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The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, April 7, 2004 - 3

THIS WEEK
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STUDENT GOVERNMENT
MSA debates lecturers, funds conference

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Five years ago...
Nearly 5,000 people gathered in
Ann Arbor for the 27th annual Hash
Bash Day.
The culmination of the event
occurred at "High Noon," when the
crowd made its way onto the Diag,
pipes and joints in hand. Marijuana
enthusiast Tommy Chong said, "I'm
so stoned I don't know what to say.
... If the important people were
stoned, there'd be less violence in
the world."
Steve Hager, the former editor in
chief of High Times magazine, also
spoke at the afternoon rally. "High
Times officially declared that Ann
Arbor is the coolest place in the
universe," he said.
Ten years ago...
For some, the college years will
live in eternity. Oak Grove Interna-
tional, a state manufacturing com-
pany, began constructing caskets
decorated in the red and white of
the University of Indiana and Ohio
State University. "So far, red and
white for Indiana University is the
most popular," Manager Gary Gra-
ham said.
Graham added that he has not
made a maize and blue casket yet,
but would be open to the idea if it
was requested.
April 12, 1973
After 57 years filled with the
sounds of paddles crashing against
plastic balls, the Michigan Union
shut down the table tennis room,
which was located adjacent to the
billiards room on the second floor.
The room was converted into
office space for student organiza-
tions. Some of the newly orphaned
tables were sold for $5.
April 9, 1969
Stemming from an argument over
what to do with leftover ice cream
from a hall party, several students
living in Van Tyne House in Mary
Markley Residence Hall attempted
to secede from their hall.
They claimed that the residence
hall government is forced upon stu-
dents without their consent, and
therefore does not have any legiti-
mate authority to make decisions.
Jack Myers, president of the Inter-
House Assembly refused to take up
the issue at the next meeting, saying
that the schedule was full and that no
precedents exist for allowing part of a
hall to break away.
April 5, 1991
Although the University and the
White House refused to comment,
local media reported that President
George H.W. Bush planned to speak
at the University's commencement
ceremony.
Bush would speak at commence-
ment on May 4. The last time Bush
had visited campus was in 1985
when he was vice president. He was
harassed by protesters of U.S. for-
eign policy, and reportedly vowed
never to return to campus.
April 12, 1983
Boycotters of The Michigan Daily
presented a petition with more than
4,300 signatures to the editors dur-
ing a meeting at the Michigan
Union. The goal of the drive was for
the newspaper to publicly admit

irresponsible journalism.
Brian Sher, head of the newly-
created Committee for a Responsi-
ble Michigan Daily, said he was
frustrated with the editorial page
since the new staff took over.
Among other examples, the group
cited a story in which the newspa-
per reported that a woman was
kicked out of her sorority for having
bulimia, a report the committee
called sensational.
April 7, 1981
The Michigan Student Assembly
debate went from routine to strange
as candidates began fielding ques-
tions about University purchased toi-
let paper.
5 Joyride Party candidate Steve
Roach, who had been advocating a
softer brand, was criticized by an
audience member who preferred
harder toilet paper. Political Party
candidate Barry Himmlestein sug-
gested both types be made available
to discerning students.
April 9, 1960
Teamsters President James Hoffa
spoke at the University to a crowd

By Cianna Freeman
Daily Staff Reporter
Students and other members of the Universi-
ty flooded constituent's time and Michigan Stu-
dent Assembly members debated at the
Lecturers' Employee Organization's possible
walkout at last night's MSA meeting.
In February, the assembly passed a resolution in
support of LEO and its demands of the University,
which include higher wages and job security. The
University and LEO have yet to reach an agree-
ment on a contract, and if negotiations fail today
LEO has plegded to stage a one-day walkout.
MSA Rep. Matt Hollerbach said it is impor-
tant the assembly support the LEO strike.
"We as an assembly voted unanimously to
support LEO," Hollerbach said. "It is up to us
as leaders of the University to serve as an
example for the student body."

MSA Rep Russ Garber raised concern about
the University's extra cost to satisfy the union's
higher wage demand.
But Hollerbach said there are ways the Uni-
versity can pay for the salary increases.
"If every faculty member, who earns more than
$100,000 a year takes a voluntary 3 percent pay
cut for one year, the University will have enough
money to remedy all the recent budget cuts and
there will be an additional $200,000 for the Uni-
versity to spend," Hollerbach said. "Governor
Granholm has already taken a 5 percent pay cut
in response to budget cuts."
MSA members also voted in support of a reso-
lution to fund the Association of Michigan Uni-
versities Conference held on campus in May.
Fifteen public universities in Michigan send stu-
dent government delegates to the AMU conference.
"Together AMU represents over 300,000 stu-
dents in Michigan," said MSA Rep. Anita Leung.

"It is a good organization to be a part of."
The AMU works with higher education
tuition and state appropriations and communi-
cates with the Presidents Council, State Univer-
sities of Michigan comprised of the presidents
of state universities, said Leung.
The assembly also plans to vote next week on a
resolution to support the University's use of affir-
mative action in undergraduate admissions.
MSA Rep. Lauren Veasey said she is a propo-
nent of the resolution. Affirmative action is need-
ed because research shows that schools prepare
children unequally and discrimination occurs
based on background and socio-economic level,
said Veasey, a Rackham student.
MSA has supported similar resolutions several
times beforehand, although this is the first one
commending the University's admissions policies
that were revamped last fall that complied with the
June 2003 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Gratz v.

"We as an assembly voted
unanimously to support
LEO ... It is up to the
leaders of the University to
serve as an example for the
student body.'
- Matt Hollerbach
MSA representative
Bollinger, which declared the controversial point
system unconstitutional. The new application offers
more introspective essays.
The assembly will vote on the resolution in
support of affirmative action at next week's
meeting.

SURVEY
Continued from Page 1
The study also found little support among Muslims for
President Bush. 85 percent disapproved of his performance in
office while just 4 percent said they approved, according to the
study results. Eleven percent answered "Don't know" on the
survey.
Reasons for the disapproval, however, were unclear. Senzai
said ISPU would have liked the research to go further into this
area to find out the exact reasons for this disapproval.
"There were certain areas of public policies that I wished we
had expanded on. The issue of terrorism and security could
have been touched on," he said.
He added that it would be interesting to have more detailed
research on why public policy concerning civil liberties was
the No. 1 priority for Muslims. Bagby cited this as a result of
the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
"My strong feeling is that if this poll were taken before 9-
11, civil rights would not be on the top of the list," he said.
"Concerns about the attacks on Islam, the Patriot Act, and the
prospect of another Patriot Act have pushed civil rights to the
top of the list in terms of priority."
Bagby said one of the findings that surprised him
was that second-generation Muslims, the children of
immigrants, were more conservative than their parents.
Regarding affirmative action, 44 percent of second-
generation Muslims (ages 15 to 20) said they "strongly

favored" the policy, compared to 58
parents.

percent of their

"This is consistent of all public policy," Bagby said. "The
second generation ranks below the (first generation)."
Although he said the study had not focused on finding reasons
to explain these results, he believed the more conservative
nature of second-generation Muslims might be due to their
upbringing.
"Many second-generation (Muslims) are affected by the
somewhat conservative wing of the American public," he said.
"They are largely suburban kids and have been influenced (by
their surroundings)."
Despite the difference, Bagby emphasized that the overall
gap in political ideology between immigrants and second-gen-
eration Muslims was not that large.
Ashraf agreed with this, saying that Muslims on cam-
pus, many of whom are second-generation Muslims, in
fact support of policies such as affirmative action.
"Generally Muslim students see themselves as a group
of minorities that is on campus, (so) they vouch for some-
thing that helps all minority students," she said.
Other results from the study focused on Muslims' perspec-
tives of the mosques they attend and found that 93 percent of
them believe members of their community should become
more politically involved and participate in more community
service activities with non-Muslims.
The complete findings of the Detroit Mosque Study can be
downloaded from ISPU's website, www ispu.us.

LECTURERS
Continued from Page 1
do independent research," Campbell
said.
For humanities scholars this
means publishing a book, and for
scientists it means pursuing research,
Campbell added.
A lecturer does not necessarily do
less work than a professor, but it is dif-
ferent work, Campbell said. Lecturers
focus primarily on teaching rather than
research, which can be an advantage,
she said.
"For someone who loves to do teach-
ing it's a great opportunity. If teaching is
what you love to do and if it's what
you're passion is, there are lots of bene-
fits," Campbell added.
LSA sophomore Julie Christopher
said lecturers' emphasis on teaching
greatly influences their students as
well.
"I think they teach ... better because
they can donate more time just to
teaching," Christopher said.
Not all students agree with Christo-
pher. Kinesiology sophomore James
Muldoon said he believes tenure-track
professors are more knowledgeable
about the subjects they teach.
"I prefer professors - they seem
more informed on topics. They are not
necessarily reading Power Point all the
time," Muldoon said.
But whether or not students prefer
professors, being a lecturer has defi-

nite drawbacks, Dean said. These prob-
lems include low pay and the lack of
job security and benefits, which LEO's
current negotiations with the Universi-
ty are addressing.
"Most lecturers hope to have
(tenure) someday. But realistically we
know there are not enough positions
for all of us. But in the meantime we
want to raise the positions of lectur-
ers," Dean said.
LSA senior Neal Lyons said he was
put through a lot of instability growing
up as the son of a lecturer who did not
get tenure.
"My father has been a professor for
30 years. Because he has never got
tenure ... in 18 years we lived in 12
places," Lyons said.
Dean said because the job market in
academia is so tight, her current pri-
mary goal is to raise the status of lec-
turers through advocating for lecturers'
rights rather than trying to become
tenured herself.
Despite tenure's value, adjunct polit-
ical science lecturer Lawrence Greene
said he is unique in that he is not pur-
suing a tenured position.
"I don't want tenure. This is a sec-
ond career for me. I had a career for
over 30 years. I practiced law, when I
retired I decided there were many
things I was interested in. I felt I had
something to offer people who were
interested in law," Greene said.
The walkout, if it does occur, is
only set to last one day.

IRAQ
Continued from Page 1
destroyed four houses in Fallujah after
nightfall yesterday, witnesses said. A
doctor said 26 Iraqis, including women
and children, were killed and 30 wound-
ed in the strike. The deaths brought to 34
the number of Iraqis killed in Fallujah

yesterday, including eight who died in
street battles earlier in the day.
The dusty, Euphrates River city 35
miles west of Baghdad is a stronghold
of the anti-U.S. insurgency that
sprang up shortly after Saddam's
ouster a year ago.
With fighting intensifying ahead of
the June 30 handover of power to an

Iraqi government, Secretary of
Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld said
American commanders in Iraq would
get additional troops if needed. None
has asked so far, he said.
State Department deputy spokesman
Adam Ereli said al-Sadr and his follow-
ers were not representative of a religious
cause but of "political gangsterism."

LGBT
Continued from Page 1
dered individuals to legally change
their names to match their gender
identities.
According to an ACLU LGBT
Project publication, name changes
can be made through common law
or court orders. A common- law
name change happens when people,
over time, use names other than the
ones that appear on their birth cer-
tificates. A court-ordered name
change requires the approval of a
judge.
The main opposition against anti-
discriminatory legislation for transgen-
dered individuals has come from
conservatives, religious fundamental-
ists, the American Family Association
and the Thomas More Law Center, a
non-profit-law firm in Ann Arbor dedi-
cated to protecting family values, Jen-
nings said.
College Republicans Chair Allison
Jacobs, said conservatives oppose dis-
crimination against transgendered peo-
ple in the workplace.
"College Republicans don't support
transgender discrimination," said
Jacobs, an LSA freshman. "Work and
SHOWGII
SPECTACUI
WED., APRIL 7

"We want to make
sure that we're aware
of all of the things
that we say that we
represent."
- Andrea Knittel
Stonewall Democrats Co-Chair
personal sexual identity are separate,
but you should not be discriminated
against at work for your personal life."
Stonewall Democrats invited Jen-
nings as a way to discourage dis-
crimination within the LGBT
community, UMSD Co-Chair
Andrea Knittel said.
"We want to make sure that we're
aware of all of the things that we say
that we represent," said Knittel, an
LSA junior. "We didn't know all that
we could about all of the letters in
our acronym, especially the 'T.',"
Stonewall Democrats, the LGBT
caucus of the University's College
Democrats, was formed in fall 2003 to
raise awareness of gay and gender
identity issues.

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