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Ninety-five years of editorial freedom
Vol. XCV, No. 19-S
Friday, June 14, 1985
By BARBARA LOECHER
Two hundred thirty-three Pioneer
High School students took the
dubious step forward at their
graduation last night, and more than
a fifth of them moved closer to
staying close to home - The Univer-
sity of Michigan.
Richard Benjamin, superinten-
dent of Ann Arbor schools, said the
students are "worthy represen-
tatives of Pioneer High in years to
come" just before the students - in-
cluding 55 who will come to the
University in the fall - received
FOR MANY Pioneer students, the
University was their first choice.
"The U. of M. was my only serious
choice," said incoming freshman
Park's present and future
classmate Robin Guenzel agreed.
"The University is the best school in
Michigan. I wanted a reputable
school," she said. "People say it's
such a good school, and for in-state,
Surprisingly, most students didn't
have any qualms about staying close
to home for their college years.
"People would say, 'You want to go
away from Ann Arbor, but I would
say, 'I really like Ann Arbor,'"
Guenzel said. And one of the things
Guenzel said she likes best is the
University. "Without the University
students, Ann Arbor would be pretty
not be charged
By STEVE HERZ
Less than 24 hours after 17 protesters
were arrested at Congressman Carl
Pursell's office, the case has apparen-
tly been closed.
Meanwhile, the Latin American
Solidarity Committee, which helped
organize yesterday's sit-in, continued
to show its displeasure with the
situation in Nicaragua by violating
the Reagan administration's trade
embargo toward that nation.
RON DANKERT, the building
manager at Pursell's office, said the
building owners did not wish to press
charges against the protesters. "I've
told the prosecutor's office that we're
not going to press charges," he said.
Dankert said he had discussed the
matter with the building owners,
Eisenhower Associates, and with the
Washtenaw County prosecutor's of-
fice. The prosecutor "wanted to see
charges pressed," Dankert said, but
the owners did not.
A spokesperson at the prosecutors
office declined to comment. "I can't
tell you if the charges were dropped
because we can't comment until the
time of the arraignment," she said.
HOWEVER, she did say that if the
charges were dropped the June 28
arraignment would not be held.
Dankert said he expected to hear
nothing about the case and said, "that
On the heels of yesterday's protest,
Daily Photo by ALISA BLOCK
Pioneer High School students march into their graduation ceremony at
Crisler Arena last night.
boring," she said. said she is still "a little scared" by
THE PROSPECT of four more the prospect of the heavy workload
years in Ann Arbor doesn't bother of a computer science major.
Debbie Hartsig, a new addition to Guenzel isn't alone. Park, who in-
LSA. "I'm excited," said Hartsig, tends to major in bio-chemistry,
anticipating the start of the fall said he has heard "so many horror
term. "It's going to be scary. It (the stories" from his friends at the
University) is so big but I'm ex- University that he is "really ner-
cited." vous" about coming here.
Guenzel has found a way to over-
come her fear of crowds at the PARK ADDED, however, that he
University by enrolling in the has a quite a few friends at the
Residential College, a smaller self- University. The proximity of familiar
contained unit. Nevertheless, she See 'U,' Page 9
the Latin American Solidarity Com-
mittee (LASC) continued its plea to
send goods and materials to El Nuevo
Diario, a Managua newspaper that is
aligned with the communist San-
Mark Weisbrot of LASC said the
goods will include paper clips, pens,
stationery, and photographic sup-
BY SENDING the office materials,
See LASC, Page 3
for Con ras
MANAGUA, Nicaragua (UPI) -
Many Nicaraguans criticized yester-
day a vote in the U.S. House of
Representatives to give $27 million in
humanitarian aid to Contra rebels,
saying it will only lead to more blood-
"They voted for death!" screamed
banner headlines in the official San-
dinistanewspaper Barricada, in a
front-page story on the vote.
ALTHOUGH the state-run radio,
Voice of Nicaragua, said the aid ap-
proval "will bring more massacre
and suffering," the government has
not yet, given an official reaction to the
The House voted Wednesday, 284-
184, to grant the humanitarian aid to
some 15.000 Contras.. The $27 million
package now faces consideration by
the Senate, which has approved $38
million in non-military aid for the
The vote was seen as a victory for
President Reagan, who has
See SANDINISTAS, Page 3
Charges dropped, reduced in park case
By LAURA BISCHOFF
Judge George Alexander dismissed charges
against a man originally accused of assault and
reduced charges against another man involved in
the same incident at a pre-trial hearing in Ann Ar-
bor's 15th District Court yesterday.
David Agar, whose charges were reduced, and
George Ketzner, whose charges were dismissed,
were arrested on May 16 for their involvement in a
Gallup Park brawl with two other men from Yp-
KETZNER'S attorney described the incident as
"almost a textbook classic case of self-defense,"
and Alexander dismissed the case on those groun-
According to Ketzner's testimony yesterday, he
approached two Ypsilanti men, Robert Preston
and Billy Joe Russell, as they were arguing with
someone he knew. Ketzner said the two Ypsilanti
men accused him of trying to sneak up from
behind and attack Preston.
Ketzner said Russell got a shotgun from
Preston's van and pointed it at his face while
Preston said things like "he's a smartass, let's
teach him a lesson." Ketzner testified that only
then did he hit Russell in the head with a beer bot-
tle before running away.
"I WAS VERY scared ... of being shot," Ret-
zner said, "something just clicked in my head to
throw the bottle because my life was in danger."
Ketzner said he threw a second hettle which hit
Russell in the side of the head because Russell still
had the gun and could have shot him. "I was still
in his range," he said.
In the same incident, Agar was accused of
See PARK, Page 3
Crime Humdrum Chimes
The Daily unfolds its monthly campus Sunshine mixed with clouds. Highs 'Bells' rings at the Ann Arbor Civic
crime report. near 70. Theater.
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