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To date, the University administration has had
three people arrested for their alleged conduct
during the last month's deputization protests. But
is it pursuing justice or targeting scapegoats?

Read an interview with Matthew Sweet, the
alternative popster who sings about Winona
Ryder and claims to possess a "Madonna
Document."

With two coaches and a point guard making their
return trips to Lexington, television announcers
should have no trouble finding subplots in the
Michigan-Oklahoma State basketball game.

Today
cloudy, rain;
High: 52, Low: 35,
Tomorrow
Cloudy, possible rain; High 47, Low 35

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Clinton,
Brown run
- close race
in primary
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -
Front-runner Bill Clinton and his last
angry challenger, Jerry Brown, were
running a surprisingly close race in
Connecticut's Democratic presiden-
tial primary last night.
Citing polls of voters leaving
their polling places, CNN said the
Democratic race was too close to
call. With 7 percent of the precincts
reporting, Clinton had 37 percent
and Brown 36 percent. Former
Massachusetts Sen. Paul Tsongas
had a substantial 19 percent of the
vote - even though he dropped out
of the race last week.
President Bush declared "an im-
pressive victory" over Patrick
Buchanan and the GOP protest vote
even before the votes were counted.
It was the first primary to mea-
sure a remodeled campaign:
Clinton's chief rival was gone from
the race and Buchanan was conced-
See PRIMARY, Page 2

Protester trials
delayed; court

awaits 1
by Lauren Dormer
Daily Crime Reporter
The preliminary trials for two
students arrested outside the Feb. 20
University Board of Regents deputi-
zation public hearing were adjourned
yesterday so attorneys could obtain
and view videotapes taken during
student protests.
LSA sophomore Marlesia
Neloms and first-year engineering
student James Locke were arrested
during the protests by the University
Department of Public Safety (DPS)
on two charges - disturbing the
peace, and assault or assault and
battery.
The arrests took place when 200
protesters clashed with University
and Ann Arbor police officers during
the second of two public hearings
called to discuss the transfer of
deputization authority of DPS offi-
cers from the Washtenaw County
Sheriff to the regents.

rapes
DPS Sgt. Paul Vaughan said one
video - filmed manually by a po-
lice officer - will be made available
to the attorneys.
However, some people claim
Fleming Administration Building
security cameras filmed an
additional video of the student
protests.
"I heard a rumor that building se-
curity has a tape," said Director of
Student Legal Services Doug Louis,
who is representing Neloms. "It
seems odd to me that if DPS already
had the building secured, they would
have brought their own cameras."
Louis said he has also heard of a
student who videotaped the incident.
He said any footage taken at the time
of the arrests - including media
photographs - could be relevant to
the case.
However, if a tape has been
edited, it may not be admissible in a
See TRIALS Page 2

New Nite Owls
New Nite Owl busses have been provided due to regulations that require accessibility for people with handicaps
in University vehicles. Nite Owl drivers said they enjoy the new vehicles because they provide more space for
extra passengers.

Leonard Jeffries
loses CUNY job
Controversial professor replaced

by Karen Sabgir
Daily Higher Education Reporter
A replacement was named
Monday night to fill Dr. Leonard
Jeffries's position as chair of the
Black Studies Department at the
City University of New York's City
College (CUNY).
Jeffries, who stirred controversy
last summer in a speech accusing
Jews and Italians of denigrating
Blacks in films, will be replaced by
Edmund Gordon effective July 1.
Charles DeCicco, CUNY director
of public relations, said CUNY
'I've had professors
say whatever they
want and they haven't
gotten as much flack
as Dr. Jeffries has.'
- L. Anthony Nieves
CUNY student
President Bernard Harleston an-
nounced in October he would review
Jeffries' performance as chair.
Harleston then extended Jeffries'
appointment for one year. Jeffries
has served consecutive three-year
terms as chair since he was hired by
former President Robert Marshak in
1972.
Gordon, former chair of African

American Studies at Yale
University, has been an advisor to
Harleston for several years.
However, despite Gordon's reputa-
tion as an outstanding scholar, some
members of the university commu-
nity say they are not happy that
Jeffries is being replaced.
"Everyone is upset about it," said
L. Anthony Nieves, a CUNY
student. "I've had professors say
whatever they want and they haven't
gotten as much flack as Dr. Jeffries
has."
Nieves said he believes "Jews,
Irish, and Italians - and everyone
who isn't Black are upset because
of what he's been doing in the
education field ... Anytime a Black
person makes a statement not in their
best interest, they want to shut them
John Matlock, director of the
University of Michigan's Office of
Minority Affairs, said, "I do support
academic freedom. To me it's not
important whether I agree with his
theories ... Do we fire a professor
who still keeps saying Columbus
discovered America? Regardless of
the message, people have the right to
hear him."
"If someone is dismissed because
we don't like the person's message,
See JEFFRIES, Page 2

Fight erupts
in Assembly
chambers
by Jennifer Silverberg
Daily MSA Reporter
Campus police were called to the Michigan Student
Assembly chambers last night after angry words were
exchanged between a constituent and an LSA represen-
tative during the weekly meeting.
Some assembly members called the fight a reaction
to racial and gender discrimination, while others
claimed it was a publicity stunt timed to coincide with
next week's elections.
Safiya Khalid addressed the assembly as a member
of a coalition of 10 student organizations. Khalid said
that the coalition of student groups has documented a
number of discriminatory practices in relation to the use
of public facilities and destruction of private property.
"We want you to know that you have been exposed
and you will be served," Khalid said, declining to name
specifics.
A fight erupted when LSA Rep. Bill Lowry ad-
dressed Khalid.
"I called her a bitch," Lowry said. "I intended the
word not necessarily derogatory towards women, but to
someone who constantly complains. I was angry be-
cause she was making unfounded and ridiculous accu-
sations toward members of the assembly who do not be-
long to the Progressive Party."
Rackham Rep. Karen Degannes then called on
President James Green to address Lowry's comment.
LSA Rep. Felicia Tripp said, "I think things got re-
ally, really out of hand, but in a way I think they needed
to because I think Karen's anger is justified. As an
African American woman, she is never listened to or re-
spected and the same goes for Safiya and me as well."
See FIGHT, Page 2

Assistant Counsel to the Warren Commission David Belin speaks on the commercialization of
the Kennedy assassination in the Rackham Amphitheater yesterday evening.
Belin: JFK muddles trut

by Sarah McCarthy
Daily Staff Reporter
David Belin, assistant counsel to the
Warren Commission on the assassination of
John F. Kennedy, claimed the recent release
of the film JFK is creating "a media
blitztkrieg" to subvert the original findings of
the commission in a speech yesterday at
Rackham Amphitheater.
"Hitler said 'the bigger the lie, the more
people will believe,"' said Belin, a University
of Michigan alum. "And my friends, Warner

Brothers, Mr. Costner and Mr. Stone are
proving that to be true and making millions of
dollars along the way and sucking young
people into believing their version of the
truth."
"Hollywood can do anything they want to
build their case," Belin said.
Belin, now a senior partner of a law firm
in Des Moines, Iowa, said if Stone's effort to
introduce the movie JFK into schools is
successful, it would be "brainwashing" and a
See BELIN, Page 2

City to hire private contractors
to regulate downtown parking

by Erin Einhorn
Daily City Reporter
Parking in downtown Ann Arbor
needs to become more "user-
friendly, efficient, economical and
self-supporting," said members of
the Ann Arbor City Council in a
special session last night.
The council voted unanimously
to give the Downtown Development
Authority (DDA) the right to hire
private contractors to manage the
city's parking system.

system."
The council originally planned to
vote on the agreement last month,
but tabled discussion due to opposi-
tion from the city's employee union.
The - union, the American
Federation of State, County and
Municipal Employees (AFSCME)

said private contractors could hire
cheaper, non-union labor at the cost
of losing city jobs.
Last night, the city presented an
amendment to the original proposal
which says the parking management
firm will be required to hire 15
See PARKING, Page 2

Planning Commission tables
snecial excention discussion

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