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Ninety-four Years
of
Editorial Freedom

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Aesthetic
It's October, isn't it? Mostly sun-
ny with a high in the upper 70s.

Vol. XCIV - No. 21

Copyright 1983, The Michigan Daily

Ann Arbor, Michigan - Saturday, October 1, 1983

Fifteen Cents

Ten Pages

Union builds,

but

so does its deficit

By SHARON SILBAR
The Michigan Union has run up a $645,000
deficit over the past five years and projects
another $450,000 loss this year if the University
administration doesn't bail it out.
Union officials site losses from the Univer-
sity Club-which totaled nearly $90,000 in some
years-the loss of the University Cellar Student
Bookstore in 1982, and inadequate payments
from the University's general fund as reasons
for the deficits.
But some Union observers attribute the
financial troubles to a lack of concern by Union
officials who know that they can always tap
student fees for additional funds.
JAMES BRINKERHOFF, the University's
vice president and chief financial officer an-
nounced at a regents meeting last month that
the $645,000 loss, which has accumulated since
1978, will be covered by existing funds.
About half the money came from a profit the
University made as a result of renegotiating
its original $4.6 million loan for Union
Ailing
tenants
union
,opening
delayed
By KAREN TENSA
If you call the Ann Arbor Tenants
Union, you're likely to get a recor-
ding-and an incorrect one, at that.
Once the driving force behind city-
wide rent strikes, AATU is so finan-
cially strapped that it cannot afford to
regularly staff its office on the fourth
floor of the Michigan Union.
AND WHILE the message on its an-
swering machine claims a counseling
program will be organized by today, the
organization's president said yesterday
the-office's opening has been delayed
indefinitely.
"It's up in the air," said Special
Education senior Mary Consani, who
accepted the presidency of the ailing
group in August.
The tenants union's dwindling mem-
bership will hold a meeting Tuesday to
decide the organization's future, which
includes a split into distinct groups.
THE FIRST organization will still be
called the Ann Arbor Tenants Union,
and will continue to lobby for housing
legislation in Lansing and conduct
workshops on landlord-tenant issues,
according to Maureen Delp, program
director of the current AATU.
The group will also continue to
receive funds from the Michigan
Student Assembly, which will give
AATU 11 cents per student, or ap-
proximately $7,000 this year.
AATU currently receives about $500
additionally per year through doughnut
sales in the fishbowl and donations
from its members.
BUT DELP said this sum has not
been enough to support AATU's coun-
seling service, which can advise and Ag
mediate in landlord-tenant disputes. by th
Office and printing expenses ate up tions-
funds quickly, leaving little money to socia
pay staff to supervise and train new and s
volunteers. "S(
To remedy this, AATU grew another is get
branch-the Tenant-Landlord Resour- tor of
ce Center. The new organization will be "W
"strictly educational," according to socia
Delp, and will distribute information Spe
and conduct counseling. Socia
AATU workers would like to fund the the st
new organization through grants from Maki

the federally-funded Ann Arbor Com- "fem
munity Development Office. But it will care
take six to 18 months to obtain the non- Be
profit organization's tax exempt status much
needed to obtain the grants. that i
BOTH organizations will operate out food
See TENANTS, Page 6

renovations. The remaining $303,000 came as a
loan from the University which the Union will
begin repaying next year out of its operating
revenues.
Union officials attribute the greatest part of
the losses to a "grossly underfunded"
operating budget from the University ad-
ministration.
They say the administration is not paying the
Union enough for salaries, utilities, main-
tenance, and office space for University and
student organizations.
THE MICHIGAN Union Board of Represen-
tatives is preparing a report for the ad-
ministration detailing the Union's budget
needs. Robert Moore, the Union's budget
director, said he's already received an
assurance from an executive officer that
University allocations would be increased.
Moore said the administrator-whom he would
not identify-acknowledged that the University
"hasn't paid its fair share" in Union costs.
"We will not have the $450,000 deficit after

negotiations," Moore said.
But just where that money will come from is
uncertain. Union Director Frank Cianciola
said that although he is proud of the fact that
the Union has taken care of all its obligations
without new money from students, he did not
rule out a possible increase in student fees in
the future.
In 1979, the regents approved a fee hike to
pay for both the current Union renovation
program and regular Union operating costs.
Students are now paying $11.53 per term for the
Union, up from only $1.65 in the 1970s.
CIANCIOLA also sites the loss of the Univer-
sity Cellar, which had been paying $85,000 in
rent per year, as a major reason for the Union's
deficit. The student-run bookstore left its
basement location in the Union in 1982 after it
failed to agree to a new contract with Cian-
ciola.
Cianciola had asked for a substantial in-
crease in rent, but Cellar management said it
couldn't afford the increase if the Union con-

tinued to restrict sales of Michigan insignia
items.
The University Club which is crowded with
faculty members and administrators Monday
through Friday at lunchtime has also been a
big money loser for the Union.
Before the new food operations opened up
downstairs in the Union this month, the U-Club
had been the mainstay of the building's Food
Services operation, which accounted for annual
deficits as high as $90,000, according to Moore.
Moore would not break down how much of the
losses could be attributed directly to the U-
Club.
MICHAEL CRABB, who was hired last year
as the Union's food service coordinator, said he
has "no idea" just how much the U-Club has
lost in the past. And he predicted that it will be
at least a year before the operation, which now
includes six food stores downstairs, will break
even.
Union officials argue that food services don't
See DEFICITS, Page 6

Cianciola
... $1 million in the hole?

Witness says
'M' football
players used
cocaine
By BARBARA MISLE
A Florida man convicted of distributing
narcotics testified in federal court Thursday
that he first used cocaine with three Michigan
football players at a party after the Gator
Bowl in 1980.
In March 1980, five Michigan football
players were suspended from the team for
alleged involvement with narcotics, and two
players were put on probation. It's unclear
whether the testimony refers to the same in-
cident.
MARK BRAMAN, a former defensive back,
was the only player identified by Frank
Durastanti during a trial in Bay City on an
alleged marijuana and cocaine distribution
ring in Michigan, said Al Entin, an attorney in
the suit.
DURASTANTI SAID he used cocaine with
the Michigan players at a party in December
1980, but Michigan played in the Gator Bowl
in December 1979.
Durastanti said he delivered cocaine six
times to the Florida apartment of Braman's
brother, Frederick, a convicted cocaine
dealer, said Entin.
Braman, one of the 12 parties charged in the
suit filed in January by U.S. attorneys, pled
guilty to charges of distributing cocaine in
July and received three years probation, ac-
cording to a spokesperson in U.S. Dis
trict Court.
See COCAINE, Page 3

Carried away
A Kappa Kappa Gamma pledge is hoisted into her new sorority yesterday by Sigma Chi members. See story, Page 5.

Daily Photo by DEBORAH LEWIS

strong social services.
ire crucial, says Mansour

By CHERYL BAACKE
;es Mary Mansour, the former nun who was criticized
e Catholic Church for her stand on state-funded abor-
-said last night that more attention must be given to
1 services in order to preserve feelings of human dignity
elf-worth.
ocial (problems have) long-lasting repercussions and it
ting into the genes of our society, said Mansour, direc-
Michigan's social service department.
VE AS A society can ill afford the lack of attention given
i services," she said.
eaking to about 160 University alumni from the School of
al Work at a dinner at the Ann Arbor Inn, Mansour said
ate social service department has three major focuses:
Ong the family unit central; addressing the
inization of poverty"; and trying to decrease health
costs.
cause the cost of health care is so high, Mansour said, so
h of the department's money is used for medical care
it ends up competing with providing basic needs such as
and clothing to the poor.

"It's the tail wagging the dog and we must get hold of
health care (cost) containment," she said.
IDEALLY THE social services department should shift
the budget to provide more social services and spend less on
health care, she said.
Mansour said that almost 15 percent of all Michigan
residents are receiving some type of assistance, and many of
them are women and children.
"Today's poor are concentrated in single parent families,"
Mansour said, adding that women head 90 percent of those
families.
Rising divorce rates speed up the route to poverty for
women and affects females in all social classes, Mansour
said.
MANSOUR SAID she is concerned with the erosion of the
family as the core of society as well as family violence and
neglect.
"These are grim realities at the core of our lives," she said.
Strengthening the family is especially important in times
of high unemployment and poverty, Mansour added, because
feelings of human dignity and self-worth are threatened.

Daily Photo by DEBORAH LEWiS
Agnes Mary Monsour, director of Michigan Department of Social Services,
says social services are important for preserving human dignity, especially
in times of high unemployment, yesterday at the Ann Arbor Inn.

TODAY
Altar-ing rules
OME SEVENTH-GRADE girls are serving up a load of
f.. th o nh,..h actnrm.hnmannts them to take na

bells during the ceremony but most other functions are
reserved for boys. Fourteen of the girls have written Arch-
bishop John May to protest the changes. The former pastor
at St. Michael's, Rev. Albert Kovarik, said he knew he was
breaking the rules in allowing girls to serve at the altar, but
said he followed his conscience in making the decision.

out how to bless a chicken." So far, 40 parishioners have
said they plan to participate. Flocken decided to move the
ceremony outdoors when one person said he planned to
bring a goat and another wanted to have his pony blessed.
"I thought it was the craziest thing, but people responded,"
said Flocken, who got the idea from his father-in-law, also a
church pastor. "It's one way of impressing on people the
stewardship of all God's creations." Although Flocken says
he gets along with pets better than he used to, he still har-
bors a slight fear of dogs. "If any of the does don't look like

Also on this date in history:
" 1968 - The Daily reported that the last of three Ann Ar-
bor High School students who had been suspended for their
long hair would be readmitted.
.1970 - The Apollo 15 astronauts spoke to an audience at
Rackham Auditorium about their space mission and
showed slides of the lunar surface.
* 1975 - FBI agents arrested a 21-year-old man and
issued warrants for two others in connection with the kid-
nanping of a General Motors executive and his family from

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