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percent increase over three years. This
would mean an average increase of 5
percent per year."
But SACUA member George
Cameron and others disapproved of the
measure requesting the specific salary
increase - sparking a debate over the
proposed motion.
"We don't create strength by find-
ing a number out of the air. We must
study and determine the exact economic
consequences of such an increase. I
certainly hope we don't operate this
way in the classroom," he said.
BecauseCESFis the only individual

SACUA committee allowed to present
its recommendations to the University
Board ofRegents, its recommendations
has SACUA members concerned.
"It is never appropriate for faculty
to turn over to the administration to
determine what faculty salaries should
be. It is incumbent upon CESF to come
up withaspecific number. We'll end up
with no salary increases next year," said
SACUA member Charles Smith.
SACUA approved a motion request-
ing thecommittee to consider including
a request for a 10-percent salary in-
crease for faculty in the report to be
presented to the regents at their Decem-
ber meeting next week.
But the committee could refuse to
include a specific average salary in-

creasetarget. In thatcase, SACUA Chair
Henry Griffin indicated that he would
have to relay the sentiments of SACUA
for a 10-percent salary increase to the
regents himself.
Cameron said he feels this move
could backfire.
"If the regents are getting conflict-
ing information from CESF and
SACUA, we are shooting ourselves in
the foot," he said.
Brewer disagreed, "It is hard for the
regents to pay less attention to us than
they already do. It can't get any worse.
We've been so quiet and so passive so
long, it's time they heard a voice."
Griffin lateradded, "The regents are
very concerned about the welfare of the
faculty and they support a continued
dialogue concerning faculty compen-
Last year, University faculty mem-
bers received an average 5-percent sal-
ary increase while those of administra-
tors increased an average 6 percent.
SACUA members also expressed
resentment toward the double-digit sal-
ary increases received by top Univer-
sity administrators. University Presi-
dent James Duderstadt outdid all ad-
ministrators with a 14-percent salary

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thing. It took them a year to paint our
Houses and apartments on Hill

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Students who have lived in both
the dorms and off-campus said they
like living in a house or apartment
much better. "You have complete
freedom from rules and restrictions,"
said Mark Carmel, a graduate stu-
dent. "You eat when you want, there's
no RA looking over your shoulder."
Daniele VanDommelen, an LSA
senior, agrees. "I hated the dorms.
Community bathrooms arejust gross.
I like having my own room and a
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But the independence of off-cam-
pus housing is double-sided.
"Yeah, you can eat what you want,
but you also have to make it," said
Tom Zichterman, a third-year LSA
student. "We eat soup and macaroni
and cheese a lot. Plus, the dorm takes
care of utilities. We have so many
Cost is the biggest factor in de-
ciding between on-campus and off-
campus living for most students.
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while a double is $4482.18 for the
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month," said Realtor Williams. "But
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"Prices for co-ops are approxi-
mately $300-$500 per person per
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These prices include food, and the
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The residence halls offer one thing
that some local landlords don't
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Bryant said, "Once, the pipes in
our kitchen blew up so it was raining
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"We had an inch of water in our
kitchen, and they had to tear our ceil-
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can see from the bathroom upstairs to
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Students said living with people
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Unlike the dorms, students can live
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"Guys are easier to live with,"
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None of the students said that liv-
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"Just try to understand that every-
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think about if you can really live with
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These students said they woul
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"It's the best time I've ever had,"
Carmel said.
Another Northwood resident,
Vesna Petrovich, said in a fax that the
new policy "sounds Orwellian, and
some us first thought that it was a
joke! ... Christmas trees are a poten
tial danger for the University bureau-
crats because of insurance premiums."
Plastic and metal tree substitutes
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Continued from page 2.
But many residents said they feel
the decision is unjustified.
John Heffernan, with the help of
his wife Nadine and neighbors, has
inundated the Housing Division and
several University publications with
various faxes expressing his disgust
with the decision. He has dubbed the
Risk Management Office "The Hys-
terical Overreactions Office" and in-
sists that the potential for fire is being
"There are certain risks we all live
with, like the gas ovens in the apart-
ments," said Heffernan, adding that
watering Christmas trees regularly

makes them much less susceptible to
"You can't just change policy
when people haven't agreed to it, and
people are ignoring this. It's unen-
forceable," Heffernan said.
Doug Kreysar, president of the
Family Housing Residents' Council,
defended the decision of the Housing
"We (the Council) felt that we
should take a stand on the issue," he
said. "The decision was left up to the
Housing Division, but we felt thatthe
risk was high enough to justify this
infringement on personal liberties."
Kreysar added that this was not a
majority decision, but that it had been
discussed at length and residents were
given a chance to express their opin-

Continued from page 1
A solar panel being removed for
replacement in Monday's spacewalk
refused to roll up for the return home.
Rather than waste time with it, Mis-
sion Control told the spacewalkers to

toss it overboard to join 6,700 other
pieces of space flotsam.
Kathryn Thornton, standing at the
end of the shuttle's 50-foot robot
crane, was lifted high over the cargo
bay. She held the 400-pound panel
over her head as if it were a trophy and
then let go.
"It looks like a bird," Thornton
said as the shuttle moved away.
"Just to watch that thing floating
through space was just like '2001.'
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