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The Michigan Daily-Tuesday, November 3, 1981--Wage 7



ROTC cadets fight it out during maneuvers

(Continued from Page 1)
ORIENTEERING, which will make
its Olympic debut in 1984, is a com-
bination' of cross-country running and
precision map reading. Orange and
white silk markers, usually found
hanging from tree branches within the
Orienteering course, designate "poin-
ts" on the map. At each marker a pun-
cher can be found with which the con-
testant punches his map to verify that
he found that particular point. The fur-
ther away the marker is from the star-
ting point the more points it is worth.
The object is to locate as many of the
twenty markers as possible within the
allotted time of 21 hours. In Saturday's
competition freshmen and sophomores
ran in groups of two or more and all
others ran the course alone.
At 7:30,,a group of three sophomore
cadets, Jim Villa, Duane Kuizema, and

Greg Perry, departs from the starting
line. Wearing green army fatigues and
camouflaged helmets, the three cadets
enter the thick woods in search of their
first marker.
They hike up a steep incline, stepping
over fallen trees and dead branches.
"Contact," Villa says. He has spotted
the marker - a five pointer. While
punching-out the three men are con-
verged upon by other cadets that have
located the marker. A debate ensues as
to the quickest way of reaching the next
point. Most of the cadets elect to return
to the road. Villa's group decides to
forge on through the woods.
"You've got to be hard core," Villa
says, fending off the underbrush.
AN HOUR later the three cadets
have worried up a sweat after finding
four of the twenty points. Kneeling on

the ground, they place compass to map
and orient themselves toward the next
target. After traversing the hillside for
several minutes, the three find them-
selves near the further point from the
starting line-marker 12, worth fifteen
points. The men comb the area in vain,
unable to spot the orange and white
marker. "Someone must have stolen
it," one of them says. With time run-
ning out, they turn away and head
toward another point.
"That's a blow-job," Kuizema lamen-
ts, frustrated by the group's failure to
locate the marker. "I bet Laage (Cap-
tain John Laage, commandant of
cadets) pulled that point so he doesn't
have to buy that beer." Laage had
promised a free pitcher of beer for any
cadet who can find all of the orien-

ROTC enrollment keeps climbing

(Continued from Page 1) "the opp
rise from the 1979-80 academic year. Wyen,
Army enrollment here is ap- the gra,
proximately 100 students, with just over sthte coi
200 each enrolled in Air Force and Navy ROTC
programs. scholars
But other universities have and tw(
registered enrollment hikes. Michigan books, it
State's Air Force ROTC is up 30 percent monthly
from a year ago. ROTC programs at Richard
Temple University in Pennsylvania and fairs at
the University of California at Berkeley The gra
have experienced .enrollment hikes as awarde
well as an increase in scholarship extracur
inquiries, officials say. need.
Applications for scholarships at the Congr
University Army ROTC program have of 11,00
risen this year to about 20, up 13 from a yet to vc
year ago, said Sgt. Frank Simpson, an to Ivan
administration specialist., analysis
THE CURRENT economic situation ters. E
and federal cuts in financial aid scholars
programs have heightened student in- unlike of
terest in ROTC scholarship oppor- At th
tunities, said Lt. Robert Machala, an student
instructor in the Navy ROTC program. receive.
The scholarships are "the big sell Air For
ing point in the program," he said. enrollee
"Without the scholarship, I probably Pearson
wouldn't be here, said Mike McDonald, Army R
a junior in Army ROTC. "The scholar- dramati
ship influenced my joining a lot, class -
because I tried to get scholarships 23 this
elsewhere." Pearson
Robb Wyen, a freshman in Army year stt
ROTC, said his scholarship gave him requirin
fo - + g : further,
saonse , r - _. the ques
R01berloses turns in a fine perfor- the pei'f
mance as Sundance, the reticent terprete
menace who kills at random. When the suicide t
puzzled and terrified barkeep asks him his ima
why he kills people, Sundance's reply- makes th
"They're there" (which is, inciden- Anoth
tally, his longest line) - serves to em- specific
phasize what a dangerous threat he characte
eally is. As might be guessed, Sun- it was
dance ends up systematically killing audience
each of the characters in manners ap- too one
propriate to their respective views. humans
Hickock, whom the Kid calls "the vic- threat w
tim of an obsolete mentality," is gun- The M
hed in the back - contrary to the moral from th
and traditional stance he personifies.
The Kid, extolling the gunslinger for
this deed and elevating him to the
status of hero in the new society of
"equals," is shot at the peak of his
Marxist orgasm, not realizing the
character of his benefactor.
After Jesse is killed while' trying to
befriend Sundance, the play succumbs
to its own fatalism with the final con-
frontation between Sundance and the
Barkeep. The Barkeep attempts to d
1prevent his death by using the constan-
tly-changing rationales that have been
so successful with Jesse in the past.
Yet the protracted length of his plea
takes away from the suddenness and
randomness of Sundance's previous ac-
,When the audience sees the
possibility of Sundance displaying
emotion by conceding to these
arguments, the impact of his character
and the feeling of impending doom are
drastically lessened, and the tension
Which the playwright has created up to
tais point is deflated.
; When the Barkeep is finally mur-
taed and Sundance exits, three shots
are heard offstage. These shots are
Mteant to imply that Sundance is going
o continue killing until he cannot go

portunity to come to Michigan."
an Ohio resident, said without
nt he would have attended a
lege to cut tuition costs.
C PROGRAMS offer 18,500
ships nationally. 'Four-three-
o-year grants cover tuition,
ncidental fees and provide $100
y living allowances, said
Howland, director of public af-
Air Force ROTC headquarters.
nts, competitive nationally, are
d on the basis of academic and
rricular - criteria, not financial
ess has approved the creation
o additional scholarships, but
ote on their funding, according
Ely, chief of management
at the Army ROTC headquar-
ly-said he does not expect the
hipsto be cut in the future,
ther federal aid programs.
he University, 25 percent of
s enrolled in Army ROTC
scholarships, with 50 percent of
rce and 90 percent of Navy
s receiving grants.
RDING TO Capt. Michael
n, assistant chairman of the
OTC program, there has been a
c increase in the Army's junior
up from 12 students last year to
year. This figure is crucial,
said, because in their junior
udents must sign a contract
g four years of active duty or

Army reserve work.
Until this point there is no obligation
for future service, Pearson said, even
for those on a scholarship. Students on
a four or three year grant can drop out
of the program before their junior year
without having to pay any.money back,
Simpson said.
Many students are unsure about
remaining in the service, but nost agree
their ROTC service will have great
practical application in careers outside
the military.
Sophomore Gerald Burton, who has
not decided whether he will sign an
Army contract, said he feels the most
valuable part of ROTC is the experien-
ce it provides for careers outside the
"I CAN GO into a job interview and
' say I was in ROTC.. I can lead and
manage people and it will impress
them," Burton said.
Junior Kim Kinning said her Army
training would "look great on any
resume. It's a fantastic steppingstone
for any career."
Other university ROTC programs are
benefiting from increased interest. At
Michigan State University, interest
has increased in scholarships, "par-
ticularly since other loans are being
cut," Lt. Col. Paul Embert said
At the University of California at
Berkeley, a former hotbed of anti-
military activism, Army, Navy, and Air
Force enrollment is on the upswing.

teering course's twenty points.
As the cadets get closer to base camp,
the markers are spotted more easily.
Sighting a marker in the distance, the
men run ankle-deep in leaves, high
steppinmg over dead branches and stum-
A HORN SOUNDS in the distance,
signaling the end of the competition.
The three cadets head back to the
starting line after finding ten of the
twenty points. "Respectable," Villa
Back at base camp it is learned that
three junior cadets, Dave Freeman,
John Holtrop, and Sergio Rendon,
managed to locate all of the twenty
"YOU'RE NOT competing against
somebody else, but against yourself,"
Rendon said.
"The more I strive out here, the bet-
ter officer I'll make when I graduate,"
said Holtrop. "It's the same as most
students at U of M. They all want to do
their best...whether it's in Orienteering
or on a thermodynamics exam."
Cadet Sarah Baute (25% of the
students enrolled in ROTC at this
University are women), a junior, found
all of the twenty markers but was unable
to make it back to the starting line in
time. "The competitive edge is built up
in me," Baute said. "Orienteering is a
sport, and I take it seriously."
BAUTE, WHO recently competed in
the National Orienteering Champion-
ships at Buffalo, N.Y., ultimately would
like to become a helicopter pilot. She
sees orienteering as Hlelping her reach
that goal. "'If 'I can read the terrain
from the ground, then I should be able
to read it from the air," Baute ex-
According to Colonel John Courte,
Chairman of the University's Officer
Education Program, Orienteering
relates directly to military skills. "An
officer that can't read a map will get in
trouble right away," Courte said.
Following chow-a 1600 calorie near-
warm can of spam, potatoes, and gravy
-the cadets were each issued an MIG
semi-automatic rifle and received In-
di'vidual Tactical Training. The ITT
session, designed to familiarize the
cadets with techniques they were to
employ in the afternoon's tactical ap-
plications exercise, consisted of in-
struction in rifle loading, movement
under enemy fire, and facial
AT NOON THE five squads of ten
cadets each prepare to enter the Tax
Lanes. Squad Two begins with the
Black Lane. Dave Freeman, the squad
leader, briefs his squad. Their mission
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distance and set up a defense upon
arrival. Enemy contact is possible.
The cadets, spaced ten meters apart,
walk silently through the woods.
Crouching in the underbrush, Freeman
motions with his arm for the squad to
take the building. An enemy soldier,
babbling in an indiscernible language,
steps out of the structure, waving a
white handerchief. He is immediately
taken prisoner. The POW is searched
as a cadet keeps an M16 aimed at his
head. Mission accomplished.
Back out on the road, Captain Pear-
son evaluates the cadets' performance.
He informs them that they
inadequately searched the'POW, noting
that they failed to find the map he had
rolled-up in his shirt-sleeve. "He
could've had a razor bade in there,
right?" Pearson asks of the squad. The
students ask questions and then it's on
to the next lane.
THE NEW SQUAD leader, John
Denike, briefs the squad members on,
their next mission. They are to locate
two U.S. casualties, administer
medical attention, and evacuate to the
The cadets move out, eager to locate
their wounded comrades. After hiking
for several minutes through the woods,
the soldiers find themselves in a
clearing - easy targets for enemy fire.
A high-pitched whistle emanates from
above. The troops know it could only
mean one thing-they've come under
artillery attack. KA-BOOM !
KA-BOOM! Denike yells to his squad
to high-tail it back to the treeline.
There they regroup and count off; no
casualties have been sustained..

Once again Pearson lectures his
students. He tells them they should
have retreated deeper into the woods
before regrouping. "The foreward ob-
server (the enemy who directs artillery
fire) hopes you'll stay in the first
treeline...that's where he'll pepper you
next," Pearson explains to the cadets.
THE SECOND squad is now about to
enter the last lane. Squad leader
Freeman issues the orders. The squad
is to proceed in a southwesterly direc-
tion and secure a building some 800
meters away. "Enemy contact is
likely," Freeman says, "remember
your Geneva Convention rules."
M16s poised, the soldiers slowly,
traverse a steep hill. Suddenly gun fire
rings out. Ambush. Snipers yelling an-
ti-American - slogans-"American
Pig, DieI" - attack from the squad's
right flank. The squad attempts to sup-
press the enemy, but it is a feeble effort
and the snipers proceed to mow downi
the American troops.
"You've got to get down and return
fire," Pearson tells his students. *"It
really takes violent action to get out of a
situation like that." Pearson estimates
that 50 to 70 percent of the
squad sustained casualties during the
On the bus ride back to campus, it
becomes evident that the day's ac-
tivities have taken their toll on ,the
cadets, many of whom have fallen
asleep. But the field training exercise
is not officially over until all the
weapons have been cleaned. This took
the weary cadets the next three hours,
whereupon they gathered at Bimbo's
for necessary recuperation.

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less than absurd


but - as was, apparent from,
sion and answer period after,
ormance - it could easily be in-,
ed as an uncharacteristic
by Sundance. The blurring of
ge in the closing moments
his conclusion possible.
er problem with the play is the
caricatures of the other
ers. Although Ribalow said that
intentional, it prevented any
* sympathy. These people were
-sided to be convinceable as
and as a result Sandance's
as less imposing.
Western theme also detracted
he play's intended impact.

Unlike the intentionally ambiguous setting
tings of the better-realized absurdist
plays, Sundance takes .place in our
past; the audience knows that there is
no possibility of this confrontation ac-
tually occurring. Despite the early
promise of the production, these
weaknesses reduced its impact from
the intended feeling of Armageddon.
If you are not in for fatalism, the play
is also enjoyable as a comedy. In fact,
the playwright said that it has been
played as a straight comedy in Europe.
Although it is no longer at the Loft,
Sundance will play the Attic Theatre-in
Detroit next Monday.

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