1976-04-16; Central Michigan Life
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' The power failure—the second on campus this semester—struck the entire campus as well as some surrounding areas, according to Gerald Carvey, assistant division manager of Consumers Power in Mt, Pleasant. Following what seemed to be at least two near power failures moments earlier, the lights went out at 7:15 p.m. Power was restored at about 9 p.m. Although the exact cause or location of the problem had not been determined at press time, Carvey said he believed lightning was the cause of the blackout. He said lightning must have struck power lines leading to Mt. Pleasant. He further theorized that the mishap occurred somewhere between CMU and Deerfield apartments. According to Carvey, power failures were reported as far south as Maple Rapids, which is about 20 miles south of Alma. On campus, all night classes were cancelled and custodians were ordered to lock up all buildings. No accidents or fires were reported to the Department of Public Safety during the hour-and-three-quarter power failure. According to Dr. Howard Varne, there were no major problems in the Health Center during the bla'CkOVtt. *"-■"*'• •»••■ *,'■ • ■ ***-..*. ..<•*<"..•>»** .. . ........ ... ... .. , .. • , -j'i . ,.-, University, Dawson, Greenbush junior, said five RAC members will be contacting RAs in all dorms during the next week in an effort to rally support for the acceptance of the defeated proposal. The tuition-free course option was defeated by Presidents Council last week, Dawson said. He said alternatives to the option currently are being considered by RAC, One such suggestion is » special course designed especially for RAs be offered.without any tuition fee or academic credit. According to Dawson, this would replace the original 16-course option of the* proposal. The class would meet once a week for three hours with either a volunteer professor or a speaker's series to discuss the problems and difficulties an RA can experience. While an RA would not receive creditforthe course, Dawson said, it would show up on his academic record. The $2 meal allowance option of the proposal also was turned down by Acting Dean of Students James Hfll and Housing Programs Director George v Jennings "for having no merit**' Dawson said. DAWSON opposed the decision, saying, '"We should have had the meal allowance already, and I don't think we should have to make an effort to get something that should be ours." The meal allowance option, if implemented, would cost the University less than 1,200 annually, »«-h'8l"'Saidj »■» -. v*,.,. .*^,-.f)j,::J:.x^ t-.• -'-«■ f> Complaints sought Renters to seek reps A group of six students interested in improving renting conditions in Mt. Pleasant met Tuesday and decided upon a plan of action following last week's "renter's rights rally."- The group plans to contact tenants in every major apartment complex along with students renting homes to form a group of representatives for a meeting Tuesday. The representatives will collect a list of complaints from others in their complex and suggestions for solutions, according to Trina Piepkow* Olivet junior. Piepkow said the group will form a "master list" of. the complaints to present to James Hill, acting dean of students,' to plan a "bargaining table discussion" with local landlords, leasing agents and city officials. Several people at the meeting expressed concern about whether 'Earth Week' begins Monday of environmental "Earth Awareness ■Hoping to stimulate interest in the importance quality, Environmental Services (ES) is sponsoring Week" Monday through Thursday. ES members will set up tables in the lower level of the University Center to.distribute information on environmental quality and preserving nature, ) . $ Monday's theme is "Go Fly a Kite Day" according to Deborah Alegnani, Farmington Hills senior. The emphasis; will be on individual responsibility to the environment. < r Tuesday is water pollution day, when ES Members will clean-up the library pond. T Wednesday is International Bike Day, which stresses using bicycles instead of automobiles to promote health and air quality, Thursday will feature a panel discussion on "Energy, Population and •Food*-Where are we now and where'are we going?" featuring members from the Biology, Chemistry, Economics, English, Environmental Systems and Geology Departments. The discussion will be in Room 3D ofthe UC at 7 students will remain interested in the committee because" the year is almost over and because so many of the renters are changing apartments. "If nobody comes then maybe We should just concentrate on our own apartment complex," Piepkow said, "That's about all we can do with the time limit." • "We're going to have to be like the backbone of this thing," Peggy Housner, Saginaw senior, said. "All I care about now is getting these' people to come," The group also decided to send a petition signed by 113 people from their complex which outlines support of the renters' rights group to the owner of the complex, who lives in Lansing. The committee began action March 19 to inform students of their rights as renters and what they could do to improve living conditions in, off campus housing, according to one oi the members. -..v!*"*"** I-K *<<*& CM UFE PHOTO BV KfcVIM LM 1612V' "MANIA "—With vans of every description becdming very popular, business for those who decorate vans also'blossoms, as illustrated by'the ship scene on this van. Other favorite accessories include "bubble" windows, carpeting, waterbeds, stereo systems and high-back seats. 'Van mania' Sales soar for versatile vehicles by JOHN GROG AN CM LIFE Reporter Vans. Those wonderfully versatile, practical vehicles are becoming increasingly popular each year as people from all walks of life discover this new mode of transportation. Siles of new arid Used vans alike are soaring, eiteatfag an- acute shortage of vans across the nation, according to area automobile dealers. DEALERS CAN NOT get nearly enough vans from the factory to supply the needs and demands of the public. Likewise, those vans received by dealerships are sold as fast as they come in. The waiting lists are endless, "Vans have been distributed on an allotment list," Tom Kraphol, general manager of Kraphol Ford, 1415 E. Pickard Rd., said. "Only an allotted number of vans are sent to dealers each month from, the factory." ,faot all dealerships receive the same allotment of vans, however. Van distribution is decided depending on the different van manufacturers and on how each individual dealer ranks with the company. According to one Mt. Pleasant dealer who wished to remain anonymous, the struggle for new factory vans is a very frustrating one. "We've simply been unable to get vans," the dealer said. "We haven't received a single van from the factory for two years now. He added the problem lies in dealership priority./'We apparently don't sit very high on the priority totem^pole," the dealer said. "The factory distributes first to all the single line (one maker) dealers and then the surplus is allotted to various multi-line dealers like myself." >■ - In response to this shortage, the big three •auto dealers all have increased production markedly, Ford, for instance, has doubled production in the last year, with similar figures .quoted by both General Motors and Chrysler. THIS INCREASE in production, however, still does not match the increase in demand. Consequently,-the resale value on used vans'is unusually high. "The resale value on the van is nearly 25 per' cent higher than the resale on the station wagon or passenger car," Kraphol said. "This makes the van a very good investment." Yet, amidst all the talk of shortages and popularity, production aiid resale, the question Still remains: Why, of all the different production lines;, has the van alone soared to the top? According to Neil Miller of *M & M Chevrolet, 4580 E. Pickard Rd., the van has gained recent prestige as a sporty street vehicle. "I think the van right now is the hot rod of the decade," Miller said. "It's the boulevard machine." He continued the van now is being used for . purposes other than the traditional usage as a, commercial vehicle. "It's a more personal type of transportation now," Miller said. "People want them for recreational and personal transportation usage now." Kraphol's reasoning behind the van boom is one of practicality. "It's an awfully sensible way to go," he said. "The gas mileage is as good as that of a standard car, they have plenty of room, you can't go wrong. They're practical. "WHAT THIS unit has done is replaced the station wagon. The van is taking over as the, new family car," Krapohl added.' Besides; offering practicality, vans offer- a reasonably s'afe type of transportation, according to area police. No specific problems unique to vans have been found in recent years, police say. They listed the van as having comparable maneuverability to the average passenger car and better visibility. "The major hazard of driving* vans is that there is nothing between the driver and the front • of the van," Capt. Ed Barr, of the Mt. Pleasant Police Department, said. "Your chances of getting ' hurt are much greater in a head-on collision because you are right Up front." (See "Vans page 8) Court to decide cases v , ■ ■■'*.■ ill prevents unlawf uI evictiofi HEALTH FA/ff-Speakers and films highlight the third annual Health Fair (see story page 3). WiiM « Bill prevents unlawful eviction—Pago 2 e Fair features self-help, plans—Pago 3 • Central opens MAC season today—"Page 6 V- by.LORIEMOY CM LIFE Reporter > Landlords will ,have to go to court to evict tenants instead of using force or other measures if a bill now headed for the Michigan Senate is passed, < House Bill (HB) 4597, sponsored by' Rep. Perry Bullard, D-Ann Arbor, was approved by the Michigan House' Tuesday. If it becomes law, it would become effective in April of 1977. THE BILL permits a- tenant who is unlawfully kept oUt of his residence to collect actual damages or $200j .whichever is greater. Unlawful eviction is defined as cases when a landlord threatens to or uses force to. prevent peaceful possession, changes the locks without giving the tenant a. new key, removes -or destroys personal "The bill hopefully will serve as a deterrent and force the landlord to a court hearing. It's very important that nobody be thrown out of a rented house without due process of law."—Rep. Perry Bullard, D- AnnArbpr. property, boards up the premises, removes doors, windows or locks,or shuts off utility services. . Exceptions to the above are allowed if the landlord acted under court order or interfered ohly briefly in or'der to make needed, lawful repairs or inspections, 1 The landlord or owner also is exempt if,he had specific reasons to believe the tenant had abandoned the premises or if the current rent had not been paid and the tenhut did not respond within a week to the landlord's inquiries about the abandonment. "The bill hopefully will serve as a deterrent and force the landlord to a court hearing," Bullard " -said Wednesday, It's very important that nobody be thrown out of a rented house without due process of law." The bill has been debated for about a year, according to Bullard,- along with HB 4598, which still is before the House. HB 4598 is designed to protect tenant's rights to privacy ih their rented home. The bill specifies and limits the conditions under which & landlord can enter a tenant's home. The bill states landlords may not enter a tenant's home unless'the tenant's permission has. been jjobtained, specifying the date, period of time and purpose for entry. < However, a landlord, may enter < a tenant's home without notifying the tenant if he has reasons to believe an ' emergency situation existed. ' Other provisions of the bill specify landlords' right to enter for inspection or repairs. Bullard said representatives still are negotiating • with landlord groups over ithe second bill, but'they hope to vote by the end of May.;, Jaa^**jPlttijmdti^^ u.»tp^ai?rfa.CTJa1A^»,a.p8v.i. .■itwaalrffc„-.fJ:a>aia:. ^., a % 7,"
|Title||1976-04-16; Central Michigan Life|
|Publisher||Students of Central Michigan University|
|Description||Friday, April 16, 1976 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;|
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