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The Michigan Daily-Friday, May 15, 1981-Page 3
CAUSE OF CONTAMINATION STILL UNCLEAR
Health Service's water 'safe'

By LOU FINTOR
Contamination warnings were removed from
drinking fountains at University Health Services
Wednesday, and Health Service officials have
assured that the water is perfectly safe, but the cause
of this week's contamination remains unclear.
The contamination warnings were posted Tuesday
on the Service's second floor after staff and students
reported "grossly discolored water." Health Service
employees said they were informed Wednesday that
the water had become contaminated as the result of a
"backed-up toilet" on the building's second floor and
that repair work was underway to remedy the
problem.
AN EMPLOYEE AT THE CITY'S waste treatment
facility confirmed that the water was discolored by
"cross-contamination" resulting from waste water
mixing with the drinking water supply at Health Ser-
vice.

Health Service Administrative Manager Dana
Mills, denied, however, that the Service's water sup-
ply had been contaminated by sewage lines. Instead,
Mills said the contamination resulted from "rusty
pipes," and that there was no serious health hazard
posed by the problem.
Mills said he "sent a communique over the
telephone" to all Health Service department heads
yesterday notifying them to tell personnel that the
situation was not a health hazard and is under control.
HEALTH SERVICE SOURCES, however, say that
no such communique was sent and that there is a
serious question as to the safety of water supplies.
According to the sources, maintenance men
repairing the toilet said that cross-contamination oc-
cured, spilling waste water into the drinking water
supply.
Mills, however, states that tests of the water

showed "no bacterial contamination, other than iron
bacteria," which was due to an "old plumbing
system."
"BEING A HEALTH CARE institution we tend to
overreact in precautionary measures," Mills said.
"If we thought we had a massive health problem we
would have shut down the system," Mills said.
Dr. Caesar Briefer, the director of Health Service,
however, previously stated that only preliminary
results were in as of Tuesday, and that those results
showed "no free chlorine" present in the water,
which would indicate "organic contamination."
Regardless of the sources of contamination, health
service personnel remain, as one employee put it,
"unwilling to take a chance" and drink the water,
even though contamination notices were torn down
Wednesday.

Budget cuts threaten
local Arts community
By LOU FINTOR ministration will mark an end to the
Projected congressional approval of "era of enrichments," that began after
the Reagan administration's proposed World War II, he said.
cuts in federal funding for the arts has The change of administrations in
members of the local arts community Washington, and the subsequent
worried, change in philosophies concerning
If Congress agrees to the cutbacks federal arts subsidies, has affected
President Reagan has asked for, some several local arts and theater groups
local artists and officials say the future more directly.
of the arts both in Ann Arbor and at the "THE ART Association has already
University could be in jeopardy. heen affected hy the conservative mood
REAGAN'S PROPOSED cuts would on Capitol Hill, we lost two CETA em-
hit the arts and humanities with a 50 ployees, and that has seriously affected
percent reduction in National En- the amount of administrative tasks that
dowment for the Arts grants, a 25 per- get done," said Marsha Chamberlin,
cent cut in grants to National Public executive director of the Ann Arbor Art
Radio, and the elimination of bulk- Association, "and that carries a ripple
mailing credits for non-profit effect through the whole organization."
organizations. Chamberlin said that in the short-
Walter Eysselinck, chairman of the term, the Art Association would feel the
University's Theatre Department, said elimination of bulk mailing credits
the Reagan cuts would not directly af- most deeply.
fect the University in a monetary, She said that any more reductions in
short-term sense, but rather would federal funding most likely would lead
generate a ripple effect that could un- to cuts in staff, fewer hours, and, even-
dermine alternatiye forms of ex- tually, possible extinction.
pression and the interest and exposure BILL SHARP, producer of the Can-
of young people to the arts. terbury Loft, a small, alternative
The arts are "bh right entitled to a theatre group in Ann Arbor said, "The
subsidy, because they are a public ser- plan of gradual development of our
vice," Eysselinck said. organization relies on the availability of
EYSSELINCK points to the inability federal support to the arts."
of the University's annual Yeats He said that while now the "Loft" is
Festival to obtain a federal grant this sufficiently subsidized by the Episcopal
year as a prime example of how the Church, community and government
Reagan administration has affected the sponsorship is essential to the growth
University. See LOCAL, Page 9
The conservative Reagan ad-SeLOAPg9

BILL SHARP, PRODUCER of the Canterbury Loft, contemplates the future
of theatre groups such as those at the "Loft" without federal support.

'U' gifts
may reach
record
amount

By MARK GINDIN
Private donations to the University should reach a record
high this year if the current pace can be maintained for the
next two months, according to Wendell Lyons, director of the
University Development Office, which handles gifts to the
University.
"If the levels during May and June hold up" and there is a
"substantial gift down the road," donations to the University
may total $39 million this year ($980-81), which would be a
record amount, Lyons said.
PRIVATE GIFTS TO THE University totaled $33.6 million
during the 79-80 fiscal year, while the previous year presently
holds the record with $37.6 million, according to Lyons.
The record 78-79 figure, however, includes a "once in a
lifetime" gift of $6 million from the Mott Foundation, Lyon
said. So, if the Mott gift is not included, the 78-79 year totaled
$31.6 million, which is less than the 78-79 amount, he ex-
plained.
A SURVEY RELEASED BY the Council for Financial Aid
to Education reports that gifts to the nation's colleges and
universities rreaehed a record =$3.8 billion in the 79-80

academic year, which is an 18 percent increase over the
previous year.
The 79-80 fiscal year at the University was highlighted by
several records set by private gift-giving, according to Har-
vey Jacobson, assistant vice president for University
Relations and Development.
Corporate gifts increased by $1.2 million, and the number
of individual donors increased from 57,133 to 62,718, while
they gave $700,000 more than last year, Jacobson said.
CORPORATIONS MADE UP 41 percent of all private gifts,
foundations made up 22 percent, and individuals comprised
19 percent, said Jacobson.
Lyons said alumni are giving more to the University in
response to the diminishing support from the state.
Alumni are scattered over the entire country, so the
economic recession in Michigan is not felt by all donors, said
Lyons.
Much corporate support also comes from outside the state,
according to Lyon. At least 95 percent of the corporate
donations are earmarked for specific programs, mostly to
programs theorporation has a vested interest in, he added.

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