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Group seeks repeal
of state sodomy law
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police would file charges against
him. Rady would not speculate, but
said as of yesterday, "we have not
established any crime."
Van Boven, a paraplegic, said at
the rally the state laws oppress
handicapped people because they are
'The state's power to
interfere in our sex lives at
that level is obscene...
Michigan is not for
-Charlie Van Boven,
University graduate
physically unable to perform legal
sexual acts.
"Michigan is not for lovers," Van
Boven said.
After the rally, LaGROC co-
leader and LSA senior Alicia
Lucksted said the group purposely
scheduled the rally to coincide with
Valentine's Day as "an ironic kind of
tie-in... sex is just an expression of
LUCKSTED said she was
satisfied with the turnout, although
she said LaGROC had expected
about 100 people. She said the cold
weather probably kept the turnout
Speakers at the rally, who

included representatives of LaGROC
and Ann Arbor's disabled and gay
community, characterized the laws as
"homophobic," but noted that they
also applied to heterosexuals.
But LaGROC co-leader and LSA+
senior Carol Wayman said earlier
that although heterosexuals have
been prosecuted under the laws, they
primarily target gays. "Sometimes
heterosexuals get harassed, but
mostly (the laws) are to keep gays
closeted," she said.
Ann Arbor resident and speaker at
the rally, said she will meet Friday
with the executive committee of the
Michigan Commission for
Handicapped Concerns, a organiza-
tion within the state government, to
ask the commission to lobby for the
repeal of the laws.
LaGROC also encouragedi
participants at the rally to sign a
banner-sized petition demanding the
repeal of the laws. The group plans
to deliver the petition to the state
capitol in Lansing within a few
weeks, to coincide with the filing of
a class action suit against the laws
by the Detroit-based Michigan Or-
ganization for Human Rights.
The petition has over 165'
signatures, Lucksted said. On Friday,
LaGROC members collected over
120 signatures on the petition from
students in the Fishbowl.

Bozo the Clown? Tarzan? Al
Caipone? In February?
More than 100 students celebrated
Fasching - a German spring-wel-
coming festival similar to Hal-
cy.e - at the Max Kade House in
0%' ord Housing Friday night by
doping costumes of well-known
Aminia Brueggemann, a Rack-
ham graduate student and one of the
directors at the Max Kade House,
said the purpose of the festival and
the costumes was to drive out the
"evil spirits" of the winter. In Ger-
many, people wear traditional cos-
tumes and parade across the country
to celebrate the national holiday, she
'I lW ALL-NIG HT party fca-
tured a live DJ and authentic German
food and beer. Most of the students
at the party could speak at least be-
ginner's German; some informal
German conversations sparked up in
corners of the room.
LSA sophomore Suzie Townley,
a gu'sl said the festival allowed
pco l"to speak German in a more
ca-suai atmosphere."
The Max Kade House is the Ger-
man Cooperative in the Oxford
complex, which also houses the
French and Russian language co-ops.

Students can acquire greater German
language fluency and develop a better
appreciation for German culture by
living in the co-op. In addition to
the celebrations of festivals such as
Fasching and Octoberfest, the Ger-
man house offers German television
programs, films, and literature.
STUDENTS generally have a
minimum of two years of college-
level German when they apply to
live in the Max Kade House.
Brueggemann said she usually inter-
views the candidates to see if they
have some fluency in German and
show a genuine interest in living
Charlotte Droll, a Rackahm grad-
uate student and one of the house's
residents, called the Max Kade House
- which has only 30 residents,
mostly undergraduates with a few
graduate students - "one of the
best-kept secrets in University
"I like the close-knit atmosphere
here," Droll said.
The Oxford Co-Ops, located on
the corner of Oxford and Geddes Av-
enues - a 15-minute walk from,
campus - are University-owned and
offer a less expensive alternative to
residence halls.

Daily Photo by LISA WAX
LaGroc members, Alicia Lucksted, LSA senior, and Ann Arbor resident
Mark Weinstein, join 50 other protesters in demanding the repeal of
Michigan's anti-sodomy law and gross indecency statutes at a Liberty
Plaza rally yesterday.

Surovell, Potts differ on rent control

(Couitinuedfrom Page 1)
downtown for nearly fifty years prior
to the development of One North
Main and 301 E. Liberty Buildings.
"Downtown is still not very
healthy economically; it has vast
areas of underutilized and nonutilized
businesses," Surovell said.
Both candidates back Proposal D,
which would raise property taxes
two mills to repair roads, but they
disagree on how long the tax should
be levied.
Surovell said he prefers a long-
term tax to ensure that lasting
improvements are made. The
condition of Ann Arbor's roads is
one the city's most important
issues, Surovell said.
But Potts said the council's

decision to levy the tax for two years
rather then ten, as initially proposed,
will prevent cost overruns. A shorter
duration will discourage wasteful

contest is
Republic an
Rosenberg, an
out of the racel

less competitive.
candidate Dan
LSA junior, dropped
Feb. 3.

'I know people who've had to move to Ypsilanti
because it's too expensive to live here.'
Ethel Potts, Fifth Ward Democratic City Council

spending of tax dollars, Potts said,
because the city will be able to
better ascertain how effectively the
money has been used.
While the Fifth Ward race is
being hard fought, the Third Ward

But Rosenberg could still win, as
his decision came too late for the
city to remove his name from the
ballot. His opponent Isaac Jacobein-
Campbell, a local banker, said he is
not taking victory for granted.

.. backs rent control proposal
complair of
(Continued from Page 3)
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is followed by mild vomiting, and
then intense vomiting. Then, when I
thought I had puked all the vomit in
my guts, I puked another four gal-
lons. It sounds ridiculous, but I'm
not Richard Simmons, and I lost
eight pounds in two days."
University Health Services offers
1a pamphlet instructions on what to
eat for "acute gastric disturbances."
Resident Hall Advisor Kelly
O'Sullivan, an LSA senior, said: "It
started about a week ago... we
thought it was a pizza they had
eaten, but it can't be that now. The
residents are attributing it to food
sources but I'd hate to see it get
blown out of proportion. It's a bad
thing when half the house starts
khrowing up."
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