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The Michigan Daily-Friday, July 17, 1982-Page 3
Ozone House: 15 years service

A hysterical teenager, locked out of
the house after' a family argument,
telephones and asks for advice.
For most people, this would be a dif-
ficult problem to handle. But for Ann
Arbor's Ozone House, such situations
are an everyday occurrence.
OZONE HOUSE, an area center for
runaways and family counseling,
celebrates its fifteenth anniversary this
weekend, according to its coordinator
Brian Murphy. The house, located at
608 N. Main, will hold an open house this
weekend to make the community aware
of its services.
Besides counseling runaways, Ozone
House performs a variety of services,
including counseling families, telling
people where to find government aid,
and temporarily placing youths in
licensed foster homes. "Right now
we're working on a youth job develop-
ment program," Murphy added.
The main objective, however, of
Ozone House is to create a "stable en-
vironment" within the home through its
family counseling, Murphy said.
"WE ARE oriented to get the family
back together, but we try to make sure
that people feel their rights are protec-
ted and they're not getting ripped off,"
he explained.
The types of cases that come to the
house have changed over the years, ac-
cording to Murphy. "Ten years.ago kids
ran away just to run. Ozone House was
a stop-over place," he said.
In the past few years, though, Mur-
phy said economic difficulties are
causing increased friction in families.
"Now we mediate with families more,"
he said.
RUNAWAYS traditionally have
posed a problem to the city, according

Daily Photo tby ELIZABESCOT'~~J
OZONE HOUSE, located at 608 N. Main, marks its 15th anniversary this weekend as a community area center for
runaways and family counseling. The house is inviting the community to an anniversary celebration tomorrow from
noon to 5 p.m.

to Ozone House officials.
"Ann Arbor is one of the top 15 places
where people run to when they run
away," Murphy said, adding that
University cities are popular with
runaways because of their high concen-
tration of young people.
Murphy hopes the open house will
attract community support and input.
Ozone House primarily helps those
from the Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti area, but
also has counseled runawayus from
across the country.

THE HOUSE'S staff of roughly 80
volunteers and nine professional coun-
selors receive intensive training, Mur-
phy said. The training helps workers
react clamly to "crisis" calls, of which
the house receives an estimated 120 per
Volunteers at Ozone House often are
University students interested in

gaining experience in counseling. One
LSA senior who is considering a career
and as a psychologist, said of her volun-
teer work "I'm learning every I time I
come in."
Ozone House is funded by a grant
from the Federal Buresu of Youth
Development, state funds, and local
fundraisers, Murphy said.

'U' proposes raising
standards for athletes

University officials hope to introduce
a proposal at the next NCAA convention
to raise academic requirements for in-
tercollegiate athletic scholarships.
Admissions Director Cliff Sjogren,
who helped draft the recommendation
said the proposal would change
scholarship guidelines by adding high
school course requirements, making
test scores a possible scholarship
criteria, and "significantly" raising the
current 2.0 minimum high school grade
point requirement.
requirement an athlete must meet to
qualify for a scholarship is a 2.0 GPA
(on a scale of 4.0).
The recommendation is still tentative
and must be approved by the NCAA
Academic Testing and Requirement
Committee before it can be presented
at January's convention, according to
Sjogren, who is also the committee's
The recommendation is only one of
several made in the last year which
respond to a growing national concern
that universities fail to give athletes a
useful education.
RECENT COURT decisions, in fact,
have offered opinions that athletes are
admitted to universities to participate
in sports,.not to receive an education.
"The courts keep telling us (univer-
sities) we are running professional, not
academic programs," said Tom Anton,
who is Chairman of the University's

Board in Control of Intercollegiate
Athletics. Anton helped draft the
proposal. Anton's comment refers to a
court ruling that entitled an Indiana
State football player to workers com-
pensation for an injury received on the
Sjogren also said the recommen-
dation was in response to fears that
some universities are not educating
athletes, although he denied that the
University had such a problem.
"I think it has become evident that a
large number of athletes have been ex-
ploited by certain institutions," he said,
"not all (institutions) though, and cer-
tainly, I think, not (The University of)
SJOGREN SAID the proposal would re-
quire athletes to take solid academic
courses - such as math and English -
in high school to meet scholarship stan-
Under the current system, many high
school athletes are encouraed to take
easy, non-academic courses to stay
above the required 2.0 GPA.
Sjogren would not reveal his recom-
mendation for raising the minimum
GPA, but he did say it would increase
the requirementasignificantly."
Also included in the proposal is an op-
tion that scores from tests such as the
Scholastic Aptitude Test or the
American College Test could be used in
an athlete's favor if he or she falls
below the other recommended
regulations-_ rt

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Unbearable heat
Scarback, a polar bear at the Detroit Zoo, takes a break from the hot and
humid weather of the past few days.

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