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{ j$ yThe Michigan Daily - Monday, October 2, 1995 -5A
Nicolas Hartwell to square
Joffat ci council meetin

By Maureen Sirbal
Daily Staff Reporter
The Ann Arbor City Council meets
tonight to negotiate a contract for city
administrator nominee Neal Berlin.
However, these will not be run-of-the-
mill negotiations.
Instead, the meeting will be a face-
off between two disagreeing council
members. It will be a message to voters
about the security of council and the
success of its policies.
Councilmember Stephen Hartwell
(D-4th Ward) sent a memo to the acting
city attorney, John Van Loon, regard-
ing the authority that council has to
remove certain department heads from
their jobs. That memo has been sent to
other council members. There has been
no public mention of who, if anyone, is
in danger of being fired.
Van Loon and former City Attorney
Bruce Laidlaw claimed that it is within
the realm of the council to negotiate the
terminationofstaff members in City Hall.
"I think this is just another attempt
forMr. Hartwell to intimidate the (city)

News Analysis
staff," said Councilmember Peter
Nicolas (I-4th Ward).
Hartwell maintains that his probe into
the legality ofstafftermination by coun-
cil was merely to prove other members
of council wrong.
Hartwell said Republican Mayor
Ingrid B. Sheldon and Nicolas asked
Berlin and the other candidates how
they would handle the firing city staff,
and Hartwell wanted to point out that
only City Council can fire staff.
"Mayor Sheldon and Peter Nicolas
were asking questions during the candi-
date interviews for city administrator,"
Hartwell said. "Their line of question
was incorrect and I wanted a written
opinion for the record; they were wrong,
and I was right."
Hartwell said he is not after any de-
partment head.
Nicolas said his questioning of Berlin
was to determine whether the candidate
would capitulate to the decisions of the

wanted a
written opinion for
the record; they
were wrong, and I
was righ t.
- Stephen Hartwell
Councilmember (D-4th Ward)
council if they asked him to fire staff.
"I am submitting a resolution to coun-
cil Monday that states council has no
interest in firing any department head. If
Steve is serious in his statement, he will
support my resolution," Nicolas said.
However, Hartwell has publicly stated
that he will not support the proposal.
Nicolas said Ann Arbor residents are
unhappy and disgusted with the city
governments' bickering.
"I have had phone calls from resi-
dents asking for a recall because of
decisions made by (Hartwell)," he said.

TONYA BROAD/Daily
Shop 'til you drop
New Boston, Mich. resident Joyce Umin, 46, shops at a Kerrytown store on Detroit Street yesterday.
Older students fc hlegs

By Jessica Trilling
For the Daily
Remember the beginning of senior
year of high school? Many students
scrambled around researching univer-
sities, trying to raise their SAT scores,
and filling out college applications in
hopes that their college years would be
filled with new friends, parties and an
academic awakening.
For some students, however, college
was not the next step after graduation.
Due to financial situations, family situ-
ations or other circumstances, many
students delayed their college experi-
ence and are now returning to finish
their academic training.
According to the Office ofthe Regis-
trar, 496 students over the age of 30
registered for fall 1995. Of those, 62
percent are female, 38 percent male.
Half of these students are part-time,
half full-time. Several other older stu-
dents simply sit in on classes to survey
them without registering.
U.S. Rep. Lynn Rivers (D-Ann Ar-
bor) is one student who decided to re-
turn to the University to finish her aca-
demic program. Married at a young

age, Rivers delayed college until she
was in her early 20s.
Rivers said she felt that she still had
to prove herself by attending college.
She knew it was time to go back to
college, she said, when she began hav-
ing "dreams of a house. The bottom was
beautifully decorated but the top had
bare walls.' Rivers said she soon real-
ized that this dream meant that she
needed to "finish the second story."-.
With a young family and interests in
the community, Rivers said she felt like
an outsider in the world of the "average"
college student. Although Rivers said she
felt alienated at times, she continued be-
cause she believed that it was important
for her two young daughters to know the
importance of education.
Mary McRae, also a returning stu-
dent, had been out of school for seven
years when she returned to finish her
bachelor's in psychology.
McRae, like Rivers, has two children
and had to leave school to help support
her husband through school. He now
supports her. She has many more con-
cerns than the teenage college student.
"It's a lot of running around," she

said. McRae must commute to school,
take care of the kids, do homework and
tend the house.
While some students may be uncom-
fortable with older peers in the class-
room, most welcome the ideas and ex-
periences of the older classmates.
Engineering junior Dave Pugh said he
has "no problem with older people in the
classroom, as long as they do not expect
to be treated differently because they are
not the same age as other students."
He said the older students that attend
his classes assimilate themselves so that
they are not secluded from the class
because of their age.
Engineering junior Michelle Lifshitz
said they have an interesting perspec-
tive on class topics.
"After being in the 'real world' for a
few years they are able to share differ-
ent experiences with the class," she
said.
While students may have a variety of
purposes in attending classes, they are
united in a desire to learn. As Borka
Tomljenovic, a woman who is survey-
ing a course, explains, she attends be-
cause "I enjoy it."

"...The Chrysler Corp. donated
$1.3 million to the University's
fund-raising program yesterday.
Lynn A. Townsend, president of the
corporation, told the National Lead-
ership Conference of the program
that "the educational system of
America is industry's most impor-
tant supplier," and "no otheruniver-
sity has provided us with so many
people....".
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