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University co-op council
.'honors 50th anniversary

The Michigan Daily-Saturday, March 26, 1983--Page,3;
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Cooperative living in Ann Arbor
celebrated its 50th birthday last night
as 200 co-op residents packed into the
First United Methodist Church for a
Today's residents were brought up to
date on what cooperative living was
like in the past. Co-op membership
coordinator Gigi Bosch, who came to
'Ann Arbor in the 1960s, presented a
:slide show on her early days in a co-op
:and dug even further back to describe
how co-ops in town evolved.
1933, Bosch said, when a group of men
got together to rent a house on East Ann
Street, charging co-op members $2 per
week. By the end of the year, the men,
who called their house the Michigan
Socialist House, had a $200 surplus -
quite amazing for the Depression era -
Bosch said.
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"Students came to the University in
the Depression without any cash," said
Bosch. "They lived on cabbage and
powdered milk ... Some days, co-op
students would stay in bed and study all
day without eating to save money," she
Many of the people in coops were
searching for a new solution to society's
problems; they felt the capitalist
system had failed them and looked
toward the ideas of the socialists, Bosch
AFTER THE Depression and the af-
termath of two world wars, students
were looking towards the cooperation
alternative, she said. The co-ops united
several groups of students with
socialist and religious beliefs under the
cooperative idea, she said. "Working
together to solve practical types of
problems," was the goal of the early
cooperatives, she added.
In the late 1940s and 50s, Bosch said,

"co-op people were viewed as political
activists." Marxist study clubs and
socialist speakers often caused co-op
members to be looked upon with
The year 1965 marked the
cooperative coed living experience -
although the room assignments were
still separate.
MARCEL SALIVE, newly elected In-
tercooperative Council president,
remarked on the progression of the co-
op from its past history.
"Twenty years ago, we were a few
people with a car - now look where we
are," Salive said.
But for the future to maintain the
stability of the cooperative community,
Salive said, we must strive to remain
progressive and avoid stagnation,
statism.. . and death."



Doily Photo by DAVID FRANKEL

The Intercooperative Council's cake marks the celebration of 50 years of co-op living. In 1932, the first co-op began as
the Michigan Socialist House.

New hope for Social Security

WASHINGTON (AP) - President
Reagan applauded Congress yesterday
for passing the $165 billion Social
Security bailout, saying "a dark cloud
has been lifted" from senior citizens
and future retirees alike.
"By working together in our best
bipartisan tradition we have passed
reform legislation that brings us much
closer to insuring the integrity of the
Social Security system," Reagan said
about nine hours after Congress com-
pleted work on the rescue packages of
higher payroll taxes and benefit curbs.
THE PRESIDENT is expected to sign
the legislation during the week of April

For "all our senior citizens who
worried about receiving their Social
Security benefits, and for the present-
day workers concerned about the
solvency of that system, I think a dark.
cloud has been lifted," Reagan said
during a brief meeting with reporters in
the White House press room.
Congressional action and the
president's signature on the legislation
will mark the end of two years of bitter
partisan conflict over the issue and a
deliberate, two-month effort on Capitol
Hill to carry out the blueprint of the
National Commission on Social
Security Reform.
GENERALLY, the legislation follows

thJ recommendations of the reform
commission, including:
" Higher payroll taxes in 1984, 1988,
and 1989;
" A six-month delay in July's cost-of-
living increase in benefits;
" A first-ever levy on benefits going to
affluent retirees:
" Mandatory Social Security
coverage for new federal workers and
employees of 'non-profit organizations
beginning Jan. 1; and
" A gradual increase of the
retirement age from 65 to 67 in the next
In 1977, Congress passed a rescue
plan that was supposed to maintain the

solvency of Social Security into the next
century through higher payroll taxes.
But a sagging economy and high unem-
ployment that cut into payroll tax
revenues and growing numbers ,6f
beneficiaries has brought the systemi
close to collapse.
BACKERS OF the current legislatidn
say it is different from that earlier plai
because it is more comprehensive.
Nonetheless, there was considerable
grumbling in Congress over the
package and support was mow
grudging than the lopsided final votes
would suggest.

Ready or not summer subletting anxieties are here

Belated Bumpers

AP Photo

Sen. Dale Bumpers (D-Ark.) has decided to enter the race for the
Democratic presidential nomination despite a late start and almost no
money, said political sources yesterday. Bumpers is expected to announce
his candidacy next week.
Billy Novick and Guy Van Duser will appear tonight at the Ark. The virtuoso)
musicians perform everything from traditional Irish music to offbeat swing.
Doors open at 8:30 p.m., concert begins at 9 p.m. at 1421 Hill St.'
Alternative Action - Brief Encounter, 7:30 p.m.; Intermezzo, 9 p.m., Nat.
Ukranian Students Club - Pysanka, 2:15 & 3:25 p.m., Museum of Natural
Cinema Guild - Jonah Who Will Be 25 in the Year 2000, 7 & 9:05 p.m., Lor-

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Getting a security deposit of one-and-
a-half-months' rent in advance is also a
good thing to do so that the subletter
doesn't end up paying for damages the
subtenant incurs, Rumsey said.
.Students should also be aware that
finding a subtenant doesn't mean they
won't have to pay any rent for the
summer. Rumsey said that subletters
can expect a 30 percent to 50 percent
rent loss per month.
FOR THOSE looking for a summer
sublet, Jo Rumsey said that effficien-
cies and one bedrooms are moving
more quickly than three or four rooms
this year. Generally, she .said, the
summer tenant is a 'lone roomer"!
looking for a room in an apartment or a
Summer sublet buyers, Rumsey said,
should be aware that "all renters are
negotiable, and the closer to the end of
the winter term, the more negotiable
subletters get."
Student Legal Services attorney Paul
Teich stressed that renters should be
aware that it is a breach of contract if
they do not pay rent.
ALTHOUGH tenants who don't pay
their rents won't be jailed, Teichasaid, a
landlord could file a civil suit against
the tenant in order to collect back rent.
But a tenant may file a counterclaim
against his landlord if the landlord
refuses to grant permission to sublet for
reasons beyond financial ones, or if a
maintenance problem is driving poten-
tial subtenants away, Teich said.
Tenants who can attribute their
inability to sublet to a problem with the
landlords can seek council from
Student Legal Services or the Ann Ar-
bor Tenants Union, Teich said.
IN SOME CASES, Teich said, the
tenant may get a reduced rent or early
lease termination if he or she can prove
the claims.'
But all of these complications and
hassles weren't a problem for senior
Lisa Hoff. "It (subletting) was actually


very easy for me, she said. I put up
about 40 signs around campus, in-
cluding one in the off-campus housing
office. The next day a person called and
signed the lease," she said.
Hoff said that because she didn't
want to waste any time in subletting her
efficiency, she took a little less than a
50 percent cut in the rent.

GRADUATE student Janice
Valmond didn't have any problems
subletting her place, because she knew
of a friend needing a sublet who is
currently living in a residence hall.
But LSA junior Mary Fideler said
that she hadn't gotten any replies at all.
and that her ad in the Student Activities
Building has been up.for a week.

Sue Duncan, an LSA junior, who has
been advertising for a month and a half,
said she has received a few calls, but
"That's about it." Duncan said that slb
feels people just aren't looking yet, aft$
she is worried.
"I'll lose a lot of money if. I catt
sublet," she said. "I can't stay in-iAtxi
Arbor this summer."

CinemaIi -The Godfather, 6 & 9p.m., MLB 4.
AAFC - Circle of Deceit, 7 & 9p.m., Aud. A, Angell Hall.
Mediatrics-Raiders of the Lost Ark, 3, 7 & 9:15 p.m., MLB
Gargoyle - The Graduate,'7:30 : 9:30 p.m., Hutchins Hall.


To the Ann Arbor community
We, the members of Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity, wish to express
our sincerest apologies for any misconceptions concerning our
March 18, 1983 Jungle Party. It was not our intention to create any
racial overtones due to our choice of theme. Had we realized that
a demeaning bias could have been perceived by the event, we
would not have held it. We are aware, as members of the University
community, that we have a responsibility to uphold the dignity of
other members of the -community. Realizing that some elements of
our party were portrayed by the Daily as having violated that
responsibility, we offer our regrets to those who were offended.
The Jungle Party was conceived as a variation on more traditional
party themes, such as a Hawaiian party. This was no overt intention
to parody blacks. Those who did paint themselves did not intend
to mock blacks, nor did they realize that they could have been
extending a stereotype. The lack of consideration for the percep-
tions that could have been drawn from the party does not, however,
absolve us from the responsibility to address the situation.
The racial tensions and imbalance that exist in the University
community are a concern to us all. Such misunderstandings as those
emanating from this situation only aggravate the issue. Again, we
can only hope that our apology is accepted by those who were
offended. In the future, perhaps situations like this will not occur if
an increased awareness of others' sensitivities exists.

Musical Society - Michael Lorimer, guitarist, 8:30p.m., Rackham Aud.
School of Music - Linda Appel, flute recital, 4 p.m.; Mark Scatterday,
bass trombone recital, 8p.m., Recital Hall.
E.M.U.-State Solo and Ensemble Festival, 8 a.m., Alexander Music
U-Club- Soundstage, 9:30 p.m., Mich. Union.
Canterbury Loft - NADA concert, 8 p.m., 332 S. State St., second floor.
Dept. of Dance - Stepping Out: A Contemporary Dance Concert perfor-
med by Michael Driscoll & Jill Donaldson, 8 p.m., Studio A Theatre, Dance.
Michigan Ensemble Theatre - Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, 8 p.m., Lydia Men-
delssohn Theatre.
Ann Arbor Go Club - Mtg., 2-7 p.m., 1433 Mason Hall.
Tae Kwon Do Club - Practice, 9-11 a.m., Martial Arts Rm., CCRB.
Coalition of Hispanics for Higher Education, Puerto Rican Student Assoc.
- Fiesta with live music, 8 p.m. -1 a.m., Law Club.
The Brecht Company - Auditions for summer productions, 7-10 p.m., Rm.
126, East Quad.
1M.mpim rf Art - Amerian ininn Rea d , niltwnrk Temnnstratinn.

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