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Tenants' Union tour

An hour-long walking tour with
the Ann Arbor Tenants Union
Saturday showed not the highlights
of the city, but the areas in which
commercial re-developers, big busi-
nesses, and government have forced
low-income tenants into homeless-
The tour began on Fourth Street
in front of Braun Court, a seven-
building court that once housed
moderate-income families. But when
the building was purchased by

on homeless

developer Peter Allen - who turned
the court into a restaurant/retail strip
- many Ann Arbor residents were
forced out of their homes, the tour
leaders said.
Another stop was the Downtown
Club, which once housed 60 people
and the YMCA. But when Dave
Kircher, a landlord of low-rent prop-
erty bought the building, the Club
began to deteriorate, the tenants
union said. In 1983, unpaid utilities
were shut off and once again, tenants
were forced into homelessness.

When Mayor Lou Belcher and his
associates purchased the Club in
December 1983, they donated the
front of the building to the private
Ann Arbor Historical Society,
In Ann Arbor, the average room
goes for $19 a night or a monthly
rate of just over $300. But in a re-
cent survey conducted by SRO
housing, the homeless and near-
homeless said that they could only
afford to spend $194 monthly on

'U' discussions to focus on
emotions and 'ISM' words

Horse and Marriage
Dexter newlyweds take advantage of Friday's warm weather for a buggy ride across the
Huron River.
'U professor lends advice on
Gorillas In the sfilming

Racism, sexism, heterosexism, and classism are
words used often in the classroom and the media. But
the words themselves may disguise the very emotions
they should express, counselors say.
A coalition of University offices has attempted to
overcome this language barrier by creating a series of
luncheon discussions, entitled "Understanding and
Challenging our ISM's."
The bi-weekly, year-long, series kicks-off today
with "The Challenges of Diversity: Our IS M's Defined
and Explored."
The University offices - among them Counseling
Services, Minority Student Services, Gay Male and
Lesbian Programs Offices, and Sexual Assault and
Prevention Awareness Center - created the program to
address the "ISMs" on an emotional, rather than intel-
lectual level.
Living in a scholarly climate, we too often approach

and speak of discrimination in a detached, unemotional,
and even elitist manner, said Tom Morson, a Counsel-
ing Services' Senior Counselor and coordinator of the
University's outreach program.
"(We) can't just look at (discrimination) from a his-
torical, legal, cognitive approach," said Morson.
"Feeling is a vital component. You can't really move
toward diversity until you've removed blocks and
Nine University offices participated in the formation
of the program. This unification is notable because it
is "what diversity is about - people who are very dif-
ferent coming together to work on similar goals," said
The joined efforts of University offices are quite
significant, agreed Delro Harris, the Minority Affairs
Council chair for the Michigan Student Assembly. The
offices usually have difficulty addressing a problem in a
complete way, he said.

A University professor who worked intimately with
the production of Gorillas in the Mist - a story about
the struggles of Dian Fossey to protect the endanged
gorilla - doesn't think the movie offers any long-term
solutions, but it may be a starting point.
Prof. David Watts, an assistant anthropology
research scientist, served as an advisor on the gorillas'
behavior and Fossey's life because of his close ties to
Fossey, a researcher who dedicated nearly two
decades of her life to the preservation of mountain
gorillas in central Africa, immersed herself in a single-
minded crusade to protect gorillas from the incursion of
humankind. In the course of her efforts, she involved
herself in bitter clashes with poachers and Rwandan
government officials - tactics that lead to much
speculation surrounding her murder shortly after
Christmas in1985.
After Watts worked with Fossey at the Karisoke
Research Center she founded in Rwanda, he became

active in efforts to conserve the gorillas and directed the
center for two years after her death.
Yet despite his close ties to the center and Fossey,
Watts didn't like the idea of making her life into a
movie when a screenwriter approached him in 1986. "I
didn't trust them to present an accurate version of her
life - which of course they're not going to because no
commercial film does that," he said.
To capture the essence of Fossey's life, the
filmmakers shot primarily on location in Rwanda, with
actual gorillas in the wild. As the set's gorilla expert,
Watts told the filmmakers "what they could try to do,
what they shouldn't try to do at any given moment."
"It was important that I was there because gorillas
aren't relaxed among strangers... they know me well
and because they trusted me they would put up with
them," said Watts. "In that way I was sort of their
ambassador to the gorillas."
See Gorillas, Page 7

Police Notes
An East Quad resident was beaten
in the East Quad courtyard and
treated in University Hospitals'
emergency room Friday evening
following an aborted drug deal, Ann
Arbor police said.
Police are holding an Ann Arbor
man on charges of felonious assault.
The 18-year-old victim, who
requested anonymity, told police that
at 6:13 p.m. he had a conversation
with the suspect about a drug deal. A
deal ensued, but after money had
changed hands, the dealer began
hitting the victim with a four-foot
long stick, police said.
The suspect was apprehended
Friday night and lodged in the
Washtenaw County Jail.
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gation," said Straub, who was hired
in September on an interim basis.
If Straub decides to pursue the
case, it may result in mediation or a
formal hearing. The mediation,
which can continue for 30 days,
would attempt to settle the matter
without a hearing.
If the complaint is taken to a
hearing, the accused is notified, and a
panel of four students and one
tenured professor will be selected.
The complainant and the accused
student each may choose one student
panelist from the lists submitted by
individual school and college gov-
ernments. Straub would select the
other two students at random from

the lists, according to the policy.
University President James Dud-
erstadt, with advice from the fac-
ulty's Senate Advisory Committee
on University Affairs, will select the
faculty member.
If Straub decides there isn't
enough evidence to pursue the case,
she will close the case. At that
point, Chekal can appeal her deci-
sion to an appellate panel.
"The whole thing is on video-
tape," Chekal said. "We won't even
need witnesses because it's going to
be right there."
Visiting Business School Prof.
Jack Matson, who teaches the en-
trepeneurship class, has all of his
classes videotaped. On the tape, fol-
lowing the incident, he told the
class, "We have certain boundaries
we have to keep."
"It's a very unfortunate incident,"

he said later. "I hope there's a fair
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Other students in the class said
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