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Wednesday, June 6, 1973


Turmoil hits cable TVstation

Larry Randa delivers a newscast from Cable 3's studios.
iit't'ttt JLSECly Airlines cut of

In his efforts to make Michigan Cable
TV "delightful," executive to a n a g e r
Lawry Dolph has fired several top station
personnel, discontinued Io c a I program-
ning, admitted his ignorance of broad-
costing and-as a result-has become a
very controversial man.
Comments about the former editor of
the Huron Valley Advisor range from "he's
all hype and a supreme egotist" to "he
is a very smart man."
PEOPLE IN the local news media gen-
erally concede that Dolpth was responsible
for transforming the Advisor from a shop-
ping sheet into an aggressive, muckraking
weekly. But does tie know anything about
"We did something before (on the Ad-
oisr)," Dolph says, "and we'll do same-
thing again."
Dolph says lie believes local Chasrel 3
can become an "a g g r e s s i v e viable
"COMIMIUNII'Y IS what this is about. I
want to make this town talk to itself, to
make it a more candid town where people
can trust each other. TV should be in the
commnity, not the studio," he said.
But three local "community oriented"
shouts have been cancelled. Dolph says
he is involving the station in the com-
munity by having one of the newsmen do
consuner surveys on the station's service
each day. lie also plans to buy a mobile
TV unit that the station cannot presently
In Dolph's two and a half months as
manager of Channel 3, the major change
at the station has been a staff upheaval
that replaced several p e o p t e who had
broadcasting experience with others who
have none. Some of the replacements are
Huron Valley Advisor imports.
"DOLPH IS TRYING to make the news
into a daily edition of the Huron Valley
Advisor" says Derrick Janisz, who was
fired from his position as news director
of Channel 3 a few weeks ago.
"Dolph wanted more scandals in govern-
ment uncovered but we simply didn't have
the manpower to do what he wanted,"
Janisz said. "I wanted more hard news
and tight features deating with people and
Dolph is evasive about explaining his
staff changes. "People mouth values but
really only want to perpetuate their ca-
reers. We have to work as a team and
move by consensus."
HE ALSO MENTIONS "narrow-minded-
ness" and a lack of creativity on the part
of former staff members. And he defended
the hiring of people without TV or broad-
cast experience.
"A good man is a good man. If he has
taught himself discipline in research, acts
ethically and with integrity then it doesn't
matter if he's a chemist or carpenter, a
physicist or a plumber. I can make him
a good journalist with an open mind."
Marcia Domurat, another former em-
ploye at the station says t h a t Dolp4
"knows nothing a b o u t television" and
"thinks anything different is good-which
is simply not true."
See CABLE, Page 10

A fourteen year old local girl was the
victim of a kidnapping and rape yesterday.
The girl, whose name was not released,
told police she was walking in the 500
block of N. Division when two men forced
her at knife point into their car. After
driving her around for about half an hour,
the men took her into an apartment
where she was raped. The girl said that
she was then kept until morning in the
apartment before being driven to the
Diag and released.
Solar eclipse
A full moon occuring June 30 will create
the second longest total solar eclipse seen
in the last 1,433 years, University astron-
omy Prof. Hazel (Doc) Losh said yester-
day. The eclipse, which will last seven and
a quarter minutes, will not be visible in
the United States. The longest possible to-
tal solar eclipse is seven and a half min-
utes and only one longer than this month's
has been recorded since 540 A. D., Losh
are light and summery . . . the
Ann Arbor Board of Education will meet
at 7 p.m. at the Public Library Meeting
Room . . . The all-star Michigan rugby
team will take on the Northampton
Saints of England at 6:30 p.m. on Ferry
Field . . . and the ever-faithful Grad
Coffee Bour will b4 held in Rackham's
East Conference Room at 8 p.m.
A2 s weather
Cloudy with chance of rain this morn-
ing, clearing this afternoon and evening.
A nice high pressure center in the south-
west will be sending good weather our
way. Slighty cooler temperatures today
with highs between 70 and 75 and lows
tonite 60 te 65.

youth fare rates

WASHINGTON (UPI)--Why should peo-
ple under 21 pay less for their airline
tickets t Is a n middle-aged businessmen?
Isn't that discrimination? Or is it a valid
way for airlines to fill empty seats?
The Civil Aeronautics B o a r d (CAB)
argues that youth fares and family fares
do discriminate, and ordered them phased
out starting this week.
Student groups argue that the youth
fare-which is about a third less than the
full fare-is a -money-maker for the air-
Students travel only w h e n there is
"space available"-empty seats. On an
average, up to half of available airline
seats are empty, they claim.
Most airline officials contend that this
can be a distorted argument. Many stu-
dents travel at peak seasons when planes
are normally filled with full-fare pas-
Nor are students above "insuring" that

they will get a seat. Under this strategy ,
students telephone the airlines with fic-
titious reservations in order to make sure
there are empty seats at departure time.
Many airline officials argue that all
discount fares-whether for student fares,
family fares or special vacation fare-
dilute revenues.
Abolish the fares and revenue will in-
crease because the, g r o u p s benefiting+
from the discount fares will continue to
travel full fare is the way this argument
Parents of college-age children - want
Congress to save the fares, and students
are organizing lobby groups to urge pass-
age of legislation to keep them. Not even
all airline officials agree it is a good
idea to do away with the discount fares.
Under the discount fare, a student can
fly to the West Coast from New York for
$111. As the special rate is phased out,
the price of the ticket would rise to $168
by June 1, 1974.

''library growth stunted by
spiraling costs of new books

Because of skyrocketing inflation, the
University library system faces a serious
crimp in its ability to buy new books and
other publications.
The situation "could definitely lead to
a deterioration in the quality of the (li-
brary) collection without funds to offset
it", says Frederick Wagman, director of
University libraries.
OVER THE LAST few years- the cost
of books has increased dramatically, at
an annual rate of nearly 10 per cent. At

the same time, the state legislature's
University appropriations have not includ-
ed library fund increases proportionate to
rising book costs.
One University official, speaking about
library allocations, said "we really never
got anything. Libraries are just not a
popular item for legislators. They don't
read a lot of books."
Since the 1969 - 1970 school year Uni-
versity library book purchases have fallen
from 155,251 to 132,850 in 1971-72.
LAST YEAR, libraries on the local cam-

pus (not including the Law and Business
Administration Libraries, the Michigan
Historical collection and the Clements Li-
brary) purchased 32,000 fewer volumes
than in 1970-71
The library system's future outlook is
unclear. In his budget recommendations
to the legislature, Governor Milliken has
included a 10 per cent increase in library
funding, which Wagman says would help
to "offset the rising costs for a year."
But at the same time, the Library Direc-
tor said, "I suspect that the inflationary
spiral will be just as bad as this year."

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