The Michigan Daily - Monday, September 29, 1997 - 7A
Shelter Association still
faces financial crisis
By Peter Meyers
Daily Staff Reporter
The organization overseeing many
local homeless shelters is attempting to
ease a major financial crisis.
Three months ago, Shelter
Association administrators realized the
organization would run a budget deficit
of $140,000 this year. Washtenaw
County and the city of Ann Arbor each
allocated $35,000 in emergency fund-
ing to keep the shelters running.
"We are still short, but we do feel
much more confident now that the city
and the county have come through,"
said Shelter Association Director
The city allocates funding annually
to the Shelter Association, which over-
sees Ann Arbor's three shelters. In the
funding contract signed at the begin-
ning of this year, Ann Arbor City
Council members promised only
$126,000, $74,000 thousand less than
the association requested.
The $35,000 allocated by the city
council at the beginning of the summer
was designated as funds for an emer-
gency need. Koupal said that if the city
hadn't supplied funding, the association
would have had to close Ann Arbor's
two night shelters.
"Basically, we're trying to divide up
the funding into thirds," said Council
member Chris Kolb (D-5th ward). The
council's intention, he said, was to
divide the financial responsibilities
equally between the city, county and the
association, which must raise funds
from private donors.
Kolb said allowing the shelters to
close was never really a viable option.
"Obviously, something had to be
done to prevent the shelters from clbs-
ing," he said.
Eileen Ryan, director of Ann Arbor's
Community Development department,
said that in past years, the Shelter
Association has come to the city sever-
al times for emergency funding. Ryan
said the association has sometimes
requested funds more than once a year.
"I think they've generally received,"
Ryan said of the shelters, "but they
haven't always gotten everything
they've asked for."
Ryan said that this year, more than 50
groups solicited the city for funding
totaling about $2.3 million. The city
had only $1.4 million to spend, so some
groups couldn't get all the funding they
wanted, she said.
Koupal said the association mostly
has relied on private donors to provide
the last third of the deficit.
"We had a major mailing fund
appeal," she said. "They're going OK."
The requests went out in August and are
still coming in, she said.
The association also is running more
creative fundraisers. From Sept. 5-7,
the association and another charitable
organization called Art Train ran an art
sale. The art was donated by Great
Lakes National Bank. Carol Uhal, a
development assistant at Great Lakes,
said Art Train and the Shelter
Association each received $1,200 from
The three organizations were linked
by Bob Delonis, who chairs the board
of Great Lakes National Bank.
Delonis also serves on the board of
directors of Art Train and on a recom-
mendation committee for the Shelter
Koupal said other minor fund raisers
are planned, including a Gospel
fundraiser to be held in November.
"We always have an annual appeal
that goes out around holiday time,"
Koupal said. The annual holiday appeal
is always very successful, she said.
Pallbearers at Saturday's funeral for I.SA senior Tamara Williams put her casket Into the hearse before heading to the
cemetery. More than.200 friends, family and members of the University community attended the funeral in Detroit.
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the higher path," Cunningham said.
"We don't choose our zip code or our
family tree. Tamara succeeded despite
the circumstances. We choose our
paths. She chose to educate herself."
With a forceful tone, Cunningham
decried that men must always respect
"Woman came from the rib of
Adam, the side of him, to stand
,beside him, not behind him,"
Pennamon said there was an overall
"feeling of sadness about the loss of
such a promising young woman, but
that the songs, poetry and
Cunningham's words were uniting for
all the mourners.
"The song, 'Don't Worry,' sung by
the University choir was very uplift-
ing and the poem by Tamara's cousin
'Fly T Fly,' was so beautiful,"
Pennamon said her body felt weak
when she went up to speak before the
crowd at the funeral.
"I couldn't continue. I just became
so emotional;' Pennamon said. "All I
could say is that we became good
friends in 1995 and that her U of M
family is going to miss her. Tamara's
spirit will always be in my heart. She
is my sweet angel."
Pennamon said it is so difficult for
those who didn't know her to under-
stand what Tamara went through.
"You can sit on the outside telling
them to get out. Looking in is easy
but being in that situation, everyone
acts differently," Pennamon said,
referring to the domestic violence that
took Williams' life.
University President Lee
Bollinger attended the funeral to
pay his respects to Williams and
show his support for her surviving
Bollinger announced that Williams
will receive an honorary general stud-
ies degree at graduation this spring,
when she would have graduated.
Williams' cousin Cheryl wrote a
special tribute as parting words:
succeeded ... We
paths. She chose
-- Michael Cunningham
"Even though you're not here right
now, we both once shared a special
day together. Although we will not
share a birthday anymore, although
we will not laugh and talk on the
phone anymore, and even though I
won't see your smiling face any-
more, I will always love and adore
"I know I will see your face
once more again always in Jesus
U' students invest in stock
market to earn extra cash
Bills come on heels of tragedy
By Alero Fregene
For the Daily
For a few University students, the stock market provides
a little extra cash and the excitement of taking a risk.
LSA senior Perry Ballard said he invests in the stock mar-
ket because the rewards outweigh the risks.
"I've never had anything totally crash on me," Ballard said.
"I write the (losses) off and start again because I enjoy doing
it, it doesn't matter."
Student investors may be uncertain about their chances
of succeeding in the stock market, but they say that play-
ing the odds is the surest way of attaining the American
"If you become successful at investing, there is no better
way to earn a living. I could stay home everyday,"said LSA
junior Peter Tsu, president of the student club, Investment
"I have to retire early;" Ballard said. "And this is my ticket
to do it."
Student investors said they put their money in long-
term investments such as stocks and shares rather than
the more conventional and short-term savings accounts
and money markets.
"Historically, the stock market has been a very good mar-
ket for people who put in money long-term," Tsu said. "The
stock market is better than (certificate of deposits) or a bank
saving or bonds or money markets. Stocks are always the
LSA senior Fillipe Martinez, president of the Michigan
Economic Society, said that despite stock market swings, the
risks of investing eventually pay off.
"I am under the belief that the stock market has gone up
substantially in the past years," Martinez said. "In the boug
run, the stock market has produced a lot of return. It seems
to be the best of all?'
Some students said they do their own investigation, or use
a stock broker to pick potential companies.
"I choose what company to invest in with a stock broker;"
said LSA senior Cassandra Thomson said. "He goes back and
shows me what they've done for the last 10-15 years. It has to
be a good stable company. "
Thomson gets a kick out of investing money in the stock
"I try to make it fun. I choose (companies) by what I buy;'
Martinez said he does his own research for investing in
both stocks and mutual funds.
"I identified many groups, contacted banks and stock bro-
kers and pretty much started investigating;" he said.
Tsu said he chooses the right company to invest in through
his stock broker by looking at good advertising, theme songs,
image and the right stock price.
"Definitely, I have to have a stock broker to buy and sell,"'
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definition to aggravated stalking against minors. The bill
-was signed into law in July.
"The recent tragedy in Ann Arbor shows stalking takes
place in all age groups," Miller said. "There is an epidem-
ic of domestic abuse and stalking"
. Miller said the legislature must continue to pass tough
liws against domestic abuse and stalking.
"We need to tighten the laws;" Miller said. "We've
*nned our back on domestic abuse for too long."
DeHart said the Legislature does not have enough laws
.penalizing domestic abusers because it was a problem that
-society ignored for many years.
"Whenever someone was beaten, it was pushed under
the rug," DeHart said. "If a person continues to abuse, they
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DeHart, a member of the Corrections committee, where
the bill was proposed, said it will come up for a hearing
sometime this fall.
The recent murders at the University hit close to home
for some students.
Miller, the father of a University senior, said he was ter-
rified when he heard a female student was stabbed to
"I called my daughter, and when she answered, I said
'Thank God,"' Miller said. "I'm fighting abuse and stalk-
ing not only as a legislator, but I'm doing it as a protector
of rights for my own children?'
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