The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, October 22, 1991 - Page 3
City Council tables Domestic Partnership Ordinance
by David Rheingold
Daily City Reporter
Gay and lesbian couples hoping
to register their partnership in the
city of Ann Arbor this week will
temporarily have to put off their
The City Council voted last
night to table its Domestic Partner-
ships Ordinance until a Nov. 4
meeting, so it could hold a public
The ordinance would allow un-
married couples - both heterosex-
ual and homosexual - to register
their relationships in the city
The decision to table the second
reading was prompted to give resi-
dents an opportunity to voice their
opinions, Mayor Liz Brater said.
The council heard some of those
opinions last night.
Five of the six speakers who ad-
dressed the council during its audi-
ence participation session spoke
about the ordinance, and all con-
told the council he thinks recogni- lead to a decline in moral values.
'My understanding is that there are also
many people in the community who support
this ordinance. And I think it's important to
recognize that also tonight we saw one side
of people's opinion'
- Ann Marie Coleman
City Council member
University graduate Tom Nash tion of unmarried couples would
"My concern is out of concern
for the individuals that might be en-
couraged by the enacting of this or-
dinance," he said. "You've got
STDs, AIDS, you have psychological
and spiritual consequences - for
both heterosexuals and homosexu-
als, to those who engage in those
Despite last night's criticism,
Councilmember Ann Marie
Coleman (D-1st Ward), who spon-
srathe ordinance cnange, sai ue
council only heard one point of
"My understanding is that there
are also many people in the commu-
nity who support this ordinance.
And I think it's important to recog-
nize that also tonight we saw one
side of people's opinion," Coleman
The ordinance needs two readings
before it can go into effect. The
council already gave the ordinance
preliminary approval Oct. 7.
SAPAC workshop counters rape myths
by Nicole Hennessey
Sexual Assault Awareness Week
at the University began yesterday
with an acquaintance rape preven-
tion workshop in the West Quad
The Sexual Assault Prevention
and Awareness Center (SAPAC)
held the workshop to educate people
about the "myths and facts" of rape.
The two facilitators - LSA se-
niors Susan Jekielek and Matt
Rosenburg - reported FBI statis-
tics on rape, including those show-
ing that one of three women and one
in 10 men will be raped in their
Rather than most rapists being
strangers, they added, 90 percent of
college campus rapes are committed
by a person the victim knows. The
workshop defined rape by a lack of
consent, not the amount of resis-
tance exerted by the victim.
The facilitators said rape is usu-
ally planned in advance, and 94 per-
cent of all rapes occur between peo-
ple of the same race and of the same
socioeconomic class. The "myth"
that rapists jump out of bushes or
dark alleys was mentioned many
times, but was contradicted by
'With two workshops
a week ... we're doing
- Matt Rosenburg
statistics showing 80 percent of
rapes happen indoors and 60 percent
occur in residences.
Another section of the workshop
dealt with the elements of acquain-
tance rape. Leaders displayed a chart
showing what they called a contin-
uum of rape, from "emotional coer-
cion" to rape with a weapon.
SAPAC sponsors workshops on
rape prevention all year in residence
halls, churches and fraternities and
sororities. Jekielek said the program
has reached a large audience through
resident advisor influence. "With
two workshops a week and 10 to 20
people in each audience, we're doing
pretty good," Rosenburg said.
Police not ticketing skateboarding offenders
by Rachel Freedman
No tickets have been issued to
skateboarders since they were
banned from campus this summer,
University officials said.
Last summer, the administration
enacted an ordinance banning
rollerblading in University build-
ings and parking structures and pro-
hibiting skateboarding on all
. According to the new ordinance,
a person who violates the new pol-
icy may be charged with a civil in-
fraction and fined $25. Police may
also impound skateboards and
rollerblades until the fines are paid.
However, Lieutenant Vern Baisden
of the Department of Public Safety
said that no tickets have been issued
"We are encouraging voluntary
compliance with the ordinance,"
Baisden said. "For now, we are just
warning people who are violating
He said that the police are first
going to publicize the policy by
distributing copies of the ordinance.
Free copies of the ordinance are
available in books and pamphlets.
Leo Heatley, director of campus
security, said that there were two
main reasons why the University
enacted the new policy.
"Over a short period of time
there was over $100,000 in property
damage due to skateboards and
rollerblades," Heatley said. "Also,
there were many complaints that it
was noisy and disrupted classes."
However, University students
and Ann Arbor residents can
regularly be seen rollerblading and
skateboarding around campus.
"I heard something about a new
policy, but I still rollerblade to
class," said David Glassman, an LSA
senior who was rollerblading
through an auditorium in Angel
Hall. "No one has hassled me about
Perusing posters... .
Engineering junior Angel Siberom looks through one of the many stacks
of posters available in the basement of the Union yesterday.
Rash of brush fires
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - An
armada of fire trucks swarmed over
the hills above Oakland yesterday as
firefighters contained a deadly $1.5
billion blaze that left at least 400
hillside homes in smoldering ruins.
The massive brush fire raced
through affluent districts overlook-
ing San Francisco Bay on Sunday and
burned through the night. It killed
at least 10 people, injured nearly
150 and chased 5,000 out of their
homes, according to city and state
Ten people were reported miss-
ing, and at least 200 non-residential
buildings were destroyed.
"You could see terrible devasta-
tion," Gov. Pete Wilson said after
surveying the area by helicopter.
"What showed up ... as burning hot
spots in that black of night, this
morning were clearly the charred
ruins of hundreds of homes."
Wilson on Sunday declared an
emergency and said he is asking Pres-
ident Bush to make the declaration
on a national level.
Fires also raged in several West-
ern states, including Colorado, Ore-
gon and Washington. The largest
fires were in Montana, where wind
of up to 70 mph was expected to fan
flames that had already consumed
In Oakland, Fire Chief Phillip
Lamont Ewell said the fire was con-
tained at dawn and firefighters
hoped to have it under control by
The ravenous blaze roared out of
the tinder-dry hills above Oakland
and Berkeley at about midday Sun-
day, racing through fashionable
neighborhoods tucked between
woods and canyons, many command-
ing sweeping views of the bay.
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Abortion and Reproductive Rights. "U-M Study Abroad Program for
Union, Tap Room, 6:30. Engineers." 1005 EECS, 7-8:30.
Public Relations Student Society of Scott Turow, visiting writers series.
America. 2050 Frieze, 6 p.m. Union, Pendleton Rm, 4 p.m.
Serpent's Tooth Theater, mass mtg. ECB Peer Writing Tutors. An-
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Students. 1640 Chem, 6 p.m. U-M Swim Club, Tuesday workout. IM
Speakers Pool, 6:30-8:30.
Women's Rugby, Tuesday practice.
"Reforming the Social Sciences in Mitchell Field, 5:45-8 p.m.
Post-Communist East-Central "Twelve Angry Men," film. Angell
Europe: Current Efforts, Future Aud A, 9 p.m.
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Oxford University. 200 Lane Hall, 4 1046 Dana, noon.
p.m. "Why Revolution? A Marxist View of
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