Page 2 -TheMichigan Daily- Sunday, November 13, 1983
'Art school cuts
don't dim prof's
love of teaching
Compiled from Associated Press and
United Press International reports
Congress approves spending bill
WASHINGTON - Congress, acting to make sure government operations continue
uninterrupted, yesterday approved emergency spending legislation that
congressional leaders say is assured of winning President Reagan's
The Senate, with virtually no discussion, passed the measure of a voice
vote and sent it to the White House. Earlier, the House voted 173-136 in favor
of the compromise stopgap bill worked out by congressional negotiators
during day-long bargaining on Friday.
To get Reagan's approval, the conferees whittled down additional
education and social spending sought by House Democrats to about 10 per-
cent of the nearly $1 billion initially sought.
Passage of the measure and the president's signature, expected tomorrow
when he returns from a trip to the Far East, means that departments and
agencies covered by the bill - including the White House - will be carrying
on business as usual at the start of the week.
Former congressman says U.S.
soldiers still captive in Vietnam
By TRACEY MILLER
Prof. Phil Davis thinks the budget
cuts inflicted on the art school over the
last few months prove that University
administrators don't understand how
an artist must be trained.
But the photography expert isn't
going to let something like that dim his
enthusiasm for the job.
DAVIS, A FIXTURE at the Univer-
sity since 1948, has been teaching
photography since 1951, when such
courses were brand new to the expan-
ding campus. Since then, he has earned
a reputation for being one of the most
accessible professors at the University.
"Students that have come and taken
art classes from (LSA) have told me
that I'm the only professor they have
ever spoken to," Davis said. "The
whole atmosphere of this school -is very.
crelaxed and very informal."
Davis, who is also respected for being
one of the more laid-back instructors on
campus, said the school's informality is
an integral part of the artistic teaching
"THE RATIO between teacher and
student is about one to 10, which may
look wasteful on paper," he said. "But
if (administrators) were appreciative
of how the classes must be run, it
wouldn't look this way to them."
Davis can remember a time when the
University nurtured the school, then
classified as a small department, until
it grew beyond the School of Architec-
ture and Design into an autonomous
college in its own right.
A native of Spokane, Wash., Davis
originally was hired to teach basic
design and drawing. For the last 15
years, he has taught only photography.
IN DAVIS'S early years at the
University, the fledgling art "school"
was based in Lorch Hall, a building now
renowned for being the home of CRISP.
"The darkroom was in the tower at
the top of Lorch," he recalled. "It was
156 steps from the ground to the
darkroom- with no elevator."
The department expanded gradually
until it outgrew Lorch Hall and was
moved into its own facilities on North
Campus in 1974.
DAVIS' REPUTATION has grown
with the school. Students may try for
several terms in a row to get into one of
his photography courses.
The interrupted flow of students into
Davis' office is testimony to his
popularity. Many come to ask his ad-
vice on projects they are working on,
but equally as many drop by just to talk
"Sometimes I spend hours in his of-
fice asking him questions just about his
technique," said art school senior Vicki
DAVIS' LOVE for his work makes
him a stand-out among University in-
structors, his students say.
"He seems to enjoy teaching, which
is rather unique," said Terry Sisson,
another art school senior. "It's really
genuine and that's him."
Not only students praise Davis,
however. Art School Dean George
Bayliss considers him to be one of the
top photography teachers in the coun-
try and says Davis brings the school a
great deal of fame.
WITH POLLY CASTOR
Reading From Their works
MONDAY, NOV. 14
at GUILD HOUSE
WAYNESVILLE, N.C. - A former congressman claims the Pentagon and
State Department have "concealed the truth from at least two presidents"
about U.S. servicemen still being held captive in Southeast Asia.
"Beyond a shadow of a doubt, U.S. military personnel are being held alive,
against their will, in communist prisons in Southeast Asia," Bill Hendon told
the Asheville Citizen on Friday. "A number of U.S. prisoners of war have
been seen and reported alive in communist prisons in Vietnam within the
last 12 months."
Hendon cited classified documents to which he had access as a consultant
to the Pentagon as the source of his information. But he said he has stopped
trying to determine the fates of some 2,500 servicemen missing in action
because of what he termed 'a cover-up and inaction by "career
President Carter in 1978 reclassified the 2,494 men listed as "missing in ac-
tion" to "killed in action" based on a Defense Department recommendation.
Hendon said Carter would not have done so had he been told the truth.
Doily Photo by BRIAN MASCK
Photography Prof. Phil Davis usually has an office full of students - he's
known for being one of the University's most accessible instructors.
DAVIS' SUCCESS is not limited to the
classroom. He has published three
books; The' University in 1967,
Photography in 1972, and Beyond the
Zone System in 1981. He currently is
working on a book on sensitometry,
which deals with the technical aspects
of optics and lenses.
"Not only is his photography book the
most famous of its kind," Bayliss said,
"but his new book is going to be tran-
slated into other languages."
In addition, a series of photographs
Davis took of Dexter is in the per-
manent collection of the Museum of
Modern Art in New York and the Art
Institute of Chicago.
DAVIS HOLDS what can be descir-
bed as a progressive view of the fun-
ction of the art school.
"The thrust ofouraprogram is to try
and heighten visual perception of
things," he said. "We are more in-
terested in the activity of photography
and process rather than the results. The
students really must enjoy doing the
real work of photography to truly enjoy
the picture taking."
Davis discovered his love for
photography at the age of 12. "I became
interested in processing very early on,"
he said. "You have to be exact in the
technical aspects in order to do well in
Davis says one-to-one contact bet-
ween professor and student helps nur-
ture the development of technical
skills, a relationship he thinks Univer-
sity budget planners don't comprehend.
"The regents and administration just
don't view art as a discipline," he said.
"They seem to want everything to be
taught the same as (it is) in LSA, with
large lecture halls and no personal in-
teractions. Here there is a constant
give and take situation between in-
structor and student."
A bicyclist was injuried when he was
struck by a car late Friday night at the
intersection of Packard and Arch. Am-
bulance attendants who arrived at the
scene originally thought the bicyclist, a
man in his early twenties, was dying
from a broken neck. But the man, who
is not a University student, was not as
seriously injured as first believed and
was released from University hospital
yesterday. Police said that neither the
Ann Arbor woman driving the car nor
the bicyclist was intoxicated at the time
of the accident.
FOR A CHRISTMAS
GIFT THAT WON'T
Arafat's backers demand
policing of c ease-fire agreement
TRIPOLI, Lebanon - Yasser Arafat yesterday demanded guarantees for
the safety of his fighters and civilians before he could leave Tripoli, Which
has been besieged for more than a week by Syrian-backed PLO mutineers.
At least 1,000 people have been reported slain in the tank and artillery at-
tacks on Palestinian refugee camps where Arafat's men held out. The
loyalists retreated to the Baddawi camp outside Tripoli after one camp fell
"I came because my people were facing direct danger," the Palestine
Liberation Organization chief told a news conference. "It is my duty to be
beside them, so I cannot leave without giving full guarantees and, assuran-
ces." Arafat set up his headquarters in Tripoli Sept. 16.
Asked if he would leave with such assurances, Arafat replied: "That is un-
A senior aide to the PLO chief, who asked not to be identified, said Arafat
was demanding Arab League observers to monitor the truce, lifting of the
siege of Tripoli and withdrawal of Syrian and Libyan forces from northern
Greyhound buses to roll again
PHOENIX, Ariz. - Greyhound buses idled by a two-week strike are being
prepared to roll again Thursday, offering discount fares to passengers for
riding with drivers who agree to accept a wage cut or with newly-hired
The company placed ads in today's newspapers across the ,country n-
nouncing when and where service would resume on' its most 'heavily
itf avelled rdutes.
Union officials had no immediate reaction to the ads. However, they
vowed strikers would ignore a noon amnesty deadline Greyhound had set for
Greyhound officials wouldn't discuss the ads, but had said limited service
in the heaviest traffic areas would be available by mid-week, the'date set by
the company when 12,500 members of the Amagamted Transit Union
walked out Nov. 3.
Attorney sees contradictions in
husband's testimony in Foat trial
GRETNA, La. - Attorneys for Ginny Foat pointed to contradictions
yesterday between a 1977 confesion by John Sidote and his courtoom
testimony in the current murder trail of the California feminist leader.
Defense attorney Robert Glass fought to have admitted as evidence the
notes of the Albany, N.Y., police officer who took a confession from Sidote in
1977, saying they would bring to light the contradictions. Judge Robert Burns
declined to admit the document.
Foat, 42, former president of the California chapter of the National
Organization for Women, is accused of beating to death Argentine
businessman Moises Chayo with a tire iron during a 1965 robbery.
Sidote, her ex-husband, implicated her in the murder in 1977.
In an attempt to shatter Sidote's credibility as the prosecution's key wit-
ness in the case, Glass pointed out that the Nevada jail inmate in 1977 ac-
cused Foat of being the only one to beat Chayo in 1965. During testimony,
Friday, however, Sidote admitted he also had hit the Argentine.
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