AGENDA s interested in receiving ítems from you for etcétera. Press clippings, press releases, summaries of local events and any other ideas or suggestions are welcome. Just mail them to: Etcétera Editor, AGENDA, 220 S. Main Sí., Ann Arbor, MI 43104 Silent Auction Report AGENDA sends a big "thanks" to everyone who contributed to the success of our Silent Auction. We have ralsed nearly $ 1 , 1 50 to date. There vas a total of 83 bids on 71 available itens This was the first time AGENDA has attempted to raise funds through an auction. We have learned several ways in which to make it better, should we repeat it next year. For those of you who forgot about the silent auction until it was too late, here's advance warning to watch for it next November! An especially big thanks goes out to all the businesses and individuals who donated goods and services. We encourage AGENDA readers to take note of the list of donors and patronize them! EMU's Hotel Goes Bust The Radisson on the Lake hotel, part of a public-private complex which includes Eastern Michigan University's Corporate Education Center (CEC) and golf course, has failed. As EMU studente were taking finals, a federal bankruptcy judge lifted chapter 1 1 bankruptcy protection ïrom developer Huron Shores Limited Partnership. The general partner in the firm is Joseph Levin, a cousin of U.S. Senator Cari Levin. While Joseph Levin sought a $3.5 million bailout, the State of Michigan, which has $23 million from their employees' pension fund sunk into the project, objected to the plan. As the largest creditor, the state will get the hotel. The City ofYpsilanti and YpsilantiTownship stand to lose investments of $2.1 million and $500,000, respectively. A preliminary study predicted that a hotel built at the Radisson 's location would fall. Developers, however, hoped that the CEC would bring in enough business to fill the $ 1 00 per night rooms. This never happened, and the hotel never showed a profit. EMU now plans to transfer the CEC to the Eastem Michigan University Foundation, an allegedly private Corporation that the regents created with university assets. Election Results, Reproduction Rights Female candidates gained seats recently in both state and federal elections. In Michigan, nine new women candidates were elected to the House, boosting their overall represen tation to almost 25 percent. There was a net gain of two strong pro-choice votes and three with mixed records on the subject. Forty-six out of 1 1 0 representatives are now strongly pro-choice and seven have mixed records. No State Senate seats were up for election. In the U.S. House of Representatives, 48 out of the 1 06 women who ran for office were elected, raising the total number of women lawmakers from 29 to 48. In the Senate, five out of the 1 1 women who ran won, increasing the number of women senators from two to six. There was no gain in the overall number of pro-choice Senate members, but the choice gain in the House is 1 8 seats . Burial Lots Available Arborcrest Memorial Park has accepted several donations of burial lots for use by those in financial need. The lots (both traditional and cremation) are free of charge and can be pre-assigned. No time is too soon to plan for your burial estáte. If you are in need, contact Arborcrest at 761-4572. Oxfam America Benefit at the Ark On Thurs., Jan. 14 Oxfam America will hold a benefit concert to raise funds for the organization's work in Somalia and Southern África. Oxfam is an internationally respected non-proflt agency which funds disaster relief and self-help development projects in África, Asia and Laün America. Rex Balie (of Rex Balie & The Last Cali) wlll open the show wlth a solo set of blues & rockabilly. Shari Kane, Dave Steele & Dave Morris wlll perform as a trio. The show beglns at 8 pm at the Ark, 637 1 2 S. Main. Cover is $6 at the door. For more Information cali Bob at 76 1 -2509. Listen to Tenant Talk! The Ann Arbor Tenants Union is now sponsoring a program on WCBN FM 88.3, Mondays from 6:30 to 7 pm. Leam about repairs, withholdlng rent, lease breaking, evictions, privacy, sexual harassment, bugs, heat and weatherization, and more. To leam more, cali the AATU at 936-3076. Forum: Black Political Prisoners Former Black Panther political prisoners Dhoruba Bin Wahad (who served over 19 years in New York prisons) and Ahmad Abdur-Rahman (imprisoned over 21 years in Michigan) will speak about Black political prisoners in the U.S. on Wed. Jan. 20 at 7 pm at the U-M Power Center. Wayne State Univ. Professor Gloria House, an activist who led the campaign to free Rahman, and another possible surprise guest wlll also speak. For more information cali the Baker-Mandela Center at 1 809. U-M Hosts Health Care Conference "Building Coaltions for Children" is a three-day health conference beginning Jan. 1 6 that will address community-based health care for children and women. Faye Wattleton, former President of Planned Parenthood, will kick off the conference wlth a talk on "Equality and Justice: Women's Unfinished Health Care Agenda." The flrst two days of the conference will focus on children' s health issues, while the third will be devoted entirely to women's health. The conference wlll be held at theTowsley Center of the U-M Medical School. The cost is $15 ($10 for students). The third day is free and open to the public. For more information cali Arleen Bradford at 936-9800. Lesbian & Gay Film Series Begins The U-M Women's Studies Program Is sponsoring a winter semester Lesbian and Gay Film Series. Films will be shown at 7 pm in Angelí Hall, Aud. B. The series runs through April 9. Two films by Marión Riggs are scheduled for Jan. 15. Tongues Tied," is about the African-American gay community in San Francisco and "No Regrets" is about flve seropositive Black gay men who speak of their individual confrontation with AIDS through music and poetry. Two films by Su Friedrich will be shown on Jan. 29. "Damned if You Don't" is a vivid portrait of a young nun fightlng a losing battle wlth her sexual desires. It combines narrative and experimental elements, among them the testimony from the trial of a 1 7th century nun accused of lesbian relations. "First Comes Love," Friedrich's newest film, wlth footage of four traditional weddings accompanied by an ironie medley of love songs will also be shown. For more info. cali 763-2047.
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