The Michigan Daily -- Friday, January 26, 2001 -- 7
Dear Mrs. Landlady,
The critter dwelling in my ceiling is
aking my nights hell. It gnaws the shit out
of the house and makes it very difficult for
me to sleep. Please, please send an extermi-
Hello baby, I'm gone, good-bye ... half a
cup of rock and rye. I'd just like to thank the
Daily for giving me the opportunity to tell
orty thousand people to "take three tabs of
cid or a few hits from the crack pipe,"
How the paper gets out everyday - I
will never understand. How the paper gets
distributed everyday - I will never know.
But of all the things that I will always
emember is that ... WEEKEND ROCKS!!!
Furthermore, GO WEEKEND!!!
WEEKEND, ETC. EDITOR
I told myself I wouldn't hit the delete
key this time around. I've made too many
,efforts to begin this - the last time my
words will appear in the Michigan Daily
and the first time they'll appear under my
wn name. Since the day in September
997 when I walked into edit board just in
time to meet some friendly guests from
8AMN, working for the Daily has been a
-strange and wonderful adventure, and I
will treasure the memories (and my single
The rest is silence.
The Daily's been fun, is not the spawn
of satan, and is even welcoming of some
conservatives (relatively speaking). While
I'm often the odd man out (be it by being
conservative or the only one sober writing
his sign off), the Daily has nonetheless
provided an enjoyable experience. For the
record here is where the Daily has been
100 percent wrong, positions the Daily
should've taken instead: Abortion is mur-
der; the electoral college is a good idea; a
collection of liberal yuppies - diversity
does not make; Bush won the election and
deserves some respect; there is a God (he
goes by the name of Jesus); and "We agree
with Scott". Looking forward to all the
h a t e m a i I
(no hatemail please(,lycos.com). Much
thanks to IV, CCC and a very special lady
As time tends to blend together, I came
to the Daily a long time ago on a really cold
night with no clue where the Student Publi-
cations Building was. Wondering around
near the Frieze Building, I finally found the
building and was sucked into it.
Not even wanting to go into journalism,
I've still enjoyed every second of putting a
paper out, writing articles and seeing my
name in the paper the next day. While it's
been a ton of work, I couldn't imagine turn-
ing memories of the Daily in for anything.
While I'll be sticking around until the
end of a semester to finish my column
(Warning: Self-promotion - Read it!), I'll
truly miss the Daily when I leave. Thanks
everyone there for all the great times.
moods. You guys are what kept me sane.
To the staff of the Daily:
The first thank you is for helping me find
my life's work. One of the things I most
regret in my college career is not coming to
the Daily sooner. You guys have been my
family and I'm sorry for being the bratty
child. Please know that for every time I
complained, what I really wanted to say was
thank you for letting me be a part of this
your lives and this amazing thing called the
I bow in thanks to those who hired me
and helped me along the way. I never got to
P.T. Anderson but I did learn just how far a
press kit can fly when thrown across the
room (quite a ways, if you put your arm into
I don't like green bananas or anything
"shiek" but I love the Daily. This paper
shaped my college life and myself as a per-
son. I have worked at "professional" papers
but I have never found the idealism and
committment that I found here. If you work
here, you will find yourself hated by every-
one outside of the building because your
articles are fair. But it's all worth it. I once
threw up a green banana. They wouldn't let
me write about ponies in the articles so,.
are ponies made into dogfood like horses, or
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CK: And what about writers over the years?
Daily alums have gone on to work at essentially
every major publication in the U.S. - does any-
one in particular stick out as especially talented?
TMD: Without a doubt, that would have to be
CK: Oh, playwright Arthur Miller? Sure, he
was an editor during-
TMD: No, I meant James Miller. from Miller
on Tap. Man, that guy had some great columns.
Say what you want about "Death of a Salesman,"
but "Songs that make the white girls dance"?
CK: What about current Daily staffers? How
do they measure up?
TMD: Mostly in feet and inches, but some-
times they go metric.
CK: Actually, I meant in terms of work ethic.
TMD: Right, right. Frankly, I don't think they
get the respect they deserve. People have no idea
how much work these kids put in day after day,
on top of their classes, on top of their social lives.
These staffers choose to put me first, and when
they start to do that, they're committing to some-
thing a lot greater than they may at first realize.
CK: What do you mean by that?
TMD: Well, your average college student goes
to class during the day, works a few hours at a
part-time job, maybe goes to a student group
meeting, and then they get to go home and catch
re-runs of Seinfeld in syndication. But for these
Daily kids, that's when they're just getting going,
just getting started on their work.
And I don't mean studying for their classes-
I mean the real work that will actually benefit
these kids down the road. Think about it: They're
writing, editing and designing a real newspaper
five days a week. There are professional journal-
ists getting paid thousands of dollars to do the
exact same thing, and they don't have to then go
home at 2 a.m. and start a poli-sci paper that's
due in seven hours.
CK: I see these Daily staffers every day, work-
ing under deadline, learning communication
skills, ethics, you name it. It's some of thelbest
job training you could ask for, and they're doing
it all on their own terms. There aren't any profes-
sors or advisors walking around the newsroom
-- everything these kid:; earn, they learn from
their older peers, and they all learn from experi-
And that's how it should be. You have gradu-
ates coming out of these formal, supposedly
"acclaimed" journalism schools who've learned
about election coverage from their textbooks;
Daily staffers learned about it on the campaign
trail. When editors at a school-run college paper
need to make a decision, they ask their professor;
when Daily staffers need to make a decision, they
decide for themselves.
And when that decision is to dedicate them-
selves to the Daily, they choose a lot of long
nights, a lot of Wendy's and a lot of thankless
efforts. But they also choose one of the best edu-
cational experiences the University has to offer
and, you know what, that's something they'll
CK: The Michigan Daily, I think I love you.
TMD: I know, my son, I know.
- Chis Kula can be rcached via email at
e/wla('a ai l'h.edu.
Obviously, I've lost it, sir, since I'm not
leaving yet. But I'd like to say thanks to
Cdog and Berka for helping me through hard
times here. Thanks also to the seniors.
And to everyone else, see you on Sunday.
"Your piss-ant soldiers make me laugh
when they try to act tough. If Matrix were
here, he would laugh too."
I joined up for the free stuff. Forget about
writing, editing and the people I was going
to meet. CD's, concerts, movies. As far as I
Before I get too mushy, I would like to
thank "the civilians" in my life for being
putting up with my long hours and foul
A few "thanks" are in order:
To my Dad: My hero and my best
friend. He gave me the tools. To the US
Army and the 1st Ranger Battalion: Who
turned a boy into a man. To all my friends,
especially the men of the Sigma Chi Fra-
ternity: It would have been dull without
y'all. To James "Miller on Tap" Miller: I
wouldn't be here without you, bro. Last,
and most importantly, to everyone out
there who has ever read my column. Love
it or hate it, as long as I made you think,
I'm happy. I will miss you more than I can
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