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By Michael Grass
Daily News Editor
WASHINGTON - With the dome of the U.S.
Capitol in sight, more than 100 students and labor
activists from around North America and across the
Pacific converged on the steps of the Department of
Labor Friday to protest what they view as the U.S.
govemment's apathetic actions regarding sweatshop
The protest kicked off the United Students
Against Sweatshops national conference, where col-
lege students from the U.S. and Canada, including
ten from the University, gathered to coordinate
efforts for the coming academic year.
"We're calling on the Department of Labor to be
more vocal," said Brown University student Nora
Rosenberg. "They have been surprisingly silent on
issues of public disclosure and the living wage."
The protesters said the public disclosure of facto-
ry locations and ownership and an appropriate salary
for workers would improve sweatshop conditions.
LSA junior Julie Fry told the crowd that after half
a year of intense protests at college campuses across
the nation, the issue of sweatshop labor in the colle-
giate apparel industry is alive and well.
"We are here to tell the Department of Labor and
the Clinton-Gore administration that we are here and
we are here to stay," Fry said.
Later during the protest, Filipino labor activist
Chie Abad told the gathering about poor conditions
at factories she worked at on the island of Saipan, a
U.S. territory in the Pacific Ocean.
She said she was grateful for the students' actions
By Nika Schutte
Daily News Editor
As first-year students look forward to
all of the exciting experiences college
offers them, a University committee has
created more than 50 strategies to make
sure that risky drinking isn't one of them.
Last week, the University's Binge
D r i n k i n g
C o m m i t t e e
released initial rec-
help curb risky
larly among first-
year students liv-
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interim vice president for student affairs,
said the group's proposals show a com-
mitment to a cultural change on campus,
but that changing attitudes toward alco-
hol requires many different approaches.
"This is a complex issue with multiple
perspectives and views on how to get in
front of it' Harper said.
Former Vice President for Student
Affairs Maureen Hartford charged the
committee with the task of developing
the report nearly a year ago.
One of the strategies, aiming to sepa-
rate alcohol from socializing, recom-
mends the University provide regular
scheduling of non-alcoholic events on
Committee member John Mountz, a
fraternity adviser at the Office of Greek
Life, said other schools such as
Pennsylvania State University and
University of West Virginia have already
implemented such programs.
Mountz said the schools are of a "sim-
ilar size and nature" as the University and
"seem to be pleased" with the program's
But some University students wonder
if such a program would achieve the
goal. LSA first-year student Sarah
Bergren said offering entertainment
options may not be very effective for pre-
See COMMITTEE, Page 7
u issue of sweatshop labor. "On behalf of all of'
llow workers in Saipan, thank you,'Abad said.
mer St. John's University soccer coach James
y spoke on how he was fired for his 'vocal
ition to the school's contract with Nike.
said he became morally opposed to corporate
ces while doing research for a theology course.
ad no idea what the consequences would hold,
could not stand around as our Catholic univer-
rofits on the backs of workers,' Keady said.
See PROTEST, Page 2
Data offers #
By Sans Danish DiySafRpre
Although data released in May raised
concern that the entering first-year class
would not be as diverse as in previous
years, the most recent data paints a more
complete picture of the incoming class.
According to data from the
Undergraduate Admissions Office as of
July 6, the number of accepted underrepre-
sented minorities and those securing their
spot with a paid deposit has increased
slightly since the initial data was released in
May. Yet, underrepresented minority enroll-
ment is still down from 1998 although both
year's underrepresented minority applicant
pool remained at I1 percent.
The University defines underrepresented
minorities as black, Hispanic and Native
According to UAO, 12 percent of stu-
dents granted admission to the University
were underrepresented minorities, where as
in 1998 underrepresented minority students
comprised 13 percent of those granted
admission. Paid deposits from accepted
underrepresented minority students have
also dropped from 14 percent in 1998 to 12
percent in 1999.
John Matlock, assistant provost and
director of the Office of Academic
Multicultural Initiatives, said that it is
hard to analyze the admissions data
that has been released throughout the
"What appears to be a decreasing
trend in minority admissions may just
See MINORITIES, Page 7
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Victor Cook, age 3, and his mother enjoy time at a swing set yesterday
during Huron River Days.
Interns gain public service experience
By Michael Grass
Dally News ~ir
WASHINGTON -- During the summer months,
there are two things that define the atmosphere of the
city tourists and interns.
Among the thousands of college students that com-
prise the latter, there's a good chance of running into a
The University's Public Service Internship Program,
part of the Career Planning and Placement office, has
served as a gateway for students to government and
related internships for about 30 years.
PSIP "provides fora good foundation for the future'
said David Lai, a recent University graduate, now
interning in the office of Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-
Calif.). Lai said being in the nation's capital during the
summerisan exciting time. "It's unbelievable,"he said.
Currently, 60 University students are part of the pro-
gram, most living at a George Washington University.
From the White House to Capitol Hill to the offices
of K Street lobbyists, University students are spread
throughout the city.
PSIP student coordinator and recent University
graduate Courtney Stamm said there is a great variety
of places where program participants are interning.
"This year we have a real mix,"Stamm said.
Stamm said certain offices specifically recruit PSIP
interns for the summer, like the Office of the
Corporation Counsel, the Office of the State of
Michigan, the University's Washington office and the
offices of members of Congress from the state.
"We always have a lot of people in the White House,"
Stamm currently interns at the Association of
See PSIP, Page 7
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