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A discussion led by the Physicians for Social Responsibility of the
television movie "The Day After" to be aired at 8 p.m. will be held at Can-
terbury Loft, 332S. State following the film.
Cinema II- Swing Time, 7 p.m., You Were Never Lovelier, 9 p.m:, Angell
Aud. A.
Cinema Guild - You Only Live Once, 7 p.m., The Whole Town's Talking,
8:30 p.m., Lorch.
Hill St. - Hill 24 Doesn't Answer, 7 & 9 p.m., 1429 Hill.
Mediatrics - Tender Mercies, 7 & 8:45 p.m., MLB 4.
Comic Opera Guild - Sweethearts, 2 p.m., Michigan Theatre.
University Musical Society - Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra, 8:30 p.m.,
Office of Major Events - The Persuasions, 9 p.m., University Club,
Michigan Union.
School of Music - "Albert Herring," 3 p.m., Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre;
piano recital with Rachelle McCabe, 4 p.m.; horn students rectial, 8 p.m.,
Recital Hall.
Wild Swan Theatre - "Tales of Tricks & Trouble," 12:30 p.m., Social Hall,
Beth Israel Congregation, 2000 Washtenaw.
Theatre and Drama Department - "Devour the Snow," 2 p.m., New
Trueblood Arena, Frieze Building.
Ark - Children's concert with Betty Cook, 2 p.m.; Bob Gibson and Anne
Hille, 8 p.m., 1421 Hill.
Comfort Inn - Jazz with Louis Johnson and Friends, 7 p.m., 2800 Jackson.
First Presbyterian Church - The German Requiem and the Alto Rhap-
sody, 4 p.m., 1432 Washtenaw.
Safe Energy Coalition - Mad Cat Ruth,'Kruzer, Suspect, King Kong and
the Xcons, and Fastrack,8:30 p.m., Joe's Star Lounge, 109 N. Main.
Second Chance - Masquerade, 516 E. Liberty.
Performance Network - "Waiting for Godot," 8 p.m., 408 W. Washington.
Flying Taxi Theater - "Mrs. Warren's Profession," 3 p.m., Performance
Network, 408 W. Washington.
Jewish Law Students - Hillel talk with Allan Gerson, "The Mid-East
Crisis & the United Nations,"7:30 p.m., Room 150 Hutchins Hall.
Kelsey Museum - Gallery talk with Marcia Karrow, 2 p.m., Kelsey
McGovern at Michigan Student Committee - George McGovern, 4 p.m.,
MLB 3.
American Baptist Campus Foundation - Classes for undergraduates and
graduates, 11:15 p.m., First Baptist Church, 512 E. Huron.
Women's Weekend of East Quad - Organizational meeting, 6:30 p.m.,
Room 164, East Quad.
Hillel - Israel folk dancing, 7:30 p.m., 1429 Hill.
A-Squares -10th anniversary dance, 2-5 p.m., Michigan Union Ballroom.
Lutheran Campus ministry - Sunday worship, 10:30 a.m.; student sup-
per, 6 p.m.; "Hunger at Home & abroad," 7 p.m., S. Forest at Hill.
Ski CLub - Cross country ski racing clinic, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Henderson
Room, Michigan League.
Straight Shooters - Turkey shoot, noon-6 p.m., Indoor Range, top floor of
North University Building.
Ann Arbor Rands-On Museum - Honey tasting, 3 p.m., 219 E. Huron.
McGovern at Michigan Committee - George McGovern will speak at the
Democrat Women's annual fall brunch, noon, Campus Inn; fundraiser for
McGovern, 6-7:30 p.m., 1406 Beechwood.
The mass meeting for the University of Michigan College Bowl tour-
nament, sponsored by UAC, will take place at 7:30 p.m., in the Anderson
Room of the Michigan Union. The tournament will be held on Jan. 14 and 15,
and 21and 22.
Alternative Action - Anarchism in America, 8 p.m., Room 126, East
Near Eastern & North African Studies - Saints and Spirits, Some Women
of Marrakech, 7 p.m., Lorch.
Guild House - Poetry readings with Richard Tillinghast and John Woods,
8 p.m., 802 Monroe.
School of Music - University Symphony and Concert Band concert, 8
p.m., Hill Auditorium; piano concerti, 8 p.m., Recital Hall; violin recital
with Lisa Lantz, 8 p.m., Rackham Assembly Hall.
Ark - The Dalglish/Larson Band, 8 p.m., 1421 Hall.1
Performance Network.- "Emily, Emily," 7 p.m., 408 W. Washington.

Second Chance - Savage Grace, 516 E. Liberty.
Near Eastern and North African Studies - Brown bag with Rashid
Bashshur, "Lebanon: Problems and Prospects," noon, Lane Hall Commons
Center for Chinese Studies - Ji Chaozu, "Reflections on Sino-American
Relations," 4 p.m., Lane Hall Commons Room.
Saint Cosmas Aitolos Orthodox Christian Fellowship - Natalia Challis,
"The Influence of Orthodoxy in the USSR," 7 p.m., Pond Room C, Michigan
Women From India at Michigan - Ranjana Damle, "Women in South
Asia: Relevant Issues," 7p.m., International Center.
Human Growth and Development - Pauline Yahr, "Sex Differences &
Hormonal Effects in the Brain," noon, 1057 MHRI.
Chemistry Department - Wendy Elcesser, "Carbon-Hydrogen Bond Ac-
tivation by Organometallic Complexes," 4 p.m., 1200 Chemistry Building.
Program in Cognitive Science Colloquium - Dennis Egan, "Understan-
ding What It Takes to Learn a Complex Skill," 4 p.m., 146 BSAD.
Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics - James Bennett,
"Shape Optimization of Two-Dimensional Structures with Geometric
Problem Description and Adaptative Mesh Refinement,'' 4 p.m., 1006 DOW.
Studies in Religion - Hans Kung, "End of the World and the Kingdom of
God," 8p.m., Rackham Auditorium.
Germanic Languages & Literature - Cecile Zorach, "The Geographic
Expedition in Modern German Literature," 4:10 p.m., Room 224 Tyler, East
Tae Kwon Do Club - 5-7 p.m., CCRB Martial Arts Room.
Ann Arbor FLOC Support Group - 7:30 p.m., 308 E. William.
Christian Science Organization -7:15 p.m., Room D, Michigan League.
SACUA -2 p.m., E. Alcove, Rackham.
Senate Assembly - 3:15 p.m., Rackham Amphitheatre.
Lutheran Campus Ministry - Bible Study on the gospel of Luke, noon,
Room 3, Michigan League.
Washtenaw Association for Retarted Citizens - 7:30 p.m., High Point
Cafetorium, 1735S. Wagner.
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The Michigan Daily, Sunday, November 20, 1983-- Page
Prof not taxi ngto his stu ents

Think of the most boring subject taught
at the University. Now think of the most
annoying thing you have to do every
Accounting and taxes, right? So you'd
probably want to steer away from a
course like Taxation of Business Enter-
prises and Property Transactions, also
known as Accounting 570 - especially
after you find out that it meets for three
hours on Thursday nights.
BUT AFTER a few minutes in Prof.
James Wheeler's class, you might
change your mind. Wheeler, the chair-
man of the accounting faculty, will
show you who the winners and losers of
the tax game are. That, he says, will
open your eyes.
If learning how a corporation like
General Dynamics got away with
paying no taxes - and even making a
billion dollars through the system -
doesn't grab you, then Wheeler's abun-
dant enthusiasm and charisma will.
Just ask the students in his tax class.
"He's a character," said Larry
Kohlenberg, a graduate business
student. "There are very few
professors you get a chance to know
while you're here. He's one of the ones
you want to get to know."
ADDED accounting student Stuart
Mills "He's dedicated to students."
In fact, Wheeler puts so much into his
classes he seems to be performing for
his students. "There's enough ham in
me to enjoy teaching," the 51-year-old
teacher said. "I think the students get
more out of it that way. I'd hate to
regurgitate what's in the text. That
could be awfully boring."
The Thursday night class is, in a sen-
se, a weekly show. It's even shown over
closed circuit television to students at
the University's Dearborn campus and
Wheeler's small, but thoroughly cap-
tivated audience laughs with him as he
races around the blackboard one step
ahead of the camera.
HIS COSTUME may not distinguish
him from the typical trim and healthy
professor, but the tone in his voice is the
clue to just how important a particular
anecdote (call them tax skits) is, ac-
cording to those who know him best.
"You can easily assess his interest (in a
topic) by his voice," said Michigan
State University Accounting Professor

Dennis Gaffney, a long-time friend of
Wheeler's. "If it goes acapella, you
know he's serious."
One of the certainties of Wheeler's
Thursday night show is at least one at-
tack on Congress. Two weeks ago was
no exception as he briefly discussed the
Wall Street Journal's weekly tax report
column. He noted that Congress voted
to make the income of servicemen
killed in Lebanon and Grenada tax
exempt: "The people in Congress, they
really care, he quipped.
Later, he goes after another of his
favorites, General Dynamics. The Pen-
tagon had been paying the huge defense
contractor 19,609 for each of a certain
type of wrench. The only problem was
the wrenches are worth about 12 cents
each. On top of that, General Dynamics
paid no taxes on the profit.
"That's a half-decent profit margin,"
Wheeler screaches out in acapella.
"Explain that to the public."
WHEELER calls his fight for tax
reform a "hobby" now. But it's a hobby
he knows well.
"He knows tax law better than any
academic," according to his
fellow. Accounting Prof. Michael
Maher. With Wheeler's enthusiasm,
Maher said his push for reform
"becomes almost a religion."
Gaffney added, "He's committed to
reform, to the plight of the little guy. He
does that by illustrating the abuses (in-
the tax system)." Like the General
Dynamics case.
OR IN HIS work from 1970-71 (the
year before he came to the University
on a permanent basis) on Congress's
joint tax committee. "My committee
work made me so upset it bothered
me," he said. "I had sleepless nights
because my sense of inequity in the
system was deep. My father paid taxes
every year while General Dynamics
and others pay nothing."
Wheeler doesn't get that upset
anymore - or at least he channels the
energy in different directions. One of
those directions was the White House.
About two years. ago the president at-
tempted to get the Internal Revenue
Service to give segregated schools like
Bob Jones University tax exempt
status. Reagan argued that the IRS had
not authority to withhold the school's
tax exempt status - it was Congress's
In a letter to Reagan, Wheeler noted a
similar circumstance of the IRS acting
on its own to decide tax exempt status
when the agency declared income from
Social Security to be tax free. That 1941
ruling now costs the government $140

Daily Photo by SCOTT ZOLTO
Accounting Prof. James Wheeler makes the mundane subjects of taxes and
accounting interesting by entertaining his students each week with "tax
skits" and governmental anecdotes.
billion a year. So Wheeler asked that if agreed. "In this area you can do a lot or
Reagan washgoing to force the IRS to your own. You don't have to go over i
ease up on Bob Jones and company, the step by step. He can do the cases ol
president should repeal the 194ruling abuses which magnifies what happens
as well. In both instances the IRS had to the problems). It's a stepping stn
taken action that only Congress could tohenouti de word ."Yt
apparently take. Kohlenberg added, You want to d
ALL WHEELER got back was a the work for him and he's always recep
"Dear Friend" letter from the tive to students and their questions."
president's director of correspondence Wheeler said he just plain loves his
- though New York Times columnist work, though it requires ploughing
Tom Wicker did call attention to through daily tax reports, often
Wheeler's logic in an article in working until midnight, and oc-
February of last year. cassionally missing one of his thrice-
It's these kinds of situations that get weekly five-mile runs.
On top of all that, Gaffney said his
students interested in tax accounting, friend is "a hell of a fisherman. He
Wheeler said. Because of that interest
he doesn't "have to brow-beat a student should be as good a teacher as he is a
to do the work." fisherman." he joked.
Another of his studentsTerry Bates, Not to worry, James Wheeler's
students are hooked.

Food co-op tosses
debts, turns profits
(Continued from Page 1) are both top notch," said Andyr
who has worked at the Packard
ANOTHER PROBLEM was that for three years.
many food staples were sold only in But McKim said the changes1
bulk, and customers had to take the ex- affected the nature of the co-op
tra time out to measure and weigh the relations are still more relax
products. Today, the co-op sells many friendlier here than other plac
more pre-packaged items, worked. I think it makes me bet
The Packard store is not the only customers. I feel like I'm repre
branch that has experienced a financial the store."
turnaround. Drew McGuiness, who was
appointed store manager of the Fourth
Avenue branch in May, said losses have
been cut by carefully monitoring the
prices of products that competing
grocery stores also are selling.
Changes in management also have
made a difference. Bill Vandore, for
example, works as a financial coor-
dinator for the stores. He overseesL
buying and accounting between all
three stores and makes organizational
There also have been management
changes within the individual stores. In C IaSSifie(
the past, the Fourth Avenue branch
employed three general managers who
worked together to set store policies.
Last summer, however, the Board ofe
Directors appointed a single manager.
Co-op members, who trade hours at
the co-op for food discounts, said the
changes have made a difference. results!
"Things have run more smoothly
because the two managers they have in
there, Peter Hiers and Lonnie Harvey,
Malicious Intent

l branch
. "Work
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ces I've
ter with

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