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KICKIN' UP THEIR HEELS: NIKE TO SEND UNC STUDENTS TO ASIA

          One day after Nike execs visited UNC-Chapel Hill (UNC)
     to "counter accusations of sweatshoplike working conditions
     in Southeast Asia, the company agreed Friday to send UNC
     students to the factories to see for themselves," according
     to Jane Stancil of the Raleigh NEWS & OBSERVER.  In a
     meeting Thursday, UNC Chancellor Michael Hooker "suggested"
     that Nike pay the expenses of a four-member contingent: the
     Chair of the faculty council and three students, including a
     member of the campus paper.  Nike Dir of College Sports
     Marketing Kit Morris: "Conceptually, Nike has agreed to the
     idea.  We welcome the opportunity to educate our university
     partners on this issue" (Raleigh NEWS & OBSERVER, 11/16).
          THE WHITE STUFF: Nike-endorser Reggie White has "joined
     the ranks" of Nike critics, "blasting the company's labor
     practices," according to Friday's Portland OREGONIAN. 
     White: "The reason they have these sweatshops is for cheap
     labor.  They'd rather hire the cheap labor than hire the kid
     in the neighborhood who is buying their shoes.  There are
     people who need jobs here."  Nike spokesperson Antonio
     Tijerino said that White should "know that we employ 500,000
     people around the world.  There are poor people everywhere." 
     White has a deal with Nike "estimated" at $200,000-$250,000
     a year and said he has no plans to end his relationship with
     the company.  White: "Nike has treated me well.  But I'm not
     going to lie to you.  I've been disappointed with them"
     (Portland OREGONIAN/AP, 11/15). 
          MORE NICKS AT NIKE: In S.F., Tim Keown wrote that
     Nike's "hypocrisy knows no bounds."  Keown: "It aligns
     itself with just causes -- the courage of Jackie Robinson,
     racism in country clubs, the plight of inner-city kids --
     then indignantly wonders why anybody gives a damn about the
     respiratory problems of a few thousand young women in
     Vietnam" (S.F. CHRONICLE, 11/14).  In an op-ed in today's
     PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS, Fredrick McKissack writes under the
     headline, "Nike Workers Get No Assist From Jordan." 
     McKissack notes Jordan's recent statements on Nike during an
     interview on ABC's "PrimeTime Live."  McKissack: "Once
     again, Michael Jordan had a chance to speak out about
     working conditions in Nike plants in Southeast Asia.  Once
     again, he failed to do that" (PHILA. DAILY NEWS, 11/17). 

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