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Lost and scared?
Let the master
lead the way
Welcome
to your
official
tour of the Universi-
ty of Michigan
campus. My name
is Andy, and to sat-
isfy a court order
mandating commu-
nity service, I'll be
acting as your guide
for the afternoon. We'd better get started
right away; we've got so much time and
so little to see. Strike that --reverse it.
To begin, this area in which we're
now standing is the center of campus,
called the Diag. On the ground in front
of me, you will notice a large plaque
embedded in the concrete. There are
rumors that anyone who steps on this
plaque will fail their next exam, bomb
a term paper or even contract syphilis.
While these may sound wild and
unfounded, my friend Eddy would
strongly argue otherwise.
To your right you will notice the
windows in Haven Hall. Here you'll
not only attend classes several times
weekly, but you will also learn the true
meaning of shame. Through no fault of
your own, you'll doze off during class.
You'll awaken to the guffaws of the
surrounding crowd, and they'll inform
you that in your sleep you began moan-
ing your professor's name with delight.
Directly behind me stands the
Hatcher Library. You'll come here to
study after having grown weary of
your roommate's irrepressible craving
for "Mad TV" reruns. Finding it diffi-
cult to concentrate on your math
work, you'll frequently turn to caf-
feine pills to keep alert. Your friends
will grow concerned, telling you the
pills are dangerous, to which you'll
reply, "So is geometry." You'll get so
excited by the prospect of getting into
Stanford and launching a successful
singing career that you'll neglect your
health and ultimately seek treatment
at the University Health Service,
which stands behind you.
Also behind you, you'll notice Bur-
ton Memorial Tower. It looks nice, but
it will soon become your most hated
building on campus. For you guys, it
will provide daily, irrefutable proof of
your tardiness. For you ladies, it will
serve as a constant reminder that you
aren't getting any Now please follow
me to one of our residence halls.
OK, to your right you will see a tall
brown building with "Animal House"
posters in nearly every window. This is
South Quad. Many people equate dor-
mitories with prisons because of the
rooms' limited space. Actually, there's
more truth to this comparison than
you'd expect. In fact, in both scenarios
you simply must kick someone's ass
the first day if you hope to get any
respect at all. Now, I know what you're
thinking - "But surely a building is
not a prison without a good deal of
sodomy occurring." Well, a fair amount
of that does in fact happen, but we gen-
erally refer to it as "experimenting."
And don't call me Shirley.
This building we're passing on the
left is a bookstore called Ulrich's.
Every semester you will come here to
stand in lines so that you can trade
hundreds of dollars for a handful of
textbooks while your book bag is
being looted and soiled on the
unguarded racks by the door. Let's
keep moving, please.
Located directly in front of us now is
Michigan Stadium, where you'll enjoy

watching football games and being part
of the largest crowd that's ever amassed
in one location at one time in the histo-
ry of the world.
To our left we're now passing a typi-
cal fraternity house. In your first
months here, you'll be courted by the
Greek system. They'll encourage you
to live in their houses, listen to their
music and worship their gods. Once
you inform them that you have no
desire to give them either your money
or your soul, they'll spend the rest of
the year acting superior to you. They're
generally good people, though, and if
you don't disrupt them, they won't
cause trouble for you. They're kind of
like caribou in that sense - drunken,
horny caribou.
This forested area we're now
approaching is called Nichols Arbore-
tum, or simply the Arb. You'll come
here once or twice in the fall to
observe nature's beauty. During a
depressing and lonely winter night,
you'll wander up here and find a quiet
spot overlooking the river. You'll think
about the person you broke up with in
high school and wish you could hold
their hands and look into their eyes.
You will then sit down to ponder,
you'll fall asleep and a group of
onlookers will gradually congregate
around you. You'll awaken to the guf-
faws of the surrounding crowd, and
they'll inform you that in your sleen

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April 8, 2004
By Alison Go
Daily Staff Writer
Shortly after 4 a.m., the Lecturers' Employee Organi-
zation and the University administration cut off negotia-
tions for the evening, ensuring that the planned LEO
walkout will occur today.
"Because it came so late in the night, we did not make
any tentative agreements," LEO President Bonnie Hallo-
ran said. "We do not have a new contract and will be
holding the walkout as planned."
The "strike central" on campus is Haven Hall, facing
the Diag, the LEO website said. Picketing was to begin
at 5:30 a.m.
"We definitely made progress on job security and
salary," Halloran said. "The walkout will go on to ensure
progress continues."
The administration, however, is still optimistic that an
agreement will be reached.
"The University bargaining team feels they are making
headway," University spokeswoman Julie Peterson said.
Both sides have no plans for the immediate future,
besides talks that will restart tomorrow at 9 a.m.
The University has yet to meet all the demands of
LEO. Since the inception of the talks on August 19,
there have been 36 bargaining sessions that have result-
ed in agreement on 18 contract articles.
The negotiations, which began at 1 p.m. in the
Wolverine Room at the Michigan Union, mostly
revolved around salary and job security issues, Peter-
son said.
The negotiations were scheduled to last until 5 p.m.,
but bargaining sessions restarted at 5:30 p.m. and
extended into the early morning at the Administrative
Services Building near Wolverine Tower.
Salary talks include an agreement on minimum full-
time salary for LEO members. The University has sug-
gested salaries of $28,000 at the Ann Arbor campus -
the highest paid campus - while LEO demands $40,000
for all campuses, including Dearborn and Flint. The
administration's plan would cost the University $300,000
annually, and the University said LEO's plan would cost
$12 million for Fiscal Year 2005.
LEO's job security demands include the elimination
See WALKOUT, Page 11C

Protesters strike outside Angell Hall for LEO April 8, 2004.

LEO, administration reach agreement

April 20, 2004
By Alison Go
Daily Staff Writer

In a 128 to 10 vote, the Lecturers'
Employee Organization approved yester-
day the tentative contract agreement
reached with the University. The agree-
ment, which was reached early yesterday
morning, reflects a consensus between
both sides on most of the major provi-
sions that will appear in the final version
of the contract.
After minor details are resolved, LEO
will settle on and ratify the three-year
contract that will, for the most part,

become effective Sept. 1.
"Everyone is pleased with the out-
come," University spokeswoman Julie
Peterson said.
The LEO membership also unanimous-
ly authorized the bargaining council to
send out ballots to ratify the contract after
the final wording has been set, which will
likely occur later this month or in May.
On one hand, some LEO members, such
as RC lecturer Inigo de la Cerda, who
voted against the approval of the agree-
ment, believe that "many of the basic
expectations didn't get accomplished." On
the other hand, members involved in the
negotiating process said they are satisfied

with the outcome of bargaining.
"We saw this is as good as it would
have gotten," said LEO negotiator Lauren
Kingsley, a former English lecturer.
"The contract is not perfect, but it is a
compromise," LEO President Bonnie Hallo-
ran added.
The tentative agreement addressed LEO's
main concerns of job security, salary and
health benefits.
One outcome of the new contract is the
creation of a fourth lecturer level. A lec-
turer, regardless of level, is a non-tenure
track faculty member.
Under the new two-track system that
See AGREEMENT, Page 8C

Coleman announces fundraising
campaign goal set for $2.5 billion
May 17 2004
By A rison Go
Daily Staff Writer

CRUNCH TIME

Without her time at the University more than 40 years ago,
Carole Simpson, a senior correspondent at ABC News and
the only black journalism graduate in the class of 1962, said
she would not be where she is today.
Simpson was the master of ceremonies at the kickoff pres-
entation for the University's fundraising campaign named
The Michigan Difference.
The "difference" that the University made in Simpson's
life is what President Mary Sue Coleman said she hopes will
continue for students through the $2.5 billion this "historic
campaign" aims to raise. This goal is the largest in the Uni-
versity's history and was announced at Friday's ceremony in
Rackham Auditorium.
"We are a University with remarkable forward-thinking,"
Coleman said. "What we do with this campaign will resonate
for decades."
Provost Paul Courant said a critical part of the campaign is
to raise a significant amount of money for scholarship sup-
port. The campaign aims to raise $400 million for student
scholarships and fellowships.
"We are guaranteeing students opportunity unlike anything
else in the world," he said.
Two of the donors providing this opportunity are Richard
and Susan Rogel. The Rogels gave $22 million in 1997,
which now goes toward financial aid for undergraduate, non-
resident students.
"We wanted to meet the unmet needs of the out-of-state
student," said Richard Rogel, a campaign co-chair.
The difference that the University made in Rogel's life is
one reason he donates both his energy and money to this
campaign. "I feel I can never repay the gift (the University)
gave to me," he said.
While some donate their money, others, like Simpson, give
themselves and their time.
"I don't have $30 million, but I have me," said Simpson,

DAVID TUMAN/Daily
Psychology doctoral student Hyekyung Park studies at a computer station In the School
of Social Work library, Dec. 9, 2003.
Campus best study spotsnDyaWt
By David Branson Daily Staff Writer

December 10, 2003 -
Finals not only mean everyone on
campus has more to do, but it also
means the study spaces that have
been packed since the beginning of the
semester are even more crowded.
As classes finish and exams loom,
time is limited for students to find new
places to study.
The University has set aside tomorrow
and Friday as "study days" in anticipation
for students' exams next week. Library
hours will also be extended starting today.
Students face an array of choices when
cramming for exams. We follow the hypo-
thetical situation of a student living near
Central Campus, with a final on Friday,

ment at 2:00 in the afternoon.
Computers on campus, especially sites
at the Shapiro Undergraduate Library and
Angell Hall, are usually full.
We begin studying at the School of Edd&
cation, where we arrive at 2:30 p.m. There
are numerous student lounges on the first
floor, most of which have vending
machines. The lounges are well-lit, quiet
and rarely occupied. "There's also a really-
good computer site on the first floor," said
LSA senior Omry Maoz.
After studying for two and a half hours
at the School of Education, we decide
lunch has worn off, and it is time to get
something for dinner. So we pack up and
head to the Michigan Union for our meal.?

JONATHAN NEFF/Daily

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