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By MARY CHRIS JAKLEVIC
The Ann Arbor City Council will
organize a committee this month to
find ways of preventing crime in off-
campus housing areas heavily
populated by students.
The committee will be composed of
city and University administrators,
students, and Detroit Edison officials.
It is charged with submitting a report
to City Council by January, 1987,
detailing the off-campus crime
problem and suggesting improvemen-
COUNCILMEMBER Seth Hirshorn
(D-Second Ward) said he introduced a
resolution proposing the committee
because of students' complaints. He
said the committee, which was appro
ved last week, will assess existing
lighting and police patrol strategies,
and University programs such as the
Nite Owl bus service.
It may also consider an off-campus
emergency telephone system and
escort service, improved city lighting,
and more effective police patrols.
Hirshorn said the committee will
provide "a positive environment in
which we can work together in a
postitive and constructive way on a
problem that we all share. There is a
need for the city and the University to
work together in areas of common
BUT Jen Faigel, Michigan Student
Assembly Women's Issues chair
doubts that the University would
help fund off-campus crime preven-
tion efforts. She feels the city may be
reluctant to foot the bill alone.
"Just because (the city and the
University) have a study saying
'These are the things that are wrong',
that doesn't mean they have a com-
mittment to do anything about it,"
Jack Weidenbach, director of
University business operations, said
the University would refuse to bear
the cost of any possible committee
recommendations, including im-
proved lighting in off campus areas.
"The off-campus area is the city's
responsibility," Weidenbach said.
Hirshorn said he expects the com-
mittee to be ready to meet by July,
but the University administration has
not yet indicated who will serve as its
Councilmember Larry Hunter (D-
First Ward) said, "We've got a lot of
work to do in the whole city with
crime prevention. This is a good start
and I think we can go further."
Hirshorn said he "makes no such
assumption" that the University will
not help institute committee
"I THINK that if we can demon-
strate that there is a need and we can
document what the costs are, that it is
sellable - to the University and to
Detroit Edison and to the city," he said.
By REBECCA BLUMENSTEIN hoped to avoid controversy an
University administrators are gather input. The council must no
growing impatient with the lack of deal with the non-violent crimes th
progress toward a comprehensive helped raise student opposition I
code governing student conduct, due previous drafts of the code.
to internal difficulties within the It does appear, though, that ti
University Council and the Michigan council will not receive much input to ti
Student Assembly. emergency procedures until Septen
"They haven't produced anything ber. Administrative officials hay
final, and it's taken them a very long been reluctant to comment of tt
time," said University President procedure until MSA reacts. MSA
Harold Shapiro. When asked about the approval is crucial to the code
possibility of issuing an interim code, passage.
he said, "at this point anything is
possible. "UNTIL INTERNAL difficultis
and mediation for the assembly ax
SHAPIRO last fall threatened to by- worked out, nothing about the cod
pass the council and propose the ad- will be discussed this summer," sai
ministration's - which has been David Lovinger, an MSA represei
rejected by MSA - code proposal to tative. "Besides, we shouldn't mal
the Board of Regents because he was such a decision until the entir
dissatisfied with the council's assembly is here," he added.
progress. The council has been MSA is planning to hire
workingsince the fall of 1984. professional mediator to resolve di
He later said he would wait for the ferences between Assembly presidei
council to finish its work if students Kurt Muenchow and supporters of ti
showed they were working towards a Student Rights party, which opposo
code "in good faith." him in the MSA elections.
"I'm probably more committed Internal Medicine prof., Dona]
than anyone else in the administration Rucknagel, co-chair of the counci
to try to wait, and makea viable con- isn't surprised that neither MSA
V1 .sensus work between MSA and the the administrationhave reacted to ti
administration," said Virginia Nordby. emergency procedures. "I don't e:
executive assistont to the president pect much until late Septembl
and author of a 1984 draft of the code. because the campus is pretty des
"An awful lot of people are getting right now," he said.
Doily Photo by ANDI SCHREIBER pretty tired of it, though," she added.
Stud y on the steps MSA has the right to approve any ALTHOUGH the council I
MBA student Jonathan Coven reads an article on finance in front of the code draft. scheduled to meet next week, studei
School of Education Sunday. Coven chose the outdoor locale because the THE UNIVERSITY Council - representatives oppose the passage
bshoolsoflucaionb nary o e nchosem.durnthe sme.TEUIERIYCucl-a comprehensive code. "I don't se
business school library closes st p pm. duringithe summer. composed of faculty, students, and that the administration has presente
administrators - has not met since enough of a need for such a code,
April when it issued a discussion draft said Ben Long, student member
mU ' ay nxkfy 1 of how the University should deal with the council since last September. "W
violent crimes. The draft affirmed the will not continue anything that covex
(continuedfromPagei) traditionally hang banners. University's right to punish offen- civil disobedience, and will spen
vient proposition. Zeta Beta Tau member Jimmy ders. Since then, the council has only most of our time trying to convinc
"ON THE AGGREGATE, UAC is Schwartz was also bothered by the replaced members whose terms have the council that alternatives to th
the biggest user of Diag banners," prospect of a bannerless diag. "The expired. code, such as mediation, would be be
Speta said. He said UAC usually diag is the only place where every By starting with rules that would ter for all," he said.
hangs from five to ten banners a term. student passes through," he said. cover the most violent kinds of Rucknagel, however, hopes to hay
Theta Chi Fraternity president "Banners add something - a kind of behavior, such as murder, the council a code completed by December.
Tony Paalz opposes the three banner culture. If people want to look at trees
rule and its 'first-come, first-serve' they should go to the arb."
system. "There is no need to make V
everything at this University com- Diysafwie hlpLv
petitive," he said. Paalz said that the Daily staff writer Philip Levy
n,ew system would unfairly bias filed a report for this story. Vol. XCVI - No. 4-S
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