The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, November 8, 2000 - 3
TAs prepared to
strike if union
University of Washington teaching
assistants voted last week to strike if
the administration does not acknowl-
edge their union.
The four-day vote included 1,100
graduate teaching assistants and
resulted in an 86 percent majority
Since 1998, the Graduate Student
Employment Action Coalition and the
nited Auto Workers have argued that
having a graduate teaching assistant
union will help to improve wages,
working conditions, employee benefits
and job security.
This goal is supported by more than
80 percent of the university's graduate
In spite of the clear majority, Wash-
ington administrators refused to rec-
nize the GSEAC/UAW
Currently, union members have not
determined the measures of the strike,
but say members of each department
will be meeting to figure out the logis-
Washington President Dick
McCormick issued a letter to the stu-
dent body stating his disapproval of
graduate students belonging to a
union for he believes it to be disrup-
tive to a good leaming environment.
Melissa Meade, spokeswoman for
'SEAC/UAW at the University, said
that the union hopes the vote will
make their potential actions clear, and
hopes the university administration
Ohio U. students
Ohio University students want
more information about the courses
they may take next term.
The school held a roundtable dis-
cussion last week to determine student
interest in courses.
The discussion was between the
Ohio University Student Senate, and
Many students indicated they s'ant-
Scourse Websites, complete with
previous course syllabi to prepare
themselves for the courseload.
Additionally, students wanted pro-
fessor evaluations listed online.
Other concerns included including
the implementation of a women stud-
ics concentration and the availability
CLA holds Rabin
The University of California at
Los Angeles Hillel and Bruin
Friends of Israel co-sponsored a
memorial service for former Israeli
Prime Minister Itzhak Rabin last
weekend despite opposition from
Rabin was assassinated on Nov. 4,
1995 at a peace rally in Tel Aviv,
Israel Chair of UCLA Hillel Shani
Yacoby said it is important to com-
memorate Rabin's dream of peace in
But those in opposition made their
One member of the audience went
tore up an Israeli flag at the memorial.
Jewish students at the memorial did
not acknowledge the protesters.
Northwestern University janitors
voted unanimously last weekend to
strike for higher wages and better ben-
efits if negotiations could not be
The janitors at Northwestern make
pout $7 per hour, where the other
Thicago-area janitors are making
between S10 and $13 dollars and
includes full family health insurance.
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Jodie Kaufimanfomt U-WIRE reports.
Engineering student dies after accident
By Jaimie Winkler
Daily News Editor
A University student died last night in a car
accident on U.S. 23 while returning to campus
after casting her ballot in Pittsfield Twp.
Elisa Moore, a 21-year-old Engineering
senior, died an hour after the 8 p.m. accident
after being transported to St. Joseph's Hospi-
tal in Ypsilanti, said her father, University
Kinesiology and communications studies
Prof. David Moore.
"I believe she was so ardent and deter-
mined to vote today because of her support
for the Democratic party. Normally, she
wouldn't have come back to vote in this
precinct," Moore said in a phone call early
According to a Michigan State Police
report, Elisa lost control of the vehicle while
driving on U.S. 23 North near the I-94 inter-
change. She swerved to avoid a deer that had
been killed by' another vehicle.
Her 1997 Toyota Camry rolled an undeter-
mined number of times, the report states. She
was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected
from the car.
Elisa died in the company of friends and
members from her Seventh Day Adventist
Church in Ypsilanti.
She is survived by her father, her mother
June and her 18-year-old brother Jeremy.
Moore described his daughter as loving
and popular on campus, being active at the
University and in the surrounding communi-
She played the violin since the age of 4
and often played in local concerts.
In addition to involvement with her church
and the Adventist Students for Christ, Elisa
interned at General Electric this summer in
Erie, Pa., and traveled to Sao Paulo, Brazil
for a global business program.
"She was in the process of interviewing -
with a number of companies on campus. She
21-year-old senior was
returning to campus
after voting at home.
was planning to do work in business opera-
tions for major corporations," Moore said,
adding that his daughter expressed an interest
in traveling to Europe and learning new lan-
The family has yet to announce funeral
A lesson in democracy
28 vie for'8 Rackham seats
By Johanna Wetmore
Dily Staff Reporter
As Michigan Student Assembly
candidates rev up their campaigns
for next week's elections, the Rack-
ham Student Government enters the
third day in its R
week - long
effort to fill the "o
Fall 2000 repre-
he expects a
turnout, although a minority of the
total Rackham student population
will actually vote. "A 10-12 percent
voter turn out is good," he said.
"The grad school is thrilled, ecstatic
with that high amount of participation."
Fairfield hasn't seen the numbers for the
first day, but he anticipates turnout simi-
lar to last years participation of roughly
700 out of 7,000 students.
Kam Siu, one of three candidates
for the only open education division
seat, said he would like to work on the
lack of involvement of graduate stu-
dents at the University.
"Ten percent turnout isn't a lot," Siu
Marissa Ebersole, one of nine candi-
dates up for two spots in the engineer-
ing and physical sciences division,
stressed the importance of voting this
week. "They're your voice in Rack-
ham," she said.
Fairfield said he is thrilled to
have a high candidate participation
as well with 28 candidates running
for eight seats in Rackham's five
divisions - health and biological
sciences, engineering and physical
sciences, social sciences, arts and
humanities and education.
"Last year we had something like 17
candidates for 8 spots," said health and
biological sciences incumbent Clarise
Rivera said she wants to continue
"attacking a lot of the issues we
brought up last year."
Fairfield said those major issues
include child care concerns for
graduate students, University bus-
ing and transit improvements, a col-
laborative project with the
Michigan Student Assembly, gradu-
ate student athletic ticket distribu-
tion, as well as increased
interdisciplinary social interaction
for Rackham students.
Siu would like to secure more fund-
ing for these issues. "We need funding
before any of the major issues can be
implemented. It's not a one-step
process," Siu said.
Potential candidates had until
Nov. 3 to submit statements at the
Rackham Student Government
Website for candidacy. "If you sub-
mitted a statement, you're a candi-
date," Fairfield said.
Candidate statements can be found
online at ms ic.ed/rsugov/'elec-
tions. Online voting will close at mid-
Michael Weaver shows his ballot to his daughter Chelsea and son Mike, Jr.
as he votes at Roosevelt Elementary in Port Huron yesterday.
MSA doles funds
to student groups
Family donates $3.4M to 'U'
* Gore wins mock
election held during the
By Jane Krull
Daily Staff Reporter
In the spirit of Election Day, the
Michigan Student Assembly held a
mock presidential election at its meet-
ing last night.
"If MSA is a microcosm of the rest
of society, Al Gore will win in a land-
slide,' MSA Vice President Jim Secre-
The assembly votes totaled 18 for
Vice President Al Gore, three for
Texas Governor George W. Bush and
one each for Libertarian candidate
Harry Browne and Green candidate
Despite the mock election, the meet-
ing's main event was voting on the
Budget Priorities Committee recom-
mendations for allocating $88,995 to
various student organizations.
The recommendations passed 23-
1, with only one attempted amend-
Peace and Justice Committee Chair
Jessica Curtin tried to amend the
amount of funding given to the Coali-
tion to Defend Affirmative Action
from $300 to S600, but the assembly
voted the amendment down.
Curtin said the increase in funding
was necessary to reimburse members
who spent their personal money on
activities during Affirmative Action 102.
The two groups that received the
largest funding were Dance
Marathon and the Indian American
Student Association with $1,500
each. K-Grams followed with
S1,450 and La Voz Mexicana was
MSA gave the Detroit Project
S1,200 and Students Organizing for
Labor and Economic Equality
Another source of funding for student
groups is LSA-Student Government.
LSA-SG budget recommendations
allocated S18,327 to student groups.
The groups allocated the most amount
of funds from LSA-SG were similar to
those that topped MSA's BPC alloca-
Additionally, the groups with signif-
icant funding were New Currents
Magazine and Alpha Phi Omega,
wihich received $500 each and the
Midwest Asian American Students
Conference receiving $450.
LSA-SG also proposed S2,500 to
Departmental Student Club funding.
The proposal relies on the LSA Dean's
Office to add S5,000 to the proposed
The Departmental Student Club
provides programming that helps stu-
dents in selecting departmental classes
and guidance when choosing a con-
After three weeks of watching from
the sidelines, MSA President Hideki
Tsutsumi returned to chairing the
MSA meeting last night.
Tsutsumi seemed more confident
while he conducted the meeting after
watching Student General Counsel
Alok Agrawal chair the last few meet-
"It felt good," said Tsutsumi of
returning to his role.
Also at last night's MSA meeting
Rules and Elections Committee Chair
Ryan Whiteherse announced the
removal of three more assembly mem-
bers due to lack of attendance.
Kinesiology Rep. Lauren Johnson
and LSA Reps. Amit Pandya and
Rodolfo Palma-Lulion were removed
for acquiring 12 absences during their
year-long term on the assembly.
By Courtney Crimmins
For the D~aily
To Beverly Vahlteich DeLaney, the
education her father received at the
Universiiy's College of Pharmacy was
valuable in helping Hans W. Vahlteich
discover his love of science.
Now, DeLaney has made a S3.4
million gift to the college to show
the family's appreciation - the
largest donation the school has ever
"The gift is in memory of my father,
his life, and his passion for science
which was nurtured and given the
opportunity to flourish at the U-M
College of Pharmacy," she said in a
Ara Paul, who served as dean of
the college from 1975 to 1996 and
is a friend of the family, said
DeLaney wanted to commemorate
her father and his experience at the
"He felt very strongly about his
studies at the school," Paul said.
The donation will go toward pro-
fessorships and research in bio-
chemistry, microbiology and the
relation of molecular structure to
George Garcia, associate profes-
sor of medicinal chemistry and
pharmacognosy, said the donation is
important to the college because
"funds bring in people with cutting
edge research programs and will
help the students."
It will also help the school complete
initial research before asking for feder-
al funds, Garcia said.
Dennis Gilbert, communications
director for the College of Pharmacy,
said the funds can also be used to
attract highly qualified professors par-
ticularly in pharmaceutical sciences
and medicinal chemistry where there
Garcia said recruiting the best bene-
fits students and professors alike.
"Academic institutions with top
notch professors, students and grad
student researchers enhance the envi-
ronment creating a 'community of
scholars,"' Garcia said.
Reflecting on his career in 1977
Vahlteich said an education in phar-
macy serves as an education in life.
"I much prefer pharmacy to a
straight literary education. It gives
tremendous capacity for enjoying
life we wouldn't have without it,"
While at the University, Vahlte-
ich earned a masters of science
degree as a Fredrick Sterns fellow
"He felt very strongly about his studies
at this school."
Former College of Pharmacy dean
He also worked as a reporter for The
Michigan Daily and established time
alpha chapter of the Aristolochite
Society, which earned him the Soci-
ety's Distmiguished Service Award in
He went on to work at Best Foods
Inc., starting as a research chemist apd
became a vice president of research
and quality control in 1943.
At the company, Vahlteich patented
work in the hydrogenation of domestic
vegetable oils accelerated development
as well as furthered public acceptance
of commercial margarine.
Vahleteich is also known for his
contributions in making Hellman's
Mayonnaise and Best Foods May-
onnaise widely-recognized brands.
Because the family is very private a
small ceremony will be held in appre-
ciation of the donation.
"He and mother were modest people
who shunned public display and fan-
fare. This is something I know they
would have approved: A gift to benefit
and encourage scientific discovery and
achievement,' DeLaney said.
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