THE MICHIGAN DAILY NEW STUDENT EDITION PERSPECTIVES THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 1994
Alums use their Daily experience in the real world
By DAVID RHEINGOLD
From London to Hong Kong, from the
New York Times to the Ann Arbor News, one
can readily find people who once worked at
The Michigan Daily.
Staffers over the past 104 years have gone
on to a variety of pursuits, such as law, public
relations and, of course, journalism.
A Daily survey of 900 alums in 1990
found 150 reporters, 150 attorneys, 50 profes-
sors and 20 attorneys.
Those who have pursued careers in journal-
ism now work as reporters, editors, photogra-
phers and copy editors. A few have ventured
overseas, but most work in the United States.
Today, Daily alums work for publications
such as the Los Angeles Times, Sports Illus-
trated, USA Today, the Wall Street Journal,
the Associated Press, the Detroit News and
the New York Times (where seven Daily
alums are on staff).
Some alums include:
Richard L. Berke, managing editor be-
fore graduating in 1980, who now covers
national politics for the New York Times. A
former White House correspondent, Berke
earlier this year profiled Vice President Al
Gore for the Sunday Times magazine.
Dan Biddle, who as an investigative
reporter unearthed stories such as a ticket-
scalping scandal for the Daily in the early
'70s. He went on to the Philadelphia Inquirer,
where he and two other reporters won the
Pulitzer Prize for a series on disorder in the
Philadelphia court system.
Leon M. Jaroff, editor in chief hasworked
asa science writer for Time magazine. Afounder
of Discover magazine, Jaroff now sits as co-
chair of the Board for Student Publications
which oversees the Daily.
Ann Marie Lipinski, a co-editor in chief
who worked for the Chicago Tribune after
graduating in 1978. She and two colleagues
won the Pulitzer Prize for investigative re-
porting in 1988 after they uncovered wide-
spread corruption within the Chicago city
council. Lipinski coordinated the Tribune's
effort last year to document every child killed
on the streets of Chicago.
Keith Richburg, who worked as a re-
porter and editorial page editor before gradu-
ating in 1980. Now an overseas correspon-
dent for the Washington Post, Richburg has
covered the U.S. peacekeeping mission in
Somalia and the recent bloodshed in Rwanda.
Sara Rimer, an award-winning writer
for the New York Times. A 1976 graduate
who served as executive editor, Rimer has
written numerous feature stories for the Times,
on such topics as the 1993 Midwest floods,
the closing of GM's Willow Run plant and,
most recently, the O.J. Simpson trial.
Walter Shapiro, formerly a senior writer
for Time magazine, who was the Daily's
associate editorial director before graduating
in 1969. Shapiro is now the White House
correspondent for Esquire magazine, where
he writes a monthly column.
Some have opted not to go into journalism
but have found fame in other fields. Just ask
California legislator/legendary '60s activist
Tom Hayden (former editor) or playwright
Arthur Miller (former reporter).
-Rheingold is a 1994 graduate and a
former Daily news editor.
Students run escort service
By ERIC KESSELL
Safewalk andaNorthwalk formed
eight years ago, and volunteers have
been escorting students around cam-
pus after dark ever since. The organi-
zations' main goals are not only to
provide a safe way of getting around
at night, but also to provide a sense of
security and independence on cam-
pus, by enabling people to go out and
not be concerned about getting where
they want to go.
Safewalk and Northwalk send out
teams of two volunteers to anywhere
within a 20-minute radius of the UGLi
on Central Campus and within a simi-
lar radius from Bursley Hall on North
Campus. These teams take their
walkee to any other spot within the
Safewalk provides this service
during its normal hours of operation
from 8 p.m. to 2:30 a.m., Sunday
through Thursday, and also operates
weekend shifts from 8 p.m. to 11:30
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Many are quick to criticize change
simply because no one can accurately
predict the outcome or the change will
have an adverse affect on certain people,
i.e. the critics. But evidently someone
thinks the change is worthwhile, other-
wise it never would have been made.
Change will occur for the better or
for the worse, but without change
there is no progress. As changes oc-
cur throughout the University, and it
will occur - and you can read about
it in the Daily - change will take
place in your life too. Expect to change
majors, career paths, boyfriends, girl-
friends, interests, political affiliation,
etc. Expect it and tackle it head on.
Once you've committed to change,
stick with it and never look back. No
one ever said change was easy. Re-
member: Make your own decisions.
It's your life. Carpe diem!!!
,-Cho is an LSA junior and editor of
the Daily's New Student Edition.
p.m. on Friday and Saturday. After
these hours, students can turn to dif-
ferent taxi services. Another option is
the Night Owl Bus Service, on Central
Campus, from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. For
further information on Safewalk or
Northwalk, call SAPAC at 763-5865.
To receive a walk, call Safewalk at 936-
1000 or Northwalk at 763-WALK.
-Kessell is Safewalk coordinator.
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lic debate over the policies and ideas all
but drowned out in favor of prefabri-
cated partisanship, college students are
That spirit of deserved disenchant-
ment falls squarely on the shoulders of
the Daily in the form of reactions to the
paper, apathy and dismissal. Some stu-
dents feel no need to read the Daily, nor
consider the issues before the Univer-
sity. For those students - let's face it
- any of you still reading at this point
must have some interest in the issues at
hand or the Daily. For all the smoothly
constructed prose cannot make those
who will not care do so no matter how
much they might want to think so.
To those that dismiss the Daily out
of hand, I recognize that some may
label it as liberal clap-trap or mistake-
laden mush. But I urge you to reassess
the paper, with a recognition of the,
firmly held commitment to fairness
and accuracy the Daily strives to up-
hold through difficult times, while its
editors and writers face decisions every
day, as students no different than you.
Having not been scared off by the
gaggle, if you knock on the door and
make it back up the flight of greenish
stairs to the next meeting, get assigned
a story and jump on the Daily tilt-a-
whirl, great. It's not that hard, really,
but it can be difficult to get off the ride.
And if you don't, pick up the paper
anyway and keep reading.
-Shepardson is the Daily's
managing news editor and missed the
Daily's mass meeting his first year.
By JESSIE HALLADAY
Rattling keyboards. Ringing tele-
phones. Frantic students. Harried sub-
jects. All these things make up a
newspaper, and in particular, a stu-
Often these things may not seem
like joys in life, but for those of us
who give our blood, sweat and tears
to put out The Michigan Daily every
day, we wouldn't trade them for the
world. (Well, OK, we might trade them
at 3 a.m. or when papers are due.)
Working on a student newspaper
is an experience that anyone inter-
ested in journalism should have. Not
only does it provide you with the
practical knowledge employers are
looking for, but it gives you the op,
portunity to make friends.
Nothing will bring people together
like working until 1 a.m. on a snowy
and bitterly cold evening. And there
is nothing like waking up the next
morning and seeing your name in
print above the story you had worked
so hard to create.
The Michigan Daily is a place to
come to be creative, to be daring and
to push yourself beyond the conven-
tional boundaries of thought. It is a
place where students have tradition-
ally gathered to watch the adminis-
tration, to document student achieve-
ment and, in general, raise a little hell.
Many great writers and hellraisers
have passed through the halls of the
Student Publications Building; some
have gone on to careers in journal-
ism, some have not. But, you don't
have to aspire to be a news reporter at
the Chicago Tribune or a photojour-
nalist for Time. All you must have is
a love of writing and the time to give
it a try.
The Daily is a place where people
come to debate health care, cover city
council meetings, run to Stucchi's at
break time, use PageMaker and learn
a little something. It is what you make
it. It can be your home away from
home or merely a place to spend a
couple of hours a week.
But, whether you join the Daily or
The Michigan Daily
With 103 years of editorialfreedom, the Daily is the third oldest college paper
in the country. Run entirely by students, the Daily consists of two staffs, the
business staff which manages the Daily's finances and the edit staff which
writes the news articles, sports stories, music reviews and editorials.
By HARRIS WINTERS
Looking for real-life business and
computer experience? Try The Michi-
gan Daily, the University's student-
run newspaper. The Daily, one of the
oldest college newspaper in the coun-
try, does not receive a red cent from
the University, but survives entirely
through the hard work of students
The more than $900,000 the Daily
pulls in through ad sales each year,
goes to support the publication of the
Daily (Monday through Friday dur-
ing the school year).
With a readership of more than
40,000 and distributed free through-
out campus, the Daily has served the
needs of University students, faculty,
administrators and Ann Arbor resi-
dents for more than a century.
The Daily business staff comprises
more than 55 students. The members
of business staff often join with little
or no experience. But they all have
the desire to make money and learn
invaluable interpersonal and business
skills. All receive on-the-job training.
The business section consists of
four areas: Display, Classified, Fi-
nance and Production. The Display
staff consists of account executives
who sell advertisement space to local
and national merchants.
Classified Sales staff sells the line
advertisements that appear on the clas-
Finance oversees payroll of the
160-plus Daily staff, daily billing for
the advertisers and the credit manag-
ers who have the often unglamorous
job of making delinquent advertisers
pay their bills.
The Production staff is charged
with designing many of the advertise-
ments using a variety of graphics pro-
grams and state-of-the art computer
technology on Macintosh Quadras.
It is remarkable that within three
days, there is a completed ad, sold,
created, and seen by the entire Uni-
- Winters is an LSA senior and the
Daily's business manager.
The Michigan Daily's newsroom looks a lot neater in this picture than it does
in real life. Home to the ups and downs of college journalism, the Daily was
voted "Best Student Group" by students.
not, you can be assured of one thing,
every day there are classes, there is a
Daily. And you can help us write it or
you can simply read it.
So, as we start our 104th year of
completely student-run journalism,
we welcome all of the budding jour-
nalists and avid readers to campus.
We hope that you will join us in our
work or, at the very least, let us know
what you think about what we are
-Halladay is an LSA senior and
the Daily's editor in chief