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Ninety-four Years
of
Editorial Freedom

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Cloudy, windy,-and rainy for this
third day of spring. Highs in the
low thirties.

IAL

Vol 1XCIV-No. 136

Copyright 1984, The Michigan Daily

Ann Arbor, Michigan - Thursday, March 22, 1984

Fifteen Cents

Eight Pages

Candidates
debate role.
of po ics
in MSA
By MARCY FLEISHER
The five presidential candidates for
the Michigan Student Assembly last
night split on whether MSA should be
taking "political stands."
In the groups first formal debate,
MSA candidates presented their party
platform to about 50 people gathered in
the Pendleton Room of the Michigan
Union. Many of the audience members
were candidates on one of the party
tickets.
PRESIDENTIAL candidate Scott
Page of the SMART 4party believes that
the assembly "should fund political
groups within reason. "Page said that it
is necessary for the students to have a
political voice.
According to Mark Weinstein of It's
Our University (IOU), "MSA has to be
political as they are a governmental
organization. Two-thirds of the groups
registered with MSA are political." ,
However, Responsible Assembly
Party (RAP) vice presidential
See CANDIDATES, Page 2
0
S Cun cil

Org anization
buys site for

Daily Photo by DOUG McMAHON

MSA presidential candidates Andrew Plevin (LMNOP), Jim Frego (RAP), Ron Senkowski (YOU!), Scott Page
(SMART), and Marc Weinstein (IOU), answer questions from the audience on their party platforms last night at the
Union.
waives rape rally fee

eitys h
By ERIC MATTSON
After several unsuccessful attempts
to find a permanent shelter for the
city's homeless, a local non-profit
group came up with a solution this
week.
Members of the recently formed
organization announced Monday that
they purchased a church at 420 W.
Huron to convert into a permanent
shelter for Ann Arbor's homeless.
THE CITY will fund the $25,000
downpayment on the church which cost
$76,000, said Councilman Larry Hunter
(D-First Ward). The remaining funds will
come from the city, charity
organizations, and the federal gover-
nment, he said.
Hunter said the church could house 25
people and is expected to open in three
months after renovations are com-
pleted.
Until then, the .city's homeless will
continue to use St. Andrew's Episcopal
Church at 306 N. Division. Arbor
Haven, an emergency housing unit
operated by the Salvation Army, will
also continue to provide shelter for in-
digents, Hunter said.
BEFORE Council established, the
non-profit organization in January,
another group, the Advisory Committee
on Emergency Housing proposed that
the shelter be located next . to St:
Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church at 415
N. Fourth Ave.
But church officials objected to the
proposed site because they were con-
cerned about "the safety of
parishione'rs," especially women,
children, and the elderly.
Similar opposition isn't expected with
the newly-purchased site, located near
Lurie Terrace a senior citizen's home,
Hunter said.

o0meless
But because "there's always op-
position," Hunter.said a public meeting
will be held tomorrow night at 7:30 at
St. Andrew's to discuss the site.
The church has been vacant for about
four years and will need repairs on the
roof and bathrooms to pass city inspec-
tion codes, said City Building Director
Jack Donaldson. Walls will also need to
be built inside the church, Donaldson
added.
Members of the non-profit Shelter
Organization will work as staff and
volunteers at the shelter, Hunter said.
Sup reme,
Court
hears
et
pligt 'Of
hom;ele ss,
WASHINGTON (UPI) - The poor
and homeless must be allowed to sleep
in tent cities - including one across
from the White House- ifthey are to
win the compassion of the nation,
lawyers told the Supreme Court yester-
day.
The American Civil Liberties Union
told the nine justices that sleeping en
masse in public parks is the only way
the homeless can express their plight.
See HIGl,Page 2

By SUSAN ANGEL
City Council voted unanimously Mon-
day night to 'waive police protection
fees for the fifth annual "Take Back the
Night" march and declared April Rape
Prevention Month.
Members of the Ann Arbor Coalition
Against Rape, the group sponsoring the
Srally scheduled for April 20, said it
would be difficult to pay the $150
charge for police escorts.
"THE GROUP is not highly
bankrolled and a grassroots effort
would be required to raise the.
money," said Councilran Lowell
Peterson (D-First Ward) who spon-
sored the waiver proposal.

'The march is for women to symbolically
reclaim the night. Women need to do it them-
selves because men already have the
night.' - Maureen Fitzsimons
LSA Senior

ding to group member PDiptiGhosh.
The demonstration, which has drawn
a crowd of nearly 1,500 in past years, is
restricted to women. Protesters will
march on a lengthy route throughcam-
pus and downtown Ann Arbor, said
Ghosh.
"The march is for women to sym-
bolically reclaim the night. Women
need to do it by themselves because
men already have the night," explained
Coalition member and LSA Senior
Maureen Fitzsimons, who presented
the proposal to council Monday night.
The march provides a chance for
"women to say rape is an :ct of violen-
°" and not a sexual'act,"'added'Ghosh.
"Women should be able to walk alone at
night."

Police protection is required for any
demoffstration that would block traffic
on city streets, said Peterson.
Council has no guidelines for deter-
raining which groups should receive a

fee waiver, but evaluates requests in-
dividually, Peterson said. In past
years, the group haspaid the fee.
WAIVING THE fee was a "nice way
to show support for the march," accor-

Panel passes sta
By CLAUDIA GREEN
with wire reports
LANSING - A measure establishing a program pro-
viding state college scholarships based solely on merit, not
financial need was approved by the Senate Appropriations
Committee yesterday.
Sponsor Sen. William Sederburg said students who score in
the top 8 percent on college entrance exams will receive $500
a year for four years. The program would affect about 5,000
students.
BUT UNIVERSITY financial aid director Harvey Grotrian
said the program would probably not be approved by the full
Senate or House because it would eventually cost the state
about $10 million,.
In 1978, a similar merit-based scholarship program that
'promised students in the state $1 million in aid, was
abandoned after three years.

"
te merit grants
"The state can't afford the program to give dollars to
students who don't need those dollars," said Grotrian.
UNIVERSITY and federal financial aid programs for
students who cannot afford tuition costs are so underfunded
that starting a program based solely on merit isunjustified,
Grotrian said.
Currently the University already has three grant
programs based only on academic achievement, he added.
If the program was approved, however, Grotrian said the
University would receive the majority of the funds because
the state's highest ranked students usually come to the
University.
Many scholarship winners under the 1978 program
attended the University, Grotrian-explained.
The Senate committee's move was, in response to Gov.
James Blanchard's request in January to set up state-funded
merit-based scholarships for college students, said Grotrian."

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' RSG
member
to fight
Stax fee in
capitol

By JOHN ARNTZ
Rackham Student Government
representative and presidential can-
didate Angela Gantner announced last
night she will go to Washington, D.C. to
fight for a non-taxable tuition waiver
bill for graduate student Teaching
Assistants.
At last night's RSG meeting, Gantner
said she will leave Friday to participate
in National Student Lobby Day Monday.
UNDER A federal bill, TA's tuition
was not taxed for the past five years.
That bill, however, expired December
31, 1983.
A new bill exempting tuition from
taxation will go into effect July 31, 1984,
but taxes paid out before then will not

be refunded by either the government
or the University.
Teaching assistants at the University
are not paid directly for teaching. Their
wages go into their student account to
cover tuition costs, so they are taxed
monthly for money they never actually
handle.
CURRENTLY TAs must pay taxes on
one-third of their tuition.
Gantner said University TAs have
been the hardest hit since the bill ex-
pired because currently Michigan is the
only state taking taxes on a monthly
basis.
However, students at other univer-
sities will have to pay all of their taxes
See RSG, Page 2

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Daily Photo by DOUG McMAHON
Spring sing
Sorority and fraternity memberships sing "Over The Rainbow" at Greek Sing last night at Hill Auditorium. Each group
participating vied for points as part of the Greek Week competition.

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TODAY-
Misperceptions?
AMES WATT a bad Interior secretary? Horse
manure. The former Reagan underling, who quit
amid an uproar over a series of unsavory remarks,
told a group of reporters yesterday -that he was

presidency, Watt said, the administration set aside 900,000
acres of land as additional wilderness, while as Interior
secretary he recommended that more than 1.5 million acres
be added for protection in 1981 alone. "I have a marvelous
record, the finest record ever put together by any admin-
stration," he declared. "If I'm trying to restore AMerica's
greatness, I was a marvelous success." Q
The birds
A ND YOU THOUGHT it was just Hitchcock's warped

- the droppings, said Rhonda Liles, a specialist with the.
Texas Rodent and Animal Control Service. "There might
be 10,000 or 15,000 birds there," she said. The grackles
members of the black bird family, are in the midst of their
night roost, according to Kay McCracken, an authority on
bird-brained behavior. "They do this at a number of places
every winter," she said. "It just happens to be on Ocean
Drive this year." The noisy birds won't be making life dif-
ficult for too much longer, though. In a couple of weeks, ac-
cording to McCracken, the grackles will find mates and be
off. Their desire for privacy (in order to make little

rumors that the president would attend the annual smoking
festival.
Also on this date in history:
* 1968 - The University accepted $750,000 from the state
to begin construction of the Modern Languages Building;
" 1976 - The University's DNA research policy group
gave the go-ahead for professors to engage in most forms of
controversial genetic research;
* 1977 - A $39,000 study commissioned by the Mayor's
Blue Ribbon Committee on Fair Rental Practice concluded
that Ann Arbor housing is expensive, scarce, and of low

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