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Edited and managed by students at the
University of Michigan
Editorials printed in The Michigan Doily express the individual
opinions of the author This must e oted in all reprints.
ATURDAY, JULY 15, 1972 News Phone: 764-0552
Black to campaigning
TE LAST ECHO of the last cheer has long since died
away in the now empty convention hall. The delegates
have checked out of their opulent beach hotels, and the
tents in Flamingo Park are folded and packed.
And yet, just a few weeks from today, it will all begin
again. What New York Times columnist James Reston
calls McGovern's "blue jeans machine," will, from all
reports, hit the road again-canvassing, fund raising, and
engineering another grassroots campaign of the type that
brought their virtually unknown candidate the Demo-
cratic presidential nomination.
BUT McGOVERN is walking a tight rope. While he must
reconcile the more conservative elements of the
party, he must not do so at the price of alienating his
young supporters.
To win, McGovern will need the help of many Demo-
crats who bitterly opposed his candidacy prior to Satur-
day night. Labor czar Frank King of Ohio, Richard Daley
of Chicago, and AFL-CIO Chief George Meany, are power-
ful men in the Democratic Party. They will have to be
accommodated because if they sit out the election it will
hurt, for no other reason than because the party needs
their money.
The choice of Sen. Thomas Eagleton as the VP can-
didate represents an admission of this reality on the part
of the McGovern campaign staff. Eagleton has good ties
with labor and it is thought that perhaps he can bind
some party wounds.
INEVITABLY, AS HE moves to reunite the party, there
will be strains in his relations with both sides. His
closed-door selection of Eagleton, and his move to post-
pone a vote on new party charter have already hurt
his image with people who put him where he is.
But there is always the spectre of another four years
of Nixon. McGovern has said that the party must unite
behind him to dump the incumbent President. And when
the bosses and the idealists think about it, they may well
All-Star farce
A FEW YEARS AGO, major league baseball found its
reputation as America's favorite pastime severely
threatened by the advent of "pro football mania." At-
tendance throughout the country was anemic and the
enthusiastic support that was so typical of the 1940's and
50's dwindled.
To the rescue rushed Commissioner Bowie Kuhn and
his cartel of clowns who diagnosed the problem and
prescribed the panacea: a double dose of commercialism.
Kuhn declared that the jock populace from Maine to
California would be granted the power to select the
starting eight positions (excluding the pitcher) for both
All-Star teams. Taking advantage of this decision, the
Gilette Shaving Co. smeared their advertisements across
the ballots hoping to cash in on future profits.
The maneuver succeeded in stimulating a new interest
in the game and crowd sizes swelled significantly. During
June and the first half of July, fans stampeded to the
ball parks to stuff the votings bo: with piles of red white
and blue ballots.
Kuhn was satisfied and the general managers couldn't
gripe about the increased supply of greenbacks they were
feeding into their treasuries. Everything was dandy
except for one minor detail; a number of players were
being selected to participate in the talent-laden classic
who never belonged there.
The spectator too often falls victim to his emotions and
will support his hometown favorite or a big name player
whose outstanding credentials belong with the past, not
with the present.

THIS SEASON'S VOTING is. a case in point: Based upon
the lastest hitting statistics, only one of the top
twenty hitters in both leagues will start on July 25, the
night of this year's event. The others will have to rest
their hopes upon the sentiment of the leagues' respective
managers, who will select the remainder of the squads.
PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL might believe that it has
won a major battle by bestowing this new respon-
sibility upon its fans. However, much of the integrity
associated with the classic has been sacrificed. Kuhn
should plan a new strategy to lure the people back into
the parks before the All-Star game becomes a farce.

Rumors behind the news
...as compiled by The Daily staff

Tight security
A new wave of paranoia seems to
be sweeping the Administration
Bldg. Last month, janitors came
inder strict orders to lock t h e
building's basement garbage room.
It seems that University officials
,were concerned that someone's
been fishing through their waste-
Also, the University has joined
a long list of multi-million dollar
institutions to have found the need
for a paper shredder - an ingen-
ious device that instantly reduces
discarded memos into a pile of
paper dots.
Finally, employes in the Univer-
sity's -payroll department have
been alerted to keep an extra close
watch on the University's secret
salary information printout. In
fact, the warning was repeated
in that office on Tuesday - the
same day President Fleming re-
ceived a letter from some Daily
staff members asking that the sal-
ary information be made public.
HRP hard luck
Ah, the glory of sitting on Ann
Arbor's City Council.
Ever since HRP members Nancy
Wechsler and Jerry DeGrieck won
seats on Comicil, fame and for-
tune have h a r d 1 y been theirs.
Nancy's phone is unlisted to pre-
vent harassment, Jerry has been
unable to find a job since the end
of the term, Nancy has been seek-
ing a new job with no luck for the
past few weeks, and both of their
mailboxes abound with threaten-
ing hate mail.
Yet the city is not forgetting this
pair - each has a free parking
space at City Hall where they can
camp if things get really tough.
Meanwhile, HRP is $2,500 in
debt, and may be forced out of tis
debt, and may be forced out of
its present office on Thayer St.
The solution: They're going to

sell balloons, buttons, and T-shirts
emblazoned with their Hippo sym-
bol at the Ann Arbor Street Art
Rock n' roall
Although nothing is final yet,
there seems to be a good chance
that the following acts will be on
campus during the next year: Cat
Stevens, Yes, Procol Harum, Coin-
mander Cody, Stevie Wonder and
Sun Ra.
Another tale making the music
circles is that the Ann A r b o r
Blues Festival is returning, this
year expanding to include ejazz.
Midnight madness
" Wrigley's market at Stadium
and Washtenaw St. has lost its in-
Now that the large store is open
all night, it's mood is constantly
changing. All day it's a family
market filled with shopping moth-
ers, spoiled kids and strains of
muzak floating out from a nebu-
lous somewhere.
But around 11 p.m., the whole
scene changes. The muzak is fad-
ed out for right-on rockand roll:
people are buying Twinkies and
toys off the "age 7 to 9" rack.
While matronly women are casht
iers during the day, no-nonsense
men take your order at night.
And with the security guard roam-
ing about, even the lettuce looks
less wholesome.
Sound advice
One of the older women coun-
selors in the LSA counseling cen-
ter, made little secret of the fact
that she was not too fond of the
BGS degree.
The woman, a former member
of the administrative board who
recently retired, would tell s t u-
dents: "The only thing the BGS
is good for is if you want to be a

housewife. It's for students who
can't make it with the other de-
But as the BGS began gaining
widespread acceptance, she amend-
ed her story slightly.
'The BGS is only good if you
want to be a housewife or go to
law school," she would remark.
Free refreshments
If you're feeling hot, and yor
throat is kind of dry some -After-
noon, drop by North Hall, and
let the military quench your thirst.
The ROTC chiefs are providing
free soft drinks for all those who
come to their open house sales
pitches, Monday-Thursdaywat 3:0.
But even when the weather's
cool, ROTC brass report that at-
tendance at the line-up, sign-up,
join-up sessions is h i g h. It
seems as though a lot of fresh-
men are willing to pick up a gun
to get the draft deferment that
ROTC offers.
Strategic food
Local anti-war research activists
were more than a little surpris-
ed recently when one of the ob-
jects of their protest tried the
old "kill them with kindness" tac-
As 30 protesters picketed t h e
house of Prof. Richard Lagault,
Mrs. Legault tempted palates with
a sumptuous offering of goodies.
Placed strategically near t h e
picket line was a table heaped
with two kinds of bread, baloney,
salami, cheese, mayonaisse, but-
ter, and hot coffee. Mrs. Legault
also brought a pile of raincoats
to the curb for the picketers in
case it rained.
After some deliberation and a
few longing glances the g r o u p
decided not to accept the offering.
Neighborhood kids later cleaned
up the banquet.

Vote. Communist in 72!

naily Guest writer
EORGE McGovern vs. Rich-
ard Nixon. The choice is
clear, isn't it?
The choice is clear-the best
ticket to work and vote for in the
'72 elections is the Communist
Party slate of Gus Hall and Jar-
vis Tyner.
It is through the Communist
campaign that the issues which
confront the people, and the
struggles into which they must
enter, will be most clearly ar-
ticulated and developed.
SEVERAL TIMES in the past
few years, we have seen how the
independent progressive move-
ments of the people have devel-

oped to be followed by the sup-
port of the liberal politicians.
For instance, the civil rights
movement had been actively de-
veloping for several years before
Lyndon Johnson saw fit to sign
civil rights legislation.
And, as most everyone knows,
nearly every senator (includ-
ing McGovern) voted for the Gulf
of Tonkin resolution in 1965. Only
after a powerful, nationwide
peace movement had emerged did
people like McGovern start speak-
ing out.
On the other hand, the Com-
munists have not only spoken out
against reactionary measures,
they have also been instrumental
in building movements against

Today's Staff . .
News: Jan Benedetti, Dan Biddle, Carla Rapoport
Editorial Page: Alan Lenhoff
Photography technician: Rolfe Tessem

these measures.
This is well demonstrated by
the back-handed "compliment"
given to the Communist Party by
the rabid right-wingers who label
all activists in the peace and
Black liberation movements Com-
munists or "Communist ' inspir-
ed." The designation is of course
incorrect, and insults the ability
of the people to think independ-
ently - but at the same time it
reflects the devoted and princi-
pled activity of the Communists
in the people's movements.
Further, the Communists have
played an important and often
leading part in advancing pro-
grams and organizing struggles
aimed at measurably improving
the conditions of the people.
platform of the CP calls for to-
tal tax exemption on incomes
less than $15,000 per year. St calls
for a guaranteed minimum an-
nual income of $6,500 per year
for a family of four, and it calls
for universal free education -
just for openers.
Not possible? Certainly not
without struggles. And this strikes
at the heart of the matter . . .
McGovern is different from
Nixon. McGovern is at least not a
lunatic. But neither is he a con-
sistent foe of Nixon and his gang.
Many times, he--and most of the
Democrats along with him, have
either voted for Nixon's programs,
or failed to actively and effective-
ly oppose them. And, he never
leads, struggles.
THAT'S WHY it is so import-
ant to work for, and vote for, the
Communist candidates. FoA, not
only do they actively organize
struggles against reactionary Nix-
on policies, they project a clear
and realizable alternative.
Come see for yourself. Drop
by the Union Ballroom on July
17 at 7:30 p.m., and hear Jarvis
Tyner, the young Black worker
running for vice-president on the
CP ticket.
Alan aifman is a inem-
ber of fte m ng Workrs

"That Democratic Convention is giving
Democracy a bad name!"

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