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By PETER ORNER
While picketers marched in front
of the Pantree Saturday, the
management made a public apology
for an incident in which a group of
gay men and lesbians were harassed
in the restaurant.
Standing across the street from
more than 25 marchers, Pantree
office manager Brooks Stair
apologized to reporters for no t
preventing five patrons from
vomiting at, spitting upon, and
harrasing a group of gay men and
lesbians.
"I can say for 90 plus employees,
management, and owners that the
Pantree is deeply sorry and wish we
could have prevented the incident,"
Stair said. "We feel we have taken
the steps needed to rectify the
situation."
The Pantree will now have
security personel during peak
periods. In addition, the Pantree
apologized to the victims and
provided them with complimentary
meals.
STAIR also said that the police

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weren't called to escort the harassers
from the restaurant for a number of
reasons. "We usually don't call
police in anticipation of an event
occuring. We trust that we have
enough skills to diffuse the
situation."
Boycott organizer Carol Wayman
of Lesbian and Gay Rights on
Campus (LAGROC) said the
apology was a step in the right
direction. "I am pleased with it.
However we expect more from the
Pantree. We feel that we publicized
the incident. The Pantree has to
prove to everyone that, 'yes, we are
a safe place to eat.'")
Wayman felt the boycott of the
Pantree has worked. She said that
more than 150 people picketed the
Pantree Saturday at different intervals
between 10 a. m. and 1 p. m. and 5
p. m. and 8 p. m.
"The boycott has been
successful," she said. "You could tell
we were affecting them judging by
number of wait staff that had time to
watch us."
P A N T R E E manager Ron

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Pantree

Brown said, "I really can't tell if it
has affected business. Business is
fluctuating anyway. If it is affecting
business, it is just hurting
individuals."
In addition to signs and chants
like "Harassment of peaceful patrons.
allowed here" and "Pantree - our
best customers are drunk violent and
bigoted", LAGROC also passed out
fliers and a petition describing the
incident.
The demonstration met with no
violence. "I think people have been
very receptive. This is a very
important time in gay political life
in Ann Arbor,", said one
demonstrator.
Wayman said that although the
boycott will not be called off, she
doubted that LAGROC will continue
to pursue the Pantree issue.
"Personally, I don't feel we have
the energy to go on any more on
this issue. We want to concentrate
more on University issues like the
introduction of a bylaw to protect
gay men and lesbians in University
housing and jobs."

IN ADDITION to apologizing
for the incident, Stair said the
Pantree does not discriminate against
gay men and lesbians in hiring
practices, unlike other
establishments in Ann Arbor. "ILam
constantly amazed that the source,pf
this assault comes from ,an
institution that has never supported
gays. I am amazed that the sourceof
this incident isn't being boycotted;'
Doug Foltz, a bartender, at
Dooley's bar, said the harassers were
from Dooley's, except the man %iho
threw up on the table - a former
employee. t
"The only thing I can say is that
they were just having fun," he said.
"It was a bet. Some guys just didn't
like all the fags in there. They just
got carried away."
Foltz also said the fliers being
distributed by LAGROC included
false statements about what the
harrassers said about blacks and
women. "They weren't saying stuff
about Blacks and women. It was just
about homosexuals," he said.

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Daily Photo by DANA MENDELSSOHN.'
Picketeers outside the PantreeRestaurant on E. Liberty, hold a
sboycott to protest management handling of an incident involving the
harassment of gay patrons by other customers last month.

THELIST
What's happening in Ann Arbor today

Campus Cinema
Rosa Luxemburg (M. von
Trotta, 1987), MTF 7:00 p.m.,
Mich.
The life and times of German
revolutionary Luxemburg, a
courageous
author/journalist/orator. German
and Polish with subtitles.
Ninotchka (Ernst Lubitsch,
1939), MTF 9:30 p.m., Mich.
A romantic comedy with
Greta Garbo.
Speakers
Wendy Doniger
O' F l a h e r t y -
"Confrontations, Conversations,
} and Conversions: The Challenge
of Other People's Myths and

Rituals," Visiting Professors of
Religous Thought program, 8:00
to 10:00 p.m. MLB Aud. 3. .
Meetings

Hill Street
Mass Meeting
Michigan Union

Players -
7:30 p.m.

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coming events to "The List," c/o
The Michigan Daily, 420
Maynard St., Ann Arbor, Mich.,
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Sunday events at least two weeks
before the event, and announ-
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must be received at least two
days before the event.

Rep. calls for more taxei
By HAMPTON DELLINGER Democrats expressed opposition to
Rep. Dan Rostenkowski (D-Ill.), the bill when it was passed two
a 28-year member of Congress, came years ago.
to the Business School's Hale The representative proclaimed
Auditorium Saturday morning and himself to be "no fan of Gramm-
addressed a capacity crowd o n Rudman," but viewed its automatic
subjects old, new, borrowed and spending cuts as necessary in order
blue. to win Presidential approval for tax
The "old" subject was the federal increases.
budget deficit, estimated at $180 "Deficit reduction means new
billion. Rostenkowski, chair of the revenue. We have to make Ronald
powerful House Ways and Means Reagan face that fact," he said.
Committee, has initiated legislation The something "new"
to reduce the deficit - his number Rostenkowski spoke about was
one priority. taxes and the manner and method by
Rostenkowski blamed President which they should be collected. He
Reagan for creating then ignoring advocated closing loopholes,
the problem of the deficit. "It makes increasing user's fees and possibly
me angry to see him walk away excise taxes on some of the goods
from the most important economic that were consumed last night" as
issue we face," he said. means of filling up the federal
To deal with the deficit, a government's coffers. The last
perennial problemd the Reagan revenue producer was a reference to
pernnil robemduring th egnthe alcoholic beverage containers
era, Rostenkowski said the federal Rostenkowski noticed strewn around
government must cut spending and Ropstekoskntiey trn aroun
raise revenue. To do this, Democrats campus Saturday morning.
should take an old solution and give Rostenkowski emphasized that he
shoud tae a oldsoluiondid not want to raise the tax rates on
it a new twist. personal income, but in the era of a
THE "borrowed" solution is the president who made tax cuts one of
so-called Gramm-Rudman law which the cornerstones of his popularity,
establishes fixed federal deficit the representative's revenue raising
targets and requires that automatic proposals were bold.
spending cuts take place if the
targets are not met through the
regular legislative process. Many

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Daily Photo by DANA MENDELSSOHN'
Dan Rostenkowski (D-Ill.), chair of the House Ways and Means
Committee, spoke before a packed audience at Hale Auditorium
Saturday. Rostenkowski said reducing the federal deficit is his main "
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