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The Michigan Daily - Thursday, October 14, 1993 - 3
Assembly tables AATU appointments % 7 -

The Michigan Student Assembly,
during a late meeting Tuesday night,
tabled an Ann Arbor Tenants' Union
(AATU) request to withdraw MSA's
nominations to its board until next
The nine-member AATU board
oversees all the activities of the pro-
student tenants' ~union. MSA nomi-
nates four candidates to sit on the

board. This year, assemblymembers
chose to nominate three of their own
representatives and one student.
However, AATU representatives
claim tenants' union bylaws require
the assembly toappoint only oneMSA
representative and three "other" stu-
dents to the AATU board.
MSA members defended their
decision, saying that because their
appointees are all students -regard-
less of their affiliation with MSA or
their ethnic background -they could
be considered.
Board President Ann Wilson told
the assembly AATU must interpret
its bylaws as strictly as possible be-
cause of its contract with the city of
Ann Arbor.
She explained that the tenants'
union is required by law to follow
Affirmative Action guidelines in all
its appointments.
Wilson also expressed her con-
cern that MSA members might not be
as committed to the board as unaffili-
ated students would be. "It's not just
a committee, but an appointment to
the board of directors of a nonprofit
corporation," she said.

In other business, the assembly
voted against a proposal to recarpet
its offices, despite protests that the
current carpet was worn-out and
smelled like fish.
MSA President Craig Greenberg
asked the assembly to contribute
$2,000 for the new carpeting, with the
remaining funds needed for the pur-
chase to be donated by the Office of
the Vice President for Student Af-
MSA allocated the $2,000 to be
used for office renovations, such as
recarpeting, in its 1994 budget.
"It's these types of capital expen-
ditures we need to make for MSA to
be respectable," Greenberg said. He
said he plans to bring the matter up at
another week's meeting.
However, several MSA members
disagreed with Greenberg's fishy ex-
planations. LSA Rep. ErikaGottfried
said she opposes the use of the
assembly's funds to renovate its al-
ready suitable offices.
"Two thousand dollars is a lot to
spend on ourselves," Gottfried said.
"We're not here to impress. We're
here to help the students."

Lester Monts, the University's new vice provost for academic and multicultural affairs, sits in his office.
'itl V

Union board sets
program agenda

Students eating in the Michigan
Union this semester may have no-
ticed the conspicuous absence of a
certain long-time companion to their
pizza and french fries: cigarette
The Union implemented a no-
smoking policy July 1.
And students - like it or not -
have the Michigan Union Board of
Representatives (MUBR) to thank for
the change.
While many students said they are
grateful for the additional lung capac-
ity granted by MUBR's decision, oth-
ers seem less appreciative.
"It upsets me," said LSA senior
Leslie Bott. "I understand that this
area was apoor section for smokers to
be in, but to accommodate them per-
haps they should have made another
section in the Union."
LSA junior Seth Jackier was a bit
more frankabouthis feelings. "I think
it sucks."
MUBR Rep. Edithann Valez, an
LSA junior, said the board is happy
with the results of the smoking ban.
"I think that it's been working
well so far," she said. "I've definitely
receivedmorepositive comments than
'With that "success" under its belt,
the 18-member body responsible for

coordinating all Union activities is
concentrating on new events for this
MUBR Chair Michelle Carpen-
ter, an LSA senior, saidmany projects
are in the works.
"In order to supplement lost space
caused by the UGLi renovation, we
are in the process of looking to pro-
vide additional study space in the
Union for students," she said.
Carpenter added the board is also
developing a "diversity map" display
about international students.
"It will display pictures and biog-
raphies of students at the (Univer-
sity)," said Carpenter. "If anyone is
interested, applications are at the CIC
(Campus Information Center)."
Velez stressed the accessibility of
the organization.
"We want people to approach us
in any way possible because we're
open to suggestions," she said.
"People can contact us through e-
MUBR holds open meetings ev-
ery three weeks and encourages stu-
dents to submit comments to the soon-
to-come suggestion boxes.
The board consists of six students
and 12 non-student members, includ-
ing University alums and representa-
tives of both the University Activities
Centerhnd the Michigan Studet As-

shows 'U
Walking down the quiet third-floor
hallway can be intimidating to stu-
dents who think of all the policies and
decisions made in those surround-
ings. However, the Office of
Multicultural Affairs is intended to
help students - and Lester Monts,
vice provost for academic and
multicultural affairs, is there to make
sure students know it.
Monts assumed the position in
July, replacing Charles Moody, who+
left to head the University's South
Africa Initiative.
Since that time, Monts has worked
to recruit and retain minority faculty
members, to initiate more communi-
cation between the various student
affairs administrative offices and to+
get to know as much as possible about
the University and its student body.
His days are filled with "meet-+
ings, meetings, meetings... I think it's
probably due to the fact that I'm new
to the University and people want to
get acquainted with the new vice pro-1
vost," he said over coffee at Boyd's
Coffee Shop in the Michigan Union.j
He's there each Wednesday morn-
ing for his "informal office hours,"
which he encourages students to use
whenever they want.1
"I know it's early," he sincerely
says of the 8-9a.m. time, "but I would
really like for them to come."
As he talksabouthis new position,I
goals and past experiences he warns,
right off the bat: "I speak with my I

he's no pushover
hands. It probably comes from grow- I also think the students here are very
ing up in the South." bright and very much aware not only
Arkansas, to be exact, of what they are learning but also of
And yes, he remembers a peer the world around them."
named Bill Clinton. But, no, they Saneer Keole, an LSA senior and
never met. Monts' experience as a Resident Advisor at West Quad,
professor of Ethnomusicology would served on theminority student review
qualify him to give an accurate cri- board that evaluated the final six can-
tique of the president's saxophone didates for Monts' position. He said
playing abilities, but instead he just he is very pleased with the decision to
smiled and preferred not to comment choose Monts as provost.
Most recently, Monts served as "It scared me that the administra-
academic dean at the University of tion might want to bring in someone
California at Santa Barbara, where he passive who just played the game,
admits his opinions occasionally met and upon meeting him, Lester Monts
with opposition. His ideals about basically showed us that 'If they want
standing up for a diverse group of a pushover, I'm not their man. I'm
students have not changed and he is going to stick up for the rights of
excited to apply them in Ann Arbor. students."'
Multiculturalism, diversity and Some students organized a dinner
ethnicity are all terms that are often and question and answer session with
widely used on campus, but it is Monts at West Quad's A'subahi
Monts' job to ensure that these con- Lounge at 7 p.m. Sunday.
cepts become more than just words. "A lot of policies passed directly
"I think we need to be prepared as affect students of color. We need a
a society to live together with all of voice and he, in a sense, can be one for
our different values, lifestyles and us, while we show him that we are
beliefs," he said. here for him too," said Bryan Little, a
Emphasizing the fact that the de- Minority Peer Advisor at West Quad.
mographics and face of the nation is Those high standards that have
quickly changing, he added, "We ba- attracted so many student to Monts is
sically need to learn how to getalong." something that he intends to live up
Monts said he is pleased with the to. He said, "Our main goal is to see
possibilities he has discovered and that students receive the best possible
the people he has met and worked education that the University of Michi-
with as he and his wife and three gan can provide. That education not
young sons acclimate themselves to only includes acquiring the basic
their new life in Ann Arbor. knowledge of one's individual disci-
"I like the fact that many f the pline but also how to become a pro-
faculty ere ar ee onal scholars, ductive member of society'

NWROC member Jodi Marshall, an
LSA sophomore, speaks at an anti-
fascist rally yesterday on the Diag
as the t.S. 1g Waves 'Ine

OPolice respond to
domestic dispute
The University Department of
Public Safety (DPS) responded to a
report of a domestic disturbance at
the Northwood V housing complex
early yesterday morning after receiv-
ing acall from aconcerned neighbor.
The neighbor told policesheheard
*screaming and the sound of objects
being thrown in the apartment above
her, adding that the couple who lives
there was recently married and that
therehad been no previous problems.
Shortly thereafter, police received
acall from the resident herself, asking
for assistance with her bad-tempered

Beat 6
Police reports indicated that there
were no weapons involved.
Officers and housing staff were
able to resolve the dispute.
Disk drive damaged
A caller from the Institute of Sci-
ence and Technology (IST) reported
a damaged disk drive to DPS Tues-

The man told DPS officers on the
scene that he believed the drive had
been damaged while being moved
from IST to the Chemistry Building.
Damage was estimated at $4,000.
Playful child pulls
fire alarm
Police responded to a pulled fire
alarm at the Student Theatre Arts
Building Tuesday, only to find the
alarm was false.
A woman at the building told of-
ficers responding to the call that her
young child had pulled the alarm.
The alarm was turned off and re-

DPS radios pirated
DPS Special Events staff reported
that several hand-held radios had been
stolen during an event last Thursday
at the Francis-Xavier Bagnoud Build-
The radios, valued at $3,400, were
left unattended in a box in the
building's atrium during the event.
Cops find injured
man in car
A Housing Security officer alerted
DPS and University Hospitals after
finding an injured man in his parked
car in a North Campus parking lot
early Sunday morning.
The man was semi-conscious and
had sustained head injuries.
The man told police he hit a curb
while riding his bike and was thrown
from the cycle and struck the pave-
ment face-first.
He then got up and walked his
bicycle to his car. After depositing the
bike in the trunk, he climbed in and
started the car before passing out from

the head injury.
The man was transported to the
University Hospitals by ambulance,
listed in good condition and later re-
Thieves nab News
and Information
Staff at the University News and
Information Service Building in-
formed police Monday that a cashbox
had been stolen from the building.
The box allegedly stolen from
room 200F contained almost $200 in
cash and checks.
The door to the room where the
cashbox was kept was left unlocked,
staff told police.
There are no suspects in the case.
S is for ... stupid?
A DPS vehicle on routine patrol
near Michigan Stadium was stopped
by a pedestrian who told the officers
that someone had painted the letter
"S" on all the cars in the parking lot of

the Tradewinds apartment complex
on North Main Street.
The officers notified the Ann Ar-
bor Police Department (AAPD) of
the vandalism incident. AAPD sent
officers to the crime scene.
Desperate times,
desperate measures
for gs users
A woman called police after find-
ing that gasoline had been siphoned
from her car while it was parked in a
University-owned lot.
The woman told police that ap-
proximately $5worth of gas was taken
from her car on four different nights
last week while she was at work,
between the hours of 4 p.m. and mid-
The car was parked at the Hill
Street Carport. -
Neither police nor the woman her-
self could come up with suspects in
the incidents.
- By Will McCahill
Daily Staff Reporter

Student groups
.l Amnesty International, weekly
meeting, Dana Building, Room
1040, 7:30 p.m.
U Barbaric Yawp, literary maga-
zine meeting, Haven Hall, sev-
enth floor lounge, 5:30 p.m.
U Campus Crusade for Christ,
weekly meeting, Dental Build-
ing, Kellog Aud., 7-9 p.m.
CU GospelChorale,;e-earsal, Trot-
ter House, 7 p.m.
J Investment Club, meeting,
MLB, room 2002,7 p.m.
U Korean Student Association,
weekly meeting, Rendevous
Cafe, 7 p.m.
l La Maison Francaise, speak
French at this "pen Pouse,
Cheever House, Oxrd Hous-
ing, 4-6 p.m.
U LS&A Student Government,

Q Sailing Club, weekly meeting,
West Engineering Building,
room 311, 7:45 p.m.
Q Saint Mary Student Parish,
education commision, lector
training, 331 Thompson, 7 p.m.
Q Taiwanese American Students
For Awareness, puppet theater,
swing choir, skit rehearsal,
Michigan Union, Anderson
Room D, 7:30 p.m.
Q Americans of Color Abroad,
sponsored by the International
Center, meeting, Room 9, 7-
8:30 p.m.
U Federal Government Job
Search, sponsored by Career
Planning and Placement, 3200
Student Activities Building,
11:10-12 a.m.

Room 3000, 6 p.m.
Q Hebrew Table, sponsored by the
American Movement for Israel,
Michigan Union, Tap Room,
12 p.m.
Q One of Us, film sponsored by the
American Movement for
Israel, at Hillel, 7:30 p.m.
Q Professional Development for
International Spouses, spon-
sored by the International Cen-
ter, meeting, Room 9, 1-3 p.m.
Q The Latin American Left at a
Crossroads, sponsoredby Soli-
darity, Michigan League, Room
D, third floor, 7:30 p.m.
Q Toraja: Land of Death, spon-
sored by the Museum of An-
thropology, Museum of Natu-
ral History, Room 2009, 12-1
Q Women Writing Novels,

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