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Copyright © 1987
TheMchiga n Dilya
SUMMER

City debates
police tactics

Vol. XCVI -,No. 12S
Truck
By RYAN TUTAK
A garbage truck earmark
Ann Arbor's sister city in Ji
Nicaragua reached its dest
Wednesday evening. The 4,0
journey began in Ann Arbor J
The truck, delivered to the
American town as a gift fr
Ann Arbor Sister City Task F

By MARY CHRIS JAKLEVIC "We believe that any government
Ann Arbor Mayor Gerald Jernigan or branch of government that lacks
has called a special city council checks and balances is authoritative
meeting this Monday to discuss in nature. That is why we are de-
what police methods should be used manding that a citizen committee be
Ninety-seen yers o editorial =r=dm. to control late night crowds like the formed to oversee the police depart-
one that gathered at the intersection ment," said MSA Business School
of Church and South University Representative John Bhushan in a
Ann Arbor, Michigan -Friday, Auguat 7, 1987 streets during the Art Fairs. letter.
Four students - who either wit- Jernigan said he is currently in-
nessed or claimed to have been a part vestigating the possibility of a citi-
re a c s Sf of police brutality acts - told the zens' task force to oversee police
expected to help improve the city's together in peace instead of war;" said council last Mtsusive" p ocies after stening to the com-
ked for poor health conditions by providig James Eckroad, one of the truck month's fairs when officers cleared a He has requested information
uiapregular garbage pick-ups, a service drivers, as he handed the keys t o o nhsfisweofcrslaeda H hsrqutdifrmin
uigalpa, reuly ga ble to the city of Siles, the new mayor of Juigalpa, crowd of more than 1,000 people at from Madison, Wisconsin outlining
ination pre u yunaaia e y during a ceremony yesterday. the intersection. its citizen police task force, and he
00 mile "This donation is art of an effort The truck - also driven by Kurt The students and the Michigan plans to investigate other cities' po-
tuly 23. Th showiisp toa Ber end To Riek has be Student Assembly demanded that the lice oversight committees as a pos-
ram the person-to-person and town-to-town in Central America since Saturday. city to set up a citizen's committee sible model for one in Ann Arbor.
or s relations, and that people can live But adverse weather and poor road to oversee police procedures at last He expects to present them at the
orce,is See DRIVERS, Page 11 week's meeting. See STUDENTS, Page 4

Students protest poor
bike shop service

By GRACE HILL
At least 12 students and Ann Arbor
residents, angered by the quality of service
they received at the Student Bike Shop, have
decided to take legal action.
The group claims they have been "charged
for services not rendered" and they recently
joined together in an effort to create an effec-
tive claim against the shop. Gary Rothberger
of Student Legal Services said the more peo-
ple who testify, the stronger the claim will
be.
"We would like them to lose business,"
said Matthew Peretz, a recent LSA graduate
and organizer of the group. "We want to steer
people away from them. Most of all, we
would like the (incoming) freshman to know
about it."
The group formed after Peretz and his
roommate posted flyers around campus asking
people who have had problems with the bike
shop to call them at the number listed on the

flyer.
According to Peretz, he and his roommate
put up flyers for four or five nights straight,
but each morning all the signs would be re-
moved. "We put so many up, (figuring) that
at least ten percent would stay up," he said.
But Naomi Loy, co-owner of the bike
shop, said she was not familiar with the flyers
and did not know who took them down. Uni-
versity groundskeeping could not be reached
for comment.
"We've got 12 calls within the last couple
days," said Peretz. "If they left the signs up,
we'd probably have 100.
"We've gotten a lot of interesting stories,"
he added. One student claimed he had an acci-
dent resulting from the services performed by
the shop. "He had his back tire fixed there, but
they didn't tighten the bolt enough in back,
and the guy wiped out as a result," said Peretz.
See OWNERS, Page 11

Two employees of the Student Bike Shop talk outside of the
store. Ann Arbor residents and students are angry with the
se~rviethev've recepived atthesho.

MSA joins legal dispute- over meal contract

By MARTHA SEVETSON This week Phillips established a "We would like MSA to research
The Michigan Student Assembly Financial Aid Assistance Fund to the issue," Sutherland said. "If it is
teamed up with University student help students who need' financial factually supported, we think the
Michael Sutherland in his opposi- help join a possible class action suit students of this school should know
tion to the University's residence against the University. it." However, Sutherland said he has
hall meal contract this week. Al- Sutherland initiated the complaint made no commitment to working'
though the assembly is not formally with the University's Housing with the assembly.
involved with Sutherland and his at- Division last week - claiming that MSA has set up a hotline number
torney, MSA is conducting an he has not received the 13 meals per to take student complaints about the
investigation of the University's week guaranteed in his meal con- meal contract. Students who call
meal contract plan. tract. Although the contract does not may be asked if they would be will-
"We see a problem in this meal specify when the meals must be eat- ing to pursue the case in court -,
contract," said LSA representative en, the University limits students to which would probably involve over
Michael Phillips, chair of MSA's two meals per day. five years of litigation.
Student Rights Committee. "I'd Sutherland has hired an attorney, In addition, MSA has requested an
rather see everyone pursuing their but he has not decided if he intends audit of the Entree program and in-
own interests, rather than letting to file a class action suit or an indi- tends to hold public hearings in the
someone else do it for them." vidual complaint. fall. "We want students and parents

to say how the contract has affected
them," Phillips said. "We also want
housing administrators to come and
discuss why the contract is drawn up
as such."
Phillips said the assembly is
most concerned with whether or not
the lease is subject to Michigan state
housing laws, such as the Truth in
Renting Act and the Consumer Pro-
tection Act.
Sutherland - previously a land-
lord himself - is also primarily
concerned with the legality of the
contract. Although he believes the
University owes students a large
sum of money, Sutherland said that
See STUDENTS, Page 2

Sutnerlana..
challenges meal plan

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