The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, December 3, 1986 - Page 3
Staff members take over magazine
By MELANIE ULBRICH
Don and Mary Hunt, co-owners
of the Ann Arbor Observer,
yesterday announced the sale of
their community-oriented publica-
tion to two Observer staff
Patricia Garcia, the Observer's
Associate Publisher, confirmed that
she and John Hilton, an Observer
staff writer, will buy the
publication, but she said the format
of the monthly magazine will
probably not change.
The magazine, founded in 1976,
sells for $1 and has a circulation of
Mary Hunt would not say how
much Garcia and Hilton paid for the
magazine. But University
Communication Prof. James
Buckley, who specializes in media
economics, estimated the
Observer's worth at between
$750,000 and $1 million.
BUCKLEY said the Hunts'
ability to "intuitively know what
their neighbors want" has made the
Observer very successful. He added
that the Observer is recognized
nationally as one of the most
successful community publications
of its kind because of its ability to
cover local news and reflect Ann
Arbor lifestyle in a unique way.
The quality of the publication
may suffer if the Hunts are no
longer directly involved with the
production of the paper, Buckley
said. But Mary Hunt said she and
her husband "will continue to write
and play an active role" in
producing the paper.
Each issue contains more than
100 pages of locally-based
advertising and articles featuring
local events, issues, and trends. The
magazine focuses primarily on Ann
Arbor, but also highlights events in
other parts of southeastern
Ann Arbor citizens view the city
as a cosmopolitan center, Buckley
said, and the Observer reflects this
Ann Arbor "is an unusually rich
mixture of decades-old establish-
ments and fresh, new enterprises,"
and it is "this broad spectrum that
our paper will cover," the Hunts
A headline in yesterday's Daily said
women's studies departments ignore
minorities. In reality, a speaker at
an informal University seminar
Monday addressed ways to increase
focus upon women of color in
women's studies courses and
wrote in the first issue of the
The Observer, according to
Buckley, "stands traditional
publishing on its head because
advertising is its focus. It is the
heart of the publication," he said.
He said the graphics also play an
important role in giving the
magazine a "credible and respectable
image which differs from many
locally-based publications. It is
coffee table material."
Scott Shuger, an Observer
writer, said Hilton and Garcia have
a great deal of experience with the
publication and that the Hunts are
pleased with the new ownership.
The Hunts will hold a press
conference today to discuss the sale
and how it might affect the
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LSA sophomore Paul Lewis, a Michigan Advertising Works employee, removes an unwanted lock with ease on
the Diag yesterday. The lock was attached to a metal support which holds advertising billboards.
Pierce decries aid to Contras
By RICHARD KANG
Ann Arbor Mayor Edward Pierce, who recently
returned from a trip to Nicaragua, last night denounced
U.S. aid to the Contra rebels who are attempting to
overthrow the Nicaraguan government.
Pierce spoke to about 20 people at the Union in a
speech sponsored by the Undergraduate Political
More than 3,000 people have been killed since the
0andinistas overthrew the dictator Anastasio Somoza in
1979, Pierce said.
"Right now our current government policy is to
arm, in a direct way, a group of people who are
Nicaraguans and who are also allying mostly with the
former Somoza regime," Pierce said. "Most people
regard the Somoza regime as a brutal, repressive
While in Nicaragua, Pierce and other members of
the Ann Arbor Central American Sister City Task
Force spoke to a diverse group of people, including
social workers, physicians, civilians, and non-
Sandinistas who work in the national Assembly, about
the Nicaraguan government and the U.S.-Contra
When asked what one thing he would like the
audience to realize, Pierce said, "I'd like you to think
more about it. When our tax dollars buy arms, and we
know those arms are going to kill people, we really
have the responsibility not to say, 'Yes we agree' when
we really don't. It's not a very good stance."
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Nominations from LSA faculty
to replace Associate Dean for
Research William Williams, who
died in a plane crash last month,
must be received by LSA Dean
Peter Steiner today, according to
Peggy Westrick, Steiner's secretary.
The new associate dean "should
be a scholar of some distinction,"
said LSA Associate Dean for
/Biological Sciences James Cather,
who speculated that the position
will be filled by Jan.l.
According to a letter sent by
Steiner to LSA faculty on Nov. 17,
"The nature of the position... is
such that the person must be an
activeresearch scholar with both
experience and familiarity with
experimental research." Steiner
refused to comment yesterday,ibut
Westrick said he has not yet read
any of the letters received from
Henry Pollack, professor of
geological sciences and Williams'
predecessor, will serve as interim
Associate Dean for Research until
Steiner makes a decision.
Steiner's nominee must be
approved by the Office of the
Provost and the Board of Regents.
Cather said he assumed Steiner will
discuss the appointment with the
other LSA Associate Deans before
The Associate Dean for Research
is responsible for authorizing
research proposals within LSA,
monitoring the LSA research
budget, and approving research
involving human subjects.
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The Plante and - Moran
accounting firm are auditing the
assembly's books. Jim Proppe, the
staff accountant auditing MSA's
books, refused to comment. "It's
still inconclusive," Proppe said,
adding that he will elaborate when
he completes the audit in the next
MSA President Kurt Muenchow
also refused to comment. "I can't
say anything until we get our
audit," he said.
The Sound Of Music (Robert
Wise, 1965), Hill St., 7:00 p.m.,
Sugary, oh-so-sugary musical in which
Julie Andrews teaches the Von Trapp
children how to have fun in pre-WWII
Germany. Don't see it if you're a
diabetic - you might pull a Jerry
'Grcia right there in the theater.
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Janice Pilch, Joshua Spero,
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U-M Handstand Club - 11 p.m.,
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Baha'i Club - 5 p.m., Michigan
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