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The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, April 17, 2002 - 3

HIGHER ED
Students suffer
sleep deprivation
LEXINGTON, Ky. - After a long
night of studying, University of Ken-
tucky architecture senior Stephanie
King found herself facing something
that seemed more terrifying than any
textbook. "I thought a fire hydrant was
a man chasing me," she said. King had
just suffered a hallucination brought
about by severe sleep deprivation.
Fred Danner, a professor in the
Department of Educational and Coun-
seling Psychology at Kentucky said that
most college students are chronically
sleep-deprived, and this can have a num-
ber of negative effects. "Sleep debt can
lead to illness, accidents, poor academic
performance and depression' he said.
David Gooding, a Kentucky Univer-
sity senior, has often gone for days
without sleep while working on proj-
ects. He said the third day is the hardest.
"Sometimes I can see a trail after my
hand if I put it in front of my face and
nove it side to side," Gooding said.
Even people who don't pull all-
nighters on a regular basis still can expe-
rience sleep debt if they don't get
enough sleep on a nightly basis. Danner
explained that sleep debt builds up over
time. For instance, if a person gets 1.5
hours less sleep per night than they need
for a period of five days, then their sleep
debt is 7.5 hours. Danner said regulating
one's sleep schedule is the single best
thing a student can do to avoid the nega-
tive effects of sleep deprivation.
Reforms greatly
affect Greeks on
Duke campus
DURHAM, N.C. - In a year that
saw the loss of one Duke University
fraternity, harsh judicial punishments, a
shift of social life off campus and a
brand new residential plan that has
shaken up housing, a wave of anti-
administration Greek sentiment has
surfaced across the Duke campus.
Whether that criticism is legitimate or
not is up for debate.
"I've been in the business for 30
years, and if you go back over 30 years,
you find the same concerns. Social life
is dynamic and no one model has been
the same, said Larry Moneta, vice pres-
ident for student affairs at Duke. "You're
going to see changes every year forever.
That's the fallacy that we're dealing
with. Life is evolving. We're about con-
stant improvement."
But many Greek leaders said they
have a different view of "constant
improvement." Duke junior Kate
Hackett, president of Kappa Alpha
Theta sorority, lamented what she
called a dramatic decline in the quali-
ty and quantity of social events in the
past few years.
"I believe the worst is yet to come,"
she said. "With all of this energy and
focus being on the annual review -
trying not to be put on probation -
there's more of an emphasis just to stay
out of trouble, rather than to do things
better."
The annual review process, which
requires selective living groups to prove
their contributions to the community are
valuable, is targeted frequently by stu-
dents as a means of university control
over individual Greek groups. The pres-
sure on fraternities at Duke to monitor
each action, Greek leaders said, is
becoming overwhelming.

U. Oregon law
students petition
against mascots
EUGENE, Ore. - University of Ore-
gon law school students are gaining sup-
port to keep the school's Athletic
Department from scheduling games and
events with schools using American Indi-
an images or names as team mascots.
Within the next two weeks the law
school plans formally to propose a
resolution, sponsored by the school's
Sports and Entertainment Law
Forum, to the administration and the
Athletic Department. In order to sub-
mit the complete resolution, support-
ers must gather signatures from at
least 50 percent of the law school
student body.
- Compiled from U-WIRE reports by
Daily Staff Reporter Maria Sprow

Regents face pressing issues this summer

By Shannon Pettypiece
Daily Staff Reporter
Within the next few weeks, many students will
be putting the University in the back of their
minds, but work will go on for the University
Board of Regents. The regents plan to vote on
many important issues during the hot summer
months.
The regents are expected to approve the
appointment of a new president and possibly fill
other interim administrative positions by late
summer.

In addition, a ruling by the 6th Circuit Court on
the admissions lawsuits could be announced over
the summer. Depending on the results, the regents
may have to finalize their plans to appeal the case
to the U.S. Supreme Court.
At tomorrow's meeting, the board is expected
to approve University housing rates for the next
academic year, which will increase by 4.9 percent
for room and board in a residence hall and 4 per-
cent for Family Housing.
The factors considered when assessing the
increase were cost of operations, data network
services and capital renewal projects.

With the cost increase a double room with
board will cost $6,366 for the 2002-2003 aca-
demic year.
The regents will also review several construc-
tion plans on campus, including the design for the
Undergraduate Science Instruction Center, which
is estimated to cost $56 million.
At the request of the regents, there will be an
update on the financial situation of the Univer-
sity Health System, which has been struggling
to make a profit during difficult economic
times.
Vice President for Medical Affairs Gil Omenn

said in a written statement that there will also be
updates at the May and June regents meetings.
The information submitted for this month's
report shows that the University hospital is
ranked No. 7 by U.S. News & World Report.
Johns Hopkins was ranked No. 1 and the Mayo
Clinic ranked No. 2.
After numerous requests from University stu-
dents during the public comments section of pre-
vious meeting, the regents are also planning on
revising the residency classifications guidelines
to make them more understandable and fair for
students.

Beautiful day

Dingell asks Rivers to end

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pessimist
By Louie Meizlish
Daily Staff Reporter
With their expected primary fewer
than four months away, the race
between incumbent Reps. John Din-
gell and Lynn Rivers for the Democ-
ratic nomination in Michigan's 15th
Congressional
District is quickly
heating up. Dear-
born's Dingell
called on Rivers ';
(D-Ann Arbor)
yesterday to put
an end to negative
campaigning in
the two incum-
bents' battle to ,-'
keep their own Dingell
jobs.
Dingell said the
two candidates
should agree to
make several joint e
appearances in
front of voters
before the Aug. 6 k
primary and that
the candidates
and their support-
ers abstain from Riv
mentioning their
opponent by name - focusing sole-
ly on their own record.
"I've been running for Congress
for a few years and I don't want to
run in a way that demeans me, my
office or my friends," Dingell 75, a
24-term incumbent and the House's
longest-serving member, said.
The two incumbents, who current-
ly represent separate congressional

1C campaigning
districts, saw their districts com- Sierra Club's endorsement.
bined last year when the Republican- "I would say the people of the
controlled state Legislature and GOP 15th district have a choice between
Gov. John Engler redrew the state's someone lukewarm on the environ-
congressional districts. The state ment and someone rock solid on the
Democratic Party is challenging the environment," said Dan Farough, the
new district lines in federal court, Michigan Sierra Club's political
but redistricting challenges in court director.
usually do not prevail. Farough criticized Dingell for vot-
Dingell campaign manager Lon ing for the 1990 Clean Air Act only
Johnson said the veteran congress- because he feared an electoral back-
man asked Rivers, a four-term lash, and accused him of stalling it
incumbent, to follow the same cam- as chairman of the House Energy
paign guidelines she offered to her and Commerce Committee. Dingell
Republican opponent in 1996, Joe countered that garnering support for
Fitzsimmons, who declined the offer. the bill was difficult but that he was
The mutual agreement to abstain instrumental in passing it.
from negative campaigning is a rela- "It took us 13 years to produce the
tively new tactic in election. cam- bill, but I got it passed in the House
paigns. after only 13 hours - 428 to 6,"
"We are specifically asking the Dingell said.
Rivers campaign to agree to what Dingell's strongest support comes
they thought was a good idea in from labor with backing from the
1996 - that each candidate talk Michigan AFL-CIO and Teamsters
about what they've done and what in addition to several other unions
they're going to do for the 15th dis- and police and firefighters' organi-
trict - and in addition to that, zations.
instruct their allies to do the same," Rivers' main backing comes from
Johnson said. social interest groups, such as
The Rivers campaign did not Planned Parenthood, the Brady Cam-
return phone calls yesterday seeking paign to Prevent Gun Violence and
comment and Johnson said he had the Human Rights campaign.
received no answer to the proposal LSA senior Eric Feldman, former
from Rivers. chair of the University's chapter of
The winner of the Dingell-Rivers College Democrats, said the nation's
match-up will likely face Dearborn arguably most watched congression-
resident Martin Kaltenbach, who is al primary will not just be a test of
expected to be unopposed in his how well Dingell and Rivers cam-
quest for the GOP nod. paign.
SIERRA CLUB ENDORSES RIVERs "We'll see if the party is more
The Rivers campaign received a motivated by candidates who run on
significant boost yesterday with the socially liberal issues or economi-
addition of the environment-oriented cally liberal issues,"he said.

EMMA FOSDICK/Daiy
Books and bodies lie scattered across the grass near the Diag yesterday as
students take advantage of the toasty temperatures.
MSU follows GEO
lead In negotiations

By Jordan Schrader
Daily Staff Reporter

While the Graduate Employees
Organization and the University
battled over the terms of GEO's
contract this year, a similar conflict
was taking place between graduate
students and administrators in East
Lansing.
Although successful negotiations
lifted the threat of a prolonged
graduate student strike here, a
walkout remains a possibility at
Michigan State University.
The major difference between
GEO's fight and that of the Gradu-
ate Employees Union at Michigan
State is that while the former has
worked under a contract for 27
years, GEU is negotiating the terms
of its first contract. The union
formed in May 2001 and began bar-
gaining with Michigan State's
administration in October.
Six months later, many points of
conflict remain unresolved -
issues such as health care and
salary, which GEU officials said
have not yet been discussed in bar-
gaining.
The union planned a walkout for
Monday, approved by 89 percent of
GEU members. But organizers
decided to cancel the work stoppage
after making promising advances
with the administration's bargaining
team.
Bargainers set a target date of
Apri 22 to reach a tentative agree-
ment. GEU President Jessica Good-
kind said she still hopes issues will
be resolved by that date, but is pre-
pared to hold a walkout if members
are not satisfied with the progress
of negotiations.
If bargaining is unsuccessful and
members approve a strike, it could
coincide with Michigan State's
upcoming final exams.
Goodkind attributed the length of
the negotiations partly to the need

to create an infrastructure for the
contract before moving on to
address issues such as pay and ben-
efits, which took center stage in
GEO negotiations throughout the
year.
"So much of the contract is just
those basic things that once they're
in your contract, you just take for
granted," she said.
GEU has benefited from GEO's
example, Goodkind said, adding
that the higher salary and greater
benefits enjoyed by graduate stu-
dents at the University of Michigan
gives GEU a standard to strive for.
She said one reason she became
active in unionization is that she
saw her sister, a graduate student at
the University of Michigan, receive
greater pay and health care for a
similar job.
"I think we can see from looking
at the example of (the University of
Michigan) or Wayne State (Univer-
sity) that having a union really ben-
efits teaching assistants," she said.
GEO sent representatives to
speak to members of the developing
union, describing their experience
and techniques used against them
by the administration.
"In terms of morale for the union
it's been great for them to see that
we won and how we won," Rack-
ham student and GEO organizer
Pavitra Sundar said.
Sundar traveled to East Lansing
last month to speak with GEU
members.
Administrators at both schools
have purposely stalled negotiations
with the goal of avoiding a strike
during the school year, she said.
Sundar added that GEU should
walk out during exams if members
deem it necessary.
"They need to do what they need
to do to get a contract," she said.
Michigan State spokesman J.T.
Forbes declined to comment on the
bargaining process.

Correction:
The Touchtone counseling program for victims of sexual assault is sponsored by the Sexual Assault Crisis Center of
Washtenaw County. This information was incorrectly reported in Monday's Daily.

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