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The Sporting Life with Complete Coverage

Notorious Daily Reviewing:
A Cry in The Wilderness


The Daily sports staff (to the
best of our knowledge) has never
produced an All-American athlete.
We haven't the time.
Although we occasionally take
time out to play a game or two of
football in The Daily's city room,
or outside on the lawn of the
S t u d e n t Activities Building
(where there are fewer breakable
windows), we find covering the
vast world of Wolverine sports to
be, well . . . a sport in its own
While our critics accuse us of
not being serious enough, and ev-
en downright lazy, we pride our-
selves on printing the most com-
plete coverage of Wolverine sports.
This involves constant contact
with the coaches who guide the
destinies of and the players who
make up the many Wolverine
It means traveling with the
team to CaliYornia or to North
Carolina or to anywhere the
hands of the executives in the
scheduling offices may direct Mi-
chigan sports.

It means analysis of what hap-
pens to our teams and why, fea-
tures on what the players are
really like.
It means assembling all this
into stories that a great many of
the campus' 30,000 students read
each day.

It also means finding willing
students to do all this.
That means you. You don't have
to have any experience, or (quite
frankly) any knowledge of sports.
(don't laugh, it has happened).
All you have to do is walk into
the Student Publications Build-

ing at 420 Maynard and look for
the bunch of characters sitting
with their feet on their desks,
shooting rubber bands and trivial
questions at each other. Ask them
what you can do and they will
fill you in.
From the minute your story
comes out, you will have new au-
thority, people will want to discuss
the team with you. Your opinions
will have new power as you reply,
"the coach told me .,.
Want to play games too?
You will be working in the
world's smallest pillarless stadium,
home of the campus-champion or-
ganization football team (4-0 in
1966). We frequently take a mo-
ment out to humiliate campus nui-
sances like the University Activi-
ties Center in football or basket-
ball, in famous contests for the
Little Brown (waste) Basket. ,
While our athletic prowess may
not be great enough to get us on
the team (although a former
sports editor once played against
Cazzie Russell in high school bas-
ketball), T h e Daily has some

claims to All-American status as a
newspaper. It also has the latest
deadline in the state-2 a.m.-and
is often the only paper in the area
with the results of late sports rea-
dy the next morning.
Just imagine yourself in the
pressbox next to the official scor-
er, learning all the inside dope
on why one team wins and another
can't. Imagine traveling with the
team, writing the big story.
And then imagine yourself over
to The Daily.
It's the next best thing to being
an All-American.

Arts Editor
"Playing to a capacity audience
at Hill last night, Andy Warhol
was amaster at weaving a delight-
ful fabric of smashing sound,
daring film and freaky movement.
A good time was had by all," reads
a Daily review the following
You choke, seethe, stamp your
feet. Maybe you even tear up The
Daily. It's been done. You were
part of the audience that not only
wasn't capacity (a stock term) but

didn't have a universally good
time. At least you didn't.
"How the hell did that idiot ever
get to be a reviewer," you mutter.
Probably he walked into the
Daily one day and announced
modestly. "I have arrived." Or he
walked in muttering to himself
about that insane Truffaut re-
view. A shreaded newspaper could
be seen in his hip pocket. The,

Actually. "Daily" revie}ver is a
misleadi-ng term., Reviewers are
notoriously independent both in
their writing and in their journal-
istics habits. The dark stranger
who creeps up the stairs of the
Student Publications Building at
10:00 p.m. Friaay night, glares at
the night editors and locks himself
in a side room with typewriter for
two hours, is usually The Re-

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Just before the Second World to the photography editor's desk,
War a pleasant-looking young he was clapped on the shoulder
sophomore wandered into The by the friendly personnel director,
Michigan Daily looking for adven- steered in the general direction of
ture, excitement, and a purpose in the night desk, and told that he
life. was about to embark on a brilliant
Before he could make it over career in the literary racket.
Unfortunately for the young
soph, one Arthur Miller, there was
never time enough for him to
meander over to the bright (f. 5.6,
1/125) little corner of the city
room in which the photographic
nerve center of The Daily is lo-
cated. So, he has struggled along
all his life on the meager proceeds
of his literary endeavors never
knowing where his next Pulitzer
Prize was coming from.
Avoid the fate which befell this
bewildered student! To take the
first timorous steps toward your
slated destiny among such pho-
tographic greats as Karsh, Bras-
son, Steichen, and the four-for-
a-quarter machine in every drug
store, walk boldly through the
clatter and clutter of the Water-
man Gymnasium exit, and hie
thyself over to the warm portals
of the Student Publications Build-
ing, 420 Maynard (in the friendly
shadow of the Administration
Bldg.) and ask for photo editor.
Looking up from his littered
desk where he has been adjust-
ing his Hasselblad with a 10-inch
Phillips screwdriver, he will no
doubt struggle against the emo-
tion welling in his' throat, and,
stretching forth a gnarled hand
in a silent welcome, invite you to
become a member of one of the
C hi g a n's University's oldest institutions,
The Michigan Daily photo staff.
After shaking his hoary locks
at the memory of this ancient
Ictors- feud, the photo editor will begin
to tell you of the responsibilities
and opportunities of a staff mem-
e Union ber. Wiping his rimless spectacles,
he will explain the schedule in
which one photographer works
a g reat either one afternoon or one eve-,
too. For
ERS have
t launder-
s. In fact,
send gar- 4n



chimbained hands against a hiss-
ing radiator, he will ask you if,
you are prepared to devote time
and thought to an effort that will
help lower your grade point aver-
age and heighten your aversion
to phone calls.
If at the end of this long reci-
tation, the photo editor grabs
your hand in his wrinkled paw
and gives it a curt shake, con-
gratulations. You're in. The rest
is up to you.

This could, of course, become
a problem. If Segovia goes racing
to the airport dragging Van Cli-
burn, Judy Collins and Eugene
Ormandy with him Ann Arbor
could cease to be the cultural cen-
ter of the Midwest (or simply, a
cultural center). There are certain
safeguards, however. .Any critic
must have a thorough and open
knowledge of the field he reviews.
If you think De Mille was the
greatest American product after
Coca Cola it would be unwise,
perhaps, to review a Resnais film.
Then there is the quesjion of
finances. Your father's Income
notwithstanding, few students or
teaching fellows can afford sea-
son's tickets to the APA, Univer-
sity Musical Society programs, or
Ann Arbor Film Festival. Even the
Fugs are expensive. Here's where
reviewing leaves the ethereal and
becomes pragmatic. For just the
few hours that it takes to bring
Truth to the masses via the Daily,
you get a free seat. You can even
bring someone with you (say
someone who knows something
about the performer).
At the risk of cloaking that old
cliche, you too can be the Walter
Kerr of student newspapers-be a
Daily reviewer.

point is, any man-in-the-street viewer.
who cries in the wilderness can Element of Respect
get a chance to cry in print by No one bothers him for there
becoming a Daily idiot-I meanis an element of respectful fear
Daily reviewer, involved. As a reviewer it is as-
sumed that he has a private line
to the Muses and a certain aesthe-
tic ethos that leads him through
and around the superficial, mech-
ven tu reanistic world that he finds around
him. That is one of the beauties
of being' a reviewer : no one is
really sure that he understands
ning a week, averaging about an your message. But at the risk of
hour and a half each time. being called philistine, or worse,
Shaking his dewlaps, he will ex- he won't edit your copy.
pound on the opportunity for each Reviewers work for newspapers,
photographer to take p h o t o but that doesn't make them news-
essays or picture features to be men, i.e., they go beyond the who,
seen every week by The Daily's what, where, how scheme of
20,000 readers. things. Reviews are arty, even
Stroking his ashen sideburns, he poetic, editorials that set forth
will enumerate the ways in which "the truth as we see it," as one
photographs of special news in- New Republic editor was led to
terest are sent out through news pronounce. No performer is al-
service channels to be printed lowed to stand on reputation
in newspapers and magazines alone. One Daily review of a Sego-
throughout the world, via concert sent the artist racing
Blinking his watery eyes, he will to Metropolitan Airport vowing
elucidate the feeble remuneration never to return to Ann Arbor.
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