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nber 28, 1977-The Michigan Daily

RO7NA$ICA A i NA 6BOMB

A runner's

lament

By BRIAN BLANCHARD
It's not that I don't jog. Some-
time between the walk and the
spring, just before the stride, I
manage to get in a lot of jogging.
It's relaxing and sometimes I
can't summon the energy to
stretch out into a run. .
rNor do I look down on joggers.
Waving at me with a grin from
the other side of Geddes, they
usually seem to be enjoying
themselves. Best of all, joggers
don't take themselves too seri-
ously.
BUT PLEASE, humor me, and
call me a runner.
It's probably a sign of insecuri-

ty that I place so much stock in
labels. I ought to act like the
brown-haired LSA sophomore I
am and stop looking for opportu-
nities to set myself apart from
the crowd.
Not all runners are so sensitive.
Many with running credentials
far better than mine shrug off the
semantics and disappear towards
the horizon at a prodigious clip.
BUT CONSIDER the word
"jog." A jog is a halting, heavy
motion - earthbound and grace-
less. Would you ask a friend if he
or she were going out for a
trudge? an amble?
When people drift slowly down
the street, or glide 'carefully
around the track before a race,

the bump and gripd of the world
is far behind them. They are try-
ing to escape the jogs of the Diag
at noon. -
What's the difference then, be-
tween a jogger and a runner?
First, don't trust a quick glan-
ce. Some of the best runners wear
dark socks, tie-dyed sweat pants,
and T-shirts held together by
sweat and dirt.
STYLE AND BUILD aren't
much better indicators than
dress. There are common denom-
inators of form among the more
serious, such as efficient strides
and rhythms, but each body han-
dles the stress best in its own
way.
And I've been fooled more than

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once by the short, solid mara-
thoner who looks like he ought to
be out trying to tackle Ricky
Leach instead of sprinting past
me in a race.
Speed shouldn't be the deciding
factor either, since you can't tell
if the huffing, puffing runner is on
the first or the fiftieth repetition
of a hill climb. Besides, shouldn't
some consideration be given to
the devoted exertions that get
some no further than the middle
of the pack?
In fact, since the difference is
arbitrary at best, and certainly
elitist, why not reserve "jog" for
what you do to your memory or
what an unpredictable road
does?
U
IN ANY CASE, joggers and
runners pursue the same joys: a
chance to get away in solitude or
with a running mate, to commune
with nature, and to work out
some of the bilge that clogs up the
sedentary body.
Exclude from this group the ex-
treme case of the racers who
make running a business. The tal-
ented run for these same reasons,
plus the dream of success in com-
petition.
I spent four years in ligh school
lacing my Tigers tight and living
for the daily race through snow or
over falling leaves before realiz-
ing that my talent didn't measure
up to my exuberance.
TO ME, THE SMELL of crush-
ed leaves means a long run past
barren trees the evening before a
cross-country race. When I look
across a rolling meadow, I don't
recall a line from Wordsworth,
but wonder how, it would be to
pump up the hill and down the
other side.
I'm trying to tread the line be-
tween running as a hobby and
running as a lifestyle.
So make my life easier. Call me
anything but a jogger.
Brian Blanchard is a Daily
staff writer.

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et's keep calm on the Diag

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3HE DIAG has always been an area
.of campus where any viewpoint
any conceivable topic can be freely
pressed. Its location affords most
idents the opportunity to listen in or
express their opinions in a soapbox-
:e atmosphere. The rhetoric is
ways flying, and passers-by can stay
participate or move on at their leis-
e. The key to this successful forum
s been an agreement by all involved
tolerate everyone's thoughts, how-,
er strange they may seem.
The system. threatened to # break
;n last week when a group of
Today's Staff
:WS: Allison Daniels, George
obsenz, Ken Parsigian, Martha
letallick, Laura Rogoff, Judy Sosin,
)ebbie Sun, Margaret Yao,
3arb Zahs
)ITORIAL PAGE: Michael
Beckman, Jim Tobin
UTS: Alan Rubenfeld, Emily
Ichreiber, Jeff Selbst, Anne
Sharp, Austin Vance, Tim Yagle
ORTS: Marietta Mackevich, Cub
Schwartz, Jamie Turner
oto technician: Alan Bilinsky

evangelists, preaching faith in Jesus,
' were drawn into ugly shouting mat-
ches with groups of heckling students.
Tenasion mounted, and at times
physical violence seemed at hand. For-
tunately, events never got past the
yelling stage.
But they easily could have, and this
is a bad sign for the future of Diag de-
bates. Toleration of opinion is essential
to maintain a calm atmosphere, and
never should the discussions decay into
violence.
The Diag discourses provide a cer-
tain character and spirit to the Uni-
versity. They are a source of informa-
tion' and entertainment as well. Let's
not ruin a nice thing.
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Heal1th Ser'vic
By SYLVIA HACKER and NANCY PALCHIK
QUESTION: What's this new Health Service fee that was on my
tuition assessment form all about? Can you tell us how it happened?
ANSWER: The Health Service fee came about by action of the
University Budget Priorities Committee. For several years now, the
state legislature has been encouraging the University to make all non-
teachibg activities self-supporting. Since Health Service is a non-
teaching facility, other sources of support needed to be developed.
Consequently, a Health Service Funding Committee was established
by the University executive offices to develop a plan for making our
facility progressively self-supporting. Over the next five years, there-
fore, as the University general fund monies are being reduced in a
Letters to The Daily
crime

Handbook

SPORTS STAFF

KATHY HENNEGHAN .........Sports Editor
TOM CAMERON......:...............Executive Sports Editor
SCOTT LEWIS......................... Managing Sports Editor
DON MacLACHLAN....................Associate Sports Editor
JOHNTNIEMEYER .. Contributing Sports Editor
NIGHT EDITORS: Paul Campbell, Ernie Dunbar, Henry Engel-
hardt, Jeff Frank, Gary Kicinski, Rick Maddock, Brian Mar-
tin, Bob Miller, Brian Miller, Dave Renbarger, Cub Schwartz,
Errol Shifman and Jamie Turner.

step-wise fashion, a gradually increasing student fee will replace it. It
is important to realize that this student fee does not represent any new
monies coming in to Health Service but rather a replacement of funds
which were previously available but which no longer will be.
This is not very different from the usual Health Service fee at most
major Health Services, but we realize this is relatively new for the
University of Michigan, and is of course being questioned: We have
found, however, that graduate students coming from other Univer-
sities realize the excellence of treatment available here at a very
reasonable cost. Comparing the cost of medical care outside the
Health Service makes one aware of the bargain one has here. Medical
fees are higher from Ann Arbor physicians or at the clinics of either
the University or St. Joseph's hospital.
The Health Service fee entitled enrolled students to unlimited
visits to the general medical clinic during regular visiting hours, 8 to 5
Mondays through Fridays and 8 to 12 on Saturdays. Just as was true
before, lab tests, specialty clinics, X-rays, prescriptions and after-
hour visits are on a fee for service basis.
QUESTION: Are spouses of students eligible for care at the
Health Service?
ANSWER: They certainly are. As you probably already know,
enrolled students, both undergrads and graduates, are entitled to use
the Health Service. So are what we consider to be non-enrolled studen-
ts - those who have been enrolled within the past 12 months.
Since the fall of 1972, husbands and wives of all students, both en-
rolled and non-enrolled are eligible for care here. However, as spouses
and non-enrolled students have not paid a Health Service fee - which
enrolled students are required to pay each semester - they must pay
a fee for service on each visit to the Health Service. This fee will vary
with the type of visit and service they receive.
Please send all health questions to:
The Health Educators
U-M Health Service
Division of Office of Student Services
207 Fletcher
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

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To The Daily:
I found your recent series on
"campus crime" (Sept. 23, 24) to
be irresponsible and offensive. It
is exactly this type of yellow jour-
nalism which disgraced the
pages of the New York City tab-
loid papers during the "Son of
Sam" crisis. The use of exag-
geration and innuendo to play on
people's fears and create a de-
gree of paranois that is unrelated
to the reality of the situation is a
gross abuse of the power of the
media.
Many of those who are new to
dorm life might get the impres-
sion from reading your articles
that without a padlock on their
door and a shotgun at their hips,
they will never get through the'
year with their property and per-
son intact. Yet, neither of those
articles contains even one con-
crete report of a crime commit-
ted in a dormitory. Of course, no
rational person could claim that
theft here is non-existent, and no
one can underestimate the trage-
dy and terror inflicted upon the
innocent women who were at-
tacked last year. The point is,
however, that The Daily is walk-
ing on thin ice by printing "non-
news" articles. There is no longer
a rapist on the loose; there is no
outbreak of thievery being re-
nnrtwl What then .i the nurnose

I THINK that we should ask,
however, %Whether or not it truly
serves the interests of students on
campus to ask them to be con-
stantly on guard, and to look upon
any one unfamiliar with appre-
hension. (What of the racial im-
plications of such an atmo-
sphere?) I think of the two wary
eyes that were plastered on bul-
letin boards all over campus last
year, underlined with the bold
caption: "Watch Out." Look for a
moment through the eyes of a
newcomer or a visitor to Ann Ar-
bor. Is this the type of place you
want to be, where everyone is
"watching out" for everyone
else? It is bad enough when the
government plays 1984 with us;
must we play it with each other?
One would hope that every re-
sponsible. individual will do what
is necessary to avoid dangerous
situations. Still, this is not front
page material. I think it is detri-
mental to focus on the dangers of
living in the modern world,
whether they be real or imag-
ined. Fear and suspicion are not
what should be first in people's
thoughts, particularly not for
those who intend to enjoy a satis-
fying and productive school year.
Consider: Even such a simple
act as crossing a busy street can
be potentially dangerous. For

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