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Page 2 -The Michigan Daily- Thursday, June 13, 1985

New prisons won't
help, speaker says

By JANICE PLOTNIK "walkaways" from minimum
Prison activist and former guber- security camps. "If you don't choose
natorial candidate Zolton Ferency what people you will let out, then they
spoke out vesterdav against new will make a choice for you," Ferency

h t prison construction as a way to com- said.
hostages bat crime. Ferency said prisoners are
Speaking before a crowd of 45 at the desperate and when they are jammed
From United Press International Friends' Meeting House, Ferency into cells, it's not merely physical
Five Shiite Moslems who said the answer to the crime problem confinement but also psychological
hijacked a Jordanian airliner freed 67 w is creating more space for prisoners, confinement. Ferency said they feel
hostages at Beirut airport, blew up not creating more prison cells. like they've been forgotten-that
the jet and fled yesterday, ending a 30- Ferency is looking for alternatives people on the outside are hostile
hour ordeal. Two American hostages to the state's plan of building as many toward them.
aboard narrowly escaped a second as 9,000 new prison cells over the next "When you play with prisoners'
hijacking hours later when a suspec- decade. To build and maintain each rights, you're playing with dynamite.
ted Palestinian tried to seize a cell, it would cost the state $70,000, ac- They read the paper and watch the
Lebanese plane in Cyprus: cording to Ferency. With that kind of television. The trouble is they can't
money "we could buy a condominium speak and nobody will listen," Feren-
THE SHIITES who commendeered in the suburbs or send our kids to cy said.
the first plane demanded that all Harvard law school," Ferency said. Ferency acknowledged that crime
Palestinian fighters be ousted from Ferency said the answer to the is a problem, saying that if it was safe
Beirut, where Palestinians and crime problem is creating more space for Neil Armstrong to walk on the
Shiites have been battling for control for prisoners, not creating more moon, itshould be safe for him to walk
of three refugee camps. prison cells. He said prisoners who the streets of St. Louis, Chicago, and
CChave served their minimum sentence Detroit.
Cypriot Acting Communications should be released to make space for Employees from Jackson prison,
ite nd e oDoily Photo by DAN HABIB new prisoners, probation officers, and local citizens
said the second hijacker, a 25-year-old y"If the governor does not release attended the forum, which was co-
Lebanese citizen, acted "in Zolton Ferency, a prison activist and former gubernatorial candidate, spoke people, they'll release themselves by sponsored by the American Friends
retaliation" for Tuesday's hijacking. against the construction of new prisons to combat crime at the Friends' walking away," Ferency said, Service Committee and the Episcopal
Meeting House yesterday. referring to the common Church of the Incarnation.
Officials at Larnaca, Cyprus airportr____________--
said the man believed to be a
Palestinian and armed with a hand
grenade tried to hijack the jet of the Neighbors, sorority go to court over zoning laws
Middle East Airlines-Lebanon's flag
carrier-after it flew in from Beirut. (Contined from Page ) basement and attic are included council were aware of the changes. ambiguities in the zoning law make it
from beginning construction until af- because they can be used for "Donna Richter, a planning com- possible for virtually every home in
ALL THE passengers-including ter the trial. everything but sleeping. Also, without mission member who has been very the area to be converted to group
the two Americans-had left the plane Jerald Lax, the sorority's attorney, the word "existing," the 5,000 square protective of the neighborhood, was housing.
when the man took the five crew said there will be no construction until feet can be obtained by including the not aware of the change," said An-
members hostage and demanded to after the trial. addition in the size of the house. drea Van Houweling of 920 Lincoln "My home is 3,600 square feet and if
be allowed to board a Jordanian jet Neighbors claim the addition to the According to tax records, 903 Lin- Ave. "In fact, people were assured it's okay for that house (903 Lincoln),
bound for Amman, airport officials newly-purchased house violates city coln contains 3,100 square feet, but the that nothing would happen to the then it's okay for everybody else's
said. zoning laws, while the city and Planning Department, by including -ou o,,
sorority believe the addition is legal. both the attic and basement, said the neighb"rhood " house too," Van Houwelinig said
But a short time later, the man left "Hopefully we will have an early house measures 6,043 square feet. "Setting a precedent is a very serious
the plane, dropped his hand grenade trial and dispose of all the issues as The neighbors are suing because Bruce Laidlaw, the city attorney, and dangerous issue."
on the tarmac and freed his five quickly as possible," Lax said. said the neighbors received adequate
hostages, the officials said. The controversy stems from last they feel last year's zoning law notice of the zoning changes. When Collegiate Sorosis
year's revision of the city's zoning revis reorganized in 1980, it rented the
There were conflicting reports on laws, when rules for areas zoned for A state law says that a city, before Neighbors have also said that if the Alpha Epsilon Phi house at 1620
the fate of the hijacker. both single family homes and group any zoning law amendment can be sorority moves in, the balance of the Cambridge Rd., but the lease ran out
A police spokesman said he surren- dwellings were altered without passed, must notify people of the neighborhood would be changed. in May and the fraternity moved back
changes, Witus said. in
dered to Cyprus police. Unconfirmed anyone realizing it, said Morley No one told the neighbors that the "It's already a very dense area. If .
reports said authorities allowed him Witus, the neighborhood association's changes affected zoning laws for 40 people move in that house, the
to board an Alia Jordanian Royal attorney. group dwellings, he said. neighborhood would be 86 percent Sorosis looked for a house after it
airliner accompanied by an uniden- Under the original zoning laws, a "It's not the way the law is sup- students," Van Houwelinig said. reorganized, but the house on Lincoln
tified Arab official. house had to contain 5,000 existing posed to work. The government must "Right now it's a nice mix. Everyone was the only they liked.
U.S. authorities identified the two square feet - excluding the basement let the people know before they likes it. If it goes too far in one direction,
Americans aboard the plane as Lan- and the attic - in order to be expan- change the zoning," Witus said. neither party will like it." On May 15, the Planning Com-
dry Slade, vice president of the ded for group use. The neighbors believe that neither mission voted 5-3 to give the sorority a
American University of Beirut, and But due to the revision, the the planning commission nor city Neighbors are also upset because special exemption which allowed the
his 16-year-old son, William. sorority to move into the Burns Park
neighborhood. Any group wishing to
move into the neighborhood has to get
permission from the Planning Com-
mission first.
Highlight "Trees," 12:15 p.m., Liberty Park Plaza. to the Macintosh," 1 p.m., "Intro to Spread-
Bring out the bagpipes and plaid skirts for sheeting," 3 p.m., 3113 School of Education Collegiate Sororis plans to build the
Scottish Dance Lessons. Beginners start at 7 Speakers Building, addition next year. Until then, it will
p.m., intermediates at 8 p.m. at the Forest Hills rent the Alpha Xi Delta house across
Community Center. Chemistry department - Laurel Harmon, Me egs the street. When the addition is com-
"Excitation Kinetics in Structurally Disordered pleted, it will house 39 members and a
Films Napthalene," 4 p.m., room 1200 Chemistry Friends of Parker Mill - Slides of Old Mills in house director.
Building. Washtenaw County, 7:30 p.m., First Floor Con-
Ann Arbor Film Co-op - Stagecoach, 7:30 Division of Higher and Adult Continuing ference Room, Harris Hall.
p.m.; My Darling Clementine, 9:15 p.m., MLB 3. Education-Thomas Wolanin, "The Higher University Alcoholics Anonymous - noon, Because the neighbors had said that
Cinema Guild - Vera Cruz, 7:30 p.m.; Bonjour Eduation Act: Future Possibilities," 2:30 p.m., room 3200 Union. ready or est wparkingtuation
Tristesse, 9:20 p.m., MLB 4. 1322 School of Education Building. Miscellaneous the plan includes 10 parking spaces.
Michigan Theater Foudation - Stranger Than Psychiatry, Physiology, Bio-Engineering - Otlasxillue by orkrsts
Paradise, 7:10 and 9 p.m., Michigan Theatre. Paul Sieuing, "ERG Responses In The Proximal Only six will be used by sorority
Retina of the Cat," 12:15 p.m., 2055 Mental Peace Corps - Information tables and miembers, and the other four spaces
Performances Health Research Institute. displays, 10a.m., Liberty Plaza. will be reserved for guests. The
M icrocom puter E duca tion Center _ His House Christian Fellowship - Bible Study, sorority also has permission from the
Re rea(knDepartment = ,free noon concert, workshops, "Intro to MS-pOS," 10 a.m i, "Intro 7,:30 p.m., 925 E. Ann , Delta Sigma Delta fraternity to use its
parkinglot for special occasions.

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