$rta'ge 2-The Michigan Daily-Wednesday, September 16, 1987
Campus housing shortage strikes students again
(Continued from Page 1),
Mike Robinson, a first-year LSA student,
lives in a converted lounge in Mary Markley
residence hall. The room currently houses three
sspudents and is considerably larger than the
"The room is not as bad as it seems," said
Robinson. "One guy never showed up and one
might move out, so we'll just have two people
4living in here if this is made permanent. They
ilio promised to fix the room up and give us a
* phone if we stay here."
..Brian Anderson, an Engineering senior, has
twice received an extra roommate since arriving
at the University this fall. One student was put
into his Baits room just before Labor Day but he
was given permanent housing a few days later.
Shortly after that, another student was placed into
"The largest number of temporary housing is
in the Vera Baits House, because ,that is where
the largest number of no-shows are found,"
The Housing Office currently handles most of
the students' complaints and tries to find them
housing. However, only newly-admitted first-year
students are guaranteed housing space.
Speculations about building a new dormitory
have surfaced, but according to a housing source,
a new building holding about 1,000 residents
would cost each student in a residence hall an
additional $742 per term for 30 years.
"We are crowded. We do have a housing
problem. But the solutions are expensive. The
cost to build a new housing facility, including
rising finance costs, labor, building
specifications, et cetera are phenomenal," Antieau
Housing officials also face the problem in
projecting the numbers of college-aged students
in 10-15 years. "The number of students may be
going down across the country, while at the same
time the demand for admission to the University
is going up," added Antieau.
Contract dispute centers around VA Hospital
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University residents have complained for more
'" Than a decade that staff shortages at the VA
Hospital have delayed patient treatment when
residents must perform nursing and other
~ Sheagrean said registered nurses are always on
call "somewhere in the hospital" if their
assistance is needed in the emergency room.
r 'But that doesn't help the (first-year resident)
-.nwho is sort of green and having to face all sorts
-of-emergencies in the middle of the night,"
.Gitlin, who is investigating the possibility of
zafuture legal action, is angry at the "watered-down
w version of what should be standard medical care at
1 the VA."
HOA members have found it difficult to
change VA policy because the hospital is
independent of the University structure. But
University negotiator Debra Bland has represented
both the University and VA Hospitals in contract
talks since February.
Bland, who could not be reached for comment,
told Gitlin on Monday that she did feel an
obligation to see the contract fulfilled. Gitlin
now considers Bland "adequately warned" that
HOA will explore options such a grievance or
court hearing when it meets with labor lawyer
Samuel McKnight later this week.
McKnight, who represented the HOA in
contract talks, said yesterday he will not
comment on future action until he studies the
Gitlin and other HOA members were already
upset that the contract agreement stipulated a
"nurse" - and not a more qualified "registered
nurse"- to assist in the VA emergency room.
However, when Bradley questioned Bland
about the last-minute word change, she reportedly
responded, "Oh, is there a difference?"
Sheagrean later explained he could not.
guarantee a registered nurse on all shifts because
of shortages. One VA Hospital ward has been
closed since mid-June due to lack of nursing
staff, he said.
"Of course, we had hoped ... and in the best of
all worlds I would naturally want a registered
nurse to handle all patients," Sheagrean said.
Mediation with the VA Hospital through
University officials such as Bland has never been
very productive for the HOA, Gitlin said.
Compiled from Associated Press reports
U.S.,. Soviets discuss summit
WASHINGTON - President Reagan and Soviet Foreign Minister
Edward Shevardnadze took new steps to avert accidental war and
expressed mutual hopes yesterday for a nuclear arms agreement to crown
a superpower summit.
However, Shevardnadze said a letter he carried from Soviet leader
Mikhail Gorbachev did not propose a specific date for a summit with
"There are good things in that letter," Shevardnadze said. "No date,
but a summit is neccessary."
UAW, Ford still negotiating
DEARBORN -The United Auto Workers union and Ford Motor
Company resumed bargaining yesterday over the crucial issue of pro-
tecting workers jobs after the UAW extended Ford's contract until
It is the first time the union has agreed to extend talks past contract
expiration with its main negotiating target.
UAW and Ford spokespeople declined to reveal details of ne-
"They're involved in intensive negotiations which will continue
through the night," said Ford spokesperson Tom Foote. "We're not
sure how long they will last. They have a lot of things to talk about.
They're making progress, but there is still a lot to be done. They're
working very hard and very constructively."
Frank Joyce, UAW spokesperson, said he would not speculate on
how long negotiators would meet or whether a settlement was near.
Pope advocates morality
LOS ANGELES - Pope John Paul II opened his visit yesterday
to the world's entertainment capital with an exhortation to cling to "a
responsible moral life" even if it means "being out of step with
The notorious Los Angeles freeway traffic flowed unusually
smoothly as a crowd estimated by police at 300,000 turned out to see
the pope along a seven-mile motorcade that took him through
Hispanic, Japanese, Chinese and Korean areas.
Planners had hoped for between 1 million and 2 million people for
the parade in the nation's largest Roman Catholic archdiocese.
Speaking to 6,000 young people at Universal Studios
Amphitheatre - an address linked by satellite to youth gatherings in
St. Louis, Denver and Portland, Ore. - the pope linked suicide with
Hackers invade NASA files
FRANKFURT, West Germany - Hackers broke into NASA's
worldwide computer network throughout the summer and gathered
secret data on space shuttle projects and rocket failures, West German
media said yesterday.
News reports said young West Germans gained regular access to at
least 20 computers of the U.S. space agency and had the ability to
paralyze the entire network.
The ARD television network said a flaw in the network's security
system allowed the hackers to enter the network from May to
The NASA system connects more than 1,600 computers worldwide
that share information on space research, nuclear physics and
molecular biology, ARD said. The network includes U.S. atomic
research facilities in Los Alamos, N.M.
The Hamburg-based magazine Stern reported similar information.
Residence Hall Repertory Theatre
Sept. 15& 16,1987
West Lounge, South Quad
The Residence Hall Repertory Theatre will rehearse
4:00-6:00 pm every Tuesday and Thursday
and will perform Wednesday evenings.
"TALK TO US"
September 15& 16,1987
West Lounge, South Quad
'Talk to Us" willrehearse 4:00-6.00 pm on Wednesdays,
and will either perform or rehearse on Sundays,
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Michigan Mushroom Hunters' Club Day this Saturday from 10:30 a.m.
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Outdoors to register to spend a day at Waterloo State Park, gaining an
increased knowledge of underground edibles. For $2.50 per person, the
organizers promise to provide a day of mushroom fun in the outdoors.
The list of activities includes guided hunts, mushroom safety
information, and of course, mushroom identification assistance. So don't
be a toadstool: write to the club at 15223 Marl Drive, Linden, Mich.
48451 for information on the activity.
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