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8A - The Michigan Daily - Monday, April 19, 2004

NEWS

RALLY
Continued from Page 1A
Cathryn Antkowiak-Howard, a
community activist, questioned the
University's and the city's commit-
ments to services for sexual assault
victims and survivors.
"General counseling services are not
responsive to the needs of sexually
assaulted victims," she said, referring
to the University's plans to move some
services away from SAPAC.
The University will move sexual
assault counseling services from
SAPAC, directing victims and sur-
vivors to the general counseling servic-
es offered at the Counseling and
Psychological Services office in the
Michigan Union.
The student-staffed SAPAC crisis line
...... ...........Y.. ....-..._- will also be turned off on July 1and all
sexual crisis calls directed to Ypsilanti's
SAFEHouse 24-hour crisis line.
City infrastructure for sexual assault
services has also undergone recent
'.xchanges. Antkowiak-Howard noted that
Washtenaw County's Sexual Assault
raCrisis Center was closed last October
after 27 years of serving the community.
"In 2004, services have been
reduced so much as to be comparable
EUGENE ROBERTSON/Daily to services offered in 1975," she said.
Ann Arbor Mayor John HIeftje speaks at Take Back the Night, a march and rally against sexualized violence that began and ended at the Diag Saturday. "What kind of legacy is that?"
Antkowiak-Howard called on the

crowd to call, visit or write their gov-
ernment officials to protest the
changes to services for sexual assault
victims and survivors.
The rally, which was sponsored by
the Ann Arbor Coalition Against
Rape, was followed by a march that
began on the Diag and continued
through the city's main streets. The
group wove its way past the Michi-
gan and State theaters on East Liber-
ty Street and past West Quad and
South Quad residence halls.
A Silent Block was observed for vic-
tims who died as a result of sexual vio-
lence when the group marched down
State Street between South University
and North University avenues.
Students waved signs with mes-
sages that said, "Less than 5 percent
of rapes against college women are
reported to law enforcement" and
"Boys who witness their fathers' vio-
lence are 10 times more likely to
abuse in adulthood."
Schmidt said sexual violence can
affect anyone, regardless of gender
or dress.
"We see so many familiar faces at the
rally every year, so the march is a good
visual symbol of the need to show that
this is a mainstream problem.
"We need to fight the stereotypes
that this is only a radical or feminist
issue," she said.

WAGES
Continued from Page IA
good first step."
"Her response affirms the impor-
tance of gathering wage data and
shows that she is willing to partici-
pate in a dialogue with licensees,"
he said.
But Cotton said he is also con-
cerned that Coleman is stalling on
the issue in hopes that SOLE and
other students will put it out of
their minds.
SOLE members held a rally on
the Diag and in front of the Fleming
-Administration Building Friday.,
During the rally, activists ate pies to
show that "wage disclosure is as
easy as pie."
"Our rally on Friday showed that
we are waiting for her to make steps
-and that we are not going to go
away," he said.
He also mentioned that SOLE
would like to see the administration
insert a wage disclosure clause in
its contracts with University
licensees.
Cotton said his hope is that wage
-disclosure would begin to create a
dialogue between licensees and
their subcontracters - companies
that are assigned part of the prod-
uct-making duties.
He also said wage disclosure
would make it easier for nongovern-
'mental organizations like the WRC
to investigate noncompliance
'because factory workers could easi-
ly verify the accuracy of published
wage data.
"By making this information pub-

By focusing attention on wages, companies will
likely shift production to areas where higher
wages are already being paid due to high labor
productivity.

Catching some rays

lic, we can create a race to the top
and not to the bottom," he said.
The University of Wisconsin's
administration recently approved a
wage disclosure policy similar to
the one being considered by the
University of Michigan.
Liana Dalton, member of Student
Labor Action Coalition at Wiscon-
sin, said approval of the wage dis-
closure requirement was only the
first step.
"Since the chancellor approved
(the proposal), we've done a ton of
research and spent hours hammer-
ing out a deal with the WRC, the
licensees and the University," she
added.
Dalton mentioned a few measures
that helped Wisconsin achieve its
goal, citing student support as cru-
cial to the success of her universi-
ty's proposal.
"Campus education is really
important. The administration needs
to know the students are concerned
and that it is not an esoteric issue,"
she said.
Dalton added that increasing the
number of schools involved would
force corporations to start listening.
But some University experts said
they are dubious about the positive
consequences claimed by SOLE of
a wage disclosure policy. Econom-

ics and Public Policy Prof. Alan
Deardorff said in an e-mail that
most companies that make college
apparel subcontract their products,
making it difficult to gather accu-
rate wage data
"Exactly how one is supposed to
trace back through the supply chain
to get the wages of all workers who
contributed to a product, I don't
know," he said.
Deardorff also said that by focus-
ing attention on wages, companies
will likely shift production to areas
where higher wages are already
being paid due to high labor pro-
ductivity.
The wage disclosure requirement
"will discourage suppliers from
employing precisely those workers
who need the jobs the most," he
said.
Economics and Public Policy
Prof. Robert Stern said he is con-
cerned that such a policy would be
intrusive and would add an unnec-
essary level of bureaucracy to the
corporate sphere as well as to the
University.
"The (University) itself would
have to expand considerably the
staff needed to process and keep up
with such a reporting system and
figure out what is to be done with
the information," he said.

RESEARCH VP
Continued from Page 1A
Under Ulaby the University also
was ranked first in the nation by
U.S. News and World Report for
undergraduate research.
University spokeswoman Julie
Peterson said no definite plans have

yet been made regarding a replace-
ment for Ulaby. Whether there will
be an interim vice president has not
yet been decided.
In addition to serving as vice presi-
dent for research, Ulaby has been an
electrical engineering and computer
science professor for 20 years. He
said he will continue his current

research at the University through
close associations with his colleagues.
"I've been at Michigan for 20
years and I've enjoyed every minute
of it," Ulaby said. "I was part of a
major growth in research on cam-
pus across all disciplines and have
enjoyed being able to contribute
and supporting that growth."

FOREST CASEY/Daily
LSA seniors Whitney Mancino (left) and Alison Root prepare to lay out in the spring sunshine
yesterday at Elbel field.

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LECTURERS
Continued from Page1A
ing extensively for the past four days.
Yesterday's negotiations lasted until
3 a.m., while negotiations ran from 9
a.m. to midnight on Saturday.
"You can tell (they've been)
working really hard," University
spokeswoman Julie Peterson said.

Before the agreement was signed,
the possibility of "job action",
which could include an open-ended
strike that would have potentially
started on the last day of classes
Wednesday, loomed over the Uni-
versity's administration.
"A strike was always a possibility,"
Halloran said. "But we're very happy
with everything's that happened."

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