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114 Harv. L. Rec. 1 (2002)

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35 CENTS                                  VOLUME I 4, No. I               -  THURSDAY, JANUARY 17, 2002

Road Trip: HL Central
may be synonymous with
bar reviews and a web-
site, but lately they have
been trying to get into
the bus business .... P. 2
Princeton Bound?
First he had a public row
with President Summers,
now Prof. West says he's
thinking of finding a new
academic home .... P. 2
Enron University:
Harvard pays $8 an
hour, Arkadi Gerny
writes, and the real
world sees us as a bunch
of arrogant jerks.  P. 5
The Power of
Pregnancy: Tackling a
controversial topic, Kelly
Hartline explains why
abortion harms feminist
values  ............ P. 4
Best of 2001:
Radiohead? Daft Punk?
Hayden? What was the
best album of last year?
Ken Walczak's got the
answer   ..    . P. 6

University staff wages 'fall short,'
employment committee reports

* Committee
recommends pay
hikes, but rejects
pegging future
wages to cost of
living increases
by Mike Wiser
Exactly eight months after stu-
dents from the Living Wage
Campaign began an almost
month-long occupation of Mass-
achusetts Hall, a committee
examining  the   University's
employment practices issued a
report concluding that Har-
vard's current wage and con-
tracting practices for lower-paid
service workers fall short of
meeting the University's appro-
priate goal of being a good
employer.                   HLS stu
The Harvard Committee on   testors I
Employment and Contracting organiz
Policies (HCECP), chaired by
Economics Professor Lawrence employ
Katz, also   called  on  the ate a co
University to immediately raise
pay for the lowest-paid service employees,
ensure parity wages and benefits for
Harvard's employees and employees of con-
tractors, and strengthen the corde of conduct
for service contractors. While the report's
findings and recommendations were unani-
mously adopted by the committee of facul-
ty, staff, students and administrators, a num-
ber of members criticized the report for not

Nilufer ShikhIRECORD
idents Faisal Chaudhry and Fatma Marouf joined 46 other student pro-
ast April during a sit in at Massachusetts Hall. The month-long protest
ed by the Living Wage Campaign demanded higher wages for University
ees. The protest ended after 21 days when the University agreed to cre-
mmitte of faculty, students, staff and administrators to address the issue.

going far enough and failing to recommend
an absolute minimum wage floor. President
Lawrence Summers has taken the report
under advisement and has promised to
'move promptly to implement appropriate
measures.
Research and recommendations
Using the City of Cambridge's Living

Wage ordinance as a benchmark, the Katz
committee found that Harvard and its con-
tractors employed 971 on-site employees
who made less than $10.68 an hour. Of
these workers, 392 were employed directly
by Harvard. According to the committee,
wages have been driven down as the
Please see LIVING WAGE p. 2

Professors aid Jamaican prison reform

by Trevor Gardner
An   unexpected  alliance  between  the
Berkman Center for Internet and Society and
Pure Fantasy: The              the Criminal Justice Institute was formed in the
Caribbean as Professors Charles Nesson and
Lord of the Rings, Lynn         Charles Ogletree met in Kingston, Jamaica, to
Lee writes, will impress        work with a progressive prison project called
the Tolkien fan, but its        Reverence for Life. The novel program adheres
strongly to the philosophy of rehabilitation and
absurd grandiosity keeps       emphasizes the development of self-respect in a
it from being a                non-denominational setting. Nesson said the
masterpiece ....      P. 6    program is based on the fundamental belief that
rehabilitation as an ethic of correctional admin-
istration is capable of transforming a society.
The Berkman Center initially went to
CONTENTS                  Jamaica with the intention of bridging the digi-
tal divide on an international level. Jamaica
NEWS    BRIEF            2     captured the Center's interest because of its 30
years of a flat GNP and the genuine interest
OPINION                  3     Jamaican officials had shown toward techno-
logical development and Internet competency.
EDITORIAL                4       Our initial hypothesis was that education is
at least one of the means of bridging the [digi-
FORUM                    5     tal] divide, said Nesson. If you're going to do
something that has staying power, it has got to
MOVIE REVIEW.           6      take shape in the form of indigenous compe-
MUSIC    REVIEW         6      tence, and education was the way to go.
The education project began with a focus on
CoM iCs                  7     children and elementary education until a local
official suggested that their efforts excluded a
substantial portion of the Jamaican population.

Nesson heeded the advice and eventually rec-
ognized an opportunity in Jamaica's new
prison-reform initiative. According to the
Jamaica Observer, a 20-member research team
flew to the island to observe the Reverence for
Life program. Professor Charles Ogletree rep-
resented Harvard's Criminal Justice Institute to
examine the program's criminal justice hypoth-
Jamaica was chosen
because of its 30
years of flat GNP and
government interest
in the program
esis.
During our visit to Jamaica. we observed a
community culture that was powerful and
unique, said Ogletree. Offenders who were
released on a promise to return to prison. no
matter how severe their crimes, returned to
prison after weekend furloughs. If Jamaica, and
other countries, can shift the cost of housing.
feeding and providing medical care to its pris-
oners by allowing them to go on furloughs then
the entire criminal justice system benefits.

Ogletree and Nesson immediately estab-
lished a good rapport with the prisoners, who
Nesson described as totally receptive.
Nesson sought to take advantage of the
wealth of talent at the prison by holding train-
ing sessions instructing the inmates on how to
record music videos, bum them onto compact
discs and put them on the web. Jamaica's musi-
cal tradition sparked the idea.
We want to give inmates the opportunity to
take their own product and do something with
it. And Jamaica is deep into music, he said.
Thaddeus Miles, Director of Public SafeiN
for MassHousing, brought his experience
incorporating   technology   into   the
Massachusetts public housing facilities to the
Harvard team. He offered advice on the incor-
poration of technology into the administrative
system and educational programs for prisoners.
Miles said that his experience produced a mish-
mash of emotions including excitement. humil-
it, depression and hope.
Despite some horrendous living conditions
prisoners have embraced programs such as the
Reverence for Life, wx hich causes one to exam-
ine [oneself], to love the self, to think from the
soul and brain not the penis and wallet, Miles
said.
The program, however, is not without its crit-
ics. Jeremy Lieg. a 3L who took the trip to
Please see JAMAICA p. 3

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