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OPINION

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Sunday, April 4, 1982

The Michigan Daily

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Edited and managed by students at The University of Michigan

Shooting and bandaging:
Gunman here, aid cuts there

Vol. XCII, No. 146

420 Maynard St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

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

I .,

A Voice in MSA

THE MICHIGAN Student Assembly
lacks student support. The
number of students that vote in MSA
elections has dropped steadily for the
past few years, and that number
threatens to decline even further. With
the University facing its toughest
financial crisis in decades, MSA must
once again become truly represen-
tative of the student body, and at the
same time be able to focus its power
and commitment on pressing issues.
No longer can assembly members sit
in their conference rooms in the
Michigan Union, chatting with ad-
ministrators and making speeches
about military research on campus.
The next set of MSA leaders must be in
touch with its student, constituency,
and yet, simultaneously, be able and
willing to mold student support into a
useful and effective tool at the Univer-
sity.
With all of this in mind, Voice's can-
didates for president and vice
president, Amy Moore and Stephon
Johnson respectively, seem the best
choice in the April 6 and 7 MSA elec-
tions.
While Moore and Johnson seem the
most qualified choices for the MSA
executive posts, they are certainly not
cure-alls. Most of' the candidates on
this year's slate still lack the
pragmatism that may be so necessary
for an efficient use of MSA's resources.
This year's decision is not made easily.
Moore's and Johnson's priorities-
which follow the line drawn up by their
partyuare minorilty~.affais 4ianial..
aid, University budget redirection, and
campus security, which are all worthy
causes. Their ideas for each area are
wgrth- supporting, even though they
are a touch idealistic.
In terms of the University's budget
redirection, Moore and Johnson ad-
vocate more student awareness. They
claim that MSA hasn't made Univer-
sity students aware of the serious
nature of the administration's budget
cuts -they are correct. Moore ad-
vocates setting up a budget-cutting
teach-in in the fall-a valuable idea in
these financially hard times. She also
supports making MSA a resource cen-
ter for students and faculty involved in
the budget-cutting process. MSA could
thus serve as a center for both protest
and information, helping out both sides
in the University's retrenchment. This
is an excellent idea.
While the other candidates focus
their financial aid worries on stopping
possible federal cuts-which is, of
course, highly commendable-Moore
and Johnson have taken the process
one step further: they suggest setting
up a counseling service to help studen-
ts match up their needs with possible
aid sources. Again, this is an excellent
and realistic idea. They too want to
stop the progress of the Reagan aid
cuts, but they have thought out their
attack in a more complete way.
Voice's approach to minority affairs
and enrollment, while similar to the
approach of its opponents in the
People's Action Coalition, is slightly
more preferable. Johnson has long
been involved in minority affairs, and
seems to know the ropes. Voice's ideas4

for high school recruitment and inner
city support services were introduced c
long ago, and yet black enrollment at t
the University still remains at an s
outrageously low level. One doubts
Voice's platform on minority affairs d
can make a difference, but maybea
Johnson can. a
All three parties with presidential l
candidates came up with basically the p

in this part of the platform-for all t
candidates.
Although the difference between Voi
and PAC is not large, PAC suffers frj
serious problems.
Dave Guttchen, PAC's presidenti
candidate, told the Daily that he o
poses any University budget cut fi
purely short-term financial gai
Given Michigan's current state
financial disaster, this is a complet
impractical attitude. MSA must,i
stead, attempt to guide the Universi
through these hard times, with
much student input as possible.
In addition, Guttchen and PAC a
too caught up in the military defen
research issue. Priorities must1
established at this University, a
military research cannot be one
them considering the shape of o
budget, our financial aid status, o
campus security, and our minor
enrollment. Jon Feiger, current M'
president and PAC member, should
credited for raising the defen
research issue on campus, but t
much time and effort have been sp
on it, and this trend must be reversed
PAC has been in power in MSA I
two years now and its record has n
been good. MSA has drifted away fr
the student body, and the Univers
campus has become disenchanted w
the assembly's work. New blood
needed, not a continuation of the old.
The new British Humor Party, w
its candidates Duane Kuizema f
p-presideritand George DeMuth for vi
president, have a certain pragmati
on their side. Unfortunately, they a
have inexperience.
The BHP's gimic of free Mor
Python films is amusing, but alone r
worthy of an endorsement. Inste
BHP members show a general lack
understanding of how the Universi
runs. Neither of the two BHP top c
didates seem to know the Universi
well enough to effectively run MS
and given the short term of office (o
year), their election would result in I
tle accomplishment. They have no
strategies for student involvement
the budget planning process or
financial lobbying, and that makes fi
an inconsistent platform.
However, Kuizema and DeMu
seem to be the only candidates w
realize MSA's limitations. Their ide
are not as flightly as some of the oth
candidates, and could make for use
input if only they had more experien
While the BHP's enthusiasm is a
mirable, its lack of experience
student government is crippling.
Given the problems with two of t
parties involved in the election, Voic
candidates, Moore and Johnson, a
the logical choices for MSA's executi
posts. It can only be added, as a fina
that none of the parties represent wh1
we as a university community shot
be able to find in the way of 'stud(
leaders.
City ballot
SIX BALLOT PROPOSALS face
Ann Arbor voters in tomorrow's

city elections. The proposals are let-
ered A through F, and all of them
should be endorsed.
Proposal A asks the voter to
decide whether Ann Arbor should be
authorized to purchase a public
Huron River dam utility to furnish
ight, heat, and power. This
proposal will not commit the city to

LAST TUESDAY, at about 7 p.m., Ann Ar-
bor resident Bill Hackman took a .22-
caliber rifle and began firing shots from the
window of his house at 314 N. First St. Neigh-
bors, hearing gunfire, quickly called the
police.
When Ann Arbor Police Officer William
Wise arrived on the scene, Hackman pinned
him under the patrol car with gunfire. As it
turned out, Wise lay beneath his car for ap-
proximately two hours as other police officers
attempted to divert Hackan's attention - and
his rifle - away from the street.
After the initial gunfire, a wait-out ensued,
with police surrounding Hackman's house
and Hackman holing himself up inside. Oc-)
casionally, officers would talk to Hackman
over the phone, urging him to come out, but
he refused consistently.
At about 10:40, Hackman spotted an ;Ann
Arbor "SWAT" officer perched on a roof next
to his house. Hackman opened fire, narrowly
missing the officer with several bullets. The

THE APRIL FOOL'S Day Hash Bash is
dead.
So says Ann Arbor Police Captain Kenneth
Klinge, the man who keeps an eye on such
things. Last Thursday, police witnessed the
lowest turnout in the annual Diag gathering's
11-year history and made only 12 arrests.
What was once an arena for social protest
had in more recent years attracted garden'
variety fun seekers - high school students^
and motorcycle gangs.
This week's event was quite a change from
April 1, 1973 when more than 5,000 people4
congregated on the Diag for music and
marijuana. It was the same day Ann Arbor
voters passed an initiative which made
possession of the weed within the city's limi$.&
a misdemeanor, punishable by a $5 fine.
At the first Hash Bash, in 1972, about 500 V
protesters ralled on the Diag, openly flouting
Michigan's marijuana laws, which then
punished possession with imprisonment.
Yes, perhaps the Hash bash is dead-or
at least for University students. The only
bashers this year were the leftovers from
yesteryear and afew up-and-comers from the
local high schools.

Hash Bash a sad joke

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Bandaging a financial aid wound.

officer returned fire, and one round exploded
into a windowsill at Hackman's waist. Wood
chips flew into Hackman's face and he
retreated from his upstairs bedroom to the
living room - without his rifle.
Police seized the opportunity and kicked in
the front door. Hackman offered no resistan-
ce and they arrested him and charged him
with "intent to commit great bodily harm,"
and "malicious destruction of property
values at over $1,000."
Later it was learned that Hackman, who
had recently quit his job as a janitor at a local
public school, just before had been smoking
large amounts of marijuana. Hackman's
previous behavior had been strange enough to
warranttwo of his roommates to report to
City Hall his general oddity, exemplified by
his being arrested for disorderly conduct the-
night before the shooting incident. The police
allowed Hackman to leave on his own
recognizance the first night because,
although he seemed strange, he didn't seem
dangerous. Everyone makes mistakes.
Student aid won't stick
WATCH OUT Washington. The bandaids
are coming - about 1,700 of them.
University Student Aid Task Force mem-
bers have taken their bandaid campaign to
dorms and the Fishbowl in the last several
weeks, distributing the bandaids and asking
students to write messages to their represen-
tatives and senators, opposing Reagan-
administration proposed cutbacks in student
financial aid.
Those bandaids may be coming right back
from Congress in the form of more funds for
the Guaranteed Student Loan program. The

House Appropriations Committee last week
voted to extend the low-interest loan program
through Oct. 1, 1982 with $1.3 billion. Under
the House panel's recommendation, graduate
and professional students again would be
eligible for those funds before the next school
year.
But before the temporary funds are dished
out, the proposal needs approval from the full
Congress.
Some bandaids aren't known to stick very
long.
Profits made academic
A NEW FACULTY report has cautiously
endorsed a plan to create a University
corporations that would help. University
researchers market their projects and ideas
with private industry.
The propsal,, which would create the
Michigan Research Corporation, would
divide profits earned by a project between the
University and the researcher, if it had in-
dustrial applications.
While details of how such a corporation
would be formed and structured are not yet
known, supporters have indicated that it
would be funded by both the University and
the state. It purportedly would assist faculty
members in identifying places of potential
support for their ideas and projects from in-
dustrial sources.
Some faculty members are wary of the plan
and have indicated that the corporation might
distort the goals of academic research, by en-
couraging applicable, profitable research
over "pure" or basic research.
Others, however, have complained in the
past that the University has slipped behind
many institutions in gaining support for its
academic and research programs, said
aerospace engineering Prof. Robert Howe,
who advised the authors of the report.

Losing management

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T'S BEEN A tough year for the University
Cellar.
After serving, only seven months, the
bookstore's general manager has resigne&
leaving the business store without a super
visor for the second time in little more thah a
year.
This incident is just one of the many dif-
ficulties the U-Cellar has faced recently.
The store decided to move out of the
Michigan Union in mid-February after being
slapped with a 65 percent rent increase an4
charges for renovation of the Union. Besides
having to move to the corner of East Liberty
and Division streets, the store has labor *n
financial labor problems as well.
Employees of the U-ellar staged a one-day
"sick-out" in February to protest "salary
discrepancies" between themselves and thale
management. And though the store posteda
profit of $105,000 last year, it lost more than
$150,000 in the previous two years.
In the latest woes for the store, Bob Carls tt
announced he was resigning because of the {i..
Cellar's unorthodox managerial structure i
which the chain of command is decentralized.
"I'm from a very traditional kind of
(business) orientation," Carlson said, but ad-
ded the U-Cellar's system can work if "you've
grown up with it." His successor has not been
chosen.
Already the year has beens atrying one for
the U-Cellar-and there are still nine months
left.
The Week in Review was compiled by
Daily editor Andrew Chapman, Datiy
Opinion Page writer Kent Redding and
former Daily editor Julie Engebrecht. 3

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Proposal D asks for quite a large
sum of money ($3 million) for the
improvement and upkeep of Ann
Arbor's roads. Though this would be
the most expensive of all the millage
proposals, it would do many useful
things, such as employ more people,
make the streets more navigable,
eventually attract more business,
and possibly increase the city's tax
base.

LETTERS TO THE DAILY:,
Support PA C in elections

To the Daily:
Tuesday and Wednesday are
the Michigan Student Assembly
elections. Rather than merely
encouraging all students to vote
in the election, we want to
strongly urge students to vote for
the People's Action Coalition
slate led by Dave Guttchen and
Ruste Fischer.
We believe that Guttchen and
Fischer will provide the creative

of this involvement is valuable
faculty and administrative con-
tacts as well as an understanding
of the budget redirectional
process (Rec-sports had its
budget cut this year). Further, as
a member of the Public Interest
Group in Michigan's board of
directors he has gained experien-
ce in the leadership of an active
student organization.

forums on campus safety, and tie
distribution of MSA security car-
ds.
Equally important, Guttchen
and Fischer have carefully
chosen their slate to include
many active students. All of .he
candidates running with PAC "are
committed to an active student
government. They have shown
this commitment through their

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