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Letters to The Daily

1 -
Lindsay traded to Democrats;' GOP get
Sam Yorty and four future draft choices.-
News Item.
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S -

To~h Dl' Angela
To The Daily:
PRISONERS" has been raised
across the world. Committees to
FREE ANGELA have been form-
ed throughout the U.S. in the
black communities, on the cam-
puses, in the factories, among
white housewives and other work-
ing women.
The Ann Arbor Committee to
Free Angela Davis and All Poli-
tical Prisoners has grown from a
handful of members to 20 active
participants during the summer
"doldrums." On Thursday night,
August 12, the Committee spon-
sored a speakers' forum in the
Student Activities Building, which
drew some 50 people, black and
white, young and old, workers and
Those who were present heard
s two leading figures in the Michi-
gan movement, Paula Smith and
- Claudia Morcum, attack the rac-
ist frame-up of Angela by t h e
Nixon-Reagan forces. The con-
tributions for legal aid received,
and the fifteen additional people
who volunteered to work for An-
gela's freedom, was - to say the
least - very encouraging.
WUOM SAW TO IT that their
reporter was present. That r e -
porter has requested an interview
with Claudia, The Daily published
a 4-inch article on the meeting.
Yet, the reader will notice that no
byline was attached to the story!
The reason? The Daily did not
feel the event merited coverage,
for Thursday's paper or any fu-
ture edition. The Ann Arbor Com-
mittee was compelled to "bring
the news" to The Daily! A glance
at the front page of Wednesday's
paper is very revealing, vis-a-vis
Daily policy. A total of 12 inches
of- copy and a 12 square inch
photograph are devoted to t h e
Radical Independent Party.
The issue here is not the abund-
ance of coverage which RIP has
received, but the undercurrents in
Daily policy as to what makes the
news. The decision NOT to cover
the Angela Davis meeting was a
political one. While RIP holds
hands with the reformist Human
Rights Party in its desperate
search for what RIP member Eric
Chester calls a "solid base", the

A word was deleted in a letter
to The Daily from Katie Kof-
fel, printed on yesterday's edi-
torial page. The second para-
graph should have read: "Cer-
tainly Daily reporters can at
least inform the public on these
vital questions, even if they are
not outraged at the Univer-
sity's priorities and the ludi-
crouse waste of funds used to
hire Andrews."
Angela Davis Committee has been
uniting all progressive p e o p 1e
around the black woman Com-
munist's imprisonment in order to
combat racism, repression, war
and exploitation.
The manner in which these two
organizations have been treated
by The Daily can only mean one
thing: that the paper shares the
reformist outlook of a RIP-HRP
coalition, and consequently sees

fit to devote nearly half of i t s
front page to the quixotic amb-
lings of that organization. And
where does this leave the fight
against racist repression, i.e.,-the
Angela Davis Committee? Squeez-
ed-in "harmlessly" between "Mon-
key Business" and Austin D i a-
monds! And even this much, only
because one story turned out to
be shorter than expected.
The hypocrisy of Daily claims
to objectivity evokes the conclus-
ion that racism and anti-commun-
ist play a bigger role in what
"makes the news," than that
which is really happening.
-John Clinton,
Ann Arbor Committee to
Free Angela Davis
August 13
The Editorial Page of The
Michigan Daily is open to any-
one who wishes to submit
articles. Generally speaking, all
articles should be less than
1,000 words.
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Saturday, August 14, 1971 News Phone: 764-0552
Summer Editorial Staff
Co-Editor Co-Editor
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NIGHT EDITORS: Anita Crone, Tammy Jacobs, Alan Lenhoff, Jonathan
ASSISTANT NIGHT EDITORS: Patricia E. Bauer, James Irwin, Christopher
Parks, Zachary Schiller.
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A University administrator
who is working this summer at
a camp for University alumni
has been getting a number of in-
quiries regarding the cohabita-
tion issue. Hearing about this,
housing director John Feldkamp
called to see if he could help
give any additional information.
To Feldkamp's consternation,
the administrator informed him
that he had been- telling alumni
that "we had 200 students living
under such conditions this past
year." It turned out that the ad-
ministrator was referring to ex-
perimental co-ed corridors in some
halls, and that he was completely
unaware of the whole cohabitation
flap - "We don't get any papers
up here."
Feldkamp patiently explained
the difference to him, and added
that the population on co-ed cor-
ridors will rise to 600 this com-
ing year. "I can just see it now,"
the harried housing director later
said. "He'll write back to these
people and say, 'I'm sorry, but
I was wrong. It's not. 200, but
It seems that the only thing
Letters to The Daily should
be mailed to the Editorial Di-
rector or delivered to Mar y
Rafferty in the Student Pub-
lications business office in the
Michigan Daily building. Let-
ters should be typed, double-
spaced and normally should
not exceed 250 words. The
Editorial Directors reserve the
right to edit all letters sub-

anyone talks about nowadays at
the Office of Student Services is:
Who will replace vice president
Robert Knauss when he leaves the
University next spring to be dean
of the Vanderbilt University law
One of the candidates who has
been early to declare his interest
in the position is associate vice
president Charles Kidd.
Kidd has special responsibility
for black and minority students in
his present position.
You can tell a lot about a man
from his garbage, says Federal
Bureau of Investigation Director
J. Edgar Hoover.
Skeletons now presents its first
garbage investigation. This week:
Labor Committee leader Peter
Several items gleaned from
Rush's refuse seem to call into
question his qualifications for
leadership in this well kown so-
cialist sect.
Firstly, the political acumen of
any leader who dumps personal
garbage in the garbage cans in
the parking lot of The Daily must
be suspect.
Even more damaging, however
were letters revealing Rush's ideas
of how a socialist should raise the
funds necessary to carry on the
international struggle. It seems
that mail order schemes, in which
a potential Horatio Alger can
"earn money in his own home" by

harassing a list of potential cus-
tomers, have appealed to Rush's
more acquisitive and materialistic
Garbage inspections do not, how-
ever, always reveal strictly nega-
tive features of great leaders. If
one thing can be said for Rush it is
that he is a voracious reader, if
somewhat absent minded. Overdue
slips for more than 15 separate
books were among items he had
seen fit to disregard.
A conspicuous piece of litter
picked up yesterday ii the vicin-
ity of the Fleming mansion was
an appeal, unopened, from the
American Indian Fund, a chari-
table organization.
Mr. and Mrs. R. W. Fleming,
to whom the letter was addressed,
apparently threw out the communi-
cation without bothering to read
While on an ecological note, it
was also interesting to observe
that our president, a notable ad-
vocate of ecology, is less than
solicitous in his casual disregard
for the environment. A number of
"no deposit, no return" bottles,
Coke and Fresca, were in his trash.
Friends of ecology, however, will
be happy to know that the metal
monstrosity sitting in front of the
Union is scheduled for removal
to the oblivion of the roof.
The shiny giant metal unit-
about five feet high and fifteen
feet long-is an air conditioning
unit for the new office of Student

Truth in trash'


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