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The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, January 31, 2001-- 3

IGHER ED
Not all campus
crime is reported
under new bill
Last week's assault and attempted
robbery of a Syracuse University
graduate student by a group of
teenagers near an apartment complex
will not be reported in campus crime
statistics, said Wesley Bird, assistant
director of the Syracuse University
Department of Public Safety.
The crime does not have to be
included in the annual report of crimi-
nal offenses, released to the U.S.
Department of Education, because the
incident did not take place on or adja-
cent to university property, Bird said.
"We're just following what the law
says," he added. "We have to draw the
line somewhere.'
The Clery Law requires all colleges
and universities receiving federal
assistance to report their campus
crime statistics to the department, said
Howard Clery 111, treasurer of Securi-
ty on Campus - a non-profit organi-
zation dedicated to improving safety
at U .S. colleges.
Gore to teach at
three universities
Former Vice President Al Gore
has announced plans to teach at
Middle Tennessee State University,
Fisk University in Nashville and
Columbia University in New York.
The MTSU course, as well as the
Fisk course, will be on the subject
of community building. At Colum-
bia, Gore plans to teach a seminar
on news and media in public policy
at the Columbia Graduate School
of Journalism during the current
semester.
Gore said teaching was always
something he wanted to try and he
ewas particularly excited about
teaching the courses on community
building because it's something
new.
U.S. Rep. Bart Gordon said it
wasn't hard to convince Gore to
teach at MTSU considering his
father attendd the university.
Gore has also announced that he
will soon begin an academic rela-
tionship with University of Califor-
nia at Los Angeles, but the details
*of the nature and duration of that
involvement is still tentative.
There also has been some dis-
cussion of Gore teaching at Van-
derbilt University, where he
received his bachelor's degree in
journalism, but it appears this will
not be the case in the near future.
Vanderbilt spokeswoman Beth For-
tune said though are no current
lans for Gore to teach at the
Nashville school, he would be wel-
come to do so.
Kent State police
to return rifles
Kent State President Carol
Cartwright has asked the universi-
ty's police department to return the
M-16 military rifles they recently
purchased. Cartwright initially was
in acceptance of the weapons but
now says she is willing to return
them at any cost - refund or not.
The decision to return the
weapons was made after an out-

pour of discontent was heard from
both the university and the commu-
nity. A petition from the Under-
graduate Student Senate to do away
with the weapons and a large
amount of media attention also
played a role in the request.
The police have agreed to send the
weapons back in order to keep the
connection and trust between the
police and the community, Kent State
Director of Safety Jim Peach said.
Cartwright said it was appropri-
ate for the police department to
have made the decision to purchase
the rifles, which was done without
university knowledge, since they
are an independent operation and
are not required to contact the uni-
versity on administrative issues.
Peach said the rifles that were to
be replaced by the M-16 will still
be replaced by new weapons. The
police department will do research
to find the best suitable weapon for
the university, but it will not be a
military weapon.
-Compiled with U-WIRE reports by
Daily Staff Reporter Jane Krull.

Architecture GSIs file grievance with

'U'

By Whitney Elliott
Daily Staff Reporter
Sixteen Graduate Student Instructors from the
Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Plan-
ning have filed a grievance against the University
concerning the number of hours they work.
In their grievance, filed under the Graduate
Employees Organization, the GSIs said they are
required to do too much work in the time they are
paid to work and to remedy the problem the Uni-
versity administration should hire more GSIs.
In a letter to the GEO, replying to the second
step of the grievance procedure, Architecture
chairman Brian Carter said he had spoken with
professors involved in the grievance, who have
agreed to limit the remaining hours the GSIs will
work in the courses.
"The remedy for the situation has been that
they were told to cut down on their hours. That's
not feasible," said Architecture graduate student
June Komisar.
The grievance is specific to one course, Archi-
tecture 316, but GSIs and students contend that this

grievance will affect all classes at the University.
"It's kind of like they are ignoring the fact that
this is a chronic thing. This isn't a one-semester
problem," said Architecture senior Kristi
Kozubal. "I think they're looking for a simple
solution. What really needs to change is the class
size and the number of hours."
Yesterday, GSIs met with Architecture Dean
Douglas Kelbaugh and Assistant Dean Melissa
Harris to discuss the grievances and procedures
taken thus far.
Kelbaugh said the GSIs and the administration
had an open and constructive meeting, but the Col-
lege of Architecture and Urban Planning cannot
comment on the content of the meeting, as the Uni-
versity's grievance meetings are confidential.
Architecture senior Adrianna Jordan said she
respects the GSIs who have filed the grievance
standing up for their rights.
"They are putting their names on the lines for
future generations of GSIs," Jordan said.
Annette Wilson, a graduate architecture stu-
dent, said she has seen this problem throughout
her career at the University.

"I've been here since 1996. This has been a
constant problem. It's a problem that the adminis-
tration has known about, but since nobody has
filed a grievance until now, the administration has
ignored it," Wilson said.
Architecture GSI Al Weisz agreed with Wilson.
"This has been going on for years. None of the
GSIs knew. Contract? What's a contract?" Weisz
said.
Wilson said GSIs are afraid to file grievances
because they are afraid to have their name on a
"bad" list and because some professors they work
under are also administrators.
Architecture GSI Alex Briseno says the GSIs
are given a set amount of work to do and there is
no way to cut back the time they spend if they are
expected to do the work.
"It's a structural problem. We tried to figure a
way to cut hours, but the amount of work to pre-
pare, to grade exceeds the amount of time we
have" Briseno said.
Briseno said that due to the small amount of
time he spends helping students, many students
have begun approaching top students for help.

Architecture senior Mara Braspenninx said stu-
dents who cannot get enough help from GSIs
have come to her for help.
"I don't feel that I'm qualified to answer questions
other students have for me," Braspenninx said.
Braspenninx said she has some stock in what
comes of this grievance.
"I'm graduating and I've applied to the gradu-
ate program. I'd like to be a GSI so it's relevant to
me," Braspenninx said.
Architecture GSI Yumiko Aoki agreed that
students are not getting the help they need to
learn from their homework.
"We can't go over our limit (of hours) now. I
have to say, 'Go ask your friends first,"' Aoki said.
When filing a grievance with the University,
four steps must be taken. The first is speaking
with a professor, the second is filing a written
complaint with the chair of the department, the
third is a written complaint to the dean of the col-
lege and the fourth is bringing the complaint to
the Senate Advisory Council for University
Affairs and the Administration. The Architecture
GSI's are currently on the third step.

Campaigning amendments
defeated at MSA meeting

By Carrie Thorson
Daily Staff Reporter
Last night the Michigan Student Assembly defeated two
amendments that would restrict the campaign freedom of
future MSA candidates.
The amendments would have made two major changes:
Candidates would be punished by MSA if they did not abide
by University regulations concerning what times they could
campaign in the residence halls, and distribution of any mate-
rials in Angell, Haven, Mason and Tisch halls would be pro-
hibited.
Rackham Rep. Nancy Abdel-Khalek voiced the concern of
several assembly members that doing so would lower voter
turnout.
"This cuts residents off from MSA," Abdel-Khalek said.
"Residence halls are hubs of campus activity."
Other assembly members supporting the resolutions had
concerns about students' privacy.
"People hate MSA campaigning so much that they're will-
ing to put up a sign on their door saying please just leave me
alone," said LSA Rep. Doug Tietz.
Assembly Vice President Jim Secreto said he was con-

cerned about the message of defiance MSA would be giving
by not passing the resolution.
"The relationship between MSA and other parts of the Uni-
versity community is an important one to maintain," Secreto
said. "The failure to pass the resolution will not shed kindly
on other areas of the University."
Miranda Massie, lead counsel for the intervening defen-
dants in the lawsuit challenging Law School admissions polj-
cies, spoke at last night's meeting. Massie described to the
assembly what has been happening with the lawsuits so far
and asked for "full engagement" from MSA.
"We're at a really historic moment with these cases;'
Massie said, stressing the significance of the decision being
either a step forward or backward on the question of integra-
tion in higher education. She emphasized the weakness of the
plaintiffs' case and that much excitement was to come with
the University having not presented the bulk of its case yet.
"I think it's going to be absolutely and completely thrilling,
and it's never been done before," Massie said. "We need the
importance of the case to be reflected in what (MSA) does?'
The assembly also passed resolutions to support Critical
Race Theory Awareness Week beginning last Monday and to
support the "Anti-Hate Crimes Candlelight Vigil" tomorrow.

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Sociology Prof. David Shome following his moderation of a discussion on the
American Dream at the University's Dialogues on Diversity.
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By Kara Wenzel
For the Daily
University community mem-
bers discussed their opinions on
topics including homophobia,
government mistrust and race
relations yesterday afternoon dur-
ing the University's Dialogues on
Diversity conference titled "In
Search of Common Ground."
Program Coordinator Pat
McCune said the daylong confer-
ence, a series of panel and audi-
ence discussions, was held "to
provide an opportunity for people
who are interested or involved in
diversity and dialogue issues to
get together and share ideas and
experiences."
Psychology Prof. Patricia Gurin
spoke about a first-year seminar
she taught about race and ethnici-
ty issues.
Through dialogue, she said,
"students learned what it means
to be a member of a group and an
individual."
"Dialogue may be a Band-Aid"
in solving social ills, Gurin said,
but she thinks it is helpful to "get
students talking, feeling, reading
and thinking in a required
course."
LSA junior Rachel Klastorin
came to the conference after talk-
ing to her sociology professor,
David Schoem, about social
injustices.
Schoem, the faculty director of
the Michigan Community Schol-
ars Program, moderated the last
discussion of the day concerning
rebuilding the American Dream
in communities and schools.
Klastorin is a member of the

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LSA freshman
student group Students Against
Violence Everywhere, which she
said "goes into elementary
schools to teach dialogue about
acceptance, tolerance, diversity
and responsibility. We try to
increase awareness and teach kids
to keep dialogues going."
LSA freshman Chelsea Kam-
merer, a member of Intergroup
Relations, a dialogue-promoting
student group, said she attended
to get ideas for her own group.
"Dialogue is a good chance for
people of different social ID
groups to discuss anything,"
Kammerer said.
Stephen Sumida, a former Uni-
versity professor and current
chair of American Ethnic Studies
at the University of Washington,
spoke of "the classroom as a sort
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He said he is "not a part of the
assumption that you go into dia-
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