The Michigan Daily
Vol. XCIII, No. 35-S Ann Arbor, Michigan - Saturday, August 13, 1983 Ten Cents Twelve Pages
FALL TERM STARTS ONROSHHASHANAH
'U'won't change schedule
By MICHAEL WESTON
Jewish students will be forced to choose in Septem-
ber whether to attend the first two days of classes or
celebrate the Jewish New Year with their families.
Traditionally, classes begin on the Thursday after
Labor Day, but this year, the first two days of classes
on Sept. 8 and 9 coincide with the Jewish New Year.
BILLY FRYE, the University's vice president for
academic affairs and provost, wrote a letter to
faculty members urging them to secure students'
places in classes until the second week of school.
But a stronger move, such as rearranging the
University class schedule to accomodate Jewish
students, "just didn't seem feasible," said Robin
Jacoby, an assistant to Frye.
Starting school earlier would interfere with fall
registration, and boost dormitory rates, said Jacoby.
Delaying classes until the following Monday would
make the semester too short and require the Univer-
sity to decrease finals days, she added.
"EVERY ATTEMPT to change the calendar ap-
peared to create more problems than the change
solved," Jacoby said.
Director of Hillel Michael Brooks said he under-
stood the University's position, but added that
"ideally, it would have been best to start classes the
Monday after Rosh Hashanah."
"But that would have required extending the
semester at the other end, and there is a long-
standing tradition about having exams end before
Christmas," he said.
BROOKS SAID, however, that "'the; University has
made a good-faith effort to alleviate the problem by
officially assuring that students who are pre-registered
will not be penalized for not attending classes on Sept.
"Bow effectively this policy will be implemented re-
mains to be seen," he said.
See CLASSES, Page 5
By JACKIE YOUNG
"Brothers, we have power in our friendship," sang
Gary Lapow in Rackham Auditorium last night as
80 men clapped and sang along with him at the
national conference on Men and Masculinity.
The five-day conference, sponsored by local
men's groups and the National Organization for
Men, attempts to help men teach each other to
escape from the straitjacket of the "macho" ideal.
BOB BRANNON, chairman of the National
Organization for Men, said the group tries to
imitate the successes of other liberating
movements such as the feminist movement.
"Our movement was nourished by the women's
movement," Brannon said. "A movement focused
only on men would be very narrow," he said.
But the men's movement also faces some unique
challenges, such as homophobia, Brannon added.
"WE LIVE IN one of the most homphobic societies
in the world. In addition to the injustice that homo-
See MACHO, Page 2
Daily Photo by DOUG MCMAHON
Ron Romanovsky and Paul Phillips provide some entertainment at Rackham Auditorium Thursday
night, as part of the "Conference on Men and Masculinity." The five-day conference, which includes
workshops, discussions, and speakers, ends Monday.
AFSCME hearing concludes
By DAN GRANTHAM sity election observer, said Thursday at MERC's Detroit head-
Special to the Daily quarters that the polls were busy but orderly.
DETROIT - University employees testified Thursday that "THERE was a lot going on, but it was done with con
a May election to unionize clerical workers was conducted in trol," she said.
an orderly and appropriate manner.
The testimony came as the University began its arguments See AFSCME, Page 2
in the third day of a hearing to determine whether the elec-
tion was conducted properly.
THE AMERICAN Federation of State, County and
Municipal Employees (AFSCME), which lost by one vote in t} s en iu n ..,.
May, contends the election was unfair.
The Union is asking the Michigan Employment Relations This is the last issue of the summer Michigan
Commission (MERC) to declare it the winner, or to set up a Daily. The paper will return on Sept. 8, in its full-
new election. size format, covering University, local, and
AFSCME has charged that the polling places were loud and national news six days a week.
disorderly. But Marjorie McRoberts, who acted as a Univer-