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Page 6-C-Thursday, September 9, 1982-The Michigan Daily
Ann Arbor housing offers diverse choices

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Cambridge House, which is made up of
only graduate students.
Meals are not served at either Baits
or Fletcher. Cambridge residents eat
their meals at West Quad.
Apartments and houses
Fortunately for students, the off-
campus housing situation in Ann Arbor
is Uot as bad as its reputation. In 1981,
the vacancy rate for Ann Arbor jumped
to 13.7 percent from a 1979 low of .5 per-
cent, according to Housing Office
figures. This may give students con-
siderable bargaining power.
This situation also allows students the
opportunity to take their time in
deciding where they are going to live
and shop around for the most
economical accommodations, accor-
ding to Jo Rumsey, assistant director of
housing information at the University.
Many students leave the dorm to save
money and for a change of pace.
"I just got tired of having a score-
boxed living," said graduate student
Doran Smith of living in a dorm. "I like
having a real place to live in."
"It'.s not necessarily more quiet," he
added, "but you don't have to put up
with other people when you don't want
said she decided to move into a house
this year after living in East Quad as a

freshman oecause she didn't like the
food there and wanted a single room.
"I think the bathroom (contributed to
the decision) also," she said. "Fewer
people use it."
For furnished apartments within
walking distance of campus, students
can expect to pay from $265 to $325 for
efficiencies, $300 to $385 for one
bedroom, and $440 to $500 for two
bedroom units, according to Housing
Office figures. For apartments and
houses with three or more bedrooms,
students can expect to pay about $200
per room.
MOST LANDLORDS also require
their tenants to leave a security deposit
of usually one and one-half times the
monthly rent.
Utility costs (based on two-bedroom
apartments), usually range from $16 to
$30 per month for electricity and
anywhere from $75 and up for heating
during the winter season (fuel oil is
more expensive than gas).
The monthly fee for basic phone ser-
vice is $9 or more plus long-distance
calls. Installation charges, depending
on the type of existing outlets, can run
up to almost $45 and a $20 to $30 deposit
is required on new service.
"THE COST of food and the cost of
utilities usually surprises (students
new to off-campus housing)," Rumsey
said. "Another problem students
sometimes come across is that they're

not as compatible with their room-
mates as they might have thought," she
, Decisions that should be made before
a lease is signed include in whose name
the bills will be sent, whether all meals
will be eaten together or separately,
and whether the food will be bought,
together or separately.
Along with the freedom of living on
your own comes a number of respon-
sibilities and possible legal problems
students wouldn't have to deal with if
they were living in a dorm.
THERE ARE four main areas-
maintenance, eviction, leasing, and
security deposits-in which the Ann
Arbor Tenants Union (AATU) get the
most complaints, according to AATU
member Dale Cohen.
"There are no one-time complaints,"
he said. "We're seeing the same
problems over and over again."
Cohen emphasized the importance of
carefully examining a lease before
signing it and urged tenants to have
clauses, such as one against invasion of
privacy, included in the lease for their
own protection.
COHEN SAID many tenants in-
correctly think it's not worth the time
or trouble to seek improvements.
An additional aspect of moving off
campus is what to do when the school
year ends but your lease doesn't. If
you're not staying in Ann Arbor during
the summer, and you don't want to gay
rent for a room you're not living in, the
only way out is to sublet.
Tenants should realize that they are
usually at the mercy of their subtenants
and will only be able to charge from 50
to 70 percent of the regular rental rate.
Fraternities and
The Greek housing system is a
popular living alternative in Ann Arbor.
It has the convenience of dorm life, but
not the institutionalization.
"I just had it in my mind before I was

What is a

a freshman that I wanted to live in a
frat," said John Carr, who has lived in
Alpha Tau Omega for two and a half
years and has been a member for four.
Carr, who also lived in Couzens Hall,
said he moved into the fraternity
because the food was better, he could
have his own room, and it was easier to
meet people.
"I FELT that I'd enjoy University life
a little more if I had some close frien-
ds," he said.
There are 42 fraternity chapters at
the University although only 37 have
houses. The University is also the home
of 17 sororities. A total of about 3,000
students live in Greek houses.
For the 1981 academic year, the
average monthly room and board
charge was about $275 for both frater-
nities and sororities although the rates
ranged from $200 to $325.
LSA SENIOR Carol Richards lived at
Bursley as a freshman but moved into
Alpha Gamma Delta at the beginning of
her sophomore year.
"Basically it's because my family is
Greek and has been Greek for many
years," said Richards who explained
that members of her family have
always joined fraternities or sororities.
"It was always thought that I'd go
Greek," she said.
"It's no comparison to Bursley. It's
like living in your own home," Richards
said of Alpha Gamma Delta. "We have
a gorgeous house to live in, a nice
living room, a chapter room . . . and
gorgeous bathrooms."
TRANSFER student John Haltz, a
senior in the School of Engineering,
said he joined Sigma Nu for social
"Being a transfer student, I didn't
know anybody and the Greek system is
a good way to meet people," he said,
adding that living in a fraternity is also
more economical.
Just as many workers would prefer to
be their own boss, many tenants would
rather be their own landlord and
studentsbhave the chanceto dorso by
joining an Inter-Cooperative Council
(ICC) co-op.
There are 22 ICC co-ops (13 on central
campus and nine on North Campus)
which house almost 600 students.
"We usually can fill them in fall
semester but we usually have vacan-
cies in winter term," said Rob Bloom-
field, of ICC.
SENIOR members can usually obtain
contracts for just the fall, but new
members must sign a contract for both
fall and winter term.
Single, double, and triple rooms are
available at the co-ops for about $220
per month, including board "You can't
expect to get a single your first year,
although it's possible," Bloomfield
Each house is responsible for deter-
mining its own budget for all additional
costs ranging from utility charges to
newspaper and magazine subscrip-
tions. If there is a surplus at the end of a
term, the members receive a rebate.
LUNCH AND dinner are prepared
and served by members at most of the
co-ops, according to Bloomfield, and
breakfast foods are usually available.
"It's not like the dorm where you get
meals. You can go into the refrigerator
any time you want," he said.
In addition, all co-op members are
required to work approximately five
hours per week in the house.
"The fact that it's cheap and it's not
as isolated as #n apartment," are two
of the reasons students choose to live in
co-ops, according to Bloomfield.
"A lot of things are taken care of for
you, like paying bills, he said. "All you
have to do is write a check to the

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especially American college students.
In order to eat, however, they must go
grocery shopping, an activity not
always undertaken with as much en-
Shoppers can choose from several
campus area grocery stores and a few
Ann Arbor supermarkets. The super-
markets, which deal in large quantities
of groceries, are obviously able to keep
their prices down. However, if you are
without a car, or access to one, the
neighborhood stores offer that extra
convenience which to many is worth the
inflated prices they must pay.
AS A GENERAL rule, the closer a
grocery store is to campus, the more
expensive its merchandise will be.
Each small store has its specialties,
however, that should not be overlooked.
Big Market, 341 E. Huron, has a good
delicatessen, and prices that are often
competitive with supermarkets.
White's Market, 609 E. William, is a bit
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food selection and comparatively low
Campus Corner, 818 S. State, has a
wide variety of liquor, beer and wine,
along with food staples. Sgt. Pepper's,
1028 E. University, has a complete
delicatessen with quality meats and
cheeses. Stop-n-Go, 615 E. University,
charges the premium prices for food
and alcohol, but it's open 24 hours,
which gives one a sense'of gastronomic
There are, however, alternatives to
regular grocery stores. If you lean
toward health foods, there are several
natural food grocery stores and
cooperatives near campus.
At the People's Food Coop, 722
Packard, whole grain flours, un-
processed cheeses, eggs, fresh
vegetables and dried fruits can be pur-
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Lavdas still hasn't told his parents
but said he was considering telling his
mother. "Before I lay that burden on
her, I have to make sure she can handle
it and will have support."
The University offers several alter-
natives to personal counseling for gays.
The Office of Human Sexuality, an arm
of the University's Counseling Office, is
used as a referral and resource center
for both gays and non-gays, and also
conducts educational outreach
programs in classroom and dorm
"WE SERVE as a liaison for people.
outside the University because students
don't live in a vacuum," said Beth
Doyle, program coordinator for the of-
"Our overall goal is to help gays,
bisexuals, and non-gay people orient
themselves positively," said Jim Toy,
another office coordinator who
"Jim and I do view our office and
being gay in general in a very positive
light. Being gay can be a very positive

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experience," Doyle said. "It's not
problematic. It's the way other people
handle it that's problematic."
THE OFFICE is concerned with,
discrimination against gays, according
to Doyle. "For any minority on cam-
pus, there's going to be more difficulty
adjusting," she said.
"Oftentimes, straight people have no.
knowledge of a real gay person. For a
heterosexual person who hasn't met an
openly gay person, they have no way of
dispelling myths," Doyle added.
The office doesn't however, receive;
as much support as it would like.
"WE'RE NOT a boastful program;
one of those programs that puts (the
University) in a good light," according
to Doyle. "Nobody is going to pat them
(University administrators) on the
back for having a gay office."
"We're able to achieve only minimal
publicity. This office is viewed, I ex-
pect, as equivocal by many members of
the University staff," Toy added.
DORMITORY Resident Assistants
receive special training, both emotional
and situational, on how to deal with gay
issues, Toy said.
Despite these attempts, some gays
feel that the RAs are not adequately
trained to handle the situations. When
Mack left his hall, he said he received
support from his RA, but it was difficult
because the RA wasn't prepared to deal
with the situation.
"My RA was quite friendly with me,"
Mack said, "but I don't think he had
any education (dealing with gays)."
THIS SUMMER, a number of gay*
organizations have joined together in
an effort to have the Regents modify
the University's anti-discriminationt
policy to include sexual orientation.
"The burden shouldn't be on us to
educate the world when we come out,"
Mack said. "If we had rights, we
wouldn't have to take the burden of both
straight and gay people in our laps."
"It's a sort of Catch-22," he added
about the possible Regents' action."We A

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