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Eighty-Five Years of Editorial Freedom
Edited and managed by students at the University of Michigan

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Letters:

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Tuesday, September 23, 1975

News Phone: 764-0552

420 Maynard St., Ann Arbor, Mi. 48104

Segregate class smokers

IT'S BEEN DONE ON planes, on bus-
es, on trains, in movie theatres,
and in restaurants. More and more
people think we should do it in class-
rooms, too - set up special smoking
sections, that is.- Since many non-
smoking students resent the clouds
of smoke that often make breathing
difficult in the thick of class discus-
sions, it seems like a good idea.
Some classes have no-smoking
signs which should be heeded, but
where there are no signs different
tactics are needed to accommodate
both smokers and non-smokers.
The growing movement to segre-
gate smokers sent off small sparks
during the first week of classes. Some
students were happy to shift seats
and blow their smoke rings in one
corner of the room. But others re-
sented the move as discriminatory.
When history professor Livesay
called for questions at the start of

American History 332 last week, one
student asked that non-smoker and
smoker sections be set up. Livesay
didn't say it was a bad idea, but he
didn't quite know how to go about it
in a crowded Aud. 4, MLB.
HJOWEVER, HISTORY prof. Mari-
lyn Young worked the problem
out quite well in her Comparative
Revolutions class. She asked how
many students absolutely could not
get through the Russian and Chinese
revolutions without their cigarettes
Only one student admitted his weak-
ness. But Young said her lectures
would suffer if she were forced to
leave her pack at home. So she work-
ed out a good compromise - a spe-
cial smoking section was set up in
the back of the room.
If professors would follow Young's
example, everyone can breathe a lit-
tle easier - or with more difficulty
-as they choose.

To The Daily:
WITH THE START of a new
concert year the UAC Co-op
Concert Series wants to thank
last year's audiences for their
efforts on Hill Auditorium regu-
lations and remind this year's
audiences of the ground rules.
Smoking cannot be permitted
inside Hill because fire is a real
problem. The building is old, of
wood frame construction, and
there are many ventilaton cre-
vices under the seats where
cigarettes drop into storage
areas below. Even if a major
fire never developed, the panic
that could result from the smoke
of a smoldering fire could be
disastrous. Most injuries from
fire in publicaplaces result from
stampeding and smoke inhala-
tion.
Additionally, smoking is very
annoying to others. Any patron
has the right to request another
not to smoke when it infringes
on the non-smoker's rights or
whena patron's enjoyment of
the show is interrupted by the
ushers who have the task of
dealing with selfish violators
during the performance. The
usher staff is present to protect
the rights of concert patrons and
always appreciates support. The
rights of non-smokers (as well
as smokers who do not like
smoke in confined rooms) is
central to pending legislation in
many states, including Michi-
gan, restricting smoking areas
in public places. The lobby
areas of Hill are designated for
smokers, and those who can't
make it until intermission are
urged to take their bodies and
their matches to the lobby.
THE SECOND problem audi-
ences should avoid creating is
the mess resulting from food
and beverages in the hall. Some-
how, it doesn't seem unreason-
able to ask people to take care
of their pre-concert needs, in-
cluding dinner, before arriving
at Hill. Even an animal does not
mess his area. Why would intel-
ligent humans stain upholstery
and carpeting with wine, mus-
tard, and worse in a building
where they find so much enjoy-
ment?
The people who are entrusted
with the care of the building as
well as the organizations who
sponsor programs there want to
maintain the building so that
people will continue to have a
wonderful concert hall that mil-
lions have enjoyed in the past.

Programs which attracted audi-
ences that abused the building
have been eliminated. Even
though the proportion of the
audience which won't cooperate
is very small, the impact of
their behavior is resounding.
Many kinds of music are no
longer presented because of
those audiences. The regulations
are not going to go away, but
the music will.
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN and
Chick Corea are tremendous
talents and we are very proud to
present them for the University
community. But they would not
be appearing in Ann Arbor if
last year's audiences had blown
it.
Hill Auditorium is anmaginfi-
cent concert- facility, nationally
famous. The old dean is aging
gracefully but can't handle
abuse . . . treat it gently.
UAC Concert Co-op
September 23
clericals
To The Daily
AS A MEMBER of the cleri-
cal staff of the University of
Michigan and a proud member
of local 2001 (under the present
leadership) I feel I must speak
up, in an effort to save this
union and all it represents -
namely my future.
As we all know there is a
faction on campus that seeks
to undermine the efforts of our
bargaining committee. This fac-
tion known as CDU evidently
also includes the Michigan
Daily (this is evidenced by
their one sided reporting).,
For the benefit of my fellow
clericals who are still unin-
formed let me explain the ini-
tial purpose of a union contract.
The purpose of a contract is to
establish job security for the
members of that union and to
establish security and continued
existence of said union. In
short, to get your foot in the
door.
Let's be realistic. Without a
union we the clericals would be
in deep trouble. Only a child
feels he can have his cake and
eat it too. As adults we know
better. As adults we should not
have to count on the favoritism
of supervisors to get a decent
raise. I am of course referring
to merit increases. As adults
we need job security, which we
have attained through this con-

plead
tract. As adults we need a
grievance procedure which
would give us a chance to air
our perspective on 'any given
work situation, without fear of
being fired. This we also at-
tained through this contract.
RECENTLY CDU accused
the members of the bargaining
committee of using local 2001
as a stepping stone to bigger
and better things in UAW inter-
national. I don't feel this to be a
fair accusation. Everyone in
the course of his life seeks to
better themselves and their po-
sition. CDU would have us be-
lieve the members of their or-
ganization are happy to stag-
nate. If this is the case, how
can they help to better me and
my situation when they aren't
willing to better themselves.
Currently CDU is asking the
membership to participate in
a dues strike. Clericals, think
for yourselves. Are you willing
to lay your job, your livelihood,
your future on the line for noth-
ing? I'm not. Can CDU guar-
antee you that if you're fired,
because of a dues strike, that
you, will receive any monetary
compensation, large or small?
No they can't.
Recently; Rose Kronsperger,
another uninformed member of
CDU, stated in a letter to this
paper, that University offered
a raise of $52,50 which the
membership rejected at the
urging of the bargaining com-
mittee; only to accept a raise
of $543,00. Now really, the facts
Ms. Kronsperger are as follows:
The University made a propos-
al of 6.6 per cent which was to
include benefits (Blue Cross,
insurance, Major Medical etc.).
This would average out to about
$10.00 a' month more increase
in regard to your salary. The
Union proposed $52.50 more a
month which would appear on
your check as a raise. Not to
include benefits.
WRITING LETTERS SUCH
as this one, is one way of in-
forming people. But, Clericals
the only way to be informed is
to go to the horse's mouth. This
we cannot do sitting behind our
desks on our butts. You have
to find out for yourself. Your
future is at stake. The person
who is informed can never be
played for a sucker.
Saundra Banks
Sept. 19 ..

for mercy

It's Be-kind-to-Hill night

THIS EVENING SEVERAL thousand
fortunate ticket-holders will be
treated to the rock and roll mania of
Bruce Springsteen.
The show, like so many university
productions of the past, will be en-
hanced 'by the excellent acoustics of
Hill Auditorium.
But it may also prove to be the
last shown there, if concert-goers
abuse the excellent Hill facility as
they have too often in the past.
It is understandable why the uni-
versity is reluctant to afford rock au-
diences the privilege of listening to
their favorites in Hill. Performers and
audiences consistently rave over the
quality of the hall. An artist is only
as good as his or her surroundings,
and for acoustics and seating Hill
cannot be surpassed.
By securing Hill for tonight's
Springsteen concert, the people at
UAC have at once done local rock
lovers a great service and jeopardized
their own relationship with the uni-
versity on the line (See Letters col-
umn). Springsteen is certainly a
fine enough artist to entertain every-
body without the aid of 'bottles
(which can break and spill) and cig-
arettes (which can burn the rugs and
upholstery).
TODAY'S STAFF:
News: Tom Allen, Glen Allerhand,
Barb Cornell, Jo Marcotty, T i m
Schick, Jeff Sorensen, Jim Tobin
Editorial Page: Steve Harvey, P a u I
Haskins, Debra Hurwitz, Ted
Lambert, Theresa McCracken, Ruth
Miller
Arts Page: David Blomquist
Photo Technician: E. Susan Sheiner

J(INDLY RECOGNIZE Hill for what
it is -- a superb concert facility
-and treat it accordingly. In a very
real sense, the future of live music
at the university is on the line to-
night.
Editorial Staff
GORDON ATCHESON CHERYL PILATE
Co-Editors-in-Chief
DAVID BLOMQUIST..............Arts Editor
BARBARA CORNELL .. Sunday Magazine Editor
PAUL HASKINS .............. Editorial Director
JOSEPHINE MARCOTTY Sunday Magazine Editor
SARA RIMER .................. Executive Editor
STEPHEN SELBST ..................City Editor
JEFF SORENSON .. . .......... Managing Editor
STAFF WRITERS: Susan Ades, Tom Allen, Glen
Allerhand, Ellen Breslow, Mary Beth Dillon,
Ted Evanoff, Jim Finklestein, Elaine Fletch-
er, Stephen Hersh, Debra Hurwitz, Lois Josi-
movich, Doc Kralik, Jay Levin, Andy Lilly,
Ann Marie Lipinski, George Lobsenz, Pauline
Lubens, Rob Meachum,' Robert Miller, Jim
Nicoll, Cathy Reutter, Jeff Ristine, Tim
Schick, Katherine Spelman, Steve Stojie, Jim
Tobin. Bill Turque, Jim Valk, David Wein-
berg, Sue Wilhelm, David Whiting, Margaret
Yao.
Business Staff
DEBORAH NOVESS
Business Manager
Peter Caplan .... .............Finance Manager
Robert F. Cerra...........Operations Manager
Beth Friedman ..................Sales Manager
David Piontkowsky.....Advertising Manager
DEPA. MGRS. Dan Brinza, Steve LeMire, Rhondi
Mae, Kathy Mulhern, Cassie St. Clair
ASSOC. MGRS. David Harlan, Susan Shuitz
ASST. MGRS. Dave Schwartz
STAFF John Benhow, Colby Bennet, Margie De-
Ford, Elaine Douas, James Dykdema, Nine
Edwards, Debbie Gerrish, Amy Hartman,
Joan Helfman, Karl Jenning, Carolyn Koth-
stein, Jacke Krammer, Anna Kwok, Vicki
May, Susan Smereck, wayne Tsang, Ruth
Wolman
SALES Cher Bledsoe, Slyvia Calhoun, Marilyn
Edwards, Steve Wright
Photography Staff
KEN FINK PAULINE LUBENS
Chief Photographer Picture Editor
E. SUSAN SHEINER........Staff Photographer
GORDON TUCKER....,.....Staff Photographer

government
To The Daily:
IN TAKING ISSUE at cer-
tain points with Mr. Green-
shields' letter in your columns,
I wish to state first that I fully
share his enthusiasm for liber-
ty. But I do not think that the
cause of liberty (or any other
cause for that matter) can be
served by overstatement.
I refer to his words "Govern-
ments make war and oppress
people - people do not make
war. This writer cannot see any
difference in states that sup-
port a C.I.A., F.B-I., K.G.B., or
Gestapo." Well, for one thing,
in Russia, China, Spain, Chile,
etc. he could not have gotten
his letter printed, and, if he
had succeeded, both he and the
editor of the Daily would have
gone to jail for it. I do not think
that difference insignificant. In
this country we can still make
no end of a fuss when things
go wrong.
AS FOR "GOVERNMENTS
making war," that is technical-
ly accurate; it takes a govern-
ment to declare a war. But
many a government has been
reluctantly pushed into war by

popular clamor. McKinley did
not go to war with Spain until
he feared that Congress, re-
sponding to such clamor, would
have declared war anyhow. The
British, in the eighteenth cen-
tury, entered another war with
Spain in spite of the opposition
of Prime Minister Walpole, who
said, "They are ringing bells
now, they will be wringing
their hands later." Sadat would
like to make peace with Israel,
but terrorists, quite outside the
government, threaten all sorts
of things, from kidnaping to
bombing, if he does. The idea
that "governments" are always
wicked and that the "people"
who elect those governments
are always virtuous is a mere
historical inaccuracy.
Besides, what would Mr.
Greenshields have? To abolish
government would mean anar-
chy, and anarchy always re-
suits in the tyranny of strong
and ruthless individuals. Far
better work within the system
and reform it according to our
ideas.
Preston Slosson
Professor Emeritus of
History
September 22

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Warheads:

Lost, forgotten in Kosrea

By G. GUY GIBSON
DALLAS, Sept. 17 (PNS) -
The Defense Department has
hushed up a six-month investi-
gation into charges that the Ar-
my dangerously mishandled U.S.
nuclear warheads in South Ko-
rea and that three high-ranking
American officers conspired to
hide it from their superiors.
The probe was originally trig-
gered by a letter of inquiry out-
lining these charges from Wis-
consin Congressman Les Aspin
to Assistant to the Secretary of
Defense for Atomic Energy D.R.
Cotter in 1973.
Pacific News has obtained a
copy of the Aspin letter.
Citing a confidential source,
Aspin's letter charged that Gen.
Charles Bonesteel III, Comman-
der of the Eighth Army, had un-
covered startling breaches in
nuclear weapons security and
inventory control while inspect-
ing South Korea's nuclear stor-
age sites (Maximum Security

Areas or MSAs) in 1968.
According to Aspin's letter,
some of the MSAs were actually
missing warheads listed on the
inventory control sheets. Others
contained warheads no longer
included in the U.S. Army nu-
clear arsenal. And at many of
the MSAs, South Korean troops
outnumbered American troops
by eight to one - thus raising
the possibility, according to As-
pin's letter, that a foreign power
could seize U.S. nuclear wea-
pons.I
BONESTEEL reported these
findings to Gen. Dwight Beach,
commander of USARPAC (U. S.
Army Pacific), who had origin-
ally ordered the inspection tour
in preparation for)a visit by top
civilian Defense Department of-
ficial Dr. Carl Walske, then in
charge of inventory, supply and
control of all atomic weapons
deployed by the U.S. According
to Aspin's letter, which cited a
source present at the time,

Beach then conspired with
Bonesteel and Lt. Gen. Harry
Critz, Commander of I Corps in
South Korea, to hide the defi-
ciencies from Walske. The cov-
er-up included doctoring books,
juggling warhead serial num-
bers, and temporarily stationing
infantry troops around certain
nuclear sites.
Apparently, these stop-gap
measures proved effective. Oth-
er sources have told PNS that
when Dr. Walske conducted his
tout, all MSAs were able to
show a full and proper inven-
tory of weapons. If a site was
short nuclear warheads, accord-
ing to these sources, they would
be trucked in by convoy during
the night while Walske slept.
Warheads no longer carried on
inventory sheets were removed
and stored elsewhere with little
or no security. At one MSA that
lacked a permanent military
garrison, infantry men were
camped in tents. Although of-

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THlE MILWAUKEE JOURNAL
Fuld Sawrper Syndicse* 16 j_6'

IN A REAL SENSE
The demise of English:
Too much to say too little

ficials told Dr. Walske a per-
manent barrack was planned, it
was never built. Once Walske
left, moreover, even these stop-
gap measures were removed,
these sources claim, and the
precarious security arrange-
ments remained unchanged.
THE PROBE conducted by
the Army Inspector General into
Aspin's letter of inquiry wab
never publicized, although the
probe was concluded early in
1974.
A copy of the findings was,
however, sent to a House Armed
S e r v i c e s Subcommittee and
placed in a secret file.
Congressman Les Aspin s uf-

fice now says he may move to
seek declassification of the re-
port.
G. Guy Gibson, an investi-
gative reporter based in Dallas,
has worked as a reporter in
New York, Detroit, and Chica-
go. He currently writes for the
Iconoclast of Dallas. Copyright
Pacific News Service, 1975.
Letters should be typed
and limited to 400 words.
The Daily reserves the
right to edit letters for
length and grammar.

By JIM TOBIN
I SUPPOSE MY pet peeve concerning the
-abuse of our language is excess-that sorry mass
of words and phrases from which we draw to
dress up our thoughts because we haven't self-
confidence enough to let our thoughts stand on
their own.
We are constantly adding an unnecessary pre-
fix here, a wasteful clause ther which serves
only to gum up the works, to make of clear
expression a jumble of half-baked ideas suffo-
cated by superfluous language.
I don't discredit everyone ever guilty of this
sin; many superb minds and most good ones
commit it every day. The point is, nobody no-
tices.
In a very real sense, one of the favorites
these days is the phrase "In a very real sense,"
or just now coming into vogue, "In a very true
sense."
ONE OF MY INSTRUCTORS last week, ex-
pounding on the nature of American values.
said, "People, in a very real sense, really do
havo - i.r.t+pc "TTh nliahteninr? Not only

that while lying to the American people, Rich-
ard Nixon did so in a very false sense. This
would denote how false his lie was. No, I
take that back; he lied in a very real sense, and
what he said was said in a very false sense. Ah,
clarity at last!
HAVE I BEATEN this dead horse long enough?
Let's remember folks, that anyone saying any-
thing means it in a very real sense, or else
would not have said it in the first place. We
hone.
A gentleman in a class of mine must have been
in quite a quaddary the other day. We were
discussing the Cuban Missile Crisis (or the Cu-
ban Missile Crisis Situation, as I'm sure it will
be dubbed within a few years), and he had a
particularly poignant point to rake about the in-
adeilaicv of American intelligence in and around
Cuba at the time. Trouble was, his point didn't
sound all that imnressive in English. So, in the
vein of many students before him, he took the
adventlurolis route and made up a brand new
wrd "The Americans." he declared, "hadn't
-ade overflights over the western part of the
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