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October 03, 1979 - Image 7

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The Michigan Daily-Wednesday, October 3, 1979--Page 7 ,


MADRID, Spain (AP)-Will the rain
in Spain fall mainly on the plain? '
Scientists are undertaking a two-year
study into the feasibility of rain-
-making, officially called "precipitation
The study, in the Duero River basin,
is centered on the city of Valladolid,
northwest of Madrid.
Scientists from the Spanish gover-
nment and the World Meterological
Organization, a United Nations' agen-
cy, will seek to determine "when and
under what conditions precipitation

enhancement can be achieved ar-
tifically in a given region."
The study ,will utilize sophisticated
reasearch equipmet, including
specially equipped aircraft, weather
radar, upper-air sounding devices and
The experts will assess whether the
cloud systems are suitable for
"seeding." If so, carefully designed ex-
perinlents of "seeding" will begin in
1981 and probably continue for five
years, according to the scientists.

by Eunice
Including Hair Cut until Oct. 13
411 Hamilton-662-0023


Daily Photo by LISA KLAUSNER
An ICC member works on one of the Co-op houses undergoing renovation.
The facelift was financed by the Department of Housing and Urban Develop-
Renovation of ICC
co-ops nears end

On the outside, the old purple house
on State St. looks the same. But Min-
nie's Co-op and 11 other Inter-.
Cooperative Council (ICC) houses have
recently undergone a major interior
After wading through miles of
bureaucratic red tape the extensive
renovations have finally become a
reality for the non-profit housing
IN AUGUST 1977 the Council first ap-
plied for Department of Housing and
Urban Development (HUD) loan. Six-
teen months later, after a long series of
negotiations with the Detroit branch of
HUD, it received the $2.4 million loan.
Lewis Howie, Rehabilitation Coor-
dinator for the ICC, said one reason for
the delay was that Detroit HUD of-
ficials were unfamiliar with the new
College Housing Loan Program. Unlike
the former plan, which provided a three
per cent grant to the University, the
new program gives loans directly to the
The program was delayed further,
according to Howie, when HUD,
requested a; highly detailed cost
estimate instead of the commonly used
rough cost estimate.;
"IT TOOK US three months to get the
incredibly detailed cost estimate done
and it cost $30,000 to make they report
without any guarantee we would get the
loan," Howie said.
And because of a mix-up, the
restoration process was again delayed.
IN 1969, HUD granted a $1.2 million
loan to the ICC to construct the nine-
house North Campus Co-op complex.
HUD took $1.1 million of the newly
acquired loan and used it themselves to
pay the existing mortgage on the North
Campus Co-op Complex, instead of put
ting the money towards the ICC Co-op
Curtis Coleman, College Housing
Specialist for Detroit's branch of HUD
said, "The delay was in the ICC getting
themselves together on the nature and
extent of rehabilitation." Coleman ad-
ded, "They had to revise the plan
because of increased costs and they
(the ICC) had to arrange financing of
repayment of the loan."
The ICC, which was established in
1937, is the oldest student co-op
organization in the country. The council
requires that every ICC co-op menber
share all the house's work, including,
cooking, cleaning and maintenance.
cooperative living were tested during
the renovation period when co-opers
had to move into houses that were only
partially renovated. Many residents

couldn't move into their homes until
Sept. 5.
"Things weren't thoroughly done
when we moved in and people had to
hold off for a few days, but it hasn't
been that bad," said Jenny Skweirtz,
member of Minnie's Co-op and past
president of the ICC.
Skweirtz added, "For about the first
week, Michigan House was feeding
everyone from Vail House and Min-
nie's. People were out on the front por-
ch, in the living room, and sitting on
each other in the dining room. It was a
lot of fun and the attitude was good. It
was like a huge, happy family."
MINNIE'S AND the other ICC co-ops
received new plumbing, heating, walls
and carpeting. And as an extra added
attraction, Minnie's got a new hallway
that leads out to a winding stairwayfire
escape. Previously, the co-op residents
had to go through two bedrooms to
reach the emergency exit.
"The house looks real good. It's very,
very, very rare that vany land-owner
that's not private will put this much
time and energy into improvement. Co-
ops seem to be more up to code than
anything else," Skweirtz said.
Although most of the renovations
have been completed, the Owen Co-op
on Oakland St. still looks like it was hit
by an earthquake. The entrance
hallway is laden with paint cans, cloths
and ladders, and paint is peeling off the
dilapidated living room walls.
"OWEN HOUSE was in the best
shape and needed the least amount of
restoration, so they saved it for last,"
said Marcy Berman, president of the
But Berman said most of the work
has already been completed. "The
living room is the only room that has to
be painted and the carpeting has to be
laid down."
Berman added: "People were upset
because of the delay but when they un-
derstood what the situation was, that
the HUD loan got screwed up, they
really realized there was no one to
really blame. We are our own landlords
since the organization is non-profit. We
have to sort of compensate."
Package plan: 3-days, 2-nights
$20.00 per person, based on 4 people
in a cabin (2 separate Bedrooms)
Supplies in cabin for breakfast Sat.
& Sun. Dinner at restaurant-Sat. Eve.
Call 517-362-3234

4, '

The thrill

The agony of defeatll
the college party of the year!
All Michigan students admitted for $1
with college ID on Friday night Oct. 5.
And on Saturday night, free admission for
winners of the game, $l 'for the losers!!

Be there early!!
Doors open at 8:00
For more info, call 538-1645


without talking to the
Hughes Recruiter visiting
your campus soon.

In Ann Arbor, contact Tom Henry, 761-8003


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