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Page 8-Thursday, May 11, 1978-The Michigan Daily
Looney cycle: fan'ifu
vehicle to nowhere

By DOUGLAS HELLER
The Exploratory Moon-Probe Luna-
cycle, a piece of art created by British
artist Rowland Emett, has travelled
around the globe and now come to tem-
porary rest at Briarwood Mall.
The Lunacycle, nick named "Maud"
(Manually Activated Universal
Deviator), is the realization of a whim-
sical dream. Ostensibly designed to
traverse the terrain of the moon, it's
basically a bicycle frame that's been
highly modified.
EMMETT OBVIOUSLY put a lot of
thought, care, love, and humor into
making this contraption, and the end
product is sheer beauty. And though it
is neither functional nor practical, it's
nonetheless fascinating to watch:
assorted wheels spin, bells clang,
motors whirr, lights flash, and gizmos
twirl.
In the past, Emett designed eight
animated machines for the 1968 United
Artists movie, "Chitty Chitty Bang
Bang," and has several. works on
exhibit in various locations, including
the Chicago Museum of Science and In-
dustry and the Ontario Science Center
in Toronto. Last December, he was
honored by Queen Elizabeth II at
Buckingham Palace with the presen-
tation of the Order of the British Em-
pire.
The Lunacvcle, purchased in early

1978 by the Taubman Company,
manages to poke gentle fun at science
and gadgetry, remaining an object of
amusement.
The knick-knacks adorning the
Lunacycle are a mixture of history and
society: a bit of white lace over the
windshield, a mosaic of shaped colored
plexiglass, batteries, bicycle pumps,
chrome stars, victorian lamps, kitchen
colanders and much more. A small
brush sweeps into a dustbin at the front
of the vehicle, complete with a little
lamp and waving British flag.
THE DUMMY astronaut, sitting
behind a velvet rope with a "shut the
door" sign, is appropriately English-
looking. Made of tacky pleated vinyl,
the astronaut is almost as thin as the
bicycle frame itself, and sports a bushy
mustache, long neck, pointed nose,
glasses, and a colander over its head.
Tucked under his red velvet seat pad
are a teapot and fancy mason jars with
rock samples.
Maud is so unique that Briarwood
passersby can't help but pause for
closer inspection. Children gather,
gawk and point, and cry out in wonder.
"Neat!" exclaimed one youngster.
"Look at the light! Wow!" But the con-
taption manages to appeal to all ages.
The Lunacycle will be on display in
the Grand Court at Briarwood through
May 22.

Lunacycle

Affirmative action lauded at NOW meeting
By ELISA ISAACSON for Women (NOW), used the Alan California State Supreme Court on the whites with higher test scores.
Many medical schools around the Bakke case as the basis for her speech. grounds of "reverse discrimination." King said the tests used to judge
country use admissions criteria which .THE U:S. SUPREME Court is ex- The California court ruled in favor of medical school applicants often only
do not adequately measure relevant pected to hand down its decision in Bakke, declaring affirmative action measure the ability to do analysis and
characteristics of potential doctors, that case in the near future. Bakke is a unconstitutional. research. She said a successful doctor
lawyer Jean King said Tuesday night. 37-year-old white engineer who was must have qualities such as compassion
King, addressing the May meeting of denied admission to the University of King offered two responses to the and sensitivity, which cannot be
the Ann Arbor-Washtenaw County California at Davis' medical school and argument often used in support of measured by a test.
Chapter of the National Organization has appealed his rejection to the Bakke that Davis' policy of reserving 16 KING ALSO cited various studies
per cent of the medical school's spaces that show a negative correlation bet-
for "disadvantaged" applicants allows ween the Medical College Achievement
"underqualified" minorities to be ad- Test (MCAT) scores and performance
mitted into the school, rather than See NOW, Page9
'U' Awareness program

expected to
(Continued from Page 3)
President for Academic Affairs Harold
Shapiro and a Regent sit down with a
dozen or so community leaders and
politic for the University.
"Michigan Awareness" is primarily
funded by gifts. "We haven't gone out
and added a big staff or publication
fees," Kennedy said. "We've been
redirecting resources, using staff
people and facilities from the office of
State Relations."

raise funds
Kennedy said students can play a role
in spreading the word about the
University, and improving its image.
"At this institution we have seen a per-
centage of our education budget drop
from money coming from the state, and
increase in tuition and fees.
"That's a significant shift, and it's
one of the problems we're trying to
combat-that tendency to rely on
students rather than the state."

IN PAPERBACK AT LAST!
CARL SAGAN'S
The Dragons
of Eden
"A history of the human brain
from the Big Bang, 15 billion
years ago, to the day before
yesterday....It is a delight!"
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