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PROP 2
Continued fem page 1
"Last wee after Proposal 2 passed,
I was scaredand sad and angry at the
world. Toda I see graduates, under-
graduates ad high school students -
this can chage," she said.
Allen wasiontacted by a friend about
the rally, an passed the word through
the LGBT cmpus networks. "I'm sur-
prised at th< turnout. It's phenomenal
and inspirinb" she said.
One studnt incited the crowd to
march to Cy Hall, and 100 students
left the Dia marching down State and

Liberty streets to City Hall on Fifth and
Huron streets.
The protest line stretched two blocks,
and people shouted, "What do we want?
Equality. When do we want it? Now."
At City Hall, closed due to Veter-
ans Day, three students climbed onto
the roof and led the crowd in chanting
"down with 2" and "separate church and
state."
Protesters continued the march down
Main Street, where police cars blocked
intersection traffic to allow protesters to
pass. The rally came to a close on the
steps of the Harlan Hatcher Graduate
Library.

One student yelled out to the crowd,
"This rally was organized by a 15-year-
old girl, imagine what we can do."
Near the close of the rally, Upfal read
from a paper copy of Proposal 2, then
ripped it up and threw the pieces into
the air.
"It's amazing," said Ben Henig,
sophomore at Community High
School. Henig, a close friend of
Upfal, displayed posters throughout
the high schools and sent instant
messages to spread the word about
the rally. "I was hoping it would turn
out this way. It can, when straight,
gay and bi come together," he said.

ELECTION
Continued from page 1
beliefs. I hope that through either
third parties or by working with the
College Democrats, we can come
up with activities to do together so
we can help others understand that
people aren't the enemies, but the
opposition. And that's what makes
democracy work."
By bringing students of different ide-
ologies together and working to unite the
campus, the College Republicans hope
to promote a kind of political activism

that won't cause such stark division or
tension.
In addition to recognizing the need for
a more unified campus, the College Dem-
ocrats have also recognized the need for
a cohesive community. By reaching out
to other campus and community groups
such as the gay and transgender commu-
nity, the organization aims to unite the
community and students alike.
"A lot of our focus is on getting peo-
ple on campus educated and aware of
the issues," said College Democrats
board member Courtney Skiles, an
LSA senior. "But we're really work-

ing to facilitate lines of communica-
tion between groups on campus and
be part of a larger effort to unite the
community. We want to reach out to
other groups, co-sponsor events and
bring up issues that not only relate
to Democrats, but to all students and
all communities. There's still a lot of
work to be done - and we're ready
to do it."
Both organizations anticipate
higher levels of involvement than
previous years due to the increased
interest and awareness sparked from
the campaigns.

G EO
Continued lom page 1.
Organizaticx last year. The bargaining
team will onsist of individuals from
the human resources department as
well as facuty members from different
colleges, Peerson said.
She also nentioned that negotiations
., FELLOW
Continued from page 1
tunultuou; state of human rights. He
proves then wrong every day."
Not only does the IPHR reach out
t) students, it also seeks to help those
(utside the scope of the University.
h order to achieve this, Juliet Feibel,
>rogram associate of the Internation-
il Institute, is seeking applications
for human rights consultants who
possess foreign language skills or
previous experience in the field.
A list of the consultant's names
would be readily accessible through
IPHR's website for anybody who
needed their skills. Feibel said,
"The consultants are not so much a
resource for student and faculty, but a
way students and faculty can become
resources for the international com-

would generally be direct conversation
between the two parties, but from time
to time would include outside speakers
in order to clarify certain topics, such
as child care or transgender issues.
In 2002 GEO staged a walkout when
negotiations with the University failed
and GSIs operated briefly without a
contract. I

Dobbie said they have not ruled out
a strike or a walkout in the future, but
said that it would have to be voted on
by members at the time.
GEO currently consists of 1,700
members, a majority of whom are
GSIs. They will have a rally on the
Diag at noon today to kick off bargain-
ing negotiations.

munity."
Fiebel described a potential sce-
nario that a consultant would be
needed to illuminate their role. For
instance, if a human rights organiza-
tion contained a document written
in Vietnamese even though nobody
within this organization possessed
the ability to interpret Vietnamese.
The eventual plan is that by search-
ing IPHR's website, one could find
someone who not only contains expe-
rience in the field of human rights but
also can translate Vietnamese.
The IPHR website also offers a
comprehensive list of many classes on
campus that touch upon human rights.
Nazir's course remains unique; how-
ever, since it was designed specifi-
cally with human rights in mind.
According to Feibel, this may
change. One of the main goals cur-

rently is to increase the curriculum
offering for human rights courses
so that the nascent program can be
classified in the same category as
longer-running programs at Univer-
sity of California-Berkley, Columbia
University, Yale University and the
University of Notre Dame.
"We're hoping to see more under-
graduate curriculum specifically
designed to give a firm foundation on
the history, practice and complexities
of human rights," Feibel said.
Nazir will be lecturing next semes-
ter on a course focusing on media
and enthno-religious conflict. Even
though the potential of his case being
reopened exists, Nazir expresses
interest in returning to Pakistan after
two years. "I love this country, but I
do not know that I want to make it
my home."

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Blockbiuster offers bid to acqir
HoilwodEnteitalinent Corp.
DALLAS (AP) - Blockbuster Inc., facing new attacks and games. Widlitz said the combined company would cor-
from big retailers and online operators, has offered $700 mil- trol about half the U.S. rental business but only about 20 per-
lion for rival Hollywood Entertainment Corp. in a bid to com- cent of rentals plus retail sales.
bine the two biggest players in the movie-rental industry. Dallas-based Blockbuster said it offered $11.50 per share, a
Blockbuster, the biggest in movie rentals, said yesterday 17 percent premium over Wilsonville, Ore.-based Hollywood
that it had communicated its interest to No. 2 Hollywood Entertainment's closing price Wednesday of $9.80 per share,
Entertainment but that there have been no substantive talks and would assume about $350 million in Hollywood Enter-
on terms of a deal. tainment debt.
Hollywood Entertainment is already in a deal to let its The deal would trump the pending bid of $10.25 per
chairman and chief executive and a buyout firm take the com- share for Hollywood Entertainment by a Los Angeles
pany private. The agreement, however, allowed Hollywood buyout firm.
to solicit other bids, and the CEO said he welcomed Block- In afternoon trading, Blockbuster shares were up 58 cent,
buster's offer. or 7.9 percent, to $7.96 on the New York Stock Exchange, and
The deal would give Blockbuster, which already has 9,000 Hollywood Entertainment shares rose $1.15, or 11.3 percent,
outlets worldwide, more than 1,920 Hollywood Video stores to $10.95 on the Nasdaq Stock Market.
and 600 Game Crazy specialty stores. But it could also raise Retailers such as Wal-Mart Stores Inc. sell DVDs so cheap-
antitrust questions. ly that they tempt movie renters. In addition, Blockbuster now
In 1999, a plan by the two companies to rename Hol- faces competition from subscription online rental operators
lywood stores under the Blockbuster banner was stopped such as Netflix Inc.
by the Federal Trade Commission, but analysts say a The new nature of the competition was reflected in recent
merger of the two largest movie-rental firms stands a bet- price cuts by leading providers of Internet movie rentals. Net-
ter chance now. flix and Blockbuster knocked more than 10 percent off their
Stacey Widlitz, an analyst for Fulcrum Global Partners, monthly online subscription rates, and Wal-Mart jumped intp
said regulators would probably block Blockbuster's plans if the fray by undercutting both.
they considered the movie-rental business as a distinct indus- The price war was triggered by Netflix's fear that Amazon.
try, but not if they lumped rentals with retail sales of DVDs com Inc. would muscle into the business.

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