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CLASSIFIED: 764-0557

April 9,2001

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,The heat
is on, for a
few days
at least
M After near-record
highs, temperatures are
expected to drop back
into the 30s next week
By Maria Sprow
Daily Staff Reporter
The popular adage "you might be
om Michigan if you've ever experi-
enced frostbite and sunburn in the
same week" has held especially true
this month as Ann Arbor has received
both snow and near-record highs.
Last Sunday students woke to find a
layer of snow on their cars, but yester-
day students were outside in shorts and
tank tops, lounging on the Diag and in
the Arb as temperatures reached 77
degrees. The temperature missed the
day's record - set in 1991 - by only
.3 degrees, said University weather
observer Dennis Kahlbaum.
Some students are finding the sud-
den changes of weather hard to get
used to, although almost nobody is
"I think it's finally great. I just hope
that it doesn't start snowing again
tomorrow," said LSA freshman Crissy
Logarta, who said she's from an area
in Wisconsin where the weather is
nore stable. "Ann Arbor weather is
crazy. ... I could never get used to it."
While some students have given
up trying to guess what tomorrow
will bring, others find out what
clothes to save for the next day by
checking the Weather Channel and
the Internet.
"I check the weather every single
day, to find out whether its going to
snow or not, or be 70 degrees," Logar-
But they might want to look else-
where for good news.
"I don't think it's going to last
because I checked on the Internet,"
said Loubna Bouamane, a French pro-
fessor who said she hasn't been able to
adjust to the rapid temperature
changes in the seven months she's
been at the University.
Temperatures are expected to
decrease continuously until at least the
middle of the month. On April 17, the
last day of classes, temperatures are
predicted to be in the low 30s.
Kal>aum said this weekend's warm
weather was due to a pressure system.
"We're on the eastern side of a
very strong low pressure system that
brought the warm air down. That's
why it was so windy," he said,
adding that cooler air is due to a
change in the pressure system, caus-
*ng Ann Arbor to be on the north-
west side of the system.
The cooler weather might benefit
some students who said they were hav-
ing a hard time concentrating on their
"I'm working the same amount but I
think it's hard with the weather. It's
hard to get motivated," said LSA
senior Mirelle Syrja. "Graduation is in
wo weeks and it's hard to stay on top
of things."
Kahlbaum said despite near-record
highs yesterday, the weather isn't

unusual for this time of the year, when
Michigan experiences a combination
See WEATHER, Page 7A





By Kristen Beaumont
and Jacquelyn Nixon
Daily Staff Reporters
John Sinclair, whose arrest and
subsequent 10-year prison sen-
tence in 1970 for possession of
two marijuana joints sparked the
first Hash Bash in 1971, was pre-
sent Saturday along with 6,000
others to celebrate the event's 30th

tiative to end up on a ballot, peti-
tioners must receive 300,711 sig-
natures in 180 days, said attorney
Gregory Schmid, author of the
amendment and director of PRA
Michigan, the group leading the
petition drive. The signatures for
the petition need to be obtained by
Oct. 3.
After the event, Schmid said he
was pleased with the turnout.

"Today is one of those
days when it is good to be
an American," Sinclair
The main events of
the day took place on
the Diag from "high
noon" until 1 p.m. dur-
ing which several
speakers, including
addressed the audiencea


"It was quite a success-
ful event for us'" he said.
"We think we got about
8,000 signatures for the
While Hash Bash
mostly draws visitors
from outside Ann
Arbor, students also
came to take part or to


in front of the Harlan Hatcher
Graduate Library.
A major focus at the rally was
on signing a petition to get the
Personal Responsibility Amend-
ment on the state ballot. The ini-
tiative is an attempt to legalize
personal use of marijuana and to
use funds currently being spent
fighting drug use on education
and treatment instead. Michigan
state law mandates that for an ini-

just observe the crowd.
"I think it is pretty cool that they
have this organized here. The
speakers were pretty good and they
were a lot more organized than last
year," LSA sophomore Todd Pat-
terson said.
Department of Public Safety
spokeswoman Diane Brown said the
majority of the attendees of Hash
Bash were from out of town.
"While I am sure University stu-
dents were out milling around, they
See HASH BASH, Page 7A

About 6,000 people flooded the Diag and central campus Saturday for the 30th annual Hash Bash, an Ann Arbor tradition
begun by such notables as Beatle John Lennon after a local man received a 10-year jail term for possession of two joints.

GSIs still unsure whether they
can be hired by LSA- next fall

By Whitney EllIott
Daily Staff Reporter
The College of Literature, Science and the
Arts will negotiate the grievance filed by the
Graduate Employees Organization contesting
the recently implemented LSA "bottom line
budgeting" plan on April 18. Until then, grad-
uate student instructors unsure if they will
teach for the Fall 2001 semester will continue
to wait.
The budgeting plan would allow LSA
departments set amounts of funds to hire
GSIs, and Alyssa Picard, grievance coordina-
tor for the GEO, said this includes the notion
that some departments will hire GSIs with
less expensive tuition. Picard claimed this
constitutes discrimination against out-of-state
and non-LSA GSIs, who generally have high-
er tuition bills.
Last week the Office of the Provost agreed
to support LSA in the hiring of any GSIs it
needs to hire for the Fall 2001 and Winter
2002 semesters.
Prof. Phil Hanlon, associate dean of LSA
planning and financing, said in a written
statement that the finalized LSA plan for hir-
ing GSIs for next fall will not leave any
instructors out of job contention.
"Department budgets for 2001-2002 will
include the same amount of support for GSI

positions as spent in fiscal year 2001, with
additions for contractual increases in stipend
and benefit costs. This will allow them to hire
the same mix of GSIs from LSA and from
other schools as they did in the past year"
Hanlon said.
Picard said the GEO is concerned that the
University is trying to "economize on people.
When departments start to look at GSIs they
have to take into account the tuition of that
GEO President Cedric deLeon said the
offer from the Office of the Provost is a step
in the right direction.
"It's a victory for GEO. The provost never
would have thought to spend the money she
will spend if we would not have protested,"
deLeon said.
But deLeon said despite the Office of the
Provost's supplementing funds, GSIs need
something in writing.
"It's very similar to tactics employers use
before contract negotiations. The administra-
tion has made this sort of chess move. Moves
like these are specially designed to take the
wind out of the sails of unions, deLeon said.
"People need to understand this is not in writ-
ing. Bottom line budgeting is still on the table."
Hanlon said the LSA administration and
Provost Nancy Cantor addressed concerns
about increasing tuition of GSIs enrolled out-

side of LSA several months ago.
"The provost shares our goals of providing
the best possible instruction for our under-
graduates and best possible means of support-
ing our graduate students," Hanlon said.
SNRE graduate student June Gin agreed
that she is happy the Office of the Provost
made the offer, but it won't help her until it is
written into policy.
"It's nice that this has happened, but there's
also no firm resolution," Gin said.
Gin said she already received a rejection
letter, but that was before the Office of the
Provost agreed to give LSA extra funds. She
said she suspects the department is waiting to
see what will happen next.
"I got the original rejection letter," Gin
said. "I have asked the professor and sent an
e-mail to the graduate coordinator but I
haven't gotten a response:"
Picard said GEO is also preparing for next
fall's contract negotiations with the Universi-
"We're wondering what is going to happen
the following year," Picard said. "We are
anticipating that they are going try to negoti-
ate a term in the contract that will allow them
to discriminate among graduate students on
the basis of cost."
"We are very skeptical," she added.
See GSI, Page 2A

High rents pressure
State Street stores

University research assistants Patricia Donnellan and Karen
Hartmann march in the Take Back the Night rally.
mar ch fior
By Kristen Beaumont
Daily Staff Reporter
Two years ago, Amber was afraid to say "no" to her
"There were so many times when I was just really scared
when he would just make me do things I didn't want to do,
and I didn't want to say no because the one time I did I got
really hurt," the 18-year-old told participants in the 22nd
annual Take Back the Night
march and rally Friday night on
the Diag.
Amber, who didn't reveal her
last name, said her experiences
of abuse at the hands of her ex
boyfriend made her feel lonely.
She stressed to the audience that
no one deserves to go through
what she went through. She
advocated getting out of abusive relationships as quickly as
possible because she warned that they would only get worse
with time.
"I am really proud to be here with everyone supporting
me because it gives me closure," she said. "It took me a
long time~ to realize tha~t evervthine~ thait hatmnened to me

By John Polley
Daily Staff Reporter
With the exception of a handful of
graduate students and native Ann
Arborites, Michigan students don't
remember Drake's Sandwich Shop.
For over 65 years, Drake's facade
peered out over the Diag, offering stu-
dents everything from vanilla cokes to
big band dances in the upstairs Walnut
To the thousands of students who
carved their names in Drake's wooden
hnnt rd io rw ht ,nt- of the chnncr-

When Drake's closed its doors in
1993, the antique interior was gutted
and replaced by the plastic booths and
chain-store stylings of Bruegger's
Bagels. It was a sign of the times, and
many other small Ann Arbor-based
State Street businesses would soon fol-
low suit.
Eight years later, the vitality of
State Street continues to attract the
attention of corporations such as Star-
bucks, Einstein Bros. and Harmony
House that hope to tap into the Univer-
sity market.
"There's a lot oftdemand for space

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