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Forum
focuses
on
'AIDS
and law
BY MARK MENDELIS
In addition to the obvious
physical and emotional problems
AIDS carriers must contend with,
* many must grapple with a legal
system that is largely against them.
Emphasizing this message and
advocating increased legal and civil
rights for AIDS carriers, Rick
McHugh, a UAW attorney and
member of the AIDS Legal Com-
mittee of Detroit, led a discussion
lost night at the Guild House.
The discussion, attended by only
a handful of students, gay activists,
and lawyers, was sponsored by the
Ann Arbor chapter of the National
Law-yers Guild, "a national
alternative to the American Bar
Association," according to Terry
Calhoun, a Guild House
spokesperson.
McHugh said the media is largely
responsible for portraying AIDS as a
gay disease and, as such, has turned
much of the public against those
carrying the AIDS virus. The
resulting discrimination, he added,

The Michigan Daily - Thursday, January 19, 1989 - Page 3
City approves

Traverwood
development

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Rick McHugh, an attorney for the UAW in Detroit, talks with participants in a
discussion last night at the Guild House on legal problems faced by carriers of
the AIDS virus.

has been incorporated into our legal
system and is depriving many AIDS
carriers out of their most basic civil
rights.
"The biggest need right now is for
national legislation that [counters]
discrimination of AIDS and ARC
[AIDS Related Complex]" McHugh
said. "A full-blown case of AIDS
gives you disability status," resulting
in medical benefits, he added, "but
ARC, for gexample, doesn't really
give any benefits," even though in

many cases it can be just as
debilitating.
Many AIDS carriers are generally
poor or are incapable of working,
and receive extremely limited legal
aid from the Reagan Administration.
Because of this, many are unable to
seek legal aid in order to pursue the
benefits to which they are entitled,
according to McHugh.
He said that providing public
education is one of the most impor-
tant steps needed to tackle this

problem.
"If you have public education and
the like, there won't be as many
problems... In San Francisco, the gay
community has educated itself about
the disease and rates [of AIDS cases]
have plummeted," he said.
John Erdevig, an attorney for
Legal Services of Southeast Mich-
igan, found the discussion infor-
mative and said that "as a lawyer that
deals with the poor, I have to know
something about AIDS education."

BY KRISTINE LALONDE
The Ann Arbor City Council nar-
rowly approved a zoning proposal6-
5, Tuesday night that will allow a
new shopping center across from
North Campus.
But many of the area's residents
were not pleased with the decision.
"The people of Northeast Ann
Arbor have been opposed to the
zoning for many years," said Carol
Rycus, the chair of the 230-member
Bromley Homeowners Association.
"Unfortunately no one seems to be
listening. Who is in charge, First
Martin Corporation or the citizens of
Ann Arbor?" First Martin will de-
velop the land for commercial use.
Opponents to the plan said a new
shopping center was not needed in
the area and that the development
would increase traffic on Plymouth
Rd. Instead, residents requested that
the area be developed as a research
facility.
However, Jan Wedell - the
spokesperson from the Northwood
Residents Council - was one of the
few constituents who supported the
decision.
"Anyone who has stood in the
lines of our grocery stores know that
something needs to be done," said
Wedell, "It's a tremendous inconve-
nience to have to travel across town
to do adequate shopping."
The zoning will allow the devel-
opment a 138,00square foot shop-
ping center which will include a
large grocery store and other stores
which may include clothing, hard-
ware, and sporting goods stores.
However, Milliken said no definite
plans have been made concerning
the choice of the stores.
The Northwood Residents Coun-
cil represents the students and fami-
lies of the University's 1,481-unit
Northwood Family Housing com-
plex on North Campus.
While thirty people spoke during
the City Council's public hearing
time, Wedell was among a minority
who spoke in favor of the plan.
Despite the pleas of many resi-
dents, the council made the decision
to rezone the Traverwood area on
the corner of Nixon and Plymouth
roads.
Council member Kathy Edgren

E. Michigan student leaders

--

upset abou
1Y JONATHAN SCOTT
Student'leaders at Eastern Michigan Univer-
sity have promised organized demonstrations
next year in reaction to an administrative policy
they claim "discourages and frustrates" students
from participating in Martin Luther King Day
activities.
"Next year, instead of passive protest, there
are going to be active demonstrations," predicted
junior Kenya Spratt, a member of EMU's Black
Greek Council.
Student complaints stem from what they call
an "administrative lack of concern for student
participation in MLK Day."
. For the past five years, EMU officials have
sponsored a series of programs and workshops
during MLK Day intended to "infuse the spirit of
Martin Luther King Jr. in the students."
"President Porter decided that students would
most benefit from Martin Luther King Day if

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t MK Day
classes remained open and they participated in
the scheduled events," Director of University
Communications Cathy Tinney, said.
Tinney said that after the administration had
surveyed universities around the country, "we
put together a strong program of our own." She
noted that EMU's program pre-dates Michigan's.
But students say participation in the Univer-
sity's program is limited because they must
choose between attending classes or participating
in the scheduled events.
"For me, it was a choice of going to class or
to the memorial," Spratt said. "We shouldn't be
forced to make a choice like that. The day is for
honoring Dr. King."
But director of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Celebration Task Force, Glenna Frank-Miller,
said students had many different events at differ-
ent times to choose from.
"If any student wanted to attend an event,

classes
they could. There really wasn't a conflict."
Because events started at noon and continued
until late in the evening, Miller said, students had
"plenty of options."
But President of the Black Student Union, ju-
nior Chris Neal, said the most heavily publicized
event, a memorial luncheon, was at a time when
most students are in class.
"[The administration] has their luncheon, but
they're really not concerned with students cele-
brating Dr. King's birthday."
Miller said the memorial luncheon was well
attended by students, although she admitted
many might have missed it because of classes.
But "people have to make choices everyday," she
said.
Both Miller and Tinney said that, despite the
conflict, the University will have a similar pro-
gram next year.

Rezoned Traverwood area
0 Residential and
$ light industrial
^ Commercial
-
indicated that the proposed
commercial rezoning would cause
no more traffic than a research de-
velopment.
"I support this proposal for the
job sit would create,"said Edgren, "I
The city currently faces a $1.6
million budget deficit.
Council members did address
residents' concerns with the plan
however.
"Unfortuntely thos who favr
the proposal have not raised a strong
voice," said Council member Terry
Martin (R-Second Ward) who voted:
against the proposal. "I'm going to
bow to the will of those who feel
strongly."
The plan will take ten years to.
implement, said Project Manager:
Billilllliken Jr. of First Martin
Corp. He added that he hopes to in-
volve the residents in the center's
development.
"We're hoping to keep the lines
of communication open," he said.
cessfully completes the sentence said
15th District Court Judge Samuel
Elden.
The defendants had pleaded no:
contest to disorderly conduct:
charges at their arraignment Dec. 14.:
The no contest plea is treated as a
plea of guilty without an admission
of guilt.
The four students were unavail-
able for comment.
All four are members of Zeta:
Beta Tau fraternity.

CORRECTION
Due to an error in production, an article about harassment charges against
four hockey players should have read:
Weidenbach said Hockey Coach Red Berenson will handle the situation
and that athletic administrators have not discussed it.
Berenson said the team members did not violate any team rules. "We
dpn't want them (the players) going to bars," he said. "They know that. We
don't tell them how to talk to girls. We expect them to behave."
While Berenson sees the incident as "serious for the boys involved," he
explained that "it's not serious compared to robbing a bank. Where the
'women are concerned, it's not like they've been attacked, or an assault
charge, or rape. But it's still serious and it's all in perspective."
t.

Student
streakers
put on
probation

BY MONICA SMITH
Four University students were
sentenced yesterday to community
service and nine months probation
for their naked run through Gamma
Phi Beta sorority house on Novem-
ber 29.
According to Douglas Mullkoff,
attorney for the defendants, Aaron
Axel, Jeffrey Baron, Scott Goldberg,
and Richard Nelson were each sen-
tenced to 72 hours community ser-
vice at a court-specified charity.

He said 50 hours of the service
would be spent at the Sexual Assault
Prevention and Awareness Center
which may involve "publicity leg-
work", such as posting flyers for the
organization and/or driving the "Nite
Owl" bus.
In addition, the men have to at-
tend two sexual assault/harassment
workshops and pay $180 in court
costs.
The charges will be erased from
their records if each defendant suc-

THE LIST
What's happening in Ann Arbor today

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Speakers
"Chemical Applications of a
Positron Microscope" - Dr.
James VanHouse, Physics Dept.,
1200 Chem., 4 pm.
"'The Poetics of Seeing" - P.
Adams Sitney, Author, Lorch Hall
Aud., 7:30 pm. Admission Free.
"Ecology of the Ovary" - Peter
Ellison, Ph.D., Anthro. Dept., Har-
vard University, E. Lecture Rm.
Rackham, 4 pm.
Visiting Writer Series -
Charles Baxter reading from his work,
Rackham E. Conference Rm., 5 pm.
Meetings
U of M College Democrats -
Winter Mass Meeting, Kuenzal Rm.,
Michigan Union, 7 pm.
Women & Spirituality - Guild
House, speaker and time unan-
nounced.
Organizational Meeting to
Start Animal Rights Group -
Rm. 126 E. Quad, 7 pm.
Student Struggle for Soviet
Jewry - Rm. 3 Hillel, 6:30 pm.
For more info. contact Hillel.
Inter-Varsity Christian Fel-
lowship - Kuenzal Rm. Michigan
Union, 7 pm.
Palestine Solidarity Committee
- 2212 MLB, 7 pm.
..-..ca .n. as

Employer Presentation: Leo
Burnett - Hale Aud. Business
School, 4:30-6:30 pm.
The Asian Studies Student As-
sociation - "Unearthing Iwo
Jima", Lane Hall Commons, 7 pm.
Open to public, free refreshments.
Minority Artists Enriching
American Culture Through
Their Heritage - The Essence of
the Spirit Lecture Series, Residential
College, E. Quad Aud., 7 pm.
Demonstrations with Audience
Participation.
Computer Conferencing Lec-
ture/Demonstration - MLB Aud.
3, 1-2:30 pm. Registration not re-
qure'
A Reading of the Poetry and
Stories of Edgar Allen Poe -
Henderson Rm. Michigan League, 8-
11 pm. All are invited to listen and
read. For more info. call Bryan 747-
8922.
Hill Street Cinema - "The
Wannsee Conference", Hillel, 7 &
8:45 pm. $2.50. German with En-
glish subtitles.
Performances
Midwest Music Conference
Gala Concert - Power Center, 8
pm. Digital Music/Video Perfor-
mance Ensemble, Center for Per-
forming Arts and Technology, U of
M, etc...
Tangent Image - At the Beat,

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