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April 15, 1980 - Image 6

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Pcge 6-Tuesday, April 15, 1980-The Michigan Daily


imeAmnArb Fim CeoemA'o PresentsatNatESd.: $1.50
Tuesday, April 15 WELLES $EST
(Orson Welles, 1948) MACBETH 7:00-NAT. SCI.
As usual, Orson Welles, with no money, created a visual masterpiece. Dis-
cussing the Macbeth project, Welles said: "I'm doubtful about Shakespeare for
the movies. For while the movies do most everything better than stage, they
don't do verse better. But Macbeth and its gloomy moors might be grand. A
perfect cross between Wurthering Heights and The Bride of Frankenstein."
Welles' camera twists frantically through nightmare seas of fog so that in this
film the supernatural truly frightens. ORSON WELLS (Macbeth), DAN O'HER-
(Orson Wells, 1962) THE TRIAL 8:45-NAT. SCI.
The complexities and infuriating densities of Franz Kafka's novel received
royal treatment under the Welles aura. Jaded eyes will receive the "pungent
visual stimulation" expected from the master of impressive staging and start-
ling efects. Seldom seen, well acted, this film demands intelligent viewing
Tomorrow: Robert DeNiro and Christopher Walken star in The Deer Hunter
at Aud. A, 6:30 and 9:30.

organizations hay
front what theys
housing problems
slow and tedious p
organizing, or thr(
formed early this
to combine the tw4
discover that
organization, the p
"We found ou
organizing was ju:
our resources,"
coordinator of the
volunteer group
several rent strik
now primarily aj
centrating on givii
leading tenant orn
focus, according
Calechman, is to'
basis" helping ind
specific problems
While the fer
landlord battle s
recent months, it
calm. If a date we
start of the ten
could be cited. A

renting: long,
from Page 1)
L L gYe, tenant Detroit Committee blamed intolerable le
e attempted to con- housing conditions for provoking the bo
see as Ann Arbor's Detroit riots of that summer. This t(
through either the prompted state legislators to approve
rocess of community the Tenants Rights Act which gave H
ough state and local tenants the right to withhold rent for fi
inadequate maintenance.d
lousing Task Force, In 1968, as renters in many cities oi
year, has attempted began to organize, the Ann Arbor b
o approaches, only to Tenants Union was founded. The union P
for a student worked to organize city-wide rent t(
Ian wasn't feasible. strikes and battled landlords in court on
it that community behalf of tenants. In 1969, 1,500 local a
st too ambitious with tenants pledged to withhold their rent in C
said Patti Wilson, what was hailed as the nation's largest Ii
project. rent strike. Rent reductions and repairs de
OR Tenants Union, a by some landlords were the immediate d
that has organized results of the strike, which wasn't a
es in recent years, is resolved until 1971. a
referral service con- TWO OTHER rent strikes, on a d
ng advice rather than smaller scale, gained similar con- cl
ganizing. -The union's cessions for striking tenants in 1975 and
to member David 1976.. During those same years, city ar
"act on an individual voters rejectedtwo different rent con-m
dividual tenants solve trol proposals after Citizens for Good in
Housing, a group of landlords, spent b
vor in the tenant- more than $50,000 in a campaign to e
eems to have cooled defeat the plan. b
t was not always so Three years later, two less con- o
re designated for the troversial city charter amendments h
rant movement, 1967 were overwhelmingly approved by city u
k report by the New voters. The 1978 Truth in Renting Act re
prohibits the use of illegal or in- ti
timidating lease clauses. And the Fair
Rental Information Act, which was c
upheld in court recently, will require r
landlords to provide tenants with an d
expanded tenants' rights booklet when tr
a to

eases are signed starting next fall. The
ooklet was written jointly by landlord,
enant and city lawyers.
A bill currently pending in the state
louse would require landlords to pay
ve per cent interest on security
eposits, payable upon termination of
ccupancy. The bill is being challenged
y landlords who claim the cost of im-
lenting the plan will be passed on to
enants in the form of rent increases.
Locally, City Council has yet to act on
density amendment approved by the
ity Planning Commission that would
mit future multi-unit housing
evelopments. The proposed amen-
ment would decrease by 20 to 60 per
.ent the number of dwelling units
ilowed on any future building site
epending on the site's zoning
PROF. RUBENFELD suggests the
inswer to the housing shortage rests as
nuch on students as it does on city ad-
ninistrators, management companies,
uilders, or University officials. "It's
asy to do, but you can't put all the
lame on landlords," he cautioned. "In
ne sense, if people are willing to pay
igh rents, the price will continue to go
p. A high income area is going to raise
ents by itself-that's what is par-
icular to the student housing market."
He cited students' desire for ac-
essibility to campus as the primary
eason for high rents in Ann Arbor. "I
on't want to sound anti-student, but if
ransportation in Ann Arbor were bet-
er, and if students refused to pay

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Space Update 1980
Sherlockian Tales (Begins April 17)
Voluntary Simplicity.
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Educational Uses of Home Computers
Personal Growth and Development
Spiritual Psychology and Rebirthing
Grief and Bereavement: Coping with
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exhorbitant rents, then things might be
Student Legal Services attorney
Jonathon Rose, a long-time tenants ad-
vocate disagreed. "They said that@
about labor unions, too," he said, "the
only way labor or tenants got power at§
all was to organize." -
complex than just the rent figure.
minus the landlords' costs. The money
the landlord may skim from the rent is;
just one part of the profit picture.
Almost all property in the city is in-
creasing in value and land and
buildings are often purchased as an in
vestment rather than an immediate in-
come generator. If the landlord does
sell the building at a higher price than
was originally paid, the profit from the
sale is called a capital gain-and is
taxed at a lower rate than 'regular in-
But the tax laws can also help the
landlord even before the building is
sold. Even though the property may be
increasing in market value, the
building is slowly wearing
out-depreciating-and therefore the
landlord can receive tax breaks for
these "paper" losses.
According to Rubenfeld there is no
evidence in Ann Arbor that there is
collusion among landlords when rents
are increased. The Blue Ribbon Com-
mission concluded that although "it is
possible that there is some concen-
tration of market power ... (but) it is
likely that large scale management
companies shape rent only in a limite
portion of the market-particularly in
private housing rented to students.
In working toward a resolution to the
housing crisis, the Blue Ribbon Com-
mission in 1975 advocated "a coor-
dinated effort between the city and the
University to determine the prospects
for future growth in University
enrollment, student housing construc-
tion, and the effects of the student
housing market on the housing market
of the city."
Tomorrow: A comparison of off
campus rental rates at a sampling of
colleges.across the country.
Cuban paper
blames U.S. *
f or masses
at I nbssies
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) -
Cuba's official newspaper said yester-
day the flocking of more than 10,000
Cubans to the Peruvian and Venezuela
embassies in Havana was an exampleW
of "Yankee provocations." It called for
mass protest rallies, including one at
the U.S. government office in the Cubazi
In Washington, White House prese
secretary Jody Powell announced the
United States would accept up to 3,500
Cubans from the Peruvian Embassy
and called on the Cuban government t
permit a "prompt, safe and peaceful"
exodus from the Communist-governed*
island. He welcomed Costa Rica's offer
to serve as a staging area for refugees
going on to other countries.
THE FRONT-PAGE editorial in the
Cuban newspaper Granma suggested it
was no ,accident the asylum-seeking
Cubans crammed into the Peruvian
Embassy only weeks before the U.S.

armed forces planned exercises at
Guantanamo, . an American military
base on Cuba's eastern tip. More than
10,000 jammed the Peruvian Embassy'
two weekends ago. Venezuela's
diplomatic mission is holding about 15.

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A bus perches precariously on the Calumet Expressway near Chicago
yesterday after it went out of control on the rain-slicked road. The bus car-
ried no passengers, and the driver escaped with minor injuries through the
emergency exit door.
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