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The Michigan Daily - Friday, May 23, 1986 - Page 3

City addresses
off-eamus crine
emergency telephones, similar to
By MARY CHRIS JAKLEVIC ones being implemented on campus.
The city will examine ways to cut The council also allocated an extra
down on off-campus crimes against $55,000 to the Building Department to
students, say City Councilmembers hire another rental housing inspector
who passed Ann Arbor's budget Mon- and to acquire either a computer or
day. more clerical help to make housing
After spending weeks meticulously inspections more frequent.
reviewing city spending practices, the Councilmember Kathy Edgren (D-
council also included in the budget Fifth Ward) said inspections which
money to improve rental housing in- are supposed to be done every two
spections, and set aside funds for a years are often delayed to every three
long-awaited affordable housing or four because the department is un-
development. derstaffed. The worst cases, she said,
The budget allocates $5,000 for get put off because they require the
coordinating city and University ef- most work.
forts to fight crime in student- Edgren said that in a few cases
populated areas off-campus. "landlords can get extension after ex-
Councilmember Seth Hirshorn (D- tension if they know the department
Second Ward), who proposed the real well...It's easier (for the staff) to
allocation, complained that neither just spend time with nice, easy lan-
the city nor the University has dlords."
adequately 'addressed the problem. Julia Goode, a staffmember at the
Crime against students has been con- Ann Arbor Tenants' Union, which
sidered only a campus concern, "but helps students with off-campus
crime doesn't know any boundaries," housing problems, said housing in-
he said. spections have been a problem since
The council is expected to appoint a the group was founded in 1969.
committee to investigate the extent of Goode said rental units have "not
crime in student-populated areas. It gotten the attention that they need,
will also evaluate current crime and (the Building Department) can-
prevention programs, including the not do it on the staff they have now."
University's Nite Owl bus service. The council also set aside $200,000
The committee, Hirshorn said, which may be used to provide affor-
would include members of the Ann dable housing for low-income
Arbor Police Department, city ad- families, an issue it has discussed for
ministrators, a representative of two years but never acted on. "This is
Detroit Edison, and University the first time we've put our money
students from the Michigan Student where our mouth is," Edgren said.
Assembly, the Inter-Cooperative Although the money is not ear-
Council, and the "Greek" system. marked for a particular site, coun-
Possible steps the city could take, cilmember Jeff Epton (D-Third
he said, include organizing an off- Ward) said he expects the council to
campus escort service and installing decide on a plan by next summer.


funids to 'U
After a six-month effort, state
lawmakers passed a bill Wednesday
that will give the University about
four million dollars more than last
year's state budget allocation. The
Governor is expected to sign the bill
into law today.
The $139 million supplemental bill
distributes funds statewide, giving
about eight million dollars to higher
education. Prisons, state parks, legal
settlements, and community colleges
will also receive funds.
Most of the University's share will
go to the College of Engineering as
part of Gov. James Blanchard's
Research Excellence and Economic
Development Fund.
The additional funds will be used
primarily to buy equipment for a
sophisticated electronics laboratory
on north campus. They will also pay
faculty salaries.
The bill restores the University's
original $9.9 million allocation that
was cut to 6.6 million last summer due
to minute lobbying.
The engineering college, however,
still'needs $4-5 million more to equip
the Center for Advanced Electronics
and Optics Technology. It has
initiated a private fundraising drive
to raise the money.
The remaining $930,000 from the bill
will be added to the University's
general operating fund, which pays
salaries, utility bills, and other costs.

Don't Touch
The billboard for Black Velvet Canadian whiskey stands with a new
slogan and without the graffiti that once covered the sign, which for-
merly read, "Feel the Velvet." The old billboard was the object of protest
from various groups who said it was sexist.

Board upholds the rights of protesters
By REBECCA BLUMENSTEIN The Board, a committee of the Civil Liberties Board, defended the control over protests had previously report continued.
The University's Civil Liberties Senate Advisory Committee on statement's lack of detail. The board been on the conservative side," he
Board has accused the administration added. Although the statement di
of failing to protect student demon- directly comment on the CIA pr
strators during several protests last IN ITS NEW statement, the board it called the University's handl
October. The board's statement, 'It gives credence to what the protesters have asserted that protest should be this and the other protests
however, may have little impact, due been saying all along - that the University repressed only when it presents a cessively conservative."
to a lack of documentation. systematically t ,rightclear and present danger of violence.
Students held protests last fall Yresirlcts the of free speec - Weigel stressed that the 1
against the Central Intelligence -Eric Schnaufer, law student "The interests of free speech and hopes to solicit input from the
Agency, Vice President George Bush, free assembly may be better served munity. Eric Schnaufer, a law st
and NBC television, by tolerating a clamorous denon- and member of the University
DURING THEIR investigation, stration than by breaking it up in or- cil, said he supports the statemer
Board members did not talk to top der to restore an ordinary level of or-
University officials who called in the University 'Affairs, (SACUA) con- "didn't want to hash over details," he derliness," the statement said. "It gives credence to wha
Ann Arbor police during the October cluded that the protestors had been said. "We weren't a qualified andters have been saying all
18th CIA protest at which 26 students sujded by poe (ad oeeainvesae edy hat as Leo Heatley, director of campus that the Unviersity systemat
were arrested. subjected by police (and other legal investigative body that wa, safety, declined to comment. restricts the right of free sp
In addition, the Board did not cit security forces) to unwarranted and meant to make a definitive stand, Schnaufer said.
.d.t .d .c illegitimate force and intimidation in he added. Focusing on NBC's Today show
any specific violations of civil liber- ways detrimental to the flourishing of "The board approved a subcommit- broadcast from the Diag on October "It might actually help prot
e or includ interviews containing civil liberties at the University." The tee who did all investigation until 17, the statement criticized the explain their view," he added.
specific accusations. report has no power of enforcement. enough had been gathered for University for roping off a 100-yard City Adminstrator Godfrey C
Students had accused the police of "I think that it was a rather poor discussion," Weigel said. "They area between the show and the is wAin strfor o e bo
brutality when an officer dragged one statement," said Richard Kennedy, talked mainly to public safety of- protesters. s waiting for comment abou
protester by the hair before arresting vice-president for government ficials who were directly involved." statement from the city counc
him' relations and secretary of the univer- "TO SEAL OFF large areas in or- maintains, though, "that thej
STUDENTS WHO protested Bush's sity. "I don't think that it had any real According to Weigel, the newly- der to insure that an event proceeds acted in a proper manner, acce
appearance commemorating the 25th documentations to support its fin- released statement will supplement without possible interference may be to the policies and reactionso
anniversary of the Peace Corps also dings in favor of the protesters," hw the Board's 1977 "Statement on attractive as a way of minimizing the time."
said they were harassed by campus added Freedom of Speech". "I don't think risk of disorder, but it may for that William Stebbins, Chair of.SA
security. They said several of their - that we were attempting to change very reason minimize as well the is alsowaiting to hisusS
anti-Bush signs were torn down. JACK WEIGEL, chairman of the anything, but it seemed as though the oossibility of ffetive orotest." 'the' tteen t wit . sss

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