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Y Vol. he M ~h g l LXXXIX, No. 13-S
The M chiga DadFriday, May 18, 1979
y Twenty Pages
Ann Arbor, Michigan Ten Cents
DISCRIMINA TION ALLEGATIONS DISCUSSED
Regents hear women tracksters

t

Board
asked to
review
prof cases
By JOHN SINKEVICS
The University Board of Regents
yesterday listened to two unusual
requests for Board action on tenure
reviews - one concerning the case of
Political Science Assistant Prof. Joel
Samoff and the other involving the
reappointment of a faculty member in
the Engineering College.
Two members of the Samoff Student
Support Committee (SSSC) asked the
Regents to conduct their own review of
Samoff's tenure request if the LSA
Executive Committee decided against
recommending tenure for Samoff.
Samoff has been denied tenure twice,
and his appeal is still pending.
ALSO, THE chairman of the Senate
Advisory Committee on University Af-
fairs (SACUA), Prof. Richard Corpron,
asked the Board to request a tenure
review for an Engineering College
faculty member in the Humanities
See REGENTS, Page 17

Daily Photo by MAUREEN OMALLEY
JIM SULLIVAN, former MSA vice-president of academic affairs, objected to
the certification of the April MSA election in a statement made during the public
comments portion of the Board of Regents meeting yesterday. The meeting was
held in the historic Henry Ford mansion on the University's Dearborn campus.

By JULIE ENGEBRECHT
Two members of the women's track
team appeared yesterday before the
University Board of Regents, for the
second time within a month, to discuss
their allegations of sex discrimination
in the University's athletic program.
The appearance was prompted by a
report requested at the April meeting
by Regent Sarah Power (D-Ann Arbor)
on the women's complaints about
discriminatory practices during the
recenttrack season. The two women,
Sheila Mayberry and Blaise Supler,
LSA sophomores, asked the Regents for
help in solving their alleged problem
during last month's public comments
session.
YESTERDAY, POWER requested
the Regents approve the establishment
of an ad hoc committee to hear the
charges. The Board turned down the
request by a vote of 5 to 2, with Power
and Regent Paul Brown (D-Petoskey)
favoring the ad hoc committee route.
Regent David Laro (R-Flint) was ab-
sent from yesterday's meeting.
The women were then requested to
set up an informal meeting with those
involved in the complaint process-Af-
firmative Action officers and Athletic
Department officials. Interim Univer-
sity President Allan Smith said he
would pay for the women's transpor-
tation to Ann Arbor this summer for the
meeting. Mayberry lives in Flint, and
Supler lives in Butler, Pa.
However, the students said they had
already informally met with officials
invovled, and wanted to move directly
to the establishment of an ad hoc com-
mittee to hear their complaints. They
also said they did not want to meet with
Assistant Athletic Director Charles
Harris, who is the department's Affir-
mative Action officer.
MAYBERRY SAID she did not want
to work with Harris on the matter
because "he's very intimidating and
it's hard to take. He uses intimidating
language and tempers often flared in
our other meetings."
Harris alleged that offically no in-
formal meeting was held, and said,
"It's certinly never been my intent to
See REGENTS, Page 20
ontrol MSA
months
which MSA procedures he meant, or to
specify irregularities in the April elec-
tion.
The University vice-president said he
decided to certify the election because
"on balance, when we looked at the
history of irregularities over a number
of years, we did not find the
irregularities cited as warranting any
special consideration, when you put
them in the ball park of former
allegations."
Johnson yesterday also refused to
comment on the content of a report by
the Student Development Office (SDO),
See JOHNSON, Page 2

'U' student claims discrimination in bar

By TIMOTHY YAGLE
A 20-year-old University student
yesterday filed a complaint with the
Detroit branch of the Civil Rights
Commission, charging Ann Arbor's
Bananas Disco with 'age
discrimination.
Ruth Nowicki, a natural resources
senior, said she and a friend entered the
'. .. (bars) hate to admit them,
but not ser-e them. You can't
be denied access to a public
place because of age.'
-20-Year-old Ritth Nowicki
Bananas Disco Monday night at about 6
p.m. when "there was hardly anyone
there" and sat down. According to
Nowicki, a waitress then asked them
what they wanted to drink and also
asked to see their identification.
Nowicki said she ordered a Coke, but
once the waitress saw she was under 21
years old, she told Nowicki and her
friend, 21-year-old Marjorie Malin, to
leave because "you have to be 21 to be
in the building" and also claimed the
women had to be accompanied by a 25-

year-old. Nowicki said she and Malin
then left.
NOWICKI CLAIMED she was
"denied access into a public place."
She added that under the Elliot Larson
state law of 1976, "they (bars) have to
admit me, but not serve me." She
claims the Larson law states that "you
can't be denied access to a public place
because of age."
Nowicki said she talked to Ken
Kenes, Bananas manager, two hours
after she left. But Kenes yesterday
claimed he was not in Ann Arbor Mon-
day night.
"No one talked to me," Kene said. He
added, "I'm shocked."
According to Nowicki, Kenes said en-
try to the disco requires that one be 21-
years-old and that it is "a private
place." Nowicki claimed the disco is
a public place and "It's just basic
discrimination."
ACCORDING TO Leslie Emans, a 21-
year-old LSA senior who joined Nowicki
and Malin at Bananas Disco Monday
night, the bartender told her that the
bar was private property and "they
(the disco) could make up their own
rules about who they could allow in."
Then, according to Emans, the barten-
der said, "No one could be in the.
building unless they were 21."
"They aren't up on their rules," said
Nowicki.

Last night, Kenes said he called the
waitress who told Nowicki to leave. Ac-
cording to him, the waitress had no
comment. Kenes then said the district
manager told him not to comment fur-
ther.
According to-Dooley's manager Pete
Sittnick, Dooley's allows 18-year-olds to
enter the nightclub.tBouncers stamp
only the hands of those persona 21-
years-old and over, indicating only they
can consume alcohol.
Johnson to cc
funds for six
By BETH PERSKY
Although the April MIchigan Student
Assembly (MSA) election was certified
Wednesday by Vice-President for
Student Services Henry Johnson, MSA
funds will remain under Johnson's con-
trol for at least six months.
Johnson will continue to hold respon-
sibilityfor the $2.92 mandatory MSA fee
assessed from each University student
until December, when he said he plans
to report to the University Board of
Regents on "policies and procedures of
MSA." Johnson said those policies and
procedures need to be changed.
JOHNSON DECLINED to define

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