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April 10, 2002

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team talks
about GEO
Daily Staff Reporter
For five months they remained silent,
voicing concerns only inside the Haber
Room of the Literature, Science and
Arts Building, closed off from the pub-
lic's eye. Though the members of the
Graduate Employees Organization, who
sat on the other side of the table, contin-
uously campaigned and drew support,
their own thoughts about the bargaining
process, the speed of negotiations and
their opponent were heard only through
the words of University spokeswoman
Julie Peterson.
They are the University bargaining
team - eight faculty and staff mem-
bers asked to donate their time, for a
small reimbursement, to negotiate a
new contract between the University
and the GEO.
Lead by Chief Negotiator Dan Gam-
ble, the associate director of academic
human resources, the team holds a
diverse membership in terms of experi-
ence, opinions and sympathy for their
graduate student counterparts.
Though their opinions on many issues
differ, the members said they agree on
one front: they are all pleased with the
final product of their work, the contract
that will be followed until 2005.
Gamble, who has been a part of the
team since the second round of negotia-
tions in 1981 and has lead the team since
1995, said though they took five months
to finish, he believes negotiations this
year went smoothly and both sides
deserve some reward.
On their website, GEO proclaims
"We've won!" But Gamble said that has
never been the way he has looked at
"We never, ever use a win or lose kind
of look at negotiations," he said. "Our
goal is to get a successful working
agreement with whatever union we are
negotiating with.... It helps the Univer-
sity to be very competitive with the sup-
port of their graduate students, so that
when we recruit graduate students, we
can show them the financial support and
support through benefits that they can

Ambush kills


wounds 9

Israeli troops

JENIN, West Bank (AP) - Pales-,
tinians ambushed Israeli troops in the
cramped quarters of a West Bank
refugee camp yesterday, setting off a
suicide bomb trap in a narrow alley
and firing on soldiers in a courtyard,
the military said. Thirteen Israelis were
killed, the biggest blow to the army in
its West Bank offensive.
The carefully planned double attack
in the Jenin refugee camp also wound-
ed nine Israeli soldiers. A military
spokesman said a rapid series of blasts
went off in the alley - one of them
detonated by a suicide bomber - and
collapsed part of a building on several
Defying U.S. demands that Israel's
12-day-old campaign wrap up without
delay, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon
vowed "Operation Defensive Shield"
will go on until it fulfills its mission -
"the destruction of the infrastructure of
the terror groups."
"This is a battle for survival of the

Jewish people, for survival of the state
of Israel," Sharon said on Israel TV
There were signs, however, that U.S.
efforts were having an effect. Earlier
yesterday, Israel pulled out of Tulka-
rem and Qalqiliya, two of six Palestin-
ian towns it has occupied; troops
remained in Nablus, Bethlehem, Jenin
and Ramallah and several villages.
Secretary of State Colin Powell, due
to arrive in Israel late tomorrow, said
he was optimistic his mission could
bring a truce and lead to negotiations.
Speaking in Cairo, Powell said he
would meet Palestinian leader Yasser
Arafat as well as Sharon and said the
United States was willing to deploy
observers to monitor any cease-fire.
Israel had said it would keep Arafat
isolated in the Ramallah offices where
he has been confined by troops since
the West Bank campaign began. But
Israeli officials said yesterday they
would not prevent Powell from meeting
See MIDEAST, Page 2

LSA senior Fadi Kiblawi addresses the rallying crowd on the steps of the Michigan Union yesterday. Kiblawi mentioned that
yesterday was the 54th anniversary of the Deir Yassin massacre.
Rall y participants ask
'U' to divest from Israel

By Shannon Pettypiece
Daily Staff Reporter

Palestinian supporters at the University joined with
students at college campuses nationwide in calling for
universities to withdraw support for Israel. Demonstra-
tions at more than 30 other universities took place yes-
"It's time for the world to open their eyes and see how
oppressive Israel really is and see the real brutality,"
LSA junior Brenda Abdelall said. Abdelall added that
she has many close friends in Israel who are under siege
by Israeli forces in Palestinian territories.
Demonstrators stood on the steps of the Michigan
Union with gags in their mouth and their hands tied to
symbolize the Palestinians' suffering in the Mideast.
One demonstrator silently stood in just his underwear,
blindfolded and gagged holding a sign which read, "I am
one of tens of Palestinians who were asked to strip naked
by the Israel army, lie on their stomachs, then taken to an
unknown location."
Yesterday was significant for both Israelis and Pales-
tinians because it was Holocaust Remembrance Day
and the 54th anniversary of the Deir Yassin massacre,
when Israeli forces killed more than 100 Palestinian

villagers during the struggle to form an independent
Israeli state.
The demonstration met opposition by several Jewish
students. Rackham student David Wolkinson shouted,
"Where's the terrorist bombers?" at the group of demon-
"This is ridiculous," Wolkinson said. "I'm not trying
to say one side is evil and one side is good - this is just
misrepresentation of what is going on."
Wolkinson later agreed to have an open debate with
Palestinian supporters.
Spokesman for Students Allied for Freedom and
Equality Fadi Kiblawi, an LSA junior, said the demon-
stration was part of a nationwide campaign to end U.S.
universities' financial support for corporations that sup-
ply Israel with weapons or have facilities on Israeli terri-
tory, such as Boeing and Hewlett Packard.
"We're kicking off the national campaign for all col-
lege campuses to divest from Israel. We're one of over
30 schools that demonstrated today," Kiblawi said.
Other schools held similar protests yesterday, includ-
ing the University of California at Berkley, Harvard Uni-
versity, Georgetown University and the University of
Wisconsin at Madison, Kiblawi said.
See RALLY, Page 7

Malvo admits he
ran Martin's bets

DETROIT (AP) - A man charged
with conspiracy to engage in illegal
gambling admitted he was a runner for
former University booster Ed Martin,
who was indicted on gambling charges.
Clarence Malvo, who said he took
bets and paid off wagers for Martin,
pleaded guilty Monday to lying before a
federal grand jury.
Malvo said he served as a runner for
Martin for three years in the late 1990s.
He admitted to U.S. District Judge
Robert Cleland that he told a grand jury
in October 1999 that he bet money but
did not work for Martin.
Along with Martin and his wife,

Hilda, Malvo was named in a federal
indictment unsealed March 21 that
charged the three with conspiracy to
engage in illegal gambling.
Perjury is a felony that carries a maxi-
mum penalty of five years in prison and
fines of up to $250,000, but guidelines
under Malvo's plea agreement call for a
sentence of six months to a year, the
Ann Arbor News reported. Malvo is to
be sentenced July 9.
Martin was charged with running an
illegal gambling business and money
laundering, including giving Michigan
athletes more than $600,000 while they
were in high school and college.

Haddad's immigration hearing
postponed for two more weeks

By Jeremy Berkowitz
Daily Staff Reporter
The immigration hearing for Ann Arbor
Muslim leader Rabih Haddad, which was
scheduled for this morning in Detroit, was post-
poned until April 24 by Immigration Judge
Elizabeth Hacker yesterday after Department of
Justice lawyers were granted a continuance.
The Justice Department claimed they need-
ed more time to review last week's decision
by U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmunds to
open all immigration hearings.
"The Court has the discretion to grant a

continuance for good cause and for a rea-
sonable period. ... The request to permit
the Department of Justice time to decide
whether to seek additional clarification
and/or further review is not unreasonable,"
Hacker wrote in her decision.
Haddad, arrested Dec. 14 for a visa vio-
lation, is currently incarcerated in the
Chicago Metropolitan Correctional Cen-
ter. He is waiting to appear in front of a
grand jury where he may be asked ques-
tions about the Global Relief Foundation
charity he co-founded and its possible
connections to terrorism.

He has had three previous immigration
hearings closed to the public. Last week's
decision by Edmunds ruled in favor of the
American Civil Liberties Union, Rep. John
Conyers (D-Detroit) and two Detroit news-
papers against the federal government.
The Justice Department appealed
Edmunds decision and asked for a stay, a
move which would void Edmunds' deci-
sion until further review from the 6th Cir-
cuit Court of Appeals.
Department of Justice spokesman
Charles Miller said the government filed
See HADDAD, Page 7

The Wolverines celebrate their Sept. 2 victory against Miami (Ohio) last year. The team had discussed
joining the Collegiate Athletes Coalition but decided against it.
Football players discussed
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joinmg ,players' association

Green Week

Local priests alay
panshioners' fears

By David Enders
Daily Staff Reporter
Prior to the 2001 season, University of Michi-
gan football players discussed becoming the
second school to join the Collegiate Athletes
Coalition. The group, dedicated to forming an
association for college football and basketball
players, began at the University of California at
Los Angeles in January of last year.
Since then, more than 500 players from 14
state universities have joined the CAC, which
was founded by former UCLA linebacker
Ramogi Huma. The group has been particularly
controversial because it is backed by the United
Steelworkers of America.
Huma created the CAC to respond to what he
feels are unfair restrictions on college athletes.
On Friday, he was at the University of California
at Berkeley recruiting players.
"There are a lot of misconceptions. First and
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their scholarships. It's labor in the strictest
sense. They work out year-round, they risk and
sustain injuries, they risk and lose their lives in
what they do. Student athletes accept all the
hard work, but at the same time, we should have
the right to try to minimize our risks."
Huma identifies the lack of year-round
school-provided health insurance, an NCAA
rule barring athletes from making more than
$2,000 and stipends that are too low as some of
the biggest problems.
"We would like our scholarships to equal the
cost of attendance," Huma said. "College foot-
ball and basketball bring in a combined $3.5 bil-
lion a year. Given that, we feel that it would be
in the best interest of student athletes if all their
costs were provided for."
"It wasn't the right time."
At the University of Michigan, football play-
ers presented joining the CAC to the entire team
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By TyerBoersen
Daily Staff Reporter
As allegations of sexual abuse
spread through the Catholic Church in
the United States, the pastor of St.
Mary's Student Parish said yesterday
that while no allegations have been
made in Ann Arbor parishes, churches
still have a difficult task in repairing
damage from others' misconduct.
"Some (parishioners) have expressed
out and out anger, concern, disappoint-
ment, lack of trust," Rev. Thomas Fire-
stone said.
"It's like there is a thousand pound
elephant that just walked into my
office. I can't ignore it, I have got to
deal with it," he said.
The most recent string of national

priest and convicted sex abuser John
Geoghan had molested children for
many years, but was never penalized.
Since January, dozens of priests have
been suspended or forced to resign. Four
have resigned so far in Michigan.
"I think the thing that is hurting some
of our parishioners is the cover-ups,
Firestone said. As a former church attor-
ney, Firestone said he was not surprised
the allegations surfaced and said it has
been a "festering sore for some time.'
Firestone also made clear this prob-
lem was not only problem for the
Catholic Church but one that everyone
must face.
"It is a problem with our society. My
hope is that in the long term the
Church can get its act together and can
become a force to help our society

RC seninr David Lassem receives information about Earth






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