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Local Motion
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By MICHAEL CASTLEMAN
Local Motion (LM) will be
launching a full-tilt membership
drive at its first biannual Com-
munity Fair. The alternative
community funding cooperative
and an array of local musical
talent will be on hand to cele-
brate the kick-off of LM's vol-
untary fUnd raising February
15 from noon until 5 p.m. at
Community High School (Old
Jones School, N. Division be-
tween Ann and Lawrence).
The non-profit, non-partisan
corporation's members work co-
operatively to raise funds and
ensure that oft-neglected human

auling
services such as legal aid, child
care, health care, crisis inter-
vention, youth, gay, and wo-
men's services can prosper and
grow in Ann Arbor.
Duringthe Fair, memberships
to LM will be sold and individ-
ual members will elect an at-
large community board. The
29 LM member organizations
will present booths displaying
their activities and entertain-
ment will include a LM slide
show and musical acts featur-
ing the Skunk Misery String
Band, Autumn, Rachel Glad-
stone, Dede Palazzola, the Har-
desty Brothers and Catherine

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Dietkoff. Child care will be pro-
vided and food will be sold.
LM raises its money through
a strictly voluntary 2 per cent
surcharge on retail goods and
services. Participating busi-
nesses collect the surcharge
from customers who would like
to support the organizations they
consider in their interests.
Businesses convert the re-
venue into grants or loans which
they present to LM on a bi-an-
nual basis.
Local businesspeople are pre-
sently being contacted concern-
ing arrangements for actual col-
lection of the surcharge. If you
work at, or own a local busi-
ness and would like to serve as
an LM collection agent (or help
out in any way), contact the
LM office Tuesdays or Thurs-
days from 1 - 5 p.m.
A broad base of community
participation is vital to the suc-
cess of LM. The organization
does not ask that businesses
contribute any of their own
money, but to serve as acollec-
tion vehicle for their customrs
who want to recycle funds into
organizations they consider im-
portant.

FME MILWAUKEE JOURNAL

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"The non-profit, non-partisan corporation'
members work cooperatively to raise funds
and ensure that oft-neglected human serv-
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State Of The Educational Union

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

Army keeps wraps on
silicone strategy
By DICK WEST
WASHINGTON (UPI) - No sensible person would quarrel with
the concept of civilian control over the military establishment,
but' this arrangement does present certain difficulties.
Chief among the problems is the fact that the civilian over-
seers are not always well versed in military affairs.
Things that through civilian eyes appear unrelated to the
defense effort may from a military viewpoint have strategic
significance.
Face-lifting and bust-enlarging operations, for example.
In a recent news release, Rep. Les Aspin, D-Wis., reported
that plastic surgeons in the armed forces are performing almost
800 such operations a year.
Beneficiaries of the beautification program are, for the most
part, wives of admirals and generals, he surmised.
Aspin indicated these findings had left him disquieted if not
aghast. He said, "I thought military surgeons were supposed to
practice military medicine."
AS A MEMBER of the House Armed Services Commission, Aspin
should have known that face-lifting and bust-enlarging have a
direct bearing on national defense.
I can't get into too many details because classified information
is involved, but two facts may be noted without breaching
security:
-The material used in bust-enlargement operations is silicone.
-This is not the only reason silicone is a strategic material.
It also is used by the military to seal rocket boxes on aircraft
and tank engines: it stays flexible enough to reseal bomb-bay
doors after they open at high altitude; and it is used to insulate
communications cables on naval vessels.
Now suppose the Pentagon decided it would be prudent to
stockpile a certain amount of silicone for emergency purposes.
And suppose it wanted to do this in such a way that the Soviet
Union would not know the stockpile existed.
WELL, THE WIVES of our admirals and generals unquestion-
able are highly patriotic and undoubtedly could be counted on to
volunteer as silicone repositories.
And what of the face-lifting?
Well, if large numbers of middle-aged military wives suddenly
turned up exceedingly bosomy, the Soviets might get suspicious.
But if they had simultaneously fact-lifts to make them look
younger, the bust line expansion would not seem so unusual.
For reasons already stated, I dare say no more on this
subject. And if Aspin has any regard for military security, he
will drop it too.
Dick West is a columnist for United Press International.

The LM officers are located
at 225 E. Liberty in the same
building as sister organizaton
her-self, the Feminist C re d i t
Union, Lesbians Opening, Sun-
structures, and the Free Peo-
ple's Clinic. In an effort to min-
imize overhead costs, LM woulJ
greatly appreciate donatians of
unwanted furniture,plants, and
filing cabinets and other office
equipment.
Concerned citizens will s e e
that LM makes sense for the
entire community. Those sml
amounts of money which are
contributed add up to big bucks
when recycled into organiz-rins
which provide for basic hum-rn
needs at little or no cost.
The LM logo symbol, a switt

Friday, February 14, 1975

News Phone: 764-0552

multi-seater bicycle pedae by
women, men, young, old, olack,
and while, highlights LMs im-
portant concepts - the bicycle,
a vehicle that eases the load
of local survival since it is
ecologically sound, is powered
by the united energies of many
different kinds of people.
So watch for LMs leaflets an-
nouncing the fair and come cele-
brate this cause with friends.
Local Motion is working to
make social change, not just
collect charity.
Michael Castleman is a Local
Motion volunteer and former
co-ordinator of the Free Peo-
Ple's Clinic.

Strike: Agonizer 's nightmare

By BILL PERRY
By WEDNESDAY morning, my mind w a s
made up: I had to cross the picket lines. So
I preteended it was like any other Wednesday
morning and went through the routine motions of
pulling myself out of bed and 'trudging off to
class. I would not see or hear the strikers.
Not that I didn't sympathize with the G.E.O.
that morning. I always had a feeling for the
underdog. Deep down inside Iasupported them,
for a number of personal reasons. But there
were other considerations - there always are-
that had to take precedence. Other priorities,
you might say.
I am an undergraduate. I pay good money to
go to this school. I want a degree. Most of all,
I love the theatre concentration I'm working
on. I really enjoy what I am doing at this
university. I supose a lot of students can't hon-
estly say that.
And there was a girl waiting for me in the
Frieze Building. We we-e suppsed to do a skit
together for a Radio-T.V. class. I felt obli-

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Wanted: Students at polls

gated to her. If I did not show up, she would
have to take the loss as much as I.
I tried to hammer this into my conscience
as I walked to class. I am a bit of a "softie" on
things like this, and I knew that I might back
down and walk away if they tried to talk me
out of crossing the lines. They might get at my
conscience.
I STOPPED when I saw the strikers. They
were doing a good job of covering all the en-
trances. I walked around the building once, just
to make sure.
One came up to me and asked if I was planning
on going in. I told him I was sorry, but I simply
had priorities to keep in mind. There was a
girl waiting for me inside. He suggested that
perhaps she didn't come. I was beginning to
hope he was right.
So I waited outside for a while, looking for her,
looking at my watch, looking at the strikers.
I think a few of them were talking about me.
They knew I was having trouble.
I realized in a few minutes that the girl was
probably already inside by now. She did say
she was going to class. I wasn't waiting any
longer. So I turned around, looked at the strik-
ers and headed for the doors.
"Please support the G.E.O. Please don't go in-
side. Please honor the picket lines."
I DID support them. I wanted them to win.
But I had priorities.
I closed my mind to them, and went inside.
I hope this thing is over soon.
Bill Perry is a junior with a double major in
Speech and American History.

FOR MOST OF US, primary elec-
tions just don't inspire great
feelings of civic obligation. Primar-
ies don't elect anyone, at least not
directly, and they usually confuse
voters with a plethora of little known
candidates from which they must, in
their infinite, and usually ill-
informed wisdom, choose.
On Monday, city-primary elections
will be held. There hasn't been a lot
of publicity or fanfare about the bal-
loting. Only three wards are hav-
ing races; the Democrats in the first
ward, The Human Rights Party in
the second, and the Republicans in
the third.
The bright spotlight of publicity
hasn't illuminated these candidates,
and voter turnout will probably be
dismal. If past elections are any sort
of a guide, voting stations in student
precincts will be the lonliest places
Editorial positions represent
consensus of the Daily staff.
TODAY'S STAFF:
News: Susan Ades, Gorden Atcheson,
Stephen Hersh, Andy Lilly, Pauline
Lubens, Jo Marcotty, Stephen Selbst
Editorial Page: Paul Haskins, S t e v e
Ross, Steve Stojic
Arts Page: George Lobsenz
Photo Technician: Sue Scheiner

in town three days from now.
THREE YEARS AGO, the politics
of this city were transformed by the
newly introduced factor of student
voters. The possibilities for change
appeared limitless at the time. Pri-
orities and budgets, the nuts and
bolts of city politics were opened to
student participation for the first
time.
The early glow of enfranchisement
wore quickly, though. Succeeding
elections began to show a pattern of
student apathy. Voter registration
rolls in campus precincts fell as in-
coming freshpersons either did not
care to vote here, or did not even
bother to try.
The pattern of apathy reached a
low in the November elections, when
it was revealed that turnout in non-
student precincts outweighed stu-
dent turnout two or three times over.
THE PROCESS of deterioration
must be reversed, and the time to
end it is on Monday. Primaries may
not be very exciting, but they offer
a real chance for basic input into
the policies of our community.
Vote in the primary elections next
Monday, and if you aren't registered
to vote, take that necessary step.
There used to be an oft-repeated slo-
gan that went "Vote-use the power".
Unless you want to see that power
vanish, go to the polls.

Letters: Anti-GEO article short-sighted

,MAKI PS ULLISH ON 4.4EfRtCA

response
To The Daily:
AS A GROUP of GSA's and
student supporters of GEO in
the Economics Department we
would like to respond to the
hypocritical and self-serving let-
ter of Everett Ehrlich and Jer-
ry Caprio which appeared in to-
day's Daily. They assert t h a t
GSA's derive from the most
privileged strata of society and
will occupy high-paying posi-
tions of power in the future.
While they may characterize
themselves it is hardly an ac-
curate characterization of most
GSA's.
Strike support for GEO varies
inversely with the likelihood of
graduates from a particular de-
partment becoming professional
of management personnel. It
is strongest in those depart-
ments whose members are most
likely to occupy proletar:anized
positions with little power such
as Romance Languages, Pis-
tory, etc. It is weakest where
people are mostly likely !o be-
come professionals or other high
level positions, such as in the
Engineering and Business
Schools. Economics occupies a
half-way house and support for
GEO is split down the middle. It
is extremely distasteful for in-
dividuals such as Ehrlich and
Caprio who will soon be oc-
cupying high-paying p'ofessin-
al jobs to presume that others
are as privileged as tnry. To
pose their arguments in pseudo-
radical guise is even more dis-
gusting and sophistic, espec-
ially if they undermine the or-
ganizing efforts of others who
do not expect to get or even
go after high-paying jobs when
they graduate.
Low pay and high tuiti)n for
GSA's makes it difficult and
even impossible for those with

of the white, the male, and the
middle-class, GEO is bargain-
ing for affirmative action.
It is true that, as students,
GSA's are not part of the work-
ing class but, with some excep-
tions, neither are they capital-
ists. As GSA's these same grad-
uate students are workers -
they form part of the wage earn-
ing class. In any community
there exists a multiple of con-
tradictions but there is always
one principal contradiction in
the relationship between classes.
In this cast the principal con-
tradiction is that between the
University as capitalist em-
ployer and graduate employee
as worker, one of the many ex-
ploited groups of worke:s with-
in the University. To the extent
that GSA's, whatever their fam-
ily class origins, align t h e m-
selves on the side of labor they
should be supported, just as
one would always support an in-
dustrial union against a capital-
ist employer, even when one
might oppose many of the ur.-
ion's specific policies. To not
support labor against capital is
to be on the side of capital!
The issue of control over one's
own work environment is of
vital importance. Can the ad-
ministration autocratica~ly, ar-
bitrarily, and high-handedly iun
the University in the interest of
its comporate masters of do
other groups within the Unitier-
sity such as students, clericals,
service workers, faculty, and
GSA's have a legitimate input
into University decision mak-
ing?
Thus, those who oppe the
GEO strike implicitly want to
maintain this University as a
bastion of privilege and movied
class, since in doing so they op-
pose increased wages, joo crn-
trol and security for the GSA's,
they oppose affirmative act on,
they oppose the improvement in

Bruce Steinberg, Lipda Lim,
Larry Herman, Judy Gordon,
Mark Browning, Andy Mason,
Jesse Hall, Bob Miller
February 12
undergrads
To The Daily:
AS AN undergraduate, strong-
ly and actively supporting the
GEO strike, I would like to re-
spond to Daily editorial writ-
er Wayne Johnson's statement
for undergraduates not to sup-
port the strike. Mr. Johnson's
attitude is based on a very com-
mon, but unfortunate, misunder-
standing of the issues. His back-
ward mentality has been condi-
tioned for years of social pres-
sures designed to divide a n d
isolate us from one another. The
division between graduate sl1u-
dents who have jobs as TFs aiid
undergradutes is, in fact, an
artificial one, ignoring our real
solidarity as students togeiher
trying to force this university
to respond to demands fir an
improved educational life.
AN UNDERSTANDING of
what the strike is really all
about will clarify the issue of
undergraduate support. T7h e
GEO economic demands ara so
moderate as to be almost in-
significant to the University -
amounting to something under
0.5 per cent of their budget (of
their publicized budget), which,
if granted, would still place
U of M GSAs 8th in the Big
Ten in economic benefits. The
U has never pled povertv to
GEO economic issues, they hve
never claimed they don't hlve
the money. Rather, the Univer-
sity claims its priorities 1 i e
elsewhere; that is, elsewhere
from supporting reduced class
size, quality GSAs, and quality
undergraduate education.
The concern many undergr ad-

tion fees by a tuition strike cr
other action. GEO has offered
its TF support, its power, its
entire organization to support
an undergraduate effort to low-
er tuition.
THE OTHER GEO demands
are equally moderate. Non-dis-
crimination of gay people, to
which the university principafly
agrees, but simply refuses to
write into the contract. Class
size maximum of 20 to ?5, de-
pending on the class. Four-term
job security guaranteed w 1 i1 e
other universities have e Ig h t
terms. Affirmative action, a pro-
gram that the University has
already instituted in every ,-her
hiring effort under the govern-
ment's HEW guidelines. GEO,
the only university program (in-
cluding hiring of professers,
clericals, tradespeople, etc.) not
now in affirmative ac'ilm, asks
merely to be included under
the same guidelines.
So why is the university deny-
ing these obviously supportable
and moderate demands? Cvary
the issue is not the demands
themselves. The University is
making a deliberate attack
against organized student activ-
ity. The University nw lu'ds
the power on campus, and is
squaring off against student at-
tempts to have some influence
on their own lives -- toe Uni-
versity, plainly, is threaiened by
and wants to destroy the newly-
formed union.
UNDERGRADUATE sirlpcrt
now appears justified and r.e-
cessary. We are all students
engaged collectively ini a str!.g-
gle to control our ewn lives
while at the University. TFs
may get the wage in;rease, but
we all get the personal cons-ol
that comes from our collective
victory against a Ui'rersity
that is doing everything it can

sure the University - it hurts.
Yesterday at least two classe
with 300 peple in each voted tc
close for the strike. Wher
classs close, students can re
spond by refusing to pay tuition
by calling and writing the ad-
ministration to settle the strike
quickly so that we can all gee
back to our education. When we
return though, it will be as i
slightly stronger, more unified
more self-determined studen
body, better prepared for t It i
many struggles against mstitu
tional repression yet to come
Undergraduates, join the strug
gle, join the picket lines! Sup
port your own education, sup
port GEO!
--Jay M. Goldman
February 11
disruptions
To The Daily:
AS A RESULT of several iso-
lated disturbances in the En-
gineering Buildings today, the
Engineering Council approved
the following statement of pol-
icy:
"Whereas it is the principal
aim of the Engineering under-
grads to further their educa-
tion, and
Whereas the disruption of
classes is inherently contrary
to that principal aim,
Be it resolved that the En-
gineering Council is firmly op-
posed to any persons or organi-
zations attempting to disrupt
Engineering classes, be it
through harrassment or ph;s-cal
disruption."
This policy statement is rot
to he construed as being in op-
position to GEO or to toe cur-
rent strike. We merely cppose
the disruption of Engi peer'ng
classes.
-Gary Goodykoontz

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