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The Michigan Daily - Monday, March 14, 2005 - 3A

* ON CAMPUS
Biblical scholar to
lecture on Jesus
Prof. James M. Robinson of Cla-
remont Graduate 'University will give
a lecture titled "The Historical Jesus:
O What do we know and where are we
now?" at 7 p.m. tonight in Auditorium 3
of the Modern Languages Building.
Robinson is an internationally distin-
guished scholar of. the New Testament
and the history of early Jesus traditions.
Michigan Union to
host reception for
photographer
A reception will be held for a pho-
tography exhibit by Corky Lee. The
exhibit is titled "The Movement and the
Moment Photo Exhibit." Corky Lee's
photographs address Asian Pacific
American issues.
The reception will be held at 6:30
p.m. tonight in the Art Lounge of the
Michigan Union.
F. .
Michigan Youth
Ensembles to give
performance at Hill
The Michigan Youth Women's
Chorale, under the direction of Carol
Ott, the Michigan Youth Cham-
ber Singers, under the direction
of Jerry Blackstone, the Michigan
Youth Symphony Orchestra, under
the direction of Anthony Elliott and
the Michigan Youth Concert Band,
under the direction of Steven Davis,
will perform tonight at 7 p.m. in the
Hill Auditorium.
CRIME
NOTES
Fire extinguisher
sprayed in East
Quad bathroom
An unknown subject sprayed a fire
extinguisher in the second floor unisex
bathroom of the East Quad Residence
Hall on Friday, the Department of Pub-
lic Safety reported.
Students attempt
.o sell stolen books
Two students were arrested Friday for
attempting to sell back books that were
"eported stolen out of the Harlan Hatch-
er Graduate Library, DPS reported.
LCD projector falls
from ceiling
A caller reported to DPS Friday
that an LCD projector, which was
"eing repaired, fell to the floor and
sustained damages.
Subject throws up

before midnight
A subject vomited in the shower area
8f a women's bathroom in the West
Quad Residence Hall Saturday night,
according to DPS.
0 THIs DAY
In Daily History
Students get fix
from bananas
March 14, 1967 - Many students are
seeking a high from an unlikely source
-dried banana peels.
Students have taken to smoking the
baked and dried scrapings of banana
peels, hailing it as an affordable and legal
alternative to pot.
"I heard a truck zooming outside my
window much louder than usual," one
admitted banana smoker said after a
recent high. "The time and my sense of
balance seemed abnormal," another said.
Not all students who tried the peels
said they got a high. "I tried it and nothing
happened. Bananas are only good for put-
ting on your cereal," one student said. "I
went up on the peels," another said. "My
hands and eyes weren't working right.
But then I ... had a few drinks. All the
effects became confused."

Study: Claims of media bias overblown

Majority of news stories
on Iraq war were objective in
their coverage, study says
NEW YORK (AP) - A study of news cover-
age of the war in Iraq fails to support a conclu-
sion that events were portrayed either negatively
or positively most of the time.
The Project for Excellence in Journalism
looked at nearly 2,200 stories on television,
newspapers and Web sites and found that most
GREEKS represeni
Continued from page 1A ety," Ekh
the JIFC - which unlike the IFC pos- is that ou
sesses no real legislative or executive bility toa
power - is composed of approximately into the t
30 members, the majority of whom are Eklun
freshmen. Participants in the program lems wil
were selected based on their recognition and stude
as up-and-coming leaders in their own the supp
chapters, as well as in the community as of Greek
whole, Krasnov said. tion and,
Dean of Students Sue Eklund, who of Studer
was greatly involved in the investiga- efforts w
tion of hazing allegations against the long perk
Greek community that occurred late "I real
last year, said she was very impressed are doing
by the energy and thoughtfulness of sistent an
the IFC and Panhell leadership as they do. I don
attempt to address the issues that affect one (grow
the Greek community. about the

of them couldn't be categorized either way.
Twenty-five percent of the stories were nega-
tive and 20 percent were positive, according to
the study, released yesterday by the Washington-
based think tank.
Despite the exhaustive look, the study likely
won't change the minds of war supporters who
considered the media hostile to the Bush admin-
istration, or opponents who think reporters
weren't questioning enough, said Tom Rosen-
stiel, the project's director.
"There was enough of both to annoy both

camps," he said. "But the majority of stories
were just news."
Rosenstiel said most people understand the
complexities of what is going on in Iraq, how
continued suicide bombings can happen at the
same time as a successful election.
The three network evening newscasts tended
to be more negative than positive, while the
opposite was true of morning shows, the study
said. Fox News Channel was twice as likely to
be positive than negative, unlike the more even-
handed CNN and MSNBC, the study said.

A more limited look at campaign coverage
found that 36 percent of stories on President
Bush were negative, compared to 12 percent
for Democrat John Kerry. Stories were positive
20 percent of the time for Bush, 30 percent for
Kerry, said the project, which examined some
250 stories for tone.
"I don't know whether this was because he
was the incumbent or because a lot of the cov-
erage of the campaign was filtered through
events in Iraq," Rosenstiel said. "It's probably
a little of both."

ing and student alcohol abuse are
tative of problems in all of soci-
und continued. "The good thing
ir students accept some responsi-
address how these problems play
University."
d added that fixing these prob-
1 take cooperation between staff
ents at the University, as well was
ort of bodies such as the Office
Life, the Sexual Assault Preven-
Awareness Center and the Office
rt Conflict Resolution, and that
will have to be sustained over a
od of time.
ly value the work these students
g," Eklund said. "I think it is con-
d it is a piece of what we need to
n't think it is a problem that any
up) can fix by itself, so I am happy
comprehensive approach."

GEO
Continued from page 1A
an agreement on a contract. However,
GEO was not prepared to agree to our
proposal at that time," said University
spokeswoman Julie Peterson.
Among the various proposals put
forth by the University was one that
affirmed Graduate Student Instructors
would not have to pay premiums for
health care under a new four-year con-
tract ending in April 2009. Currently,
graduates do not pay health care pre-
miums, but there was some talk that the
University may require it.
But despite'this proposal, the Univer-
sity did not concede to GEO's request for
designated beneficiaries for each employ-
ee - a proposal that the University is con-
cerned with.
"GEO defines a designated beneficiary
as any adult certified by the employee,
regardless of relationship but with some
shared life elements, such as a joint bank-
ing account," Peterson said. She added
that the inclusion of such a proposal would
add many new people to the University's
health insurance plans, as well as cost the
University millions of dollars.
In hand with the previous proposal, the
University would agree to negotiate future
health care changes with GEO, especially
in regards to premiums, changes in co-
pays for various services and eligibility
of dependents. The University has also
offered to provide summer health care
coverage to GSIs employed both fall and
winter terms.
In terms of salary, the University
has offered to provide an increase over
the course of the contract. A minimum
upgrade of 2 percent would be offered
each year for the first two years, and a
minimum of 2.5 percent for the next
four years, under a four-year contract.
In the course of negotiations, the Uni-
versity initially offered a 1 percent
salary increase, which GEO represen-
tatives said they felt was inadequate
in relation to rising living costs. The
University has upped that offer to 2
percent now.
GEO had initially proposed salary
increases that amounts to over 43 percent
over the course of three years, according
the University. "It is not reasonable for
GEO to expect large salary increases that
are completely out of line with those for
faculty or other employee groups, particu-

larly during a time of severe budget con-
straints," Peterson said.
An increase in child-care subsidy has
been offered as well in order to combat
the rising costs of child care. An increase
would be implemented every year based
upon the average cost increases of Univer-
sity child-care centers.
"I do not know how we are going to
resolve these remaining issues," said
Peterson. "Our bargaining team is pre-
pared to resume negotiations this week
and do the hard work necessary to reach
a final agreement."
Andre Wilson, GEO's lead negotia-
tor, expressed his disappointment at the
University's lack of understanding for
GEO's demands.
"What they've put on the table is
scarcely different from what we've seen
from them over the last four months - the
only real change being a completely inad-
equate wage proposal - one that doesn't
even equal what we have in our current
contract, let alone address the fact that our
wages are already falling further and fur-
ther behind," Wilson said.
Dobbie said that GEO will go back to
the bargaining table in hopes of discuss-
ing better proposals on Tuesday. GEO
is currently in the process of receiving
ballots from members in order to decide
if a walkout should occur on March 24.
A final decision will not be made until
GEO's membership meeting on March 23
when members will assess the Universi-
ty's last offer before a final vote. Bargain-
ing sessions are currently scheduled for
the next two weeks.

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Tuesday, March 15
Good Credit: Bad Debt
Christine Riggenbach, Account
Executive, MBNA Business
Development
The importance of establish-
ing good credit
Effective tools to manage
debt

Thursday, March 24
Six Degrees of Separation:
Building Your Network
Through People You Know
Vickie Austin, Founder, CHOICES
Worldwide: Business, Executive
and Career Coaching
The importance of loving
what you do and doing what
you love

Tuesday, March 29
Investing in Your Future
Ronald Eppler, Senior Portfolio
Manager, Beacon Investment
Company
Investment options with
limited resources
Understanding stocks and
mutual funds
0 Wir 4 is imnrtan4 t

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