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Ninety-five Years
Of
Editorial Freedom

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Activism
Mostly cloudy with a chance of
showers. High in the 60s.

Vol. XCV, No. 155 Copyright 1985, The Michigan Daily Ann Arbor, Michigan - Sunday, April 14, 1985 Fifteen Cents Eight Pages
_pring. ever

Apartleidprotests
["EiIMUIBERKELEY:

Polish TA still
recalls her fight
.for Soli darity

NEW YORK - When students at Columbia Univer-
sity began their anti-apartheid blockade of Hamilton
Hall last week the obvious comparisons were made
betweeen them and their activist predecessors of the
1960s.
But yesterday, th- two generations of protesters
stood side by side as 50 Columbia alumni who par-
ticipted in the 1968 anti-war protests returned to the
scene of their civil disobedience to support the-
students.
"WE'RE NOT here for nostalgia," Helen Meyers, a
1969 graduate told the 300 person human blockade of
Hamilton Hall. "We've never stopped our commit-
ment," she said. "We're still looking for places to
take our stance. This is the time and the place."
The alumni, carrying a baner reading "Alumni of
'68 supports you," sat down with the students on the
building's front steps.
ELEVEN DAYS ago, 20 students chained the main
entrance to the building and started a sit-in in front of
its doors. The protesters are attempting to pressure
the university into divesting its stocks in companies
that do business in South Africa. The crowd has since
grown to as many as 500.
"You teach us and continue to be our backbone,"
Tony Glover, a Columbia senior involved in the
protest, told the alumni. "The issues are different but
have the same degree of commitment. We fight with
See COLUMBIA, Page 3

By RITA GIRARDI
Her fork stops halfway to her mouth,
hovers a moment, then descends back
onto the plate. Kasia Kietlinska has
hardly touched her lunch since she
began talking a half hour earlier.
Praofile
"It was the most exciting period of
my life. It gave us the sense of being
important," she says. Born and raised
in Gdansk, Poland, the 29-year-old
Kietlinska is eagerly trying to explain
how she became involved in Solidarity,
the Polish worker's union.
A compact woman with short, curly
red hair, strong features, and glasses,
Kietlinska looks more like a Bohemian
philosopher than a shipyard union ac-
tivist as she sits eating lunch at Cafe
Fiore.
Kietlinska is currently enrolled in the
English Ph.D. program at the Univer-
sity and is a teaching assistant for
English 355. But before her relatively
quiet days as a student in Ann Arbor,

Kietlinska actively participated in the
tumultous events that surrounded the
formation of Poland's Solidarity Union.
Kietlinska received. an English
degree from the University of Gdansk
in 1978 and later taught there. As a
student, she became involved in a num-
ber of activist movements including the
Committee for the Defense of Workers
and the Young Poland Movement.
During this time she married her
husband Tomasz, an engineer, and in
1979 gave birth to their son Piotrek.
Kietlinska and her family were out of th
country when the first major Solidarity
strike took place in August, 1980.
"One day before it (the strike) star-
ted we went to Budapest ... to have our
first vacation after our son was born. If
we had known, we wouldn't have gone.
It was awful," she says.
"We just spent our vacation in
Budapest sitting near the radio set to
catch the Western radios broadcasting
about what was going on in Poland.
When we came back . . . we went.
straight to the shipyards. It was the last
day of the strike
E XCEPT FOR a slight accent,
Kietlinska's English is flawless.
See 'U', Page 2

Ransby
... led Columbia movement
ANN ARBOR:
tudent seeks
faculty support
By NANCY DRISCOLL
While students at Columbia University and Univer-
sity of California-Berkeley have been protesting
South African apartheid, students here on campus
have been quiet.
But that could all change-if Barbara Ransby has
her way.
RAN SBY, A FIRST-year history grad student at
the University, served as chair of Columbia Univer-
sity's Coalition for a Free South Africa during her
See PROTESTER, Page 2

By PETE WILLIAMS
Special to the Daily
BERKELEY,:Calif. - After three days of intensve-
anti-apartheid protests, student demonstrators at the
University of California-Berkeley yesterday used
their fourth consecutive day on the campus for reor-
ganization and workshops on civil disobedience and
non-violent protests.
But the more than 100 people who have remained on
the front steps of Berkeley's Sproul Hall were not
disappointed with the decreased turnout yesterday.
-Many attributed it to the fact that the majority of the
student populaton is not on campus on weekends.
"THIS IS really our turning point because it is the
weekend period. There are a few people who come to
study or go to the library, but there are not many
people on campus," said Ian Elfenbaum, a senior in
economics who is participating in the protest. "When
school starts again on Monday, we'll know whether
we have peaked out or whether more people will join
in."
Weekends are always hard . . . you just have to
cross your fingers and really hope," said protester
Lorenzo Sadun. "The support you get is from the
people going by."
Sadun is involved with the campus chapter of the
College Democrats - one of the many groups who
have formally pledged support to the action.
"I DON'T know of anyone who doesn't support the
protest," Sadun said. "This is something everyone -
outside of the College Republicans - is in support
of."
See CAL., Page 3

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'U' wants
financial
aid figures
earlier

By RACHEL GOTTLIEB
In an effort to cut down on the risk of
financial aid awards being rescinded by
the state after being awarded to studen-
ts, the University's financial aid direc-
tor has recommended that the state
allocate aid funds for one year in ad-
vance.
Under the current system, financial
aid appropriations are not approved un-
til late June or July - two or three
months after the University promises
students aid awards.

HARVEY Grotrian, the University's
financial aid director made the
recommendation to the University Vice
President for Government Relations,
Richard Kennedy.
Aid officers find that they are often
forced to revise awards when the
legislation is passed. Last year the
University and Michigan State Univer-
sity ; combined had to make 800
revisions.
After revisions, students usually get
the same amount of aid, said Grotrian.
The only difference, he added, is that

they get aid from different sources.
"Revisions are usually viewed by
students as positive because they
generally get more desirable types of
aid. For example, a work-study award
might be exchanged for a grant," said
Tom Scarlett, MSU's financial aid
director.
Nevertheless, Grotrian says the
revisions are confusing and force the
University to assume an unnecessary
risk.
No changes, however, can be made
without state legislature approval.

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TODAY
MS who?
D'YA EVER wonder why a popular bumper
sticker reads: "If you can't get into college, go to
MSU?" Well, here's why. It seems the students
over at "Moo U" have a little problem with name
rvnanitinn The students identified Galileo as an opera

than freshmen, who could only name 18. In their answers,
Some students claimed Mao was a Buddhist leader, Galileo
was an opera singer and several said Picasso painted
Rome's Sistine Chapel. American architect Frank Lloyd
Wright was identified as one of the brothers of aircraft
fame, while painters Rembrant and Rubens were identified
as a classical composer and a sandwhich respectively.

"Hey, friend. I'm going home because my parents went
to Florida to relax."
"Great!"
"Forget that, you foul nerd. You're too excited, man. If
you vomit, you'll do poorly on your test and be really em-
barrassed."
According to the National Education Association, a
nationwide survey has revealed that today's youth are
currenthv facian innemrantinn by tPanank " n n-- .in-

was a serious harsh."
As a verb: "I'm really mad at myself for harshing out on
that test."
"As an adjective: "I hate heavy metal. It's the harshest
music."
As an adverb: "I'm so out of shape, I ran to class really
harshly this morning."
Dig the new lingo and try it out on the high schoolers on
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