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Ninety- Three Years
of
Editorial Freedom

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Vol. XCIII, No. 132

Copyright 1983, The Michigan Daily

Ann Arbor, Michigan - Saturday, March 19, 1983

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By DAN GRANTHAM
Although the University may be star-
ving for additional funds, it should not
rely on corporations to help the Univer-
sity through its financial crisis; a
School of Natural Resources professor
said last night at a forum on the
redirection of the University.
"Corporations will be able to pour
millions into universities," said Prof.
Bunyan Bryant, who warned that this
will allow them to direct the goals of the
institutions. "We must ask at what
stage of starvation will we prefer
military contracts to academics."
BRYANT ADMITTED that the cost
of education is expensive but that it is
a necessary cost. "Education is expen-
sive, but ignorance is more expensive."
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of education, said Bryant. "Education
provides people with resources to meet
the future and cope in the present," he
said.
University administrators are doing
all they can to help the University,
"but (they) have a different
assessment of what is going to make a
better University."
STILL THE university has to become
more than a carbon copy of the federal
government he said, pointing to federal
cuts in the arts and ecological
programs. Bryant compared these to
similar University proposed cuts of the
art school and natural resources school.
Bryant called for the university as a
whole to "tighten our belts" and absorb
budget reductions. He suggested that
the faculty become more involved in

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the cutting procedures, but said they
"need more information so we can
make more informed decisions."
Bryant said the university cannot af-
ford to adopt an attitude "where what's
mine is mine, and what's yours is
negotiable."
"This lifeboard ethic stifles
creativity," he said, at a time when the
university "needs all the creativity it
can muster."
BRYANT SAID the university must
act now to prevent a crisis in education.
"We cannot afford to wait, we must
chart our own course," he said.
State Rep. Lynn Jondahl of East
Lansing joined Bryant on the podium,
also addressing the University's finan-
cial difficulties. But he looked at the
See 'U,' Page 3

Lynn Jondahl, a representative from East Lansing, told a crowd of 100 at Rackham Auditorium last night the shape of
the state's economy is threatening University funding. Jondahl was one of three speakers at the first session of a two-
dav co ference.'U in Crisis."

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No body wins CRISPbattle

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By BILL SPINDLE
Yesterday marked the end of the
battle between the Public Interest
* Research Group in Michigan and a
student committee that tried to keep
PIRGIM from collecting funds in
registration lines. Both sides lost.
The University Regents refused
PIRGIM'S request for a collection
system in which a fee would be
automatically assessed unless a
student specifically refused to pay it.
BUT THEY supported PIRGIM's
present fee collection system, against
the wishes of the Student Committee
0 for Reform and Progress (SCRAP).
The Regents and administrators;
however, made it clear to PIRGIM
members that they came close to
losing University cooperation
altogether.
The Regents also approved an ap-
proximate 6 percent housing rate in-
crease for students living in residence
halls next year. The hike will boost the
cost of a double room in a traditional,
hall to $2,648 next year.
Members of both PIRGIM and

PIRGIM, students stuck
with collection system

SCRAP have spent an exhaustive
amount of time and energy over the
last two months defending their
respective positions and gathering
more than 12,000 petition signatures
between the groups.
Regent Thomas Roach (D-Saline),
who supported SCRAP's position,
argued that PIRGIM did not meet the
requirements of a Regents resolution
which says the group must have
financial support from at least 30 per-
cent of the student populatin to retain
the present collection system.
"PIRGIM'S support is clearly in the
20 percent range," said Roach, who
pointed out that more than 7,000
students signed SCRAP's petition to
keep PIRGIM off the registratin lines.
"It certainly is not clear to me that
PIRGIM enjoys the support of studen-

ts today," Roach said. "If they can't
(get student support), then I don't
think they should enjoy the funding
system under our guidelines."
Regent Deane Baker (R-Ann Ar-
bor) also argued that PIRGIM lacked
adequate student support. "You have
7,000 signatures lying on someone's
desk. That many young people signed
up in one week to say 'Get rid of
PIRGIM! "How can you ignore it?"
Baker said.
"I'M CONTINUALLY confounded
as to why the board does not do away
with the whole (collection) system
once and for all," he said.
Even those Regents who voted to
keep the present system warned
PIRGIM members that they should
boost student support before their

contract with the University comes up
again in two years.
Regent Nellie Varner (D-Detroit)
called PIRGIM a "failing
organization." After the meeting,
Varner said she did not think the
group had strong student support, but
that she was willing to give PIRGIM
one last chance.
PIRGIM members received a
similar warning from Regent Sarah
Power (D-Ann Arbor) during the
meeting when she said, "I hope the
people of PIRGIM are understanding
the trend of thinking on this board."
University President Harold
Shapiro conceded that the reason ad-
ministrators recommended preser-
ving the present system was because
PIRGIM ihas traditionally received
strong support from several Regents.
"I am very nervous any time the
University advocates any organization
on campus," he said.
The Regents also approved a 5.95 per-
cent rate increase for traditional
See SUPPORT, Page 3

A little privacy, please? h
Panda bears Hsing-Hsing and Ling-Ling (on bottom) finally mated after eight
years yesterday. The bears, a present to former President Nixon from the Peoples
Republic of China, will continue to reside at the National Zoo in Washington.

Testimony
charges
EPA
colluded
with Dow
From AP and UPI
An Environmental Protection Agen-
cy official, in explosive congressional
testimony, said yesterday acting EPA
chief John Hernandez pressured him to
change a report blaming dioxin
pollution on Dow Chemical Co.
Valdas Adamkus, administrator of
EPA's Midwest regional office in
Chicago, said, Hernandez telephoned
him three times in June 1981 seeking to
soften the report, and in one conver-
sation "angrily" denounced our work
as trash."
HIS TESTIMONY before a House
energy and commerce subcommittee
directly contradicts Hernandez'
statements earlier this week that he
merely asked EPA scientists to review
their work and that he did not know
what deletions were made from the
sensitive study.
See EPA, Page 2

Cabbies shift 1i1to1ne1gerwit
ByG O G AK VANIS "l TT iT _ L ___L T..i..L..1 _ __ . .

One yr. of driving under my belt
No poorer in my life, have I ever felt.
350 No-Go's, 200 (I'm sorry, I don't have enough
money)
And the sight of a knife, wasn't very funny
Gained 20 lbs in the last year
Too much sitting, boredom, no-go's and beer.
Please Mr. Reagan, lower the interest rate
Or Ypsi State may be my fate.
Cabbies play a waiting game day in and day out,
sitting in their taxis, hoping for fares across town
or across campus. But some drivers turn this time
into a period of creative thinking. And that's how
Yellow Cab Company's magazine, Cab Art was
created.
"It started out as just being stories, anecdotes,
etc., about cab driving," says
Marilyn Moran, one of the
founders of her company's
literary magazine. Later the
publication expanded to in-
clude photographs and car-'
toons as well asa steady diet
of poems and short stories,
written primarily by Yellow
Cab hacks (that's taxi talk for
cab drivers) and their friends.
THE MAGAZINE, which
began publishing about three
years ago, has put out 10
issues and is looking forward
to having another issue prin-
ted sometime this summer.
Writing in the magazine
ranges from the dramatic to
absurdist. One story last
spring dealt with "The Effect

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of Nuclear War on the Taxicab Industry."
Cabbie Ken Freedman wrote: "Any driver
knows that irridescent meters (which most cabs
are equipped with) are next to impossible to read
on a bright, sunny day. Can you imagine trying to
read one during a nuclear blast? No self-
respecting person would venture into a cab
without being able to read what the fare is."
FUNDS FOR the magazine come from the,
pockets of Moran, and her co-editor, Ted
Sylvester, who now owns his own cab. Moran does
not hesitate to admit that profits from the
magazine are non-existent.
Since its first issue, Moran says people outside
the taxi business have grown to know and love the
publication. "Kind of a peculiar phenomonen has
started out," Moran says.
"We sort of gained a cult
following." Now, of the ap-
proximately 200 copies printed
each issue, about one-fifth are
T mailed to fans across the
country, Moran says.
"I think there's sort of a
cosmic fascination with cab
driving that's not ex-
plainable," Moran says.
SHE SAYS the idea for the
magazine was conceived
several years ago when Bart
Plantanga, a local cab driver
and creative writer, suggested
the cab company publish a
magazine. This idea, accor-
ding to Moran, has evoked
some unusual feelings from
the public.
"People think it's a pretty

peculiar phenomenon," Moran said, adding that
the public has a fixed stereotype of what a taxi-
driver is and what he or she does.
People believe "cab drivers are just sort of not
real smart, uneducated people," she explained.
"We've got people driving who've got engineering
degrees," Moran added.
ANOTHER MISCONCEPTION people have of
cabbies is one of dishonesty. "You're more likely
to hear a story about a cab driver taking someone
the long way (on a fare) than being a good
Samaritian.

[h poetry
Moran believes the idea of cab drivers
possessing literary talents-is not an extremely
new or unusual one. She says taxi driving used to
be a means of support for aspiring writers and ar-
tists while attempting to make a break and get a
foot in the door of the writing world.
Moran says this is not true anymore. Today's
cab drivers, she says, are not struggling artists
trying to make it big; they are men and women
trying to earn a living for themselves and their
families. For them, writing is just something to do
See HACKS. Page 2

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TODAY-
Welcome to GEAC
IGH TECH HAS invaded the already advanced
University Library system. Beginning spring
term. 1983. students and faculty will begin using

register at the Undergraduate Library Circulation desk af-
ter they have CRISPed to receive the bar code on their IDs.
By the way, since the new system is tied to CRISP, those
library fines will now become hold credits a little faster.
Sorry folks. Q
Will the Boss sing it?

printing company, said he wrote the song for fun and has no
plans to market it. A sample of the lyrics: "Betting halls
and shopping malls/Good ol' Rutgers U/And 47 shoe
stores/Line Route 22./"Lots of dineries, oil refineries/Our
highways make you cough./But Spring Lake Heights and
Belmar/Are places to get off."

" 1947 - Senate rules committee overrode the standing
committee and voted to allow Louis Lantier, a black
correspondent, into the Senate press gallery.
* 1921 - Daily reporters armed with letters from the
Dean of Women were allowed to watch and then review the
seventh annual Junior girls play entitled Seline Sue. This
was the first time males were allowed to watch the all-
female production.

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