OK, based on all of the preceeding comments I propose the following actions as the most likely to solve Aggie's problem with this particular lighting condition.
1. Expose the film so that you can develop for less time. This will tame the highlights.
2. Use a multi-coated lens. Can make a big differnce in this type of lighting.
3. Use an efficient lens hood, even with a multi-coated lens.
4. Use a two-solution developer (D23, Diaxactol, etc.) to develop the film. And BTW, I have a Pyrocatechin based formula that is used in two solutions that works a lot like Diaxactol. If anbody is interested contact me directly by email.