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The decision to reinstate the
contract came before the prom-
ised investigations were complete,
said Blase Kearney, a member of
Students Organizing for Labor
and Economic Equality.
"Coke never submitted the
results of their investigation to the
University because they never had
a reason to," Kearney said. "They
got their contracts reinstated."
The Coke debate is still raging
across the country. Last month,
Swarthmore College cut its con-
tracts with Coke amid allegations
of human rights abuses.
Rackham student Sayan Bhat-
tacharyya, who hosted the forum
in Mason Hall last week, used the
Coke issue to illustrate the Univer-
sity's complex role as a global citi-
zen at a forum he hosted last week
in Mason Hall. A panel made up
of three students, two professors,
one of the University's lawyers and
Bhattacharyya spoke to an audi-
ence of about 20 people.
"My hope for this forum is to
explore how the University sees
itself as a part of the global com-
munity," Bhattacharyya said. "The
events surrounding the Univer-
sity's relationship with the Coca-
Cola Corporation provide concrete
examples of how the University's
influence is relevant on a global
Organizational Studies junior
Lindsey Rogers, a member of the
University's chapter of human-
rights advocacy group Amnesty
cation would be incomplete with-
out teaching ethics.
She said she recognizes that the
priority of the University is the quest
for knowledge. "But knowledge can
be used for good or evil,"Rogers said.
She praised the University for
its code of vendor ethics. But Rog-
ers said the University should have
permanently suspended its con-
tracts with Coke rather than give
the company a timeline to change
"By reinstating the contract, the
University legitimized the Coca-
Cola Corporation," Rogers said.
"The University failed in its duty to
act as a responsible global citizen."
University alum Elizabeth
Cowan recalled her conversations
with union workers from Columbia
last year. She explained the stigma
that union workers in South Amer-
ica endure and stressed their reli-
ance on outside support to rectify
their dire situation.
"The workers were terribly disap-
pointed when the University rein-
stated its contracts," she said.
Cowan said that because we live
in an interconnected society, we
have the responsibility to raise the
standard of living for the workers
Business School Prof. Andrew
Hoffman said he supports the
University's plan. He said the Uni-
versity should not punish Coke by
severing all ties with the company.
Instead, the University can more
effectively change the company's
business practices by working
envision a better world and choose
to make it so," Hoffman said. "We
need to notonly show what's wrong,
however. We also need to show the
way towards what's right."
LSA junior Ryan Fantuzzi, an
outspoken campus conservative,
argued that the ban on Coke hurt
"The only people punished were
the local bottlers," Fantuzzi said.
"The ban hardly helped the people
Fantuzzi said the University
should first channel its efforts into
helping American citizens. He said
global welfare should come second
to Americans' well-being.
Last winter, Fantuzzi formed a
party to run in Michigan Student
Assembly elections that focused on
getting the University to reinstate
its contract with Coke. His party
lost by a devastating margin, and
the party folded.
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far-reaching effects on the University,
even to the point of overturning man-
dates outlined in the 1954 case Brown
v. Board ofEducation.
She said University students' pres-
ence in Washington demonstrates
their dedication to an issue that's rel-
evant to them.
"We must demonstrate that our
University is still involved and com-
Tabb said in an e-mail interview.
Many students cited the potential
impact on the University.
"It's important to save diversity,"
said Lauren Davis, also a graduate stu-
dent in the School of Social Work. "We
had a really big problem at Michigan,
and it affectsme as a student here."
LSA sophomore Maggie Horne
said the event has a lot in common
with past struggles for civil rights.
Student members of NAACP, the
Association of Black Social Work
Students, By Any Means Necessary
and a host of other groups attended
the event. The School of Social Work
organized the trip, providing the bus
for anyone in need of transportation.
Social Work students raised money
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for the bus through bake sales and
other fundraising. In the end, they
collected barely enough money.
BAMN organizer Luke Massie
said one of the central problems with
the issue of racial integration has
been a lack of exposure.
"It's been so under the radar," he
said. "Buteverywhere we'vegone we
have found overwhelming support
for integration policies."
Maricruz Lopez, co-chair of the
University's BAMN chapter, said
it's hard to make people understand
what is at stake.
"Everyone we've talked to has
shown an interest in this," she said.
"It's a matter of simply explaining.
When we do that, people immediate-
ly respond and want to organize."
Tabb said marching for desegrega-
tion is closely related to the School of
Social Work'sprinciples of advocating
social justice and fighting for equal-
ity. She said her role as a social worker
makes it her duty to work for diversity
and publicize important issues.
"Our student demonstration at
the Supreme Court could have an
immeasurable impact on public sen-
timents and show that the public is
well aware of the cases reviewed,"
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during a question-and-answer
period, the crowd remained calm
and quiet throughout the event.
Gabriel is the author of "Because
They Hate: A Survivor of Islamic
Terror Warns America." Gabriel,
who now lives in the United States,
said her negative views on Mus-
lim fundamentalists were shaped
by her childhood experiences as
a Lebanese Christian during the
Lebanese Civil War. The book
describes her experiences living in
a bomb shelter for seven years dur-
ing the war.
Gabriel founded the American
Congress for Truth, a nonprofit
organization that she describes as
"dedicated to educating millions
of uneducated Americans on the
threat of Islamic radicals."
Police were highly visible at last
night's event, which was hosted by
the pro-Israel student group Israel
Initiative for Dialogue, Education
and Action. FLU
LSA junior Brad Stulberg, a From page 1
cofounder of Israel IDEA, said the
group tries to host one big event a Because mass vaccination
year. They said they chose Gabriel wouldn't be a practical defense,
to foster dialogue. hand-washing and facemasks are
"Despite potential threats to Ms. being explored as an alternative
Gabriel's freedom of speech, the form of intervention.
event was very successful," Israel Scientists would first have to
IDEA member Nick Israel said. identify the virus, then develop its
"We were glad to see an audience vaccine, Monto said. That means a
composed of a diverse cross-sec- pharmaceutical defense wouldn't
Lion of the student body and the be available for up to eight months
local community." after a first outbreak.
Organizers collected audience Researchers will monitor the
questions on note cards and posed patient records at University Health
them to Gabriel. Services and look at other studies in
Israel said organizers tried to the state to determine when flu sea-
select questions that challenged her son is in full force.
position. As hard as it is to predict the onset
Gabriel called for Islam to of the annual flu season, scientists
reform itself and said Israelis and face aneven greater challenge intry-
Palestinians hold different ethical ing to forecast a coming pandemic.
standards. Monto said it's impossible to
"(The mainstream television net- determine when the next pandemic
works) need to take political cor- will strike, but history shows that
rectness and shove it in the garbage one can be expected.
where it belongs," she said. "A new influenza virus emerges
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flu will be the culprit behind the
next pandemic. The last three pan-
demics of the century, in 1918, 1957
and 1968, were caused by strains of
avian flu that mutated to become
contagious among humans.
That the United States hasn't
had a pandemic in more than 30
years gives scientists the impres-
sion that one might be coming
soon. This has lead to a push for
surveys like the M-FLU study.
To take part in the study, students
in the selected residence halls must
fill out an application on the M-FLU
website. Subjects are expected to
participate in the study for six weeks
or until the end of flu season.
Supervision of the study will
largely rely on the honesty of par-
ticipants. But subjects who admit
to neglecting the practices in
the weekly surveys will still give
insight into the methods' viability,
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