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'U' stops
* group's
by Matthew Shankin
The University's nly commu-
nity volunteer program operating out
of a residence hall has its financial
back against the wall and has been
tryingto salvage its ongoing pro-
grams since fall term began.
The Bursley Community
Volunteer group has been organizing
programs for the homeless and other
causes since its inception in 1982.
The program is currently still op-
erating out of Bursley, but on a re-
duced scale.
"For fall term, we've cut eight of
our 16 programs and reduced the size
of the others," said Rackham gradu-
ate student Brandy Graham, one of
the program's volunteer coordina-
Last year, the Bursley Residence
Hall supplied most of the group's
funds. This year, however, the
University's Housing Department
appropriated no money for the pro-
gram. .
"The Bursley Community
Volunteer program is an outstanding
group; they are very committed,"
said John Heidke, the University's
associate director for housing educa-
tion. "It's just that we have so many
requests for funds and there is only
so much to go around."
The group began its volunteer
work in 1982 with a clothing and
fundraising drive for the homeless.
Since then volunteers have also di-
rected a Big Brother/Big Sister
Program, in which students supply
guidance and companionship for un-
derprivileged children, an outreach
program for prisoners in Washtenaw
County Jail, and a weekly volunteer
work at Mott Children's Hospital.
At first, the program was closely
tied to Project Community, a
University-wide volunteer program
that offers college credit to students
for their volunteer work. Because of
the link, the group was able to ob-
tain money from the University. But
in 1988, the Bursley Volunteers be-
came a distinct entity from all other
University programs and its funding
was limited.
Before this year's cuts, the pro-
gram was one of the largest of its
kind in the country, Graham said.
This year, with funding scarce,
group members sent proposals for
more funds to the University's of-
fices of Academic Affairs, the
President, Affirmative Action, and
Student Services. As of now they
have not received a response.
Graham said she has already been
approached by many students who
are interested in the program, but
turned most of them away because of
the reduced schedule
"If we get the needed funds in
time, we can salvage some of the
programs by winter term and the rest
by next fall," Graham said.

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The Michigan Daily '- Tuesday, September 19, 1989 - Page 3
Group says it
will still protest
Kline's car park

Starving students wait in anticipation for their mouth-watering lunch of gyros, smoked sausage, and potato
pancakes at the West Quad cafeteria.
Cafeterias dish out meals,
students dish out the barbs

by Tara Gruzen
Daily City Reporter
The Homeless Action Committee
(HAC) will continue to protest the
construction of the parking structure
to be built behind Kline's
Department Store on Ashley St.
In response to the City Council's
bipartisan compromise last week to
build the structure, HAC members
have issued a statement criticizing
the council members. The group
asserts that City Council has be-
trayed low-income city residents and
averted the problem of affordable
After the council decided to build
the structure,'it put aside $300,000
for a housing trust fund.
"City Council's priorities are
those of the rich at the expense of
the poor," said Earl Uomnoto, a HAC
HAC members say the money
put aside for housing is only a token
amount, especially considering the
approximate $7-8 million which
will be spent building the parking
The structure is being con-
structed to increase the prosperity of
the Ann Arbor merchants, not be-
cause parking is needed for present
purposes, said Michael Appel, a
HAC member.
"We just don't need another park-
ing structure unless they plan to

make the city larger, which would
end up tearing out even more hous-
ing and creating an even larger prob-
lem," Appel said.
Larry Fox, a HAC member, said
the money for the parking structure
should have come from the Midland
Group, made up of Ann Arbor mer-
chants, rather than from the
Downtown Development Authority.
Fox said a special tax on the mer-
chants, proposed by the Midland
Group and now pending in City
Council, ought to be used to pay for
the structure because the merchants
will benefit from the additional park-
City Administrator Del Borgsdorf
said this tax could not be used for
the parking structure.
He explained that the Midland
Group would have to prove that the
parking is benefitting all the mer-
chants who are paying the taxes, and
that would be impossible to do.
The Downtown Development
Authority gets its money from new
developments and its function is to
build new physical buildings, such
as the structure, Borgsdorf said.
Borgsdorf said the $300,000 put
aside for housing by last week's de-
cision, along with almost $600,000
from other sources - which will
also be put into a housing trust fund
- will be enough money to be used
as leverage for negotiation to create
more affordable housing.

by Jennifer Hiri

Residence Hall food has long'
been a victim of prejudgment. With
its infamous reputation preceding it,
students throughout residence hallsI
continue to ridicule the quality and
taste of the food.
Only within the walls of these
cafeterias can one find "rubber discs,"l
or veal parmigiana, "fried surprise,"1
or fried shrimp, or the legendary
"hockey puck" hamburgers and
"rubber band" clams.
And (oes anyone really know'
what meatless mousaka is?
A student's first- lesson at the
University is usually not Dickens or
physics, but rather a survival course
on how to subside on eight months
of institutionalized food.
While most students openly carry
on the age-old tradition of mocking
the color, flavor, smell, texture and
even critical mass of the food, most
students confidentially will say the
food actually is edible and palatable.
Sophomore Mark Gedman said
the meals are "so far so good, but
there's something about mom's
home cooking that just doesn't
compare to the dorm food."
That could be because the
University Food Stores are responsi-

ble for purchasing the food for the
residence halls.
Bill Marting, the stores' assistant
manager, explained the shopping
process: "We send out requests to
f00(d comp~anies, keeping in mind
cal ity, availability, delivery and
cost. All products are tested beforet
purchasing, and if satisfied we will
place our bids."
Bids are placed on brand-name and
lesser-known products. Popular
brands such as Del Monte, Dole,
Campbell, and Coca-Cola are con-'
sidered, as well as Code and Nugget,
which are produced specifically for
institutional purposes.
The stores closely examine the
specification or "specs" of each
product. For example, if the stores
were buying peaches, the research
would include the weight, liquid,
blemishes, and ripeness.
Once the food has been ordered,
the production supervisors decide the
contents of a cycle menu, making
sure all parts of the four food groups
are available to the residents. All
dinners include a choice of two en-
trees - at least one meatless - one
or two vegetables, a full salad bar,
and two desserts - one or more con-
taining fruit._

Of course, standbys of a student
diet, such as peanut butter and jelly,
soft-serve ice cream, and cereal are
always available for the less adven-
In an effort to break up the
monotony of a student's studies, the
cafeterias present dinners with a
unique and extravagant theme.
Recently, South Quad offered its
finest, accentuating the dining expe-
rience with Brie and Camenbert
cheeses, non-alcoholic wines and
champagnes, streamers representing
the French flag-, and traditional
French music.
Dave Kluck, food service man-
ager for South Quad, said he enjoys
preparing the different theme nights.
"We like to engage the students in
different atmospheres every five
weeks and on holidays in order to
break the monotony of typical dorm
meals," he said. "We are also plan-
ning on having German,
Scandinavian, Mexican, and Eastern
European meals this year."
These theme nights are also ex-
tremely popular among the residents.
Julie Foster, a first-year student in
South Qu ual said on cuisine fran-
caIse, It's almost like fine French
dining... an extravaganza."

Computer virus
may strike soon
New York (AP) - News reports
of a harmful computer virus that
will strike after October 12 have
spread fear among many users of
personal computers even though ex-
perts say only a few people are
likely to be affected.
Computer security firms and
companies that supply anti-viral
software say they have been deluged
by calls sincesword spread of the
Datacrime virus.
Some experts said the virus,
while unusually harmful, is so rare
that it is not a cause for panic.

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