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Ninety-Two Years
Editorial Freedom

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Cooler today with rain
showers turning to snow
showers and a high around
40, on this less-than-
desirable first day of

b Vol. XCII, No. 134

Copyright 1982, The Michigan Qaily

Ann Arbor, Michigan-Sunday, March 21, 1982

Ten Cents

Eight Pages


Mob. clashes


Nazis at rally
About 50 police officers with riot gear stormed through a mob
gathered outside the Federal Building yesterday to rescue 15 neo-
Nazis who had been cornered and were fighting with demon-
The Nazis, who had originally planned to rally in front of City
Hall, made a surprise appearance at the Federal Building on
Liberty St. instead and staged a brief "anti-communism rally"'
before being driven back by the surging mob.

MORE THAN 1,200 demonstrators
had gathered at City Hall, where the
Nazis were expected to show up. But af-
ter learning that the Nazis were instead
rallying at the Federal Building, many
demonstrators marched the two blocks
to the plaza, chanting anti-Nazi
At the Federal Building, shouting
matches escalated and the mob forced
the Nazis back toward the building's
glass entrance, pelting them with rocks
and chunks of ice.
After two of the building's glass doors
were smashed by rocks and as the
demonstrators clashed with the Nazis
waving clubs and sticks, police equip-
ped with riot gear charged through the
crowd and formed a protective circle
around the group.
POLICE THEN escorted the group
around the Federal Building to a
parking lot where the group's van was
supposed to be parked. The group's
driver, however, had left the area and
the group was forced to cower against
the wall of another building, protecting
themselves with shields bearing
swastikas as demonstrators hurled bot-
tles and rocks over the police line.
Police then cleared a path down
Fourth St., jabbing demonstrators with
Daily staff writers Andrew
Chapman, David Meyer, David
Spak, Fannie Weinstein, and Barry
Witt filed reports for this story. It
was written by Meyer.

nightsticks to make way for a police
bus, which inched through the mob. The
Nazis were still fending off rocks and
bottles with their shields, as police her-
ded them onto the bus, which then
whisked the Nazis to safety.
The Nazis unexpectedly appeared on
the steps of the Federal Building at
noon before about 50 passers-by and
others who were preparing for a
peaceful 1 p.m. counter-demonstration.
Two blocks away, a group of some 1,200
protestors and almost the entire Ann
Arbor police force waited for the Nazis
to show up at City Hall.
ABOUT 10 minutes later, one demon-
strator at City Hall heard from police
that the Nazis were two blocks away.
He ran from the police into the crowd,
shouting "They're at the Post Office.
The Nazis are at the Post Office.
Minutes later the demonstratc's
filled Fifth St. and began marching
toward the Federal Building. When
they arrived, they found the Nazis
standing on the steps of the Federal
Building, displaying anti-communist
signs and speaking out against the
As increasing numbers of the demon-
strators streamed onto the plaza, the
Nazis retreated against a wall of the
Federal Building.
The growing mob closed in on the
Nazis, who were wearing riot helmets
and wielding nightsticks. The Nazis
were soon cornered against the glass
See NAZIS, Page 8

Daily Photo by KIM HILL

NEO-NAZIS, cornered by the entrance to the Federal Building, fend off demon-
strators with nightsticks and riot gear. Some of the more than 1,000 demonstrators
had rushed the group of 15 neo-Nazis fighting them with rocks and posts from

picket signs. About 50 police with riot gear were required to rescue the Nazis from
the demonstrators. The man with black cap at right, one of the neo-Nazis, was
later seen bleeding from his face.

Hi-tech issues discussed at forum
By JIM SPARKS influence in Michigan's high techno
and SCOTT STUCKAL s would like to point out my optimism that there rocsdevelopment, n d impact st
ThP pointl optimism'a waant of robtis adig technology


voice in the state's high technology
development efforts, and they want to
know the impact the new industry will
have on their state, their jobs, and their
lives, according to participants in a
local high technology conference
Representatives of labor, business,
and academia met at Rackham Hall to
discuss "Robotics and High
Technology: A new direction for
Michigan?" with an audience of about
650 students, scientists, and industry
A GROUP OF students in the School
of Natural Resources organized the
conference with Prof. Bunyan Bryant,
the forum's opening discussion
moderator. The students said they were

is much good that will come from this (new)
-Daniel A tkins
acting director, CRIM

hoping to present a broad range of
discussion on Michigan's high
technology efforts.,
"In a nutshell, there's a real question
as to whether high technology is a
miracle cure for what's ailing
Michigan," said City Councilmember
Lowell Peterson (D-Second Ward), a
participant in one of the sessions of the
conference, "Ann Arbor: Another
Silicon Valley?"

"In the community meetings I have
attended where the question of high
technology has been raised, the
speakers have all been representatives
of high technology," he said.
ALTHOUGH high technology infusion
"could help the Ann Arbor area,
because of job loss, it could be bad for
the state," Peterson said.
Several speakers at the conference
said that, in addition to a strong public

"The real question is who decides the
process of high technology develop-
ment, and what will the impact be,"
said Harley Shaiken, a researcher for
the Massachusetts Institute of
"THE STATISTICS that Chrysler has
come up with is that one robot will
replace one point seven workers and
two point seven assembly line
workers," he said.
Joel Yudken, a researcher on. the
mid-peninsula project in California's
Silicon Valley, emphasized that that
area has . high unemployment,
especially among minorities and un-
See ECONOMIC, Page 2


Daily Photo by JON SNOW
College Prof. Carl Cohen speaks to a "human dignity" rally

Human dignity rally
goes on as scheduled

'U' staff
to begin

Increasing tensions surrounding recently announced
program reviews have led University faculty and
administrators to initiate at least two courses of ac-
tion aimed at calming fears of severe budget cuts or
Administrators announced on Thursday that the
schools of Art, Education, and Natural Resources
will be the first three academic units reviewed under
the University's Five-Year Plan.
IN AN OPEN letter scheduled for release
tomorrow to the University community, Vice
President for Academic Affairs Billy Frye explained
the upcoming review procedures while expressing his
regret that such drastic actions have become
"I want to convey the sense of.reluctance that we
share in taking this action," Frye wrote in the letter.
"We are mindful of the adverse effects that the mere

announcement of these reviews is likely to have.
"Most notably, the important scholarly endeavors
of many faculty and student colleagues will be upset
by these activities," Frye explained. "It deeply sad-
dens us that so high a price will be exacted from
valuable members of the community."
According to Frye, the current reviews are "only a
manifestation of the persistent underfunding of the
University of Michigan by our state government over
the last decade."
In another move, faculty and staff at the School of
Art said yesterday that they will conduct an open
meeting tomorrow to discuss the review process as
well as address student concerns.
"I'm going to try to do my best to acquaint students
with how these reviews take place," said School of
Art Dean George Bayliss. "I don't want students to
think that this i's a forced march or execution."
The meeting is scheduled for 3 p.m. in the School of
Art and Architecture auditorium on the University's
North Campus, Bayliss said.

Amid the rubble of broken glass,
streams of broken eggs and splattered
vegetables on the steps of the Federal
Building-the only traces of yester-
day morning's violent confrontation
between a group of neo-Nazis and coun-
ter-demonstrators-a "peaceful rally
affirming human dignity and freedom"
went on as scheduled at 1 p.m.
The last-minute decision by the
Detroit-based Security Services Action
Group to march at the Federal Building
-rather than in front of City Hall, as
they had announced-raised no
question of cancelling the afternoon
rally for peace, according to its leaders.
"I'M NOT surprised that the Nazis
came down here," said Rabbi Allan
Kensky, an organizer of the coalition of
25 groups sponsoring the 1 p.m. rally.

"We were going to go on regardless. We
wanted to make a positive statement."
Drawing a crowd of about 350, the af-
ternoon rally was a very different
response to the Nazi march than the
earlier counter-demonstrations in-
volving more than 1,000 protestors.
"I think we brought many people
together, people of all backgrounds,
faiths, and ethnic groups," Kensky
said. "We're hoping that this is not the
end, but is just the beginning, of the
cause f'or human dignity."
MAYOR LOUIS Belcher, describing
the neo-Nazis as "repugnant," told the
crowd that they were gathered "to reaf-
firm our belief that every citizen has
certain inalienable rights."
State Rep. Perry Bullard (D-Ann Ar-
bor), spoke about the goals of
See HUMAN, Page 3

Straight from the tap
HE PECULIAR taste and odor which Ann Arbor
residents had the pleasure of experiencing early
this week in their tap water was "directly related
to the flooding of local rivers," according to Larry
Sanford, assistant superintendent of the city's water treat-
ment plant. The source of the unusual taste and odor was
"totally organic," he said. "The river tastes like that all the
time. As the volume of the river water rose, so did the quan-
tity of material which produces the offensive taste and

prepared and many of the members hadn't gotten around to
saying whether they would show up. But that was expected,
and somehow the Procrastinator's Club of America awards
banquet went off right on schedule, honoring two states and
the world itself for defying time. The Philadelphia-based
organization, founded in 1956, boasts 4,000 members world-
wide. "Well, that's 4,000 who are paid up," club president
Les Waas said. "We think we have at least half a million
more who haven't paid yet. We've held banquests at least
half the years since we've been founded," Waas said,
tongue firmly implanted in cheek. "We hold them whenever
we figure it's been a while since we had the last one." The

Cleaning up the act
Tales from the stadium floor: candy bar wrappers and
cups of tobacco juice mean country-and-western. The
remains of funny-looking cigarettes mean rock'n'roll. The
cleanup crews at the University of Florida's O'Connell Cen-
ter, site of concerts and athletic events, say they can judge
a crowd by its trash. "Ican tell you what the event is I'm
cleaning up after, just by the garbage pile," said Dan
Burghoffer, an engineering student who works part-time
cleaning up the facility. "One sure sign is a lot of those
Snicker's candy bar wrappers. You know it was a country-
and-western cnncert " Rurghnffer said. Clenn sunervisor

chemical similar to tear gas. The local chapter of the
Congress of Racial Equality unanimously asserted "the
Ann Arbor Police Department has demonstrated a racist
attitude toward the Black Community in the inhumane
treatment of Black people."
Also on this date in history:
" 1974- Regent Gerald Dunn told the Daily he planned to
introduce 'a motion calling for public disclosure of all
University employees'salaries.
* 1972- A two-day suspension of all architecture classes,
in an attempt by the department to "rethink" its programs,
ended. :
* 1945- Comnulonrv nnt-war miiitarv training is the




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