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BIG TEN SCHOOLS
University
of Nebraska
voted out of
association

Music, Theatre & Dance senior Christian Schulte (left) and LSA senior Christopher Sbonek (middle) help Engineering sophonmore Angie Zhang get anew Mcard
at the Mcard Center in the Student Activities Building on Monday. Students can also replace Mcards at the Chemistry Building and CCRB.
New Mca expected to
increase building securiety

President Mary Sue
Coleman involved
in AAU vote
By RAYZA GOLDSMITH
Daily Staff Reporter
The newest member of the
Big Ten, the University of'
Nebraska-Lincoln, was voted
out of the Association of Ameri-
can Universities - becoming
the only member of the Big Ten
to not be part of the association.
The AAU - an association
comprised of the nation's top
research universities - has
never before voted to remove a
member, though other universi-
ties have left voluntarily on the
expectation they would soon be
voted out due to failure to meet
the organization's criteria. The
vote comes nine months after
the university's induction into
the Big Ten.
Among the committee mem-
bers who voted on Nebraska's
membership in the AAU was
University President Mary Sue
Coleman, who was also involved
in the final vote in determining

the school's place in the pro-
gram.
According to a Sept. 3 arti-
cle in the Journal Star, Har-
vey Perlman, chancellor of the
University of Nebraska, said he
thought Coleman and Carolyn
Martin, the former chancellor
of the University of Wisconsin-
Madison, voted against Nebras-
ka's membership in the AAU.
Though the vote is anonymous,
he said in the article he assumed
this given the fact that Coleman
and Martin are members of
committees that recommended
the reassessment of Nebraska's
AAU membership.
The decision to remdove
Nebraska from the organization
in April transpired after the
school was called to be reviewed
by AAU committees that were
concerned the school no longer
held the qualifications for mem-
bership in the program, accord-
ing to Barry Toiv, the AAU's vice
president for public affairs.
"There is a set of criteria that
are used to determine whether
universities ought to be consid-
ered for membership or current
members should be discontin-
See NEBRASKA, Page SA

Students required
to trade in old
1 IDs by Nov.1
By LIANA ROSENBLOOM
Daily StaffReporter
The Mcard system on campus
is about to get a lot smarter.
In the final phase of a two-
year effort to make buildings
across campus more secure, all

returning University students
must trade their existing Mcards
for new "smart" Mcards by Nov.
1. As the new Mcard system is
put into place, the University is
aiming to make more LSA build-
ings only accessible after hours
through the programmable
chips found in the smart Mcards.
Department of Public Safety
spokeswoman Diane Brown said
the safety effort first began on
North Campus this past summer,
when the University replaced

manual locks on academic build-
ings with either card-swipers
or proximity card readers. By
installing the card-readingtech-
nology, Brown said, buildings
can be locked earlier and will
only be accessible to students,
faculty and staff members with
smart Mcards. The system also
allows particular colleges with-
in the University to limit their
building access to only students
in the college or school rather
than the entire student body.

Brown said the hope is that by
Jan.1 the system will be expand-
ed to a number of LSA build-
ings and other commonly-used
buildings on Central Campus
that have traditionally remained
unlocked until late in the eve-
ning. The goal of using the new
Mcards is to reduce and ulti-
mately eliminate unauthorized
access to campus buildings -
particularly at night when they
are less occupied, she said.
See MCARDS, Page SA

MICHIGAN STUDENT ASSEMBLY
MSA resolution calls for
plastic water bottle ban

Environmental
Issues Commission
hopes to discuss
topic with regents
By ALYSSA ADLER
Daily StaffReporter
A group of University stu-
dents is continuing its crusade
to make the University more

environmentally friendly by
eliminating the sale of bottled
water on campus.
As aresult of the efforts of the
Michigan Student Assembly's
Environmental Issues Com-
mission, the assembly recently
passed a resolution calling for
the University to cease selling
plastic water bottles. During
the winter semester, the com-
mission started a petition that
garnered several thousand sig-

natures in support of the water
bottle ban. Now, the EIC is
hoping to further its cause and
eventually present the proposal
before the University's Board of
Regents.
LSA junior Maggie Oliver,
chair of the EIC, wrote in an
e-mail interview that many
people don't realize the adverse
effects plastic water bottles
have on the local environment.
See MSA, PageSA

UNIVERSITY APPAREL
Collegiate fair-labor apparel co.
helping workers, but not profitable

Sava Lelcaj's new business, babo: a market by sava,nlocated on the first floor of Sterling 411 Lofts awaits its November
grand opening with a new window display.
Restaurateur Sava Lelcaj
looking toward next venture

Alta Gracia provides
higher wages
for employees
By ADAM RUBENFIRE
Daily StaffReporter
One year after its founding,
fair-labor college clothing com-
pany Alta Gracia, which sells
apparel on campus, is continuing

its mission to provide higher-pay-
ing 'wages to its employees and
more jobs to a community in the
Dominican Republic, where the
company's factory is located.
Alta Gracia Founder Joe
Bozich, also the CEO of Knights
Apparel, said in a conference
call last night that the company
pays its workers a living wage
- approximately 340 percent
more than required by Domini-
can Republic law - which allows

the factory's workers to build
their own homes and support
their families. The company also
allows the employees to union-
ize. However, the company has
not yet been able to break even,
according to Donnie Hodge,,COO
of Knights Apparel and Alta Gra-
cia.
"We did not intend it to be a
non-profit, but it has (been) so
far," Hodge said.
See APPAREL, Page 5A

Editor's NotekThis is the'
first of a continuingseries
about local business owners.
By HALEY GOLDBERG
Daily StaffReporter
Sava Lelcaj's career in the
restaurant business began at
age 13 busing tables.
Now, 15 years later, Lelcaj -
owner and operator of Sava's
Restaurant on State Street -

is on the eve of expanding her
career by opening her new
business, babo: a market by
sava, this fall.
With a focus on unique and
quality products, babo is slated
to open in mid-November on
the first floor of Sterling 411
Lofts at the corner of Washing-
ton and Division streets. But if
the past 15 years of Lelcaj's life
are any indication, the restau-
rateur won't be stopping there.

CONTINUING SERIES:
BEHIND THE BUSINESS
In college, while Lelcaj was
majoring in journalism at the
University of Toronto, she also
managed a restaurant.
"... I worked every job in a
restaurant, so I bused, washed
dishes, hosted, prepped - (I)
See SAVA, PageSA

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