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The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, April 20, 2004 - 5A

Some LEO members express
their disapproval of the
settlement with the University

Caught on film

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former English lecturer.
"The contract is not perfect, but it is a com-
promise," LEO President Bonnie Halloran
The tentative agreement addressed LEO's
main concerns of job security, salary and health
One outcome of the new contract is the cre-
ation of a fourth lecturer level. A lecturer,
regardless of level, is a non-tenure track fac-
ulty member.
Under the new two-track system that has
emerged from the agreement, lecturers in lev-
els one and two will generally be classified as
part-time workers who teach specific courses,
usually introductory courses within their
undergraduate departments. They will be paid
per course taught. Level three and four lectur-
ers will be salaried and will teach a broader
range of courses while also having adminis-
trative responsibilities.
In the job security portion of the contract,
level one and three lecturers will go through a
probationary period of several one-term or
one-year appointments. After this period, a
lecturer will undergo a performance review.
Each department adheres to different stan-
dards for reviews.
After the probationary period and a suc-
cessful review, level one and three lecturers
will be promoted to level two and four,
respectively, and then have a "presumption of
renewal" when their appointments expire.
Under this clause, a lecturer will be retained
unless there is a lack of positions caused by cur-
riculum changes, enrollment shortages or budg-
et constraints, or if the lecturer fails to meet
performance standards. Level one and three lec-
turers do not have this type of security.
In the old employment system, lecturers
did not have any guarantee of renewal,
regardless of level:
Now, after a second successful review, lec-
turers will be given at least a three-year con-
This new system also "provides the oppor-
tunity for promotion," Peterson said. Level
one lecturers can be promoted to level two
after three years and a review, while level
three lecturers can advance to level four after
four years and a review. But because of the
two-track system, level two instructors gener-
ally cannot rise to levels three or four.
While the University did not acquiesce to
LEO's demand for equal minimum salaries
across all the University campuses, LEO did
get minimum pay raises across the board. For
level one and two lecturers, the minimum

Although the minimum
salaries will not be equal on
all three University
campuses, lecturers
received Inmum pay
increases across the board.
salary will be $31,000 in Ann Arbor, $25,000
in Dearborn and $23,000 in Flint. Level three
and four lecturers will receive a minimum
$34,000 in Ann Arbor, $30,000 in Dearborn
and $29,000 in Flint.
While many agreed with de la Cerda's
assertion that 'these salaries are as close as
an insult as you can get," Halloran assures the
amounts were enough for the tentative agree-
"The salaries are still pitiful, and it is still
very hard to swallow," Halloran said, but she
said she recdgnizes that the University is in
the midst of a budget crisis and these large-
scale changes will take time.
"It's just ti~e beginning," she said.
Another provision in the agreement is
annual pay increases for all lecturers and eli-
gibility for a promotional, 5 to 7 percent raise
based on seniority. Contrary to what LEO
originally demanded, there will be no retroac-
tive pay increases.
De la Cerda said he was concerned that the
agreemen: "favors (lecturers with) larger
appointmmnts," but does not look out for
those who receive less pay and benefits. "The
smallest Increases were going to the ones
already making the least money," he said.
As for health benefits, the University gave
level one lecturers, who presently do not have
any benefits in the summer, coverage over the
spring aid summer terms, provided that they
work at least half-time during the terms
before and after the summer vacation.
Most of the contract items will take effect
beginning in the fall term. However, spring
and summer health benefits will begin when
the spriig term commences May 4.
Becaase the University has "never had a
unified system" of job security and will now
need to evaluate the status of all present lec-
turers md apply reviews to those eligible, the
new job security system will not take effect
until tie 2005 fall term, Peterson said.
The next bargaining session will be on Fri-
day, when the two bargaining teams will dis-
cuss 'small technicalities" that may be added
to the contract, such as sick leaves and other
leaves of absence, Peterson said.

Architecture graduate student Derek Roberts and his son Ashton, 3, watch LSA freshman Caitlin Umford and LSA
freshman Rachel King play four-square on the Diag yesterday afternoon.

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winter, mandating live-in advisors and
implementing substance-free housing in all
fraternities and sororities. Harper said these
policies would help to curb hazing and
allow students time to become "grounded"
at the University before committing to a
Greek organization.
Although task force members said they
share the administration's goal of reducing
hazing, the two parties still disagree on the
means to that end.
The IFC and the task force maintain that
Harper's proposals would cause financial
difficulty for many fraternities and sorori-
ties, possibly forcing smaller organizations
to give up their houses and leaving larger
houses without the funds they need to host
"Deferred recruitment will severely dam-
age the number we'll have in each of our
organizations," Stormzand said. "Without
having as many members, the costs of being
in our organization will go up."
Task force members said winter rush
would severely decrease the number of fresh-
men signing contracts to live in fraternities
and sororities for their sophomore years.
Because Ann Arbor's landlords force stu-
dents to sign apartment and house leases

before the winter semester many freshmen
would be unwilling to wait a semester before
deciding on their sophomore-year living
arrangements, they said.
"Many (Greek organizations) have fewer
than 40 members. There's no way they'd be
able to stay financially afloat."
Stormzand added that because their rush
activities often involve dressing in semi-for-
mal attire, sorority recruits would have the
added difficulty of walking to their prospec-
tive houses through snow during winter
Task force members said mandatory live-in
advisors would further increase the financial
burden on fraternities and sororities, eliminat-
ing rentable living space and adding the cost
of salaries for advisors.
"The Greek community is what grounded
me at the University," task force member Russ
Garber said.
Dean of Students Ed Willis said the admin-
istration has heard and discussed the Greek
system's objections to the proposed changes,
but has not yet decided whether it would
change its original goals.
"We're still trying to find out what the
impact would be," Willis said. "Some are say-
ing that (the changes) may hurt the recruit-
ment effort. ... We haven't fully come to a
"We still believe (deferred rush) would be

"The ultimate goal is still
to have the administration
allow us to maintain our
- Nate Stormzand
Sigma Phi Epsilon President
something that would be desirable. ... The
intent here is not to do away with the system,
but to improve it."
In addition to the financial impact of the
proposed changes, task force members
objected to what they viewed as an intrusion
on the Greek system's self-governance.
Because the University does not own the fra-
ternity and sorority houses, the administra-
tion does not exercise direct control over the
Greek system.
"The ultimate goal is still to have the
administration allow us to maintain our auton-
omy," Stormzand said.
Stormzand and other task force members
also disputed Harper's argument that deferred
rush would allow freshmen to become
grounded before deciding to join a Greek

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tions from faculty, staff, students and others. The
committee meets a couple times during the
school year.
"The committee recommends eligible can-
didates - persons of significant distinction
and accomplishment - for honorary degrees
to the president and the board of regents,"
Krenz said.
But ultimately the University Board of
Regents approves on the graduation speaker.

Btdget reasons do not impact their decision,
Kremz said. While the University pays for the
speker's travel and accommodation expenses,
they do not receive any pay for their speeches,
Kreiz said.
'Getting a good, distinguished speaker is
imlortant, so we would cut other aspects of the
conmencement budget first," Krenz said.
Some past graduation keynote speakers at
tht University include U.N. Secretary General
Kofi Annan, European Union President
Romano Prodi, authors Elmore Leonard and
Ciarles Baxter and poet Philip Levine.

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consulted with the defense bar and the attor-
neys from the Washtenaw Country Prosecu-
tor's Office to arrive at the decision to revise
the old law.
Doug Lewis of Student Legal Services at
the University also stated in an earlier inter-
view that he would be consulted by the jude
before the policy was put into effect. Lewis
did not comment further on the issue.
Keith Ziesloft, administrator for the 15th
district courts, did not confirm Larcom's
claim on whether a new policy regarding fake
IDs has been approved yet.
"It is inappropriate for the judges to com-
ment on pending legislation," he said.
Ziesloft added that he did not expect an
announcement on revisions to the law.
When later asked to confirm whether the
policy was still pending, Larcom said it had

ben approved.
Larcom said the attorney's office consid-
ered false identification a serious crime and
vanted to send a stronger signal to minors
vho take the matter lightly.
"We recognize that people are doing it for
nnocent reasons. They just want to get in to a
-lub and socialize with their friends," she
Said. "But to use a license that is altered, or
someone else's license, is very similar to
identity theft, which is a huge problem."
Currently, the Holmes program is offered
only to offenders who plead guilty in court.
Those who complete a trial and are convicted
of the offense do not always have the program
available to them.
The decision is in the judges' hands and
varies by case. The new law treats convicted
offenders the same way, Larcom said.
Department of Public Safety spokeswoman
Diane Brown said DPS had not yet been
informed of a new policy.

leaders have experienced what I encountered, thus are
helpful in terms of giving advice," she said.
As of February, international student applications to
the University were down 12 percent. Altamirano said
international students are choosing to go to other coun-
tries such as Canada due to stricter immigration rules
imposed by the U.S. government after Sept. 11.
He added that he was confident that he would find
enough volunteer advisors to continue the orientation.
"International students are important to any campus;
we cannot downplay the importance of international
students," he said.
On Thursday at 1 p.m. there will be a meeting at the
International Center for students interested in serving
as volunteers for the summer program.

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