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Ninety-six years of editorialfreedom

Vol. XCVI - No. 85

Copyright 1986, The Michigan Daily

Ann Arbor, Michigan - Thursday, January 30, 1986

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By KERY MURAKAMI
with wire reports
Gov. James Blanchard unveiled a
program last night, which could help
guarantee Michigan residents an af-
fordable college education in the
state.
Speaking before a live television
audience, Blanchard, in a preview to
his State of the State address tonight,
also stressed the state's financial
solvency and a proposal to crack
down on drunk driving.
UNDER THE tuition guarantee
program, which must be approved by
the legislature before it can go into ef-
fect, parents would pay the state a
certain amount of money in return for
a full tuition waiver once their child
enrolls in a Michigan public college or
university.
The state in turn would invest the
payments, which are expected to
bring in more than enough returns to
cover increases in tuition. "This
program will guarantee to pay a
child's tuition, whatever the cost
might be by the time the child enters
college," Blanchard said about the
plan.
Michigan students not involved in
the program would still be subject to
tuition increases.
"Nothing could be more important
than guaranteeing a college education
for our kids," Blanchard said in the
speech last night, "and when added to
our expanded scholarship and loan
programs, this tuition guarantee will
make Michigan the nation's leader in
providing access to opportunity."
SIMILAR PROGRAMS exist at
several colleges, including Dar-

Daily Photo by ANDI SCHREIBER

Bus, stop!
A University bus speeds by barriers on North Campus yesterday.

'U' SCIENTISTS ASSESS SETBACKS:
& Explosion delays space research

Blanchard
... previews statewide address
tmouth and Duquesne, but no other
state has tried the idea.
How much the parents pay depends
on how close their child is to college
age, said Lynn Schaffer, the state's
associate budget director.
For example, parents of a child
born this year would pay $3,755, either,
in one lump sum or in monthly or bi-
weekly payments.
PARENTS OF a 15-year-old child
would pay $6,724, Schaffer said, and
parents of older children would pay
more because their investment will
have less time to earn interest before
their child is ready for college.
See BLANCHARD, Page 3

By NEIL CHASE
and STEPHEN GREGORY
University professors involved in
research related to the space shuttle
program said yesterday their work
will be delayed but not cancelled
while officials investigate the causes
f the Challenger's explosion
-Tuesday.
Although a plan to observe Halley's
Comet from a shuttle in March has
been scrapped due to the in-
vestigation, other projects - such as
a probe to Jupiter and experiments to
determine the causes of space
sickness - will be conducted when the
shuttle flights resume.
Most researchers predicted the
shuttle program will be on hold for at
%least six months, and Halley's Comet,
which appears near the Earth once
every 76 years, will be long gone by
then.
Prof. Thomas Cravens, a Univer-
sity research scientist, said that "the
lack of comet data is probably the

most serious immediate loss, because
Halley's Comet will be here in March
and that's it." Cravens had planned to
use the information the shuttle would
have collected for his own research.
"IT'S TOO late to pull back from
that program, so it's got to continue,

Cravens said. "The shuttle program
can't be cancelled."
The University's space research
budget for this year is approximately
$6.5 million, with two-thirds provided
by NASA, according to Paul Hays,
director of space research projects at
the University. The rest comes from

NASA searches for
cause of explosion

the National Science Foundation and
other sponsors.
PROF. GEORGE Carignan, a
research engineer, developed a
device to study the atmosphere
around Jupiter as part of the Galileo
space probe.
The probe, which is to carry six ex-
periments into Jupiter's atmosphere,
was scheduled for launch in late May
or early June. Now, however, it ap-
pears the probe will be delayed at
least 13 months because there are
limited opportunities to launch the
probe based on the Earth's position in
relation to Jupiter.
The University's part of the project
is a $2 million mass spectrometer,
which will study the gases in Jupiter's
atmosphere. Nine months after the
probe is launched, it will enter the
atmosphere are Jupiter, transmit
data for an hour, and then be
destroyed by the intense heat and
pressure around the planet. The data
See SHUTTLE, Page 5

EPA links passive
smoke to cancer

From AP and UPI
While Americans watched countless
reruns of the shuttle explosion and
NASA began an investigation into its
cause, rocket experts outside the
space agency groped for possible ex-
planations of the tragedy.
A leak or a crack in one of the shut-
tle's twin solid rockets was a

possibility. Or a rupture in the shut-
tle's liquid fuel tank, a huge
pressurized canister brimming with a
half-million gallons of liquid hydrogen
and ogygen.
SOME engineers speculated that
metal fragments may have splintered
off the giant turbines, or pumps, that
See NATION, Page 5

WASHINGTON (AP) - It's time
to stop dismissing non-smokers as
"finicky busybodies" when they
complain about inhaling other
people's smoke, a government
health-safety official said yester-
day.
John Topping Jr., staff director
of the Environmental Protection
Agency's Office of Air and
Radiation, said evidence linking

"passive smoke" to disease,
though fragmentary, "seems suf-
ficient to warrant strong steps to
cut down involuntary exposure to
cigarette smoke."
HE SAID his own agency was not
proposing cigarette-smoke
regulations. But he spoke ap-
provingly of scattered cities such as
See PASSIVE, Page 5

Housing crunch

Off-campus housing causes student panic

S.

By EVE BECKER
An engineering sophomore and his
three friends in South Quad are willing to pay just
about any price to live in a modern, furnished
apartment next fall.
They toured about 50 apartments before finding
one that met their standards and then offered the
y tenant an extra $200 to get the lease-only to
discover later that they had been outbid.

registered .79 percent last September - the lowest
rate in the last few years. This year's apartment
hunters seem to fear that the situation could wor-
sen, although there's no way to tell at this point,
says Sherie Veramay of the Housing Information
Office.
"There are a lot of people out there looking for a
house," says LSA freshman Eun-kyu Koh, who
recently began hunting for a house. "A lease has
already been signed for the house we were in-
terested in. Some are going pretty fast."
FEW STUDENTS actually have signed leases,
although many have hurried to place bids -
despite a predicted rise in rent. Doug Milkey of
Campus Rentals is just one realtor who expects
his rates to jump between 7 and 9 percent over last
year's.

Although students "are begging for places," Ed
Gottschalk of Post Realty says the demand isn't
driving up rental prices so much as are insurance
rates.
"Everybody's insurance has doubled and
tripled," he says. "A lot of insurance companies
aren't even insuring (student-occupied) buildings
because they're getting so many claims from
students."
SINCE 1983, rental rates in Ann Arbor have
risen an average of 20 to 30 percent, says Jeff Ditz
of the Ann Arbor Tenants Union.
The University's housing office reports that
current renters are paying, on average: $329 per
month for an efficiency, 28.5 percent more than in
1983-84; $364 per month for one-bedroom apar-
tments, a 23.8 percent increase over the same
See SEARCH, Page 3

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The students call the competition for the best
housing a black market. Housing officials and
landlords call his experience part of an unusually
early panic over the perceived shortage of rental
housing for next fall.
According to a survey from the University's
Housing Information Office of 20 local realty com-
panies, the vacancy rate of rental housing

TODAY
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D OYOU DREAM of space-based laser defense
satellites? Is it your fantasy to build this
ultimate strategic defense shield? If so, you
can satisfy this urge by entering the create

seem difficult for students to create their own working
model of a 'Star Wars' system, CASW feels that studen-
ts should be inspired by the work of those scientists
who are spending their lives working on a system that
won't work. Also, students must remember that no
matter how crazy their idea seems, it's not as crazy as
those in Washington," the group says. The designers of
the three mnt creative nrnnnzik will win a Schoolkids

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