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Page 4 Tuesday, October 6, 1981 The Michigan Daily
Ouch!A trip to the emergency room
Ah, what joy! Oh, what ecstacy! I had just nonchalant as possible when I talked to the WE WERE OBVIOUSLY low-priority cases. into the hall. "Watch out for that-" I offered
Id my football tickets for an incredibly glut- nurse on the phone. ,,Suddenly, two ambulance drivers sped by, as she trundled the wheelchair over the seam in
nos sum and was lost in a reverie. Into the "I've got this golf-ball-sized lump on my wheeling a bed with an old man in it. The the floor.
ir I jumped, trying to kick my heels. ankle and it's turning technicolor and I can't stocky man and I stared sheepishly at the floor. Back in the hall, I again joined my baseball-
Onto the ground I landed-right on my ankle. move my foot. Do you think I should come in?" Soon a doctor came by to look at both of us. capped friend, who also had just been X-rayed.
Ouch," I blurted. (Actually, it was a I asked her. / \He was very caring and compassionate as he The same doctor who had been so com-
omewhat more colorful epithet.) It was 6 p.m., "YOU PROBABLY should," she advised me. twisted my comrade's wrist. passionate earlier now came back shaking his
nd my Emergency Room Odyssey was about So I called a cab (I figured an ambulance t1"Ouch," he said. head, our X-rays in hand. We both looked up in
begin. would be too ostentatious), and drove over. "Might be broken," the doctor said in his anticipation, moaning softly to enhance our
Right from the door I got the royal treat- / \ most concerned tones. maladies, eagerly awaiting the loving attention
ment. An orderly offered me a wheelchair, Next he lifted my injured foot. "Does it hurt we would get as a team of specialists labored
propped up my right foot, and wheeled me to * o" / / when I do this?" he asked, pushing on my golf over our broken joints, carefully encasing them
the elevator. .*: ball. in fresh plaster. All the world would know we
"Look out for the-" I suggested as he ram-;*v_ "Ouch," I said. had been gravely injured, that we weren't
med my extended foot into the elevator door. -"Might be broken," he repeated in his most faking our ailments to get attention.
"Ouch," I said. concerned tones. "Not broken," he grumbled. And he walked
I arrived at the emergency room reception away.
desk moaning and writhing, which I thought THEN HE DISAPPERED down the hall. We
could only help my case. both brightened considerably, now feeling that WE REALLY FELT ltH
Sure enough, quicker than you can say our injuries were indeed legitimate. Another w astEAgLYhFedtguiay now. Here we
"Stand Clear! We've got to defibrillate!" (Hey, gurney whizzed past. We started grimacing were, wasting these doctors' valuable time,
After the initial pain subsided, I figured I I've seen every episode of "Emergency!"), I a with a renewed sense of purpose: and our joints weren't even broken. I was ready
swasn't in too much trouble; I could walk on my was given an ice pack and wheeled into the hallWOR It was now 10:45 p.m. and time for an X-ray. jump from my chair and d p a jig; my coms
foot without undue agony. That was until 9p.m. to wait. MINI bAN A nurse wheeled me around and off I went to paon was about to commence 50 pushups.
Then I noticed the golf-ball sized lump that had NO IVs, NO NURSES hovering over me, no VAILM get zapped. She was pushing me pretty fast, so A nurse came by with two ace bandages to
risen below my ankle. And I realized I couldn't doctors flailing needles full of life-sustaining when the wheelchair trundled over that seam wrap our injuries, tell us to keep our respective
move my foot. drugs-just an ice-pack. Didn't they believe I in the floor, it sent shock waves of pain through wist and foot elevated, and check to make sure
FRANTICALLY, I dialed up Health Service, was really injured? my foot. we had given our proper billing addresses.
although I knew that would probably be futile A receptionist came by to process my forms. "Ouch," I said. "Ouch," I said as she bound my foot, won-
since I had not made an appointment three "Have you ever been to the hospital before?" "Oh, sorry," she said. "Forgot about that dering how I'd fit a shoe over my golf ball.
weeks in advance. But I remembered they had he asked kindly. back another time. seam in the floor." "Ouch," I said again a week later, when I got
limp-in hours, so I thought I might get lucky. "Nope, never," I smiled, thinking he would He pushed me a little further up the hall, The X-ray technician insisted that I twist my the bill for $70. At Health Service it would have
No way. A tape-recording cheerfully infor- compliment me on my good health. behind a stocky man in a baseball cap who was injured foot in myriad directions to get a num- e r
med me that Health Service was closed. "Thanks a lot, buddy," he growled, "Now cradling his right wrist. ber of different pictures. "Just turn it like
So) reluctantly, I tried the emergency room I've got to fill out twice as many forms. Why do "How long have you been sitting here?" I this," she said. "Ouch," I said.
at University Hospital. I really didn't want to I get all the first-timers?" asked him. Witt's column appears every Tuesday.
make a big thing out of my injury, so I was as I apologized profusely and offered to come "Only half an hour," he answered. THE TECHNICIAN then wheeled me back


Edited and managed by students at The University of Michigan


By Robert Lence

Vol. XCI, No. 23

420 Maynard St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Editorials represent a majority opinion of the Daily's Editorial Board

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A dangerous CIA order
' RESIDENT REAGAN, it was activity would be fair play for CIA
revealed yesterday, may enact agents.
executive order granting the CIA But the CIA certainly has no
re freedom to conduct domestic in- business delving into the activities of
igence gathering. The order, which any domestic group, be it the John Bir-
uld allow CIA agents to infiltrate ch Society or the Communist Party.
nestic groups and possibly influen- The CIA's charter clearly indicates
their activities, poses perhaps the that the CIA's mission is to collect in-
atest threat to civil liberties since formation abroad in the interests of
agan took office. national security. If there is reason to
f enacted, the order would replace believe that a domestic group posed a
rent guidelines drafted by the Car- threat to national security and is in-
administration designed to prevent volved in illegal activities, then it is the
sorts of violations of civil liberties domain of the FBI to investigate and to
t occured in the 1960s and early determine whether the group is
Os, when CIA and FBI agents con- violating law.
ted operations to undermine civil It is also ironic that the president
hts and anti-Vietnam War activists. w.a
lie new order would also strike bans who came into office swearing to take
CIA covert domestic activities and government off the backs of the people
CIA allowrthdesCIAtoattusndr is now considering enacting a law that
ld allow the CIA to put under is specifically designed to put the
tsical surveillance any Americans federal government-the CIA-on the
oad regardless of whether there is -t
son to believe that they are in- backs of the people in the greatest sen-
ved with terrorism, drug traffic, or e, through the surveillance of their
eign espionage, as is currently the legal activities.
eg President Reagan must realize that
learly, there is great potential for the proposed executive order, which
use in the new order. There are no requires no congressional approval, is
delines to determine what domestic a dangerous threat to civil liberties
ups would be infiltrated. There and violates the principles of the CIA's
uld be few checks on what the CIA own charter and therefore must send
ild do short of assassinations or his aides back to the drawing board to
gal break-ins. Virtually any other draft more reasonable guidelines.


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Gearing up to fight cuts in student aid

To the Daily:
It was only on Sept. 24 that
Reagan announced his plea for
Congress to reduce student aid by
an additional 42 percent. By the
second week in October his
request may be met by Congress.
The first Congressional budget
reconcilliation for 1981-1983 was
completed in July and had
already provided for reductions
in aid. But Thursday's plea
marks a second, even more fierce
strike against federal funding of
higher education.
Before students dependent on
federal aid to continue their
education have a chance to ascer-
tain the implications of Reagan's
proposal, their aid may be cut.
Recommendations are already
present in both the House and the
Senate to substantially reduce
federal allocations to student aid.
Despite Reagan's insistance that
he would maintain a "safety net"
for those truly dependent on
governmental assistance, under
the new Congressional budget
recommendations, programs
designed specifically for the
lower income students would be
most severely depleted. Those
programs include the Basic
Equal Opportunity Grant, the
Supplemental Equal Opportunity
Grant, and the National Direct
Student Loan, all of which are
regulated -by needs-analysis
Because these programs, along
with the Guaranteed Student
Loan constitute the primary
source of student aid, there is lit-
tle alternative for students who
depend on them. Although the
House recommendations feature
milder cuts than the Senate,
there appears to be no
Congressional recommendation
that wmild rnnnt~r the n itav ,.,

versions will then be reconciled
by a joint House-Senate con-
ference, before final approval by
the Appropriations Committee.
Incidentally, Representative
Carl Pursell from Ann Arbor is a
member of the House Ap-
propriations Committee.
It is still too early to tell if
Congress will go through with
such drastic' cuts. Students can
give Congress the necessary
reasons not to. Granted, there is
uncertain gain in contacting your

legislator, but Reagan himself in
a press conference on Oct. 1 cited
letters from two black youths to
support his efforts.
For a comparatively small in-
vestment against the potential
loss you or your classmates may
suffer in financial aid, you may
express your concern to the ac-
tual decision-makers-your
If sent immediately, a letter to
your senator should arrive prior
to voting. A short note,
preferably on a postcard,

describing your opinion in per-
sonal terms is known to be most
In contacting your legislator,
refer to the House appropriations
recommendations as HR 4560,
and in the Senate, the Senate
Subcommittee on Education's
appropriation recommendation.
-Donavan Mack
PIRGIM Student Aid
Task Force
Oct.3, 1981

Nuclear devastation is not funny

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To the Daily:
I must tell you I find Steve
Hook's article, "Baseball 1992:
It's a Blast!" (Daily, Sept. 25,
1981), in extremely poor taste-or
should I say utterly repugnant?
Intercontinental nuclear war
absolutely should never be made
light of. I realize this article was
intended to take satire to its
greatest limits, but Hook's "lam-
poonery" is simply disgusting.
One of the most disturbing
aspects of this story is the
"You can only pour so
much Maalox down their
throats,"... "They could
have waited until next mon-
th. ". .. "I'm just delighted,"
The last line particularly
troubles me-someone being
"delighted" at a nuclear attack,
at full scale murder, at ab-
solute devastation?!?
In only thirty-six years have
Hook and the Daily forgotten the
atrocities committed against the
peoples of Hiroshima and
"4 vinr" f haa ahnlar

Major Events insensitive

page prior to this "baseball" ar-
ticle, an article on the upcoming
scheduled nuclear weapons talks
between the U.S. and the Soviet
Union. Surely it is inadmissable
to make jest of such a grave
Hook's goal may have been to
produce humorous ridicule
criticizing the terrible nuclear
situation, but this is not what

came across.
The immoral, inhuman, enor-
mity of nuclear disaster has in-
stead been made light of. I sin-
cerely hope in the future much
greater care will be taken in the
publishing of articles of this im-
portant and serious nature.
-Timothy J. Moshier
September 28, 1981

To the Daily:
Each year the Office of Major
Events faces the difficult task of
scheduling concerts within such
constraints as performer
availability, hall availability, and
school calendar conflicts. Regar-
dless of these limits, I feel that a
recent incident demonstrates
Major Events' gross insensitivity
toward student needs.
Last year when Ann Arbor was
treated to a concert by Bruce
Springsteen, Major Events
scheduled ticket sales to begin on
the first day of the Jewish New
Year. Springsteen was an instant
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date was determined by
"somebody in New York''.
When I expressed my desire to
contact this "somebody in New
York" I was told that they could
not tell me who he was for
"security reasons".
Regardless of who set the date
it is difficult to believe that Major
Events could not have influenced
the decision maker to schedule
ticket sales on another day. A
scheduling conflict like this, two
years in a row, is inexcusable.
Major Events cannot, blame
anyone but itself.
I believe an incident like this,
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