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Forum to focus on
worker rights, fair
labor standards

A panel discussion titled "Monitor-
ing International Labor Standards:
Challenges for the Future," will be held
today in Schorling Auditorium at the
School of Education at 7 p.m.
Speakers Auret van Heerden and
Scott Nova will address the
approaches of the Fair Labor Asso-
ciation and Workers Rights to sup-
porting adequate international labor
standards.
Lawrence Root, director of the
University's Institute of Labor and
Industrial Relations and chair of the
University's Committee on Labor
Standards and Human Rights, will
moderate the forum.
Fair to highlight
different cultures
To provide an opportunity for the
University community to celebrate
diversity, student groups will host a
culture fair on North Campus by
sharing foods and traditions of dif-
ferent cultures. The fair will be held
today in the Media Union Gallery at
12:30 p.m. The event is sponsored by
the American Society for Engineer-
ing Education as part of Martin
Luther King, Jr. Symposium event.
Professor to give
media-based talk
on "Mommy Wars"
Prof. Susan Douglas will explore
how media images influence mothers
to be at odds with each other and rein-
force an ideology of "intensive mother-
ing," characterized by unattainable
standards of devotion and perfection
no mother can meet. The lecture, titled
"The Mommy Wars: How the Media
Turn Motherhood into a 'Cat Fight,"'
will be held today in the Michigan
Union in the Pond Room at 3:30 p.m.
The event is sponsored by the Center
for the Education of Women.
Issues surrounding
cloning, stem cells
topic of luncheon
The 5th Annual Martin Luther King
Luncheon titled "Engineering Bioethics:
jCiticalIssues that Govern the Process
of Improving Our Lives" will be held
tomorrow in Lurie Engineering Center,
room 1210 at noon. This program will
focus on some-of the ethical questions
involving cloning, stem cell research and
related technical areas. Panelists and
participants will discuss the develop-
ment of guidelines for those working to
develop and apply the new technologies.
UHS holds teach-
in on emergency
contraception
A teach-in to educate students on
emergency contraception, sponsored
by Univeristy Health Service and will
be held tomorrow in the Kuenzel
Room in the Union at noon. Panelists
will include Prof. Lisa Kane Low from
UHS gynecology department and Kat-
rina Mann from Students for Choice.
MSA, LSA-SG host
affirmative action
panel discussion
To educate students on Affirmative
Action, the Michigan Student Assembly
and LSA Student Government are host-
ing a panel discussion featuring former
Univeristy Prof. Pat Gurin and Assistant
General Counsel Johnathon Alger, to
speak for the University's case and Uni-
versity philosophy Prof. Carl Cohen and
Center for Individual Rights President-
Terrence Pell to speak against the Uni-

versity's case. "Outlooks on Affirmative
Action" will be held Thursday in 100
Hutchins Hall at 4:30 p.m.
Actor B.D. Wong
to speak about
racism, diversity
B.D. Wong, known as Father Ray
Mukada on HBO's "Oz" and Dr.
Huang on NBC's "Law and Order:
Special Victim's Unit" will give a
lecture on "All the World's a Stage:
Supporting the Transformation from
Exclusion to Inclusion." The lecture,
which will focus on lessons Wong
learned in order to survive and excel
in his vocation, will be held Thurs-
day in Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre at
7 p.m. Wong first gained national
attention with his Broadway debut
starring in the celebrated "M. Butter-
fly," for which he received a Tony
Award. The event is sponsored by
Dialogues on Diversity, Rackham
Graduate School Housing Informa-

SOLE asks
to press
'for worker
pay raise
By Afifa Assel
For the Daily
Morgan Services Inc., the laundry company used by several
of the University's campus dining facilities, is being investigat-
ed by the National Labor Relations Board for alleged labor
violations. Yesterday, members of Students Organized for
Labor and Economic Equality and workers from Morgan Ser-
vices, accompanied by Union of Needletraders, Industrial and
Textile Employees representative Karen Burnett, met with
University General Counsel Marvin Krislov and Ethical Pur-
chasing Director Louis Green to convince the administration
to sever its ties with Morgan Linen Services.
SOLE members and other students gathered in the Fleming
Administration Building to show support for the workers. "I
think that workers' rights are very important and the University
should recognize that," RC senior Emily Russell said.
The workers are asking for a 35-cent pay raise, a cap on
insurance rates, sick pay, a Christmas bonus and a policy of
non-discrimination for UNITE! members. Workers empha-
sized the pay raise as their main concern.
Pauline Vance said she has been working for Morgan Ser-
vices for 24 years and earns just $7.70 per hour. She added
that even though UNITE! has been in existence for more than
40 years, the management at Morgan Services still rejects the
group and actively attempts to break it up.
Her co-worker Othella Johnson, an employee of the compa-
ny for 31 years, said UNITE! activists are discouraged from
talking with each other, which prevents them from organizing.
"They treat you extremely differently if you support the
union. They try to keep workers separated," Johnson said.
"They don't want us to communicate with one another."
SOLE member and RC sophomore Lauren Heidtke empha-
sized the importance of this case for the laundry services indus-
try. "This case sets a precedent since laundry managers talk
with each other. It affects people in the entire industry," she
said. "It's not difficult for the University to cut the contract with
the company in this case. It's a purely business relationship."
SOLE member Mike Swiryn said Krislov plans to talk with
University President Mary Sue Coleman within 48 hours and
give the group the University's stance in a week. Swiryn said
he is hopeful the University will write a letter to Morgan Ser-
vices and publicly address the situation.
"Marvin said from what they've heard, the situation was
below the University standard of ethics" Swiryn said.
The workers have been without a UNITE! contract for eight
months. UNITE! cannot garnish money from employee pay-
checks until they reach an agreement with the company, Bur-
nett said. The University facilities serviced by Morgan
Services are the Executive Residence, the Lawyers' Club and
the Martha Cook Building.

Window wonderland

LSA sophomore Aimee Dunner gets a breath of fresh air through1

JONATH
the third floor window of Sigma Delta Tau.

I I

Group seeks to 'save

By Sara Eber
For the Daily
A federal commission finalized its six-month
evaluation of Title IX last week, producing sev-
eral recommendations for the Bush administra-
tion to consider regarding gender equity in
athletics.
According to the Title IX clause - part of
the 1972 Education Amendment - sex dis-
crimination in education is strictly prohibited.
As a result, Title IX has been paramount in pro-
viding women with athletic opportunities in
scholarships, equipment, coaching and facilities
commensurate with male counterparts.
The commission's recommendations include
allowing schools to use specific surveys to
demonstrate adherence to Title IX, further
defining the test of "substantial proportionali-
ty," counting athletes based on allotting set ros-
ter numbers for each team and those recruited
- eliminating walk-ons - and omitting "non-
traditional" students from the undergraduate
population count. Nontraditional students typi-
cally refer to those who did not attend college
directly after high school, and according to The
Chronicle of Higher Education, would pose a
disadvantage primarily to women.
The findings of the commission have
sparked significant debate across the country as
to what effect the possible changes could have
on female athletes. Some fear alterations to the
law may make it easier for universities to skew

gender statistics in athletics.
In response to the commission's suggestions,
the National Women's Law Center in Washing-
ton initiated a campaign to "Save Title IX."
"Some have characterized the commission's
long list of proposed changes as minor and
moderate. Nothing could be further from the
truth.... If accepted by the Bush administra-
tion, the commission's proposals would dramat-
ically reduce the sports participation
opportunities and scholarships to which women
and girls are entitled under the law," said
NWLC Co-president Marcia Greenberger, in a
statement on the organization's website.
The commission's report also has many sup-
porters, including Mike Moyer, executive direc-
tor of the National Wrestling Coaches
Association. "What we're looking for is a more
fair and reasonable way to protect women with-
out hurting men," he told The Associated Press.
Following Title IX's passage in 1972, some
schools were forced to cut men's teams in order
to stay within funding restrictions.
Megan McCallister, University associate ath-
letic director and senior women's administrator,
said the report could be beneficial. "I think it's
very important that we have better definitions
to further guidance," she said.
"Our commitment as an institution is that
we will be in full compliance with Title IX,
and if it changes in whatever way, shape or
form, we are committed to staying in compli-
ance," she added.

McCallister said that the University operates
under a 50/50 proportion of men's and women's
teams in order to comply with Title IX.
LSA sophomore and water polo player Jessi-
ca Falarski said that although she benefits from
the current Title IX policies, female athletes do
not have as much opportunity as they could.
"There should be equal scholarship and
funding opportunities for women," she said.
"Steps should be taken to reevaluate how it is
distributed."
LSA freshman Danny Zeldes disagreed with
the University's current method of compliance.
"I think the 50/50 system is horrible. It has dis-
advantages for men and women. When you
have talented athletes, they should have an
opportunity to play varsity, regardless of fund-
ing or if there are too many teams for their gen-
der," he said.
Currently, all institutions receiving federal
aid are, required to meet certain criteria in a
three-part test to prove their compliance with
Title IX. Schools must either allocate teams
based on the proportion of women and men in
the undergraduate population, prove a history
and continuing practice of commitment to
women's athletics or demonstrate that they are
accommodating the interest and abilities of
females on campus.
The commission's final report will be given
to Education Secretary Roderick Paige and
President Bush by Feb. 28 for further consid-
eration.

HADDAD
Continued from Page 1
when we raise the national consciousness
about the level of attack, that in itself, is a
deterrence," Ridge said. "Just being more
ready, being more prepared, is a deterrent
in and of itself."
Nubani said that Haddad's wife was
very upset when he spoke to her over
the weekend.
"He's been in jail for 14 months with
no criminal charges pending," Nubani
said. "I feel so sorry for her because no
matter how you look at it, she's inno-
cent and is being punished."
Nubani added that he could not veri-
fy that this was a national policy and
would affect all INS detainees, but said
he felt that in Haddad's case, it was
being used selectively. He said that
Haddad has been a model inmate,
despite the fact that he has no criminal
charges and his family made weekly
visits and were always model visitors.
Haddad's attorney said he had no
idea how long visitations would be
denied.
"This is just one thing in a series of
actions used to justify the federal gov-
ernment's unjust incarceration of Had-
dad," Nubani said. "They could say
code orange until doomsday - but
time will tell and I believe Haddad will
be vindicated."
KOREAS
Continued from Page 1
cannot fight two wars at once and the
human cost of a war in North Korea
would be far more devastating than a
war in Iraq, Woo-Cumings said.
"Because North Korea has a huge
standing army, any mistake or prob-
lem in the very tense armed area
would have many implications,"
Woo-Cumings said. "The cost would
be unthinkable."
LSA sophomore Jen Moon said
President Bush's remarks in the "axis
of evil" speech offended most Korean
students on campus because Bush
included North Korea among his list of
terrorist nations.
"While most students can be oblivi-
ous to what's going on in North Korea
and don't feel threatened by a small
country, that small country is all set up
for war," Moon said.
The United States has tried to
persuade other countries to stop
sending aid to North Korea but the
United States has the largest stock-
pile of weapons of mass destruction
and highest number of nuclear

JAPAN
Continued from Page 1
attempts to even slightly change Article Nine have been
met with much resistance, Soeya said.
In the case of the Gulf War, the only legal aid Japan
could offer was a cash donation to the multinational
peacekeeping forces, despite the government's attempt
to change Japan's peacekeeping ability, he said.
Article Nine has played a deep role in the history of
the involvement of Japan in Asia. During the Cambodi-
an Civil War, the Japanese government wanted to inter-
vene and try to help create stability and a democratic
process for elections after the fall of the dictator Pol
Pot, but Japan could not participate due to the restric-
tions of Article Nine.
The geographic proximity of Cambodia compelled the
government to draft a new peacekeeping law to allow Japan-
ese self-defense forces to go into Cambodia, but this law
only allows Japan to work with other powers, not of its own
accord, Soeya said.
In the context of current Asian issues, Soeya fielded

questions about North Korea and security concerns over
a possible nuclear weapons program emerging within the
country. "There are two methods to deal with this,".
Soeya said, referring to a question on the best course of
action regarding North Korea.
"The first being the current method (President) Bush
is using, by not negotiating with the current regime
unless there is a halt to nuclear production, or second,
change the regime from within and let the populace
effect a change in their own government. What is most
worrisome is that the current Bush approach makes war
closer to reality where I think that it is the only sce-
nario where war would happen," he added.
Soeya received his doctorate from the University of
Michigan in 1987 and has been teaching international
relations at Keio University in Japan since 1995.
The lecture was organized by Amy Carey, of the Cen-
ter of Japanese Studies, and political science Prof. John
Campbell.
Campbell said he enjoyed Soeya's talk, saying that he
believed "it was an excellent overview of what the world
looks like from a Japanese point of view."

VOLUNTEER
Continued from Page 1
"It's etiquette and then some, and
what other things you should be think-
ing about when you're out on a busi-
ness dinner," Vickey said, referring to
"Avoid Looking Stupid at Dinner."
"Unfortunately, most of the things we
hear about dinners from TV are the
wrong way to do things; Ferguson said,
adding that a recent survey by Harvard
University and the Stanford Research
Center revealed 85 percent of job-seek-
ers are hired based on their people skills
and not their technical skills.
Ferguson added that common mis-
takes by graduates during business
interviews include "trying too hard" to
impress and forgetting business is the
main purpose of the meal. "Everything
else is secondary,"he said.

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