1979-08-31; Central Michigan Life
|Previous||1 of 12||Next|
small (250x250 max)
medium (500x500 max)
large ( > 500x500)
Loading content ...
■!/[■>;• r. _„„.,,, - ^- i iii . j |i .ly-.f! eas.i ■»■ eii ia.. I|H i|nsa»as^Baa»a»a»apglia«B»aaaja»Taax«waxjaa»Ti »W»l»aaaT*Te7a«<aTe^^paj»TaT»)aas •pqpM-MiP"iMPiiii gan LIFE W Today: W»rm, high 75, low 68 Saturday: Chance of ihowers, high, 72, low, 60 ,Vol.61No.3 Central Michigan LIFE •.«• Mount Pleasant, Michigan 48859 Telephones: 774-3493774-3830 Friday, Aug, 81,1979 City to help area tenants byDANGUIDO LIFE Staff Writer Students who have complaints concerning the condition of the house or apartment they live in should be aware there is a city official who is more than ready to help out. McCracken, Mount Housing Inspector, students have ex- problems with heating or wiring, contact him im- William Pleasant's reports if perienced plumbing, they should mediately. "If a tenant has a housing problem that could endanger his or her life or limb, they ought to "...ill call the landlord and ask him to make the necessary repairs as soon as possible"— William McCracken, Mount Pleasant Housing Inspector call me as soon as possible," McCracken^aid.^ ... .......... However^"renters should also inform their landlord of the nature of the problem when they call the inspector's office. Even if they have spoken to their landlord before the issue at hand, it is best to notify the landlord again, McCracken said. "When they call, we'll set up an appointment so they can come down and fill out a complaint report. After that, I'll go out to the rental unit and investigate the complaint and determine if the renter's statements are'factual. . "If they are, I'll call the landlord and ask him to make the necessary repairs as soon as possible. I almost never have to take it any farther than that." McCracken said he has only taken "a few" landlords to court about code violations in the seven years the city's housing code has been in effect. "When I call a landlord and tell him he is violating the housing code and must make repairs, he usually does what I ask. If he doesn't comply, he knows I can evoke the housing code 'against him. But that doesn't happen often." McCracken, a 1972 graduate of CMU, said the best method of dealing with problems of a less serious nature is to both call and write the landlord of the matter, and then contact the housing inspector's office if nothing is done to rectify the situation. "In that way, the landlord cannot claim he was never notified of the complaint," he said. McCracken said he was unsure why the City Commission discussed Monday the possibility of placing advertisements in student media in order to solicit information from students concerning landlords who are not properly licensed. •'"'.. "We go out, at least once a year, every year, and inspect all of the rental units in the city. Overall; I'd say the quality of the units in Mount Pleasant is not bad, I can't see why they'would want to get student's complaints." McCracken said any tenant, whether student or a city resident, who is experiencing problems in the building they rent, should call him at 773-7971 between 8 and 9 a.m. and 1 and 2 p.m. Monday through-Friday. LIFE takes break Because of the three-day- weekend, CM LIFE will take a break from publishing Monday. LIFE will resume publication Wednesday as usual. The staff of LIFE wishes everyone a safe and happy weekend. M #^^fef»«^»S Like father, like son? -CM UFE PHOTO BY MICHAELS. GREEN Some students, such as Norman LaBarge, pontiac senior, took advantage of Late Registration Wednesday. But his five-month-old son Matthew looks rather disinterested and has better uses for the registration forms. Housing hopes no-shows will ease overcrowding in dorms by SARAH A. ROWLEY LIFE Staff Writer Although the official count won't be in until next week, there are an estimated 6,475 students in the overcrowded residence halls. "We won't have an official count until next Wednesday," John Fisher, assistant director of Housing Operations, said. "We don't count heads until the second week of school because we have to hold the rooms for those people who don't come in until after Labor Day. "Right now, the residence hall directors are calling the people who haven't shown up to see if they are coming or not," Fisher added. He said the dorm resident estimation is in a state of flux. Without overloading, the dorms accomodate 6,096 students. Letters were sent to all returning students who were scheduled to live in the dorms telling them they could, just this one time, break their housing contract without paying the usual $100 charge. And although all freshmen were placed into the dorms, 120 refunds were made to transfer students who were on the waiting list for the residence halls. Fisher said the number of refunds is low however, because many of those who were on the waiting list found other accommodations earlier in the summer. "We wrote these students and told them their chances of getting in the dorm didn't look very good," Fisher said, "so many cancelled before it came to giving the refunds." Because students make their first room and board payment in June, the no-show rate traditionally is low at CMU, Fisher said. "It is under 1 percent, which is a phenomenally low percentage rate," he said. "It is low because students have got $200 down. Other schools don't charge the first payment so early or don't require as much money." The results of the letter telling students they could break their housing contract brought 34 percent more cancellations. Last year, 74 students broke the contract during the three-week period ending Aug. 17 and this year, there were 112 students who broke their contracts. Bats in belfry no joke to some area residents by MIKE WRIGHT LIFE Staff Writer A common joke describing someone thought to be insane is to say the person has "bats in his belfry;' To some residents of Mount Pleasant, however, bats in the belfry is a reality and definitely no joke. Bats; small, brown, winged creatures which often turn into vampires in Boris Karloff movies, are not an uncommon sight for students - ren*-:«or houses off-campus. "Bats have been a feature in Mount Pleasant for a few years," says Larry Caldwell, professor of biology. To some residents of off- campus housing, in i'act, it is not uncommon to find a bat soaring around one of ihe rooms' or hearing it squeal.ing in the attic. Sherry ParKer, Lexington senior, said s'ae wandered into her living roan at 615 Oak St, to find she was not alone.' "It was just flying around the room," she said. "I think it came from the basement." Her reaction to the sight? "I screamed and ran into my room. My initial reaction was fear. I didn't wan,t to be bitten." Caldwell said Parker probably* saw a Big Brown Bat, which is the type frequently found in this area. "The bats shift around and migrate during this time of the year," Caldwell explained. "They usually live in old homes and buildings and, will often snfindthe winter there." Caldwell said it is not un* common for bats to be seen in Mount Pleasant. "Sometimes in the winter if the weather warms up a bit the bats can be heard squeaking in the attic." Caldwell says bats usually live a long time and despite what the average onlooker may think, they are not out to bite anyone. "Bats don't usually attack (See Bats—page 12) In Brief The University Health Service will have special hours for the Labor Diiy weekend. The center willbe open Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 4 pain. It will be closed Monday. The .UHS will*esume regular hours Tuesday. Campus Students Should sign both their major and minor by the end of their sophomore year, an Academic Information official says. Any senior who has not signed a major or minor should do so immediately, if expecting to graduate. Page3 Two intersquad scrimmages have shown that the CMU football team must improve on consistency before its home opener against Western Michigan Sept PageS Index Classifieds.. ...... 11 Comment 4 Doonesbury .. ... 4 Entertainment........... 6 Horoscope........,■..... n Off the Wire..; 2 Sports g Spotlife............ ....ii TV Listings... ...... 10 aaaam -«•-"■"—■ .--.. v^, .^.iLa^a ua^a.^,iia-iaaj.a,^^,a..-..^;-...>.,.
|Title||1979-08-31; Central Michigan Life|
|Publisher||Students of Central Michigan University|
|Description||Friday, August 31, 1979 issue of the student newspaper of Central Michigan University. Also known as CM-Life. Originally published biweekly. Later published three times a week during the academic year and once a week during the summer. Began publication in 1941. Previously known as Central State Life. Issues from 1999 to the present are available online at the CMLife website.|
|Subject/Keywords||Central Michigan University - Newspapers; Mount Pleasant (Mich.) - Newspapers; Isabella County (Mich.) - Newspapers; College student newspapers and periodicals;|
|Copyright Permission||Copyright 1980 by Central Michigan University. This material is copyrighted and any further reproduction or distribution is prohibited.|