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Page 2-The Michigan Daily- Friday, January31, 1992

Disney's 'imperialism'


annoys the.
PARIS (AP) - The Seven
Dwarfs sang as they strode to work,
cheerful toilers one and all. But as
Walt Disney's heirs scramble to fin-
ish Europe's biggest theme park,
they only wish they had it so good.
.Ten weeks before it opens east of
Paris, Euro Disneyland is coming
under increasing fire from French-
men miffed at what they view as
American imperialism and Uncle
Scrooge-like management practices.
"France has always had a love-
hate relationship with the United
States," Euro Disneyland's presi-
dent, Robert Fitzpatrick, said in an
interview. "At some level, there's
just a little bit of jealousy."
Much of the problem involves
clashing French and American con-
ceptions of culture and labor.
As workers labor overtime to
ensure that Euro Disneyland's 30 at-
tractions and 5,200 hotel rooms
open on schedule April 12, Disney
faces even bigger headaches.
- -Unions have accused Disney of
trying to suppress French indivi-
dualism with an employee dress
code that prohibits facial hair on
men and heavy makeup or jewelry on
Newspapers have echoed the out-
cry with headlines reading: "Euro
Disneyland No Longer Amuses
Anyone" and "Hue and Cry Over

Uncle Scrooge" - the miserly un-
cle of Donald Duck. Some even have
made puns on the word Mickey,
which is the French slang for nerd.
Extremists on the left and right
have used the Disney issue to stir up
latent anti-Americanism. The far-
right National Front said the coin-
pany "behaves as though France was
a conquered country."
Fiztpatrick insists Euro Disney-
land's gates will swing open on
- time - despite threats from con-
tractors and unions to disrupt oper-
ations - and once they do, the pub-
lic will be seduced by its attractions
and the bad press will end.
Euro Disneyland is Disney's
fourth theme park after, Disneyland
in Anaheim, Walt Disney World in
Orlando, and Tokyo Disneyhuid.
Some of the traditional Disney
characters are using French mnues,
such as Cendrillon for Cinderella
and Blanche Neige for Snow White.
"The Disney culture is interna-
tional. The Disney work code isn't,"
said Roger Meyer, an official of the
French Confederation of Christian
Workers, a moderate union-
The unions have taken Disney to
court., claiming their freedom is be-
ing impinged upon by regulations
that bar employees from becoming
overweight or wearing inappropri-
ate undergarments.

Continued from page 1
Zimmer said he was "absolutely
and totally appalled" by Shelton's
decision. "The court totally and
completely overrides and ignores
state laws," he said.
Zimmer contends that Judge
Shelton based his conclusion on mis-
Shelton wrote, "there was no evi-
dence presented by the plaintiff to
demonstrate that the reapportion-
ment plan adopted by the Ann Arbor
City Council would have any
(discriminatory) effect on
Republican within the city."
But Zimmer said that he never
tried to prove discrimination against
"My claim is the plan discrimi-
nates against all voters," Zimmer
said. "I cannot prove discrimination
against Republicans because I didn't
try to prove discrimination against
Republicans. I don't care if the
Republican party is discriminated
against or not."
But Tom Wieder, an attorney
who helped draft the redistricting
plan, said the Supreme Court deci-
sion that Zimmer cited as a prece-
dent to his case requires proving
discrimination against "one identifi-
able political group."
"Zimmer said that all Ann Arbor
voters were discriminated against,"
Wieder said. "But if everybody is
treated equally bad, you can't bring
a suit about discrimination."
New Ann Arbor voting war

"The problem is," Wieder said,
"Kurt is not a lawyer and he pre-
tends to know more than any other
lawyer ... now he says he knows
more than Judge Shelton."
Councilmember Mark Ouimet
(R-4th Ward) said he was not sur-
prised by Shelton's decision.
"It's no secret that Judge Shelton
was a big-time Democrat," Ouimet
said. "The fact that this case was
against the Brater-Wieder
Democratic plan makes it no sur-
prise that Shelton would throw it
Before beiig appointed to the
bench by former Governor Junes
Blanchard, a Democrat, Shelton
once ran for state representative in
the district just west of Ann Arbor as
a democratic candidate. He was also
mayor of Saline.
While Berggren said Shelton's
partisan leaning might have been a
factor, he added, "There's no way I
could allege something like that. I
think he (Shelton) is a person of in-
City Republican party chair
Joseph Borda said, "Hle does have a
history of being very involved in
democratic politics. But I'm not sure
if that would affect his decision."
The reapportionment process has
lasted almost a year and most in-
volved with the process now say the
are just happy that it's over.
"I'm glad that we'll be able to
move ahead with the elections," said
Mayor Liz Brater, "And citizens will
be able to have some certainty about
the wards they'll be in."


Go ahead. Make my putt.
Carmel mayor and sometime actor Clint Eastwood points down the
fairway of the first hole at Pebble Beach as celebrity Don Johnson
keeps his laughter hidden. This scene was enacted during the Celebrity
Skins game Wednesday. As both amateur golfers were beaten, neither
will be taking part in the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am tournament.

Continued from page 1
The Pennsylvania law, which has
been named the Pennsylvania
Abortion Control Act, has sparked
controversy, not only from women
and men in Pennsylvania, but all
over the country - and across cam-
p'Is. -
Many students interviewed yes-
tgrday, however, seemed to disap-
prove of the law and its potential
"This Pennsylvania law is not an
aft to regulate abortion, it is an act
tI intimidate women," said Robert
Green, an LSA sophomore. "The cre-
akors of this law seem to be trying

to scare women out of their repro-
ductive rights."
Other students seem to feel the
law jeopardizes not only reproduc-
tive rights for American women,
but the state of women altogether.
"The thought that this law
might be upheld terrifies me," said
Leah Kramnnick, also an LSA sopho-
more. "This is really becoming a bad
time to be a woman."
Some students, while opposing
the law, said that due to recent
events, the reversal of Roe vs. Wade
is inevitable, and that it might do
some good.
"Betty Freidan said that women
in our generation do not appreciate
their reproductive rights, and I

agree. This might be just the shock
we need to make reproductive rights
stronger then ever," first-year LSA
student Tara Jung said.
While many students strongly
disagreed with the provisions of the
law, others felt it is a fair compro-
mise between pro-life and pro-
choice objectives.
Marie Horton, an LSA sopho-
more, commented, "I don't know
what the pro-choicers are complain-
ing about. This law will not outlaw
abortion. There is absolutely no evi-
dence to support the claim that it is
a pro-life attempt to overturn Roe
vs. Wade. Pro-lifers just want more
of a say in the reproductive rights

Some students felt better about
some of the provisions than others,
but felt that the law as a whole is a
good thing.
"I like this law," said first-year
LSA student Karen Pellegrino.
"Wives and children should have to
have consent. Too many women for-
get that they can't get pregnant on
their own."
LSA sophomore Adam
Monacelli added, "I think it is im-
portant for parents to be involved in
the decision to have an abortion -
they are responsible for their chil-
dren in every other way."
The Supreme Court could reach a
decision in the case as soon as this

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federal agency can intervene."
Patnaik refused comment to the
Patnaik also said he told staffers
that the DEA was one of several
agencies that could take action.

In a letter to be distributed in
residence halls today, housing offi-
cials tried to explain "significant
errors in fact" published by the
Daily. But the letter did not explain
the initial information distributed
by RFs to their residents, as in-
structed by Patnaik, that East Quad
is under DEA surveillance. That in-
formation is the source of rumors of

surveillance still circulating around
East Quad.
Alan Levy, housing director of
public affairs, said there was no in-
vestigation by any law enforcement
agency. "I have absolutely no
knowledge or belief that the DEA
or DPS (Departement of Public
Saftey) is targeting anyone," Levy

Levy added that there have been
"only a handful - meaning five"
complaints about drug use in the en-
tire residence hall system, which
does not represent a significant in-
crease from past years.
DPS Director Leo Heatley said,
"We are not doing anything, DEA is
not doing anything, and we have had
no requests for surveilluice."

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Continued from page 1
Peter Smith, the director of pub-
lic affairs at the Association of
American Universities, said the tes-
timnonies were more brief amid re-
strained than he expected.
He said he noticed a "shifting of
the focus away from titillatinmi x-
amples of abuse to the problem as a
Smith said John Dingell (D-
Mich.), the chair of the subcommit-
tee, "deviated from prepared state-

ments and emphasized that he
wasn't trying to destroy the univer-
sities, but improve the indirect cost
Dingell commended the efforts
of schools that have already taken
the imitiative to improve their
accounting procedures.
"In the past it's been said that
the umiversities were running
around behind the government's
back ... but the hearing said the gov-
ernment agencies were responsible
for this area and criticized them for
laxity and complacency throughout
the last decade," Smith said.


Continued from page 1
"I think who gets elected will
have an influence, but not a major
influence, because it ultimately
comes down to the courts," said re-
cent LSA graduate Clayton Brown.
Brown said he thinks politicians
will decide their positions on abor-
tion based on the prevailing mood in

the country, regardless of any cam-
paign promise they may have made.
"It won't make any difference,"
said LSA first-year student Melanie
Babcock. "Because if it's pro-life or
pro-choice, the person's going to get
a lot of hell no matter which side
they support."
Babcock believes the issue will
get "shoved away" because of the
distinctly polarized opinions.
"Nobody can agree," she said.

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