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The Michigan Daily-Friday, July 24, 1981-Page 3
U cautious on spy allegations

Daily staff reporter
As reports of possible spying activities at American
colleges gain more national publicity, University
President Harold Shapiro remains cautious about
making any allegations.
Freedom of speech and expression is an "intrin-
sicly important" aspect of the University community
and anything that limits or constrains that, such as
spying activities, is inappropriate, said Shapiro.
BUT, AT THE same-time, it would not be right to
take action against specific individuals accused of
spying without any concrete evidence, said the
University president.
"The University cannot, should not, and will not
act solely on anonymous charges," said Shapiro, who

added that he has heard many contradictory reports
from Taiwanese students.
The mysterious death in Taiwan of former Univer-
sity Ph.D. student Chen Wen-Chen earlier this month
has aired the question of whether there are, in fact,
spies present on college campuses working for the
Nationalist Chinese government (KMT) in Taiwan
who survey Taiwanese students in America.
CARNEGIE-MELLON University President
Richard Cyert has said he believes there is a "large
number" of KMT agents on campuses. Congressman,
Jim Leach (R-Iowa) said he believes that foreign
country's surveillance of their native students is not
only limited to Taiwan, but also includes Libya, Iran,

and South Korea.
Director-of the University's International Center,
Jon Heise, in a statement independent of Leach's also
mentioned those same four countries as having
secret agents on campus.
When asked if he believed there are foreign agents
on campus, Shapiro replied: "I don't assume there
are. I think there may be" spies on campus.
BUT SHAPIRO SAID he doesn't even know if it is
against the law for a person to report back to his or
her home country the activities of another person.
(Rep. Leach has said the death of Chen is "directly
linked" to his alleged anti-KMT government actions
in this country, and that KMT spies reported these
See SHAPIRO, Page 6

Political booths
display ideals
at Art Fair

Daily staff reporter Group on
The Ann Arbor Art Fair can certainly campaigns
be looked at as a mind-expanding ex- soups. To
perience. Of the different forms of art, along with
many could be termed "unconven- of their vo
tional," some, undoubtedly inspired by "Cream
slightly unconventional ideals. Campbell
And, as if viewing these works wasn't around ha
horizon-broadening enough, one also similar slo
has to make one's way through a street The "ca
corner of unvarnished advocation of remain
ideals, ranging from unconventional to received
ultra-conventional. them posit
WHERE S. University and E. neatides
University meet, there is a section of ANOTH
booths occupied by various political Reason, k
and public awareness groups presen- people kn(
ting their literature and promotional memberA
materials, manned by volunteers more One oft
than willing to give you their side of the lessen t
issue. This area has been called by Majority,
some "consciousness corner." which had
The main purpose of these booths, "We never
most groups have said, is to get their in- said.
formation out to the public. Some have Two st
more original ways than others. See
Blazes in two
Ann Arbor
houses eause
severe fire

r example, the Farm Labor
Campus. One of their major
s is the boycott of Campbell's
better publicize this goal,
their booth, they dressed one
lunteers up as a giant can of
of Exploitation" flavored
's soup. The "can" walks
anding out balloons bearing
n," whose contents wished to
anonymous, said he had
a lot of comments, most of
tive, such as "That's a really
ER GROUP, the Voice of
had a special need to "let
ow who we are," according to
nna McEwen.
the goals of this group is to
he impact of the Moral
a problem, McEwen said,
A never arisen before now.
x had to speak up before," she
udents of the School of
e POLITICAL, Page 10

Daily Photo by KIM HILL
MANY POLITICAL and public awareness groups have booths set up on
South University during the Art Fair. This area has become known to some
as "consciousness corner."

Daily staff writer
A blaze yesterday afternoon destroyed the attic of a
home at 549 S. Division, next door to Krazy Jim's
Restaurant. There were no injuries, but the fire
caused extensive smoke and water damage to the 100-
year-old house.
Thick cloudsof smoke blanketed the area, and traf-
fic was blocked for nearly four hours while firemen
extinguished the fire. Three fire trucks answered the
call at 1:11 p.m. and had the fire under control by 1:30
THE FIRE WAS ignited by a worker who was using
a propane torch to strip exterior paint.
Krazy Jim's customers had to evacuate when the
fire began, and the restaurant was ordered tem-
porarily closed by health inspection officials,
although no major damage was sustained. "I could
open whenever I want, maybe the day after
tomorrow," owner Jim Shafer said as his employees

began throwing out all of the food in the restaurant.
Shafer, who lives on the first floor of the home, was
restoring the house and hired another man, Tim
MacNeil, to strip the old paint. "I was up with the
propane torch under the soffit, and something caught
inside," MacNeil said,
RENE BECKER WAS the only resident in the
house when the fire started. "I heard one of the
workmen run up the stairs to the attic, and I heard
something about fire. I ran up the stairway and
smoke was doming down," said Becker, who was ina
second-floor bedroom at the time of the blaze.
Becker said he and the other four residents didn't
have insurance coverage. "It could be expensive for
us," he said. Fire Prevention Inspector Ed Soper said
that although the fire was contained in the attic, the
whole house had been damaged by the smoke and
water, with some-fire damage to the-second floor.
See Az, Page 5

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