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Page 4-D-Thursday, September 4, 1980-The Michigan Daily

More than
300 groups
:b c o Ustudents

If going to classes all day and studying all night isn't
your idea of the ideal collegiate lifestyle, don't panic. There
are over 300 student groups on campus in which you can
spend your spare time doing anything from protesting
against apartheid to skydiving, or simply spending time
with others who share your ethnic background, religious
beliefs, or academic interests.
Most student organizations register with the University's
student government, the Michigan Student Assembly
(MSA). The assembly publishes a listing of all registered
groups, along with their "contact persons" and phone num-
bers. A copy of last year's listing, which includes many
groups to be active this year, can be obtained at the MSA of-
"Registration (with MSA) lets us know who's on campus
and allows organizations to have access to University
facilities, such as use of the Diag," said Roy More, last
year's MSA coordinator of student organizations.
ANOTHER REASON student groups register with MSA
More said, is to have access to student-appropriated funds
that MSA has reserved for student organizations.
Many groups combine extracurricular activities and
scholarly or professional interests. The Michigan
Economic Society, for example, offers get-togethers for
economics students and professors, free tutoring services,
and a wide array of distinguished guest speakers. Students
of music, forestry, engineering, history, political science,
and anthropology, among others, have also banded
together to mix studies and social life.
The purpose of most of these organizations is to "enhance
the student's experience in the department," explained
Linda Wolk, president of the Undergrad Art History
OTHER CAMPUS GROUPS draw students with similar
academic or career interests, but are not affiliated with
particular departments. The Michigan Daily, WCBN, and
Women in Communications, for example, attract many
students interested in journalism, but do not require par-
ticipants to be majoring in that field.
Besides shared academic interests, similar ethnic

backgrounds bring many students together. No matter how
small a minority on campus,.there is probably a campus-
based group oriented to people within that minority.
George Rostenko, president of the Ukranian Students'
Association, says he knows of about 40 students of Ukranian
descent on campus, but notes that the club has about 20
members. Rostenko scans the student directory every year
hoping to dig up new Ukranians who would like to attend the
twice monthly meetings and activities.
Similar groups in existence during the past school year
include Polish, Chicano, and African students, plus Asian
American, Native Americans, Chinese, Indian, Arab,
Filipino, Taiwanese, and Turkish students.
Minority students have their own publications (among
them, the new Black Perspective magazine), their own
music and engineering societies, and a number of commit-
tees in the dorms. Two campus groups represent the local
gay community.
A number of religious groups sponsor student activities.
Campus Crusade for Christ, Word of God, Intervarsity
Christians, and the His House Christian Fellowship are
some of the Christian groups on campus.
SEVERAL JEWISH organizations on campus combine
ethnic, political, and religious activities. The Union of
Students for Israel, for example, is a Zionist organization
with a mailing list of 350 people, according to President
David Holzel. The group offers information in the Fishbowl
at least once a week, sponsors the Israeli Independence
Day celebration every spring, brings in guest speakers, and
runs the Israel Film Society.
According to Holzel, the Ann Arbor Committee for New
Jewish Agenda differs from his group because it is not
composed solely of Zionists. Instead, it offers "a leftist
ideology and is affiliated with Peace Now," Holzel said.
Other Jewish groups include Hillel and Chabad House.
One of the largest student groups on campus is the
University Activities Center (UAC). Armed with a task for-
ce of over 400 volunteers, UAC sponsors some of the
University's most elaborate annual events: Homecoming, the
Michigras celebration, and the "Musket" and "Soph Show"
theater productions. In addition, UAC sponsors a series of

offbeat "mini-courses," such as bartending and disco dan-
cing. The newly established Soundstage Coffeehouse is
sponsored by UAC, along with the "Viewpoint" lecture
series, and the Union's "Ticket Central," where local con-
cert tickets are available. Finally, UAC sponsors annual
student trips outside Michigan, such as last year's spring
break Florida vacation, in which UAC arranged a low cost
package to entice University students to go south.
MANY OF THE student organizations espouse precise
political or social viewpoints. Some promote Palestinia
rights, ERA, cooperative child care, and economic
democracy, while others opposb the death penalty and
apartheid. Other groups represent political parties. There
is a Republican and Democratic student group as well as
the Young Socialist Alliance, the Young Workers Liberation
League, and the Revolutionary Communist Youth Brigade.
Students for Progressive Government has a liberal
philosophy, but according to LSA junior and member
Stacey Stephanoupolos, its main goal is "to make students
more politically active." The members attempt to register.
students to vote in Ann Arbor and is particularly activel
during election periods, Stephanoupolos said.
For those students without the time, talent, or inclination
to join a varsity team, the University hosts a number of
sports clubs, and a full range of intramural teams. The
rowing club, for example, is an active group of about 70
people. Members practice two hours a day, six days a week
on the Huron River and enter four races each season, ac-
cording to president Lori Hyde. Other sports groups include
the sailing, rifle, and ski clubs.
FOR THE ARTISTICLY inclined, there are many groups
in town that provide valuable opportunities, such as the Ac-
tors Ensemble, the Gilbert and Sullivan Society, and th4
folk and square dancing clubs. Several student groups, like
the Ann Arbor Film Co-op and Cinema Guild, organize the
films on campus and welcome student volunteers.
The most convenient of all are the dorm, hall, or hose
councils right where you live. To make decisions regarding
your living conditions, and to meet your neighbors, all you
have to do is attend the frequent meetings often publicized
in bathrooms and on bulletin boards in the dorms.

You are well into the New Student
Edition, brought to you by the ever-
eager but notoriously overworked staff
of The Michigan Daily, the University's
campus newspaper since 1890.
f For the entire school year, the Daily
will once again provide the community
with breaking news, sports, and arts in-
formation, while providing interested
h students with valuable news
gathering experience. This formula has
worked with consistent success during1
the Daily's "Ninety-one years of
editorial Freedom," as the paper has

1 freedo,
established itself among collegiate
newspaper observers as a leader in its
THE DAILY is produced at the
Student Publications Building, 420
Maynard St., Tuesday through Sunday
mornings. While there are professional
printers, advertising advisors, and
Student Publications office staff on
hand to keep the operation functioning,
the editorial staffs are. wholly com-
posed of students. Unlike most college
papers, which are "dropped" around
the campuses free of charge and which
are subsidized by their respective
schools, the Daily remains self-

pride of Daily

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sufficient; staying in the black through
aggressive advertising sales and sub-
scription income. For the Daily staff!,
the resulting independence from the
University is a valuable asset when
covering local events.
All University students are welcome
to get involved at the Daily and are en-
couraged to attend the organizational
meetings scheduled for mid-
September. There, is a little financial
incentive to working at the Daily, as
even the most "lucrative" editorial
positions bring in barely enough cash to
cover the nightly Big Macs or Blimpy
Burgers. Instead, prospective. Daily
staffers are drawn by the chance to get
genuinely involved on campus, and to
make their mark at the University
during their short stays here.
The pace at the Daily is usually hectic
and chaotic-each day brings its own
collection of unusual journalistic hur-
dles that must be leaped before
deadline. Traditionally, there is a ten-
dency for staff members to nearly
p et they ae est eq;ccording toy
Editorial Page Co-Editor Howard Witt:
"Academics, for the most part, receive
rather low priority at the Daily when
set against an "interview, story
deadline, or editorial board meeting.
That is not to say, however, that
education receives a similar low
priority-work on a daily newspaper
must be one of the most valuable lear-
ning experiences anyone can have."
TRUE, FULL-TIME Daily staffers
tend to be in constant combat with their
academic standings, and some resort to
the necessary strategies of taking light
course loads, or courses which are less
demanding. But other students, those
who do not desire to shelve their em-
phasis on class work, are also able to
contribute. The general principal
remains that prospective Daily writers

can work for the paper as much, or as
little, as they wish. There are no quotas.
The writing in the Daily comes from
three departments: News, sports, and
arts. The news staff attempts to com-
bine important local information with
breaking national and international
news (which comes from the
Associated Press and United Press In-
ternational wire services). The sports
staff emphasizes keeping readers
abreast of breaking University sports,
but also collects scores and stories from
outside of Ann Arbor. The arts staff
hunts down local music, film, theater,
and other cultural offerings, and
relates its perceptions to Daily readers.
The paper also features an editorial
page every day, with both consensus
staff opinions expressed in editorials,
and solicited (and unsolicited) opinion
articles written by local and national
ON THE "BUSINESS side," students
can get involved collecting the material
for the non-journalism part of the '
paper: advertising. The "ad-staff" is
an equally fast-paced group of people,
striving to meet deadlines of its own.
Regardless of the late nights, jeopar-
dized classes, and altoghether contor-
ted schedules, Daily reporters, editors,
and other staffers generally agree that
the experience is intensely gratifying.
As Witt explains, "Most of us at the
Daily feel somewhat guilty when we
stop to think of all the books we didn't
read and the research we didn't do for
the classes we failed to attend
regularly. There is no question that
those who get really involved with the
Daily have little time to take full advan-
tage of their college educations. But
those few who work 60 hours each week
at the Daily wouldn't do it if we didn't
think we were getting something ELA
valuable out of it." pap
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Daily Photo by DAVID HARRIS
kINE RIDEOUT (above) taps out an article for the University's student news-
er, The Michigan Daily. Rideout, and Joyce Frieden (pictured in rear), worked
aff reporters during the summer.



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