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KISS-IN
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port of the United Way campaign," he said.
The University donates funds to the Washtenaw
County United Way, which supports the Boy Scouts
of America, an organization that does not allow
homosexual scout leaders.
Garcia addressed this and other discriminations
facing homosexuals in today's society. "Until I
can hold the hand of a young person and it not be
assumed that I am anything more than a friend
and a role model, I will not be satisfied," he said.
LSA senior Jennifer Gallinat said she skipped biol-
ogy class to attend the event and show her support.
"This is worth skipping a lot of things for because
gay rights are not special rights, they're human
rights," Gallinat said. "If one group of people can
lose their freedom and their right to life then it's only
a short step before all of us lose our freedom and
right to life."
She added that it was important "to show the rest
of the world that we will not be silent and that we are
here among you."
"Every single day of the year is heterosexual visi-
bility," she said.
Defend Affirmative Action Party representative
Agnes Aleobua, who also spoke at the event, said
despite potential controversy, it is essential for mem-
bers of the LGBT community to be strong in their
beliefs and opinions.
"History has taught us that in order to make
change in society we have to stand up and fight....
There can be no successful movement in our society
that is not prepared to stand up against the oppres-

sion," Aleobua said.
She emphasized the connection between sex-
ism, racism and homophobia and asked that oth-
ers "demand real social equality in all aspects of
society."
She also urged those attending the rally to "send a
message to the University community - we're going
to be out, we're going to be loud and we're going to
be proud."
Following the rally on the Diag, 25 students
protested outside the Fleming Administration
Building to show their disfavor with the Universi-
ty's continued involvement with the Washtenaw
County United Way and to get the University Board
of Regents' attention, LSA senior Pierce Beckham
said.
After finding out the regents were not in the build-
ing, five protesters went up to the president's office
where they engaged in an hour-long discussion with
interim President B. Joseph White.
Beckham said they discussed issues such as cam-
pus safety for LGBT students, the inability of the
Office of LGBT affairs to function properly and sup-
port students due to funding issues and the Universi-
ty's involvement with the United Way. 4
"President White was receptive to our com-
ments," Beckham said.
"He seemed to understand the various dynamics
of the issue and I feel that he's working on it to the
best of his ability. My own personal feeling is that if
he had his way, change would come relatively
quickly."
Beckham said he considered the day to be success.
"I think we accomplished more than the goals we set
out for the day," he said.

RIVERS
Continued from Page 1A
child by the time she was 21, said she
admires those who have strong views
on the subject of abortion but do not
feel it is their place to impose their
view on others.
"Having lived through what I lived
through I would never force that deci-
sion on somebody else," she said.
Among the hot-button issues that
Rivers cited are legislation classify-
ing unborn fetuses as independent
victims of crime, the Bush adminis-
tration's prohibiting funding to
agencies operating in foreign coun-
tries that provide abortions or coun-
sel pregnant women on the issue of
having an abortion, legislation pro-
hibiting funding of abortions for
women in prison and overturning
current law that prohibits military
personnel and their dependents from
obtaining privately funded abortions
overseas.
Rivers and Dingell only voted dif-
ferently on the subject of classifying
unborn fetuses as victims of crime.
Dingell voted to classify the fetuses
as such, Rivers did not.
Clair Morrissey, LSA sophomore
and executive board member of Stu-
dents for Choice, said although the
group will not likely endorse either
Dingell or Rivers until it is clear that
they will be running against each
other, Students for Choice clearly
prefers Rivers.
Asked why she thinks abortion
seems to be a more prevalent issue
this year, Rivers responded, "in a
Democratic primary, choice is always
an issue if I think we have a very dif-
ferent record."

STUDY
Continued from Page 1A
actual fact. That may have changed
the results dramatically," Horn said.
In a written statement, Joseph A.
Califano Jr., former U.S. secretary of
health, education and welfare and
president of CASA said more educa-
tion is needed to ensure students' safe-
ty.
"The message of this study is
loud and clear: To be effective, sex
education - in all its forms -
must discuss the connection
between sexual activity and alcohol
and drug abuse."
Places such as the Sexual Assault
and Prevention Awareness Center
and Planned Parenthood provide
information about sex and its rela-
tion to alcohol and drugs.
Drew Altman, president of the
Kaiser Family Foundation said in a
written statement, "Many teens as
well as young adults are mixing sex
with alcohol and drugs. ... These
are sensitive issues that many young
people don't like to talk about, so
these data likely underestimate the
problem."
Many young people believe that
the connection between drugs, alco-
hol and sexual activity is obvious
and that alcohol and drugs will
have a negative impact on safe sex
regardless of education on the sub-
jects.
"Drugs and alcohol are just
excuses for not being protected in
sex," said LSA freshman Annabelle
Su.
"'I was drunk and I didn't know
what I was doing' is not a legitimate
excuse," she added.

BRETT MOUNTAIN/Daily
University employee George Hardnett protests outside
the Fleming Administration Building with members of
the LGBT community Friday.

RENOVATIONS
Continued from Page 1A
tions from a University study which began in
1998, as a joint effort by the Business School,
the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban
Planning, the Ford School of Public Policy and
the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Pro-
gram.
The team worked together with the SSAA and
the DDA to find ways to improve the historical
State Street area and to attract more business.
"It was a very good process - it involved a
lot of input," said Ray Detter, chair of the Citi-
zens Advisory Committee for the DDA district.
"We examined every detail," Detter said.
While many businesses agree that the project
will benefit the area in the long run, some store
GS I assigned eq
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are consistent across different sections. sections to L
Math GSI Zair Ibragimov said the in GSI grad
math department sets a uniform syllabus adjustments
for classes taught by GSIs that details greatly.
the problems GSIs should assign as El-Jawalu
homework. He said each section of a students fe
course takes the same exam. teachers, c
Math GSIs also grade exams in solely at the
groups to ensure that partial credit is responsible
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"I think it's annoying," said Janelle Sterling, a
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LSA senior Alicia Johnson said she likes atmos-
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Jordan added that the
ually, Houck said.
added that the economics
adjusts grades from different
take into account differences
ding standards. He said the
never affect students' scores
hri said that although many
el their GSIs are inadequate
riticism cannot be pointed
em. She said departments are
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and the teaching they provide.
"GSIs aren't given enough training,"
she said. "There's a need for more facul-
ty-GSI interaction. There's a need for
more GSI-GSI interaction."
Houck said although Math GSIs
receive a week of training - which
consists of workshops and classroom
simulations - and faculty occasional-
ly sit in on classes taught by first-year
GSIs, he felt lost during his first year
of teaching.

But Economics GSI Justin Garosi
said training sessions should not be
expanded because GSIs improve their
teaching through experience. "You learn
by trial and error, finding out what
works and what doesn't," Garosi said.
Respondents said the German and
communications departments provided
consistent GSI standards. Arnold said
the success of these departments was
partly due to the smaller number of GSI-
taught sections offered.

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