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HARD CORE pornography has evolved
into a really nasty stage. One San
Francisco theater is yanking perverts off
the street with a gem entitled Animal
Lovers. Would a human female actually
have intercourse with a huge male hog?
Admission is a -mere $5 if you are
Now violence freaks are ooohing and
aaahing over their latest hard core, The
Texas Chain Saw Massacre. Since it
hasn't hit Ann Arbor yet, let's try to
imagine what the worst scenes are like.
1) A killer sneaks into a bedroom
with Mickey Mouse wallpaper and a
tiny crib in the corner. The killer grins
when he sights the baby, which is less
than a month old. He places the motion-
less saw blade against the child's sleep-
ing face. With a flick of the switch, the
baby's face is instantly destroyed.
2) While her parents' limbs lay scat-
tered around her, a pert, prepubescent
girl is forced to perform an oral sex
act on a killer. He. calmly saws off her
head an instant before he comes.

etty wife and kids are tied to
They cry and puke as they watch
il men cut off hubby's/daddy's
:h by inch. Then it's their turn.
Y, VERY SICK. But those mur-
know they can't elude the cops
. Somebody will eventually notice
dy fingerprint on the Black &


will be fun for the whole family when it
arives. Remember, however, that reality
is always stranger than fiction. H o w
many fun lovers like to see these scenes
on the silver screen?
1) A group of heavily armed killers
invade a town and immediately begin to
slaughter the citizens. A young woman
runs from her house, holding her baby

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"Very, very sick. But those murderers know they can't
elude the cops. forever. Somebody will eventually notice
a bloody fingerprint on the Black & Decker in the gar-
age and the fun will be over.'
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emblem, between her legs.
3) Over a hundred people are forced
into a ditch where they are executed
with bullets and hand grenades. Unbe-
lievably, a two year old boy climbs from
the ditch. One of the leaders shoves him
back into the ditch and shoots him.
4) When the murderers finally leave,
the survivors begin to bury the dead. It
tak'es several days to cover the 450 to
500 victims.
VERY, VERY SICK. But surely these
animals will be tortured and/or elimin-
ated for their crimes? Well, yes and
no. One man is convicted of murder but
never even serves a prison sentence. It
seems there was an extenuating circum-
stance to the killings: none of the vic-
tims spoke English.
The movie ends with the convicted man
walking free, seeking an obscure job
in the construction field. Nobody hates
him enough to try lynching him.
Will Lt. William Calley see The Texas
Chain Saw Massacre? His dreams pro-
bably keep him amused without any
fresh blood to ponder.

Decker in the garage and the fun will
be over.
At the trial, people shout, people cry,
photos of the victims are shown. Since
the killers never show any evidence of
remorse a lynch mob stops the trial and
strings them up. Brutal, but God knows
they deserved it.
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre sure

close for protection. The killers shoot
the woman causing her to drop the child.
An M16 blast destroys the baby instant-
2) A teenage girl is raped repeatedly
by the killers. Although she doesn't die,
her sex organs have been torn apart by
the cruel men. They lay her down and
place a patch, with the killer's official


Funding alternative social services

nI' in here, dear, packing for the United
Nations World Food Conference in Rome.'

Eighty-four years of editorial freedom
Edited and managed by students at the University of Michigan

Thursday, November 14, 1974

News Phone: 764-0552

420 Maynard St., Ann Arbor, Mi. 48104

Eat less or they'll starve

THE PERPETUAL starvation of the
people of Bengladesh was heav-
ily dramatized by the straight media,
the underground media, and the star-
studded Concert for Bengladesh in
1972. Most peoplehave forgotten by
now. This morning, Novpmber 14,
1974, the street cleaners of Dacca, the
capital city of Bengladesh, picked up
more than the usual refuse. The
thoroughly emaciated bodies of those
who starved the day before also had
to be collected.
Millions are starving. Sonie of
them are very old, but a frightening.
percentage are very young.
At the World Food Conference in
Rome this week, the affluent powers,
particularly the most affluent, will
be confronted with a virtual ultima-
tium! Reduce your consumption of
meat and oil or sit back and watch
the Third World starve on television.
REDUCTION IN meat consumption
would free vast quantities of
grain, the staple, food in the diet of
American cattle. Seven pounds of
News: Dan Biddle, Ken Firk, C i n d y
Hill, Claudia Kraus, Ann Marie
Lipinski, Rob Meachum, Cheryl Pi-
late, Sara Rimer, Liz Smith
Editorial Page: Marnie Heyn, Wayne
Johnson, Steve Stojic
Arts Page: David Blomquist, George
Lobsenz, David Weinberg.
Photo Technician: Steve Kagan

grain are needed to produce one
pound of beef. Cutting back oil con-
sumption is important because/pe-
troleum products are necessary to
operate farm machinery and produce
fertilizer. The 500 per cent increase
in" the price of oil since 1972 has forc-
ed the poorer nations to severely cur-
tail their purchases, much to the
detriment of the already overworked
Will the mostaffluent nation ac-
cept the. challenge? Will its people
eat less meat and buy fewer cars?
Not if the food lobbyists and General
Motors have anything to say about
government policy. That can only be
changed if the American people
themselves exert enough pressure on
their political leaders. But will the
American people take up the chal-
lenge?'Will they sacrifice to feed the
starving as willingly as they sacrifice
to fight wars? Are Americans really
the generous internationalists they
perceive themselves to be, or are they
callously selfish misers of the world's
wealth? The answer is shocking and
depressing if a recent front page poll
by the Detroit Free Press is an accur-
ate barometer of current sentiments.
THE QUESTION: "Would you be
willing to sacrifice to feed the
The answer: 40 per cent Yes, 60 per
cent No.

WHILE CITY Council main-
tains a tight grip on its
purse strings, many of Ann
Arbor's alternative social serv-
ice organizations are left fight-
ing for the crumbs. Isolated
from the local government and
alienated from each other in
competitive quest for funding,
these groups face eventual col-
lapse if they fail to locate sup-
The Local Motion fund-raising-
cooperative - one of the broad-
est community organizing ef-
forts seen in recent years here
- could boost the social services
toward self-sufficient safety as
well as provide a united front
from which to deal with City
Council. Financed primarily by
a voluntary two per cent sales
tax collected by local businesses
and donations from supporting
merchants, Local Motion plans
to offer local organizations out-
right grants or low-interest
loans based on their needs.
"We're not a charity, but a
vehicle for social change,"
stresses Michael Castleman, one
of Local Motion's organizer :
"People who use the alterna-
tive services in town have no
voice in public policy, and we
intend to end that isolation," he
According to another organiz-
er, Michael McCormick, Local
Motion (LH) intends to w rk
itself out of existence once the
city recognizes the needs of its
community services.
TO DATE, LM's membrshin
consists of 15 individual citi-
zens, 14 social service gr ps,
and four businesses. The co-op's
funds are disbursed according to
the category the member falls
into: "basic survival" which
includes housing, food, healih,
legal aid, and child care organ-
izations receives highest pmnor-

ity; second are education and
advocacy (media) concerns; and
the lowest priority is assigned
to entertainment and transpor'ta-
tion functions.
Local Motion's chief benefic-
iaries 'are its non-profit org.-n-
izational members. To join LM,
they must submit to an annual
financial audit, supply the co-
op with quarter-time volunteers;
and govern themselves collec-
tively and openly. Currently, the
Free Peoples Clinic, Community
Center Project, Ozone Haase,
Washtenaw County Legal Aid
Project, the Ann Arbor Sun, and
New World Film Co-op are vot-
ing members, while the People's
Food Co-op, Corntree Daycare
Center, Feminist Legal Serv-
ices, Women's Community Cen-
ter, and the Itemized Fruit and
Vegetable Co-op are non-voting
participants until they Oubmit
financial statements.
"WE SEE LM as providing a
means for building up welfare
services we need," says D n v e
Heritier of the .Peoples Food
Co-op. He hopes that the city
will recognize the Food Ca-op
as a public service not unlike
trash collectors.
Castleman does not anticipate
members flying the coop aftar
receiving aid, but according to
him, the Local Motion Constitu-
tion states that organiza':ions
must notify LM twormonths ie-
fore leaving.
Two categories of local busi-
nesses comprise the co-op: Sus-
taining members share yearly
profits, while collecting busi-
nessescharge the two per cent
sales tax. According to McCor-
mick, local merchants are free
to use any collecting method at
their disposal. Advertising the
tax and adding it automatically
to retail goods; r setting aside
a tin can for donations sem
the most popular methods.

"It's tremendous, the m ) s t
exciting thing _ that's ever hap-
pened for counter-cultural
groups in years," says C:,rla
Rappaport, Local Motion's Fem-
nist Federal Credit Union re-
HOWEVER, Matthew Posner
from Indian Summer Rast.ur-
ant, a staunch supporter of LM,
worries about financial account-
ability: "What prevents some-
one from collecting the tax and
pocketing it?" he asks. Pointing
at patrons beseiging his c a s h
register, he wonders how to keep
tabs on who pays and who does
not pay the two per cent con-
Most member businesses are
uncertain about their role in
Local Motion, and prefer to wa it
and see how others do commit
themselves. LB businessmen m-
clude the Feminist Federal Cre-
dit Union, Indian Summer Res-
taurant, Applerose Natural
Foods, and Rainbow Praduc-
Local Motion also welcmes
corporate businesses - wi h

about Local Motion which they
view as a money-saving auirr-
native to funding several s)cial
"It's one of the prograins
dearest to my \heart!" com-
ments City Councilman Louis
Belcher (R-Fifth Ward). He re-
commends that the city ma'--h
Local Motion's funds with re-
venue sharing monies expected
this July.
"No one to my knowledge on
Council has spoken against Lo-
cal Motion," he added.
Second Ward) who was instru-
mental in forming LM believes
that Local Motion will succeed
if students and Ann Arbor's mid-
dle class cooperate.
"Local Motion cannot afford
to forget that it depends on
these people, for the bulk of irs
funding," she stressed. One of
LM's purposes, she adds, is to
educate students on the plight
of the city's low income resi-
Based on successful . fund-
raising cooperatives throug'1ivut

al groups and contributing busi-
nesses elect one board repre-
sentative, while individual mem-
bers and collecting busine ses
may elect up to 25 per cent of
the board.
The notion for Local Motion
developed when the GOP domin-
ated City Council eliminated so-
cial service funding in order to
solve last winter's budget de-
ficit. Organizations hurt by the
cutbacks met with Kozaclvenko
last Spring; and designed a co-
operative reflecting lessons
learned from the now-defunct
Madison (Wisc.) Sustaining
Fund which 'raised $1000 p e r
month through a voluntary tax
and salary checkoff plan in 1972.
Yet that organization's pji-
tical structure permitted fic-
tionalization - tyranny of the
minority - to grind operations
to a halt and alienating t n e
community. In addition, mem-
ber representatives were lazy
and rarely attended the lengthy
Board meetings.-
THUS LOCAL Motion's sN-s-

"We're not a charity, but a vehicle for social change. People who
use alternative services in this town have no voice in public policy,
and we intend to change that."
--Michael Castlemnan, Local Motion organizer
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some reservations.
"There is a strong f e l1 n g
against corporations not o n-
trolled by the community, and
if they're exploitive - l i k e
McDonald's not paying the min-
imum wage - we might have
some questions," explains Cas-
Individual city residents join
the co-oprby donating $1 and
some labor yearly. ts
City officials are enthusiastic

the U.S., Local Motion is a cql-
lective democratic coatiion,
largely based on the volunt, er
labor of its members. A staff of
two half-time coordinators and
five committed volunteerstwill
form the nucleus of fund-raising
collecting, and monitoring ef-
forts, and all spending decisions
will be approved by a 61 per
cent vote of LM's Board of Di-
rectors which represents Oe
various members. Organization-

tem is designed, explains Mc-
Cormick, to discourage its use
as a political,.forum.
Local Motion is a worthy en-
deavor in the cooperative soirit.
Hopefully, infighting and com-
munity apathy"will not plague
it. The co-op Board of Directors
meets every Sunday at 7:30 in
the William St. Community

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ExuberantCleveland Quartet
gives powerful performance


There are only a few great
string quartets. It is difficult to
bring together that combination
of individual talent, musical
taste, and ability to work and
perform together in four dis-
parate people.
But the Cleveland Quartet, in
a stunning concert in the Cham-
ber Arts Series at Rackham last
night, showed an enthusiastic
audience that it indeed aspires
to be one of the great quartets.
The four artists, first violin-
ist Donald Weilerstein, second
violinist Peter Salaff, violist
Martha Strongin Katz, and cell-
ist Paul Katz, are perhaps the
brightest stars in the constella-
tion of emerging young Ameri-
can quartets.
Their enthusiasm for the pro-
gram of Mozart, Ives, and Schu-
bert was boundless and infec-
Artists and audience alike
felt the exuberance of perform-
ance and the intense fire which
characterized their interpret a-
The first piece on last night's
program was Mozart's Adagio
and Fugue in C Minor, original-
ly written for two pianos, and
later transcribed by the com-
poser for string orchestra.
A work of baroque, almost
Mandelian maiped- it 1nds it-

self well to the string orches-
tra, but perhaps less well to
the string quartet. The Cleve-
land, however, exposed the deli-
cate writing in the work with a
clearness of texture that would
have been lost in a performance
by a larger group.
At times, the sheer physical
energy of the four musicians
seemed a bit strained, especial-
ly at the beginning of the fugue,
where the cello must belt out
the subject in the lower regis-
ter. But on the whole the per-
formance was superb, with the
rich sound of the four blending
almost symphonically.
But if the Mozart was su-
perb, the Ives Second Quartet
was the show stopper. This
work by America's great insur-
ance salesman-musical genius,
whose centennial we celebrate
this year, is a compendium of
harsh atonality, musical jokes,
and a 19th century version of
"Name that Tune."
First violinist Weilerstein per-
formed a somewhat of a Leon-
ard Bernstein role in giving tne
audience a short lecture on the
humorous intracies of the work
and Ives' voliminous musical
and ion-musical directions.
The work has three move-
ments, labeled "Discussions,"
"Arorument. " and "The Calo nf

the Mountains." The meanings
are literal, for there is a lot of
musical fighting going on be-
tween the four players, who
represent four men arguing
about some political topic.
Snatches of "Columbia, the
Gem of the Ocean," "Marching
through Georgia," and "Dixie"
can be heard through the dis-
sonant Ives writing.
The second movement is par-
ticularly interesting, for. in it,
the second violinist portrays a
musical traditionalist, given to
playing long sweet cadenzas,
while the rest of the quartet
angrily cuts him off with atonial
chords. Ives calls this coarac-
ter "Rollo Finck" and violinist
Salaff played his part to a hilt.
In the cadenzas, Salaff was
appropriately romantic n n d
even a bit decadent. The rest
of the quartet also handled
their devilish parts with
The final work of the evening
was Franz Schubert's Quartet
in D Minor, also known as the
"Death of the Maiden" quartet.
That famous song makes its en-
trance in the slow movement
as the subject for a series of
gorgeous variations.
In the Schubert, the Cleve-
land had little problem witn the
vast technical demands of the

Loren De Sica

Film director IeSica
dies in Paris at 72,

Associated Press Writer
ROME-Vittorio de Sica, the
Italian director who chose
street people to star 'in many
of his films and whose stark
portrayal of life won Oscars for
Bicycle Thief and three other
movie landmarks, died in his
home in Paris on Wednesday.
He was 72.
The death was announced in
Rome by producer Carlo Ponti.
He'~ sajid De ;pica was ~in Paris

Loren told, newsmen in Paris.
"I can't believe it's true. There
are no words to express my
pain and my sorrow over this
irreparable loss for the cine-
ma, for Carlo Ponti and also
for me.
Along with Roberto Rossellini
,nd Luchino Visconti, De Sica
led Italy's neorealistic wave,
ushering in a new era of movie
making. He described the
movement as "the poetry of
real life."

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