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Vol. XCV, No. 82 Copyright 1985, The Michigan Daily Ann Arbor, Michigan - Thursday, January 10, 1985 FREE ISSUE Ten Pages

Union

bookstore

Textbook prices
U-Cellar Ulrich's Union

Textbook
(Author)

feels the heat;
reduces prices

City voters
to decide on
weatheiation

By THOMAS HRACH
The first day of class is normally
the busiest day of book rush at cam-
pus bookstores, but yesterday saw a
renewed battle for the student text-
book dollar. The new kid in town, the
Michigan Union Bookstore, has step-
ped up the competition by cutting the
price of some of its new textbooks for
larger University courses.
The Michigan Union Bookstore,
operated by the Barnes and Noble
Company of New York, opened its
doors for the first time this past
weekend. Gerry Maloney, manager of
the store, said they needed to cut the
price of some texts by 4 to 7 percent
yesterday to "stay competitive."
BOTH ULRICH'S and the Univer-
sity Cellar discount many of their new
textbooks 5 percent.
The new store has kept its promise
of no lines, hassles or run-around with
its virtual army of part-time em-
ployees. According to Maloney the
store has hired close to 200 student

employees to work during bookrush,
with most of the employees roaming
the aisles helping confused shoppers.
Maloney said sales at the new store
were as good as could be expected.
We're still trying to break into the
market, and old buying habits are
hard to break," Maloney said.
"Student identification will be a
problem with us for a while."
AT THE U-CELLAR, long lines and
crowded aisles were the order of the
day. The U-Cellar has fewer em-
ployees who walk around and offer
customer assistance.
U-Cellar manager Bruce Weinberg
said the first few days of book rush
have showed no loss of business for his
store. He said that this could be the
best winter book rush for the U-Cellar.
See BATTLE, Page 2

Organic Chemistry
(Ege) .................................$37.00 $37.00 $36.95
Organic Chemistry
(Kemp & Vellaccio) . ........................$35.10 $35.10 36.25
Calculus and Analytical Geometry
(Gillette, new edition)....................... $36.05 $36.05 $35.75
Comparative Politics Today
(Almond & Powell) ................................ $23.70 $23.95 $24.95
Deutsche Heute
(Moeller & Leidloff) ...............................$24.65 $24.65 $27.95
Fundamentals of Physics
(Halliday & Resnick)..............................$35.15 $35.15 $34.95
College Physics
(Sears, Zamansky & Young) .................$34.15 $34.10 $33.95
Gardner's Art Through the Ages
(del la Croix & Tansey) ............... ........$18.95 $18.95 $19.95

Economics
(Fusfeld)..........................................$26.89

$26.85 $26.50

Above is the cost of new textbooks reported by each of the three stores
yesterday. Used book prices vary widely depending on the condition of the
book.

Computer classes draw crowds

By VIBEKE LAROI
A local group has collected enough
signatures to place a proposal for
weatherization of rental properties on
the April Ann Arbor ballot.
Weatherization as Responsible Main-
tenance (WARM) collected over 6,000
signatures - many from students -
during the last two months. The
petitions were certified by the City
Clerk Tuesday making the plan
Proposal A on the ballot.
THE PROPOSAL calls for man-
datory minimum standards for ceiling
insulation, caulking, and weatherstrip-
ping of doors and window frames for all
Ann Arbor rental housing units in which
tenants must pay the heating costs.
Jeff Ditz of the Ann Arbor Tenants
Union said the proposal is understan-
dable and simple. "I think it will win.
People are fed up and I think it's effec-
tive," he said.
This proposal has a better chance of
passing than the weatherization plan
defeated by area voters two years ago,
said Dan Keller, a member of WARM.
UNDER THE new proposal, the
materials needed to weatherize rental
units would be about $250-$500 - sub-
stantially less than what was required
by the defeated proposal, Kaller said.
"This is a much more modified ver-
sion," said Robert Widrow of Student
Legal Services. "I would see no reason
for anyone to vote against it," he added.
"The only way it won't pas's is if people
don't vote. Landlords are not a
majority."
Still, many area landlords say they'll
fight to defeat the proposal.
FRED GRUBER, a member of the
Ann Arbor ApartmentsAssociation,
was adamant about forming an op-
position group to try to defeat the
proposal, although he has not yet
organized one. "People don't know
what they're doing," he said. "You
can't go across the board and say
everyone will have this type of energy
conservanon.
At Alpine Realty, an employee who
wished to remain anonymous said, "I
don't want someone in a bureaucracy
telling me what to do. I think people
who care about properties will take
care of them."
"I don't worry about it too much

because I've done most of it already,"
he said.
ANOTHER realtor agreed that there
is already too much government inter-
vention and suggested that if there is
going to be a proposal at all it ought to
apply to every house in Ann Af bor.
An independent landlord who asked
nosto beidntifiednraithe proposal
ought to be governed by the market-
place."
Kaller disagreed. he said the vacancy
rate is now around 1 percent but at the
time of the last weatherization proposal
is'was close to 13 percent.
THE LOW vacancy rate means that
there is no market incentive for lan-
dl d toweatherize,hsaigsd. Student
p are sometimes forced to rent poorly
inflated units and thus pay higher
heating bills, he added.
The only current weatherization law,
costr siscdosurswhich makes it ilgal
to sign a lease wiithout showing a budget
plan projection :making tenants aware
of heating costs before renting. There is
a4 ' an Energy Voluntary Im-
p ement Program, Gruber said, wh-
is requires. landlords to post the
energy efficiency of their rental unit on
the actual unit.
Another objection landlords have is
tha echunt is differetand should be
teted differntly.ena
Kaller said the recent proposal is
See WEA THERIZA TION, Page 2

By SEAN JACKSON
Some sat in chairs strewn haphazardly against the
back wall of the auditorium. Others stood along the
side walls, and the rest were sandwiched into every
available seat.
For yesterday's first meeting of Computer Science
283, an elementary programming course for students
not planning to major in computers, it was, at best,
cramped.
THE HIGH demand for introductory computer
classes has forced the Department of Electrical
Engineering and Computer Science to expand the siz.e
of classes and seek new professors and teaching
assistants.
Elementary programming is one of several courses
this term with extremely long waiting lists. For
yesterday morning's lecture, 192 students were
enrolled and another 115 were on the waiting list.
Although courses for prospective computer majors
are not overcrowded, the courses for non-majors are
becoming increasingly popular as students realize
that computers will be used in whatever field they en-
ter.
THE HIGH enrollment in elementary program-
ming reflects a large number of students who "try to
find out what it's like" but drop the class because it is

not what they expected," according to Prof. Gideon
Frieder, chairman of the Computer Science and
Engineering Division.
Frieder said the department expects the over-
crowding to subside because in previous years about
50 students have dropped the class in the first weeks.
But even if 50 students withdraw, the classes will
still be crowded.
"IT SEEMS the biggest problem is TA's - not
having enough to teach the sections," said Lauren
Griffith, an LSA junior enrolled in the class. One sec-
,tionhad to be cancelled because only five teaching
assistants were available and each can teach only
two sections.
All of the students who remain in the class will be
accommodated, Frieder said, which means tnere will
be 25 to 27 students in each section. "It is not ideal,"
Frieder said, "but it starts to be reasonable. . The
ideal would be 20 students."
"(That is) more bodies through the mill," said
teaching assistant Jim Morris, "but that's not the
best pedagogy.''
MOST OF the students in these classes are looking
for a general introduction to computers, Frieder said,
adding that they are mostly "students who would like

to use computers as a tool in their career."
Frieder said his department is developing a new
course specifically designed to give liberal arts
students information about computers and
programming. The new class will be offered begin-
ning next year.
He also said the department is actively seeking new
professors.
THE STUDENTS who plan to major in computer
science or computer engineering, overcrowding is
not a problem. Spaces are still available in introduc-
tory and upper-level classes for majors.
According to the College Press Service, a federal
study predicts that the increase in the number of
computer majors may make it harder for graduates
to find jobs in the near future.
But Frieder and local computer firms say Univer-
sity students need not worry. After four years of
studying computer science, a graduate not going to
graduate school, usually works at the systems
analyst level. Those who study computer engineering
often design computers after graduation.
FOR BOTH types of student, the prospects appear
good. "They are so well trained they find good, high
paying jobs," Frieder said.
See COMPUTERS, Page 3

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Rock ymore sentenced for theft

From AP and UPI

Reagan
appears
optimistic
for arms
negoiations

WASHINGTON - President Reagan
said last night the United States will be
"flexible, patient and determined"
when arms negotiations with the Soviet
Union resume. He said the United
States set "no preconditions" for the
talks and added that "one side alone"
cannot make an agreement.
"I believe a more stable peace is
achievable through these
negotiations," the president said.
REAGAN faced reporters at a
nationally broadcast news conference
from the White House at 8 p.m. - his
first formal, prime-time session with
the press in six months.
Asked about a possible summit

meeting with Soviet President Konstan-
tin Chernenko, the president said he
was "perfectly willing" to have such a
meeting if it "could be helpful" in
superpower relations.
But he said, "I don't think it would
make very much sense to say ...let's
have a meeting just to get acquainted.
Other presidents have done that and
found out the letdown was pretty
terrible" when little resulted to advan-
ce the cause of peace.
EARLIER, REAGAN CONFERRED
with Secretary of State George Shultz
on his success in reopening the door to
nuclear arms negotiations with the
Soviets.
A tired Shultz, just back from two
days of arduous talks with Soviet
Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko and
See REAGAN, Page 3

By NANCY GOTTESMAN
Leslie Rockymore, a senior gua'rd for
the Michigan basketball team, was
caught and sentenced last month for
shoplifting at a campus store.
According to a State Discount em-
ployee who asked not to be identified,
Rockymore set off an alarm at the door
as he tried to leave on Dec. 5 with a
$3.95 bottle of Curl Gel which he put in
his pocket. State Discount filed a com-
plaint on Dec. 19.
ROCKYMORE was arraigned on
Dec. 28 in 15th District Court and
charged with larcency of less than
$100, which is a misdemeanor.
Rockymore pleaded no contest to the
charge.
According to Stanley Pollack, an at-
torney for Student Legal Services,
pleading no contest is not an admission

of guilt. The no contest plea is frequen-
tly used by defendants who wish to
avoid a guilty plea or the publicity a
trial could bring.
Judge S. J. Elden placed Rockymore
on a deferred sentence program for six
months during which he will be
required to perform 126 hours of com-
munity service. He was also charged
$30 for court costs.
If Rockvmore adheres to the
guidelines, the charges will be dropped
after six months.
Wolverine basketball coach Bill
Frieder said no disciplinary action
would be taken against Rockymore but
would not comment further.
Rockymore refused to comment.
Daily Associate Sports Editor Jeff
Bergida filed a report for this story.

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TODAY
Snake bite
HUNGRY RAT turned the tables on Jake the Snake,
a 41/2-foot boa constrictor left alone with his intended
dinner over the holidays. The rat had been placed
in Jake's cage at Lebanon High School in
Lebanon, Ore., where the snake had been donated to the
biology laboratory. Jake was expected to swallow the rat
whole, as reptiles do, and digest it over the Christmas
vacation. Before hunger pangs struck, however, Jake went
into hibernation because the heat in the building had been
turned down while students were out of school. Unfor-
tunately for Jake, the rat did get hungry. When biology
teacher Lyle Brown returned to school, he found the rat had
chewed more than a foot of the snake. School nurse Jerry
Wentland and two health career students performed
surgery on Jake under the guidance of a reptilarian and the

The next day, however, Jake was dead. "It was a most un-

The next day, however, Jake was dead. "It was a most un-
fortunate situation," said Wentland.
French bread
WHEN A BAKER who delivers bread to the elderly in
three villages was jailed for failing to pay alimony,
500 of his customers rose to the occasion. In a petition sub-
mitted Tuesday, residents of Vendoeuvre, Sainte-Gemme,
Migne, and Mezieres-en-Bremme in central France asked
that Marc Fricaud, 44, be freed "to assure the daily supply
of bread to the population." The villagers said they did not
intend to halt the wheels of justice or interfere in personal
affairs, but said they "refuse to walk many kilometers in
the snow because the baker is in prison for a family
problem." Fricaud went to jail for failing to pay 700 francs,
about $7, monthly to his former wife to support their two
children. Vendeouvre's second baker has not been able to
keep up with the extra work. Fricaud's friends said he
stopped paying alimony when his children came to live with
him, but he failed to report their change of residence and

Kitchen Courtroom
THE VOTERS made Howard Cook a Georgia State Court
Judge, then the Gwinnett County Commission put Cook
in the kitchen. "I'm just glad to have a place to sit," said
Cook, whose kitchen courtroom in the crowded court annex
in Lawrenceville, GA., doubles as a break room for
workers. There is no room in the main State Court building.
Cook wasn't surprised when he took office Tuesday. He
said he knew about the space problems when he was elected
in November. The county commission has agreed to refur-
bish a building and put the court there, but it won't be ready
for months. Then Cook will go to his new courthouse-a
renovated grocery store.
Outlaw Fire Fighters
F IRE OFFICIALS in Kansas City, Mo. admit they have
not been following the law they campaigned to have

hour work shifts in May, which leaves more than 700
firefighters sleeping at some time during their rotating
shifts, no smoke detectors have been installed in the city's
31 fire stations. A 3-year-old smoke detector ordinance
requires that smoke detectors be installed where people
sleep. Fire Chief Edward Wilson said Tuesday the failure
to install the devices was an oversight but that 150 to 200
detectors have been ordered and should be in place in 60 to
90 days.
On the inside. ..
The Opinion Page explores Barbie doll philosophy.. . Arts
looks for their extraterrestrial siblings.. . and Sports goes
on the road with the basketball team.

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