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The Michigan Daily - Friday, March 16, 1984 - Page 7
Rally draws old and new

opponents of con

.By CLAUDIA GREEN
Chanting "No code, no code," about
100 people gathered in the Diag yester-
day afternoon to protest the proposed
student code of non-academic conduct.
"If we stay calm, nothing happens,"
said Andrew Plevin, an LSA
sophomore. "(The administration) is
saying 'sit down, don't worry about it.'
What we need is student participation
rising against the code."
STANDING in the damp chill, code
opponents handed out literature and
vocally expressed their disapproval of
the proposed policy.
Under the code, the University could
punish students for committing arson,
sexual harassment, assault, theft, van-
dalism, and some types of civil
disobedience - acts that are currently
left to civil authorities to enforce.
Student offenders would go before a
University appointed hearing officer
and in most cases be tried by a hearing
board.
Opponents say the code would im-
properly place the University in the
role of a police agency.
ANN ARBOR City Councilman
Lowell Peterson (D-lst Ward), a first-

year law student, said he fears the
University might "kick people out of
school" for participating in sit-ins and
other demonstrations if the regents
adopt the code.
Peterson said students, not the
University, should be in control of
disciplinary policies on campus. "We
don't want them to protect us, we want
to protect ourselves. This is our Univer-
sity, after all," he said.
Arthur Richard, an LSA freshman at
the rally, said he fears the code will
take away students' ability to learn
responsibility.
"COLLEGE is making us into an
adult,"Richard said. "If you can't live
as an adult, you'll never be one."
Three hours after the rally ended, the
protesters reconvened in Regents Plaza
and entered the public comments
session of the regents monthly meeting.
In the session, Richard Mulholland,
an LSA junior, and Jonathan Rose, an
attorney in Student Ldgal Services both
picked out sections of the code they said
violate constitutional law. Mulholland
pointed to the fact that the University
can discipline a student for an alleged
violation, even though a criminal court
may not have reached a verdict on the

uct cod
same incident.
"A PERSON dealt with in this fashion.
is twice put in jeopardy for the same of-
fense," Mulholland said.
Eric Schnaufer, a graduate studeht in
the "No Code" group, demanded .that
students participate in any changes in
the code.
"We demand that the revision;f the
code be turned over in its entirety to
MSA and the widest array of student
groups," Schnaufer said.
Earlier in the meeting, President
Harold Shapiro stated that a reg'ental
vote on the code will probably not take
place until the fall.

Daily Photo by TOD WOOLF
LSA sophomore Debbie Hirsch shows her opposition to the proposed student code of non-academic conduct at a rally in
the Diag yesterday afternoon.
St. Louis trash bill may hurt poor

ST. LOUIS (AP) - The city wants to
ban scavengers from picking through
residential garbage for food and
aluminum cans, but opponents have
denounced the measure as an unfeeling
slap at the poor and homeless who are
just trying to stay alive.
"They call the Reagan ad-
ministration cold, but I see more cold-
ness on the local level," said the Rev.
Larry Rice. "Now they're trying to
make trash and garbage city property
and deny it to the people that survive on
Vit."
"YOU NEVER hear the politicians
addressing the problems of the
homeless and needy," said Rice, whose
New Life Evangelistic Center provides
shelter for the homeless. "But by
suggesting this law they are admitting
that there must be people out there who
need to scavenge through trash and
garbage to live."
The city's aldermanic Streets and
Wharves Committee has approved a
bill that would make it a crime to rum-
' mage through trash =cans, punishable
by a fine of up to $500.
Streets Director James Shea said the
law is needed to keep scavengers from
littering alleys. It still must be ap-
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proved by the full board, with a vote set
for next week, and signed by Mayor
Vincent Schoemehl.
SHEA SAID it is not aimed at poor
people and would apply only to residen-
tial areas, not commercial areas where
most indigents search for food and
recyclable aluminum cans.

"On a good day, one of these guys can
make $7 or $8," he said. "But some of
them are also trying to find food the
only way the can."
A MAN who identified himself only as
Esmore, 33, said he has been on the
streets for two years and can eat fairly
well from garbage cans, especially

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and garbage city property and deny it to the
people that survive on it.'
- The Rev. Larry Rice
St. Louis resident

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Shea said he's received more than 100
complaints from residents about people
rifling their garbage and creating
messes. But he and Refuse Com-
missioner Nick Yung say it's hard to
pin down complaints because most
come by phone or letters signed only
"concerned citizen."
Rice said most scavengers collect
aluminum cans for sale to recycling
centers at up to 30 cents a pound.

those behind fast-food restaurants and
grocery stores.
"I only do it when I get hungry," he
said. "And I only eat the clean
food...I've gotten sick from it a few
times, but not too often."
The number of scavengers has in-
creased over the past few years due to
the slumping economy and to cutbacks
in state funding for mental health
programs, officials say.

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