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

Osteo ath people:
Separate but equal


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.

End absentee SGC

ONE OF the principals of democratic
representative government is easy
accessibility to legislators - ideally
sympathetic and responsive to their con-
stituents' inquiries, problems and sug-
Three members of Student Govern-
ment Council are inaccessible and out
of reach for the vast majority of stu-
One Council member lives in Califor-
nia, another in Cleveland and a third in
Detroit. None are students enrolled in
the University. Two of them appear at
some SGC meetings, but are, despite ri-
diculous assertions to the contrary, ir-
refutably out of touch with campus and
can have no intimate contact with mat-
ters that come before the body.
The California Council member has not
attended any meetings this term. He
claims, however, that he can still com-
petently represent those who elected him
-while he is 2500 miles from Ann Arbor.
THESE SGC members, including both
an ex-SOC president and an ex-vice-

president, who have publicly stated their
commitment to humanization and re-
form of the University and radical moves
to bring government into the hands of
the people, are openly mocking the stu-
dent body when they retaih their seats
on Council in absentia.
There is no requirement in the SGC
constitution as it now stands that can-
didates for Council seats either be stu-
dents at the University, or live in the Ann
Arbor area.
This loophole - which has allowed a
travesty of student government -- must
be eliminated.
LAST WEEK SGC moved to place a con-
stitutional amendment on the No-
vember election ballot that would require
members of SGC to either be students
in the term of their election or the term
directly previous.
This is a welcome move, and long
awaited. It is time that absentee govern-
ment come to an end at the University.

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"We used to store wheat in 'em-.

THE AMERICAN MEDICAL Association is begining to eat its words
on osteopaths. As the shortage of MDs deepens faster than admi;-
sions to medical schools climb, American osteopaths are no longer
being blackballed by the AMA.
Public opinion polls show that most people who are treated by
medical doctors wouldn't consider going to an osteopath unless their
family doctor recommended it. And not many do - even though osteo-
paths are qualified to treat almost anything medical doctors are, and
perhaps more when it comes to back troubles:
Osteopaths don't think much of the whole development. Even
though some MDs and osteopathic doctors are practicing in the same
hospitals, the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) is advising its
members to remain separate.
In Ann Arbor, if an osteopath has a patient who requires hospitali-
zation for something the osteopath could treat himself, he must still
refer the patient to an MD. No osteopaths practice at either University
Hospital or St. Joseph's.
Some people think that osteopaths are quacks, or place osteopaths
in the same category astchiropractors(another issue entirely). Actually,
osteopaths receive training comparable to that of MDs. The) same
four years of pre-med courses must be completed - followed by four
years at an osteopathic school that trains students to be licensed to per-
form surgery and administer drugs.
A year of internship must also be completed, and a term of resi-
dency if the osteopath wants to specialize.
A CONTINGENT of medical doctors argues that the reason osteo-
paths choose osteopathic schools is that their academic admission stand-
ards are lower than medical schools'. But osteopaths disagree emphat-
OSTEOPATHY IS no "back door to medicine". And the AMA seems
to be agreeing. In any event, it now wants to use the facilities in osteo-
pathic schools to train its own doctors.
It is a shame that it's taken the AMA this long to realize the value
of Osteopathic treatment. Because of its "discrimination" a lot of people
who could benefit from osteopathic treatment don't trust osteopaths.
In the future if osteopaths decide to remain separate, let's at least
keep them equal.
Kathy Rieke is a staff writer for The Daily.
Biker's lament


Sorry sidewalk story:

'Watching' Cable TV

THE year of the bicycle.

1972 IS

CABLE TV is a revolutionary new means
of communication. It offers enor-
mous potential but it can be misused.
The cable system being installed in
Ann Arbor has the capability to carry
two-way signals, to the viewer and also
from the viewer.
If misused, this could mean the ad-
vent of Big Brother. With hidden cam-
eras and microphones, the cable system
could be used as a vast spying system
network. Even without the ominous po-
Editorial Staff
PAT BAUER ..............Associate Managing Editor
LINDSAY CHANEY ................Editorial Director
MARK DIJLEN ..................Magazine Editor
LINDA DREEBEN ......Associate Managing Editor
TAMMY JACOBS................ Managing Editor
LORIN LABARDEE ...............Personnel Director
ARTHUR LERNER ................Editorial Director
JONATHAN MILLER ..............Feature Editor
ROBERT SCHREINER .............Editorial Director
GLORIA SMITH ........ ..............Arts Editor
ED SUROVEL .....................Books Editor
PAUL TRAVIS ............Associate Managing Editor
NIGHT EDITORS: Robert Barkin, Jan Benedetti,
Chris Parks, Gene Robinson, Zachary Schiller, Ted
COPY EDITORS: Diane Levick, Jim O'Brien, Charles
Stein, Marcia Zoslaw.
DAY EDITORS: Dave Burhenn, Daniel Jacobs, Jim
Kentch, Marilyn Riley, Nancy Rosenbaum, Judy
Ruskin, Paul Ruskin, Sue Stephenson, Karen Tink-
lenberg, Becky Warner.
Frisinger, Matt Gelson, Nancy Hackmeier, Cindy
Hill, John Marston, Linda Rosenthal, Eric Schoch,
Marty Stern, David Stoll, Doris Waltz.
Sports Staff
Sports Editor
Executive Sports Editor
BILL ALTERMAN ..........Associate Sports Editor
BOB ANDREWS ..............Assistant Sports Editor
SANDI GENTS...............Assistant Sports Editor
MICHAEL OLIN .......... Contributing Sports Editor
RANDY PHILLIPS ........Contributing Sports Editor
NIGHT EDITORS: Chuck Bloom, Dan Borus, Chuck
Drukis, Joel G~reer, George Hastings, Bob Heuer,
Frank Longo, Bob McGinn, Rich Stuck.
Halvaks, Roger Rossiter, Theresa Swedo, Debbie
W issuer.
Photography Staff
TERRY McCARTHY ..............Chief Photographer
ROLFE TESSEM ..................Picture Editor
DENNY GAINER ...............Staff Photographer
TOM GOTTLIEB ...............Staff Photographer
DAVID MARGOLICK............Staff Photographer

litical overtones, it seems likely that
there will be attempts to monitor when
the television is on and to which chan-
nel it is tuned.
BUT THE two-way system isn't all bad;
there are many services that could
benefit elderly people and shut-ins as
well as generally make things easier for
the homemaker.
It will be possible to shop by TV and
have the cost tacked on to your monthly
Cable TV bill. Increased voter turn-out
would be likely if you wouldn't have to
leave the comfort of your living room to
vote for the candidate of your choice.
A much greater variety of entertain-
ment is inevitable. Besides- the obvious
service to the viewer, this will hopefully
encourage more amateur creative en-
Educational programming is already
in the works for the public access chan-
nels in Ann Arbor. If you are sick and
miss a day of class, just watch it on.TV.
There should also be complete courses in
arts and crafts, academics, homemaking,
auto repairs, medicine and any number
of other areas.
People will also have increased access
to local governmental proceedings. There
is a federal regulation requiring the
cable system to donate the use of a
channel to City Hall.
ALL OF THIS must be strictly regulated.
Our government has repeatedly de-
monstrated that it does not respect the
privacy of the individual. Federal and
local commissions are not enough. The
people of the community must be aware
of the possibilities and be on their guard
against servicemen who might drop by
to "make a minor adjustment."
It would be all too easy for Cable TV
to be a nightmare instead of a dream.
Today's staff:
News: Chris Andrews, Robert Barkin, Pat
Bauer, Diane Levick, Ralph Varta-
Editorial Page: Arthur Lerner, Fred Shell
Photo technician: Rolfe Tessem

This two-wheeled mode of trans-
portation has multiplied ferociously
over the past two years, and as a re-
sult the campus is glutted with bi-
The plethora of bicycles on campus
has caused several problems. The
perennial Ann Arbor problem of find-
ing a parking space for your car now
applies to your bicycle. The b i k e
racks outside Angell Hall, the UGLI,
Mason Hall, and the Modern Language
Building are filled to capacity, and
the parked bicycles overflow onto
nearby trees and chain fences.
ANOTHER situation which causes
anyone who rides a bicycle on main
campus anger and frustration involves
riding across a curb which has been
''scalloped out'' for the easy passage
of bicycles and wheelchairs. These
innovations for bicyclists, facilitate
easy crossing of streets but all too
often pedestrians choose to walk
across the "scalloped out" area. The

pedestrians narrowly escape being
hit by the cyclists, and the cyclists
have to swerve out of the way of
the pedestrians.
Yet another problem is trying to
negotiate the crowded sidewalks of
central campus when classes change.
Cyclists are forced to maneuver the
moving labyrinth of those on foot and
those on bicycles. Pedestrians have to.
move out of the way of speeding cy-
clists, thus depriving them of one of
the few opportunities for reverie and
contemplation. Collisions are quite
BUT THE solution to these prob-
lems is simple. More bicycle racks
would alleviate the parking problem.
If pedestrians would not walk across
the "scalloped out" curb areas they
would be safer and cyclists would be
less frustrated.
The congested sidewalks would re-
quire a more extensive Solution. Side-
walks could be divided into two halv-
es, one half for bicycles and one half
for pedestrians. A similar project
was done with the Engineering Arch

last year, and an extensive system
of such bicycle and pedestrian side-
walk demarcations is in operation at
the University of California at Santa
THE CURRENT condition traffic
situation on South University from
East University to South Forest bears
special consideration. These three
blocks are a confusing mass of mov-
ing cars, parked cars, jaywalking pe-
destrians and cyclists.
If these three blocks were closed
off to all automobile traffic the result
would be a pleasant pedestrian shop-
ping mall with trees and shrubs. Such
action would, however, throw a huge
wrench into the existing traffic pat-
terns, as North University and South
University are main traffic arteries.
It is nice to think about, though.
THE PROBLEM of riding a bicy-
cle in Ann Arbor and enjoying it may
not be one of the burning issues of the
day, but it is an unnecessary aggra-
vation to an existence already full of
Jim Ken tch is a Daily day editor.

Daily Photo

Letters: Advising adoption,

not abortion

To The Daily:
THE SPECIAL feature "Wedries-
day noon, N.Y.C." (Daily, Oct. 1)
desperately cries for a rebuttal.
Someone has to list the alternatives
to abortion.
The author lists one of the :-
ternatives - better birth control.
When you can't risk having a tKaty
use the method that takes the least
chance. The pill seems the best
choice for the unmarried, and for
people who have absolutely all the
children they want - cubal ligation
or vasectomy.
But being;realistic, there is ano-
ther alternative - adoption. Cou-
ples incapable of having children
and facing many years of waiting
for an infant to be placed legally
in their hands must cry out in des-
peration when they read the abor-
tion statistics. There is not a sur-
plus of babies to adopt. You are
not doing the world out of in un-
wanted child.
Putting the child up for adoption
requires the natural parents to un-
dergo some heartbreak and critic-

ism. The woman's plight would be
readily apparent to the people
around her. But people who are not
thrown by pre-marital sex and
abortions will not be taken aback
by an unmarried mother who al-
lows the child to be adoptej. Even
parents have been known to be sup-,
portive and accept the pregnancy
as a cry of help to be answered by
love and understanding. If the
emotional trauma of an abortion
can be handled by anderstanding
and trained clinical staff so can the
trauma of unwanted birth a n d
Most importantly adoption allows
the most humane answer. People
are sickened over the useless
slaughter in Vietnam, yet many
see nothing wrong with aborting
"tissues". Maybe people are get-
ting calloused by seeing the vio-
lence on the 6 o'clock news. Ily-
be human life is cheap, but I don't
think so. Abortions happei1 be-
cause people don't realize t h a t
there are understanding agenies
that help people to put childre:n up

for adoption as well as abort them.
As the guest writer boarded the
plane back to Detroit with her copy
of Ms. she believed she struck a
blow for women's liberation. But
this time there was a fatal :wist.
Her career goals were salvaged
and yet the fetus becomes the hat-
ed "object". This -time its not an
unfulfilled individual, but a dead
-Ms. Ruth Dixon
Oct. 2
Duty to life?

To The Daily:
waring's eloquent defense
moral sanctity of germ
(Daily, Sept. 27).

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Ah, how tragic it would be to
kill two germ cells united in bliss.
But can we not go further and say
that to have prevented those two
original sparks of life from join-
ing would have been a crime
against humanity?
Are not those germ cells just
as much alive before conception as
when the sperm penetrates t h e
The morally relevant property
that makes germ cells sacred must
be present even before unification.
Hence, all contraception and even
abstinence from sexual intercourse
is killing billions of potential hu-
mans every second. How ca ,we,
students, sit here studying, whon
we are not doing our duty to life,
by giving our germ cells a chance
to unite?
Human life is a continuum. Germ
cells are just as much a part of
human life before conception as
after. We need to learn how to
bring human reproduction and po-
pulation under control, instead of
trying to discover the non-exssternt
"point at which life begins."
We also need to promote the in-
dividual freedoi of women. Are
we, men, that afraid of not huving
been born, if abortion had been
available to our mothers.
-James McConnell, Grad
SeDt. 30

Marcos has ordered the arrest of
Senator Aquino, secretary-general
of the political party opposed to
Marcos. He has ordered the arrest
of Senator Diokno, an independent
senator who dared "fiscalize" a
number of Marcos' policies on the
senate floor.
Marcos closed down 40 radio sta-
tions, keeping open only the Phil-
ippine Air Force station. All news-
papers have been closed except the
Daily Express, a Marcos-controlled
All TV stations have been clos-
ed except one channel, owned and
controlled by Marcos.
More than 50 other Filipinos, in-
cluding the publisher of the Manila
Times have been "picked up."
In effect, President Marcos has
in one sweep eliminated all oppo-
sition and seized absolute power.
Already provincial governors.
have been ousted and replaced by
the military. Are Filipinos to sit
back and let fate fall where it
may? Or can we each individually
begin doing something - maybe
writing to newspapers, publications,
to Marcos - expressing concern,
exerting pressure, saying we care.
If Marcos betrays our country,
we must have a start at a move-
ment which can oppose him.
There is fear. There is uncer-
tainty. There is ignorance. But at
this point in time, the biggest mis-
take Filipinos can make is not to
act - paralyzed by fear and un-
certainty' - to remain silent.
-Victor Gamboa
Sept. 30
ROTC coverage
To The Daily:
WE WERE impressed with the ef-
fective coverage you provjl led our
25th Anniversary ceremony at
North Hall on Sept. 18. [ie phc o
you published effectively con\ey-,
ed the spirit as well as the details
of the event and was cerainlv oopi-
tioned to achieve maximumn Etten-
tion from your readers.
Your photographer and repar tng

Con grats
To The Daily:
organization of the paper. T h e
"today . ." column carries more
useful information than the entire
paper in some past years. The
cultural page is organized for easy
use, and there is a general feel to
the entire paper of solidity a n d
news judgment.
-John D. Stevens
Associate Professor
Sept. 29
To The Daily:
editorial page about the Communist,
Party candidate for the Senate,
Thomas Dennis, unfortunately re-
flected some racist and anti-Com-
munist prejudices.
The article failed to explore the
wide gulf between Dennis and the
two major party candidates, Robert
Griffin and Frank Kelley, on the
busing issue.
While the other two have been
trying to out "anti-bus" each other
to attract brain-washed racist vot-
es, Dennis has consistently advo-
cated the principle of equal inte-
grated education.
While Griffin and Kelley are con-
tent with maintaining the status
quo in our unequal, inefficient, out-
moded, underfunded and prison-like
educational system, Dennis has ar-
gued for a united struggle by par-
ents, students, and teachers, black
and white, for a restructuring of
the schools to meet the people's
The Daily article also attempted
to portray the Communist Party
candidacy as in competition with
the Human Rights Party for the
so-called left fringe vote. Although
the Griffin and Kelley campaigns
would like to have it that way,
this is just not the case.
With their reactionary positions
on segregated but "equal" edu-
cational systems, Griffin and Kel-
ley are the real fringe candidates



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