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The Michigan Daily-Friday, October 12, 1979-Page 3

Student groups begin

vote drive

In an effort to get more students in-
volved in the upcoming City Council
and Regents elections, a campus-wide
voter registration drive sponsored by
three student groups will begin Mon-
Sponsors of the voter drive include
the Public Interest Research Group in
Michigan (PIRGIM) and the Michigan
Student Assembly (MSA).
A THIRD GROUP - Students for a
Progressive Government - organized
recently and is composed mostly of
student Democratic Party workers.
Group members will go door-to-door
registering student voters in the
residential sections of the heavily
student populated First and Second
Members of all three groups swore in
yesterday as deputy voter registrars at
the City Clerk's office in City Hall.
Each group has different reasons for
launching the registration drive.
STUDENTS FOR a Progressive
Government hope to have teams out
surveying voter attitudes, followed by
deputy registrars aiming at securing
the Democratic vote, according to Stasi
Stephanopoulos, a founder of the group
atnd a Democratic Party regular.
Beginning Monday, Students for a
Progressive Government will also
register voters twice a week in the
Fishbowl between Mason Hall and
Haven Hall, she added.
Stephanopoulos, who was a prime
mover in bringing the three groups
together, said the Students for a
Progressive Government hope their
registration campaign will result in a
higher student turnout in the City Coun-
cil elections next April. Five out of 11
Council members will be up for re-
ti said his organization plans to set up
tables at dorm meal lines and go door-
to-door at fraternities and sororities to
register students. -
DeVarti noted that PIRGIM, which is

composed mostly of students but is led
by a small professional staff, supports
issues, not candidates. He explained
that his group sees a need to push
students to vote on upcoming ballot
"We just like to get people to par-
ticipate, like when "Proposition D'
came along, there was a massive effort
to get people organized," DeVarti said.
JACK HALL, an MSA member in-
volved in the registration drive, said
MSA had no specific plans to give funds
to support the drive.
Hall said the groups' student
registration drive is aimed at the 1980
Regents election. He said he.hopes the
students will elect a Regent sym-
pathetic to student concerns.
Two Regents will be elected by voters
statewide for terms of eight years.
Regental elections normally do not at-
tract many . voters in non-University
Robert Bring, chairman of the city's
Republican Party, said yesterday the
GOP had no plans yet to register voters.
His party has normally avoided heavy
campaigning on campus.
"IF PEOPLE have an inclination to
vote, I think it is incumbent upon them
to involve themselves," Bring said.
But he added that voter registration
will be discussed at a meeting of the
Ann Arbor Republican Party next
"I think we have to take a look at it,
because we are aware the Democrats
are out doing door-to-door
registration," Bring said.
Ann Arbor City Clerk Albert
Vollbrecht said voter registration
drives create paperwork for his office.
"We don't mind going through it," he
said, "if they exercise their right to
But Vollbrecht said students often
register and then don't show up at polls.
Vollbrecht said the city has some
98,000 registered voters, but that a
great many of those are students who
don't vote or who are no longer in Ann

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Daily Photo by DAVID HARRIS
DEPUTY VOTER registrars are sworn in at the City Clerk's office yesterday
as a student-sponsored voter registration drive is organized.

Alternate Action-A Streetcar Named Desire, 7,9:30 p.m., MLB, Aud. 4.
Cinema ll-Death In Venice, 7 p.m., Open City, 9:15 p.m., Aud. A, Angell
Center For Western European Studies-The Medici, Parts 2 and 3, 3 p.m.,
MLB Aud. 3.
Couzens Film Co-op-Logan's Run, 8, 10:30 p.m., Couzens Hall Cafeteria.
Gargoyle Films-Deliverance, 7,9 p.m., 100 Hutchins Hall, Law School.
Mediatrics-Superchick, 8:30,10 p.m., Nat. Sci. Aud. 7.
Department of Dance-Video and Dance, Doris Chase and Gay Delanghe,
Dance Building, Studio A, 8 p.m.
Youth Good Will of the Republic of China-Chinese Flower Drum Dancing,
Folk Songs, Drama, 8 p.m., Lydia Mendelssohn Theater, Michigan League.
Canterbury Loft- "Pardon Me Your Honor," Poetry Reading by Robert
E. Clifford, 8p.m., 332 S. State St., second floor.
University Musical Society-Detroit Symphony Orchestra conducted by
Antol Dorati, 8:30p.m., Hill Auditorium.
Beardsley Symposium on Japanese Archaeology and Prehistory-Hitoshi
Watanabe, Prof., Univ. of Tokyo, "Subsistance, Seasonality and Community
Organization," 9:30 a.m., East Lecture Room, 3rd Floor, Rackham.
Guild House-Representative Perry Bullard, "South Africa, the Draft and
Students," noon, Guild House.
Beardsley Symposium on Japanese Archaeology and
Prehistory-Kiyotari Tsuboi, "Cultural Resources and Their Management:
The Heritage of Japan," 1:30 p,.m., 'East Lecture Room, 3rd Floor,
Population Studies Center and Center for Chinese Studies-Prof. Berbard
Gallin, chairman, Dept. of Anthropology at Michigan State University and
Rita Gallin of the MSU Medical Sociology Dept., "The Profound Social and
Economic Changes that have taken place in Taiwan during the past two
decades," 4:15 p.m., Lane Hall Commons Room.
School of Metaphysics-Dr. Sarah M. Bassett, "The Creative Power of
Thought," 7:30 p.m., 219% N. Main St.
Young Socialist Alliance-Hector Marroquin, Mexican Student Activist
seeking political asylum in the U.S. "New U.S. Threat against Cuba,
Nicaragua," 8 p.m., Trotter House.
Astronomy Department Astronomy Visitor's Night-Prof. Hugh Allen,
"Quasara-Are They Self-Destructing?" and the film, "Charting the
Universe with Optical and Radio Telescopes," 8:30 p.m., Aud..B, Angell
Center for South and South East Asian Studies-James D. Clarkson,
"Guest Workers in Singapore," noon, Lane Hall, Commons.
The International Center and Programs in Technical
Assessment-Michael Moravcsik, University of Oregon; "Science
Education and the Developing Countries," noon, International Center
(Brown Bag Lunch).
Center for South and South East Asian Studies-Ailam Yengoyan,."Benign
Neglect: Commerca and Capital in Northern Panay since 1900," 3 p.m.,
Lane Hall.

funds aid
Thanks to last-minute customer
purchases and donations amounting to
$500, the People's Produce Co-op will
stay in business-at least for the time
Last week workers at the co-op on
Fourth Avenue, concerned the store
would go bankrupt, pleaded with
customers for donations. And yester-
day, out-going co-op Coordinator Holly
Foy said the beleagured store won't
have to close its door this week as she
had feared.
T HE CO-OP received most of the
necessary funds from customers who
bought co-op merchandise. "We were
afraid it (the food) wouldn't sell
because it wasn't fresh," Foy said. But
she added, "People supported us and
bought it."
Foy said the co-op's financial
problems stemmed from a lack of
money to purchase inventory and a
number of unpaid bills. Foyadded that
customer dishonesty ,became a
problem, too.
"People were actually ripping us
off," she said. "They were taking food
or telling us wrong prices. Out of our 30
per cent mark-up, we were only seeing
a five per cent profit." Foy also said
customers sometimes made mistakes
in their calculations when they weighed
TO SOLVE THE problem of customer
error and dishonesty, Foy said the co-
op's workers have rearranged the
store, enabling cashiers to weigh any
"We're seeing a difference already,"
Foy said. "We're making a profit. We
got enough money together to go to
In addition to customer purchases,
Foy said the co-op also requested
donations since this started happening
(a week ago)," Foy said.
The co-op workers had applied for a
loan from the Michigan Federation of
Food Co-ops to help them through the
crisis, but as yet they have not received
any funds. "The loan wouldn't go
through until the end of the month,"
Foy explained.
The two-and-a-half-year-old store is
staffed primarily by volunteers. In ad-
diton, the co-op has one salaried coor-
dinator, who is paid through a grant
frokm the Comprehensive Employment
Training Act (CETA).
FOY, WHOSE last day at the co-op
was yesterday, said the new coor-
dinator, Stephen Brown, had been em-
ployed at the co-op by CETA for about
three months. Until April, Foy said, the
fresh fruit and vegetable store had been
staffed solely by volunteers.
Foy said she was unsure how long the
co-op would be able to stay on its feet.
"It depends if we're getting the loan
(from the Michian Federation of Food
Co-ops)," Foy said. "We have a lot of
bills to pay."
"We just made it (the $500)," Foy ad-

ded. "We were very lucky and happy."
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