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8 The Michigan Daily - Orientation Edition 2007

12 students arrested in Fleming MSA, City Council
Protesterswanted'U'to _ I revisit leasing law

act on sweatshops
By KELLY FRASER
Daily Staff Reporter
Apr. 4, 2007 - Campus police arrest-
ed 12 student activists yesterday
after they refused to leave Univer-
sity President Mary Sue Coleman's
office in the Fleming Administration
Building when it closed at 5 p.m.
The protesters, who staged the
sit-in as part of Students Organiz-
ing for Labor and Economic Equal-
ity's Sweatfree Campaign, were all
released later last night. They were
demanding that the University
toughen its labor standards for sup-
pliers producing University-licensed
apparel.
Administrators didn't interfere
with the students or ask them to
leave until the office closed, protest-
ers said.
At about 5:20 p.m., Dean of Stu-
dents Sue Eklund and Gary Krenz,
special counsel to the president,
gave the students a final warning
before waiting Department of Pub-
lic Safety officers entered the office
to arrest the students.
"I want to make sure that an
arrest this evening feels like this is
the best decision to help your cause,"
Eklund told the protesters.
Everyone remaining in the build-
ing, including news reporters, was
then warned that if they 4did not
vacate the building immediately

they risked arrest.
Meanwhile, about 40 SOLE sup-
porterscircledthebuildingchanting
phrases like "The students united
will not be defeated" and drumming
on buckets.
The students began their occupa-
tion at about 9:30 yesterday morning
when they presented Coleman with a
list of demands, centered on adopting
the Designated Suppliers' Program.
If the University adopted the pro-
gram, all suppliers manufacturing
University-licensed apparel would
have to agree to provide workers
with union representation and a
wage high enough for a worker to
support his orher family by working
no more than 48 hours a week. Sup-
pliers would also have to submit to
regular inspections by the Workers'
Rights Consortium, the group that
developed the program.
The University currently moni-
tors labor practices through its Ven-
dor Code of Conduct.
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SOLE members contend that
the code is ineffective.
The students participating in
the sit-in also scattered letters of
support they had received on the
floor of the office.
SOLE member Blase Kearny,
who was one of the 12 students
arrested, said the sit-in was a suc-
cess because of the media attention
and student support it generated.
University spokeswoman Julie
Peterson said the office received
hundreds of e-mails, faxes and
phone calls during the day.

By KATHERINE MITCHELL
Daily Staff Reporter
Mar. 29, 2007 - When LSA junior
Michael Moses and his friends
picked a house last semester to live
in next year, they. spoke with the
landlord and made an appointment
to sign a lease 90 days after the
house's lease period began.
Because of the leasing ordinance
that went into affect for this hous-
ing cycle, the group thought that no
one could sign a lease for the prop-
erty until 90 days after the current
lease period begins. With reassur-
ance from the landlord, Moses and
his friends slept soundly, content
that their housing was secure.
A few days before the sched-
uled signing, though, Moses and
his friends called the landlord and
learned that their coveted property
had already been leased.
It turns out that another group
had gone to the house and convinced
the current tenants to sign a waiver
to ignore the 90-day waitingperiod.

This loophole was the key issue
that students addressed at a pub-
lic hearing last night hosted by the
Michigan Student Assembly and the
Ann Arbor City Council.
The ordinance - billed as a stu-
dent-friendly law that gives students
more time to navigate the difficult
Ann Arbor off-campus housing mar-
ket - is up for review a year after it
was passed by the City Council.
Alice Ehn, executive director of
the Washtenaw Area Apartment
Association, said that students want
to have no pressure to sign, but
landlords want to fill their proper-
ties. Ehn and two other landlords
met with Mayor John Hieftje and
members of the Student Relations
Committee yesterday to discuss
their side of the issue.
City Council passed a resolution
on March 16 to entrust review of the
ordinance to the Student Relations
Committee, which arranged last
night's forum.
The committee will gather feed-
back from students and landlords to
make suggestions to City Council.

'

Students burned by RJAA suits
Industry Association of America is were filed against University net-
By KATHERINE MITCHELL delivering on its threat to sue copy- work users whose IP addresses the
Daily StaffReporter right infringers at the University. trade group claims are connected to
--The RIAA, which represents illegal peer-to-peer file sharing.
several record labels, said in a press The lawsuits are against network
May 21, 2007 - The Recording release on May 17 that 12 lawsuits users who were issued pre-litiga-
tion settlement letters on April 11.
The University passed on 23 letters
to alleged copyright infringers that
L A N Kaplan Test Prep offered the chance to accept a set-
and Admissions tlement deal to avoid a lawsuit.
337 E. Liberty St. Based on the number of lawsuits
Ann Arbor, MI 48104 filed, 11 accused chose to settle.
T ST PREP AND 1 -800-KAP-TEST TheERIAA could only issue the let-
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A DM1 SS ION S www.kaptest.com wished to accept the pre-settlement
terms, they had to contact the RIAA
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The eRIAA said in the press
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ment offer included lower fines than
accused individuals would face if
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The RIAA began sending settle-
ment letters to copyright infring-
Think KAPLAN Test Prep NOW and ers in February as part of an effort
to crackdown on peer-to-peer file
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An e-mail sent by the University
in March to students, staff and fac-
tulty said past settlements for stu-
dents averaged between $4,000 and
$4,500. These students, though, were
not offered pre-litigation terms.
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