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Calvin and Hobbes

by Bill Watterson MSA

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percent since 1980.
"The fact that Ann Arbor re-
c'eived 25 is a real plum for Ann
Arbor because few of those were
given to other cities," Benson said.
Government officials say reno-
vating is usually a bigger priority
than building because sub-standard
living conditions often create a high
vacancy rate. Detroit public housing,
for example, has a 42 percent va-
cancy rate, said John Terranella, di-
rector of the housing and manage-
ment division at the Department of

Housing and Urban Development.
The biggest difficulty with
building in Ann Arbor is a lack of
land space, Benson said. In addition,
the government will not build high-
density, low-income projects on the
land that is available.
"It's better to give families a
more normal living environment
and more integration into the com-
munity, than have huge massive pub-
lic housing that gets stigmatized
and so forth," said Bob Brown,
HUD's director of the housing de-
velopment division in Detroit.
The question still remains,
though, what incentives there are

for the private sector to help build
low-income housing.
The answer may lie with the
Home Investment Partnerships Act,
which Congress passed last Novem-
ber. This might encourage devel-
opers to build low-income housing
by re-establishing incentives that
were eliminated in the tax reform
of 1986.
"It really promises cost-sharing
to various different programs," said
Mike Nail, director of the housing
and community development divi-
sion at the National Association of
Housing and Redevelopment Offi-
cials in Washington.

Continued from page 1
of (SGC)."
There hasn't been a recurrence
within MSA of extreme mishan-
dling of funds, he said.
However, the former MSA ad-
ministration used funds to sponsor a
student trip to the West Bank last
summer. The trip was approved by
the summer assembly, but all sum-
mer decisions are supposed to be rat-
ified by the fall assembly before be-
ing implemented.
Even earlier, the administration
of Mike Phillips somehow lost
track of $60,000 that was supposed
to be allocated to Student Legal
Services. MSA is still paying off
the debt.
Green said he thinks the debt
will be paid by the end of this
He said he also plans to establish
a system for keeping better records
of MSA financial transactions.
Currently, no records are kept of
what comes in and what goes out of
the MSA account.
"When I came into office, I
found no financial books," Green.

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said. "We need internalirecords."
He said the University has kept
track of the MSA account.
Power said that both restructur-
ing MSA and substituting a volun-
tary MSA fee for the mandatory fee
taken from student tuition have
been discussed for the past two
"The general question has been,
'Does the present structure of MSA
make sense or are there others that
would make MSA more representa-
tive of the students?' and 'Should
MSA be funded on a regular student
task or a voluntary check fund?"'
If anything changes in the near
future, it would probably be to
make the MSA fee voluntary.
"I have always supported the
idea of voluntary fees (for MSA),"
said Regent Deane Baker (R-Ann
Power said they may see propos-
als for such changes in the future. "I
haven't seen any specific proposals
to address this issue, but they may
well come."
Baker said the fate of MSA
should be decided by the students.
"Historically, the regents have
followed the request of students
except in extreme cases," Baker said.
Last year the regents refused to
grant former president Jennifer Van
Valey's request to raise the student
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"There hasn't been much
progress, but on the other hand the
University hasn't been negotiating
in bad faith," he said.
GEO president Chris Roberson
said it is not clear what the future
will hold for the organization, but
added he is pessimistic about the
possibility of the contract being
settled before next fall.
"Basically the negotiation has
gone about as far as it's going to go
this term ... (and) I don't foresee ei-
ther side changing its position much
over the summer," he said.
GEO strike team member
Allison Rolls said the lack of a set-
tlement will mean a continuation of
the organization's protests against
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tants will have priority over non-
student consultants when jobs are
cut, she added.
"We currently have 11 full-time
equivalents, or FTE's, doing on-site
consulting. We will be cutting that
to about seven and a half. Also,
we're adding one FTE to 4-HELP,"
Munn-Fremon noted. A full-time
equivalent is any number of part-
time workers who work shifts that
equal 40 hours per week.
She also said that additional
campus phones are being installed at
all of the computing sites so that
users with problems can call 4-
HELP when on-site consultants are
not available.
Commenting on the reason for
the change, Munn-Fremon said, "We
really think that's more efficient."
Rumors had been circulating
around campus since the weekend
that more than 80 percent of ITD
consultants would be let go, and
that overall consulting hours
would see up to a 40 percent cut.

These rumors proved to be false.
In other computing news, ITD
and the University's Housing
Division are still negotiating the
fate of the ResComp program, a

fee from $6.77 to $7.21.
Baker said the budget decrease re-
sulted from a disagreement with
Van Valey.
Power agreed. "MSA was in-
volved in directly criticizing what
it was the regents were trying to
and spending student money to ci
icize it."
Roach also said funding was cut
because of MSA misconduct. He
said they were "sending a very sim-
ple message" that you don't alienate
the source of your funding.
He added that he doesn't know if
relations with MSA will improve
under the new conservative
Power said the regents should
consider each president individually.
"I would hope the regents
wouldn't alter funding for MSA on
the basis of one president," he said.
Even with the change in leader-
ship, MSA funding is still likely to
be cut due to University-wide finan-
cial constraints.
"The University is unde!
tremendous financial pressure right
now. I wouldn't be surprised if ex-
penses for MSA were cut," Power
Green said he is prepared to make
cuts and is hoping to request less
money for the budget than last year.
the University.
"We're definitely going to sho*
some GEO solidarity at commence-
ment," she said, adding there is a
strong possibility of a "full-
fledged strike in the fall."
"There will be some heavy duty
organizing over the summer," Rolls
Roberson agreed that a strike is a
possibility, adding that any strike
would come only after a ballot vo
of the entire membership.
Kozura also stressed that the
question of what action will be
taken is up to membership to decide.
"What we'll do over the sum-
mer and over the fall is the decision
of the membership, not the bargain-
ing team," he said.
A GEO membership meeting is
scheduled for tommorow night.
joint program between the two di-
ResComp director Mary Simoni
said one cause of concern, the possi-
ble termination of the loan program
that provides computers to all resi-
dence hall staff - such as resident
advisors, resident directors, and res-
ident fellows - has been taken care
"ITD consented to give the com-
puters set aside for residence staff
to the Housing Division. Housing
now owns over 300 computers that
it can loan out to this staff, and this
should ensure the future of the loan
program," Simoni said.
Simoni also thanked the students
who turned out for the ResComp
forums earlier this month, sayin*
that the input garnered from those
attending was "invaluable," but
added that nothing is likely to be re-
solved for "another couple of
The ResComp negotiations were
necessitated by the budget crisis
that has recently hit ITD. The initial
agreement called for ITD and

Housing to fund equal portions
ResComp's $300,000 annual budget,
but ITD's financial woes have
forced the division to cut back some
of the funding.

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