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Eighty-one years of editorial freedom
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World-shaking decisions from SGC
by lindsay ehaney



Another bid for child care

RE-EMERGING AFTER a- temporary
lull, the issue of child care is once
again being raised - and this time with
the backing of a top University admin-
istrator. Vice President for S t u d e n t
Services Robert Knauss recently released
a proposal recommending that the Uni-
versity provide a $250,000 loan to estab-
lish a child care corporation on campus.
For over two years now various wo-
men's groups have pressed the adminis-
tration to provide money and space for a
permanent child care center. However,
this is the first time that someone in the
administration has actively supported a
child care proposal.
The current proposal was formulated by
Laura Taub, an Office of Student Serv-
ices (OSS) assistant for program devel-
opment. It recommends that a number of
small day ;care centers be established
open to children of students, faculty, staff
and community. The plan further pro-
poses the formation of a non-profit cor-
poration to coordinate the centers.
The OSS plan also, recommends that
the University provide the existing Child
Care Action Center with a permanent
site and facilities and assume the costs of
rent, maintenance and other services for
two years. After this time, the center
would become self-supporting.
THE OSS CHILD CARE proposal is not
the first attempt at establishing day
care centers at the University. Rather it
is the latest in a series of efforts by
women to awaken the University to the
needs of working mothers.
The initial move for child care w a s
sparked by members of Women's Libera-
tion seeking ways to help working moth-
ers at the University find adequate care
for their children. Joining together with
other women to form the ad hoc Child
Care Group in February 1970, the wom-
en requested a meeting with President
Robben Fleming to discuss a proposal
for a center. After several attempts, the
group met with Fleming, and a commit-
tee headed by Wilbur Cohen, dean of the
education school, was formed to study
the proposal.
Editorial Staff

However, after several months in the
committee with none of its goals met,
the child care group began looking else-
where for possible facilities. The group
also talked- with several Regents at this
time, but no formal action was taken on
their requests.
Turning to John Feldkamp, director of
University housing, the group toured sev-
eral dormitories and residence halls
which were not in use over the summer
hoping to set up a temporary center un-
til school started. After surveying several
buildings, the women decided to open
a small center in Markley Hall, and con-
tinue the search for permanent facilities
for the fall. Although the University did
provide some toys and furniture, most of
the center's expenses were covered by
charging mothers a small fee, and by us-
ing volunteer help. When school started
in the fall, no permanent location had
been found and the center was shifted to
another temporary location in one of the
University's apartment buildings.
TIRED OF MOVING and sensing a lack
of commitment on the part of the
administration, the child care group re-
quested a hearirfg with the Regents. Last
year at this time the Regents heard a
second request for a child care center. Al-
though the child group had hoped to
discuss their proposal with the Regents
and answerhany questions board mem-
bers might have, no dialogue took place.
The Regents refulsed to answer questions
raised by the group and other people in
the audience. The next day, after con-
sulting only with President Fleming, the
Regents rejected the child care plan.
Although the Regents said they agreed
with the concept of child care they ar-
gued that the University lacked the mon-
ey needed to fund the proposed center.
Not once did the Regents ask to speak to
any women in the child care group who
had been researching the child care plan
for over six months.
ALTHOUGH THE child care g r o u p
continued operating in the limited
space given to them by the University,
they kept up their efforts to secure a
permanent center. In February - spark-
ed by student demands to end classified
research on campus - child care and five
other long-standing University issues
were submitted to the Regents for recon-
sideration - and once again rejected.
Since last February, pressure for a
University-funded child care center has
abated but the recent proposal from OSS
will certainly revitalize the issue.
The University must take some posi-
tive steps towards meeting its responsibi-
ties to women employes, faculty and stu-
IN THE UNIVERSITY community, wo-
men are employed as hospital work-
ers, clerks, office secretaries and kitchen
help - and the money they earn is not
enough to pay for full-time babysitting
help. Women can not be expected to
assume full responsibility for child-rais-
ing and housework in addition to c o n -
tributing to the family income.
The University as an employer has a
responsibility to the community which it
can no longer shun. The OSS proposal for
child care provides a concrete action pol-
icy. The time for the University to act
is now.

The story you are about to read is damn close to the
truth. Only the names have been changed to protect the
innocent. The scene is the legislative chambers of the
Student Government Council. The time is Thursday
ADMINISTRATIVE Vice President Jay Flack strides
into the room with a pile of papers under one arm
and a briefcase in the other hand. He puts it all on the
council table in front of his chair and sits down.
"I've got some real neat shit on refrigerators," he
announces happily.
"It looks like great shit, Jay," says Rick Piggins.
"I don't need any wise comments from a Fascist,"
replies Flack dryly. "Anyhow, the deal is this: We rent
refrigerators from this guy I was talking to for $24
a year, then we re-rent them to students and provide a
real service."
"Are you suggesting that SGC go into the refrigerator-
renting business?" asks the president.
"Well, basically yes," answers° Flack, sounding some-
what surprised.
"What kind of demand is there for refrigerators?" asks
Jeff Bluing, pragmatically.
"From talking to the people at the 'U' Cellar, I
understand there's a tremendous demand in the dorms,"
replies Flack. "They said they rented a thousand re-
frigerators in the first two days of the semester. They
said they could have rented twice that many, but their
insurance policy only covers the first thousand."
"BY THE WAY, what kind of insurance comes with
this deal we're talking about," asks Art Deductible, the
"It's called triple phase natural disaster exemption
liability," says Flack simply.
"What does that mean," someone asks inevitably.
"Well, basically it means that if someone steals the
refrigerators, we have to pay for it, but if the dorm
.burns down, the insurance pays for it."
"I see," says Piggins. "So if someone steals a refri-
gerator, we burn down the dorm, right?"
"You catch on fast," says Flack.

"I say we should invest in drug companies," says
"I say you're retarded," yawns Karen Moss, to no one
in particular, and everyone in general.
"I've just about had it with you Fascists," says Flack
"What makes you think I was talking to you, Jay?"
asks Moss sweetly.
"For once ...
"Let's have some order around here," shouts the
president, banging on the table. "Now, Jay, we were talk-
ing about how much money we can make."
"Right," says Flack. "How much money we make de-
pends on how much we charge for the refrigerators.
Since we're doing this as a service to the students, we
don't want to make too much, just enough to cover
"Has anyone checked the market for stoves?" inter-
rupts Piggins.
"I'll ignore that remark,'' says Flack heatedly.
"STAY CALM, Jay. The Fascists are just trying to
needle you," Pines says pointedly.
"That's not true," says Piggins. "I just thought
that people might want stoves to go along with their re-
"As I was saying," Flack continues, "we could rent
the refrigerators for $28 a year and make $4 a year.
"If we rent out 500 refrigerators, that's $2,000," some-
one says.
"Four dollars per refrigerator doesn't sound like it
would cover the distribution costs," says Deductible. "Be-
sides, I don't like refrigerators anyhow."
"Let's vote," someone says.
(The motion to set up a refrigerator business is de-
"What am I going to do with all this refrigerator liter-
ature?" asks Flack.
"GIVE IT to me," says Mailer. "I think I'll go into
business for myself."
"Capitalist pig."



"I don't understand this at all," cbmplains Marnie
Pines. "Why are we talking about refrigerators when
there are more important matters like war, racism and
poverty in our own backyard?"
"I agree," says Mary Helker. "The government is get-
ting bigger by the hour and threatening to stifle freedom
with its free handouts. We have more important things
to do than talk about refrigerators."
"But maybe we can make some money from the
refrigerators," says Brad Mailer.
"What will we do with the money?" asks Bluing.
"I SAY WE should raise the officers' salaries," says
the president.
"I say we should use it to improve the community," says
"I say we should buy guns to protect ourselves.from
the pigs," says Joel Goldstein.

Letters to The Daily

Executive Editor

Managing Editor

Voter registration
To The Daily:
LAST WEEK voter registration
was ended at the Fishbowl and
the Union despite a steady stream
of more than two hundred peo-
ple per day waiting in line to re-
gister. Workers in the Democratic
Party, RIP, SGC the Ecology
Center, and the Coalition to Re-
gister the Student Vote, as well
as faculty members and President
Fleming, have requested that regis-
trationacontinues on campus and
be expanded to dormitories and
other locations.
No adequate reason has b e e n
given for the discontinuation of
registration on campus, nor the
unwillingness of the city to al-
low registration in dormitories.
on the street corner, and in com-
munity centers around the city.
In the cities of Los Angeles, San
Francisco, and Detroit, deputy re-
gistrars are permitted to work at
any time and any place' t h e y
choose, and may solicit new vot-
ers by going door to door. In Ann
Arbor, deputies may work only at
the times and places selected by
the clerk's office.
Reasons for the tight registra-
tion policy in Ann Arbor have run
the gamut of non-reason: "forms
will be lost," "if they won't bother
to come down to City Hall to re-
gister they won't vote anyway,"'
'the cost of processing aylarge
number of new voters will be as-
tronomical to the taxpayers," "we
don't have the people to do the
work." and "the registration pro-
cess should change incrementally."
Some of these excuses are bas-
ed upon undocumented facts and
the remainder on unconstitutional
judgments. Most outstanding is
the claim that insufficient workers
are available to handle expanded
voter registration drives. There
are more than thirty young depu-
ties who are willing to go into
dormitories and to other locations
around the city and campus to
conduct registration.
Many more people would be
available if further training ses-
sions for deputies were scheduled
in the coming few weeks before
registration closes for the Novem-

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STEVE KOPPMAN .. Editorial Page Editor
RICK PERLOFF .. Associate Editorial Page Editor
PAT MAHONEY ... Assistant Editorial Page Editor
LYNN WEINER .. Associate Managing Editor
LARRY LEMPERT Associate Managing Editor
ANITA CRONE ... .... . ...... . Arts Editor
JIM IRWIN Associate Arts Editor
JANET FREY..............Personnel Director
ROBERT CONROW .. .... .. Books Editor
JIM JUDKIq...............Photography Editor
Business Staff
JAMES STOREY, Business Manager
RICHARD RADCLIFFE ....... Advertising Manager
SUZANNE BOSCHAN ...... Sales Manager
JOHN SOMMERS.............Finance Manager
ANDY GOLDING .. Circulation Director
DEPARTMENT MANAGERS: Bill Abbott-Display Adv.;
Rebecca Van Dyke-Classified Adv.; Fran Hymen
-National Adv.; Harry Hirsch-Layout.
ASSOCIATE MANAGERS: Alan Klein, Donna Sills,
Judy Cassel.
ASSISTANT MANAGERS: Paul Wenzloff, Steve Evseef,
Ashish Sarkar, Dave Lawson.
Sports Staff
MORT NOVECK, Sports Editor
JIM KEVRA, Executive Sports Editor
RICK CORNFELD .. ..... Associate Sports Editor
TERRI POUCHEY ....... Contributing Sports Editor
BETSY MAHON .. ........ .... Senior Night Editor
SPORTS NIGHT EDITORS: Bill Altermnan, Bob An-
drews, Sandi Genis, Joel Greer, Elliot Legow,
John Papanek, Randy Phillips, Al Shackelford.

Givinga Th*al
thought for the day
THE PHONE rang. I answered it, even though it was only 8:00 a m.
"Michigan Daily," I said cheerily.
"Michigan Daily?" It was an operator's voice.
"Yes, this is The Daily."
"Go ahead, sir," the voice said and it really was an operator's,
"Hello. Michigan Daily?" a new voice said.
"Yes sir, this is The Daily," I replied.
"Is this the newspaper for Michigan State University?"
"No, it is the student paper for the University of Michigan," I said.
Applecrap, it's only eight o'clock, I thought.
"Well, yes. I've got a thought here. Would you like to hear it?"
the voice asked.
"Pardon me, you said you had a thought?" I was playing for time.
"Yes," the voice responded.
"Sure," I said, "because thoughts are always- nice at eight o'clock."
"FOR THOSE who know them-
selves, it is much easier to be
themselves than to be what they
"That's all?"
"That's all."
I knew it was my move. "That's
very interesting," I said.
"I was just going to leave it at, :;'::.." ::.>
It is much easier to be oneself
than to be what one thinks one
ought to be,' but I decided it only
goes for people who know them-
selves. You know, like Socrates
and Plato said. Descartes, too I
"I'm with you," I said.
"But then I decided that it
ought to be plural anyway. Be-
sides, most people don't talk about
'one' and 'oneself,' do they?"
"No, I guess they don't" I said.
"~You know what I mean?"
"I think I do," I said, and
maybe I did.
"SO," the voice said, "can I
give that to you?"
"Give what?"
"The thought."
"The thought? . . . You just did."
"I mean for the newspaper."
"Oh, you see, sir, it's only eight o'clock, and the people who
could discuss that with you don't come in till around noon," I said, em-
barrassed and feeling copped out.
"I see," he said after waiting a moment. "But, well,' did you like
it? I mean, did you think it was funny?"
"No it "wasn't funny," I said. I didn't think it was funny. "It was
sort of a 'thought for the day' kind of thing," I continued.
"But you say I can call back later?"
"Yes you can," I said, wondering who would answer the phone.
"WELL THEN, good-bye. Oh yes, do you know where Yale Uni-
versity is?"
"Pardon me," I said, bringing the phone back to my ear.
"Yale University."
"Oh, Yale's in New Haven, Connecticut."
"New Haven, Connecticut. Yes, well good-bye then."


ber 30 election.
The only conclusion which can
be drawn from the current situa-
tion is that City Hall is obstruct-
ing the registration of students.
There are probably some elements
in City governments as well as
the community who feel threaten-
ed by the prospect of forty thous-
and student voters. Perhaps some
major changes may be effected in
city and county government.
Since the city will not come to
the campus to register, it appears
necessary that we go to the city
en masse to register to vote. On
October 13, there will be a march
beginning at noon to City Hall
to register people to vote against
the war in Viet Nam. At the same
time we should ask the city to
again initiate registration on Cam-
pus so that it will not be neces-
sary to repeat marches on City
-William Kopper
Oct. 5

To The Daily:
I'M GLAD TO SEE that you
finally printed something on one
of the activities of the Ann Ar-
bor Abortion Coalition. However,
defense of Shirley Wheeler is not
the Coalition's only activity. I
think it's only fair to first inform
your readers that the Ann 'Arbor
chapter of Women's National
Abortion Action Coalition, WON-,
AAC, was just recently formed.
We projected a number of activi-
ties at our first meeting. An ac-
tivity of immediate concern is the
teach-in on abortion that we are
sponsoring. Other organizations,
such as Zero Population Growth,
Center for Population Planning,
the Women's Health Collective,
N.O.W., Committee on the Status
of Women, the abortion commit-
tee of H.R.-R.I.P., etc. have been
asked to sponsor this teach-in.
The Coalition will also be
working 'on the Michigan Wo-
men's Abortion Class Action Suit.
We are in the process of arrang-
ing transportation to Detroit on
Oct. 15, which is when the hear-
ing on the suit is being held.
On Nov. 20 there will be mass
demonstrations in Washington
and San Francisco to demand the
following: Repeal of all abortion
laws, no forced sterilizations, and
repeal of all restricting contra-
ceptive laws. This demonstration
has the potential to reach mil-
lions. We are ordering buses to
take Ann Arbor women to Wash-
I'd like to correct The Daily
for printing "the Nov. 20 march
on Washington for abortion re-
form". The Coalition and the
demonstration are clearly for to-
tal repeal of the laws. There is a
distinction between the two.


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