'U' researcher calls
acid snow that fell
in city 'surprising'
The Michigan Daily-Saturday, February 13, 1982-Page 3
Reagan's choice for
key civil rights-post
By NANCY MALICH
A University researcher who repor-
ted that acid snow fell on Ann Arbor last
week called his results "surprising"
yesterday, and said he plans to further
investigate the phenomenon.
Perry Samson said he did not exDect
the snow that fell over North Campus and
other sites west of Detroit last week to
4 be so acidic, and said he plans to
recheck the acid measurement of the
snow samples using another in-
strument. Samson said he hoped to find
eventually the source of the acid snow.
* SAMSON'S students collected sam-
ples of snow from a Feb. 3 snowstorm
that proved to be "very acidic," Sam-
son said. The snow samples were as
acidic as the "acid rain" that has killed
fish and plants in the Adirondack Moun-
tains of New York and Pennsylvania,
However, Michigan's soil and water
should not suffer any ill effects fromathe
snow because the relatively basic soil
and water in the state will neutralize
the acidity, said Samson, who is an
assistant profesor of atmospheric and
The lake system will receive a
"shock" when the acid snow melts in
the spring, Samson said, but the lasting
effects will not be noticeable.
Samson said that nitrates and
sulfates in the air usually cause acid
rain. Sulfates are produced primarily
by coal and oil-driven power plants, and
nitrates are created by automobile
Last week's winter storm could have,
picked up pollutants originating in the
heavily-industrialized Ohio River
Valley, Samson said. He said he plans
to present his final results at a seminar
March 30 in Cooley Auditorium.
WASHINGTON (AP) -The White House
yesterday stood by President Reagan's
choice of a black radio evangelist to fill
a key civil rights post despite a storm of
protest, but there were signs the ad-
ministration was having second
thoughts about the nomination.
White House deputy press secretary
Larry Speakes told reporters he had
heard nothing to indicate that Reagan
would drop plans to nominate B. Sam
Hart of Philadelphia to the U.S. Civil
BUT WHEN a senior administration
official was asked if the Hart
nomination would fly, he replied,"It
ain't flying very high right now, is it?"
Another administration source said
White House lobbyist Kenneth Duber-
stein was sounding out members of
Congress before Reagan decided
whether to proceed.
Hart said at a news conference this
week that he opposes the Equal Rights
Amendment and busing to integrate
public schools, and he asserted that
homosexuals do not have a civil rights
CIVIL RIGHTS, women's, and gay
groups called on Reagan to drop the
nomination, and Sen. John Heinz (R-
Penn.) moved to block the nomination
once it reaches the Senate Judiciary
"My hold on Rev. Hart's .nomination
is based on deep reservations about this
man's qualifications for the job," said
Heinz. "Based on available infor-
mation, it does not appear that Rev.
Hart is an advocate for civil rights, as
most people understand the term."
A SENATE source reported that
White House officials were upset about
the political impact of the appointment
to an agency which has traditionally
been the major source of information
about the plight of minorities.
"They are nervous about it, but it is
not clear yet if they will withdraw it,"
said one source who asked not to be
identified. Another Senate staff mem-
ber said it appeared the White House
knew little about Hart's background
when it announced the appointment.
Conservative religious organizations
persuaded several members of
Congress, including Sen. Strom Thur-
mond (R-S.C.), chairman of the Senate
Judiciary Committee, and Sen. Roger
Jepsen (R-Iowa) to recommend Hart's
appointment to presidential advisers
James Baker and Edwin Meese.
Bursley Family gets
*ready for annual show
By POE COUGHLAN
Preparations for the big event are
over, and organizers say the 11th An-
nual Bursley Show is ready to provide
entertainment for the approximately
450 people expected to attend.
A member of the show's sponsoring
group, the Bursley Family, a minority
group residing in Bursley, said that an
assortment of vocal and instrumental
acts will entertain for approximately
two and a half hours.
VERNON FAILS, the technical and
production manager for this year's
show, said the show "Sheer Essence -
The Legacy Lives ON," would benefit
the Bursley Family Weekend Program.
Under the program, the Family hosts
Detroit area high school students
during their orientation at the Univer-
sity, Fails said.
The Bursley Family works during the
year to maintain interaction with other
minority students on campus, Fails
said. "It is an organization that helps to
develop a family feeling - a oneness,"~
The sponsorship of minority students
during orientation acts as "positive
reinforcement," Fails said. "It. is also
a great asset for any student to see and
experience campus life," he said.
Family member Michael Traylor
said, "Tonight the dress rehearsal for
the show is going to have a lot of good
talent, great variety, and it's for a good
Flying high A""
One of the many pigeons that find shelter in the national monuments of
Washington comes in for a landing on the head of a statue of Abraham Lin-
coln. The bird was in attendance during a celebration of commemorating the
173rd anniversary of Lincoln's birth at the Lincoln Memorial yesterday.
Storm rips open tanker in North Sea
FALMOUTH, England - A "hrrendous"
Atlantic gale split a tanker laden with
molasses in half yesterday sweeping 14
men overboard and another 18 crew
members without life jackets clinging
desperately to the sinking ship while 50-
foot waves kept helpless rescuers from
Rescue helicopters were standing by
but 70 mph winds prevented them from
reaching the crippled tanker, the
Greek-registered 12,487-ton Victory,
which broke in half 840 miles west of
Land's End - the southwest tip of
England. The Victory, carrying a
cargo of molasses, was headed from
Florida to the northwest English port of
"There are three aircraft on the
scene, but we can't get a helicopter
there because of the weather, and we
won't anticipate using helicopters until
tomorrow," the coast guard official
HE SAID TWO U.S. Air Force rescue
planes, including a C-130 transport, and
a Royal Air Force Nimrod recon-
naissance plane were in the area.
Three ships near the Victory were
described as too big to get close enough
to rescue the seamen.
A Belgian ship radioed from the area
that the seas were like a "cauldron and
rescue impossible," according to a
coast guard official, who added: "The
stern section is still afloat but in
grave danger of sinking quickly."
The British coast guard said 13 other
people, all thought to be crewmen, leapt
into lifeboats from the front section
when the Victory broke apart.
"WHEN THE lifeboat was lowered with
the 13 on board it was just smashed to
nothing by the waves," said Redfern.
"They are all missing, presumed
drowned and there's been no sign of the
lifeboat. It must have just been
swallowed up by the sea."
The U.S. Air Force C-130 plane cit-
cling over the stricken vessel gave up
last night what the coast guard
described as a "very daring" attempt
to drop a steel cable on to nearby con-
tainer ship in hopes it could be linked to
the Victory's stern.
The RAF pilot had to put out his own
emergency call' during rescue
operations because of a cockpit fire. He
managed to drop eight liferafts to the
survivors before flying back to the U.S.
airbase in the Azores.
Gerasimos Markousis, owner of the
Panmar Shipping Co., said the ship's
crew consisted of 15 Greeks as well as
six crewmen from the Philippines,
seven from Pakistan, two from Hon-
duras and two from Guatemala.
This evening the Ark presents the Reel World String Band, an all-woman
string band from the heart of Kentucky. Doors open at 8:30 p.m., and the
show begins at 9.
Alternative Action-Bread and Chocolate, 7,8:40, 10:20 p.m., MLB 4.
-Ann Arbor Film Coop-"12th Annual Eight mm Film Festival," 2, 7, 9
Mediatrics-Stripes, 7,9 p.m., MLB 3.
'Cinema II-Dersu Uzala, 7,9:30 p.m., Angell Aud. A.
Classic Film Theatre-King of Hearts, 3, 7, 11 p.m.; A Thousand Clowns,
5, 9p.m., Michigan Theatre.
Theosophical Society-The Universal Flame, 3 p.m., The Carriage
The Friars-"Best Concert Ever," with guest, the Hangovers from Cor-
nell University, 8p.m., Rackham Aud.
School of Music-Trumpet Recital, Carolyn Bybee, 8 p.m., Recital Hall.
Canterbury Loft-"Jelly-Filled: A Portrait of a Paranoia," 2, 8 p.m., 332
Housing Special Program-"Annual Bursley Show," 8 p.m., Bursley
Academy of Early Music-Gala Benefit Concert, 8 p.m., University
Alumni Theatre Series-"The Time of Your Life," 8p.m., Power Center.
Artworlds-Solo modern dance performance, Benedette Palazzola,8
p.m., Artworlds dance studio.
American Culture, LSA, Rackham-Conference, John King, David Hun-
tington, Michael Clark, "The Puritan Imagination in Nineteenth-Century
America," all day, Rackham Amphitheatre.
Gray Panthers-Dr. Arthur Vander, "Medical Consequences of a
Nuclear Attack," 3p.m., Firehouse second floor conf. room.
CARP-Bill Hilbert, "God Man, and History," 9:30 a.m., 504 Benjamin
Michigan Council for Women in Educational Administration-Jane
Brown, "Men and Women-Working Together," 9 a.m., Weber's Inn.
Ann Arbor Go-Club-2 p.m., 1433 Mason.
Jewish Grads-Party, 9:30 p.m., 335 S. Division Apt. 1.
WCBN-Patchwork: A Folk Music Radio Show of Irish, British, and
American music, 1 a.m.-1 p.m., 88.3 FM.
Women's Gymnastics-Big Ten Championship, 1 p.m., Crisler.
Women's Track-Lady Wolverine Invitational, 12:30 p.m., Track and
Syda Foundation-Siddha Meditation Intensive; "Divine Love," all day,
Puerto Rican Student Organization-San Valentine Potluck Dinner, 7:30
Landlords blame economy for growing vacancies
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he said, he is requiring only the amount
of, one month's rent as a security
deposit when a lease is signed, instead
of the usual rate of one and one half
month's rent plus prepayment of the
first month's actual rent.
Other agents said their tactics for
drawing tenants next year will- include
only nominal rate increases; instead of
raising rent by from 15 to 20 percent,
they said they will charge only from
two to seven percent more.
WEATHERIZATION is yet another
method for offsetting potential losses
brought on by economic conditions and
growing vacancy rates. Andrus Davis,
an independent agent, said he is
caulking the windows and weather-
stripping the doors.
It is difficult to insulate the houses
more completely, he said, because
costs range from $500 to $1,000, and
banks are not giving out many loans. "I
can see the needs, (but) the money's
just not there," Davis said.
Gary Baker, part-owner of Baker
Management Co., said he found a.
unique way for both he and his tenants
to save money. In exchange for their
help in repairing the house they live in,
Baker lowered their rent.
"IT WAS A real community effort,"
he said. "They did an excellent job."
One energy-saving feature they in-
stalled is a thermostat which
automatically lowers the temperature
during certain hours, Baker explained.
In spite of skyrocketing utility costs
for houses-usually paid by tenants-
the requests for large houses has
drastically increased during the last
year and a half, agents said. They ad-
ded that even students who live in
singles and doubles are doubling and
"I know a lot of students who are
thinking of going back to the dorms
because it (off-campus housing) is so
expensive," said Amie Alperson, an
LSA junior. "I'm getting help from my
parents, and they're starting to com-
plain. I can't be picky anymore. I have
a certain amount of money to spend,
and that's it."
ALPERSON SAID that, like many
other students, she will try to find a
large house to share with friends for
Bill Jacoby, another LSA junior, said
he is facing similar problems. "Next
have my own place," he said. "But I
can't see it now. It's too expensive."
Most of the agents said that four
years ago the efficiencies were the first
to go, but that now they are the most
difficult to rent. "Four years ago I
didn't have enough of them," said Tom
Clark, an independent agent. "Now
they're the last to go."
Many agents said they believe that
more students and faculty who own
cars are moving farther from campus,
and commuting. Several report an in-
crease in requests for parking spots.
The spokesperson from Ravalp said
that some are moving into homes that
were originally up for sale on the west
side of town, but were rented out
rate set at
because the real estate market has
been so bad.
"PRICES (RENT) on these houses
were phenomenal in September," he
said. "You could get a four bedroom
home for $400 a month." Another agent,
however, warned that these houses
might not be a good deal for tenants
because their leases usually specify
that if they are sold, the tenants must
move out immediately.
While some of the agents said they
think these trends will continue and
could grow still worse if University
enrollment drops, others said they
think the doubling up will be short-
"WE WENT from the trend of
everyone living together to living
alone," Davis said. "Now we're going
back to groups, but only because of
finances. As soon as people can go back
to living alone they will."
Tom Morson, the senior counselor at
the University's Counseling Services,
said he thinks the doubling up could
have some positive side effects. It's a
question of how students approach it, he
explained. "If it's seen as an oppor-
tunity for learning more about living
cooperatively, much can be gained.
However, if it's seen as a necessary
evil, it could have an adverse effect."
If these trends last for awhile, agents
said, there may be still more changes.
Students will probably negotiate and
shop around more before signing
leases, they predicted, and landlords
will have to clean up their less desirable
The closer you get. .
From AP and UPI
WASHINGTON - The government
reported yesterday that despite sharp
price hikes for food, inflation at the
wholesale level rose by only 0.4 percent
in January for a projected annual rate
of 5.3 percent.
Wholesale food prices during
January shot up at a 1.1 percent mon-
thly rate, the most rapid rise since a
widespread drought generated a 2.6
percent jump in August 1980.
THIS TIME, the food increases were
the result of cold weather damage to
California and Florida produce crops, a
freeze-induced slowdown in the
delivery of meat and a cutback by hog
Lower prices for automobiles,
gasoline and natural gas, as well as
price stability for machinery and fac-
tory equipment, came close to offset-
ting the food increase entirely.
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