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West Side ...
I GET ON the airport rapid in Cleveland. It costs
me 80c. I have just gotten off the plane from
Detroit. I am on my two day spring break. I
wasted the other eight days trying to finish my
ridiculous senior thesis.
I put the latest "New Yorker" in my suitcase and
take out the pad on which I write this piece. There
is a couple in the car with me. They look like
rejects from a deodorant commercial. Perhaps their
smiles weren't wide enough. They are the only
other occupants of the train. The rest of Cleveland
stopped riding the trains when the rates went up.
Or when they lost their jobs.
We swish out of the terminal. Intermittent fluores-
cent lights reveal the smash-gray concrete walls
and the deep rain cracks. Out we go, into the brown
and gray fog of Cleveland's west side.
I see a brown swamp leading into a barren drown-
ing wood.
Then two huge gray piles of dirt-in Cleveland
dirt becomes gray and beaded-where a highway
will soon be built. The rain runs down the piles in
sad streams.
AN OLD COLORED man wearing black shoes,
white socks and a courduroy coat comes in at the
first stop. He stares at the other set of tracks. A

Long Ride...
few barren trees decorate the parking lot of the
Here come the square, aluminum, smog painted,
white painted, pre-fab factories with generic names
like "Allied," and the dirty identical rows of dirty
identical houses, with their dirty identical house-
wives cooking macaroni and cheese casseroles. I
can see into their sodden fenced off backyards, and
I wonder how they live here.
Now we are roaring into Cleveland. There are
now yellow piles of dirt, (Do they make steel from
this stuff?) huge disorganized white oil tanks, load-
ing cars, Robert Lee Ford's Body Shop, cars decom-
posing in monstrous scrap metal mountains, with the
lazy arms of the cranes slowly moving the moun-
tains, rearview mirror by rearview mirror.
THEN A SIGN, for the benefit of visitors I sup-
pose, saying that the best things in life are in
Cleveland. The sign is followed by a smog covered
mural advertising Paramount Vodka.
People seem to leave things by the tracks, and
no one seems to pick them up. I see at least four
mangled shopping carts. I think with shame of the
time after finals when we were so drunk we threw
a shopping cart from our third floor apartment.
I also see a radiator pipe, plastic orange juice bot-

low down blues
tIes, branches, splintered boards, two sopping
doubled over mattresses, a soggy cardboard box of
garbage, a bath tub with a wicked edge where the
side had been smashed, a three legged stool, a re-
frigerator door, and at least eighteen empty bags
of potato chips.
The factories are taller now, and made of brick.
We slide over an elbow of green oil, and I see ore
being lifted from one of the long Great Lakes tank-
ers. And I see the fires of the furnaces.
THE COLORED MAN with the white socks has
fallen asleep. We pass the strangely bent tower of
Diamond Jim's in the flats, and glide into the Ter-
minal Tower.
I pass out into the cold rain that is falling on Pub-
lic Square. An old bum, his hat squashed down, is
swaying to and fro over by the War Memorial.
My thesis is finished by this ride. Who could go
back to the Reserve Reading and suffer the white
lights and the red carpet after seeing Cleveland's
west side? I can't. So my thesis is finished. I want
to celebrate.
I think of my history of art class, and Raphael's
Maddonnas. Had he only seen this. Or did he?
Doc Kralik is not an obscure student struggling
to finish his thesis.



Letters: Reaction to Katzir appearance

'This is your nice friend you keep telling me holds the
key to peace over here?

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

Saturday, March 15, 1975

News Phone: 764-0552

420 Maynard St., Ann Arbor, Mi. 48104
Students: Dorms or Streets

1HERE WERE A lot of unhappy
losers in Thursday night's dorm
lottery who blasted the Housing Of-
fice's choice of game plan in coping
with the dorm room squeeze. Forced
to hit the apartment-hunting trail in
mid-March when the choice spots
have already been signed away, sev-
eral of those who lost out on dorm
spaces are contemplating drastic ac-
tion-dropping out of school or trans-
ferring to universities with friendlier
dorm set-ups.
After the Housing Office sprung the
lottery surprise on students this week,
it provided no consolation prizes for
those it left homeless. For students
who had counted on returning to the
dorms, it is disconcerting to suddenly
have to scramble for roommates and
apartments. Rather than face the ap-
partment search, many clearly prefer
to leave the University at the same
time they unwillingly leave the dorm.
Increased demand for dorm spaces
during economic hard times when off-
campus living is often more expensive
than dorms in addition to a 30 per
cent increase in freshperson applica-
tions created this year's housing
crisis. Since 4,000 students were fight-
ing for 3,000 spaces, Thursday's lot-
tery pushed 1,000 students onto the
around the dorm squeeze, side-

stepping its obligation to notify stu-
dents early of their status. It should
have made a far more concerted ef-
fort to have held the lottery before
spring break when students could
have mobilized to locate other hous-
ing. At least the Housing Office
should have urged students earlier to
explore other living options. Students
with no affinity for apa'rtments who
had counted on dorms where meals,
laundry and housekeeping are more
convenient naturally resent being
squeezed out of dorms at this late
The lottery, which gave equal
chances to students, regardless of
class, was perhaps not the fairest
method of choosing up spots. The
Housing Office could have imple-
mented a priority system which would
have given sophomores preference
over juniors and seniors. Sophomores
often do not want to relinquish the
dorm's close group living after only
a year, and it is perhaps easier for
seniors who have had the benefits of
dorm living for three years to give up
its security.
IN THE FUTURE, the Housing Of-
fice should size up the living
situation early in the year when
evicted students can begin exploring
alternatives to dorm living. This is
one lottery where the wheel was not
spun with fairness for all.

To The Daily:1
IT IS unlikely that the deci-
sion to confer an honorary de-
gree on the President of Israel
was based on his academic cre-
dentials alone. President Flem-
-ming owes his university com-
munity - students and faculty
alike - an explanation as to
why, why this man? However
we would be naive to think that
the truth would come forth
from our President's mouth. We
would hear nothing of the
strong Zionist influence that
permeates this university.
How disgusted our righteous
academicians appeared on the
podium in Rackham - horrified
that this prestigious ceremony
was sullied with shouts of
"demonstrators." How else,
may I ask, could intense dis-
approval of honoring a man
who leads the nation whose
very creation and continued ex-
istence as a Zionist state has
made millions of Palestinians
suffer the agonies of exile and
PERHAPS the demonstration
would have been more disciplin-
ed and orderly had some of our
honorable professors joined in
- as they have in the past in
demonstrations against the US
support of the slaughter in
Southeast Asia. Somehow these
same professors can compart-
mentalize their morality. They
abhor the war in Vietnam and
Cambodia but continue to give
moral support and urge military
support to Zionist Israel.
No,the demonstrators should
not hold their heads in shame,
President Fleming, for disrupt-
ing your convocation. Those'who
continue to discount the rights
of the Palestinian people to re-
turn to their homeland are the
ones who should be racked with
guilt and shame.
Yolanda Spence
March 13
To The Daily:
the University, during their
demonstration protesting the
granting of an honorary Doctor
of Laws degree to President
Katzir of Israel, called for
peace and justice in the Middle
East. The Jewish students
community on campus is will-
ing to start a dialogue with the
Arab student community on the
situation in the Middle East. In
fact, our B'nai B'rith Hillel
Foundation is the only unit on
campus,academic or otherwise,
which has held forums that dis-
cussed the opposing views in a
human, rational, and decent fa-
shion. Such a forum was held
on Sunday evening, February
23rd. The participants were
Prof. Itamir Rabinovitch, Tel-
Aviv University; and Prof.
Mitchell, U. of M. However, our
efforts have been met with noth-

tempt to distinguish between
the majority of Jews as being
religious, and a minority of
Jews being nationalists. In real-
ity, though, this distinction can-
not be made. The overwhelming
majority of the Jewish people
consider themselves Zionists.
Judaism is not just a religion,
but a world view possessed of a
deep-rooted conception of peo-
plehood centered in the Land of
Israel. The Jewish people are
united in their love and support
for the people and state of Is-
rael. By use of this slogan, anti-
semitism is now transformed
anti-Zionism. There is no dif-
ference between attacking Jew-
ish people and Zionists; they
are one. However, those who
use this slogan, purport to make
this distinction, do they really?
Are they just anti-Zionists?
slogan comes out, "Zionism, no;
Jewish people, no". This is a
line that we have learned six
million times over.
The Jewish student com-
munity would like tohave dia-
logue with the Arab student
community, but is such a dia-
logue possible in an atmosphere
of hostility and irrational fren-
zy exhibited by the demonstra-
tors against Pres. Katzir. After
the rally, at least five Jewish
students were physically attack-
ed by the demonstrators as they
left Rackham. In this atmos-
phere of violence, is rational
humane discussion possible? In
trying to stop Katzir's scholarly
talk, the Middle East Liberation
Committee has shown what will
happen to those who hold slight-
lv different views in their "free
democratic secular state of Pal-
estine", which they hope to es-
Harvey Sukenic
R'nai B'rith Hillel
To The Daily:
ON WEDNESDAY, the peo-
ple of Ann Arbor were given a
representative view of the na-
ture of the methods used by the
Palestinians and their support-

ers. Following the special con-
vocation at Rackham, which
they were asked to leave, the
pro-Palestinians milled and
marched in front of Rackham
while those who attended the
convocation were leaving. One
man who demonstrated his sup-
ported of Israel by doing no
more than unfurling an Israeli
flag, was attacked. (No such
thing happened to the holder of
the Palestinian flag.) It was
then noticed that one of the
Palestinians had brought a
wooden baseball bat. When the
possession of this weapon was
reported to the authorities, the
man who reported it was sub-
sequently surrounded by a
group of Palestinians and their
supporters who began to hit
and kick him.
WHAT KIND OF people are
these? Speaking of "rights",
they deny them to others; "de-
siring of peace", they come
armed, speaking of "peaceful
unity" they attack innocent
people. The time has come to
recognize this pseudo - revolu-
tionary and anti - humanist hy-
pocrisy for what it is. It is our
responsibility to ignore those
who come to bargain with arms.
If these people want peace and
jilstice, let them come, but let
them leave their weapons home.
Name withheld by
March 13
To The Daily:
IN YOUR editorial of the 14th
your focus on the possibility
that the speech by president
Katzir might be odious ob-
scured the conclusions drawn by
the editor, and was not a full
and accurate recounting of the
events of the afternoon. A small
number of those present found
the honoring of Katzir distaste-
ful; the majority did not. How-
ever, the Palestinians, in their
physical attack upon the photog-
rapher, and the two individuals
(who you neglected to mention)
on the steps of Rackham was
Being one of those attacked
(from the ratio of fourteen or

more of them to one of me) I
cannot find them very convinc-
ing that they would make good
neighbors in a "free democratic
state." Why, if they did not like
the results of a vote, they could
jump you! Such behavior is, af-
ter all, not without precedent.
IF ACTIONS do speak loud-
er than words, than the actions
of these Palestinians in Ann Ar-
bor are a clear statement of
their approach to the resolution
of problems, i.e. if you don't
like something, try to destroy
Do you want to live in a
world like that? That would
be odious!
Name withheld by
March 14, 1975
To The Daily:
on June 19th, 1953, two peo-
ple - Julius and Ethel Rosen-
berg were electrocuted by the
United States government, ac-
cused of conspiring to steal the
secret of the atomic bomb and
to transmit it to the Soviet Un-
ion. In the past few years
there's been a tremendous re-
surgence of interest in the Ros-
enberg Case as numerous con-
tradictions have become ap-
parent in the trial and testi-
monies of that heated, anti-
Communist, McCarthy Era.
Books (in particular Walter and
Miriam Schneir's Invitation to
An Inquest), magazine articles
and television programs have
renewed the debate about the
guilt or innocence of the Rosen-
bergs and the role of the gov-
ernment in their prosecution. A
National Committee to Re-open
the Rosenberg Case has been
formed, with local organizations
in many cities.
EVIDENCE supporting the
trial and the execution of the
Rosenbergs has become more
and more ambiguous and grows
to support the belief that the
Rosenbergs were framed in this
crime and the government con-
sciously forged evidence in or-
der to prosecute the Rosen-
bergs and Morton Sobell. He
served eighteen and a half
years in prison. The National
Committee seeks not only to
clear the names of Julius and
Ethel Rosenberg and Morton
Sobell, but to show that gov-
ernment illegal actions reach
beyond Nixon, past Johnson
and Kennedy and permeate the
activities of the FBI, and CIA
for the past twenty-five years.
The Rosenberg frame - up is
part of a larger design that has
developed most strikingly since
the end of World War II when
the foreign espionage agency,
the CIA, was created, and was
used by the government to sell
the myth to the American pub-
lic that a vast Communist con-
spiracy threatened our national
IN LIGHT OF the events of
Watergate, we believe the
American people are ready for
a reexamination of the history
that made those events possi-
ble. The reopening of the Rosen-
berg Case is an attempt to lay
bare the facts to public and
legal scrutiny. Hopefully par-
allels between past and recent
government activities will pre-
vent their recurrence. The re-
cently strengthened Freedom
of Information Act sets time
limits forcing the government
to respond ranidly to requests
for records. Robert and Mich-
ael Meerpool, the Rosenberg
sons, have made public their

dom of Information Act in con-
nection with the Rosenberg -
Sobell case. The Ann Arbor
branch of the Committee to
Re-open the Rosenberg Case
will have a table set up in the
Fishbowl on campus daily in
the week of March 17th through
21st. We will be collecting con-
tributions that will support the
funding of this ad, and distrib-
uting information in regard to
the Rosenberg Case. Books and
buttons will be available also.
Anyone interested in making a
contribution or becoming in-
volved with the Committee
should come to the Fishbowl
during that week or call one of
the following numbers: 668-6434
or 665-3508.
Marcy Fink
Ann Arbor Branch of
the National Committee
to Re-open the Rosen-
berg Case
February 26
straight talk
To The Daily:
Trowbridge's letter in today's
Daily, I think that it would be a
good thing for the Fourth Ward
Candidates to get together for
some straight talk about those
things which concern the vot-
ters in the Fourth Ward. The
only condition I would have for
such a meeting is that there
be a fair and impartial moder-
ator (surely Professor Trow-
bridge would require this of any
fair debate).
Finally, Professor Trowbridge
may "know only the side of his
own case" too well. He failed to
mention which party he repre-
sents. Just so there is no
doubt about my party affilia-
tion, I am proud to say that I
am the Democratic candidate
for the Frnirth Ward.
William Bronson
Democratic Candidate
Fourth Ward
March 12
To The Daily:
heartening turmoil and contro-
versy on the U of M campus,
one bright light shines through:
the year-long performance of
the University of Michigan Var-
sity basketball squad. To be
congratulated wholeheartedly
on an outstanding season are
the Joe Johnsons, the C. J. Ku-
pecs, the Wayman Britts, the
Steve Grotes, and the Johnny
Robinsons to name a few who
helped bring it about. But,
above everyone else, however,
the spotlight must focus on
Coach Johnny Orr for doing
such a marvelous job with, rea-
listically speaking, nothing
more than mediocre collegiate
talent. I owe an apology to Orr
who, for the first two years of
my "Michigan experience", I
downgraded as less than medi-
ocre himself. But the job he has
done the past two years in lead-
ing the UM to consecutive
NCAA plavoff berths with the
talent he has had is virtually
beyond belief. Last year, grant-
ed, he had a superstar on the
scniad, around whom he de-
ploved for adeanate, if not sen-
sational, starters. But this year,
with those same four Dlavers,
not one a legitimate All-Ameri-
can nominae, pls a few new-
comers, Orr molded a finely
tuned, homogenous, at times
sner, but alwvs exciting
sod of rondballers. To Orr
and his team: congratulations
on a job well done, and "do it
to the Bruins!" To AD Don
Cnnhan: congratulations on
tvrnine vor back on the boo-

Red Cross needs donors

GIVE BLOOD, you'll feel better for
doing it and help somebody live
longer. This year the need for the
University community to contribute
to the Red Cross is especially critical.
While the demand has met the an-
ticipated annual rise, the projected
supply has not kept pace for reasons
directly related to the faltering
Every spring the Red Cross blood
donation staff makes a tour of area
auto and other industrial plants to
collect for this most crucial cause.
Due to layoffs and cutbacks, how-
ever, collections levels this spring are
anticipated to be lower than ever,
according to area Red Cross coordina-
tor Bob Moyer.
In an effort to meet never-ending
demand the Red Cross will staff the
Michigan Union Ballroom for a third

week this year-the first time they
have done so in their many years on
walk-in basis during the week
of March 31 to April 4 from 11 a.m. to
5 p.m. Students, faculty and citizens
are asked only to bring some kind of
identification to the clinic. The Red
Cross staff will move to the St.
Thomas High School - State St.
north of Huron Ave. - on April 7
and 8. If neither of these times or
locations are convenient, you can
still give blood at the Red Cross office
at 2729 Packard.
For laid off workers and others
suffering the worst effects of the
economic hard times, the University
Hospital's Blood Bank is paying $20
for donations from acceptable donors.
If you want to find out if you are
eligible to give call the Blood Bank
971-5300 on Tuesday afternoons.
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