Ninety-six years of editorialfreedom
Ann Arbor, Michigan - Monday, April 7, 1986
Vol. XCVI - No. 127
Copyright 1986, The Michigan Daily
By MELISSA BIRKS
The shanty built on the Diag to
protest South African apartheid has
been damaged by fire twice since it
was boarded up and abandoned on
Friday, a campus security official
Members of the Free South Africa
Coordinating Committee plan to
repair the shanty today at noon.
The vandalism comes in the wake
of similar attacks around the coun-
try, where shanties built to promote
divestment from companies that do
business in South Africa have been
torn down. At Dartmouth College in
Hanover, N.H., about 12 staff mem-
bers of the college's conservative
newspaper, The Dartmouth Review,
were arrested after they flattened
shanties with bulldozers.
AT THE University of California
at Berkeley, a shantytown was
destroyed during a protest on Friday
that led to 29 injuries and more than
The Diag shanty was intact when
two weeks of anti-apartheid actions
at the University concluded on
Friday, meaning that the first fire
was set between 1 p.m. that after-
noon and 7 p.m. Saturday, when
economics graduate student Dean
Baker notified the Department of
Safety of the damage.
University Security investigator
Gary Hill said two boards from the
side of the 7-foot by 7-foot shanty had
been torn off and scorched and
several posters had been burned.
The most recent incident occurred
early yesterday morning, when
security officer Gale Taylor ex-
tinguished a small fire in the shanty
that burned four planks, Hill said.
Investigators have no suspects in
the case, Hill said,
Free South Africa Coordinating
Committee members say they were
not entirely surprised by the at-
tacks. "We assumed someone would
try to rip it down, or that the Univer-
sity wouldn't give us permission to
put it up," said LSA senior Liz Got-
tlieb. "This is really a sick way of
doing it. I was very shocked."
Bob Dion, a .teering committee
member of the Free South Africa
Coordinating Committee, said the
University may be planning to tear
the structure down because its per-
mit has expired, but he doesn't think
the administration would condone
the arson attempts.
Vest likely to
By CAROLINE MULLER
Engineering college officials are
speculating that Charles Vest, the
college associate dean for academic
affairs, will be named interim dean
tomorrow, and they say Vest is the
strongest contender for the post of
The new engineering dean will
replace James Duderstadt, who was
recently recommended by University
President Harold Shapiro to take over
the University's No.2 position of vice
president for academic affairs and
provost. Duderstadt's nomination is
expected to be approved by the Board
of Regents later this month.
"I THINK (Vest) has the confidence
of the entire college, and many would
like to see him become the new dean,"
said Electrical Engineering Prof.
Thomas Senior, a member .of the
college's executive committee.
Executive committee members met
with Billy Frye, current vice
president for academic affairs last
Monday to plan the search for a new
dean. On Wednesday, Frye sent
memos to all engineering faculty
members soliciting recommendations
for members of the search commit-
Frye's letter said the search com-
mittee will probably consist of three
or four engineering faculty members,
one student, one alumnus, and a
representative from outside the
University. The student member, the
letter said, will be chosen by the
chairman of the college executive
ACCORDING to Frye, he and
Shapiro will ultimately pick the sear-
ch committee's members.
Although neither Frye nor Vest
would comment on whether Vest will
be appointed interim dean, Technical
Communications Prof. 'Dwight
Stevenson said, "I think very highly of
Charles Vest, and would not be sur-
prised if he becomes the interim dean
or even the new dean."
Duderstadt called Vest "an in--
dividual of extraordinary vision,"
who has "an unusually academic eye,
and an extraordinary commitment to
DUDERSTADT, who has worked
See VEST, Page 3
talks to 'U' audience
Daily Photo by DAN HABIB
University Sociology Professor Aldon Morris takes part in Friday's rally on the diag. The demonstrators were
commemorating Martin Luther King's assassination and calling on the University to grant an honorary
degree to South African Nelson Mandela.
Rally demands S. African changi
By PHILIP LEVY
Congressman Jack Kemp (R-N.Y.)
captivated a University audience
Saturday afternoon with a speech
ranging from such topics as the ideals
of himself and the Republican Party,
to his experiences as a professional
Kemp, who with Vice President
George Bush and Senate Majority
Leader Robert Dole, is considered a
leading candidate for the Republican
presidential nomination in 1988, ad-
dressed an audience of more than 400
people, mostly students, in the
Assembly Hall of the Business School.
During his speech, Kemp was in-
terrupted four times by ovations. He
spoke with such vigor that at one
point, after a brief but passionate
defense of President Reagan's
Strategic Defense Initiative, Kemp
paused and said, "I apologize for get-
ting all wound up like this."
KEMP continually triedto
associate himself with President
Reagan and his policies. Kemp, one of
the early supporters of the '.'supply-
side" theory of economics that
Reagan adopted, praised Reagan's
handling of the economy.
"God bless this President for taking
us out of a great depression," he said.
Kemp declared, that 'deficits can be
reduced and poverty eliminated
through economic growth, and he
strongly opposed a tax increase.
See KEMP, Page 7
By MARTIN FRANK
On the 18th anniversary of the assassination of Mar-
tin Luther King, hundreds of people rallied Friday
through the streets of Ann Arbor to show their
dissatisfaction with racism, here, in Latin America,
and in South Africa.
The march was organized by the Free South Africa
Coordinating Committee (FSACC). Starting at 11 a.m.
at the anti-apartheid shanty erected on the Diag, mar-
chers proceeded down State Street past the train
station to Summit Park, where they held a 15 minutes
The marchers then wound up Fourth Street to
William Street, and back to the Diag.
THE RALLY was briefly interrupted at 1 p.m. for a
See HUNDREDS, Page 3
Voters consider the issues in elections
vie for ward
By SUSAN GRANT
Both Fifth Ward Ann Arbor City
Council candidates agree that victory
will not come easily in today's elec-
LZ ' 86 City
Phil Spear, the Republican Can-
didate who owns Spear and Associates
Realtors, said winning the mostly
Democratic ward will be an uphill
battle. "When we started the cam-
See Az CANDIDATES, Page 7
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Voters voice opinion
on C. America, roads
in central Ann Arbor. F
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voter registration card or ca
By SUSAN GRANT
Besides choosing city councilmem-
bers in today's election, voters will
voice their opinions on two very dif-
ferent issues: U.S. policy in Central
America and the funding of repairs
for Ann Arbor's roads.
If Proposal A is passed, the city
clerk would send a message to
President Reagan and the city's
Congressional representatives stating
that Ann Arbor residents do not want
their money spent on military aid to
THE MESSAGE would say that Ann
Arborites prefer that federal money
be spent on non-military aid like
clothes and medical supplies to poor
Central American citizens and that
the money now spent on military aid
be used to help needy Americans.
The proposal would also require
the mayor to create a seven-member
Central America Sister City Task
Force, which would raise funds to
facilitate cultural and educational ex-
changes between Ann Arbor and cities
in Central America. After a year, the
task force would be disbanded.
The Coalition for Peace in Central
America, a local organization formed
to get Proposal A on the ballot, sub-
mitted 6,000 signatures to City of-
ficials in January.
MEMBERS OF the coalition say
See VOTERS, Page 7
Joan Baez performs to an en-
thusiastic crowd of 2,700 at Hill
Auditorium Saturday night. See
story, Page 5.
peared to be under the influence, he was permitted to
leave the magistrate's office because it was assumed
his girlfriend would drive, but Fisher got behind the
wheel and was stopped about a block away, the
spokesman said. Now Fisher will face two charges of
driving under the influence of alcohol when he returns
t ,--.,ir fn-r a rincon Anril 23 nnice said.
City Co~uncil she found a box of skins, heads, and other
remains of a litter of puppies in an alley near the home
of a Vietnamese family she claims is slaughtering dogs
for food. "It was pretty bad," she said. "They fatten
them up. But when they're about 3-months-old, you can
forget about them." Some theorize that
dogs are being eaten by some of the
YES ON A: Opinion supports the peace
initiative for Central America. See Page 4.
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