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Page 6-Tuesday, July 8, 1980-The Michigan Daily
Appeals Court
won't review
Danish News
court order

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By MITCH STUART
The Danish News Co., a controversial
downtown Ann Arbor adult bookstore
has failed in an effort to reopen for
business after closing on June 19.
The Michigan Court of Appeals tur-
ned down a request from bookstore at-
torneys who asked the court to review a
May 28 preliminary injunction handed
down by Washtenaw County Circuit
Judge Henry Conlin. That injunction
was intended to prevent the store from
operating while the issue of Danish
News' alleged violation of zoning and
sign ordinances was decided in court.
DANISH NEWS employees, however,
continued to operate the store, saying
the wording in Conlin's order was am-
biguous and did not apply to their store.
Conlin then issued an amended order
June 18, saying his original order was
intended to prohibit the operation of
any business at 209 N. Fourth Ave., the
store's location.
The bookstore closed its doors on
June,19 because of the amended order.
Detroit Attorney William Swor,

representing Danish News, said he has
asked the Court of Appeals and the
Michigan Supreme Court to review
Conlin's amended order. No decision
has been made on the appeal of that or-
der.
City Attorney Bruce Laidlaw and
other city officials have been
repeatedly frustrated by what some say
is the store's "blatant" disregardd for
the ordinances and court order.
AT ONE POINT, Laidlaw began con-
tempt of court proceedings against
Danish News for allegedly violating the
original temporary injunction. Since the
amended order was handed down,
however, Laidlaw has discontinued the
contempt proceedings. "I have the im-
pression that (contempt proceedings)
will get me nowhere at this point,"
Laidlaw said. ,
Danish News employees closed the
store voluntarily on June 19 after
Laidlaw informed them that Conlin had
agreed to provide bench warrants for
the arrest of employees who refused to
close the shop.

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Marwil tenure trial opens
(Continued fromPage 1)
year appointment, had every reason tained that Mathes, with the advice of
to expect a tenure review, as he had the department executive committee
completed six years on the faculty. One and senior department staff members,
of the issues in the trial is whether the determined after a period of five years
University is obligated to provide a that "Marwil was not the best can-
tenure review to tenure-track faculty didate for tenure." Vercruysse said
completing six years of teaching. Marwil was given a year's notice of his
Marwil contends he was granted a termination according to University
two-year contract in 1977 with the un- rules, and was not entitled to a tenure
derstanding he was to receive a tenure- review under any other college or
review. He further maintains that University procedures.
Humanities Department Chairman J.C. Much of Vercruysse's statement was
Mathes, along with two members of the devoted to allegations of behavioral
departmentexecutive committee, Prof. problems on Marwil's part. He said
Ralph Loomis and Prof. Dwight Marwil had been rude and upsetting to
Stevenson, deliberately circumvented colleagues and had voiced "in very
accepted departmental and college strident terms'' his opinions as to how
policies regarding tenure reviews to the department ought to be run.
remove Marwil from the faculty. Vercruysse also labelled invalid
THE FACULTY Senate Advisory Marwil's claim that he was denied free
Review Committee (the grievance speech in heated department meetings
body of the faculty Senate Assembly) in early 1978 (Marwil maintains
ruled last year that Marwil was entitled Mathes' decision not to grant him a
to a tenure review. The faculty's tenure review resulted in part from
executive committee-the Senate Ad- confrontations at those meetings).
visory Committee on University Af- "Marwil was not engaged in free
fairs-also endorsed a review for Mar- speech at department meetings-it was
wil. Engineering college ad- not a public speech about public
ministrators refused to accept the ad- topics," Vercruysse said.
visory opinions. The trial, expeeted to last two weeks,
University Attorney -Robert Ver- continues today as Marwil resumes the
cruysse in his opening statement main- witness stand to present his case.

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