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By Whitney ElIott
Daily Staff Reporter
June Gin is currently a graduate student
instructor for Communication Studies 102 and a
second-year SNRE doctoral student. Although
she has been a Comm 102 GSI several times and
her professor would like to hire her again for the
fall semester, it is likely she will not teach anoth-
rm in this department.
Gin and many other GSIs beginning to look
for jobs for the fall are concerned about the Col-
lege of Literature, Science and the Arts' recent
implementation of a so-called "bottom line bud-
geting" plan that will give departments a set
amount of money to spend on GSIs for the fall.
"The professor who I'm currently working for
is trying to hire me again," Gin said. "The com-
munications department policy is that Professor
Travis Dixon cannot hire me again. The LSA
bottom line budgeting doesn't give the commu-
nications department enough money to hire me."
The new budget only gives departments
enough money to hire LSA graduate students or
graduate students whose tuition is comparable to
that of an LSA graduate student. Departments
keep whatever money that remains after they fin-
ish hiring GSIs.
University officials are keeping tight-lipped
about the new policy. LSA budgeting department
officials would not comment on GSI hiring poli-
cies for this story.
Darci Dore, graduate program coordinator for
the communication studies department, a divi-
sion of LSA, said students have been hired from
outside the department in the past, but the budget
leaves little room for that next year.
"We now have a budget only to provide a
on waiver for LSA students or students
se tuition is lower or equal to the tuition of
SA student," Dore said.
ark Dilley, coordinator of the Graduate
loyees Organization, said the union is con-
ed with the growing number of calls from
s who are not getting jobs. GEO has filed a
vance with the University's human resources
rtment about bottom line budgeting.
We're getting calls from people saying,
y're not hiring me because my tuition costs a
bit more than the regular Rackham graduate
ent's does,"' Dilley said.
econd-year Law student Harry Mihas has
told he can no longer continue to teach in
the history of art department.
Six years of experience at ABC and NBC and
his master degree in art history should qualify
him to teach film and video classes within the
communication studies department, Mihas said,
but because he is in the Law School, he will not
"It's frustrating that I'm not being looked at or
considered. I know I-can offer students some,
thing. As an individual, I'm very qualified. I have
experience teaching as a graduate student
instructor," Mihas said.
Mihas said his calls and c-mails to LSA
administrators have not been answered.
See BUDGETING, Page 7A
center opens at
By Efzabeth Kassab
Daily Staff Reporter
The newly-established Center for
American Studies on the Universi-
Dearborn campus seeks to appeal to
southeastern Michigan's sizeable Arab
"There's nothing like this," said the
center's interim director, Robert Stock-
ton. The center is unprecedented in its
effort to collect materials and promote
awareness of the Arab American expe-
rience - both in and outside the com-
The center's objectives also include
W elling misconceptions about Arab
ericans and serving as a central
point for research.
"We are very, very excited about the
establishment of the center," said Paul
Wong, dean of the College of Arts, Sci-
ences and Letters at the Dearborn cam-
pus. "There's a lot of work to be done."
A permanent director should be
named in the fall after a national search.
Stockton said the center plans to
move into a new space next month and
anticipates that it will need to expand in
about a year.
While Alan Wald, American culture
department director in Ann Arbor, said
he did not know of any concrete plans to
collaborate with the center in Dearborn,
adding that he thought such a develop-
ment would be welcome.
"In my personal opinion, the time is
long overdue for U-M to have its own
courses on Arab American Studies,"
"Arab American issues are extremely
complicated," he said. "There are many
different nationalities. They immigrated
at different times and settled in different
The Arab American community's
size, organization and diversity are
resources the center hopes to cultivate.
"We have the most diverse Arab
American community in North Ameri-
ca," Stockton said.
See CENTER, Page 7A
es with another American Indian youth Saturday at the 29th annual Ann Arbor Pow Wow at Criser Arena. The weekend-long event feat
ms and exhibits.
By Maria Sprow
Daily Staff Reporter
This weekend more than 1,000
American Indian dancers, decked
out in full ceremonial dress,
danced and paraded their way
around Crisler Arena, creating a
sea of colors that flowed with the
rhythm of the surrounding drums
as different tribes from around the
nation came together to celebrate.
The scene, an intertribal, was
one of many coming from the
29th annual Ann Arbor Pow Wow,
"Dance for Mother Earth," which
began Friday afternoon and ended
unite at pow wow
be the leaders of the community.
The drums set the tone and keep
the competition going," said Dar-
ren Goetz, co-chair of NASA, one
of the hosts of the event. The pow
wow was also hosted by the Uni-
versity chapter of the American
Indian Science & Engineering
Society and the Office of Multi-
Ethnic Student Affairs.
Wayne Memorial High School
junior Kristin Hopkins, a member
of the Oneida tribe, who has been
dancing since she was five years
old, said she began dancing after
her parents took her to a pow
wow. Now she competes regularly.
See POW WOW, Page 2A
"Intertribals are when anyone
can go out and start dancing. It's
just everyone coming together,"
said Native American Student
Association member Nickole Fox,
an LSA freshman.'
The pow wow, one of the largest
of its kind in the Midwest, is one
of a series of competitions and
exhibits for American Indians.
Dancers come from as far as
Alaska to compete and gain
national recognition for their tal-
"In most communities, the peo-
ple on the drums are assumed to
Life, legacy of labor reformer Cesar
Chavez commemorated on campus
LSA freshman Genevieve Zemke helps Detroit resident Tenicia Tramble plant a
flower in Brightmoor on Saturday morning at the Detroit Project.
Detroit Project helps
clen p blighted cnu 1cit
By Hana LoPatin
Daily Staff Reporter
fifteen-year-old Tenicia Tramble, a
dent of Brightmoor, a community
in the northwestern section of Detroit,
was the only volunteer to race against
four male students from the University
of Michigan during a potato sack race
at Warren G. Harding Elementary
Tenicia, whose pigtails barely
reached the hips of her opponents,
was participating in a field day, one
of the more than 60 activities that
de up the Detroit Project - the
cest community service endeavor
at the University.
An estimated 1,400 students par-
ticipated all-day Saturday in an
array of community service pro-
jects in the city including painting a
mural, picking up trash, demolish-
ing vacant buildings and running
the field day for neighborhood
"I was anxious," said Tenicia, who
remained smiling and giggling as she
hopped around in a dirtied pillow case
even though she was edged out by one,
of the men.
"They care," Tenicia said of the vol-
unteers, adding that she was apprecia-
tive of the effort.
Across the street from the school, a
See DETROIT, Page 7A
By Ted Borden
Daily Staff Reporter
On a date coinciding with the birthday of
renowned labor activist Cesar Chavez, students
and University staff gathered on the Diag on
Friday to celebrate the legacy of the reformer,
as well as shed light on current local labor
The Labor Day events, which included a rally
on the Diag, a speaker panel and a video presen-
tation, were sponsored by La Voz Mexicana,
Students Organizing for Labor and Economic
Equality, the Graduate Employees Organization
and the Labor Council.
SOLE member and LSA freshman Jackie Bray
said there were two reasons for organizing the
"First we are here to celebrate Cesar Chavez's
birthday. It's important we remember our past
and the people who brought us to where we are
today," she said. "Second, it's important to inte-
grate student work with union work - we are
both stronger together."
The rally, which included speeches from the
members of SOLE and GEO, also sought to
bring attention to the plight of University bus
drivers who are worried they may lose their jobs
if the University bus service combines some
routes with the Ann Arbor Transportation
In a spirited speech, University driver Marissa
Arnold told the audience why drivers should not
lose their jobs.
"We as students have a right not to be out-
sourced," Arnold said. "Why should we give
AATA a blank check and all of our jobs and
money? We have to fight for what we believe
in. Outsourcing is an issue that needs to stop
Commenting on the drivers' attempts to keep
their jobs, Arnold said she felt the drivers "have
a strong and valid fight."
The rally was followed by a speaker's panel
in Angell Hall in which union representatives
and advocates spoke out against the epidemic
of exploited labor and offered possible solu-
Steve Steele, a member of the Farm Labor
"It's important we remember our past and the people
who brought us where we are today."
- Jackie Bray
Organizing Committee, noted the exploitation of
immigrant workers, a problem he said is present
in southeastern Michigan. He pressed the audi-
ence to buy Union-made products.
"We need to show our support for Union
workers," Steele said.
The day's events concluded with a video pre-
sentation in East Quad of "The Fight in the
Fields," a film about the life apd work of Cesar
Chavez and the United Farm Workers.
Those in attendance were visibly supportive of
the issues being presented throughout the after-
"This event is really highlighting a problem
that not many are talking about and should be
talking about," said LSA freshman Mayur Chu-
dasama, who attended the rally.
"It's small but spirited and I hope it opens up
the campus to labor issues," said RC sophomore
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