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The Michigan Daily - Friday, January 21, 2005 - 3

. ON CAMPUS
Observatory open
house today
Angell Hall Observatory will hold an
open house hosted by the Student Astro-
nomical Society today on the fifth floor
of Angell Hall from 8 to 10 p.m.
Planetarium shows will run every
20 minutes. Tours will be available
and are free.
K-Grams hosts
Literacy Night
The children's literacy program
K-Grams will be holding a Literacy
Night from 7:15 to 10 p.m. in Crislei
Arena.
Comcast is helping to sponsor the
event and will donate $1 to the program
for every person that attends.
The cost is $3 for children and $5
for adults.
New work by A&D
students featured
The Work Gallery, at 306 S. State
Street, is featuring "(Our)Selves," an
exhibition by Art and Design undergradu-
ates James Arndt, Mary Paul and Emily
Squires through Jan. 29.
CRIME
NOTES
Ambulance called
for student at
East Quad
An ambulance was called to East
Quad Residence Hall for a student,
possibly under the influence of alcohol
and cocaine, who was going in and out
of consciousness yesterday morning,
according to Ann Arbor Police Depart-
ment reports.
Windows at auto
lab vandalized for
second time
Two windows were broken at the Wal-
ter E. Lay automotive lab at 1231 Beal
Avenue the Department of Public Safety
reported. The same windows had report-
edly been broken two weeks earlier and
were since repaired. DPS said the incident
was case of malicious destruction.
University service
van backs into car
A caller reported to DPS last week
that he backed a University service van
into a blue Volkswagen Jetta in a park-
ing lot at 1202 Kipke Ave.
THIS DAY
In Daily History
Regents take on

housing crunch
Jan. 21, 1978 - After years of reject-
ing recommendations for additional
student housing, members of the Uni-
versity Board of Regents said they
acknowledged the shortage and vowed
to grapple with the problem in the
following few months.
"Regents are now regarding the
housing situation as very serious," said
Regent Sarah Power (D-Ann Arbor).
Although the regents were faced
with dorm occupancy well over
capacity, what options they could
Stake remained an open question.
Informed observers said added
housing space would not come in
the form of new construction; dorm
rooms from converted office space in
West Quad Residence Hall and hotel
rooms in the Michigan Union were
considered more likely possibilities.
Housing officials estimated the cost
of a new 500-student structure would
be close to $8 million. That sum would
mean either an increase in room and
board fees of about $30 per year for the
near future or a general tuition hike of
about $7 per student.
"Students want more University
housing," student Michael 'Synk said.
"But not if it's at the cost of higher hous-
ing rates."

SOLE shifts
focus to 'U'
contracts withl
Coca- Cola
By Carissa Miller
Daily Staff Reporter
While awaiting the University's response to its wage disclo-
sure campaign, Students Organizing for Labor and Economic
Equality hopes to rally other student groups on campus to gain
support for the Killer Coke campaign, an effort to pressure
the University to cut its ties with the Coca-Cola company for
alleged human-rights violations.
Last year, SOLE organized an ongoing protest with the goal of
pressuring the University to disclose the wages paid to workers by
companies it has contacts with. In December, members of SOLE
held a demonstration accusing the University of using sweatshops
to manufacture clothing carrying the University's name.
University spokeswoman Julie Peterson said the University's
Committee on Labor Standards and Human Rights is handling the
University's work on these issues.
"President Mary Sue Coleman feels that this is a valid issue, but
she also feels that the advisory committee is the proper mechanism
for moving forward," Peterson said.
Lisa Stowe, a member of the committee, said it is moving for-
ward on its labor standards work.
"We are conversing with and working through external
organizations, like the Fair Labor Association and the Work-
ers' Rights Consortium, to deal with our licensees," Stowe
said. "We have also drafted a letter to President Coleman that
outlines our strategy."
Jory Hearst, a member of SOLE, said the group is now
working on building an alliance with like-minded organiza-
tions for the Killer Coke campaign.
"Amnesty International and Environmental Justice have
already joined the effort," Hearst said. He added that SOLE is
also in the process of drafting a proposal to the Michigan Stu-
dent Assembly to show that students support ethical purchas-
ing decisions at the University and hopes to offer the proposal
by the first week of February.
Hearst explained that the University's Code of Conduct for
licensees - which applies to all vendors and their subcontrac-
tors - demands that the companies with which they do business
adhere to certain human-rights standards. But Hearst said that
because Coca-Cola subcontractors, such as Panamco, have broken
the basic humanitarian rights of workers in Colombia, the com-
pany is in breach of four areas of its contract with the University:
health and safety, nondiscrimination, abuse and harassment and
freedom of association.
At a panel discussion Wednesday on labor rights in Latin Amer-
ica, an event that was part of this year's Rev. Dr. Martin Luther
King Jr. Symposium, Hearst discussed the alleged human-rights
violations committed by Coca-Cola's subcontractors.
"The root of the Killer Coke campaign lies in the number of
union leaders killed in Colombia, eight in the past 15 years, and
(the) many more examples of harassment, torture and abuse,"
Hearst said. "Colombian workers and union members of SINAL-
TRAINAL, (their union) have asked for students to be active in
this campaign, which is why we are working on it."
Lauren Heidtke, another member of SOLE, said the group is
asking the University to not do business with Coca-Cola until it
upholds the code of conduct by taking action against the alleged
human-rights violations of their subcontractors.
"We feel that Coca-Cola is responsible, and that is why the Uni-
versity should act,' Heidtke said. "SOLE is asking MSA to vote in
favor of the University not renewing their contract"
Though SOLE's MSA proposal focuses on workers in Colom-
bia, it also mentions other areas where reports of violations by
Coca-Cola and its subcontractors have appeared, such as Africa
and India.
In addition to its efforts with the Killer Coke Campaign, this
semester SOLE hopes to promote student involvement in the
national SweatFree Communities Campaign. SweatFree tries to
guarantee that all apparel and products bearing the University's
name were not produced in sweatshops.
"Part of last year's efforts was to get the University to ask licens-
ees to disclose the wages they pay their workers," Heidtke said.
"They never gave any information and we are still asking for that.
This effort is now part of the SweatFree campaign."

JOEL FRIEDMAN/Daily
Two crosswalks recently constructed on Plymouth Road make crossing the street easier and safer. Soon there will be a
series of medians and a traffic signal to prevent accidents like the one that killed two University students last year.
Plymout Road medians

to be f1n
Karl Stampfl
Daily Staff Reporter
Plans for improving crossing safety for
Plymouth Road will be complete by this
summer, said officials in charge of the con-
struction project. The plans have been in the
works since two University students were
killed while crossing the street more than a
year ago.
A new traffic signal is scheduled for the
intersection of Traverwood Drive and Plym-
outh Road and will probably be completed1
by mid-April, said Homayoon Pirooz, a proj-
ect engineer who is assisting the construction1
of the intersection. Materials are expected to
arrive soon, and then construction workers1
will begin putting everything together.
"The light will have a push-button to buy
time for pedestrians to get across the street,"
he added.
Construction on medians, or "pedestrian
refuge islands," will begin in the summer,
Pirooz said.
The estimated five medians are intended
to give walkers a place to stand when cross-
ing the street. Because they are raised, they
will keep people out of the way of traffic,
Pirooz said. They will range between 100+
and 800 feet in length and will be covered

ished by
with grass, making the street look like a bou-
levard, Pirooz said. The space they will take
up on the five-lane road was previously used
for left-turn lanes.
"We really hope to see people use marked
crossing points," Pirooz said. "But if not, the
raised medians are also be there."
The entire project will cost between
$250,000 and $300,000, Pirooz said. Up to
this point, $70,000 has been spent. The traf-
fic light will cost about $100,000.
Already, two designated crosswalks have
been created on Plymouth between Nixon
Road and Murfin Avenue. The crossings
have illuminated signs and additional lights
that span over the road, allowing drivers to
better see people crossing the road.
In addition, the speed limit has been
reduced from 40 to 35 miles per hour. Pirooz
said he hopes people will notice the new
limit and obey it.
"It doesn't mean pedestrians don't have to
watch for cars or cars don't have to watch for
pedestrians," said Pirooz.
Teh Nannie Roshema Roslan and Norha-
nanim Zainol were killed by a vehicle while
crossing Plymouth on their way home from
attending an evening prayer at the Islamic
Center of Ann Arbor, prompting the Ann
Arbor City Council to consider improving the

summer
The City Council took
the crossing's safety
into consideration
after an accident
killed two University
students last year.
crossing safety of Plymouth Road. It was ini-
tially uncertain whether City Council would
approve the construction, but it approved the
stoplight and medians in early 2004:
"There are some folks who wanted the
stoplight right in front of the mosque where
the students were killed," said Council-
woman Leigh Greden (D-Ward 3). "Others
thought the intersection of Traverwood and
Plymouth was more appropriate."
Greden said he was among those who
thought putting the light in front of the
mosque would be illogical because it is
private property and there is no intersec-
tion there. He added that there were already
plans to put a stoplight at Traverwood and
Plymouth.

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