Page 2- The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, April 16, 1986
Shapiro speaks with new MSA
about campus security and code
By WENDY SHARP
University President Harold Shapiro told the
new Michigan Student Assembly last night that
administrators are not "giving any con-
sideration" to a proposed bill in the state Senate
Which would require the University to deputize its
campus security officers.
'"Most universities have their own security force
but the Ann Arbor police have worked well for us,"
he told the assembly members, who he had invited
into his home last night to discuss a variety of
Shapiro also talked about the proposed code of
:non-academic conduct. Affirming that the Univer-
sity Board of Regents wants to abide by bylaw
702, which gives MSA the right to reject any code
proposed by the administration, called student
concern about the code legitimate.
SHAPIRO WOULD NOT COMMENT, however,
on whether the regents would disregard the bylaw
if they could not come up with a code acceptable to
the assembly. "There really is no reason to think
about it. The situation will not come up," he said.
The president also would notcite examples of
situation in which a code could be useful. He did
support, however, the right of students to protest.
"Public demonstrations are an integral part of
education," Shapiro said. "That doesn't give me
any problems. He cautioned, though, that "It is a
serious matter" when protests infringe on the
rights of others.
Shapiro also would not comment on the proposal
to give jailed South African activist Nelson Man-
dela an honorary University degree. A regental
bylaw prohibits the University from granting
degrees to people who cannot attend commen-
cement ceremonies. Although Shapiro has said he
will not violate that bylaw, he thinks Mandela is
"an extrememly worthy and impressive person."
In other assembly business, MSA accepted the
resignation of representative Andrea Vanden-
berg, a Nursing School junior. Carolyn Hartke, a
nursing school junior, took her spot on the asserr-
Pinkertons claim victory over State Theater
By EUGENE PAK
The Kerasotes Corporation, owners
;of the State, Campus, and Wayside
theaters, dropped a defamation and
damages lawsuit last week against
the Pinkertons, an Ann Arbor-based
acting group which had been
protesting Kerasotes' firing of union
projectionists in December 1984.
Since March of last year, the
Pinkertons have been performing
skits outside Kerasotes theaters
criticizing theater management for'
According to Doug Molkoff, the
Pinkertons' attorney, Kerasotes for-
mally dropped the suit when both
sides agreed that the group can still
perform outside the theaters, if they
do not interfere with patrons or block
MOLKOFF called the decision a
"victory for the First Amendment."
"The agreement just reaffirmed that
no one would break any city ordinan-
ces," he said.
William "Buzz" Alexander, a
University English professor and
coordinator of the Pinkertons' efforts,
said the group considered the decision
"a victory against a corporation with
a lot of money."
Both Molkoff and Alexander said,,
however, that they will continue to
oppose Kerasotes theaters. Last
summer, over 2,000 Ann Arbor
residents, including Democratic Rep.
Perry Bullard and members of city
council, signed a petition boycotting
THE DISPUTE began in December
1984 when the Illinois-based Kerasotes
Corporation bought the theaters and
promptly fired union workers. The
workers protested and took their case
"The State of the Struggle for Freedom in South Africa"
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Olympics boycott of South Africa, his organizing
for divestitude and his expertise and eloquence on
South African political affairs.
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to the National Labor Relations
Board, which ruled in favor of
The Pinkertons, though not af-
filiated with the workers' union,
began performing their skits and
petitioning for the boycott in March
"They began a public education
campaign which was done in a color-
ful way," Molkoff said. "They per-
formed street skits which humanized
the workers' situation."
AFTER gaining an injunction which
prohibited the Pinkertons from
protesting in front of their theaters,
Kerasotes charged the group with
defaming the theaters and interfering
with business operations, which
resultred in lost revenues.
Kerasotes sought damages of
$10,000 with an additional $25,000 for
each Pinkerton performance.
According to Molkoff, Kerasotes
dropped the charges because the
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company would have to publicize its
State Theater managers refused to
comment on either the dropped
lawsuit or on the Pinkertons.
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FSACC has been urging the Univer-
sity to give Mandela the honor.
Yesterday's meeting was the first
time group members have talked to
Shapiro since they began going to his
office every afternoon last Monday.
Shapiro was out of town most of last
Shapiro told the demonstrators that
giving Mandela a degree, knowing
that he could not attend the
ceremony, would violate what the
University considers the sole purpose
of an honorary degree.
"WE DON'T SIT around every year
trying to figure out who we should
bestow an honor to," Shapiro said,
"We try to find someone who has
made a contribution and can par-
ticipate with us in this academic
"I always thought the rule was a
good one," Shapiro said.
Shapiro refused to answer repeated
questions about the University's
honorary degrees committee's
deliberations. When asked if Mandela
would have been nominated if the by-
law did not pose an obstacle, Shapiro
replied that an answer would under-
mine the integrity of the committee.
A member of the committee, who
spoke on the condition of anonymity,
said the committee was deadlocked
over the issue and decide not to pur-
sue it because of the by-law.
Shapiro did say, however, that the
question of the University's
remaining $500,000 in stocks in cor-
porations that do business with South
Africa did not come up in any
discussion hehwas involved in.
Students had told Shapiro that the
University should grant Mandela the
degree to partially make upjfor the
investments, which they said support
the system of apartheid in South
"You have to realize that people are
following this issue. Not taking an ac-
tion against apartheid is really taking
a stance," said Hector Delgado, one of
the leaders of FSACC.
Delgado said granting the degree
would help focus attention on Mandela
and expedite his release.
Shapiro also apologised for not
responding to attacks on the Diag
shanty built by group members.
Students said the attacks intensified
feelings of uneasiness by minority
student from several racial incidents
this year. "I was distressed by the at-
tacks," Shapiro said.
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Attack on U.S. base fails
TOKYO - A truck exploded and burned yesterday in what was believed
to be an attempt by suspected radicals to fire homemade rockets at the
U.S. Yokota Air Base, the headquarters for American forces in Japan, of-
There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage in the in-
cident, which occurred about 25 miles west of Tokyo.
There were no immediate claims of responsibility, but police suspected
leftist radicals, who carried out a spate of rocket attacks on high-profile
targets late last month.
A police spokesman said a yellow Mitsubishi pickup truck packed with
home furnishings and parked in an empty lot about 800 yards from the
base exploded at 8:40 p.m. Witnesses said they heard four loud bangs
before the truck burst into flames, police said.
Police officers extinguished the flames and found five pipes, believed to
have been used as crude rocket launchers, and a timer rigged to the
vehicle, a spokesman said.
4,000 march for Marcos
MANILA, Philippines - More than 4,000 supporters of Ferdinand Mar-
cos marched to the U.S. Embassy yesterday and demanded the return of
their leader, who urged them on from exila in Hawaii.
Demonstrators burned an American flag and shouted obscenities at
two U.S. officials entering the embassy.
"The flame you have started shall spread," Marcos said in an inter-
view with a Manila radio station. He exhorted loyalists to continue
protests against President Corazon Aquino's government and asked
Filipinos to recognize his running mate in the Feb. 7 election as acting
Members of the crowd at the embassy accused U.S. officials of
drugging Marcos and abducting him.
American helicopters took him from the presidential palace the
evening of Feb. 25 at the height of a military-civil uprising that swept
Aquino to power. The former president, his wife Imelda and their retinue
were flown to Hawaii the next day in U.S. Air Force planes.
Marcos, who ruled the Philippines for 20 years, has said American of-
ficials promised to take him to his home province of Ilocos Norte. The
United States denies it.
Marcos said yesterday that he has asked President Reagan to let him
return home, but he would do so only with permission of "the leaders
there in the Philippines."
U.S. production fails sharply
WASHINGTON - U.S. industrial production, beset by weakness in oil
drilling, auto manufacturing and steel production, plunged 0.5 percent in
March for the second consecutive huge decline, the government reported
The Federal Reserve Board said the March decline followed a 0.7 per-
cent February fall, the steepest setback in output at the nation's fac-
tories, mines and utilities since the end of the last recession.
In both months, much of the weakness occurred in the petroleum in-
dustry, which has sharply curtailed exploratory drilling because of the
steep declines in world oil prices.
The report said drilling activity plunged 17 percent in March and now
stands 33 percent below where it was in December.
"The cutbacks in energy have been substantial. They are spreading
and there is more damage to come," said Donald Straszheim, chief
economist for the New York investment firm of Merrill Lynch.
The report said production of new cars and trucks fell 10.7 percent in
March with car assemblies dropping to an annual rate of 7.7 million
units, down from 8.7 million in February. The production cutback was
blamed on weak sales and excessive dealer inventories.
Crucial shuttle piece inspected
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Engineers inspected a crucial piece of
charred rocket wreckage yesterday and NASA's top brass met to finish
the agency's preliminary accident report before turning it over to the
Challenger disaster commission.
The two-ton piece of Challenger's right-side rocket booster with part of
a suspect fuel segment joint melted away was brought ashore early
yesterday for detailed analysis that could yield conclusive proof of what
caused the joint to rupture Jan. 28, destroying the shuttle.
Acting NASA Administrator William Graham and Rear Adm. Richard
Truly, associate adminstrator for space flight, arrived at the Kennedy
Space Center Monday night to meet with engineers and to review the
status of NASA's internal accident investigation.
Reagan requests Contra aid
to fight Khadafy influence
WASHINGTON - President Reagan implored the House yesterday to
approve $100 million for Contra rebels in Nicaragua, saying Libyan
leader Moammar Khadafy has sent weapons and advisers there to "bring
his war home to the United States."
As the House prepared to consider Reagan's request for military and
other assistance for the rebels, the president told a group of business
executives that Khadafy "has bragged that he is helping the Nicaraguans
because they fight America on its own ground."
Addressing the American Business Council on the day after U.S. war-
planes bombed a host of targets in Libya in reprisal for terrorist acts
against Americans, Reagan said; "I would remind the House voting this
week that this arch-terrorist has sent $400 million and an arsenal of
weapons and advisers into Nicaragua to bring his war home to the United
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