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One hundred ten years ofedftorkdfreedom


CLASSIFIED: 764-0557
www michigandailycom

January 26, 2001

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By Shannon Pettypiece
For the Daily
In response to a law signed by Gov.
John Engler earlier this month that
t uld allow more Michigan residents
carry concealed firearms, a Detroit-
based anti-gun coalition is seeking
200,000 signatures on a petition to put
the measure on the November ballot
Members of the group People Who
Care About Kids solicited signatures
in Ann Arbor yesterday as part of their
statewide petition drive.
After one day of petitioning in the
Michigan Union, Calvin Conrad said
ere appeared to be a very strong
Wsponse from the student community.
"Colleges are way better with this
type of petition.... Two out of every
10 students have signed the petition
and about eight out of 10 adults;' Con-
rad said.
Conrad spent a full day outside the
Union yesterday and plans to continue
there today from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.
The petition needs 200,000 signa-
es, which would account for about 8
percent of the state's population, to put
the issue before voters in the fall.
The concealed weapons bill is
scheduled to take effect in July and
could produce an estimated 180,000
new gun owners.
Under the new law, the only restric-
tions placed on gun owners who wish
to conceal a weapon is that they be
over 21 years old, have never been
nvicted of a felony, pass a back-
ound check and complete a certified
gun safety course.
Although many University students
are ineligible to participate in the peti-
tion drive because they are not regis-
tered voters in Michigan, the ones who
did sign it said they feel strongly about
the issue. "I don't believe that if every-
one has a gun it will make things safer,"
4'ckham student Chris Farah said.
Ann Arbor resident Chris Carter said
he signed the petition because he would
feel unsafe if more people were able to
carry weapons wherever he goes.
, don't like theidea of people
walking around on the streets with
guns,' Carter said.
Conrad said the issue should be up to
voters to decide rather than lawmakers
in Lansing. "The old law was fine the
way it was. The last thing we need are
more guns around the kids," he said.
OA@ording to People Who Care
About Kids, one in every 50 residents
is expected to apply for a permit and
Michigan will become home to
200,000 gun owners.
Although the new law may put more
guns on the streets, it will also tighten
regulations of where guns can be car-
ried. Under current state law, guns can
be carried anywhere, but with the new
w they will not be permitted in
schools, day cares, playgrounds , bars,
casinos, large entertainment facilities,
classrooms or hospitals.
In 1995, Texas passed a law that
made it easier for individuals who had

never been convicted of a felony to
carry a concealed firearm.
Texas Department of Public Safety
statistics show that the number of con-
cealed weapon permits in the state
rose 41.2 percent in the next two years.
0 the same time period, police report-
54.5 percent more felony and mis-
demeanor cases involving concealed
weapon permit holders.
On our last night at the Daily,
we've had a blast. We've
taken afew liberties with the
paper today in celebration,
but we hope you'll enjoy
Othe new editors who will
follow us: Good luck, we
know you'll do a great job.
We know The Michigan Daily
wdl continue to inform,
entertain and annoy many on
campus for years to come. We

Students fight r 'fair' wages
Group storms
* :~ ~ ~ Bo lnger s offce

By Michael Grass
Daily StaffReporter
FLEMING - Calling on the
administration to end sweatshop
labor at the University, 20 students
stormed the Fleming building yester-
day demanding to talk to President
Lee Bollinger.
The group, Coworkers Against
Sweatshop Horrors, was comprised
of senior editors and reporters from
the University's student-run newspa-
per - The Michigan Daily.
"All we're asking for is basic fair-
ness and response from the administra-
tion to our needs as journalists," Daily
Editor in Chief Mike Spahn said.
"That being said, we feel we need a
pay increase of at least $10 an hour to
continue producing quailty coverage."
When students arrived at Fleming,
office managers immediately
engaged in lock down procedure.
"We've had a lot of problems
throughout the years with students
taking over our office, so we've
implemented contingency plans,"
said an assistant who asked that her
name not be printed.
But CASH members said they
would not vacate the building until
they spoke to Bollinger. Daily editors
and reporters pressed their impover-
ished noses to the glass doors sur-
rounding Bollinger's office.
University spokeswoman Julie Peter-
son said Bollinger was out of town and
proceeded to set up a conference call
with the protesters.
Spahn listed the protesters
demands, including: A pigeon-free
and handicapped accessible building,
carpet, phones that don't involve cans
and strings, and an increase in wages
to meet the minimum requirements
of the federal government.
"We're not even the ones paying

you!" Bollinger said, adding that the
paper has been independent from the
University since its inception in 1890.
Bollinger made the call from his
hotel room in California. California
is on the west coast, take I-94W to I-
80W continue past Des Moines and
Las Vegas. Exit I-80 and take a left
on Mission Street.
CASH plans to recruit Tom Goss,
who has ample free time, to fight
their case to the administration.
Managing News Editor Jewel Gop-
wani said it's important to continue the
fight because her salary won't even
cover the basic college necessities.
"I can't buy CDs anymore, all I can
do is rely on Napster" Gopwani said.
"And that will be gone soon too!"
University students Jessica Drapes,
Joe Delgada and Nick O'Rully
formed a coalition to support the
efforts of CASH.
"Maybe if they were paid better,
their opinion would be a little more
unbiased," Delgada said.
LSA senior Perf said that fair
wages are essential to covering real
news that affects the nation. "The
New York Times covers it," Perf said.
CASH members claim that their
cause supports the editors of the
future. Spahn said maybe the group
would further its cause under the
name - The Michigan Daily: New
Wages for a New Millennium of
Editors and Other People at the
Daily who Don't Make Nearly
Enough Money for the Job that they
Do, Fighting for Equality and Jus-
tice with Liberty and Daily for All.
Earlier this year, the Daily con-
ducted a survey in conjunction with
the Institute for Social Research
.and the Department of Communica-
tions Studies, in which 87 percent
of students stated the Daily's staff is

Mike Spahn
Editor in Chief,
works 70 hours a week,
takes the paper to bed
every night very AP

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"I am sick of spend-
ing my peanuts to buy
bagels for you whores."

"Editorial freedom
don't mean no pay- Spahn

"Will it ever end? I
need to move out of my
cardboard box."

"I don't get paidL
enough to spell my own Schuttle
name right."

"I may have to start
sleeping with my sources Fish
for extra cash:

UHS offers 'U'
nutritional stuff

Nothing fits in this spac

By Kara Wenzel
For the Daily
Unbeknownst to most students,
the University Health Services provides
a nutrition clinic that offers services
ranging from low-fat diet planning to
coping with lactose intolerance.
"Good nutrition means better
health," said Marilyn Nakamoto, the
University Health Service's full-time
registered nutritionist.
"The nutrition clinic was created
over 30 years ago because students liv-
ing away from home for the first time
often need help planning their meals,"
Nakamoto said. "About 80 percent of
the people I see are students."

While Nakamoto's position does not
take her out of the clinic, she does see
a wide range of patients, including
those with eating disorders, diabetes
and vegetarians. She helps them add
fiber to their diet, cut out fat or find
healthy substitutes for foods they do
not like but need to stay healthy.
Students wishing to gain or lose
weight also frequent her office for body
fat analysis and meal planning. Some
patients are referred by doctors, but
many seek help from the clinic on their
Nakamoto said she uses U.S. dietary
guidelines to explain the importance of
a well-balanced diet.
See UHS, Page 2

"Thiyis one Yfor
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the chil1dren (at
the Daily)"
Live, from the front page, it's Unsung Ann Arbor - now
in fabulous Technicolor!
If you're a frequent reader of this publication, you're proba-
bly familiar with the fact that the Daily often features inter-
views with assorted figures from the worlds of politics,
entertainment and sports, among others. Before commencing
with the questions and answers, these
articles are usually prefaced by the
phrase, "The Michigan Daily recently sat
down with so and so to discuss such and
such"-- or something to that effect.
Well, the tables have finally turned.
I recently sat down with The Michi-
gan Daily to discuss Daily staffers,
trends in writing and 110 years of edito-
rial freedom. We met at Red Hawk over
drinks and seafood enchiladas, and
Chris talked long into the night. I wanted to
capture the sights, the sounds, the smells
Kula of a hard-working college newspaper. But
Unsung I got more than I had expected - a lot
more. So without further ado, this is The
ArboA Ann Michigan Daily.
Chris Kula: The Michigan Daily,
you've seen presidents come and go, world wars fought and
won - from your perspective, what's been the most impor-
tant story of the 20th Century?
The Michigan Daily: Hmm ... you know, it may sound

DANA lNNANE/Photo bitch
And here is a cutline for after the streamer. This
should be two lines long as well, and should tell a bit
about the photo, the people in it, and all that fun stuff.

Winterfest tempts, dazzles, wows

By Stephanie Schonholz
Daily StaffReporter

Winterfest, the annual festival that creates a
setting for University students to learn more
about the hundreds of student-run organiza-

specific shows."
At the table advertising the University's
Solar Car Team, Rackham student Nader
Shwayhat said he expected 20 to 30 people to
sign up for the team at Winterfest. New mem-
bers would be in addition to the 50 students

Solar Car team "was for everyone, not just
Engineering students."
Representatives from many of the organi-
zations at Winterfest said the turnout for this
forum is usually significantly less than Festi-
fall, which is held on the Diag during the first

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