The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, January 11, 2006 - 7
General counsel opposes resolution
Continued from page 1
Public Interest Research Group in Michigan.
The assembly ignored Garber's objections,
voting to pass the resolution 25 to 5 with 4
The District of Columbia and 14 states
including California, New York, Illinois and
Florida have minimum wages higher than the
federal minimum wage of $5.15.
The minimum wage in Michigan has been
$5.15 for nine years even as inflation has erod-
ed the buying power of that figure. Working
full-time while making the minimum wage,
a worker makes $10,712 a year, $5,000 below
the federal poverty line.
The coalition includes members from
several student groups including SOLE, the
College Democrats, the Black Student Union
and the Michigan Progressive Party. These
groups' goal is to get 20,000 signatures from
the University community in support of the
ballot initiative. The coalition will start col-
lecting signatures on Jan. 16.
Statewide, groups including the Michigan
Democratic Party hope to gather 500,000
signatures in support of raising the mini-
mum wage. In order to place the initiative on
the November ballot 355,000 signatures are
needed by June 1, 2006, but supporters hope
to gather more to offset any petitions that
may be discarded because of flaws.
If volunteers are able to meet the quota of
signatures, the issue of raising the minimum
wage will be put on the November ballot. If
passed, the minimum wage will rise to $6.85
and be tied to inflation, meaning it will likely
reach $7.15 in about two years and continue
The College Republicans have not made
public a position on the issue, but chair John
Kelly said he personally disagrees with the
minimum wage ballot initiative because it
bypasses the Legislature and undermines the
choices of the voting population and the offi-
cials they elected.
"Trying to circumvent elected chambers
isn't necessarily an appropriate way of han-
dling this," Kelly said. "The representatives
are put in place by the citizens, which indi-
cates the general preferences of the constitu-
The coalition believes raising the mini-
mum wage will have positive effects on the
student body, low-income workers in Michi-
gan and on the economy.
"People believe in the idea of a living
wage," Baker said. "People should be able to
support themselves no matter what job they
Some conservatives think raising the mini-
mum wage is an ineffective way to combat
The University's chapter of Young Ameri-
cans for Freedom opposes an increase in
minimum wage because businesses do not
have short-term control over revenue, which
they use to pay their workers. With a wage
increase they say, one of the consequences is
lowering the number of workers.
"Raising the minimum wage will be harm-
ful to the entire state," YAF vice-chair Clark
Ruper said. "Such an action will most directly
hurt those it is trying to help. No matter what,
the businesses will suffer along with the low-
wage workers they must let go."
The Raise the Wage coalition points to
evidence from the 14 states that already have
increased minimum wages. According to the
Raise the Wage Coalition, states with raised
minimum wages have seen no job loss and no
evidence of increased inflation.
"Evidence shows they have better econom-
ic growth, better unemployment and better
small business growth," Bates said.
Support for raising the minimum wage is
present in Michigan and important for stu-
dents, the coalition says.
"Seventy percent of Michigan supports
raising the minimum wage," Bates said. "It is
also an issue for students who are increasing-
ly being priced out by the increasing tuition
and funding cuts. More and more students are
finding it more difficult to pay for books and
MSA Rep. Peter Borock offers College Democrats chair Libby Benton a petition for the
Raise the Wages Campaign at the MSA meeting last night.
work low-paid service industry jobs."
Some conservatives believe that young
workers would be the first to lose their jobs
after an increase in the minimum wage and
that creating new higher-paying jobs is better
than paying more for minimum-wage jobs.
"It's primarily an issue for high school
students with that level of employment,"
Kelly said. "It's better to have more jobs
the michigan d
PARENTS, RESIDENTS, FELLOWS: PUR-
CHASE RATHER THAN RENT! 3 bdrm.,
2.5 bath. condo. $215,000, right across the
street from N. Campus. Close to AATA & U-
M buses, pool & tennis courts, study, fin-
ished basement, appliances. 734-355-6585.
PEPPER'S PROPERTIES. 3 bdrm. apts.
Sept '06. Great loc. on East U. 3 blocks from
East quad. Fum. heat & h20 incl. Prkg.
avail. $1545/mo. 810-231-0229.
PRIVATESHARED RMS. AVAIL.now
and fall/winter. $203-419/mo. + food/utils.
ICC Stud.Co-ops, 662.4414 www.icc.coop
RIVER'S EDGE APARTMENTS! Half off
1st mo. ! Why pay the high A2 prices? Ypsi-
lanti is only 15 min. drive to campus. Leas-
ing now! 1, 2, & 3 bdrms. From $595. Free
Heat & Water. 487-5750. Virtual tours and
apply online at www.riversedge.org
ROOMS FOR RENT avail. immed. Campus
area. From $350/mo. 769-2344 or
TOP FLOOR. 2 bdrm. apt near Union/Law
School. Sky light, carpet, 1.5 bath. Ldry. &
prkg. Avail. Sept Ise. $1140+elec. 761-3821.
WILSON WHITE COMPANY
Availability and pricing listed at
Call us to set up a showing
Equal Housing Opportunity.
YOU WILL ALWAYS find something in the
last place youook.. Let it be Prime Stu-
dent Housing!! Call 761-8000 to find your
new home! Primesh.com
EXCELLENT POSITION FOR an individual BEFORE AND AFTER school care for 6 &
able to work independently and manage oth- and 1 year old girls. Mon., Tues., Thurs. a.m. SPRINGBREAK2006
ers. Marketing Director is needed to lead the & Mon. p.m. Approx. 10 hrs. a week. Must Travel with Experts, Sun Splash Tours-Since
following projects: conduct marketing re- have own car. Punctuality & reliabilty essen- 1988. Hottest Destinations-Biggest Parties
search for a new product, develop implemen- tial. Call 302-4258. 2owest Prices, w snspashtours.com
tation strategy and search for trade mark & CARING BABYSITTER NEEDED to
product name. Flexible work schedule. pickup 2 children from school, 3-5 days/wk SPRING BREAK SOUTH Padre Island, TX
Please send your resume & a cover letter ex- from 3:30-5:30 PM, Reliable trans. & child- 2/1 condo located 1/4 block to beacha
plaining your potential contribution and past care exp. req. Email firstname.lastname@example.org walking distance to restaurants and enterta
experience to dan.m«0goldstarmortgage.net mA__t__d__________1______-1,_____ .1.. .j:...QA
HEALTHY VOLUNTEERS 18-45 years of
age are being sought for a study investigating
potential drug interactions of commonly used
drugs that are FDA approved (IRBMED#
2004-0076). Participants must not regularly
take medications. Volunteers will receive ei-
ther $300 or $500 for participating. For com-
plete information, please call TeleCare,
(1-800-742-23000 Code 2217).
P/T RESEARCH ASSISANT for Ann Arbor
Marketing/Media Reseach Co. Downtown
A2 near campus. Strong PC skills a must,
SPSS a plus. 10-20 hrs./wk. $11.50/hr. to
start E-mail info. to email@example.com
PHARMACOGENETICS AND EYE
The U-M Kellogg Eye Center is currently
conducting research to understand how eye
pressure is controlled by specific genes. You
can participate if you: are between 18 and 50
years of age; are not pregnant; have no his-
tory of severe asthma, eye surgery or eye
trauma Upon completion of the study, paric-
ipants will be compensated. This study in-
volves minimally invasive procedures. For
more information, please contact the U-M
Kellogg Eye Center at 888-393-4677(EYE-
IOPS). irbmed number: 2002-0580.
UM Family Housing Child Development
Center is seeking individuals to assist in our
preschool classes. 2-5 hour shifts avail, be-
tween 10:30am-5:30pm. Experience working
with young children preferred. Please call
764-4557 for more information or email re-
sume and availability to firstname.lastname@example.org
VOLLEYBALL COACH FOR girls' team at
Emerson Middle School in Ann Arbor. Sea-
son is Feb.-Apr. Practices and games are
weekdays after school. Interested persons
should contact Bill Schrock at 665-9005, ext.
220, e-mail at email@example.com
CHILDCARE NEEDED FOR 9 & 10 yr.
olds. 4-6, M-F. Trans. req. Additional hrs. if
desired. Call Pamela at 975-2806.
EXPERIENCED CAREGIVER NEEDED
for 2 hrs. early mom. care for 2 kids ages 1
& 4 Thurs., incl. driving to daycare. Clean
driving record a must Call 734-302-3569.
P/r CHILD CARE wanted for 2 1/2 year old
and 8 month old. Very flex. hrs. $10/hr.
Ref. req. Milford area. Call (248)210-3325.
merit listict. $12l0/Uweek. (956)299-U1y4.
CANCUN, ACAPULCO, JAMAICA
From $459! Florida $159!
Cancun Prices are $100 Less Than Others!
Includes Meals, 30-50+ Hours Drinks!
Ethics Award Winning Company!
Promo Code: 34 1-800-678-6386
going strong for
Eric Namesnik finishes the preliminary heat of the 200-meter individual
medley at the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships in Atlanta, Aug. 1995
to qualify for the 1996 Olympics.
BAHAMAS SPRING BREAK
5 Days, $299! Includes Meals & Port Taxes
Party With Celebrities
Seen On Real World, Road Rules, Bachelor!
Promo Code: 34 1-800-678-6386
SKI VAIL DURING Spring Break. 1 bdrm.
condo at Vail Run, sleeps 4. Avail. 2/25-3/4.
Continued from page 1
characterized as rivals, Dolan expressed
deep concern over Namesnik's condition,
recalling the important role Namesnik
played in his life.
"He was such a huge influence on my
career," Dolan said. "It's hard to think
about swimming right now. (Namesnik)
was one of the reasons that I came to
Namesnik left the University in 2004
when Bob Bowman was hired as the
new head coach following the legend-
ary Urbanchek's retirement. Namesnik
had been a popular candidate to replace
"I'd just like to see Namesnik get the
job" Indiana men's swimming coach Ray
Looze said in January 2004. "He's a fine
coach and one of (Michigan's) most suc-
cessful swimmers of all time."
Urbanchek separated himself from the
process of choosing his successor. Although
he acknowledged that Bowman's selection
brought a marquee name to Michigan, he
said it was tough to see a "loyal Michigan
man" passed over for the job.
Namesnik coached six- to 17-year-olds
in the Wolverine Aquatics swim club for
the past two years.
Namesnik's wife Kirsten is a lecturer in
the statistics department at the University.
The couple has two children.
"He was the best of Michigan men,"
COME HEAR THE Fall 2005 Michigan in
Washington Students present their Research
Thursday 1/12/06 from 3-5PM. Fifth floor,
OLD SCHOOL WEDNESDAY
,Ost byTre Styles of AML
*$00 Miller Ie
fea9''4DJ Graffii andDJ C4
UPSTAIRS t CTHARLEY 014-6118-8 (11M 1' EVE
11140 SOUTH UNIVERSIT AT CHURCU 734-484-411 EEEE
Continued from page 1
Associate representative Mallika
Kaushal said the program was started
in order to reach out to students for
"There's a lot of stuff people want
fixed but we never hear about it but
through friends and our own personal
experiences," she said.
LSA-SG received an overwhelm-
ing response during its trial runs last
semester, Yahkind said.
Kaushal said they were initially
worried about receiving a lot of com-
plaints about residence halls, which
they would not be able to address.
Butler said they received a handful
of personal complaints that LSA-SG
has no impact on such as homework
assignments and readings.
"Every complaint that we've
received, that isn't a personal issue
like your history homework, is being
worked on by at least one commit-
tee," Yahkind said.
CAMPUS CLEANERS: PROF. Dry Clean-
ing & Ldry. Free summer storage. 1305 S.
University next to Campus Rental. 662-1906.
THESIS EDITING. LANGUAGE, organiza-
tion, format. All disciplines. 25 yrs. exp.
996-0566 or writeon@htdconnectcom
We need Paid survery takers in Ann Arbor.
100% FREE to join. Click on Surveys.
WOMEN NEEDED FOR research study:
The Possibilities Project @ the UM School
of Nursing is seeking women between the
ages of 18 & 35 who are cunently experienc-
ing any of the following symptoms: binge
eating, vomiting, using laxatives or water
pills, excessive exercising, fasting, being un-
derweight due to dieting, missing menstrual
periods. Participants will receive 20 wks. of
psychotherapy & nutritional counseling @
no cost. Compensation up to $275 for partici-
pation. For more info., call 1-800-742-2300,
#2000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
!!!BARTENDER WANTED!!! $300 a day
potential, Age 18+ ok. No experience neces-
sary, training provided. 800-965-6520 x 125.
AFTER-SCHOOL PARENT HELPER for 3
delightful girls, ages 12-15. Duties include:
carpooling, light housework, homework help,
being a fun and reliable mentor. Must be
non-smoker and have own car. Tu-Thurs.,
2:30-6. Good pay. Call Sharon: 6634154.
ARE YOU EXERCISING regularly and
would you like to know your level of fitness?
We are looking for girls 14 to 20 years of
age, who are not taking hormonal birth con-
trol, for a research study on fitness. Dietary
consultation, body composition and financial
compensation of up to $150. Call the En-
docrinology & Nutrition Laboraory at the
University of Michigan: 734-615-5526. IRB-
DO YOU NEED help with your "New Year's
resolution"? We are looking for girls 14 to
20, who are not taking hormonal birth con-
trol for a supervised fitness progam in a re-
search study. Dietary consultation, body com-
position and fitness assessment included. Fi-
nancial compensation offered. Call the En-
docrinology & Nutrition Laboratory at the
University of Michigan: 734-615-5526. IRB-
For Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2006
(March 21 to April 19)
You might want to urge somebody to
agree with you about something today.
You're sure you're right (and you proba-
bly are). However, resist your impulse to
get into an argument.
(April 20 to May 20)
Your possessions matter to you.
You're a fine collector, and you value
good things. Today you might be
obsessed about buying something, or
reconditioning or refinishing it.
(May 21 to June 20)
Today, the Moon is in your sign, but it
opposes Big Daddy Pluto. This is a clas-
sic setup for arguments and ego con-
flicts. You want to improve someone;
someone wants to improve you.
(Nobody likes this.)
(June 21 to July 22)
You're a feeler. Basically, you go
through life driving by the seat of your
pants. Today you feel uneasy and intense
about something. Just let it go.
(July 23 to Aug. 22)
You might encounter somebody who
is hot and bothered about something.
Use your easygoing, friendly style to
handle this individual.
(Oct. 23 to Nov. 21)
You're face to face with somebody
with a different set of values from yours.
Always remember that you are quite an
intimidating sign, even if you don't think
so. Go gently.
(Nov. 22 to Dec. 21)
Don't let disagreements with loved
ones and partners get in the way of the
bigger picture. People feel a bit obsessed
about things today. Is it worth getting
(Dec. 22 to Jan. 19)
You have good ideas about how to
make improvements to your job or your
work area. Nevertheless, be open to what
others have to say.
(Jan. 20 to Feb. 18)
Romance is passionate, intense and
perplexing today. Don't make important
decisions. Your thinking isn't as clear as
it can be on other days. (If you end up
with egg on your face, keep the ketchup
(Feb. 19 to March 20)
Be patient with family members
today, especially parents. Remember, we
only get upset with those we love. Don't
make a big deal out of things. Relax.
YOU BO~CRN TODAY You're a stronm2-
Continued from page 1
or economic impact," Dingell said.
Another serious topic Dingell brought
up was job outsourcing.
At the meeting, residents with manu-
facturing jobs expressed great concern
over increased job losses.
Dingell said that no matter what,
businesses will continue to maximize
profits by cutting labor costs.
But even though the behavior of com-
panies might be hard to control, he said
the government can address the prob-
lem by focusing on eliminating under-
valued currency markets and the rapidly
increasing trade imbalance with East
Asian economic powers such as China.
Dingell expressed concern with Chi-
nese market manipulation and its power
to inflate the prices of U.S. goods in
Asia by almost 10 percent.
He said he would continue to aggres-
sively support and introduce legislation
that allows the federal government to
impose tariffs on all Chinese goods
until the United States is given fair and
open access to the East Asian markets.
Residents also expressed concern
over the current budget deficit and alleg-
edly outrageous government spending.
expenditures and international aid pack-
Dingell said that the United States has
slipped from a $2 billion budget surplus
in 2000 to more than an $8 billion bud-
get deficit in 2005.
Aside from easing residents' concerns
about the state and national economic
situation, Dingell also spoke about
Social Security reform and the renewal
of the Patriot Act.
"I think that Bush's plan for social
security reform is a huge mistake and
will endanger the current trust fund,"
he said. "I believe that the trust fund is
actually in much better shape than peo-
ple are led to believe and should be able
to pay full benefits until 2050."
One constituent brought up the highly
controversial Patriot Act that is up for
renewal during the first week of Febru-
ary in the U.S. Senate.
Dingell expressed very strong oppo-
sition to the act - much to the delight of
all the Ann Arbor residents present.
He recited a famous quote, "Patrio-
tism is often the last refuge for scoun-
Overall, the citizens said they were
very pleased with what the congress-
man had to say and voiced their support
loudly for his answers.
"John Dingell is a true Democrat,"
SPEND YOUR SUMMER IN A
LAKEFRONT CABIN IN MAINE.
If you're looking to spend this summer out-
doors, have fun while you work, and make
lifelong friends, then look no further.
Camp Mataponi, a residential girls camp in
Maine,has female/male summertime open-
ings for Land Sports, Waterfront (small
crafts, skiing, life guarding, WSI, boat
drivers),Ropes Course, Tennis, H.B. Riding,
Arts & Crafts, Theater, Cooking, Gymnas-
tics, Dance, Group Leaders & more. Top
salaries plus room/board & travel provided.
ON CAMPUS INTERVIEWS WILL BE
CONDUCTED 2/14. Call us today toll free
at 1-888-684-2267 or apply online at