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Ninety-seven years of editorialfreedom


wVol. XCVII -No. 67

Copyright 1986, The Michigan Doily

Ann Arbor, Michigan - Tuesday, December 9, 1986

Ten Pages

Ann Arbor housing inspector Ray Ayer is stuck in
the middle of what seems to be a big housing mess.
He is suing the city, charging that it "disciplined
him" with a five-day payless suspension after he
complained about the city's lack of housing code
enforcement. City officials say he was disciplined
because of procedural misconduct on his part.
Local tenant groups and members of the Ann Arbor
City Council say problems with houses city-wide have
led to claims that the city consistently violates its own
housing code by not enforcing inspection policies.
THE Ann Arbor Housing Inspection Bureau,
plagued by internal and administrative problems, is
being investigated because of Ayer's suit, pressure
from local tenant groups, media attention, and a

departmental review held by the Ann Arbor City
Council last month.
The review of the Building Department was held
two weeks ago as part of a city council review of all
the city's departments. At the meeting, representatives
from the Ann Arbor Tenants Union, Student Legal
Services, and the Inter-Cooperative Council decried the
lack of housing code enforcement.
Jeff Ditz of the Ann Arbor Tenants Union says the
Housing Inspection Bureau has consistently failed to
enforce the city housing code. It has purposely not
enforced policies and has made efforts to conceal
information by not keeping records on file, Ditz
But city administrators say many claims by these
groups are illegitimate, and the charges inconsistent.

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BUILDING Department Director Jack Donaldson
said the department agreed that there are some problems
with the housing code and its enforcement, but these
problems are "not going to disappear overnight" and
"have developed over a number of years."
At a recent city council meeting, the Tenants Union
gave councilmembers a list of 23 Housing Bureau
policy code violations. Some of the violations were
failing to consistently inspect buildings, request
permission from tenants before inspecting, give written
notice of violations, fine landlords, and keep complete
records of inspections.
The Tenants Union also charged the housing bureau
with granting too many special exceptions to the
housing code which were used to overlook violations,
exempting the city from following the housing code.


er fire
The Tenants Union called for the creation of a-
citizen's review board of the Housing Inspection
Bureau and the Building Department, revision of the
housing code, changing the Housing Board of Appeals,
and an official statement of recognition of the protjem
by the city council.
COUNCILMEMBERS feel there is room for
changes within the housing code. Kathy Edgren (D-
Fifth Ward) called the council work session an "eye-
opener to many people on council who weren't aware
we've been doing such a poor job on enforcement."
She does not support the idea of a citizen's review
board, saying the Housing Board of Appeals would be
an important forum for citizen input if it was tightened
See CITY, Page 2

RPC adopts policy
without students

Shultz disavows
Iranian affair

The Research Policies
Committee yesterday accepted a
proposal which calls for the
removal from the current guidelines
of the "end-use" clause which bans
research projects that could result in
the killing or maiming of humans.
Students had no say in the
decision because the four student
representatives on the RPC resigned
last month.
The RPC accepted a proposal
promulgated by an ad hoc guideline
review committee, which also
recommends removing the RPC and
the Classified Review Panel from
the research review process. RPC
accepted the report and added two of
its own additional amendments.
THE RPC's recommendations
will be presented to Vice President
for Research Linda Wilson this,
month. Wilson will present her
recommendations -based on those
of the RPC and other groups - to
the Board of Regents, which will
vote on them next semester.
If the regents accept the
guidelines they would replace
current guidelines, which have been
in effect since 1972 and govern
classified research at the University.
RPC's decision came after nearly
three months of deliberations during

which the student members of the
committee resigned. The students
resigned at the RPC's Nov. 17
meeting, saying they were
dissatisfied with the process of the
advisory committee.
Michigan Student Assembly
President Kurt Muenchow refused
to reappoint students as a protest
against the advisory committee
"railroading" proposals through the
THE students who resigned
were also angry that the advisory
committee was hand-picked by
University President Harold Shapiro
without considering representatives
from the Michigan Student
Assembly, the RPC, and the Senate
Advisory Committee on University
Eric Caplan, resigned RPC
member and history graduate
student, said, "We believe that our
presence (on the RPC) would have
served no purpose at all," because
students on the committee did not
have a chance to discuss their
The proposal the RPC endorsed
yesterday would replace the end-use
clause and the review panels with a
policy requiring that all research
See RPC, Page 3

WASHINGTON (AP) - Secretary of
State George Shultz, testifying under oath
before the House Foreign Affairs Committee
yesterday, denied involvement in the transfer
of Iranian arms sale profits to Nicaraguan
rebels, saying he had "zero" knowledge of
the "illegal" diversion of money. .
As the public accounting of the Reagan
administration's foreign policy fiasco began
on Capitol Hill, Robert McFarlane, Pres-
ident Reagan's former national security
adviser, contradicted previous accounts from
administration officials testifying under oath
that the president approved an "indirect"
shipment of arms to Iran in August 1985.
As Shultz and McFarlane appeared
seperately before the committee, the Justice

Department released the text of its ap-
plication to a federal appellate court panel in
Washington, seeking appointment of an in-
dependent counsel to probe possible criminal
activity in the affair.
The request raised the possibilty that the
granting of immunity from prosecution may
be necessary to get to the bottom of the
affair. It was not immediately clear when the
three-member panel would act to name the
And on the Senate side of the Capitol,
Sen. David Durenberger (R-Minn.), chai-
rman of the Senate Intelligence Committee,
said at the end of another day of closed-door
See McFARLANE, Page 3

Secretary of State George Shultz is sworn in prior to
testifying before the House Foreign Affairs Com-
mittee on Capitol Hill yesterday. Shultz told the
committee what he knew about the Iran arms sale.

Chirac withdraws education changes

PARIS (AP) - Premier
Jacques Chirac yesterday withdrew a
bill to revise the state-run
university system, giving in to a
Lhrec-week carpaign of som-times
violent protests by high school and
college students.
In the Latin Quarter, the
capital's student district, about
30,000 demonstrators marched
peacefully through the streets to
mourn the death of a 22-year-old

student who had been beaten by
police. According to an autopsy,
the student died of a heart attack
after he was beaten.
Throughout the country, people
paused for a moment of silence.
Opposition to Chirac's center-
right government has been snow -
balling since the protests began.
Teachers, unions, leftist politicians,
and even government officials have
spoken out against the university

The government has said the
measure would make higher edu -
cation more competitive, but critics
claim it is-elitist and diminishes
students' freedom of choice.
"No modification of the uni -
versities, as necessary as it may be,
can be carried through without wide
support from all of the interested
parties, notably students and
teachers," Chirac said in a televised

"It can only be done in calm. It
clearly appears that that is not the
case today. Demonstrations in pro -
cess, With all of the risks of
violence and the dangers they entail
for all, are the proof," Chirac said.
Chirac said he asked Education
Minister Rene Monory to draw up a
new proposal to reform the
country's 78 universities.

Pastor and architect
earn honorary degrees

.An Italian architect and a
Detroit pastor will be given
honorary degrees at the winter
commencement ceremony Sunday.
The Rev. Charles Adams,
pastor of Detroit's Hartford
Memorial Baptist Church, will
receive an honorary doctor of
humanities degree. Adams, a well-
known civil rights advocate and
president of the Detroit branch of
the National Association for the
Advancement of Colored People,
will also be the commencement
Adams was recognized as one
of the best black preachers in
America by Ebony magazine in
1984. He will speak to an
estimated 1,800 degree candidates
on "Hope vs. Fatalism."
Bruno Zevi, an Italian
architecture historian and critic,
will receive an honorary doctor of
humane letters degree.
Zevi is the editor of the
monthly Italian architecture
magazine, L'Architetteraura-
Cronache e Storia, and a
columnist for the newspaper
' L'Espresso.

. .. will deliver commencement
Architecture Prof. Leonard
Eaton, who nominated Zevi for
the degree, said, "He's been in the
forefront of architecture criticism
and writing and history for the last
30 years.."
Charles Walgreen, a 1928
graduate of the University's
College of Pharmacy, will receive
the University's Outstanding
Achievement Award.
Commencement excercises will
take place at 2 p.m. Sunday in
Crisler Arena.

Liptonl uncloily Photo by SCOTT LITUCHY
LSA freshman Jody Lipton stands on the steps of the Graduate Library waiting for a friend she planned to do the lunch thing with yester-
day. The snow and freezing rain which made this wait so much fun are expected to continue today.

Holiday Heat
Before you get wrapped up in the electricity
of holiday festivities, the University's Department

large-group rooms, like auditoriums or lounges,
but if you've already brought in a pine, place it
where it won't block all exit paths. Dormitory
leases prohibit the use of candles; last year, a room
in East Quad was destroyed when Hannakuh
candles fell over, Patrick said. Fake trees are fine,
but don't use a plastic pines unless it's labeled

the media, and successfully tackle government -
Bears Coach Mike Ditka. "Ditka for mayor," reads
the Bears' small orange-and-blue sign hanging in a
window in Kelly's Pub. Co-owner John Kelly
says Ditka's talents in leading the Bears to the
Super Bowl last year and the playoffs this year are
evidence of his potential. "I've never been in

DAILY APOLOGIZES: The Daily, retracts yester-
day's racist cartoon. See Page 4.

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