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To The Daily:
TODAY, JUNE 25
the official attainm
eign-Nation Status
bique.
The African Stud
University of Mich
like to congratulate
the peoples of Moz
the successful con
their long struggle.
Mozambique to L
rica.
This afternoon,
will be available on
-NjockLibii
President
African Stu(
June 24
To The Daily:
WE WERE surp

ers: Congratulation
notices pasted around town and osophy of his time in phrases
, 1975, marks an anouncement in the D a i 1 y that ring true 'today. If Jeffer-
ent of Sover- regarding a "People's Bicenten- son were alive today, he would
for Mozam- nial Festival" to be held in unquestionably be opposed to
Chicago this coming weekend. both corptrate capitalism and
ents at t h e This event is not connected with state capitalism as presently
igan would the Peoples Bicentennial Com- practised in many communist
Frelimo and mission at either the national or countries.
ambique for the local level. The P.B.C. is not We advocate a democratic
npletion of affiliated with any political par- economy, not a monolithic econ-
We welcome ty, whether it be Democratic, omyn ted byngrth con-
iberated Af- Republican, Socialist or Com- omy manipulated by great con-
munist. We regret that the centrations of wealth and pow-
information Communist Party has chosen a er, whether they be headed by
the Diag. name for its event that is .un- Rockefellers or Brehneva, but a
Josue fortunately so misleading. We pluralistic economy that is gov-
publicly protest its use. trued as locally, ecologically
dents Assn. . . and equitably as possible. Both
The Bicentennal is a time to corporate capitalism and state
celebrate the 200th anniversary communism threaten the very
bad call of-the adoption of theDeclara- existence of private and cooper-
tion of Independence, especially eitneo rvt n opr
the writing of one author, ative enterprise through the ex-
Thomas Jefferson, who in turn cessive use and abuse of com-
rised to see distilled the common sense phil- petition.

s, Mozamibique
BOTH JEFFERSON and Marx 'The English Nine attempted to
were concerned with the lot of substitute a woman to p 1 a y
the common people, but Marx, second base in a crucial playoff
like our own Alexander Hamil- game in IM fast-pitch softball
ton, mistrusted "the common competition. It must have been
man", while Jefferson, like Tol- a temporary lapse. How could a
stoy, had faith in the common woman play in a man's league?
sense of common people by vir- Next thing you know men will
ture of that conscience that each be baking apple pies. Thank
of us possesses; would we only goodness an alert IM official no-
use it,
ticed the irregularity.
-Ann Arbor Peoples Ii- Armed with rule 1887, he
centennial Committee promptly requested the team to
of Correspondence stick with an' all-male combin-
June 23 ation.
It's so nice to know that in
ripoff those days of changing attitudes
the IM Department is able to
To The Daily: maintain such consistency.
BO SCHEMBECHLER would -Stephen 3odsall-Myers
have been proud last Sunday. June 23

Fighting the

By STEVE HIBSHMAN
I have decided I have some
valid concerns about the Hous-
ing Office. I feel an impartial
investigation of the Housing Of-
fice is necessary so that areas
such as the Lottery, service
cuts, cost efficiency, budgeting
matters, food service, mar-
ried housing, and certain per-
sonnel problems can be thor-
oughly examined and a report
of findings on these areas pub-
lished for all to see.

I was hoping the Vice-Presi-
dent of Student Services would
approve my idea of an investi-
gation, rather than use the
"Catch 22" tactic of telling me
that before I could ask for an
investigation, I would have to
investigate for myself, and on-
ly if I found any hard evidence
of wrong doing would he order
an investigation.
But all the facts are in the
hands of the Housing Office;
that Office has no reason to

lousing
give me any incriminating in-
formation.
Another thing that disturbed
me was the Vice-President's
insistence that I go through the
proper administrative channels.
I hadn't asked the Housing Di-
rector for permission to investi-
gate his Rousing Office before
going to the Vice-President.
So I met with Housing Direc-
tor John Feldkamp. We talked
for almost four hours and our
talks were generally pleasant,
but I was still left with some of
my concerns. I felt I had no
choice but to ask the 'Regents
for an impartial investigation
of the Housing Office.
When I spoke to the Regents
last Thursday, I mentioned on-
ly my major concerns, and
those which I felt I could best
substantiate with proof.
I have yet to hear the re-
sults of the Regents meeting,
but due to concerns I have
aboututhetUniversity bureau-
cracy, I have no reason to be-

Bureaucracy

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lieve that the Regents will do
as I requested.
I was upset to hear that one
of the Housing administrators
had supposedly told my area
coordinator to have me maz-
zled. Another upper level Hous-
ing official was overheard giv-
ing me a new nickname: the
Thorn in the Housing Office's
Ass. Which one?
I am also upset that much of
what I consider Housing Office
dirty work has been forced onto
my Building Director. Mr. Feld-
kamp called my Building Direc-
tor and had her inform me that
there was some concern in the
Housing Office over what I was
doing, and that I should go see
the Housing Director. If Mr.
Feldkamp wanted to see me, I

"The Housing Office
employs the finest ad-
ministrative lobbyist I
have ever met, Vice
President Henry John-
son, a man capable of
completely negating
my work in one five-
minute speech to the
Regents if he wished."
of them told me that it was a
good speech, one agreed with
some of my principles, and two
others wanted to look further
into service cuts.
But it is my fantasy that ad-
ministrators such as Vice-Presi-
dent Johnson have a great op-
portunity to calm Regental
fears, and brush my speech, my
concerns, and me out of the
minds of the Regents.
Housing administrators didn't
want me to go to the Regents,
but I can't understand why
they should be bothered if there
is nothing to hide. The Housing
Office employes the finest ad-
ministrative lobbyist I have
ever met, Vice President Henry
Johnson, a man capable of com-
pletely negating my work in

"One of the Housing administrators had sup-
posedly told my area coordinator to have me
muzzled. Another upper level Housing official
was overheard giving me a new nickname: The
Thorn in the Housing Office's Ass. Which one?"
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see no reason why he couldn't
have told me himself.
The Housing Director was not
particularly pleased w h e n
I told him that I was going to
speak at the Regent's meet-
ing; I was not particularly
pleased to hear that Mr. Feld-
kamp had strongly suggested
that my Building Director be at
the Regent's Meeting to hear
me. From his point of view, it
might make bureaucratic sense
to have my superior there; from
my point of view, it was be-
ginning to smell like harass-
ment
What is most upsetting. is
what I imagined to occur after
I spoke to the Regents. Three

one five-minute speech to the
Regents if he wished.
Yet I have no intention of
giving up the fight. The Hous-
ing Office will be made ac-
countable7They will not be able
to pull another Lottery or cut
services in the middle of the
summer.
I feel I have legitimate con-
cerns about the Housing Office
and one way or another, bu-
reaucracy or no bureaucracy,
I will do my best to catch the
Housing Office in their misman-
agement before further damage
is done.
Steve Hibshman is an
LSA senior majoring in
English.

You need a catchier slogan, kid!'

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