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The Michigan Daily-Thursday, August 13, 1981-Page 5
Plans for Women's
Center discussed

By ANN MARIE FAZIO
Daily staff writer
Positive and negative aspects of
plans for a new Women's Center were
discussed yesterday by a group of en-
thusiastic Ann Arbor women who say
they want to provide a facility designed
to meet the wide variety of needs of
area women.
The center would be created as a non-
profit corporation providing members
with equal voting power in policy and
decision making. It would be geared
toward providing supportive services to
women, according to the planners.
"Women supporting women," ex-
plained Shirley McNew, a member of
the group.
Facilities in the center would include!
several retail businesses, workshop and
performance areas, recreational
facilities, and low-rent office space for
supportive services for women and

children.
In addition to serving the community,
said Susan Edwards, one of the
project's originators, "this is a
business." The profits earned at the
retail stores will be put back into the
center, she explained, partially going
toward helping find more low rent
space at other locations for women's
support services.
One major problem is making sure
all women's needs are provided for,
said Nancy Scott, an original
facilitator. The center will "include as
many women as want to be included,"
she said. She added that the center will
try to reach all types of women, without
bias for or against any particular
political, minority, age, or other group.
"BETTER TO fight among sisters,
than to exclude," McNew said. "Our
bond is that we're all women," Scott
See PLANS, Page 9

Daiy rnoto by PAUL o:N a r
SUSAN EDWARDS, ONE of the original facilitators of the planned Women's
Center, discusses some of the many things that need to be done to see plans
through to completion.

Title IX,
EPA rules
face federal
scrutiny
(Continued from Page 1)
Philip Soper, a University professor
of environmental law, said Bush's an-
nouncement is "consistent with this
administration's stand so far."
THE ADMINISTRATION has
claimed that many of the Environmen-
tal Protection Agency's rules, par-
ticularly those concerning environmen-
tal impact studies, are unnecessarily
time consuming. "You can view them
(impact studies) as delays, or as
necessary precautions," Soper said.
The most controversial regulations
targeted yesterday include:
-The Department of Education's
Title IX rule under which federally
assisted colleges and universities must
avoid sex discrimination in athletics by
giving equal emphasis to male and
female sports events.
-A section of the Rehabilitation Act
requiring federally assisted public
buildings to provide access for the han-
dicapped. The administration said this
rule could force a two-story school to
install an elevator for one student con-
fined to a wheelchair or require the
hiring of a full-time interpreter for one
deaf student.
-Guidelines issued under the Civil
Rights Act of 1964 that set employer
responsibilities for protecting em-
ployees from sexual harassment. The
administration said employers have
complained about excessive record-
keeping.

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