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for the 24 offenses
By Jeremy Berkowitz
Daily Staff Reporter
The first weekend back from
Spring Break saw an unusually
large number of minors arrested for
possession of alcohol. Between
Thursday and Saturday nights, the
Department of Public Safety arrest-
ed 24 students for either possessing
alcohol or being intoxicated. DPS
spokeswoman Diane Brown said she
speculated there was some carry-
over from the social activities of
"We had a lot of MIPs this week-
end and that's concerning," she said.
"We kind of anticipated that we got
an increase of calls as people were
But Brown said she could not
recall such a surge in arrests the
first weekend after the end of vaca-
tion in the past. She said the reasons
include the weather or more free-
time among students, although
everything was speculative.
"I don't remember it like this....
Warm weather sometimes has some-
thing to do.with it too," she said.
Most of the incidents occurred on
campus, particularly at Mary
Markley Residence Hall and East
Quad Residence Hall.
In one instance Saturday night, a
female was found in Thayer Street
parking structure unconscious and
hypothermic after consuming alco-
hol. Huron Valley Ambulance trans-
ported her to the University
Hospital's Emergency Room. Brown
said she believes the girl was
released from the hospital.
Brown also said on average, the
number of MIPs has decreased this
year, and the number of MIPs given
out each week is rarely higher than
15. The only other time of high
arrests this year happened during
Welcome Week in August.
Brown said she hoped the reason
there have been less MIPs this year
was due to alcohol awareness pro-
grams initiated by the residence
halls. She also said DPS enforce-
ment is not out to get students.
"We don't go out seeking MIP
citations," she said.
Despite the large number of
arrests made, most students said
that they did not see an increase in
officers in residence halls over the
"I didn't happen to see any more
police around Markley than usual,"
LSA freshman Alicia George said.
RC sophomore Marcia Carter
said she saw more DPS officers last
weekend, but believes it is because
of the recent increase in home inva-
sions on campus.
"I didn't see anybody get arrested,
but I saw a lot of security," she said.
There were also a large number of
other crimes reported this weekend,
including two people having the air
let out of their tires. Brown said
these incidents might have been
caused by students playing pranks
on one another.
By Maria Sprow
Daily Staff Reporter
Interim University President B. Joseph White looks out of his office In the Fleming Administration Building yesterday at picketers supporting the
Graduate Employees Organization in Regents Plaza. The GEO held a one-day walk-out yesterday after 17 hours of bargaining with the University.
30, 'U' agree on some points,
still working through childcare
Members of the Graduate Employees Organization and
Students Organizing for Labor and Economic Equality joined
forces yesterday in a walk-out to stop students from going to
class and workers from working in hopes of sending a mes-
sage of solidarity to the University.
According to chants heard before the closing rally at the
Literature, Science and Arts Building, GEO
wants a contract, and they want it now.
Though the mission sounds simple, GEO
members have said the contract they are
fighting for is extraordinary.
GEO members estimated that the one-
day-long strike, which began with a picket at the Life Sci-
ences Institute construction site at 7 a.m., drew about 500
union members and 300 undergraduates to the picket lines.
The strike also managed to expand past University walls to
undergraduate students at Michigan State University, some of
whom chose not to attend classes to show support for their
graduate employee union, which formed last year but has yet
to sign a contract. The strike ended at 6 p.m. yesterday.
"We are really happy with the turnout today. All over cam-
pus, there is a lot of noise, a lot of energy," GEO organizing
committee member and Rackham student Rachel Meyer said.
"I think we've done a good job shutting down the University.
If you look around, the parking lots are empty, the common
spaces are empty and there aren't a lot of students walking
around between classes."
GEO President and Rackham student Cedric de Leon said
many of the construction sites were also abandoned by noon.
University Spokeswoman Julie Peterson said work continued
despite the picket lines.
Peterson said financially, the University was not grossly
affected by the walk-out and the slowed construction, but no
cost estimate could be made. "The impact from a one-day
strike is not enormous. Disruption of classes was kept to a
minimum, she said. "It was what was expected. There was
certainly some public message made."
De Leon said the final decision to hold the strike happened
after negotiations ended at 4 a.m. yesterday. Union members
said despite the advances made during the weekend, core
See STRIKE, Page 9
By Jordan Schrader
Daily Staff Reporter
Childcare and wages remain the two focal
points of negotiations between the University
and the Graduate Employees Organization,
after the two groups reached agreement on
most other issues during 17 hours of weekend
bargaining. When bargaining ended yesterday
at 4 a.m., GEO was committed to its walk-out.
Bargainers representing the union and the
University were able to reach consensus on a
number of issues affecting graduate student
instructors, including protection from harass-
ment, training of international students and hir-
But Rackham student and GEO Chief
Negotiator Alyssa Picard said those gains are
not enough. "They have not met our concerns
on three of the major strike issues ... all the
economic issues" she said.
Each of the major economic requests made
by GEO remains unresolved. They concern
day care for GSIs with children, across-the-
board wage increases for all GSIs and
improvements in wages and benefits for "low
fraction" employees who work less than 9.5
hours a week. Progress was made on the issue
of childcare when GEO dropped its request for
the construction of a 24-hour day care center.
The union's revised proposal calls for a Uni-
versity promise to help fund home child care.
GEO also requested stipends for graduate
employee parents. University Spokeswoman
Julie Peterson said the remaining issues will be
the most difficult to resolve because the money
for them is not available.
"We're headed into a really difficult budget
year," she said. "The state at best will give us
no increase (in funding)."
Picard disagreed, saying if the University
See BARGAINING, Page 9
ranks high in U.S. News
By Shannon Pettypiece
Despite a year of ups and downs
on the Wolverines' scoreboard, the
University's athletic program ranked
in the top 20 in the nation, according
to U.S. News and World Report.
The University was the highest
ranked school in the state, topping
Michigan State University and Eastern
Michigan University, which ranked
among the worst schools in several
The ranking measured the schools
according to five categories: gradua-
tion rates, the number of sports
offered, the school's win-loss record,
gender equality and the number of
sanctions the university had received
within the past 10 years.
In the first-annual athletic review, the
surveyors looked at all of the 321 Divi-
sion I National Collegiate Athletic Asso-
ciation schools. The rankings are based
on data received from the NCAA and
the schools' athletic departments for the
Best athletic programs
U.S. News & World Report
Stanford University, the highest
Harvard University, the largest
total number of men's and women's
Drexel University in Philadelphia,
most athletic opportunities for
Although the University of Michigan
did not rank within the top 20 in the cat-
egories of winning record and gradua-
tion rates, it did rank No. 17 for the
highest number of teams and No. 13 for
gender equity, or having the most athlet-
ic opportunities for women.
Other Michigan schools were
ranked in the top 20 of any of the five
Eastern Michigan was ranked low for
gender equality, and Michigan State
made the "worst offenders" list for its
two NCAA sanctions.
Interim University President B.
Joseph White said he was glad to hear
the University's program has received
such a favorable ranking.
"I'm really pleased about it. I think it
is recognition that we do a good job
combining academics with athletics and
that our coaches do a good job comply-
ing with the rules," White said.
White added that he believes the'
ranking not only represents the Universi-
ty's excellence in athletics, but also gives
recognition to the University as a whole.
"I really do believe that a strong, high
quality athletic department is a very
good way of communicating to the
world that we are here and we are excel-
lent," White said. "I feel like the athletic
department at U of M is an integral part
of the total University."
The article ran in this month's issue of
U.S. News and World Report that
arrived on newsstands yesterday.
Plus-size model Kate Dillon spoke last night at the Michigan Union as the keynote
speaker for Eating Disorder Awareness Week.
speaks on dangers
of eating disorders
Author discusses Jewish
By Karen Schwartz
Daily Staff Reporter
Author James Carroll traced Anti-Semitism
last night from its early points, discussing the
implications of different eras and the prospect
of reconciliation of a history that he said can
still make its way out of tragedy.
Carroll spoke about the role of Christianity
in Jewish history as the keynote speaker of
Hillel's 23rd Annual Conference on the Holo-
caust. "We Christians are at last beginning to
do the grim work of facing this history more
than ever before," he said.
chair, said Carroll was invited to speak
because of the insight and perspective he pro-
vides, which is addressed in his book, titled
"Constantine's Sword: The Church and the
Jews." The. book focuses on the history of
Anti-Semitism from Jesus to the Holocaust.
"One of our goals is to get different parts
of the University community to realize the
Holocaust impacted them as well," Frank
said. "Everyone realizes Nazis played a role,
but we want to focus on other groups that
took additional action to help the Jews or
failed to take action to save them."
Carroll discussed the notion of exclusion,
By Karen Schwartz
Daily Staff Reporter
Model Kate Dillon was living in New
York and Paris, traveling and working for
top companies when she left the model-
ing industry to come home to herself.
While modeling was an amazing
experience, Dillon said it came at the
high price of having to maintain an
unnaturally small frame.
"After a year and a half of full-time
modeling, something in me just
snapped," Dillon said. "I started to see
the hypocrisy going on around me -
(the fashion industry was) setting this
unbelievable standard for the rest of the
culture that we couldn't live up to our-
Dillon spoke yesterday as part of Eat-
ing Disorder Awareness Week about her
experiences with anorexia and the stan-
dards society sets as to how people are
rewarded for losing weight and being
skinny. She said she became anorexic at
the age of 12, when a television movie
about eating disorders gave her the idea
that starving herself might be the answer
and could stop the other kids from call-
ing her names and teasing her about her
weight. She lost 30 pounds and began a
battle with her weight that she said she
dealt with for seven years.
"I measured myself every morning. I
had numbers and if I didn't hit the num-
ber my self-image was shattered," she
See DILLON, Page 7
Yesterday, The Michigan Daily misrepresented the intent and
execution of Sunday's two demonstrations by Students Allied for
Freedom and Equality. The gatherings were peaceful expressions,
not riots. which the storv's headldine stated.
Author James Carroll speaks with English Prof. Ralph