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MONDAY: TUESDAY:
In Other Ivory Towers Michigan Myths

WEDNESDAY: -THUR SDAY: FRIDAY:
Professor Profiles CampusCu Photos of the Week

Fighting for food servers' rights

Everyday, University students and
Ann Arbor residents eat at local res-
taurants most do not realize how their
tips, or lack thereof, affect restaurant
staff, but one student group is aiming to
change that.
Restaurant Workers Justice Alliance
is a University student organization that
aims to improve the rights of restaurant
workers on campus.
LSA senior John Mickley, president
of the Restaurant Workers Justice Alli-
ance, wrote in an e-mail interview that
the Restaurant Opportunities Center of
Michigan inspired him to raise aware-
ness of oppressed restaurant workers on
campus. Mickley learned about the issue
when the ROC gave a presentation in his
English as a Second Language class in
order to help immigrants get accommo-
dated in the food service industry.
According to a 2008 report released
by the ROC, restaurant workers make an
average annual wage of $14,136 - a sal-
ary much lower than the average wage

in the private sector, which is $50,914.
In February, the ROC also announced
that 51 percent of restaurant workers
who participated in a survey said they
encountered overtime violations and 31
percent said they worked "off the clock"
without getting paid.
The ROC-United, a national organi-
zation that aims to improve conditions
for workers, employers and consumers
in restaurants, prompted Mickley to co-
found the University club.
"The relationships that I made with
the members of my class inspired me to
learn more about immigration issues,
and because so many oppressed restau-
rant workers are recent immigrants,
bringing ROC's mission and action to the
Michigan campus seemed like a natural
progression," Mickley wrote.
Though it became an official club last
semester, the Restaurant Workers Jus-
tice Alliance began meeting in fall 2009
to campaign for the rights of restaurant
workers at Andiamo restaurant in Dear-

born, Mich.
Since November 2009, club members,'
along with other members of the Univer-
sitycommunity, havejoinedvarious pro-
tests outside the restaurant. Since then,
Andiamo's management has agreed to
pay their workers overtime wages, and r
attorneys for both sides are working to
reach a settlement to end the campaign.
Mickley added that the group plans to
research labor conditions at restaurants
in Ann Arbor.
Through protests, campaigns and t
overall support for underpaid restaurant
workers, Mickley wrote that he hopes
to increase students' awareness of labor
issues in local restaurants.
"If students comprehend how dif-
ficult it actually is to live on restaurant
wages, they may tip a little more the nextJ
time they eat out or, at the very least,
have a greater appreciation for how their cOURTESYOF JOHN McKLEY
food is prepared and who prepares it,"he University students protest in Dearborn, Mich.
wrote. for better labor conditions for workers at Andi-
- ALYSSA ADLER amo restaurant.

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CRIME NOTES
Coffee klepto in Vandals visit
need of caffeine men's restroom

CAMPUS EVENTS & NOTES
Presentation by Class for
famous author drummers

WHERE: Briarwood MedRe-
hab, building 4
WHEN: Tuesday at 6:40 a.m.
WHAT: Two cases of coffee,
creamer and sugar were taken
University Police reported.
They were valued at $32 and
there are no suspects.

WHERE: Mason Hall
WHEN: Tuesday at about 8:15
a.m.
WHAT: Grafitti was found in
the men's restroom in Mason
Hall, University Police report-
ed. The damage cost less than
$100. There are no suspects.

Bottle thrown
Garmin GPS
through Martha
stolen from car .
WHERE: M-15parking
structure WHERE: MarthaCook
WHEN: Sunday at about 10:05 WHEN: Saturday at about
a.m. 10:05 a.m.
WHAT: A Garmin GPS was WHAT: A bottle was thrown
stolen from a car parked in a through the front window of
University parking lot, Univer- Martha Cook, University Police
sity Policy reported. There are reported. The cost of the dam-
no suspects. age was about $50.
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wrote "The Soul Thief."
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and Literature - MFA
in Creative writing.
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WHERE: University of
Michigan Museum of Art,
Helmut Stem Auditorium.
Final round
of concerto
comptetion
WHAT: The final round for
graduate students competing
in a concerto competition.
Winners will perform in
ensembles later this year.
WHO: School of Music,
Theatre and Dance
WHEN: Todayat 4 p.m.
WHERE: Hill Auditorium

WHAT: A bass drum, tri-
angle and orchestral percus-
sion class taught by renowed
percussionist Alan Abel.
WHO: School of Music,
Theatre and Dance.
WHEN: Today at 2:30 p.m.
WHERE: Moore Build-
ing, McIntosh Theatre
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Arts & Eats combines two things
you can't live without - great music
and free pizza - all in one night!
You get great seats to a UMS event
for $15 (at least a 60% savings!)
and a pizza dinner before the
concert, along with a 10-minute
talk by a seasoned expert about the
evening's performance. Tickets go
on sale at wwwums.org/students
approximately two weeks before
each event.

UMS (University Musical Society) brings
big art to all kinds of people by presenting
dazzling music, theater, and dance
performances from all over the planet.
They are the joint that selects the artists
puts them on a stage, pays them,
shows you a little bit about what
you're seeing/hearing/experiencing/
digging, and puts it all together in a
nicely-designed season of shows.
UMS is a bridge-builder from
idea to performance; an Ann
Arbor culture machine of sorts,
bringing you Wynton Marsalis,
soprano Renee Fleming, the St.
Petersburg Philharmonic, Merce
Cunningham Dance Company,
Kodo, and all of the more than
6,000 shows that UMS has done
in the past 132 years.-You walk
into one of these performances
and emerge a little smarter, a little
more whole, and a little more in
touch with what it means to be a
human being.
Winter Half-Price
IStudent Ticket Sale
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Purchase your tickets at
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Grupo Corpo
FRI, JAN 21
The Cleveland Orchestra
TUE, FEB 1
Druid Theater Company:
The Cripple of Inishmaan
THU, MAR 10
Septeto Nacional Ignacio
Piteiro de Cuba
THU, APR 7
ARTS & EATS IS SPONSORED BY
UMc '100 arts
WITH SUPPORT FROM THE
UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN ALUMNI ASSOCIATION.

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