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Item: Art Fair ends (Ah, relief!
By LOIS JOSIMOVICH Some of the more versatile drivers Late Show on the sofa. The poor thing But all of these irritations were mi-
decided to knock over the neighbors' kept getting pounced on by fat old nor compared with the problems I had
1 EXQUISITE SILENCE has de- garbage cans rather than denting tree ladies and little kids in shorts snarl- on my bicycle. I work late and
scended over Ann Arbor. The stumps with their front bumpers. ing "Nice kitty, Yaaah!" It was enough ride home on my bike, usually along
scribably cacophonous discord to destroy anyone's equanimity, es- State St. and South University to avoid
'md by all those people talk-talk- LL NIGHT LONG the engines roar- perialy in combination with the big, the Diag. It's nice and quiet under the
ing and sq}emling their brakes and ed and the fraternities ushered in ugly dogs that a lot of the people trees there. But not last week. Because
uing over the prices of stuffed ani- the fair with their tumultuous parties brought to the fair (do dogs need cul- last week all the cool young dudes were
s and hideous metal sculptures and down the street. I would wake up with ture?) cruising around in their cool, anony
thing in the restaurants and slurp- a head full of red hot nightmares fea- I wanted to get my bicycle fixed, mous cars and spewing remarks like
Coca-Cola and banging on their "I got five dollars, how much baby?,"
ms-is gone.- -at- casos-ivsmas'- * "That's a nice bike you have there,"
kll week long I looked forward to and "Hey, hey, hey." Not a single
lovely moment when the last per- "I wanted to get my bicycle fixed, but the people who night did I drive down even the most
ith the least connection whato- o ntback of back streets and manage to
-own theshop were smart and left town for the week. I avoid such idiots.
r with the Art Fair packed up his
her rattly, rusty car and got the wanted to buy some groceries and all the prices had been
uff stret [.qNOUGII. SUFFICE it to say that
off my street. jacked up. I wanted to walk down the street but there I sighed with relief when the last
should explain that I live on a , echoes died away on Saturday night
small street in the South Uni- was no room... -- Lois's art fair lament and the dust in the house began to
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y, even with its collection of pot- on the porch at midnight, eating my
s and the dead tree limbs which luring BTO, the Stones, Jefferson Star- but the people who own the shop were dinner and listening to all the small
1nto drop without warming on you ship and Deep Purple. A couple of smart and left town for the week. I noises that I had missed for a week:
times at about 2 a.m. I heard some- wanted to buy some groceries and all squirrels clucking, the wind in the oak

bage or watering the geraniums.
Unfortunately, the street became a
major thruway last week. I didn't know
where the people were going and frank-
ly, I didn't care, but I wish they could
have figured out it is virtually impos-
sible to turn around on our dead end.

one playing bells.
"If there's anything I hate, it's
noise, noise, NOISE!" I sneered,
Grinch-like, to my cat Russ. Apparent-
ly Russ agreed with me, because he
spent the daylight hours hiding in the
bushes and the nights watching the

the prices had been jacked up., I want-
ed to do my laundry at East Quad
but the doors were locked. I wanted
to walk down the street but there was
no room. Every inch of town was cov-
ered with flapping mouths and flabby
legs.

trees, the train whistle, Russ's rumbly
purr . .
Next July I wonder if Mars will
be inhabitable.
Lois Josistovich, ro-editor of the
Saturday Nlagazine, is sensitive to noise.

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The Michigan Daily
Edited and managed by Students at the
University of Michigan
Tuesday, July 27, 1976
News Phone: 764-0552
The Austin enigma
IT IS TOO LATE for Secretary of State Richard Austin
to present in full his positions on the national issues
of list Democratic prinary race for the U. S. Senate. The
other tCandidates have been beating the campaign trail
fur monthlas, and an at tenmpt by Aist into introduce him-
sell as fully as th(y have in the week remaining before
the August 3 primai-y wotild be futile. Nevertheless, it is
not too late for Austin to be cla stised.
Perhaps Michi'an voters feel they know Austin. In
a way, .hey do. I't they knutow him as secretary of state,
an adminiitrit i' posit ion rat her than a legislative po-
sition. Snch a post does tot disqualify a candidate, but it
dues desmand -tear idetntitfiation of legislative stands. A
legislator rtinin for hti-hir offi-e 'an campaign on his
or lier record. Al -udmtnistrator mimat describe what form
his or her record might ake if 'lectted.
Austin has naain and again neglected to meet in
public wilh hi opprntents. As the primary draws near, he
continues to make exitses for not appearing in a public
forum oii the issues. Do we opuose his candidacy? How
can we know? Except for a recent interview in the De-
troit Free Press. Austin has barely made public acknowl-
edgement of 1sis candidacy. He is making the smart po-
litical move keeping his mouth shut and banking on
his well-known name to get himself elected; indeed he
holds an impressive lead.
If Atistin says he is too busy with the duties of his
office, the argument won't wash. Congressmen James
O'Hara, and Donald Riegle--both Democrats, and Con-
gressman Marvin Esch, a Republican have made it back
from Washington on many occasions.
Let's hear what Mr. Austh has to say before we are
given the opportunity to vote for him.
TODAY'S STAFF:
News-Phillip Bokovoy, George Lobsenz, Ken Parsigion,
Tim Schick
Editorial-Jay Levin
Arts-Jeffrey Selbst
Photo Technician-Scott Eccker

I

Letters to
clericals
To The Daily:
We are disappointed that there are so many
clericals, who, because of their own privileged
positions, or their ignorance, would jeopardize
their own welfare and that of their co-workers by
pushing decertification of UAW Local 2001 If
we can defeat decertification, we can band to-
tether to end the irrelevant and useless politics
tist have brought our union to this point.
The upcoming decertification election, August
through 11) gives us our last best chance to
hiik about our union, and decide what sort of
enploymuent future we want for ourselves. If
ie vote to abolish our union, it may be the last
choice we ever have right to make. In spite of
the' folishiness inside the local, our union has
bioneght about sweeping change in the relation-
ship between the University and it clerical em-
uloses. Prior to the union, the University of-
fered its no guarantees of job security, salary
esitits, or fair treatment on our jobs. Even
thonih minic provisions of our contract are not
all wed like them to be, the contract does pro-
vide many important basic rights:
* The University's favoritism systea of promo-
tuntransfers, and rvi.,s has been pretty well
wined out for us, thanks to the insistence of the
luical's first bargaining committee on seniority
rii Jits and across-the-board raises.
* We now have job security thanks to contract
language guaranteeing that layoffs, if they do
occur, will be governed by seniority. Prior to
the contract, any clerical could be laid off, re-
gardless of years of service (usually, it would
be the most senior, highest-paid clerical who
would be the first to go). The union makes years
of service count for something.
* We now have coverage for extended illness
or disability in addition to our sick time. Pre-
viously, when employes exhausted their sick
time, they had no income during a period of
serious illness.
* Each individual clerical receives protection
through the grievance and arbitration procedure,
which provides for Union representation at every
step of the grievance, with final judgement ren-
dered by an impartial arbitrator. The Univer-
sity's current complaint procedure for non-union
employes provides no one to defend you, and no
appeal.
The decertification people, whomever they
may be, make many claims which are totally
baseless:
* Be aware that if we decertify, we will not
get our dues back; all money and assets of the
local union will go straight to the UAW.

The Daily
a Be aware that by law, there can be ro
tempts to organize another union for at teas
a year after decertification.
0 Be aware that the University has made ni
promises to reward us for abolishing the uniss
Instead, we take a step backwards, hoping tit
the University will choose to maintain is/i
we've already got.
Certainly, there is roomn for improvemeni
our contract, but only the Union can negitti ii.
any subsequent improvements. If the Uii ii
abolished, the University is under no obligti
to maintain practices and benefits now ero/il
under the current contract which expires /
August 31, nor are they obligated o vise istrn
additicunal miitiit- tr best-fits.
With the union, The Univ.ersity if Michiga
is legally obligatted to negotiaite; withiii h
Union, the U wiversiy iill onice i e fre/
t dictate.
'there is a difference.
isa Sussehusan Stay C ullcn
Sophmia Saren tinny f tst'
Jeanean Erickson Shinsi basge
Joyce Sisung July 23
o The Daily:
Your article, ".iackson Prisoni: 'the ither
of the wall," was a very sad but familiai s/ii
I would love to see prison reform take sim
impressive steps toward huanaizing prison, bi
it probably won't be seen for quite somet
Unfortunately, prisoners are treated more
animals thsai tus peusple. tHnw, with inhtins /
treatment, is a prisoner supposed to cone a
from a prison sentence "reformed"? If a
son sentence isn't supposed to bother with ci.
forming prisoners, why are prisoners altost-i
to walk the streets after the de-humiani/ /5
experience of doing time?
Ms. Hildebrandt's article enlightened me to
the fact that prison school is required for in-
iates who have had less than a sixth grade
education. While I believe that some sort of
punishment is necessary for criminals, I don't
see who is benefitted by simply locking a per-
son in a cell to rot. Reform benefits not only
the prisoner, but the outside world as well. Jobs
are scarce, especially in southeastern Michigan.
Prison schools are a source of employment. Edit-
eating the prisoners will also enhance a crin-
inal's chance of assimilating into the outside
world when his sentence comes to an end.
Although it might cost a lot in dollars -p
start such reform programs, I feel the benefits
are well worth it.
Janet Riggs

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