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The Michigan Daily - Monday, November 11, 2002 - 3A

Markley fire exit
sign snatched
According to Department of Public
Safety reports, a fire exit sign was
reported stolen from the center of the
5400 corridor of Mary Markley Resi-
dence Hall early Saturday.
Alcohol found on.
University bus rider
A caller stated early yesterday morn-
ing that a person wearing a red and
gray shirt had a case of beer on a Uni-
versity bus, DPS reports state. The per-
son was cited for a minor in possession
of alcohol.
Football shatters
window in Bursley
A person threw a footballinto a win-
dow of Bursley Residence Hall Friday
afternoon, according to DPS reports.
The window appeared to be broken.
People caught
drinking near Yost
Five individuals were cited for
alcohol ordinance violations Friday
night after they were caught drink-
ing and carrying two 12-packs of
beer outside Yost Ice Arena, DPS
reports state.
Faulty pipes lead to
flood in Rackham
It was reported Thursday after-
noon that the second floor of the
Rackham Building sustained dam-
age due to broken water pipes,
according to DPS reports.
Bag stolen from
room in West Quad
while resident slept
According to DPS reports, a sus-
pect stole a book bag from a room
in West Quad Residence Hall Thurs-
day night. The resident of the room
was asleep when the incident
Emergency room
visitor passes out,
injures head
DPS reports state that a 16-year-
old visitor of a patient passed out
and hit her head on a sink at the
University Hospital Emergency
Room early yesterday.
Person taken to
hospital after arm
wrestling injury
A person was injured arm
wrestling Friday morning at the
North Ingalls Building, according to
DPS reports. Huron Valley Ambu-
lance took the person to St. Joseph
Computers stolen
from parked car
A man reported Friday afternoon
that computer equipment was stolen
from his car, which was parked in the
Catherine Street lot, according to DPS
reports. Stolen items included an IBM
Thinkpad 3000, a Dell PC and soft-
ware valued at about $2,000.

Student receives
MIP, UIP package
A person was cited for minor in pos-
session and urinating in public at East
Quad Residence Hall early Saturday,
DPS reports state.
MCard stolen from
UGLI student lounge
A person's MCard was stolen from
the Student Lounge of the Harold
Shapiro Undergraduate Library at
around 11:30 Thursday night, accord-
ing to DPS reports.
Sweatshirts taken
from vehicle while
parked in valet.
A woman reported Thursday
morning that she had three sweat
shirts stolen out of her vehicle,
which was valet parked in the East
Medical Center parking lot, DPS
reports state.
Sleeping man taken
out of the Union
A person was found sleeping in
the basement of the Michigan
Union Thursday afternoon, accord-
ing to DPS reports. He was read
trespassing rights and escorted out

Borders workers want union representation

By Ricky Lax
Daily Staff Reporter
The Borders Books on East Liberty Street
has scheduled three mandatory all-store meet-
ings in November after employees announced
that they are seeking representation by local
union UFCW 876. A majority of the store's
workers have authorized the UFCW 876 as the
exclusive representative of all such employees
for collective bargaining.
Borders operates over 390 Borders stores
domestically, 800 Waldenbooks stores, 29
international Borders stores and 37 stores in
the United Kingdom The store in Ann Arbor
was the first opened. So far, only one Bor-
ders store, in Minneapolis, has unionized. In
the '90s, three stores had contracts negotiat-
ed by the UFCW. But these contracts were
not renewed.
Today, several flyers posted outside the
store read, "Why have the employees of Bor-
ders Books at 612 E. Liberty formed a union?
Eroding benefits; layoffs and demotions; huge
cuts in payroll that have effected our staffing
level tremendously."
Jaime Dunlap, a Borders employee, said he
agrees with the flyers' statements.
"Principally, it's job security and the fact

that we think that the company needs to be
held more accountable in the way it treats
people," he said. "There was a woman here
who had been here for about a third of her
life and they eliminated her position and
said you can take this step down and it
means a substantial pay cut, that was the.
only way they were willing to keep her, so
she left. Several other good people have
left, thinking that that was the handwriting
on the wall."
A major complaint of Borders workers is
poor attitudes in management. "Another part
of it is respect for the employees. Sometimes
we get treated like we're children, and we're
not," Dunlap said. "One of the big things that
they fall back on with the pay thing is, well,
the economy is in a slump. You know, we're
adults, we know that. We pay taxes. We
watch the news."
Low salary increases also perturb the
workers. "I've been here for two years and
since I've started here I've gotten 63 cents
in pay increases. I pay 50 dollars a month
for the privilege of parking my car ... and I
don't think that's appropriate," Dunlap said.
One worker, who wished to remain
anonymous, said she supports the rights of
workers who want to unionize. "If the

majority of the workers feel that there is a
need for a union, I don't have a problem
with that. I know that sometimes people can
loose health benefits in negotiation, which
is kind of scary for me."
But Borders Group, Inc. Corporate Affairs
Counsel Anne Roman offered a different per-
spective. "Overall, throughout the company,
turnout is down drastically. Staffing levels at
stores are determined based on sales volume,"
Roman said.
"Borders takes seriously the input of our
employees and has always encouraged open and
direct communication between employees and
their managers as well as the senior manage-
ment of the company. We provide a very open
"By the same token, the company has a
right to communicate to employees that we
do not believe union representation is neces-
sary," she said, adding that Borders offers
employees broad based stock options and a
401K savings plan.
Other benefits employees receive include
a vision plan, dependent life insurance plan,
domestic partner benefits and the established
Borders Group Foundation, a non-profit
organization that assists employees in time
of need, Roman said.

Jon Okey, a magazine clerk at Border's Books on East Liberty
Street, restocks shelves with new magazines. The employees
of the store are currently seeking union representation.

Teaching research center
celebrates 40th anniversary

Tech talk

By Min Kyung Yoon
Daily Staff Reporter
Celebrating 40 years of excellence
in teaching and learning at the Uni-
versity, the Center for Research on
Learning and Teaching enjoys a par-
ticular prestige as the first teaching
center in the nation. Administrators,
professors, students and past CRLT
directors gathered to commemorate
the many accomplishments and con-
tributions of the center to the Univer-
sity campus at the Michigan Union
Ballroom Friday afternoon.
Since its inception in 1962, CRLT
has actively been part of providing an
environment conducive to teaching
and learning at the University, said
CRLT Director Constance Cook, who
described many of the center's various
"CRLT has developed numerous pub-
lications, a website with two and a half
million hits per year, runs programs, fac-
ulty and GSI orientations and provost
seminars on teaching," Cook said.

"CRLT works closely with individual
departments and colleges for projects
they choose to improve teaching."
Through CRLT's dedication to the
support and advancement of teaching
and learning, University students are
able to reap the benefits of curricular
reforms of every sort, Cook explained.
"CRLT is influential in calculus
reform, new (graduate student
instructor) training and engineering,
and in developing more inclusive
curriculum for the School of Social
Work and many other departments
and schools," Cook said.
Lester Monts, senior vice provost for
academic affairs, also emphasized the
important role of CRLT in curricular
reform efforts.
"The center staff has been
engaged in a countless reform effort
... and they have accompanied the
College of Engineering (to) revise
and expand its GSI training program
to make it considerable and more
effective," Monts said.
University Provost Paul Courant

said CRLT is a resource that can be
used to realize the potential of the Uni-
versity's energy and creativity in a
variety of aspects in teaching.
The immediate effects of Sept. 11,
2001 presented an example of this
process, Courant explained.
"We suggested classes on September
12 be dedicated to the discussion of
the events. Many instructors felt unpre-
pared to the challenges associated to
such a discussion," Courant said. "On
the afternoon of September 11, we
requested that CRLT develop some
guidelines for faculty about how to
face this difficult educational task."
"CRLT created a series of guide-
lines for discussing the tragedy that
were circulated throughout the Uni-
versity by e-mail," Courant said.
"Faculty here quickly sent them on
to college elsewhere and the effects
were far reaching. We soon learned
that institutions across the country
were distributing the guidelines,
including many located close to
Ground Zero in New York City."

Hand Lakes High School senior Brian Coatta works Saturday with
his teammates during a design competition as part of the
College of Engineering's Tech Day.

Mich. elects majority
of female candidates

LANSING (AP) - Michigan
voters went to the polls in the mood
to split their votes between Republi-
cans and Democrats. But where
they had a choice between a woman
and a man, they usually chose the
woman, regardless of party.
The result:Democrat Jennifer
Granholm was elected the state's
first female governor, Republican
Terri Lynn Land was elected secre-
tary of state, Republican Candice
Miller was elected to the U.S.
House, a record 11 women were
elected to the state Senate, and
women won election to the Michi-
gan Supreme Court and to each of
the stateeducation boards.

Only the ,state House saw a
decrease in the number of women
elected, dropping from 27 to 23 when
new lawmakers take office in Janu-
ary. But even there history was made,
as House Democrats on Friday elect-
ed Rep.-elect Diane Byrum to be
their leader, making her the first
woman to head a legislative caucus.
"To me, what this election was a
lot about was the true emergence of
women in political power," said
Craig Ruff of Public Sector Consul-
tants, a Lansing think tank. It's "a
major step in the direction of what's
inevitable - that nearly half of all
the elective posts that we fill will
be by women."


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