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Page 4-Friday, November 18, 1977-The Michigan Daily

Eightiy-Eighlt Years of Editorial Freedom
420.Maynard St., Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Vol LXXXVIII, No. 62
News Phone: 764-0552
Edited and managed by students at the University of Michigan
ras tte Night befafre 3WdOigwn
when all thru the place
Not a creature was stirring, except Woody Hayes.
The uniforms were hung by the locker with care,
Awaiting the battle which would soon take place here.
The offense was restless while lying in bed
While visions of Graves and Hicks danced in their heads.
With Woody in his white shirt and the coaches in caps,
They studied their game plan and gave up their naps.
When out in the street there arose such a clatter
That everyone sprang up to see what was the matter.
Away to the window Woody started but fell.
"Who put that football.. .." he started to yell.
The moon on the breast of the Wolverine's home turf,
Made Woody wish he were someplace other than Earth.
When what to his wondering eyes did appear,
But throngs of Ann Arborites with Boone's Farm and beer.
Led by a man with cheeks all aglow,
He knew in a moment, it had to be Bo.
More powerful than Spartans, his coursers they came,
And he whistled and shouted to the team all by name.
now Tedesco and Jolly,
On Downing, on Leach, on Clayton and Huckleby."
To the stands went the fans and the players to the lockers,
All the running backs, quarterbacks, safeties and blockers.
As dry leaves that before a hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky,
So up to the occasion the Wolverines rose
To sprain every ankle and break every nose.
And then in a twinkling the Anthem was played.
The kickoff then followed, and the price would be paid
For these skeptics who rated Ohio State best,
Would find their prediction was one of mere jest.
And what of this Woody, a droll little man,
With the tact and the poise of a crumpled tin can.
He's dressed in white shirt sleeves, when others wouldn't dare.
I wonder if he has nothing else to wear.
He has a broad face and a round little belly
That shakes when he yells like a bowl full of jelly.
He's chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laugh when I see him, in spite of myself.
A wrinkle of his nose and a twist of his head,
Meant the defense had failed and Michigan was ahead.
as the Buckeyes sank lower,
And the Michigan team saw its finest hour.
As the final gun sounded, he covered his ears,
So as not to hear any of the Michigan cheers.
Then giving a nod indicating defeat,
He picked up his players and moved into the street.
The Wolverine fans went wild with glee.
Once again had their team met with sweet victory.
"Back to the campus," a shout rang up clear.
"Back to the V-Bell for Boone's Farm and beer."
And they heard in Columbus as the fans passed from view,
"Happy football to all and to all a GO BLUE!"
EDITOR 'S NOTE: This poem was printed in the Daily some seven years ago, and
has been rewritten to fit the present. Its author is anonymous.

Hello Columbus.
I have lived in Ann Arbor for a
dozen years. My first fall was one
of Bump Elliot's last as football
coach for the Wolve'rines. The
team was floundering in the heart
of the Big Ten, not having shined
since its trip to Pasadena in 1964
when Bob Timberlake quarter-
backed them to a Bowl win.
TODAY, Ann Arbor is full of
B.S., better known as Bo Schem-
Bo has brought winning foot-
ball to Michigan. He has also
made football a sell-out fall event
for the 101,001 seating capacity
Bo is also responsible in part
for turning the Big Ten into the
Big Two and the Little Eight. He
has turned the rivalry between
his team and Woody Hayes' team
into a bitter, hateful outing.
bians, generally, and I can attest
to this from personal experience.
I think I know why.
First of all, I think Columbus is
one together town.
Withthe annual match against
that city's major school just
around the corner - I think I owe
it to Ann Arbor to try and help us
understand this. We need to
change our hearts and welcome
the citizens and athletes of
OUR HATE is such that it can
be changed. The reasons behind
it are not that hard to work with.
With the help of the noted
Michigan Psychologist, Anna
Jung, we now have a Freudian
category for dealing with Colum-
bus hate - Roots Hatred.
In hating Ohio State, we are
showingthat we hate a*part of
ourself. This can be illustrated on
two planes; by examination of
the two schools' football teams as
well as the two city-states of Ann
Arbor and Columbus.
- We hate all of Ohio because
we actually are disgusted with
ourselves as a result of the 1976
presidential election. We liberals
are embarrassed that the
Wolverine State sided with ex-
Michigan center Gerald Ford
while the Buckeye-State went to
~President Carter.
- We hate all of Columbus be-
cause we live in a town that fig-
ures into state politics only be-




cause it is often a center of con-
troversy. We are not a state
capitol. We wish we were.
- We hate all of Columbus be-
cause we are disturbed by our
own town's daily newspaper. The
Ann Arbor News is our town's
only newspaper (well, nearly),
dominating a supposedly intellec-
tual audience. In Columbus, the
Citizen Journal and the Post-Dis-
patch exist in a healthy, competi-
tive market. That is something
our town desperately needs.

Woody Hayes. Hating Woody
Hayes is like hating your father if
you are a true Maize and Blue
fan. Woody taught Bo everything
Bo knows. Woody is, in a manner
of speaking, Bo's football father.
There could be no deeper hatred
of roots than to hate Woody.'
- We hate the Buckeyes be-
cause they are sincerely a Chris-
tian team led by a Christian
coach. Unlike Michigan's Mike
Lantry before failing to kick win-
ning field goal's for Michigan in

cause they have a gridiron squad
that has many fine qualities we
find lacking in our Wolverines.
They know how to use their talent
to its utmost, and if they had had
Jim Smith for the past four years,
he would have broken numerous
NCAA records. They know how to
play from behind, and have been
known to play on emotion rather
than military discipline, the guid-
ing force of the Wolverines. And,
they have been known to win the
final game of their season. Oh, we
wish we could claim those quali-
ties. Oh, we wish.
Believe me, it hurts me to write
this as mucr as it hurts a Wol-
verine fan to read it. That's the
pain with being honest. Perhaps
we can, each and every one of us,


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- We hate all of Columbus be-
cause we are insecure about our
own liberalness. We need to have
an Annual Hash Bash each April
Fool's Day - an ugly event if
ever there was one. Columbus
consumes more of those funny
cigarettes than Ann Arbor, ac-
cording to an aid to the governor,
and flaunts it less.
- We hate the Buckeyes be-
cause they are connected to

1974 and 1975, you will never find
a Buckeye crossing himself in
front of national television cam-
eras. As for Bo, victories come
before the robe.
- We hate the Buckeyes be-
cause they don't have a fanatical
radio announcer like Bubbling
Bob Ufer representing both their
team and town. We wish we
didn't haverhim andtwe have mis-
placed our hate toward Ohio
- We hate the Buckeyes be-

transcend that pain and come to a
greater understanding of our-
Perhaps we can come full cir'
cle and learn to say:
Douglas Blackburn is a
Graduate student in Journal-
ism and a perennial witness to
the long-standing Ann Ar-
bor/Columbus hate syn-


When Clementine Calve
signs her rent check ne
month, she'llbe paying hi
landlord one-third more re
than she paid at the beginnii
of the year for the san
Calvert livestwith her thr
children at the Greenbri,
apartment complex in At
Arbor. In March, the rent fi
her two-bedroom unit w.
hiked from $211 to $230 a mont
And next month the rent willI
boosted by another $50, to $28(
"IT IS A hardship," Calve
says, to pay as much money fi
rent as she is paying now. At
the rent hike which will tal
effect next month will ma]
things even ,harder. "It w
certainly take from me and n
children," she predicts.
Her family is supported 1
child support payments, and
the rising cost of housing h,
tightened the family's finance
more and more this year, the
has been less and less mon
left for other necessities.
"With that extra $50 a mon
rent to pay, I won't be able
afford clothes for my chi
dren,"Calvert says.
"And I don't have any insu
ance," she adds. "I was pla

rholy housin
ning to get it, but now, that $50 profit as possible. And in Ann
is taking it. And if you just gen- Arbor, housing earns enormous
erally need something and you profits for landlords. Many of
want to go out and get it, when the ways in which landlords
the rent is that high, there just earn money on their property
won't be enough money left are hidden, and the average
over." tenant isn't aware of them. But
tenants should be aware of
ments are xtrem Nly h gh. p them, so that when landlords
mnt anrb erely ight scomplain that inflation or taxes
in Ann Arbor, her situation is are eating up all their profits,
not unusual - rents all over the tenants should know how to
city are astronomical, and judge whether the landlords
tenants all over the cityrsuffer are telling the truth.
as a result. Local rents are high There are four basic types of
not only in comparison with profits in the rental housing
what they were a few years business, which areeasiest to
ago, but also in comparison remember if you note that the
with rents in the rest of the names of the four types spell
country.-ut an acroymuRET. e
The median rent in the city is four profits areNT. T
79 nav n~fourhaprofits are:h

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STAFF MEMBERS: Steve Barany, Bob Bernstein, Richard
Campbell, Joan Chartier, Fred Coale, Caren Collins, Pam Counen,
Lisa Culberson, Kim Ford, Bob Friedman, Kathy Friedman,
Denise Gilardone, Nancy Granadier, Cindy Greer, Amy Hart-
man, Susan Heiser, Larry Juran, Carol Keller, Randy Kelley,
Dough Kendall, Katie Klinkner, Jon Kottler, Lisa Krieger,
Debbie Litwak, Deb Meadows, Art Meyers, John Niemisto,
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Carole Schults, Claudia Sills, Jim Tucker, Karen Urbani, Beth

In yesterday's editorial, "Sadat-
Begin: Peace at hand?," the Daily re-
ferred to Israeli Prime Minister Mena-
hem Begin as "the leader of a band of
terrorists that carried out raids into
Arab territories, actions much like
those that some Palestinian groups
have undertaken." Begin did in fact
head the Irgun, an organization which,
prior to the creation of the State of Is-
rael, took part in guerrilla activities.
The group did not, however, conduct
raids into Arab territories, as stated in
the editorial. The Daily regrets the

72 per cent nigner tnan the
national average, according to
1970 U.S. Census figures.
And Ann Arbor rents rose by
300.0 per cent between 1950 and
1976, according to Census and
U.S. Department of Labor Sta-
tistics. During the same period,
the overall rate of national in-
flation, as measured by the
Consumer Price Index, was
only 133.2 per cent.
LOCAL RENTS don't have to
be as high as they are now. But
landlords are constantly boost-
ing rents, because, tothem
housing is a business. Its
function is to earn as much

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R: Rising value of property.
If your landlord buys a building
in 1970 and then sells it in 1075,
after itsvalue has gone up, he's
made himself a tidy profit -
especially when you consider
that a building which goes up in
value by $20,000 may be one
that he bought with a $10,000
down payment. That's why it's
not really accurate to say that
landlords are in the business of
renting out property; rather,
they're in the business of
buying it, renting it out, and
selling it.
E: Equity buildup. When a
landlord buys a building with a
ten per cent down payment, we
say that the landlord owns a ten
per cent equity in the property.
As the landlord makes the
monthly mortgage payments,
the percentage of the property
he owns - or his equity - rises
steadily. The landlord meets
his mortgage payments with
money he collects in rent. So in
paying rent, the tenant is
slowly buying the building for
the landlord. When the landlord
sells the building, the equity,
the tenant has built up for him
can be cashed in as a profit.
1V. Nn " nm i a m T .

T: Tax breaks. As property
owners, landlords can claim
huge tax savings. There's the
depreciation tax deduction,
which allows landlords to pre-
tend thattheir propertyais
wearing out gradually and
losing value every year. This
annual "loss in value" can be
subtracted from their earnings
when they're figuring out how
much income tax they owe. BUt
.this "loss" is illusory; their
property actually tends to rise
in value. Some other tax bene-
fits: landlords can deduct oper-
ating expenses and property
taxes from their earnings in
computing their income tax.
And when they earn profits on
the sale of property, those pro-
fits are taxed at half the rate of
normal income.
These four RENT profits
don't just spring magically out
of the invisible hand of the free
market. The landlord's tax
breaks are subsidized by the
rest of the nation's taxpayers.
And the rest of the profits come
out of the tenant's pocket. In a
city like Ann Arbor, the high
cost of rent forces people to
take on extra part-time jobs to
make ends meet, or to do
without certain inconveniences
- or even to make do without
certain necessities, such as
adequate clothing or food.
So the next time your land-
lord says that he isn't earning'
any money on hiĀ§ property, or
complains that inflation is put-
ting unbearable pressure on
him financially, take his gripes
with a grain of salt. People
wouldn't be landlords if the
rental business weren't profit-,
able. Many local landlords earn
30 to 40 per cent on their
investinents, according to MSA
Housing Law Reform Project
attorneys. Of course, no indi-
vidual landlord or rental com-
pany is solely responsible for
the problem of the outrageously

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