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Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109
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:,Entree Plus fails to meet the needs of University students


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S tudents have long been irked by the high cost of
living on campus. The University and various
businesses around Ann Arbor have conspired to
rob students when purchasing new text books, to
force students to purchase coursepacks as profes-
sors accept kickbacks, and to keep the cost of
living high.
Apparently, in an attempt to alleviate the strain
of the cost of living for undergraduates, the Uni-
versity changed its meal credit plan. Originally,
students who purchased a meal plan could eat 13
meals every week, leaving no possibilities for the
reimbursement of missed meals. The plan was too
inflexible and too costly.
Now, students can purchase either a nine-meal
plan or the zero-option plan. If the nine-meal plan
is purchased at the beginning of the semester, $150
is transfered to an Entrde Plus account from the
student's account. Today, several weeks into the
semester, only $137 is transfered. A switch to the
zero-option plan at the start of the semester trans-
fers $550 - today, only $503.
This plan, seemingly more flexible, proves only
to be a veil, which poorly hides the University's
continued attempts to empty student bank ac-
counts. The nine-meal plan is as inflexible as the
original plan, because none of those nine meals can

be eaten during the weekends. For those who miss
meals during the week, this fact is of no real
comfort or convenience.
The cost of the meal plans is also of little help.
Dinners, of which seven are served every week,
cost $6.50 each. Lunches, served six times in a
week, cost $5.40. Assuming there are 15 weeks in
a semester, the total bill approaches $1,200. Each
students are charged this amount when their bill
arrives in the mail. The zero-option plan would
return $550, which is less than 50 percent of the
cost of board.
Switching to the nine-meal plan, returning $150,
would still have students paying some $250 more
than the value of the nine meal credits.
The University cannot predict how many stu-
dents will eat, when they will eat, how much, and
how often. So an overhead cost has to be expected.
But the amount of money the University takes
from students, while pretending to offer savings
and flexibility, is still unacceptable.
A simple meal plan would be a 13 ornine-meal
plan allowing students to eat any meal offered. In
addition, when transfering funds to Entrde Plus,
more of the money paid by the student should be
returned. The University must show more sensitiv-
ity toward the financial security of its students.





Misjudging students

Engler should consider student
T he process by which justice is served in Ann
Arbor may radically change in the next year.
As many as five judgeships may open up, due to
retirement or expiration of the terms of current
judges. Two circuit court judges, two district court
judges, and a probate judge are slated to be re-
placed. At the very least, this situation will allow
Gov. John Engler to make three appointments on
the basis of retirements, and as many as five if he
appoints current judges to higher levels.
Engler would best serve the Ann Arbor commu-
nity if he makes appointments based on his own
sensitivity toward student issues, rather than ideol-
ogy. The judges in Ann Arbor are, with two excep-
tions, old white men who have been on the bench
for an extended period of time. They have proved
to be increasingly unsympathetic to the rights of
With the controversial increase in penalties for
noise violations, judges have been harsher than in
the past, doling out big fines, regardless of the
situation or the specifics of the case.
The arrest of Todd Ochoa for chalking in the
Diag, and the judge's subsequent refusal to hear
Ochoa's arguments of freedom of expression, are

values when naming judges
prime examples of how a judge ignored arguments
that have been accepted on other campuses.
The hostility between those living around cam-
pus and those attending the University continues to
grow. TheAnn Arbor community exists because of
the University, its students, and the business they
provide. The offensive that local authorities have
launched against students is detrimental and de-
The new judges appointed by Engler will prob-
ably be unsympathetic to the demands of students,
as are most Ann Arbor judges on the bench. But
Engler has a chance to redirect the trend in Ann
Arbor that increasingly isolates the student com-
munity from the residential community. By refus-
ing to simply promote Republican judges and
other party faithfuls, Engler can revamp justice in
Ann Arbor into a system that is more responsive to
the community.
Without this critical move, the judicial system
will remain relatively stagnant: old men doling out
penalties based on the norms of a quarter century
ago. The decision of Gov. Engler to appoint Judges
will have serious ramifications for students for
decades to come.

Double standard
To the Daily:
It was my understanding that
you have excluded ads from
Playboyand other publications
that present women in an exclu-
sively sexual manner. Why is it
then, that your recent Weekend
section carried an ad for the
University of Michigan Men's
Calender, featuring four male
models wearing considerably less
than they probably do to their
Calculus classes? You have
shown quite a double standard
Don't get me wrong, I am not
asking you to drop the ad, and I
certainly don't think you should
stop depicting people's sexual
However, you would do well
to reexamine your policy, as it
currently suggest that women
need special protection by your
Consider a new policy that
gives both sexes credit for being
in control of their own sexual
nature, and for being victims to
Gary A. Curran
M.D., Ph.D. Program
Fact is fact
To the Daily:
I have been studying the

public reception of the Nazi
programs of genocide and
judeocide since the defeat of
Germany in the Second World
A few days ago, I came across
a news clipping in my collection
that I would like to share with
those readers who have been
following the recent antics of the
Committee for Open Debate on
the Holocaust.
On July 25, 1985, AFP
reported from Los Angeles that,
"For denying the mass murder of
Jews by German National-
Socialists, a U.S.-American group
was sentenced to apologize to a
survivor of Auschwitz and pay
him a fine of $90,000 ....The 58-
year-old complainant, whose
father, mother, brother, and sister
were murdered by the Nazis had
waited in vain for the $50,000 that
the group promised to award for
any proof that Jews were killed in
gas chambers at Auschwitz....The
California court emphasized in its
verdict that the gassing of Jews in
Auschwitz is 'undeniable."'
A defense of the "revisionist"
ad by the director of the Institute
for Historical Review was
published in the Daily as an
Insight column on Nov. 13, 1991.
It seems that the self-styled
revisionists have learned by
experience and are coming up
with better publicity stunts.
What I don't understand is

why, if they don't want to be
labeled anti-Semitic, the revision-
ists need to, as their ad states,
"deny that the German State had a
policy to exterminate the Jewish
people (or anyone else) by putting
them to death in gas chambers or
by killing them through abuse or
neglect" in order to criticize
morally reprehensible acts such as
the incendiary bombings of
civilian populations, or brutal
population relocations accompa-
nying the redrawing of political
I would join them in latter
criticism; be it of the bombing of
Rotterdam, Coventry, Dresden,
Hiroshima, Tripoli, or Baghdad;
or the expulsion of Jews from
Germany, Austria, the Nether-
lands, Belgium, France, Denmark,
Poland, Lithuania, Russia, Italy,
Greece, Bulgaria, Hungary, or
Romania; or the expulsion of
Germans from Poland or Czecho-
slovakia; or the expulsion of
Kurds from Iraq, and Croatians
from Serbia, to name just a few
But, I have absolutely no need
to make preposterous denials of
historical fact to do so.
Harold Marcuse
Rackham graduate student

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Wasting away
Department of Energy builds reactor on faulty site

The Yakima Indian Nation, an Indian Reserva-
tion in southwestern Washington, has consid-
ered applying to the Department of Energy to
investigate weather the Department could build a
safe nuclear waste site in its region. This idea is not
being contemplated for any love of nuclear waste.
Rather, it is due to the dangernuclear waste already
imposed on the area presents.
When the Hanford Nuclear Facility was re-
cently shut down, its 2,100 metric tons of spent fuel
rods were moved and stored in the non-operational
Kay Reactor within the facility. These rods present
a clear danger to the region, because the Kay
Reactor sits on a geological fault line near the
Columbia River. Geologists have said that the area
is due for seismic activity sometime in the future,
which would likely cause the contamination of the
surrounding land and the Columbia River.
The Columjbia River is the lifeblood of the
Yakima Indian Nation. It plays a central role in
their culture, religion, and, most importantly, their
health. Seeing the danger that the fault line pre-
sents, the Yakima Indian Nation is seeking to have
the fuel rods moved from the Kay Reactorto a safer
location, which may or may not lie within the

Nation's boundaries.
The Department of Energy has some explaining
to do. If the contaminated fuel rods were placed on
a fault line due Departmental ignorance, then it
should be chided for its blunder. When a reactor
site or storage site is chosen, the utmost concern
must be given to the surrounding environment.
Checking the area for the possibility of earthquake
activity is just common sense.
If the Department of Energy knew of the fault
line, and built the reactor there anyway, than the
must be harshly condemned. To build a reactor on
a fault, and then ignore the dangers it poses to local
residents and the environment for 30 years is
insidious. The impact on the environment - and
on the land belonging to the Yakima Indian Nation
- would be felt for years.
The Yakima Indian Nation took the first step to
place this waste in a safe and secure area, since the
Federal government failed to act. It is no secret that
Native Americans have been historically abused
by the U.S. government. It is unfortunate that this
sort of discrimination is continuing with the very
real possibility of nuclear contamination of their

E.T. Veal once said, "Silliness
is not a rare affliction." This is espe-
cially true for the municipality of
Lincoln Park, Mich., my hometown.
Lincoln Park is a pleasant little
class com-
munity of Brad
a b o u t
50,004 just Bernatek
south of
Detroit. For
the history
buff it en-
the site
w h e r e
the various Indian tribes in order to
attack Fort Detroit. But for most it
can be readily distinguished as the
area between Exits 40 and 41 on I-
However, Lincoln Park is not all
smiles and sunshine, especially for
a friend of mine. He too is from
Lincoln Park, and as a result he is a
wanted man. Late last year he made
the fatal mistake of parking in front
of his parents' home one evening.
Unknown to him, the following day
Bernatek is an LSA junior. His
column appears bi-weekly.

was a designated "No Parking" by
the street cleaners. Needless to say
the next morning he received a
parking ticket five minutes after the
"No Parking" rule went into effect.
(If only the police could be so quick
to murders, robberies and the like).
Now, while he should have pos-
sibly received a parking ticket, he
should not have received a thirty
dollar fine along with it. He did
something that made it inconve-
nient for the street cleaners to do
their job but little else.
A $30 fine for that is simply
ridiculous. So, like any other red-
blooded American, he said, "To hell
with this," ripped up the ticket and
made his way back to Ann Arbor
none the worse for wear, or so he
After receiving a request for
payment late last year, last week he
received a letter from the Lincoln
Park 25th District Court stating in
bold red letters, "WARRANT IS-
from a simple parking violation
which would amount to five bucks
in Ann Arbor, my friend has be-
come, in the eyes of Lincoln Park
District Court, tantamount to D.B.
Cooper. Warrant Officer Roy A.
Cicotte now claims that the whole
matter can be resolved if my friend
sends them not 30 dollars, but 75

Well, my friend could neither
afford or was willing to pay $30 for
a parking ticket so I don't think he
will be paying the ticket anytime
How silly we have become if
there are public servants willing to
arrest someone for a simple parking
ticket and at the same time we, as
the public, are willing to accept it.
How can we be amazed that the
court dockets are packed when these
same courts devote considerable
time and effort to arresting some-
one for parking in front of their
parents' home.
These courts were created to try
criminals, criminals being those who
violate another person's rights -
life, liberty and the like. Not some-
one who breaks a rule created by
some bureaucrat.
If this is any example, then we
have lost our purpose, namely pro-
tecting people's inalienable rights,
amid a mountain of rules and tech-
Meanwhile my friend leads a
less than normal life taunted by the%
possibility of jail time for parking a
car once. (And you think Ann Ar-
bor is bad). By the way, if anyone
knows a good place to hideout, let
me know. My friend would cer-
tainly appreciate it.


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