Ninety-fo ur Years
Edit orial Freedom
A sunny spring day with highs
Copyright 1984, The Michigan Daily
Ann Arbor, Michigan - Saturday, April 7, 1984
Security snips blue yarn fence
By CLAUDIA GREEN
No Code: Do you know there's a boycott of classes today to
protest the non-academic code?
Student: Yeah, I do.
No Code: Are you going to class?
Student: Got to.
No Code: Why?
Student: Got Stats 402. Got to
Academic pressure and apathy prevailed yesterday over
efforts by the group "No Code" to persuade students to skip
classes in protest of the proposed code of non-academic con-
Between 9 .m. and noon yesterday, code opponents en-
closed most of central campus with a single strand of blue
yarn to keep students from going to class.
DESPITE the yarn and picket line of chanting No Code
members, for the most part, students went to class as usual.
Protesters tucked pamphlets in students' hands urging
them to read about the code, with an occasional warning not
to trip over the yarn.
"Mind your toes!" said one picketer as a student stepped
over the blue line.
.BUT BY 9:10 a.m., the first piece of yarn was broken by a
man walking through the East Engineering arch. And as the
morning wore on, the yarn fence suffered more tears.
At 10:30 a.m. campus security officials removed most of
the yarn surrounding campus saying that the string was a
No Code organized the protest to show opposition for the
University's proposed non-academic conduct code that would
punish students for such acts as arson, theft, vandalism, and
some types of civil disobedience - such as yesterday's
demonstration. A University judiciary would be appointed to
enforce the code's rules.
CURRENTLY, the University relies on civil and criminal
authorities to handle such incidents. Under the code san-
Molly Adams, a Residential College senior, displays the slogan "Freeze 7.02"
University Regents bylaw 7.02 requires MSA approval before the regents
Doily Photos by BRIAN MASCK
on her face during the protest yesterday.
could adopt the Code of Non-Academic
GEO warning letter
has error, says
'By CURTIS MAXWELL '
Teaching assistants received letters from the Univ-
ersity this week urging them to pay dues to the
Graduate Employees Organization, but the notice
said TAs who refused the request would not lose
their jobs before the end of classes.
Under GEO's contract, TAs who fail to pay union
dues could be fired, but University officials said
yesterday GEO improperly notified TAs of the
requirement. All TAs must pay dues, even if they
aren't members of the union.
UNIVERSITY personnel manager Dan Gamble
said GEO violated their contract by sending TAs
form letters instead of individual notices last month
about the unpaid dues. Because of that error, Gamble
said the University will not fire teaching assistants
who haven't paid the fee unless GEO sends the TAs
"We don't consider (GEO's) letter appropriate,"
Gamble said. '"The letters GEO sent out were not
personally addressed (to TAs) with the specific
Termination proceedings have not begun for any of
the 47 TAs who received letters this week, Gamble
GEO LEADER Gene Goldenfeld said yesterday he
planned to file a grievance objecting to the
University's complaint about GEO's letter.
But even if the University was willing to comply
with the contract, termination proceedings would not
take place before the end of this term, Gamble added.
The University's charge that GEO did not tell TAs
of the specific amount of dues they owe is unfair, said
union vice president Jane Holzka. A formula for
determing how much a TA had to pay was included in
GEO's letter, Holzka said.
The amount of dues TAs pay depends on how many
hours they teach, Holzka explained. Dues for
teaching assistants range from $24 to $60 a term.
Of the 47 TAs who received letters from GEO, nine
have already paid union fees, Holzka said.
If GEO mails TAs individual letters, under the union
contract the University will have 15 days to fire
teaching assistants and staff advisers who haven't
paid union dues.
Wendy Schumacher, an LSA senior, crawls over the
picket line in front of Angell Hall yesterday.
ctions range from work projects to expulsion.
The main thrust of yeserday's protest was objection to a
possible change in the regent's bylays that would allow the
guidelines to be passed without the Michigan Student Assem-
See CLASSES, Page 5
worker tried to
By GEORGEA KOVANIS
A Univeristy graduate student yesterday testified
before members of the Rackham Student Government
(RSG) election committee that an election worker - who
was supposed to remain impartial - attempted to in-
fluence his voting during last month's election.
The election committee, however, has not yet decided
how to handle the situation because of conflicting eviden-
ACCORDING to Jason Lee, a woman overseeing the
ballot box in the Michigan Union attempted to persuade
him to vote for presidential candidate Angela Gantner.
"Yes, I felt like she was trying to influence me," Lee
told members of the committee last night.
Lee said Vickie Buerger encouraged him to read Gan-
tner's platform, but added that the incident "didn't in-
fluence me in any way."
BUERGER said, however, that she was only trying to
correct Lee's belief that Gantner did not support the
Graduate Employees' Organization (GEO).
She said she told Lee that Gantner also supported GEO,
and she pointed out both candidates' platforms for Lee to
If RSG finds that Buerger attempted to influence voting,
another election may be necessary, said committee
member Clay Hysell.
IF ANOTHER RSG election was called for it would be
the third in three months. After the first election in
February, Gantner's challenger Kodi Abili was charged
with violating the RSG bylaws by handing out mail-in
ballots to voters after the polling booths closed.
However, Abili said Gantner also violated the rules by
campaigning too close to a polling site.
Because of these accusations, a second election was
held in March after RSG revised and clarified election
During the second election, however, severaf people
said they saw Abili standing too close to the polling places
in the LSA building, according to Hysell. Abili is charged
with standing 10 feet away from a door to the building.
RSG members said they expect to discuss this issue at
their weekly Wednesday night meeting.
By DAVID VANKER
Twenty nine students may lose their dormitory
leases for next fall if they faif to comply with the
University's request that they sign a new lease by
next week, housing officials said yesterday.
Although the students initially signed leases March
5, the cost of the dorm room rent listed on the form
was incorrect due to a typographical error.
STUDENTS who have refused to sign the new lease
will receive a letter from the housing office next week
notifying them that their leases will be cancelled if
they don't comply with the request, said Housing
Advisor Marlene Mantyk.
An earlier letter, mailed to more than 100 students
March 22, stated that the price for a triple dormitory
room is $2,452.10 instead of $2,194.46 - the price listed
on the original leases.
Students were given until April 3 to sign new leases.
As of yesterday, 81 students have complied with the
University's request, Mantyk said.
SOUTH QUAD resident Joseph Roberts said he
would sue the University if his lease for a triple room
next fall is cancelled. Roberts, an LSA freshman, said
the University must honor the initial lease.
"We purchased the lease," Roberts said. "We
weren't aware that .. .an incorrect price (was
What a mess
CAT LOVERS, BEWARE - you are probably brea
an Ann Arbor ordinance. But City Council is lookii
Roberts said he would not file suit until the housing
office actually terminates his lease. "We haven't
heard anything yet, so we're just sitting on it now."
IT'S LIKELY THAT the University would be bound
to the first lease if students could prove they were
unaware of the price error when signing the form,
said Jonathan Rose, an attorney at Student Legal
But the University would probably win a suit if they
could prove that a student was trying to take
advantage of the mistake in order to pay less for a
dormitory room, Rose added.
Most students, however, are following the housing
office's recommendation and signing the new leases.
Although LSA Freshmen Tom Horsley, Steve
Klaczynski, and Todd Shanker were holding off on
signing a new lease, they complied this week.
"We ended up signing to secure our room,"
Klaczynski added that Housing Director Leroy
Williams said if Roberts or other students file suit
and the University loses, the housing office will
probably charge all students the lower price.
Williams could not be reached for comment
Easy does it Daily Photo by BRIAN MASCK
Displaying perfect form, Michigan tennis player Jim Sharton returns
a volley in yesterday's match against Northwestern. Sharton downed
his opponent in straight sets, and the Blue knocked off Northwestern,
5-4. See story page 8.
garbage men can get out of the way of the flying dust. But
alas, the whole council was tossed into confusion when City
Attorney Bruce Laidlaw said he would "never be able to
prosecute someone because they didn't label their kitty lit-
ter." But for that matter, the city can't really enforce an
ordinance callint for sealed, double-thick bags,,either, poin-
ted out Lowell Peterson (D-First Ward). Stymied, Council
decided to table the issue until next week.
The Piccolo Gap
parity with the musicians behind the iron curtain. For all
you doom-sayers, however, Downy insisted that it is not yet
too late. "With our technological advantage in com-
puterized musical synthesizers, a single GI could deliver
the harmonic power" equivelent to' "a brigade of
bassoonists," he said. The plan has its risks, however.
Soviet concern over Western proficiency on conventional
musical instruments may be seen in the Kremlin's hostile
reaction to the deployment of new American-made
saxophones in NATO countries. In the Middle East, in par-
ticular, there is a need for sight-reading bands that can
whin un a 4-4 beat on a moment's notice, without nrior
Also on this date in history:
" 1909 - The student governmnent planned to solicit
$1,000 to purchase a gift for then-president James Burl
" 1969 - While other schools faced the budget ax, the
education school was promised that it would be the highest
priority on that year's budget.
* 1975 - CRISP began its first day of operation that year,
but a "slight hitch" in the new computer kept students
waiting in line for up to two hours. I