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August 02, 1983 - Image 3

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The Michigan Dail

- Tuesday, August 2, 1983-- Page 3
State court
ru ing on
eating club
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - A civil
rights panel erred when it dismissed
without a hearing a Princeton Univer-
sity woman's challenge to all-male
membership at three private social
clubs, a state appeals court ruled
The Appellate Division of Superior
Court said the state Division on Civil
Rights should give a full hearing to
Sally Frank of Bayonne, now a 24-year-
old law school student, who first
challenged the membership policies of
three dining clubs as a junior in 1978.
After Princeton became
coeducational in 1969, nine of the 12
eating clubs decided to admit women.
But Frank challenged the all-male
standards maintained by the Ivy Club,
the Tiger Inn and the University Cot-
tage Club.
A three-judge panel of the state's
second-highest court said then-Acting
Civil Rights Director Pamela, Poff
should have provided a full hearing for
Frank. Instead, she concluded without
submitting findings of facts that the
eating clubs were private and there was
no cause for action against the univer-
"We are satisfied that the matter is of
substantial public importance and
should be resolved in the public in-
terest," the court said.
The court was careful to mention
that it was not deciding the case on its
merits, but was simply returning the
matter for increased documentation to
the civil rights division.

A medieval musician plays the crumhorn, an instrument popular in the middle ages, at the 14th Ann Arbor Medieval
Festival last weekend in the Nichols Arboretum.
Festival brings Camelot to life

Silver swords clashed, as men clad
in tights and robes turned Nichols
Arboretum into a small Sherwood
It was a chance for 65 medievalists
to leave the modern world behind
and for a moment, glimpse the glory
that was Camelot.
"IT'S RANK escapism," admitted
Cindy Miller, who coordinated the
dancers at the 14th Medieval
Festival last weekend.
"(The) Middle Ages were really a
romantic time," Miller said, above
the sound of voices singing baroque
German songs.
To people like Miller, the medieval
age represents an escape from the
present into a time when the air was
clean and the code was courtly.
"I DON'T like this age, it's for

idiots," said Gail Christopherson, a
Residential College sophomore. "In
the Middle Ages they were more
concerned with surviving and being
But capturing that medieval
lifestyle takes more than shedding
button-down shirts for woolen
"It's a lot of research, that's what
it is," said Cynthia Dopp, one of the
festival's directors.
DOPP SAID the festival takes
time in the library as well as some
"We try to keep as close to the
form as we can, but we don't have
the kind of props they had," she ex-
plained. So humans often end up
playing the animal parts in the
festival's theatrical productions - a
role that would have gone to the

authentic creature in the Middle
"We're not trying to be absolutely
1000 percent pure," said Stephen
Boles, administrator of the two-
week festival.
THE WEEKEND events included
medieval skits, short plays, singing,
dancing, and juggling.
In addition to the Arboretum, the
festival events were held at Burns
Park and the Ark.
But last weekend's event was only a
tune-up for the big weekend coming
up at the music school, where 20th
century time travellers can get a
taste of medieval fare as well as en-
tertainihent from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday.
Organizers of the festival say the
event costs the group abut $1,500
which they acquire through

City considers ban on
martial arts weapons
By HALLE CZECHOWSKI the complaints of an Ann Arbor woman
Minors may have more trouble who said her 12-year-old son had pur-
buying. certain martial arts devices in chased a throwing star at Harry's Ar-
Ann Arbor, if an Ann Arbor City Council my Surplus on East Washington.
member has his way. GARSON ZELTZER, co-owner of
Councilmember Raphael Ezekiel (D- Harry's Army Surplus, said that as
Third Ward) was scheduled to present a soon as the store heard about the com-
resolution at last night's council plaint they changed their policy. Now,
meeting, barring the possession or sale minors can only buy throwing stars or
of numchucks and throwing stars to numchucks if they are accompanied by
people under eighteen years of age an adult.
unless they are accompanied by an Although Harry's no longer sells to
adult. minors, Zeltzer said he thinks the
THROWING stars are flat, six-sided devices don't deserve official City
discs with sharp points that can be Council regulation, since few people ac-
hurled at a target. Numchucks are tually use them as weapons.
composed of two cylindrical handles "You will find irresponsible people,
joined by a rope or chain, which can be but they are few and far between. If you
twirled to a high velocity to ward off at- base the law on these few, than you do
tackers. the majority a great injustice," Zeltzer Daily Photo by ELIZABETH SCC
But Ezekiel pulled the resolution said. Mike Tracy, manager of Harry's Army Surplus on E. Washington, displays
from the agenda at the last minute so he "Nothing has been shown to us or to two types of throwing stars which martial arts enthusiasts use for target
could further investigate the issue. anyone else that these things cause in- practice. Some Ann Arbor residents say the potentially dangerous weapons
Ezekiel's proposal was prompted by jury," he added. are too easily accessible to minors.

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