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. Toxic Waste.- 'The Pick-Up Artist'
I S.eMagazine: John Logie .The List - Interview: Mr. B
Ninety-eight years of editorialfreedom
Volume XCVII - No. 12 Ann Arbor, Michigan -Friday, September 25, 1987 Copyright 1987, The Michigan Daily

jury with
A packed courtroom was stunned
yesterday when a sorority sister of an
alleged rape victim testified that the
woman may have gone out that
night seeking a sexual encounter.
S The sorority sister, a witness for
the defense, said that prior to going
to a party at the Phi Gamma Delta
fraternity house, where the alleged
rape occurred, the complainant told
her, "I'm going to get f---ed by a Fiji
tonight if it's the last thing I do."
Yesterday's proceedings were
marked by such emotional testi-
monies and heated claims by the
prosecution that the defense attorney
has been asking illegal and irrelevant
questions. Prosecuting attorney
Robert Cooper also accused
witnesses for the defense of compar-
ing stories before testifying.
Other testimony in defense of
Griffith Neal, a 1987 University
graduate and member of Phi Delta
Gamma, included friends and room-
mates of the complainant. Two wit-
nesses said that injuries claimed to
Ihave been caused during the rape
may have occurred before.
The sorority sister explained why
she testified: "My conscience got to
me...because (the woman) was very
inconsistent with her stories...she
said she had no bruises on her body
(before) and I know she did (have
bruises)," she said.
She testified that after she offered
this information to the defense, other
members of her sorority called her "a
bitch and a liar; they said I should
See SORORITY, Page 3

to propose
police review

First-year students Michelle Silverman, Amy Levin, and Marni Goldberg stop on the front steps of the
Michigan Union on their way to Rosh Hashanah services in the Union Ballroom.

Ann Arbor City Councilmember
Jeff Epton (D-Third Ward) said yes-
terday he plans to submit a proposal
to council sometime between mid-
October and mid-November which
would create a task force to review
the city police department.
Epton speculated the resolution
would pass, 7-4, if it is presented
effectively. And with seven
Democrats on the council, Mayor
Gerald Jernigan, a Republican, con-
ceded yesterday that the resolution
may be approved. He said, however,
he might veto the proposal if it is
According to a draft of the reso-
lution made available to the Daily,
the task force would review among
other "alleged difficulties," discrimi-
nation in employment practices and
in crime enforcement, and the im-
proper use of force.
"In the past 16 years, 51 com-
plaints have been filed with the
Michigan Department of, Civil
Rights against the Ann Arbor Police
Department and its staff," the current
draft notes, "Some of these com-
plaints have addressed conditions of
work; others have cited harassment,
brutality, abuse and discrimina-
The draft also says the task force
would review police training, the
department's complaint procedure
and its budget review process. The
city would allot the task force
$10,000 for staff, printing and other

costs, the resolution says.
One supporter of the resolution
may be Councilmember Dave De
Varti (D-Fourth Ward). The task
force "could actually be a positive
step. Citizen input and oversight
would be beneficial," he said.
The task force, according to the
resolution, would release quarterly
reports to City Council with
suggestions for change, if necessary;
and would encourage citizen partici,
DeVarti also agreed that training
of police officers, and race relations
need review. He cited an incident
July 25 when more than 30 police
officers allegedly brutalized several
students while trying to control A
late-night Art Fair crowd of more
than 1,000 people at the intersection
of Church and SouthsUniversity
University students and tho
Michigan Student Assembly re-
sponded by demanding that the city
set up a citizen's committee to
oversee police procedures. MSA
President Ken Weine was unavail;
able for comment last night.
Epton said his resolution was not
a response to the incident, but "a lbt
of people may have had their con-
sciousnesses raised" by it.
Last summer, after listening to
student complaints and requesting
information about a police task force
in Madison, Wisconsin, Jernigan
See PROPOSAL, Page 2


students partake in

Jewish high holidays

Some classes have been sparsely
populated since Wednesday as many
University students return home or
relent from the daily routine to ob-
serve the Jewish high holiday of
Rosh Hashanah.
Services started Wednesday
evening and will last through today.
Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New

Year, is one of three high holidays
in the Jewish religion.
Along with Ann Arbor Syna-
gogues, Hillel has services for Re-
form Jews at its temporary Liberty
Street address, for Conservative Jews
at the Union Ball Room, and for
Orthodox Jews at the Friends Meet-
ing House. Services are held in the
morning and evening of each day

during the holiday.
Students gathered at the Arbore-
tum yesterday to observe Tashlik, a
ritual symbolizing the casting away
of sins committed the previous year.
For the ceremony, students threw
bread or cake crumbs into the Huron
Some other students ate their
See STUDENTS, Page 2

Art student adds color
to Nectarine Ballroom

Past patrons of the Nectarine Ballroom
may remember it as the setting for a lot of
good times and the scene of many memo-
rable concerts. And they probably remember
it as being... well, kind of dark.
"There's nothing I hate more than a blank
wall," said Nectarine disc jockey and mu-
sic/video director Roger Le Lievre.
Unfortunately, the walls of the Nectarine
were just that - painted black and un-
adorned except for a few 60's-era posters. But
thanks to the efforts of art school senior Jeff
Schuster and several months of painting, the
nightclub's walls now sport original art-
Le Lievre got the idea of commissioning
a local artist to paint for the Nectarine over a
year ago. After mentioning the idea to
friends, Schuster's name was mentioned by
a mutual acquiantance familiar with Schus-
ter's previous free-lance work.
The two met to discuss the possibility of
Schuster doing a few paintings based on Le
Lievre's ideas and the project eventually
mushroomed to include most of the ball-
room's interior.

Schuster's initial work consisted of sug-
gestions made by Le Lievre, which he would
refine, sketch, and return for approval.
As the project developed, however,
Schuster was given more freedom to develop
his own ideas. At first, he said, "it was pret-
ty much a process of gaining autonomy...
after all, it's like, 'This guy's going to be
painting 250 feet of my wall."'
Many of Schuster's works are "theme"
murals, including a large Egyptian scene
near the front entrance, a large city skyline
in the lower bar area and a 60's-era mural
near the dance floor, complete with peace
Schuster, who had been a patron of the
Nectarine prior to working there, used his
familiarity with the club's style-conscious
clientele to be a source of inspiration. "I
tried to keep (the artwork) really ephemeral
to reflect the changing styles," he said,
adding that "it's really nice to work for a
client when you know what they're like."
Some of Schuster's creations served a
functional as well as a decorative purpose,
like a sign leading to the restroom area in
the basement.
See SCHUSTER'S, Page 5

Daiy rnoto by U SCTTLIT UCY
University art student Jeff Schuster signs one of the psychedelic murals that he painted on the walls of the Nectarine Ballroom.


'U' Council members
remain in stalemate

Prof.'s arrival kicks off INSIDE
minority faculty plan



The status of the University
Council, which has struggled for
three years to reach a consensus on
the proposed code of non-academic
conduct, remains up in the air after
the standstill reached last summer.
r Faculty and administrative mem-

change their minds and attend future
meetings. He said he is still await-
ing a response from Shapiro.
Meanwhile, Robin Jacoby, an
aide to Shapiro, said she was not
familiar with a letter and plans to
contact Livermore regarding the
council. The resolution, drafted by

Today's arrival of Black composer
Aldolphus Hailstork marks the be-
ginning of the second year of the
University's visiting professorship
program to increase minority in-
structors in the classroom.
Hilstork will he visitino- for one

are some good Black composers out
She said many students at the
University are unaware of the
contributions Black composers have
made to American music, and Hail-
stork's visit may change that.
Hailitnrk hones n tn -Hecan

Support the boycott of Herman's
Sporting Goods Store.
See OPINION, Page 4
The dB's prove that they're still
atop the college rock scene.
- See ARTS, Page 8

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