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nihe £Iian Daily
Eighty-Six Years of Editorial Freedom
Edited and managed by students at the University of Michigan

Wormens' sports: Kicking stigmas

Wednesday, November 12, 1975

News Phone: 764-0552

420 Maynard St., Ann Arbor, Mi. 48104

WOMEN'S ATHLETICS IS no small issue at a
place like the University of Michigan where ...
1) The women's gymnastics "team" does not exist.
Instead, it is a "club" that has been uncoached, has
had to provide it's own transportation to meets, etc.;
but in spite of all that, has brought home several
second place finishes. It is difficult to believe that
the prestigious U of M is "unable" to provide an
intercollegiate team for these clearly talented and
devoted women; and where . . . 2) In 1974, at the
same time that this "great U" was deciding that
it could indeed field a women's tennis team (as
well as five other intercollegiate sports - the first
for women on this campus), the sparklingly bright
Track and Tennis Building was completed - if you
can call it complete with no locker facilities for
women. Besides reflecting the attitudes in existence
towards women's sports and athletes (after all, the
initial planning stages for a women's tennis team
were under way at about the same time as the
architects' sketches), the lack of locker facilities
also shows poor planning. Clearly, at the very least,
women's team facilities will eventually have to be
added to the building - and it can only cost more
than it would have cost to build them originally; and
where ... 3) Men like'Bo Schembechler, who have
access to major media. either purposely or ignorant-
ly misinterpret the guidelines issued about Title IX.
Once again, Title IX does not require equal expendi-
BUT IN FAIRNESS, we must be aware that not
all the problems are caused by the U. Women have
not been socialized to sports participation in the
same way that men have. Historically, most sports
were considered "unfeminine". A few sports were
okay for women -- golf, tennis, swimming. Women
could participate in these sports and still be feminine
-as long as we didn't play too well or compete too
seriously. Oddly enough, field hockey has always
been considered a woman's sport even though it
is probably as rough a game as ice hockey (espe-
cially for the goalie) with little of the associated pro-
tective padding. But then men damage so easily.
However, times are a-changing. Women's sports
are achieving a prominence that has never been seen
before, at least not since the Amazons! More high
school girls are participating in active competitive

varsity sports than was even imagined when I was
in high school. Although these women are, not here
yet, they are on their way. But the women who are
currently at the U were socialized pre-BJK (pre
Billie Jean King and the great women's sports
boom). There are difficulties in actually getting
women to use the available facilities. These women
have not been socialized to get together and go play
basketball as a social activity in the way that men
have. It just does not occur to most women.
PROGRAMS NEED TO be developed to inform and
educate women on campus as to the possibilities
available to them in athletics, and their rights to
use the facilities. This could easily be added to
the existing orientation programs. Women in dormi-
tories and sororities should be made aware of how
easy it is to field intramural teams - either re-
creative or competitive - in a number of sports.
The athletic department has done a fine job of creat-
ing a very attractive and very informative series of
booklets this year. However, these are mainly being
distributed at the sports facilities. Those who are
already using the facilities are the ones who receive
the information. But many women still consider these
places male domains (even if we don't realize that
we do); so these informational packets are not
reaching many potentially interested women.
The problems are complex; the answers are not
simple. But we can. all start somewhere. The Com-
mission for Women has a newly formed committee
on Women's Athletics. The committee is open to all
interested participants. Call the Commission at
763-2203 to become a part of this committee.
THE COLISEUM AT Hill & Fifth has "Women's
Hours" from 5-7 pm Monday-Friday. Lockers are
available on a daily or semester basis, and so is
equipment. Get some friends together and go play
basketball or volleyball - or go by yourself and
If you work at the 'U' or live in a dorm or soror-
ity or know any other group of University connected
women, then see about getting a team together for
a fall or winter sport (volleyball, basketball, foot-
ball, track, bowling, etc.). Call the Coliseum (763-
5195) for information about starting dates. If there
is a sport you are interested in, but you are not
able to get a team together, call the Coliseum where


-Photo by Beverly Harris

they will compile a list of those wanting to partici-
pae; and when there are enough people, you all
become a team or you become members of already
existing teams, Alternatively, if there is a sport
you are interested in, you might want to join one
of the many already-existing clubs (archery, karate,
hiking, fencing, soccer, volleyball, etc.), or you can
form your own club.

tive! Remember, "women

body and become ac-
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Preserve consumer board

T H I S MORNING the W a y s and
Means Committee of the Washte-
naw County Board of Commissioners
will vote on whether to eliminate the
office of the Consumer Action Cen-
ter. As it now stands, the office
serves four functions-mediation for
non I-criminal complaints, consumer
information, consumer education, and
prosecution of criminal complaints. .
The resolution appearing before the
committee would cut . the effective-
ness of the consumer office to per-
haps an eighth of what it is now.
The proposal would move the crim-
inal investigator to the office of the
Sealer of Weights and Measures, And
do away with the remaining positions
in the consumer office, essentially
ending the other three functions of
the consumer office.
The investigator would become a
part of the Sealer of Weights and
Measures office, and w o'u ld spend
half his time investigating violations
in weights and measures, gasoline,
meat weights, etc., and the other half,
investigating violations in other con-
News: Gordon Atcheson, Stephen
Hersh, Lois Josimovich, Pauline Lu-
bens, Rob Meachum, Jim Nicoll,
Sara Rimer, Curt Smith
Editorial Page: Paul Haskins, Tom
Kettler, Jon Pansius, Tom Stevens
Arts Page: Doc Kralik, Jeff Sorensen
Photo Technician: Ken Fink
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sumer areas, like automobiles and
mobile homes. The investigator would
be half as effective.
BUT THAT IS not the most painful
part of the proposal. The major-
ity of complaints that pass through
the Consumer action office are not
criminal. Most of them deal with bad
deals-a bum washing machine, a
pair of shoes with cardboard soles.
And the consumer office, with the
aid of volunteers, looks into these
complaints and tries to do what is
fair for the consumer. But the new
proposal. eliminates this function.
The reasons behind the new reso-
lution are complicated, but the offi-
cial reason is budgeting; the county's
budget must be cut.
Over the l a s t two y e a r s, on a
budget of $70,000, t h e y saved the
county $130,000. Commissioner Cathy
McClary said that she hoped the new
office would continue to be as effec-
tive, but considering the staff cuts,
it doesn't seem very likely.
FVERYONE WILL get the bad end of
the deal if t h i s proposal goes
through. Consumers will have no es-
tablished institution to go to when
they get worked over, by an unethical
business firm. The criminal violations
that do go on, will receive only half
the attention that they deserve. But
if they pass his new proposal, they
are benefiting nobody but the office
of the Sealer of Weights and
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To The Daily:
recent Teach-in, and an observ-
er of campus movements since
the 1930's, I would like to make
a brief comment. Both in the
sheer numbers of students who
participated hour after hour in
the Teach-In, and the quality
of attention given the many
speakers, it was truly impres-
sive and encouraging for the
future. I attended a meeting at
Hill Auditorium which focussed
on the Chicago "conspiracy
trial" in 1969, in which the at-
tendanceawas larger, but the
quality and atmosphere quite.
With Jerry Rubin as the chief
entertainer, the response was
more boistrous, but also more
superficial, in contrast with the

more thoughtful, critical and
open-minded reaction to the cur-
rent Teach-In.
It is said today that the stu-
dent concern with social prob-
lems, which exploded in the
60's, is dead on today's cam-
puses. The Ann Arbor Teach-In
proves how wrong this estimate
is. I believe that the Ann Arbor
experience merits nation - wide
attention as a truly historic
post-script. Michael Beckman,
in his article on the Teamsters
Union is guilty of some gr'oss
inaccuracies. He refers to "the
corruptCIO longshoremen un-
der Harry Bridges," and reit-
erates his point later in speak-
ing of Harry Bridges' "racke-
teers" The West Coast long-
shoremen's union, now the in-



The Lighter Side :moww
Peacemakers bullish,
IXI:} on arms agreements =-
we.r ", .r..j ..v . Dick West
"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall supply both
sides with arms."-The New New Testament.
WASHINGTON (UPI) - Suppose two countries had been fight-
ing each other and you were assigned the role of mediator. How
would you go about restoring peace between them?
Would you A) try to persuade them to beat their swords into
plowshares? Or would you B) promise that if they signed a treaty
you would see to it that each got more weapons?
I'm not suggesting the Biblical approach A) is no longer valid,
but it does appear that the era of peace through munitions purvey-
ance B) is now close at hand.
Fresh from negotiating the Israeli-Egyptian treaty, Secretary
of State Henry Kissinger went before a congressional committee
the other day seeking $1.5 billion in military air for Israel.
He said the question of also supplying arms to Egypt still was
hanging fire, so to speak, but "we listened with sympathy" to
President Anwar Sadat's request for U. S. military assistance.
WHICH PROMPTED REP. Donald W. Reigle, D-Mich., to ob-
serve that "we may find ourselves arming all sides."
To the untrained eye, it might appear that stacking more pow-
derkegs atop a tinderbox does little to prevent explosions. But Kis-
singer said the $3.3 billion in military and economic aid sought
for the Middle East "is a prudent investment in peace."
And he must know whereof he speaks. For since he began
negotiating peace pacts in various parts of the world, the overseas
sale of U.S. arms has jumped from $2 billion to $9.2 billion annual-
After the hearing, I asked a diplomatic observer how providing
additional war material to potential belligerents reduces the threat
of war.
"Apparently you don't realize how badly some of these coun-
tries want to get their hands on missiles, rockets and other mod-
ern military hardware," he replied.
"They literally will do anything to acquire such weapons, in-
cluding signing agreements not to use them."
I said, "I never dreamed they were that desperate."
"What we are trying to do," he continued, "is take advantage
of the demand for arms to forge a worldwide chain of nonaggres-
sion treaties.
"LET'S SAY COUNTRY A and Country B are on the verge of

dependent ILWU, was born in
the struggle against labor cor-
ruption and racketeering, and
established itself after one of
the nation's most historic strikes
in 1934, which became, ultimate-
ly one of three general strikes
in,the country's history. Bridges
was attacked, not for corrup-
tion or racketeering, but for his
political radicalism which was
expressed in his helping to
create a model of democratic
"rank-and-file" unionism which
still stands today as an example
of what most of us would hope
to see emulated in the labor
As a former member of the
ILWU in the late 30's and early
40's, I am a personal witness
to the accuracy of my state-
ments here.
Dick Criley,
Midwest Director,
National Committee
Against Repressive
November 6
To The Daily:
NOW THAT THE weather is
getting colder, I am more and
more dismayed by the numer-
ous dogs I see left to wait out-
side buildings on campus for
their owners. This morning at
ten to eleven, I entered the
MLB, where there was a gold-
en retriever with collar and
tags sitting outside the door.
When Ihcame out at five past
noon, the dog was still there,
checking each personswho came
out the door to see if they were
'his.' And this isn't an isolated
I realize that people like to
take their dogs with them when
they go out, and I sympathize.
If I had a dog (I don't only
because I can't accommodate
one in my apartment) I would
too. If you're going to have to
leave the dog outside while you
run into the store for five min-
utes, that's one thing. But it's
really unfair to the dog to ex-
pect it to wait for an hour or
more outside in the cold while
you attend class. Doesn't that
defeat the purpose of having
the dog along for companionship
anyway? Besides the discomfort
of lying on cold cement (and
they do!), the dog is at the
mercy of other loose dogs and
even unscrupulous h u m a n s.
Should its patience falter (and
who's to blame if it did?), wan-
dering around in the street un-.
controlled increases its chances
of being hit by a car. So please,
people, if you care about your
dog, don't take advantage of
its good nature. If you can't
keep the dog with you, which
is where it prefers to be any-
way, leave it at home where
it can at least wait for you in
comfort and relative safety!
Julia Stielstra
October 30

controlled by a tyrannical ma-
jority of underdeveloped and
Communist countries, and the
resolutions passed by this as-
sembly reveals their resentment
and disdain for the civilized
The United Nations' action of
proclaiming Zionism as a form
of racism is . undoubtedly the
most perverted distortion of the
truth ever to emenate from
within her walls. Sponsored by
the oil - rich Arab bloc, this
treacherous resolution repre-
sents a digression into the dark
ages. Denying the Jewish Peo-
ple the rightato their historic
homeland is a manifestation of
medieval anti-semitism cast in
a modern mold. Free-thinking
peoples of the world will not
be fooled when such personages
as Sadat claim to be anti-Zion-
ist but not anti-semetic. No dis-
tinction can be drawn between
the two as the majority of Jews
are pro-Israel and as such are
deeply concerned with its sur-
takenmost seriously and must
not be passed off laughingly by
the sane men of this world. Let
us not forget that only forty
years have passed since a short-
sighted world took lightly the
actions of a madman in Ger-
many. Surely one lesson to be
learned from the Nazi tragedy
is that appeasement of an evil
force does nothing to impede its
progress, on the contrary, it en-
courages it.
Gil Grant
Alice Lloyd Hall
November 11
S. Africa
To The Daily:- I
ON FRIDAY, November 7,
the University's African Student
Association showed Last Grave
at Dimbaza, a movie made se-
cretly in South Africa and smug-
gled out of the country in 1974.
This was the Ann Arbor premier
of the movie which shows the
brutal, systematic oppression of
the Black majority in South Af-
rica - with American conni-
vance and involvement.
The film's editing is precise
and its commentary sharp.
Scenes include: a Black woman
taking care of a white child,
while her own children are sent
off to a 'reserve" to be seen
once a year by their mother;
rows of listless Black children
dying of malnutrition, while the
commentary tells us that one
out of every three Black chil-
dren dies before reaching the
age of one. This in the richest
country in Africa. And 18,000
Black men have died in the
white-owned gold mines in the
last 30 years, an average of
three deaths every shift.
The film punches out the con-
trast between white affluence
and Black suffering, with the
clarity of its scenes and born-


including the theft of copies of
the film. When Last Grave at
Dimbaza was shown on cable
TV last week, a member of
the African Student Association
reported that the article in the
New York Times advertising
the event had been torn out of
at least 7 newspapers in cam-
pus locations at the University.
On Friday the University se-
curity harassed students at the
movie, trying to censor a dis-
play of Southern Africa litera-
ture outside the hall. Unable
to close down the display on
his own, the MLB building su-
pervisorncalled security who
sent a nervous young "safety"
officer, Robert J. Farrier, to
the scene. When this failed to
close down the display they es-
calated their tactics, until two
obese Ann Arbor police officers,
the safety officer's supervisor,
and the chief of campus se-
curity had been called in to
deal with the two students at
the literature table.
The students demanded to see
the rules by which they were
to be *evicted and the whole
offensive fizzled. The security
contingent were unable to pro-
duce the rules, tried further in-
timidation- and then left.
WHY DID THE administra-
tion, and others, respond so ag-
gressively to Last Grave at
Dimbaza? Dimbaza is one of
the African reserves in South
Africa and the graves are those
of Black babies who die of hun-
ger while their mothers take
care of white children hundreds
of miles away and their fathers
work in white - owned corpora-
tions. The movie speaks clearly
about the treatment Black work-
ers receive at the hands of the
475 U.S. corporations in South
Africa. These workers receive
less than $100 a month (often
much less), strike actions are
illegal and frequently end in
death for many of the strikers.
Profits for U.S. corporations are
Following the movie, Tapson
Mawere, representative to the
U.S. of the Zimbabwe Arican
National Union spoke to the au-
dience. He emphasized that
South Africa's Blacks do not
want sympathy. Repeating the
message that brought the au-
dience at the Teach-In to its feet
last Tuesday, Mawere said that
Black South Africans "will win
their own struggle: and you can
help them by winning your
struggle here."
The Southern
African Committee
November 1i
To The Daily:
resent the article in the Daily
of November 7 which indicates
that CRISP is responsible for
the delays at Angell Hall. Neith-
er we nor our office have any-
thina to do with the handing out

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