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2 - The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, May 8, 1996

CUTS
Continued from Page 1
be laid off, 200 will be from the nursing
staff, the most of any staff.
Nursing senior Nicole Bills was
forced to find a job elsewhere, after
learning she no longer had a job with
the University hospital this summer.
"A lot of people were angry because
we thought we had a job for this sum-
mer," she said.
Harrison said more than half the job
losses will be through attrition. Eighty-
one employees have accepted early
retirement or transferred to jobs else-
where in the University.
Although Harrison said the layoffs
are necessary, hospital employees dis-
agreed and many say they are feeling
insecure about their future.

"Everybody is stressed about it," said
Ellen Zanecki, a physician in the
Obstetrics and Gynecology department.
"(They wonder) who's going to be the
first one to go."
Each department has been ordered to
meet a target reduction,bdetermined by
baseline comparisons with peer institu-
tions.
The departments most directly
affected by the layoffs include nursing
and dietetics. The dietetic department
will face a 33 percent reduction in its
staff.
The downsizing of workforce and
other cost-cutting measures, such as
reducing patient stays and limiting the
number of beds, will not affect the qual-
ity of health care, Harrison said.
"We will never be taking such a dras-
tic step that the quality of care will suf-
fer," he said. "Our goal is finding better,

more efficient ways to deliver care on a
smaller scale."
He said remaining positions will be
adjusted to incorporate different, more
wide-ranging tasks.
Across the country, other medical
centers aretmaking similar cutbacks.
University electromyography techni-
cian Kathy Ryan said teaching and
patient care may be affected by an over-
burdened staff.
"We have less time to teach our resi-
dents," Ryan said.
Although she agreed that cost-effec-
tiveness is important, Ryan said more
layoffs should be made in the adminis-
trative staff than in the technical staff.
"The people that they're cutting (are
employees) they should not be cut-
ting," she said. "They should cut less
on the technical staff (because they
perform) jobs that are hands-on."

Commencement
protesters argue
free speech, lack of
event disruption

E Judge decides to
review video tapes
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Daily Suif Reporter
While preparations for the May grad-
uation ceremony proceeded, the twelve
protesters who rallied against speaker
Neal Shine, the Detroit Free Press pub-
lisher, at December commencement,
were brought to court April 25 for a
pretrial hearing.
Washtenaw County Circuit Court
Judge Timothy Connors said he would
view the prosecution's and defense's
videotapes of the ceremony before
deciding whether to review the case.
The protesters said they were demon-
strating their support for the striking
Detroit Free Press workers.
The defendants were charged with
trespassing and disorderly conduct for
disturbing a public meeting. If convict-
ed, they will have to pay S l Oin fines
or serve 90 days in county jail.
"It's silly - really that's the best
description for these charges," said one
defendant, Rackham student Erik Fink.
One of the two detense attorneys,
Eugene Feingold, proposed a motion to
dismiss all charges on the basis that the
commencement ceremony was not dis-
rupted.
"Commencement did not break apart
- the defendants were arrested and the
ceremony went on as planned,"
Feingold said. "The video shows the
demonstrations taking place as Shine is

being introduced. Once he started to
speak, the demonstrators were
removed, so there was not disruption of
his speech," he said.
Washtenaw County Assistant
Prosecutor Joseph Burke said protesters
approached and even harassed com-
mencement participants. "Protesters
have a right to be heard, but not in a
hurtful way," Burke said.
Feingold said parameters of Th
University Standard Practice Guide
recognize the demonstration as a legiti-
mate exercise of the freedom of speech.
"Protesters have rights just like the
speaker, and University policies have
encouraged demonstrations such as
this," Feingold said. "In fact, the
University of Michigan is known for
having protests at ceremonies and us-
ally there are no arrests."
The campus chapter of the American
Civil Liberties Union sided with the
defendants, providing Feingold as their
counsel. "Department of Public Safety
officials may have violated the
University standard of speech and right
to expression. Demonstrators were just
doing what the constitution said they
can do," Feingold said.
One witness said she felt disheart-
ened by the protesters. "It was very d'
turbing; it took away from the specia'-
ness of my graduation," said alum
Elizabeth Lewis. "I was looking for-
ward to the ceremony, not the people
who were chanting."
Connors said he will deliver a deci-
sion later this month.

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