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Page 24-Friday, April20; 1979-The Michigan DaiLy
GRIEVANCES BROUGHT TO REGENTS
Women allege Title IX violation

By JULIE ROVNER
Two members of the Women's Track
Team who are claiming sex
discrimination by the University's
Athletic Department took their com-
plaints to the top yesterdaytwhen they
presented their grievances to the
Regents during the public comments
portion of the monthly meeting.
LSA freshwomen Blaise Supler and
Sheila Mayberry told the board that the
Athletic Department was violating sec-
tion 901 of Title IX-which prohibits
sex discrimination-"By not providing
equal funds, facilities, promotion, and

opportunities to the members of the
Women's Track Team." The women
also said they had been unable to obtain
a copy of the breakdown of the athletic
department budget-even after filing a
Freedom of Information request with
Athletic Director Don Canham.
AFTER THE presentation, Regent
Sarah Power (D-Ann Arbor) requested
that the Athletic Department prepare a
report to answer the women's grievan-
ces and that the report be included in
the Regents' agenda for their May
meeting.
"I thirk it (the Regents' action) is a
help, butl don't know how far they'll go

with it," Supler said.
Some of the complaints in the
womens' 14 point grievance include:
" The lack of a Women's Varsity
Cross Country Team. The board in con-
trol of intercollegiate athletics is
scheduled to vote next week on the for-
mation of such a team, but Supler said
even if the team is approved, it is not
expected that any new funds will be
allocated, so that funds would have to
come from the Women's Track Team;
" lack of equal funds for shoes. While
members of both the Women's and
Men's Track Teams are allocated a
pair of shoes each season, the women
are held to a %19 limit while the men
have no limit;
* lack of equal meal money during
away meets. While the men are allotted
approximately $7 per day, the women
receive only approximately $4.50 per
day;
- unequal locker room facilities;,and
" unequal access to the track, the
trainer's room, and unequal use of elec-
tronic timing equipment for home
meets.
The women, who began complaining
last December, claim they have been

given the runaround by Athletic Depar-
tment officials, and last month filed an
official grievance proceeding against
the Universtiy.
According to federal guidelines, the
University's Title IX coordinator,
Charles Harris, is required to resolve
the grievance within two weeks of its
receipt or to refer it to an appropriate
standing committee or to establish an
ad hoc committee to hear the grievan-
ce.
WHILE HARRIS acknowledged
receipt of the grievance on March 28, no
action has yet been taken on the matter.
In addition, a freedom of information
request filed with Don Canham on April
4 has also not been answered. Federal
requirements state that within five
days Canham should have either
produced the documents or a written
reason why hecould not.
"We did this because we both came
from good high school programs which
treated us fairly," said Supler, "and it
was a big shock to come here and to get
such unequal treatment. We just got the
feeling that no one cared about us at
all-that no one cares about women's
athletics."

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SECOND CHANCE

Brinkerhoff hits SACFA;
report expected in May

(Continued from Page 2>
Longe and other SACFA members
acknowledged Brinkerhoff's contention
that total divestment would mean
financial problems. "If we eliminate 99
of those 197 companies which have been
chosen because they are the best in-
vestments, I am not sure we won't be
hurt," Longe said.
UNIVERSITY Librarian Harriet
Jameson, a SACFA member, said, "We
can only do something as a gesture. The
question is whether we suffer finan-
cially for this gesture."
Committee members speculated
about the possible advantages of main-
taining investments in firms doing
business in South Africa and thereby
exercising influence over corporate
policies.
If a company leaves South Africa,
either because of stockholder pressure

or any other reason, the plants and
equipment won't lay idle, Longe noted.
SHE SAID, "I would suggest that
other foreign companies will buy them
out and won't be bound by any Sullivan
Principles. We will probably have no
clout with these companies that take
over."
Longe asked, "What have we actually
done for people if we perform this
moral gesture?"
Fullerton answered, "We will have
shown support for the people. I feel that
whatever impact occurs will hurt the
white South Africans, not the black Sout
Africans - otherwise they (the blacks)
wouldn't support the cause."
"The Africans say: 'Get the U.S. cor-
porations out and we will take care of
the other companies'," Fullerton ad-
ded.

You Can Avoid Leaving town for the summer?
Ask your Ann Arbor Bank and Trust teller to place your
checking account on no activity status.
No activity means no service charges while you are on
vacation.
N I In the fall your account will be reactivated automatically.
N ext Fa Enjoy your vacation.

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