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'U'

Council

discussi
speech
BY JOSH MITNICK
The recently reconvened Univer-
sity Council yesterday had a peaceful
discussion about how to implement
the University's Freedom of Speech
policy and its guidelines for campus
protesters.
The University Council, com-
prised of students, faculty and
administrators, disbanded last year
due to heated disagreements between
students and faculty. The regents
have threatened to permanently dis-
band the council May 1 if they can-
not produce results.
The meeting was the nine-mem-
ber council's first substantive dia-
logue about the policy since its ini-
tial meetings in February.
The University's Board of Re-
gents approved the policy last July,
but did not create any mechanism to
enforce it.
The council members hope that
by successfully formulating rules to
implement the policy, they can
demonstrate the council's ability to
function productively.
The group first considered possi-
ble sanctions for individuals found
guilty of violating the policy, which
was designed by the University's
Civil Liberties Board to ensure free
speech on campus.
Shirley Clarkson, assistant to the
president, suggested that a student
who interrupts a speaker's address
could be violating the policy. That
student might receive initial sanc-

free

policy
tions of education, mediation or
public service, council members
said.
Social work Prof. Tom Croxton
wondered if severe violations of the
policy could justify an individual's
suspension or expulsion.
"It seems to me that there has to
be something at the end of the pro-
cess to make people pay attention,"
said council co-chair Prof. Jens
Zorn.
The council members generally
agreed that such sanctions would be
a last resort for repeat violators or
people who refused to abide by rul-
ings. Croxton emphasized that such
sanctions should only be used in the
most extreme cases.
Rackham graduate student Corey
Dolgon expressed concern that the
mechanisms for implementing the
policy would only be applied to stu-
dents, not faculty and administrators.
"We need guidelines for faculty
and administrators as well as stu-
dents," said Dolgon. "I think the fo-
cus on sanctions narrows the focus
of the guidelines to students."
"Thething that distinguishes (the
Freedom of Speech) policy from
something like a harassment policy
is that people of goodwill can be on
both sides of the issue," Zorn said.
Dolgon said he thought the
meeting was productive, and ex-
pressed optimism about the coun-
cil's ability to formulate effective
results.

Braving the Cold DAVIDLUSLNER/Doily
The chilly winds and low temperatures may have made some wish they were back on the Florida beaches or at least in bed. But wishing
couldn't cancel classes, and the first Monday back in school found a few grim faces braving the cold.
Nursery Teachers File Labor Grievance

BY GUS TESCHKE
Last week the teachers of Ann Arbor's Perry
Nursery School filed a grievance with the Na-
tional Labor Relations Board , citing manage-
ment's refusal to negotiate with the teachers'
bargaining representative, District 65 of the
United Auto Workers.
The teachers seek a contract to end what they
see are arbitrary and unreasonable actions by
Perry management.
Management claims it has not recognized the
union, though it has met twice with union
representatives. According to the teachers and
their attorneys, these meetings constitute legal
recognition of the union.
Recognition of the union by management
would mean that management is, according to
federal law, required to negotiate with the union.
Joan Brown, president of Perry's board of di-
rectors, said,"We never formally recognized the
union. No one was empowered to recognize the
union," she said. The management has hired an
attomey, she added..
The teachers said they formed the union out of
,concern for mismanagement and the impact it

was having on the children. The problems they
cited included an absence of fund raising , an in-
crease in the child-to-teacher ratio, failure to re-
place full-time staff, and a precipitous drop in
cash reserves at the private school.
"I feel it is very important for them [the
board] to recognize the need for a consistent
environment for the children. To replace experi-
enced staff with minimum wage employees
would be detrimental to the children's well-be-
ing," one teacher said.
The teachers asked not to be named because
they feared they could lose their jobs.
Susan Edwards, a former administrator, said,
"I don't know of anyone at Perry on the board or
administration who is saying the union is a good
or bad thing. Perry is trying to determine what
being unionized means for a child care center."
"One of the the reasons Perry's staff came to
the UAW in the first place was that the UAW is
the single largest contributor to the United Way
in this region. But instead of working with us to
pull more money into Perry, the board is spend-
ing what little money we have against the
union," said Elizabeth Gottlieb, an organizer and

former Perry teacher.
"The United Way provides the majority of
,Perry's funding. It's a real shame that they [the
board] are using money that is supposed to be
helping the children to fight the union,"said
Gottlieb.
An information officer of the NLRB, who
asked not to be identified, said that it is probably
a violation of federal labor law if an employer
sits down with a union representative to negoti-
ate and then the employer claims not to recognize
the union.
Brown said Perry needs to cut costs. She said
a new program for 4 year-olds who risk failure in
the public schools will bring in additional funds,
and the teachers need to be flexible in their de-
mands.
Perry is a non-profit agency established more
than 50 years ago. It provides education for
about 75 pre-school and kindergarten-age children
of single parents.
Its fees are based on ability to pay, which
makes Perry affordable for parents with low and
moderate incomes. Many parents of children en-
rolled in Perry work for the University, and many
of the teachers are University alumni.

Soviet rock fans line

up to buy n
MOSCOW - Hundreds of
enthusiatic young Soviets lines up
in a snowstorm outsid record stores
Monday to buy a new albulmb by
tow dozen of the West's biggest rock
stars, and authorities erected steel
barricades and dispatched police to
control the crowd.
The hoopla was especially great
on Kalinin Prospekt outside the
Melodiya store, where British rocker
Peter Gabriel and Annie Lennox of
Eurythmics autographed copies of
"Breakthrough."
A police guard was posted at the
door, and a steel barricade was set up
on the sidewalk as Soviets wearing
traditional Russian fur hats and
western-style ski caps massed.

ew album
Melodiya, the name of the state's
record company as well as record
stores, is notorious for small
pressings of popular albums,
especially rock, and the initial
pressing of 500,000 copies of
"Breakthough" was likely to last just
a couple of days if not hours.
.Melodiya plans to release 3 millions
copies, as well as 500,000 cassettes
in this country of 285 million
people.
A black market for Western rock
recordings thrives in the Soviet
Union, and even Melodiya Director
Valery Sukharado admitted to
reporters, "I don't know how many
(copies) will be released on the black
market."

SAPAC supports rape victims with crisis line

BY LAURA COHN and Awareness Center crisis line
}For five months staffers at the h,-e listened to the concerns of area
24-hour Sexual Assault Prevention rape victims.
CORRECTION
On Feb. 24, the Daily incorrectly reported that Michigan Student
Assembly President Michael Phillips' parents are illiterate. Both of his par-
ents are in fact literate, and graduated from high school.
In addition, 35 percent of MSA representatives are women or minorities.
The Daily reported an incorrect figure.

THE

LIST

What's happening in Ann Arbor today

Lectures
"Freedom of Speech or anti-
Semitism: What is happening
at the University of Michigan
and throughout the nation" - a
speech by Mr. James Zogby of the
Arab-American Institute in Washing-
ton, D.C.; sponsored by the Ameri-
can-Arab Anti-Discrimination Com-
nlittee; 7:30 p.m. in Room 100 of
H4utchins Hall
"The Satanic Verses-Freedom
or Speech or Freedom of Reli-
gion" - Dr. Abdulaziz Sachedena,
Sponsored by the Pakistani Students
Association; 4 p.m. Rackham Audito-
rim
Mark Halliday, readingyfrom
his work - sponsored by the
Visiting Writers' Series; 7 p.m. at
Rackham West Conference.
"Locating Women in Middle
Easter History: 18th Century
Ottoman Society" - a colloquia
by Assistant Professor Muge Gocek,
4-5:30 at the Women's Studies
Lounge, 236 West Engineering

fend Abortion Rights - weekly
meeting; 5:30 p.m. Michigan Union
Ballroom
Furthermore
"Garam Hawa" - (hot wind), A
Hindi/Urdu film (English subtitles) the
effect of partition on a Muslim family
living in Agra, 7 p.m. at the Video
Viewing Room, MLB (2nd floor)
"Borax" - performance of the quin-
tet at the Blind Pig.
"Marketing Your Liberal Arts
Degree"-Summer Job Fair
Workshop - sponsored by Career
Planning and Placement; 4:10 - 5
p.m.; CP&P Conference Rm., 3200
SAB
Hunger Information Table - 9
a.m. to 6p.m. in the Mug
Pre-interviews with Northern
Telecom Inc. - 5:15-7:15 p.m.;
sponsored by The Society of Women
Engineers
ECB-trained peer writing tu-
tors - are located at 611 Church
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The phone line is there to listen
to people, not to tell them what to
do, said Audrey Haberman, a
SAPAC volunteer coordinator
"Rape has been such a silent is-
sue for so long that I think it's re-
ally important to have such a ser-
vice," said Haberman.
Though the service is primarily a
listening service, SAPAC will send
volunteers to provide personal sup-
port to a phone caller if requested.
A mass meeting for perspective
volunteers for the phone line will be
held on Wednesday at 5 p.m. in An-
derson Room D of the Michigan
Union.
"I feel that rape survivors need to
talk and identify their fears. Some-
times people call in who saw some-
thing that reminded them of a crisis
from their past. Our line provides an
anonymous and confidential service
for such people," said Haberman.
Amy Cook, LSA senior, works
on the 24-hour sexual assault phone
line, and was involved in its forma-
tion.
"I think it's a space in the Uni-
versity community that wasn't being
filled. The phone service is a great
way to reach people and it's one way
to make people who need help to
open up more about their crises,"
said Cook.
Some volunteers even see the
service as a career aspiration.
"After working here for a while
I've been thinking that maybe coun-
selling sexual assault survivors or
those with other social problems
would be a worthwhile career option.
I started volunteering because I
wanted to help in any way I could,"
said Rena Mavman. LSA senior.

members.
about 35
Haberman

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SAPAC is also recruiting for peer
educators who conduct workshops,
raise awareness, and help educate the
University community about ac-
quaintance rape.
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