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Page 4-Friday, May 5, 1978-The Michigan Daily
"michigan DAILY
Eighty-ejght Years of Editorial Freedom
420 Maynard St., Ann Arbor, Ml. 48109
Vol. LXXXVIII, No. 3-S News Phone: 764-0552
Friday, May 5, 1978-
Edited and managed by students
at the University of Michigan
Tuiion Jumpsaain
T'S ALMOST as if it is becoming some sort of
sick ritual.
Every April, classes end on a Tuesday or
Wednesday, and the Regents raise tuition nine or
ten percent on Thursday or Friday. This year was
no exception, as tuition jumped another ten per-
cent for undergraduates, and even more for some
professional schools (Medical school tuition went
up over 30 percent).
In real terms, this means in-state un-
dergraduates will be paying $121 more next year
to attend the University, and the increase for out-
of-states will be more than twice that much.
And while an additional $121 may not seem like
that much money when compared to the $1100-
plus students are already paying in tuition, we
must remember that housing and food costs are.
rising too. The effect on students of inflation in
these three areas alone will likely raise the cost of
attending the University next year over $300.
The problem is compounded by the fact that
these costs rose last year and will almost cer-
The Regents are doing it to us again.
tainly rise as much or more next year, while
students' incomes remain relatively constant.
The brunt of the blame must fall on the state
legislature and the governor for failing to carry
their share of the higher education burden. The
University is widely accepted as one of the finest
state-supported institutions in the nation, yet it
continues to get inadequate support from the state
government. Year after year Michigan ranks
near the bottom in state funding of higher
rTIHIS IS SIMPLY a matter of priorities, and it
1 is time the state's priorities changed. The
University is rapidly becoming affordable only to
the very wealthy, and the very poor-those suf-
ficiently indigent to qualify for scholarships. It is
the vast majority of middle-class persons who fill
the state's coffers with their tax dollars, and now
it is they who are being priced out of the higher
education market.
The state higher education appropriations
aren't finalized yet, and there is still time to reor-
der priorities and give the colleges and univer-
sities of Michigan the funds they need and deser-
ve. It is time the governor and the legislators live
up to their responsibility to make a college
education available and affordable to all
Michigan residents.

'Clam' vs. Nukes

R. J. Smith
Last week, at a National Guard
Armory in Portsmouth, New
Hampshire, a different kind of
Clambake was being celebrated.
As about 700 danced to such un-
derground hits as No Nukes is
Good Nukes and What's All This
Nuke, Nuke, Nuke, Nuclear Nonsen-
se?, the New England-based
nuclear pressure group called the
Clamshell Alliance proudly
honored the date of April 30, 1977.
It was on that day, near the site
of a $2 billion, 2,300 megawatt
atomic plant in Seabrook, New
Hampshire, that occurred
perhaps the largest and most
publicized demonstration of non-
violent civil disobedience in this
half of the 1970s.
merging of several local grass-
root groups opposed to construc-
tion of nuclear plants throughout
New England, the Clamshell
Alliance took their name from one
of the aquatic creatures they say
the Seabrook plant would en-
danger. In only a couple of years
- accentuated by the April, 1977
occupation - "The Clam," as
they are commonly called, has
displayed a new, effective brand
of dissenting vox populi, one quite
different from that of the 1960s.
Preparations for the April,
1977, occupation of the Seabrook
plant began months earlier. Ex-
perienced Alliance members
worked to recruit new members.
Each regional group was broken
into clusters of eight to twenty
members, termed "affinity
groups." Leaders disseminated
information on resistance tactics
and the uses and effects of atomic
energy - and they were taught
about alternatives. Affinity
groups underwent exercises to
improve group relations, and
much care was taken to ensure
that protesters understood the
peaceful intent of the demon-
AS SUPPORTERS were bused
in from surrounding Nor-
theastern states, the national

media geared up-for- what ap-
peared to be an event in the
making. And the press was not
disappointed. Beginning early on
the morning of the 30th, more
than 200 marchers gathered on
the site. By the time all the tents,
medical huts, and latrines were
removed, it was sunrise on May
2. Some 1,400 detainees had been
jailed, following the efforts of
National Guardsmen and police
from five neighboring states.
Arrested protesters were
locked up in makeshift holding
areas set up within four National
Guard armories around the state.
Of the 1,414 demonstrators
arrested, as of last week only
seven had been brought to trial.
"The court clerk is in no hurry to
call all those cases, so that's
where it stands," says one
Alliance activist.

Golden, Colo., some 500 gathered
to protest a nuclear weapons
CLEARLY, THE need for and
effects of atomic energy have
been greatly distorted by its sup-
porters. Beyond the inflated
rhetoric of nuclear backers and
inefficient dangerous technology,
lie both energy demands and a
public unaware of how these
needs should be met.
Here the Clamshell and similar
groups become an important fac-
This anti-nuclear movement is
a brand new one, distinct from
the pressure groups of the 1960s.
while it contains splinters of an-
ti-war, civil rights and other
movements, never in recent
years have so many different for-
ces and backgrounds been so
thoroughly and successfully
channeled on local levels. A

'Beyond the inflated rhetoric of nuclear backers
and inefficient, dangerous technology lie both energy
demands and a public unaware of how these needs
should be met.'

now is simply: was it all worth
it? The answer is determined by
an individual perspective. The
Atomic Safety and Licensing
Appeal Board in Washington
refused to halt construction of
the plant. In a decision reached
only last week, they decided to
pass the buck by declaring that a
lower board may "go back and
give further consideration on
whether there are any alter-
native sites in Southern New
England which are obviously
superior to Seabrook." So
perhaps at Seabrook nobody
"won" on the issue of the con-
struction of the nuclear plant.
But, on the same day last week
when Clamshell Alliance mem-
bers were celebrating inside one
of the armories that many had
been imprisoned in a year before,
a group of over 1,200 non-violent
demonstrators picked up trash
from the highway as they mar-
ched towards the site of a $300
million nuclear reprocessing
plant in Barnwell, S.C. and at

broad base has been established:
It contains not just the young, but
farmers, businessmen and home-
And, most importantly, the an-
ti-nuke movement seems to be an
informed movement
knowledgeable in matters atomic
and in alternatives for the future.
This June, Clamshell supporters
plan to return to the Seabrook
site, to replant native plants and
restock nearby streams.
Although there are always excep-
tions to the groups - the unin-
formed waving the flag of "a
cause", the stupid, the mean-
spirited - the Clamshell Alliance
and the whole movement seem to
simply have little time for sen-
As a Clamshell spokesman
.declaraed: "Anti-nuke
organizations must be sensitive
to jobs as well as to the environ-
R. J. Smith is a Daily staff

Museum shuts out night set
To Te Daly:porta1 of these pleasures very
To The Daily omuch before dusk? Who among
asItis to maintain ilence in oe us would admit to even an early
face of our current chagrin at evening urge to see some finger
remembering that the mighty painting or ancient mud pie or
other? Give as art when the sun has
and exalted University of fe.frbat eog ted h
Michigan Art Museum is forbid- fled, for bay... Yea, even so in Michigan
den us at this dark hour - it a atures palate eans hevily
closes at 5:00 p.m. daily.,The folly -w hegreyntspahte as haiyt
of such pn ad yr ictedthe greys and whites!
of schungnd resris ed But what else is to be expected
daytime scheduling is made 'fo community so servile as
evident through contemplation of tra a c riticay lacking of
the axiom (perhaps familiar all-nigt ariesacoffee
enough to those acquainted with shops, and even (admitted
the grantedly arcane facets of the . episodic exceptions to the con-
aesthetic experience, but still cecpin otecn
trary notwithstanding) movies?
worthy6- introduction to the Ann Arbor residents join us in
more limited scopes of those par- AnAbrrsdnsji si
morelimtedscoes o thse er-this cry, for you need not fear for
venues, hessians, and upstartsr uredy
whose control over our access to yur th ereiis naught
the aforementioned and much - utth lhtBer s
more rumored institutional non- muse strikes at midnight. -DelalBaer
pareil has brought us typewriter Who, but a tourist, a simp, a Rick Littlefield
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