The Michigan Daily-Wednesday, December 2, 1981-Page 3
The Ann Arbor Tenants Union held a
rally on the Diag yesterday to tell the
city's residents that they need to be bet-
ter informed of their rights.
The Tenants Union, an organization
which is designed to help tenants with
problems they may encounter with
their landlords, also sent volunteers on-
to the streets yesterday to help gather
funds to expand their services.
MONEY collected through a "bucket
drive" will be used to enlarge the num-
ber of services the Tenants Union can
provide to the residents of Ann Arbor,
said Dale Cohen, associate director of
the Tenants Union.
As it expands, the Tenants Union will
attempt to do more research on tenan-
ts' issues, distribute more publications
on tenants' rights, and try to improve
communication between Ann Arbor
tenants and city officials.
In order to expand its services and
run on a "professional" level, the
Tenants Union will need between
$50,000 and $60,000 per year, Cohen
said. He added that he hopes to reach
that budget figure, which will include
salaries for a full-time staff, within the
next two to three years.
THE UNION currently receives
$7,500 from the Michigan Student
Assembly based on an enrollment fee
assessment of 10 cents per student.
In recognition of the services the
Tenants Union has provided to Ann Ar-
bor residents over the past few years,
officials in Lansing and in the mayor's
office declared yesterday as "Tenants'
The philosophy behind the Tenants
Union is that "tenants have more rights
than they know and less than they
need," said Jonathan Rose, Student
Legal Services lawyer. "Tenants have
the right to go on strike, to privacy and
the right to gain new rights, such as
renegotiating contracts." Unfor-
tunately, he added, not enough tenants
are aware of these facts.
Cohen said a problem with promoting
tenants' rights is that too many people
are apathetic about their current
housing problems. He said tenants will
often read documents given to them by
landlords that aren't representative of
an actual housing situation. But one of
the more "subtle" ways in which
apathy appears, according to Cohen, is
that since students are at school for
only four years, they don't realize how
much they have to pay for housing.
There's no reason to pay as much as
they do, he said.
CITY COUNCIL member Lowell
Peterson (D-First Ward), who also
spoke at the rally, said sometimes "it's
a lot easier to move than fight." He said
since students are only here for a short
length of time they will often move to
another place rather than try to combat
the problems they may face with their
Poverty is both caused and
aggravated by the high rents that these
landlords charge, Rose said. "You pay
more and more for less and less
Rose said approximately 40 percent
of the cases handled by Student Legal
Services have to do with students that
have problems with their landlords.
Most of these cases, said Rose, deal
with maintenance problems. "Tenants
usually win small victories, but to win
large victories they need to work
together," he said.
Peterson said the best way to fight
landlord problems is for tenants to
organize. "Landlords are very well
organized and represented with paid
people," he said.
But, as Cohen noted at the rally,
"Landlords have money and power;
tenants have each other."
... says tenants have rights
" crashes; 174 die
, Soviets begin
European arms talks
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down safely through the surrounding
VILLAGERS reported seeing an air-
craft in trouble and others said they
heard one or more explosions, possibly
as the aircraft crashed.
Control tower officials said the plane
was on its final approach to the airport
when it sent a distress signal and then
disappeared from the tower's radar
screens. They said it was only seven
minutes before the plane was due to
land at 9 a.m., 2 a.m. EST.
Rescue teams located the shattered
and burned remains of the plane scat-
tered as far as 1,500 feet from the crash
site, police said. It took them nearly
four hours to locate the craft because of
OFFICIALS speculated the heavy
weather over much of the craggy
Mediterranean island may have caused
Tour officials said the DC-9 "did not
have more than 1,000 in-flight hours and
was still under guarantee."
The crash, called the worst of the
year by aviation officials, was the
second worst involving a lone chartered
jet and the 10th worst recorded aviation
GENEVA, Switzerland (UPI) -
American and Soviet negotiators
opened detailed talks yesterday in
an attempt to reduce the number of
nuclear weapons that would be used
to devastate Europe in the event of a
The first problem confronting
Soviet chief delegate Yuli Kvitsin-
sky and his U.S. counterpart, Paul
Nitze, was agreement on what
weapons to include in the
negotiations, which are expected to
be long and difficult.
NO DETAILS emerged, however,
because of a news blackout the
neg6tiators agreed on during their
first, largely procedural and
ceremonial meeting Monday.
The teams will meet on Tuesdays
and Fridays, alternately at the U.S.
offices and the Soviet mission, in
their attempt to reach an agreement
on limiting intermediate-range
nuclear systems in Europe.
The first major problem,
reiterated in opening statements,
centered on what weapons the two
sides will seek to limit.
The United States wants to confine
the talks initially to medium-range
missiles, while the Soviet Union
seeks discussion on all European-
based nuclear arms, including U.S.,
aircraft and the independent nuclear
forces of Britain and France.
On the eve of the first plenary
session, Secretary of State Alexan-
der Haig warned in Washington that
NATO must maintain its resolve to
deploy 572 American Pershing II
and Cruise missiles in Europe in or-
der to achieve success at the talks.
The last speaker in the 1981 Earthwatch series will lecture today at 7:30
p.m. at 443 Mason Hall. Thomas Blessing, former Washtenaw County Drain
Commissioner, will discuss the topic, "Michigan's Environment; Who's in
Charge". Blessing is presently Chairman of the Michigan Resources
Recovery Commission and president of the board of the city's Ecology Cen-
Aerospace Eng.-Movie Presentation, Salute to Kelly Johnson, 107 AEB,
Michigan Theatre-Masculine-Feminine, Mich. Theater, 3, 7 p.m.;
Breathless, 4:45 & 9 p.m.
Medieval & Renaissance Collegium-Guy Mermmier, "The Plural Voices
of the Troubadours," 126 E. Quad., 4:30 p.m.
Psychiatry-Paul Wender, "Attention Deficit Disorders in Adolescents,"
CPH Aud., 9:30-11 a.m.
Afroamerican & African Studies-Gayl Jones, "Fiction Reading," 246
Lorch Hall, noon.
' Communication-Scott Poole, "New Directions in Group Decision-
Making," 2050 Frieze, noon.
Ind. & Opers. Eng.-Donald Segal, "Design and Operation of Emergency
Rooms Using O.R. Techniques," 243 W. Eng., 4 p.m.
South and Southeast Asian Studies-Peter Pertocci, "Discussion of
Satyajit Ray's Film, 'World of Apu'," Commons Rm., Lane Hall, 4 p.m.
Chemistry-Donald Stedman, "Clear Air in New Zealand: Measurements
of Oxides of Nitrogen & Spectacular Scenery," 1200 Chem., 4 p.m.
Judiac Studies Program-Ismar Schorsch, "The State of American
Jewry," 1429 Hill, 8 p.m.
Natural Resources - Douglas Leisz, "The Agency and Its
Missions-Changes Ahead?", 1040 Dana, 3-5 p.m.
English Language Institute-Louis Trimble, Prof. Emeritus from the
University of Washington, "The relationship between teaching EST
(English for Science and Technology) and subject matter," 3003 N. Univer-
sity Bldg., 10 a m.-noon.
Russian and East European Studies-Prof. Carl Proffer, Department of
Slavic Languages & Literature, "Summit Meetings of Russian Dissidents:
From Los Angeles to New York's Book Fair in Exile," Commons Rm., Lane
Washtenaw Comm. Against Registration and the Draft-Professor Peter
Wallensteen, "The Emerging European Peace Movement," Kuenzel Rm.,
Mich. Union, 7:30 p.m. '
Statistics-Fred Hoppe, "A Probabilistic Model for Electron Scattering in
Semi-Conductors Using Self Exciting Point Processes," 451 Mason Hall, 4
Theater & Drama-"The House of Bernarda Alba," Trueblood Theater,
Frieze, 8 p.m.
School of Music-Trombone Students Recital, Recital Hall, 8 p.m.; Har-
psichord Students Recital, Rackham Assembly Hall, 8 p.m.
Michigan Union-"The 12 Days of Christmas," Two Turtle Doves (2nd
Day), Performed by Gemini, the Slomovits Brothers, Union lobby, 12:15
UAC- Laugh Track, University Club, Michigan Union, 9 p.m.
Ark-Hootenanny (open mike night), 1421 Hill, 9 p.m.
Science Fiction Club-Mtg., "Stylyagi Air Corps," Ground Floor Conf.
Room, Union, 8:15 p.m.
Eastern Orthodox Christian Fellowship-Mtg., Union, Conf. Rm. 5, 7:30
Western European Studies-Orientation meeting for year in Germany at
University of Frieburg, 2029 Angell Hall, 7p.m.
Greenpeace-General Meeting, 4117 Mich. Union, 8 p.m.
Latin American Solidarity Committee-Mtg., International Center, 7:30
Student Government-Mtg., 3rd floor, Mich. Union, MSA chambers, 6:15
A' City Democratic Party-New Fourth Ward meeting for all interested
Democrats, 1308 E. Stadium, 8p.m.
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finished placing the star atop the National Christmas tree in Washington.
Burglars take off for
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By ANN MARIE FAZIO
It seems as if Ann Arbor burglars
took a Thanksgiving break along with
University students this past weekend.
Although many students were away
from their college residences, there
were few break-ins in the campus area
and none inany of the University's
TWO UNIVERSITY buildings were
broken into, however and an attempt
was made to break into a third, said
Walter Stevens, director of the
University Department of Safety.
A typewriter, valued at $75, was
stolen from the Economics buildings
sometime Thursday night. Thieves
also took athletic equipment from a
supply cage in the Intramural Sports
On Wednesday night, a Statistics
Department office on the first floor of
Mason Hall was almost broken into, but
the would-be thieves were caught
taking the screws off the office door.
Stevens said he suspects the thieves
may have been attempting to steal a
small computer in that office.
STEVENS SAID he wasn't surprised
that there weren't any dormitory
break-insrover the vacation, because
the dormitories stay open during the
four days when most people are gone.
He added that when students go away
for an extended period of time, they
remember to lock their doors and take
other precautionary measures.
Off campus, the number of break-ins
increased "a little bit" from past mon-
ths, Ann Arbor Police Sgt. William
Canada said, but there were not more
than at the same time last year.
Break-ins have been on the decline in
the last couple of weeks, possibly due to
the colder weather, Canada said.
During the winter, break-ins usually go
down because both potential burglars
and their victims tend to stay home
where it's warm, he added.
WHEN STUDENTS do go away
during a popular vacation period, there
are precautionary measures that can
be taken to reduce the likelihood that
they will be burglarized. Canada and
Stevens both suggest the obvious -
locking doors, closing drapes and
hiding all valuables from view.
Home and apartment dwellers should
leave a light on, as if someone were
home, Canada said. "Light is a good
preventor of crime," Canada added.
Residents with ground-level windows
or sliding glass doors should put bars in
the frame of the glass to prevent'
thieves from being able to open win-
One of the best break-in deterents is
to make it hard for burglars to enter an
apartment or house unnoticed. "If they
have to make a nuisance of themselves,
they're going to think twice about doing
it," Canada said.
Notifying neighbors of an extended
vacation is another way to avoid being
burglarized, Canada said. People may
hear a prowler, Canada added and
mistakenly believe it's the residents.
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