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VoI.LXXXVI 10.o. 11 Ann Arbor, Michigan-Tuesday, September 20, 1977
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Ten Cents
housing

Twelve Pages
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By RICHARD BERKE
For years, student organizations
have called for new construction to
alleviate the University's housing
crunch, while the Regents have said
that funds for new facilities just don't
exist. Caught in the middle of it all is
former University Housing Director
John Feldkamp, who thinks both
arguments are valid.
In a statement issued before leav-
ing the University last week, Feld-
kamp discussed a proposal to build a
housing unit to accommodate 504
upperclass and graduate students.
While he admitted more housing
space is needed, he said a "major
obstacle" to the project is a lack of
funds.
FELDKAMP said he doubts the
high demand for University housing
will diminish in the hear future, and-
he acknowledges the low supply of
University housing and high rents for
off-campus housing in Ann Arbor. He
said he anticipates "continued stu-

dent and community pressure to
construct additional (University
housing)."
The proposed new housing unit,
which would be built on East Univer-
sity opposite East Quad in therblock
which contains Business Administra-
tion facilities, would be the first
studentahousing project built here in
almost a decade.
A proposal to construct the new
unit was presented to the Regents
two years ago, and rejected by a 4 to
4 tie vote.
FELDKAMP said if new housing is
built and demand for University
housing is reduced, the financial risk
would be "minimal." He said extra
dorm space could be converted to
other uses and close to 300 spaces
could be eliminated "without signifi-
cantly impacting the financial struc-
ture of the present housing units."
But Feldkamv does have some
serious concerns about additional
construction, especially in terms of

sources of c a p i t a 1. Government
grants and gifts for housing projects
have become "virtually unavail-
able" in recent years. And with
rising construction costs, Feldkamp
feels loans wouldn't be very wise. In
addition, Feldkamp noted that of the
University's twelve single student
housing buildings, only four are debt-

free.
Though Feldkamp didn't take a
solid stand in recommending wheth-
er or not to build the new unit, he
pointed out that University housing
has implications beyond giving stu-
dents a place to live.
HE SAID higher education institu-.
tions will have to compete more

.andUHC says 'es'
By RICHARD BERKE
The University Housing Council (UHC) unanimously approved a resolu-
tion Sunday night urging the Regents to make the University housing situa-
tion a top priority.
The resolution points out that additional housing is needed because while
single student enrollment has increased by 4,325 since 1968, single student
dorm capacity hasn't changed during that period. This has led to the conver-
sion of single rooms to doubles, doubles to triples, triples to quads, and
See UHC, Page 12

intensely for students in the 1980's.
Since Ann Arbor is a residential cam-
pus, the availability of adequate
housing will be a major factor in
determining whether students enroll
here, he said,
Feldkamp said he is also con-
cerned with long-range demographic
trends which indicate that the tradi-
tional college-age population will be
reduced by 20 to 25 per cent in the
next decade. How this will affect
housing demand is not known.
Doug Steinberg, president of the
University Housing Council (UHC)
and member of the Housing Unit
Committee (HUC), a group com-
posed of both students and adminis-
trators, said "everybody" in theUHC
supports construction of a new facil-
ity. "It would certainly help alleviate
the crowding that takes place and
take pressure off the fight for off-
campus housing," Steinberg said. "It
is important that it serve upper-
classpersons because they are the

ones who are always thrown
the dorms," he added.

IN TERMS of specific costs, Feld-
kamp said the rents charged ten-
ants of the housing unit would yield
$138,000 per year to pay for a loan
used for construction. That would
finance about 40 per cent of a loan
from the College Housing Program.
The remaining 60 per cent would
come from Other sources, including
existing residence halls and family
housing units.
Feldkamp said this could result in
a "shift of financial burdens to room
and board revenue," meaning in-
creases in room and board rates.
Whether or not the project on East
University will become a reality is
still uncertain. In his final com-
ments, Feldkamp expressed his gen-
eral concerns in building the housing
unit. "To add the expenses needed to
fund additional student housing be-
comes questionable in light of these
probably financial developments."

out of

JUSTICE DEPT. HEDGES ON BAKKE CASE

Carter pushes

affirmative

action

Lampos t
libi"do
Not the most comfortable pose, but
Gary Duckworth of Dallas, Texas says
his style of lamppost leaning a la Em-
met Kelly nets him more customers
than other magnolia merchants. Duck-
worth extends the floral armful to
motorists who travel down the Dallas
street, and does a little clowning around
on the side.

.WASHINGTON (AP) - The Carter
administration urged the Supreme
Court yesterday to rule that blacks and
other minorities may be given special
treatment by a state medical school's
admissions program.
The Justice Department said, how-
ever, that the high court should put off
any decision on whether Allan Bakke
was denied admission to the University
of California at Davis Medical School
solely because he is white. Bakke had
brought suit charging ,everse
discrimination.
IN A 74-PAGE legal brief signed by
Atty. Gen. Griffin Bell and other top
Justice Department officials, the ad-
ministration endorsed in sweeping and
general terms affirmative action pro-
grams that take race into account in or-
der to overcome effects of'past discrim-
ination.
But while endorsing the use of "rea-
sonably selected numerical targets" by
such programs, the government brief
said "rigid exclusionary quotas" could
not pass constitutional tests.
"In making the difficult admissions
decisions, reasonably selected
numerical targets for minority admis-
sions can be useful as a gauge of the
program's effectiveness," the Justice
Department brief said.
It later drew a distinction, not fully
explained, between such "reasonable
goals and targets" and quotas.
THAT ARGUMENT did not go as far
as some civil rights attorneys had
hoped. Those attorneys argue that even.
quotas - rigidly reserved slots formi-
nority applicants - should be ruled
legal because they meet a "compelling
state interest" in providing needed mi-
nority doctors and other professionals.
The argument probably will not draw
rave reviews from opponents to af-
firmative action programs who see any
use of racial criteria to help minorities
as a type of reverse discrimination.
The government. brief said the legal
record in Bakke's case is not complete
enough to be the basis of a Supreme
Court decision that could determine the
future of all affirmative action pro-
grams in education and business and
profoundly affect race relations.
BAKKE, A WHITE civil engineer,
from Sunnyvale, Calif., argued success-
fully before the California Supreme
Court that the medical school's special
See CARTER, Page 9

CITY HIRES WHITE TO FILL POSITION:

Black.accuses city of

violating pact

By GREGG KRUPA
James Blake, one the plaintiffs in a
recent civil rights controversy in-
volving the City Planning Department,
claims the city is violating one of the
provisions of an agreement reached on
the matter with , the Michigan Civil
Rights Commission (MCRC).
The agreement was ironed out in
negoitations between City Ad-
ministrator Sylvester Murray,
Assistant City Attorney Melvin
Muskovitz and representatives of the
MCRC after an investigation by the
commission revealed "evidence of
unlawful discrimination against the
claimant (Blake) and fellow black em-
ployes."
THE INVESTIGATION was under-
taken after three department em-
ployes, Blake, John Morton and E. L.
Weathers, filed complaints with the
MCRC claiming they were the objects
of racial discrimination.
The agreement was initially rejected
by Weathers and Morton, but accepted
by Blake.
But Blake now says one of the
provisions of the agreement, that the
city "reaffirm its policy of equal em-
ployment opportunity for all em-
ployes," was violated last week when
the city hired a white man to fill an
assistant planner's position.
BLAKE, A PLANNING technician,

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filled pending the resolution of the
racial discrimination complaints. But
the assistant planner's position was
filled nonetheless. According to one
planning department employe, "It was
apparently done under the table."
IN ADDITION, two sources in the
Planning Department told the Daily
that CETA originally wanted to fill the
assistant planner's position with James
Blake, but Martin Overhiser, director
of the Planning Department, refused,
saying Blake was not qualified.
The qualifications for the assistant
planner's position are a high school

education, some planning-related cour-
ses and some planning experience.
Blake has a bachelor's degree and
several years of experience in the city
Planning Department.
MEMBERS OF the local CETA office
have refused comment on the hiring of
a white CETA employe for the position.
Harold Turner, office director, is not
working because of a serious illness.
However, Joseph Monroe, assistant
director of the Planning Department,
said it was his understanding of CETA
positions that not everyone is eligible to

fill job vacancies.
"I don't think Blake is eligible
because he is already employed,"
Monroe said.
IN A RELATED development, Jean.
King, a local attorney representing the
three claimants, sent a letter to City
Administrator Sylvester Murray on
September 14 asking that the city rein-
state John Morton, a former nine-year
employe of the Planning Department.
In the letter, King said the agreement
with the MCRC recommends the rein-
statement of Morton, and "a settlement

for Morton for harassment and lost
wages."
Murray, in a written reply, said he
considered the matter "settled."
In the settlement negotiated by
Murray and Muskovitz with the MCRC,
the city agreed to give John Morton
some back pay and good recommen-
dations to future employers.
However, John Morton rejected that
settlement.
Asked if she was considering filing
suit to get her client rehired, King said,
"A lawsuit is always a possibility, but it
isthelast thing we want to do."

NEW YORK (AP) - Rep. Edward
Koch won a Democratic mayoral
primary runoff yesterday and was all
but assured of election in November.
With 60 per cent of 4,763 election
districts reported, the tall, balding
bachelor congressman held a steady
53 per cent of the vote, to 47 per cent
for Secretary of State Mario Cuomo,
45, a Roman Catholic father of five.

wins

in

slender, bespectacled with reddish
brown hair, defeated veteran, white-
maned Paul O'Dwyer, 70, the incum-
bent City Council president. While
the post is largely ceremonial, the
council president is next in line of
succession should a vacancy occur in
the office of mayor.
A turnout of 750,000 to 800,000
voters had been predicted by election

sured of a line oln the mayoralty
ballot in November as the choice of
the Liberal party, a fallback nomina-
tion engineered by Carey. With
something in the neighborhood of
250,000 votes, the Liberals are not
deemed capable of electing a candi-'
date without considerable outside
aid. The party is confined mainly to
New York City.

yoral primary

The two had been at swords' points
over the mayor's handling of the
city's fiscal crisis, the worst since the
Great Depression of the 1930s.
Opposing the Democrat and Liber-
al choices in the Nov. 8 election will
be Republican nominee State Sen.
Roy Goodman, 47, a finance adminis-
trator under former Mayor John
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runoff was all but assured of election
to succeed Beame, the city's first
chief executive to be thumbed out of
office by the voters since Robert
Wagner defeated Vincent Impellht-
teri in1953.
Koch and Cuomo won their way
into the runoff when they finished
one-two in a field of seven aspirants

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