1998-11-06; Central Michigan Life
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Central Michigan LIFE Volume 81, Number 30 Mt. Pleasant, MI 48859 ©1998 CM LIFE 79 years of serving the community Friday November 6, 1998 12 pages Service, maintenance workers settle on contract By Renee Lutz LIFE News Editor After more than two years of negotiation, CMU administrators and members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 1568 union have finally reached agreement on a new contract. The tentative agreement, ratified Thursday by more than 260 CMU service and maintenance workers in the union, Council was made an effective contract immediately following ratification, said Maxine Tubbs, director of Staff Personnel Services. "We are thrilled (to have the contract)," Tubbs said. "We are anxious to put this contract in place and move ahead.** Linda Philo, AFSCME Local 1568 president and utilities worker, said Thursday's vote of 207 to 28 was a relief to those bargaining since 1996. "It was an overwhelming vote in favor of ratification. We've been negotiating for two years, so it's been a long, hard struggle, but we hope that the university will continue to work with us in good faith," Philo said. The contract, which is effective until July 1, 2002, has several provisions to be implemented at various dates prior to its ratification, Tubbs said. Among the provisions, ARAMARK, the national firm man aging CMU's food service since 1995, will be taking over Dining Services beginning July 1, 1999, Tubbs said. Subcontracting will not take effect until this date, she said. According to the provision, employees in Dining Services hired after Jan. 1, 1996, will be taken off of CMU's payroll July 1, 1999, and will be offered positions with ARAMARK, Tubbs said. "The reason we used that date is twofold," Tubbs said. She said since the retirement law for employees at CMU changed, and there was no program for those employees when hired in, it was understood that the change would probably occur. In addition, employees not yet vested in the current Michigan retirement sysvem will be allowed to stay or CMU's payroll until the end of the month, and will then become vested in the retirement system, Tubbs said. At that point in time, the employees can use the staff layoff process to bump into other positions within the CMU bargaining unit, or to sign with ARAMARK, she said. Also, those employees already vested in the state retirement system will be grandfathered in for five years, starting July 1, 1999, and will then be able to See CONTRACT Page 12 another resignation ■ Silker becomes second to quit Affirmative Action Council By Liz Wishaw LIFE Editor A second member of the Affirmative Action Council resigned Wednesday, less than two weeks after co-chair Diane Newby quit the council. Gary Silker, assistant professor of counseling, notified remaining council co-chair Sherry Bourgeois of his resignation Wednesday at the council's special meeting. Silker, who represents the Academic Senate on the council, said he and other members have tried to remain positive about the council in the past few weeks, since University President Leonard Plachta released his eighth letter outlining the proposed changes to the Affirmative Action plan. But Silker said he could no longer remain optimistic and felt he could not sit on a council whose mission was uncertain. Tve been thinking about the process of the council over the year and half that I've been on it. Starting with the revision of the Affirmative Action statement, I became concerned about the process which left out input from the Affirmative Action Council. "While the current Affirmative Action protocol has desirable goals to improve how issues of opportunity and Affirmative Action issues are addressed on this campus, I feel that the structure and process does not follow what I understand to be Affirmative Action goals. Specifically, I feel that the process — which does not include the groups that are affected by the policy in the formulation of that policy — does not give the people affected proper consideration.'* Silker said the groups in question were not a part of the input process when it came time to revise the Affirmative Action plan. These groups include the offices of Institutional Diversity and Student Disabilities, Gay and Lesbian Programs, Native American Programs and the Multicultural Center and its administrators. **Ib have input after the fact, people did not have an opportunity to be a part of the decision making process," he said. Bourgeois, who is also assistant director of marketing for the College of Extended Learning, said Silker will also be missed on the council. "Gary has been very, very active on the council and Fm very sad to see him go, just as I was with Dr. Newby. Both were very active in the discussions and activities, and I understand their reasons for resigning, but the council will definitely miss them." She said she can't speak for other members, but she personally feels the council's spirit may be breaking. "Not knowing anything about the council's future until next semester, all we can do right now is make a response to the protocol. We're expected to keep working with this, but it is in the back of everyone's mind. It is hard to keep SeeSHJCEW Page 12 Classified 11 Crossword 11 Et cetera 8-9 Sports 6-7,10 Voices 4 To reach CM LIFE Phone <517) 774-34*5 E-Mail: CMLIFEMc7nuvBucBv.csnicK.edu Fax number: (517) 774-7a05 Central Michigan LIFE Online Internet address Http--//*www.cmlifexrmirh.edu 7kYWG TO MAX* SAfl Left: Acting as judge and jury, Jim Hahn, Romeo sajnior and vice pcssklerit of CMU's chapter of Phi Kappa Tau, sentences Tony Voisin, assistant director of Residence Life, at the 1998 Jail Ball Rind raiser to benefit March of Dimes. The event took place at Thursday at Kmart, 2125 S. Mission St. Above: After being charged with lurking with intent to gawk, Voisin pled guifty and was sentenced to raise $600. He quickly picks up a phone and begins to calf everyone he's ever known to try to raise "bail." TONY CEPAK • CM LIFE United Way surpasses campaign goal By Shannon Marosi LIFE Staff Writer Thanks to CMU, the United Way of Isabella County has received $66,881.50 in donations as of Oct. 26, which exceeded CMU's goal of $66,000. The money was raised by CMU faculty and students for the United Way Campaign, an annual fund raiser that takes place in the fall. This is a yearly activity that CMU participates in for the United Way," said Teri Rau, a member of the 1998 CMU Campaign Committee. The week before school begins there's a breakfast, it's a CMU/United Way kickoff breakfast.'' The faculty who chose to donate had the option of sending a check, or being billed by the United Way periodically. "The majority of people give by payroll deduction," said Rau, also an executive secretary for Business and Finance. The Campaign began Aug. 26 and ended officially Oct. 9, but there are still many pledges coming in. After the campaign is over, a student campaign will continue throughout the year until April or May "Students do it (fund raising) in a lot of different ways. In past years, the Student Government Association organized Quarters Across Campus. Student organizations will conduct their own fund raisers and donate it to the United Way," said Pam Fitzgerald, executive director of the United Way of Isabella County. 1 think the primary activity will start in February, but that's still in the planning stages." The money raised so far has come mostly from employees and employee groups, such as administrators and different labor groups. That's what's so exciting is that CMU has surpassed the $66,000 goal and the student campaign hasn't even kicked in yet," Fitzgerald said. The United Way began about 50 years ago at the request of the See UNITED WAN Page 12 Brandon will leave for U-M By Angela S. Vandenberg LIFE Assistant News Editor By New Year's Day, David Brandon will return to his Wolverine roots as he tosses out the Chippewa apparel to switch university board seats. Brandon, a University of Michigan alumnus, was elected Tuesday to one of two vacant positions on the University of Michigan Board of Regents. He said he thinks his term begins Jan. 1, meaning he will resign as CMUs Board of Trustees chair between now and that time. CMU's constitution prevents Brandon from remaining on both boards. "It will be necessary for me to resign," he said. 1 am unsure at this time exactly when I will resign." There are no issues Brandon plans to bring to the board before he leaves, he said. The board's next meeting is Dec. 4. "I don't have anything pent up to bring forward," he said. "I think our board has worked well together in terms of dealing with things as they come up." Charter schools and lowered tuition are two things Brandon said CMU has done well on, and he will bring that with him to U of M. Brandon is also in the process of moving to Ann Arbor — a factor that adds convenience to his new job. Brandon was appointed to the board by Engler in May 1994 to nil a then-vacated seat by the late trustee Marty Cholakian. Brandon was reappointed in February 1997 to a second term, which expires Dec. 21, 2004. In Brandon's absence, the board will have to elect a new chair and Engler will appoint a new See BRANDON Page 12 Students can save money on federal loans By Angela M. Teubert LIFE Staff Wnter CMU students may save anywhere from $50 to $1,000 after President Clinton signed the Higher Education Amendments of 199S last month, lowering interest rates on student loans. Under the new amendments, borrowers who apply for a consolidation loan from the direct loan program before Jan. 31, 1999 will receive a 7.46 percent interest rate. Loan consolidation is the combination of loans into one consolidated loan. Although the interest rate is variable and recomputed annually on July 1, it will be based upon a lower interest rate formula for the life of the loan. A lower interest rate means the amount students have to repay once they leave college will be lower. They've indicated some students may save anywhere from $50 to $1,000," said Judy Emmons, assistant director of Scholarships and Financial Aid. Students who received a direct subsidized, direct unsubsidized or direct consolidation loan from July 1, 1994 through June 30, 1998 should apply for a direct consolidation loan. Parents who received a direct PLUS loan or a direct consolidation loan from July 1, 1994 through the present should also apply for a direct consolidation loan. Those receiving a direct loan from July 1, 1998 through the present should not apply for consolidation. "We want to emphasize not all students are going to be able to benefit from this," Emmons said. "If the loan they took out was this year, they already have the lower rate." lb be eligible to consolidate loans at this time, a borrower who is enrolled or accepted for enrollment in an institution of higher education may not have federal family education loan program loans or federal Perkins loan program loans. However, this restriction expires on Jan. 31, 1999. Borrowers do not have to include all of their loans in the consolidation and they may consolidate a single loan and/or an existing direct consolidation loan. There is no consolidation fee and no minimum or maximum loan balance. lb apply for a loan consolidation through the Direct Loan program, call (800) 557-7392 and ask for an application or download an application form www.ed.gov/EhrectLoan.
|Title||1998-11-06; Central Michigan Life|
|Publisher||Students of Central Michigan University|
|Description||Friday, November 6, 1998 issue of the student newspaper of Central Michigan University. Also known as CM-Life. Originally published biweekly. Later published three times a week during the academic year and once a week during the summer. Began publication in 1941. Previously known as Central State Life. Issues from 1999 to the present are available online at the CMLife website.|
|Subject/Keywords||Central Michigan University - Newspapers; Mount Pleasant (Mich.) - Newspapers; Isabella County (Mich.) - Newspapers; College student newspapers and periodicals;|
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