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Larsen fights for Austin's seat

Gay teach-in set for October

Republican State Rep. Melvin Larsen
says the secretary of state has a much
bigger position than most people think.
And, despite what some pundits call in-
surmountable odds, Larsen intends to
show the people just how important the
job can be.
Any candidate for Democrat Richard
Austin's job would under ordinary cir-
cumstances be considered just a name
= to round out the ticket, with no real
chpnce of even coming close. The 65-
year-old two-term secretary of state is
the elder statesman of Michigan
Democratic politics, and the job is con-
sidered his and his alone.
BUT DESPITE WHAT the pundits'
are saying, Larsen expects to be the
next secretary of state,' and to reitre
-Austin at age 65.
Larsen has launched his campaign
for Austin's seat with an unexpectely
harsh attack, telling voters that the in-
:cumbent hasn't taken advantage of the

extent of his authority and, for that
reason, state residents have suffered.
Larsen emphasized that the
secretary of state's job involves more
than sending out license tabs and
renewing drivers' licesnses.
"THE SECRETARY of state is, by
constitution, second in line to be gover-
nor, the secretary of state ad-
ministratively has chatge of election
laws and campaign finance Acts . . . and
he sits as chairman of the (state) Safety
Commission," he said.
The 41-year-old Larsen charges
Austin as responsible for the several
week delay before the state tax
initiatives were certified and placed on
the November 7 ballot.
"There's no question that (the cer-
tifiction process) was sloppily handled

and there ought to be procedurally a
much better method of certifying
petition ballots," Larsen said. "I think
there ought to be a back-up system and
the secretary of state should work
much more closely with petition cir-
culators to make sure their petitions
are accurate."
AS FOR THE three tax amendment
proposals themselves, Larsen hasn't
endorsed any of them. He said people
are most interested in property tax
relief and the tax plans stray too far
from that area.
In his three terms in the state House,
the Oxford lawmaker has often found
himself voting against fellow
Republicans, but he sees his ties with
both parties as advantageous.
"It's always difficult running as a
Republican statewide in this state ...
but I have good rapport with both
Republicans and Democrats," he
LARSEN SAID by getting the split=
ticket Voters to his camp he will stop
Austin from winning a third term.
"I think we're going to get a substan-
tial number of (split-ticket) voters,"'
said Larsen. "Our polls show there are
a tremendous number of undecided
voters in the secretary of state race
right now. We're encouraged if an in-
cumbent after eight years does not
have an overwhelming majority."
Although he believes he can capture
the undecided, Larsen's contributions
so far have not been very encouraging.
At the start of his campaign, Larsen
said it would take more than $500,000 to
Win the election. But now, he said, "at
this time it would be optimistic to say
we're going to raise $500,00." He said,
hoever, there is a reason for his money-
raising troubles.
"Right now, I'm running to win and I
intend to," he declared. "If I don't, I'll
have to look for a job."

With financial backing from student government, the
Gay Academic Union plans to hold a teach-in Oct. 20-22 to
educate the University - both gays and straights - in
problems facing homosexuals.
The Michigan Student Assembly (MSA) and the literary
college student government (LSA-SG) are each,
contributing $500 to the three-day event, which was
organized by both lesbians and gay males on campus.
USING FILMS and workshops, the teach-in will focus on
such topics as: gays and the law; experiences of 'gay
parents; gays and work; coming out; religious and ethical
attitudes toward homosexuality; and homophobia, or fear
of homosexuality.
Jim Toy, from the Gay Academic Union, said
apprehension surrounding gay people is one of their
greatest difficulties, and the education of non-gays is
therefore a major goal of the program. "In my opinion,
most of the troubles result from being put down by
heterosexuals, and I think it's very important to educate
heterosexual people," said Toy.
Toysaid the event will be the biggest gay onference
ever organized on campus.
"WE NOW HAVE the facilitators to conduct classroom
projects. We have enough people skilled in group process
to put together something this size."?

The conference will include a series of five films shown
in the Michigan Union which will deal with lesbian
stereotypes, lesbian motherhood, and lesbian lifestyles.
There will also be a film of conversations and interviews
with gays.
In addition, there will be a concert by Charlie Murphy, a
gay male singer and songwriter, a concert for women by
Ginni Clemens and Ami, Pierce. The film, "A Very
Natural Thing" which is the first feature film made by a
gay that has achieved commercial distribution.
THE GAY ADVOCATES emphasize that the purpose of
the teach-in is as much to educate people outside the-gay
community as it is for gays.
"If someone is walking around with fear, and is sick to
his stomach at gay people, there seems to be a different
'place to direct that energy. I want to do what I can to
decrease those heterosexual feelings," Toy said.
MSA voted Tuesday night after a lengthy debate to
allocate the money for the teach-in. This is a reversal of
policy. Last year no money was appropriated for gay
causes, and a motion to support National Gay Blue Jeans
Day in April was defeated.
LSA-SG HAS FUNDED various events put on by gay
groups in the past, and according to LSA-SG member Jim
Sullivan, the conference funding passed with "virtually no
debate." He said he though the conference is the largest,
most comprehensive project campus gays have yet


We are extending

the deadline for filing

office space applications until October 7.
Forms can be picked up nd returned to the
MSA Office, 3909 Michigan Union.


City Dems hold powerless position

(Continued from Page 1)
signatures on his petitions. His only
chance was to depend on write-in votes.
Attorney General Frank Kelley ruled
in Greene's favor, following an appeal
made by Bullard, on the basis of
Green's having received the majority
of write-in votes in the primary. Greene
was finally allowed to run legitimately
last week when the Court of Appeals
ruled that Kelley's decision should
Nevertheless, Greene is now left with
little campaign money and a more
fragmented campaign organization
than he probably would have had with
more time.
However, party chairman Adamo

said he was encouraged by the
reunifying effect Carl Levin's U.S.
Senate candidacy has had on long-
disinterested local Democrats. The
latest polls show Levin leading incum-
bent Sen. Robert Griffin, giving the
two-term senator a 50-50 chance of sur-
MEANWHILE, THE meager number
of Democrats on Council is making ef-
fective representation a difficult task.
Council Democrats have been confined
to the First and Second Wards where
donations are limited due to a lower
level of affluence, minimal political
support, and at best unpredictable
voter turnout. Those wards have the
highest concentration of students and

poor people in the city. Such factors
make the ward residents the highest
recipients of services and the lowest
payers of taxies, and they also make
legislation designed to aid the problems
of those constituents very difficult to
pass with the support of a minority
There has been a decided shift in th
allocation of Community Developmen
Block Grant (CDBG) funding fro
social services to roadwork. The Mode
Cities neighborhood facility has been
removed from the Council agenda. I
was to include health and dental car
along with legal services for Ann Ar-
bor's poorer residents. Mayor Louis
Belcher has termed it a "Taj Mahal."
Former Mayor Albert Wheeler said one
of the first promises Belcher made to
him upon entering office was that those
programs would be carried out.
Around $2 million has been devoted to
road repairs this year and Democratic
leaders such as ,Kenworthy, Wheeler,
and Democratic spokeswoman Leslie
Morris (D-Second Ward) have said this
is symptomatic of a shift to short-range
solutions for long-range problems.
They claim the thin asphalt overlays
applied to many of the local streets this
summer will not last more than two or
three years.
SINCE BELCHER took office, no
Democratic recommendations for ap-
pointments to boards and commissions
have been heeded.
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Coleman,"Women, Healing and Social Change," 802
Monroe, noon.
School of Music: Symphony Band and Wind En
semble, Hill Aud., g p.m., Faculty clarinet and pia
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Astronomy: Kirshner, "The Origin of the Elemen
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