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Vol. LXXX, No. 140

Ann Arbor, Michigan-Sunday, March 22, 1970

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Stu dents

may face acute


housing shortage

Daily News Analysts
First of Two Parts
Are you looking for a place to live
next fall? Chances are good that you
will not find the place you want, if
you find one at all.
"Things are going to be damn tight
-if not critical next fall," says Ed-
ward Salowitz, assistant director of
University housing.
"Tight" means that there may be a
marked scarcity next fall in the type
of housing students want-dormitory
rooms and apartments close to cam-
pus without exorbitant rents. Uni-
versity Housing Director John Feld-
kamp says there may be some vacan-
cies in four-man apartments next
fall, but he adds that these dwellings
are often costly.

In order
crisis last

to alleviate the housing
year (an inordinate

amount of freshman were unable to
obtain accommodations in the resi-
dence halls), the housing office lo-
cated about 100 of these four-man
apartments. But indications are that
not very many of these will be avail-
able next fall.
"We don't have any vacancies
now," says Bob Schram, manager of
Charter ,Realty. "We expect it to be
tight next year."
The situation appears to be .the
same for Summit Associates, one of
the largest companies in town, as
well as for Apartments Limited.
"We've been full all year," explains
Apartment Limited's Tom Burnham.
"It looks real good for next year."

Daniel Boothby, an International
Socialists member who prepared a
Student Government Council refer-
endum on University construction of
low-cost housing, says that Ann
Arbor has approximately a two per
cent vacancy rate, which he says is
substantially lower than the national
average which ranges between 5 and
10 per cent.
"Where are the factors that prom-
ise relief?" Boothby asks. "Enroll-
ments are not going to drop (Salo-
witz says there may be a student
increase of about 400), Ann Arbor
is going to grow, and there is no sign
people are going to build single stu-
dent apartments in large quantity.
"In the interim, rents will have
skyrocketed, forcing more people to
commute and live farther away from

campus and people
live in uncertified

will continue to
buildings," says

While Boothby and housing offi-
cials speak firmly of a shortage in
"quality" student housing, it is pres-
ently uncertain-but by no means
impossible-that an absolute short-
age in housing will also materialize.
An absolute shortage would mean
simply that there are no more new
places to live, says Boothby.
The possibility of the shortage oc-
curring in University dormitories is
unclear. At present, housing officials
believe there will be enough space in
the dorms for returning students and
incoming freshman. But if the en-
rollment increase exceeds their esti-
mates, the dorms could also face a
shortage similar to last fall.

In any event, the dorm situation
will be sufficiently tight to prevent
some male transfer students from
living there, says Feldkamp.
Feldkamp recognized the possibil-
ity of an absolute shortage as early
as April of last year.
In a memorandum sent to Acting
Vice President for Student Affairs
Barbara Newell on April 1, 1969, he
wrote, ". . . some concrete effort
(should) be shown by the University
toward easing a tight housing situa-
tion. More recent developments would
indicate that we may be facing an
absolute housing shortage as early as
Fall, 1970, and even if we started
a new project today it would be Fall,
1971, before it would open."
So the situation appears tight for
next fall. The reasons, according to

Salowitz, appear to be based on the
large increases in University enroll-
ment in recent years and a tight
money situation which has prevented
construction of new dwellings.
What particularly disturbs stu-
dent radicals is their belief that the
gradual rise in rents-which they
say was produced by the increase in
enrollment and consequential lower-
ing of apartment vacancies-forced
out a number of working people,,par-
ticularly blacks. These people could
not afford to pay the steadily-rising
rents and consequently moved out-
side Ann Arbor-to Dexter, Ypsi-
lanti and other communities.
One IS member blames the Univer-
sity for this, saying that it could have
offset the dramatic effect of its en-

rollment increases by constructing
low-cost University housing. This, he
maintains, would have forced land-
lords, through competition, to lower
their rent, which in turn would allow
the working people to return to Ann
And what is the outlook for the
next several years? Will the housing
shortage become more acute-to the
extent that there is no new housing
available in Ann Arbor?
The answer presently is uncertain,
but it appears the situation is bound
to worsen.
Landlords expect their apartments
to continue to have low vacancies
and forsee increases in rent.
"As far as the future," says Salo-
witz, "it would appear that as long as
See HOUSING, Page 8

-Associated Press
The Band
Two members of the Band share the-experience of country-rock music with an
enthusiastic audience in the Events Bldg. last night. See Review, Page 2.
U of isconsin slrit down
as TA strik econties
RSs t'.0k c nues

for BAM
Over 125 members of the Coalition to
Support the Black Action Movement met
yesterday afternoon to organize and estab-
lish working committees for their part in
the Black Action Movement's on-going
The classroom strike, called by BAM in
response to the Regents' decision Thursday
on increased minority admission, will con-
tinue, spokesmen say, until the Regents
meet the demands or BAM leaders call it off.
The Regents established a "goal" Thurs-
day of 10 per cent black enrollment at the
University by 1972-73. BAM leaders said the
Regents did not make a firm commitment,
however, and also say the Regents did not
act on other BAM demands.
The strike began Friday with picketing,
leafletting, and related demonstrations
largely in the Diag area.
At their meeting yesterday the Coalition
established a "coordinating committee" of
about 21 people which is broken down into
a "liaison committee," "task committee
chairmen," and five "geographical area rep-
The coordinating committee is designed to
feed information on Coalition activities and
functions through the liaison committee to
the BAM leadership, explained one liaison
committee member.
A committee was also established to or-
ganize and staff the New Mobe office on
the first floor SAB as "Coalition Headquart-
Picketing and leafleting committees were
also established as well as a Liberation
school committee which will seek to pro-
vide a place where people may go to discuss
BAM demands and the Regents' response if
they are unsure about striking.
Another mass meeting for the Coalition
will be held this afternoon on the second
floor of the SAB at 4 p.m.
The Executive Council of University Ac-
tivities Center announced supportdyester-
day for the strike. "We feel. the demands
are just and should be met," the council
said in a statement published today.
Student Government Council passed a re-
solution yesterday to "put all polling booths
for student elections outside the picket
"No one should have to cross a picket line
in order to democratically participate," the
SGC resolution stated.

-Associated Press
RANK AND FILE MEMBERS of Branch 36 of the National Association of Letter Car-
ciers demonstrate yesterday to emphasize their decision to remain on strike. The vote
to continue the strike came despite the advice of union leaders.



The University of Wisconsin is nearly shut
down, student leaders say, as a strike by
800 teaching assistants moves into its sev-
enth day.
Teaching assistants, who teach 60 per cent
of all undergraduate hours at Wisconsin,
voted to strike last Monday after rejecting
a proposed contract the university had sub-
mitted to them Sunday night.
Although Chancellor Edwin Young said
the university would refuse to negotiate
while the strike is going on, both sides have
agreed to discuss the issues with labor med-
iator 'Nathan Feinsinger, who helped settle
the 1967 Detroit newspaper strike.
The University has attempted to get an
injunction from the Madison city court
to halt the strike. However, the admin-
istration will not know until Tuesday if'
the court will grant the injunction.
The university is seeking the injunction
on the grounds that teaching assistants are

public employees who are prohibited, from
striking under state law.
The university and the TA's have been
negotiating since last May over a new
contract. However, formal negotiations broke
down in January when the teaching assist-
ants claimed that no progress was being
The TA's have been demanding:
-A guarantee that students and TA's
will be able to participate in university de-
cision-making, especially on curriculum mat-
-Restrictions on the size of classes;
-An appointment process guaranteeing
at least a half-time appointment and rehir-
ing unless TA is found "unsuitable";
-A better grievance procedure to appeal
hiring and firing decisions; and
-A 'system of TA evaluations which in-
cludes a review of teaching by a committee
composed of equal numbers of students, fac-
ulty members and administrators.

strikes fear at


City postal
on strike
Mail service in Ann Arbor came to a halt
yesterday morning as members of the Na-
tional Association of Letter Carriers (NALC)
walked off their jobs.
The "job action" by letter carriers, ve-
hicle maintenance personnel, mailhandlers
and building maintenance personnel is in
support of nationwide demands for higher
Among the major demands by the letter
carriers is an increase in pay from the
present maximum of $8,442 which is reached
after 21 years of service to a maximum of
$11,700 which would be reached after only 8
years of work.
Other demands include clearly defined
job rules which would apply to managers
as well as ordinary workers, and apparatus
for collective bargaining
Letter carriers at the W. Stadium post
office left their jobs about 8:30 a.m. in spite
of a statement read by Louis Brough, presi-
dent of NALC local 34, which urged the
workers to stay on their jobs for five days
while national leaders of the letter carriers
union try to reach an agreement with rep-
resentatives of the U.S. Department of
The statement was drafted at an emir-
gency meeting of all local presidents in
Washington D.C. on Friday. The five day
moratorium on all strike activity is part of
a tentative agreement negotiated by NALC
President James Rademacher and Labor
Secretary George Shultz.
Letter carriers at the Main St. Post Office
walked off their jobs yesterday after learn-
ing that carriers at the Stadium branch were
The wildcat strike in Ann Arbor is similar
to action taken in other cities. Even if Ann
Arbor mailmen return to work next week,
mail service will not resume unless postal
workers in other cities also return to their
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At last week's city council meeting, Ma-
yor Robert Harris called upon the Univer-
sity, and "other forward looking landlords"
to voluntarily adopt escrow arrangements
for the handling of tenant's damage depos-
its as outlined by a new city ordinance en-
acted at that meeting.
However, Director of University Housing
John Feldkamp says the University, at least
for the time being, will not adopt the new
The orinance, which, because of legal
questions over city authority in the area is
currently voluntary, allows the city clerk,
or the clerk's agent, to hold in escrow a
tenant's damage deposit when so requested
by the landlord.
The landlord and tenant, under this ar-
rangement, must negotiate how much - if
any - of the deposit will be used for dam-
ages. In case of disagreement, a neutral
third party decides the issue.
Feldkamp says the University will not use
the experimental new system.
The University does not use a normal
damage deposit arrangement," Feldkamp
See HARRIS, Page 8
- . .1

Daily News Analysis
Is police presence on campus increasing?
The police say no, but a number of students
are expressing a wariness of walking at
night-not for fear of the dark but of con-
frontation with police.
An onrush of reported get-together be-
tween students and police indicates either
police are suddenly more "conscientious"
or the students are paranoid.
Police can currently be seen rapping with
the students in the SAB or soaking up the
sun with the gang in front of P.J.'s.
Students and police can't always meet
spring together, though.
Yesterday a delighted group of Residential




ts to'elect government

College students took advantage of the sun
and a pile of bricks left by workmen around
East Quad, and relaxed by building houses
with the blocks. A girl on the third floor
added to the fun by opening her windows
and sending music from her stereo down
to the group below.
It did not last long, for the police felt
out of it this time and sent the group in-
doors with a reprimand for playing with
dangerous objects.
Nightime brings the police and students
even closer together.
Students generally preferring to remain
anonymous, report being stopped by the
blue-coated gents and asked for I.D. without
being told why. One told of being searched.
A group of four students said they were
walking down Thompson street when they
were stopped and questioned by a policeman.
After giving their names, they asked why
they were being stopped. As they asked
three squad cars pulled up alongside. Both
groups agreed that they had little informa-
tion for each other, and moved on.
Last Thursday evening and Friday morn-
ing saw a step-up in activity, although per-
haps the police have been denied their fair
share of the publicity.
Early Friday morning three students
driving along S. University Ave. were stop-
ped and informed that the police were
"checking out" everyone in the area.
"We gave him our drivers licenses, as he
requested, and offered him a doughnut-
we had just come from Dunkin' Donuts-
which he refused," said one of the students.
"They drove off without even saying good-
night," he added. The students went on to
their dorm.
Though students seem sure there is a
heavier concentration of police in the cam-
pus area, officials offer information to the
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LSA students will choose a president, vice presi-
dent, and a 10-man executive council for the proposed
literary college student government during the elec-
tions Tuesday and Wednesday.
At the same time, the students will vote on ratifi-
cation of a constitution outlining the structure of the
If the constitution is approved, the government will
consist of an assembly composed of students repre-
senting each of the college's departments and a 10-man
executive council, whose members will be elected at-
large from the LSA student body.
SeveN of the council members will be elected for a
full year, and three for one term; whether they will
take office is dependent on the adoption of the con-
stitution. #

to all courses and favors granting credit for courses
taught by the Free University.

Ford proposes extensive activity in the area of
curriculum, including work towards extending the pass-
fail option to all freshm'en and sophomores in the near
future, and student-faculty parity on tenure committees
and all other decision making-bodies.
Brand and Ford also "strongly encourage students
in the various departments to organize themselves and
press for change through the department and through
the student assembly."
Gerald Cole and Andrew Hoffman are running on a
ticket for president and vice president of the govern-
ment. Both say their area of greatest concern is be-
ginning the operation of each part of the new govern-
ment. The candidates say much of their efforts will be
directed toward organizing the assembly, which will
have over 100 members.

provide the bulk of the activity and the leadership of
the government.
Through the council, the two say they hope to
"change the curriculum so that students are free to do
what they want" and to "reorganize the decision-mak-
ing process in the college."
Brian Sheridan, Ron Schurin, and Jeff Tirengel are
running for seats on the executive council on a "Boston
Tea Party" ticket.
Sheridan stresses "student control over student af-
fairs" as a major concern of all three candidates on
the ticket. The candidates also want to see increased
student involvement in the college decision-making and
tenure policy, as well as increased use of pass-fail
Schurin emphasizes that "we have to establish our
legitimacy first."
Tirengel says that a long-run aim of the candidates
is to "break down the departmental structure in the
literary college."



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