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they're just too expensive," Russ
said. She said almost all of the low-
cost housing available has already
been rented to students, but more ex-
pensive units, like those offered by
Tower Plaza, are out of most stu-
New construction is not the only
cause of the increase in unoccupied
housing, Russ said. "Part of the rea-
son the vacancy rates have gone up,
we think, is that people have doubled
up" and started to share houses and
apartments meant for less people, due
to the high price of renting.
"You're not seeing an increase in
vacancy rates resulting in any form
of price decreases," Russ said, noting
that "average rent increases appear to
be around 20 percent a year."
Ann Arbor City Councilmember
Terry Martin (R-Second Ward) dis-
agreed, and said both vacancy rates
and rents could not continue to be
high. "If the vacancy remains high,
rents will be sure to come down,"
The last time the vacancy rate for
the campus area was higher than the
current 7.0 percent level was in
1982, when the rate was 13.2 per-
cent. "What had happened (then) was
the economy in Southeast Michi-
gan... had gone to pot," said Ed Sa-
lowitz, the Housing Division's
director of research development.
But Salowitz did not relate the
current rise in the vacancy rate to a
troubled economy. Instead, he at-
tributed the increase "to the fact that
Ann Arbor has experienced a number
of housing increases."
In addition, he said, "A number of
non-students who lived in the cam-
pus area have decided to move,"
which further increased the vacancy
Veramay, who conducted the va-
cancy study, stressed that its intent
must be kept in perspective. "I'm not
sure it generalizes to the city of Ann
Arbor," she said.
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Although the committee is chaired
by minority student Rana Mookher-
jee, he is the sole minority student
on the committee. Members of the
committee also refused comment.
This is not the first time the
fraternity system at Wisconsin has
encountered racial problems. In
1986, the Kappa Sigma fraternity
held an off-campus "Martin Luther
Coon" party and last May the Phi
Gamma Delta fraternity had a "Fiji
Island" party where the party-goers
painted their faces black and the
room was decorated with a cartoon of
a Black man with a bone through his
Asked if incidents of this sort
were a problem at the University of
Michigan, Tracye Matthews, coordi-
nator of the Baker-Mandela Center
and a member of the United Coali-
tion Against Racism, said, "Things
have happened here in the past.
However, I think that the visibility
of students against racism has made
it less safe and less acceptable to
have such blatant racist acts."
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meetings, and hired speakers from the
African National Congress, demand-
ing that the University divest.
Recently, FSACC built two
shanties on the Diag to protest
apartheid. Since then, two of
FSACC's demands - that jailed
South African activist Nelson Man-
dela be granted a University honorary
degree, and that the University divest
the last $500,000 - have been met.
But the shanties - which sym-
bolize the living conditions of many
Blacks in South Africa - will stay
up as long as apartheid continues,
FSACC members said.
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Compiled from Associated Press and staff reports
Israel/PLO clash in Lebanon
Israeli warplanes attacked Palestinian guerrilla bases at Sidon and'
Beirut yesterday, killing at least six people, including a man identified as
a senior PLO commander.
A family of six and three other people were missing and feared dead'
under the rubble in Mieh Mieh, a refugee camp outside Sidon that suffered
the greatest damage. Police said 41 people were wounded, all but one were
wounded at Mieh Mieh.
In south Lebanon, Israeli soldiers and allied militia poured artillery fire
on positions of Lebanese guerrillas in and around Mashgara, police
Jets struck targets outside the southern port and the capital in the third
and fourth raids since a suicide Shiite Moslem car bomber killed eight
Israeli soldiers a week ago in the border "security zone" Israel maintains
in south Lebanon.
Ten killed in helicopter crash
Two Marine Corps helicopters crashed in the desert during a night
training exercise Tuesday, killing all 10 people aboard, the military said
Lt. Mary Baldwin, a Marine spokesperson, said she had no details on
the cause of the crash or whether the two airships had collided.
The search and recovery were hampered because of fear of unexploded
ammunition at the site on an Air Force range and because of its'
remoteness, officials said.
The two helicopters, a Boeing CH-46 with four men aboard and a Bell
UH-1N with six men, were taking part in the final training exercise of a
course at the Yuma base for weapons and tactics instructors, base
The copters went down about 7:45 p.m. Tuesday approximately 125
miles southeast of the Marine Corps Air Station at Yuma, officials said.
South African elections
face fierce opposition
Security forces ringed polling booths yesterday as South Africans of
all races, voting simultaneously for the first time, elected segregated
municipal councils nationwide.
President P.W. Botha's National Party faced a fierce challenge from
the extreme-right political party in white communities. Many of these
communities were experiencing their first partisan local elections aftet
decades of national dominance.
Anti-apartheid clergy such as Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu,
winner of the 1984 Nobel Peace Prize, opposed the elections and urged
South Africans to fast and pray during the day.
The turn-out was low in many Black townships where anti-apartheid
activists urged an election boycott in defiance of state-of-emergency
regulations. Police reported scattered arson and stone-throwing attacks but
no fatalities or major clashes.
Whales are finally freed
BARROW, Alaska - Two whales trapped for nearly three weeks in
the arctic ice pack were freed yesterday by Soviet and American
icebreakers, superpower saviors who hacked a path to the open sea.
"The whales are loose and in the channel and headed out." said Lt.
Mike Haller, a spokesperson for the the Alaska National Guard. "They
looked good all afternoon. To look at them, you'd have thought they had
their bags packed and were ready to head south."
"They're in the main lead, and I can't help but think they'll keep on
truckin'. I don't know how much more we can do." said rescue
coordinator Ron Morris of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Scientists and others involved in the rescue may never know the
whales' fate. Rescue officials decided not to put electronic tracking tags
on the already stressed animals.
Texans want Florida sands
GAVELSTON, Texas - Officials hope to shore up the reputation of
Galveston beaches by shipping in tons of Florida White sand to replace
the native gritty brown variety.
The developers of Moody gardens on Offatts Bayou plan to use the
sand to create their own Palm Beach, including a 1,000-foot boardwalk,
two freshwater lagoons complete with a 12-foot waterfall and white sand
bottom, more than 100 palm treees, a tramway, jogging trail and a
covered eating and concession area.
Moody Gardens Administrator Ralph McPheeters said the choice of
white sand over the hometown variety was easy. For years, people have
complained about Galveston's murky beach water and brown, narrow
beaches, he said.
"We can't do anything about the water but we sure can do something
about the sand," he said.
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