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Regents

raise 'U'

housing rates by

The Michigan Daily -Monday, February 20, 1989 - Page 5
6.3% next yr.

BY FRAN OBEID
University housing rates will in-
ocrease by 6.3 percent for residence
halls and by 5.9 percent for family
housing apartments as voted by the
University's Board of Regents last
week.
The increase amounts to $214.72
for a single student in a double room
with about $133 designated for gen-
eral inflation, and $24.49 appropri-
ated for raw food.
Another $24 will go to fund the
1ecycling recommendations made
made by the Solid Waste Manage-
ment Task Force that was created
last March to address the problems

of waste management. The program
will cost about $200,000 to startup
to pay for transport vehicles and
waste containers with $150,000 cost
annually.
Housing Director Robert Hughes
told the regents that 46 percent of
the University's waste is generated
by the housing units,"A typical
daily volume of waste is 352.75 cu
yds."
"The increase is basically infla-
tion plus a little bit extra for recy-
cling which is environmentally im-
portant. I think it is fair," said Chip
Shumsky, LSA senior and housing
rate committee member.

"Students have to trust that the
housing officials are doing the right
thing. In that sense the students are
just a rubber stamp," said Housing
Rate Committee member LSA
sophomore John Polish.
The General Student Residence
Reserves (G.S.R.R.) which funds
dormitory improvements, accounts
for .3 percent of the increase.
Students will be charged an
additional $15.00 for "G.S.R.R.
makeup" since $260,000 were di-
verted by Vice President for Student
Services Henry Johnson, from
housing reserves to other units

"without self-generating funds," said
Johnson.
Insurance accounts for about $7
of the total housing increase and
Hughes told the regents that "the

University's insurance and workers
compensation are the highest in the
Big Ten."
Overall, however, room and board

rates are competitive with its peer
institutions with the University
room and board costs rating 13th out
of 17 comparable Universities and
colleges said Hughes.

Real estate policy proposal
would affect sales of 'U' land

:Speaker recalls era of higher ethics

BY MICHAEL LUSTIG
- A former state supreme court
justice remembered Michigan poli-
lics in the1950s as a time when the
ethical standards of leaders were
high.
Otis Smith, who was appointed
to the Michigan Supreme Court in
1961, told an audience of about 60
apeople that former Gov. G. Mennen
Williams and Neil Staebler, former
head of the Michigan Democratic
Party, set high personal ethical
standards "without the mandate of
law."
Williams talked about "issues,
issues, issues" such as civil rights
and education at a time when people
;did not think about them. This was
part of his and Staebler's practice of
politics of inclusion;" which fo-
cused' more atsntion on minorities
and women, S ith said.
He continued that during the
1950s these groups were seen by
politicians as "auxiliaries, who were
supposed to disappear back into the
woodwork, never to be heard from
again - until the next election."
But Williams and Staebler de-
voted their leadership to building
grassroots coalitions of people who
expected - and got - good gov-
ernment from their leaders, Smith
said, adding that many people got
involved with politics for the first
time as a result of their efforts.
An essential reason for politicians

"Before there were codes of con-
duct in this area, there was leader-
ship," Smith said.
"We need a reawakening of inter-
est on the part of the average citizen
in government," he said, closing his
speech. "Without vision and leader-
ship, the people perish."
Smith, elected state auditor gen-
eral in 1960, was the first person of
color elected to a statewide office in
the country. After he was defeated in
a supreme court election, he became
vice president and general counsel of
General Motors.
Smith's speech closed a two-day
conference called "Ethics: Corner-
stone of the Public Trust," spon-
sored by the Institute of Public Pol-
icy Studies.

BY FRAN OBEID
Suggestions for a formal policy regarding purchases
and sales of University property were presented to the
University's Board of Regents at their monthly meet-
ing last week by Vice President for Financial Affairs
FarisWomack.
Most of the properties that the University owns are
located outside the Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County
in rural areas and have an estimated value of less than
$30,000 each.
One suggestion made in the real estate policy is for
the Vice President and Chief Financial Officer to han-
dle sales of these properties and inform the regents of
such actions at their monthly meetings. According to
the proposal, a property assessed at greater than
$30,000 must be authorized by the regents.
Presently the regents handle all transactions for each
property, a time consuming task, saidRegent Thomas
Roach (D-Saline).
"In the past every transaction was brought to the
board separately. This expended a lot of time and ef-
fort," said Roach. "A key concept of the policy is that
University real estate should be sold unless it is in-
vestment grade."
Several of the real estate policy guidelines address

the acceptance of property donations to guard agailst
the University receiving property that requires ongoing
expenses, or has been used as a waste site.
For example, when a donation of property is made,
an environmental study of the property is done and the
donor is held responsible for removal of toxic wases
on the property.
"We have to use caution on the acceptance of gits.
We don't want to have to spend money to keep the
land up," Womack warned the regents.
But the regents expressed concern that a donor may
be discouraged from donating property due to this cau-
tionary process, especially when the characteristics of
the property do not warrant an environmental study..
"Somebody who is considering giving propertyto
the University may reconsider if we put unreasonable
barriers and burdens on them," said Roach.
The real estate guidelines also recommended a o)e
percent deposit be required when property valued 't
greater than $100,000 is purchased from the Univer-
sity. Several regents felt that amount was too low,
since the standard rate is five percent. The real estate
policy will be brought back to the regents next month
with revisions from Womack's office addressing de-
posit and donor property requirements.

JIL Sm ith
...speaks on ethics
to hold consistently high ethical
standards, Smith said, is because
"people repose great trust in gov-
ernment. It borders on treason to be-
tray that public trust - whether
you're president of the United States
or township clerk."
Smith also related anecdotes of
Williams' ethical standards. The
former governor was so careful about
separating his own property and state
property that he telephoned his
mother using his own phone credit
card, Smith said.
And Staebler, who was party
chair for 10 years, never accepted
payment for the job, he said.

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