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Theater restores

The Michigan Daily - Friday, September 5, 1986 -Pane 7
its vaudeville style

(Continued from Page 1)
do not, the restoration project,
slated to be completed by around
January, may be delayed.
"We can only think in a very
positive sense. But we'll
definitely be singing the blues
and crying in our beers if we
don't get the grant," Collins said.
"It would be a tragic loss. All
that we've accomplished so far in
our fundraising will, be
diminished," he said. The
theater began its fundraising
campaign two years ago.
BUT COLLINS said he expects
theater-goers in the area to come
through, since donations from
Ann Arbor citizens have allowed
the 1800-seat establishment to
survive despite an industry-wide
downsizing in the 1970s. Large
theaters like the Michigan grew
obsolete as new theaters sought to
provide more variety with
multiple viewing spaces.
In 1982, Collins pointed out,
Ann Arbor voters approved a tax
millage for the city to buy the
theater and bring the theater up to
safety codes.
To meet the Oct. 1 deadline, the
theater has stepped up its
solicitation efforts with a "seat
sale." Community members may
"purchase" a seat in the theater for
$500, or $125 for each of four years.
In return, a plaque with the
donor's name is mounted on one
of the theater's seats.
THE THEATER staff wants to
make the theater look as it did in
the '20s, rather than adapt it to fit
the tastes of today.
"This is intended to be an

accurate representation of the
original appearance, not just a
redecoration. There will be few
differences from the original
theater," said Roger Hewitt,
director of operations.
Much of the renovation undoes
the changes that were made
during a previous renovation
in1956, when much of the original
vaudeville grandeur was
replaced with contemporary
decor. Much of the gaudy interior
was covered over or replaced with

styles and colors popular in the
ceilings inside the theater and the
main foyer were painted over
during the 1956 renovation with
blue, ivory, orange and grey. The
ceilings are now being repainted
in the elaborate color scheme used
originally, which included much
metallic gold.
Even the seats are being
painted and reupolstered from
orange to blue, the color of the

originals. And an ornate bronze
drinking fountain, removed
from the Grand Foyer during the
1956 restoration, has been
Workers have also made
improvements in the electrical
system and the structure of the
The floor of the theater has been
heightened, and its slope has been
increased to improve viewing.

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Work continues on the renovation of the Michigan Theater this week. The restoration of the Ann Arbor lan-
dmark began last spring.


The theater still needs more money to qualify for a matching grant to pay
for the renovation.

More Pell Grant funds
Sa ilable for 'U students

(Continued from Page 1)
the campaign's earnings are
earmarked for specific projects,
such as building the hospital,
much of the money will also go
towards faculty salaries and
student aid programs.
The phone bank is itself an
indication of the campaign's
success. According to Muir,
campaign leaders were able to.
begin the "third phase" this-year
after developing what they
consider the effort's base - the
larger "special" and "major"
gifts. These gifts generally total
at least $100,000.
With a relatively limited pool
of potential givers - about 225,000
alumni compared with the
millions of targets some relief
agencies have - the campaign

concentrated on procuring the
large gifts instead of the $5
contributions some groups ask for
on television.
THE KEYS to obtaining these
large gifts, Muir said, are a
number of prestigious volunteers
across the country who personally
visit potential donors. For
example, he said, former
University Regent Robert
Nederlander this summer was
partly responsible for a $2 million
gift from the Upjohn Corp, after

meeting personally with
Much of Upjohn's gift went
towards improving chemistry
and pharmacy facilities on
campus. Nederlander, reached in
New York on Wednesday, said
corporations have been receptive
to giving gifts in order to
maintain the quality of
University graduates they hire.
Individual alumni, however,
often give because of the debt they
feel toward the University.

"Many of our alumni feel that
without the quality of education
the University gave them, they
would not be as successful as they
are," Roach said.
THE MAJOR reason alumni
give money, said Robin Meyer
and Diane Necci, supervisors of
the phone bank, is that they're
asked. "They're really glad to
hear from the school. Some of the
people we call are in their '80s
and haven't even seen the school
since the '20s," Necci said.

! 60 million in gifts

Approximately 900 University
dtudents will receive an increase
i their Pell Grants this fall
thanks to an appropriations act
signed by President Reagan in
An additional 250 students
will be awarded Pell Grants also
cue to the increase in federal
"We were pleased that the act
went through," said Tom Butts,
tjhe University's Washington
lpbbyist, "but it only restored half
f the reduction made last year."
FINANCIAL aid director
* Iarvey Grotrian said he was
pleased with the increase. "This
i ncrease will help students that
ave the greatest need," he said.
Students from families with
i icomes under $24,000 are most
1 kely to be awarded a Pell Grant
r receive an increase.
The 250 students who will now
e eligible to receive the grants
rill split about $75,000, according
Judith Harper, associate
irector of financial aid. The
average award will be about $300.
Nine hundred twenty-two stu-
t ents will receive increases total-
i tg $170,000, Harper said. The
o4verage increase will be $184.
THE INCREASE in Pell Grant
finding reduced the impact of cuts
i, the program made last year,
b t Grotrian said University
s udents will end up receiving
a out $250,000 less in Pell Grants
t an they received a year ago.
The Guaranteed Student Loan
p ogram will also undergo
c ianges this fall due to
1 gislation passed last April.
Landers in the program -banks,
c edit unions, and savings and
e 1ans- used to be able to send the
l an to either the University or to
te student, bqt now they must
snd it throught the University.
Legislators hope the change
4ill keep non-students from
tting the loans because the
Qniversity will make sure the
student is enrolled and taking
eough credit hours. Students
ho receive GSLs must take at

paying tpercent tinteresto na
$2,500 loan for the entire
academic year, the government
will pay 8 percent interest on
$1,250 during the fall term,"
Harper said. "This is a cost-
cutting measure by Congress to
reduce the deficit."

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