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January 23, 1987 - Image 15

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MICH-ELLANY

FILM

Stop the fight, the bus is leaving

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INTERVIEW
Leo Heatly
Public Safety Director wants Univ.
officers to be a sworn police agency
Leo Heatley has been the director of the University's Department of
Public Safety and Security since 1985. He spoke to Daily staffer Stephen
Gregory on a variety of campus concerns, from making campus security
officers a police force to the effectiveness of the new emergency phone
system on campus.
Daily: What did you do before you were the director of campus security?
Heatly: I came here in 1979 as the assistant director. I retired from the
Michigan State Police in 1979; I spent a little over 25 years with the
State police before coming here.
D: What are your duties as director?
H: The Department of Public Safety is responsible for the students and
the faculty, and it makes the campus safe. It does that in several ways.
The main way we do it is to have uniformed officiers driving in radio-
dispatched, marked patrol cars. They patrol the campus, and they answer
calls. We get a variety of calls ranging from criminal offenses, assults, or
larcenies to a broken window or leaking water from a ceiling.
We received about 24,500 calls in 1986, so we're extremely busy. We
also coordinate the activities of Housing Security and Hospital Security.
They send reports to us, and we keep track of them for statistical
purposes. We have contracted seven patrol officers, two detectives, a
sheriff and 30 percent of the command officers from the Ann Arbor
Police Department . When we need law enforcement we call them. Our
people are not sworn police officers.
D: In many college campuses, the security department is an actual police
force. Why isn't ours?
H: Well, one of the goals I set for this department when I became the
director was that one day we'd have a sworn agency. I think that is a
realistic goal and something we are working toward. The authority has to
come from either the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Department or the
state legislature. There has been some movement in the legislature to get
a bill introduced in the past, but it has been rejected.
D: What other colleges have a campus police force?
H: Michigan State, Western Michigan, and Eastern all have departments
sworn in by the local sheriff's department.
D: Is Washtenaw County reluctant to give campus security this
authority?
H: No, the county sheriff I'm sure would agree to do that. We haven't
gotten anything formal from him saying that, but we have discussed it,
and it is a realistic possiblity.
D: Is the issue locked up in the legislature?
H: We were hoping to get the legislature to pass a bill last year, but it
was not passed. To get that bill introduced will be something we'll
Continued on Page 9

GRADE-SCHOOL FIGHTS: we
all had a few, we all survived them.
Boy, were they stupid!.
My first fight was a pretty one-
sided affair. Actually, it was a
completely one-sided affair. I made
the mistake of pegging Mike Nagel
in a gym-class game of dodgeball.
After that, I made the further
mistake of taunting Mike in
precisely the way he and his buddies
taunted me, by tapping my index
finger to my chin, daring him to
sock me, when we both knew that
he could do no such thing. I
compounded my errors by dutifully
reporting to my Safety Patrol Post,
rather than rushing home and
barricading the door until Nagel
forgot the day's events. At least,
through a brilliantly employed stra-
tagem of alternately begging and
curling up into a fetal position,
Nagel quickly tired of kicking me,
and by the time the little kids
arrived to cross the street, I was
once again a proud Lieutenant in
the Triple-A Safety Patrol, cou-
rageously defending them against
oncoming traffic.
In sixth grade, I beat up Scott
York because he irritated me. Scott
was a hyperactive kid with hygiene
OFF THE WALL
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1212.
-Graduate Library
HOW CAN I FIND THE STAIR -
WAY TO HEAVEN?
(in reply)
Take the elevator to hell and turn
right.
-Graduate Library
The best revenge is getting over it
and meeting someone else!
-AngellHall
Ferrous Wheel

problems and a voice like Grover's
on "Sesame Street." I had to ride
the same bus with him, and he
never shut up, even when the bus
driver told him to. One day, he
challenged me. We got a witness
/judge, and I beat him up. The other
kid saw me as a hero (Scott really
bugged him, too). After a day, I
told him to shut up about it. After
about two days, Scott was every bit
as irritating as he had always been.
After about three days I began to
feel like shit for being so mean to
him.
But that didn't stop me from
fighting Allen Sinke a year later.
Allen was a brooding, gangly kid
with messy blond hair and mossy,
crooked teeth. When he challenged
me to a fight, some of the same
guys who had taunted me in fifth
grade told me to stand up to him,
so I did.
The fight didn't last long, but

I'm still proud of the finish. Allen
pulled my hooded sweatshirt over
my head, but by swinging wildly, I
managed to drive him away. I was
suddenly a cool guy. It didn't matter
that I won only because Sinke was
using both of his hands to hold my
sweatshirt; he ran away, so I got
two weeks worth of back-patting.
In the last week of eighth grade,
somebody brought up the fight, and
I pounded my flabby chest, and
ticked Allen off, and he told the
whole bus he could lick me if we
fought again. A date was set, and
kids stayed on the bus until our
stop, or got off early, to see the
fight.
Thinking that the hooded
sweatshirt had been the only thing
preventing me from an even more
stunning victory, I wore a T-shirt.
Bad mistake. Without a quasi-
strategic garment to grab onto,
Allen instead used his hands to
pound me. I was an excellent
bobber, and I was pretty good at
weaving, but when it came to
wrassling, or punching, I sucked.
I yelled "give" well before Allen
had a chance to really hurt me, and
Allen didn't stop. In retrospect, I
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Pryor's co
By Geoffrey Riklin
One of Richard Pryor's first
lines in his new movie, Critical
Condition, is "I don't belong here."
How true.
Pryor plays a n'er-do-well en-
trepreneur who gets arrested while
receiving money from a loanshark.
The latter, believing that Pryor set
him up, swears to kill him. So
Pryor, attempting to avoid going to
the same prison as his enemy, fakes
insanity in order to go to a mental
hospital instead. Realizing that his
act is failing, Pryor tries to escape
but can't because of a hurricane, and
finds himself mistaken for a doctor.
He plays along and the resulting
hijinks constitute the film's plot,
to the extent that a plot exists.
The film possesses so many
fatal and near-fatal flaws that it self-
destructs. Michael Apted unfor-
giveably misdirects Pryor. The
character Pryor plays is more than
slightly stupid, and he implausibly
thinks up solutions for the
multitude of problems he en-
counters. The solutions themselves
are childish and unamusing. Pryor's
best moments - and they are few
- are somewhat serious, not the
slapstick/screwball rubbish that
dominates the film.
The supporting cast does not
impress. Ruben Blades, the noted
salsa singer, has a small and
insignificant role. Tex Cobb, the
former boxer, has a somewhat
larger on but he can't act. The
female lead is Rachel Ticotin, and
while she is gorgeous, she does not
seem destined to fashion a career in
comedy. But, in her defense, it's
clear that she has been given little
to do.
For that matter, no one,
including Pryor, has much to do.
This film looks as if much of it
was written while it was being
shot, and some of Pryor's scenes
seem almost entirely improvised.
There are so few laughs and so
much amateurishness that one can't
help wondering if anyone associated
with it really gave a damn.
Imagine, Richard Pryor on screen
for nearly two hours and no more
than two or three funny bits. If
Apted had filmed Pryor sleeping for
two hours we'd have a more
entertaining movie. It is indicative
of the extent of this cinematic mess
that an escaped murderer is tossed
in, apparently to try to stir things
up. The attempt fails.
In additon to all that, Michael
Apted regards insanity as comic
material. Surely it can be, but only
when treated appropriately. Apted
treats it clumsily and offensively.

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Garrett Morris, formerly of Saturday Night live, stars with Pryor.

There are several melodramatic
scenes, a bit of preachiness, the
score irritates and intrudes, and the
ending is one only a second-grader
could find convincing (and con-
sidering that Critical Condition is
"R" rated, few of them will see it
- they're lucky).
All this must lead us to wonder
about Pryor. This is yet another in
a series of Pryor movies that are
mediocre or worse. They haven't

even a chance of being good, and
with Critical Condition this is
most emphatically the case.
As everyone knows, Pryor has
an extraordinary talent. Let's hope
that he gets serious about his film
career and puts it to good use. If
not, Pryor or his producers musi
pay for the crime of wasting the
talents of one of America's funniest
men.

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15 years ago- - January
23, 1972: The University Coun -
cil was preparing to propose a new
set of student conduct rules to
replace interim rules established in
the wake of the Black Action
Movement (BAM) strikes in 1970.
The BAM actions, staged to protest
low minority enrollment at

Michigan, virtually shut down the
University.
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of non-academic conduct, the
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