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The Michigan Daily--Thursday, September 9, 1982--Page 13-8

Student magic runs Daily
for more than 90 years

By CHARLES THOMSON
To most Daily readers, the paper just
mysteriously appears six days a week.
They never see-much less speak
with-anyone connected with the
paper. It seems, in a sense, that the
paper writes itself.
It doesn't, of course. More than 100
students work staggered shifts from 9
a.m. to past midnight six days a week to
publish the paper. As it was 93 years
ago when it was founded, the Daily
remains an almost purely student-run
enterprise.
STUDENTS, in fact, 'do nearly
everything here except the actual prin-
ting, which is done by a professional
contract printer in Northville,
Michigan.
Because students run the paper,
there is a substantial number of jobs at
the Daily open to University students.
Of the six staffs that comprise the
Daily, only one-the photography
staff-requires any previous experien-
ce to join. Early each term, the Daily
holds mass meetings for students who
want to work on any of the staf-
fs-news, sports, arts, photography,

opinion page, or business.
The pay is lousy (from $15 to $40 per
month), but each staff gives students a
unique opportunity to gain experience
ordinarily unavailable to most un-
dergraduates or even at most conven-
tional newspapers. Students not only
write the stories, but also layout pages;
edit articles; design news coverage,
advertising, and sales strategies; and
determine editorial policy.
THE EXPERIENCE gained at the
Daily often leads to careers in jour-
nalism. A number of former Daily staff
members work for major metropolitan
daily newspapers, including The New
York Times, the San Francisco
Chronicle, The Wall Street Journal, and
the Chicago Tribune. Last year, at least
six Daily alumni were working for The
Washington Post.
But the experience students gain at
the Daily isn't applicable only tb jobs in
the news media. The Daily also has
been an avenue for jobs in other writing
professions and, much to the delight of
those already in an overstocked writers
market, other careers.
The Daily was founded in 1890 by a

group of University students who star-
ted publishing the "U. of M. Daily"
from a small print shop in downtown
Ann Arbor.
Originally, the paper was owned by
the students who wrote for it, but in the
early 1900s all the stock was purchased
by the University.
UNIVERSITY purchase, however,
did not mean University control. After
the purchase, the Regents created a
special semi-autonomous board-now
called the Board for Student
Publications-to manage the Daily's
finances, and editorial control was left
with the students.
Through the years, this principle of
student control has remained strong at
the Daily. Students-not University
administrators or faculty members-
are responsible for every word that ap-
pears in print. Students elect the editors
(who are themselves students) and dic-
tate the-paper's editorial policy.
Editorial offices are in the Student
Publications Building, 420 Maynard St.,
as are some production and distribution
facilities.

Doily Photo by DOUG McMAHON
CLOUDS LOOM OMINOUSLY over the Student Publications Building, home of The Michigan Daily, the Michigan
Ensian (yearbook), and the Gargoyle (humor magazine).

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UAC at the core of student entertainment

By CHRIS SALATA
Alew of its programs fail, most are
successful. But regardless of how the
individual offerings of the University
Activities Center fare, UAC as a whole
continued to thrive as the largest
student-run entertainment organization'
on campus.
IAC provides cultural and
ucational entertainment, social even-
ts, and a host of other services for
students. From its offices on the second
floor of the Michigan Union, UAC coor-
dinates and directs 14 different
programs throughout the school year.
"WE OFFER students the oppor-
tunity to get involved in something
which personally interests them," said
Sumi Lewis, UAC's vice president of
nomotion and public relations.
AC's involvement extends from
producing musicals to arranging
discount vacation trips; from showing .

quality films on campus to giving
aspiring comedy acts a chance to per-
form.
Last year, MUSKET, an all-campus
theater group, produced Fiddler on the
Roof and Jesus Christ Superstar.
MUSKET needs new talent all the
time, said Lewis. All staff positions
such as director, technical director,
choreographer, and stage manager are
open to students with some theater
background, she added.
BUT IF you do not have any theater
experience under your belt yet,
SophShow is a theater group produced
by freshpersons and sophomores. It is
often a good training ground for the
future directors and producers of
MUSKET. In the past, it has produced
such plays as Hello Dolly.
With college costs forcing students to
dig deeper into their pocketbooks and
work harder during breaks, travels to
such exotic places as the Bahamas or

Jamaica are but dreams for most. Still
a financial reality, though, are the
Florida beaches for sun and the Rocky
Mountains for skiing.
"UAC Travel will continue to offer
discount flights to these more affor-
dable places," said Margo McDonough,
who has been with UAC for the past
three years. "We've cut out trips to the
exotic places because students just
aren't going to them anymore."
Last year, one of UAC's most suc-
cessful programs was Mediatrics, a
film cooperative, which shows quality
commercial films every week. The
"James Bond Film Festival," said
McDonough, "did very well," despite
the hard seats and absence of refresh-
ments at the Natural Science
Auditorium where the movies are
shown.
"SUNDAY Funnies," another UAC-
sponsored show, is a comedy theater

conceived by two students a couple of
years ago, said Lewis. Students get a
chance to write, perform, and direct in
this new company.
Belonging to one of the UAC commit-
tees is no cake walk. "It takes per-
severance and hard work," said Mc-
Donough. "But if you stick with it for
awhile, you get a lot of responsibility."
"UAC offers an opportunity for
leadership-not just peon work," said
Lewis.
UAC also organizes the campus ver-
sion of Mardi Gras, called more ap-
propriately Michigras. It's an all night
party in the Union with live entertain-
ment, carnival booths, casino games,
eating, and drinking, said McDonough.
UAC mini-courses, a series of ex-
tracurricular classes offered at the
Union, delve into subjects you won't
find in your school or college course
guide, including bartending, self-
defense, and ballroom dancing.

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(Continued from Page 2)
Watkins, an LSA senior, "but when I do
1 have to cram-so I hide in a carrel in
Grad."
John Tindall, an LSA senior, said he
finds the Grad's periodical room ap-
pealing. "I can read the newspapers
when I get bored," he said.
Same students prefer to study in
smaller departmental libraries where
there is less traffic. Many departments
have their own libraries. Some of these
include the Music Library on North
Campus, the Medical Library next to
jniversity Hospital, and the
athematics Library in Angell Hall.
The cream of the University library
crop is the Law Library. The problem is
that as more undergraduates use the
facility, the crankier the Law School
gets, so the library staff tries to restrict
access to law students only.
Students who prefer to study alone
but can't stand the noise in the dorms or
the closed-in feeling of a carrel opt to
study in classrooms. Steve McMahon,
LSA junior, said, "I study at Mason

Hall because the libraries are too
crowded at night and it's hard to find a
seat."
The classrooms in the Modern
Language Building, Mason Hall, Angell
Hall, the Frieze Building, and
Engineering buildings are used as
study rooms in the evenings. The
classroom buildings are locked at about
11p.m.
Most.dormitories have convenient
study lounges. Most of the dorms also
have small libraries.
Many students study in their rooms,
despite several dormitories noisy
reputations. Anthony Coletta, an
engineering college senior, said, "I
study in my room with the stereo turned
on, it keeps me interested-and it's
close to the refrigerator, too."

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