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,You feel like you re being ignored,' he said.
'No one told us'
Sociology doctoral student ('edic deLeon said he is experi-
encing another problem related to LSA budgeting. The sociol-
ogy department has decided to only give fellowships to
raduate 'students who reach candidacy by the end of their
third year, deLcon sad. This will 110 into effect for current
second-year graduate studetnts and all students after that
group. "They're comingt up vv ith acompromise for third-year
students for a half-year fellowship and a half-year GSI-ship;"
But deLeon said third-year students who were countingI on
- a full fellowship are still worried.
"The people in my year are terrified because they didn't
know this would happen. No one told us. It just came at us.
We're scrambling," deLeon said.
Gin said when she was hired in previous years, the depart-
ments did not consider what collcge she was a student in.
"Ihey were doinut tuition-blind hiing back then. Now the
* departments in LSA are constricted by this bottom line bud-
cetinm, (il said.
Gin said departments need to hire graduate students from
schools outside of LSA for courses like Comm 102.
, "This course historically relies on experienced GSis outside
of LSA. Bottom line budgetingl would break that pattern,' she
"What would this mean for quality of instruction? Current-
ly we have three GSIs working for the class I'm teachinU.
None of them are returnin. Ile relies on the veteran GSIs to
train the new GSIs"' Gin said.
"So basically, I'm the only one who has taught this class
continuously who is available to teach this class in the fell:'
he added. "IHe'll have to hae four tnew GSIs and none of
them will have tauughit this class bcf6rc."
Questions of quality
Mihas said he does not think LSA departments will hire the
best (GSis available at the University under the new budutetin u
"'bO me. that tells me that you can't hire the best people out
there. You can only hire within constraints. In big, departments
tjcy need a lot of graduate student instructors. 'Mihas said.
"Students are going to get a GSI that the department thinks
they can jam into the position. They're going to get GSis who
(101n't know their subject."
Dore said the communication studies department would not
hire someone who is not qualified to teach and with the new
budgeting plan, she did not expect any trouble in hiringt GSs.
"I don't anticipate having a shortage of (iS~s, but if they're
a quality out-of-state student, the department doesn't have the
funds to pay for their tuition," Dore said.
Some GSIs said they think teaching is a valuable part of
graduate school and they would be sorry not to have the
opportunity to spend with undergraduates,
Mihas said next year is his final year in school as well as his
last opportunity to teach
"You only get one shot as being able to teach as a GSI. I'll
never get that opportunity again," he said.
Assistant Prof. Cathe-ine Benamou, who teaches courses in
American culture, romance lanuages and film and video
studies, said in her fields, "there are not a lot of Ph.D. candi-
dates. (The new budgeting plan) narrows the pool.
Benamou said that she will therefore need to spend more
time training graduate student candidates from other depart-
ments. She also said that the (ISIs hired from other depart-
ments might not be able to help undergraduate students as
well as an instructor from a tmore applicable field.
"It will mean that underuraduates will need more contact
with the pimary instructor: B eniamou said.
Gin said specifically in SNRL, GSI positions are not
readily available. There fore, there aren't many tuit ion
waivers given away by SNRE, even without a budgetingt
plan to limit them.
"In the School of Natural Resources and the Environment
we don't tend to get financial aid. There is no financial aid
within the SNRE as opposed to other departments that get fel-
lowship finding' Gin said.
"A lot of the students in the SNR I end up GSI-iing outside
of the SNR:'she added.
Gin said in the future, people who are real ly oinut to be
hurt are the pre-candidate doctoral students like herself.
"To the next ceneration anVone who's t hinkinu about
entering a Ph.D. program in the SNRE or other professional
schools in 2001 -thev need to consider that it's coi nu to be
next to impossible to get (ISI positions in I.SA if bottom line
budgetinut coes throuch.(iin said.
N ihas said with the neX\ 1LSA budgeting plans. graduate
students will not get their full education.
"That's part of the education of a graduate student -- to
teach it as well as learn it' he said.
Detroit Project hopes to improve
neighborhoods, lives of residents
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24-year-old man who prefers to be
known as "D' and his friends Elroy
Jackson and Shawn Johnson watched
the army of University students parade
through the neighborhood on their way
to other vaied activities.
"D" is a construction worker who
lives in Southfiek, but he grew up in the
He said he appreciated the effort of
the students to help clean things up.
"Y'all need the experience part of
this:' lie said. "The only thing that we're
negative about, is that we had some out-
siders cone iin, instead of the conliuni-
tv gettingt tocether."
Jackson, the only one of his friends to
rellain in [3rightmoor, said it's possible
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to muiove outt of poverty. "You got to
leant to do somethiint. YOu lot to w ant
to Pet out of'here''
BIut if the Detroit Project works, citil-
dren like l 1-year-old Terri Mitchell
won't have to leave the neighborhood
that she loves in order to fulfill her
dream of' becoting a professional
Detroit Project Executive Director
Katie Foley, an LSA senior, said Satur-
day's activities seemed to push the city
in the direction of chaniin itself.
Folev, who said she spends a lot of
time in the area, said she and other
conlil tinity members noticed an unusu-
ally large number of'people cleaning up
outside their Ihouses while olutnteers
planted huindreds of trees alongside the
"A big goal was emllpowering the
couLIMnLit' Foles sad. "ou could :ell
there Xwas difference in the nuiiil6iof
people working outside their hon;e ,
LSA freshman Alana Aaron istAe
wxas dra in to the Detroit Iroied-twtIle
fact that it held low commitmtiit.-4it*
"I think a !ot can be donie in one day!'
she said. "In one day there's going to be
more than 200 more trees on this block.
These kids are goitIg to rememnber one
day with uis. One day is better tl'iai no
For A'aron, a favorite momtent x :ts
talkinc to a niother as she hatched her
son plant a floXwer near the school.
Aaron said the mother was lovt 4ay -
inc "That is the nicest thinut he's odiCelin
his enti re life. This must be a dotsle a}.
"I thought that was reailv aifuA i,
Wong added that more than 50 percent of Dearborn's
school children are of Arab descent.
By dramwing from the local Arab American comimunitV, the
center hopes to collect materials and resources to create an
archive that can be used for research.
c\e can provide a hub for researchers.' Stockton saiI. I Ic
added that the center is looking to the comurrunitv for dona-
tions of letters and other mementos that illustrate ie uniclue-
ness oh beiiic an Arab in Anerica.
IMost likely those arti itcts are X ing in dust-covered boxes.
forcoten ni local attics, Stockton said. The center cal pre-
ser e the comuniiiiuiitv's miemories in an archive.
"Barrinlg a nuclear war we can ;guarantee those will be here
in a hundred nears"' Stockton said. ''Everybody tells us that
the community is going to be veIy supportive of this."
Research concerning Arab Aieric'tns :s scatteted OX Ci
tile country, aiid the center can serve as a place yXX cere
resources can be'centralized and archived both !hvsical i
\W'iiut stressed the use oftlie internet as a place f'or the ceni-
ter to list resources. publicize evelts and reachi an internalitii-
al audience. The certer holds interest not only in this coutrv
but in luro1eani nations. Xwhich have a subsIatitial Arai popu-
lation. and the Arab nations thieise' es.
A are iinber of research about ;\rab 'Xlericans is done
by people 'w hose professioiial focus is not on that con nitrl it'.
Stockton said. Researchers may be ttainad as political ;1cp-
lists or sociolocists, and Arab Am\iericans do ot mii'ake upihe
bulk of'their studies.
The center is applviing for grant: to fiid ese cih au i 'as
already received responses from the cotlunity.
"I already have people applying and we don't even have
the money yet,' Stockton said.
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