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4A - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, October 23, 1997

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Ann Arbor, MI 48109
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students at the
University of Michigan


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Editorial Page Editor

Unless otherwise noted, unsigned editorials reflect the opinion of the majority of the Daily s editorial hoard. All
oher articles, letters and cartoons do not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Michigan Dailv
Study squeeze

'In order to confront global warming, the president
must require the auto and oil companies to take
real pollution measures now.'
- Sierra Club climate change policy director Dan Becker
2001 :.SclC JCE ED j>YSSY -
j uat 5a.

Grad closes too early
M ay I have your attention! The
IMI North and South circulation desks
will close in 10 minutes. The Shapiro
Library connector will be closed and locked
five minutes before closing. The library will
close in 15 minutes." To many students, this
nightly beckoning marks the first stage in a
massive migration from the Harlan Hatcher
Graduate Library to the Undergraduate
Library. The hour is a mere 12 a.m., and
most students have only scratched the sur-
face in a long and fruitful night of studying.
But they are interrupted, as they are prodded
from the quiet setting of the Grad and
shooed into the loud, overcrowded
Undergraduate Library. By closing the Grad
at such an early hour, the library administra-
tion is depriving students of vital workspace
and resources.
There are many reasons to keep the
Graduate Library open later. First, the
Grad's resources far surpass those of the
Undergraduate Library; a majority of stu-
dents conduct research at the Grad. It offers
a vast array of periodicals, a majority of
research books and an extensive catalogue
system containing almost every subject nec-
essary to conduct a thorough project. In con-
trast, the Undergraduate Library has limited
resources in regard to microfilm and an even
more restricted selection of books. A com-
mon problem occurs when both libraries
hold the same book, but because of limited
space and selection, the Undergraduate
library only possesses one copy. If a class
assignment involves that one book, and the
book is already loaned, then a student must
restrict him or herself to the Grad's hours.
Furthermore, the Grad provides a placid
and sedate setting where students can study
without distraction. For example, the second-
floor reading room, Asia Library, or the
numerous cubicles scattered throughout each

for students' schedules
floor of the building provide ample space and
privacy. The Undergraduate Library, on the
other hand, witnesses a tremendous increase
in noise level starting at mid-afternoon and
proceeding late into the night. Group study
dominates the Undergraduate Library, as
chatter fills the air nightly. In addition, the
Undergraduate Library's lack of study space
is exacerbated by the flock of students from
the Grad. The basement, first and second
floors - where the majority of tables and
cubicles are - cannot sustain the mass quan-
tities of students requiring a place to study.
Opponents contend that the
Undergraduate Library is less expensive to
operate than the Grad. True, the Grad is a
labyrinth where students can easily lose
themselves. Security obviously becomes an
essential issue, yet it still remains feasible
for extending the hours. The University
maintains the Graduate Library until 12
a.m.; therefore, keeping on a sufficient staff
to prolong closing until 1 or 2 a.m. should
not compromise a student's safety.
The library administration must act to
meet the needs of students. Administrators
should increase the budget of the Grad to
extend its hours. The cost of keeping the Grad
open one hour later every night is estimated
to be an additional $35,000-40,000 per year.
For a University of this magnitude, that figure
equates to a reasonably low sum considering
the positive educational benefits. Also, other
libraries, such as Social Work, offer insuffi-
cient hours of operation and should be con-
sidered as well. The library administration
may consider approaching the problem slow-
ly, by first increasing hours during high-use
times such as midterms and finals. If students
respond positively to these changes, the
library administration should afford them the
opportunity to perpetuate their studies in a
more productive environment.


Tearing down the house
HUD should replace the buildings it destroys
T he U.S. Department of Housing and apartments with similar payment policies.
Urban Development has rejected a pro- This was not meant to be a permanent relo-
pdsal for the revival of the Daniel Heights cation, which is what it has become. The
area in Saginaw for a second straight year. federal government has denied an $18.74
As it stands now, the Daniel Heights public million plan that would enable construction
housing complex is now a 12-block area of of 150 new homes in the Daniel Heights
Xdcant land. Before the razing, there were area, renovation of more than 200 pieces of
365 apartments in the entire housing net- existing private property, and construction
work. The fury over this issue is centered of 24 homes elsewhere in the city of
around Dwight P Robinson, HUD deputy Saginaw. HUD did allocate $498.3 million
secretary and second in command. Last year for 23 approved projects elsewhere in the
Robinson raised $1.4 million to complete country.
the destruction of the development, and said The situation in Saginaw raises some

Humans are
not the only
victims of
I am writing in regard to
the Kyoto Conference, at
which more than 150 nations
will sign a treaty to reduce
greenhouse gas emissions.
Having attended the satellite
feed of the White House
Summit on Climate Change, I
can say the White House is
looking for an easy fix to a
complex problem. A simple
solution is not feasible. While
one side wants the administra-
tion to sign the treaty and real-
izes the real danger in allow-
ing climate change to continue
uncontrolled, the other one is
frantically lobbying against
any real change and is vying
for business as usual. Politics
aside, I couldn't help but feel
that a crucial element is miss-
ing from the debate. Other
than a brief explanation by
Diana Liverman, a Chair of
the National Academy of
Sciences, no reference was
made to the effects of climate
change on:species other than
We are an egocentnic
species, there is no doubt
about it. It's true that the threat
of global climate change will
adversely affect humans.
However, unlike humans who
can migrate rather easily,
plants and animals can't pick
up their belongings and head
to the poles. For example,
Liverman noted that sugar
maples in the northeast will
have to migrate 100 times
faster thap they ever have in
order to survive climate
change. Endangered species
will become extinct and many
species will become endan-
gered as the rate of climate
change runs at a much faster
pace than the rate of evolution.
What will this mean to us?
Imagine a world without wild
plants and animals. Imagine a
world without national parks.
A world without the grizzly
bears of Yellowstone, or the
caribou herds of the Arctic
National Wildlife Refuge.
When climate change is fully
realized we will have
destroyed their home, too. We
don't think about our depen-
dence on the natural world
often enough. As Americans
we are wasteful and often
don't think about the conse-
quences of our actions on the
rest of the world. We think
hamburgers come from
Wendy's and milk comes from
the dairy cooler.
But if you take the time to
think about what you con-
sume every day in order to
breathe, eat and live, you
begin to understand that cli-
mate change will completely
change our way of life. What
is the value of the elm you
cat* nrar in f 4~rnt of A ne9

wood and those who live
there, too."
Daily takes
a stand on
Kudos to The Michigan
Daily's editorial staff for
printing a resounding editori-
al ("Soapbox politics,"
10/14/97) in support of repro-
ductive choice for women!
As a former employee of
Planned Parenthood, I saw
first hand the experiences of
all types of women who were
contemplating the sometimes
difficult issue of abortion.
From I13-year-old girls who
were raped to older women
interested in exercising their
reproductive right, I've coun-
seled hundreds of women in
different circumstances.
From this experience, I've
learned that on this issue, the
only entities concerned
should be the woman, her
conscience, and her open-
minded doctor. This is espe-
cially true for women consid-
ering abortion in the third
trimester, as much more has
to be taken into consideration
in terms of the mixture of
emotions, the procedure, and
So, at a time when
womens lives are at stake in
bitter political battles in
Washington D.C., it's immea-
surably refreshing to see the
Daily take the legal. moral
and ethical high ground on
the issue of choice.
Lawsuits not
required to
get into 'U'
I am an engineering senior
at th University. I am having a
hard time understanding why
Jennifer Gratz and Patrick
Hamacher are suing the
University. I am a white male
from a smaller town in south-
western Michigan. I had a 3.6
and a 30 on the ACT. I was
waitlisted and ultimately
denied acceptance to the
University. Sure, I was very
disappointed. All I ever wanted
to do since I could remember
was go to U of M. I loved the
athletic programs while grow-
ing up. I also loved the high
level of academics at U of M.
My mother was very upset
when I didn't get accepted. But
instead of suing the University,
we just decided that I would go
to Western Michigan for three
cam ctarc, A tman trot,~

Bus system
leaves many
in the lurch
I was somewhat amused
to read the Daily's front-page
article "Students Gripe About
Bus Delays" (10/8/97). From
a headline that started out
realistic, writer Mike Spahn
certainly sold out his view-
point to the Transportation
Dept. officials and drivers he
quoted in the piece. How
could such a headline end up
supporting the farce of a ser-
vice offered by the University
bus system?
Not only are students not
served properly by the Big
Blue Blunders, neither are
the faculty or staff. With the
parking congestion and the
ludicrous permitnprices
imposed by the University,
the big push by the powers
that be is to get everyone to
'Ride the Blue Buses!'
Perhaps the Transportation
Dept. officials and their
comatose drivers can make
statements as to their incredi-
bly pathetic service being
"pretty well need-based at all
times" because they don't
have to rely on this so-called
service to get to work, class,
or home!
Not only are the buses
hopelessly dirty, almost
always late (in the absence of
traffic as well), but they are
not even held to a continual
schedule to serve the com-
munity. On my route, there
are 20 times when there is no
bus scheduled on that loop.
That means that expectant
riders can stand, while miss-
ing their classes, exams, jobs
and families, and wait up to
30 minutes for a 10-minute
bus ride! Or 40, if the driver
is really lousy, and can't even
keep ahead of the next bus
following on his/her tail. I
don't know of any other "ser-
vice" or business in the world
that discontinues service and
leaves customers deserted at
peak business hours. A con-
tinual service schedule must
be demanded of the bus ser-
In contrast, the AATA
buses run like clockwork, run
a continual schedule (darn
near always on time), and
provide riders with a true
service. The buses are clean
and safe, and drivers even
offer riders a smile and hello
to boot! None of these quali-
ties are available on the
University buses.
My repeated telephone
calls to the Transportation
Dept. have been met with lip
service. The dispatchers there
appear to be on another plan-
et with no knowledge of the
system or schedule and one
even said she has no control
over the buses. Apparently,
no one does. Why would the
u niversity snnd stat tx-

We're tired, sic
and stressed out
come on, '4
give us a break!
A weekend can seem like eternity.
More often, it can seem like what
it is - approximately 55 hours
including Friday night. And 55 wee
end hours usually go by as if they were
What it never
seems like is a
real break - a
real chance to
relax, decom-
press and recov-
er after a long
week, which
gets more than
its I 3-hour
share of energy EGAN
and stress. After SCHIMPF
three or four PR~ESCRIP'TIONS,
midterms, it's
hard to get really excited about a nor-
mal-length weekend.
It's even harder to hit the books
again the morning after an exam, or
even Monday morning.
This is why the University needs t
schedule a fall break.
Imagine how relaxing four days -
103 hours, including the night before
- sound. You can just feel those mus-
cles in your neck, the ones you never
knew you had, losing a little of the ten-
sion of the past week.
It would be difficult to find a student
who would turn down a sanctioned
vacation. Some faculty members
would also heartily agree.
But even more important than th
any-old-vacation concept is the idea
that the rest of the term would be much
easier to tackle given a short breather
in the middle. Time to get away to
recharge. Time to sleep. Time to
explore Ann Arbor and beyond. Time{
to pursue hobbies and whatever the
heart and mind desire.
Thanksgiving is too late in the term,
and too busy with family obligation'
for most people. By that time, ths
countdown to finals is sounding as
loudly as Burton Tower.
Many other schools around the
country have fall breaks, some com-
bined with Columbus Day. And while
the University generally should not do
anything just because everyone else is
doing it, academic standards at these
schools - including Notre Dame,
Williams College, Duke Universit
and the University of Virginia -- ha
not collapsed.
Several graduate schools give stu-
dents that time off to interview for
summer jobs and internships, or sim-
ply to visit these programs.
Undergraduate students, especially
seniors applying to graduate school or
for jobs, could benefit from this time
for the same reason. Most end up
missing classes otherwise.
By taking off either Thursday ani
Friday or Monday and Tuesday, the
University would take equal instruc-
tional time away from almost all class-
es, except for some discussion sections
that could either be rescheduled or
simply cancelled, which is what hap-
pens in winter term because of the
Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.
Taking two more days away from fall
term, which is already shorter than
winter term, would necessitate startin
a few days earlier. Again, many uni-
versities begin classes before Labor
Day. Even at the University, the
Medical School and the School of

Dentistry begin in the middle of
August. By then, most people are
ready to start anyway. Summer and its
fun have passed. The momentum is
The idea of a mid-term break is
accepted and expected in winter te
- imagine a life without spring break.
And yet, why do we need a week off in,
March more than in October? If we
need that time to get away near the end
of winter, why not near the beginning?
In March, students and faculty will
use that week to catch up, rest up and
rev up for the remaining two months.
Why aren't we given the same oppor-
tunity in the fall?
In this, the time of sniffles, cough
and yawns that threaten to worsen,
few low-stress days would give every-
one's body the chance to build its
defenses back up, which could save
some class days down the road and
relieve everyone who sits near students
who are sick.
There are logical reasons to enroll
for a class that requires a major paper
or project during winter term because,
at the very least, students can do som
reading or research that will help t
eventually finish the project. In most
cases, and for the very dedicated it
would be possible to complete the
assignment duringthat week with no
classes or other obligations.
A long weekend would give profes-
sors and graduate student instructors

ththe city would qualify for federal fund-
in#-that would provide for a more spacious
living network. Robinson's verbal guarantee
has not come through, and now thousands of
tenants are without permanent homes.
Something needs to be done so that public
housing is not destroyed without a commit-
ment to provide tenants with permanent
The Saginaw Tenants Organization fierce-
ly obeted to the total destruction of the pro-
ject because they knew there was no binding
guarantee that HUD would provide the
money for a new development. In an era of
downsizing government and spending, fewer
dollars have been appropriated to this neces-
sary Jegislative division, and consequently,
smiler cities like Saginaw have not fared
well, But this does not justify the destruction

serious questions about the federal housing
agency and its dramatic decisions to tear
down large housing projects without the
guarantee of new development construc-
tion. HUD is an extremely important part of
the federal government and it provides a
necessary to service to people who cannot
afford housing in the open market.
Decisions of tremendous magnitude, such
as the funding of the deconstruction of an
entire housing project, should be examined
more closely because there is never a guar-
antee that the money will be allocated in
subsequent years to finance a replacement
project, leaving people without permanent
affordable homes.
In addition, policymakers must examine
more closely the tremendous ramifications
of cutting back on funding for important
organizations. Boundaries must be drawn
so that the government is able to provide
services more efficiently; instances like the
Daniel Heights debacle seriously question
the reckless way in which money is being

sary housing without a strong com-
to replace it with viable options.
n the project began two years ago,
s who had been paying rent that did
ed 30 percent of their income were




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