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June 12, 1996 - Image 3

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Michigan Daily Summer Weekly, 1996-06-12

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N EW S Wednesday, June 12,1996-The Michigan Daily - 3
GEO,'U' arge about
tenns of agreement

* International GSIs sup-
port stipend ques-
tioned for spring

Steven Hoskins helps out at the Plant Building Services Multicultural Taste Fest held Friday at the Rackham School for
Graduate Studies. Food samples from every continent were served at the event.
Plant Building Services works to foster
*diversity with multicultural taste festival
Fr Jet Adamy According to Norman, Plant Many who attended the event felt that
Building Services is on the cutting edge it was successful in its mission.
of team development in cultural aware- "The food kind of opened up doors
University Plant Building Services ness. and gave people a chance to ask ques-
held its second annual Multicultural "What is today our initiative will be tions about other cultures," said custo-
F o o d - t as t i n g the University's ini- dial supervisor Kim Parks.
Festival last tiative tomorrow," "Having an event like this shows that
Friday afternoon - said Norman. mixing races works," said Bob Murray,
t the Rackham The foo Fifty PBS temporary custodian and a member of
Rchool of employees served PBS Diversity Committee. "With
Graduate Studies. of opened q2 as chefs, cooking everyone pitching in there's no real
The event, which door food samples from color or race."
featured ethnic NE 3 Europe, Asia and
food and enter- - Kim ParkS Africa.
tainment, attract- Custodi The first enter-
ed as many as supervisor tainment perfor- ~
400 people, mance was by the G E
including members of the Ann Arbor Amazwi Kazuli Choir of Durban,
community as well as Plant Building South Africa. The choir sung classical T
ervices (PBS) employees. indigenous songs, wedding songs and
According to Nathan Norman, man- performed energetic tribal dancing. MEXICO CITY $159
ager of PBS, the event was started by Also featured were the Cottonwood 1EXICO 2Y1
their diversity team to promote cultural Cloggers who performed traditional LON DON 279
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ty and promotes it in a positive way" Express your love JAKARTA 715
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By Katie Wang
Daily News Editor
The University and the Graduate
Employees Organization are encounter-
ing problems once again. GEO is
claiming the University is not fully
complying with its commitment to
international graduate student instruc-
The University had agreed in a
non-contractual agreement made in
April, that it would support interna-
tional graduate student instructors
with a 5700 stipend while they went
through a mandatory 3-week training
program this summer. Although the
training is offered in May and
August, the University said starting
next year it will only pay this stipend
to international GSls who train in
"The University is stating that it is
important to support lOSIs." said GEO
President Michelle Mueller. "But it
seems they're not living up to their
The training is required of any inter-
national student who wants to teach in
the College of LSA.

Originally, the University said it
would not pay the stipend to any of
the 19 IGSIs who trained last May.
However, at the recommendation of
a mediator who was brought in, the
two sides agreed that the University
would provide a stipend to those stu-
dents after all, but it would only be
effective for this year.
Next year, international GSIs who
train in May are not expected to
receive any monetary support from
the University; however, internation-
al GSIs who train in August will.
"It was very clear that the University
and the deans were thinking all along
about the incoming people in August,"
said Dan Gamble, the University's chief
"People who attend the May training
have been here the whole academic
school year and they know the city and
school," Gamble said.
Gamble called the whole incident a
misunderstanding and said he thought
the issue had been settled.
GEO feels differently, but it has yet
to decide on what course of action to
take next.
In April, members of GEO staged a
two-day walkout when the two sides
failed to reach an agreement over its
contract. Issues at debate were the wage
percent increase and international GSI

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