Vol. XCII, No. 80
Copyright 1982, The Michigan Daily
Ann Arbor, Michigan-Friday, January 8, 1982
WASHINGTON (AP) - President
Reagan yesterday ordered continuation
of the draft registration system he once
denounced and offered a grace period
for signing up the more than 800,000
young men who aleady have failed to
comply with the law.
Reagan said his decision, which
marked a sharp reversal from his 1980
campaign position, did not foreshadow
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a return to the draft.
"HOWEVER, WE live in a dangerous
world," Reagan said in a statement.
"In the event of a future threat to
national safety, registration could save
the United States as much as six weeks
in mobilizing emergency manpower."*
Reagan's surprise reversal, apparen-
tly the result of the martial law crack-
down in Poland, had been recommen-
ded by Defense Secretary Caspar
Weinberger and Secretary of State
They both argued Reagan would send
the wrong signal to the Kremlin by
abolishing registration now.
IT WAS THOSE same grounds-sen-
ding a signal to Moscow after the Soviet
invasion of Afghanistan-that prompted
then President Jimmy Carter to initiate
draft registration in July 1980. Reagan
denounced the program then as a
meaningless gesture and said
registration would be ineffective.
Since 1980, 6.5 million young men 18
through 21 have registered for the
draft, but more than 800,000 have failed
to comply, according to the latest Selec-
tive Service figures. The Justice
Department last month suspended
plans to seek indictments against some.
Reagan decision was quickly con-
demned by leaders of the anti-draft.
movement, who said it conflicted with
virtually every statement he made
about registration during the 1980
"IT'S AN UTTERLY meaningless
response to the Soviet involvement in
Poland, having no more effect on the
Soviets than on a gnat biting an
elephant," said Barry Lynn, president
of a group called Draft Action.
David Landau, a spokesman for the
American Civil Liberties Union, said
Reagan has "precipitated a law enfor-
cement catastrophe. Millions of dollars
will have to be wasted in a vain attempt
to enforce this law."
In a report less than two months ago,
Reagan said there were impressive
military manpower gains in 1981 which
showed that an all volunteer armed for-
ce was the best approachin peacetime.
Young men are required to register
within 30 days of their 18th birthday.
Failure to comply carries a maximum
penalty of five years' imprisonment
and a $10,000 fine.
The wrecker takes its first few bites yesterday out of the University's economics building, destroyed by fire Dec. 24. Af-
ter studying the damage to the building, architectural engineer Robert Darvas deemed its walls unstable, and the
3 local A&P
to close. doors
By PERRY CLARK
Three Ann Arbor A&P grocery stores will be
closing their doors for good this month, part of a
nationwide shutdown of an estimated 400 stores by
the giant Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. supermarket
Local managers confirmed that stores located at
Plymouth Mall, Maple Village Shopping Center, and
at the corner of Stadium Boulevard and South In-
dustrial Highway will close Jan. 30.
MANAGERS WERE reluctant to discuss the an-
nounced closings. "It was a corporate decision," said
Patrick Crowe, manager of the Stadium Boulevard
store. "They told us we would be closing, and that's
all there-isto it."u
Business at the Stadium Boulevard store hasn't
been off lately, Crowe said. "All I know (about the
stores closing) is what I read in the papers," he said.
Plymouth Mall A&P manager Epson Johnson said
officials would soon issue a report on the company's
status. "That's all I can tell you, except that the store
is closing," Johnson said.
One local A&P official attributed the shutdowns to
cash flow problems. Labor costs, overhead, and the
state's poor economic situation were contributing
factors; the official said.
"KNOWING THE company's position, at this time
they have no choice," he said..
Regional representatives in Southfield declined to
comment on the closings, which affect 15 stores
throughout the state.
University students, who comprise a significant
If they (A&P) can't make
money here, I guess they have
got to move on.
studen t shopper
portion of local A&P patronage, were surprised and
dismayed at word of the closings.
"IT'S SAD; it's a bummer," said Residential
College senior Joanne Jaffin. "A lot of people depend
on it. The store is a convenience that's very nice to
Engineering senior Dave Brown took a more
philosophical attitude. "If they can't make money
here, I guess they have got to move on," Brown said.
And, as engineering senior Randy Franzoi pointed
out, A&P isn't the only supermarket in town. "It's not
much of a *problem," Franzoi said, explaining that
although A&P is closer to where he lives, he often
goes to the Kroger supermarket.
The manager of the Center Kroger at Westgate
Shopping Center, Gunther Urban, acknowledged that
the A&P closings "will probably increase our.
Although rumors have been circulating that the
Kroger supermarket chain plans to close its
Michigan stores, officials at Kroger headquarters
denied any plans to pull out of the state.,
Kroger advertising manager Chris Beseler said
rumors started when Kroger closed or sold some un-
profitable stores in Flint and Saginaw.
"With the current economic situation, there didn't
seem to be any way to return those stores to
profitability," Beseler said. i
Solidarity member Knauff
rallies for support on Diag
By FANNIE WEINSTEIN
and LAUREN ROUSSEAU
Blaming Soviet interference for the:
current crisis in Poland, Solidarity
member Richard Knauff called for
worldwide support of the suspended
labor union at a Diag rally yesterday.
"Martial law is nothing but Russian
intervention by proxy. Thirty-six years
of communist rule has brought Poland
to the brink of collapse," Knauff said.
KNAUFF WAS guest speaker at a
rally sponsored by the local chapter of
the Polish-American Student
Association. About 200 spectators
braved 18-degree weather to attend.
Knauff, founder of an underground
publishing house in Poland, left the
country one month before the gover-
nment declared martial law.
"I'm here to elicit your help in
spreading the truth abut Solidarity and
the Polish workers," Knauff said,
defining the union's goal as the
"democratizing of Polish life."
DEMOCRATIC gubernatorial can-
didate and State Sen. Ed Pierce and
Ann Arbor Mayor Louis Belcher also
spoke at the rally. Pierce, raising his
fist with Knauff, led the crowds in chan-
ts of "Solidarity lives."
"Solidarity is going to live," Pierce
said, "and we're going to help it."
Pierce asked the audience to join him
in a fast on Jan. 15, to commemorate
both the Polish workers' struggle and
the birthday of Martin Luther King.
Pierce compared the non-violent
resistance of the Polish people to that of
the Nobel prize-winning King.
"WE'LL TAKE the money we would
have consumed in food that day and
send it to some Polish organization that
can get the aid to the right people,"
Student groups represented at the
rally included the Young Americans for
Freedom and the North American
Study for Polish Affairs. Students
carried signs with the slogans "Poland
now a Soviet prison camp" and "We
support strong U.S. action." ' A large
poster of jailed Solidarity leader Lech
Walesa rested against the doors of the
The rally also served as a fundraiser,
with Solidarity buttons, bumper-
stickers, and t-shirts for sale.
The rally closed with Polish
American Student Association member
Richard Walawender lending shouts of,
"One, two, three, Solidarity. Four,
five, six Reds and Poles don't mix."
STATE SEN. ED Pierce (left) and Solidarity member Richard Knauff lead about 200 students in a chant at yesterday's
Diag rally supporting Solidarity.
his six younger brothers and sisters to the breakfast table
as usual and fished around inside the cereal box for the
plastic toy he ordinarily found there. Instead, he found a
$10,000 certificate. "Mom, this thing says we've won
$10,000," Stan told his mom when he fished it out. The cer-
tificate-for $10,000 in cash or gold coins-was one of only
three such prizes offered in a Golden Grahams giveaway.
"It just shocked the daylights out of us," said Stan's father,
richest. Rose Kirsch claims to have discovered a way to
pick out winners in a bottle cap contest by looking at the
outsides of the caps. In the promotion, called the "Pepsi
Challenge Double Pay-Off," specially marked bottle caps
have symbols hidden on the inside which correspond to cash
prizes of up to $1000. Krisch said she has already picked 21
winning bottle caps by looking at tiny colored markings on
the side of the caps. Pepsi representative Karen Miles in St.
Louis denies the existence of any such system, however.
zis, 6 feet 6 inches, says it's unfair that he's expected to
stoop while other people can hold their heads high. He wan-
ts to organize other people who feel the same way he does.
"We're tired of bending over," he said. "A little man can fit
in a big man's chair, sleep in a big man's bed. But a big man
can't fit into those of a little man." Radzis' home has 14-foot
ceilings and extra-large doorways and bathtubs. Q