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Friday, August 12, 1972 ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN News Phone: 764-0552

Parents criticize
school board in
segregation suit
Four parents charged the Ann Arbor Board of Educa-
tion and Supt. R. Bruce McPherson with violating the
rights of black and low income children to an equal edu-
cation in a federal court suit filed this week.
U.S. District Judge Robert Demascio set an August 21
hearing for the case which seeks an injunction against the
implementation of a student assignment plan for a tem-
porary school this fall.
The suit arises from a dispute over the building of a
new elementary school to ease overcrowding in the Clinton
School district. The Board has approved the use of a tem-
porary school in this area until a new school can be built
for f all1973.
The temporary school will
draw students from a low-
income, heavily black section ofwo n iasuto
the district, whsile s tudents ftromt
an affluent white section will
remain at the present school, th ut k a
according to the suit. e
On May 10. the Board passed
member Duane Renkin's pro-
posal to create two kindergarten
through third grade schools, us-
ing Interstate 94 to divide the ,
district. Students living in By DIANE LEVICK
Georgetown, the predominantly Marjorie Lansing, a professor
white middleclass subdivision of political science at Eastern
north of the expressway, plus Michigan Univeristy (EMU), en-
all fourth and fifth grade stu- tered the race for the Demo-
dents, would attend the old cratic nomination for a seat on
Clinton Shool. Children living the Board of Regents yesterday
south of the expressway, a 40% as the only female candidate.
black area consisting nf FRA-
financed heousing for low and Lansing says that as a Regent,
moderate income families, would she would work to upgrade edu-
attend the temporary school cation, particularly at the tin-
this fall. dergraduate level
Attorney Robert Olson who
filed the suit along with At
torney Elliot Striar, says, "We've
alleged that the Board of Edu-
cation intended to segregate and
separate the children on the
basis of race, ecoinomic class,
aitd academsic achievement.
Barbara Anton, one of the
suit's plaintiffs, says, I believe
in integration and we've had a
perfectly integrated educational
system until now. Our children
are going to be behind before
they begin if we let this hap-
The present Clinton School
is about 20% black, according
to Striar. The suit alleges that
under the new plan, the racial
composition of Clinton School
will be 14% black in the fall, . .
Marjorie Lansing
See BIAS, Page 12

Expert eaters
The contest began at midnight Wednesday.
A swarm of contestants, some of whom had
queued up hours in advance, invaded to par-
ticipate in a Dagwood Sandwich eating con-
They received their white aprons and num-
bered badges which assured them a place in
the contest at the Plymouth Wrigley store. The
prize was a chance to plunder the aisles inside
Wrigley's for a three-minute shopping spree.
Those who earned a place in the contest
were faced with the task of making and con-
suming monstrous Dagwood sandwiches along
with pickles and pop at an amazingly rapid
pace. Each sandwich-making kit included four
slices of white bread, eight slices of assorted
luncheon meats, two slices of cheese, lettuce
and tomato.
"Keep your hands OFF the table!"* bellow-
ed an official, then the countdown, then pan-
demonium erupted.
The contestants -- who ate in two groups
of 50 - chomped and slurped their way

eat with ease
through their offerings.
In round one, the big money was on num-
her 22 - a stocky fellow who appeared well
able to eat any opponent under the table. But
22 faded from the picture in a fit of giggling
snd 27 took over a commanding lead which
propelled him to the round one victory. Gary
Fl issner--27--told reporters he succeeded be-
cause lie "took big bites" and closed his eyes
for the tomatoes.
Fleissner clocked it at 3:23. but after the
big finish. he stayed at the contestants' table
to nibble on remnants of other folks' aban-
doned scaindwiclhes.
Then, the bustling officials cleared the de-
bris and reset the tables for round two. The
crowd swelled with enthusiasm--the favorites
were picked, and everyone was watching out
for 89, 75. 92 and 81. Number 89-a burly chap,
took an early lead, but he succumbed to
hubris, and while he chomped away, 85 pulled
out ahead.
"I thought I would pass out with two bites
See EATERS, Page 12


Liberating local liquor licenses

When the state legislature
lowered the age of majority to
18 in January possibly its most
immediate effect was to fill the
mugs of thirsty students and
the pockets of bar owners.
And now, as the city liquor
commission considers how to
dispense this year's quota of
liquor licenses, owners of es-
tablishments ranging from,
Frontier Beef to the Soy Bean
Cellar are waiting in line.
According to state law, fol-
lowing each census cities are
granted a number of liquor li-
censes which varies with the
number of legally eligible
drinkers in their population.
These licenses are then doled
out over the next decade under
the auspices of the liquor com-
mission and the City Council.
Tuesday afternoon the liquor
commission which consists of
Council members Jerry De

Grieck (HRP-1st Ward) Rich-
ard Hadler (R-4th Ward), John
McCormack (R-5th Ward), and
Nelson Meade (D-3rd Ward)
met with attorneys, owners and
representatives from a range of
eateries to discuss how this
year's two or three licenses
will be doled out.
Prospective licensees, are
asked to answer a number of
generally routine questions
such as locations, capacity,
number of additional employes
that would be hired.
This usually isn't enough to
narrow the list down, however.
In addition, restauranters are
asked to indicate information
"which you believe useful to
the Committee in consideritig
your application."
. It is this question which pro-
motes the most creativity as
entrepreneurs vie with each
other for a precious license.
Perhaps the most unique

justification for getting a li-
cense came from the owners of
the Soy Bean Cellar.

mentation of yeast, sugar,
grains and malt."
He says, "We are not fanatic
zealots who preach diets of
vitamins, wheat germ and leci-
According to De Grieck, the
most popular claim this year--
to no one's surprise -- has been
that the establishment will ca-
ter to the city's youth popula-
"I believe future growth will
largely depend on how well one
caters to youth," said Richard
Carlson of Frontier Beef at
2333 E. Stadium in a statement
to the commission.
Therefore, he continued "I
cant to offer entertainiment in
my restaurant to young people
at a moderate cost, but with no
over charge, and in a very
comfortable atmosphere."
Thomas Green, representing
the Stadium Restaurant on
See OWNERS, Page 12

"The University should be a
model in affirmative action for
all minorities, but in practice has
dragged its feet," Lansing says.
She says the Commission for
Women, appointed as the watch-
dog for affirmative action plans,
is a "very old, worn way to avoid
the problem.'
In addition Lansing opposes all
war research, conducted on can-
pus and feels that the issue
should have been raised by the
Regents much earlier.
"The Univeristy has also been
criticized - justly I believe -
for being excessively elitist and
insufficiently sensitive to t h e
needs of the entire state," Lan-
sing says.
On the topic of the Board of
Regents itself, Lansing supports
the "principle of student involve-
ment." "I sense a definite break
in the communications system,"
she says "I would arrange
systematic times when I'd be
Her Democratic opponents are
Jolts Eoza, Thsomsas Rochie. and
James McCormick.
The State Democratic conven-
tion meets in August t& nominate
two candidates. There are two
Regents seats up for grabs in the
November state election.

While admittinig that a li-x
quor license may seemlike an'
unusual request from a natur-
al food restaurant, Tom Ewing
of the Cellar points out that
"Alcohol is one of nature's na-
tural by-products of the fer-

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