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Issues don't divide Third Ward

(Continued from Page 1)"
leases and "The Fair Rental Infor-
mation Act," which asks that the city
finance a three-part tenants' rights
booklet. One section would be written
by a pro-tenant lawyer, one by a pro-
landlord lawyer, and one by impartial
authors selected by the mayor.
Sheldon, a 35-year-old Ann Arbor
Bank vice-president, said that he will
vote against the proposals as a voter,
but would favor them as a Council
member if they came before that
group. He explained that this stand
represents his general opposition to
"more government."
American schoolchildren in the 1850s
usually made their own pens by shar-
pening goose quills with a penknife.
They often made theiriown ink at home
from powders, dyes and berries, or
from the steeped bark of swamp

MITCHELL, a 62-year-old Bell
Telephone cable-splicer, said that he
completely supports the two housing
amendments. "I don't see why they
wouldn't be enforceable," said Mit-
Like most other Ann Arbor politicans,
both Mitchell and Sheldon are in favor
of street improvements. But Mitchell
said during a March 27 debate over
radio station WIQB that the difference
is "how we're going to pay for it." Mit-
chell advocates an increase in state and
federal taxes, while Sheldon supports a
reallocation of current spending prac-
During a recent League of Women
Voters debate, Mitchell suggested a
committee of experts familiar with
road construction be formed to study
the problem. However, Mitchell wrote
in the League's Election guide, "all of
the money allocated should be used for
materials and labor, not for

engineering studies or adminstrative
THE CANDIDATES tend to follow
partisan lines on the subject of new
parking structures downtown. Sheldon
is in favor of additional parking spaces
in exisiting facilities to avoid the high
cost of new construction. In his cam-
paign literature, Mitchell has said that
he prefers perimeter parking on
cheaper land outside the city with a
shuttle bus service into town, instead of
any additons to downtown structures.
When asked later, however, Mitchell
would not commit himself against ad-
ditional downtown parking structures.
"It's too complex to be answered yes or
no," said Mitchell.
Both candidates cite the example of a
controversial new roller rink, slated for
construction at Platt Street near Huron
Parkway, as a case for more careful
rezoning consideration.
Mitchell said, "Neighborhoods should
have a hell of a lot more to say in the
zoning process." He suggests that
citizen participation could be obtained
by a ballot survey before public
hearings are held.
SHELDON SAID at the League

debate he would like to see "zoning and
planning streamlined," or made more
Though they are both new to City
Council campaigns, the candidates
have impressive backgrounds in com-
munity activities.
Sheldon is a member of the Com-
munity Development Blrock Grant
(CDBG) Advisory Board, Ann Arbor
Tomorrow Advisory Board, Board of
Directors of the Downtown Business
and Development Association and .a
past vice-chairman of the City
Republican Committee. He holds an
MBA degree from the University, has
been president of the Ann Arbor
Jaycees, and a Division chairman for
the United Fund.
Mitchell is president of the Senior
Citizen's Guild, and serves on the
executive board of the Washtenaw
County Comprehensive Health Plan-
ning Committee. He is legislative
chairman and representative of his
union, the Communication Workers of
America, local 4011, to the Huron
Valley Labor Council. Mitchell has also
served as labor's observer to the Huron
River Watershed Council.

Retiring librarian
reviews successes.




Fifteei Ilranians vow
not to eat indefinitely
(Continued from Page 1)



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the demands of political prisoners
and uncover the true face of the
fascist Shah," said one ISA member.
The Iranians refuse to give their
true identities for fear of reprisal
from members of the Iranian Secret
police-SAVAK-who they fear are
on campus.
"THE SHAH'S regime has tried to
put a news blackout on the hunger
strike (in Iran)," said an ISA
spokesperson. He said he hopes the
local protest will make the public
aware of the blackout.
"The Shah's regime is under a lot
of pressure because Iranian student
organizations have contacted a lot of
people," said the spokesperson.
"Sooner or later they will have to
complyrwith the demands of the
prisoners. "
Specifically, ISA members
demand that:
" harassment and assault of
prisoners by police commandos and

SAVAK agents be stopped;
" prisoners be allowed to com-
municate with the outside world;
" families and friends of political
prisoners be allowed to visit; and
" prison conditions be improved.
While the 15 members are
striking, other Iranians plan to try to
remain in good health so they can
keep the public informed about both
the local strike and the one in Iran.
. "DOCTORS TOLD US that it (the
hunger strike) might have serious
effects on our health . . . but we will
go on," said one ISA member.
ISA members have been active in
campus in their protest of treatment
of political prisoners in Iran. Last
November, following a protest at
Burton Memorial Tower, one
demonstrator was arrested for
wearing a mask in public. Last mon-
th, however, all charges were drop-
ped against the student.
About 200 Iranians are enrolled at
the University, with some 30 of them
actively orgaiized to protest con-
ditions in their home country.

Dewey decimals aside, trying to
count the numerous achievements of
retiring library director Frederick
Wagman is an arduous task.
In his nearly 25 years at the
University, Wagman has initiated
many changes in the library system.
The growth of the University
library's collections has more than
doubled since he's been here, main-
taining the school's status as
possessor of one of the top university
In addition, library services have
been distinctly improved, providing
students easier access to the collec-
tions and specially providing un-
dergraduates with the building of
the Undergraduate Library.
"WE'VE AFFECTED a higher
degree of integration of the various
libraries into a library system, yet
we've retained a high degree of
adaptability to special needs. We've
introduced automation as it became
feasible into our processes without
extra cost," Wagman says.
Wagman credits "a very strong,
able and dedicated staff" for the
Always an avid library user ("I
derived as much education from the
library as I did from my courses")
Wagman became a librarian by ac-
cident when he went to work at the
Library of Congress in Washington,
after World War II. He worked there
for eight years and became the
University library director in 1953
where he has remained ever since.
DURING HIS eight-year stint at

the Library of Congress, Wagman
held a variety of positions, including
administrative services director,
assistant reference department
director and processing department
Besides carrying out his regular
library director duties, Wagman
served as consultant for many
University branch libraries and the
Undergraduate Library. He was
vice-chairman of the National
Commission on Obscenity and Por-
nography and is a past president of
the American Library Association
among other honors and positions.
Throughout his University years,
he has seen a lot of change in student
attitudes. But he says student ac-
tivism of the '60s didn't touch the
library. "People understood the
library was not something you drew
into controversy," he recalls.
"Scholarly books are produced in
smaller editions so they become
hard to replace," he sighs.
June retirement isn't going to stop
Wagman from working, however.
The quiet library head has some
other plans up his sleeve. He will be
teaching some courses in the school
of library science and hopes to do
some research into the library
problems area as well.
He works from a simple, sparsely
decorated office, decorated by rows
of reference books lining the
shelves. Wagman enjoys reading, of
course, as his main hobby. "But," he
admonishes, "I always bring my
library books back when I get a
notice. They don't make special
rules for me.

Deadlocked Council saw mostly frustration
(Continued from Page 1r

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1 funds for the actual construction of the
building, which would have housed the
Model Cities dental clinic.
The Republicans objected to the new
facility as "too costly" for a single
building that would not be accessible to
the entire city.
That blow came as Wheeler was still
smarting over his loss of another bill
that would have revived the city's now-
defunct human rights citizens' commit-
tee. Republicans objected to a clause in
the ordinance that they interpreted as
giving the committee the power to hear
appeals on individual cases of
Wheeler's opponent for mayor in next
week's special election, could also be
called a loser of sorts. Belcher in-
troduced, last November, a tough new
pornography ordinance that would
have prohibited any adult business
from opening within 1500 feet of any
church, park, school, child care center,
neighborhood, or within 1500 feet of an
already-existing porn shop.

When the bill finally passed last mon-
th, however, it was hardly recognizable
as the same bill that passed first
reading. The compromise version that
finally slipped through was stripped of
its restrictions concerning churches,
parks, schools and child care centers.
And the 1500 foot requirement was
reduced to a "more enforceable" 700
Belcher later admitted he would have
preferred his original, stricter bill.
IF BELCHER WAS a loser of sorts on
that score, the Republican caucus
leader did chalk up a big win when he
got his Republican majority to kill
Mayor Wheeler's proposal for fixing
potholes in favor of his own resolution.
The Wheeler plan was to ask the city
administrator to search the budget and
see how much could be allocated for
street repair. The mayor's plan would
have also directed the administrator lto
look into the possibility of a federal
grant to fix the city's blighted streets.
Calling the Wheeler bill "fiscally
irresponsible," however, Belcher in-
troduced his own plan for pothole
repair, in which the administrator was
told to come up with $1.4 million to fix
the streets, and to use the CDBG funds
if necessary.
THE WHEELER proposal was
defeated by the familair 6-5 partisan
split, and the Belcher proposal passed
into law.
The biggest winner of the last Council
year, however, was no doubt Wheeler
himself. Despite his losses on road
repair and CDBG, the mayor scored the
biggest success of the Council year with
the passage of his human rights or-
The comprehensive non-
discrimination ordinance was in-
troduced by Wheeler last January. It
survived three months of criticism
from opponents who saw it as too broad
and too all-inclusive. It even survived

heavy amending and a meticulous
streamlining, so that in the end, the
mayor did not have to make good hiss
threat to veto his own bill if the final
version was a "facade."
THE FINAL VERSION passed by a 9-
2 margin, and the law was kept fairly-
But big wins like the human rights.
ordinance did not come often for the
mayor or for the ten Councilpersons;
especially as next week's election ap
proaches and political fervor runs high.,
More typical 'of Council in the last few
weeks has been charges by both sides,
usually fairly well founded of playing
election year politics.
Councilman Earl Greene (D-Second
Ward), unopposed in his bid for reelec-
tion, called Belcher's pornography bill
"a political whipping dog." Belcher
called the mayor's road repair plan
"federal cannon fodder put out by the
Democratic caucus."
Perhaps the only point of agreement
between the Democrats and
Republicans on City Council is that this
has been a year of frustrations, and that
nothing will get done until after the
April 3 election when their party comes
out with both the majority and the
mayor's chair.
And on that score, there ain't a dimes
worth of difference between them.
CHICAGO (AP) - It is perhaps
one of life's small ironies that Chris-
topher Columbus is heralded in his
hemisphere to a much greater de-
gree than on the continent of his
Neither in Italy, the famous sea-
man's birthplace, nor in Spain, the
country that financed - and profited
from - his voyages, is there a major
city or town that bears his name,
says the World Book Encyclopedia.

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