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Vol. Cl, No. 133 Ann Arbor, Michigan --Monday, April 15, 1991
by Stefanie Vines
Daily Faculty Reporter
Members of the Graduate Employees
Organization (GEO) have endorsed a three-
day work stoppage from Wednesday
through Friday if contract negotiations
with the University remain deadlocked.
Following Friday's failed negotiating
session in Detroit, members of the Univer-
sity and the TA union's bargaining teams
will meet again today with a state mediator.
In addition to preparing for today's me-
diation session, GEO bargainers spent the
weekend tallying the results of a member-
ship vote on the latest strike proposal.
Sixty-five percent of the GEO members
voted in favor of authorizing the union's
steering committee to call for a strike,
while 35 percent opposed the proposal.
GEO bargainer and steering committee
member Corey Dolgon said the proposed
work stoppage hinges on the University.
"At this point the University needs to
make a decision on whether or not they want
a work stoppage or whether TAs should
have a decent contract," he said.
Dolgon added that GEO bargainers will
not concede to the University at today's
"We've gone down as far as we will go.
(Today) depends solely on whether or not
the University decides there should be a
Chief University bargainer Colleen
Dolan-Greene said she didn't want to pre-
dict how today's mediation session will go.
"I don't feel comfortable predicting
how long mediation will last. If both sides
in mediation are making progress then (a
work stoppage) won't happen," she said.
If the union and the University cannot
reach an agreement through mediation, then
either side could request a state fact-finder
to evaluate both positions.
But Dolan-Greene said due to state bud-
get cuts, the Michigan Employees Relations
Council (MERC) has declined other
groups' requests for a state fact-finder.
"At Eastern Michigan University, bar-
gainers for the clerical workers and EMU
requested a fact-finder and MERC declined.
But if the University and GEO felt we
needed a fact-finder, we could probably hire
someone," she said.
Dolan-Greene could not predict if GEO
and the University will need a fact-finder.
"Fact-finding is a useful technique if you
have a difference of opinion on facts. But it
'If both sides ... are making
progress then (a work
stoppage) won't happen'
- Colleen Dolan-Greene
is hard to say whether GEO and the Univer-
sity will be at that point."
Dolgon believed that part of the prob-
lem was the University's reluctance to ne-
"For the three months we've been nego-
tiating, the union has consistently moved in
order to bargain in good faith," he said.
"But (the University) has not come to the
table to bargain, they keep saying,'We will
not move, we will not move."'
GEO President Chris Roberson said the
steering committee will decide whether or
not to authorize the proposed work stop-
page at the GEO membership meeting Mon-
day night or Tuesday .
GEO organizer Ingrid Kock said mem-
bers should prepare for a strike. "The strike
will probably be passed at the membership
meeting. We want members to be as pre-
pared as possible," she said.
Kock said additional actions have been
discussed including withholding final
Former Iranian resident, Kobar Akhbar, now living in Detroit, holds her child during the Muslim rally on the Diag Friday.
Musli ms protest Zionism,
rally for Palestinian rights
by Bonnie Bouman
"U.S. Generosity, Zionist Atrocity!"
protesters chanted in objection to Israeli
treatment of Palestinians as the Islamic
holiday Ramadan neared its end Friday.
Eighty protesters, some dressed in
traditional Islamic robes, circled the
Diag chanting before gathering for a
rally in support of the Palestinian upris-
"Israel for many years has been prop-
agating false facts, and trying to con-
vince people and the world that the
Palestinian land they are occupying is
their land," said community member and
rally organizer Nasr Hassan.
Hassan said he hopes to dispel the
media's Muslim stereotype. "They try
to show us as oppressors when actually
it's the opposite," Hassan said. He also
asserted that Muslims oppose U.S. for-
eign policy, not American people.
Speaker Dr. Sami Aryan, a leader in
the national Islamic Committee of
Palestine, spoke on the treatment of the
Muslim people, especially of
Palestinians in Israeli-occupied territo-
"They've been deprived of their land
almost 40 years," Aryan said, "and the
world stands by and watches."
Aryan explained that many people in
See MUSLIMS, Page 2
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -
The final withdrawal of American
combat troops from southern Iraq
began yesterday, 88 days after the
United States launched its massive
offensive to drive Saddam Hussein's
forces from Kuwait.
American troop strength in the
region - which had peaked at more
than half a million - has now
dropped below 300,000, the mili-
tary said yesterday.
U.S. officers said the pullout of-
ficially ends the occupation of
southern Iraq, but that American
warplanes will remain in the air to
protect the withdrawing ground
troops. They spoke on condition of
The officers estimated there
were at least 40,000 American
troops, perhaps more, in southern
Iraq, but they could not give a pre-
They said a division-sized force
of 10,000 to 15,000 troops would
temporarily remain in the newly es-
tablished demilitarized zone until a
1,440-member U.N. peacekeeping
force is in place.
The other U.S. troops will re-
turn as soon as possible, the U.S. of-
The zone reaches six miles into
Iraq from the Kuwaiti border, but
U.S. officers said this is a technical
point and that the troop movement
essentially will end the U.S. occu-
pation of Iraqi territory.
Military sources said President
Bush issued the withdrawal orders
to hasten the American pullout to
avoid being dragged into Iraq's civil
war for a prolonged period and risk
further American casualties.
Iraqi war dead were believed to
number in the tens of thousands, but
no figure was ever released.
by Jeannie Lurie
Daily Staff Reporter
Members of various campus
groups will rally on the Diag at;
noon today to lead a protest against
Playboy's campus recruitment for
its "Girls of the Big Ten" issue.
From the Diag, protesters will
march to the Campus Inn, where
Playboy is holding interviews.
Members of the Feminist
Women's Union (FWU) decided to
organize the protest after they
found out that Playboy would visit
the University, RC first-year-stu-
dent and FWU member Melissa
About 15 people, including stu-
dents representing campus groups
such as SAPAC and the Positive
Image Theater Troupe (PITT) at-
tended a planning meeting last
Wednesday, LSA senior and union
member Lisa Schwartzman said.
"People were angry about the
objectification of women's bodies,
Playboy's defining women's sexual-
ity, and the way pornography con-
tributes to violence against
women," she said.
Schwartzman added, "the whole
point is to show all sorts of women
are accessible to men - even
LSA junior and SAPAC member
Mark Israel said he went to the or-
ganizational meeting because he was
"infuriated with Elizabeth Norris'
comments that a woman's appear-
ance in Playboy is an affirmation
Helping out the war victims RISTOFFERGILLEIi
Sophomore Michael Dorsey talks to passersby Juliana Carlson and Andrei Dorenbaum about emergency
medical relief for Iraqi civilian victims of the Gulf War as he takes donations and hands out fliers.
East Quad weekend examines women's sexuality
by Jesse Snyder
Daily Staff Reporter
Baseball hats, American flags,
and condoms are masculine. Ear-
rings, teddy bears, paper hearts,
Madonna, and George Michael, on
the other hand, are feminine.
That's what about 30 students in
East Quad thought yesterday when
asked to rank each object according
to its gender, as part of a Women's
Weekend discussion titled "Who
Both men and women attend variety of events
Defines Your Sexuality?"
East Quad's 24th annual week-
end, which began last Thursday, con-
tained many such discussions, as
well as films, plays, and speeches on
women's sexuality, this year's
After the objects were ranked,
the students were asked to examine
the origin of their own personal
concepts of gender.
"Where do these concepts come
from?" asked RC first-year student
Ilana Greenfield, one of the discus-
The answers ranged from televi-
sion and the media, to the nfluence
of parents, schools, and friends.
The group also discussed gender
roles in heterosexual and homosex-
ual relationships, in athletic compe-
tition, and in the business world.
In another discussion on Satur-
day, the history of the female body
image in art and the media was
traced in a panel discussion titled
"Women's Body Image in Art and
the Media and its Relation to Eating
Beth Genne, an RC lecturer,
pointed out how the historical
paintings of Venus depict her as hav-
ing smooth skin, no cellulite, and
"Anybody who tries to imitate
this ideal is doomed to failure," she
Genne said women throughout
history have been painted to con-
form to the sexually reclining
See WEEKEND, Page 2
Sunken oil tanker could lead to an 'ecological catastrophe'
a GENOA, Italy (AP) - Rocked
However, patches of oil washed
The Haven exploded Thursday,
"Now we have to crass our fin-
about 240 feet deep off the resort