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Page 4 -The Michigan Daily, Thursday, September 10, 1987

Shoplifting, fake I.D.'s
top student crime list

While Ann Arbor community
enjoys the economic advantages
that come with the autumnal
onslaught of students, it must also
deal with the negative side of the
annual population increase -
student crime.
The most major crime students
usually commit is shoplifting, and
for businesses like Village Corner,
a convenience store on the corner of
South University St. and South
Forest St., shoplifting is a major
Although handwritten signs
throughout the store threaten legal
action for shoplifters, catching the
thiefs is often difficult, according to
Rick Bryant, manager of Village
Corner. "We know that goods are
stolen when we take inventory at
the end of the year, but we can't
afford to post someone daily to
look out for shoplifters," Bryant
said. He added that when the store is
crowded, a person is usually
assigned to watch for shoplifters.
Shoplifting an item of under
$100 is considered a misdemeanor
under state law. According to a

spokesperson for Student Legal
Services, misdemeanors can carry a
maximum penalty of a 90 day jail
sentence and a $100 fine. "If more
than $100 is shoplifted, that.
constitutes a felony, and the
penalties are left up to the judge. A
fine as large as $2500 can be
given," he said.
Local liquor stores, however,
must also contend with students
who carry falsified identification.
Village Corner, Marshall's and
other campus area liquor stores have
recently adopted a hard-line policy
to combat the problem.
Shopkeepers compare drivers
licenses with a booklet listing valid
licenses from every state. If the
I.D.'s do not match those in the
booklet, it is confiscated and turned
over to the Ann Arbor Police
"When we are suspicious of an
I.D., we call the police department.
Usually, the students do not remain
within the store," said a manager of
Marshall's who wished to remain
The city suspended Marshall's
liquor license for 90 days last
spring for selling alcohol to a 14-

Altering a Michigan driver's
license, and possession of alcohol
by minors are considered mis-
demeanorss that carry a maximum
punishment of 90 days in jail or a
$100 fine.
But according to Ann Arbor
Court Administrator Robert Ran-
dolph, "We do not make statistics
on how often the maximum penalty
is given in such cases, but I think
that the maximum penalty is rarely
A local attorney added, "Under
recent state law, an altered driver's
license can also result in revocation
of the license for two years."
According Good Time Charley's
Village Bar and Grill manager
Kevin Plagens, "We can often
encounter one or two fake I.D.'s a
night." The I.D.'s are turned over to
the police who then discard them.
Rick Buhr, the manager of
Rick's American Cafe said his bar
also gets a fairly high number of
I.D.'s at night. He added that
falsified identification isn't the bar's
only customer-related problem; he
said he must also deal with


Daily Photo by JOHN MUNSON
Two boaters paddle down the Huron River in a canoe renter from the Argo city park livery. Local naturalists
say the woods along the banks of the river are filled with many species of wildlife.
Students can canoe to unwind


There will be times when course
loads get too heavy and times when
the eight or nine square blocks in
which you spend 95 percent of your
college life will begin close in on
you. Luckily, drifting away from it
all can be more than just a pipe
The City of Ann Arbor
Department of Parks and Recreation
has three liveries on the Huron
River where stir-crazy students can
rent either canoes, row boats, or
paddleboats. While the Huron is not
exactly well known for its scenic
beauty, it is a nice, meandering
river with an ample supply of
Great Blue Herons, the state's
tallest birds, are often seen along
the Huron. The greyish blue stork-
like birds are easily identified by
their piercing gold eyes. Brian
Moll of CanoeSport, a canoe
specialty shop on Main St, said.
"Mallards, Canadian geese, and
osprey are all seasonally common,"
Moll said. "The osprey, a fishing
hawk, flies 30-100 feet over the

surface and dives to catch fish. It
looks a lot like an eagle."
"Mink, muskrat and deer are the
most common mammals (seen by
the river)," another CanoeSport
employee Harold Kirchner said.
If you're into fishing,there are
also many carp in the river as well
as some bass and pike, Moll said.
Sitting in a boat and watching a
river flow by, unhurried and
tranquil, can be an extremely
relaxing experience. The river banks
offer countless beautiful spots,
beckoning weary travellers to come
and chill out.
The liveries are located at Gallup
Park, 3000 Fuller Road, Argo Park,
1055 Longshore Drive, and Baxter
Park. Each location has 100-120
canoes, as well as several paddle -
boats and rowboats. Fishing gear
can also be rented at Gallup and
Argo Parks.
"We operate on thirteen miles of
river starting in Dexter and going
down to the Dixboro dam," Facility
Supervisor Jim LaPointe said.
Boaters can go beyond the dam
with rental boats if they can provide

their own transportation. For those
who can't, but long for more than
an hour of casual boating, the parks
offer package trips leaving from
Students can charter all day trips
from Dexter to Argo and guides
will drive both them and the canoes
to the starting point during the
spring and summer months.
For a full-fledged river party,
boaters can arrange all day trips for
groups of ten or more canoes
leaving from Portage Lake Access,
west of Dexter and about 15 miles
from Gallup. The park will also
provide transportation.
Rates run from a minimum
weekday price of six dollars for a
two-hour rental to a maximum
weekend rate of sixteen dollars for
party trips from Portage Lake. A
seven hour canoe rental costs
And just remember this - you
don't have to contain your existence
to eight square blocks.


Rents deter Black ownership

There are proportionately fewer Black homeowners
in Ann Arbor than there were during the Civil Rights
era of the 1960s. Ann Arbor officials blame this trend
on the continually rising costs of living in the city.
According to Ray Chauncey, an employee at the
city's Personnel and Human Rights Department,
economic impoverishment stands as the strongest
barrier to the racial integration of Ann Arbor
neighborhoods, even though restrictive covenants that
prevented Blacks from buying land in certain areas were
banned in the 1960s.
The percentage of Black homeowners fell from 44 to
27 percent between 1970 and 1980.
Until the Fair Housing Ordinance of 1963, which
prohibited realtors from discriminating against Blacks,
racial discrimination was instituted legally. Today,
however, it is more subtle as many Blacks cannot meet
the high costs of living in Ann Arbor.
More than half the city's employers, many of whom
are black, live outside Ann Arbor and commute into

the city because they cannot afford to live here, said
Albert Wheeler, the first and only Black mayor of Ann
Arbor. "Developers don't build low cost housing. They
are developing an economic elitist community," he
Wheeler recalls his early encounters with racial
discrimination when he and his wife attempted to buy
their first house in Ann Arbor in 1945. "We could only
buy a house in an area set aside for Blacks," said
Wheeler, who was mayor from 1975 to 1978. "Blacks
couldn't get loans from any banks unless they would
live in neighborhoods designated to. them."
In 1955, Wheeler recounts, Blacks formed a local
NAACP chapter to improve their living conditions.
They fought to implement the Fair Housing Ordinance
which allowed Blacks to live in all areas of the city.
In the late '60s, the city built scattered housing sites
which served primarily low income Blacks. The
program avoided creating ghettos in the city by
locating the houses in different areas, according to


University draws ethnic groups to city

(Continued from Page 3)
films, speakers, an annual week-
long Holocaust conference, a
Jewish feminist group, Israeli dance
classes, and religious holiday ser-
vices. "A whole gamut of activities
come out of here," she said.
Next year a new center will be
built at the same location on Hill
Street. During construction Hillel
will temporarily be at 339 E.
Liberty Street.
University students representing
most of the city's Native American
population. Native Americans, one
of the smallest minority denom-
inations in the city, celebrate their
heritage with a pow wow every
Mike Dashner, the University's
Native American advisor, helped
coordinate the this year's 15th
Annual Pow Wow. He said over
200 dancers performed at the two-
day event, and vendors sold Native
American jewelry and art.
Between two and three thousand
spectators attended the pow wow,
but Dashner said over the years
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attendance and enthusiasm for the
event has fluctuated. But he said,
"We're on an upswing now."
A GROUP of Native American
Ann Arbor residents attempted to
create an Indian Center in the city,
but plans never solidified and the
group did not become active.
Dashner thinks the University's
recruitment procedures are inade-
quate. "There are a lot who have the
brains to get in, but they mostly go
to community schools," he said. "It
comes down to a racist, elitist
attitude. It's terrible."
A recently-formed group - the
American Indians at the University
- plan to present a 'list of
objectives to University President
Harold Shapiro which would
improve Native American life on
Barbara Robinson, the Uni-
versity's Black student advisor and a
member of Alpha Kappa Alpha
Sorority Incorporated, said the
Black greek system plays an
important civic role in the local
Black community. Approxjmately
130 students are involved in Black
sororities and fraternities.
Robinson said her sorority
participates in many community
service projects like tutoring adults
in local neighborhoods to help
combat illiteracy. The sorority also
works to provide scholarships to
Black high school graduates.
Pat McGee, president of Delta
Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated,
said providing community service
for Blacks is her sorority's top
McGee said such services include
educational outlets and activity for
kids in the area, such as a "Super
Saturday" activities day and an
annual Solid Gold Awards program
at which area students are honored

for academic achievements, and
projects for senior citizens.
But providing scholarships for
local Black high school graduates is
the sorority's main project. She
said proceeds from the sorority's
annual Ebony Fashion Fair fashion
show provide the scholarship
Blacks are an established com-
munity, racial bigotry still plagues
them. Ernie Robinson, an LSA
senior, said racism in Ann Arbor is
more prevelant than on campus.
Whereas campus racism has

he said the University has not
effectively recruited Hispanic
American students or faculty.
Garza also said the University
lumps non-U.S. Hispanics together
with Hispanic Americans, to create
the illusion of a large Hispanic
American student population.
THE COUNCIL of Hispanics
for Education recently met with
Shapiro and University Vice Pre-
sident and Provost James Duderstadt
to discuss improving Hispanic
American student life on campus.
Ron Aramaki, the University's
Asian American student advisor,


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-Ernie Robinson, LSA senior

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occurred with flyers and radio jokes,
Robinson said incidents of racism
in the city are more overt and
personal. "You might be out for a
nice evening on a date, and a
restaurant owner may treat you
rudely, or the police may follow
you or pull you over just because
you look like someone they're
looking for. It's embarassing,"
Robinson said.
"You'd think in a nice college
town where everyone is educated,
racism wouldn't happen," he said.
For these reasons, Robinson said
many third and fourth-year Black
University students "aren't too
fond" of Ann Arbor.
Hector Garza, the chair for the
University's Hispanic Alumni
Association and assistant dean at
Eastern Michigan University, said
Hispanic American University
students compose most of Ann
Arbor's Hispanic population. But

said most of Ann Arbor's Asian
American residents are affiliated
with the University. "Ann Arbor is
kind of strange in that the Asian
American community in town is
small compared to that on campus,"
he said.
According to Aramaki, most
Asian students come to him with
questions about being an Asian
American and how they view
themselves in terms of prevalent
Aramaki added the University
does not recruit Asian American
students and does not have a
problem with retaining Asian
American students because
education is a high priority in their
families, and they choose to attend
the University because of its
outstanding reputation.
"The complaint is that once they
get here, there aren't enough
resources available. There's a long
way to go," he said. He added that
most people do not perceive Asian
Americans as a minority because
most come from comfortable
middle-class families.

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