The Michigan Daily-Tuesday, February 2, 1988- Page 3
Minnesota prof. kicks off
Chicano History Week
By RICHARD KANG
Dennis Valdez, associate profes-
sor of History and Chicano Studies
at the University of Minnesota,
kicked off Chicano History Week
last night with a historical outline of
Mexican immigration into the
Valdez received a Ph.D. from the
University in 1978 in Latin Ameri-
can History and Mexican History.
Speaking to about 40 students
and faculty members, Valdez
emphasized the role Hispanics have
played in the Midwest since the
1920s - when their immigration
was the greatest. Valdez incorporated
issues of racism, economy, and
agriculture within a historical con-
A historical background about
Hispanics, he said, is essential in
overcoming "distorted" world views
and institutionalized racism at the
study of the Third World populations
is necessary to understand this
country," said Valdez. "This is the
first step in realizing the problem
that the University faces in that their
views and academic models are
distorted from not being educated
about Mexicans and Third World
Chicano History Week runs from
February 1st to 6th, and includes
lectures, movies, and dances. "I
think that this is excellent," said
Roselle Wilson, assistant to the vice
president for student services. "There
is a need for pluralism, and this
encouraged to immigrate as a source
of cheap labor."
"They came here as workers and
were proletariats from the start,"
Valsez said. "Agriculture was also a
big work opportunity for the His-
FROM 1960 to 1980, when
Midwest experienced an economic
decline, Hispanic immigration
dropped because of the reduced
demand for cheap labor, said Valsez.
'Intellectually, the study of the Third World populations
is necessary to understand this country.'
- Dennis Valdez
associate professor at the University of Minnesota
Doily Photo by ROBIN LOZNAK
Bill Mott, the manager of Burger Fresh on State Street, stands next to a sign which shows the uncertain future
facing the restaurant.
Burger Fresh will soon be
State Street's latest victim
serves as another opportunity to dis-
cuss institutionalized racism in
whatever form it comes."
Valsez said the Midwest plays an
integral part in Hispanic history.
"After World War I, the Midwest
was the most rapidly industrialized
part of the country. Thus, with so
many jobs available, Hispanics were
SALSA (Socially Active Latino
Student Association) sponsored the
speech along with other University
departments. Group members feel
that as the main sponsor for Chicano
History Week they are helping to
educate the University about Chi-
cano history and socio-political is-
By MICAH SCHMIT
In two weeks Burger Fresh will
join other area merchants who have
fallen into the "S. State Street.
triangle", including S.S. Kresge,
Sneakers and Cleats, and The
Jewelry Exchange - all recently
Bill Mott, general manager of
the State Street Burger Fresh, said
the rent - $22 per sq foot - is
the primary reason this branch of
the restaurant is closing. "The
business we did was not enough to
justify the terribly high rent," he
Russ Colins, vice president of
the State Street Area Association,
said, "It is unfortunate that Burger
Fresh is leaving but, as you know,
rent is driven by the market."
ANOTHER reason for the
closure, Mott said, is that the
interior decor of the restaurant lacks
character. The store could have
been made more intimate by adding
booths, he added.
Nick Vlisides, owner of all six
Ann Arbor Burger Fresh stores,
(the others are located on Stadium,
Maple, Broadway, S. Industrial,
and Washtenaw avenues) said
Burger Fresh is pioneering burger
delivery - a new tactic for fast
Because the State Street branch
has no space to park trucks, it
became inconsistent with the
owner's vision for the restaurant.
Mott said things might have
turned out differently for Burger
Fresh if the store was capable of
delivering orders, as the other
branches in the city do.
In the fall, Burger Fresh tried an
experimental delivery system using
bicycles, but it failed. "What we
needed were trucks, but we could
not get that kind of (financial)
commitment from u p p e r
management," Mott said.
BUT the restaurant was not
without devoted customers. Ann
Arbor resident Ken Bratton said he
and his family frequented the
restaurant about once a week. He
describes Mott, who hails from
Boston, as friendly and likeable,
often engaging many of his patrons
in light conversation while he
circulated through the restaurant.
"It was a favorite place for the
kids, and it's healthier than
McDonald's," said Roni Bratton.
The South University area has
become "plastic and elite," she
said, and it is no longer a place
where families with little children
can feel comfortable.
LSA sophomore Jabu Kahn said
he only ate at Burger Fresh every
few weeks, mainly because Fresh
Burgers are more expensive than
S O what will follow in the
wake of the Burger Fresh closing?
Braden Farber, second year
engineering student, suggested that
a White Castle would do well.
But Vlisides thinks that a multi-
boothed eatery, like Sully's on
South University but on a smaller
scale, may take over the spot. Six
or seven people are already
interested in renting space for such
a project, he said.
Until Burger Fresh closes it will
be open only for lunch, from 11 to
'U' schools receive federal grant
to research potential
to e e rh o eniBY DAVI D SCHWARTZ
The University will deceive part of a $4 million School of
federal grant to conduct AIDS research by developing coordinate the r
and synthesizing drugs that could help battle the virus. He called a cu
The University's School of Dentistry, College of ultimate objecti
Pharmacy, and the Southern Research Institute (SRI) in However, a
Alabama will participate in the federally funded project. immediate futu
The five-year gran, is sponsored by the National compounds is a
Institute of Healthi Washington. AIDS restri
A research tear, at the College of Pharmacy will potentially fata
create new chemical compounds that may be effective cases in the I
in fighting AIDS. The compounds will then be sent to 200,000 in th
the SRI, where they will be tested against the AIDS government hea
virus. Scientists at the University School of Dentistry People affli
will study the effectiveness of promising compounds. far no potentialc
Dentistry Prof. John Drach will
esearch between the three departments.
re for the deadly AIDS disease "the
ve" of the investigation.
cure will not likely be found in the
ure, Drach added. "Synthesizing new
long and expensive project."
cts the body's ability to fight several
1 infections. The total number of AIDS
United States may rise to as high as
he next three years, according to
cted with the AIDS virus usually die. So
cures have been discovered.
City may require police ID cards
d a/ l l
Ann Arbor City Attorney Bruce Laidlaw will only handle a civil suit
against University Public Safety official Robert Patrick. If Marcuse
chooses to file a civil suit against Patrick, the case will be handled by
Marcuse's attorney, not the City Attorney.
In Friday's article, "Grad student condemns U.S. aid to the Contras",
Thea Lee actually said that El Salvador, not Nicaragua is dependent on
U.S. aid that it is virtually incapable of making independent foreign
The Daily incorrectly reported these facts.
I What's happening in Ann Arbor today
Karima Bennoune and Sami Dollar Dinner/Devotions,-
Esmail - Michigan Union Choir Rehearsal - University
Ballroom, 7 p.m. Lutheran Chapel, 1511 Washtenaw
Paul Richelson - "Reflec- Avenue, Devotions at 6 p.m.,
tions on the collection," 12:30 rehearsal at 8 p.m.
p.m., Grand Rapids Art Museum. Conducting in the Long-
H. H. Wasserman - "New Distance Job Search -
Methods in the Synthesis of Career Planning and Placement,
Lactones .and Lactams of 4:10 p.m.
Biological Interest," Department of Business O p p o r t u n i t i e s
Chemistry, 4:00 p.m., R o o m with a Liberal Arts Degree
1300, Chemistry Bldg. - Career Planning and Placement,
Tom Trevathan - Intervarsity 4:10 p.m.
Christian Fellowship, 7:00 p.m., On-Campus Recruiting
Henderson Room, Michigan
Union. Program Mass Meeting -
Raymond Carroll - "The Career Planning and Placement, 6
Effect of Estimating Weights in p.m.
Heteroscedactic Regression Giant Tape Sale - sponsored
Models," 4:00 p.m., Rm. 451 by East Quad Music Co-op, all day
Mason Hall. in the Fishbowl
James Crump - "More Songs "Shoowa Textiles" - Art
from Xanadu: Love Lyrics," Brown break, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., University
bag lecture, Center for Chinese Art Museum.
Studies, Commons Room, Lane Career Planning and Place-
Hall, 12:00 noon. ment Programs - "Conduct-
ing the Long-Distance Job
Search," 4:10 p.m.-5:00 p.m.,
Meetings Career Planning and Placement.
Career Planning and Place-
Revolutionary History Ser- ment Programs - "Business
it is - The Lost Revolution: The nnnrtiinitine with a ihral Arts
Ann Arbor police a r e
investigating an armed robbery that
occurred early Sunday morning on
the corner of State and Washington
Streets, said Sgt. Jan Suomala. The
victim, an 18-year-old Ann Arbor
resident, picked up a hitchhiker, who
is described as a 20 year old white
male. Suomala said the suspect
indicated he had a gun and stole a
ring worth $500,000 from the
victim. The suspect was last seen,
after the incident, running between
houses in the 300 block of
Police are also investigating an
attempted robbery that occurred
Saturday evening at Richardson's
Pharmacy, located at 320 S. State.
Suomala said the suspect brandished
a silver toy gun and twice ordered the
cashier to open the cash register.
When the cashier refused both times,
the suspect tried to force the register
open himself. Suomala said the
suspect ran out of the pharmacy after
he failed to open the register.
Two break-ins occurred on campus
over the weekend, Suomala said. The
first took place on Friday night when
a door was forced open at a residence
on Hamilton Place. No items were
reported stolen. A second break-in
occurred Saturday'in the 2900 block
of Geddes. The perpetrator gained
entry by forcing open the window,
but it remains unknown whether any
items were stolen.
- By Melissa Ramsdell
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Scheicher said the police depart-
ment's computers are unable to pro-
cess the data the resolution calls for.
"Right now, someone has :to sit
down and do it (manually)."
Schleicher would still require the
police to b -eak down the number of
crimes by type and to compute the
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BUT many non-computer science
majors find MTS a useful resource.
One of the most common non-
classwork related uses of MTS is
"MESSAGESYSTEM." Through the
message system students can send
memos and letters through the
For computer users a message is
the next best thing to a phone call.
Many of the University's top
administrators answer their electronic
mail before their paper mail or phone
"It should be stressed that student
request accounts are available, or else
students are wasting their money,"
said George Davis, a resident advisor
in Couzens Hall.
monthly percent change in crime.
But he would amend the resolution
so police would not be required to
submit information regarding police
activities - including response
times, disciplinary reports, and
training activities in the monthly
COUNCILMEMBER Ann anyotherissue.
Marie Coleman (D-First Ward) said,
all the information was important
because many Ann Arborites have
developed a belief that the city is
"I think many people are very
fearful," Coleman said. Adding that
she gets more calls about crime than
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