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By Jordan Schrader
The Graduate Employees Organization
will strike Monday, after membership
voted by an 81 percent margin to approve
The results of the election, which were
tallied last night,
were 462 votes in
favor of the one-
day strike and 106
"That's an over-
ment of the strike
package and of the willingness of the
membership to go on strike," Dan Shoup,
a Rackham student and member of
GEO's organizing committee said.
"The margin was higher in favor than I
thought it would be," he added.
Shoup said he was happy with the
voter turnout in the election. Of the
1,033 GSIs eligible to vote, 55 percent
returned their ballots. GEO expects to
receive many late votes - possibly as
many as 100, Shoup said.
Ballots that arrive in the future will not
be added to the tally.
GSIs who participate in the strike will
not teach classes or enter University
buildings Monday, and many will form
picket lines in high-traffic campus areas,
including Angell Hall, the David Denni-
son Building, the Modern Langauges
Building, the Frieze Building, East Hall
and the Life Sciences Institute.
Based on the widespread support for
the strike shown in the election, Shoup
said it will not be difficult to find the
manpower needed for good visibility.
"We will be able to staff our pickets
pretty well," Shoup said.
"That's an overwhelming endorsement of the
strike package and of the willingness of the
membership to go on strike"
- Dan Shoup
Member of GEO's organizing committee
Standing with GSIs on the picket lines
will be about 400 undergraduates, GEO
organizer and Rackham student Mark
Students Organizing for Labor and
Economic Equality has pledged to recruit
those students, he explained.
SOLE members are also speaking to
undergraduate classes to tell them why
they should support GEO, upon requests
Another strike of indefinite length
could be held as soon as March 19. The
progress of negotiations between the
University and GEO and a new vote by
membership will determine whether an
extended strike will take place.
Negotiation results center on GEO's
strike package, a list of core issues
approved by membership. The package
focuses on pay, training, child care and
GEO member Dan Shoup tallies votes last night to determine
If graduate student instructors will strike Monday.
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Long-term cannabis use impairs
memory and attention beyond the time
of intoxication, according to experi-
ment results that the Journal of the
American Medical Association
released yesterday. These effects wors-
en with continued smoking and poten-
tially affect users' academic and
occupational production, relationships
and other daily activities.
"This has been an issue of substantial
discussion for a long time," Interim
Director for University Health Services
Robert Winfield said. "The big question
has always been, is (cannabis) temporary
to being intoxicated or is it permanent?"
"They did some fairly intensive men-
tal study," Winfield said. "On the other
hand, the study is not very large ... but
it's not a study to be discarded because
it's done in some shallow manner."
"I don't think this settles the issue, but
it's useful evidence," Winfield added.
The experiment used nine standard
neuropsychological tests, such as the
Stroop test and Rey auditory verbal
learning test, that measure attention and
memory functions. Long-term users per-
formed significantly worse than short-
term users on the variety of tests. On
average, long-term users and short-term
users had been smoking for 23.9 and
10.2 years, respectively. Other contribut-
ing factors, such as IQ, age and other
drug use were controlled, and subjects
with prior injuries that affected the brain
For the University's pro-legalization
group Hemp A2, the research resembles
the usual criticism against marijuana leg-
islation and cannabis use.
"They do produce some evidence;
however, other studies by Harvard
and the American Journal of Epi-
See POT, Page 7A
A fine line
Tennessee men in
prison for fake ID
By Shannon Pettypiece
Daily Staff Reporter
Five men of Middle Eastern descent were or they are
arraigned yesterday in a federal court in Ten- their fake I
nessee for attempting to illegally obtain a Ten- that."
nessee driver's license. Jones sa
The men are being held in a maximum-secu- attempting
rity prison where they are under 23-hour lock- because he
down, confined to their cells, unable to receive York becau
phone calls, denied access to their attorneys With a p
and held without bond. under the]
"When I saw him he was in shackles and that _mon for sti
is virtually unheard of for crimes of this sort," But most w
said Jeffery Jones, the attorney for Sakhera them to a f
Hammad, one of the men being held on the Sgt. Ed
"This is like some 40 years ago in the South ID vary de
if you were black. They are the new class dis- The penalt
criminated against, Arab Americans are." alcohol is
Although having a fraudulent piece of identi- credit card
fication is not typically a federal offense unless But proc
it is used illegally, Hammad is being tried in a out havingi
federal court and could face up to five years in cally pun
prison if found guilty, Jones said. federal offr
He added that his client is being treated dif- "It real
PATRICK JONES/Daily ferently than other non-Arab Americans would dent and it
rks late yesterday afternoon at the Art and be treated if they committed a similar offense. get in the
"This is an extraordinarily unusual situation. course the
Ordinarily what we see are truckers, or illegal
o protect students onlne
ts, or people who aren't of legal
ge," Jones said.
people are prosecuted in state courts
not prosecuted at all, they just take
ID and cut it up and that's the end of
id his client is a U.S. citizen and was
to get a Tennessee driver's license
was unable to get a license in New
se of his poor driving record.
population of students in Ann Arbor
legal drinking age, it is not uncom-
udents to have a fake driver's license.
would never think their ID could send
Stuck of the Ann Arbor Police
it said the penalties for using a fake
pending on what the ID is used for.
y for an ID being used to purchase
less severe than using the ID for
fraud, said Struck.
essing or purchasing a fake ID with-
used it to commit an offense is typi-
ishable as a misdemeanor not a
ense, Stuck said.
ly depends. If you pull over a stu-
t appeared that they had this just to
bar there is a good chance that of
ID would be confiscated and they
See FAKE ID, Page 7A
't have time and there is no interest in
id. "We would only do that if by a ..
s can rest easy on many issues of their
aid that for someone to break into file
ail systems, they would have to physi-
into the facility and obtain adminis-
ss codes, and he said the systems are
See INTERNET, Page 7A
Graduate Architecture student Mike Schmidt w
By Tyler Boerson
Daily Staff Reporter
approach," said Bill Aikman, executive director
of the University's Information Technology Cen-
University officials and students have worked
to protect electronic privacy since long before
Sept. 11. But in the midst of a war on terrorism,
increased sensitivity to invasion of privacy has
posed questions on the vulnerability of e-mail
and other electronic resources.
"The University takes a very reasonable
tral Services. .
E-mail stored on the University network is
backed up on digital tapes and taken to an outside
facility where it is stored for one week before it is
erased and the tapes are reused. Aikman said
these backups are created so that files can be
restored when a system failure occurs.
ITCS also monitors network performance by
collecting data on websites visited over the Uni-
versity network. Aikman said they analyze usage
patterns based on residence halls or buildings to
determine flow rates, and so they know when
problems occur and how to get at them.
Aikman maintains that the University does
not monitor its students through either of these
systems, and he said he would find it personal-
ly unacceptable if he found a staff member
that;' he sa
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interim University t B. Joseph wite for the day.
Be it attending meetings orprepang speeches, they
partipated in afull day ofpresidentzal activies.
wn the eyes of interim University President B. Joseph White,
who has filled the position for the past two months since
Bollinger left for Columbia University, his position is
one of trust that demands the highest integrity and a love for
"I think these jobs go better when they are a love affair
between the individual and the organization," White said. "It
really is a privilege ... there is not much about it I don't like."
His days start early and end late. He prepares his own
Appearance matters to future
employers, job survey reveals
By Ra Ohero
Body piercings, unusual hair color
and obvious tattoos are among the things
that can influence the hiring decisions of
employers who recruit new college grad-
uates, according to Job Outlook 2002, an
annual survey conducted by the National
Association of Colleges and Employers.
But many University students and
employees in the Ann Arbor area find
the city is one of the few places that
often disregards various looks without
question and hires based on experience,
not on appearance.
Buddy Paul, an employee at Kayu on
East Liberty Street said, "I live an hour
away and that's part of the reason that I
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