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Page 2-The Michigan Daily-Thursday, April 18, 1991

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is getting their numbers," she said.
GEO steering committee mem-
ber Todd Smith was not surprised
by the University's statement.
"You don't expect the University
to say 'We've been crippled.' You
expect them to say business is go-
ing on as usual."
"Its because of the lack of sig-
nificant progress (in negotiations)
that GEO was driven to the work
stoppage," Smith added.
But Owsley said the
University's primary goal is to
make progress as quickly as possi-
"What we want to do is to re-
solve the issues and get classes back
to normal," he said.
One TA said she was so infuri-
ated by Whitaker's statement that
she will cancel the make-up class
she had scheduled for Saturday.
"I'm utterly incensed. The

point of the statement seems to be
to show our work stoppage has not
been effective," Sociology TA Lori
Stark said.
"The University wants me to
make arrangements to teach and
they don't give a rat's ass about my
contract. Because the University is
trying to break up our union, I'm
not going to teach at all."
Stark added that she is willing
to take the 1.5 percent pay cut to
improve undergraduate education.
"Undergraduates should look and
see who is really willing to sacri-
fice pay - me or Whitaker. If they
look at that then they'll see who
really wants to improve under-
graduate education."
Though no new mediation ses-
sion has been scheduled, GEO mem-
bers at Tuesday night's meeting
discussed extending the work
stoppage to the fall, organizing a
rally during Commencement,
withholding final grades, and giv-
ing all students 'A's.

Continued from page 1
which either a Republican or a
Democrat could win a council seat.
"If I can't get my colleagues,
then I will go to the people and put
it on the ballot," Zimmer said.
"Ann Arbor people are not usually
Republican or Democrat - they
tend to sway depending on the can-
didate. My election is an example of
Zimmer took his council seat in
an upset, displacing Republican in-
cumbent Jerry Schleicher. He is the
first Democrat to win in the fourth
ward since the 1982 redistricting.
"Any superior candidate should
be able to take any ward in the city,"
he added.
Zimmer wants to keep the ward
boundaries on major streets to avoid
splitting up a neighborhood or resi-
dential street. He intends to intro-
duce a resolution asking coun-
cilmembers and the commission to
commit to non-partisan redistrict-
"From what I understand, it's
pretty much accepted that whoever
has control of council gerry-
manders," he said. "Hopefully this
time we'll be able to rise above
Zimmer said other councilmem-
bers agree with him, but he is uncer-
tain about who will "stick their
neck out against the caucus."
"For the well-being of the city,
it becomes a cross-section of the
community," said Councilmember
Mark Ouimet (R-Fourth Ward). "I
am not as concerned of Republican
or Democrat as I am of equal repre-
sentation of the city."
Brater said she does not have any
problems with the present system.
"The system we have seems to be
working," she said. "The wards re-
flect the socioeconomic cross-sec-
tion of the community in a fairly
good way."

by Tami Pollak
Daily Staff Reporter
My, how times have changed.
"In my day, you packed a suitcase
and went to college," reminisced
Larry Durst, University business
manager for housing.
Today that single suitcase has
been replaced by loads of milk
crates and duffel bags stuffed with
modern amenities, all of which pose
quite a problem when it comes time
to pack up and go home.
For the past few years, the
University has contracted a retail
shipping service to help alleviate
dormitory-dwellers' worries dur-
ing the end-of-the-year crunch.
However, fliers showing up all
over campus allege the Packaging
Store, this year's contractor, is a
high-priced shipping service which
the University hired in return for a
percentage of the store's profits.
"Those fliers are coming from
The Mail Shoppe," a rival shipping
company, Durst said. According to
the fliers, the Mail Shoppe's prices
are 121 percent lower than the
Packaging Store's.
But Durst denied the University
intended to "rip off" students for

its own profit.
"We've used The Mail Shoppe in
the past. We use them for our own
shipping services. But with them,
you have to prepare your own pack-
ages, and then meet them at the
"Students' schedules are busy -
they can't always be at the dock at a
'Students' schedules
are busy - they can't
always be at the dock
at a certain time with
final exams'
- Larry Durst,
University business
manager for. housing
certain time with final exams,"
Durst said. "They've requested a
more complete service. But you'll
see The Mail Shoppe's vans parked
illegally all around the dorms in
the next few weeks. It's a good
business, so we don't make a big deal
about it," Durst said.
Assistant Director of Housing
Alan Levy said it is standard prac-

tice for the University to reap
commission from this kind of pro-
Durst said the University will
claim a 5 to 10 percent commission
on packaging sales.
Levy also said the University is
not trying to monopolize the free
enterprise shipping market.
"While the Packaging Store is
the only one with on-site ability
students can use whoever theO
choose, including The Mail Shoppe.
We're just trying to provide a nice
service to students at a competitive
price," Levy said.
Douglas Barnett, owner of The
Mail Shoppe, said he didn't hear
anything about the contract this
year until last Saturday, when he re-
ceived a bid request in the mail.
"There's nothing I can do no
it's so late. I would provide in-dorm
service, but I can't organize some-
thing like that in the last minute,"
Barnett said.
However, Barnett added he could
not give the University a commis-
sion at his lower prices.
Levy said yesterday the contract
paperwork with the Packaging Store
was in the final stages of processing.

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by Bonnie Bouman
"View yourself as a commod-
ity," Jeff Gross told around 20 lis-
teners at yesterday's Career
Planning and Placement (CP&P)
alumni panel, "The Successful Job
Search: Voices of Experience."
His advice was only a fraction of
an hour's worth of unadorned job
hunting tips, stressing the impor-
tance of creative job search strate-
"Networking is key," said
Gross, a communications and mar-
keting manager. "It is in fact who
you know, or who knows of you,
that will get you a job." He sug-
gested joining professional organi-
zations or performing community
service as an excellent way to meet
people. "It's very important to get
your face out in the public eye," he
"Let them know you're look-
ing," said CathykCunningham, an ac-
count executive. "The more people
that know you're looking for a job,
the better your chances."
The alumni also mentioned in-
formational interviews - talking
to people in the field about their

jobs - as an important part of a job
search. "A lot of times it involves
cold-calling a company and finding
out about a position," Cunningham
said. "They like to talk about what
they're doing."
None of the the speakers consider
mass resumes worthwhile. "They're
too general," said Trina Fentriss, a
management consultant, recalling
the 500 she had printed years ago.
Gross advised job-seekers to de-
sign several styles of resumes, em-
phasizing different skills, and tar-
geting them for specific jobs.
Written resources were another
"Pay attention to the articles
written in the trade journals,"
Cunningham advised. "There are
still new businesses opening up...
don't be afraid to call them u
Fentriss reminded listeners that
CP&P has job listings, books, bul-
letins, and recruiting information.
Gross mentioned several re-
sources, including the Alumni
Directory and annuals that list and
rank companies. Doing research
shows prospective employers you

are thinking, he said. "It's public in-
formation, but you've gone the ex-
tra mile."
All agreed that once in a posiq
tion, finding the next job becomes
easier. "Take any job that comes by
because from there you can find
something you want," Gross said.
"The more flexible you are, the bet-
ter off you'll be."
Fentriss suggested using alumni
contacts. "We were in your shoes-
we remember the panic feeling."
Saying he was happy to comp
back and share his experiences, Gross
encouraged job-seekers. "There's
creative ways of getting through the
door. Don't be afraid to ask. Don't
give up.
Most who attended the panel
seemed very pleased. "It was ex-
tremely helpful," said Jeff Pitcock,
who will graduate in May with' a
Political Science degree. Pitcoc*
came because he was frustrated with
his job search and sick of the ques-
tion: What are you going to do?
"They gave me new hope and some
new ideas."
racy but to protect the interests of
a wealthy ruling class.
If the people were literate, edu-
cated, and had decent health care
and living standards, he said, "there@
would be a serious threat of real
"There have been several unnec-
essary arrests of peaceful protesters
and beatings have occurred. Phone
lines to occupied buildings have
been cut, rendering it impossible for
students inside to communicate
with those outside of the building,'
he added.
New York City Police refused
to comment on the allegations.

/ /

Continued from page 1
has been done in country after
country," he said.
He cited Greece, Guatemala, and
El Salvador as examples.

Agee said the reason for these
policies lay in the U.S.
Constitution. He quoted John Jay, a
framer of the Constitution, as say-
ing "the people who own the
United States ought to govern it."
The aim of the Constitution, he
said, was not to promote democ-


Continued from page 1
City College, said, "It's great that
the students at SUNY have joined
us in our protest. Cuts in the educa-
tion budget effect all New York
schools, not just CUNY students."
Karen Moulding, a SUNY
Cornell student, said, "We can't let
students of CUNY fight this battle
alone. Affordable tuition and equal
opportunities for education are ne-

cessities, not luxuries."
The students also held a press
conference yesterday to "expose the
cruel treatment of protesters by po-
Ron McGuire, an attorney for
the students, said, "The police have
just been absolutely brutal and
acted most inappropriately when
dealing with these students."

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