LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, April 22, 1997 - 17
natt cannot tell
readers 'how the
real world is'
TO TE DAILY:
1 felt obliged to respond to Brian
GrAtt s column in Thursday's
Weekend, etc. section (4/17/97)
*erein he gives his goodbye mes-
sage to the state of Michigan.
I would say, "Hey; if you dislike
Michigan so much, then please feel
free to get the fuck out of our state."
I've visited Maryland. I've visited
New York City (city tourist motto:
"Look at that guy pissing on you.").
I've-visited Boston. I guess I don't real-
ly understand the attraction to the East
Coast. I guess it's because I don't wear
mandatory dirty white cap and flan-
shirt, and I don't drive the requisite
Jeep Grand Cherokee. Because we all
need four-wheel drive to get around on
the harsh Delaware pavement. All I
know is that we here in the Midwest
mind our own business, and every year
a new crop of arrogant East Coast ass-
holesinvade our campus and tell us
"how the real world is." I guess it's
because we waste our time growing the
kd the country eats while they spend
i hard hours shooting the people
we Just don't get a chance to shoot, and
flipping the bird to the drivers we don't
get a chance to finger. And for this, I'm
grateful. I mean sure, one large nuke
on th East Coast would eliminate most
of the problems we Midwesterners face
with the incoming arrogant bastards.
But then again, where would this coun-
try be without Marion Barry and Ted
* In the end. Brian Gnatt, since
we're just hicks, we were probably too
busy fucking our sisters to force you
to come to this state. Therefore, you
probably came here out of your own
free Will. Now why don't you use
some of your free will and drag your
pansy ass, Volvo-driving, whining,
soda-drinking self out of our land.
And don't forget to give your
end a pop.
Daily ignores fires
at pilgrims' camp
To THE DAILY:
* Great job, Daily! You've done it
again! More than 200 people die at
the Muslim pilgrimage in Mecca, and
you give the story five inches on page
2 ("3~00 die as fire ruins pilgrims'
camp," 4/16/97). Of course, the fact
that a former University attorney
joiined the NCAA is infinitely more
newsworthy ("Former 'U' attorney to
join NCAA," 4/16/97). Grow up and
stop playing at being journalists ...
*d have the guts to print this letter.
Team is not
0 THE DAILY:
Michigan Academic Competitions
would like to thank the Daily for its
article ("Campus Notes' 4/1497) oi
our program. There were a couple of
factual errors that we'd like to clear
The term "College Bowl" is a
trademark of the College Bowl
Company, Inc., and strictly speaking
the phrase "The University's College
Bowl team" only applies to the team
(of 5 players) that we pick for CBI-
sanctioned events. The tournament we
attended on the weekend of April 12
wasn't sanctioned by CBI. Our group
as a whole is called Michigan
Academic Competitions, and we are
part of the University Activities
Also, we weren't defending any
title at the Academic Competition
Foundation (ACF) tournament as
(alas!) we didn't win the 1996 event.
Thanks for having such faith in us,
though! At this year's tournament,
Michigan placed 5th in the nation, our
best showing in ACF events.
RACKH A M
Daily coverage of
South Quad fire
TO THE DAILY:
Speaking as a University football
player greatly distressed by the fire in
the room of two friends of mine, Aaron
Shea and Steve Frazier, and as an indi-
vidual whose life has been previously
affected by fire, I am disgusted with
the content of the article in yesterday's
newspaper concerning the fire in
South Quad ("Fire erupts in South
The difficulty for the two guys
involved to regain their lives is far
more pertinent than furthering the
stereotype of football players. In talk-
ing with Aaron, he too is extremely
angry - and rightfully so - with the
article printed yesterday.
I live two rooms down from the
site of the fire and have seen the dam-
age to both the room and the two
guys first-hand. In case the Daily for-
got, there are two young men living
with their friends who now essentially
wear all they own.
Somehow though, the Daily pre-
ferred to focus the brunt of the article
on the alleged party the night before
and an ominous keg, both of which
were completely unrelated to the fire
last night. But isn't that what more
people wanted to read? That two
University of Michigan football play-
ers drank and partied all night and set
their room on fire?
Why is the fact that a "football
players' room burns" so vital for
readers to know? Would the same
headline have been printed had the
room been one of an athlete involved
in a less publicized sport? It's unlike-
ly. It seemed more important to point
out our University student-athlete
policy on drinking than to realize that
a bad thing happened to two good
Home owners' insurance may
provide some help to the two guys,
but insurance can't protect the most
important things that were lost:
Irreplaceables like pictures of family
at homes far away and all the little
things so many of us take for grant-
LSA FIRST-YEAR STUDENT
TO THE DAILY:
This letter is in reference to your
recent article "Student Wants ROTC
out of Arb" (4/11/97). First off, a lit-
tle disclaimer: Although I am a proud
midshipman of the Navy ROTC unit
here at the University, my opinions do
not necessarily reflect the opinions of
ROTC or the Navy.
With that said, I am just a little
confused about why the opinion of one
seemingly uninfluential grad student
constitutes a relatively large article in
the Daily. Sure, he plans to bring his
case to the University Board of
Regents and he wrote a letter to
University President Bollinger, but he
still seems to represent only his own,
single opinion. Unless the article didn't
mention it, he also doesn't seem to
have the backing of many people. So,
why all the attention? I, for instance,
believe that Hash Bash is useless and
annoying, so where's my article? We
can title it: "LSA student dislikes Hash
Finally, I would like to comment
on Holzhacker's most recent letter to
the Daily ("Get ROTC out of the
Nichols Arb," 4/17/97). His descrip-
tions of what ROTC does in the Arb
are blatantly exaggerated and give a
very inaccurate idea to readers. For
instance, he states that "'soldiers'
simulate search and destroy missions"
in the Arb. How about just saying that
ROTC cadets practice field training in
military gear? Which description
seems a little biased and misleading?
Or, Holzhacker states that groups of
soldiers conduct "high-speed running
marches double time in military for-
mation." How about just saying that
columns of cadets jog through the
Arb? Holzhacker is being extremely
petty, so he is forced to exaggerate the
situation in an attempt to persuade
others. By the way, "double time
implies "high speed;" such repetition
reflects this intentional exaggeration.
To conclude, contrary to
Holzhacker's depictions, ROTC and
the U.S. military are not made up of a
bunch of crazy soldiers who like to
run around and destroy the environ-
ment and nature preserves like the
Arb. ROTC is not harming or disrupt-
ing the Arb anymore than joggers or
school children do when they visit in
groups. But then again, ROTC is the
military, which obviously makes us
very, very different and subject to
special treatment according to
Holzhacker. Lest we forget, the cadets
and midshipmen are training to pro-
tect our nation., and that includes the
Arb. How about giving them the ben-
efit of the doubt and having a little
faith that these future officers deeply
care about the environment as much
as, if not more than, Holzhacker?
TO THE DAILY:
As University medical students,
we are proud to be attending a univer-
sity that is not only an academic
leader among universities, but is also
an exemplary leader among institu-
tions in such areas as concern for
employee well-being and concern for
the environment. We are also proud
that the University's Medical Center,
where we receive much of our train-
ing, is at the leading edge of modern
hospital care and of the promotion of
We, therefore, deplore the recent
changes that were made in order to lay
off employees at the hospital cafeteria,
specifically, replacing all silverware,
dishes and glasses by disposable plas-
tic and paper, reducing the number of
hours the cafeteria is open, and invit-
ing Wendy's to open a fast food ham-
burger franchise in the hospital to sat-
isfy visitors and workers when the
cafeteria is closed. (Of course,
Wendy's also will use disposable uten-
sils, plates and other food containers.)
Given the current and growing
awareness of our need to reduce waste
and improve nutrition, it is shocking
that these changes are being made
now, and in of all places, a university
hospital. They are also a cause of
embarrassment to us, as our school is
affiliated with the hospital.
The overuse of disposable items is
a well-known environmental problem
that we do not need to explain. The
over consumption of beef in America
is increasingly recognized as a health
problem. And to satisfy America's
appetite for beef, the environment is
being damaged in the American west
as well as in the Central and South
American rainforests by the overgraz-
ing of cattle.
We understand that the Medical
Center needs to reduce costs to
become competitive in the period of
managed health care. However, espe-
cially in view of the predicted return
to a net financial gain from the
Medical Center for the University, the
Medical Center can afford to demon-
strate a concern for nutrition and for
Furthermore, we strongly suspect
that with a little less haste, and with
more careful and creative thinking,
the Medical Center administration
could find another way to save the
same amount of money it is saving
laying off cafeteria workers without
incurring the substantial environmen-
tal and public health costs associated
with the changes necessitated by lay-
offs. These costs may not show up on
the accountant's balance sheet. They
are nevertheless very real and are a
cause for serious concern.
PREVENTIVE MEDICINE TASK FORCE
OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL
STUDENT ASSOCIATION, UNIVERSITY
PHYSICIANS FOR SOCIAL
Michigan Daily wins national
awards in journalism contests
From Staff Reports
Staff members of The Michigan Daily won 19 Gold Circle Awards, one
of the highest awards given to collegiate newspaper reporters, in the 1997
Columbia Scholastic Press Association's national competition.
Announced last month at CSPA's annual conference in New York City, the
Gold Circle Awards recognized outstanding journalistic accomplishment
among the nation's top collegiate newspapers.
The Daily took four first-place finishes nationally: in Sports Feature
Writing, Individual Photograph, Spot News Photo Portfolio and Single Subject
Presentation categories. Daily staffers finished second in News Writing, Sports
News, Sports Features, News Features, Photo Story, and two Single Subject
Presentation categories. The Daily was also named the third-best designed col-
legiate newspaper in the country.
Earlier this month, the Daily's business side also took high honors at the 25th
Anniversary conference of the College Newspaper Business and Advertising
Daily Business Manager Erin Essenmacher was awarded CN BAM's
"Business Manager of the Year," the association's top honor, which was given
to the most outstanding business manager of the association's 100 member
newspapers. The Daily business staff also won third place in the Best Back-to-
School Issue category.
1997 CaPA Gfod Circle Winnes
2nd - Jeff Eldridge and Josh White,
"Unabomber suspect held"
Sports News Writing
2nd - Andy Knudsen, "No vacancy in
1st- Danielle Rumore, "Touched by fate'
2nd - Mark Snyder, "Michigan Hockey
recaps 75 years"
CM - James Goldstein, "Ritchlin's
back, alive and kicking"
2nd - Alice Robinson, "The pain of
memory: Bosnian war lingers for V
3rd -David Rossman, "Louder than
words: Smith signs a voice for stu-
CM - Barry Sollenberger, "Bussey
fighting unusual, often unbeatable
2nd - Bohdan Cap, Noppom Kichanantha
and Jonathan Lurie, "Klan rally"
Spot Newis Individual Photo.
1st - Jonathan Lurie, "Klan"
Spot News Photo Portfolio
1st - Jonathan Lurie.
Sports Photo Portfolio
CM - Mark Friedman
3rd - Staff, The Michigan Daily
Color Feature Page Design
3rd -"- Josh White
Single Subject Presentation
1st - Stephanie Jo Klein, Josh White,
"Michigan Primary 96"
2nd - Alice Robinson, Ann Stewart,
CM - Joshua Rich, "The wide web of
Single Subject Presentation - Tabloids
2nd - John Leroi, "Is he back?"
Single Subject Presentation - Section
CM - Staff, "Faceoff: Leaders of the
CM= Certificate of Merit
TO THE DAILY:
This letter is to address an issue
that is on most Michiganders' minds.
I have stood silent about this issue for
the entire school year, but after read-
ing Brian Gnatt's column in "The
Best of Ann Arbor" ("Goodbye,
Michigan. Love, Brian," 4/17/97), 1
would like to address all the East
Coast snobs at the University. Not
everyone from the East Coast is bad,
but there are enough to write a letter
Everyone knows who the kids
from the East Coast are. They are the
ones that you can hear whining in the
back of the classroom. They show up
on campus in August with their
BMWs and don't stop complaining
until May 1; and they complain about
anything, whether it be that there is
no soda or that the credit card their
parents gave them is maxed out.
If you don't like us in Michigan,
Gnatt, that is OK, because we don't
like you. Do you think we always
drive this badly'? No! We are trying to
hit you so that we don't have to listen
to your whiny voice complain for one
If good morals, a strong work
ethic and intelligence is something
that you do not revere, then go back
to the East Coast ... I'll pay for your
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