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Nii si toran
Ninety-six years of editorial freedom


. . ........

Eight Pages

Vol. XCVI - No. 126

Copyright 1986, The Michigan Daily '

Ann Arbor, Michigan - Friday, April 4, 1986

prof stir
A letter of complaint against
Political Science Prof. Raymond Tan-
ter that was signed last week by
eighty-two students in his class, The
Arab-Israeli Conflict, has sparked
controversy. Many feel the issue has
polarized the class.
The letter, which charged that the
course is one-sided and called Tan-
ter's attitude towards students
patronizing, was sent on Monday to
John Kingdon, chairman of the
political science department. Kingdon
refused to comment on the letter.
"For the students' sake it would
have been better to come to me," Tan-
ter said yesterday. "If you want to af-
fect change in a course, you go to the
THE LETTER also charged that
"in general, questions or points that
the students bring up are often
responded to with comments regar-
ding their invalidity or irrelevancy."
Tanter called the complaints un-
founded, saying: "I have tried to
respond in a sensible manner to all the
questions this term.''
Yesterday between 45 and 60
students signed a petition condemning
the way the grievances were handled
by the students who wrote the letter.
"The letter was an emulation of PLO
tactics to gain recognition and all
they've managed to do is polarize a lot
See LETTER, Page 3






From AP and UPI
BERKELEY, Calif. - Anti-apar-
theid demonstrators hurled bottles,
rocks and eggs at baton-wielding
police officers yesterday in a clash
which led to over 100 arrests, 29 in-
juries and destruction of a shantytown
on the University of California cam-
Two men were arrested for
allegedly possessing firebombs after
police received a threat that Califor-
nia Hall would be burned down; and ch-
arred paper was found stuffed in the
gas tanks of three university cars,
authorities reported.
The demonstrators had constructed
13 symbolic shanties in front of
California Hall, which houses the of-
fice of Ira Heyman, chancellor of the
Berkeley campus.
HEYMAN, an apartheid critic him-
self, had said the demonstrators could
put up a shantytown on campus but
not so close to California Hall.
The conflict began before dawn
when police placed dozens of demon-
strators into buses to be taken to
Alameda County's Santa Rita jail,
said university spokesman Ray
Colvig. Hundreds of other protesters

surrounded the buses, preventing
them from moving.
At about 7:30 a.m., police in riot
gear cleared a path through the crowd.
Fighting broke out as demonstrators
hurled bottles, rocks and eggs and
blocked the buses by hurling trash
cans, setting up makeshift barricades
and sitting in the way.
Eleven protesters and 18 police of-
ficers suffered minor injuries that in-
cluded cuts and bruises, said univer-
sity spokesman Tom Debley.
Alameda County Sheriff's Sgt.
William Gonzales said 89 protesters
were taken by bus to Santa Rita to be
booked. Colvig said about 50 others
were photographed and would be sub-
ject to arrest later.
ALL THOSE placed on the buses
were served with a copy of a tem-
porary restraining order issued by a
judge on Wednesday that said the
cardboard and plywood shanties are a
fire hazard and block access to
university buildings, according to
Colvig. The shacks, which protesters
say are symbols of the homes of South
African blacks, were then dismantled
See POLICE, Page 2

Police dressed in riot gear arrest a protester during an anti-apartheid demonstration at the Berkeley campus
of the University of California. Students and community members called for the school to divest its $2.4 billion
in South African-related investments by rallying and building shanties that University workers tore down

Council candidates prepare for Monday's elections

Contratto cites ideas

DeVarti helps tenants

Susan Contratto believes her ex-
perience with such issues as day care
and violence against women will
make her a valuable Ann Arbor City
Council member.
In her quest to beat Jeannette Mid-
D86 City
dleton, the Republican Third Ward
city council incumbent, Contratto, a
Democrat, thinks she has experience
that can help the council.

SHE CITED her involvement in the
Pound House Children's Center and
service on the Board of Directors of
Safe House, a place where abused
women can stay and get counseling,
as examples of experience that
qualify her for a city council seat.
Contratto, a psychologist and
teacher of women's studies courses at
the University, said, "Because I've
worked for so many issues, I have lots
of ideas about these concerns. Also I
am tuned into a lot of resources."
"IT SEEMS to me this is a unique
quality," she added.
Middleton, however, points to her
two-years of experience on city coun-
cil as an important asset.
"The first two years are a real lear-

Although Dave DeVarti no longer
attends the University, he remains in-
terested in student concerns like
tenant's rights.
DeVarti, the Fourth Ward
Democratic Candidate for Ann Arbor
City Council, hopes students will back
him and help lead him to victory over
his Republican opponent, incumbent
Gerald Jernighan.
"I think students have an interest in
policies that affect them," DeVarti
said. "Students in the Fourth Ward
seem more informed about the low
vacancy rates and sky rocketing ren-
DEVARTI, whose company, Sport
Guides, Inc., publishes the Michigan
Cinema Guide and the Michigan
Football Guide, has been an active

advocate of tenants' rights for the last
decade. He lobbied an ordinance
requiring landlords to pay for
weatherstripping in units where
tenants pay for heat, and for another
ordinance requiring landlords to
estimate the amount of money per-
spective tenants should expect to pay.
for heat.
Currently DeVarti is working on
tenants' right issues concerning
privacy and security deposits.
DeVarti believes that tenants who
are unable to meet with a landlord
when the landlord drops by for a visit
should be allowed to arrange another
meeting time.
He also expressed concern about
landlords who refuse to return tenan-
See DeVARTI, Page 3

... emphasizes experiences

De Varti
... seeks student vote

South African rebels call for

divestment, Ieco
Representatives from South African anti-apartheid
organizations last night urged students to continue
pressuring United States companies to divest from com-
panies that do business with South Africa. They also
called for renewed economic sanctions against the
president Pieter Botha's regime.
Mweli Mzizi of the African National Congress (ANC)
which is led by jailed activist Nelson Mandela, and
Hinganrewa Asheeke of the South West Africa People's
rganization (SWAPO) discussed the present situation in
Mouth Africa and fielded questions from a crowd of 65 at
the Union.
THE SPEECHES were part of a "Two Weeks of Action
Against Apartheid" campaign on campuses around the
country, which includes vesterday's protests at the
University of California at Berkeley. The cam-
paign, which was marked on this campus by a shanty con-
structed on the Diag, will be capped off today with a mar-
ch remembering the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther
Both representatives cited economic sanctions by the
S A JOKE, the Daily put "Best Birth Control
Device" on this year's Best of Ann Arbor
ballots. Now, it seems, abstinence, of all



United States as well as other countries, and divestment as
ways to help end South Africa's system of racial
Mzizi, recalling the student activism of the 1960s and
early '70s, seemed confident that student action today will
help end apartheid.
"Once again, I'm sure that in the '80s, you'll make sure
South Africa will be free," Mzizi said.
THE ANC was formed in 1912 to unite different South
African tribes in fighting racial separation. Initially the
movement supported non-violent protest, but in 1960 its
policy began to include violence in order to fight the
police brutality used by the state.
SWAPO was formed in 1960 by workers in Namibia, a
neighboring country of South Africa. Unlike the ANC, it
has not been banned by the state but continues to fight
apartheid as well as work for Namibian independence un-
der heavy state restrictions.
Mzizi and Asheeke criticized the South African regime
labeling it "neo-Nazi and Fascist."
"The regime today is indeed on the run," said Asheeke,
"(it) is facing a serious crisis both politically and

Daily Photo by JOHN MUNSO#f
Representatives of two rebel groups opposing the government in South Africa answer questions about the
struggle of blacks against apartheid in that nation. They spoke in the Pendleton Room of the Union last night,
as a part of "Two weeks against Apartheid."

hand-and express your opinion. Let your votes be
tallied. Let the voice of democracy ring proudly
through the Fishbowl.
No code !

last spring. "Traditionally, the last two weeks of school
we've allowed shorts," said Assistant Principal
Dominick Marabella. But he said the school "had what
we considered a few questionable appearances." Ken-
nedy said the students created problems by wearing
cut-off tank tops and halter tops that exposed their
midriffs. "They were crossing the line of good taste,"
he said. The protest began after an hour of boisterous
debate in the school hallways. Students then ran
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CITY ELECTIONS: Opinion goes Democratic all
the way. See Page 4.
SHOAH: Arts reviews director Claude Lan-
zmann's 91/2 hour Holocaust documentary.
See Page 5.
NETTERS: Sports previews home openers for




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