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Walkathon to help homeless
By RYAN TUTAK
No one argues that more low-income
housing is needed, but debates emerge over
funding of new housing projects. Tomorrow's
Heart to Heart for the Homeless Walk will raise
money to build a 40-unit rooming facility for
welfare clients in Ann Arbor and a family
shelter in Ypsilanti.
The Interfaith Council for Peace, in
conjunction with five area emergency shelter
and counseling organizations, will sponsor the
walk on tomorrow.
In the tradition of the March of Dimes
Walkathon, more than 500 Ann Arbor and
Ypsilanti residents have recruited sponsors, and
will walk five miles from the downtown of
both cities to Carpenter School, at Central
Boulevard and Packard.
AFTER the walk Ann Arbor Mayor Edward
Pierce will host a ceremony addressing the
plight of the homeless.
Chuck Kieffer, executive director of the
S.O.S. Community Crisis Center in Ypsilanti,
feels the homeless crisis deserves immediate
attention. "When people are in circumstances of
need, there must be a way to respond."
The 1980 Census suggested that 2,807
Washtenaw County residents were homeless. A
study conducted last fall by Patrice Cox, a
University Social Work student, estimated that
3,028 individuals would become homeless and
seek emergency shelter by the end of 1986.
THE CHIEF cause of homelessness is a
lack of low-income, single room occupancy
housing. More than 200 such units have been
demolished or converted in the past 15 years,
and available housing is monopolized by the
55,000 students who attend the University and
Eastern Michigan University.
Only the Embassy Hotel, at $22 per night
and $100 per week, and the Ann Arbor YMCA,
at $16 per night and $65 per week, offer low-
priced sleeping rooms, according to Cox's
Many of the most fortunate vagrants, who
either receive $163 per month from the General
Assistance program or hold a full-time
minimum wage job, cannot afford these rates.
This creates a sense of hopelessness among
the homeless. Most will not even try to secure
a job if they believe their paycheck will not
cover housing costs, according to Jack Wilson,
director of social services at the Salvation
FIVE emergency shelters in Washtenaw
County carry the burden of supplying shelter
and counseling to area vagrants.
The Salvation Army operates the Arbor
Haven Emergency Shelter Program, located on
809 Henry St. in Ann Arbor. This shelter offers
free food, lodging, and job counseling. Those
admitted to this highly structured rehabilitation
program are expected to find a job and save
money toward independent residency.
"It's not just a place to crash," said senior
supervisor Tom Doorien.
The Shelter Association of Ann Arbor,
located on 420 W. Huron, does not require
visitors to find a job or save money, nor does if
offer meal service. Many of the chronically
homeless, substance abusers, and mentally ill
frequent the shelter.
Three organizations offer independent living
programs: The S.O.S. Community Crisis
Center, located on 114 N. River St. in
Ypsilanti; Ozone House, a youth crisis agency
at 608 N. Main St.; and SAFE House, located
on 2201 Hogback Rd. in Pittsfield Township.
Between the three adults programs, 27,000
'bed-nights' were dispensed in 1986, said
Anyone interested in participating in the
Heart to Heart for the Homeless Walk can call
663-1870, 662-2265, or 485-8730.
Pictures shows society s other side
and STEVEN TUCH contrasting images. As visions of photographer/author. me to things I've never s
ire than 1 500 people hacked malnourished black children, forced Holdt hopes that the never realized."
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Rackham Auditorium last night to
view what many referred to as
"America's ugly side." American
Pictures, the slide presentation by
Jacob Holdt, showed a side of
America that many people never
The presentation, sponsored by
Students In Social Action, first
touched upon slavery in the 1800s
and the Civil Rights Movement and
then explored the present condition
of America's poor.
Audience members squirmed in
their seats as two screens
to eat dirt to survive, drug addicts
shooting up in doorways, and rat-
infested shantys flashed on one
screen, the second screen showed
stately southern mansions and
priviliged middle class children.
According to Holdt, the main
focus of the presentation was to
confront the social imbalances that
are prevalent in our society today.
He particularly focused on poor
blacks in the South and North.
"I tried to understand the deep
abuse and rejection that the
underclass blacks had to live with,"
said the vagabond turned
presentation, which he admits is
made more for a white audience,
will help sensitize Americans to
"I saw too much evil and despair
and just wanted to try to bring
some hope to those who are very
bewildered, scared and frightened.
Hopefully, the presentation will
result in a new formation of
people's beliefs in humanity. Too
many people turn their backs on
During intermission, Law
student Karen Taylor, said, "I think
it opens up your eyes. It exposes
However, not everyone thought
that "American Pictures" was a fair
representation of American society.
Numerous students, who asked not
to be named, felt the presentation
was overly slanted and unfair.
In 1971 Holdt, from Denmark,
was given a camera and he set off to
travel around America.
When Holdt returned to
Denmark, he showed his slides to
his father's Lutheran congregation.
Soon, the show was open to the
public and Holdt was invited to
show his presentation in other
Compiled from Associated Press reports
Senate to vote on civil
contempt motion for Secord
WASHINGTON - The Senate prepared yesterday to vote on a civil
contempt resolution against retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Richard Secord
as investigators tightened the vise on a key figure in the Iran-Contra
Senate Majority Leader Robert Byrd (D-West Virginia) said he hoped
to act quickly on the matter, which would send the citation to U.S.
District Court for possible enforcement.
The Senate select committee investigating the Iran-Contra affair
voted on Wednesday to set the contempt process in motion after Secord
refused a Feb. 23 order that he gave consent for overseas banks to turn
over records of accounts he may have controlled.
Syrians threaten kidnappers
BEIRUT, Lebanon - Syrian soldiers deployed in Moslem west
Beirut have threatened severe retaliation if kidnappers kill any of the 25
foreigners held hostage in Lebanon, police said yesterday.
In Christian east Beirut, a bomb killed two occupants of an
automobile and wounded five other people, police reported. They said
the device that expoloded in the Zalkaa district at 1:45 p.m. was not a
car bomb. No group claimed responsibility.
"The Syrians have sent messages through Shiite clergymen that they
will not sit idly by if a foreign hostage is killed," a police official said,
speaking on condition of anonymity. "They threatened the severest
He said one result of the Syrian threat was Tuesday's announcement
by the Revolutionary Justice Organization that it had delayed killing
French hostage Jean-Louis Normandin. The group said it put off his
"execution" for a week.
Israel to end new weapons
sales, trade with S. Africa
JERUSALEM - Heading off a confrontation with the United
States, Israel announced yesterday it would not sign contracts for new
weapons sales to South Africa and would reduce its close trade and cul -
tural ties with the country.
The Israeli decision, announced by Prime Minister Shimon Peres,
followed pressure from the United States to end military trade with a
South African government that maintains a policy of apartheid.
The sanctions left the Israeli government with room to maneuver
in its 38-year-long relationship with South Africa by failing to end
existing weapons contracts or to cut off all trade.
Navy moves within striking
range of Iranian missiles
WASHINGTON - The Reagan administration, in a new warning to
Iran not to escalate the Persian Gulf shipping war, has moved an aircraft
carrier battle group into the northern Arabian Sea within striking
distance of some new Iranian missile batteries, U.S. officials disclosed
Moreover, U.S. Navy ships assigned to the Mideast Task Force to
patrol the gulf may soon begin escorting commercial tankers and cargo
ships destined for Kuwait, the sources said. Some of the warships
attached to the carrier battle group also might be ordered to join the task
force for such escort work, they added.
The officials, who agreed to discuss the matter only if not identified,
said the United States now has 18 warships in or near the Persian Gulf
Chinese see porn film
BIEJING--Noontime television watchers in southern China
inadvertantly were shown 20 minutes of a pornagraphic movie, the
official China Daily reported yesterday. The report said thevideo "The
Massage Girl" was televised in part of Guangdong province on Feb. 6
when two men used the government television transmission station to
reproduce and view the video. The men mistakenly believed the
station's transmitter was turned off at the time, the report said. "Many
residents of the county were shocked to see the licentious pictures
which were never before on screen," the daily said. The men were
arrested and charged with illegally broadcasting a pornographic video.
Pornographic films are banned in China and those caught possessing or
selling such films often are jailed.
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students to the Board of Regents
yesterday, Virginia Nordby, director
of Affirmative Action, said that
"between 1980 and 1986 minority
enrollment has increased by 24.1
percent, while white enrollment of
all students has declined by 3
But not all minorities have
achieved this same rate. Although
black student enrollment has
increased 10.4 percent over the past
three years, the total number of
black students only increased this
year by 55, bringing the total
tol,674 - 5.3 percent of the
Hispanic enrollment currently
stands at 2 percent, or 621 students,
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"new recruitment efforts have
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new enrollment and a 19.3 percent
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Similar statistics for blacks
account for a 34.7 percent increase.
Continuing its downward trend,
Native American enrollment
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In a statement to the board,
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problems with minority enrollment
are not a fault of the University,
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"With black enrollment, the
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successful because the pool of
qualified black high school grad-
uates is far too small," said Baker.
In other developments, Vice
President of Academic Affairs and
Provost James Duderstadt predicted
that the University's growing
financial needs would once again
mandate an increase in student
tuition for the coming year.
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