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September 09, 1988 (vol. 99, iss. 2) • Page Image 4

…OPINION Page 4 Friday, September 9, 1988 The Michigan Daily i1 te mbsrt a nerichigan Edited and managed by students at The Un iversity of Michigan Ignore the 'U' computer 'kickoff' \ / i Vol…

… advancement puts more and more information and computing power in the hands of everyone. For instance, the ability to learn arithmetic calculations is certainly less essential now due to the calculator. The…

…, the "Computer Kickoff '88 Information Booklet" argues the opposite of social re- sponsibility. Hornback is .a Prof. of English in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. Your "Kickoff '88…

…" pamphlet urges you to buy a personal computer. I'm not sure why the University of Michigan is en- gaged in the business of selling comput- ers, but it is. We didn't try to sell your predecessors pencil…

… of a hard-sell confidence person to buy a personal computer. "Some professors on campus require that students use microcomputers to com- plete assignments," according to Mr. Van Houweling. If that is…

… true, and you run into such a requirement, you should call your family's lawyer, or the Michigan Consumers Council, or the local Legal Aid Society. Don't put up with such non- sense. The Computer Czar…

… also advises you that, "regardless of how many Campus Computer sites are built, they are still likely to be crowded with people waiting in queues during the final weeks of each term." President…

… Duderstadt has spent three years - and a great deal of taxpayer's and students' money - building computer ac- cess sites around campus for those who want to use computers. The Chief Tech* nocrat, using the…

… sleaziest of advertising techniques, says that even if the President gives you 20,000 computer terminals, you'll still have to stand in line. If you. want to get ahead he argues, invest in a personal computer

…. That's perverse, to start with. It contra- dicts University policy and practice as well. And either the Personal Computer Pusher is wrong or President Duderstadt is wrong - and I'll bet that the…

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