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May 12, 1976 - Image 4

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The Michigan Daily
Edited and managed by Students at the
University of Michigan
Wednesday, May 12, 1976
News Phone: 764-0552
TU: On a winning streak
HE ANN ARBOR TENANTS Union (TU) court victory
Monday in the four-month-old Reliable rent strike
Is yet another indication of the progress being made by
the student-ron organization in bringing the Ann Arbor
housing scene up to date.
At the same time, the court case serves to under-
score the disraecfil ways in which some landlords ex-
ploit student renters all too frequently in this city.
Monday's court action saw a jury rule against a suit
filed by Reliable owsner Edith Epstein, seeking payment
of the withheld --it of seven tenants. The jury also set
a precedent by rulin' in favor of a counter-claim filed by
the tenants, rewarding them $1900 beyond the withheld
rent for experiencing grossly substandard living condi-
The tcnants introduced in court fecal matter from
a sewage backflow and told tales of the landlady's
chronic laxity in seeing to the overall maintenance of
the house.
But what seemed the worst was the house's ability
to meet city code specifications when inspected in
March. What conritions must prevail for a house to fail
the city's test? Evidently, the city fosters its own ideas as
to what constitites adequae housing, but its standards
are far off the line.
Fortunatelv. the Tenants Union has been working
hard in not only -liblicizing but reforming some of the
atrocities that evi't within the housing market. Land-
lords such as Endnri,1 must be made aware that they can
no longer contin "i,&to tao students' bank accounts in
return for deficient housing and non-existent mainte-
We apol)ind the Tenants Union for its most recent
victory and hone it can bring the Reliable strike to a
speedy and suer-K-fail close. It is heartening to know
that there are An,, Artorites devoted to the improvement
of our housino conditions.
5lb s~/, '-Shrn' Ton
C-Eiirors-n-Chif t


Letters to The Daily

To The Daily:
As a University clerical, two
things. pset mehWednesday,
May 5. One was the ad in the
Daily soliciting names for the
decertification drive. The sec-
onod was the UAW Interna- ,
tional's heavy - handed deci-
sion to run the re-election of
our officers.
The ad stated that 946 cleri-
cals said that they didn't want
Local 2001 to represent them.
The last thing that clericals,
here or on any other campus,
need is to be unorganized in the
face of a ruthless management.
Don't fool yourself. The Uni-
versity is not going to give you
the equitable wage you deserve
for making its bureacracy work.
The University is not going to
cut Fleming's or the Regents'
or the Deans' salaries but wants
to hold all new union contracts
to a five per cent maximum in-
crease in times of double-digit

Without a strong union what
guarantee do we have that there
will be any raises? Without a de-
termined union what job securi-
ty douwehave? Without a mili-
tant union what peace of mind
do we have about the grievance
procedure? Without anactive
uncompromising union how can
we make progress in our de-
mands in the upcoming contract
talks for such things as full tu-
ition refunds, a settlement on
the issue of using students as
scab labor, longevity, free park-
ing, a reform of the transfer
procedure or day care?
And the responsibility for cre-
ating a strong, progressive union

rests upon our shoulders, not
with the International. All Big
Labor wants is our dues and our
Yes,there has been bickering
and disputes within Local 2001.
But I'd rather see these signs
of real struggle within a young
local tryingdtodorganize itself
than I would dupes and pup-
pets of Big Labor from the out-
side coming in to mind our busi-
Don't decertify. Help organize.
Jerry Whiting, C-3
Printing Services,
Clerk II
May 6



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Photo Technician-Scott Eccker

Health: On
sharing the
pill, dilet'ing'

Question: I'm furious. I had to wait
a whole month for an appointment
to get birth control, so the blazes
with Health Service, I borrowed my
friend's pills and we've decided to
share theta from now on.
Until the Healt/h Service Handbook
resumes in the fall, /he Daily will
occasionally re-ran some of last
year's most frequently asked ques-
/ions as a service to its readers. This
is the first installment of "The Best
of S1lria and Nancy".
Answer: The noise you just heard
was three people fainting here at the
Gynecology clinic. You can't borrow
other women's birth control pills! Pill
dosages are individually prescribed
and matched as closely as possible
to your body type and your medical

history. You can be doing yourself
a lot of physical damage by taking
any medication not prescribed specifi-
cally for you. It's true you have to
wait for an appointment since the
gyn clinic serves a huge population
here on campus, but you'd probably
have to wait even longer for a pri-
vate medical appointment. So, for
heaven's sake make an appointment
to find out which contraceptive
method is best for you (we discuss
all of them) and while you're wait-
ing, come to our Health Service phar-
macy and buy some condoms and
foam. The two of them used together
are almost as effective as the pill
for pregnancy prevention.
Question: Everytime I go off my
diet I gain weight. This is very dis-
couraging. I wonder if this is peculiar
to my own body or true for every-
Answer: First of all, food, being a
four-letter word, involves problems
like other four-letter words. Secondly,
bodies are fascinating machines. Each
person's is unique and processes food

in its own unique fashion. However,
here are some general facts: Most
people are not aware that when one
goes off any diet designed to reduce
weight and resumes an increased cal-
orie intake, the body will tend to hold
a little more water. It is therefore
realistic to expect an immediate
weight gain of two to five pounds to
allow for this fluid shift. Moreover,
if a person had been on an improper-
ly balanced reduction diet (eg., high
protein and low carbohydrate), an
even greater increase of five to ten
pounds can be expected afterwards.
Weight loss via starvation diets re-
sults in even more weight gain upon
resuming greater food intake. A bal-
anced nutritional diet can be designed
to fit one's own body type by moni-
toring one's reactions and learning
how to vary it in order . to main-
tain a relatively constant weight level,
Sylvia Hacker and Nancy Palchik
are health educators at Health Serv-

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