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City Council
candidates
oppose
rent control
(Continued from Page 1)
DeVarti told the group that he hopes
they will work with the city to
promote low-to moderate-income
housing.
SUSAN CONTRATTO, the Third
Ward Democratic challenger to in-
cumbent Jeanette Middleton, said she
would not consider imposing rent con-
trols because she has not yet seen a
rent control plan that worked.
Other candidates were more
adamant in their response to rent con-
trol. Jernigan, for example, answered
the rent control question with a
resounding "no."
The candidates also discussed
downtown development, specifically
the proposed Huron Plaza convention
center and hotel on Ashley and Huron
Streets.
Phil Spear, the Fifth Ward
Republican candidate, said he endor-
sed the conference center because it
would generate $2 million in taxes for
the city. Other Republican candidates
agreed that the proposed center would
bring in revenue and revitalize down-
town.
BUT INCUMBENT Doris Preston,
Spear's opponent in the Fifth Ward,
warned that the council should
proceed cautiously before approving
the project. She did agree, however,
that the center would probably be a
boon to downtown.
The conference center would be

Oxford
residents
may lose
parking lot
(Continued from Page 1)
piness," but he added that the
decision will probably stand.
IN RESPONSE to the decision,
Julia Ward, a Russian language and
literature senior and Oxford resident
said, "We are sick of catering to the
business school." She said the con-
ferences sometimes disrupt the lives
of Oxford residents by getting in the
way of Oxford's daily functions.
Echoing Ward, Tom Dwyer, an Ox-
ford Housing resident director, said
businessmen attending seminarsmare
always given priority at the main
desk. "Once I had to wait 20 minutes
just to pick up my mail," he said.
"Sometimes when we have parties the
businessmen come in and hit on
girls."
Dwyer said the conference center
was "ill conceived" from the start
and that accommodations are dorm
rooms, usually doubles with fancy
furniture.
John Young, a senior in Russian
studies and an Oxford Housing
resident, said "They're taking things
away from us slowly and surely." He
said there is little space available to
park on the side streets.
In an effort to overturn the decision,
Dwyer said he plans to submit a
petitiontodRobert Hughes, the
University director of housing. He
said that although the conference cen-
ter has provided jobs for students, the
facility has adversely affected
student services at Oxford.

Daily Photo by MATT PETRIE
City Council candidate Phil Spear (R) listens to other candidates answer
questionsat Candidates Night. The event was held last night at the Ann
Arbor Inn.

located in Spear's and Preston's
ward.
"I don't think that a conference cen-
ter is the way to maintain stability in
the retail area," Preston said.
"Dick Berger (the conference cen-
ter developer) said this is a unique

town. Why shouldn't we then have a
unique conference center which would
not impact on the surrounding neigh-
borhood?" she said.
The center would cost about $45
million and Preston wants to make
sure the city will "do it right."

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Case may set precedent

(Continued from Page 1)
"IT SEEMS to me as a matter of
logic.., that an automatic assessment
is wrong. You can disguise an
automatic assessment in a lot of dif-
ferent ways," Daane said.
In February 1985, the University's
Board of Regents terminated
PIRGIM's funding contract, which
since 1972 had allowed students to
check off a box on their Student
Verification Forms indicating that
they wanted to donate two dollars to
PIRGIM.
The regents told PIRGIM that it had
to gather the signatures of 17,000
students-half the student body-in
order to get back on the Student
Verification Form. If PIRGIM suc-
ceeds, however, it would be allowed to
implement a "negative checkoff"
system, under which students would
automatically be assessed unless they
specifically asked to be exempted.
STUDENTS would also be able to
get a refund from PIRGIM if they
decided later that they didn't want to
donate to the group.
So far, members have collected
9,500 signatures, Kalman said, and
they hope to reach their goal of 17,000

before the April regents meeting.
Joel Ario, general counsel for the
Massachusetts PIRG, said the case
"has implications for certain kinds of
fees nationwide" but would not apply
to the kind of fee PIRGIM is
seeking.
Joel Ario, general counsel for the
Massachusetts PIRG, said the case
"has implications for certain kinds of
fees nationwide" but would not apply
to the kind of fee PIRGIM is seeking.
The Third Circuit Court of
Philadelphia declared a fee uncon-
stitutional on First Amendment
grounds if it is mandatory, collected
separately from the general activities
fund, and is collected at a public
university.
Of the more than 100 PIRGs nation-
wide, Ario said the precedent set by
the court's opinion would affect only
"a handful."
But Ario said the case is "the first
crack in a solid wall.... Until now all
challenges to student fees of this sort
have been routinely rejected." Ario
guessed that the main target now will
be mandatory student activities fees.

IN BRIEF
COMPILED FROM ASSOCIATED PRESS AND
UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL REPORTS
Soviets warn that U.S. order
could undermine summit
MOSCOW - The Soviet Union, in an official protest, warned yesterday
that a U.S. order slashing the size of Moscow's U.N. mission could un-
dermine plans for this year's superpower summit.
U.S. Embassy Charge d'affaires Richard Cones was called to the
Foreign Ministry early yesterday and given a formal protest calling the
U.S. order action "arbitrary, unfounded" and a "flagrant violation" of
American obligations.
The U.S. actions not only contradict Washington's assurances they
want better relations with Moscow, "but also do direct damage to them,"
the statement said.
In addition to the summit, the oral protest threatened to block the long-
sought agreement to open a U.S. consulate in Kiev in exchange for
another Soviet office in New York.
Aqino arrests two legislators
MANILA, Philippines - The Aquino government yesterday ordered
the arrest of two legislators loyal to former President Ferdinand Marcos
and disbanded a Marcos-created police force notorious for human rights
violations during the martial law years.
Defense Minister Juan Ponce Enrile directed police to arrest members
of parliament Orlando Dulay and Arturo Pacificador, majority floor
leader, on charges linked to violence during the fraud-tainted presiden-
tial election Feb. 7.
Both Dulay and Pacificador are believed to be in hiding.
As President Corazon Aquino moved to dismantle the power structure
Marcos used during his 20-year rule, commanders of a 20,000-strong
Islamic guerrilla army fighting for autonomy in the southern Philippines
became the first rebel leader to agree to peace talks with the new gover-
nment.
New shuttle to cost $2.8 billion
WASHINGTON - The space agency's acting administrator said
yesterday it would cost $2.8 billion to replace the lost Challenger and that
it would be "very appropriate" to redesign rocket boosters before any
shuttle flies again.
William Graham told a House committee that design modifications to
be made in reponse to the Jan. 28 explosion of Challenger will cost $350
million.
He also told the panel it would be possible to fly another shuttle in six'
months, but that the National Aeronautics and Space Administraton does
not anticipate launching another one for at least a year.
Even then, Graham said NASA will take its time before tackling a
flight backlog that increases with every passing month. There will be a
wait of at least three months between the first post-accident flight and the
second, and at least two months between the second and third flights, he
said.
"It is my view today that it would be very appropriate to modify or
redesign the field joints on the SRB's before we return to space flight." A
failure of seals on one of those joints on Challenger's right rocket booster
is the chief suspect in the accident probe.
S. African police kill two
teens outside courthouse trial
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - Police said they shot dead two teen-
agers and wounded 81 other blacks yesterday in scattering a crowd of
about 2,000 outside a courthouse near South Africa's eastern border.
They said the blacks wielded sticks and ignored warnings to disperse,
but the Star newspaper of Johannesburg said riot squads fired after the
crowd agreed to leave.
The shooting occurred in Kabokweni, a black township near the
Mozambique border, where thousands had gathered for the trail of eight
blacks on riot charges, a police statement said.
The government served five-year "banning" orders on Henry Fazzie
and Mkhuseli Jack, leading campaigners in the eastern Cape province
against the system of racial segregation through which 5 million whites
govern 24 million blacks. Banning means the two must stay home from
dusk to dawn and may not attend political meetings or disseminate cam-
paign literature.
The United Democratic Front, South Africa's largest anti-apartheid
group, said the banning proved that lifting the seven-month state of
emergency Friday was "merely an attempt to placate international
opinion."
Koreans rally for reform
SEOUL, South Korea - Thousands of politicians and dissidents, some
denouncing the government as a military dictatorship, held the largest
rally in six years yesterday to demand direct presidential elections and
democratic reform.
Students battled riot police on two university campuses.
Long ranks of policemen stood watch over the demonstration and mar-
ch in downtown Seoul, but did not interfere.

Lee Min-woo, president of the opposition New Korea Democratic Par-
ty, and prominent dissident Kim Young-sam led the rally and march by
an estimated 3,000 to 4,000 people. It was the largest protest in South
Korea since President Chun Doo-hwan, a fornier army general, came to
power in 1980.
It began after the party inaugurated the Seoul branch of a campaign to
collect signatures supporting constitutional revisions. Regional cam-
paign chapters are scheduled to open later this week in the nearby port of
Inchon and the southern provincial capital of Taegu.
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Superhero hits campus

(Continued from Page 1)
that matter-is a potential target
for Simpson. He lampoons the
Michigan football team, the num-
ber of parking structures in Ann
Arbor, and CRISP.
But Simpson can also aim his pen
at more worldly concerns. He even

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Graduated Savings.

parodies a parody when he pokes
fun at Doonesbury.
Simpson, 24, originally from
Livonia, went on to art school in
Detroit, but dropped out after a
year. He considered transferring
to the University, but instead took a
job as a dishwasher and began
working on the first issue of
Megaton Man at night and on
weekends.
AFTER 13 months, he finished
his project. He sent out letters to
publishers, and received an offer
from Kitchen Sink 10 days later.
Finally, in December 1984,
Megaton Man was born.
A new issue of the comic book
has come out bimonthly since then,
and Megaton Man is now in his
eighth issue in which he joins the
Wolverine football team.
Norm Harris, the owner of The
Eye of Agamoto, a specialty shop
on State Street that sells Megaton
Man, called Simpson's work a
"zany parody."
"THE PARODY is the most im-
portant thing in the book. There is
not endless soap opera. In fact, it
makes fun of the endless soap
operas (of mainstream comic
books), said Harris. "There is a lot
of cynicism in it, but Simpson is
very intelligent."
Harris said Megaton Man sells
"pretty well, but it doesn't rank
with the best-selling comics of
Marvel or DC by any means.
People around here grabbed onto it
early." Of course, it is a bonus that
many scenes take place in Ann Ar-
bor, he added.

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