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Group demands
low-cost housing

The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, November 22, 1988- Page 3
Court may delay

Ann Arbor is in a housing crisis
and the city must provide adequate
low-cost housing for all its citizens,
members of the Homeless Action
Committee told the Ann Arbor City
Council last night. ;
"If you deny decent housing to all
people, you have denied your right
to office," HAC member Renuka
Uthappa, a University LSA senior,
told the councilmembers.
"The city government does not
lack the resources to end home-
lessness. It lacks the will," HAC
members said in a list of demands
presented to the council.
Yet Councilmember Terry Martin
(R-Third Ward) said the city already
provides many homeless shelters.
She said there is currently a great
deal of subsidized housing in the area
and that many of the homeless in
Ann Arbor are actually people who
are not from the area but who are
here because of all Ann Arbor offers
in terms of shelters.
"I resent demands," Martin said.
"There's got to be a time when peo-
ple take a little more responsibility
for themselves."
Both Mayor Gerald Jernigan, a
Republican, and Councilmember Jeff
Epton (D-Third Ward) said the HAC
demands didn't show a complete
awareness of what the city is already
doing in terms of increasing low-
cost housing. "Some of the things
The assassination of John F.
Kennedy, one of the United States'
most inspirational presidents, means
a great deal to people who were alive
on November 22, 1963.
Twenty-five years ago today, on a
sunny Dallas afternoon, Lee Harvey
Oswald murdered Kennedy. But his
memory lives on, through the tragic
accounts from parents and friends
who were alive for the event that
shook the world.
Many citizens remember Ken-
nedy's idealistic family and his "New
Frontier" plan for the nation. But
those who watched him speak 28
years ago on the steps of the Mich-
igan Union remember him for
creating the Peace Corps.
At the Union, Kennedy unveiled
his idea for the Peace Corps to an
enthusiastic crowd of more than
10,000 students who had been wait-
ing hours for him to speak.
KENNEDY formed the organi-
zation to allow experienced Ameri-
can citizens to share their knowledge
by traveling to developing countries,
helping with their education, agri-
culture, health, and trade.
When Kennedy finally addressed
the crowd in the middle of the night,
he urged students to join the Peace
"How many of you who are go-

we simply can't do," Jernigan said.
Epton said he was happy that
HAC came to the meeting because
concern about the homeless can slip
into the background. However, "they
can raise the issue without being so
adversial," he said.
"They should be less confronta-
tional and more consistent."
Uthappa said homelessness in
Ann Arbor, as well as nationally, is
on the rise. In 1987, 800 people
came to Ann Arbor shelters. In the
first nine months of 1988, there
were 800 people who came to Ann
Arbor shelters and there were a total
of 88 beds available in all of the
shelters combined.
The demands of HAC, which re-
quested a response from the council
by Dec. 2, are as follows:
-the city must establish a perma-
nent site for the day shelter;
-the city must make no further
plans for private or city development
projects until preparations and a bud-
get allocation are made for the con-
struction of an adequate number of
low-cost housing units;
-a city council majority must
pass a resolution making the con-
struction of low-cost housing the
city's first priority; and
-the city must make provisions
for an additional emergency night
shelter that will serve clients this
winter and which could later be con-
verted into a restoration center.

toxics ci
The ongoing legal saga between
the State of Michigan and a local
manufacturing firm may well delay
toxic waste site cleanup statewide, as
a result of a circuit court hearing to
be held Nov. 30.
Gelman Sciences, Inc., an Ann
Arbor manufacturer of industrial fil-
tration products, requested the hear-
ing to halt Michigan Department of
Natural Resources cleanup programs
until specific rules for waste site
identification are established.
It will be the latest step in the
dispute between the firm and the
DNR over groundwater contamina-
tion near its plant.
LAST YEAR, the DNR ranked
Gelman the second worst toxic
polluter in the state under the
Environmental Response Act.
Gelman alleges that the DNR
failed to hold a public hearing on the
pollution list and failed to imple-
ment formal rules for the distribu-
tion of money for toxic waste
In a ruling last month, Washte-
naw County Circuit Court Judge
Patrick Conlin ruled in favor of
Gelman, but the battle wages on.
Edward Levitt, special counsel for
Gelman, said the company will seek
court action restraining the DNR
from carrying on further toxic waste
site identification and cleanup until
procedural rules are established. Such
a ruling would also impact environ-
mental programs.
discontinue its Environmental Re-
sponse Act activities, said Assistant
Attorney General Edward Reichel, is
beyond the scope the original suit
filed by Gelman.

Two years ago, 16 families re-
portedly had their well water
contaminated by 1,4-dioxane, a by-
product of Gelman's work, which is
a carcinogenic compound, according
to county health authorities. The
state was forced to supply the fami-
lies with bottled water until munici-
pal water lines could be re-routed to
their area.
Gelman paid the state a portion of
the expenses, but not all. The 16
families affected have filed a lawsuit
against Gelman, but that court case
will not be heard in the near future.
IN A SEPARATE lawsuit,
the State of Michigan is seeking to
order Gelman to clean up the con-
taminants near its west-of-Ann
Arbor facility, reimburse the state
for its expenses from the 1986
incident, and pay for any damage the
company may have caused to the
state's natural resources.
Gelman contests the charge.
Levitt said the state has not been
able to prove that Gelman is
responsible for all the damage in the
nearby aquifer. However, Levitt said,
"To the extent that Gelman has con-
tributed to (the damage), Gelman has
stood ready to clean it up."
Levitt said the state has repeatedly
rejected Gelman's offers to clean up
portions of the waste which they feel
responsible for. He called the state
uncooperative by demanding a full
cleanup plan, which would include,
according to Levitt, cleanup of non,
Gelman related dioxane pollution.
Reichel said Gelman has submit-
ted no studies to prove it is not the
sole dioxane polluter in the area. He
said a lot of the data collected around
the site showed that Gelman was re-
sponsible for most of the waste.
- The Associated Presi
contributed to this report

Fraud trial

Associated Press

Former presidential aide Oliver North leaves Federal Court
in Washington yesterday. U.S. District Judge Gerhard
Gessell told one of North's attorneys that he was going to
try his client and three co-defendants on fraud.

peace corps legacy lives on

tention and the support of youth...
[as] a way in which you could do
something for your country."
Critics of Kennedy's administra-
tion say despite his popularity, he
was not an effective president. In
fact, Grassmuck cites the Peace
Corps was one of Kennedy's few ac-
"When it comes to foreign pol-
icy, it's hard to find a great deal that
he achieved, except the Peace
Corps," Grassmuck said.
TODAY'S Peace Corps receives
little media attention, and it has suf-
fered a gradual decline since it was
created. But while it now has only
5,700 members and lacks some of
the original enthusiasm infused by
Kennedy, it continues to assist un-
derdeveloped countries as Kennedy
The Reagan Administration has
recently endorsed a five-year growth
plan which will expand the Peace
Corps' budget, which could once
again place10,000 volunteers around
the globe by 1990.
Alice Cooper, the Peace Corps'
Detroit Area Manager, cited some of
the group's recent achievements:
"Because of the level at which Peace
Corps has worked overseas, we have
begun to be the prototype for a lot
of international development pro-

File Photo
Former President John F. Kennedy stands on the steps of the
Michigan Union in 1960, announcing the creation of the
Peace Corps. Americans nationwide are remembering Kennedy
today on the twenty-fifth anniversary of his assasination.


ing to be doctors are willing to
spend your days in Ghana?" he
asked. "On your willingness to con-
tribute part of your life to this
country, I think, will depend the an-
swer to wehther a free society can
The popular reception and re-
sponse to the Peace Corps sparked a
nationwide interest in the new orga-
nization. By June, 1964, the organi-

zation had more than 10,000 volun-
teers in 46 countries.
UNIVERSITY Political Sci-
ence Prof. George Grassmuck, chief
of research for the Nixon-Lodge
campaign in 1960, credits Kennedy
with much of the Peace Corps' suc-
Kennedy "held (the Peace Corps)
very closely into the White House,"
Grassmuck said. "It caught the at-

'U' helps schools
fight child'. abuse,

Dr. Barbara Argumedo, chair of the Hispanic Alumni Council, was mis-
identified and misquoted in Friday's Daily. Her statement should have
read, "(Students) should not have to interrupt their studies in 1988 to
bring to the Board's (of Regents) attention concerns the University is
paying others to address."

Dallas recalls



What's happening in Ann Arbor today

Technology and Third World -
John Vandermeer (Biology), Vern
Terpstra (Bus. Admin.), 1005 Dow,
3:30-5 pm.
"Geochemistry of the Lower
Crust of Mexico" - Joaquin
Ruiz, University of Arizona, 4001
C.C. Little, 4 pm. Coffee and cook-
ies, 3:30 pm.
'Man and Earth in the Distant
Past I" - Prof. Ernst Katz, 1923
:Geddes Ave., 8-9:45 pm.
"Properties, Applications and
Short Stories on Median Type
Filters" - Prof. Neal C. Gallagher,
1200 EECS, 4:30-6 pm.
"Report from Zouping County,
Shandong Provine" - Poli Sci
Prof. Michel Oksenber, Lane Hall
Commons, 12 noon.

United Asian Organizations -
Trotter House, 4 pm.
Shotokan Karate Club of
Michigan - CCRB Martial Arts
Rm., 7-8:30 pm.
U of M Fencing - Practice, Hill
Coliseum, 7 pm.
Women's Action for Nuclear
Disarmament - 2209 Michigan
Union, 7-8:30 pm.
Lesbian and Gay Rights Orga-
nizing Committee - 3100
Michigan Union, 8 pm.
Public Relations Club - Welker
Rm., Michigan Union, 4:30 pm.
Tagar: Pro Israel Student Activist -
Dominick's, 5 pm.
U of M Archery Club - Coli-
seum, 7-10 pm. Call 764-4084 for
more info.

Dallas (AP) - Hundreds of
people came to the John F. Kennedy
Memorial in downtown Dallas yes-
terday as the city where he was killed
25 years ago prepared to mark the
On Sunday, 30 former Green
Berets and 150 onlookers gathered at
the memorial to re-member Kennedy.
The members of the U.S. Army1
Special Forces wore their berets-the;
ones Kennedy had authorized in 1961
- as they saluted four wreaths laid at
the memorial.
At Parkland Memorial Hospital,
where Kennedy was taken after being
shot, a roundtable discussion was
planned for today with five doctors
and nurses who were at the hospital
when the president arrived.
Also today, Dallas-area painters,
poets, performance artists and
musicians planned a series of ex-
hibits and live performances at the
Texas Theater, where assasin Lee
Harvey Oswald was apprehended only
hours after the assasination.
At Dealey Plaza, where Kennedy
was shot, a small American flag with
a bouquet of flowers lay in front of a
plaque, about 200 yards from the

memorial and across the street from
the Texas Book Depository Building,
where authorities say Oswald fired
from a sixth-floor window into
Kennedy's motorcade.
The attention given to the 25th
anniversary has aroused more interest
than usual in the site, said Gary
Mead, who drove one of several tour
buses that stopped at the memorial
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approached by Rabahi, police said.
Sgt. John King said the woman told
police Rabahi introduced himself and
she voluntarily got into his car
where the assault occurred.
Heath said the woman reported
the alleged assault to the police, and
Rabahi was arrested shortly there-
after. The woman told police she did
not know Rabahi, Heath said.
The man is not believed to have
committed any of the recent string of
Ann Arbor or campus-area rapes,
Heath said.


Child abuse.
While some cases are very
obvious to educators, others are
very difficult to detect, says
William Mays, executive director of
the Michigan Elementary and Mid-
dle School Principals Association.
A new booklet will help school
officials identify potentially abused
children and report their suspicions
to the proper authorities.
Statistics fail to tell the human
stories and tragedies of these chil-
dren and substantially understate the
actual number, because not all cases
are detected, Mays said.
Child abuse can lead to life-long
physical and emotional injuries for
the victims, and may lead to
abusive behavior by the victim
towards future generations of chil-
dren, said Philip Kearney, associate
School of Education dean.
In -1986, said University
Associate Education Prof. Charles
Vergon, author of the booklet, there
were 28,000 substantiated cases of
child abuse or neglect. Educators,
he said, have a unique opportunity
to help protect children from ne-
glect and abuse because of their
daily contact.
Since 1975, Michigan law has
required all teachers and school
administrators to report to the local
division of Protective Services if
they have reasonable cause to be-
lieve a child is being abused or
neglected at home.
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The law has ambiguities which
this guide is designed to clarify,
said Don Elliot, the executive dir-
ector of the Michigan Association
of School Ad-ministrators. Elliot's
group, along with MEMSPA, the
School of Education and another
Michigan school administrator
group published the pamphlet.
The guide, called "The
Educator's Guide to Child Abuse
and Neglect Reporting," identifies
the common warning signs of
abuse or neglect and outlines the
investigative and legal procedures
for reporting. In addition, it details
the penalties for failing to report.

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