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September 05, 1985 - Image 47

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The Michigan Daily, 1985-09-05

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The Daily'
The Michigan Daily is the University
newspaper alternative. It is completely run by
students, and for the 96 years that the Daily has
been a vanguard for truth, it has enjoyed complete
editorial freedom.
Being a Real Paper, the Daily of course has
news, sports, arts, editorial, photography, and
business and marketing staffs. Oh, and yes, Bloom
County has a home on the Opinion page.
LET'S BEGIN with the illustrious news staff.
These investigative reporters know everyone who
makes the news on and around campus (and a few
who don't).
These dedicated journalists, who will someday
be writers for the New York Times, President of
the United States, or managers for McDonalds,
spend hours dogging senators, administrators,
and Michigan Student Assembly members to "get
the real story."
The sports writers are dedicated to covering
major sports events and predicting who the
champs will be. They also play whiffle ball with
the news staff at midnight when the paper goes to
the printer.
THE ARTS staff reviews, previews, , and
critiques concerts, movies, restaurants, books,
records, and plays.
Tucked away in a separate office, they rarely
venture through the news room, but their almost
nightly jam sessions draw the other writers into
their domain.
Sharing an office with the arts staff is the
editorial staff. Although editorials sometimes
slide off the left side of the page, the right side of
the page is reserved to espouse other, opinions
(even conservative ones).
THE PHOTOGRAPHY staff, which supplies

photos for all of the writing staffs, is the only staff
that requires any previous experience. Photog.s
must apply for the job with a portfolio and be ex-
perienced in dark room techniques (which means
developing pictures, not relationships).
And finally, the business staff is the only staff
that has defined hours (9-5). During those hours
the staff receives valuable training and experien-
ce that prepares them for the high finance
wheeling and dealing of Wall Street.
Yes, working for the Daily is truly an experien-
ce. A day in the life of Joe Daily reporter (we'll
call him Hedrick Winston), begins with two extra
strength tylenols and a decision whether to skip
classes to devote 100 percent of his day to research
a story scoop.
TODAY OUR hero has learned that there is a
dubious yellow liquid coming out of the water
fountainof the Administration Building. His
mission is to find out what it is and who put it
Hedrick decides to skip classes for this
assignment - his goal is to scoop the Ann Arbor
The News (Snooze), by the way, is the Daily's
main competition, and one of their favorite story
assignments is covering the latest in The Daily's
WELL, NOT to stray from Hedrick, his task is
not a simple one. Administrators refuse to talk to
this investigative reporter, and people who unwit-
tingly answer his phone calls refuse to comment
on the situation.
But Daily reporters do not give up easily and
Hedrick eventually solves the mystery.
He has discovered that the yellow substance was
coming from the urinals in the men's bathroom by
crossed pipes. A fraternity stunt, no doubt.

The Michigan Daily - Thursday, September 5, 1985 - Page 87
for truth' for past 96 years

HEDRICK COMPLETES his story at 4 p.m.,
just in time to organize his evening respon-
sibilities as a night editor.
The night shift, called "nightside" in Daily
lingo, (or "disasterside" if the 11:50 p.m. deadline
is missed), begins with story conference. This is
when reporters and editors decide which stories
will run, and on which page they shall appear.
At 4:30 Hedrick yells "STORY CONFEREN-
CE!" in the City Room. But nobody listens.
Nobody ever listens the first time. "STOR Y
CONFERENCE!", Hedrick bellows again. This
time nobody listens. Nobody ever listens the
second time either. So Hedrick extends personal
invitations to every reporter in the building and
begins story conference at 5.
AT STORY conference, the list of Associated
Press and United Press International articlesjon
the wires are read through with dramatics. After
eliminating all stories about axe victims and heart
transplant victims..uh..recipients, and finally op-
ting for today's hijacking to run on page 2, story
conference ends at 5:30.
Now the race is on - the madness begins. The
goal: to meet the midnight deadline. The means:
mark up wire copy, write headlines, and proof the
copy. Incentive: fear. Not fear of missing the
deadline -but fear of Lucius the Lion.
Lucius works downstairs. The paste-up room is
his lair. He must be constantly fed with copy and
competence or he goes out on the kill.
This is no joke. When Lucius climbs the stairs
with his Exact-o knife he is out for blood - the
night editor's blood - and everyone knows it.
But Lu is easily subdued when his hunger for
copy is satisfied. And when the paper finally locks
Lu challenges any takers to drink him under the
table. __

'Mom Doily Photo by DAN HABIB
Hedrick the reporter is a busy fellow. Juggling the phone, a typewriter,
popcorn, and a coke requires great skill and concentration.

Union has been meeting place since 1920

The Michigan Union is the center of
student activities. Laden with rich
history, the Union even boasts of
being the site where John Kennedy
Thunched the idea for the Peace Corps
during the 1960 presidential cam-
The idea to build a student union
was born in 1904 out of concern by non-
Greek members to have a place to
socialize and recreate.
NO CENTRAL meeting place
existed for the University community
when two seniors proposed their idea
for the Union to Michigamua, an
honorary society of male students
which still has an office in the Union.
Michigamua appointed a commit-
tee to create a blueprint of what the
Union would be like, and by 1906,
plans were well under way.
The building site was where the
home of the former judge and famous
constitutional lawyer Thomas Cooley
IN 1917, enough money was raised
to begin construction of the new
facility, and the Cooley home was
One of the proposed dedications for
the Union was a memorial for studen-
ts who died in the Spanish Civil War,
but the two seniors adamantly op-
-{ posed the idea, insisting that the
Union be dedicated to all students.
Ironically, in the early 1900s "all
students" meant exclusively men.
Women were only allowed in the
Union lounge, and only permitted to
enter the building through the back
WHEN THE Union was finally
completed in 1920, the exterior looked
much the same as it does today, but
the founders of the Union would scar-
cely recognize its interior.
In the 1920s, a swimming pool,
library, hotel, and bowling alley were
built in the Union, and only University
men were permitted access to these
The Union was used as a barracks
to house soldiers during World War II.
WHEN THE building wasn't being
used as an army barracks it was a
social club for students. Everyone
was required to become members and
pay dues to help pay for the upkeep of
the facilities.
Women were forced to become
members of the Union and pay dues
even though they were not allowed to
use the facilities, or even enter the
building unless escorted by a male
It wasn't until 1956 that women were
allowed to enter through the front

doors of the building unescorted by
men. But it wasn't until 1972 when a
clause in the Union membership by-
laws barring women from life mem-
bership was dropped. Now, all alumni
of the University are considered life
THE UNION was not always con-
sidered the hub of student activity,
especially during the social unrest of
the 1960s. Many students felt
aggression toward the Union, con-
sidering it a symbol of the oppressive
Students demanded changes in the
Union. They objected to the high-
priced hotel and rallied for a non-
profit book store. The bookstore that
eventually materialized, called the
University Cellar, was located where
the pool originally stood and where
Barnes and Noble bookstore now

Later in the 1960s students protested
the Vietnam War on the steps of the
Union, and in the '70s they celebrated
the victories of the Wolverines'
powerful football team.
SINCE THE Union opened, it was
run by a board of students, faculty,
and alumni, but in 1979 the regents
decided that it would run more ef-
ficiently if it were centrally managed.
It was then placed under the
jurisdiction of the vice president for
student services who hired a full-time
director to oversee a multi-million
dollar renovation of the building.
According to Frank Cianciola, the
Union's director, the building needs to
adapt to the changing desires of the
students, faculty, and staff. So when
the Union bowling alley was removed
to make way for the computing center
two years ago, it was an effort to
fulfill the Union's original purpose.

Cianciola also said that the Union
will continue to adapt by expanding
the seating capacity of the Michigan
Union Grill MUG to accomodate the
overwhelming response by students to
the facility.
Today students see the result of the
renovation. A computing center stan-
ds where the bowling alley used to be,
the MUG is a throwback to the old
Union Grill which shut down in the
'60s, other eateries like a deli, a pizza
place, and Chinese food were added,
and a mini-shopping mall also sprung
The library is gone, but students
can study in the reading room, play
pool in the billiard room on the second
floor, dance in the U-Club, listen to
speakers in the Ballroom, and chow
down at the MUG.

Phone 764-0558

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Daily photo by KATE O'LEARY
With its ivy-covered facade, the Union stands as one of the oldest and most.
prestigious University buildings.



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