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Jennifer Harvey
aily Staff Reporter
Ann Arbor city officials recently
ent out two hefty bills - for $36,000
ach.
One unhappy recipient, the Ku Klux
Ian, said it intends to reply by slap-
the city with a lawsuit. The
onal Women's Rights Organizing
oalition will be protesting at the next
ity Council meeting.
The KKK is also suing the city for
1.6 million in related damages in an
dependent suit.
The bills were sent to the KKK and
WROC requesting reimbursement
or $72,000 the city spent in relation to
olicing efforts at a June 22 Klan rally
nd the coinciding anti-Klan rally held
he Guy C. Larcom Municipal
ding.
"I ultimately made the decision after
onsulting with the city attorney," City
dministrator Neil Berlin said yester-
y. "(The billing) has nothing to do
ith what (the groups) said. It has to do
4ih actions."
Berlin said there was a lot of vio-
ence at the rally that extended past the
egis of freedom of speech rights,
r which both groups said they ral-
ie . Berlin said the city relied on
olice officers' reports and eye wit-
esses' accounts to determine the
illing amounts.
"The billing is based on a review of
he actions of both groups," City
ttorney Abigail Elias said. "We feel
e're justified under the circumstances
nd given the actions of both groups."
Klan National Imperial Wizard Jeff
said in a telephone interview last
t that a Klan lawsuit against the city
s imminent. "(The city) just opened
heir doors to a lawsuit," he said.
'"We're going to slap a $1.6 million
awsuit on them for letting somebody
st my wife's head open"
Berry's wife, Edna, was the only
Ian member treated for injuries after
he rally. She was hospitalized after a
ock hit her in the head.
rry said he plans to file an addi-
al lawsuit for freedom of speech
iolations stemming from the billing.
It's against the constitution. Nowhere
n the United States has any black,
wish, Japanese or white American
een charged for a rally. We have a
'ght to freedom of speech and peace-
l assembly."
Lawyers for the Klan have set the
egal paperwork in motion, Berry said.
e also said he expects to talk to Ann
r city officials about the matter
See KLAN, Page 9

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WARREN ZINN/Daily
Students in the Alice Lloyd Residence Scholars Program attend classes such as this one, Politics and Criminal Law. Not only does the class take
place in the dorm, but the teachers live there as well, making them easily accessible to students.
Administrators lan new dorm, Hill
diinghallIn extensiVe expansion

Students to
live and learn
By Jodi S. Cohen
Daily Staff Reporter
First-year students spend hours each day in residence hall;
They go there to eat, sleep or spend time with friends.
But a report released to The Michigan Daily yesterday may
provide the best evidence that residence halls could soon be
a place where all first-year students can not only socialize,
but also learn.
The living-learning programs task force report outlines a
plan for I I programs by fall 1998. Currently, about 1,600
students are enrolled in one of six programs, including the
Residential College and the 21st Century Program.
"Living-learning communities are the next big trend in
undergraduate education," said LSA senior Randall Juip,
president of the Residence Halls Association and member of
the task force.
Juip said moving education away from the traditional
classroom "will provide a lot of services to first-year stu-
dents." According to the report, the programs will give stu-
dents small seminar-format classes, study groups, academic
advising and peer mentoring - all within the residence halls.
The 17-member task force was appointed about a year ago
by Vice President for Student Affairs Maureen lartford. She
formed the committee after a report, "A Michigan
Education" called for changes in undergraduate education,
including the chance for all first-year students to be part of a
living-learning community.
"In this report, you see 30 years of academic interest in liv-
ing-learning communities," said Juip, referring to research
done in the 1960s that prompted the creation of the Pilot
Program and the Residential College.
Auter a year of meetings, the task force's final proposal
calls for each community to be theme-based according to the
residence hall's location on campus.
The Bursley program, "Invention and Creativity,' corre-
sponds with the North Campus focus on engineering, art and
music, whereas the Couzens Hall program, "Society and
Health,' will be near University Hospitals and the School of
Public Health.
"We wanted to make sure the themes might attract students
with similar interests but they were broad enough so that peo-
ple from any discipline could be comfortable in any of these
programs," said William Zeller, director of Housing and chair
of the task force.
While original proposals suggested that all first-year stu-
dents be required to join a program, the final report recom-
mends that participation be voluntary.
"I honestly think things work better if they're not manda-
tory,' Hartford said. "Living in residence halls are not
mandatory, but 98 percent do. It's what works for students."
Juip said the committee changed its proposal after solicit-
ing student input.
"The overwhelming response was no, they should not be
mandatory," Juip said. "We decided students would realize
the merit of the programs and they wouldn't have to be
mandatory."
The programs will run for two to three years as "test-mar-
kets" to gauge student interest and reaction, Zeller said.
Space will be reserved in each dorm for students who don't
want to be part of a living-learning community.
It's the task force's hope, however, that the "norm" will be
for students to join a program, Zeller said.
See REPORT, Page 9

By Jodi S. Cohen
Daily Staff Reporter
With living-learning programs looking to
expand in the next few years, administrators say
other extensive changes will occur as a result.
The report proposes the creation of new
facilities in addition to the living-learning
communities, including two buildings: a large
dining center in the Hill area and an additional
residence hall near West Quad..
The dining center, which would be located
near Palmer Field, would eliminate smaller
facilities in four Hill dorms. Mary Markley
residence hall would retain its facility.
"This is one of the greatest things housing
can do' said LSA senior Randall Juip, presi-
dent of the Residence Halls Association. "It's
going to be absolutely incredible."
The air-conditioned "modern" facility, with
new technology and many food choices, will
be in-tune with "1996 not 1976," said Alan
Levy, director of Housing public affairs.
"All dining halls were built at a time when
you would go down a cafeteria line," he said.
"This building would be built to handle the

volume of people."
The idea for a more modern dining center
developed during brainstorming sessions on liv-
ing-learning communities. Combining the din-
ing centers would free up about 40,000-50.000
square feet of space in the residence halls, said
William Zeller, director of Housing. The space
could then be made into classrooms and offices.
And at the same time, students would get
better dining services, Juip said.
"The perennial complaints with residence'
halls is that the food sucks," Juip said. "When
this opens in 1999, no student will complain
about variety."
Zeller said a similar facility is being consid-
ered for the Central Campus residence halls.
Juip said he also hopes the dining center will
have meeting and conference rooms for stu-
dent organizations.
The report also mentions the idea of build-
ing a new residence hall that would be created
as a living-learning facility. Bursley, built in
the 1960s, is the newest residence hall.
"These are still far-down-the-road ideas,"

Living-learning,
commnities

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Bursley..................Invention and Creativity
Mary Markley.......21st Century Program*
Couzens .....................Society and Health
Alice Uoyd -..............Lloyd Hail Scholars
PrografV
Mo-Jo or Barbour-Newberry...........UROP
Mosher-Jordan.........Science and
Mathematics
Mosher-Jordan ......Women in Science and
Engineering'
Stockwell...............Gender and Leadership
South Quad........................Democracy and
Diversity
East Quad.......Residential College*
Barbour-Newberry or Mosher-Jordan
Honors Program*

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DALLAS (AP) -- Snu
ral established political
earch for a running mat
icked economist Pat Cho
o share his Reform Part
icket, calling him "a pe
ect, courage, integrity an
Choate is a protection
trong Perot ally in oppos
merican Free Trade Ag
Perot's coach for
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xecutive had with Vice
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knows what's wrong with
hat's wrong with it. -
our views out there acro
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arty ticket because gove
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"It cannot be changed b
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ate said. "Too many peo
much at public expense."

settles for
eas V
ibbed by sev- show guest during the NAFTA debate.
figures in his Perot's poll standing has plummeted
e, Ross Perot in recent months to the point where he
gate yesterday now gets roughly 5 percent in national
y presidential surveys - well off the 19 percent of
rson of intel- the vote he garnered in 1992. An ABC
d grit." News poll released Monday, for exam-
ist and was a ple, showed Clinton with 53 percent,
ing the North Republican Bob Dole with 38 percent
greement. He and Perot with 5 percent. In polls since
a televised Aug. 27, Clinton has averaged 52 per-
xas business cent, Dole 38 percent. Perot hasn't been
President Al in double digits since mid-August.
This shaky political standing appar-
a as few do," ently made it hard for Perot to attract a
is choice in a major political figure to share the
n CBS. "He Reform Party ticket.
it. We agree In his hunt for a running mate, Perot
is views are twice made overtures to University of
ss America." Oklahoma President David Boren, a
paign novice Democrat, but the former governor and
Perot's third- U.S. senator said he didn't want the job.
ernment can't Democratic Marcy Kaptur (R-Ohio)
side." also declined an offer. She and Perot see
y either of the eye-to-eye on NAFTA and other eco-
s," the candi- nomic issues. Rep. Linda Smith (R-
ple profit too Washington), an outspoken advocate of
dramatic campaign finance reforms, also
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Senate bill
to prevent
same-sex
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The Washington Post
WASHINGTON - The Senate
overwhelmingly approved legislation
yesterday that is designed to prevent
gay marriages, sending the election-
year measure to President Clinton and
a promised signature, while narrowly
defeating another bill that would have
outlawed job discrimination on the
basis of sexual orientation.
After a relatively subdued day-long
debate on the two measures, the Senate
voted 85 to 14 to approve the same-sex
marriage bill and then defeated the job-
discrimination bill by the narrowest of
margins, 50 to 49, in the first vote
Congress has had on the issue.
Sen. James Jeffords (R-Vt.) a co-
sponsor of the employment-discrimina-
tion bill, said the difference in the two
votes was an accurate gauge of
Americans' readiness to accept gay
relationships as opposed to their will-

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