Page 2 - The Michigan Daily - Sunday, July 29, 1984
Union's General Store to close
By THOMAS HRACH
The Michigan Union's late-night staple, The
General Store, will close Tuesday as the Union
phases out its retail operations under an agreement
which gives a privately owned bookstore exclusive
rights to sell Michigan insignia merchandise and cer-
tain other items.
Currently the Union runs three different retail
operatons which include The General Store, the Can-
dy Counter, and The Emblem Shop. The latter two will
pick up the slack of The General Store until the Bar-
nes and Noble bookstore opens up shop late this year
in the new ground floor shopping mall.
"THE MOVE should be better financially for both
the University and the students," said Gary Treer,
manager of the Union's retail department. "The
bookstore can do a better job of selling the items
because that's their business. The success of Barnes
and Noble is good for the University and the com-
According to Treer the
been in operation just at
were not closing becaus
profitable. He claimed i
Union renovation plans ha
merchants to do all the se
But Bruce Weinberg of
mer tenant at the Union
decided to move out of the
reasons was the restrictioi
merchandise sold. The Un
the exclusive rights to sel
but the rights will be given
"IT SEEMS the Union rf
the restrictions had to be
get a bookstore tenant," s
the U-Cellar. "If they wo
tions for us then we probab
The original plans for the Union renovations were
three stores had always designed with the U-Cellar in mind, and Union of
the break-even point and ficials wanted to raise the rent as well as force the
se they had become un- non-profit bookstore to pay for some of the
nstead, that the original renovations.
d included allowing private The Union guaranteed the New York company ex-
Iling of merchandise in the clusive rights to sell Michigan insignia merchandise
in the building when the lease was signed several
the University Cellar, for- weeks ago, according to Bill Maloney of Barnes and
, claimed that when they Noble. Less than two weeks ago the bookstore
e building one of the major secured the exclusive rights to sell merchandise
ns placed upon the types of similar to that of The General Store and the Candy
ion would not give U-Cellar Counter.
1 Michigan insignia items, THE EMBLEM Shop and the Candy Counter, both
to Barnes and Noble. now on the ground floor will close some time in
ealized after two years that December when the bookstore begins its operation.
lifted it they were going to The area that the General Store now occupies will be
aid Weinberg, manager at transformed into office space for the Union, which
uld have lifted the restric- will remove its offices from the ground floor to ac-
ly would not have moved." commodate Barnes and Noble.
Welfare job program
gets positive response
By KARI MANNS will continue to receive food stamps
A new state program allowing and medical benefits. A recipient with a
welfare recipients to exchange their young child may receive a partial grant
checks for minimum-wage jobs has .for child care expenses.
received overwhelming response, ac- The second phase of the program
cording to program officials. consists of the recipients using the ex-
"Approximately 17,500 current perience and references from the tem-
Michigan welfare recipients volun- porary job to find a permanent position
tarily came forward to trade their with the help of the program staff. "The
benefits for 7,000 jobs," said Project challenge then becomes keeping our
Self-Reliance director Doug Ross. The end of the bargain and helping these
high number of applicants for this and former welfare recipients find per-
other job programs indicates that many manent jobs in the private sector so
welfare recipients would rather be they can support themselves and their
working than drawing welfare checks, families," Ross said.
PROJECT SELF-Reliance is a recen- RUSHER ADDED that the Michigan
tly enacted statewide experiment Employment Security Commission will
initiated by Gov. James Blanchard. try to place at least 25 percent of the
The two-phase program, funded by the employees in permanent jobs. -
state, offers temporary minimum-wage To be eligible for Project Self-
positions and the possibility of a per- Reliance, recipients must be on either
manent job in place of welfare benefits. General Assistance or Aid to Dependent
In Washtenaw County, more than 250 Children with a monthly grant that ex-
welfare recipients applied for the 93 ceeds $275. Potential applicants must
available jobs. The applications are be referred to WALTEC by their
being studied by the Washtenaw, Ann caseworker.
Arbor, Livingston Training and Em- All positions will be filled by the end
ployment Center (WALTEC), which of August. Approximately one half of
administers the program locally. the positions statewide have yet to be
In phase one of the project the filled.
recipients work in a community Because the program is voluntary,
organization. "Recipients will work 30 officials said a recipient who does not
hours per week for up to 26 weeks in a work out at a particular job can return
public or non-profit private agency," to the welfare roles.
said Trenda Rusher of WALTEC. People involved with the program
"There are entry-level positions with say it proves that many welfare
many custodial and clerical positions," recipients would prefer to have a
she continued. paying job. "The belief that folks on
"THE RECIPIENT'S skills will be welfare are lazy and would prefer the
matched as closely as possible with the dole to a job is not consistent with what
jobs." Rusher said 46 agencies ten- we're finding across the state," Ross
tatively plan to hire the workers, in- said.
cluding the Ann Arbor Parks and Ross cautioned that the encouraging
Recreation Department, Willow Run response does not make the experiment
Schools, Perry Nursery School, the a success. The test will be whether the
American Red Cross, and Cleary welfare recipients perform well in their
College. temporary positions and compete for
During the program the employee and keep permanent jobs.
Betsy Pillsbury, a paraplegic from Milton, Mass., swims with her scuba gear
at a Massachusetts Institute of Technology pool. Pillsbury is the head of
Moray Wheels, a group of 40 disabled scuba divers.
L.A. driver injures 54
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Among the injured was a college
student who was to play in a band for
the opening ceremonies.
Young, a resident of the Inglewood
suburb of Los Angeles, had been placed
on probation April 22, 1983, after a
burglary conviction, Officer Scot
"HE'S JUST mad at policemen in
general," the officer said.
"Everybody's kind of shocked," his
brother Larry Young said at the family
home in a modest Inglewood neigh-
borhood, a Los Angeles suburb eight
miles southwest of downtown. Young's
parents, brother, and sisters avoided
the reporters gathered yesterday out-
side the house.
Earlier, Larry Young told the Los
Angeles Herald Examiner: "I think
lately he's been really kind of
depressed, and my understanding is
nobody had any idea he had taken off,
but when I got here, the car was gone.
I'm really not sure what happened."
NEIGHBORS described Young as a
quiet loner who would play his car radio
loud or sit in front of his house listening
to the radio.
"He was all right. He kept to him-
self," said Donell Thomas, who atten-
ded Morningside High School with
Young. "He was quiet. He liked to listen
"He didn't try and make himself
friendly. Whenever I came home from
work, I'd just see him sitting on the
porch listening to the radio," said
LaVeldo Weaver, another neighbor.
Afterward, the sidewalk was littered
with shoes, a baby carriage was over-
turned and a puddle of blood blocked a
shoe store entrance.
The dead girl was identified by cor-
oner's spokesman Bill Gold as Eileen
Deutsch, 15, of the New York City
borough of Queens.
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