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14e £friian Da4
Eighty-two years of editorial freedom
Edited and managed by students at the University of Michigan

A stand on the Star-Spangled Banner

420 Maynard St., Ann Arbor, Mich.

News Phone: 764-0552

Editorials printed in The Michigan Daily express the individual opinions of staff writers
or the editors. This must be noted in all reprints,
SATURDAY, JANUARY 27, 1973

Rate hike justified

UTP UP, AND AWAY! seems to be the
University's latest theme song con-
cerning tuition and dorm rates. Though
one is tempted to start screaming about
these hikes, they do appear justified.
An unfortunate fact of life is that the
cost of university services, like the cost of
everything else, is constantly rising. Nix-
on, in recently removing price freezes
made this even more so.
In a report submitted to .John Feld-
kamp, director of University Housing, by
his associate director Claude Orr, pro-
jected payroll increases and other serv-
ice hikes were presented which apparent-
ly explain the necessity of raising dorm
rates by as much as $100 in some cases.
For instance, Orr's study anticipates an
increase of up to five and a half percent
for dining room employees within the
following year. Wages for custodian la-
bor personnel are expected 'to increase
by approximately 12.7 percent.
Besides labor costs, food costs are also
higher than before, as anyone who shops
for food surely knows. The University
expects an increase of 5.75 percent in
food costs.
Furthermore, the consumption of elec-
trical energy seems to have increased,
which besides causing a fuel shortage has
consequently caused costs to rise.,
In his report, Orr estimates that "the
overall utility cost will increase six per-
cent" and he notes that telephone costs
may increase as much as ten percent.
The situation is unfortunate for all in-
volved. No one really wants to pay more
for material goods, and yet no one wants
to lose money either. It is a vicious circle
which the University is unable to stop,
and really shouldn't be expected to stop.
Which is not to say that the Univer-
sity is not attempting to cut operating
costs. Feldcamp and Orr have composed
Editoal Staff
SARA FITZGERALD
Editor
PAT BAUER ........Associate Managing Editor
LINDSAY CHANEY................Editorial Director
MARK DILLEN................ .. .Magazine Editor
I4NDA DREEBEN. Associate Manging Editor
TAMMY JACOBS ... .............. Managing Editor
ARTHUR LERNER...::........... Editorial Director
ROBERT SCHREINER Editorial Director
GLORIA JANE SMITH.................Arts Editor
PAUL TRAVIS .... . Associate Managing Editor
ED SUROVELL ....................Books Editor
ARTS STAFF: Herb Bowie, Rich Glatzer. Donald
Sosi.
NIGHT EDITORS: Robert Barin. Jan Benedetti. Di-
ane Levick, Jim O'Brien, Chris Parks, Charles
Stein, Ted Stein.
COPY EDITORS: Meryl Gordon, Debra Thal.
EDITORIAL NIGHT EDITORS: Fred Shell Martin
Stern.{
DAY EDITORS: Dave Burhenn, Jim Kentch, Marilyn
Riley, Judy Ruskin, Eric Schoch, Sue Stephen-
son, Ralph Vartabedian, Becky Warner.
TELEGRAPH/ASSOCIATE NIGHT EDITORS: Prakash
Aswani, Gordon Atcheson, Laura Berman, Penny
Blank, Dan Blugerman, Bob Burakoff, Beth Eg-
nater, Ted Evanoff, Cindy Hill, Debbie Knox,
Zachary Schiller, Marcia Zoslaw.
SALES: Dave Burleson, Bob Fischer, Karen Laakko,
Ray Nurmt, Alexandra Paul, Ricki Rusting, Mike
Treblin, Debbie Whiting.
STAFF WRITERS: Howard Brick Lorin Labardee, Ka-
thy Ricke, Eugene Robinson, Linda Rosenthal,
David Stoll, Terri Terrell.

a list of four possibilities for achieving
this effect, which though rejected at the
present due to potential faults, may end
up being consolidated by the University
in the forseeable future.
FIRST, THEY suggested that the dorms
eliminate weekend feeding. By
merely providing meals Monday through
Friday, approximately $75 per student
could be saved, Feldkamp and Orr re-
ported. However, at the same time, this
might have disastrous effects on occu-
pancy besides resulting in layoffs of
service employees.
The second suggestion, to consolidate
weekend feeding, would require West
Quad residents to eat at South Quad,
Mosher-Jordan at Stockwell, etc. and
would save about $15 per student. How-
ever, they also admitted that it might
alter the occupancy of the affected halls
whilealso causing layoffs of service em-
ployees.
Thirdly, Feldkamp and Orr suggested
that the dorms reduce their reserve pro-
grams. This would be counter to all pre-
vious rate study recommendations and
while it might save $25-75, it could very
easily decrease student satisfaction and
adversely affect occupancy.
Their fourth recommendation was to
eliminate the security system and save
about $10 per student. However, the cre-
ation of a security force had strong resi-
dent support and its elimination might
reduce occupancy if eliminated.
This entire affair boils down to the
fact that no one scapegoat can be singled
out. Our current rate of inflation is a
sad fact of life that must be faced up
to, whether one likes it or not. Hope-
fully such rate increases will not consti-
tute a set pattern for the future.
-SUE STEPHENSON
The last winner
A S WE GO TO press tonight, battles
are still being fought in Vietnam-
supposedly for the last time. Rare is the
battle when no one is hurt-when no
one dies. Cynical as it sounds, It is still a
safe bet to say that some young man
will receive the dubious and unwanted
distinction of being the last one to die
in the war that nobody wanted.
It is ironic that during a period of
hoop-la about lotteries, the draft lot-
tery was the only one no one wanted to
win, for to win was to ultimately lose, one
way or another. Superficially it sounds
callous to say, but: May he (whoever
"he" be) be the last "winner." Forever.
-L.R.
TIodIay's staff:
News: Debbie Allen, Gordon Atcheson,
Angela Balk, Ted Evanoff, Sara Fitz-
gerald, Debbie Good, Marilyn Riley,
Paul Travis
Editorial Page: Bill Heenan, Linda Rosen-
thal, Martin Stern
Arts Page: Sara Rimer, Jeff Sorenson
Photo Technician: Tom Gottlieb

By JAMES WECHSLER
IN A TIME when cynicism, inertia a n d
cowardice often seem to dominate poli-
tical life, it is inspiring to have a re-
minder that an outrageous affront can still
evoke instant boldness and plain speech
among elected officials.
Such reassurance has come in the quick,
red-blooded response of at least 20 New
York City Council members and many oth-
ers to the announcement that "The Star-
Spangled Banner" would not be played at
the Olympic Invitation track meet to be
held next month at Madison S q u a r e
Garden.
There appears to be little real d o u b t
that this decision was prompted by the
contretemps over the failure of black ath-
letes to rise when the anthem was played
recently at the Knights of Columbus meet
in the Nassau Coliseum. Eyewitnesses re-
ported that many in the crowd reacted with
almost violent fury, and the offenders were
barred from their (relay) race.
The next day the front page of The Times
gave appropriate prominence to the extra-
ordinarily ill-timed action of the sponsors
of the local, Olympic competition. But those
who believe that "anything goes" in this
permissive age were to learn better swiftly.
So vast was the ensuing storm that, within
24 hours, the decision had to be reversed.
IN A SENSE it may be unfair to single
out some who spoke up courageously and
unequivocally; others whose press releases
were unpublished may be unjustly suspect-
ed of craven silence and indifference. Nev-
ertheless, it is hard to refrain from citing
some of the representative pronouncements
that reflect both the political valor and
depth of conviction of their authors.
Thus Sen. James Buckley (R-C, N.Y.),
who might have evaded the issue by citing
the pressure of Senate business, sent a tele-
gram to the meet's promoters saying:
"Your arbitrary decision to dismiss the na-
tional anthem runs counter to the feelings of
millions of sports fans in the New York.

capitlation, a spokesman for the Veterans
of Foreign W ors had warned that the event
would be boycotted by his members.
Some may persuasively contend that the
proposed legislation does not go far enough.
It will be pointed out, for example, that one
reason why the playing of the anthem has
been abandoned at some athletic festivals is
that too many in the audience do not joinin
the singing. The emotion stirred by this con-
troversy, however, may well stimulate mov-
es to make vocal participation by the aud-
ience and the athletes no less obligatory
than orchestral (or canned) rendition of the
music.
It may also call attention to the incongru-
ity that theaters, concert halls and other
cultural assemblages ignore the example
of the sporting world and abstain from any
recognition of the anthem. This is clearly
the time to deal with that oversight. (At
least something comparable to the British
tradition in which many audiences stand
and proclaim 'God Save the Queen' before
the curtain rises might be considered, al-
though 'God Save President Nixon' might
be deemed an infelicitious double-entendre
in the present political climate. Recital of
the Pledge of Allegiance might be a wor-
thy compromise.)
IF I HAVE seemed to address myself
at some length to this issue, it is because
I have so often devoted this space to un-
generous, even carping disparagement of
public officialdom. Perhaps too many times
I have decried what seemed to me a pre-
vailing unresponsiveness to the condition of
slum-dwellers and other social ills. Let it
not be said that I failed to take adequate
note of the spontaneous way in which so
many of our civic leaders, distaining poli-
tical risk, have risen to this challenge to
the anthem.
James Wechsler is the editorial page edi-
for of the New York. Post. Copyright
1973, New York Post Corporation.

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Should respect for the National Anthem be mandatory?

City area. These fans deserve as much
consideration as a small group of disgrunt-
led athletes whose rude and uncivil be-
havior during the playing of our national
anthem in other events has so obviously
influenced you."
Perhaps especially memorable, however,
were the voices emanating from the City
Council - a body sometimes charged with
indolence and timidity on great issues.
Thus Council majority leader Thomas
Cuite of Brooklyn announced he was join-
ing 19 of his colleagues in promptly back-
ing a bill that would make it illegal to
"commence any sporting event open to the
public, and for which admission is charged,
without first playing the national anthem,
either by live musicians or by mechanical
reoroductions."
Queens Councilman and Democratic coun-

ty chairman Matthew Troy, in an unusual
gesture of interborough solidarity, warmly
declared his support for the measure. While
expressing appreciation that constitutional
questions might be raised about enforce-
ment of such a statute in privately-owned
arenas, he added: "Let's try it. I basically
think it is a disgrace that we have to go
mandating the playing of the national an-
them. We should be proud to play it."
IN SIMILAR VEIN Councilman Theodore
Silverman of Brooklyn said the hour had
come "for all the people to remember that
we are all Americans - the wishes of a
handful of athletes have evidently taken
precedence over the rights of New York-
ers to hear the national anthem."
Before the Olympic group annotinced its

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Letters
To The Daily:
REGARDING TERRY Martin's,
article on Mediatrics in Wednes-
day's Daily, I feel it has become
necessary to clarify just why UAC
decided to enter the movie busi-
ness, to show movies such as My
Fair Lady this week and Andro-
meda Strain next week, and to
charge only 75c.
The answer is part of my inter-
pretation of UAC's function in the
university community. UAC was
set up to provide an atmosphere
outside the purely academic one,
which is necessary for a well-
rounded student body life. Each
year UAC receives funds to bring
activities that the students can
participate in and enjoy. Some
of our more successful ventures
are the Daystar concert series, the
Future Worlds lecture series, and
in the area of theatre, Soph Show,
Musket, and a new group, Michmi-
mers, which is doing Play It
Again, Sam in early February. The
goals of all these are the same:
to use student-funded money in a
non-profit way to meet the desires
of students.
One area UAC has ignored in
the past was films. We kept out of
films because we felt it was ade-
quately covered by other groups.
Unfortunately, the Orson Welles
Society came along two years ago,
and not only made personal profit
using University facilities but also
gave Ann Arbor a bad name
among national film distributors.
I HAVE no grudge against any
other film group. My only concern
is that groups wanting to run
movies on University facilities,
paying the same rental costs as
other University organizations
(UAC included), should not do so
for personal profit. If such a
group wants to make a killing it
can buy a theatre and show movies
as a private enterprise, not a Uni-
versity group.
SFriends or Newsreel are making
a personal profit on University fa-
cilities. UAC Mediatrics would like
to stop this practice. Any money
we make will be poured back into
the student interest through UAC.
We are already looking into con-
tinuous free movies during finals.
Students should have a choice.
Hopefully I have made the right
choices in choosing office hits. If I
am wrong, being a member of a
non-profit student organization, I
am open to criticism. I would ap-
preciate any comments, favorable
or unfavorable.
I know I speak for all UAC of-
ficers in our desire to make UAC
above all responsive to the stu-
dents.
-Mark Lo Patin
Jan. 26
Oppressed people
To The Daily:
THE OPPRESSIVE policies of
the Soviet Union toward certain re-
ligious and national groups is well
known. Baptists and Jews, among
others, have been denied the basic
rights ernntd them h the Sniet

UAC entertain

more than they have.
There is legislation pending in
Congress, (the Jackson Amend-
ment in the Senate and the Vank
Bill in the House) which w o u d
deny most-favored-nation (MFN)
status to any country with such
emigration policies. The MFN sta-
tus provides for tariff reductions
and trade incentives.
A GROUP of students on campus
have organized to co-ordinate and
encourage support for these pieces
of legislation. It is vital that the
U.S. refuse to reward countries
that deny its citizens the funda-
mental right to emigrate. Student
support in these efforts is desper-
ately needed if we are to achieve
our goal. We hope that gtudents
will sign the petition we have in
the fishbowl for the Jackson-Vanik
Amendment, and write their con-
gressperson to let them know of
student support for the bill.
-Gerry Gorelick
Harriet Breitbart
Jan. 2S

Abandoned petst
To The Daily:
HAVE YOU ever abindoned your
pet thinking some soft-hearted oer-
son wo"ld find and care for it or
"not bothered" to search for your
pet when it strayed. If so, this
letter is for you.
We have only lived here a year
but, briefly, as the story goes ... .
an ad appeared in the paper that
a young crippled, orange male cat
named "Ivan" had become 1 o s t.
The owners were contacted and
told where Ivan could be found.
They never came for him and
three years later, Ivan has never
left.
Being crippled, he is vulnerable
to other cats' attacks and has been
beat-up almost daily. He has lost
all his bottom teeth and can't use
his mouth for defense or to find
food. His tail is crushed and he
sports many other reminders of
three years of neglect.
Two weeks ago Ivan's entire

nent expla
neck was torn open from his chin your ani
to his chest. The wound is t w o ing to m
inches wide and the muscles are animals
gone, leaving his organs exposed. And to
His pelt was ripped from his body abandon
but still attached. He holds this has prop
hanging pelt in his mouth when he turned to
walks to keep it from dragging "Ivans"
on the ground. Since he is terribly homes.
frightened of people and can't be-.D
caught and helped, we have beenJ
leaving food out for him (as we
have for the past year) laced with
antibiotics. Maybe Ivan will be
strong enough to make it. Maybe To TheI
he will die of infection. Regardless, A REC
his past three years of misery and page di
suffering could have been avoided thoigh it
had his owners shown responsibil- satire. I
ity and humaneness. . money b
and $484
SO, TO YOU who have abandon- good ho
ed an animal in the past, (or have and ther
the potential of abandoning one) dogs. Ma
stop and think of Ivan. most mi

ned

mal and what is happen-
any abandoned or strayed
right now.
o you who would never
your pet; make sure he
per I.D. so he can be re-
o you if he strays. Not all
come from negligent
David and Lynda Rende
Jan. 24
Not amused
Daily:
CENT blurb on your front
d not at all amuse me,
seemed to be intended as
t concerned a dog le f t
by a spinster from bonds,
a year did not assure a
me for the unfortunate pet,
,as turned over to a pound
e cruelly killed by other
ay I say that you have a
splaced sense of humor?

AI

.r

He is not an exception but an -Edward Weber
example of what could happen to Jan: 25

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