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The Michigan Daily-Friday, September 9, 1977-Page 17

Waiting it out:

The

linear approach

By JAY LEVIN
In geometry, it's a locus of points
whose coordinates depend on a single
independent variable or parameter.
In geneology, it's a person's ances-
tral succession. In commerce, it's a
supply or stock of articles with
similarqualities and values.
And in Ann Arbor, it's a collection of
hot, droopy people waiting to conduct
the sundry tasks of Fall Term.
From the grassy solitude of the ath-
letic complex to the paper strewn
corridors of CRISP* folks around
here have come to a rude conclusion:
if they want something done, they'll
have to stand - or wilt - in linear
fashion.
What's worse, though, is that there's
little way around it.
PITY THE CASE of Gary Claxton,
for example. Claxton, a junior,
thought he had better replace his lost
ID card this week, so he high-stepped
it over to the mystical Window A of
the LSA building - the student's
gateway to the registrar. At Window
A, Claxton was given a card to fill
out, and then told to walk across the
lobby to the cashier's window before
returning the card.
"I was over there for 20 minutes,"
Claxton said in an exasperated tone,
motioning to the lines of people
waiting to visit the cashier windows.
Not surprisingly, the LSA lobby
boasted a variety of lengthy queues,
where students could go to change
their addresses, obtain new ID cards,
or apply for loans and grants. Of

course, specialized lines are in vogue
across campus, and CRISP was no
exception. It offered a quartet of
lines where students could get admit-
ted, stamped, verified and regis-
tered
"TODAY, I got here on campus at 8
o'clock and I've been waiting on lines
ever since," said graduate student
Larry Gephart.
Actually, Gephart reported that he
had negotiated the first three lines in
only fifteen minutes - pretty quick
for the 1:45 rush to CRISP.
"I went to MSU and this doesn't
compare badly," he noted. "You
wouldn't believe MSU."
PERHAPS the most intimidating
back-up of the week was at the Union
Ballroom, where an endless stream
of book-toting students snaked
around crude wooden shelves and
fumbled for their checkbooks. At the
end of the rainbow was a battery of
cash registers, where the long queue
branched out into a number of
smaller lines.
But University buildings enjoyed no
monopoly this balmy September
week on linear assemblage. Local
banks provided close competition as
freshpersons waited to open accounts
and others sought to deposit that fat
check from Mom and Dad.
"Once upon a time," reported Dave
Stephens,. "I got in this line 35
minutes ago." Stephens, a freshper-
son, clutched the required forms
while standing on one of several
"New Account" lines at Ann Arbor

BAnk's South University branch -
always a busy spot.
BUT STEPHENS is a veteran of
sorts.
"I went through orientation and it
killed me, the lines all over the
place," he said.
Line waiting, however, need not be a
ghastly bore. Joan Fencik sipped
beer and played Hearts while camp-
ing out behind the Track and Tennis
Building. She explained that she
represents a group of seniors who
want choice football seats this year
and a good position when tickets are
dispensed this morning.
BUT IS IT really worth sitting for
hours amid weeds under a blazing,
late summer sun? Why is she doing
it?
"Because then I can sit on the 50,"
Fencik said decisively, returning to
her card'game. And that said it all.
Read and Use
Daily Classifieds

Doily Photo by ANDY FREEBERG
This woman fainted from her stint in a line in the LSA Building lobby. She was the most serious casualty out of a
group of folks with sore feet and irritated nerves.

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You, Can Own It
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Cru meccait s not,
but keep up your guard
By KEITH RICHBURG
A female transfer student from Columbia didn't show up for the English
proficiency test Monday night. She lives at Oxford Housing and refused to venture
back to central campus alone at night.
"I heard about the attacks," she explained.
She manifests the fear and tension felt by many newcomers to Ann Ar-
bor-newcomers whose knowledge of the city is confined to newspaper reports of
Arb murders and crazed rapists. They also raise serious questions about now
secure Ann Arbor and the University itself really are.
"Ann Arbor, as a rule, is a fairly safe community," maintains Police Chief
Walter Krasny. He adds, however, that "precautionary measures are always
necessary."
"WE DON'T HAVE many assaults on the street," Krasny said, "and murders
are very low keyk"
Krasny added that the biggest security problems on campus are burglaries
and larcenies. And rapes? "We've had our fair share," Krasny said, citing the 34
assaults that have occurred in Ann Arbor in the past year.
The Ann Arbor police department has a contractural agreement with Univer-
sity security personel, guaranteeing reinforcement from city patrol units. Also,
University guards are radio-equipped and can summon the AAPD almost in-
stantly.
The University employs twenty-one iuu time security officers, up from
eighteen last year. The housing units employ personnel to patrol inside the Univer-
sity's 13 dormitories, and the University hospital has its own security staff which
receives help from Burns Security Service in patrolling the vast medical complex.
Art Howison, coordinator of hospital security affairs, said: "It (the medical
complex) is secure, and people do feel that way." He pointed out that since perim-
eter door controls were instituted last year, security officers haven't been
receiving requests for escorts anymore. t
THE PERIMETER door control is a system designed to open only three doors
after hours. The entrances are manned by security guards, "so we know who's
supposed to be there and who's not," said Howison. All three floors of the hospital
are also patrolled, on a rotating schedule to avoid second guessing of routines by
intruders.
Right now, the biggest security problem at the hospital according to Howison
is minor theft. Last week, somebody stole a potted plant.
If the hospital is the bastion of safety and security, then the University and the
city of Ann Arbor are working to make sure the parking structures are not far
behind. Long the established mecca of the rip-off artists and car thieves, the
parking structures around campus are now being patrolled by University and city
personnel.
"In general," said University security director Fredrick Davids, "we're just
trying to make the parking structures a little safer, for the vehicles and the people
who come and go."
"We want the hoodlums to know that it's a good place to stay out of."
DESPITE PERIMETER doors, parking patrols and the aid of the AAPD,
Krasny still urges residents to exercise what Chief Krasny deems "common sen-
se" precautions:
to Serial numbers on all heavy equipment (stereos, televisions, etc.) should be
recorded and filed with the police. Scribers are available in the basement of city
hall to etch your drivers license number into your merchandise Labeled valuables
are less tempting to thiever because they can be retrieved easier.
SLock.your doors at all times, and don't leave money or other valuables lying
around.
" Don't walk alohe at night, and be leery of strangers.
" Bicycle riders should get a chain long enough for the entire bike, "A wheel
chained to a pole doesn't mean a dam thing," says Krasny. Also, register your
bike with the police department.
Ann Arbor is not the epitome of air-tight security. Nor is the city teeming with
rapists and murders behind every kiosk. But many crimes in Ann Arbor could be
avoided, say security officers, if the victims would sacrifice convenience for the
sake of precaution and exercise just a little more common sense.
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