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Page 2-The Michigan Daily-Friday, August 11,1989
D elegation protect a small child being beaten by closure order is a denial of Palestini-
soldiers, was himself beaten along ans' right to an education," said one
Continued from Page 1 with his wife, cousin, and father. delegation member.
administration, who wished to Despite such consequences, Bir The delegation also witnessed ex-
remain anonymous to protect their Zeit faculty have continued to edu- tensive signs of the power of the
safety, the delegation was gien a cate its students although under ex- popular educational program estab-
detailed description of what forced treme handicap. Meeting in homes, lished by the united leadership of the
closure has meant for the university. cars, churches, stores and mosques, Intifada while traveling to Beit Sahur
Close to 15 percent of the student always without books or laboratory on Monday.
population or roughly 270 univer- equipment, the intellectual life In Kafr Ni'ma a liberated zone,
sity students, have been arrested formerly carried on at Bir Zeit con- northwest of Jerusalem, popular edu-
since the beginning of the Intifada. tnues. cation allows children to receive an
The campus has been completely Many of the classes are restricted education in Palestinian culture and
closed so that no members of the to five or fewer students, because of history, which are illegal to teach in
university community have access to the need to maintain secrecy. Penal- government schools.
Bir Zeit research facilities or its ex- ties for teaching or participating in The PSC-MSA delegation was
tensive library, these alternative education classes sent to Palestine with a mandate to
Almost all books dealing with include immediate imprisonment, explore the possibility of establish-
Palestinian or Arab affairs have been often for at least six months. ing Bir Zeit as a sister university.
censored and many professors have "The extent to which the Israeli Later in the visit, the delegation will
been arrested or harassed. army has harassed these classes, meet with what is left of the Bir Zeit
Earlier, the delegation had talked small as they are, seems to indicate student council. Many of its mem-
with a Professor who in his effort to that the primary purpose behind the bers have been arrested or deported.
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Council1 and safety
unions deadlocked
The City Council and Ann Arbor's police and firefighter unions failed
Wednesday to reach a contract agreement after negotiating a deal in which
the police and firefighters receive pay-raises and retirement benefits in ex-
change for dropping a lawsuit against the city. The unions' lawsuit seeks
reimbursement of over $1 million in health insurance premiums to the
pension fund.
The Council approved contracts for all three police unions last Friday,
but tabled the proposal made by the firefighters union. Union officials re-
iterated Monday that they refuse to ratify any agreement until the contract
sought by the firefighters is also accepted.
"We've presented this thing all along as a coalition," said Sgt. Jack
Ceo, chief negotiator for the Ann Arbor Police Command Officers
If accepted by the unions, the approved police officers' contracts pro-
vide annual pay raises of one-half percent for the next two years, and
lower retirement age from 55 to 50 after 25 years of service.
The tabled firefighters' contract includes the same pay raise and retire-
ment age but adds a provision which prevents the city from attempting in
the future to limit firefighter 'roll-ins' - the process whereby accumu-
lated sick-leave, vacation days and compensatory time are included in the
retiree's pension calculation. This provision is the main reason council
members rejected the firefighters' contract.
In exchange for increased pay and retirement benefits, the police-fire
unions will drop a lawsuit they brought against the city. During the past
three years, over $1 million in health insurance premiums has been paid
from a surplus in the pension fund. These payments were supposed to
See Unions, Page 8
Area streets to close
The City of Ann Arbor and the University of Michigan Housing
Division will be joining forces during this year's dorm-opening weekend
by closing and/or re-routing traffic on 12 campus-area streets. The streets
will be closed from early Saturday, September 2nd until late Monday,
September 4th (Labor Day).
Alan Levy, Assistant Director of Housing at the University, said at
the City Council meeting Monday night that the University is hoping to
avoid the feelings of "ill will" generated annually when 10,000 students
and their families converge on Ann Arbor, snarling traffic for miles,
trapping emergency vehicles and buses, and angering both Ann Arbor
residents and students who are trying to move in.
"In the past, some parents' and students' first contact with the
University was a negative experience. We want it to be a positive
experience," said Levy.
Don Mason, assistant city administrator at the Ann Arbor Police
Department said, "We think it will make a better arrangement - better
than in the past. We've had complaints from city residents and families of
students - it's just been a general hassle."
See Streets, Page 8
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