The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, February 19, 1986- Page 5
City Housing Board of
Appeals member resigns
By MELISSA BIRKS
A member of Ann Arbor's Housing
Board of Appeals has resigned in the
wake of the disclosure that he doesn't
meet city residency requirements.
John Swisher, who had been on the
board for 12 years, gave up the post
after Ann Arbor Tenant's Union sent a
letter to the board noting that Swisher
has lived in Dexter Township since
THE CITY Charter requires that
members of the Housing Board of
Appeals live within the city limits.
Several members of the Ann Arbor
City Council reportedly asked Swisher
to resign, and Swisher said yesterday
he is "leaving willingly."
I wasn't making any friends, and I
certainly wasn't making any money,"
said Swisher, a realtor. "I was ser-
ving the city. That's what I was asked
The Housing Board of Appeals'
primary purpose is to make recom-
mendations to the Ann Arbor City
Council about making exceptions to
the housing code. Its members in-
clude the fire chief, a representative
from the health department, and five
others appointed by the mayor for an
JEFF DITZ, director of the Tenants
Union, said he considers Swisher's
resignation a victory. "Win one for
the students and the Tenants Union,"
he said. Ditz added that he would like
the vacancy on the board to be filled
by a student.
SWISHER said he holds "no par-
ticular malice" toward the Tenants
Union, but he added that the letter
was "just a way of getting me off."
The latest conflict erupted after
Swisher said he would resign if the
board considered a Tenants Union
appeal on a rental house at 708 E.
"We just sent the gentleman a let-
ter. He brought up resignation," Ditz
said. "We thought it was the best idea
he's had in 12 years."
Swisher said the board should not
have heard the appeal because
"we've already heard the appeal from
the landlords," he said. "There's no
reason to hear it again."
"IT'S AN issue of whether the
Housing Board of Appeals should be
an enforcing body or simply hear the
appeals," Swisher added. "The
Tenants Union is wrong. They don't
understand the workings of the
City Attorney Bruce Laidlaw said
that Swisher was technically off the
board as soon as he moved out of Ann
Arbor. "No one has to ask him to
resign," he said. "It automatically
becomes vacant. His vote is not coun-
An American diplomat inspects a Volkswagen that was destroyed by a terrorist bomb at the American embassy
in Lisbon, Portugal. No one was hurt, and no one claimed responsibility for the bombing.
Students wait for 'U'Council draft; Rose says code isn't needed
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around campus in 1978. The courts
allowed the student to return to cam-
pus shortly after arrest, and he was
removed only after then-President
Robben Fleming expelled him.
"I guess it depends on whether you
think the University has a respon-
sibility to do everything it can to
protect people in the community,"
ROSE disagrees, saying it should be
the responsibility of the police--not the
University--to deal with non-
academic crimes on campus. Rose
added that for crimes out of
the University's jurisdiction--such as
the Diag--getting injunctions barring
dangerous people from campus "isas
easy as rolling off a log."
Rose offers as evidence the case of a
University student who recieved
threatening phone calls and was at
one point confronted in her dorm
room by the person, though she was
not physically attacked.
Rose refused to give further details
of the situation, except that it took
only 21/2 hours to obtain a temporary
restraining order from the courts, and
that typically, an injunction is easy to
get if the person is dangerous.
The restraining order is in effectun-
til a hearing is held to determine
whether an injunction is needed.
ROSE conceded that on occasion,
an injunction will not be given
because of a procedural foul-up that
violates the accused's civil rights.
"But our society has agreed to live
with the risk of another crime,
rather than the risk of repression by
the government," Ross said.
Rose said he is concerned that the
code could be used to quell dissent on
campus. For example, he said the
threat of suspension or expulsion for
civil disobedience under the code
could be used to discourage campus
"If they can expel, suspend, or ap-
ply sanctions that have the same ef-
fect as a suspension - for example, if
they restrict a student from campus
for 14 weeks - it could be used
dangerously," he said.
"We're showing good faith," he
said, in reference to a warning by
University President Harold Shapiro
that he would bypass MSA's right to
approve any changes in the current
rules unless students on the council
worked in "good faith." Ad-
ministrators felt they had been
Another key student in the code
issue, Ed Kraus, chairman of the
MSA's student rights committee, also
supported the council's work saying
"If the administration wants a code,
they're going to do all they can to get
one. If we say 'No code!' that leaves
them with nothing. It's much less of a
gamble if we give them something."
Kraus, however, also said he would
oppose the council's code if it did not
limit sanctions and omit protest-
FOR THE ENVIRONMENT .
MAKE FRIENDS, MAKE MONEY, AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Opponents may win, RSG president says
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The biggest race for RSG represen-
tative seats is in the Social Science
division, where five candidates are
running for two seats. Incumbents
Mark Weisbrot and Mark Greer are
both running for office to continue
RSG's opposition to the code,
Strategic Defense Initiative research
on campus, and to pass proposals
condemning events such as last fall's
visit by Vice-President George Bush.
WEISBROT also supports the con-
tinuation of a speaker series spon-
sored by RSG this past year that
featured such speakers as the Marxist
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MSA...the present building is simply
inadequate," said Michael Brooks,
"Also, the building is disgustingly
ugly," Zarren added.
The Hillel Foundation is a nation-
wide, non-profit organization
designed to serve the Jewish com-
munity on college campuses. The
University chapter, governed by a
board of students and faculty, offers
classes in Judaic studies and sponsors
student organizations, concerts, and
well-known artists and entertainers.
It also houses the Hill Street
Players and Hill Street Cinemax and
offers counseling services for the
HILLEL is expanding "to reach a
wide range of people' all across the
campus. Hillel has become of interest
to everyone," Zarren said. Construc-
tion for the new three-story addition
will begin in the fall.
The first floor will house office
space for student groups, a new
theatre for the Hill Street Cinema,
and a larger library than the existing
On the second floor, there will be
study rooms, graced with large win-
dows. The basement, which Brooks is
most excited about, will boast a
banquet room with the capacity to
seat 600 people for lectures and per-
formances, and a restaurant for Hillel
THE $3 MILLION needed for the
renovation will be raised through a
fund raising campaign which has not
economist Paul Sweezy and Middle
East expert Edward Said, who will
speak in March.
As a representative, Weisbrot
believes Rackham should defend
students' right to protest, which he
said is more important to graduate
students than to undergraduates
because grad students are "more
aware of what is going on in the
Eric Norenberg, an IPP candidate
running for representative said com-
munication should be an RSG priority
and will work to increase com-
munication between RSG and
Rackham students if elected. To do
this Norenberg said he will distribute
agendas and minutes for RSG
meetings to all Rackham departmen-
ts and to places frequented by
DANIEL Holliman, a political
science student running for represen-
tative, said his main goal is to "im-
prove the reputation of RSG in the
eyes of the University ad-
Holliman emphasized that he does
not advocate RSG becoming an ad-
ministrative pawn, but said that while
national and international issues are
important, it is more important to
serve the direct needs of graduate
students first. He said that if the ad-
ministration respects RSG it will be
more successful influencing local
Erik Stalhandske, an IPP student
running for representative, agrees
with Kuhn and Edes that improved
communication between RSG and its
constituents will make the gover-
nment more effective. If elected, he
said he will poll graduate students to
learn what issues are important to
Unopposed candidates running for
RSG are current Humanities
representatives Sherri Moses and
Debbie Geis and Physical Science and
Engineering representative Gus
Tescheke. All support current RSG
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