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May 05, 1983 - Image 1

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The Michigan Daily

Vol. XCIII, No. 1-S x

Ann Arbor, Michigan-Thursday, May 5, 1983

Free Issue

Twenty-eight Pages,


art display
ordered down
BKV S their safety," Bayliss said. "They coi
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Art School Dean George Bayliss last
month ordered the removal of paintings
hung in The Art and Architecture
Building he says were "vulgar."
The two paintings, which some art
school faculty said were obscene and
pornographic, were vandalized wiht
spray paint three days after they were
posted in late February, said Bill Gin-
datti, the artist who did the paintings.
BAYLISS ordered that the paintings
be taken down in March, butsoon after
Grindatti hung several more paintings.
There was another vandalism attempt
after which Bayliss ordered the pain-
tings down for a second time on April
Grindatti, who received his masters
degree from the School of Architecture
last Saturday, said the removal of the
paintings is censorship and violates his
First Amendment Rights.
GRINDATTI said the second group of
paintings were put up on a wall reser-
ved for architecture students. Bayliss
said the paintings were taken down
because he could not assure thatthey
wouldn't be vandalized.
"(Grindatti) complains when they are
defaced that we are not guaranteeing

stitue a nazaru.
BUT GRINDATTI said Bayliss was
concerned the paintings would hurt the
Art School's reputation and have a
negative impact on the current Univer-
sity budget review the school is under.
Grindatti said Bayliss told him that
"he needs controversy right now like a
dose of 'you know what,' " and added
that Grindatti was causing "too many
Dean of the architecture school,
Robert Metcalf, said he supports Grin-
datti because the paintings were posted
on a wall reserved for architecture
But Bayliss said he did not overstep
his boundaries and was only trying to
protect the paintings from further
damage. Bayliss added that Grindatti
had some kind of motive for wanting to
display the art.
THE DECISION to take down the
paintings, which Bayliss said were "on
the order of Playboy illustrations" was
not based on personal feelings.
Although Metcalf said he doesn't like
the paintings, he said he supported
See 'OFFENSIVE', Page 5

Bill Grindatti poses next to his paintings which have been labeled by some as
pornographic. A controversy arose at the art school when these paintings
were taken down from their display twice.

Follett's stops selling textbooks

It looks like University students will have to rely on
only two places to buy textbooks from now on -
Follett's Michigan Book Store is dropping out of the
competition beginning this term.
The Ann Arbor store, which is part of a Chicago-
based chain, is the only store in the Detroit area to
make such a move. Stores at the University's Dear-
born campus and at the University of Detroit will
continue to sell textbooks.
BETSY Vanderzee, manager of the Ann Arbor
store, said the move is the -first step in a plan to
change the store's format to give Follett's a "new
Follett's Regional Director Anse Cates said the
change is part of a new marketing approach for Ann
Arbor. - T
Cates said the old format didn't meet the com-
munity's needs.
Neither Cates nor Vanderzee would elaborate on

what Follett's new marketing strategy will include.
ALTHOUGH THE Ann Arbor store replaced its
manager less than two weeks ago, Cates said the
decision to stop selling textbooks was not linked to the
management problems. "That had no bearing on the.
decision," he said.
Managers of the University Cellar and Ulrich's
"Books, the two remaining primary sources for tex-
tbooks near campus, said Follett's change probably
wouldn't affect them. University Cellar manager
Bruce Weinberg said that Follett's only handled
about three to 10 percent of the total textbook market
for the University.
Because the University Cellar is so close to,
Follett's and like Follett's, arranges its books on
open-shelves, Weinberg said he expects his store to
pick up most of the bookstore's old customers.
Tom Musser of Ulrich's Books said he was sur-
prised at the move, although he knew Follett's had
not done well in Ann Arbor's highly competitive book

market. "They haven't competed well, but I didn't
think it was to that point," he said.
Musser said the high costs involved in handling tex-
tbooks could have been a factor, as the books are sold
at discount prices that don't leave the stores much
Both Weinberg and Musser said they did not expect
a new book store to enter the market in the future.
The Daily returns
The Daily's back in print for another summer
but our format will be different this year. We'll
only be publishing on Tuesday, Thursday and
Saturday mornings. For a summary of the hews
you missed during final exams and vacation See
Page 3.

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