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Group supports theatre boycott

Thq Pinkertons, a street theatre
group comprised of Ann Arbor com-
munity members, say they plan to
continue to protest outside the State
Street Theatre until union projec-
tionists are rehired and movie
discounts restored.
The street theatre group is upset
-that Kerasotes Theatres Inc., of
Springfield, Ill., dismissed members
of the International Alliance of
Theatrical Stage Employees and
Moving Picture Operators Local 395.
THE DISPUTE started in Decem-
her 1984 when Kerasotes Theatres,
Inc., bought the State and Campus'
Theatres in Ann Arbor and the
Wayside Theatre in Ypsilanti from
W.S. Butterfield Theatres, Inc. of
Southfield, Mich. Afte( the purchase
of the theatres, the management of
Kerasotes sent the union projec-
tionists a dismissal notice which said
that the new management had not
assumed Butterfield's labor contract.
Ushers, concession workers, and other
non-union employees were retained
by Kerasotes.
"The thing is that the union projec-
tionists were never rehired by the
Kerasotes theatre chain. They had a

contract with the Butterfield chain
which Kerasotes declined to honor or
negotiate," said a Briarwood Theatre
projectionist who refused to identify
But there is a successor clause in
the union contract, according to
Derek Neeb, a union projectionist and
an Ann Arbor Theatre manager. The
clause states that if the building is
sold, the new management will honor
the existing contracts and employ the
people who work there.
"THIS CLAUSE is not enforceable
but is almost always observed on good
faith," Neeb said.
The management of Kerasotes has
declined to comment on the matter.
'The union projectionists began
picketing to ask for union recognition
from management until last May
when the National Labor Relations
Board ruled that the picketing had to
EARLIER in the year, the union
filed charges against Kerasotes
because it felt the management failed
to retain the projectionists solely
because they are part of a union. The
union later dropped the charges.
The improvisations in front of the
State Theatre by the Pinkertnos

usually depict the arguments between
union workers and Kerasotes. The
group has also circulated a boycott
statement. Supporters of the boycott
include city council member Kathy
Edgren (D-Fifth Ward) and state
representative Perry Bullard.
Edgren, said she hopes support
from public figures will draw greater
attention to the Kerasotes issue. "As a
well-known Democrat, I feel I can
help bring the situation to the public's
attention," she said.
"I believe very strongly in unions
and everything they have done for the
people. I don't think the managemen(
treated them fairly," she said.
The State Theatre has been charged
with safety code violations by the city.
One violation caused a theatre to be
closed until repairs were made.
Avid movie-goers say that the
boycott puts a crimp in the theatre op-
tions if they support the boycott. "It's
keeping me out of the theatres and
there have been some pretty good
movies showing there," said Joan
Chesler, an Ann Arbor resident.
- Christy Riedel filed a report for
this story.

Daily Photo by DAN HABIB
University Prof. William "Buzz" Alexander leads the Pinkertons, a local street theatre group, in a protest of
Kerasotes movie theatres in front of the State Theatre.

Project Outreach takes students out of class into community
By JANICE PLOTNIK probably our biggest means of get- release from book-learning." " Neighborhood Centers - establish tims of violence, learn crisis inter- " Social Change - work with loch
ting people" into the program, Pet- Project Outreach Programs: a friendship with a child in an after- vention, as well as the legal aspects of agencies involved in transformin
Project Outreach - the class which ticrew added. " Child Care-Preschool - design school program, help tutor and plan domestic violence; social reality and bettering the evei
kes students out of the classroom Outreach provides many oppor- activities for young children (2-5), activities; * Life Span Development - work day lives of people in the community;
d into the community - is ex- tunities for students who want to go and explore psychological and com- " Forensic Psychology - learn with people in different stages ini . One to One - develop
riencing an upswing in interest, into a community service-related munity issues relating to child care; about criminal behavior, justice and their lives, and understand develop- relationship with a child on a one-t


saia a program coordinator.
Karen Petticrew, an administrative
assistant of introductory psychology,
the, department which organizes
Outreach, said that flyers and posters
along with renewed interest in the
program, have helped raise
enrollment in the past two years, with
last winter's enrollment at almost 600
INTEREST in the community-
oriented program dipped in 1982,
when less than 300 students enrolled in
the 10 Outreach sections offered.
'It was one of our lowest years,"
Petticrew said. "Up to that time, it
was always around 400."
It is not clear why interest lagged,
but Petticrew speculated that lack of
advertising was probably a major
Aside from advertising, Outreach
organizers are unsure why the
program has become so popular.
"We're not sure whether the students
are reinterested in public service in a
sense, or whether Outreach is just
getting a little well-known again,"
Petticrew said.
"I THINK word-of-mouth is

Students majoring in psychology
can earn four hours of credit toward
their major by taking Outreach.
selor, thinks that many pre-medical
schoolsstudentstake Outreach
because they want to work in
hospitals. He said that many of these
students think that work in a hospital
in any capacity will help them gain
admittance to medical school.
Despite the surge in awareness,
freshmen still are not told of Project
Outreach at orientation. Gomez said
that because orientation counseling
appointments are so short, counselors
are unable to go in-depth about
specific classes.
BUT "students do seem to find what
Outreach is all about," he added.
In general, course evaluations have
been very good, Petticrew said, and
favorite classes are child care and the
medical program, which require in-
Dr. Richard Mann, faculty coor-
dinator of Project Outreach, said that
the program's "basic appeal is that it
is direct experience. It's a pleasant

" Exploring Careers - discover the!
career that meets your needs, and
improve techniques for making a
career decision;

law, and interact with people whose
behavior is in conflict with the law;
" Human Health and Well-Being -
work with mothers and children vic-

mental challenges and crises;
" Mental Health - work with
psychiatric patients living in in-
stitutional settings;

one basis, and
" Medical Psychology - serve as
non-medical liaison between staff ar

Project Community offers rewarding experience

Project Community offers students a chance to
take a breather from the class routine and get
back into the real world.
The program, run through the Department of
Sociology and the School of Education, provides
students with the opportunity to work with peonle
in Ann Arbor and the surrounding area. At the
same time, students can broaden their interests
and explore career options while receiving course
"PROJECT Community is an opportunity for
students to get out of the University and into a dif-
ferent setting," said Joan Scott, director of
education and health care programs for Project
Students can elect a class for two to three
credits from one of the project's four categories:
Community education, which involves tutoring
students in the Ann Arbor public schools;

Criminal justice, in which students may work in a
public defender's office, or work with juveniles
and adults in correctional facilities; Health care,
where students may volunteer in hospitals and
nursing homes; and Consumer advocacy, in which
students assist people with their income tax retur-
"Our emphasis is always on providing a service
to the community that is focused on a group at
risk," Scott said.
ASIDE FROM field work, students must also
meet the project's academic requirements, which
include a weekly section meeting taught by a
graduate student, completing course pack
readings, and writing two short papers.
The 350 to 400 students that participate in the
program enroll for a variety of reasons, Scott said.
A primary reason is career exploration.
"They get a hands-on kind of exposure where
they either say, 'Hey, I want to go on with this, or
maybe not,"' Scott said.'

SCOTT ALSO said that students elect the class
to clarify their own set of values, and to explore
myths regarding social institutions.
Regardless of why they enroll, students usually
find the experience rewarding. "Students find that
they tap resources in themselves they didn't know
they had," Scott said.
For Ophelia Martinez, a sophomore who did her
field work in a home for the elderly, the program
increased her understanding of a group she
previqusly knew little about.
"Just talking to people and having them open up
to you is rewarding," said one student who did her
field work .in a women's prison. Volunteering at
the prison helped her dispell her own misconcep-
tions of what people in prisons are like, she said.
"I was scared going into the women's prison at
first," she said. "But I ended up really enjoying
myself. ,Ilearned that.the.prisoners are people

Green bikes bring 'green politics'


50 green bikes are scheduled to ap-
pear on campus this fall. Last April, a
exorcism of 16 bikes took place on the
Diag and the material value of the
bikes was exorcised as part of an ex-
periment to introduce. "green
politics" on campus.
At noon on the Diag, several hun-
dred students gathered to watch as
green-clad men and women chanted
and pointed to the green bikes to
release them from their material wor-
th and donate them to the community.
THE 40-MINUTE event was spon-
sored by a group called the Green
Bicycle Project. "It was a multi-
media event," said group member
Eric Schnaufer.
The experiment combined green
politics (a grass-roots democracy
which stresses communal control of
property, particularly the environ-
ment), a green politics publication,
the international Material Aid Project
- "Bikes Not Bombs" - and a com-
munity service project, Schnaufer
The bikes were donated by private
citizens, and after being repaired and
painted green, and were donated to
the University community with a few
THE BASIC RULES are that green
bikes should never be locked because
~'they don't belong ito anyone. They
should never be used at night (except
by a woman alone), and they should
never leave Central Campus.
The green. bikes "challenge the
limits of bourgeois tolerance. It tests
whether people can tolerate an alter-
native form (of governing), an anar-
chistic one," Schnaufer said.
And the experiment tests people's
values toward commercial property.
"Will people take care of what's not
theirs? The only police in the project
is your own conscience," Schnaufer

A WEEK AFTER the exorcism,
most of the bikes disappeared or were
vandalized. One bike was even seen
locked with a Reagan/Bush sticker on
it, Schnaufer said.

Projects similar to the Green
Bicycle Project have been implemen-
ted on other college campuses across
the country - including in Alaska.

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