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Ninety-seven years of editorial freedom




Despite strong opposition from
125 sorority members and a top
University official, the Ann Arbor
City Council last night unani-
mously approved a plan which will
severely restrict Greek housing in
North Burns Park.
Before the vote, sorority leaders
had vowed to lead a massive voter
registration drive to organize
students against councilmembers
running for re-election next month.
They said more than 200 students
registered yesterday at a one-day
voter drive sponsored by the
Panhellenic association.
"We will organize and we will
vote you out of office in thej
upcoming elections," said sorority
member Laura Sokolik at a public
hearing attended by 200 people.
"Group housing in the North Burns
park area is necessary for students."
The plan will forbid group

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housing on 40 lots in the area
south of Hill Street and west of
Washtenaw Avenue, increasing the
existing housing crunch for
fraternities and sororities. City
council had tenatively supported the
proposal last month,
after it was approved by

the Ann Arbor Planning Commis-
The rezoning proposal was
initiated by a neighborhood group
that says fraternities and other large
student groups cause noise, litter,
and parking problems.
See GREEKS, Page 3

Tally Hall liquor
license postponed

The Ann Arbor City Council
last night tabled a motion that
would have granted a liquor license
to a merchant at Tally Hall mall on
E.. Liberty Street.
Councilmember Larry Hunter
(D-First Ward), said the motion was
tabled because the council's special

liquor committee had not compiled
its information yet. The committee
has to approve the license, and
Hunter said the motion will come
before the council next week.
Claudio Mennicotti, owner of
Pizza Plenty restaurant, had applied
for the license in hopes of opening
See COUNCIL, Page 2

Daily Photo by SCOTT LITUCHY
More than 100 sorority members turned out for last night's Ann Arbor City Council meeting. The council
unanimously supported the rezoning of 40 lots in the North Burns Park area.

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University council

faces mounting

Second of a three-part series
Members of the University Council
fear that if they don't soon propose a code
of non-academic student conduct, the
administration may pass its own.
Since 1984, the nine-member panel of
students, faculty, and administrators has
met weekly in an attempt to formulate a
version of the code which is a set of rules
to govern student behavior outside the
classroom. But their progress has been
tedious and often frustrating for both past
and present members.

Previous drafts of the code, including
some by the administration, were so
adamantly opposed by students, that in
October 1984 University President Harold
Shapiro returned the code to its
originator: the University Council.
SINCE THEN it has been a battle
between the students on the council and
the adrinistrative and faculty rhembers.
Frequent absences and an often
incomplete council has also plagued its'
"There is always the complete
representation of three students, but if we

only have one administrator, and faculty
members are often absent, how can we be
expected to complete a code?" said Ken
Wiene, an LSA junior and former council
Students who actively oppose the code
say academic sanctions would lead to
repression of student rights. They say that
the special judicial system a code would
create is unnecessary.
And- many students who oppose the
code say the administration isn't
listening. "I have provided many sound
arguments why we don't need a code with

the enforcement of suspension or
expulsion, but sometimes I feel that I am
just not heard," said LSA senior Nicole
Diller, present co-chair of the council.
members of the council insist a code is
needed to protect all members of the
University community. They say that it
would be much easier to handle student
problems on campus than sending them
to the Ann Arbor police.
Although the University's Board of
Regents and the administration have final
authority over the code, Regental bylaw

7.02 requires any code be approved by the
Michigan Student Assembly, the
University's executive officers, and the
regents. Members of the University
Council have been working under the
constant threat of the regents revoking
bylaw 7.02 and passing a code of their
It seems that time is running out. In
February 1984, Shapiro threatened to
bypass the council and suggest an
administration version of the code if the
council did not soon complete its work.
See 'U' COUNCIL, Page .2

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'U' prof.
sues Kent
breach of
A University assistant professor
is suing Kent State University for
$2 million because it disqualified
him in an architectural design
contest for not being a U.S. citizen.
Ian Taberner, a Canadian citizen,
seeks reinstatement as the winning
designer of a memorial to the
students in Kent State's anti-war
rally on May 4, 1970, in which
national guardsmen killed four and
injured nine students.
A seven-member national jury of
artists and designers declared
Taberner the winner last April, but
he was later disqualified when the
trustees learned of his Canadian
citizenship. A rule in the contest
limited competition to U.S.
See 'U' PROF, Page 3

Materials science dept
key to engineering
By MICHAEL LUSTIG became part of the Department of
Although the Department of Materials and Metallurgy Engin-
Materials Science and Engineering eering, or "M and M". Last year it
was established just a year ago, became MSE.
students and faculty both say the The society is a group open to
department will be central to the students, faculty, and staff members
engineering field in the coming of MSE, is unusual because both
years. students and faculty members
"When you want to make actively participate. The department
something stronger, lighter, cheap- is small: only about 90
er, you need a materials engineer," undergraduates and 14 professors.
sophomore engineer Irene Solomon But about' 60 come for weekly
said. meetings held on Wednesdays.
Undergraduate courses in "I think the society is kind of
materials science focus on all uses unique," senior Sunit Sachdev said.
for materials and specialized "We have all the profs involved.
applications in metallurgy and elec- They come to all the meetings. The
tronic materials, including semi- grad students are also involved."
conductors and computer chips. Vest, who spoke to the group
Graduate courses center around just before mid-winter break,
metallurgy, ceramics, and poly- agreed. "Most departments don't do
mers. this," he said.
College of Engineering Dean Cameron said the society is the
Charles Vest said materials science student representative group for five
is "a key to virtually everything different professional societies in
that engineers have to do with." the field of materials sciences.
MSE, as the department is now Everyone in the department is
called, was originally part of the automatically a member of the
chemical engineering department, society and pays no dues, she said.
according to Meg Cameron, During the weekly meetings, the
president of the Michigan Materials See ENGINEERING, Page 2
Society. Materials science later

Doily Photo by SCOTT LITUCHY
Pigeon protection
Russ Mynning, left, from the University's plant operations, shows Dave Hamilton where he plans to "pigeon-
proof" the front of the Graduate Library yesterday. Mynning said the pigeons deface the building.

HIllel offers secular
and religious programs

Often touted as the campus'
"second largest student organ -
ization," students seem surprised to
discover the Hillel Foundation
offers secular, as well as religious,
Non-religious activities include

added that he is not Jewish. "I'm
not surprised, but it seems that
most of the movies (Hillel spon -
sors) that I hear about are Jewish
Michael Brooks, executive
director of the University's Hillel
said, "There are, I'm sure, some

MSA begins shift to
staggered elections
Only half the seats on the Michigan Student Assembly will be open
in the March 17 and 18 elections, as required by a November 1985
ballot referendum. The remaining members will serve extended terms
until next November.
This is the first time the new rule will be used.
Representatives who received the greatest number of votes in the
School of Business Administration, Rackham School of Graduate

The medical school should have
consulted students when making a
change in its academic calendar.
Well worth the wait, Waiting for
Godot proved an excellent per -
The~ women 's basketball team

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