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The Michigan Daily - Thursday, March 28, 1985 - Page 5
Protesters fight lounge removal

Heave, ho
The ankle-deep rains yesterday caught some areaj
by surprise

Daily Photo by KATE O'LEARY
residents and their cars

City Councilcwndidates-
look at election issues

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rate to developers to build housing,"
said Epton. "A certain portion of the
housing goes to these (low-income)
people."
Jim Burchell, the Second Ward
Democratic candidate, feels that the
housing market is unfair to students.
"The students are at the mercy of the
landlords," he said. Peterson, who
heads the Ann Arbor Task Force for Af-
fordable Housing, echoes Epton's ideas
for affordable housing. "There are a lot
of things we can do to work creatively
with developers, Peterson said.
However, the Republicans are not
convinced the affordable housing
situation is bad. Third Ward
Republican candidate Max Sweet said,
"I don't think it's definitely known how
bad the problem is. We're attracting
people from other places to work
(here)," he said. "Ann Arbor is a high-
employment community. I'm sure
everybody struggles to get up the lad-
der and I'm not sure how much
assistance they should have," added
Sweet.
SECOND WARD Republican incum-
bent Richard Deem wants to see
evidence that there is a great need for
affordable housing. "I.don't know that
(the city) should do anything (about af-
fordable housing)," he said. "I have as
yet to be convinced that there really is a
serious housing shortage in the city. I
want someone to quantify the need."
While the Democrats are focusing
their economic policies toward low-
income communities, the Republicans
-are directing their policies toward at-
tracting environmentally safe
businesses that bring jobs to the com-

munity.
"We have to be aggressive in our
economic development policies," said
Sweet, "I'm not talking about little
stores, but businesses that can pay the
taxes and are environmentally sound."
DEEM STRESSES the need for
businesses that can add to the com-
munity as a whole. "I think it (the city)
has to be very careful about the land it
has left to develop," said Deem. "We
need economic development that is safe
for neighbors, safe for the environment
and will provide jobs."
Democrat Burchell said, "I strongly
support the creation of the Community
Development Corporation, which would
help create businesses in low-income
communities." Iemocratic incumbent
Peterson also agrees that the Com-
munity Development Corporation is a
good Idea.
The Community Development Cor-
poration provides businesses with low
interest loans. It also provides free
technical information such as planning
or accounting. The corporation was
formed last year.
Peterson also mentioned that big
projects which are supposed to provide
a "trickle down" effect for the low-
income community in terms of creating
jobs often don't work. "I think we
should direct the policy toward the low-
income community. Often projects that
are touted as income producers don't
trickle down," Peterson said.
Another concern that the
Republicans are stressing is the upkeep
of city streets. Republican Deem says
that the upkeep of city roads is very
important since many roads are begin-
ning to deteriorate.

By CARLA FOLZ
If you didn't study on the second floor
of the UGLi last night, you missed a
chance for free popcorn and a firsthand
lesson in social protest.
At 8130 p.m. a group of students in-
terrupted the dubious tranquilitynof the
UGLi to spread a checkered picnic
blanket and take a study break in the
aisle of second floor.
THE GROUP was protesting the
removal of the UGLi's fourth floor
snack lounge, which was converted into
a computer center last September.
POLICE
NOTES
Homes entered
Though there were no signs of forced
entry, property was reported missing
from two campus area residences last
Monday. According to Sgt. Jan
Suomala of the Ann Arbor Police, "per-
sonal contents" valued at $25 were
taken from a home on the 1300 block of
Olivia, and $425 in jewelry was taken
from an apartment on the 300 block of
South Thayer.
Bike thief apprehended
Police apprehended a 25-year-old Ann
Arbor man who had knocked a bicyclist
off his vehicle and rode off with the bike
early yesterday morning. After police
spotted the assailant, the man swung a
broken bottle at the arresting officer
but no one was injured. Police Sgt. Jan
Suomala also said that the arresting of-
ficer found the man with a bottle filled
with gasoline and a rag stuffed into the
opening.
Backpack taken
A student reported' a backpack
missing from a study carrell Tuesday
evening on the fourth floor of the
Graduate Library.
- Thomas Hrach

Kitty Williams, an LSA junior said,
"We got ripped off. We decided to make
our own study lounge after they closed
the old one. We're not just study
machines. We like to stop and talk too!"
And talk they did. The group chat-
tered loudly as they spread their
blanket, opened their picnic baskets,
and posted a sign saying "they take our
lounge - we'll start our own." Earlier
in the evening the group had
distributed flyers inviting everyone to
their "picnic,"
NOT everyone was pleased with the
diversion from schoolwork. One male
student pleaded, "Hey, shut up, I'm
trying to study." But after hoards of
less devoted studiers came to collect
free Reeses peanut butter cups and
Tice's popcorn, the objector gave up

and left.
A majority of the students present
appeared to agree with the protesters.
Marian Brown, an LSA sophomore,
said, "I think the lounge should be
reopened. But I think they'll have to
make a bigger deal than this to get the
attention of the authorities."
Ted Lerner, an LSA senior who par-
ticipated in the protest, said: "The
University ignores our feelings.
They're trying to take the student voi-
ce out of everything. It seemed like the
lounges vanished into thin air, without
any student input."
LERNER ALSO mentioned, as he
passed out petitions for students to sign,
that the lounge in the Graduate Library
has been taken away from the students.

'Well, well, well . . . they're having a party
down there!'
- LaRonn Robinson
University security guard

The group believes that both libraries
would be quieter if study lounges were
available for restless students. -
Chris Cobb, an LSA sophomore
agrees that noise in the UGLi is a
problem. He said, "It's wild.
Sometimes the noise getson your ner-
ves." But Jeanette Friedmann, an LSA
freshman, said "I don't know whether a
lounge would change the noise level or
n.ot."
The festivity continued for about ten
minutes before a security guard con-
vinced everyone to be quiet and return
to their seats. LaRonn Robinson, who
has patrolled the library for only a
month, admits he wasn't quite sure how
to react to the unusual situation.
Robinson said his first impression
was, "Well, well, well . . .They're
having a party down there!" But he
remarked that the students were "well
behaved." "If they want a lounge they
have to do something about it," he said.
An UGLi employee said that the first
floor area with the Xerox machines is
now considered a snack lounge. But he
admits, "A lot of people may not be
aware of it. There have been a lot of
changes since the new data center was
put in."

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