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determir,
RUSSELL being put
From Page 1A or were
investiga
comply with WRC, before closing of the de
the facility in March 2008. was base
This incident prompted the Fair universil
Labor Association, which is an In an
organization that monitors human Health P
rights and labor violations by Uni- the Pres
versity licensees, to issue a correc- tee on L
tive action planto Russell Corp. that Rights,
was meant to be implemented at its that Rus
facilities. However, a similar occur- with the
rence at the company's Jerzees de "We c
Honduras plant was brought to the letter, th
University committee's attention in poor job
October 2008. of associ
WRC and the Fair Labor Asso. assuranc
ciation investigated the matter to to their o
teaching
HIRING all regula
From Page 1A The p
position
Energy Storage; Microbial Ecology: is long a
Relationships to Human and Envi- ing, Sulli
ronmental Health; and Social Sci- "I do
ence and Energy. have a si
Sullivan said the five-year pro- group he
gram is being frontloaded with Searc
these 25 positions, although the formed b
plan is to hire roughly 20 new fac- to find st
ulty members a year. committ
Approving a certain number of applican
areas doesn't mean that a specific to camps
number of hires will necessarily be The
made, Sullivan said. Because the disciplin
University has to consider things program
like the time it could take for new discusse
staff to arrive and begin working, invitedt
it's hard to set a concrete timeline interdisc
for the program's completion. The p
While the new staff will have very later thi
specific areas of focus and expertise, Office of
like any faculty member, they will by facul
both teach and conduct research. sent to P
In an e-mail interview, Univer- Presiden
sity Spokeswoman Kelly Cunning- final ap
ham said, "the new 100 hires will search f
have regular tenure-track faculty tions is
appointments and will engage in of winte
LSA-Si
LSA-SG dent gov
From Page 1A not seek
ing this
Zaikis said she still expects LSA-SG "We
members to support each other dur- respect 1
ing the campaigns. The new cam- we are h
paign system is meant to increase ter and
the focus on campaign issues and their go
put less emphasis on party labels, for us n
Zaikis said. ment ca
Megan Madison, LSA-SG's ties," Za
academic relations officer, said Steve
shedding party labels won't make sel, thin
first-time candidates think twice improve
about running. "In thi
"I think that the commitment is best op
there to make sure that people who rently I
are running for the first time, or the parties
last time, or the 78th time are all and wh
going to be fully supported by stu- that stut
dent government as a whole," Madi- we can
son said. of our is
The rest of the campaign process table, th
for LSA-SG will not change and all for or
presidents and vice presidents will LSA-
still run on the same ticket. to be hel
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it if similar pressure was
it on employees who had
planning to unionize. The
tion found that at leastrpart
cison to close the factory
d on a "serious violation of
ty codes of conduct."
interview yesterday, Public
rof Sioban Harlow, chair of
ident's Advisory Commit-
abor Standards and Human
said she was disappointed
sell Corp. did not comply
corrective action plan.
oncluded, as we state in the
at Russell Corporation did a
of communicatingthe right
iation," she said. "We lack
e that Russell will adhere
iwn standards of conduct."
, research and service, as
ar faculty do."
rocess for establishing the
s and bringing in new staff
nd arduous, but progress-
van said.
expect that next fall we'll
gnificant chunk of that first
re on campus," she said.
h committees have been
by the Office of the Provost
aff to fill the positions. The
ees will create a short list of
ts who will then be brought
is and interviewed.
next round of academic
es to be selected for the
has already started to be
d, and faculty members are
o make suggestions for new
iplinary groups.
roposals will be collected
s month, organized by the
f the Provost and reviewed
ty members before being
rovost Teresa Sullivan and
t Mary Sue Coleman for
proval and funding. The
or the next wave of posi-
slated to launch by the end
r term.
SG has also notified the stu-
ernment parties that it will
campaign assistance dur-
election.
hope that they would
that this is the system that
oping to utilize this semes-
that it's beneficial both for
vernment and our election
ot to have student govern-
ndidates to run with par-
ikis said.
n Benson, LSA-SG's coun-
iks this change will only
the election process.
ie long run, I think it's the
tion," Benson said. "Cur-
people associate political
with student government
en parties fail they think
dent government fails. Now
run independently and all
sues can be brought to the
ere's no more people voting
ie party."
SG elections are scheduled
d on March 18 and 19.

Director to talk youth activism

Pollock will discuss
his film about teen
politicians tonight
By MALLORY BEBERMAN
For the Daily
If the November 2008 elec-
tion wasn't enough evidence of
America's politically active youth,
Jason Pollock's documentary "The
Youngest Candidate" is proof
American teenagers are not afraid
to take a stand and make a differ-
ence in their communities.
The feature-length, non-parti-
san film was written and directed
by the 27-year-old filmmaker, who
has worked closely with Acad-
emy Award-winning filmmaker
Michael Moore.
Pollock's film will be screened
tonight at 7 p.m. at The Michigan
Theater, and Pollock will speak
after the showing.
Pollock assisted Moore in the
creation of "Fahrenheit 9/11" and
accompanied him on "Slacker
GREEK LIFE
From Page 1A
is if they make extra money from
their fundraiser because there's not
extra money sitting somewhere, so
they have to raise it," Seiler said.
"The one scholarship that Panhel
gives for graduate school is bud-
geted to be the same, so there are
no plans to increase it."
Seiler said each chapter in the
Panhellenic Association has dif-
ferent scholarships available to its
members. But these scholarships,
which come from the chapters'
national organizations, are in most
cases not available to new mem-
bers, making first-year member-
ship costs expensive.
"Theyhave emergencyaid some-
times available as well as scholar-
ships, but they're not going to offer
it to people they don't know any-
thing about yet," Seiler said. "You'll
have to have at least made a com-
mitment to the sorority of which
you've joined and completed you're
new member term, so they know
you're goingto be there."
According to the Panhellenic
Association's website, dues for
sororities in Panhel vary on an
JOURNALIST
From Page 1A
also discussed his experience as a
journalist in the Middle East. He
said that though it is sometimes
difficult to remain unbiased, he
focuses on the facts on the ground.
"I am not pro-anything, other
than the facts," Abu Toameh said.

Uprising" - a tour through 60 cit-
ies across the country to encourage
voter participation for the 2004
presidential election.
After working on "Slacker Upris-
ing," Pollock said in an interview with
The MichiganDaily that he "was real-
ly inspired to getyoung people to vote
inthe2008 November election."
That experience is what Pollock
said generated the idea for "The
Youngest Candidate," which fol-
lows the campaigns of four teen-
agers who ran for public office in
November 2008. After three years
of research, Pollock found about SO
teenage politicians who were suc-
cessfully elected to office.
He said the major reason so few
teenagers run for office is that most
people don't know they can run.
When choosing the charac-
ters for his film, Pollock said he
searched for "funny and exciting
and interesting characters ... that
were cool, successful and witty."
The four teenagers - Ytit Chau-
han, George Monger, Raul De
Jesus and Tiffany Tupper - were
all between the ages of 18 and 20.
individual chapter basis, ranging
from $900 to $2,300 in annual fees
for first-year members.
The Junior Panhellenic Council
also provides merit scholarships for
first year members of Panhel. Last
year, these Junior Panhel scholarship
funds, which are garnered through a
fundraiser, totaled $9,275.
Panhelalso provides a$500schol-
arship to a graduating Panhel mem-
ber going on to graduate school.
Seilersaidthese scholarships pro-
vided by Junior Panhel and Panhel
are based solely on merit. There are
no explicitly designated need-based
scholarships or financial aid avail-
able from the Office of Greek Life.
"We have no way of checking aid.
We don't have access to their per-
sonal financial (information)," Seiler
said. "We're not a financial aid office
so we're not equipped to collect that
information and evaluate it. We
don't ask for how muchthey need."
While Seiler said she is disap-
pointed the Office of Greek Life is
not able to offer need-based schol-
arships, she said there is just not
money available for them to pro-
vide such funds.
"That's the way it is with lots of
things in life," Seiler said. "I'd love
to have every student interested
"I have no problem working for any
newspaper that provides me with
a free platform to write whatever I
want."
Abu Toameh also discussed his
unique position as an Arab living
in Israel.
"Israeli-Arab citizens feel as
though they are being discriminat-
ed against. They are regarded as a
cancer, an enemy from within," he

Running in mayoral, city council
and school board elections, Pollock
said the young candidates were
exactly what he was looking for.
"I think my characters are all
little Obamas," Pollock said and
added he wanted to "find kids who
were doing this outside the box."
Pollock said part of what make
his characters so awe-inspiring is
that they "know what it means to
have to sacrifice in their lives."
While none of the four teenag-
ers won seats in their prospective
elections, Pollock said they have
all become public figures in their
communities and will continue to
take advantage of their growing
public influence.
He said the teenagers' cam-
paigns have encouraged their fel-
low contemporaries to run for
public office.
"This is going to be a huge move-
ment in America," Pollock said.
"It's happening on a small scale
now, but it will happen on a large
scale eventually."
Pollock added that "it's not just a
movie, it's a movement in America."
to do it, but there's not money out
there. There has to be costs associ-
ated with membership and these
are nonprofit organizations."
Seiler added that living in a
sorority house can often be cheap-
er than paying for room and board
in the residence halls. She said the
average cost for room and board in
a Panhel sorority house is $7,344,
which includes 19 meals per week.
The average cost for room and
board for a double room in a resi-
dence hall, including the 150 block
meal plan, is $8,590, according to
University Housing's website.
"Room and board in a sorority is
generally lower than it is in a resi-
dence hall, and it's an eight-month
contract," Seiler said. "Living in a
sorority house is a bargain."
While Seiler said that students
who do not have the financial
means are at a disadvantage when
it comes to joining in Greek life,
tFC President Ari Parritz said the
cost of chapter dues is usually not
something that hinders students'
ability to join the Greek commu-
nity. The cost of dues for IFC chap-
ters are not released to the public.
"Any student, from any socio-
economic background, is equally
considered during recruitment,"
said. "We are fighting for integra-
tion, not separation."
Ben Kaminsky, president of
Israel IDEA, said Abu Toameh's
realism is necessary to resolve the
conflict.
"He seems to be a pragmatist,"
Kaminsky said. "If there ever is
going to be a solution to this con-
flict, pragmatists need to come
together to find solutions."

Besides creating "The Young-
est Candidate," Pollock is also
heavily involved in his non-profit,
non-partisan organization called
The Youngest Candidate, which is
based in Ann Arbor.
"We wanted to start a Rock
the Vote kind of thing where you
see other teenagers running for
office, and you can support local
campaigns and just get involved
in civics in some way," Pollock
said.
Pollock plans to use his film as a
way to draw attention to his non-
profit organization.
Pollock andhis teamhave devel-
oped a committee to encourage
youth candidates and political
activism at Michigan State Univer-
sity. The filmmaker said he plans to
start more committees - including
one at the University of Michigan
- as he travels across the country
for screenings of his film.
He said the film "is entertaining
and has rock music ... and is more
accessible to kids who would nor-
mally be turned off by something
political."
Parritz said in an e-mail interview.
"Most individual chapters, as well
as theirnational organizations,offer
extremely generous need-based
scholarships. As such, cost is most
often not a prohibitive measure in a
student's decision to go Greek."
Most IFC chapters have need-
based scholarships available spe-
cifically for the chapters' members
at the University, which are funded
by their alumni. The IFC does not
currently offer scholarships to
men in the Greek community, but
it does have plans to do so in the
future, Parritz said.
"Earlier this year my board dis-
cussed if the current state of the
economy would affect our win-
ter recruitment numbers," Par-
ritz said. "Not entirely sure what
would happen, we were obviously
ecstatic when we saw our numbers
soar this winter."
Some IFC chapters, includ-
ing Sigma Phi Epsilon, even offer
scholarships to students before
they arrive on campus, Seiler said.
"A couple of IFC fraternities, in
an effort to get interest in Greek
life and intheir fraternity will offer
scholarships to incoming students
and there's no obligation to join,"
Seiler said.
Robbie Dembo, vice chair of
AMI, said that Abu Toameh offers a
unique perspective on the conflict.
"I think that hearing an Arab
Israeli speak about the conflict
brings fresh perspective to campus
discourse," he said. "He has been a
correspondentcoveringthe conflict
in and outside Israel, so he brings a
lot of knowledge and insight into
the conflict."

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ARIES
(March 21to April 19)
Quite likely, you'll feel unusually
close toa friend today. If someone needs
your help, you'll really identify with
where he or she is coming from.
TAURUS
(April 20to May 20)
Others might not understand you
today. They might put you on a pedestal
and idolize what you represent; or by
contrast, they might think you're full of
pie-in-the-sky dreams. Hard to say
which way this goes.
GEMINI
(May 21 to June 20)
All kinds of interesting philosophies
and unusual ideas attract your attention
today. You're intrigued by paranormal
phenomena or news about magical
events. You want to know more!
CANCER
(June 21to July 22)
If you can do fundraising for others
who are needy, you will do so. You want
to use what you share with someone to
help someone else who is less fortunate.
LEO
(July 23 to Aug. 22)
Your idealism is aroused today. You
feel very sympathetic and kind toward
close friends and partners. If there's any-
thing you can do to help someone today,
you will.
VIRGO
(Aug. 23 to Sept. 22)
You might want to help a co-worker
today. Alternatively, co-workers might
want to help you. Either way, a strong
feeling of give-and-take and mutual car-
ing exists on the job today.
LIBRA
(Sept. 23 to Oct. 22)
Your sympathies go out to children in
need today. Artists can be particularly

creative today. Romance is idealistic to
the extreme.
SCORPIO
(Oct. 23 to Nov. 21)
You will do whatever you can to help
a family member today. Quite possibly,
others will do what they can to help you.
People feel extremely kind and sympa-
thetic to each other today.
SAGITTARIUS
(Nov. 22 to Dec. 21)
Don't be worried if you spend today
daydreaming or passing time in a
dreamy way. We all need to have days
like this now and then to give ourselves
a mental-health day.
CAPRICORN
(Dec. 22 to Jan. 19)
You might be tempted to go overboard
spending money on luxurious and
extravagant things today. (It might be
wise to give these matters a sober, sec-
ond thought.)
AQUARIUS
(Jan. 20to Feb. 18)
You feel kindly disposed to others
today. You're in a sympathetic frame of
mind. This is good.
PISCES
(Feb. 19to March 20)
It's easy to be selfless and put the
needs of others before your own today.
You truly care for those who are less for-
tunate. You have genuine concern for the
suffering of others.
YOU BORN TODAY You have excel-
lent mediating skills because you're
quick to see where each person is com-
log from. You understand the human
psyche. Not only that, you have a talent
for seeing all sides of a situation; plus
you're persuasive when you want to be.
Give yourself an opportunity to study or
learn something important this year.
Birthdate of- Christina Ricci, actress;
Michael tronside, actor; Jim Creeggan,
bassist.

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