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Ninety-eight years of editorial freedom

Vol. XCVIII, No. 124

Ann Arbor, Michigan - Monday, April 4, 1988

Copyright 1988, The Michigan Daily

DeVarti:
Ouimet lied

in

campaign

Doily Photo by ALEXANDRA BREZ
Ann Arbor resident Tandy Watts (center, with hat, pointing) leads a sing-a-long amidst a crowd of participants at Friday's Hash Bash on
the Diag. Diag evangelist Mike Caulk (far right), who was recovering from a cold, had a difficult time getting his message across to the
more than 500 people who gathered for the annual April 1st event.
Hash Bashed
Pro-legalization tokers pack bowls, Nag

By PETER MOONEY
Democratic Ann Arbor City
Council member David DeVarti
yesterday accused Republican chal-
lenger Mark Ouimet of lying about
DeVarti's record during their hotly
contested 4th Ward council race.
A flier resembling those previ-
ously sent out by the Ouimet cam-
paign accuses DeVarti of telling
homeowners he opposes rent con-
trol, while telling renters that he
supports it.
The flier contains a picture of
Ouimet, and reads "paid for by the
Mark Ouimet for Council Commit-
tee." In public forums and interviews
during the campaign, DeVarti has
said he supports rent control.
DeVarti said homes throughout
the ward received the flier Friday and
Saturday. But Ouimet, who is op-
posed to rent control, said he is un-
aware of the flier's existence.
"I've not received anything here
(at home)," Ouimet said.
Ouimet said he did not know if
the charges contained in the flier
were true.
Asked if his campaign might
have produced the fliers without
consulting him, Ouimet said "I wish
I knew." He pointed out that DeVarti
himself has said he doesn't read ev-
erything put out by his own cam-
Bulletin
Last night's storm caused se-
vere damagetorthe roof of the Art
and Architecture building on
North Campus and minor damage
to University Towers. In addition,
a funnel cloud was sighted in
nearby Manchester slightly before
5:00 p.m. A half-hour power out-
tage in the Hill dorm area could
not be directly attributed to the
storm. See story, Page 3.

paign.
Rent control appears as Ballot
Proposal C in today's election. The
issue could be decisive in a ward
composed predominantly of home-
owners, but where students can be a
deciding factor in close elections.
In an interview yesterday, DeVarti
denied misrepresenting his support
of rent control to homeowners. "I
was very surprised when I saw the
flier," DeVarti said. "I've never seen
that kind of dirty campaigning in
Ann Arbor politics."
In response to the charges leveled
against him, DeVarti produced and
distributed a flier yesterday. In it, he
says Ouimet "has purposely lied
about my public record."
See Election, Page 2
control
fa c /Sy vot e
today
By PETER MOONEY
Ann Arbor tenants and landlords
can put away their arsenal of fliers,
petition drives and television com-
mercials today as the fate of rent
control shifts into the hands of city
voters.
Rent control appears on the city
ballot as Proposal C. If passed, the
ordinance would limit reni increases
to 75 percent of the; inflation rate.
Landlords would be allowed to raise
rents to account for property tax
See Rent, Page 2

By LAWRENCE ROSENBERG
What do you get when you mix Shakey Jake,
more than 500 University students, a three-foot
waterpipe set up on the 'M' in the Diag, an
abundance of marijuana, a beautiful, mostly
sunny Friday afternoon...and no cops?
An awesome Hash Bash, mon.
As far as attendance, this year's Hash Bash
surpassed almost everybody's expectations, with
the largest group of bashers 'toking part' in the
festivities this decade.
BY 11:45 a.m., most of the partiers had al-
readyflooded the Diag. But some waited until the
Bell Tower bonged noon to light up their first
few tokes and officially begin the festivities.
The campus chapter of the National Organiza-
tion to Reform Marijuana Laws, which reserved
the Diag for a rally, could not publicly endorse
the smoking. But they brought several speakers
who entertained the crowd by advocating the le-
galization of marijuana.
Chuck Kile, the state organizer of Michigan's

NORML chapter, said, "If you want to change
things, you have to do it in numbers. If you're
smokin' weed, don't hide it, be proud of it... I'd
rather have my kid smokin' it than drinking or
using valium or other prescription drugs."
HE THEN LIT up a joint - with a roar of
applause from the crowd - and said, "We came
here with an objective today, and that was to get
you people motivated!"
Kile's speech ended when Mark Amicone, one
of the University's four charter members of
NORML, spotted the editors of High Times
magazine marching up to the Diag from between
Angell Hall and the Natural Science building. He
urged the crowd to make way for the marchers,
who were dressed as colonial minutemen, playing
instruments, and carrying a huge green and white
banner that proclaimed "Pot is Legal".
After the High Times brigade settled on the
steps of the graduate library, Jon Gettman, the
national assistant director of NORML, reminded
the crowd that the pro-legalization rally was no
April fool's joke.

"WE ARE VERY serious about what we
are doing here. We are not criminals for the use
of marijuana. We seek to find some compromise
to help find a solution to these problems." He
said pot should be legalized and taxed, with the
tax money going to programs to help cocaine and
heroin abusers.
In the middle of Gettman's speech, a man who
later identified himself as Oscar Lavbiano grabbed
the mike and screamed, "You are wrong (about
marijuana smoking being relatively harmless),
you are killing yourselves!" As the crowd jeered,
Kile grabbed thee microphone away from
Lavbiano, and he was pushed away from the
platform.
Ed Rosenthal, High Times editor and
renowned "guru of ganja," spoke next, telling the
crowd that 20,000 people are currently in jail for
smoking marijuana, and 350,000 people were
"busted" for smoking dope last year. "We aren't
going to take this shit anymore," he said.
See Bash, Page 2

SACUA
approves
protest
doc ument

By ANDREW MILLS
The faculty's Senate Advisory
Committee on University Affairs
has given its support of guidelines
proposed by the Civil Liberties
Board outlining free speech rights on
campus, SACUA's liason to the
board said Friday.
"The feeling was really of very
strong support," Prof. William
Dobbins said, adding that SACUA
members felt the document was an

improvement on previous drafts re-
leased by the liberties board.
The "Statement on Freedom of
Speech and Artistic Expression,"
outlines the rights of speakers and
artists and protesters at the Univer-
sity in their relation to each other.
The guidelines were approved
March 14 and then sent to Interim
University President Robben Flem-
ing, SACUA, and the Michigan
Student Assembly for review. Ulti-

mately, the guidelines could be in-
corporated into a larger conduct code
for members of the University
community. But the statement has
no binding power until adopted by
the Board of Regents.
Fleming said last night that. he
has not had time to thoroughly re-
view the document and, therefore has
not yet come to a decision on it. He
expects to reach a decision within a
See CLB, Page 3

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A PLACE TO TURN TO:
MPAs offer support
to minority students

Pro -Palestinians
observe Land Day

By MARINA SWAIN
Chanting "Shamir, Hitler, all the
same. Only difference is their name,"
about 40 demonstrators held signs
and marched in a circle in front of
the Federal Building Friday, protest-
ing Israeli activity in the occupied
territories.
Several demonstrators also held a
banner that read, "Stop sending our
tax money to kill our children," at
the rally commemorating the death
of six Palestinians on March 30,
1976. The six were killed in protests
over land seizures by Israel.
ANN Arbor resident Tahani Ab-
boushi said, "The important thing
about Land Day is that the
Palestinians were protesting Israel's
confiscation of land. We're out here
to show our solidarity with Pales-
tinians in occupied territories."
A University student who asked
that her name not be used, "Israel
would like to see 1.5 million Pales-
tinians Ret up and leave. It's our

want peace you should bring in the
PLO. Schultz's plan does not do that
and the whole plan is worthless if
you don't have the Palestinians."
ABBOUSHI concurred, "This
uprising is not going to end and
peace is not going to evolve unless
the PLO is involved in the peace
process."
Peace negotiations proposed by
Secretary of State George Schultz
would exclude the PLO.
Demonstrators also expressed
anger over U.S. support for Israel.
"The U.S. is its (Israel's) backbone.
Without the U.S., Israel has no fu-
ture. It's an artificial economy they
have over there, " said LSA senior
Sed Ibrim.
Abdul Issa, an Ann Arbor resi-
dent, said, "All the money the U.S.
sends is to Israel. Israel is the fa-
vorite for the U.S. even though they
kill people everyday over there."
MANY AT the protest agreed
with S1h that "The nlution i sn

By MARINA SWAIN
Christina Ford, an LSA junior,
remembers riding the bus to North
Campus - rides that influenced her
decision to become a Minority Peer
Advisor. "I was the last person to be
sat next to on the Bursley bus," she
recalls. "The bus would be filled
before anyone would sit next to me."
Ford, now an MPA at Alice
Lloyd, said she took the job to help
others deal with feelings she has
experienced. She said that a sense of
isolation is one of the reasons why
the University has its 17 peer
advisors. Their presence ensures that
there is someone minority students
can turn to on a large, sometimes
impersonal campus.
Ford said being a minority herself
makes her more sensitive and aware
of minority students' concerns. "As
a minority, I could help students
more thann an RA hecne I'm

now it is diversified to include other
groups such as Asian-Americans,
Hispanics and Native Americans."
Currently, three of the 17 MPAs are
Asian-American and the other
fourteen are Black.
The shift in catering to more
minorities is especially important
during recent concern with racism on
See MPAs, Page 5

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