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The evidence was "extraordinarily clear"
that the workers are not being allowed to
rreturn to work, Nova said.
Marikah Mancini, a graduate student at
:Z.Purdue and member of the WRC's governing
board, was also a member of the fact finding
delegation.
Mancini said one of the most powerful experi-
ences for her was hearing complaints from workers
who were initially selected to represent the compa-
ny's union, Confederacion Revolucionario de
Obreros y Campesinos.
"Slowly their desire to tell the truth came
out," Mancini said.
In a letter to Nike Vice President of Corpo-
rate Responsibility Dusty Kidd, University of
Michigan General Counsel Marvin Krislov
wrote that the reports that workers have not
been allowed to return to work "presents a
critical problem."
"If this is not rectified rapidly, this loss of
employment violates legal structures and
undermines principles of freedom of associa-
tion that are central to codes of conduct,"
Krislov wrote.
The letter concludes that "we urge you, as
our long-standing partners, to do everything
Continued from Page 1.
Way is president of the Honor Council, the studen
group that oversees the code, investigates accused vio
lations and recommends verdicts and punishments t
the Faculty Committee on Discipline.
"These are the principles we believe are important,
Way said. "You shouldn't take credit for other people
work."
But other Engineering students see the Honor Cod
in a different light.
"The whole thing is crap," said an Engineerin
sophomore who asked not to be identified. He wa
accused of violating the Honor Code when a classmat
allegedly stole one of his programs.
After appearing before the Honor Council, the stu
dent was found guilty and was punished with 25 hour
of community service and a record of the incident o
his transcript.
"I thought it was really unfair because I was wrong

possible to bring about an immediate resolu- "
tion so that these workers can return to work."
Krislov added that University's letter is both
appropriate and as timely as possible. He also said
the University has been in close contact with Nike
regarding the Kukdong situation.
"Nike has been very responsive to us" he said.
Members of Students Organizing for Labor
and Economic Equality applauded the Uni-
versity's initiative but also warned that the
University must continue to follow up its
statement.
"The true value of this statement by the
University will be evident by its subsequent
actions," said SOLE member David Deeg.
Fellow SOLE member Scott Trudeau added
that "it's only the first step in rectifying the
situation but we're glad the University has
sent a clear message to Nike to clean up its
gross sweatshop abuses."
The University's other monitoring organization,
the White House-sponsored Fair Labor Associa-
tion, also released a statement urging a resolution
to the situation at Kukdong.
Nova said he was greatly encouraged by
his organization's first field investigation.
More importantly, he added, "this case is a
classic illustration that there is a need for
vigorous enforcement of collegiate codes of
conduct."
ly accused," the student said. He also commentedo
the fact that the Honor Council is made up of peersc
the accused.
it "Usually if one of those students is your friend, th
- almost always gets you off the hook without even
o slap on the wrist," he said. "It ensures that all studen
are honest and trustworthy unless you have friendso
" the Honor Council."
's "What we do is only a recommendation," Way sai
The council takes extenuating circumstances sucho
e death of a relative into account when judging case
but does not discuss their decision in front of th
g accused student.
s "We find a good 80 to 90 percent guilty," Wa
e addedsince professors make most of the accusations
Engineering students readily admit that the code
- not always followed.
s "You walk around the third floor of the media unio
n Thursday night and you see it being broken all th
time," Way said, referring to students working on th
- homework together.

Rounding them up
*

GRADES
Continued from Page 1
concerted effort the state has made to
improve the way we manage the tax-
payers' money."
The study grades state management
in five different areas to form an aver-
age score. Through a partnership of
Governing Magazine and the Maxwell
School of Syracuse University, the
report was completed using surveys,
more than 1,000 interviews, and public
records of state officials involved in
the areas of financial management,
capital management, human resources,
managing for results and information
technology.
States received a ranking in each
category, which were then combined
for an average score.
Jones said he hopes the study
encourages states to take an interest in
learning from each other.
"The purpose (of the study) is to
help improve government performance
and in turn to help citizens have a
greater trust and confidence in their
government," Jones said.
The study is not meant to embarrass
poorly performing states, Jones said.
"This is not a 'gotcha' exercise," he
said.
Alabama ranked the lowest in both
the 1999 and 2001 studies, but the
state has improved from a D to a C-
minus.
Engler spokeswoman Susan Shafer
said the Government Performance Pro-
ject is "a good resource to get a good
idea on what's working"
But, she said, the improvement in
Michigan's management "is due to the

hard work of the state employees and
the initiatives set forward by the gover-
nor and enacted by the legislation"
The A-minus ranking is still a nice
pat on the back, Shafer said, and may
even receive a small mention in
Engler's address tonight.
"Obviously, we're very proud," she
said.
But not all Michigan state officials
feel the rankings are accurate.
Sen. Alma Wheeler Smith (D
Salem Twp.) said the A-minus i
information technology may be "over-
rated."
"We have not been very successful
in rolling out technology in this state,"
Smith said, pointing to access prob-
lems in the state's uniform govern-
ment accounting system, as well as
problems setting up the qualified voter
file.
Michigan is also "a couple of years"
behind in forming a universal comput-
er system for child support and has
been fined $38 million by the federi
government, Smith said.
But Smith said the state does exe
at managing money.
"The A-minus rating, if you look at
the state economy and the manage-
ment of the state budget, I think is
deserved," she said.
Still, Smith said she has reservations
on the overall state of the state.
"If you're just looking at dollars
and cents, we do well," she said. "If
you're looking at who's getting
stiffed ... we've created a tremen-
dous dichotomy between the 'haves'
and 'have-nots' - if that's the c:t
of an A-minus rating, I'd be happy
with a B-minus."

AP PHOTO
Bob Teagle, a capture specialist with the California
State Department of Fish and Game aims a net gun at a
fleeing tule elk yesterday in Los Banos, Calif.
on Several students said they are not clear on the exact
of terms of the code and may violate it without knowing.
"It's a good thing but it definitely gets violated a lot
at in terms of homework," said Engineering sophomore
a Kevin Geary.
its Engineering sophomore James Wiswall said his
on teachers encourage students to work together.
"And even if it did violate the Honor Code I would
d. still work in groups," Wiswall said.
as Engineering sophomore Adam Forney agreed that
s, the code is not enforceable.
he Despite the confusion, many Engineering students,
such as sophomore Matt Schaar, are in favor of the
ay code and its effects on Engineering students.
>. "Getting rid of it would create a lot more harm than
is keeping it," Schaar said.
Engineering sophomore Bryan Mosher believes the
on Honor Code works because of the lack of "repeat
he offenders" the Honor Council sees.
eir "That's a testament to the fact that students can
develop that aspect of their personality," Mosher said.

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