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The Michigan Daily-Saturday, October 18, 1980-Page 3

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Arbor tenants-who some claim aware of their rights. "You'd be sur-
ie second highest rent rates in the prised at the number of people who are
y-yesterday had a chance to afraid to withhold rent, and it is entirely
pousing experts' advice on how to within their rights," he said. "The lan-
e most for their rent money. dlord has an obligation to fix, maintain,
four seminars held yesterday in and repair the premises up to code."
Jnion focused on rent control, Susan Van Hattan of the Ann Arbor
i's rights, housing alternatives, Tenant's Union advised students to
energy and housing. The refer to the Security Deposit Act if they
hops were part of four day con- encounter difficulties getting deposits
ce called "Housing for- the returned. "'Many landlords keep the
e" sponsored by PIRGIM to help whole security deposit for something
tenants aware of some solutions other than damage beyond normal
ir housing problem. . wear and tear, unpaid rent, or unpaid
ow are synopses of the four utility bills," said Van Hattan.
ars from the second day of the Representatives also urged students
rence. to check leases against local and state
housing statutes. Tenants have the
nan t 's Eights right to privacy from lanlords, the right
to reassign a lease or sublet, and the
e lease is a two way street. right to peace and quiet enjoyment in
ever the landlord is breaching, an apartment, they explained.

u m explores tenant

Experts cite legal rights,
inflation as major problems

place to live.
Porco told the audience that his job
involveshtaking over large multiple
family housing that the government
can no longer maintain. To get the most
out of such a housing project, Porco
said, he stresses trust in people to keep
and maintain these houses rather than
renovating them and selling for a quick
Alternatives to the standard Lon-
dlord-Tenant relationships such as
cooperatives, landtrUsts, and Tenant
Resources Advisory Centers were also
discussed at the conference.
Diffusion Project Director David
Jones explained that Tenant Resource
and Advisory Centers are non-profit
city corporations run on money collec-
ted from tenants by landlords in ad-
dition to rent. The charge is minimal
and pays for services, including lob-
bying and legal services. TRAC's are
run by an elected board of city officials
and a city director who decide on ap-
propriations and policy concerning the
property. Jones admitted that one
problem facing TRAC's is a lack of

adequate funds which causes some to
run numberous fund-raisers just to
avoid bankruptcy.
"The price increase resulting from
deregulation (of oil and natural gas)
was supposed to result in conservation.
But all it has done is make it too expen-
sive for low income homeowners to in-
sulate their homes," Don Wiener,
Citizen Labor Energy Coalition
spokesman said at yesterday's housing
and energy seminar. '
Wiener's organization was founded
two years ago to fight deregulatipn.
"People cannot afford the upfront cost
of ... insulation and weatherizing their
homes," he said.
He noted that in Canada and Western
Europe the governments give direct
grants to individual homeowners for in-
sulating their homes.
However, the three major U.S.
governmental programs designed, to
help the conservation movement-the
ResidentialConservation Service, the

Solar Bank and the Low Income
Weatherization Program-are all "a
joke," he said.
Wiener said one of CLEC's major
problems is identifying all of the
enemies in the conservation struggle.
He added, "We have very few answers,
and without answers we cannot educate
the people."
Rent Control
"Rent control is going to be the issue
of the 80's. It's going to rival the civil
right movement of the 60's," rent con-
trol researcher John Gilderbloom told
the audience at yesterday's workshop
on rent control.
Rent control and tenant advocates
spoke about the history of tenants
struggle and emphasized the need for
"moderate" rent control at yesterday's
Tenants are paying 50 percent more,
rent than they can afford and are forced
to give up essentials such as proper

health care and a well-balanced diet in
order to pay ever-increasing rent,
Gilderbloom claimed.
"Rent control promoters do not want
to promote bad housing or a program
that isn't going to work," Gilderbloom
said. He advocated a fornm of rent con-
trol that would allow landlords to in-
crease rent seven percent annually.
The seminar opened yesterday with a
200-year history of the tenants' rights
movement. Pat Morrisy, a
spokeswoman from a New Jersey
tenant's organization, said that in the
past decade there has been "an ex-
plosion of tenant's consciousness.
"Rent control draws tenants
together," Morrisy said. "It's a bread
and butter issue."
A member of the California Housing
Research Foundation, Carol Norris,
told workshop participants how to im-
plement rent control in, a communtiy
and emphasized reaching voters
through a mass media blitz. "Rent con-
trol is viable at this time," she said.

the tenant is excused. tram paying
rent," University Student Legal Ser-
vices attorney Stanley Pollack told a
group of students at yesterday's
tenant's rights seminar.
Pollack said tenants have little clout
in housing difficulties unless they are
This story was written by Sara An-
Apach with reports from Claudia
(entomini, Sue Inglis, David Spak,
and;Jeff Voigt.



"Tenants and landlords both want the
same thing-better housing," Carmen
Porco, a manager of a public housing
project in Madison, Wisconsin, said at a
housing alternatives conference
yesterday. The landlord wants to
protect his investment, Porco con-
tinued, and the tenant wants a decent

ABC survey says
Reagan losing ground

MSA seeks 'U' van
to start ride service

If the University provides the
necessasry vehicle, the Michigan
Student Assembly security task force'
will attempt to implement a student-
run, door-to-door ride service for
female students.
The service-planned as part of an
MSA response to the unsolved murders
of three Ann Arbor women in the last
six months-would enable female
students to telephone a central office to
request a ride, according to MSA mem-
ber and task force coordinator ,Bruce
A VEHICLE-probably a van-would
be dispatched to pick up the student and
provide door-to-door transportation to
and from campus. There would be little
or no charge for the service Brumberg
The University can get the program
off its feet, Brumberg said, by
providing the vehicle.
In order to provide service between
the proposed hours of 8 p.m. to 2:30

a.m., Brumberg said approximately
200 student volunteers would be needed
to answer calls, dispatch the vehicle,
navigate and drive.
Brumberg said the program, based
on a similar service offered at the
University of Illinois, could not be in-
stituted until the University provided
further assurances of assistance and an
adequate number of student volunteers
could be assembled. "It's going to take
time," Brumberg said.
"IDEALISTICLY, I'd like to see it set
up by the beginning of next semester,"
Brumberg said. He added, however,
that more time would probably be
In a separate action, Ann Arbor
Mayor Louis Belcher agreed to a
suggestion proposed by the Panhellenic
Association to install increased lighting
along Hill St. from State St. to
Washtenaw Ave. Kathy Kelly,
president of the association of
sororities, said Belcher authorized the.
installation by Detroit tdisor Co.

NEW YORK (AP)-President Carter
continues to show gains in electoral
votes and Ronald Reagan appears to be
losing ground in Ohio, a key state, ac-
cording to an ABC News analysis
released yesterday.
The analysis shows Reagan leading
in 26 states worth 212 electoral votes,
Carter ahead in 14 states with 144 elec-
toral votes, with 11 states totaling 182
votes rated a toss up. Reagan has lost 22
electoral votes from his 234 total one
week go, while Carter is up 8 from his
144. Twelve states worth 168 votes were
considered even a week ago.
THE LATEST ABC News analysis
shows Reagan no longer ahead in Ohio
now considered even and worth 25 elec-
toral votes. Carter also has gained

strength in Massachusetts and Maine,
previously considered even. Reagan,
who remains strong in the West, gained
Delaware, which last week was even.
Carter's status in the South remains
unstable as Tennessee is now seen as
The rise in states considered "even"
is due to the growing undecided vote,
particularly in the South where
Reagan's lead is slim.
While John Anderson appears to be
winning no states, he continues to hurt
Carter in the Northeast and industrial
ABC's analysis is based on comments
from national and state party and cam-
paign officials and ABC's analysis of
state polling data where it is available.

Reflections of Autumn
A Thompson Street puddle acts as a mirror of the changing seasons.
AAFC-The Wrong Box, 8:30 p.m., "10" 6:30, 10:15 p.m., MLB.
Alt. Actions Films-Sleeper 7, 9p.m., The Grateful Dead 11 p.m., MLB 4.
Cinema Guild-All the President's Men, 7,9:30 p.m., Lorch Hall Aud.
Cinema I-The Black Stallion, 1, 3:15,7,9:15 p.m., Aud. A, Angell.
Mediatrics-Oliver, 6:30,8:15 p.m., Nat. Sci. Aud.
Alt. Actions Films-The Place You Call Home, free-all day, Mich.
University Musical Society-Pianist Anthony di Bonaventure, 8:30 p.m.,
Rackham Aud.
Artworld's Center for Creative Arts-Fall Festival of Music and Dance, 8
p.m., 213 S. Main.
hillel-Klesmorim, a musical concert, 8:30 p.m., Mendelssohn Theatre,
Mich. League. Tickets available at door hour before performance.
Ann Arbor Chamber Orchestra Society-Fall Fashion Show. Music and
Fashions at Lord and Taylor store in Briarwood Mall, 9:30 a.m.
Sweet Adelines-"Once upon a Pumpkin," featuring U-M Friars, 8 p.m.,
Huron High School.
Dance Theatre 2-Chamber Concerts, 8 p.m., Dance Theatre Studio, 711 N.
X-tra Crunchy Theatre-"We Can't Pay? We Won't Pay!", 8 p.m., Can-
terbury Loft.
School of Music-Trombone recital, Nancy Vogt, 2 p.m., clarinet Recital,
Richard Shilea, 4 p.m., Recital Hall. Euphonium recital, Brian Spitler, 8
p.m., Stearns.
PIRGIM-Regional Housing Conference, 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Michigan
Perry Bullard, Smith-Bullard Tax Plan, Proposal 'A', 3 p.m.
"Gearing Up For Graduate School," informational workshop, 9:30 a.m.,
Rackham Hall. Admission is free.
International Folk Dance Club-Turning Workshop, 4-8 p.m., CCRB,
Washtenaw Comm. College, Disability and Independent Living Seminar.
Human and Civil Rights of the Handicapped-10 a.m.-4 p.m., Rm. 111
Student Center Building, 4800 E. Huron River Dr.
Washtenaw County League for Planned Parenthood-Workshop for Con-
sumers and Health Care Professionals, 10 a.m.,-3 p.m., Unitarian Church,
1917 Washtenaw.

Homecoming leaders hope
gala will be biggest ever
By CLAIRE OASA process of interviewing the 50 applican-
Next week's homecoming celebration ts. The court will make an appearance
will kick off tomorrow with more at the parade and during half-time at
festivities, and more University-wide the Michigan-Illinois game.
participation than any homecoming Bob Ufer will serve as Grand Mar-
here in recent years, hopeful student shall for the parade Saturday morning.
leaders said. The marching band, cheerleaders,
"Last year there was mostly Greek pom-pon girls, and a variety of floats
participation," explained Homecoming will start on Catherine between Fourth
Chairman Keith Kowalski. "This year and N. Main streets, travel down N.
we want to get more students, dorms, Main, William, State and South Univer-
and even community members in- sity and arrive at the mud bowl.
volved." Highlights of next weeks' activities
For example, Kowalski said, the include a saloon party and casino night
homecoming committee has arranged next Saturday, a pizza-eating contest
for several of the city's small and car bash Friday, and Beer Olym-
businesses to sponsor floats in the an- pics on Thursday night.
nual parade.
AND, HE continued, the committee F
hopes to lend a sense of credibility to reeZe
homecoming court by appointing a
wide variety of members to a panel in r
charge of selecting the court. This year reaction
the board in charge of choosing the
court consists of a faculty member, a (Continued from Page 2)
sorority and fraternity representative, going this way," Dunn said.
a male and female dorm represen- Business school Dean Gilber
tative, a minority representative, and Whitaker said that the shortage of fun
two non-students. ds could be a big problem if it continues
The first annual Homecoming Bike next year. The business school, which
Rally will start off the week Sunday has seen increasing enrollment over th
morning at 10 a.m. The race begins in last few years, could be left with as
front of the Union and will consist of many as six positions unfilled nex'
three heats-one for fraternities and year, according to Whitaker.
sororities, one for resident hall mem- "This would keep us from reducing
bers, and one for independents. An in- our faculty-student ratio," Whitaker
formal reception and awards presen- said. He said that the school has beer
tation in the University Club will follow asked to keep its enrollment figure the
the races. same rather than reducing it.
Rally coordinator Pete Constance en- Whitaker said that the hiring freeze
couraged amateurs to enter: "We'd would result in larger classes, more
even like to see some three-speed classes being taught by teaching
clunkers out there." assistants, and some electives being
THURSDAY NIGHT the presentation dropped. Whitaker also said that if the
of the homecoming King and Queen will freeze continues, enrollment may have
culminate a week-long selection to be reduced.
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