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MPAs
Continued from Page 1
campus, most MPAs said. "School
is hard enough. To still be in 1988
and have to deal with some form of
racism or any other kind of 'ism' is
ludicrous," said Karen Gulley, an
LSA junior and MPA at Mosher-
Jordan.
And though student groups such
as the United Coalition Against
Racism and the Black Student Union
play an active role in campus
politics, some MPAs say they feel
no compulsion to join them.
Paul Tang, an LSA junior and
MPA at Couzens said, "The MPAs
that take part in a group like BAM
do so because they want to, not
because they are MPAs. If they feel
strongly enough to join, then that is
their own personal prerogative. I
support what they're trying to do but
I'm not a member."
Gulley said she became interested
in the position after meeting an
MPA at a minority visitation
program before she attended the
University. "I saw this person as
being really supportive of
minorities. I looked up to that
person and admired her. She was
kind of a role model for me and I
wanted to be that way for others,"
she said.
"I felt there was an opportunity to
help out minority students," said
Andre Harris, an LSA senior and an
MPA in South Quad. "The MPA
position was the most immediate
way for me to connect with
administrators and influential

students," such as UCAR and BSU
members.
While many minority students
say they enjoy talking with the
MPAs, others say they don't feel a
need for them.
Mike Wang, an LSA junior and
MPA at East Quad said most
students already talk on an informal
basis.
Wang said East Quad has an
advantage because one of the two
MPAs is Black and the other is
Asian-American. He said such an
arrangement allows more minority
students to find a common ground
with a particular MPA.
Along with providing a support
system for minority students, MPAs
attend weekly resident and senior
staff meetings, serve as advisors to
residence hall Minority Student
Council, and attend bi-weekly
Minority Peer Advisor meetings.
They are also required to create a
monthly cultural program
highlighting the concerns of a
particular minority. In exchange for
their services, peer advisors get free
room and board, like resident
advisors.
To become an MPA, students
must submit an application which is
reviewed by the housing coordinator
and assistant coordinator of Project
Awareness. MPA applicants then
must attend a series of interviews
and workshops. Current peer
advisors, residence hall Minority
Student Council representatives, a
University housing coordinator, and
building directors make final
selections.

Rent
Continued from Page 2
family homes.
SHE ALSO maintains that the
Ann Arbor proposal will not hurt
landlords because Proposal C in-
cludes a hardship provision that al-
lows landlords to appeal if their au-
tomatic rent increase is inadequate.
But Sukoff said rent control hurts
students because conversions and de-
creased constructions constricts the
supply of housing.
"If this passes, you'll see less
housing available to students,"
Sukoff said. University of California
students are often forced to live in
nearby Oakland, which doesn't have
rent control and, he said, offers more
rental housing, Sukoff said.
SUKOFF added that, in Berke-
ley, rent control caused landlords to

avoid renting to "risky" tenants, like
students, because they might cause
higher-than-normal maintenance
costs. Landlords fear that under rent
control, they won't be able raise
rents enough to meet the costs,
Sukoff said.
But Salowe-Kaye responds that
"Berkeley and Santa Monica have
much stricter rent control than any-
thing being proposed in Ann Ar-
bor... The ordinance (in Berkeley) is
strict and there is less allowance for
passing along of maintenance costs."
Sukoff also said that rent control
proves a financial burden for smaller
landlords. He cited a case of an el-
derly landlord in Berkeley who was
dependent on the profits generated by
two rental units that fell under rent
control: "Those units were his re-
tirement income. His retirement in-
come has been undermined," Sukoff
said.

Salowe-Kaye responds that a
hardship provision in the Ann Arbor
proposal will insure that landlords'
profits do not fall below "fair rate of
return."
BESIDES disagreing on the
merits of rent control, each side in
the city election has accused the
other of unfair campaign tactics.
Lisa Russ, and LSA junior and
member of Students for Fair Rent,
said the rent control forces were de-
pending on a grassroots campaign.
Though she said she wasn't sure
how much the pro-rent control forces
were going to spend, she said it was
"considerably less than the opposi-
tion."
Jim Morris, a spokesperson for
Citizens for Ann Arbor's Future,
would not divulge how much the

group spent on their campaign.
But he said "our opponents have a
lot on their side." Among the
advantages Morris cited were the use
of offices in the Michigan Union and
that a leader in the rent control drive,
Michael Appel, had his salary funded
by a Hands Across America grant to
work on housing issues.
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