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Associate Prof. Thomas Toon will
serve a three-year term as the first
director of the newly formed linguistics
program after spending the upcoming
year as a Guggenheim scholar.
The linguistics department is being
revamped into a program as recom-
mended by a reorganization committee
headed by Associate Dean for Long
Range Planning Jack Meiland.
ROBBINS BURLING has accepted an
interim director post for the year in
Toon's absence. Burling, an an-
thropology and linguistics professor,
was the chairman of the anthropology
department from 1980 through 1983.
According to Meiland suggestions for
the directorship Were solicited by LSA
Dean Peter Steiner from linguistics
faculty and linguists throughout the

The appointment was made by
Steiner and the College Executive
Committee. The director is to work
with a steering committee, which is still
being formed, to determine faculty
assignments and undergraduates doc-
toral program curricula.
The program will have four less
faculty positions than the present
department, but Burling hopes to get
faculty from other language related
departments on campus involved. "It
is really important and exciting to be
involving people from other depar-
tments," he said. "I would like to build
those ties."
Currently on sabbatical, Toon has
headed up the freshman English
program for the last three years. He
recently received a Guggenheim
award, a year long grant for professors
to research in their fields.

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Sadun was unsure how many groups
had actually pledged support, but he
said it was "only a matter of calling
them and asking them for support."
The original protest was organized by
a group called the UC Divestment
Coalition. That protest, held last Wed-
nesday started the sit-in which has now
lasted four days.
"WEDNESDAY'S protest was sort of
spontaneous . . . and then a group of
about 50 people said, 'Fuck it, let'sjust
stay here,' " said one demonstrator
who would only be identified as Steve.
Brendon Cummings, a freshman who
has remained on the steps of Sproul sin-
ce Wednesday, said the protest
originally had little to do with a similar
protest at Columbia Univerity in New

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slow over weekend

"Wednesday was planned way before
anything at Colunbia," Cummings
said. "It was to be a protest for divest-
ment on all the UC campuses."
ACCORDING to Cummings, the
organizers had not planned a sit-in to
follow the protest, but instead planned a
phone-in campaign in an attempt to tie
up university phone lines.
"But people just didn't want to
leave," he said. "So we actually plan-
ned the sit in at the protest - not
Aside from the 200 or so students who
remain on the building steps, other
remnants of the three-day protest can
be seen. Sproul Hall is covered with tat-
tered anti-apartheid banners, including
one which says "Welcome to Steven
Biko Plaza."
STEVEN BIKO was a black South

African student killed in prison in 1977
after protesting :the South African
government. The banner is taped over
the archway entrance to Sproul Plaza,
the courtyard area adjacent to the
Student Union and the site of the
Don Talbert, one of the protest's
organizers, said the university has
remained very neutral on the protest.
Administrators met with students
Friday night and demanded the demon-
strators make a three-foot access to the
building and remove their mattresses
from the front steps.
"They had all sorts of reasons for,
taking the mattresses," Sadun said.
"But the police just contradicted them-
selves and basically admitted that they
just didn't want us to become comfor-

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: Highlight
The Performance Network will present "Extremities" at 6:30 p.m. at 408
W. Washington St. A benefit show for the Assault Crisis Center and Domestic
Violence Program. A discussion will follow the program.
Hill St. - Fiddler on the Roof, 8 p.m., 1429 Hill St.
MED - Muscle Beach Party, 7 p.m., The Batman Movie, 8:30 p.m., MLB
Theta Chi Fraternity - Blazing Saddles, 7, 8:40 & 10:20 p.m., Nat. Sci.
AAFC - Unfinished Piece for Piano Player, 7 & 9 p.m., Angell Aud. A.
MTF - Star Trek-The Movie, 1:30 & 7 p.m., Star Trek II: The Wrathof
Khan, 4 & 9:30 p.m., Michigan Theater.
Romance Languages/Russian and East European Studies - A Winter's.
Dream in Sinaia; Truistic Beauties of Romania; Romanian Seacoast; An In-
terview with Dracula, 5 p.m., MLB Lec. Rm. 2; Piatra Neamt;
Maramuresian Documents; Fortifications & Fortified Churches; The Seal of
Rome; Dracula, 7 p.m., MLBLee. Rm. 2.
U-Club - "Dinner & the Movies," dinner, 5:30 p.m., Tootsie, 7:10 p.m.,
PTP - Cloud 9, 8p.m., Trueblood Theater, Frieze Building.
School of Music - Recitals: voices, Suzanne Henke, 4 p.m., voice, Rachel
Williams, 6 p.m., horn students, 8 p.m., Recital Hall; Javanese Gamelan
Concert, 8 p.m., Rackham Aud.
Residential College - Chamber Music concert, 8 p.m., Residential College
His House Christan Fellowship -6:30 p.m., 925 E. Ann St.
Gay Liberation Front/Human Sexuality Advocates Office - Organization
committee for Ann Arbor Gay Pride '85, 7:30 p.m., Rm. C, third floor,
Sinewave Studios/School of Music - concerts & dinner, 7:30 p.m., Jackson
Aud., Unitarian Church, 1917 Washtenaw Ave.
Student Wood & Craft Shop - workshop, "Glass Work for Woodworkers,"
2 p.m., 537 SAB.

Columbia alumns return to N.Y.

(Continued from Page 1)
the same passion you fought with. We're
doing things with your lessons in
While the alumni may provide the
history for the protests, "they're cer-
tainly not our role models," saidDaniel
Fass, a Columbia junior. "We're more
focused in our goals. We want the
university to divest. We're not trying to
tear down the institution."
"BUT THERE is certainly a link in
terms of student activism," he added.
Tony Schuman, an architect who took
part in the campus-wide anti-war riots
in 1968 where students seized the ar-
chitecture building, agreed that times
have changed. "In '68, there was
already a great deal of political activity
on campus and everyone was caught up
in the civil rights movement. I guess
you have to give these students even,
more credit for taking the initiative in
the absence of other action."
"In the last 17 years, this is the most
positive, favorable sign of student ac-
tivism on campus." he said. "This is
important that it renews hope in
THE ALUMNI members were
welcomed warmly by the students but
one alumnus who advocated violence
was greeted with boos after forcing his

way to the microphone.
"You have to understand the non-
violent, passive protest did not work,"
said Larry Dicks, a 1968 protester.
"You're not going to win until you
elevate the struggle and shut this cam-
pus down."
"You have to get a little angry and
get a little more militant," Dicks said.
"Let's fight for a better world, power to
the working class."
AFTER DICK'S speech, Glover
rushed to the microphone and said. "we
want ours to be a non-violent message."
The students cheered and began chan-
ting "Peace."
The student protest has seen a huge
amount of growth, with students saying
that the parade of speakers and
telegram messages of support have had
a good effect.
"There's no doubt, that these help
keep us together, knowing that the
whole world is behind us," Glover said.
IN THE past week the protesters
have received support from South
African Bishop Desmond Tutu, Jesse
Jackson, and Gary Hart. Yesterday,
they received the support of poet June
"You have dared to disturb peace, to
destruct the order of the day, the wor-
thless phony peace that means un-

mitigated nightmares for 22 million
blacks in South Africa, Jordan told the
protesters yesterday.
"This is the time and the place, and
you're the people you are the people
with the truth that only evil
collaborates with evil to come apparent
against the inertia and terpitude and
cowardess of our time."
AFTER reading her poem entitled
"We are the ones we are waiting for"
and written in dedication to, blacks
fighting apartheid, the protesters
chanted "What do you want? divest-
ment. When do you want it? Now."
Tutu has phoned protesters ex-
pressing his support. Demonstrators
said Jackson is expected to arrive at
the protest scene Tuesday in a show of
The protesters also recieved a vow of
support from four Rutgers university
students who initiated an apartheid
rally at their school Thursday where
three students were arrested.
PROTESTERS, being students,
remained quiet pulling out textbooks.
for an afternoon of studying yesterday.
A festive day is anticipated for today.
The protest is expected to become tense
on Monday. A restraining order barring
the university from taking police action
is due to run out late Monday afternoon.
Columbia University President Michael

Sovern has said that he does not see
how divestment would help blacks in
South Africa. He has said that divest-,
ment would only hurt the black
The university senate, comprised of
students, faculty, and administrators,
had voted unanimously last year to
divest all stocks in companies doing
business in South Africa. But the
university's trustees, voted not to
divest. This action explains the.chant
"Trustees you know, divestment has to
University administrators have
refused to comment on the protest.
The school has about $39 million in-
vested in these companies
So far, protesters have received some
opposition - mostly in the form of
rumor - from other students. Some
have said that Columbia University
football players are going to beat-up an-
ti-apartheid demonstrators. But this
threat appears to be only a rumor.
Last night, security officials sear-
ched Hamilton Hall after receiving a
bomb threat. No bomb was found.
Dave Goldiner, a protest leader, said
that he had no idea who was responsible
for the bomb scare. "Probably some
Joe Fascist who doesn't want us to
divest," he guessed.



The Ecology Center of Ann Arbor, the Washtenaw Country Health Depar-
tment, and the School of Natural Resources are co-sponsoring the Great
Lakes Regional Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Conference. The two-
day conference will be at the Chrysler Conference Center on North Campus.
Cinema Guild - A Star Athlete, 7 p.m., Angell Aud. B.
Alt. Act. - Trial For Rape, 7 p.m., MLB 3.
Theta Chi Fraternity - Blazing Saddles, 7, 8:40 & 10:20 p.m., Nat. Sci.
Eclipse Jazz -Jack DeJohnette's Special Edition, 8 & 10:30 p.m., the Ark,
637 S. Main St.
Guild House-reading. Melinda Lewis-Matravels, Craig Mueller &
Michael Mueller, 8 p.m., 802 Monroe St.
School of Music - recital, double bass, Trent Hellerstein, 8 p.m., Recital
Performance Network - works in progress, The New Frontier, 7 p.m., 408
F W. Washington St.
Faculty Women's Club - Ara Paul, "Folk Medicine & Shamans of Cen-
tral Mexico," 11:30 a.m., Michigan Rm., League.
Near Eastern & North African Studies - Mahmoud Al-Batal, "Ammiyya
or Fusha?" noon, Lane Hall Commons Room.
MASA Center of Excellence-John Templar, "Architectural Systems
Design of a Space Hospital," 3:30 p.m., Rm. 115, Areospace Engineering
School of Natural Resources/Wildland Management Center - Nathaniel
Reed & Al Hamilton, "Garrison Diversion," 3 p.m., Rm. 1040 Dana Building.
Computing Center - Forrest Hartman, "Programming for the Layman,"
3:30 p.m., Rm. 165, Business Administration.
Museum of Zoology - Michael Braun, "Character Convergence Versus
: Hybridization: Population Genetics of a Contact Zoe Between The Red-eyed
Towhees of Mexico," 4 p.m., MLB Lec..Rm. 2.
Chemistry - Jocelyn Carag, "Bridging Carbynes: A Route to Metal
± Cluster Compounds," 4 p.m., Rm. 1200 Chemistry Building.
Matthaei Botanical Gardens - Ken Cochran, "Experience with
Mushroom Poisoning Case Registry," 7:45 p.m., 1800 N. Dixboro Rd.
r Meetings
Asian American Association -6 p.m., Trotter House.
Christian Science Organization -7:30 p.m., League.
The Reader's Theatre - 8:30 p.m., Rm. 2013 Angell Hall.
r Miscellaneous
Tau Beta Pi - tutoring, lower-level math, science, & engineering, 7 - 11
p.m., Rm. 307 UGLi; 8-10 p.m., Rm. 2332 Bursley; 7-11 p.m., Alice Lloyd,
Red Carpet Annex.


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