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South U.
changes
trigger
mixed
reactions
by Shalini Patel
University students are walking
down a modernized South University
street.
The Flatrock Construction Com-
pany began the renovation by widen-
Jng South University sidewalks and
repairing cracks last April. During
the summer months workers in-
ktalled new street lamps, planters,
rash receptacles, and a drainage sys-
tem.
Although the road was narrowed,
the changes did not affect S. Univer-
sity parking because loading zones
were relocated to sidestreets.
The South University Merchants
~ssociation estimated completion of
(he renovation by the Ann Arbor Art
Fair in July, but the project is still
in progress and may be finished by
the end of this week.
Many patrons, merchants, and
members of the Ann Arbor City
Council have expressed displeasure
with the changes.
Councilmember Larry Hunter (D-
First Ward) termed the renovation
"aesthetically unappealing" and re-
ported receiving a number of com-
plaints stating the same.
But LSA junior Quimet Smith
said the end result was "beautiful,"
and suggested that other areas of
campus could be revitalzed.
Many S. University merchants

Class wait lists
cause student,
faculty angst

by Stefanie Vines
It's a nightmare every University
student faces. A class needed for
graduation is filled up with the max-
imum number of students. The wait
list is 100 names long.
The solution? The override.
Those tiny two slips of paper for
which every student clamors.
Anjali Prasad, an LSA junior,
had one nightmare to share. "I
wanted to take Communications 103
so I went to the lecture on Monday
and the professor told me to show up
at the discussion group I wanted."
Prasad went to three sections
Tuesday and three Thursday. She was
wait listed every time. At one sec-
tion, the teaching assistant took the
top four people from the wait list.
Prasad was fifth.

ing a class where students are sitting
on the floor because there aren't
enough seats. We need more fund-
ing, classrooms, and faculty in order
to meet the growing demand for
classes."
Some students remain confused
by the way the system works.""I
think they should have a mandatory
class to explain the system because I
didn't know what I was doing," first-
year art student Felisa Weiss said. "If
I had to do it all over again, I know;I
would be lost."
Lynn Adelman, an administrative
assistant in the CRISP registration
office, said the process is fairly easy
to learn and works efficiently. "I
don't think people are frustrated by
wait listing systems. However, the

JOSE JUAREzrai
South University isn't what it used to be. The addition of potted trees was just one of the changes made in the past
half year that has rendered this popular thoroughfare virtually unrecognizable.

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were upset because the summer-long
construction disrupted their busi-
nesses.
Nancy Elias, owner and manager
of Orchid Lane, said her customers
told her that they would not patron-
ize her store during construction.
Bucky Buchanan, assistant man-
ager of WhereHouse Records, also
said the renovations hurt South U.
businesses. He claimed that the
noise, dirt, and blocked off sidewalks
"hurt a lot of the small stores."
Richard Boyd, manager of Middle
Earth, said there was little inconve-

nience, and added that his business
was not affected. To the few cus-
tomer complaints he has received, he
responded, "You can't please every-
one."
The South University project is
only part of thecity-wide revitaliza-
tion undertaken by the Downtown
Development Authority (DDA),
which was created in 1983 to
"beautify" and unify Ann Arbor's
downtown area.
Financed by the DDA, the $1.25
million venture was unanimously
approved by City Council with rela-

tive ease.
The DDA also consulted with the
South University merchants on the
changes. Store owners met and voted
on one of three blueprints for the
construction and were continually
updated on the plan's progress, said
Andy Dryden, spokesperson for Lo-
gos Bookstore and head of the South
University Merchants Association.
But Elias said she remains uncer-
tain about the primary purpose of
the construction and believes that the
merchants did not have much input.

'This is such an overwhelming place that you
should feel like the system is working for you,
not against you'
- Holly Hagele
LSA senior

Liberia president's guard attacks rebels

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) -
Troops loyal to slain President
Samuel Doe bombarded rebels from
atop the executive mansion yester-
*day, and a West African leader said
Doe's death would make it more dif-
ficult to end the war.
Two days after rebels led by
Prince Johnson attacked Doe and his
entourage at the headquarters of the
West African task force, the late
president's men used heavy cannons
to beat back insurgents.
In the rest of Monrovia, shells
exploded and gunfire crackled as

Prince Johnson's fighters scoured the
city for Doe loyalists.
Survivors from Doe's elite presi-
dential guard turned heavy artillery,
placed on the roof of the seaside ex-
ecutive mansion, onto the rebels and
the war-ravaged city. The guns nor-
mally face out toward the Atlantic
Ocean.
Gambian President Sir Dawda
Jawara said Doe's men had asked the
five-nation West African force to
help them evacuate the capital.
Jawara said aid would be offered on

humanitarian grounds.
"I think it is now urgent to try
and do something about protecting
these 230 or so Doe supporters from
factional or tribal revenge," said
Jawara, chair of the 16-member Eco-
nomic Community of West African
States.
The Community ordered a 3,000-
member task force into Liberia last
month to help quell the eight-and-a-
half-month-old civil war, often
marked by tribal fighting. The sol-
diers are from Nigeria, Ghana,

Guinea, Sierra Leone and Gambia.
Jawara, who was visiting Zim-
babwe, said that rather than speeding
the war's end, Doe's death on Mon-
day would likely increase the blood-
shed.
Witnesses said Doe's mutilated
body was on display at Johnson's
headquarters outside the city. John-
son had said Doe would be court-
martialed, but within a day of his
capture on Sunday he was reported
dead, apparently of gunshot wounds.

"Finally, the professor created a
seventh section and I got in after go-
ing to the other six discussions,"
Prasad said.
Some place the blame for the ex-
tensive wait lists on popular courses
in which high student demand ex-
ceeds limited space.
"I just think it is useless to have
500 people wanting spots for 30
people in a class like political
science," LSA senior Holly Hagele
said. "This is a top university and it
needs to offer more classes to suit
the needs of the students. This is'
such an overwhelming place that
you should feel like the system is
working for you, not against you."
Professor Arlene Saxonhouse,
chair of the Political Science de-
partment, agreed. "There aren't
enough classes being offered because
there isn't enough funding to hire
the number of faculty members
needed to teach all the classes the
students want. Right now I'm teach-

system varies in each department.
Students should learn how the sys-
tem works in the department they
want to get into."
But not everyone knows how to
get an override into classes. "I've
been here for two years, but I still
don't understand how to get an over-
ride," LSA sophomore Beth Martin
said.

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Parents use petitions to help
oust a gay high school teacher

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4 ZEELAND, Mich. (AP) - The
'parents who showed up at a school
board meeting to protest the rein-
.statement of a high school English
.teacher didn't argue that his teaching
abilities were lacking.
They want him fired because he
is homosexual.
At a Zeeland Board of Education

meeting Monday night, parents pre-
sented a petition bearing 600 signa-
tures calling for the dismissal of
David VanHeest, who has been
teaching for 20 years in the district.
"We continue to pray for Mr.
VanHeest to repent. His knowledge
of English and teaching skills are
greatly needed. However, his role

Correction
There were some mistakes in the article about the Black Greek
Association (BGA) that appeared in Thursday's New Student Edition.
Specifically, BGA organizations have no houses, the BGA has no
jurisdiction over hazing, not all BGA members are branded, and the quotes
,were erroneously attributed to Glenn Eden and Lester Spence.
THE LiST
i What's happening in Ann Arbor today

model as a practicing homosexual is
not acceptable," said Joan Wedeven,
one of about 25 parents who
protested the reinstatement before the
board.
The Wedevens have pulled their
daughter from VanHeest's grammar
class "for her own safety, for both
health and psychological reasons,"
Paul Wedeven said.
Two people spoke on behalf of
VanHeest, with one former student
telling the board she learned about
English, not homosexuality, in his
class.
Other parents wanted to know
whether VanHeest had been tested for
AIDS before his reinstatement.
"Besides the psychological dam-
age that could be expected to occur
to one or more of our youths, there
are serious health consequences,"
parent John Stratton said.
VanHeest was reinstated to his
job in August after charges of gross
indecency against him were reduced
and then dropped.
He was one of six men, including
other area educators, arrested in Jan-
uary in an Ottawa County sheriffs
investigation of alleged homosexual
activity with minors.
Most charges in the case, which
focused on a private party attended
by a 17-year-old working undercover
with deputies, were reduced or
dropped for lack of evidence.
School Superintendent Kenneth
Harper, who had suspended VanHeest
with pay pending the outcome of the
case, said parents must go to court if
they want to pursue their com-
plaints.
VanHeest did not attend the meet-
ing. There was no answer at his
home yesterday.

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Meetings
UM Students of Objectivism
- Business Meeting, Dominick's
Restaurant, Monroe St., 8:00 pm.
East Quad / Residential
College Social Group for
Lesbians, Bisexuals, and Gay
Males - 9-11 p.m.. Call 763-
4186 (days) or 763-2788 (eves.)
for location.
Union of Students for
Israel- 7 p.m., Hillel, 1429
Hill St.
Social Committee - 7:30
p.m., Hillel, 1429 Hill St.
Prospect - U-M's Jewish
Student Journal staff meeting.
8 p.m., Hillel, 1429 Hill St.
Speeches
Reparations to Blacks for
Slavery - Raymond Jenkins of
"Slave Labor: Annuity Pay" will

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Numbers for the Bootstrap
Mean" - Prof. Sandor Csorgo
of Dept. of StatIstics, 451 Mason
Hall, 4:00.
Church Worker Arrested in
El Salvador - Jennifer Casolo
speaks about her experiences,
Aud. C, Angell Hall, 8 p.m.
Other
U of M Taekwondo Club -
Open meeting 7-8:30 p.m., 2275
CCRB.
U of M Shorin Ryu Karate-do
Club - Open meeting 8:30-9:30
p.m., Martial Arts Room, CCRB.
Introduction to CP&P -
4:30 p.m., CP&P Library.
Public Service Intern
Program Mass Meeting -
6:10-7:30 p.m., Rackham Aud.

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