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SUMMER WEEKLY
. WN Midtgantail
One hundred three years of editorial freedom
S A Ag n J @1994 The Michigan Daily

Roach
must give
LI papers,
judge says

City blasts 'U'
office purchase

*Ronnie Glassberg
ALLY NEWS EDITOR
The six-year court battle over the
Jniversity Board of Regents' presi-
ential search, which selected James J.
)uderstadt, may have entered its final
hapter.
Last Wednesday Washtenaw
ounty Circuit Judge Patrick Conlin
rdered Thomas Roach, a regent at the '
of the search, to surrender four
ocumentsfromthepresidentialsearch
the Detroit Free Press and Booth{
Jewspapers, which owns The Ann
trbor News.
The ruling stems from the regents'
988 presidential search, in which the
ewspapers sued the University for
iolating the state's Open Meetings
~ct.
In March, the regents agreed to turn
* their papers to the newspapers,
fter losing an appeal to the Michigan
upreme Court. Roach, however, in-
ependently decided not to turn over
aur of his documents.
"He was acting inan officialcapac-
Ly. He has, in our view, official Pu osradKr adnrwr
sr the Free Press. "He held that they 1 1 ~
ecords," said Herschel Fink, attorney Aft fa Lr1Iake
rere his records. The court ruled that
* were not." By Beth Harris
Roach said Monday he does not DAILY STAFF REPORTER
now whether he will appeal the rul- Crowds will take over the streets of
ag. He said the papers that he refused Ann Arbor today, blocking students
turn over were personal notes on the rushing to class and taking every last
andidates to help him select the presi- parking spot.
ent. It's time for the Ann Arbor Art Fair,
"These papers were not things that the largest fair in the nation.
ere communicated to the regents. As L"We have over 1,000 artists at the
ar as I'm concerned, those were not a fairs. It is by far the largest in the
art of the public record," he said. "The nation,"said Susan Froelich, coordina-
ers that I did turn over dealt with tor of the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair,
iings like what the different advisory which is held on South University.
ommittees' input was into the pro- The whole event, frequently referred
ess." to as the Ann Arbor Art Fair, is actually
Ed Petykiewicz, editor of The Ann three concurrent art fairs that attract up
.rbor News, said he does not know to 500,000 visitors.
hat information Roach's papers will The Ann Arbor Street Art Fair is the
veal about the search. original of the three fairs and is cel-
"I think it's important that the Su- ebrating its 35th year. The other two
reme Court's decision be upheld and fairs are the State Street Art Fair on
public records are given to the State Street and the Summer Art Fair
u lic," he said. held on Main Street.
On Sept. 28, 1993 the court ruled 4- "The oldest of the three fairs, the
that the University violated the state Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, is the small-.
See ROACH, Page 2 est and most intimate, but also has -In

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By James M. Nash
DAILY EDITOR IN CHIEF
With its latest property purchase
last Thursday - a corporate office for
$7.65 million - the University struck
another blow to Ann Arbor's fragile
tax base, city leaders charged.
The purchase of the Eisenhower
Corporate Park West office will de-
prive the city of $37,700 a year in tax
revenues by removing the South In-
dustrial Street property from the tax
rolls. University property is tax ex-
empt.
Universityofficialsaccusedthecity
of viewing the purchase in the narrow-
est of terms, ignoring the economic
windfall the University provides.
The purchase sparked the latest
flare-up in a long-running debate over
whether the University's appetite for
property is taking a bite out of taxpay-
ers' pockets.Thetwosidesalsodispute
whether the University is obligated to
informthecityofprojects,programsor
other initiatives that could affect the
surrounding community.
"It is apparent that the University
does not consider the impact of its
actions on the city of Ann Arbor indi-
cating a lack of corporate/social re-
sponsibility to this community," City
Administrator Alfred Gatta told City
Council members upon learning of last

Thursday's purchase.
Gatta's comments drew the ire of
University spokesperson Lisa Baker,
who responded: "I very much disagree
with his assertion that we lack corpo-
rate and social responsibility to the
community. There's all sorts of evi-
dence to the contrary. That's all I have
to say about that."
The building purchase was ap-
provedlastThursday by the University
BoardofRegentsoverobjectionsfrom
Regent Deane Baker (R-Ann Arbor).
He labeled the purchase price "exces-
sive."
City assessment records peg the
property at $4.48 million, although the
University's own assessor claims the
value as $7.15 million.
Executive Vice President and Chief
Financial Officer Farris W. Womack
said the University will recoup the dif-
ference between the assessment and
purchase price with a year's rent from
non-University tenants.
The 73,300-square-foot Eisen-
hower building was owned by a
Romulus-basedcorporationandleased
to seven tenants, including three Uni-
versity Hospitals departments.
Womack said the purchase will help
reducethe University'slease bill,which
reached $511,000 last month.
See CrrY, Page 2

DOUGLAS KANTER/Das#y
esterday to prepare art fair booths,
s over streets

unfailing reputation for high-quality
artists in a variety of media, from all
over the United States," Froelich said.
Whether looking for a painting or a
sculpture, a sketching or handmade
jewelry, the best thing to remember at
the fair is to be patient.
"There are several thousands of
people here for the fair. In addition to
the normal demand for parking, the fair
causes some big parking problems,"
said Jack Donaldson, director of the
Building Department for Ann Arbor.
Students should exercise patience
as well, because getting around cam-
pus during the fair can be difficult.
"It's annoying. There are all these
people, the streets are shut off and stuff
- it's a pain," said LSA first-year
student Sandy Chu.
Donaldson advises visitors to take
advantage of the park-and-ride shuttles
available through the Ann ArborTrans-
portation Authority.
Shuttles to the fair run from
Seer' FaPage 2

Band director Revelli dies

By Frank C. Lee
DAILY STAFF REPORTER
Renowned University of Michigan
Marching Band director emeritus, Wil-
liam D. Revelli, died Saturday night of
heart failure at St. Joseph Mercy Hos-
pital. He was 92.
For 37 years, Revelli had directed
the University's bands, during which
the marching band gained international
recognition. The University's band
building-Revelli Hall-was named
in his honor in 1973.
LSA senior Rick Lowe played oc-
casionally under Revelli's direction
during his four years in the University
marching band.
"I felt like I was truly in the pres-
ence of greatness, not just in terms of
his bandmanship, but really his kind-
ness and caring," said Lowe, the presi-
dent of Kappa Kappa Psi, a national
honorary band fraternity. "He really

was a living legend.
"Hewasincompletecontrol,"Lowe
said. "He would really elicita response
from a band that
was unmatched ...><
He wouldn't take
anythingbutexcel-
lence because he
knew he could get " .
it from people he
was directing."
Born in Colo-
rado on Feb. 12,
1902, Revelli was Revelli
affectionately re-
ferred to as "The Chief' by band mem-
bers: He retired from his post in 1972.
But Revelli continued to accept nearly
100 engagements as clinician, adviser,
lecturer and guest conductor to bands
worldwide.
"He was a treasure to be around,"
See REVELLI, Page 2

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