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Wednesday, March 24, 2004

News 3
Opinion 4

New MSA execs
begin term
Sravya Chirumamilla
discussesthe FCC

Michigan to take on Hawaii in the NIT quarterfinals tonight ... Sports, Page 9


Hl- 54
LOW. 49

Arts 8 The Daily reviews
'Slave Moth.'

One-hundred-thirteen years ofeditorialfreedom


Ann Arbor, Michigan Vol. CXIII, No. 119

@2004 The Michigan Daily





By Aymar Jean
Daily Staff Reporter

Following numerous lawsuits against
Internet users suspected of file-sharing, the
record industry will soon subpoena the
University for the names of students
allegedly sharing music illegally.
In January, the Recording Industry Asso-
ciation of America filed suit against 532
individuals nationwide, many of them col-
lege students. The suits, called "John Doe"

lawsuits, are against users identified only
by their Internet protocol addresses. RIAA
is subpoenaing the University for the names
of the students under its network.
"We are waiting to receive them," Assis-
tant General Counsel Jack Bernard said,
who added that the subpoenas will most
likely come within the week.
The University has already notified those
who may receive subpoenas. Bernard said
about nine students will be subpoenaed.
If the subpoenas are "substantively and

procedurally valid," the University will fol-
low the law and release the names of the
individuals, Bernard said. Subpoenas com-
pel their recipients to release important
information for an intended trial. Since
RIAA has presumably filed suit against
these users, that information is the student's
"These are very difficult subpoenas to
refuse," Bernard said.
The University always disputes subpoe-
nas unless they are valid and will not

release information unless the subpoenas
pass legal muster, Bernard said.
The sued students could either go to
court or likely settle out of court. Settle-
ments can vary in size, especially since
legal challenges have increased RIAA's
But RIAA spokesman Jonathan Lamy
said the average settlement is $3,000. This
amount is also contingent upon how many
files a student shared.
Recently, the federal court ruled that

RIAA had to file its suits individually. It
had previously filed collective suits.
Whether or not RIAA followed this proce-
dure will affect whether the University will
release the students' names.
But Lamy said this ruling, issued in
Philadelphia, did not affect the vast majori-
ty of its lawsuits.
The 532 targeted users uploaded on aver-
age 837 songs. Most individuals who face
potential lawsuits share a large number of
files, but downloading and sharing even
See RIAA, Page 5

LEO authorizes
vote to walk out

By Kristen Przybyiski
Daily Staff Reporter
Walkouts look likely after two
days of Lecturers' Employee Orga-
nization meetings across the Uni-
versity's Ann Arbor, Flint and
Dearborn campuses. The meetings
yielded a total of only nine votes in
opposition to sending out strike-
authorization ballots to lecturers,
said LEO member Marta Cruz, a
Spanish lecturer.
The walkout, planned for April 8,
is intended to prompt the University
administration to speed up the bar-
gaining process that began last
August. LEO, formed last May,
demands increased wages, job secu-
rity and benefits for non-tenure
track lecturers.
At the start of meetings Monday and
yesterday on all three campuses, 311
LEO members signed a strike petition,
saying that while they do not wish to
strike, they are prepared to do so if the
University administration does not
make a serious attempt to resolve
LEO's concerns.
The strike authorization ballot
will now be mailed out to lecturers
who then must vote by Saturday. If
the initiative passes, non-tenure
track lecturers will not teach classes
on April 8.
"This ballot gives authority to the
union council to call for a walkout,"
Halloran said.
"At this point, it's in the hands of the
administration whether they're willing
to make changes to the system."
In the past two weeks, the Uni-
versity has given no specific details
as to how the administration would
respond to a walkout.
"It's too soon to talk about that.
We would have concerns about its
disruption toward classes, but we
don't feel that we are at that stage

The administration
touts the quality of
education at the
University ... There's
no desire to
compensate half the
faculty that creates
that high-quality
- Bonnie Halloran
LEO President
where it is necessary yet," said Julie
Peterson, University spokeswoman
in a previous interview.
Non-tenured lecturers, who teach
up to 50 percent of undergraduate
classes, are not properly compen-
sated for their work, said LEO Pres-
ident Bonnie Halloran.
According to an LEO news
release, an Ann Arbor public school
teacher with a doctorate will start at
a salary of $44,345 and rise to
$76,435 over ten years.
But the average salary of a full-
time English lecturer with a doctor-
ate at the Ann Arbor campus is only
"The administration touts the
quality of undergraduate education
at the University," Halloran said.
"There's no desire to compensate
half the faculty that creates that
high-quality education."
Although the walkout would deny
students a day of classes, Ian
Robinson, co-chair of the LEO Ann
Arbor Organizing Committee Ian
See LEO, Page 5

Three cagers
voice decision
to depar
from team
By Ellen Mcarrity
Daily Sports Writer
When Cheryl Burnett took the helm of the Michigan
women's basketball team last fall after the tumultuous
resignation of Sue Guevara, many hoped that it would be
the last major change the program would endure for a
long time.
But the team will get another makeover next season.
In addition to departing seniors Jennifer Smith and
Stephanie Gandy, three other Wolverines have
announced they are leaving the team. Sophomores Niki
Reams, Mie Burlin and Lauren Andrews have all been
granted permission to transfer to other basketball pro-
grams of their choice.
"These three players have decided to
leave the program on their own accord
and we wish them the best," Burnett
said yesterday in a statement to the
Michigan Daily.
With the loss of these three sopho-
mores and the two seniors, this year's
team has been cut from 11 to six. Four
recruits have signed letters of intent to
join next year's team.
The biggest jolt to the team will be
Reams Reams's absence. The forward has been
a regular contributor since she arrived
last year. The Jenison native started 20 games and scored a
career-best 19 points twice during her freshman campaign
under former coach Guevara. In the beginning of her sopho-
more season, she was regularly in Burnett's starting lineup.
But after suffering a foot injury midway through the sea-
son, freshman Kelly Helvey replaced Reams in the starting
lineup. Even after her foot had healed, Reams saw less play-
ing time than before her injury.
Reams refused to comment on the situation. Burnett was
vague about the players' reasons in her statement.
"The reasons for each player's decision is specific to that
player, and we respect their individual choice of action,"

RC lecturer Ian Robinson, co-chair of the Lecturers' Employee Organization Ann Arbor Organizing
Committee, speaks to reporters at the LEO emergency meeting in Angell Hall yesterday. Lecturers
must vote by Saturday to decide whether they want to walk out of their classes April 8.


slows growth of wireless

A litterisky

Internet service in buildings

Budget constraints Jrce deans
to cut back on p/anne expansion
of wireless network
By Chloe Foster
For the Daily
Although the University had planned to
expand its wireless Internet connections on
campus this year, they will only be added to
selected sites due to lack of funding.
For the College of Literature, Science and
Arts, the University plans to equip only a
small number of classrooms: the lobby area
of Haven Hall, the Chemistry Building atri-
um and the East Hall atriums, LSA Associate

Dean Phil Hanlon said.
He said the college originally planned to
install wireless Internet in all LSA class-
rooms and offices this year, but the estimat-
ed cost of $3 million dollars was too high for
the University's limited budget as a result of
state budget cuts.
Wireless Internet on campus allows stu-
dents to connect to the Internet at broadband
speeds without Ethernet cables.
Currently, wireless Internet is available
in the Michigan Union underground, the
Michigan League, the Angell Hall com-
puting site, the Harold Shapiro Under-
graduate Library, the Harlan Hatcher
Graduate Library and various places in the
Business School, the Law School and on

North Campus.
Testifying in front of the state Senate Appro-
priations Committee three weeks ago, Universi-
ty President Mary Sue Coleman reported that
the University will have to cut, at a minimum,
$20 million out of its operating budget for
"Everyone is trying to deal with the budg-
et cuts," said Andy Palms, director of Infor-
mation Technology Central Services.
But even if colleges and departments have
sufficient funds for more wireless access, they
may opt to spend it elsewhere.
Palms emphasized that the dean of each col-
lege will ultimately decide how to use the allot-
ted money
See WIRELESS, Page 5

Dingell plans to run for 26th term

By Farayha Arrine
Daily Staff Reporter
John Dingell says he's been in the U.S. House of Representa-
tives long enough to know when it is being run well. In this con-
.. .. _« zon:2. t- .. ;nt e .

staff which spends a great deal of time running around the district
finding out what people want me to do."
Even Masing, his opponent in the race, admits that he respects Din-
gell's service and would never speak negatively of the congressman.
Although, Dingell won the 2002 primary elections with 72 percent
o~f the nv'iual Atkictote- tphe failtongather the maioritv of Ann


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