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or rent
(Continued from Page 1)
to do."
Kirshner said that the policy ben-
efits people with low and moderate
income. He estimated that tenants in
Berkeley and Santa Monica save
$100 million every year because of
the ordinance.
"The landlords would rather get
$100 million," Kirshner said, "but
the question is whether the money
should stay in the pockets of mod-
erate incomes or in the pockets of
real estate owners or landlords."
But local property owner Sam
Levine said, "It would be an ex-
tremely serious mistake to believe
that rent control will result in a
more equitable means of living."
Levine, an LSA senior, added that
attaching student rental increases to a
national inflation rate is "not fair ...
student rentals are unique."
Landlords must refurnish student
apartments every three to five years
through normal wear and tear,
Levine said, though standard adult
apartments are only redone every
seven to 10 years. In order to make
up for the more frequent refurnishing
costs, property owners must raise
the rents. If that right is taken away,
Levine said, "it would take away the
incentive to maintain appartments
the way they should be."
If the AACFR's proposal passes,
' Levine said, people will be "living
in shitholes, and getting into more
fights with their landlords. There's
going to be lawsuits."
Ann Arbor property owner Fred
Gruber said, "The facts point to the
failure of rent control in every city'
it's been tried. It rewards the lucky,
not the poor or the needy."
Gruber has maintained that recent
* sharp rent increases in Ann Arbor
have been relative to the late 1970s.
Rent prices, he has said, remained
constant during those years because
of fixed long-term financing. But the
financing terms ended and banks
raised their rates, prompting land-
lords to increase rent prices in order
to catch up.
Levine said the Ann Arbor
Apartment Association, of which he
1 is a member, plans to publicize its
stance on the issue, but it has not
made any specific plans yet. "It will
be the same thing that the Ann
Arbor Tenants' Union is doing from
the opposite point of view," he said.
Trade deficit
P shows decline
for August
tion's persistent trade deficit showed
its first deline in five months as it
narrowed slightly to $15.7 billion in

August, but an unexpected dip in
U.S. overseas sales clouded the
improvement, the govern-ment said
The Commerce Department said
the merchandise trade deficit, the.
shortfall between imports an d
exports, was down from the record
$16.5 billion gap posted in July.

The Michigan Daily-Thursday, October 15, 1987- Page 5
Arts program brings

cheer t
If an apple a day doesn't keep the
doctor away, maybe a painting of
one will.
So goes one reason behind the
University Hospital's establishment
of its Arts Program, which is help-
ing to pioneer the concept of making
art available to patients.
"We want the work we show to
nurture life the same way that we
do," said Arts Program director Gary
Smith. The program has made the
hospital the scene for several art
exhibits and concerts since its debut
June 1.
Smith, a former University stu-
dent, said the goals of the program
are to provide a means of enter-
tainment and relaxation not only for
the patients, but also for the hos-
pital's staff and visitors.
"A lot of (the visitors) have
someone in surgery," he said, adding
that the exhibits - located in four
galleries throughout the complex -
help relieve the anxiety of surgery.
The exhibits, which change on a
monthly basis, have contained not
only paintings but such "3-D" art-
work as ceramics and wooden ves-
sels. The current exhibit features
works by the Ann Arbor Women



In addition to the exhibits, the'
Arts Program is also responsible for
providing an "Art Cart" program.1
The Art Cart, a "traveling library,"
enables patients to request paintings
for their rooms if they are not satis-
fied with the painting at the foot of
their bed.{
The cart's selections, which range
from abstract to realistic pieces, are
important to the patients not only
aesthetically, but psychologically,
Smith said.
"You go to a hospital and they
take your clothes away and tell you
when to eat... the ability to mediate
your environment is very crucial,"
she said.
Smith plans to expand the Art
Cart program to a daily basis and is
seeking volunteers "who are willing
to share their love of art."
The program seeks variety in its
exhibits as well as in the Art Cart to
please a wide range of tastes. Smith,
however, finds some works more
appropriate than others for a hospital
setting. "We're not on the edge of
avant-garde," he explained. "(The
artwork) needs to be celebrative of
In addition to its visual art ser-
vices, the Arts Program also spon-
sors a variety of performing arts.

The hospital hosts music, dance and
theater performances on a weekly
basis. During the summer, the hos-
pital held lunchtime concerts in its
outdoor courtyard, featuring local
performers such as Celtic harpist
Laurel Emrys and the folk group
Smith believes the availability of
art, by helping patients to maintain
a positive frame of mind, may be
therapeutic as well as culturally en-
riching. He cited "a large body of
research in psychoimmuneology
connecting joy in life, a positive
outlook, to the body's ability to
fight off disease."
The hospital has many plans for
expanding the Arts Program over the
next several months. The program
plans to purchase a grand piano for
the lobby with funds donated by
Friends of the University of Mi-
chigan Hospitals, and also intends to
make closed-circuit broadcasts of
performances available to shut-in
patients. Smith has also arranged for
English Prof. Bert Hornback to per-
form his reading of Charles Dickens'
"A Christmas Carol" at the hospital
in mid-December.
The program also plans on con-
tinuing its policy of patronizing the
local art community.

Daily Photo by JOHN MUNSON

Art displays at University Hospital provide an entertaining diversion for
patients. The hospital art galleries will exhibit the works of the Ann Arbor
Women's Painters through October.

Bush begins fight for
GOP nomination

(Continued from Page 1)
No serving Vice President since
Martin Van Buren in 1836 has won
the presidency, though Bush said he
did not see this as a disadvantage.
"I'm told that just two people have
tried." He also noted that Richard
Nixon came very close in 1960 and
claimed that he would benefit from
Reagan's popularity - estimated at
59 percent public support - much
like Nixon benefitted from
Bush also laid out his positions
on a variety of issues while
answering questions from the
Bush advocated increased federal
aid to education. "At the federal
level, we can give a tax break on
savings so couples can put money
away for their kids' education."
Bush also gave his impressions
of his recent trip to Poland where he

met with Solidarity leader Lech
Walesa. "The first words mentioning
solidarity and Lech Walesa since
1981 were spoken by me," said
Reacting to his visit to the Nazi
death camp Auschwitz, Bush said,
"Seeing the place where 3 million
Jews were exterminated was a
tremendous horror. The lesson I got
from that is that we have to stand up
for human rights and human
Bush said that the Reagan
administration will continue its fight
for the Supreme Court nomination
of Judge Robert Bork, though he
acknowledged that the Senate is
unlikely to confirm Judge Bork.
"I believe Bork has been
politically railroaded," said Bush. He
said a Supreme Court justice should
"interpret the constitution, not
legislate from the federal bench."

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