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Students Organizing for Labor and Economic Equal-
Several monitoring groups have recently trav-
eled to Mexico to monitor the factory. The first to
arrive was the Workers Rights Consortium, an
organization comprised of students, universities
and other human rights groups, which confirmed
the preliminary accusations against the manage-
ment at Kukdong.
But Verite, a second independent monitoring com-
any hired by Nike, issued a preliminary report
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missed students to find out why they were not allowe
return after winter or summer break.
"I don't think it's a question of intelligence at this p
but something else," Sul said. "The more the individ
can't believe that they got kicked out, the harder it is
those individuals to deal with the issues that got tt
cked out in the first place."
Some students skip the academic probation stage and
automatically suspended because their semester gr
point average is below 0.6. "Things are sufficiently ou
hand" at this point, Judge said.
Regardless of why students are suspended, Judge
the appeal process is effective for most students who v
to return to the University. Of the 15,000 LSA undergr
ate students, 500 students are on academic probation
100 to 150 are actually suspended each term.
"After appealing, most, if they want to, do come ba
4d ge said, "Some go away and you don't necessarily kI
what happens to them."
Business School Assistant Dean of Admissions Jea
Wilt emphasized the importance of seeking an adv
once students are put on probation. "We want to make,
they know they have every resource available to the
Wilt said she hopes any Business School student on I
baticn would take the next term off rather than risk susp
sion. With regard to suspension, Wilt said, "who's1
Of the 650 undergraduate Business students, Wilt
Oe number who are actually suspended is negligible. "
objective is not to come to that point," Wilt said. "JustI
to somebody. Start with any staff member you are comf
able with. It's all handled as confidentially as possible."
Sul said he wishes he had sought faculty advice be:
letting his grade point average slip. "I guess if I'd kn
better, I would have dropped classes that I was doing p
ly in," he said. "I could have talked to academic advis
but I saw them as authority. I didn't know any better."
After moving out of the residence halls, finding an ap
Sent and transferring to Washtenaw Community Coll
for the winter semester of his sophomore year, Sul retur
to the University the next fall. He decided to take 12
credit hours each term in comparison to the 16-17 cre
he took before his suspension.
Sul said he has appreciated the perspective gained in
semester away from the University since graduating1
"It's totally changed who I am. If I had to do it again,
do it the same way," he said.
Judge and Wilt both said they believe all students
obation have a chance to recover. "I'm convinced I
eryone on probation is able to survive here," Judge sai
implying the complete opposite.
According to Nike, when Verite completes its
evaluation it will meet with the management at Kuk-
dong. That meeting will include "recommendations
and action plans for any possible corrective action at
the factory level," Nike officials said in a written
Despite these contradictions, human rights groups
have been focusing on the need for the workers to be
able to elect a new union to prevent these problems
"There doesn't seem to be any effort on the part of
the factory to let the workers have elections and to
meet a lot of the basic requests the workers had back
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d to Bollinger said, adding that it serves as "an enor
mous testimony to the quality of faculty at the Uni
oint versity of Michigan."
uals Bollinger said retention and six-year graduation
for rates at the University are the highest among
hem Michigan's 15 public institutions, at 98 percent an
83 percent, respectively.
[are "Students are extraordinarily happy about the
ade University of Michigan - as you know," he said
it of "So happy, I can't quite figure out why."
Bollinger also spoke of the University's success
said in using its money wisely. This year the University
vant of Michigan and the University of Texas were th
adu- first two public schools to be awarded a triple-A
and rating in financial management from Moody's
ck," Science took a large role in the questioning, a
now Rep. Charles LaSata (R-St. Joseph) aske
Bollinger about the University's involvement in
nne developing the next generation Internet, known a
iser Internet 2, a program mentioned by Gov. John
sure Engler in his State of the State address last month.
m," The University was "at the center of the develop
ment of the Internet and we have to stay there,"
pro- Bollinger said.
pen- Bollinger also talked about the Human Genom
that Project, headed by Prof. Francis Collins.
"What we are facing is a revolution in knowl
said edge," he said. "The University of Michigan mus
The be at the forefront of this."
talk Engler's proposed 2002 higher education budge
fort- would give universities a 1.5 percent across-the-
board funding increase and an additional 1.5 per-
fore cent contingent upon repeal of the state's tuition tax
oor- Legislators also questioned Bollinger on the cur-
ers, rent system of funding. The tier system, which
places public universities into five separate funding
art- levels, was implemented in the higher education
in January," Judeh said.
Romer-Friedman agreed, saying the factory would
continue to be monitored.
"This will not even be close to over until the work-
ers are able to have a free and fair election for an
independent union," he said.
Nike insists that it believes the Kukdong workers
have the right to choose their own union.
"Nike unequivocally supports the Kukdong facto-
ry workers' right to select a union that best repre-
sents their interests, in accordance with Mexican
law," the company said. "In addition, Nike has noti-
fied both factory management and local government
authorities of this requirement.'
budget two years ago and debated heavily last year.
The University of Michigan would receive no
additional state funding next year under the tier
- Based on Bollinger's assertion in his written
statement to the committee that the tier system
n needs to be modified in order to separate the differ-
g ent types of programs that require different levels
d of funding, Rep. Keith Stallworth (D-Detroit)
asked Bollinger how the Legislature can recognize
e the significant economic role played by the Univer-
"We really need your support as well as the
s research capabilities available," Stallworth said,
y adding that the Legislature does not seem to be
e doing an adequate job in covering the advanced
k research portion.
s "We have an array of things that we're doing at
our institution, Bollinger said. "It's very important
s that we as leaders of these institutions explain what
d we're doing and why we're doing it."
The discussion soon turned to the role of univer-
s sity autonomy and the Legislature's role in choos-
n ing what projects should receive more or less
- "Is it truly the role of the legislative body to
" decide what curriculum is important?" subcommit-
tee Chairwoman Sandra Caul (R-Mt. Pleasant)
e asked. "We've given that responsibility to the board
and the trustees."
- Bollinger emphasized that his main point was
t that funding differences need to be taken into con-
sideration by the Legislature. "When you have a
t college of engineering, that's a lot more expensive
to run than a law school," he said.
The committee seemed to react well to
Bollinger's request. Second generation University
alum Rep. Chris Kolb (D-Ann Arbor) said he
- wanted to make his biases very clear. After his
questioning, Kolb said, "I want to thank the Uni-
versity for being such a welcoming, challenging
and warming institution to go to.'
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