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LOWER DENSITIES RECOMMENDED

Land study may

limit stude

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Detroit Edison Service Yard located on
Wall Street; the Fingerle Lumber Co..
site near Hill and Fifth Streets; the
Chrysler Corp. building at Liberty and
First Streets, and; the municipal
garage located west of the Ann Arbor'
Railroad tracks between Washington
and Liberty Streets.
SWARTHOUT SAID a high-density
apartment tower located in the South
University commercial area would be a
reasonable option if designed on a
proper scale.
"The Stegeman proposal," he said,
referring to local developer John
Stegeman's plan for a 32-story multi-
use facility at that site, "may be a bit
too much."
But some city dwellers oppose any
high density projects for the campus
area.
"WHY CAN'T the University provide
the high density housing on University
land?" Marianna Kopacz, a
spokeswoman for the League of Women
Voters asked the Ann Arbor Planning
Commission at a public hearing

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Tuesday night.
According to University Housing
Director of Research and Development
Edward Salowitz, the city traditionally
has had no authority to dictate how the
University may develop its land. He
said the University has several high-
density housing projects in mind, but
currently lacks the finances necessary
for their construction.
The housing projects include a 1000-
student facility with food services
proposed for a North Campus location,
and a 500-student unit tentatively plan-
ned for a parking lot located west of
South Quad.
SALOWITZ ALSO said most of the
areas identified in the land study as
suitable for multi-family -housing are
generally located on the perifery of the
city.
"You're not going to see a major
decrease in the availability of housing
in the central campus area im-
mediately," he said. "It's the unborn
generations who would probably be af-
fected."

Salowitz explained that as current
high density buildings are demolished,
high construction costs combined with
stricter city parking and density
requirements will prohibit the con-
struction of new buildings of a similar
scale.
"This would subsequently increase
rental costs," Salowitz said, "provided
coefficients such as population,
enrollment, and housing demand
remain constant."
SALOWITZ projected that by the
year 2000 a sufficient decline in campus
area housing could necessitate mass
transit on a larger scale and an influx of
commuter traffic into the city.
"I think the study is comprehen-
sive-it generates a good deal of ef-
fort," Salowitz noted. "But I question
whether some of the recommendations
are realistic."
The housing official said at one point
the study asks the University to con-
sider restricting the use of student
vehicles. "The University is never
going to do that," he said.

Many area residents have voiced
opposition to the land study recommen-
dations for a number of other reasons.
Nancy Davis, an Ann Arbor Township
supervisor, said at Tuesday's Planning
Commission meeting that certain areas
of her township were treated as if an-
nexed to Ann Arbor proper in the study
when, in fact, the township "has no
agreement with the city other than a
sewer agreement."
CITY PLANNING Director Martin
Overhiser said the plan gave recom-
mendations for the development of
properties that might be annexed by the
city at some future date.
Steve McCargar, a spokesman for the
Ann Arbor Ecology Center, condemned
the study for failing to employ energy
conscious site planning, and city
resident Ken Shapiro criticized the con-
sulting firm for "failing to provide a
comprehensive view of budgetary im-
plications."
The land study proposes several fun-
ding alternatives for development
projects, including tax incentives,

small busines
funded grants.
The land st
the formation
ment Authorit
business di
assessing a 21
district, issui
borrowing mon
IN DETERNI
tions for the
vacant land
mission Chair

The Michigan Daily-Thursday, November 13, 1980--Poge7
nt housing
ss loans, and federally Luedtke and Associates investigated
each site, took pictures, and applied a -
udy also recommmends series of tests to each option before:c
of a Downtown Develop- coming up with a development or park:
y that could fund central space recommendation.
strict expansion by Planning options for each site were-
mill property tax in the evaluated by criteria including: energy
ng revenue bonds, and consumption; aesthetic and social im--
ney. pacts; financial implications; historic~"
MINING the planning op- contributions, and; the influence each
city's transitional and plan would have on inducing favorable
areas, Planning Com- development in adjoining areas.

man Richard Black said

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Workshop helps tense students

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come their test-time trauma and to help
them deal with the problems of time
management and studying. The coun-
selor said in many cases a student can
overcome his anxiety simply by talking
to other persons experiencing similar
emotions.
"I AM TESTING a hypothesis I had
about honor students having a great
deal of anxiety," he explained. These
students often are perfectionists who
have a difficult time adjusting to the
high-pressure, occasionally dog-eat-
dog environment at the University, he
said.
"Right now I chose to deal with honor
students because I've had the most ex-
perience with them," Morson said. Ap-
proximately 30 students attended the
first two sessions of the experimental
program last week.

"Many times these students just
can't relax," he said. "They take all of
the responsibility for their grades. They
tend to define themselves in terms of
the grades they receive. Receiving a
grade lower than they expected can
make them feel like a failure."
"THE FIRST step is to* get the
student to admit he or she is anxious,,"
Morson said. "This step alone can be
very liberating. Once this is accom-
plished that person can do something
about it. He can gain control of his life."
The workshops are conducted as in-
formal discussion sessions. Students at-
tending the workshops are asked to fill
out questionnaires, which are used by
counselors to assess the amount of
anxiety the students are experiencing.
The counselors then analyze the studen-
ts' study and time management habits

and the effects of academic pressure on
them.
"The workshop was very beneficial to
me," one sophomore honors student
said. "I never realized how many other
people there were who have the same
kind of problems I have. It's nice to
know you're not alone."
AFTER ATTENDING workshops,
students are encouraged to arrange ad-
ditional sessions with other students
and a counselor. "By including other

students in these meetings," Morson
said, "they are able to make linkages to
each other. It's the buddy system."
More than half of the students who at-
tended the workshops last week have
arranged further counseling sessions.
"I figured if the meeting could help
me get more relaxed, more counseling
can only help," a freshperson who at-
tended the sessions explained. "I was a
little nervous about going at first, but
I'm really glad I did it."

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(Continued from Page Five)
Catherine's reserved, if precocious,
monologues give us an idea of what life
was like for children who had to assume
adult responsibilities at an early age.
THE AUTHENTICITY of language in
the novel is achieved by Blos through a
prose style that is both lucid and spare.
One can almost feel the cold of a New
England winter as she writes:
A fair day, sparkling and
bright-the first of this New Year.
The snow has drifted in the yard out
front, and sun and cold conspire
together to make a glistening crust.
Right down to the days of the week
that head each journal entry (which ac-
tually do correspond to the month and
year of 1830), Blos recreates a world of
the past that's clouded by phony sen-
sationalism, with momentous occasions
and adventures happening every other
page, but that is a realistic chronicle of
days spent quilting, cooking, going to
school and listening to father's tall-
tales-with a few sadnesse,
celebrations and disruptions thrown in
for good measure.
Of Gathering of Days, which also won
the American Book Award, Blos stated:
"The story occurs at an important time
in Catherine's life and in history." (The
issue of abolitionism confronts
Catherine head-on when she aids a
fugitive slave.) "The house in the story
is an actual house I've spent seasons in,
and I began the book with the intention
of getting a sense of how it must have
felt to be living there during the 1830's. I
chose fiction because I felt it was the
best way to speak certain kinds of

truth-to deal with feelings and
emotions as well as circumstances."
Starting with just a handful of facts
from the public libraries of small New
Hampshire towns, Joan Blos has
created a feast of memories for all to
enjoy.
Joan . Blos teaches children's
literature at the University, and is the
U.S. editor of Children's Literature in
Education.

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