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Ann Arbor, Michigan-Friday, September 28, 1979
Funding senior citizen project has city confused
By PATRICIA HAGEN
The developer of a proposed senior citizens'
apartment building on the city's south side still
has not given up hope of obtaining a federal
rent subsidy for his project, even though the
deadline for approval is today, according to
Ann Arbor Mayor Louis Belcher.
"And as of yesterday, no one - the mayor,
spokespersons for the Department of Housing
and Urban Development (HUD), or members
of City Council - seemed to know exactly how
to go about obtaining the federal funds.
Council can't approve the plans necessary
f6r the developer to obtain the federal subsidy
by today because no council meeting has been
scheduled. But Belcher said the developer told
him action by city officials at Monday's Council
meeting could save the subsidy. There's only
one problem: no one knows what Council action
is necessary, or what the next step is.
"I don't -know what HUD wants," said
BELCHER SAID yesterday that the
developer, Cranbrook Venture, a Southfield
firm, has scaled down plans for the 200-unit
senior citizen apartment project in the
proposed Cranbrook Village subdivision in
hopes of last-minute approval by Council and
The subsidy is available because HUD has
leftover funds at the end of its fiscal year -
which is today.
Cranbrook Venture, however, has already
applied for the HUD Money even though
special consideration by city planners and
Council is necessary to meet the deadline.
A SITE PLAN for the Cranbrook Towers
apartment building in the proposed Cranbrook
Village subdivision was tabled earlier this
week by a 7-3 Council vote. Republican council
members refused to approve hastily-submitted
plans for the 200-unit project, even though a
federal subsidy was at stake. They said they
tabled the site plan.until a satisfactory design
could be submitted.
But to add to the confusion, spokespersons
for HUD said the project already is slated for
"final approval," before the deadlineand even
though Council has not approved the site plan.
Belcher said he didn't think the federal agen-
cy could allocate the funds without Council's
approval. Belcher also said he didn't even ex-
pect Council to pass the revised-site plan Mon-
day because members don't know exactly what
the building will look like or what facilities will
he provided for senior citizens.
"THEY'VE GOT a plan to cut the eleven-
story building down to eight," Belcher said, but
added, that he can't assure Council will pass
plans the developer told him HUD needed.
But, yesterday, HUD spokesman Ken Sch-
midt, Chief of the Housing Programs Division,
said the project was probably going to be ap-
As far as he knew, Schmidt said, a vote from
Council was not essential to HUD approval of
federal funds for the project, which would be
located at the corner of Eisenhower and Ann
Arbor-Saline Roads. He explained that since
HUD was not subsidizing construction of the
building - only a subsidy which would pay 75
per cent of the residents' rent - was applied
for, Council approval of the site plan wasn't
If HUD grants approval, the firm is expected
to start construction in the near future, Sch-
BELCHER SAID the city already has zoned
the are for senior citizen housing, and 'that
Council is "committed" to approving plans for
construction. Council wants time to consider
plans for a senior citizens building they are
Council has already "given every approval
except site approval," Belcher said.
See HOUSING, Page 5
By R.J. SMITH
"I like Indian music, I like Charlie
Parker, I like Beethoven," said the late
Charles Mingus. "It's all classical
Mingus played American classical
music. He synthesized the sounds he
heard in music and nature, and created
a unique body of "swing" music. As a
composer, band leader, and bassist,
Mingus made a name for himself. As a
volatile, outspoken and eccentric per-
sonality with an often bizarre sene of
humor, Mingus is equally memorable.
AND, THERE can be little question
why Ann Arbor's student-run Eclipse
Jazz, has dedicated its three-day jazz
festival, which begins tonight, to
"We decided to do it because he was
sliding into obscurity," explained
Eclipse co-directorJim Grant. "He was
really an inspiration to the group."
Eclipse has been preparing for this
year's festival almost since the first
Eclipse jazz fest ended a year ago.
One of the highlights of this year's
celebration will be an appearance by
the Mingus Dynasty Band, composed of
See JAZZ, Page 2
WASHINGTON (AP) - The House
finally approved a 1980 budget yester-
day, but apparently not in time to
resolve differences with the Senate
over defense spending before the start
of the new fiscal year next week.
By a 212-206 margin, the House
passed a $548.2 billion budget, only
slightly leaner than the spending
package that the lawmakers rejected
last week. Republicans unanimously
opposed the budget measure.
THE SENATE version of the budget
calls for $546.3 billion in spending and
differs from the House budget by
calling for sharply higher outlays for
defense and cuts in social programs.'
House leaders said House and Senate
negotiators will not meet to reconcile
their deep-seated differences until after
a week-long House recess that starts
That means the 1980 fiscal year will
begin Monday without a firm budget
ceiling in place: But the lack of a budget
ceiling is not expected to affect the day-
to-day operation of government, since
Congress can still appropriate money.
REP. ROBERT Giaimo (D-Conn.),
budget committee chairman, said he is
concerned about the public perception
of congressional failure to agree on a
spending plan, but he added that "enac-
ting a budget is not easy." Giaimo also
predicted that the House-Senate budget
conference would be "extremely dif-
In the House vote, 154 Republicans
voted against the budget along with 52
Democrats. No Republicans joined with
the 212 Democrats in support of the
Last week, the House defeated a
$548.6 billion budget, 213-192.
HOWEVER, SOME liberal
Democrats, who favor higher social
spending and opposed the first
proposal, reversed their votes to
prevent possible approval of an even
more stringent spending package.
Rep. Parren Mitchell (D-Md.), a
member of the Congressional Black
Caucus, said he switched his vote
because other budget proposals would
be more harmful to minorities. He said
that if the House ended up with the
Senate budget, "we'll be putting the
squeezeonthose that have almost been
squeezed to death."
Giaimo said the leadership was able
to turn around the budget vote because
a lot of good Pemocrats realized that
this was the best we could get under
REP. JAMES JONES of Oklahoma, a
conservative Democrat, also noted that
if the House failed to pass a budget, it
would have to return home for the
recess with "nothing to talk (to our con-
stituents) about except how we raised
However, Republicans charged that
$384 million in spending cuts made in
the revised proposal were only
"cosmetic" and insufficient to 'move
toward a balanced budget in 1981.
The House budget calls for a $28.9
billion deficit, while the Senate
proposal would put the deficit at $31.6
billion. The current federal deficit is
expected to be about $30 billion.
The House and Senate spending
packages would both boost federal
outlays by about 10 per cent over the
present fiscal year.
Daily Photo by MAUREEN O'MALLEY
SUN RA and his Solar Arkestra, seen here at last year's concert, will be making a return performance tonight at Hill
Auditorium. The group is part of the three day jazz festival sponsored by Eclipse Jazz.
CARTER TO REVIEW BILL:
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WASHINGTON (AP) - The House
gave approval yesterday to a bill
creating a new Department of
Education and sent the measure to
The House voted 215-201 to create the
13th Cabinet department. During his
1976 campaign, Carter had promised to
place the government's education
programs within a single new agency.
THE MEASURE, passed by the
Senate on Monday, will cut the size of
the Department of Health, Education,
and Welfare and will rename the agen-
cy the Department of Health and
As the House vote was announced, a
cheer went up outside the chamber
where private supporters of the
proposal, many of them teachers, had
The new department is the second
created during Carter's term. The
Energy Department was established in
UNDER THE legislation, more than
150 federal programs will be tran-
sferred to the new agency. The
education division in the Department of
Health, Education, and Welfare will be
the heart of the new agency, but
programs from the departments of
Agriculture, Justice, Housing and Ur-
ban Development, Labor, and other
agencies will be added.
The new department will have a
budget exceeding $14 billion and will
have about 18,000 employees.
The debate over the Education
Department pitted the two largest
teacher organizations against one
another. The National Education
Association, the largest teacher
organization, actively supported the
idea. But' the rival American
Federation of Teachers led the op-
After the vote, Carter called it "a
significant milestone in my effort to
make the federal government more ef-
ficient." He said the new department
would give the American people "a
much clearer picture of what the
federal government is doing."
Soviets cancel 'U' concert
By TIMOTHY YAGLE
with wire reports
A scheduled U.S. tour by the Moscow
Symphony Orchestra, including an Ann
Arbor performance scheduled for Oct.
13, has been canceled, perhaps due to
defections of some leading artists and
. According to University Musical
Society (UMS)_ President Gail Rector,
tihe one-month tour was canceled for
unspecified reasons, but Western
diplomats linked the cancellation to
recent defections from the Soviet Union
of three ballet dancers and two figure
However, Rector said performances
of the Moscow Pops and the Glinka
Chorus are still scheduled.
Rector said UMS is searching for a
substitute artist for the open date. If
one is found, tickets for the Moscow
Symphony will be honored for that per-
formance. Refunds will also be available
for series ticket holders, Rector said.
Goskontsert, the Soviet concert
scheduling agency, said the tour could
be rescheduled later.
WASHINGTON (Reuter) -
The White House last night said it
did not expect any further
discussions with the Soviet Union
towards resolving the problem of
Russian combat troops in Cuba.
"I'm not aware of any plans for
further discussions," White
House spokesman Jody Powell
Powell made his comment af-
ter a White House meeting in
which Secretary of State Cyrus
Vance reported to President Car-
ter and his top national security
advisers on negotiations so far
with Soviet Foreign Minister An-
Powell declined to go into the
substance of the meeting, or say
when President Carter would
deliver his television report to the
nation on the Russian troops,
By MITCH CANTOR
"The attitude is to incapacitate ..
to break their resistance, to basically
just try to break them mentally," Scott
Meyers told the dozen members of his
audience last night.
Meyers, speaking at a private home
in the city, was describing the Control
Unit at Marion Federal Prison, one of
six maximum security penitentiaries in
the country. The special solitary con-
finement program, which now includes
54 inmates out of nearly 400 in the
prison, originated in 1972 as a special
unit to house prisoners "who have had
severe difficulty adjusting to life in
society and in prison," according to a
U.S. Justice Department official.
A UNIVERSITY graduate with a
degree in history, Meyers is co-director
Group wants prison unit closed
of the National Committee to Support
the Marion Brothers; an organization
trying to eliminate the Control Unit,
which it claims cruelly punishes its
Each inmate in the program lives in a
six by eight-foot cell, equipped with a
television, according to the Justice
Department official, who asked not to
be named. The members of the
program stay in the cells for 23 hours
each day, with an hour break during
which they can shower and exercise.
The purpose of the committee,
Meyers said, is to "rally public support,
for the closing of the special program."
Along with constant solitary con-
finement, Meyers said other aspects of
the program are disturbing. The
organization leader also criticized
"very restricted visiting (no physical
contact), which is followed by a total
strip search and rectal search" of the
MEYERS ALSO said drug abuse,
which is a common problem in many
prisons, is "encouraged," through
lenient distribution of drugs to those
claiming physical diseases.
Officials from the penitentiary, the
Federal Bureau of Prisons, and the
Justice Department refuted several of
Meyers', allegations in interviews
Meyers said Marion's Control Unit
has "the highest suicide rate per capita
in the federal prison system." He said
in an interview yesterday that the
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absent. He allegedly left Ann Arbor last spring after a run-
in with the local police. Various reports concerning his
whereabouts began circulating at that time. Some said he
had gone to the University of Virginia to set-up another
Diag. Others said he was headed for Washington, D.C. to
work for Congressman Carl Pursell (R-Plymouth) .
Several University students did report seeing the famed
doctor on the streets of the Nation's Capitol this summer.
One Daily reporter said she last saw him leaning against a
garbage can on Pennsylvania Avenue on a hot, muggy
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Skirting the issu
Even though it has long
been commonplace for
women to wear pants,
problems still face the man
who wants to wear a skirt.
When Mount View High
School Senior James Beam
became the first man to try
out for and make the
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recognized student groups will be extended until 4 p.m.,
Fri., Oct. 5. Budget Priorities Coordinator Alan Abrahams
said the extension was given because of a decision the.
Assembly made Tuesday night that limits allocations to on-
ce a month. Abrahams also noted the Assembly earlier this
month slashed its allocations budget by nearly half the
amont earmarked for the purpose last year. Hewarned that
funding will not be as generous as in the past.
On the inside
To find out what's left of the tradition of Michigamua,
that society for campus highflyers, see the editorial