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The Michigan Daily-Thursday, August 6, 1981-Page 3
Women plan to open new center

Daily staff writer
Several Ann Arbor women have announced plans to
open a new women's center in the city which would
include a restaurant, art gallery, retail stores, and
meeting halls.
The women, who said the plans are still in the early
stages, said their goal is to create a "center for all
women" to meet and share their ideas in a supportive
and encouraging atmosphere. They said they hope to
complete the center within a year and a half.
SUSAN EDWARDS, a 40-year-old Ann Arbor
resident of 20 years, is leading a group of women in
developing ideas for the proposed Women's Center.
"Supporting women's growth," will be the center's
main function, Edwards said, "providing what
doesn't already exist." It would include space in,

which women could hold workshops and "share
creative efforts," she said.
The idea is still "in the planning and research
phase," Edwards said, but the idea has been around
the community for a long time. She added that most
other major college campuses have this type of cen-
SHE EXPLAINED that the group is "working on a
process, rather than an end product" at this stage,
and added that the center is intended to be a "com-
munity project" for women to get involved in.
Being involved means participating in all aspects
of planning its opening, she said, including designing,
financing, promoting, and operating. The group will
train women in areas with which they are unfamiliar,
she added. They want to "support women who are
trying out new things in their lives," she said.
The organizing committee working on the idea has

nearly 20 members and "keeps growing every
week," Edwards said. One of the most important
functions of the group is to go out to women's groups
in the community to determine the needs of Ann Ar-
bor women, she said.
RESEARCH questionnaries were sent out late last
winter to help assess those needs. From the cir-
culation of the questionnaires, the project gained
publicity and support and grew in number, she said.
She said she is not sure how the project will be
financed. The group might sell memberships, as co-
ops do, offering discounts for members. They will
also solicit donations and hold fundraisers.
The center will not exclude men, Edwards said, but
some of the areas will be geared more toward
women's interests. She said they have received ad-
vice and help from many men who have been "very

r? Reagan administration
proposes loosening of
environmental laws

From APandUPI
WASHINGTON - The Reagan ad-
ministration yesterday proposed a
lowering of pollution standards for cars
and a loosening of environmental laws
- actions it acknowledged would slow
the pace of cleaning up the nation's air.
The proposal was among "basic prin-
ciples" approved by President Reagan
for working with Congress on rewriting
the 1970 Clean Air Act.
ministrator Anne Gorsuch introduced
the administration's "broad prin-
ciples" for amending the Clean Air Act,
the principal law controlling air
pollution. She said President Reagan
and his Cabinet approved the ideas
Along with changing standards for
auto pollution, the proposals would
alter the rules for new coal-fired plants,.
do away with clean air deadlines for
some areas of the country, and give in-
dividual states more say in setting their.
pollution standards.
Among the goals Gorsuch outlined at
a news conference were- "uniformity
and . . . simplification" of standards to
avoid delays and help industrial
development, contrasting this with the
current "vegetable soup" - or case-by-
case approach - in the current law.
"THE AIR WILL continue to improve
under the broad principles that we have
adopted," Gorsuch said.
However, when asked if the im-

provement would be slower than under
the act's current provisions, she
replied: "At a more reasoned pace,
The proposals represent somewhat
less of a rollback of environmental
standards than was indicated in some
early administration draft proposals
leaked to Congress.
BUT THE principles outlined yester-
day brought renewed criticism from
"They are still talking about changes
that are extremely basic and
sweeping," said Richard Ayres, chair-
man of the National Clean Air
Coalition. Such changes are "the
blueprint for destruction of the Clean
Air Act," he added.
Jerry Jasinowski, chief economist for
the National Association of Manufac-
turers, said he welcomed the
"statement of principles." He added he
was concerned about- the lack of
specifics but expected the ad-
ministration to work with Congress to
define individual recommendations.
Mrs. Gorsuch said the administration
would probably recommend raising
standards for autos from 3.4 to 7 grams
per mile of carbon monoxide and from 1
to 2 grams per mile of nitrogen oxides.
The change for nitrogen oxides would
save consumers $1 billion annually, or
$100 per car, she said.

Daily Photo by KIM HILL
Summer thirst
This little girl struggles to get a cool drink, but opts for a shower instead at
the drinking fountain at Summit Park.

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Report shows,
Chicago mayor
paid camp aign
* funds to family

CHICAGO (AP)-Mayor Jane Byrne spent $1.6
million in campaign funds in the past year-including
$101,000 that went to her immediate family-though
she faced no political challenger, her spending report
According to the report, the mayor, who will not
face re-election until 1983, spent 48 times as much
campaign money from July 1, 1980, through June 31
as the late Mayor Richard J. Daley spent in 1976, the
year before his death.
SHE PAID HER husband, Jay McMullen, $74,000
for political advice. This is more than the mayor's
salary of $60,000 a year and the governor's pay of
The mayor also spent $106,000 on travel, including
more than $50,000 for a two-week trip to Europe last
August and September by Mrs. Byrne, her family and
a 3-member entourage of top city aides and

legislators and their spouses.
She gave away $109,147 of her campaign money to
MRS. BYRNE ALSO paid her daughter, Kathy,
$11,784 for "salary" and "outside services" perfor-
med fo'r the campaign committee, the report said.
She gave her sister, Carol Sexton of suburban
Wilmette, a $15,000 salary for political work.
The details of the mayor's campaign spending were
revealed in a report made public Tuesday by the
Cook County clerk's office. State law requires can-
didates to file periodic disclosure reports of their
campaign spending.
The recent report and others filed by the mayor
showed that Mrs. Byrne, who spent only $125,000 to
win her February 1979 primary upset over then-
Mayor Michael Bilandic, has run through more than
$3 million in campaign money since she took office.

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