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C4A d isan
Edited and managed by students at the
University of Michigan
Editorials printed in The Michigan Daily express the individual
opinions of the author. This must be noted in all reprints.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 18, 1972 News Phone: 764-0552

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

Laird andClark:
Who's thie traitor?
WHILE FEW PEOPLE would deny that almost every-
one is deeply involved in partisan politics this year,
,there is some question as to whether or not some people
should be involved at all. Two cases in point are Secre-
tary of Defense Melvin Laird and former Attorney Gen-
eral Ramsey Clark.
Speaking before the GOP Platform Committee, Laird
asked the Republicans to, "reject policies of planned
weakness, of white-flag waving, of begging and aban-
donment of our nation's role in helping to maintain
peace."
Like Laird, Clark has also entered the arena of
partisan politics. Recently returned from a visit to In-
dochina, Clark has come out adamantly opposed to
Nixon's war policies.
And along with Clark's report from Vietnam have
come a barrage of criticism labelling him a tool of the
North Vietnamese. Frank Fitzsimmons, president of the
International Brotherhood of Teamsters, said, "He has
prostituted his rights as an American citizen." Senator
Hugh Scott, Senate minority leader, said Clark has in-
jected Presidential politics into the prisoner-of-war is-
sue. "I hope the American people will reject this sort of
campaigning over the enemy's borders," Scott said.
IF CLARK IS guilty of "prostituting his rights as an
American citizen," then Laird is to be charged with
the even more despicable act of prostituting his duties as
a public official. In attacking McGovern before the GOP
Platform Committee Laird used his position and credi-
bility as a member of the administration to campaign
for Nixon's reelection.
As a public official Laird does not have the right to
use his membership in the Cabinet to help reelect the
man who appointed him. As a public servant Laird is
committed to serving the needs of the people, not find-
ing himself a job in November.
Laird's attacks on McGovern can be termed nothing
less than a blatant grasp for personal gain. The needs of
the people would be much better served in the absence
of politicians such as Laird.
-LORIN LABARDEE
Todov's Staff:
News: Jim Kentch, Alan Lenhoff, Dione Levick
Editorial Page: Carla Rapooort
Photo Technician: Denny Gainer
Summer Staff
EDITORIAL STAFF
Dan Biddle, Jan Benedetti, "Meryl Gordon, Jim Kentch, Lorin
Labardee, Alan Lenhoff (co-editor), Diane Levick, Maynard, Chris
Parks, Carla Rapoport (co-editor) Marilyn Riley, Gloria Smith,
Paul Travis, Ralph Vartabedian.
PHOTOGRAPHY STAFF
Denny Gainer. Rolfe 'Tessem, Gary Villani, Jim Wallace.
SPORTS STAFF
Bob Andrews. Dan Borus, Elliot Legow.

Tall buildings
Tenants in the Tower P 1 a z a
apartment building (at William
and Maynard Sts.) may be in for
somewhat of a shock should the
hotel catch fire, especially thtse
living on the 26th floor.
It seems that when local busi-
nessman John Stegeman was build-
ing the apartment structure, he
was cautioned by city officials that
the building should not be built
higher than 20 stories. Stegeman
continued building despite warn-
ings and finally finished off at the
26th level.
The cause ftrethe warnings? The
Ann Arbor Fire Department re-
ports that it doesn't have the fa-
cilities to pump water higher than
twenty stories. While fire-fighting
equipment has been installed
throughout the apartment building,
a major fire is sure to require the
fire department's assistance.
Have you checked the height of
your ceiling lately?
Campus woes
Campus Inn, as we know it, may
not be with us much longer. Sourc-
es in the County Clerk's office
have discovered that Detroit Mort-
gage and Realty Company is cur-
rently awaiting a decision by Judge
Conlin on its suit for payment
of the mortgage on Campus Inn.
Total value of the settlement be-
ing asked, including mortgage and
interest payments is $5,159,864.
And that's just the beginning of
the hotel's woes. Other creditors
who are asking for money are: The
Ann Arbor Bank, Huron V a 11 e y
Bank, Butcher and Willits Ind. and
the J. L. Hudson Co. Furthermore,
owner John Stegeman owes Hud-
sons $42,972 for the posh furnish-
ings in Victor's Restaurant in the
Campus Inn.
Poor George
Should the president get high?
If you say yes, then don't vote for
McGovern. A reported for t h e

The Inn's almost out

Village Voice swears the follow-
ing story was told to him by a
reliable McGovern aide:
Senator McGovern had been to
several parties where "jet set-
ters" were puffing away on joints.
Because McGovern has never
smoked cigarettes, he had never
tried to take a hit from a ;joint.
But, the aide said, his curiosity
was stimulated a bit.
The inhaling problem was re-
portedly solved a short time later
when someone offered McGovern
a hash brownie and the senate ate
it. McGovern is said to have sadly
remarked later that he didn't feel
a thing.
Further, we've discovered that
Hubert Humphrey gets his kicks
from a sandwich he makes from
peanut butter, baloney, cheddar
cheese, lettuce (union, of course),
mayonaise and- for a little ex-
tra punch - Hubert giggles and
tops the concoction with pickle

chips.
A call to Pizza Bob's yesterday
reveals that the rumor that they
are planning to add a Hubert Hum-
phrey "Loser" sandwich to the
menu is totally false, at least for
the present.
Police pax
If your local Ann Arbor police-
man hasn't been receptive to your
bribes, keep trying.
This week, Ann Arbor Police
Chief Walter Krasny bestowed pro-
motions on 23 on Ann Arbor's fin-
est. Unfortunately, for the "lucky"
officers, none of the promotions
was accompanied by a pay raise.
As you may guess, money is tight
at City Hall,, and apparently, the
police brass are attempting to ap-
pease the officers with a few
stripes - but no bread.
Try, try, try again
Regent Lawrence Lindemer, the
aristocratic Stockbridge Republi-
can, has announced he will try to
make it on his own this year as a
University Regent.
Lindemer has been an on-and-off
fixture at the Regent's monthly
meetings ever since he was ap-
pointed by then Gov. George Rom-
ney in 1968 to fill a vacancy.
Larry likes the job so much he
tried and ran on his own late that
year. And lost. But the conserva-
tive lawyer's fans (whoever they
are) were not disappointed. In
1969, another vacancy became
open, and the new governor, Bill
Milliken continued the precedent
of appointing Lindemer to the Uni-
versity's governing board.
But this year, Lindemer wantt
all eight years of the- Regenta
power trip, and, barring deaths of
defections on the present board
he's got to do it himself.

Who doesii't get high?

a ing small talk with the Chinese

By D. ROBINSON BIDDLE
NFORMAL NOTES taken by
The Daily at a professor's
house as luncheon is held for
three visiting Chinese journalists:
11:45 a.m. Hitch over to China
Prof's house. Decided to dress
nice due to potential dignified
presence of guests. Get r i d e
from hairy fellow without shirt.
"Just going up fourtblocks."
"O,,ytoi going to the thina
thing?" "Yeah." "So am I."
11:50 am. Hairy guy parks at
Prof's house, revealsclean shirt.
"I brought this shirt, the rules of-
formality being what they are."
Puts shirt on. Daily breathes sigh
of relief.
Enter prof's living room. All
three Chinese guys appear to be
cornered by at least seven guests
each. Attempt to join in one dis-
cussion and discovers with dis-
may that 95 per cent of other
people present are from China
studies center and speak Man-
darin and/or Cantonese like Bud-

dha. Chances for question-asking
go downhill.
Three Chinese guys reveal
fluent knowledge of English.
Itaily breathes sigh of relief.
One of Chinese guys says they
visited Philadelphia. Girl in low-
cut gown standing next to Daily
remarks with laugh, "What a ter-
rible place to start a tour of
this country."
Daily says under breath, "That
is my home town, don't knock
it." Girl in low-cut gown looks
startled, laughs nervously. Daily
says remark was made in jest.
Chinese guy spots Daily's Mc-
Tovern button, laughs, exclaims,
"He's my body." My body? What
the hell does he- "My buddy."
"Oh. Yeah, mine, too." Daily
breathes sigh of relief.
PROF. IS HOLDING forth to
small group in. corner. Over-
hears, "You know, one of the
largest Esperanto-speaking com-
munities in the world is in Ha-
noi." Sonofabitch.

Appears that almost everybody
present is taking notes. New York
Times correspondent traveling
with Chinese journalists takes
notes on Prof's discussion. Uni-
versity tourguide takes notes on
telephone conversation. Chinese
journalists take notes on discus-
sion with scholars from China
Studies. Daily takes notes on
note-taking.
Note-taking becomes topic of
general amusement until some-
one notices that three Chinese
guys are drawing little pictures
instead of writing words. Univer-
sal attempt is made not to stare.
Lunch announced. General sigh
of relief.
Wife welcomes guests to buf-
fet table, host serves generous
helpings of a gelatinous red sub-
stance. Girl in low-cut g o w n
- questions nature of substance.
Host grins, says, "It's got to be
aspic, 'cause jelly don't wiggle
like that do." Girl laughs. Host's
son and daughter cringe.

TIMES CORRESPONDENT is
celebrity with classy, well-re-
spected byline. K. Hastings Chit-
terling, or something. Daily og-
les him for role as seasoned jour-
nalist and war correspondent.
Also ogling are girl in low-cut
gown and several other females.
Times correspondent exudes in-
ternational savoir-faire, also has
nice tan, carnation-colored t i e,
silk socks, exciting stories. Has
"all the news that's fit to print"
look.
Girl asks politely, "Don't you
ever get terribly lonely in Sai-
gon?" Faraway horizons look
appears in Times man's eyes.
Says, "I guess I have to keep
moving too fast to get lonely."
Girl sighs.
Attention goes back to Chinese
guys as Times correspondent
tosses them a joke in Mandarin.
Chinese guys chuckle, China
scholars roar with laughter. Daily
smiles politely.
Someone whispers potential

question to Daily: Did any of
their ancestors help build t h e
Great Wall?
BUT OVERWHELMING n e e d
to ask some kind of questions
prevails. Three Chinese g u y s
seem to answer everything with
grin and laughter.Accost Times
man, ask about political aspects
of the tour. Times man says that
for all intents and purposes there
aren't any political aspects and
that Daily shx-ld lay off asking
things like, "What really happen-
ed to Lin Piao?"
Stuck for questions again. Also
frustrated by language barrier:
China scholars have monopolized
conversation. Tones, gestures,
laughter all indicate iteresting
discussion, buttcould be Greek
(si, Chinese) to Daily.
Dubiously preparing to ask if
they have pinball in China when
University tourguide announces
it's time to leave.
Daily breathes sigh of relief.

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