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VoI LAAAIA, No. 131
Ann Arbor, Michigan-Friday, March 16, 1979
Sublet search starts-dumps, havens up for grabs
By AMY SALTZMAN
A few have already begun to pop up on kiosks, libraly
bulletin boards, and even bathroom stalls, offering anything
from free beer to dinner for two at the Gandy Dancer. For the
thousands of students who live in off-campus housing, it's one
of the most competitive contests of the year-the subletting
season is here, and with it the annual barrage of gimicky
For the average University student who has signed a 12-
month lease on an apartment or house and doesn't wish to
spend the spring and summer months in his or her Ann Arbor
dwelling, subletting is a must. And in Ann Arbor's com-
petitive housing market, that is often no easy task.
THERE IS NO magical formula for anxious apartment
dwellers desperate to sublet their abodes. "You just have to
make an effort," said Jo Williams, advisor at the Off-Campus
Housing Office. "Let everybody know you are looking for a
tenant-whenever and wherever you can."
A subletting report compiled by the Tenants Union offers
a few helpful hints to mention when. advertising an apar-
tment. The report states that diversions from the hot sum-
mer weather, such as air conditioning, proximity to the Arb,
and access to swimming pools, have proven to be good selling
points for past Ann Arbor subletters. Distance from campus
also helps attract summer tenants.
As a general rule, Ann Arbor landlords don't object to
allowing their tenants sublet. "Landlords must allow tenants
to mitigate their losses. We have never had a landlord refuse
to let a tenant sublet," said Williams.
THERE ARE TWO types of formal agreements that can
be worked out between tenant and landlord when sublet-
ting-the "sublet lease" and the substitute or replacement
lease. The sublet lease is the most common, with which the
original tenant remains responsible for the entire monthly
rent and the subletter is responsible to the original tenant for
the agreed-upon share of rent.
In some cases, the landlord may be willing to act as agent
or mediate, assuming responsibility for apartment inspec-
tion and collection of the rent.
Vernon Hutton, who owns several campus apartments, is
one landlord who acts in this mediator role. He said he likes
to meet the subletter and advise his tenant on the various
"pitfalls" of subletting.
WHEN AN AGREEMENT has been reached by all three
parties, the tenant, subletter, ind Hutton sign a special
sublet form. This method has been reasonably successful for
Hutton. "I have had no more problems with subletters than
regular tenants,," he said.
. Another, less frequently used method of subletting, is the
substitute or replacement lease. As its name suggests, the
replacement tenant is substituted in the place of the original
tenant and the landlord assigns all rights and responsibilities
for the apartment to the summer tenant. This type of lease
provides the best deal for the tenant, but is rarely used by
Ann Arbor landlords.
Some landlords do offer the optiod of- an eight-month
lease. Although the tenant usually must sign such a lease
when he or she originally decides to take the dwelling, some
understanding landlords are willing to let their tenants
switch to such a lease much later in the year.
See SUBLET, Page 2
Angry group demandsl
S. Africa divestiture
By MITCH CANTOR
Providing one of the fiercest
displays of activism on campus
in several years, 180 shouting
students, faculty members, and
other citizens marched yester-
day afternoon into the Ad-
ministration Building where
they forced the Regents to halt
their meeting 45 minutes later
after the \Board refused to
discuss the South African issue.
Several hours later 20 studen-
ts, most of them black,
received assurance from
Regent Sarah Power (D-Ann
Arbor) that she would submit a
proposal today on behalf of
James Waters (D-
Muskegon)-who will be absent
from today's session-calling
for an action request to be ad-
ded to today's agenda concer-
ning the issue.
POWER WILL also submit another
proposal for Waters, asking that an ac-
tion request item be placed on next
month's agenda concerning the issues
of black enrollment, student awards,
and the black attrition rate.
After the Regents left, the protesters
assumed control of the chambers,
where they proceeded to hold a strategy
session. The Regents, along with the
executive officers of the University,
had moved to Interim University
President Allan Smith's office on the
second floor of the building.
Ann Arbor police and University
security personnel were on the scene,
but did not make any attempt to
remove the demonstrators. The
protesters made themselves comfor-
table in the chambers, with several sit-
ting in the plush seats and helping
themselves to water from the table as
they mapped out their strategy for the
public comments session and today's
THE GROUP specifically demanded
the Board reexamine the University's
holdings in corporations which do
business in South Africa. The protesters
claim the Regents haven't yet ac-
curately determined whether or not the
corporation are actually instituting an-
The protesters, arriving from an
hour-long rally in the Diag, came to
voice their disapproval of Regental
review of corporations in which the
University has investments which deal
in South Africa. According to a
resolution last March, the Regents
decided to keep investments in all cor-
porations operating in South Africa
provided they take "reasonable steps"
in a "reasonable amount of time"
toward eliminating discriminatory.
practices on the part of the cor-
The Board members said at that time
See PROTESTERS, Page 5
By JULIE ENGEBRECHT
In a move that made merger plans
for the Journalism and Speech Depar-
tments official, the University Regents
yesterday separated the theater
curriculum from the Speech Depar-
tment, and created the Department of
Communication and the Department of
Theater and Drama.
The newly-approved departments
will become official July 1. In a report
to the Regents, Harold Shapiro, vice
president for academic- affairs, and
Billy Frye, dean of the Literary College
(LSA), cited economy and the need for
improving programs in com1-
munications as reasons for the depar-
THE DEPARTMENTS had been
reviewing the merger since 1977.
See JOURNALISM Pagems
Daily Photo by CYRENA CHANG
UNIVERSITY VICE-PRESIDENTS Henry Johnson and James Brinkerhoff and protesters at yesterday's Regents meeting. The group eventually took control of
Regent Thomas Roach (D-Grosse Pointe) are confronted by some of the 180 the board room after forcing the Regents to halt their meeting.
Egyptian cabinet OKs peace pact
From AP and UPI
The Egyptian Cabinet approved the
proposed Israel-Egypt peace treaty
yesterday, taking the pact a step closer
to an historic signing ceremony in
Washington as early as next week. But
Arab furor and Palestinian protest
escalated and the worst violence in
almost a year rocked the West Bank of
the Jordan River.
Israeli troops fired into a rock-
throwing crowd of Palestinian
protesters in the West Bank, killing one
young man and a 17-year-old schoolgirl.
the Israeli military command reported.
The separate Egyptian-Israeli peace
does not guarantee the independent
state the Palestinians demand.
EGYPTIAN President Anwar Sadat,
sounding optimistic, told reporters he
hoped he and Israeli Prime Minister
Menachem Begin could sign the treaty
in Washington next week.
"I think we have achieved peace,
thanks to Jimmy," he told reporters in
"I think it is quite natural that we
make the main celebration there in
Washington, especially after President
Carter has done the whole thing, really,
in such a marvelous way.''
STATE-RUN Israeli television,
without citing its source, said the
Washington signing would take place
March 23, a week from Friday. But a
Begin spokesman denied a date had
been set, and White House spokesman
Jody Powell said in Washington it
would be difficult to have a signing
ceremony before March 26 -until after
Carter returns from a trip to the U.S.
Powell also noted that Begin is ill,
having been ordered to bed by his doc-
tors because of a cold and said this and
the Israeli Parliament's debate on the
treaty could delay a signing.
ISRAEL, MEANWHILE, sent Defen-
se Minister Ezer Weizman to
Washington to negotiate the final
details of the treaty's military annex
with Egyptian War Minister Kamal
F 7 4
Hassan Ali. The talks, involving such
matters as the maps for the phased
Israeli pullback from the Sinai Penin-
sula, are expected to last two days.
Weizman also will discuss U.S.- finan-
cial aid to Israel with American of-
ficials, Israeli radio said. American aide
- essential "glue" for the peace
agreement - is estimated at about $4
billion in military assistance divided
between Egypt and Israel and $1 billion
in economic aid to Egypt.
THE CABINET vote, viewed as a
formality, cleared the way for Sadat to
sign the treaty. The Egyptian
Parliament, also expected to rubber-
stamp the treaty, will not vote until af-
ter the signing.
Israel's Cabinet is expected to give its
endorsement to the full treaty Sunday,
and the Israeli Parliament soon after-
ward. Begin says he wants parliamen-
tary approval before he can sign.
Egyptian officials said Sadat
probably would arrive in the United
States next Thursday, bringing with
him a long list of Egypt's economic and
military requirements. He reportedly
wants West Germany and Japan to join
the United States in a Marshall Plan-
type effort, and add $10 billion in aid
over five years to the $5 billion in U.S.
rowei accusect oj
mis leading reporters
HALIFAX, Nova Scotia (AP)
- The British oil tanker Kur-
distan broke up in heavy seas and
sank in the Cabot Strait about 44
miles north of North Sydney,
Nova Scotia, last night,
Kurdistan was carrying 203,000
barrels of bunker C oil when it
split in half, said Reg Towers,
spokesman for the Nova Scotia
There was no immediate word
on how many crew members
were aboard. The coast guard
ship Sir William Alexander was
on the scene, and a marine radio
operator said an unknown num-
ber of survivors were picked up
from rubber life rafts.
PEA CE TA LKS SLA
By AMY SALTZMAN
Charging that the housing platform
presented by Louise J. Fairperson -
the Coalition for Better Housing's
(CBTT) fictitious mayoral candidate -
fails to address the key issue of building
more moderate income housing in the
center city, Democratic mayoral can-
didate James Kenworthy spoke to over
30 representatives from CBTT and the
Ann Arbor Tenant's Union in the
Michigan Union last night.
In a statement issued later in the
evening, CBTT and the Fairperson
campaign said they support any moves
that Kenworthy might make if elected
mayor that would increase the housing
supply for low and moderate income
IN A SWITCH from their original
contention that neither Kenworthy nor
his opponent, incumbent Louis Belcher,
had adequately addressed the city's
housing problems, CBTT members said
the ideas outlined by Kenworthy last
night "may be promising."
"It's clear that Kenworthy has begun
to address the housing problem," said
Dan Rueban, a CBTT representative.
In his talk, Kenworthy said that "the
Fairperson campaign hasn't addressed
the problem of increasing supply.
There is no way that Louise - if Louise
were mayor - would be able to follow
through on the points raised in her plat-
KENWORTHY stressed that the focal
See KENWORTHY, Page 2
Kenworth its Fairperson pat orm 2
House Press Secretary Jody Powell is
at the center of a blazing controversy
over whether he stage-managed tfie
news for political purposes during
President Carter's successful peace
mission to the Middle East.
Of all the dramas played in Arab-
Israeli diplomacy, Carter's talks with
Prime Minister Menachem Begin in
Jerusalem were the real clif-
fhanger-in'the tradition of "The Perils
of Pauline," a popular weekly serial in
the days of silent movies.
THE GLOOM and doom that
dominated the talks were dispelled
suddenly at a final meeting between the
two leaders, just as the helpless Pauline
used to be rescued at the last minute in
THE SESSION was on "deep
background"-a formula under which
the White House guides reporters in
making judgments but bars them from
attributing what they are told, even to
such a vague source as informed of-
After the briefing, a number of repor-
ters filed extremely gloomy
assessments about how the president's
peace initiative was failing. Some
went as far as to say that it had actually
Reuters attended the briefing but
honored the rule barring attribution or
disclosing that the briefing even had
been held, until after the rule had been
broken by others.
TED FOR NEX T WEEK:
China completes Vietnam troop withdrawal
TOKYO (AP) - Chinese Communist
Party Chairman Hua Guofeng (Hua
Kuo-feng) said China completed its
withdrawal of troons from Vietnam
GUA WAS quoted .as saying the
Chinese had been engaged in "defen-
sive counter-attacks" in Vietnam since
the invasion began Feb. 17. The with-
said Vietnam proposed peace talks with
China begin a week after Chinese forces
withdrew across "the historical bor-
der" between the two countries.
changing the historical boundary."
THE CHINESE reportedly plan to
hold some border posts they said the
Vietnamese used as bases for raids into