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The Michigan Daily - Monday, December 9, 2002 - 3A


Tag Days raise funds, awareness for children

Female reports
battle between
According to Department of Public
Safety reports, a female in Bursley
Residence Hall reported Saturday night
that her former boyfriend assaulted her
new boyfriend.
Car vandalized in
Sybil Street lot
A female reported early yesterday
that someone tore off the mirror of her
boyfriend's car parked in a lot on Sybil
Street, DPS reports state.
East Quad resident
cited for alcohol
There was a report early yester-
day of an unresponsive person in a
unisex bathroom on Prescott Hall in
East Quad Residence Hall, accord-
ing to DPS reports.
The person was cited for a minor
in possession of alcohol and trans-
ported to the University Hospital
Emergency Room.
Paint stolen from
medical center
DPS reports state that 10 gallons of
paint were stolen from the Medical
Science Center Friday morning. The
paint had been left unattended for 30
Vehicle hits three
people, serious
injuries result
Three females were hit by a vehicle
while crossing at the corner of Hoover
and State streets Friday afternoon,
according to DPS reports. The car did
not stop, and the victims sustained sub-
stantial injuries.
Chairs vanish
from the Union
computing site
A caller reported Friday afternoon
the theft of five or six chairs from the
Michigan Union computing site, DPS
reports state. Although the chairs were
discovered missing Friday, the caller
belived, they were tken some time
over the last week.
DPS conducts
* drug bust i West
Quad Saturday
According to DPS reports, officers
confiscated marijuana and drug para-
phernalia early Saturday from a subject
in West Quad Residence Hall.
Victim reports
theft a month
after it happened
A man in the Art and Architecture
Building reported Thursday afternoon
that a book of his was stolen more than
a month ago, DPS reports state.
Man exposes self
on street corner
According to DPS reports, an
unidentified witness reported Thurs-
day afternoon that a man indecently
exposed himself near the corner of
Fletcher and Huron streets. Officers
made contact with the subject a
short distance away, but they did not
observe an offense. He was ques-
tioned and released pending further

Park bench legs
vandalized in Arb
A caretaker in the Nichols Arbore-
* tum reported Thursday evening that
three legs of a park bench had been
detached from the ground, DPS
reports state.
Student reports
missing glasses
A West Quad resident reported
Thursday night that his Cartier glasses
were missing, according to DPS
* reports. He stated that he believes a
guest in his room took them earlier that
day around 2 p.m. He identified the
guest for DPS officers, and the case is
under investigation.
Man complains of
stomach pains
DPS reports state a man in the
Harold Shapiro Undergraduate
Library Thursday night said he was
having severe stomach pains and

By Emily Kraack
Daily Staff Reporter
Who wears red and comes out once a year to
bring joy to children in Washtenaw County? If
your answer was "members of the Galens Med-
ical Society," you would be right.
Friday and Saturday marked the 76th annual
Galens Tag Day Drive, an event put on by Med-
ical School students who belong to the Galens
Society. Tag day falls on the first weekend of
December every year to correspond with Mid-
night Madness, the night when all downtown
stores in Ann Arbor stay open until midnight.
Members of Galens Society called "tag-
gers" stand in various places throughout Ann
Arbor wearing red ponchos and posters and
holding buckets to collect donations. When
someone puts a donation in the Galens buck-
et, the tagger holding the bucket will give the
person a Galens tag - a brightly colored tag
explaining what Galens does and how to
make further contributions.
The Galens Society designed thetag day
drive to raise money for children's causes in
Washtenaw County. Organizations apply to
Galens for grants. "Anyone who asks, as long as
they're legitimate, we basically give money to,"
said "tag day czar" and fourth year Medical
School student Caroline Schreiber.
Funds gathered in the past have gone to

organizations such as the SAFE House, a
domestic violence shelter; the Corner Health
Center in Ypsilanti; the Ann Arbor Hands-On
Museum; the Ronald McDonald House, an
inexpensive hotel for families of hospitalized
children; and the Neutral Zone, a youth center
run by high school students in Ann Arbor.
One of the main recipients of tag day dona-
tions is the Child Life Center in Mott Children's
Hospital Charities, which provides educational
toys and arts and crafts to children in the hospi-
tal. Schreiber said the Child Life Center was
founded "so kids can have a more normal life in
the hospital."
Schreiber said the tag day drive usually col-
lects about $70,000 per year. "We think this is a
good year, but it's hard to know yet," she said
about this year's total.
Unlike other charity events, Galens donates
all money collected on tag days to charity.
"None of the money we collect goes to over-
head at all," Schreiber said. This is made possi-
ble by donations from local businesses, such as
Blimpie Burger, which provides kits with burg-
ers, fries, condiments and cheese to students
collecting donations. Other restaurants provide
cookies, hot chocolate and other food items for
the taggers. All leftover food is donated to
homeless shelters.
Ten Medical School faculty members are
nominated each year by the student members of

Galens to serve as honorary members. The fac-
ulty members drive "Happy Vans" full of donat-
ed food to Tagger locations around Ani Arbor
during the Tag drive.
Family medicine associate Prof. Kent Sheets,
in his first year as a faculty member of Galens,
said he had a great time driving the Happy Van
to deliver food to the taggers. "The weather's
not been bad today, and they're glad to see us."
Pathology Prof. Andy Flint, in his seventh
year with Galens, expressed enthusiasm for the
organization and the tag day. "It's such a great
tradition," he said. "It's a completely unselfish
act." He also said he enjoyedworking with the
students, and that getting nominated for Galens
was "sort of like getting an Oscar - it was real-
ly cool."
Taggers talked about the generosity of people
in Ann Arbor and how exciting it was to see a
check for $1,000 in the donation bucket. Sara
Chakel, tag day czar and fourth year Medical
student, said, "Lots of people already have
checks written out in their pockets," before tag
day. Galens members said that people will tell
taggers that they look forward to giving dona-
tions on tag days.
"People expect you, they're, waiting for you.
It was really nice to see people's generosity,"
said Grace Ahn, co-chair and 1st year Medical

Medical student Amar Mutnal receives a donation from LSA
junior Sachin Nanavati for Galens Tag Days in the Diag.

Borders staff seeks
better conditions
with umonization


By Ricky Lax
Daily Staff Reporter

Around 6:30 p.m. Friday, the follow-
ing announcement was read over the
East Liberty Borders Books public
address system: "Attention Borders
staff, the time is now 51 to four." Staff
members understood the announce-
ment meant 51 Borders workers voted
to join forces with United Food and
Commercial Workers Union Local 876,
while four workers opposed union rep-
Last month, several flyers posted out-
side the store read, "Why have the
employees of Borders Books at 612 E.
Liberty fprnel ai union?, Eroding bene-
fits, layoffs and demotions, (and) huge
cuts in payroll that have affected our
staffing level tremendously."
Workers' complaints also include
poor job security, low salary increases,
high turnover rate and poor attitudes in
management.But Borders management
say that they take employee concerns
seriously and encourage open and direct
communication. They do not believe
union representation is necessary.
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 Borders store,
in Minneapolis, has unionized. In the
'90s, three stores had contracts negotiat-
ed by the UFCW. But these contracts
were not renewed.
After the announcement, the workers

"Eroding benefits,
layoffs ,., huge
cuts in payroll have
affected our
staffing level
- flyer supporting the unionization
of Borders employees
had an unofficial victory party at worker
Dave Patt's house.
"Everybody knows what (the party)
is for, but nobody officially knows, kind
of like the 'the time is now 51 to four,"
worker Brook Young said.
Young and fellow Borders worker
Lyndsy Richards, who was excluded
from the vote because she was a new
worker, said they spotted several former
workers in the store throughout the day.
One of these workers had quit after he
was demoted.
Young said that nobody knows who
cast the opposing votes, but that there
were rumors about who did. Six Borders
stores have voted to unionize in the past,
but none are currently under contract.
BordersUnion.com, the organizers'
web page, calls the victory "a lopsided
margin that inspires renewed vigor in the
Borders union campaign."

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