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S mayor's ordinance to
push back lease signing
By Jeremy Davidson
Daily Staff Reporter
In the past, student concerns have
taken a back seat in Ann Arbor poli-
tics, but yesterday, they hardly seemed
to be in the car at all.
Representatives from the Washt-
enaw Area Apartment Association and
campus=area landlords dominated a
discussion yesterday about the mayor's
need to in
- Alice Ehn
that would buy
leases in the
a dozen land-
Realtors ' out-
up to speak for
the benefits of
not allow land-
lords to enter
a premise for
the purpose of
showing it to
* 17 percent of company's
North American work
force will lose jobs
DETROIT (AP) - General Motors
Corp., pounded by declining sales and
rising health care costs, said yesterday
it will cut more than a quarter of its
North American manufacturing jobs
and close 12 facilities by 2008. The
United Auto Workers called the plan
"devastating" and warned it will make
negotiations more difficult, but some
Wall Street analysts said GM's actions
may not go far enough.
To get production in line with
demand, GM will cut 30,000 jobs,
which represent 17 percent of GM's
North American hourly and salaried
work force of 173,000, and will close
nine assembly, stamping and pow-
ertrain plants and three parts facili-
ties. GM's U.S. market share fell to
26.2 percent in the first 10 months of
this year, compared with 33 percent
a decade ago, the result of increasing
competition from Asian rivals. GM
lost almost $4 billion in the first nine
months of this year.
"The decisions we are announc-
ing today were very difficult to reach
because of their impact on our employ-
ees and the communities where we live
and work," GM Chairman and Chief
Executive Rick Wagoner said. "But
these actions are necessary for GM
to get its costs in line with our major
GM isn't the only U.S. automaker
cutting costs. Last week, Ford Motor
Co. told employees it plans to elimi-
nate about 4,000 white-collar jobs in
North America early next year as part
of a restructuring plan.
GM said the plant closings are part
of a plan to shave $7 billion off its $42
billion annual bill for operations by
the end of next year. That includes a
$3 billion cut in health care costs, $1.5
billion in manufacturing cuts and $1
billion in savings on materials.
The company's shares fell 47 cents,
or 2 percent, to close $23.58 in trad-
ing on the New York Stock Exchange.
They have traded in a 52-week range of
$20.60 to $40.82.
Standard & Poor's Ratings Services,
which lowered GM's debt to "junk"
status earlier this year, said the com-
pany remains on credit watch. S&P
said the staff cuts are substantial but
may not be adequate considering GM's
problems, including a possible strike
at Delphi Corp., its largest supplier;
an ongoing federal investigation into
accounting errors; and an uncertain
outlook for its new lineup of full-size
sport utility vehicles, which may fall
See GM, Page 7
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GM's Willow Run plant will soon be closing as part of GM's plan to shut down 12 plants. The company is clos-
ing the plants to save $7 billion, as announced today.
O mative action
potential tenants or enter into a lease
with new tenants until one-fourth of
the current lease period had expired.
Three out of five of the students
appointed to the newly created MSA-
City Council committee were at the
I meeting, but two of them left early.
Committee members Jesse Levine,
MSA president; LSA senior Mike For-
ster; and MSA's City Council Liaison
Laura Van Hyfte represented student
interests at the discussion. Committee
members Mara Gay and Daniel Tay-
lor-Cohart did not attend the forum.
Van Hyfte said that while campaign-
ing to become an MSA representative,
most students she talked to voiced sup-
port for the mayor's proposed ordinance.
Levine echoed Van Hyfte's statements
and said that the ordinance would be
very popular among students.
However, Levine excused himself
from the meeting about 15 minutes after
it started to finish writing a paper for a
"I'm a student too," he said.
Forster also left before the meeting fin-
ished, leaving Van Hyfte, a newly elected
MSA representative, as the only student
voice at the meeting for almost an hour.
Alice Ehn, executive officer of the
WAAA, raised objections to the ordi-
nance on behalf of her organization.
Ehn said landlords would not let leg-
islation prevent them from doing their
job. "Landlords will respond in what-
ever way they need to in order to lease
their property," she said.
Several landlords said that while
they would not be able to enter into a
formal agreement under the proposed
ordinance until one-fourth of the lease
period had expired, they could accept
formal applications whenever they
wanted and assign housing for the
next year on a first-come, first-serve
basis. The current draft of the ordi-
nance would not prevent landlords
from using an application process to
See ORDINANCE, Page 3
By Carissa Miller
Daily Staff Reporter
"They say Jim Crow, we say hell no!"
"Affirmative action will not die, MCRI is a big fat lie!"
The familiar sounds of protesters could be heard at
Lawrence Technological University, the site of last-night's
affirmative action debate between Ward Connerly, the
former University of California regent who opposes
affirmative action and Frank Wu, dean of Wayne State
University's law school.
Connerly is the leader of the Michigan Civil Rights Ini-
tiative - a proposal that would ban the use of racial and
gender preferences in government hiring and University
admissions in the state if approved by voters next fall. This
year, proponents of MCRI collected enough signatures to
place the initiative on the 2006 ballot.
More than fifty people - including students from Mum-
ford High School in Detroit and several nearby college
campuses - gathered outside LTU's Ridler Field House
to protest Connerly's appearance and his argument against
affirmative action policies.
"The main reason behind this picket is to shine light on
the racially targeted voter fraud of MCRI,"said LSA senior
and.BAMN organizer Monica Smith. "We want to tell vot-
ers that MCRI is not for affirmative action like they were
Smith was referring to claims by opponents of MCRI
that signatures collected to place the initiative on the ballot
were done so using fraudulent means.
See CONNERLY, Page 3
By Nell Tambe
Daily Staff Reporter
Republican candidates hoping
for success in next year's state
elections have recently taken
opposing stances on the Michi-
gan Civil Rights Initiative, but
these endorsements may not
mean much for the outcome of
MCRI is a proposed ballot
measure expected to be on next
November's statewide ballot. If
passed, the measure would ban
preferential treatment by the
state or its public colleges and
universities on the basis of race,
sex, color, ethnicity or national
Republicans who have recent-
ly voiced opinions about the
ballot initiative are vying for
the chance to challenge Sen.
Debbie Stabenow (D-Lansing)
and Gov. Jennifer Granholm for
their seats next fall.
U.S. Senate candidate Jerry Zan-
See MCRI, Page 7
Former University of California Regent Ward Connerly debates with Wayne State University law
dean Frank Wu about affirmative action.
TB testing will be required for international students
By Kelly Fraser
Daily Staff Reporter
account for 80 percent of the world's report-
ed cases of the disease. The list includes
India. China. Indonesia, the Russian Fed-
arriving from high-risk areas. The Ameri-
can College Health Association proposed
similar guidelines in 2000 to stop the spread
Director Robert Winfield.
"In doing this, we will be careful to
respect the privacy of individuals who will
to the Stop TB Partnership, which is affili-
ated with WHO.
The potential for students infected with