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Wednesday, October 5, 2005


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One-hundredfifteen years ofedftorilfreedom
www.michikandaily.com Ann Arbor, Michigan Vol. CXVI, No. 5 ©2005 The Michigan Daily

* revised
Regulations aim to
bring accountability to
campus organizations
By Amber Colvin
Daily Staff Reporter
New requirements for student orga-
nizations will take effect this semester,
including a constitution, a 10-member
minimum and adherence to the Uni-
versity's nondiscrimination policy.
Susan Wilson, director of Student
Activities and Leadership, said the
new procedures are more than just
rule changes.
"Really the whole idea is that it's a
cultural shift of the way we think of
groups," Wilson said.
Under the old system, Wilson said
even well-established groups like
Dance Marathon struggled to under-
stand and access the resources avail-
able to them as student organizations.
Bidish Sarma, who graduated from
the University last year and served as
executive director of Dance Marathon,
said that he, along with incoming and
outgoing heads of Circle K, the Detroit
Project and K-Grams, wrote a propos-
al for the administration in 2004 that
detailed ways to improve the relation-
ship between the University and stu-
dent groups.
Wilson said she was excited when
the groups brought their concerns for-
ward because the proposal gave her
the opportunity to reform procedures
governing student organizations.
"I was thrilled," she said. "I had
wanted to start some initiatives."
Spurred by the 2004 proposal, the
University created the Student Orga-
nization and Recognition Advisory
Committee, given the task of review-
ing the University's relationship with
student groups.
SOAR's report, issued in April,
said "the lack of a student organiza-
tion recognition system has resulted
in unintended negative outcomes for
both student organizations and the
The report concluded that under the
old system, there was no way for the
University to hold groups accountable
for misconduct or rectify the uneven
distribution of resources among
Now, the University will classify
student organizations into three cat-
egories - sponsored, voluntary and
nonaffiliated. It will allocate resourc-
es according to organization classifi-
The University will be able to hold
groups accountable to their constitu-
'tions and will require group mem-
bers.to attend a student organization
See SOAR, Page 7



Northwest Airlines
workers protest Andrea
Fischer Newman, who is
an NWA executive
By Amber Colvin
Daily Staff Reporter
Northwest Airlines employees
and University students assembled
outside University Regent Andrea
Fischer Newman's (R-Ann Arbor)
Main Street apartment yesterday
to protest Newman's actions as a
Northwest executive.

leagues an hour and a half take
the replacement mechanics about
eight hours.
The Department of Transporta-
tion recently found that Northwest,
the fourth-largest airline in the
country, had more late flights than
any other major carrier during the
weeks surrounding the beginning
of the AMFA strike.
Signs at the protest read "Don't
Gamble With NWA," suggesting
that flyers traveling with North-
west are risking their lives.
"Security of the airline just isn't
the same anymore," said Barbara,
a flight attendant from Ann Arbor

Mechanics at
the protest said
Newman, senior
vice president of
government affairs
for Northwest,
lied to employees
about the finan-
cial health of the
airline before
Northwest filed
for Chapter 11
bankruptcy and
tried to bust the
union by sending
in scabs during
the strike.
"She's telling us
everything's OK
- that there's no
problems," said
Ralph Neopoli-
tan, a Northwest



"You just don't
replace ... years
of experience
with 10 weeks of
training. Bottom
line, it's not safe
to fly Northwest
Airlines right
- Ralph Neopolitan
Northwest Airlines
mechanic from Ann Arbor

that her name
not be with-
held because
she still works
for Northwest.
She added that
flight atten-
dants and other
workers came
to support the
because their
situations are
doing the
same thing to
us, making it
impossible for
us to sign a new
contract," she
said in regards
of its other
Members of

Second-year dentistry student Jared Van Ittersum holding his IPod on which he can listen to recorded lec-
tures. He proposed to his professors that they podcast their lectures last year.
IPods provide students
With recorded lectures

Ann Arbor.
not spotted

at her

By Jacquellne E. Howard
Daily Staff Reporter
It was no surprise to Paul Lopez to
hear his professors on the radio while
he was driving to a wedding. As a mat-
ter of fact, Lopez said he heard his pro-
fessors voice everywhere he went last,
As a second-year dentistry student,
Lopez is just one of the growing num-
ber of University students who are lis-
tening to class lectures on their iPods.
"I drove for four hours and listened
to four lectures. Without the podcasts,
I couldn't have used that time to study,"
Lopez said.
With the ubiquitous iPod is a feature

to listen to radio broadcasts as mp3 files
called podcasting.
Recently University professors have
been recording their lectures then
downloading them as podcasts for stu-'
dents to listen to. At the forefront of this
nationwide trend at college campuses is
the School of Dentistry.
"I think that it adds one more tool
to. our communications toolbox," said
Lynn Johnson, director of dental infor-
matics at the University's School of
One year ago, second-year Dentistry
student Jared Van Ittersum suggested
to professors that they start using lec-
ture podcasts.
"Before, we would record lectures

ourselves and put them on our iPods,"
he said. "Now it's a lot easier since pro-
fessors are doing it."
To test out how well this new system
would work, Johnson helped construct
a study in which two weeks of lectures
were recorded. They could be accessed
in three ways: as downloadable digital
video, audio recordings or power point
with audio. Results from the study
showed 60 percent of students chose
the audio recordings for their iPods.
"The audio is what everyone want-
ed," said Dennis Lopatin, associate
dean of the dentistry school. "Students
listen to lectures while they're working
out . sounds like our own Richard
See IPOD, Page 1

ing during yesterday's protest, nor
was she available for comment.
On Aug. 19, almost 4,500 North-
west mechanics went on strike
against Northwest because of sev-
erance pay issues.
The Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal
Association is struggling to negoti-
ate a new contract with the airline.
The main concern raised by the
protesters - who included mechan-
ics, flight attendants and cleaners
- was the safety of Northwest
flights during the strike.
Neopolitan said the replacement
mechanics do not have the knowl-
edge or skill to maintain the level
of safety provided before.
"You just don't replace ... years
of experience with 10 weeks of
training," Neopolitan said. "Bot-
tom line, it's not safe to fly North-
west Airlines right now."
Neopolitan said that jobs that
would have taken him and his col-

Students Organizing for Labor
and Economic Equality also pick-
eted in front of Newman's apart-
ment yesterday to show support
for the strike.
"These aircraft mechanics
deserve fair treatment for the
hard work that they do," said LSA
sophomore and SOLE member Art
Reyas. "We're here just to be in
solidarity with the strikers."
Reyas added that with Thanks-
giving, Christmas and other holi-
days approaching, students who
fly Northwest to get home could
be making a dangerous choice.
Neopolitan also urged students
to avoid Northwest when flying
home for breaks.
"Take the bus," Neopolitan said.
"You can walk off a bus ... but you
can't walk off an airplane."

- The Associated Press
contributed to this report.

. State honors 'U' alum who
saved lives in Holocaust

Today marks 60th
anniversary of Raoul
Wallenberg's capture
By Jacqueline E. Howard
Daily Staff Reporter

Known as a Swedish version of
Harriet Tubman, Raoul Wallenberg
saved about 100,000 people from
Nazi execution during World War II.
Today, Michigan will recognize the
accomplishments of the University
alum as it celebrates the first-ever
Wallenberg Day.
Last month, Gov. Jennifer Gran-
holm, proclaimed Oct. 5 Wallenberg

Hungarian Jewish victims during the
height of the war. He often issued
Swedish protective passports, which
allowed Wallenberg to evacuate refu-
gees to safehouses.
In January of 1945 he traveled to
Debrecen, east of Budapest. But days
later after his arrival, the Russian Army
seized Budapest and its surrounding
areas and imprisoned Wallenberg,
accusing him of being an American
spy. He told his friends he would return
from Debrecen, the town in which he
was imprisoned, within a week - but
he never returned. The whereabouts
of Wallenberg are still unknown, but
Russian authorities claim he died in a
Soviet prison in 1947.
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west front entrance of the Art and
Architecture building.
"One person came all the way from
Sweden to see the memorial I made,"
he said. "Wallenberg's history is a
great story of sacrifice."
Daniela Bajar, spokeswoman for
The International Raoul Wallenberg
Foundation, said since Wallenberg's
name has been unfortunately kept
from many history books, her organi-
zation hopes the day will finally give
Wallenberg his long-deserved recog-
"This year marks the 60th anni-
versary of Raoul Wallenberg's cap-
ture and disappearance," Bajar said.
"It is therefore more important than

Bush: Miers
High Court
WASHINGTON (AP) - In the face of criti-
cism from the left and right, President Bush insist-
ed Tuesday that Harriet Miers is the best-qualified
candidate for the Supreme Court and assured
skeptical conservatives that his lawyer-turned-
nominee shares his judicial philosophy.
"I've known her long enough to know she's not
going to change, that 20 years from now she will
be the same person with the same judicial philoso-
phy she has today," Bush said. "She'll have more
experience. She'll have been a judge, but never-
theless the philosophy won't change, and that's
important to me."
Dismissing Democratic charges of cronyism,
Rish sad. "I nickedA the best nerson I could find.


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