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Friday, September 5, 1980-Sec. 8-12 Pages




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Pressure mounts to stop
footbali game 'assing up

University officials are waging an
intensified campaign against passing
up of women at football games this
year, beginning with a blitz of posters
and leaflets designed to create peer
pressure against the practice. More ex-
tensive actions may follow if the poster
war fails.'
"Passing up" refers to the throwing
of students-usually female-up a con-
tinuous line of students-usually
male-in the stadium until the victims
are set down, dropped, or reach the top
of the stadium.
THREE STUDENTS spurred the
University to the anti-passing up ac-
tions by presenting a report on the sub-
ject to the Regents in July.
One of the three, law student Terry
Calhoun, said the Regents seemed in-
terested in the presentation, and they
decided a few days later to direct Vice
President for Student Services Henry
Johnson to take action against problem.
Calhoun said the plans at first call for
what is essentially a public relations
campaign, including posters and in-
formation packets to make students
more aware of the problem.
"The University appears to want to
do something about passing up, but
they don't want negative P.R.,"
Calhoun said, although he added, "I
have to say Johnson is gung-ho about,
CALHOUN SAID HE had hoped the
athletic department would take the
responsibility for alleviating the
problem, but the Regents "sort of
passed the buck. The athletic depar-
tment is moving slowly. They see it as a
student problem."
The posters and packets the Univer-

sity is helping to distribute include in-
formation on how women feel about
being passed up, the frequency and
kinds of injuries sustained from the
practice, and possible legal actions vic-
tims may take.
At a meeting held two weeks after the
July Regents meeting, Calhoun said
Don Lund, associate director of the
athletic department, said he had talked
with Coach Bo Schembechler and
Athletic Director Don Canham. They
agreed to make statements about
passing up and to ask the co-captains of
the football team to do the same,
Calhoun said.
promised to inform stadium security
forces that passing up is nothing to be
grinned at."
The public relations campaign,
designed to create peer pressure again-
st passing up, is only a first step, accor-
ding to Calhoun. If the practice con-
tinues after the posters have been
passed out, further action will be taken
by the University, though Calhoun siad
he does not know exactly what
measures will be considered.
Calhoun said his group would try to
take action against passing up if the
University fails to stop it. "Sometime
during the year, if it continues, there
will be prosecution," Calhoun said, ad-
ding that he will contact the police to
find out what is needed for a complaint.
"Women do not need to know who grab-
bed them to file a complaint. It is
possible to file a John Doe complaint."
OTHER PLANS Calhoun's group
proposed to the Regents to stop passing
up include the formation of a task force
to police the North end zone seating
area to render assistance to victims
and try to discourage the practice.

Placing photographers in the stands to
take pictures of the instigators for iden-
tification might also help to deter
passing up, Calhoun said.
The report given to the Regents
suggested creating a band of people
who feel strongly against passing up
and placing them every twenty or thirty
rows throughout an entire section;
thereby limiting the extent of any pass-
up attempt. The report also points to
disciplinary actions that could be taken
against instigators, including removal
from the game, notification of parents,

University discipline, or criminal
"I'm surprised no one has sued the
University or the Athletic Department,,
considering the serious injuries some
women have sustained and the relative
wealth of the University," Calhoun
said. The report given to the Regents
claims "The doctrine of state immunity
from tort liability would not be' ap-
plicable as in this instance the Univer-.
sity is actively engaged in a business

Sex harassment;
a crime under
new public. act~

Daily Photo by PAUL ENGSTROM
Money queue
Students waited restlessly Wednesday to solve their money problems at the
University's Financial Aid Office in the Student Activities Building. LSA junior
Phil Byrd (above, standing) and LSA sophomore Sean Degen (reading news-
paper) were among dozens of students waiting for the office to reopen after
AA TA uses
roiling as
talks resume

Ann is a young, attractive secretary'
in an office where she is the only em-
ployee. Her employer, Mr. Martin, has
asked her out several times. Ann keeps
refusing, and Mr. Martin keeps ap-
plying the pressure, as his passes'at
Ann become more blatant.
Ann is a victim of sexual harassment.
If women like Ann brought suit against
her employer for sexual harassment a
few months ago, her chances of winning
would be slim-the previous civil rights
and sex discrimination law (Public Act

453) only applied to working places with
four or more employees, according to
state Rep. Barbara-Rose Collins (D-
Collins sponsored Public Act 202, the
first act to deal exclusively with sexual
THE NEW LAW, which became ef-
fective July 7, clarifies sexual
harassment as a form of discrimination
based on sex, defines it within the law,
and extends the coverage to employers
with one or more employees, Collins
See SEX, Page 10

Ann Arbor Transportation Authority
buses are back on the streets in time for
the start of fall term, but members of
the Transportation Employees Union
are still without a contract.
The workers returned to their jobs
Aug. 11 after a 42-day strike which left
Ann Arbor residents without regular
buses or Dial-A-Ride services.
However, TEU members rejected the
contract proposed by AATA at the end
of the strike and are now working under
the terms of the old contract.
"no reprisals" clause regarding 11 em-
ployees cited by the authority for
misconduct on the picket line. Although
TEU officials said the clause would be
an important part of any future con-
tract, Union President Harry
Kevorkian said the union rejected the
contract because "we thought we could.
get more concessions if we held out
... we were not satisfied with all the
According to AATA Executive Direc-
tor Richard Simonetta, actions taken
by AATA against the 11 since they
returned to work have been

"Discipline has ranged from drop-
ping the charges completely to
suspension for less than ten days," he
Vice-President Shelly Ettinger said the
union has filed grievances against
AATA for the disciplinary actions.
Labor-management relations bet-
ween TEU and AATA over the summer
have been maraked by allegations
leveled by both sides. AATA officials
criticized State Representative Perry
(Bullard (D-Ann Arbor) for his role in
getting the Michigan Employee
Relations Commission to appoint a fact-
finder for the negotiations. At the same
time, Ettinger alleged that a letter sent
to many union members "was written
by a scab hired by AATA during the
strike . . . in an effort to divide union
Simonetta said AATA has received no
official notification from MERC on
whether a mediator has been appoin-
Both Ettinger and Simonetta said
things have been "going smoothly" sin-
ce the strike ended, and no major
disturbances have occurred.

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