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OPINION_
Page 4 Sunday, April 11, 1982 The Michigan Daily
New ball games for MSA, Rackham

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WXELL, IT ALL came down to the wire
this week in the annual Michigan Student-
Assembly elections, but the Voice team pulled
it off in the stretch, scoring quickly in the late
innings, and sewing up a last minute victory for
their feisty expansion club.
Amy Moore, Voice's presidential candidate
for the MSA elections, and Stephon Johnson,
Voice's vice-presidential candidate, poured out
1,553 votes for their team, assuring them a fir-
$t place over the People's Action Coalition
team of Dave Guttchen and Ruste Fisher, who
garnered a total of 1,333 votes.
The British Humor Party, another expansion
team in the MSA league; kicked and bucked for
692 votes, grabbing only the cellar position.

Relatively 'safe' review
AN EXPANDING list of schools and
colleges scheduled for major budget cut-
backs now includes the Horace Rackham
School of Graduate Studies.
But unlike the schools of Art, Education, and
Natural Resources - which have the dubious
honor of being candidates for possible
elimination - the graduate school already has
been spared such a fate. "Reducing redundan-
cy" is the administratiod's goal in its review of
Rackham, said Budget Czar Billy Frye.
-Frye reported late last week that reviewers
would look for savings through administrative
changes and by eliminating program
duplications - particularly in the areas of ad-
missions and fellowships.
Still, what the graduate school loses in funds
for administrative functionsit likely will gain
back in the form of increased financial aid and
research assistance for graduate students.
Indeed, an underlying assumption of the ad-
ministration's five-year plan to reallocate $20
million of the budget is an emphasis on several
"high priority" areas, one of which is support
for graduate students.
The Rackham graduate school is unique
among the University's larger academic
divisions in that it functions primarily as an
administrative service, and support programs
for the University's 6,500 graduate students.
The review is not scheduled to begin until
next fall.
Refreshing victories
T HE CITY COUNCIL elections this Monday
brought a welcome victory for fresh can-
didates and a fresh start , for the historic
Micliigan Theater.
In two of the city's three contested seats,
Democratic newcomers won Council seats. In
the First Ward, Larry Hunter defeated
Republican challenger Jeffrey Gallatin,.whose
campaign of "anti-tenant abuse'" was
weakened by an outpouring of complaints from

his own tenants. In the Third Ward, University
Social Psychology Prof. Raphael Ezekiel beat
out Republican incumbent and business ad-
vocate David Fisher. Both Hunter and Ezekiel
put social services as the top priority,
especially services helping out low-income
families.
In the traditionally Republican Fifth Ward,
incumbent Joyce Chesbrough pulled off an ex-
pected Republican win by beating Democratic
challenger Katharine Edgren.
Six ballot proposals were also considered in
the election. Only one, which would have fun-
ded an improved Farmer's Market, was
defeated. The proposals that passed will all6w
the city to buy a dam, repair roads, and most
importantly for students, restore the Michigan
Theater. The vote for the theater will preserve
classic film showings, its renowned Barton
organ, and the balcony seats for future Unver-
sity generations.
Ann Arbor voters helped save some of the
city's social services and an historic theater-if
Ann Arbor had more elections like this one, the
city might actually become a nice place to live.
Mixed budget bag
THE UNIVERSITY WAS spared a lit-
tle budget -cutting pain last week - but
only a little.
State legislators voted Wednesday to
decrease the amont of money to be withheld
from the University this summer as part of
Gov. William Milliken's record-setting
executive order budget cut. Originally the state
was prepayed to hold back $136 million from its
institutions of higher education, but under the
newly enacted legislation, only $80 million will
be kept from the state's colleges and univer-
sities.
It is hoped that the state will repay the money
it defers from the University sometime in the
1983 fiscal year, but some observers speculate
that the money will never make it out of Lan-
sing.
In addition to the tempered good news,
however, a little bad budget news came raining
down on the University. A while ago, Univer-
sity administrators - specifically Vice

The Economics Building: Farewell to the gutted remnant.

PAC has been the reigning champion of the
not-so-highly contested MSA elections - this
year only 4,310 students from the whole student
body voted - for the past two years, with first
Marc Breakstone and then Jon Feiger holding,
the top playoff berths.
PAC kept its assembly majority, however,
scoring with 15 representative seats in the
various schools and colleges across campus,
while Voice only managed to get 10 seats up on
the scoreboard. The BHP battled home three
big points, which might even be considered an
upset given their newcomer status and rather
humorous platform.
Moore, contacted by phone after the game,
said he felt "wonderful," and called for an end,
to the inter-conference politics that are so
common within the MSA upper-level league.
This year's attendance was slightly better
than last year's - by four votes - but was still
much lower than it had been in previous years.
,Electiodi coordinator Bruce Goldman blamed
pad weather for the low figures - and possibly
the new artificial turf.

President for Academic Affairs Billy Frye -
claimed the University was looking for a 14
percent increase in state funds for the next
fiscal year. This week that optimism was dam-
pened somewhat by another bit of news from
Lansing.
Vice President for State Relations Richard
Kennedy said the University would probably
not get nearly that high of an increase. In fact,
he said, the increase would be "significantly
less" than 14 percent, a warning that should
send chills down the backs of most money-
conscious administrators.
The state currently has an outrageously
large budget deficit of $611 million, $308 million
of which was taken care of by this week's
executive order. Legislators were bogged
down, however, in political bickering over the
proposed state income tax hike, and did not
pass such a bill. They did give their approval to
a new "sin tax," which will add 10 cents to the
price of each package-of cigarettes purchased
in Michigan.
Leveling economics
T WAS THE OLDEST classroom building .
on campus and had housed the :economics
department for 72 years. But someone had to
go and burn it down.

Now, nearly four months after the Christmas
Eve fire that destroyed a proud building and
the priceless work and collections of many
professors; the Economics Building will be
completely leveled. The building will not be
rebuilt.
University officials announced Monday that
restoring the building would be too costly. "It's
the wrong economic time" to rebuild it, said
John Weidenbach, director of University
Business Operations.
Police said the fire was caused by an arsonist
- a former University employee has been
charged.
The University had conducted a study to
determine the possibility and cost of rebuilding
the structure, but architect Robert Darvas
concluded that such a plan would not be ".cost-
efficient."
The economics department will be relocated
in either Lorch Hall or the West Engineering
Building and the University will use the in-
surance settlement from the fire to renovate
one of those buildings.
The Week -in Review was compiled by
Daily editors Andrew Chapman, Julie
Hinds, Opinion Page staff writer Kent
Redding, and former editor Julie
Engebrecht.

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

A Daily gui
HE NEW RAGE on campuses is
reviewing. Reviewing schools,
colleges, programs, departments, and
,finally even universities. So now The
New York Times has gotten in the act,
publishing its own "Selective Guide to
x Collegfs." The book awards points to
good parts of the University and lam-
basts bad parts, and generally seems
to be on the mark. But too often the
: book lacks a truly critical eye-the
good dirt is left out with a certain
editorial discretion.
SSo under the theory that one can
Snever get enough good advice, here's a
soft-hitting, alphabetized look at
University life-without any editorial
discretion.
Academics: Five stars. Especially
challenging when one excludes
"Planets and Moons" and "Dinosaurs,
v and Other Failures" from one's
Sschedule.
sAcademicians: Four to no stars.
Professors are a high-risk group. They
~can often be your best friend-or they
may think you are another of those 250
jerks in lecture who ruin relaxing of-
fice hours by showing up. Happiest
when fed large doses of research and
tenure.
Administrators: One star. Unseen by
F most students. They like best to hold
meetings, on cutting budgets, make
Five-Year plans on cutting budgets,
and cut budgets-not necessarily in
that order.
~....

de to the 'U'
Campus activism: Five stars. Not to
be confused with Greek life. Being an
activist is tough and demanding. It of-
ten entails long stretches of standing in
the Diag or laying down in the middle
of State Street during siren warnings.
Dress warmly.
Football: Five incredible stars. All-
consuming. Gigantic. Profitable.
Financially secure. Bo.
Geography Department: Never
mind.
.Living Conditions: One star. Lots of
opportunities here for sharing your
wealth with the financially strapped
area. Many small rooms are available
at dormitories, or tiny off-campus
apartments. For those of a different
bent, uncomfortably miniscule ill-
repaired houses are also available.
Social Life: Three stars. The key
word here is inanity-with lots of
leeway. One can talk philosophy and
get drunk at the intellectual bars,. get
rowdie and drunk at the popular all-
campusabars, or go to small intimate
parties and get drunk among close
friends. Overindulgence is mandatory.
Undergraduate life: One star. One
may feel like the proverbial steer in a
stockyard here, especially at CRISP.
Or like a prestigious scholar attending
a top-notch university. The Univer-
sity's quality of life is generally much
better than any University analysis
like this one would dare to let on.

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LETTERS TO THE DAILY:
Polish sho w of polltical propaganda

To the Daily:
I was deeply saddened to read
Michael Huget's shallow inter-
pretation of the situation in
Poland in "Awww, Poland's not
that bad" (Daily, April 4).
Obviously, Huget has fallen for
a propaganda stunt by the Polish

government - encouraging the
Mazowsze Polish Dance Ensem-
ble.to tour to give the U.S. the
illusion that all is well in Poland.
Huget wrote that his "precon-
ceived stereotypes" of martial
law Poland were shattered when
the ensemble's director told him

that theatres were reopened in
Poland January 15. But Huget
failed to do some simple research
before, writing this statement.
Since martial law was
declared, many of the freedoms
won by Solidarity were
abrogated, including a lessening
of censorship for the theater and
arts. Now, only government
propaganda, "socialist realism,"
is allowed in Polish theaters. No
longer are many fine works
allowed to be performed.
Anyone familiar with the rich
culture and heritage of Poland
knows that Mazowsze represents

established "over 30 years ago"
under the Communist
authorities, not to preserve
Polish culture, but to convey to
the West an impression that
Poland was flourishing.
Underground and exiled
Solidarity leaders have asked the
West to "boycott all social and
political organizations from
Poland until martial law is
suspended," They are not asking
for arms or advisors, all they
want is our moral support. Can't
we at least give them that?
-Bernard Walawender
Polish-American Studentf

Madness of gun-control

To the Daily:
I am writing in response to
your "The Madness of Guns"
editorial (Daily, April 1). I too
am verv gratefl that nnhndv was

law be sensible if it penalized the
cautious gun owner because of a
minority's negligence? If so, a
similar law banning the
automobile, because a minority

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