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The painted words "Where is our
anti-racist shanty?? Burned to the
ground" cover the charred remains .
where the Diag's anti-apartheid sym- ~
bol once stood.
The wooden shanty, built in 1986 y
to protest South African apartheid,
was found in flames by a campus se-
curity official at 3:30 a.m. Saturday,
according to the report by the Uni-
versity Department of Public Safety.
"The fact that people have torn
down the shanty consistently and
have now gone to the trouble of
burning it portrays the climate we're
continually struggling against," said
United Coalition Against Racism Protest ROBIN LOZNAK/Daily
member Lillien Waller, a recent LSA Members of various student groups protest the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and
graduate. Gaza strip on State Street last Saturday. The groups planned the protest to coincide
ANN ARBOR Fire Department with Israel's 40th anniversary.
officials said a gas can in the rubble
suggested that the shanty had been " " "
doused in gasoline and set ablaze. A
second shanty was covered with W o k h po ejom n rte
gasoline, but not set on fire, said " ""
Fire Marshal Ed Soper. The fire was introduc on o o'U'1ifS
hot enough to melt a nearby Diag
light globe. BY SHEALA DURANT the University just represents the "It was really worthwhile," said
"There was really not much of an About 200 newly-admitted outside world and students should Bonita Ballard, of Jackson, Mich.
really weren't many people to inter- minority students and their parents not be discouraged. (They) need to Jennifer Taylor, a workshop student
relywrn' any pee towere introduced to University living, feel a strong sense of self to address participant from Detroit, added that
vwaroudg ta the pbisafe financial aid, and academics last Sat- those issues as a new student," the workshop was "very inspira-
According to the public safety re- urday at the Comprehensive Studies Brown said. tional and every student should be a
Cozak said he saw a group of four 18 Program's annual minority work- CSP, which is part of the LSA, part of it."
to 20-year-old men walking toward a shop. works to increase the retention and
car on State Street in front of the The students attended academic graduation rates of students through School of Architecture junior Vi-
Law Club at 3:35 am, Cozak, who workshops led by University faculty programs such as intensive lan- viana Aliaga, a student host at the
recorded part of the car's license plate designed to introduce them to col- guage, science, and math courses. workshop, called it "something that
nerd aif the garou losed lege-level math, science and English The program also offers tutorials, should be done every year for all
"usi ioup k courses, while the parents attended skills workshops, and personalized minority students," adding that it
suspiciour Pol S Joh workshops on topics including counseling. "brought parents closer to student
nn or Pice gt. n housing, academics, and how to help CSP counselor Lola Jones said concerns,"
Bodershatz said the police may know their children cope with college life. she hoped the workshop would pro-
the car's identity by next weck. CSP Associate Director Terrence vide the students with "information
"I STILL don't know why (the Brown said parents in one workshop that will be helpful in their progress
campus security report) didn't get "raised the issue of racism on this here" and "resources so that their
turned in sooner," said Sgt. John campus and 'what will it be like for stay will be successful." *
Bodershatz of the Ann Arbor Police my son or daughter?' The workshop drew favorable re- S A1
Department. "(Participants) generally agreed sponses from students.
Bodershatz called the delay
"unfortunate" and said he did not re- .
ceive public safety's report until
yesterday - although University -
Assistant Director of Safety Robert
Pifer said the police were given a re-
port on Monday or Tuesday. CORNER OF STATE AND HILL
Free South Africa Coordinating 9 44040
Committee member Elizabeth Paige,
an LSA junior, said FSACC mem-
bers will rebuild the shanty Monday
at 5:00 p.m.
MSA President Mike Phillips, an
LSA senior, said MSA may offer a
$1000 reward for information leading
to the apprehension of the arsonists. ALL YOU CAN EAT PIZZA
FSACC and other campus groups
have organized a task force to conduct Every TUESDAY and WEDNESDAY 340 S. STATE ST. UPST
their own investigation of the the $350 6.O'p.m.to9O OPEN
shanty's destruction. - -

shops for
Members of the Lesbian and Gay
Rights Organizing Committee, re-
fusing to keep their homosexuality
in the closet, took it to Briarwood
Mall instead last Saturday.
Six gay and lesbian couples be-
longing to the group held hands and
put their arms around one another
during a "shopping trip" intended to
educate the public about the presence
of homosexuality in society and to
urge citizens to recognize gay and
lesbian rights.
"We are an economic and political
force, and we have civil rights," said
LSA senior Joe Sottile, one of the
shoppers. "People should know
we're in the community, and be
willing to deal with us."
The LaGROC shoppers spent the
afternoon browsing and buying at
various stores throughout the mall,
hoping to prompt reactions from
other shoppers, although they gar-
nered little more than a few disap-
proving glances.
"Sometimes it was as if people
didn't even notice us," said LSA se-
nior Ginny McCulloh.
A female LaGROC member, who
asked to remain anonymous, de-
scribed the public reaction to appar-
ently homosexual couples a s
"typical" of people's reactions to
gays and lesbians in general.
Saturday's shopping trip was not
the frst'such public display held by
LaGROC. Linda, a LaGROC mem-
ber who refused to give her last
name, said members had recently
gone out as a group to campus bars
such as Charlie's.
AIRS 994-3888

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