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Ninety-six years of editorial freedom
Ann Arbor, Michigan - Wednesday, November 27, 1985
Vol. XCVI - No. 60
Copyright 1985, The Michigan Daily
By TOM KEANEY
What happened to that "cream
puff" schedule we heard so much
about? Where are the Youngstown
States, the Northern Michigans and
the Illinois-Chicagos when you really
If the Michigan basketball team is
looking for one of those patsies to beat
up on, it sure isn't going to find it this
THE WOLVERINES take on
Associated Press' pre-season num-
ber-one Georgia Tech in the Hall of
Fame Game Saturday at Springfield,
Mass. Game time is 1:30 EST and
vacationing students can view the ac-
tion on CBS, which will be televising
the game live.
Michigan enters the game with a 2-0
record, barely. The Wolverines had to
stage second-half comebacks in their
games against Virginia Tech and
Kansas State en route to the
Chaminade Silversword Tournament
championship last weekend.
The Yellow Jackets (or Ramblin'
Wreck, whichever you prefer) are
also 2-0, but have had a much easier
time of it thus far.
AFTER beating up on the
Australian National Team two weeks
ago, Tech had to face something
called South Carolina-Aiken on
Monday, coming away with a casual
PARKING PROBLEMS CITED
By JOE PIGOTT
The Ann Arbor Planning com-
mission last night tabled developer's
revised plan for Huron Plaza con-
ference center and hotel.
After lengthy debate, the com-
mission voted unanimously to post-
pone their decision on whether to ap-
prove the plan until members, along
with representatives from the city's
transportation department and other
agencies, can meet to discuss the;
plan's controversial parking allot-
THE PROPOSED conference cen-
ter and hotel fits within city construc-
tion requirements, but area merchan-
ts and local residents expressed con-
cern last night that there wouldn't be
enough parking space available
downtown to support the needs of the
new structure. They said the parking
spaces called for in the developer's
plan still would not solve the parking
problem. The plan provided for 82 space.
The developer, Dick Berger of
Huron Plaza Limited Partnership,,
submitted a proposal to the Ann Arbor
City Council last month for 389
parking spaces. In order to provide
that space, however, Berger asked
the council to change building orid-
'There are some citizens out there who
want Ann Arbor to stay as it is. Some
people see this issue as growth versus
- Allan Feldt
Planning Commission member
permit below grade
Georgia Tech senior Mark Price takes his patented jumper to Springfield,
Mass. this weekend to face Michigan in the Hall of Fame game. Price, a
second team All-American guard, led the Yellow Jackets in scoring
assists, steals, and free-throw percentage last year.
In October, the city council rejected
the ordinance change by a 7-4 vote. At
issue, however, wasn't the parking
problem but whether the city really
wants the conference/hotel complex.
THE ISSUE came up again at last
night's planning commission meeting,
although no members said outright
They didn't want the complex.
Allan Feldt, a member of the com-
Mission, said, "There are some
.citizens out there who want Ann Arbor
to stay as it is. Some people see this
issue as growth versus non-growth. If
that's true, maybe we need to review
Felt Wondered if the commission
voted to table the plan not because of
concern about parking, but because of
mixed feelings about building another
high rise structure downtown. This
plan calls for 13 stories and a pen-
All of the members agreed the plan
submitted to them wouldn't solve the
parking problem. "It's the (parking
space) size that is creating many of
the problems for us to put (the plan)
through now," said member Gwen
Nystuen. "We have to find some way
to work this out with the petitioner
and appropriate city agencies."
Berger told the commission before
its vote he thought tax revenue the
complex could generate would be
enough to allow a new parking struc-
ture to be built downtown in a few
So Saturday's game stands to be an
interesting matchup. The Yellow
Jackets might very well be
Michigan's toughest opponent this
"Georgia Tech, no matter what you
say about Michigan, is rated ahead of
us in most of the polls," said
Wolverine head coach Bill Frieder.
"and rightly so."
"THE MAIN strength we have is a
lot of players coming back from a
See 'M,' Page 8
From The Associated Press
For tens of thousands of homeless Americans,
Thanksgiving dinner will be turkey on a paper plate
dished out by charity workers and seasoned by the bitter
contrast between cozy holiday images and their own
grim prospects as winter sets in.
Arid with the numbers of homeless on the rise in many
cities, shelter workers are worried about how they will
accommodate them, particularly if the winter is very
IN NEW YORK, the city is housing more people now
than it did during the coldest part of last winter, said
Suzanne Trazoff, spokeswoman for the municipal
Human Resources Administration. The city's 19 shelters
currently are housing 7,783 men and women, and there
are 3,959 families in hotels and other temporary
housing, she said.
Numbers of 'new poor' rise
Last year at this time, the city had 6,781 individuals in
16 shelters and 3,227 families in temporary housing, she
said, and at winter's worst, there were 7,600 people in
"I would say in the past few years there has been a
significant increase," said Jackie Edens, a
spokeswoman for the Chicago Department of Human
Services, which coordinates about 40 shelters.
"THE TERM 'new poor' is not a figment of someone's
imagination. A lot of people are a paycheck away from
Those who work with the homeless cite a number of
reasons for the increase, including a shortage of low-
cost housing, deinstitutionalization of the mentally ill,
and high unemployment among many groups. They also
note that they are seeing more and more single women
In San Francisco, where the number of homeless
appears to have stabilized, "the usual find. . . is the
dramatic increase in the number of women and children
seeking refuge or a hot meal. It's the feminization of
poverty," said Jim Buick, deputy director of the
mayor's criminal justice council.
"A FEW YEARS ago, we would serve about 50 women
and children" with meals, he said. "Now we serve about
500. We're also seeing lots of women looking for a place
to spend the night."
A report last month by the Massachusetts Department
of Human Services said there are more than 10,000
homeless people in the state, with families, mainly
headed by low-income women, making up 75 percent of
The report blamed a lack of affordable housing on a
rush toward condominium conversions. In Boston,
where the problem is most acute, a report issued by the
mayor's office this month, showed the number of
homeless in the city has nearly doubled in two years.
"IN NASHVILLE, Tenn., "the lack of low-rent
housing also has removed all of the hotels (where the
city's homeless often stayed). It has put people on the
See NUMBERS, Page 2
Fire chief calls it
quits after 34 years
From AP and UPI
CAIRO, Egypt - President Hosni
Mubarak said yesterday there is a
"clear" link between Libya and the
hijackers of an Egyptian airliner and
indicated he would retaliate against
Mubarak, in his first public com-
ments since the commando raid Sun-
day on the hijacked plane in Malta
killed 59 people, refused to rule out
military action against his Western
Mubarak also pointed an accusing
finger at a radical, pro-Libyan
Palestine Liberation Organization
faction led by Abu Nidal for the
hijacking of the EgyptAir Boeing 737
to Malta on Saturday. In an apparent
reference to Nidal, Mubarak said the
leader of the terrorists was staying at
a hotel in Tripoli, Libya.
0MUBARAK was asked by reporters
about Egypt's next moves and
whether they included a military op-
"I cannot comment on a military
option, because we are not war-
mongers but the champions of
peace," Mubarak said.
Mubarak accused Libya of spon-
soring the gunmen who seized the
plane and told reporters he sent the
soldiers to Malta to storm the jetliner
only after the pilot reported:
"They're going to kill us all."
Mubarak blamed the deaths on the
hijackers, who he said were the first
ever to detonate phosphorus grenades
during a hijacking. "Not a single
Egyptian bullet killed anybody"
among the passengers and crew, the
THE FIRE grenades set the interior
of the Boeing 737 ablaze.
See EGYPTIAN, Page 6
By DEBORAH RETZKY
On Nov. 30, after 34 years of service,
Ann Arbor Fire Chief Fred Schmid is
retiring to fulfill an unusual lifelong
dream: working in a hardware store.
Although the work will be nothing
like what he's accustomed to, Schmid
is excited about the move.
"You have to move when oppor-
tunity knocks, and opportunity
knocked," he said. "I've always wan-
ted to work in a hardware store."
SCHMID, WHO began working for
the fire department in 1951 after ser-
ving on auxiliary squads, was appoin-
ted to assistant fire chief in 1967, and
in 1974, he became fire chief.
And during the 34 years with the
department, Schmid only missed one
day of work, and that was when his
daughter was in the hospital.
The retiring chief calls firefighters
"a special breed." When a firefighter
goes to work, Schmid says, it's
usually in a life or death situation
where they have to remain calm when
Part of the chief's job is to evaluate
- or, as Schmid says, "size up" - a
fire. The chief has to determine how a
fire will be handled and which
firefighters should perform each
ALTHOUGH evaluating a fire is not
an "exact science," Schmid says,
there is still a "feeling about what a
building will do."
Schmid believes that each fire is
different, and each fire teaches a
lesson. For him, firefighting was a
He was on hand when the
Economics Building burned to the
ground on Christmas Eve 1981. Sch-
mid called the blaze, which was the
work of an arsonist, a "miserable.-
Arsonists, Schmid says, are respon-
sible for four fires; each month in Ann
Assistant fire chief John Thompson
has been appointed acting fire chief.
everyone else is panicking.
Daily Photo by DAN HABIB
Ann Arbor Fire Chief Fred Schmid poses next to an Ann Arbor fire engine.
Schmid is retiring at the end of this month after 34 years of service.
Gentleman's gentleman, er,
'HEN GARFIELD the butler serves the
port, traditionalists may choke on it. Gar-
who will retire in July after a posting in Britainand
she want to ply her new profession in the United States.
She appears to be in her early 40s, but when asked her
age, she took the reply straight from the butler's
manual: "I really couldn't say, sir."
store and needed a quick lunch. He called his wife,
Mary, and asked her to bring him a peanut butter and
jelly sandwich. Thus, Old Town was conceived. After
picking up the necessary permits - and a few chuckles
- at city hall, the Soibels converted the front half of the
waterbed store into a deli-style restaurant. The water-
beds were moved to the back of the 3,600-square-foot
h.,ldinrr ati n1,;nhn-. n! nIhnr n.and tia ran fnr
THANKS: Opinion looks at Thanksgiving from
two perspectives. See Page 4.