The Michigan Daily-Tuesday, April 19, 1988-Page 5
Tornadoes add twists
to region during April
By ERIC LEMONT
Stop your frisbee playing.
Evacuate the Diag. Take cover.
Your may not realize it, but Ann
Arbor is in the middle of Tornado
Alley, and, April is historically the
most violent tornado month of the
year in Michigan.
Tornado Alley, which stretches
from the central plains states to the
lower Great Lakes regions,
"experiences more tornadoes than
anywhere else in the world," said
Bob Snider, a meteorologist at the
Ann Arbor branch of the National
"We'll find between 20 and 25
tornadoes per year in the state, 80
percent of which are found in the
Southern half," said Snider.
During the most recent tornado,
which touched down April 3 in parts
of Washtenaw County, the Univer-
sity enacted its Fan-Out Warning
System to alert residence halls about
The residence halls were in-
structed to notify other dorms in
their area, and to tell residents to
move to lower levels of the build-
Bryan Winter, a resident director
at South Quad who helped move
residents to the basement said, "a lot
of people, especially from the East
Coast, don't know what a tornado
Winter said that even people from
the Midwest have misconceptions
about tornadoes, commonly suffer-
ing from the "I've-been-in-40-mil-
"Not all our residents are from
Michigan or Kansas," said Darlene
Ray Johnson, building director at
Couzens. "They don't know what to
do when the sky turns green."
The tornado earlier this month
was classified on the Fujita Wind
Scale as an F-1 tornado, with winds
between 73-112 mph. An average of
17 tornadoes occur in Michigan a
year. Although April's tornadoes are
the most violent, tornadoes are more
prevalent in June.
During the tornado warning on
campus earlier this month, Johnson
said the only problem came from
"people who were curious and
wanted to look out the windows."
Residence staff were unable to force
students to go downstairs. "There-
was nothing to hold over their head
See Tornado, Page 7
Spring fling Daily Photo by DAVID LUBLINER
LSA sophomore Steve Lubell hurls a wet sponge at an unidentified person posing as the Domino's pizza Noid
yesterday on the Diag during the charity sponge toss sponsored by Pi Lambda Phi fraternity. Proceeds from
the event went to "Jazz for Life."
City seeks funds to expand housing .
By PETER MOONEY $1.8M proposal would triple Thursday to endorse the 'Y' expa
Albert Terrace 1506 Geddes
Low-income housing in Ann Ar-
bor will significantly increase if the
city finds funding for a proposal to
triple the number of rooms available
for subsidized housing at the
The city's Community Develop-
ment Department is looking for
funding sources to finance the pro-
ject that would increase the number
of rooms at the 'Y' from 37 to 100
at an estimated cost of $1.8 million.
The department's study, to be
completed by next fall, will deter-
mine whether the project is feasible.
THERE ARE about 500 hun-
dred low-income people in the city
who need subsidized housing, said
Larry Friedman, planning coordina-
tor of the Community Development
Department. This number was culled
from waiting lists for Ann Arbor's
public housing projects and other
subsidized housing units.
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in the new rooms. Currently, the 'Y'
has no requirement that potential
tenants prove they are low-income
- previous proposals have included
The proposal would add three
floors and fund a renovation of the
building's lobby. An architect for
the project will be selected in May
and - if financing comes through
- the addition is scheduled to be
completed in October, 1989.
Potential sources of funding for
the project include federal Commu-
nity Development Block Grants,
state funding through the Michigan
State Housing and Development
Authority, and private donations,
W I T H O U T state or federal
backing, local banks would be un-
likely to loan the 'Y' the money
needed to make the project a reality,
Friedman said. He added that "the
city may be asked to guarantee the
Such a guarantee could result in
the city making monthly loan pay-
ments if the rooms aren't all occu-
pied or if increased maintenance
costs exceed expectations.
The Community Development
Department began its work after
Mayor Gerald Jernigan and coun-
cilmember Larry Hunter (D-1st
Ward) brought the proposal to the
YMCA's board in January. The city
council passed a resolution last
HUNTER said council is ex-
ploring whether they can use any
city funds for the project.
But complaints are coming from
backers of a proposed Liberty Street
single-room occupancy building that
narrowly failed to win council ap-
They say that the Liberty Street
project would have been cheaper than
the 'Y' proposal, because the devel-
oper had committed to put up 50
percent of the funds.
"It (the YMCA expansion) will
be much more expensive per unit,"
than the Liberty Street project,
councilmember Liz Brater (D-3rd
Ward), who supports the project,
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Johann Sebastian Bach's
5:30pm Anderson Room,
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service for the fallen
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6:45pm Michigan Theater
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