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Eighty-Seven Years of Editorial Freedom
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Tuesday, February 1, 1977

News Phone: 764-0552

Edited and managed by students at the University of Michigan
'North Campus bus system:
A discriminatory curfew

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THIS IS THE modern-age of college,
right? Coed dorms, coed johns, the
new mor.ality right? Certainly no one
even thinks of the archaic days of
11:00 curfews anymore, right? Wrong.
For the over 2,000 students who
live on North Campus there is still
a curfew - 12:00 on weekdays and
Sunday, and 1:15 on Friday and Sat-
urday. Those are the times the last
University bus leaves Central Cam-
pus for North Campus.
The 12:00 curfew on weekdays is
ridiculous. The libraries are open un-
til 2:00, and all other students on
campus can use them until that hour.
That the North Campus students are
deprived of that right is discrimina-
tion, pure and simple. Even if you
are just in town to visit a friend,
it seems unreasonable to be forced
to leave by 11:45.
Even the 1:15 bus on weekends
is insufficient. After a grueling week
of eight o'clocks, many students en-
joy a relaxing evening at one of the
local watering holes, all of which
close at 2:00. So why should those
who live on North- Campus be forced
to leave at 1:00?.

And what if they choose to catch
a movie before they imbibe? A 9:00
flick doesn't end until 11:00. Stu-
dents then face a long line at the
bar of their choice, and wind up with
less than an hour to drink. Going
out for a bite to eat afterward, a
common custom, is clearly out of the
True, you can always walk. But
with windchill factors reminiscent of
the ice age, a 30-minute hike out to
Bursley or Baits can be as danger-
ous .as -it is unpleasant. Since few
students own cars, they are left with
the bus as their only means of trans-
How much can it cost the Univer-
sity to run one bus every half hour
or even every hour from 12:00
through 2:00 on weekdays, and un-
til 4:00 on Friday and Saturday? The
administration treated all students
equally when it raised tuition over
9 per cent last year, now it's time
for the University to live up to its
responsibility to treat all students
equally too.


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Texas' natural gas policy.
Piotting profits against lives

JN THE 1930's, bakers threw away
countless loaves of bread rather
than give the bread to the poor be-
cause they felt that they weren't re-
ceiving a fair price for it. Today,
natural gas tycoons in Texas would
rather keep their wares in storage
than sell them to states in the throes
of an emergency shortage becaue
they feel that they won't\ receive a
fair price, for it.
A large deposit of natural gas has
been found lying under Texas. Miner-
ologists are not sure yet, but they
believe that if initial estimates are
correct, 10 trillion cubic feet, -then
this would be the largest domestic
find of natural gas ever.
Great! If the estimates are cor-
rect, then Texas now has in reserve
enough natural gas to fuel the Unit-
ed States for the next six months.
The national emergency is over.
Editorial Staff
KEN PARSIGIAN............Editorial Director
Managing Editors
LOIS JOSIMOVIC ................Art Editor
r Magazine Editors
Photography Staff
PAULINE LUBENS...........Chief Photographer
ALAN BILINSKY ................ Picture Editor
,BRAD BENJAMIN..........Staff Photographer
ANDY FREEBERG ..........Staff Photographer
CHRISTINA SCHNEIDER .... Staff Photographer
Sports Staff
Bill Stieg ....... . Sports Editor
Rich Lerner.... . Executive Sports Editor
Andy Glazer............ Managing Sports Editor
Rick Bonino...........Associate Sports Editor
NIGHT EDITORS: Tom Cameron, Enid Goldman,
Kathy Henneghan, Scott Lewis, Rick Maddock,
Bob ,Miller, Jobn Niemeyer, Mark Whitney.
STAFF WRITERS: Leslie Brown, Tom Cameron,
Efnie Dunbar, Henry Engelhardt, Rob Evan,
Jeff Frank, Cindy Gatziolis, Enid Goldman,
Mike Halpin, Kathy Ienneghan, Geoff Larcom,
Scott Lewis, Don MacLachan, Rick Maddock,
Brian Martin, Bob Miller, Brian Miller, Billy
Neff, John Niemeyer, Eric Olson, Dan Perrin,
Dave Renbarget, Pat Rode, Cub Schwartz,
Errol Shifman ,Tom Shine, Jamie Turner, Mark
Whitney, Greg Zott.
Business Staff
beborah Dreyfuss..............Business Manager
Kathleen Mulhern ... Assistant Adv. Coordinator
David Harlan...............Finance Manager
Don Simpson.................. Sales Manager
Pete Peterson ..........Advertising Coordinator
Cassie St. Clair............Circulation Manager
Beth Stratford ............Circulation Director

Not so fast folks. There is one
small problem. Texas won't sell. It
seems that the Texas producers sell
only to fellow Texans. This is due
to the fact that Texas employs a
free-market system for natural gas
' price, while the rest of the nation
places price-controls on its sale.
Therefore producers sell natural gas
in Texas for $2 per thousand cubic
feet, while the most they can sell it-
for out of state is $1.42 per thousand
cubic feet.
So the Texas tightwads have said
that it is economically unfeasible to
sell their stock to the Eastern emer-
gency zones.
our country and our economic sys-
tem a bad name. A large portion of
the United States - of which Texas
is a member in good standing - is
in a desperate situation caused by
severe natural gas shortages induced
by the worst winter in history. Al-
ready, over 2 million people have
been laid off from their jobs be-
cause there is no fuel to run the fac-
tories. Schogls are closed indefinitely
in many areas, and three states have
declared a state of emergency.
Sitting on top of a natural gas
stockpile that by itself can alleviate
the dilemma and these moguls claim
that they won't have a large enough,
margin of profit! Whatever happened
to the "help thy neighbor" policy
that for years has symbolized the
American way?
If these heartless magnates can't
be induced to sell their wares out of
a feeling of generosity and human
kindness, then maybe stronger forms
of persuasion are needed. The Fed-
eral Government should make the
Texas natural gas producers an of-
fer that they can't refuse. They
should hang a few swords of Damo-
cles over their heads; nationaliza-
tion, interstate shipping increases,
increase the wind-fall profits tax;
there are plenty of methods avai
able to a resourceful government.
By not giving the rest of the coun-
try a break, these Texans have brand-
ed themselves as penny-pinching shy-
locks. The yellow rose has wilted.

Black Art.4
YELLOW JOURNALISM. The ploy.of the inadequate
and a plot of the obsolete. The characteristics of
inadequatcy are embodied in the usage of such tech-
niques and exemplified in Michael Beckman's January
29 article. The article Beckman wrote concerned the
events of the Black Arts and Cultural Festival that was
recently held in East Quad. The stench of incomplete
information that filled Beckman's article was enough
to qualify him for a Hopfoot (formally Hopwood) in
comedy. To be perfectly frank I was shocked that he
could not do a better job. I personally gave him all the
incentive he needed; fury.
For those innocent bystanders who have no idea
what a Black Arts and Cultural Festival is, or a
Michael Beckian for that matter, I shall try to clarify
the events and incidents that surround the January
29, 1977 coloumns that smudged the editorial page of
the Michigan Daily. The Black Arts and Cultural Fes-
tival is a series of events put on each year by the
Abeng Community, the minority community of East
Quadrangle. The Festival contains various events that
denote the heritage of Black Americans, such events
as, poetry reading, music, dance, talent show, and
fashion show. This event is usually funded by the
Representative Assembly, the dorm government of
East Quadrangle, and is open to all residents of East
Quadrangle, as well as anyone else who is interested,
(in other words it's free & it's open to all).
The Abeng community of East Quad was formed to
assist minority students that reside in East Quad. to
the academic and social environment at the University
of Michigan. The composure and social environment
at the University of Michigan. The composure of this
years membership has been varied, and consistant
with maintaining the original purpose. The staff of
Abeng, which is composed of five minority students, is
structured to abet the academic success of each stu-
dent is our primary purpose, and ultimate goal. The
two staff members that were mentioned in Beckman's
article were, Marina Shoemaker, University Service
Counselor, and myself, Kent E. Cady, Academic Coun-
selor, (Beckman, however, seems to forget my offic-
ial title during his written diarrhea.) Shoemaker was
the co-ordinator for, this year's festival and was sub-
jected to various circumstances that hindered her ef-
THE BLACK ARTS and Cultural Festival for this
year was marred by the delay in funds, due to various
problems our dorm government was hiving in setting
itself for the new year. The delay in funds also put a
delay in time which meant having to start all over
again, and in the beginning of a new semester no less.
With all the responsibility of the Festival ladden upon
the shoulders of Shoemaker, she did what any true
blue U. of M. student is taught to do; she delegated
the responsibility out and dealt with the most import-
ant matters that required her time and immediate at-

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tention. The ending being a well prepared and well p
presented festival. h
Now, the problems with the Black Arts and Cultural h
Festival were three; it wasn't advertised enough, She d
Johnson,( and Michael Beckman. The advertising was 'i
due to the negligence of one of the Abeng members. t
and thus was found out at a point in time when little w
could have been done to rectify the situation. However, ti
the other two problems could have easily been elimi- st
nated if dealt with from my stand point; we should w
have invited the Mafia. The rest of the Abeng staff in
being of strong moral convictions, medium to light d
conservativeness, basic chicken-heartedness (if you ask Y
me), who refused to send out the invitations .to either p
the Mafia or the Errol Flynns. Sue Johnson, a stu- o
dent who is presently on crutches and has my deepest' c
sympathy, hopped from the toilet, where she first t
harassed me about the lack of advertisement, to the t
dance where she frequented the open bar, and finally u
to our Dorm Government meeting, where she forensic- w
ally displayed her displeasure of the lack of advertise- it
ment, Shoemaker noted upon on occassion, "I see she C
found her way to the party, on crutches no less, and o
the lack of advertisement seem to in no way to impare,
herenjoyment of the cocktail disco." a
Thus my lady seemed to be peeved with the re- it
sponse she received and ran to her knight in shining h
journalism. Michael Beckman, our second major prob- a
lem for the festival, and also part time what ever for
the Michigan Daily, entered the scene. In the midst of
a Festival Beckman could be heard telling Shoemaker B
that he felt that racial overtone where implied by the a
lack of advertising. Shoemaker could be heard giving t
directions for a talent show, trying to get clothes for c
a fashion show. giving directions for the evenings ac- p
tivities, and in the midest of it all replying to Beckman i
that he could either help or talk to her later. Beckman if
would leave, of course, at these points. The pop amd u
dough ac of Mr. Beckman, comparable only to Oopsy t
the clown, persisted during the most hectic segments t
of the Festival, and seemed to be no more than an o
endurance test for Shoemaker to see what additional (
pressures he could apply, besides his continually road- it
running subjective questions, that might make Shoe- p
maker say something, almost anything, out of the way. (
As for myself, I stunned the stuttering lip of the half- r
.bate author by reminding him of liable. n
THE BLACK ARTS and Cultural Festival of East q
Quad is one of the most entertaining and informative c
events that occurs non this campus. This years Black n
Arts and Cultural Festival was no excention. The ef- t
forts of certain students to mar the worth of such an o
event were in some ways successful, creating a tense r
atmosnhere, and in other ways, (to effect the quality), i
a total flon.,s
When first sneaking with Beckman I informed him n
of what I knew concerning the conditions under which v
the organisers of the\Festival were working, however, t
this seemed to slow or hinder his intense aggravating j

owers little. With this in mind I began to wonder how
e could continue to pursue a matter objectively, as
e countlessly stated was his attempt. I cease to won-
er any longer when at our dorm government meet-
ng he raised his hands in a silentgesture of applauds
o signify the fact that I had symbolicily won. I had
von in the sense of exposing the ludicrous accusa-
on of Sue Johnson, and had been confirmed in my
tance by the members of the government seeing the
whole situation as humorously as I perceived it; one
nterferring girl, and one half-wit reporter trying to
ampen the spirits of an entire minority community.
Yes, I won,, if by no more than making a reporter re-
ort old news in the face of a newer and hotter piece
f information. Michael Beckman ignored the major
oncern of the evening in view of trivial. The issue
hat presented itself was the tact that the Represen-
ative Assembly of East Quad declared that it was
nhappy, (or rather just mad), at the process that
as used to recruit student members for the uncom-
-g Director Selection Committee for the Residential
ollege, but it seems that old news is the favorite of
ne Beckman.
It is only with great pride that I am able to reflect
t the bungling of one Michael Beckman. He succeeded
h writing an entire column about a Festival, to which
e only attended one event out of eight, and reporting
an objective story on the side of a limited perpective.
DURING THE TIME that I personally spoke with
Beckman I pointed out that my job was one of an
academic counselor, and not a one man social direc-
or. I informed Mr. Beckman that in the face of de-
lining minority population at this university (and es-
pecially in the R.C.) that a Festival held little to no
importance to me personally. I related to him that
f he were truly interested in reporting au issue that
was important to the university community as a whole,
hen why not relate the fact that C.U.L.S. (the Coali-
ion for the Use of Learning Skills) is being negated
of its importance, that the Summer Bridge Program,
which as traditionally brought disadvantaged minor-
ty students to this university during the summer for
pre-university ,orientations), is about to be disbanded,
although the program has brought many a noted and
respected Black into the academic community), and
more importantly why the University of Michigan, af-
er so many years of .trying. can not meet a meager
quota ,of ten percent minority enrollment. Beckman
chose not to deal with these issues because he,,"did
not have time." Yet, it seems to me that he had time
o do the bidding of a personal friend, and quite thor-
oughly I might. add. Beckman had the time to give
racial overtones to a quite innocent mistake, and thus
s life. The fault of various important issues being
kirted cannot be placed solely yupon Michael Beck-
man, yet, the importance of such issues in respect to
what is being denoted as important, is what continues
o amaze me. In so many words, if this is what future
ournalist andjournalism entails, may God help us.


To The Daily:
IS A CHAPATI lunch indis-
tinguishable from a Big Mac
To answer this question, I re-
fer you to an editorial you ran
on your editorial page last week
deploring some recent changes
at Eden Foods. Let me empha-
size that we appreciate the spir-
it of your concern. We would
like to make three points. I
Firstly, our heaviest business'
comes at lunch hour. The very
feature you enjoyed so much-
a smorgasbord of choices to
relish in a chapati sandwich-
caused a big line to form be-
hind our indecisive patrons and
confused new-comers. This is
not a small point. When hun-
gry customers saw a line reach-
ing to the front door regular-
ly, they naturally complained
or stopped coming during their
precious 30-minute lunch break.
We responded after months of
suggestions by simplifying the
choices into six popular com-
binations. These are subject to
change and improvement by re-
quests for other ingredients. Be-
ing compared to a classless
steak and eggs diner by respond-
ing to our public's demand for

should be treated with accura-
cy. To clarify, the largest price
increase for free choice items
is 20 cents, otherwise 15 cents
or 10 cents. Now, I have been
here for 20 months and since
well before this time these pric-
es had been unchanged. As man-
ager of the deli I had oppor-
tunity to observe painful price
jumps in the cost of our fresh
produce, services, utilities, rent
and labor, not just once but
many, many times. In lieu of
this, please give us some credit
for knowing what we have to
do to continue serving the nat-
ural foods community.
FINALLY, we can name the
different chapatis instead of
numbering them - what we're
trying to do is improve our
efficiency. We believe we can
do this without becoming inter-
changeable with frozen, colored,
preserved, served in a minute,
"hollow" nutrition junk food.
We've always been open to sug-
gestions and appraisal. Thank
Charles Nelson and
the Eden Folks
To The Daily:

i st. the Da
party convention in 1968, he is intervened to win
now inside the bourgeois party a working class
of the peanut boss/imperialist Revolutionaries str
chief Carter and the arch-racist caucuses in 'the
Wallace. Hayden's "economic dedsicated to oust
democracy' is little more than tionary trade unit
two-bit populism and utopian re- cy and substituting
form schemes which above all ary leadership.
preserve capitalist exploitation part of that strugg
and oppression. At a time when the working class
the confidence in the two capi- sions in the Dem
talist parties is at a low ebb, and constructing a
Hayden has crossed over from ty which will leaf
the radical movement to shore class to state pow
up the 'sagging image of the Hayden is a ct
Democrats. the proletarist. As
It was not, as Hayden remark- tive of the capitali
ed, "secular (sic) insanity that party he takes res
brought the movement to an its cops, secret
end." The New Left was funda- breakers, unemp
mentally flawed from the out- imperialist wars
set. While containing thousands dochina). The suc
of subjectively revolutionary ist revolution wil
youth who were radicalized by the bourgeoisie a
the fight for civil rights and resentatives, incl
the imperialist butchery in Viet- gade Hayden. 'T
nam, the New Left lacked a radicalism of th
clear class-struggle perspective. come the pimpin
The bulk of the students believ- ing class in the 7
ed the working class to be Spartacus Y
bought off by imperialism and
therefore wrote it off as a force
against capitalism. They there-
by denied the Marxist position To The Dail:
that only the working class has WELL, U N I
the social power and historical E M P L O Y E
interests to smash capitalism trious University

militants to
ruggle to build
trade unions
ing the reac-
on, bureaucra-
g a revolution-
An important
gle is to break
from its illu-
nocratic party
a workers par-
A the working
ass enemy to
a representa-
ist Democratic
sponsibility for
police, strike-
loyment, and
(including In-
ccessful social-
1 sweep aside
nd all its rep-
uding the rene-
rom Hayden's
e 60s has be-
g for the rul
Youth League
big snow
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has given you

employee (one who .cannot be
paid overtime and is usually in
Salary Grade 06 and above)
you get that day, in essence, as
a free day. You don't have to
attempt to get work and you
don't have to list it as anything
on your time report. If you did
get to work on that day. you
get no later compensation for
getting there.
HOW W t E R, if you are a
"Non - Exempt" employee,
(one who can be paid overtime
and fall into the Salary grade
of 05 and below plus all the
clerical help) you must take
that day as either a vacation
day or as excused absence
wvithout pay. This includes Re-
search Assistants, Administra-
tive Assistants, Secretaries,
Clerks, etc.
By having to take this as a
vacation day, the contract you
work under pays for this. The
taxpaver pays for this. If you
took it off as a sick day or
some other, kind of leave day,
the University would have to
pay for this Out of its funds.
We think that if the above list-
ed kinds of employees are So
in'nortant to the great Univer-
sity that they must risk life and
health to get here on a day
when all surrounding schools
and colleges (inlbding Oakland

Editorial positions represent a
consensus of The Daily Editorial staff.



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