Page 2-The Michigan Daily- Tuesday, November 19, 1991
Week offers taste
of culture, issues
va y Mai epor er
-Food, song, and dance will high-
light the festivities during this
week's ninth annual Michigan
Puerto Rican Week sponsored by the
Puerto Rican Association.
Raul Medina, graduate student
and association adviser, said, "The
idea came out of (wanting) to give
some knowledge to the University
and<Ann Arbor and the surrounding
community about the Puerto Rican
-Knowledge is needed to counter-
act the stereotypes many people
haye about Puerto Ricans, he said.
The biggest stereotype, Medina
s~id,, is that people lump Puerto
Ricans together with all other
Latino groups, without realizing
the differences between them.
"People say, 'You're Hispanic.
You're all the same,"' he said.
four activities are planned this
week to raise consciousness about
today, students can get a taste -
literally - of Puerto Rican culture
at a Noche Tipica, where students
can sample Puerto Rican cuisine at 8
p.m. at the William Monroe Trotter
House. Two hundred people came
last-year, and Median expects it to
be as popular this year.
On Thursday, a panel discussion,
"Issues in Hispanic Health: A
Primary Care Prospective" will ad-
dress the concerns about the prob-
lems Puerto Ricans have with
health care at 7:30 p.m. in the Pond
Room of the Michigan Union. The
three speakers are Puerto Rican
physicians Dr. Irma Santiago, Dr.
Lourdes V6lez, and Dr. Ingrid
Although the population of
Latinos is growing, health care has
not improved, Medina said.
Art, both music and painting,
will be Friday's focus when artist,
singer, composer, writer, musician
Miguel Angel Guzmin will show
and discuss his artwork. Later, he
will sing in a concert titled
"Canci6n de Concierto" at 7:30 p.m.
in the Pond Room of the Union.
To finish the week, Puerto Rican
music and dance will be celebrated
8:30 p.m. Saturday in the Pendleton
Room of the Union. Student ID
will be needed, he said.
Medina stressed that all events
are free and people of all nationali-
ties are encouraged to come.
Jeff Gearhart, Renuka Uthappa, Michael Sasson and David Noel stand
a balcony outside the vacant offices they tried to inhabit yesterday.
H OST AGESthey had been chained to a wall all
day for most of their captivity, and
Continued from page 1 that they depended on each other for
should be freed by Christmas. comfort and company.
Steen's wife, Virginia, of Clark Waite said one captor came to
Lake, Mich. was excited over the re- tell them yesterday afternoon they
ledse of the two, but remained cau- would be released. "He also said to
tious about the rumors of her hus- me, 'We apologize for having cap-
band's impending release. "You tured you.' They recognize that now
never know what will happen. You this was the wrong thing to do, that
jist have to wait and see," she said. holding hostages achieves no useful,
Waite and Sutherland indicated constructive purpose."
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"The bank has an opportunity to
help convert (the building) back to
low-income housing," the release
The protest was staged to bring
attention to HAC's demands that
vacant office space in Ann Arbor be
converted to low-income housing.
Gearhart discussed his reasons
for moving into the building. "I'm
here because ... it's pretty obvious
that these are 10 or 15 empty
rooms up here," he said, "That's
not atypical for Ann Arbor."
"This used to be an SRO (Single
Room Occupancy building). It was
the place in Ann Arbor that was af-
fordable and where people could
live," Gearhart said.
Upon police officers' arrival,
the four squatters gave them copies
of a letter sent to bank officials
outlining reasons for the build-
ing's conversion, and demanded
that representatives from the bank
meet with them in the vacant of-
fices they were occupying.
After officers determined that
the foreclosure procedure had not
been completed and First of Amer-
ica will not have sole ownership of
the building for nearly a month,
they announced that the squatters
would be asked to leave.
When a group of police officers
and detectives arrived, a representa-
tive of the building owners read a
warning stating that if the squat-
ters did not leave the building they
would be arrested for trespassing.
Police officers told them that
they had five minutes to leave the
premises before they would be ar-
rested. None of the four left.
When the five minutes expired,
the squatters were photographed
by police detectives, handcuffed
and escorted down the elevator, out
of the building, and two blocks
away to the police station.
The squatters brought food,
toothbrushes and toilet paper to
prepare for a prolonged stay in the
building. They ate apples and
muffins while speaking to re-
porters, and there were boxes of
crackers in their bags.
When asked how they would re-
spond to police requests that they
leave, Uthappa said, "We will
stay." All four agreed that they
would leave only if arrested.
Washtenaw County has ex-
pressed in interest in purchasing
the building for office space. Donna
Roth, assistant to City Adminis-
trator Larry Brown, said the
County Commissioners passed a
resolution on Nov. 6 to issue bonds
to raise funds for the purchase.
Roth said the demonstration is
not likely to affect the county's
decision on whether to purchase the
building. "It's really unsuitable
for single-room occupancy," Roth
said, "I'm sure it would take ex-
tensive renovations to make it suit-
able for housing."
The four trespassers were
booked for trespassing and later re-
leased on personal recognizance
bonds. An arraignment date has
been set with the 15th district
court for Dec. 6.
by Lauren Dermer
Daily Staff Reporter
Only one candidate will not win
a seat on the LSA Student Govern-
ment (LSA-SG) after elections to-
day and tomorrow.
Of the 16 candidates running for
the 15 representative seats on the
LSA-SG, all but one are members of
the Conservative Coalition (CC).
The remaining candidate is running
as an independent.
In addition, members of Conser-
vative Coalition are running for the
presidential and vice presidential
This represents a significant
change from last year's election, in
which approximately half of the
candidates ran on the Students for
Academic Institutional Develop-
ment (SAID) ticket.
Last year, when CC won nine of
the 17 seats, it was the first time in
16 years that SAID lost the major-
ity on LSA-SG, which is the body
that governs LSA students.
"We were surprised that there is
no competition this year," LSA se-
nior Vincent Wilk, a CC candidate
running for re-election, said. "We
don't really know why, but I can
speculate that SAID just didn't
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CC has molded its platform
around past achievements and plans
to continue working on fiscal re-
sponsibility and administration-
student relations. The Progressive
Party has advocated a reversal of
what they call the assembly's new
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passed out again the nextoterm. I
withdrew because I was not about
to lie and check the form saying I am
not gay," he said.
Neubecker is accusing Major
Charles Straw of consistantly mak-
ing derogatory and sexist remarks in
his Military Science 100 course.
Straw denies the charges. Lt. Col.
Micheal Maasberg, head of the mili-
tary science department, said he will
investigate the accusations, but that
want to put together a slate this
Members of the SAID party
could not be reached for comment.
Wilk emphasized that LSA-SG is
not a political organization like the
Michigan Student Assembly
"We are not conservative like@
the Conservative Coalition of
MSA," he said. "We represent a
very wide spectrum of the student
LSA junior Brett White, LSA-
SG presidential candidate, said the
goals of the organization are to use
the one dollar collected from all
LSA students to bring in speakers
who appeal to a large audience and
to help fund events for student
"Since CC took over, we have
tripled funding to student groups
- a trend that we want to con-
tinue," he said.
White said he also plans to work
together with MSA for a 24-hour
student study area and hopes to pur-
chase a fax machine for student use
at a very low price.
Elections for LSA-SG will be
held in conjunction with the MSA
inactive stance toward students'
rights. The eight independents have
focused on individual platforms.
Three Rackham Progressive
Party candidates, a School of
Medicine Conservative Coalition
candidate, and independents from
the School of Information and Li-
brary Science and Social Work are
it would be "inappropriate" to
speculate on what future action may
Neubecker said some students in
the class are supportive of his cause,
while others have verbally threat-
"I heard that some students have
formed a Major Straw fan club.hBut
others in the class said they will
vouch for me that he did say those
things," Neubecker said.
Neubecker said he would like to
be awarded his scholarship and to
see ROTC change its policy.
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90 percent of Ann Arbor residents
to remain in their existing wards.
Proponents said they believe
their constituents want minimal
"They don't want to be moved
into a different ward. They don't
want to be represented by someone
they didn't vote for," Councilmem-
ber Bob Eckstein (D-5th Ward) said.
But Zimmer called it an
"incumbent protection plan," and
accused council Democrats of redis-
tricting to their advantage.
"I don't think we need to kid
ourselves. This does ensure Demo-
cratic control of the city," added
Councilmember Mark Ouimet (R-
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than twice the amount its nearest
competition, the Massachusetts In-
stitute of Technology, spent.
Of the University's $310.6 mil-
lion, 58 percent came from the fed-
eral government - well below the
65 percent average of the other top
10 schools. Johns Hopkins had the
highest percentage of federal re-
search money among the top 10 at
just under 90 percent, and Texas
A&M was the lowest with 34 per-
Other significant sources of re-
search money at the University were
institutional funds (24 percent),
private industry (9 percent), and
state and local governments (1 per-
PASADENA TICKET AGENCY
Happy Thanksgiving To All
A TTBaisden also said that there is no
. A Ievidence that the East Quad incident
Continued from page 1 is connected to a rape that occured in
who know of an incident to talk to front of Hill Auditorium on
SAPAC or DPS," Baisden said. Nov. 4.
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