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erot: ReformParty
) make Calif. ballot _

The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, October 24, 1995 - 7
S A-SG pres. proposes
TA policy revisions

TROIT (AP) - Ross Perot said
rday that his new Reform Party
nough voter registrations to qualify
alifornia's ballot. He continued to
I saying whether he would offer
elf as its presidential nominee.
his is a particularly exciting day
ie because in California today they
cross the finish line 18 days after
eople started to create a new politi-
arty," Perot told the Economic
of Detroit.'
rot needs 89,007 registrations by
to place his'party on California's
presidential ballot. The signatures
'n to be verified by the state.
e announced formation of the new
mal political party Sept. 28, and
sted California first because it has
earliest deadline. Perot said his
i'ssupportershad proven naysayers
3verybody said four weeks ago,
y, these guys have lost it. It takes
years to create a party in Califor-

nia.' Eighteen days later, ordinary
people did it."
Perot sounded like a candidate in a
30-minute speech that covered his stan-
dard themes of greater self-responsibil-
ity, reducing the role of government, a
balanced budget and a reduced national
During a question-answer session with
the 1,900 people attendingthe Economic
Club luncheon, Perot promised his party
will have "a world-class candidate," but
he gave no hint who it might be.
"I can think of eight great people who
would be terrific candidates," he said
without elaborating.
The Texas billionaire won 19 percent
of the popular vote in a self-financed
independent bid for President in 1992.
He has not ruled himself out as a pos-
sible nominee of his new party.
Perot said the party will stress reform
of the political system to reduce the
influence of special interests.
"This party will belong to the Ameri-

Ross Perot shakes hands with a supporter after speaking at an Economic Club of
Detroit luncheon yesterday.

can voters and there will be no special
interest money in it," he said. "Nobody
will be allowed to have a $100,000-a-
plate dinner."
The party's candidates will be re-
quired to sign a pledge saying "no dirty
tricks, no gutter politics, no propaganda,
stay on the issues,"' Perot said. "And if
they violate that rule, they will be
dropped off the ballot the next day."

He said the party hopes to return
America's priorities to those of the
founding fathers.
"Why don't we grow up as a nation
and be what our forefathers were and
what they left us as a great legacy?
That's what this is all about."
Perot also criticized Americans for
letting themselves be manipulated by
politicians and smear campaigns.

By Alice Robinson
For the Daily
The ways in which teaching assis-
tants are chosen and evaluated could
change under a plan LSA Student Gov-
ernment President Rick Bernstein re-
cently proposed to the school.
The plan would makeprofessors more
responsible for the TA's performance
by urging professors to observe sec-
tions, have more formal evaluations
and hire based more on merit.
"Professors should attend each and
every discussion section two or three
times a semester. They should observe
the class and watch how the TA is
performing and interacting with stu-
dents," Bernstein said. "Right now, TAs
are teaching classes with too much in-
But not everyone supports the effort.
Many say the proposal's emphasis on
merit would not be much different from
the current system.
"Seniority didn't have any influence
in my class. In this department, it was
done strictly on merit," said Julius Scott,
a professor in the Center for African
American Studies.
"I like the idea of awarding TA jobs
based on merit," said political science
TA Jeffrey Bernstein, who is not re-
latedto Rick Bernstein. "However, it's
more involved than just attending dis-
cussion section. It's also meeting with
the TA individually, talking to stu-
dents and more. Professors may not be
willing to invest time and may not feel
it is beneficial."
Currently, each academic department
has its own policy on hiring TAs, said
Tamara Joseph, an employee of the
Graduate Employees Organization, the
TA union.
"This proposal makes an assumption
that there's already a University policy
for all departments to follow, and there's
not," Joseph said. "Each department
bases its policy on different things. It is
hard for us to detect if the hiring process

TA Reform Proposal
Make professors responsible for
the quality of instruction teaching
assisttsnts provide.
Urge professors to randomly
attend discussion sessions to
evaluate TA performance.
N Professors would use an
evaluation form at the end of the
semester to assess TA
A Require professors to use
evaluations in hiring decisions to
focus the hiring process on merit.
is fair, because there's no set of criteria
for the departments to follow."
The union has included a proposal
concerning the hiring of TAs in its
bargaining platform for upcoming con-
tract negotiations, which are scheduled
to begin Oct. 31.
"The goal of our proposal is to have
each department publish its policy on
hiring," Joseph said. "However, we
would love to say, 'There has to be a
University wide procedure."'
Most departments have a designated
committee of professors and other
graduate students to handle TA hiring.
"The hiring is based on a number of
factors. Some of the things we look at
are the (applicant's grade-point aver-
age), the number of terms they've been
here and past experience," said Carol
Campbelle, student services assistant
for the political science department.
Dorothy Markfchke, the history
department's graduate administrator, said
the department putsweight on other cri-
teria as well.
"It is based on the ranking of students
who have fellowships -we go as far as
we can on the list," Markfchke said. "We
base it on merit, but we give preference
to second- and third-year students."

sinesses becoming wary of fraudulent resumes

Cavalier Daily (University of Virginia)
RARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Student job appli-
s must tiptoe a fine line when they write and
aps hyperbolize their resumes.
lthough blatantly lying on a resume would consti-
fraud, glossing over job descriptions, taking
ties with dates and tweaking titles also can be
idered in the same vein.
onetheless, whether it involves stretching the truth
luing an employer about a phony magna cum laude'
>r from Harvard University, the business world,
s resume fraud seriously. A recent survey indicated
of every three resumes may be fraudulent.
xthur Anderson recruiter Ingrid Gruber agrees
me fraud warrants significant concern.
)ne of the reasons we started checking resumes
that one person started working with (Arthur
erson), and we soon discovered that the indi-
ial had never graduated from college," Gruber

said. "We were embarrassed and started checking into
our applicants' backgrounds."
Arthur Anderson now carefully verifies student
grade-point averages, past employment and other
relevant information.
"If there are discrepancies, we simply have a dis-
cussion with the student," she said
As the litany of phony applicants continues, compa-
nies have begun to perform background checks on
applicants themselves, while other companies refer to
outside resume-verification services, paying $75 to
$500 or more for an extensive probe into an applicant's
Although resume fraud has become a problem, Larry
Simpson, director of the Office of Career Planning and
Placement at the University of Virginia, said students
have not exacerbated the situation.
"The resumes of university students are so open that
communicating false information doesn't happen,"

Simpson said. "Because students have such easy ac-
cess to each other's resumes, they would, and should,
report any problems."
Falling victim to phony resumes can cause big
problems for companies.
A court ruling against Avis, the car-rental agency,
found the company guilty of negligent hiring after
one of its employees was convicted of on-the-job
rape. Because Avis was unaware that the man's arrest
record contained several prior convictions, the court
reasoned Avis had not exercised "due diligence" in
screening its employees.
In another case, a California man claiming he was
a physical therapist arranged interviews with hospi-
tals to earn free trips. Johns Hopkins University
Hospital promised to reimburse 50 percent of his
travel expenses, only to find the man was a fake.
- Distributed by University Wire.

icholson attacks Romney as not worthy of U.S. Senate

'ANSING (AP) - Grosse Pointe
s businessman Jim Nicholson
terday kicked off his campaign for
Republican nomination for the U.S.
iate by getting into a fight over
licholson said at a news conference
his likely rival for the nomination,
ublican Ronna Romney, is a fine
ren but not U.S. Senate material.
We're talking about running a tril-
i-dollar enterprise. I don't think she
the background to do that," he said.
When I hear her talking about her

background, she says she is a mother and
a talk-show host. I don't think that has
the substance we need in the Senate."
Steve Mitchell, chairman of Mitchell
Research & Communications Inc. of
East Lansing, said Nicholson had at-
tacked a sacred American institution
"Is Nicholson going to attack apple
pie next, now that he's attacked mother-
hood?" saidMitchell, who ran Romney's
unsuccessful campaign for the GOP
nomination for U.S. Senate in 1994.
Mitchell said Nicholson's comments
were sexist. "The base he's going after

with his pro-choice stand on abortion, a
lot of those will be women voters who
also will be surprised at his sexist atti-
tude. I think his comments on her being
a mother are really an affront to all
women," he said.
During his formal announcement,
Nicholson used Democratic incum-
bent Carl Levin as his target. He re-
peatedly contrasted himself with
Levin: He is a conservative; Levin a
liberal. He is a businessman; Levin is
a career politician.
But after repeating his short speech,

given earlier in the day in Detroit,
Nicholson needed little prodding to take
on his likely GOP primary opponent. In
the 1994 primary, Romney lost to Spen-
cer Abraham, who went on to defeat
Democrat Bob Carr in the U.S. Senate
Mitchell said Romney deals with
complex issues as a radio talk-show
host, has chaired two governmental
commissions and has written twobooks.
The criticism is a sign that Mitchell
plans to run a negative campaign,
Mitchell said.

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