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LEFT Ta'amullat perform folklore dances at Eshghe Bahar, presented by the Persian Students Associationat the Power Center Saturday. (PATRICK BARRON/Daily)
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CRIME NOTES CAMPUS EVENTS & NOTES
Party on top of Statutory Etiquette Beyond t
Mason Hall statue climbing luncheon playing fi

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eld

WHERE: Mason Hall
WHEN: Wednesday, at
about 11:00 p.m.
WHAT: Three students
were found on the roof of
Mason Hall banging on
glass. The students were
found by University police
and told to leave the area.
You here?
iGone
WHERE: The Duderstadt
Library
WHEN: Thursday at about
1:00 p.m.
WHAT: An iPhone was
reported stolen from the
thrid floor study area
between 11:30 and 11:45
p.m. on Wednesday. There

WHERE: 300 Glenn
WHEN: Wednesday at
about 4:30 p.m.
WHAT: University police
received reports of a person
climbing a statue. When
officers arrived on the
scene the subject could not
be located. There are no
suspects.

WHAT: University Unions
Food Services Director
Keith Soster will teach
formal dining etiquette
with a four course meal
WHO: Center for Campus.
Involvement
WHEN: Today at 12 p.m
WHERE: Boulevard Room,
Pierpont Commons

WHAT: A conference aims
to raise awareness about the
impact of sports on social
development during the
daylong symposium
WHO: School of Social
Work Office of Alumni
WHEN: Today at 12:30 p.m
to 5 p.m.
WHERE: Hatcher Library

THREE THINGS YOU
SHOULD KNOW TODAY
According to the Wash-
ington Post, naturalist
Jane Goodall has been
accused of plagariz-
ing parts in her new book,
"Seeds of Hope: Wisdom and
Wonder From the World of
Plants." She has apologized
for failing to cite all sources.
The Michigan men's
basketball team won its
first game of the NCAA
Tournament with a 71-56 vic-
tory over South Dakota State.
The Wolverines will meet
Virginia Commonwealth
Saturday.
>> FOR MORE, SEE SPORTS, PAGE8
The Huffington Post
reported that a chihua-
hua named Isabella is
acting as a seeing eye dog for
a blind Husky, named Isaac.
The pair were found wander-
ing the streets in Fontana,
California before being res-
cued by the an animal shelter.

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Roll and run
Career minded Murder at the a
WHERE: Parking lot at
1202 Kipke Drive Google hangout capella concert
WHEogd hangoutdcon

wE: weanesaay at
about 5:00 p.m.
WHAT: University police
responded to a report of a
two vehicle collision in a
parking lot. One of the cars
may have rolled out of its
parking spot. Damage has
not vet been assessed.

WHAT: Juniors can join
Career Center advisors
in mini online workships
to discuss career related
issues from their Google+
accounts.
WHO: The Career Center
WHEN: Today at 12 p.m. to
12:30 p.m.
WHERE: Google+

WHAT: Amazin Blue, the
University's oldest co-ed a
capella group will perform
during an interactive
murder mystery program.
Performances will include
pop, jazz, and rap..
WHO: Michigan Union
Ticket Office
WHEN: Saturday at 8 p.m.
WHERE: Rackham Audi-
torium

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LEO ratifies
'U' contract

Civil unions
legal in Cobo.

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Lecturers to
receive gradual
wage increases
By JENNIFER CALFAS
DailyStaffReporter
The Lecturers' Employee
Organization ratified their
labor contract with the Univer-
sity Thursday after creating a
tentative contract earlier this
month.
LEO - a union representing
1,500 lecturers across the Uni-
versity's Ann Arbor, Flint and
Dearborn campuses - voted
93.5 percent in favor of the con-
tract, which includes increased
wages over the next five years
and bolstered job security.
While lecturers from the
Flint and Dearborn campuses
will receive the same wages as
faculty on the tenure track, lec-
turers on the Ann Arbor cam-
pus will face a more gradual
increase in wages, starting at a
zero-percent increase the first
year of the contract and ending
at a 2.75-percent increase in the
fifth year.
Earlier this month, Univer-
sity spokesman Rick Fitzger-
ald said the University and
LEO reached a fair contract for
employees and the University
as a whole.
Bonnie Halloran, LEO presi-
dent, said that the agreement
for the Ann Arbor campus was
more difficult to reach than
for the Flint and Dearborn
campuses. Halloran said the
University worked conserva-
tively with its budget due to
the impacts of sequestration,
declining state appropriation
and a focus on tuition afford-
ability.
Although lecturers' salaries
will increase, they remain the
lowest-paid University fac-
ulty members, with annual
salaries of $33,300, $27,300
and $26,300 at the Ann Arbor,

Dearborn and Flint campuses,
respectively. The contract will
add an average of $1,100 to lec-
turers' starting salaries begin-
ning in the fourth year of the
agreement.
Despite the increases in sal-
ary, Halloran said LEO will
continue to advocate increases
in lecturer's salaries in the
future.
"No one with a master's
degree or a Ph.D. should be
starting with a salary as low as
that," Halloran said. "People
can't believe the salaries are
that low, so we're really goingto
work hard to improve that."
Earlier this month, LEO
spokeswoman Lila Naydan said
the current contract does not
allow University lecturers to
reach equitable pay structure
- equal pay for the teaching
portion of their work in com-
parison to tenured faculty and
faculty on the tenure track.
She added that LEO hopes to
achieve this in the future.
Michigan's so-called right-
to-work law - which makes it
illegal to require financial sup-
port of a union as a condition of
employment - goes into effect
on March 25 after a lame-duck
session of the Michigan legis-
lature at the end of 2012. Since
the new contract was ratified
Thursday, LEO and the Uni-
versity can still work under the
contents of the agreement.
While Halloran said there
was "tension" between LEO
and the University during
negotiations, she said the fact
that lecturers from all three
campuses voted with at least 90
percent in favor of the contract
shows its success.
She added that while the vot-
ing process for ratification only
requires at least two campuses
to approve, all three campuses
voted in favor of the contract.
"We worked hard and we
feel that we wrote the best
contract we could for the mem-
bers," Halloran said.

Governor signs bill
six years after voters
banned civil unions
DENVER (AP) - Civil unions
for gay couples got the gover-
nor's signature in Colorado on
Thursday, punctuating a dra-
matic turnaround in a state
where voters banned same-sex
marriage in 2006 and restrict-
ed protections for gays two
decades ago.
Cheers erupted as Demo-
cratic Gov. John Hickenlooper
signed the bill during a cer-
emony at the History Colo-
rado Center near the state
Capitol. Hundreds looked on,
with many chanting "Equal!
Equal!"
Some wiped away tears and
others hugged during the sign-
ing ceremony.
"There is no excuse that peo-
ple shouldn't have all the same
rights," Hickenlooper told the
crowd, which included doz-
ens of gay couples and others
watching from floors above.
The law takes effect May 1.
"It means I can change my
name finally," said 21-year-old
Amber Fuentes of Lakewood,
who plans to have a civil union
with Yolanda Martinez, 34.
"It's not marriage, but it still
gives us a lot of the rights,"
Martinez said.
Colorado will join eight
states that have civil unions or
similar laws. Nine states and
the District of Columbia allow
gay marriage.
The signing in Colorado
comes less than a year after the
proposal was blocked in the
House by Republicans.
"It's really meaningful. To
have the recognition of your
love and relationship just like
any other relationship by the
state is an important both legal
and symbolic thing," said Dem-
ocratic House Speaker Mark
Ferrandino, a sponsor of the

bill and the first gay lawmaker
to hold the title of speaker in
Colorado.
Supporters of civil unions say
the passage in Colorado also is
telling because in 1992, voters
approved a ban on municipal
antidiscrimination laws to pro-
tect gays. Four years later, the
U.S. Supreme Court said the
law, known as Amendment 2,
was unconstitutional - but not
before some branded Colorado a
"hate state."
Ferrandino said the shift
"shows how much through
hard work and through a very
thoughtful approach you can
change public opinion."
Civil unions grant gay cou-
ples rights similar to marriage,
including enhanced inheritance
and parental rights. People in
civil unions also would have the
ability to make medical deci-
sions for their partners.
Most Republicans opposed
the bill, saying they would've
liked to see religious exemp-
tions to provide legal protec-
tions for those opposed to civil
unions. Churches are shielded
under the new law, but Demo-
crats rejected protections for
businesses and adoption agen-
cies, arguing the Republican
suggestions were too broad and
could provide legal cover to dis-
criminate.
In May, Democrats said they
had enough votes to pass the bill.
But Republicans who controlled
the House by one vote prevented
debate on the measure.
Democrats took control of
the House in November and
retained the Senate.
Some Republicans insist the
bill is too similar to marriage,
and therefore violates the will
of voters in 2006. Because of
that constitutional amendment,
civil unions are the only option
for gay couples in Colorado for
now. That could change with a
U.S. Supreme Court ruling on
gay marriage bans in the com-
ing months.

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