7
TOP: Vice President Al Gore and Texas Gov. George W. Bush face off last night
in a debate moderated by PBS' Jim Lehrer in Boston.
ABOVE: University students watch the debate in an Oakland Avenue apartment.
Environmentalist presents 'Blion Acre Plan'
By Carrie Thorson
For the Daily
A billion acres may seem like a lot, but it's
only a third of the amount of rainforest already
destroyed in the world. That's how many acres
Save the Rainforest President Bruce Calhoun is
trying to bring back in his "Billion Acre Plan."
Yesterday students in the School of Natural
Resources and Environment listened to Calhoun
promote his solution to save the rainforest and
his new book, "Close Calls and Foolhardy
"We're destroying the rainforest out of igno-
rance,' Calhoun said.
"Who are we to say what species belong on
earth?" he asked. "Is our wisdom greater than
the wisdom of evolution or the wisdom of
Calhoun's plan is to raise enough money to
restore one billion acres of rainforest. This
involves paying off local farmers who are cut-
ting it down in the first place, which calls for
huge government and corporate support.
The radical plan caused some students to be
skeptical, including SNRE senior Jessica
Mendelowitz, chair of Michigan Student
Assembly's Environmental Issues Commission
which arranged for Calhoun to speak at the Uni-
"I don't know about this plan," Mendelowitz
said. "lie's just a scientist, not an ecologist. He
might need help in that area."
Other students shared her skeptical views.
"Plans like this take a lot of money," SNRE
junior Evan Hyatt said. "People aren't willing to
give money to problems they can't see right in
The earth loses about 100 species every day,
and only 3.5 billion acres of rainforest remain
out of the 7.1 billion that existed 200 years ago.
"As many as five species per hour go extinct.
Even the thought that it could get that high is
terrible," Hyatt saidj.
Scientists predict that at the rate of current
deforestation, the earth's rainforests will be
completely destroyed in 50 years. That makes us
the last generation with an opportunity to do
something about it, so plans like this are taken
"I'm getting all positive reactions. There's no
down side to this program," Calhoun said.
"It's a good start," SNRE sophomore Gabriel
Bruce Calhoun, president of Save the Rainforest, speaks at the School of Natural Resources and the
Environment yesterday about his "Billion Acre Plan" to save the world's rainforests.
Calhoun said he hopes to gain international
attention with the help of his new book, a dra-
matic romance novel targeted toward women.
"Mostly it's women who care about the envi-
ronment and who buy the book, so there's a lot
of adventure, romance and close calls," Calhoun
"But they're all true,"he added.
A guitar by any other name
for women who
By Courtney Crimmins
For the Daily
Remembering her own college days,
Carol Boyd does not preach abstinence
from drinking. But Boyd, the director of
the University's Substance Abuse Cen-
ter, says "moderation, moderation, mod-
eration" is the key to avoid the harmful
position without power,
terday at a panel dis
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correlation." But she al
" Boyd said yes- The discussion, titled "What's Hot
cussion about and What Should Be in Women's
Health Research," was held in the East
past, Boyd said, Conference Room of the Rackham
ie sexual assault Building. The panel was hosted in cele-
cohol for fear it bration of the opening of Lane Hall, the
act, but she said newly renovated home of the women's
se of the heavy studies department and the Institute for
so cautions that Research on Women and Gender.
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