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Ninety-eight years of editorialfreedom

Vol. XCVll, No. 36

Ann Arbor, Michigan - Thursday, October 29, 1987

Copyright 1987, The Michigan Daily

State,
By STEVE BLOND
A bill which would allow the Unive
its public safety officers, possibly pen
carry guns and make arrests, is expec
state Senate today.
If both houses pass the bill, the Ur
of Regents would have the final say o
the deputization.
Rhett Johnston, an administrative a
Sen. Jerome Hart (D-Saginaw), the bil
he had not heard of opposition, and he
to pass the House before Thanksgiving
State Representative Perry Bullard

may deputize
'ER said the bill will also pass the the state House, "unless university
-rsity to deputize I'm able to stop it." He opposes the bill because he an agree
mitting them to sees the current system as being more trustworthy than University
cted to pass the a University-administered police force. which do
Under the provisions of state Senate bill 339, public Simila
miversity's Board safety officers would in effect become regular police Indiana, V
ver the extent of officers, receiving identical training. In addition, public Heatl
safety officers would be required to undergo training at officers b
ssistant for state the University. All of the training would be paid for by their job 1
l's sponsor, said the state. "Publ
expects the bill The bill would not mandate all public four-year maintain;
institutions to employ deputized police officers, but will final
[(D-Ann Arbor) rather it gives them the option to do so. Currently, a "If there

campu
can have its safety officers deputized through
ment with the local county sheriff. The
y is the only four-year institution in the state
es not have a campus police force.
ar laws now exist in many states including
Wisconsin, Illinois, and Ohio.
ey welcomes the idea of deputizing safety
because he thinks it will enable them to do
better.
ic Safety officers have the responsibility to
safety on campus. With this legislation, they
ly have the authority to do so," Heatley said.
is a need for action, the officer will be able to

s i"officers
take it."
The University's Board of Regents has not formally
decided to deputize its officers if the law passes,
according to Regent Deane Baker (R-Ann Arbor),
adding that deputizing public safety officers "deserves
serious consideration."
"If a person is out there carrying a gun, he will be
properly trained in all aspects of law enforcement or
I'm not going to put them out there," Heatley said.
Bullard, however, does not think that safety
problems would decrease with an officer carrying a gun.
See LOCAL, Page 3

I

UAC dissolves
homecoming
finalist process

By CALE SOUTHWORTH
Homecoming parade officials last
night revoked the selection commit-
tee's decision for homecoming king
and queen amid charges of racism in
the selection process.
University Activities Council
President John Qudeen said the king
and queen selection committee's se-
lection system was "flawed." Qudeen
cited vote mistabulation and the ex-
clusion of certain committee mem-
bers from the decision-making pro-
cess as errors.
UAC's executive board overturned
the committee's decision and instead,
created a 12-member homecoming.
court made up of original semi-
finalists.
Qudeen, an engineering senior,
called the selection process "unfair"
and said he hoped that the eventual
homecoming court would represent a
cross-section of the University
community.
Committee members Johnathon
Hester and Dorothy Clore, who are
Black, alleged that the 15-member
committee excluded the four Black
committee members from the selec-
tion process and unfairly denied op-
portunities to the Black applicant.
David Sternlicht, co-chair of the
committee, denied the racism charge,
and declined to comment further.
The entire committee originally
planned to narrow the original pool
of 35 applicants to 10. But some
committee members say the three
co-chairs selected the finalists them-

selves, which were later approved by
the committee. Sternlicht, and co-
chairs Sarah McCue and Jeannine
Freeman said the entire committee
had input into the initial selection.
Ten candidates were chosen Octo-
ber 14, but two additional candidates
were added a week later because the
committee chairs thought candidates
may have met with a deadline mix-
up. The full committee did not
choose the additional two candidates.
The only Black student entered in the
contest was one of the additional
candidates.
"All the pre-screening was done
by the main chairs and (committee
member) Kim Oser. The committee
did not get to vote on the candidates
or see their applications at that
point," said Committee member
Marionette Cano, an LSA senior.
Following selection, UAC offi-
cials called the 12 semi-finalists and
invited them to appear at a public
forum to pick the king and queen at
Rick's American Cafe last Sunday.
However, Sheryl Tilles, the only
Black student included, said she did
not know she was supposed to ap-
pear at Rick's. Because Tilles was
absent, she was left out of
consideration for finalist.
Hester and Clore said this
stemmed from racism.
Finalist Eric Champnella, an
LSA senior, said, "I don't believe
this incident was racially motivated."
Oser, who was responsible for
See PANEL, Page 3

Daily Photo by JOHN MUNSON
Maintenance worker Mary Clark (center), who accused University Building Service management of racial harassment last week, speaks
during a rally at Regent's Plaza yesterday. At the rally, community members showed support for Clark and a Black parent group fighting
racism in Ann Arbor public schools.
Groups rally around worker

By STEPHEN GREGORY
About 200 students, faculty and Ann Arbor
residents gathered at Regents' Plaza yesterday to
show support for University maintenance worker
Mary Clark and a local group fighting racism in
city public schools. Ralliers also came to
reaffirm their struggle against racism that began
last winter.
Clark, a maintenance worker at the East
Engineering Building, accused University
Building Service management last Thursday of
sponsoring an incident in which a vandal brought
large amounts of human defecation to the
bathroom on the fourth floor and scrawled
"Funky Black Bitch" on the mirror.
Management denies the charges.
Clark told members of the crowd, who greeted

her with two minutes of loud clapping and
cheers, "I'm kind of nervous today and a little
afraid but not for my life, mind you. I've got too
many people behind me."
Also, last week a group of local Black parents
made several demands on the Ann Arbor school
district in response to a racial slur made by a
Huron High School biology teacher last month.
The groups' demands include the adoption of
an official policy against racial harassment and
making Black history a mandatory subject in city
public schools.
Barbara Ransby, a University graduate student,
told members of the crowd, many of whom were
carrying signs displaying anti-racist slogans,
"Racism has become too routine."
Ransby also said that Mary Clark's charges of

racial harassment are "something we have to see
as a part of our struggle."
She called on students and University workers
to come together to fight racism. "When we
really understand what solidarity means deep
down we can change the kinds of policies that
come out of the (Fleming) Administration
Building."
Sherrie Weatherspoon, a member of the Black
parent support group, said the a lack of proper
and equal education for minorities perpetuates a
"vicious circle" of societal oppression of Blacks.
Weatherspoon said improper education leads to
unemployment, depression, and broken homes. "I
do believe the problems of our Black youth... are
thrust upon them in schools," she said.
See GROUPS, Page 5

National officials
debate summit site

'Groups discuss men's
rape prevention roles

By ELIZABETH ATKINS
Men's roles in fighting rape were
the focus of yesterday's "Men
Fighting Rape Day" as part of
Sexual Assault Awareness Week.
About 25 men and women
attended a film/discussion session to
discuss societal influences - like
sexism in advertising, beauty
pageants, and pornography - which
perpetuate a "rape culture," a culture
which encourages rape.
Sexual Assault Prevention and
Awareness Center volunteers led the
group's discussion of the issues
raised in the film.
Later in the day, a panel of four
University men talked to about 15
people regarding their commitments
and experiences in working to end
violence against women.
Brian Dietz, a SAPAC sexual
assault awareness workshop leader
and first-year law student, said he
first got involved as a University
undergraduate after realizing the

of rape. There's a lot more to be
done," Dietz said.
Will Cwikiel, a graduate student
in the School of Natural Resources
and a SAPAC sexual assault
awareness workshop instructor, told
the group he grew up in a typical
middle class American family so he
believed sex role stereotypes -
where the father worked and the
mother always had dinner ready upon
his return - were the norm.
Cwikiel said he recognized
inequality in male/female
relationships in college when he
joined a fraternity in which the men
proposed either "getting fucked," or
getting very drunk at parties.
"I started seeing a barrier between
myself and the men because I didn't
have the same expectations from
relationships," he said. Cwikiel de-
pledged from the fraternity and joined
the male cheerleading squad for two
years. But he said he saw the same
sexist patterns - the men would

WASHINGTON (AP) -
President Reagan yesterday renewed
his offer to host the next superpower
summit meeting in the United
States, but administraton officials
said Soviet leader Mikhail
Gorbachev might prefer another site.
Gorbachev's reservations surfaced
as the White House and the Kremlin
announced that Soviet Foreign
Minister Eduard Shevardnadze would
fly to Washington for talks Friday
with Reagan and Secretary of State
George Schultz.
He was expected to deliver a
message from Gorbachev to Reagan,
who said in a speech at the U.S.
Military Academy at West Point,
N.Y. , that "it would be good for
Mr. Gorbachev to see this country
for himself."
But two U.S. oficials, demanding
anonymity, told the Associated Press
separately that the Soviet leader was
reluctant to have the summit held in
the United States.
"He is concerned about being
upstaged by the president on his own
turf," one of the officals.said. "They
also have said they are worried about
security."
The official said the Soviets had
hinted that Dublin, Ireland might be

Washington."
The leaders' first summit was in
Geneva in November 1985. There
they agreed to have back-to-back
sessions the next two years in
Washington and in Moscow.
. But their summit last October
was held, instead, in Iceland.
Without putting pressure on
Gorbachev to come here, Reagan
said in his West Point speech that,
"summits can be useful for leaders
and nations - occasions for fresh
talk and a bridge to better relations."
Reagan added laconically: "when
the general secretary is ready to visit
the United States, I and the
American People will welcome
him."
INSIDE
A Peace Corps volunteer recounts
her valuable experience in
southern Africa.

R.E.M. make
concert" debut in1

OPINION, Page 4
their "arena
Ann Arbor.
ARTS, Page 7

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