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Vandals
attend
Soviet
Jewry
mteeting
By PAUL HENRY CHO
Three students accused of
stealing a mock jail cell last Friday
morning learned about Soviet Jewry
at a meeting sponsored by Tagar, a
Jewish activist group on campus.
The jail cell, built by Tagar, was
intended to publicize the plight of
Jews in the Soviet Union.
Sergei Kan and Joy Weber,
members of the Ann Arbor Action
for Soviet Jewry, presented a
detailed account of refusenik life in
the Soviet Union, showing pictures
of families and playing recorded
messages from some of the
refuseniks to Americans.
The purpose of the meeting,
according to LSA freshman Joel
Lessing, was to educate the students
of the significance and purpose of
the jail cell.
"We want to teach rather than
punish these individuals," Lessing
said.
Lessing said Tagar asked the
three students to get 300 signatures
for a petition that would later be
sent to the Soviet Union, asking
for the release of refuseniks from
that country.
Tagar member Keith Hope said
the attack on the jail cell was done
more out of ignorance than anti-
Semitism. Kan, however, said such
acts would only add to anti-
Semitism.
"(Anti-Semites) will see this and
say, 'Well, they got away with it,
so can I,"' Kan said.
The three students who stole the
cell said they did so while drunk,
without malicious intent.
A student who would only
identify himself as Yuri, ardently
defended the actions of his fraternity
brothers.
He went on to say that, as a
Russian Jew, he felt no anti-
Semitism and was resentful of a
witnesses' description of the three
men as "Hitler's youth."
"(The three students) are my
friends, and I know them well
enough to speak for them and for
-the whole house in saying that this
act was not out of any prejudice or
anti-Semitism," Yuri said.
Yuri was also resentful of the
negative publicity their fraternity,
Alpha Tau Omega, received as a
result of this incident.
He stated that the act had no
implications of anti-Semitism, and
that the jail cell was already
destroyed when the three students
carried the pieces back with them to
the house.

The Michigan Daily - Friday, April 10, 1987 - Page3
Jernigan may
veto resolution
on city housing

Daily Photo by ANDI SCHREIBER
How low can you go?
Employees of the Campus Information Center in the Michigan Union celebrate "South Pacific Day" yester-
day. Jay Aiken, an LSA senior, shows how low he can go at limbo, along with other employees, (from left to
right) Mary Beth Scaken, Carolyn Laniner, Mark Nelson, and Dana Tasson, all LSA seniors.
Orientation to discuss rcism

By CARRIE LORANGER
Ann Arbor Councilmember and
Mayor-elect, Gerald Jernigan (R-
Fourth Ward) threatened to use his
veto power at the beginning of his
term in a special City Council
meeting last night.
Jernigan said he would, if given
the power, override the council
amendment passed last night
approving a contract with the Ann
Arbor Housing Commission. The
amendment would give the
commission $30,000 in city funds
to rehabilitate city-owned housing
sites.
The Mayor has 72 hours to veto
a decision made by the mayor pro
tem. And since Jernigan is not
mayor until Monday evening, he
questioned when the 72 hour veto
period would end.
Because Mayor Ed Pierce was
absent last night, Mayor pro tem
Lowell Peterson (D-First Ward)
approved the council resloution.
Jernigan will have the power to
veto the resolution Monday night
when he is sworn in, if weekends
do not count in the 72 hour period.
City Attorney Bruce Laidlaw said
he would research the question.
Jernigan opposed the resolution
which will correct all code
violations in nine housing units at
the Upper and Platt Road public
housing sites. The work will be
done by licensed contractors.
Council Democrats who support
the resolution are trying to find a
way to get around the veto.
Councilmember Kathy Edgren (D-
Fifth Ward) suggested finding a way

to delay Jernigan from being sworn
in.
Last night's "lame duck" session.
had a very long agenda yet
proceeded more quickly than most
other council meeting. Many
resolutions and amendments did not;
receive their usual debate between
council Democrats and Repub=
licans.
Councilmember Jeff Epton (D-
Third Ward) told City Administrator
Godfrey Collins that the city should
prosecute the students who
vandalized the Soviet Jewry mock
jail cell on the Diag last week.
Epton said the perpetrators wed
supposed to re-build the cell as their
punishment, but when he walked
through the Diag earlier this week,
he saw it being re-built, but not by
the vandals.
He said he does not believe it
was a drunken college prank
because he was told by witnesses
that the offenders were shoutii!
racist remarks.
Epton said he recognized the
people who were re-building the
cell, and he knew they were net
responsible for its destruction.
Collins said he would look into:
the matter and obtain a copy of th,
police report for the incident. :;
Edgren said she is in favor of
alternate punishment, but said if
indeed the vandals did not re-buil&-
the cell, they should be charged. :
Alpha Tau Omega fraternity:
members refused comment.

(Continued from Page 1)
University students. The demands
of the United Coalition Against
Racism include establishing a
required course on racial and cultural
awareness.
ROBIN JACOBY, assistant
to the Vice President for Academic
Affairs, says that before such
courses can be required for Univer-
sity students, they must find faculty
to teach the course as well as
approval for the course by the
Curriculum Committees in the
various colleges.
Jack Meiland, dean of Long
Range Planning and Curriculum in
LSA, said that he would be willing
to explore ideas on the issue if they
were brought before the Curriculum
Committee.
"If a course like this was a good
idea, then I'd be more than happy if
it were required by everyone.

Everyone should have some sort of
awareness (about racism and
sexism)," said Lourie.
THE SUMMER orientation
program will also devote more time
to educate incoming students about
minority issues.
Donald Perigo, director of
Student Information Services, could
not elaborate on the types of
programs this summer dealing with
racism, but he did say that "some
minority sensitivity and cultural
issue will be brought into the
program."
Perigo said orientation will not
provide a "one-shot kind of thing
that will change peoples' lives on
racism," but he that it will be an
effective step in that direction.
Graduate student Barbara
Ransby, a leader for UCAR, wants
a half-day workshop for racism and

cultural awareness set up during
orientation to tell students that
racism will not be tolerated.
SARAH Lawrence College in
Bronxville, N.Y. has a strong
program dealing with ethnic and
cultural awareness. Although none
of the courses are required, students
have shown great interest in these
subjects.
Students must take courses in
three of the four disciplines -
humanities, history, and visual
creativity and performance -
offered at Sarah Lawrence in order
to get their degree.
"The morewe know about the
world we live in, the better citizens
we'll be and that is the underlying
tenet of this school," said Sarah
Lawrence Director of Public
Relations Deborah Blakely.

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room in Mosher Jordan.
Simms received a standing
ovation as he addressed the audience
and read the message contained in
the first flyer. The first line of the
flyer said "nigger, nigger go away
for the white man is here to stay,"
then described the lynching of
Blacks. Citing his fears about
reporting the incident, Simms told
students that he was "a little slow,
but ready to act."

"Everywhere I looked, I saw a
tree," said Simms. "I shouldn't
have to live like this and neither
should you."
UCAR spokespersons said racist
acts are continuing, despite the
measures taken by University ad-
.ministrators to combat it. Univer-
sity President Harold Shapiro
announced six initiatives to im-

prove Black minority recruitment
and retention on campus, including
a $5 million dollar initiative and a
new Vice Provost position with
responsibility over the Office of
Minority Affairs. This week UCAR
held a petition drive for their unmet
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