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'U'gives
$1 mill.
for Ford
fund
By ROSE MARY WUMMEL
President Harold Shapiro an-
nounced last Thursday that the
University will name a $1 million
endowment for a professorship or
fellowship in honor of ex-President
Gerald Ford, honorary chair of the
Campaign for Michigan fundraising
drive.
The Campaign for Michigan has
raised over $175 million for
endowments and facilities since the
campaign was launched on October
24, 1983. Campaign leaders expect
the fund to reach $180 million by
the end of the month when the
Campaign is officially complete.
The original goal was $160 million.
Shapiro made the surprise an-
nouncement of the dedication to
Ford at a news conference to cele-
brate the success of the Campaign
last week. "The whole idea was to
surprise Ford pleasantly," said
Regent Thomas Roach (D-Saline).
Ford expressed his gratitude at the
unexpected announcement.
"I don't know if President Ford
ever imagined when he was a student
here that he would play as important
a role in the history of this insti-
tution as he has during the Cam-
paign," Shapiro said in a press
release last week.rFordearned a
Ibachelor's degree from the
University in 1935.
"Ford really did much more than I
would expect for an honorary (chair).
He played a very important and vital
role in soliciting gifts and soliciting
volunteer leadership," said Roach.
Roach joined the Campaign as one
of over 1,000 volunteer leaders
nationwide after Ford sent him a
letter inviting him to join,, the
group.
The moneyfor the endowment
will come from donations that were
not designated for any specific
purpose.
Shapiro decided to name the
endowment in honor of Ford and
informally discussed the idea with
regents prior to surprising Ford with
} the announcement last Thursday.
The regents will officially approve
the endowment at the formal regents
meeting in December or January.
Ford will decide soon whether the
endowment will be used to fund a
faculty or a student fellowship.

The Micligan Daily-Thursday, December 10, 1987- Page 3
State Senate bill
threatens to kill
city rent control

Daily Photo by KAREN HANDELMAN
Christmas preparations
Ypsilanti resident Tim Schoen prepares to sell Christmas trees at Frank's Nursery and Crafts on Washtenaw
Avenue.
Ann Arbor firm wins contract
to conduct education research

By ALYSSA LUSTIGMAN
A state bill designed to deactivate
local rent control measures faces a
vote today before the Michigan
Senate. Senate aides expect little
opposition to the bill.
The measure, proposed by Sen.
Richard Fessler (R-W. Bloomfield)
would prevent local government
from passing any legislation that
would limit the power of property
owners to set rent levels.
An ammendment to the bill
would elminate any existing local
legislation regulating rent. Accord-
ing to Rick Simonson, admin-
istrative assistant to Fessler, there
are no such ordinances at the present
time in Michigan.
The bill went through its third
and final reading yesterday afternoon
at the Michigan Senate.
IF THE BILL passcs the
Senate, it will be assigned by House
Speaker Gary Owens (D- Ypsilanti)
to one of several House committees.
The fate of the bill may rest on the
which committee receives it.
Owens was unavailable for
comment.
Members of the pro-rent control
organization Ann Arbor Citizens' for
Fair Rent are hoping that the bill
will be assigned to the Judiciary
Committee, chaired by Ann Arbor
Rep. Perry Bullard. The Judiciary
Committee' handles inexact
jurisdiction, and has dealt with some
landlord/tenant acts in the past.
"We are not especially warm to
the bill," said Brett McRae, aide to
the local Democrat. "It forbids local
units of government from enacting
any legislation on a local level that
would control rent, and the only way
rent control could pass is at a state

level. The chances of that are nill to
zero."
MCRAE ADDED that Bullard
disagreed with the bill on the
grounds that housing is a local
issue, and should be decided upon by
"those who know the ins and outs of
the problems," and because "the very
threat of rent stabilization is a good
tool to use for negotiations between
land owners and residents."
Fair Rent group member Michael
Appel, an attorney with Student
Legal Services, said the passage of
the bill "would end (the local)
campaign for rent control." He added
that if property owners are powerful
enough to kill rent control in the
state legislature, they can stop any
pro-tenant legislation.
The Fair Rent group has proposed
a city ordinance for rent stabili-
zation, which would limit rent
increases to 75 percent of the
inflation rate, and a maximum 15
percent increase each year. The group
also proposes the establishment of a
five member Rent Stabilization
Board, appointed by City Council,
to review and approve all proposed
rent increases.
Rent stabilization is currently
used in Boston, New York, Los
Angeles, and Washington, D.C.
SIMONSON said the issue first
came to the attention of Sen. Fessler
in Oakland County, where residents
were concerned about' the
establishment of different policies in
the various municipalities.
"There was concern that a
quiltwork of laws would be enacted,"
he said, and residents did not want
state legislation to override already
enforced ordinances.

By JOON KANG
The U.S. Department of Educa-
tion awarded a $248,000 contract last
month to the Ann Arbor-based In-
dustrial Technologies Institute (ITI)
to study a sample of vocational edu-
cation programs.
The one-year contract was given
by the Department of Education's
office for National Assessment of
Vocational Education as part of a
congressionally mandated study.
The study will sample post-sec-
ondary institutions with vocational
programs lasting from six months to
two years, including community
colleges, proprietary schools, and
technical institutes.
"We want to evaluate the effec-
tiveness of post-secondary vocational
education programs throughout the
country," said Rocco DePietro, se-
nior researcher in ITI's Center for
Social and Economic Issues and
project director for the study. "What
constitutes an effective program?
That's what we're looking at."
Study findings could affect Fed-
eral funding through the Carl
Perkins Vocational Education Act of

1984, which aids the vocational
programs in the country. The Act is
up for a review next year.
"Congress called for a study of
vocational education for purposes of
evaluating the Perkins Act," said
John Wirt, director of the U.S. De-
partment of Education's office for
National Assessment of Vocational
Education. He said Congress has
planned to evaluate the effective vo-
cational programs to pick out the
best qualities. The data will be com-
piled and shared with the rest of the
programs in the country.
ITI chose schools with vocational
programs from Seattle, San Fran-
cisco, Dallas/Ft. Worth, St. Louis,
Chicago, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, and
Atlanta for the study.
"We picked eight metropolitan
areas where the manufacturing re-
gions were changing rapidly, either
in a positive or negative way," said
DePietro. Detroit will serve as a
proving ground for various methods
to be used at the test sites.
Data will be collected from in-
depth interviews with program ad-
ministrators, instructors, students,

.professional associations, policy-
makers, and employers. "Usually the
factors involved in effective pro-
grams are determined by the quality
of teaching, heads of program, and
faculty/student relationships," said
DePietro. His hypothesis is that ef-
fective programs have leaders who
relate well not only students, but to
employers and legislators as well.
Officials at the Department of
Education said DePietro's hypothesis
helped to get ITI the contract. In ad-
dition, ITI's technical background
and ability to compare programs
were "just the sort of qualities re-
quired for this project," said David
Goodwin, program officer in the of-
fice for National Assessment of Vo-
cational Education.
The $248,000 will cover the cost
of a five member research team for
one year. The team will be at each
test site for about one week. The
team will produce a report for the
Department of Education, which in
turn will submit the findings as part
of a larger report to Congress in
1988.

r

Me faces pre-trial
hearing in January

(ConUnued from Page 1)
against Pifer and Barbour as "really
absurd."
Judge P.G.V. Thomassen of the
15th District Court informed
Marcuse that the charges carry a
maximum penalty of 90 days in jail
and/or a $100 fine.

Marcuse will remain free on his
own recognizance until the trial date.
The assembly pledged $1,000 to
help Marcuse if he decides to press
charges against the Ann Arbor.
Police for brutality. The assembly
also mimicked an offer by the-
Rackham Student Government,

Committee supports Cit'

(Continued from Page 1)
people are going to be there and they
may want to go into City Hall," said
committee member Ann Attarian.
Besides recommending an addition
to City Hall, the draft report
advocates that the city renovate the
existing City Hall.
Vice chair Leah Gunn suggested
that the report encourage the city to
address the question of whether to
remove asbestos from the current
structure as part of this renovation.
Though the draft report

recommended that City Council put
a bond issue on the April city ballot
to fund the expansion, committee
members are divided on this
question.
Many city employees have
criticized the current City Hall, built
in 1963, as too small to meet the
city's present needs. A previous
attempt to expand City Hall through
a bond initiative was rejected by
voters in last April's city election.
The draft report reviewed by the
committee yesterday says, "the
committee was overwhelmed with

y Hall park
the overcrowding and need for space"
in City Hall.
The amount of money required to
fund the proposed expansion is stillt
up in the air. Committee member
Tom Fegan said a city officials'1
estimate of $22 million may be
incorrect because there is no final (r
plan on which to base costs.
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Drastic Rent Reductions
No Added Fees
Low Security Deposits

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Florence
next term?
There are several openings for the Winter term
of the Michigan - Wisconsin Florence Program
due to late cancellations. Earn in-residence
credit by taking a variety of courses, all
taught in English.
Further information and applications are available
at the Center for Western European Studies.
The Center for Western European Studies
5208 An gell Hall
8:00-12:301:30-5:00

THE IST
Wkat's happening in Ann Arbor today

Speakers
Danny Levitas - Research
Director, Prairiefire Rural Action,.
Inc., Des Moines, Iowa. Former'
graduate of the Environmental
Advocacy Program, "The Current
Farm Crisis in Iowa."
Bert Schierbeek - Will read
from his new book, " C r o s s
Roads," 8 p.m., International
Center, 603 E. Madison. Call 764-
5370 or 994-9276. Admission is
free.
Xian-qian Shi - "TBA," 4:00
p.m., Rm. 1200 Chem. Bldg.
Meetings

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walking service, open seven days a
week: 8:00 p.m. - 1:30 a.m. Stop
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Call 764-9782 for more info.
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