Observatory open house today

Angell Hall Observatory will hold an open house hosted by the Student Astronomical Society today on the fifth floor of Angell Hall from 8 to 10 p.m.

Planetarium shows will run every 20 minutes. Tours will be available and are free.

K-Grams hosts Literacy Night

The children’s literacy program K-Grams will be holding a Literacy Night from 7:15 to 10 p.m. in Crisler Arena.

Comcast is helping to sponsor the event and will donate $1 to the program for every person that attends.

The cost is $3 for children and $5 for adults.

New work by A&D students featured

The Work Gallery, at 306 S. State Street, is featuring “(Our)Selves,” an exhibition by Art and Design undergraduates James Arndt, Mary Paul and Emily Squires through Jan. 29.

 

Crime Notes

Ambulance called for student at East Quad

An ambulance was called to East Quad Residence Hall for a student, possibly under the influence of alcohol and cocaine, who was going in and out of consciousness yesterday morning, according to Ann Arbor Police Department reports.

Windows at auto lab vandalized for second time

Two windows were broken at the Walter E. Lay automotive lab at 1231 Beal Avenue the Department of Public Safety reported. The same windows had reportedly been broken two weeks earlier and were since repaired. DPS said the incident was case of malicious destruction.

University service van backs into car

A caller reported to DPS last week that he backed a University service van into a blue Volkswagen Jetta in a parking lot at 1202 Kipke Ave.

 

This Day in Daily History

Regents take on housing crunch

Jan. 21, 1978 — After years of rejecting recommendations for additional student housing, members of the University Board of Regents said they acknowledged the shortage and vowed to grapple with the problem in the following few months.

“Regents are now regarding the housing situation as very serious,” said Regent Sarah Power (D-Ann Arbor).

Although the regents were faced with dorm occupancy well over capacity, what options they could take remained an open question. Informed observers said added housing space would not come in the form of new construction; dorm rooms from converted office space in West Quad Residence Hall and hotel rooms in the Michigan Union were considered more likely possibilities.

Housing officials estimated the cost of a new 500-student structure would be close to $8 million. That sum would mean either an increase in room and board fees of about $30 per year for the near future or a general tuition hike of about $7 per student.

“Students want more University housing,” student Michael Synk said. “But not if it’s at the cost of higher housing rates.”

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