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Page 2-The Michigan Daily- Friday, July 18, 1986
Suit alleges bar
had racial bias 4
By RICHARD KANG Another former employee said,
An owner of the Nectarine ""They took cognac off the shelves
Ballroom has denied allegations that because it seemed that cognac was a
he pursued racist policies designed to favorite among the blacks." She also
keep black people out of his dance said Ritter's accusations of a stricter
bar. dress code for blacks were,
Ann Ritter, a former Nectarine "definitely" true, along with claims
general manager had charged in a that black bouncers were forbidden
lawsuit filed in Washtenaw County (there are black bouncers now).
Circuit Court that John Carver, one of The Ballroom deliberately held
the ballroom's owners, fired her for special nights when blacks seemed
failing to uphold instructions to, unlikely to show up such as Yuppie
"deny blacks access to the Nec- Nights and Gay Nights. When asked ~o
tarine's public accommodations." why the bar played country music,
SHE CLAIMED that Carver in- she replied, "They were trying to
structed employees to charge a keep out the blacks."
higher cover charge to blacks,
require them to provide more iden- ANOTHER former employee of
tification, set a higher dress code Carver's - who said she was familiar
standard for black customers, and to with the suit and who worked withIt
play country music to discourage him at his former restaurant, The
them from entering. Controversy - defended his business
In his response, Carver dismissed practices.
the charges, claiming that Ritter was "I think that she (Ritter) was fired
fired for not properly performing her because of poor management. The Daily Photo by CHRIS TIGG
duties as manager. place wasn't doing well while she was Plantde a t n
"She (Ritter) had the responsibility there...her suit is very ill-founded.
for denying access to trouble-makers, They (the Nectarine Ballroom) make Lynette Burton happily works around a garden of twelve dozen flowers sent by her boyfriend. Burton works at
regardless of their skin color," he every attempt to make it open to all the financial aid office of the Law School
stated. people.
But several former Nectarine em- "John runs an honest business. Her
ployees confirmed Ritter's being fired had nothing to do with
allegations, and told of other methods discrimination, management was
of discrimination not covered in her poor while she was there."
lawsuit. Ritter's attorney, Ellis Freatman,
One former employee, who now said she filed her suit because she By MELISSA BIRKS maximum penalty for disorderly con- FSACC couldn't prove monetary
works at another nightspot said, "felt wronged." A University student pleaded no duct is 90 days in jail and/or a $100 loss from the damage to the shanty,
"They play country music out of this "I DON'T believe that her primary contest Friday to charges that he rip- fine. And Reagan may also be accroding to Ann Arbor Police Det.
huge speaker in the corner so that interest is financial," he said. He ped several boards off the anti-apar- required to put in several hours of Michael Schubring, who investigated
blacks that may be thinking of declined to elaborate. Ritter could not theid shanty on the Diag. community service. the case to prove "malicious destruc-
coming in will be turned off ... they be reached for comment LSA sophomore Francis Reagan Reagan would not comment on the tion of property." The shanty is made
also had a stricter dress code for Michael Bender, the Nectarine's was apprehended in May after being arraignment, but he told the Ann Ar- primarily out of scrapwood, except
blacks, present general manager, expressed chased down by University security bor News last week that he would con- for the frame, for which FSACC bough
"Then," the former employee con- a different view of Ritter's guards. He and a group of friends had Sider performing service for the Free wood.
tinued, "Carver started having Mega- motivations, removed three boards off the shanty, South Africa Coordinating Committee After the case was dropped, FSACC
Funk nights on Sundays with this one "She doesn't care about blacks " he according to Bob Pifer, assistant (FSACC), which built the shanty and members organized a protest outside
deejay called The Wizard from WJLB said. "I thinkshe's doing it 100percent for director of safety. filed charges against him. the Washtenaw County Courthouse.
(a funk station in Detroit). But the money, she's bitter that she was fired PLEADING no contest is the same "We're hoping that's what he Hector Delgado, a member of FSACC,
weird thing is that on Sunday nights, and she's looking for the big score. I as pleading guilty, but it leaves no chooses to do. That's what we'd then spoke to city attorney Jerome
Carver put ina metal detector like the doubt very much that she'll win." admission of guilt on Reagan's prefer," said Liz Gottleib, a member Farmer
kind you see at the airport in case Bender also denied anyknowledgeof record. An August i court date has of the group. "Maybe we can I don't know the degree to which
some blacks had guns." racial discrimination, been set for sentencing. The educate him instead of his being com- prosecuting someone would
pletely ignorant." She added "At fir- discourage others, Delgado said.
st, everyone broke down laughing "Not prosecuting would have more
when they read that." impact - that would encourage
FSACC HAS TRIED for more than a people a lot more."
month to bring charges against
-KraZy J M'S* Reagan, but the county prosecutor's FARMER REOPENED the case
Vol. XCVI- No. 9-S office initially refused to take the under the city's malicious destruction
case. ordinance, which does not require
The Michigan Daily (ISSN 0745-967 X) is published Friday during the proof of monetary damage. The case
spring and summer terms and Monday through Friday during the fall was referred to attorney Stefani Car-
and winter terms. Subscription rates: May through August-$5.00 in Ann + + ter after FSACC continued pressuring
Arbor; $7.00 outside the city. September through April-$18.00 in Ann the city.
Arbor; $35.00 outside the city. One term-$10.00 in town; $20 outside the The shanty, built to symbolize the
The Michigan Daily is a member of the Associated Press and subscribes +IIp tb ' struggle of blacks in South Africa, has
to LoshAges Ties Saeand olle ss erve. and subcribessuffered repeated vandalism since it
to Los Angeles Times Syndicate and College Press Service. was built in March during two weeks
of national protest against apartheid.
Editorin Chief..........JERRY MARKON Arts Editors...........NOELLE BROWER FIRST PRESBYTERIAN FSACC members staffed the building
Associate Rewrite Editors... ROB EARLE BETH FERTIG CHURCH for the two weeks and then left it stan-
KERRY MURAKAMI Asoit sEitor..REECCA CHUNG142WstnwAe,6-46
KhER EdiRKM..........Ei.rCHRISTWIEC Hw 440 ding. It will remain on the Diag, they
NEWS STAFF: Melissa Birks, Nancy Brai- Sports Editor ............ DAVE ARETHA .ward-winning (between S. University and Hill) say, until apartheid is abolished.
man, Hrish Chsis, D , Ch,iElen Fi . SOTSRPRER sl 5ig
elholitz, Martin FankMoy Chri, SPORTS REPORTER: Emily ridghan -d ege ta a homemade Sunday 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. "As soon as we stopped staffing it, it
Philip Levy, Eugene Pak. Business Manager ..... MASON FRANKLIN desserts saads, Coffee Hour - 10:30 Social Hall was like people were dying to get at
DISPLAY ADVERTISING SALES STAFF
Opinion Page Editor . ... PETER MOONEY Bb Cldero, iNenita NcumJuieR.eca, Adult Education Classes during both it," Delgado said.
OPINION PAGE STAFF: Tim Bennett Michael Tohboman. + . B9s services. The next weekend produced two ar-
a.Campus Group: Coordinator - son attempts on the shanty. Since
PHONE NUMBERS: News room (313) 764-0552, Arts 763-0379, Sports Jamie Schultz. then, there have been around ten
763-0376, Circulation 764-0558, Classified Advertising 764-0557, Display Meets for Bible Study 7 p.m., more attacks; two weeks ago, the
Advertising 764-0554, Billing 764-0550. Wednesdays. shanty was flattened and rebuilt in a
Dr. William Hillegonds - Sr. Minister. matter of hours.

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