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Vol. XCIV - No. 14 Copyright 1983, The Michigan Daily Ann Arbor, Michigan -Friday, September 23, 1983 Fifteen Cents \Twelve Pages

rates up
in 'U'
The University's housing office released
statistics yesterday that show a 3 per-
cent vacancy rate in University dor-
mitories, marking the first time in
three years that the residence halls
have not been filled beyond capacity.
According to figures compiled before
room freeze rules were lifted last week,.
there are 293 empty beds throughout
the housing system. The majority of the
vacancies are in Baits and Oxford
BAITS, WHICH was designed
specifically for upper-class and
graduate students, has been hit hardest
by vacancies in the last few years.
University housing Program Director
Leroy Williams said changes are being
proposed which may make the housing
more attractive to older students, in-
cluding increasing the numbef of
singles and doubles and phasing out
some triples. Policieswhich prohibit
freshpersons and sophomores and any
upper-class students under the age of 21
will not be altered, he said.
Williams speculated that the number
of vacancies at Oxford has been in-
creasing because of the facility's
distance from campus and because of
the decreasing popularity of
cooperative living. Apartments within
the Oxford complex frequently do not
fill to capacity, he said.
Williams said about one-third of the
vacancies throughout the rest of the
University housing system can be at-
tributed to "no-shows" - students who
had told the University they planned to
move in and later decided not to enroll
HE SAID many of the no-shows were
first-year students who waited until af-
ter summer orientation to decide which
school they wanted to attend.
See DORM, Page 10

Strike ends;
school. back



Disappointed Ann Arbor school
teachers went back to work yesterday
after reluctantly accepting a 2.5 per-
cent wage increase from the school
Teachers backed down on their
demand for a 4 percent salary hike
during negotiations early yesterday
morning to put an end to their 16-day-
old strike.
THE CONTRACT was ratified 648 to
208 by teachers at a meeting early
yesterday morning at the Michigan
Theater. Students were back in school
by 11 a.m., said Robert Moseley,
assistant school superintendent.
Although teachers were anxious to
end the strike, most were disappointed
with the low salary settlement, said
Dean Bodley, vice president of the Ann
Arbor Education Association, the
teachers' union.
While board officials say they could
not finance more than a 2.5 percent in-
crease without dipping into their equity,
funds, Bodley said he believes more
money is available.
"TEACHERS DON'T want to jeopar-
dize the finances of the district, but the
school board is responsible to budget
adequate resources to pay teachers,"
said Bodley.
"Most teachers feel (a;2.5 percent pay
raise) is grossly inadequate," he said,
"It's almost embarassing."
Of the 500 school districts in the state,
salaries for Ann Arbor school teachers
rank 75th. Moseley said the ranking is
well above the average, but he added
that "anybody would accept that small
of an increase reluctantly."
ON TUESDAY, board officials filed a
complaint in U.S. District Court asking
for an injunction to force teachers back
to work. When Judge Ross Campbell
heard the complaint the following day,
he threatened to lock both sides in his

chambers over the weekend if they did
not reach a settlement by 4 p.m. today.
"It's an Ann Arbor tradition to never
hold out services for money, but we do
feel badly that (teachers) aren't more
highly valued by the school board,"
said Bodley.
"The board tells us how highly valued
we are, but they don't seem to put their
words into our paychecks," he said.
BOARD OFFICIALS argue that their
revenues increased by only four-tenths
of a percent this year, and their tax
'Most teachers feel (a
2.5 percent pay raise)
is grossly inadequate.
It's almost embarras-
- Robert Moseley
assistant school
base by less than one-half percent.
Dipping into their surplus for a wage
hike would deplete the funds, Moseley
Both sides, however, regret the in-
convenience the strike caused parents
and students.
"That's one of the really em-
barassing points of being involved in a
strike," Moseley said. "Kids have to
pay the price for the adults'
STUDENTS, WHO missed 12 school
days because of the strike, will have a
shorter winter vacation and the school
year will run an additional week in
See LOCAL, Page 5

. . . .~- DDaily Photo by JEFF SCHREER
Fall showers
LSA seniors Christie Franchi and Steve Samosiuk don't let yesterday's cold and wet weather get them down as they
chat outside the Law Quad.

Chinese executives

visit 'U'

A delegation of Chinese officials, in
Michigan to meet with state officials and
business leaders, toured the campus
yesterday as a part of their six-day U.S.
The visit by the Chinese officials, who
were led by Yang Xizong, the governor
of China's Szechwan province, marks
another step in the University's
burgeoning relationship with the coun-
ALREADY this year, the Chinese
ambassador to the U.S. came to Ann
Arbor to visit Chinese exchange studen-
ts at the University.
The governor and his colleagues
visited a local high school in the mor-
ning before lunching with University
faculty members and administrators at
Inglis House. The delegates then toured
a computer lab in the East Engineering
Building, the Asian Library in the
Graduate Library, and finally the
Museum of Art.
The University's ties to China date
back almost a century, when Univer-
sity President James Angell took time
off to work out a trade agreement with
the Chinese.
MORE recently, University
President Harold Shapiro visited China

in 1981 to establish an educational ex-
change with the Communist nation. The
University of Michigan has had more
Chinese students enrolled in its
programs than any other American
Political Science Prof. and China ex-
pert Michel Oksenberg said after the
tour that the U.S. relationship with
China "has potential commercial,
educational, as well as cultural benefits
to both."
Oksenberg said the Szechwan provin-
ce - China's largest - has natural
resources and potential energy sources
and is just beginning to build industry.
Former Michigan Gov. William
Milliken worked hard to establish a
close relationship with China, Oksen-
berg said, since China is quickly
becoming a market for heavy industry.
Oksenberg said the Chinese came to
Ann Arbor because they are "in-
terested in seeing how the educational
system works in other countries."
Oksenberg said the Chinese schools suf-
fered greatly during the Cultural
Revolution of the 1960s and are only
now rebuilding.
The delegationawill meet with
Chrysler Corp. Chairman Lee Iacocca
and other business leaders today in

Panel seeks shelter
for city's homeless'

With Ann Arbor's icy cold winter
fast approaching, the city's Com-
mission on Emergency Housing was
still searching yesterday for a place to
put the city's indigent community.
At a meeting yesterday, City Coun-
cilman and commission member
Richard Deem (R-2nd Ward) said he
and Larry Hunter, the commission's
chairman, have been examining sites
around the city to present to the full
city council next month.
"WE HAVE found a site we're in-
terested in," Deem said, "but we feel
there are some drawbacks to the
Among the disadvantages to the
prospective location, which was not
named but is known to be outside the
downtown area, are its distance from
the city and the need for extensive
repairs in the building.

Reverend James Lewis of Saint An-
drews Episcopal Church, where the
homeless previously have been
housed, said he didn't feel a location
far from downtown would be accep-
table. "These homeless would have to
take a bus, and they simply don't have
the money," he said.
COMMISSION member Letty
Wickliffe said that a temporary site
would have to be found soon as cold
weather is fast approaching. "We
have to start .considering a location
before the cold weather comes and the
homeless are left out in the street,"
she said.
Presently, the city's homeless are
being housed at various sites
throughout town. Until recently, the
city paid Saint Andrews to house the
homeless, but the city has stopped its
payments while it is looking for a site
of its own.
See PANEL, Page 5

Daily Photo by JEFF SCHRIER
Chinese businessmen visited the University's art museum yesterday before
heading to Detroit on their tour of the U.S.

Rags to riches
A 16-year-old Hollywood, Florida orphan will become a
millionaire next week unless somebody claims the sack of
diamonds and gold jewelry he found lying along.a railroad
track. Eric DeWild was playing hooky from school six mon-
ths ago when he stumbled across the $1 million cache of nut-

had been stolen and possibly dropped from a passing train.
Police believe they have reached an agreement with the
boy's lawyer after a week of arguing over how and when to
turn over the treasure. "We're negotiating for the transfer
of the jewels, and I'm hopeful we've reached an amiable
settlement," said Jeff Cohen, counsel for the Hollywood
Police Department. "I guess we'll just let the kid keep the

in kissing and hugging among students last year. "It's been
quite a problem," Meyer said. Holding hands or putting an
arm around the waist or shoulders will be the maximum
display of affection permitted and dancing will be done
"with propriety," the policy said. Students who violate the
policy once will receive a warning but a second infraction
will result in disciplinary sessions with parents and school.
officials that could draw precocious pubescents a three-day
suspension without credit or makeup work privileges.
Meyer said a student caught in the act a third time could be
taken before the school board for more severe discipline.

Also on this date in history:
S1963-The Interfraternity Council and the Panhellenic
Association requested the Student Government Council to
investigate charges of race discrimination in the Greek
. 1969 - University President Robben Fleming said the
University "will prosecute anyone we can identify" from
videotapes of the student takeover of the ROTC building.
* 1974-Interns and resident physicians at University
Hospital voted unanimously to go on strike if contract
negotiations with the University continued unsuccessfully.




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