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IN ROOM PROFITEERING UUMAIGN
OF UNIVERSITY TO-
y CHARLES STOKES WAYNE
ppeared in the Smart Set Ilagazine.
Editor, The Michigan Daily:
A few days ago the University of-
ficials were calling upon the citizens
of Ann Arbor to open theirhouses to
accommodate the students. Many, at
a sacrifice of their own comforts, or
at considerable expense, did so. As
part recompense, a charge of $3.0'6 or
$4.00 a week to a student was made,
the price for a modern home with
good clean furnishings.
Now in order to create an impres-
sion that the University is "standing
by the students," the freshmen in par-
ticular, a great cry is raised that the
landladies are profiteering. In other'
words, getting rich like they did last
year when almost every house was de-
corated with a. "For Rent" sign.
Did the University offer the land-
ladies any aid then? Did they ask
for it? No! When you come down to
moral integrity they can furnish the
goods! At the best they hgld an en-,
viable position. Eighteen hours on
duty; live in the kitchen; sleep in the
garret, or on some folding cot in the
hall, and doing all kinds; of menial
work. They have been underpaid. No
wonder in many cases better houses or
furnishings could not be given. They
have given service for years with no
profits to buy new. Now the Univer-
sity wants the citizens whose business
has not been along this line to cum-
pete 'in prices with the relics of past
The secretary of the Michigan Union
must consider both sides of 'the ques-
tion. A 50 per cent in'crease from\the
starvation prices of previous years is
not in harmony with. the 150 to 200 per
cent increase in household frnishings
and supplies. There may be a few ex-
ceptions, but for two students to ex-
pect to get a good, clean, modern room
within three to five blocks of the cam-
pus for less than $6.00 per week is
not in keeping with the ,present condi-
tions of living.
Quite "a number who were holding
their rooms for extra high prices at
first, now are willing to take anything.
they can get. Students, comparing
priges with those scattered cases, be-
come dissatisfied and often think they
paid too much. For the saving of 50
cents or $1.00 a week, that much to
spend for selfish pleasure, they mould
sacrifice their word of honor to keep
the room agreed upon.
A good start for the student in his
training to become a citizen! It should
always be borne in mind that a train-
ed mind without an equal moral and
spiritual development,. is amenace to
society. A verbal agreement should be
as binding as a written one, so far
as the honors of the contracting part-
ies are concerned.
I, however, believe that the com-
plaints made, with a few exceptions,,
come from those students who do not
understand the situation or are the
naturally born kickers so often met
with in the late military training.
STUDENTS FORCED FROM ROOMS.
BY RAISE IN RENT AFTER AD-
October 5, 1919.
Secretary, The Michigan Union:
The following information is placed
at your convenience in compliance
with your request published in -The
My roommate a'nd I arranged for
rooms the latter part of August. The
price agreed on was.$6.00 a week for
the suite, and an advance of two weeks
made at that time to bind the bar-
gain. Upon my arrival here, the land-
lady stated that we must either pay
$9.00 a week, which was out of the
question, or take a third man in the
room with us. The rooms were too
small for three, and would have been
very inconvenient, and we were forced
to locate other rooms.
The furniture of the rooms Is as fol-
lows: One study table, three chairs,
one cot, double bed, and a chest of
drawers; bathroom Is on the second
floor. There are electric lights, hot-
air heating, and telephone. The rooms
in question are a front suite on the
second floor with two windws.
I believe the humber of students In
the house to be eight and two other
people 'on the third floor. Other stu-
dents had not arrived at that time, but
I believe that they received the same
information as to a raise in rates.
The change has made it very incon-
venient, as the distance which my
roommate is forced to go to work is
so much greater, and .causes a ser-
ions loss of time. In my case the time
spent in searching for new rooms has
made it impossible thus far to obtain
work to help out on expenses.
Trusting that this information will
help in straightening out the situa-
11M. N. PAIGE, '23E,
277 N. Division.
QGeorge Hurley, general secretry of
the Unoin red the above communica-
tions before their publication. In r-3
gard to the landladls side of the mat-
ter, Hurley said: " he writr of this
communication begs the questions. In
my own personal investigation I have
found a number of rooms which are
anything but 'good, clan, and modern.'
If the rooms in the houses as a maj-
ority are as good as the writer pic-
tures hers to be, there Would, perhaps,
be something in her argument.", I
Hurley laid further emphasis upon
the fact that ti writer neglects to
make mention of, that numerous class
of landladies who have ousted stu-
dents on that "high moral ground" of
getting a dollar or .so more a week
In commenting on the student's let-
ter, Hurley remarked that the high
cost of living coul never have risen
with such a jump as to necessitate
an increase of more than 38 per cent
in the short space of one month. It
should be presumed that the price
given in August os $6.00 a week would
be considered as sufficient to allow' a
comfortable margin'if taken at that
Read the Michigan Daily for Campus ALARM
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Dancing is one continuous plea-
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state, and is now teaching in
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Pontiac, and will open his school
at the Armory Friday evening,
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- One large front room,
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9. 411 N. Ingalls St.
-Iesirable suit of front
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-Season ticket for musical
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THIS is the weather when you need a
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WILL the man who exchanged hats at'
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Initials L. S. K. Finder please call
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AT THE MAJESTIC
"The Valley pf 'the Giants," which
appears at the Majestic the last
times today, is both realistic and en-
tertaining. As the son of an old lumber-
man. Wallace Reid battles against an
unscrupulous rogue who is trying to
freeze out all the other lumbermen
in the region: How well he succeeds,
aided from an unexpected source,
forms the story of this red-blooded
A Sennett comedy "Trying to Get
Along" and "Topical Tips" complete
the program. Among the future Ma-
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neiv being shown in Detroit.
Teachers' ,Convention Draws Profs.
Prof. J. B. Edmundson and Prof.'
George E. Myers, both- of the edu-
cational department. left Monday for
Marquette, where they will attend a
meeting of the State Teachers' asso-
'clation of the Upper Peninsula.
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