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Ninety-seven years of editorial freedom





GEO threatens to strike
if agreement isn't reached

Warding off snow, rain, and the
odor of marijuana, about 350
teaching and staff assistants
gathered to rally support for the
Graduate Employees Organization
in contract negotiations with the
After rallying on the Diag at
noon, the protesters marched past
University President Harold Sha -
piro's home to conclude their rally
at Regents' Plaza.
Led by English TA Janet
Woods, the crowd stopped traffic on
State Street and South University
as they chanted "Negotiate Now!"
and promised to strike if an
acceptable contract is not reached.
The TAs are currently working
under an extended contract which is
set to expire April 8. Contract talks
will be held today before both sides
enter mediation April 7.
The ralliers seemed to favor a
strike if no contract agreement is
reached. At several points during

the demonstration, the crowd broke
into long, loud chants of "strike,
strike, strike," even though the, five
speakers avoided using that term.
History TA Ben Brown said TAs
support a strike more than they did
last fall, when they were in a
similar situation.
Many students not involved in
the protest congregated on the steps
of the graduate library and quietly
watched the protest.
LSA freshman George Kapitan
said he agrees with the TAs'
contract demands and would not
attend classes if they struck.
Kapitan said his political science
TA discussed the issues in class and
the entire class supported the TAs.
"If undergraduates support the
TAs... they'll quickly get measures
resolved," he said.
Five speakers addressed the
crowd, beginning with GEO
President Alice Haddy. She summed
up the accomplishments of recent
negotiations and informed the crowd

of the issues on the table.
At the last bargaining session on
March 12, the Universi made
what Haddy called its "fin ffer."
According to her, their of of a
three year contract includes ed
tuition waiver culminating in a full
waiver for TAs after three ye*rs, no
salary increase, no provision for
class size limitations, and no paid
TA training.
Members of the GEO demand a
two-year contract, including an
immediate full tuition waiver, an 8
percent pay hike the first year and 6
percent the next, departmental-set
class size limitations, and paid
training for new TAs.
It is University policy to refuse
comment on the issues while
negotiations are in progress. Chief
negotiator Colleen Dolan-Greene
said the University is "perfectly
prepared to be flexible" in appro -
priation of funds, whether those
funds come in the form of tuition
See GEO, Page 5

Daily Photo by JOHN MUNSON
Teaching assistants Roger Needham and Cal Goosen lead a procession of approximately 350 TAs from the
Diag, past President Shapiro's house to Regents' Plaza. The GEO rallied yesterday to gain support for its con-
tract demands in negotiations with the University.

Shapiro to
see proposal
for Ann Arbor,
housing study
High rents, competitive housing searches, and a
less than 1 percent vacancy rate have been a fact of
Ann Arbor life for years. Today, the first study in 20
years of the city's housing problem is being proposed
to University President Harold Shapiro.
According to Robert Huges, director of University
housing, "It's time to look at the whole situation and
see what can be done." Hughes presented the study
proposal in February to University Vice President for
Student Services Henry Johnson.
Hughes said the study is necessary because of
pressure on the University to build more student
housing, Ann Arbor's changing housing market, and
the influx of high-tech industry in the area, which
attracts professionals who can afford higher rents.
"If we build, we help cure the Ann Arbor housing
problem," said Ed Salowitz, a University housing
researcher and housing program director.
Salowitz said cost, available building space, and
future student enrollment trends must be considered if
the University decides to build more student housing.
Salowitz has recommended a diverse group of
people be appointed to the proposed commission. If
approved, Hughes said the commission would be
appointed this spring and would consist of University
staff and faculty, city officials and residents, and
University students. He said the study should be
completed by-the end of 1987.
Salowitz said the study will be similar to a 1965
presidential commission study which conducted a
comprehensive study of the city's housing and made
propositions, such as the building of more student
housing, including 400 family housing units on
North campus.
The 1965 commission consisted of eleven


Health service
to offer free,
AIDS testing
In response to rising concern, University Health
Service will offer anonymous testing for acquired
immune deficiency syndrome beginning next week.
Health Service Director Caesar Briefer said that,
with anonymous testing, he expects the number of
AIDS tests the service administers to increase
dramatically. Currently, Health Service tests about 30
people a week.
Health Service developed the anonymous testing
service to remove some of the fear of being identified
with a high-risk group for AIDS. "There' s clearly a
fair amount of sensitivity regarding this issue,"
Briefer said.
AIDS testing at Health Service includes two blood
tests which screen for the AIDS antibody. The testing
is free for students but costs $35 for others. Stndents
will have to identify themselves for the anonymous
testing by showing an ID card or by putting the card
in a cover which would show their eligibility but hide
their name.
Anonymous testing is used in many clinics,
Briefer said, but is not available in Washtenaw
County or through most health services. Fourteen
people are infected with the AIDS virus in
Washtenaw County, including one University
student, according to Briefer.
BRIEFER said the anonymous testing program
has been in the works for months. They have
developed a separate patient flow and a separate area
for anonymous testing. But the primary concern is
the extensive counseling done in conjunction with the
AIDS tests.
"There is heavy duty counseling involved. The
counseling is almost more important than the
testing," Briefer said. He added that one-on-one
counseling is used to make sure the student is aware
of high-risk and low-risk behavior. "The only way of

Daily Photo by JOHN MUNSON
University students Justin Walcott and Alicia Godsberg toke up on the Diag yesterday during this year's Hash
Bash. An estimated 150 bashers lit up during the sixteenth run of the event.
Bashers bake at hi gh noon
as 16 year tradition fires up

It begins around high noon every
April 1. According to most students
who enjoyed yesterday's 16th
annual Hash Bash, "It's a tradition."
This year, temperatures in the 30's
and a simultaneous demonstration
by teaching assistants didn't
extinguish support for the bash.
A token turnout of 150
participants and observers packed

the Diag to relax, socialize, and,
said one LSA freshman, "come out
amongst fellow smokers." Atten -
dance at previous bashes has
numbered in thousands.
The Hash Bash was started in
1972 as a protest of harsh
marijuana laws. Even though the
Ann Arbor City Council passed the
lax $5 fine for possession of
marijuana, the event never burned

out. In the past, the event has been
used as a forum for demonstrations
like anti-draft rallies.
At one of its most famous
moments in 1973, the bash drew
support from State Rep. Perry
Bullard (D-Ann Arbor), who lit up
a joint for the benefit of the press.
Yesterday, students mixed with
demonstrating TA's, and both
See TOKERS, Page 3

4th ward candidates focus on crime

Democratic candidate Richard
Layman is trying appeal to the
Fourth Ward's student population
to defeat his opponent in the
traditionally Republican ward.
Layman, administrative coor -
dinator for the Michigan Student
Assembly, has been involved in

candidate, is an optometrist who
has lived in the area for 23 years.
He emphasized controlling down -
town development to allow adequate
parking for new businesses added to
the downtown area.
Schleicher wants to provide

in property taxes.
Schleicher said the millage
proposal is not well thought out.
He said it is poorly researched and
without guidelines.
ACCORDING to Schleicher,
renting to low-income people puts

own buildings. "They can't build
more (housing) units until the city
can control its own existing units,"
said Schleicher in a recent
appearance before the Chamber of
Layman favors the housing

In a forum sponsored by the
League of Women Voters, Layman
said it is important for residents and
students to be involved in city
planning developments.
Both Schleicher and Layman are
concerned with Ann Arbor crime.
During the League of Women
Voters forum, Schleicher stressed

Students should wear blue jeans
on Friday to support gay rights.
'Adding Machine' cashes in on
the absurd.
The men's swimming team
travels to Austin, Texas today to
compete in the NCAA chain-

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