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In an effort to "stretch the dollar," the University
will soon require employers of work-study students to
pay a greater portion of their federally subsidized
wages, Financial Aid Director Harvey Grotrian said
Employers will be required to pay 30 percent of the
wages their work study employees earn beginning in
the fall of 1981, a ten percent increase in the rate they
now pay. The federal government pays the remaining
70 percent of the wages.
Grotrian said this will have no effect on the amount
of work-study awards or the number of work-study
students hired. In fact, he said he thinks there will be
more students employed because the change will
make federal subsidies-though smaller
ones-available to more employers.
The federal government allocates a fixed amount
Lowell Peterso
new bridge bei
students and c
By JENNY MILLER appear on
The bespectacled, long-haired young affect stu
man looks like a typical graduate said. The
student, with slightly rumpled clothes students
and a pale face. Twenty-two-year-old come tax
Lowell Peterson, however, is not a grad a decreas
student, but a newly-elected city coun- mean low
cilman from the First Ward. Peterso
Chatting during his lunch of chili and Reagan's
a sandwich at Eden's Deli, Peterson, budget, sa
a Democrat, spoke of his concerns and ticularly
plans after having won his first seat on benefit to
council last month. it: 'Feed t
the sparr
The new councilman hopes to Peterson s
reawaken student interest in local Peterso
politics, and help rebuild the trdon
Democratic party as a "progressive toward ti
party." Peterson said the non- prevention
partisan approach of student political before cii
activists hasn't been successful. weeks. Cg
street light
"Students have to be aware of where have a hi
the power lies. Politics is a combination other two
of ideals and power," he said. On the city's Crii
Ann Arbor city council, "right now all the Coali
the power lies with the other guys police rap
(Republicans)," Peterson added. Another
Peterson said he will keep in close accomplis
contact with students, who make up the establish
S majority of his constituency, and housing.'
various campus groups, in hopes of proach,"
generating more student interest in might be
local politics. The Yale University cing pac
graduate said he plans to speak and an- income h
swer students' questions once a month the diffic
at meetings of the Michigan Student housing ir
Assembly, the all-campus student Many p
government at the University. in their n
"You don
"You get a lot of energy, enthusiasm, next to a
a lot of good ideas" from students, School B
Peterson said. "Students can have real racial iml
input to city politics. tergrate
Peterson came to Ann Arbor two housing.
years ago while traveling with a friend. As a fo
He said he liked the city so much that he Bular
just stayed on. "I liked the political Bullard
climate" of Ann Arbor, he said. Michigan
Some of the concerns Peterson hopes Peterson
to address on city council are housing, and the
civil rights, late-night transportation legislatio
for women, and rape prevention. He Monday,
said he has a "progressive" approach cary," a
to economic development, and is con- city," and
cerned about property taxes. sas ''e
Proposal A, a tax package that will

The Michigan Daily-Thursday, May 7, 1981-Page 3
es work-study pla
ofmnyto the University to help pay the wages of Jan Wells, the Associate Director of Recreational
students who qualify for work-study awards. The Sports, a University department that hires many
University then decides how much employers must work-study employees, said the change in the mat-
pay to make up the difference. ching requirement "won't change our attitude on
"Yearly allocations (from the federal government) things at all at this point."
have only increased modestly while students' (finan- The number of students utilizing work-study awar-
cial) needs have increased fairly rapidly," he ex- ds has risen substantially according to figures ob-
plained. Raising the matching requirement, the tained through the Office of Financial Aid. In the
amount employers must pay, "is not that unusual 1978-79 school year, there were approximately 1,200
during times of stable funding and spiraling costs," students employed through the program. In the 1979-
he added. 80 academic year, the figure rose to about 1,700 and
Grotrian said the changes in the matching this year it reached nearly 2,300.
requirement would expand the work-study program Eligibility for the award is based on financial need
by "making the (federal) allocation go further." and determined along with eligibility for other types
Assistant Director of Financial Aid Roger Doster of financial aid-such as grants and loans. The ap-
agreed that there will be no negative repercussions of plicant must also be a U.S. citizen or a permanent
the change. He said work-study is "still a good deal" resident, and must be enrolled as a full-time student
for employers even after the change. "Where else in the fall and winter, or part-time during spring and
can they (the employers) go to geta deal like this?" summer to receive aid.

)n: a
the May 19 state ballot, will
dents in two ways, Peterson
sales tax will increase, but
will be able to claim more in-
credit for rent payments. But
e in property taxes will not
er rent for students, he said.
n was critical of President
proposed cuts in the federal
aying that big business - par-
defense industries - would
o much. "As my old man puts
he horses and maybe, maybe
rows will get some too.'
n said he would also work
he passage of three crime
n resolutions that will come
ty council in the next two
ne would coordinate new
t placement in areas shown to
gh incidence of assault. The
would define the role of the
me Prevention Unit and give
tion Against Rape access to
e statistics.
r goal that Peterson hopes to
sh as city councilman, is the
ment of a city task force on
"It's time for a fresh ap-
he explained. The force
able to put together a finan-
kage for low- to moderate-
ousing, but Peterson spoke of
ulties of integrating subsidized
nto higher-income areas.
eople "don't want poor blacks
eighborhood," Peterson said,
't put up subsidized housing
Republican." The Ann Arbor
oard has blamed its schools'
balance on the city's poorly in-
d pattern of subsidized
rmer aide to State Rep. Perry
(D-Ann Arbor) and former
Congressman Neil Staebler,
has worked with constituents
development of various
n. Contacted at his office
Staebler said that students
adequately represented in the
d that Peterson can "under-
special problems the student

DoilyrnotoDyrPAUL ENT
DEMOCRATIC COUNCILMAN Lowell Peterson, who was elected to his first
term on council last month, says he hopes to muster student support to
revitalize the Democratic Party in Ann Arbor.
1M enot forced
to reduce sentences

LANSING (UPI) 'Solicitor General
Robert Derengoski told the Michigan
Supreme Court yesterday the governor
is not forced to reduce sentences under
a new law which provides for early
release of inmates to relieve prison
Oakland County Prosecutor L.
Brooks Patterson, who claims the law
usurps the governors' constitutional
power of commutations, said the
measure reduces Michigan's chief
executive to a "lackey of the
The high court heard about one hour
of arguments on the measure, which
was declared unconstitutional by the
Michigan Court of Appeals last week in
a ruling that blocked imminent release
of about 1,000 prisoners.
PATTERSON AND Derengoski both
were barraged by questions, although
the solicitor general said the tone of the
questioning left him optimistic.

The law, adopted last year, provides
for reducing most inmates' minimum
terms by 90 days when the prison
population exceeds legal capacity for 30
consecutive days.
Prisoners within 90 days of their term
thus immediately become eligible for
release through normal parole
which to issue an emergency
declaration reducing terms aftergbeing
notified by the state Corrections Com-
mission the law's conditions have been
Derengoski said the law gives the
governor the opting of refusing to issue
the order if he ids all possible steps
have not be':t taken to ease the
He can tell the commission, "I don't
believe you have done your best to
bring the population within the" limits,
-he said.

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