'I SE MICHIGAN DAILY
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 22,1955
Unique Campus Coop Provides for Family Housing
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By DONNA HANSON
Brandeis House is unique as the
only campus co-operative resi-
dence unit which provides housing
for married couples with children.
Named after former Supreme
Court Associate Justice Louis D.
Brandeis, the co-op was purchased
a year ago by the Inter-Coopera-
tive Council in an attempt to es-
tablish a non-segregated co-op for
married students. It has now pro-
gressed from its experimental
stage to a permanent fixture in
the ICC set-up.
"One thing the Brandeis pro-
ject will show up is the tremen-
dous demand for this type of
housing," Jack Hilberry, former
ICC president, said. "We have
shown that it does work," he em-
Brandeis House is based upon
the general principle of the co-
operative,- movement to provide
housing at a minimum cost. In a
co-op, everyone shares the work
and in benefits derived from the
When ICC bought what is now
the Brandeis House, it was partly
divided into apartments. The
group foresaw a tremendous op-
portunity to provide housing for
married students, especially for
so-called "undesirable" minority
Too Many Applicants
"Without any advertising, many
more couples applied than we
could accomodate," Hilberry said.
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"So, the couples themselves de-
cided who would live at the house."
In order to make Brandeis liv-
able, ICC staged a couple of work
holidays. Other co-opers came in
a group and, working with the
couples, did whatever unprofes-
sional jobs they could. The neces-
sary outside professional assist-
ance was paid for by ICC.
"This type of housing had been
tried before on campus, but a com-
munity eating arrangement didn't
help its success, and it didn't last
very long," said Frank Naka-
mura, president of Brandeis.
"Most people are probably at-
tracted to the co-op arrangement
for financial reasons," Nakamura
added. "Rent only runs 75 to 80%
compared to rates prevalent in
Cooperation Is Rule
Brandeisers are also required to
"co-operate" in their house by
working eight hours a week. They
take care of their own apartments,
furnace, lawn, snowy sidewalks
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"We have no one to complain to
but ourselves," Nakamura said.
"If something goes haywire, we
have to fix it ourselvese."
As for compatability of inter-
racial inhabitants in Brandeis
House, "frictions do occur and
are felt more personally than in
a group of 20 or 30 people," Naka-
"I think this plan will work out
in time with experience. It is a
co-op like any other co-op on cam-
pus, yet our particular house and
type of living is unique," he con-
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