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U' needs flexible
hiring policy for
Michigan grads.
See OPINION
Page 4.

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t Ian 7471 CtIll

TODAY
Sun, then cloudy;
High: 54, Low: 39.
TOMORROW
Chance of rain;
High: 57, Low: 37.

Since 1890
Vol. CI, No. 115 Ann Arbor, Michigan - Wednesday, March 20, 1991 thgnaDaly

I

GEO
*sets date
for vote
on strike
by Stefanie Vines
Daily Faculty Reporter
At a membership meeting last
night, members of the Graduate
Employees' Organization (GEO)
approved a proposal calling for two
informational pickets and discus-
sion at the next membership meet-
ing of a possible one-day work
stoppage.
The GEO proposal, submitted by
the group's strike committee, in-
cluded plans for informational
pickets the next two Fridays and
discussion of a one-day work stop-
page for Monday, April 1.
The pickets will be held at vari-
ous buildings around campus. TAs
will pass out informational flyers
and discuss bargaining issues with
the University community.
GEO will present its revised
economic proposal to the Univer-
sity tonight at 7 p.m. Negotiations
will continue Friday afternoon.
The current contract, which was
{extended from March 1, expires
Tuesday, March 26 - the date of
GEO's next membership meeting.
In addition to the strike commit-
tee proposal, GEO members dis-
cussed using certain bargaining is-
sues as trade-offs with the Univer-
sity in negotiation sessions.
The issues of salary increases,
child care, summer benefits, a slid-
ing pay scale, limitations on class
size, cost of living adjustments, pay
for union organizers in each depart-
ment, and a 10-term limit for TAs
were debated, but remained
unresolved.
The issue of third-party arbitra-
tion will remain in the GEO package
as planned.
Alan Zundel, a member of the
GEO bargaining team, said some is-
sues that have been resolved, or will
be soon, include TA notification of
2-term appointments, class size
policies, having a GEO representa-
tive on a committee to examine
childcare issues, and override rights.

'U'

not among
cols divesting

sch(

of tobacco stocks

by Melissa Peerless
Daily Higher Education Reporter
A healthy body makes a strong mind, ac-
cording to several universities which are sell-
ing their stock in tobacco companies.
Johns Hopkins University, Harvard Uni-
versity, and the City University of New York
(CUNY) system recently divested their in-
terests in the Philip Morris Company, a New
York-based tobacco producer.
However, Michigan does not plan to sell
the tobacco stocks it currently holds, said
University Investment Officer Norman Her-
bert.
"We held, and I assume still hold, stocks
in both Philip Morris and American Brands,"
he said. "Our policy with regard to social re-
sponsibility in investments does not address
the issue of products which can be construed as
hazardous to consumer health so it's highly
unlikely that we will ask our managers to di-
vest our interests."
Because they are an extremely lucrative in-
vestment, cigarette stocks present a moral
dilemma to universities who choose to divest.
While making a principled statement, they
stand to suffer financial ramifications.
In response to the rash of divestitures, the
Philip Morris Company defended its product
and the value of its company as an investment
opportunity.

"We believe that investment decisions by
fiduciaries should reflect the judgement of a
prudent investor, and should not be based on
issues of social policy," the company said in a
press statement released last month. "Of the
30 stocks that make up the Dow Jones Indus-
trial Average, Philip Morris was the best per-
former in 1990. Surely, this fact makes Philip
Morris stock an attractive investment for a
well-managed portfolio."
Johns Hopkins Treasurer William Snow
said the Baltimore university was putting
principles ahead of profits.
"Right now, cigarette companies are a
great investment opportunity," he said.
"Their stocks are skyrocketing. From an in-
vestor's standpoint, selling our interests now
was a very unintelligent move. However, as a
university especially known for our medical
school, it is not consistent with our mission
of educating in the areas of and generally pro-
moting health to support companies which
produce cigarettes."
Kenneth Kizer, Director of Investments
for the CUNY system, said, "We're not try-
ing to make people quit smoking. We're not
passing a judgement call on those who do
smoke. We just don't feel that it's right for a
university to support a cigarette company."
Harvard's Executive Director of Invest-
See TOBACCO, Page 2

That's the ticket! ..+vim%.vuar
An Ann Arbor parking controller, who refused to give his name, tickets and tows yet
another car on the 800 block of Lincoln Street yesterday.

Council names Smith n

by David Rheingold
Daily City Reporter
The Ann Arbor City Council
unanimously appointed Douglas
Smith the city's new police chief
early yesterday morning, near the
end of the weekly six-hour session.
The decision, reached at 12:50
a.m., came after months of searching
for a successor to former Chief
William Corbett, who resigned in
July 1990.
"I'm very pleased," Smith said
yesterday from the Minneapolis po-
lice department where he serves as
deputy chief of internal services.
"I'm feeling very humble right
now, but I'm pleased it worked out
to most folks' satisfaction."
Smith, 43, will begin his new du-

ties as chief between April 29 and
June 3, after he works out his con-
tract in Minneapolis with the city
administrator and his union, he said.
"The only question here is if the
contract arbitration here would af-
fect my termination," Smith said.
Nevertheless, Smith said he will
probably begin the S72,000-a-year
job around May 1. The Minnesota
native said he is eager to begin work
in Ann Arbor.
"I'm very excited about working
there (in Ann Arbor)," Smith said.
"Not only with the community and
all the people I've already met
there, but also with the elected offi-
cials. The police department seems
to have a tradition of excellence.
I'm really looking forward to it."

Smith is a 23-year police veteran
of the Minneapolis Police Depart-
ment. As deputy chief of internal
services, he handles administrative
budget duties.
Smith attended Metropolitan
State University in St. Paul, and
also completed some undergraduate
work at the University of Min-
nesota. He earned his degree in crim-
inal justice and human resource de-
velopment.
Smith said he wants to further
his education in Ann Arbor, possi-
bly at the University of Michigan
or Eastern Michigan University.
"I got a number of graduate cred-
its in management and communica-
tions and I'm looking forward to
continuing with my graduate degree

W pO IC(
in the Ann Arbor area," Smith said.
City councilmembers said they
were impressed with Smith's com-
munity involvement.
"He had a lot of involvement
with the community, he's very per-
sonable, and he (will) certainly be
an asset to the police force,".coun-{
cilmember Terry Martin (R-Second
Ward) said.
"I'm very glad that we've come
to a unanimous vote," said coun-
cilmember Liz Brater (D-Third
Ward). "I think public safety in1
Ann Arbor is of the utmost impor-
tance to the community, and I think
we've selected a person who will
work with the council and the
community to meet our.expecta-
tions for excellence in police ser-

chief

Students lobby in

D.C.

for more aid

by Bethany Robertson
Daily Government Reporter
University students from across
the nation told members of
Congress what was on their minds
at the United States Student Asso-
ciation (USSA) Legislative Confer-
ence last weekend.
'It was focused on
people telling
personal stories about
their experiences in
funding their
education '
- Guy Clark
MCC vice chair
In one of the first Congressional
hearings on the reauthorization of
the Higher Education Act of 1965,
conference participants testified be-
fore a joint session of House and
,, Senate committees about the need

for higher education funding
reform.
"The hearing was an incredible
example of how students can and
should be heard throughout this
process," said USSA Legislative Di-
rector Selena Dong.
The Higher Education Act cre-
ated the financial aid programs
available to students today. The leg-
islation is updated every five years
to account for changing student
needs and economic conditions.
Guy Clark, vice chair for the
Michigan Collegiate Coalition
(MCC), said the hearing included
the individual testimony of 10 stu-
dents from around the country.
Hundreds of other conference par-
ticipants packed the Congressional
chamber to demonstrate their
support.
"It was focused on people
telling personal stories about their
See LOBBY, Page 2

vice."
Negotiations with William
Hoover, Ann Arbor's acting police
chief and the other finalist in the
council's search, faltered recently
because "we just could not agree on
the terms of the contract," Acting
City Administrator Don Mason
said.
Hoover will instead resume his
former position as executive deputy
chief, Mason said.
"He'll just go back to his former
position," Mason said. "I see no
problem whatsoever."
Some of the details of Smith's
contract include:
an annual performance review
by the city administrator;
See CHIEF, Page 2
Search
for MSS
director
derailed-
by Shalini Patel
and Jesse Snyder
Daily Staff Reporters
The Office of Minority Affair's
(OMA) advisory committee decided
last night to draft a letter to In-
terim Vice President for Student
Services Mary Ann Swain in re-
sponse to student concerns over the
directorship policy of Minority
Student Services (MSS).
Students expressed their
grievances with the policy at the
monthly advisory committee meet-
ing yesterday.
The students complained about
Swain's decision to implement a re-
volving directorship of MSS after
she had authorized a student search
committee in September to find a
permanent director. Under Swain's
plan, each of the four MSS represen-
tatives would serve as director for a
three-year term.
"We were just steamrolled,"
said Lawrence Wu, former Asian
American Association nember and
search director. "You've been asked
for an opinion, and the next thing
you know vour oninion doesn't mat-

MSA sends six students to USSA
lobbying conference in Washington

ANTHONY M. CROLLIDaiy
Where there's a wheel, there's a way
Greek Week events continue as first-year student Robert Brand, senior Mathew Dermer, and sophomore Mark
D'Annunzio prepare for battle in the Phi Psi 500 tricycle race, yesterday on the Diag.

by Julie Foster
Daily MSA Reporter
Six University students spent
the weekend in Washington, D.C.,
lobbying on higher education issues
through the United States Student
A cnr:ntimn (INR 1 T.;aknive

Rights Bill.
Van Valey said the government
currently gives more money to
loans than grants, leaving students
with in debt after graduation.
She said representatives from
sA ._ -~t" n - .lla t:thn a rncnrrl

MSA*

'U' 1 gnores SQ incident

by Jay Garcia
Daily SAReporter

However, because the assembly did
not have quorum when it was

ronment particularly through not
responding to human beings being

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