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Recent breakdowns in water and
heating units as well as complaints
from tenants have raised the pos-
sibility of shoddy construction at
the 18-story University Towers
apartment building which houses
more than 600 students.
But the overall quality of the
building is consistent with the
Ann Arbor Building Code and with
other- apartments being construct-
ed across the country, Leo Meyers,
the building's manager said yes-
Student Government Council
member Robert Bodkin, '67, spon-
sor of a motion for a proposed
Student Housing Association to
increase student participation in
the area of off-campus housing,
said last week that he felt Uni-
versity Towers was built without
special concern for quality.
Monday night, several students
living in apartments not receiving
adequate heat and hot water
staged a "sleep-in" to protest con-.
ditions in the building.
At the present time, residents on
the two lower floors of the build-
ing, located at South University
and South Forest, are not receiv-
ing sufficient heat when the out-
door temperature falls below 20

degrees. The city heating inspec-
tor, who was called by some of the
tenants, has made several visits
to the building in recent weeks.
Heating and plumbing firms are
working on the problem, Meyers
said, but the cause of it has not
yet been determined for certain.
However, Meyers explained, the
city's central water-softening
plant fails to eliminate some min-
erals such as calcium carbonate.
These minerals apparently affect
the heating coils used in the
building, causing a drop in water
temperature as well as insufficient
heat, A special water-softening
plant will be installed in the build-
ing in an attempt to eliminate
the problem, Meyers said.
During a cold spell early this
month, three water pipes burst
on three different floors of the
building, causing flooding and
some damage to several apart-
ments. The residents were im-
mediately relocated to other apart-
ment units, Meyers said.
The burst pipes were not caus-
ed by faulty materials, the man-
ager contended.
"Any building needs a shake-
down cruise and a break in the
connections here and there can
be expected," he said. There are

more than 100,000 water and heat-
ing connections in the building,
Meyers noted.
Delbert Stainbrook, city heating
inspector, said he would have no
statement to make on the Uni-
versity Towers problem until after
he completes his investigation,
probably Friday.
However, the city director of
Building and Safety Engineering,
C. J. Wheeler told the Daily he
doubted a basic flaw in the build-
ing's heating system. He also de-
clined further comment.
The owners of the building,
Town Realty Corp. of Milwaukee,
Wis., were called to Ann Arbor
for consultations on the heat and
water problems. The firm is active
in student apartments and other
real estate projects throughout the
The city has the power to close
the building if it is found that
the building code standards have
not been fulfilled. But all phases
of the building satisfactorily pass-
ed their original inspection,
Meyers reported. There will be
periodic reinspection of the entire
building, including the heating
units, but this is a common pro-
cedure which applies to most large

"There is no possibility that I tract tenants. Those which fail

can see that the building will be
closed down by the city," Meyers
Some residents have charged
that the building has skimped on
basic quality construction while
attempting to attract residents
with luxury features such as a
spacious lounge with two color
television sets, a swimming pool
and a pool table. There have been
frequent complaints about the
thinness of the walls separating
apartment units.
Meyers admitted that the walls
"aren't the greatest thickness in
construction" but emphazized that
University Towers is a studentj
building with an atmosphere simi-
lar to that of a fraternity or dor-
"You can't expect complete
quiet in a building like this," he
said, noting that he had turned'
away some married couples who
had attempted to rent apart-
ments. "They would have found
it much too noisy here," Meyers
As far as the luxury attractions
are concerned, Meyers noted that
Ann Arbor apartment buildings
must offer air conditioning and
other attractions in order to at-

to provide luxury services find it
difficult to rent and are forced
to reduce their prices, he said.
The manager admitted that the
garbage piled up in 'plastic bags in
the building's basement does con-
stitute a health hazard, but that
a storage room is under construc-
tion to store the garbage' until it
can be collected. The building
originally had a trash chute sys-
tem but the failure of tenants to
cooperate, caused a complete
blockage of the chute by card-
board boxes and other oversize
items, Meyers said. Plastic bags
in an enclosed closet on each floor
are now uzed to collect trash.
A city health department
spokesman told the Daily no in-
vestigation had been undertaken
of the University Towers problem
because such difficulties are han-
dled "on a complaint basis." So
far, there have been no complaints
from building residents on gar-
bage disposal methods.
He noted, however, that a rou-
tine inspection trip of the
premises recently had turned up
no evidence of any health hazards.
The building has been victimized
by extensive vandalism, mostly
See HEAT, Page

-Daily-Robert Sheffield
A DISGRUNTLED RESIDENT of University Towers, Paul Pavlik, '66, staged a "sleep in". Monday
' night to protest inadequate heat and hot water In his fourth-floor apartment. Building officials
said yesterday steps are being taken to correct the problem, which has affected two floors of the
.18-story structure.

Panhel Vote
Predicted as
'Very Close'
Meeting Next Week
Decides Outcome of
Membership Group
The Panhellenic Association vote
on the issue of a membership com-
mittee, scheduled to take place
next Wednesday, will be "very
close," Panhel President Laura
Fitch, '66, said yesterday. The
vote, which has been postponed
twice in the past two months, will
determine whether or not Panhel
will establish a committee that,
like the present Membership Com-
mittee of Inter-Fraternity Coun-
cil, would investigate and com-
bat discrimination in sorority
membership selection.
Miss Fitch said that most of
the opposition from University
chapters is based on the feeling
that "the SGC membership com-
mittee could handle the issue of
discriminationhmore theffectively
than a Panhel committee."
She emphasized that, if a house
votes "no" this does not neces-
sarily mean that it practices dis-
crimination. "This isn't a black
and white issue," she said.
Settle Discrimination
Miss Fitch said that she per-
sonally thinks -the membership
committee is "a very good idea,
and the most effective way to set-
. tle problems of discrimination. It
makes the sorority system self-
regulating, rather than working
with an outside group."
The committee would consist of
five sorority members chosen by
the Panhel executive committee.
However, only the presidents'
council would have the power to
impose sanctions on an offend-
ing house, and these sanctions
could be appealed to the executive
council. The maximum penalty
would be the loss of all Panhel-
lenic privileges.
Miss Fitch commented that, par-
tially because a two-thirds ma-
jority vote is needed for a consti-
tutional revision ,the vote will be
very close ,and could go either
If the proposal passes, it will
have to get the approval of SGC,
as do all revisions in the consti-
tutions of student organizations.
Then, according to Miss Fitch,
SGC would include a statement
ntheir membership regulations
saigthat the SGC membership
committee will work with, but not
be restrained by, the Panhel com-
mittee, and also saying that the
Panhel committee will have ac-
cess to the documents submitted
to the SGC committee, and would
be bound by the same secrecy.
There is already a statement to
this effect pertaining to the IFC
membership committee in the SGC
Regents Bylaw

Whats New at 764-1817
The University has no plans to appeal the denial of a
temporary injunction at this moment, Edmund Cummiskey, a
University attorney said yesterday. The University will wait for
the attorney general's office to file for a summary judgement
which will decide the constitutionality of Public Act 379, the
amendment to Michigan's labor legislation, and the University
will wait for the State Labor Mediation Board to consider the
union petitions at their hearing Feb. 15.
The traffic regulation and noise control aspects of the
motorcycle ordinance proposed several weeks ago to the Ann
Arbor city council by councilman John R. Hathaway are expected
to be ready for consideration within a month. Because of the
complex nature of the other. portions, however, Hathaway said
the entire bill "may take months to complete."
* * * *
Student response to a contest to write an original musical
that will be produced in connection with the University's
Sesquicentennial Celebration, is "satisfactory" according to Mrs.
Sara Germain, assistant to the executive director of the sesqui-
centennial celebration. A prize of fifteen hundred dollars will
be awarded to the author or authors of the musical. The deadline
for entry in the contest is April 1,1966.
Sponsorship of an original musical is one of a number of
plans underway to celebrate the University's hundred and fiftieth
birthday in 1967.
Major changes in the curriculum of the Dentistry School
would result if the new Dentistry building being requested by the
University is granted, according to Associate Dean Robert E.
Doerr of the Dentistry School. Doerr noted that if the new
facilities are gained, the scientific curriculum would undergo
a "vertical expansion" to include earlier teaching of comprehen-
sive care and clinical practice. The revised date of completion
for the new structure, if funds are made available, would be
January, 1970.
Personal consultations are open to anyone interested in
speaking with Louis Lomax, author of "The Negro Revolt," in
the writer-in-residence program. Appointments can be made
beginning this week by calling the writer-in-residence office
622-4431, ext. 1032.
Professor Alexander Ekstein of the economics department
is scheduled to testify before the House Foreign Affairs Com-
mittee on Chinese foreign economic policy. He, is the author
of "Communist China's Economic Growth and Foreign Trade."
On Jan. 29 Eckstein will begin a month-long tour of India
under th~e auspices of the Cultural Exchange Program, lecturing
on Chinese economic development at Indian Universities in the'
New Delhi area, Bombay, Calcutta and Madras.
'Wiretap ,
It was learned yesterday that the Student Advisory Board
on Housing is nearing completion of its program report outlining
several projects for " student housing. Reportedly, one of the
issues still being debated is whether or not some types of student
housing should have cooperative ownership by the residents.
Sources said that the resolution of this and several other lesser
disagreements should take approximately one week.
Long Distance
An announcement by the Selective service System about new
student deferment procedure is expected in about a month.
Washington sources report that the system will probably return
to nationwide tests and class ranking to determine students'
draft status.
Selective Service officials have been meeting with educators
in four regional conferences, ending February 8.

-Daily-Kamalakar Rao
STUDENTS AND FACULTY MEMBERS ponder the problems of a residential college at a meeting last night held at the home of Prof.
Ellis Wunsch of the English department. Pictured from left to right are Prof. Donald Brown of the psychology dept.; Richard
Heideman, '69; Henry Bloom, '68; Prof. Alan Gaylord of the English dept.; Elizabeth Wagman, '67 and Merle Jacob, '68.
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U'Ofrs ummer ilicalStudy

College Plan
Committee Proposes
New Grading System
In Joint Conference
At the first joint student-fac-
ulty meeting in the history of
Residential College planning, the
college's faculty planning commit-
tee and student advisory commit-
tee last night discussed possible
grading systems for the college.
The discussion revolved around
a grading system proposed by the
student subcommittee on exami-
nations and grading, headed by
Kenneth Winter, '66. Under the
suggested system, evaluation of
student performance would be ac-
complished by three main devices:
. Internal Record
1) An internal record composed
of comments by faculty members
who have taught the student,
grades when requested by the
student, standardized test scores
and professional counseling rec-
ords. The internal record would
be available only to people inside
the college:
2) A transcript consisting of a
list of courses in which the stu-
dent enrolled and his rating'
(grade, written comment or any
other type of evaluation)..
3) A Certification Panel com-
posed of three faculty members
for each student. This panel would
be in charge of the form and
content of the .student's transcript
and would recomMend the stu-
dent for a degree "at any time
that he has acquired the educa-
tion the college was designed to
impart, in the unanimous opinion
of the members of his Certifica-
tion Panel."
Such a grading system would
influence the curriculum of the
college by making possible a "set
of opportunities for .the student"
instead of a "required schedule of
tasks," according to the subcom-
mittee's report.
Winter described the grading
system currently used in the Un-
versity as a "wage system" and
said that the proposed system
would allow the student to make
use of "the moment of intellec-
tual excitement" by getting his
own education in his own way and
getting credit for it.
Last night faculty committee
members brought up several b-
Sections to the system,suggested
by the student subcommittee. Prof.
Carl Cohen of the philosophy de-
partment pointed out that facul-
ty members teaching at the Resi-
dential College would be serving
on an average of 15 Certifica-
tion Panels each, clearly an im-
practically large number.
Prof. Stephen Kaplan of the
psychology department added that
"the pressure on studets to be-
come friendly with faculty mem-

In recognition of the unique
advantages of a program of travel
abroad for credit, the University's
department of Near Eastern Lan-
guages and Literatures is offering
upper'classmen and graduate stu-
dents the opportunity of studying
Biblical history on an eight-week
trip to Israel.
Studies in the Judaeo-Chris-
tian heritage "appear academic
when read, but are grasped when
seen in context" in the geograph-
ical setting, Prof. Louis Orlin, who
will serve as resident instructor
for the program, said.
Orlin emphasized that the trip
is "not for the person who wants
a tour." The group will have a
"class identity" and an academic
atmosphere will prevail.
No Prerequisites
There are no course prerequi-
sites for the trip. "Absolutely any-
one" who is interested in Near
Eastern history and cultureeor
classical studies may go. Partici-
pants must be registered in the
University for the summer half
term III-B. Students from other
universities may join if they ful-
fill this requirement.
Sixty to 80 students, Honors
sophomores and higher, will make
the trip. Each student must make
his own arrangements to get to
New York by June 30.
On that day the group boards

brief excursions.. Otherwise while (Parliament) and various syna-
traveling the group will have dis- gogues.
cussions and lectures on the back- From there it is off to Negev,
ground of the places they will be Beersheba, Avdat and Eilat. Thent
visiting and the work they will be they go to the north: Mount Car-
doing. mel Caves, Herzlya, Natapya, and
On July 13 they will arrive at Druse village.
Haifa, Israel, and start to tour. The next few days include moret
They will visit historical and ar- tours, with evenings spent at a1
cheological sites, such as Bet kibbutz. There is one day set asidei
Shearim. for activities with members of a
On, July 17, at Tel Shikmons kibbutz, to learn more about life.
excavations, the students begin there.,
first to learn about, and then On Aug. 16 the group boards
gain actual experience in exca- the Shalom again, and stops
vating. Hebrew historians and ar- briefly at Genoa, Cannes and Lis-.
cheologists will lecture to them on bon before returning to New York
the work being done. on Aug. 29.
Then they will get their own The trip is being arranged with
chance to work. "They will get the assistance of the Israel Gov-
their hands dirty," smiled Orlin ernment Tourist Office. Bus trips
The students will 'learn about will be made in air-conditioned
buses with English speaking.
the contributions of archeologists guides.
to Biblical studies. Such studies
"are not literary text oriented, as
they once were," Orlin said. TheyStudents
have become part of a "cultural tudcpin, eade.f
discipline," he added. ae t ,F c
Over two weeks will be spent at e
Tel Shikmona. This includes somen
relaxation - "day free at thed
beach" - and some "community
programs." Orlin said he expected Student and faculty groups
the latter would include such ac- together with individuals within
tivities as singing and dancing the Ann Arbor community have
with local Israelis. tentatively scheduled a teach-in
From the excavations, the group on China for March 24.
begins a tour of Israel. "We will The date marks the first anni-
be covering every part of Israel," versary of a teach-in on Viet Nam

Orlin 'estimated that the trip
will cost about $1000 for in-state
students and about $1160 (the
difference in tuition) for out-of-
state students. The students will
receive six hours of credit, for the
trip will cover the academic course
of History 403 and 404, historical
backgrounds of the Bible. The
course covers Biblical history
"from the formation of the Israe-
lite Confederacy to the Second
Jewish Revolt against Rome."
This trip will be serving as "the
pilot project for the Near Eastern
languages and literature depart,-
ment," Orlin said. If it is success-
ful, other programs could be set
up, going to other countries in the
Near East, he noted.
. For those interested, there will
be a meeting 7 p.m. Thursday in
Aud C. Other inquiries may be
sent to Orlin.
ilt Groups
ina T-each In
Di Lorenzi predicted that many
of the faculty members who or-
ganized and participated in the
original Viet Nam teach-in last
year would be active in this new

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