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Ninety-Three Years
Editorial Freedom

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Looking up
Partly sunny with a high in the mid-

~o XCIII, No. 135 Copyright 1983, The Michigan Daily Ann Arbor, Michigan - Wednesday, March 23, 1983 Ten Cents Eight Pages

bump and
grind on
"Who will you vote for to be this
week's host - the mannequin, or
Hasbro Crashman?" asks emcee
Bob Tool. Chants of "Vote for Bro"
come from the packed dance floor,
crowded with people adorned in
everything from tuxedoes to New
Wave garb.
It's just another Friday night for the
Safari Dancers of Video DanceSafari,
a student-run, half-hour dance show
broadcast in the Ann Arbor area on
cable channel nine. The 25 to 30 people
dancing to the latest pop, punk, and
funk tunes are are to videotape next
week's show, which is produced by
area students.
"IT'S LIKE American Bandstand,
only local," said University film and
video major Tim Tobisch, who is an
intern with Ann Arbor's Community
Access Television. Community Ac-
cess, which is owned and operated by
the city, provides the shows'
equipment and a studio on the second
floor of the fire station at South Fifth
and Huron.
The idea for the dance show was fir-
st proposed to Community Access last
spring by Video Dance Safari's 20-
year-old originator and producer, Bob
Mittenthal (alias "Bob Tool"). At first
he said, he got no response. "I tried it
Again and the idea was picked up," he
See STUDENTS, Page 2

Law R
The newly elected editorial board of
the Michigan Law Review officially has
adopted the affirmative action
program proposed by the Review's
outgoing editorial board.
The program is a modest affirmative
action plan that will offer membership
to the top two minority students whose
writing samples rank in the upper half
of those submitted.
SHOULD NO minority student's
writing entry rank in the top 50 percent,
however, no minority students will be
offered positions on the Revie* that
year via the affirmative action route.
The number of minorities offered ad-
mission under this affirmative action
plan will be reduced by the number of
minorities offered admission under the
standard, anonymous system. Thus, if
two minority students are offered ad-
mission through the standard,
anonymous system, no minority
students would be selected via the af-
firmative action program.
The program was proposed by the
Review's 1982-83 editorial board in a
lengthy report on Review staff selection
procedures issued last month.
The Review's new editorial board
"firmly adopted" the affirmative ac-
tion plan and other revisions in staff
selection criteria by a 20-10 vote,
Review Managing Editor Marie
Deveney said.
Deveney said the new board voted
solely on whether or not to adopt the

eview board

1982-83 board's lengthy report "as is"
and that at no time was affirmative ac-
tion or any other of the report's com-
ponents discussed.
Since the 1982-83 board's recommen-
dations dealt with several aspects of
staff selection - grade point averages
and writing ability, for example - the
20 to 10 vote should not necessarily be
construed a5 a breakdown along affir-
mative action lines, Deveney said.
Broderick Johnson, chairman of the
Black Law StudentsAlliance, said he
was happy with the Review's decision.
"I think it certainly was important for
the new board to adopt (the affirmative
action program)."
those involved with instituting the af-
firmative action plan, he questioned the
new board's motives.
"I'd be interested to know whether
they adopted it because the old board
recommended it, or because they have
a real deep-rooted concern in getting
minorities on the Review's staff,"
Johnson said.
Johnson said he was concerned with
this because, "if the system isn't
productive (in getting minorities on the
Review's staff), will they come back
and change it?"
WHETHER OR NOT the affirmative
action program is successful in getting
minority representation on the Review
is something that Johnson will have to
wait and see.
.Managing Editor, Deveney said
"we're certainly committed to the af-
firmative action component (of the


... questions board's motives

1982-83 board's report)." She added
that at the end of next year the editorial
board will review the affirmative ac-
tion program and the other staff selec-
tion changes and issue its own report
and recommendation on each.
But for now - unless the Law
School's faculty intervenes, which they
have the power to do - affirmative ac-
tion could play a part in the selection of
the Review's 1983-84 junior staff.
"It would be a surprise (if the faculty
intervened), but that's their
prerogative," Deveney said.

Daily Photo by TODD WOOLF

Students Ellen Strauss and Dan Rivkin, an LSA junior known as "lasbro
Crashman," dance on TV's Video Safari.

r Q

Local lobby grou
over weatherizat

Battle lines are forming between two
Ann Arbor lobby groups over whether
property owners should be required to in-
tall a minimum amount of weatherization
n their rental housing.
The debate centers around a ballot
proposal which, if passed, would require
landlords to install insulation and other
energy-saving devices in rental housing
throughout the city. Proposal A, dubbed
the "weatherization law," will appear on
the April 4 city ballot.
lobby groups say they are in favor of
energy conservation, the conflict over
Wroposal A remains drawn along tenant
versus landlord lines.
Advocates of the proposal, who have
formed a group called the Coalition for
Better Housing (CBH), said they plan to
take their campaign to the streets' today
and tomorrow by handing out "A-OK"
brochures and soliciting donations around
the campus and downtown areas..
Their opponents, Citizens for Rational
Energy Policy (CREP), say they have
already mailed letters to area property
Dwners asking them to fight the proposal.

FRED GRUBER, spokesman for CREP
and former president of the Washtenaw
Property Owners Assoc., said his group's
primary complaint against the proposal is
that it is "inflexible" because it is written
to be a charter amendment. The city coun-
cil may not alter a charter amendment
without approval by public election.
"Everybody is for energy conservation
but the charter amendment route is just
not the thing," Gruber said. CREP also
argues that the proposal is discriminatory
because it singles out landlords for com-
pliance, without making reference to the
energy problems of owner-occupied
homes, public buildings, or industrial or
commercial property.
Gruber said CREP members, among
them most of Ann Arbor's major landlor-
ds, also believe that the mandatory
penalties for non-compliance are "totally
inappropriate for an economic issue,
especially when no cooperation from
residents is required."
BUT DAVID DeVarti, spokesman for
CBH, said many of the objections CREP
has against Proposal A are "distortions
and downright lies."
He said the proposal concentrates on
rental property owners because they have

s clash
ton plan
power over capital investments which will
affect large numbers of tenants. He calls
the issue one of safety because poorly in-
sulated . housing can affect a person's
DeVarti argues that the proposed
penalties for non-compliance are no har-
sher than those required for other laws.
Under the proposal, landlords who cannot
comply because of financial hardship will
be granted multiple extensions.
"IT'S GOING TO take money out of the
landlords' pockets to insulate and out of
the tenants' pockets if landlords don't in-
sulate," DeVarti said. "As it is, there are
no incentives for landlords to insulate
... Since roofs aren't allowed to lead
water, a renter should be able to get roofs
that don't leak heat."
Maureen Delp, an advocate of Proposal
A and program director for the Ann Arbor
Tenants Union, agrees. She said she has
heard complaints from a number of tenan-
ts whose "heating bill was higher than
their rents.
"There is a certain degree of insulation
protection tenants deserve," she said.
BECAUSE A weatherization plan in the
form of a city ordinance would be more
See LOCAL, Page 2

Daily Photo by JON SNOW
Last call
Greg Panzica, Beta Theta Pi fraternity member, races to fill his teammates' glasses with beer in the Waiter
Race yesterday. The "waiters" ran between a keg and drinkers, and the team that drank the most beer won
the Greek Week event.

Thief snatches radioactive sign

The thief who snatched an exit sign
from the Michigan Union Monday night
is in for a little surprise. It seems the
sign contains radioactive materials.
Monday night, someone walked off
with an exit sign from outside the com-
puter terminals at the Union, officials
said. The sign, a standard exit marker,

contains a glass vial of radioactive
materials which could be released "if
the sign is damaged or if somebody
tampers with it," said Dennis Jawor-
ski, supervisor of computer operations.
THE TOXIC material is used to keep
the red lights glowing at all times, to
prevent the sign from going out in a fire
or power failure Jaworski said.

Still, the health risk from exposure to
the vial is minimal. "They're not going
to drop dead, but it is an unnecessary
exposure to radiation," Jaworski said.
He said he didn't know what long term
effects the radiation would have.
The sign was ripped out of the ceiling.
"It was something we didn't assume
someone would take, which was a

mistake," Jaworski said.
JAWORSKI HOPES that the person
who has the sign will return it to
prevent health risks to innocent people
who may be exposed to the vial.
As for the whereabouts of the sign,
Jaworski says he has no clues. "It's
probably just sitting in a dorm room,"
he said.

Daily Photo by JON SNOW
A sign like the one above was stolen Monday night from the new computing
center in the Union, and officials said yesterday the stolen sign contained
dangerous radioactive material which could escape if the sign is damaged.

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Scheduling troubles
F YOU CHECK the schedule for next fall's classes,
you may have noticed that the first two days of classes
on Sept. 8 and 9 coincide with Rosh Hashanah. But the
University noticed, too, and students need not worry
about losing their spaces in classes where non-attendance
San th Aw nawdrn mean a vin onnihve to the onurse for

some say is already too short, and decided not to begin the
term earlier because out-of-state students would have to
spend the money to go home for the holiday just after they
had arrived in town for classes.
Beverage wars
MILK AND BEER are vying for recognition as the of-
ficial thirst-quencher of Wisconsin, a state noted for
its dairies and its breweries. Rep. Steven Brist of Chippewa
Falls, is drafting a resolution suggesting that milk be given
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Farming governor
WINNING A MILKING contest is udderly simple, says
Indiana Gov. Robert Orr-you just have to pick the
right cow. Orr snapped Lt. Gov. John Mutz's two-year win-
ning streak in the Agriculture Day cow milking contest
Monday by squirting two-thirds of a cup in two minutes.
The governor, winning the coin toss, chose a black and
white matron by the name of Betsy, who had already spilled
some milk onto the bricks outside the city market. Mimi, a
butter-colored cow, was left to Mutz. Although the governor
later modestly credited his success to choosing Betsy, ob-

ding houses, and of the use and presence of liquor in student
quarters, but did not forbid them.
Also on this date in history:
" 1942 - A group of campus leaders met with University
authorities to discuss forming a new group to channel all
student efforts to support the war through one centralized
" 1953 - A Daily survey of 30 campus organizations
showed membership trends away from student government
positions and toward activities such as dramatic and
musical groups.
. 1A - University Vice President and Dean of Facult




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