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GEO
From Page 1
to the University's financial aid
website. The group intends to ask
the University to increase wages
so they match cost-of-living esti-
mates, Woods said.
GEO made two formal pro-
posals at today's meeting - one
asking for an increase in child-
care subsidies and access and the
other pushing the University to
offer graduate students a leave of
absence for the birth of a child.
University spokeswoman Kelly
Cunninghamdeclinedto comment
on the specific proposals, say-
ing they would have an economic
impact on the University and must
therefore be considered by the
University along with the rest of
GEO's 11 planned proposals.
"These are the first two of elev-
en proposals, so it's appropriate at
this early stage that the University
listen to all of the proposals before
DREIDELS
From Page 1
The event was sponsored by
Dunkin' Donuts. A kosher Dunkin'
Donuts shop in Oak Park, Mich.
donated dozens of boxes of donuts
for the event.
To advertise the event, Morof
said she and other Hillel students
put up flyers, e-mailed groups they
interact with and called local syn-
agogues to inform their members
about the attempt.
Morof, who is the chair of major
events and campus activities for
Hillel's Programming Board, said
the event was aimed not only at set-
ting the record but also at celebrat-
ingJewish culture and community
during Hanukkah, which started
Tuesday night. With the hype sur-

making any kind of reaction to
them," Cunningham said. "Before
we can say'yea' or 'nay,' we have to
know everything else that they're
going to be asking. We have to put
the whole picture together."
GEO President Helen Ho, a
Communication Studies depart-
ment GSI, said the open meeting
was an introduction to the details
of the group's platform for most
GEO members and University
representatives. All GEO mem-
bers were invited to the meeting,
with some bringing their children
to reinforce the importance of
increased funding for childcare
and parental leave of absence pro-
grams, Ho said.
Although GEO and University
bargaining team members ham-
mered out the ground rules for
negotiations last month, yester-
day's meeting was the first official
negotiation session between the
University and the union.
The University's bargaining
team is led by Ronald Dick, the
rounding Christmas during this
time of year, it's good to have an
event where people can learn about
Jewish culture, she said.
Indiana University's Hillel
made its third attempt to claim
the dreidel-spinning title on Sun-
day. With 275 participants, the
organization came up well shy of
the record.
Andy Gitelson, the assis-
tant director of Indiana's Hillel
chapter, said inclement weather
- including torrential downpours
- dissuaded many students from
turning out.
Gitelson said he was excited,
though, because the group can
try against next year. He said the
Indiana Hillel had made attempts
in 2003 and 2004 with turnouts of
about 500 people each time.
Gitelson said the event helps

University's associate director for
academic human resources.
GEO's current contract with the
University, which expires on March
1, 2008, was signed in April 2005
after a period of strained relations
between the group and the Univer-
sity. After University negotiators
balked at offering the wages and
health care benefits demanded by
GEO that March, union members
staged a one-day walkout, form-
ing picket lines outside University
buildings to discourage students
and faculty from attending classes.
Representatives from both
sides of the table said this year's
negotiations have been civil so far.
Cunningham called the negotia-
tions "thoughtful and respectful,"
while GEO leaders characterized
them as "cordial" and "smooth."
"Our relationship right now
is excellent," Woods said. "It's in
both our interests, I think, that
things continue to go this smooth-
ly. We want to get this contract
settled as much as they do."
students from all backgrounds
connect over the holidays. He said
that hosting an open, all-campus
event allows the group to teach
college students about Chanukah
and dispel many of the myths sur-
rounding it.
Gitelson said he was encour-
aged by the friendly competition
between the three universities.
"I think it's awesome Michigan
and Maryland are doing this, too,"
he said.
Maryland claimed to have bro-
ken the record several years back
before officially breaking the
record on Wednesday. Guinness
didn't count their tally, though,
because the group gave partici-
pants more than one dreidel each
- a violation of the official Guin-
ness guidelines. They also failed to
file the appropriate paperwork.

PRODUCE
From Page 1
for this state."
One of the website's slogans is
"Think Michigan First," encourag-
ing consumers to turn to local busi-
nesses instead of national chains.
Diggs said it's not just small Michi-
gan-based businesses and farmers
that need support.
"Even Meijer, which is based in
Grand Rapids, could be in trouble if
Michigan residents choose nation-
ally-based stores like Walgreens,"
she said.
Meanwhile, in Ann Arbor, stu-
dents in the School of Art and
Design have used their classwork as
a chance to show their support for
locally grown food. A class called
"Food from Farming to Feasts"
offered through the School of Art
and Design hosted a weeklong event
where they showed the benefits
of Michigan foods. Students sold
dishes including organic Michigan
produce for five dollars a bowl to
students and faculty members out-
side the Slusser Gallery of the Art
& Architecture Building on North
Campus. The proceeds will be used
DEADLINES
From Page 1
to remain viable competitors for the
best interns.
Al Cotrone, the director of career
development and student affairs at
the Ross School of Business, said
that's the case in many other indus-
tries, too.
Although the Business School
traditionally holds on-campus
interviews starting in January for
summer positions, employers have
been asking permission to schedule
earlier interviews, Cotrone said.
"Michigan students are among

to fund Tappan Middle School's
Garden Project.
The course, which fulfilled the
Art School's outreach and engage-
ment requirement, involved field
work.
"We've been to country farms
and farmer's markets gathering the
ingredients for the food," said Art
and Design junior Emily Cromwell.
According to Art and Design
junior Hind Abdul-Jabbar, "Even
the flour we used to make the bread
was organic."
Art and Design Prof. Nick Tobi-
er, the course's instructor, said the
course's goal is to combine food and
art drawn from the society around
them to show the importance of
organicallygrown foods and provide
the chance for healthier options.
"Hopefully this will build into
somethingcommunal," he said.
Visitors to Diggs' website can
sign a pledge showing their support
for local businesses and products.
Pledges are made by providing the
website with a name, city, and state
so organizers can gauge how many
people are actively determined to
change Michigan's economy and
where those people live
Diggs said she hopes 5,000 peo-
the best in the country," Cotrone
said. "Employers feel that if they
get to them earlier, then they have a
better shot at hiring them."
Geni Harclerode, coordinator
of internships and experiential
learning at the University's Career
Center, said more employers were
interested in recruiting students
for internships at this year's job fair,
held in October, then in previous
years.
Harclerode said one of the rea-
sons that some employers have
made deadlines earlier is to accom-
modate students who want to study
abroad. She said many juniors study
abroad during the second semes-

Friday, December 7, 2007 - 7
ple will sign the pledge by the end
of the year. More than 600 people
have signed the pledge to date. After
that, Diggs hopes to start a program
to teach high school students how
to better manage their finances in
order to keep the economy on the
rise for the future. She said she
wants to help local businesses sell
and promote their products outside
of Michigan and attract more cus-
tomers to the state.
One major target of Diggs's cam-
paign is university students, who
she said have as much at stake with
regard to Michigan's economy than
anyone. She urges students to men-
tion the website on their Facebook
and MySpace pages to spread the
group's message.
"This is a tough time to come out
of college," she said. "Gettingajob is
really hard in this economy."
Tobier said he himself shows his
supportfor Michigan products, call-
ing himself a "locavore" - one who
buys food harvested from a local
area. Although Tobier said he hadn't
yet heard of Diggs's campaign, he
said it interested him.
"I like to do everything locally,"
he said. "The more we stay in the
area, the better the economy."
ter, so some companies have earlier
deadlines students can figure out
what they are doing for the summer
before they leave the country.
Although some deadlines have
passed, Harclerode said students
don't need to worry about summer
jobs. She said because the intern-
ship search goes on from October
to May, there are many quality
internships that become available
inApril.
"We've continued to hold our
internship fair in January with
good reason, because that is the
time that employers really start
thinking about internships," Har-
clerode said.

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For Friday, Dec. 7, 2007 SCORPIO
ARIES (Oct. 23 to Nov. 21)
(March 21to April 19) Something surprising and unexpected
Surprising events in foreign countries might affect your finances and your pos-
or distant places are likely. Travel delays sessions today. Check your bank
are likely as well. Plans connected with account. Keep your receipts. Pay your
education, schooling, publishing and bills.
media go sideways. Oops! SAGITTARIUS
TAURUS (Nov. 22 to Dec. 21)
(April 20 to May 20) Your everyday routine will be dis-
Unexpected news about a sudden rupted today. Allow extra time for every-
financial change or shift in matters thing. Your day is not goiug to go as
related to insurance, shared property, the planned, so eat a good breakfast.
bank or other people's property is likely. CAPRICORN
You have to think quickly now! (Dec. 22 to Jan. 19)
GEMINI You have a strong need for freedom
(May 21 to June 20) today. In particular, you want to be free
Partnerships and close relationships of restrictions related to large institutions
are undergoing surprising changes. or the government. Don't do anything
Conflicts with partners are touchy. rash. Make sure you know what you're
Personal freedom is very important now. doing.
CANCER AQUARIUS
(June 21to July 22) (Jan. 20 to Feb. 18)
Interruptions at work are almost guar- Unexpected news about a friend or a
anteed. Computer crashes, power out- group might surprise you today. Or you
ages, staff shortages and unexpected might meet someone who is bizarre,
events definitely will change your daily unorthodox or very different from you
routine. Stay light on your feet! today.
LEO PISCES
(July 23 to Aug. 22) (Feb. 19 toMarch 20)
Parents should be extra vigilant with Be patient with authority figures
children now. This is an accident-prone today. It's easy to lose your temper or do
time for your children or children you something you will later regret. Keep
work with. your cool. Be patient so that you can do
VIRGO things on your terms. Don't just react.
(Aug. 23 to Sept. 22) YOU BORN TODAY You're highly
Be careful about home accidents or individualistic, one could even say
careless mistakes with electricity, tech- eccentric. You do things your own way;
nology and fire. Unexpected company that's all there is to it. You have a vivid
might drop by. Expected company might imagination and an intelligent mind. You
not show. Your home scene is unpre- work hard but you also need lots of time
dictable today. to play. You're a dreamer. You often try
LIBRA many jobs before you settle on some-
(Sept. 23 to Oct. 22) thing. The year ahead will focus strongly
This is a mildly accident-prone day for on partnerships and close friendships.
your sign. Slow down. Take extra time to Birthdate of: Noam Chomsky, lin-
do everything. Think before you speak. guist/political writer; Tom Waits, musi-
Don't rush, and don't push the river. cian; Ellen Burstyn, actress.
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