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Axelson added that the misclassification problem is
especially urgent in her department. She said it is impor-
tant that the lecturers in ELI are classified correctly
because many of them are performing administrative
duties. She said she worries that if lecturers stop doing the
administrative work they have been doing, much of the
office's work will not get done.
"The dean's office isn't worried about it. I don't know
what their motivation is besides saving money," Axelson
De Leon said these concerns are critical for the Univer-
sity and the student body. The demonstration, he said, was
an intermediary action to show the University that LEO
is serious about having its demands met. He added that,
if the demands aren't taken seriously, LEO will discuss a
plan of "drastic action" at its next meeting on Nov. 30.
In response to De Leon's threat of "drastic action,"
University spokeswoman Julie Peterson said that any dis-
ruption of education, such as strikes, would be in direct
violation of LEO's contract.
De Leon acknowledged that a strike would be a viola-
tion the contact. But still, De Leon said there are other
courses of action open to LEO if the University does not
comply with its demands.
De Leon said that one option for LEO members could
be staging teach-ins in their respective classrooms. Other
courses of action open to LEO are talking to the media,
writing to representatives about the University or voicing
their complaints publicly at commencement.
Of course there are nice actions and not-so-nice
actions," De Leon said.
Peterson said the University is disappointed that LEO
has chosen to publicly voice its complaints instead of using
the grievance process that was drawn up in the contract.
She added that this is LEO's first contract with the Uni-
versity, so it is understandable that the lecturers would have
disagreements. Still, she said the grievance process in the
contract was created specifically to resolve conflicts and to
protect both LEO and the University.
In a written statement, Peterson said LEO has
already filed 15 grievances. Of those, 12 have already
been resolved. Nine of those were settled and three
were denied, although one has been resubmitted and
is now in arbitration.
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be affected," she said. When asked if any teachers
will lose their jobs, the dean said, "I hope not."
Despite the deficits, Bob Gassel, assistant vice
chancellor for finance, insisted that the Dearborn
campus is not in financial trouble.
"The University is fine. There are adjustments
the academic units need to make," he said. In a
letter accompanying the financial reports, how-
ever, Gassel acknowledged that "this past year
was very financially challenging."
Some questioned the timing of the cuts. Student
registration for the winter term begins Nov. 9th.
"It's regrettable that this couldn't be settled
before printed schedules were distributed,"
Anderson-Levitt said. "But we're being very cau-
tious about this. We're really concerned to make
sure students are able to graduate in a timely mat-
Students who need a course that is no lon-
ger offered for graduation may petition CASL's
Office of Advising and Student Records for per-
mission to enroll in an alternate course for credit.
CASL Advising Director Marllis Shannon said
the school would "bend over backwards" for stu-
dents in that predicament.
The announcement of cancellations has many
Dearborn students worried. Anna Lough, a junior
majoring in education, said scheduling courses
was hard enough before the cuts.
"There aren't enough offered as it is," she
said. "A lot of students have to worry about work
Engineering senior Keith Dye agreed: "I know
that they don't offer a lot of sections to begin with.
This will be a major inconvenience for someone
who's trying to get done with their degree quick-
Bruce Bublitz, who recently took over as dean
of the School of Management, cited "overspend-
ing" as the main cause of the problems. He also
said as many as one-third of all spring and sum-
mer courses would be cut.
"We want to be clear that we're doing every-
thing that is plausible (to overcome the deficit),"
Bublitz said. "But we'll probably have to cut in
both the fall and winter of next year, too."
The School of Management's woes come at a
particularly inopportune time, with the school up
for accreditation next fall. A shortage of tenured
faculty, coupled with the budget crisis, could hurt
its chances. "If we don't have the additional fac-
ulty, we could be in trouble," Bublitz said.
LEO members held informational pickets Mon-
day and Tuesday in front of the CASL building
and behind the University Center.
LEO is scheduled to hold a press conference
and march to the Administration Building at 2
p.m. today, with the aim of highlighting the key
issues and voicing the opinions of faculty and stu-
Edwards, of LEO, said the union's concerns
over spending stem deeper than a lack of state
"Everybody says that the whole structure of
this university can't be changed," she said. "It's
- This article was reprinted with permission
from The Michigan Journal, the student newspaper
at the University's Dearborn campus.
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Mary Ann Beaser, a travel agent from
Plymouth, said more students should
have attended because what Bush is
doing affects them most.
However, Beaser said that having seen
what happened during the Vietnam War,
she knew movements had to start small.
"You have to start somewhere,"
Beaser said. "This is a small group, but
I'm hoping it will
grBeaser, who "You have
heard about the somewher
event online, left
work to drive in is a small
to Ann Arbor for
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more than 180 other it will gro
campuses and cit-
ies also planned on M
walking out of class
and work for this
day of resistance,
After yesterday's kickoff, she said
weekly meetings in Ann Arbor would
be held to work on developing a group
and raising opposition before Bush's
State of the Union address in January.
"Maybe he was re-elected a year ago
today, but we are going to change that,"
Parish said. "As students, we're in the
perfect position to rise up."
Parish added that she hoped to regis-
ter as a formal group on campus, becom-
ing one chapter of the national "World
Can't Wait" campaign, which will have
a national organizers' meeting in New
York later this month.
Parish said the Detroit chapter
recruited her to jumpstart the program
on campus, and while she has had some
help from friends, she has mostly been
working on her own.
She added that WCBN, the cam-
pus radio station, has been playing
some World Can't Wait public service
announcements. She said she also plans
to reach out to local businesses, the Uni-
versity administration and other student
LSA senior Kevin Zhao said he failed
to see how skipping
class would bring
the Bush adminis-
tration out of office,
especially on such a
a worthy cause,
but it's kind of like
preaching to the
choir," Zhao said.
Parish said skip-
ping class and orga-
nizing the rally was
about making a
lary Ann Beaser
"It's saying that we are sacrificing for
all the people being stepped on," Par-
ish said. "We're not going to go on as if
nothing happened. We're saying, 'Time
out, we're tired of this.'
John Kelly, chair of College Republi-
cans and an Engineering senior, said the
chance to get Bush out of office was last
year on Election Day.
"I think instead of walking out of
work and class, they should be focusing
on going through established political
channels, such as elections," Kelly said.
"It's sort of a wasted effort, and I think
it's misdirected. ... I just don't see the
effectiveness in it."
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