Ninety-Jive years of editorial freedom
Vol. XCV, No. 5-S tChig, Daiy
Thursday, May 23, 1985
Women face billboard vandalism charge
By ARONA PEARLSTEIN
Today's trial for two women accused of
defacing a billboard on North Main Street will
be an important day for Ann Arbor feminists,
who have called the billboard sexist and
demand its removal.
The billboard features a reclining woman in-
viting'motorists to "Feel the Velvet Canadian"
and shows a bottle of Black Velvet Whiskey.
JENNIFER AKFIRAT and Mary Emanoil,
both University students, pleaded not guilty af-
ter their arrest in early March and have also
complained about poor treatment by Ann Ar-
bor police during the arrest.
Susan McGee, a member of the recently for-
med Community Action Against Sexist Adver-
tising, protested the two women's treatment
before the Ann Arbor City Council in late April.
"We believe that the Ann Arbor Police
Department exceeded the bounds of normal
police discretion with respect to this incident," The billboard was defaced again,
McGee said. in late April, but Police Sgt. Jan Suomala said
there is no information on the second defacing.
MCGEE said the women were arrested more Councilmember Kathy Edgren (D-Fifth)
than four blocks from the defaced sign and Ward) called for an investigation into the
their automobile was searched and impounded treatment of the two women during the arrest.
without a warrant. "The two suspects were "I also want to know what our policies are
then strip-searched and held overnight in (the when we strip search," she said.
Washtenaw County) jail until the following af- "I'D LIKE A thorough investigation. We
ternoon," McGee said. See 'BLACK VELVET,' Page 3
By DAVID GOODWIN
The University's proposed new
chemical science building is one step
closer to reality thanks to a major
The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow
foundation has established a $3.5
million fund for the new facility,
University President Harold Shapiro
announced Monday. The gift is to the
Campaign for Michigan, a five-year
effort to raise funds for high-priority
projects at the University.
THE BUILDING, which will cost
about $60 million, will stand on North
University and will be added onto the
Chemistry Building, which was built
in 1908. The present building has suf-
fered from overcrowding for years.
"We are not sure when it will be
built but we hope that ground can be
broken in 1986," said James
Brinkerhoff, the University's Chief
KEITH MOLIN, assistant to the
vice president and director of capital
projects, pointed out that ground-
breaking is contingent upon gover-
nment approval of the first $1 million
of the $40 million budgeted by the
state to construct the science facility.
The $1 million will be needed for final
planning and starting construction,
according to Molin, who said the state
legislature will probably approve the
"Everyone seems to be on board
See PROPOSED, Page 3
Ann Arbor resident Lisa Lava-Keller waters the peas and beans on her Grow." "I missed having a garden," she said. "This is a geed way to get
plot at the Zion Lutheran Church on W. Liberty - part of "Project involved in a community project."
Projeet Grow offers conmunity gardening
By NED ZEMAN Washtenaw citizens who have no space for gar- Currently, there are over 600 plots in 10 dif-
The Ann Arbor area hardly proves to be a dening, have poor soil, or are unable to cope with ferent area gardens. And, in addition to the
mecca for agrarian aficionados, and that suits the financial burden of caring for a private gar- Board of Directors, Grow is managed by
those at the Project Grow Community Gardens den. "cooperative" members of the gardens who con-
just fine. But according to Lois Eskstein, one of the 14- tribute additonal hours each season for super-
Project Grow is a 14-year-old non-profit gar- member Project Grow Board of Directors, the vision and maintenance.
dening program serving Washtenaw County, community gardens are not necessarily for those THE AVERAGE - which costs $25 per season
that was started by a small group of volunteers who cannot afford private spots. "At first, - is normally 25 by 30 feet. Eskstein said that
who hungered for community gardening area. several years ago, we were out to help low- one may grow anything in the gardens "as long
THE PROJECT'S main objective is to provide, income persons," she says. "We still do. But we as it's edible... and legal."
at minimal cost, several gardening spots for really deal with everyone in the community." See PROJECT, Page 4
Divestment Hammock Africa
Should the state divest of Watch for clear skies The Nectarine Ballroom holds a
South Africa-related stocks? with a high in the mid-70s. benefit for African famine relief.
Opinion Page 5 Arts, Page 6