Alway's an apocalyptic event, this New Year's Eve usliercd in the Chinese Year of the Rabbit , a time of turhultuous cliange. They say that the only constant is cliange. so by tumultuous we mean the intensification of that constant. Ancient Rome took hundreds of years to rise and fall. The United States of America has taken only ihirty. lts empire sprang from the smoking ruins of World War 11 and swiftly bought its way into every corner of the globe. Once the niaster, the IJS is being dealt some of the harsh economie realities il has dealt the rest of the world for three decades. We think '75 will prove a landmark year in the decline of the American Empire at home and abroad. The SUN's first issue of the new year attempts to look back at ll)74 and forward . to 1975. "The Stories Walter Cronkite Missed" re -examines Watergate, the SI A, the economie plunge and the CIA scandals. We think Walter didn't always know the real story or f he did, he couldn't teil it. But we have to admit '74 saw the media at its most candid in decades. We review CBS News reporter Dan Rather's book "The Palacc Guard" in the rear of this paper, a sordid tale of crimes perpetrated by the men who controlled access to President Nixon. Nixon may be gone but Henry Kissinger is a staple of our national and world life. We examine some of his predictions and include some of our own by Crystal-Balling with Dr. Strangelove in the midst of au economy gone wild and rampant rumors of renewed war in the Middle 1 ast. Astrologically, as outlined in this issue, Uranus is the cosmic symbol for the new year. The planet of revolution, Uranus in Scorpio is said to intensify social change. Speaking of which, on the local front, we hope to see the demise of Mayor Jim Stephenson in Ann Arbor and Pólice Chief Krasny as the Republicans are finally swept from office this April. Unemployment will be a password for '75. Ann Arbor's neighbor Ypsilanti. largely a car industry town. will be hard hit with perhaps one quarter of its people out of work this coming year. The agony of the MESC lines and the welfare office are examined inside the feature "Hard Times Hit Ypsilar Likc many other towns around based on auto faetones, Ypsi is experiencing the Big 3's inability to sell cars like they used to, having saturated the market. The Energy Crisis is likely to intensify, both real and fabricated. Solar Engineer Rich McMath peeks inside these pages at the arguments against nuclear power from both an environmental and social view point, and presents the solar alternative power companies are not developing because of its deeentrali.ed nature... A different kind of energy. the life-aura surrounding all living things. is pictured inside through the scientific method of Kirlian Photography. Kirlian is challenging traditional perceptions of what is, indeed, reality. You may have noticed that tliis issue the SUN lias a new logo and Cornial inside. The new year has brought changes our way as well, as we try and reach out lo more of our potential readership in southeastern Michigan. We hope you'll tlnd the new, thicker bi-weekly SUN an improvement both visually and in terms of in-deplh analysis you won 't find in the status quo's media outlets. Witli the new t'ormat, Paper Radii) is now a local news column by City Editor KUen Hof f man. The old Planet News lias giveii way to a world interpretaflve nmnd-up to be dubbed Informed Souroes, by Pun Plamondon. Beyond thal. we will continue BUI regular review features, such as this issue's record, book, movie and concflTi reviews, and the interview with jazzrock pioneei Chick Corea. Aaothei ol tl ie SUN's New Ye;ir activities is om Inends of the SUN student organiation's International Film Series, bringing flicksofl rcvolution throughoul the globe to Modern Language Building on the U-M campus. The series begin t lus Wednegday with Z, the well-known film of turmorl in Greece. On January 15 the senes w il I present the Midwest premiei of a major Third World movie, entitled "The Promised Land", Chiles firsl widescreen color epic with a siunnmg musical sepre. Because "Promised Land" was completed only months before the military coup of September 11, 1973, the film's contemporary liistorical parallels are trtily appaient. One of the tragic Lronies of the production is thai man) of the peasants who appear in the film were actually killed during t lic coup by the junta which overtlirew President Allende. I he film's director, Miguel Littin. lus lumselt' now in cxile. "Promised 1 and" is based on historica! events of the '30s when the worldwide depression crealed social upheaval iluoughout Chile and eventually led to the establishment of the first, although short -li ved, socialist republic in the Ame ricas. The film will be shown January I Si h , Wednesday, in tlie MI.B at 7 & () pm, with admission only SI. 50. MUSIC NEWS: Heginning next issue, notes such as those that t'ollow will appeai in a regulai music column ín the rear section of the paper, lint foi now . so mi won't miss out, take note that : Guitarist Mick Taylor, who quit the Kolling Stones last week, hasjoined a new group being formed by ex-Creamstei Jack Bruce, which will also include the free )a pianist Carla Bley, a leading figure in the improvisational Jazz Composer's Orchestnu Should provean interesting combo... ExDoor Ray Manzarek has jusl completed his second album, entnled " I he Wholc 1 hing Started with Rock and Koll, Now t Oul of Control." I he lp features John Klemmer, Joe Walsh, Flo and Eddie and Iggy Pop. Rolling Stone magazine, which has been featuring some perceptive politica! and news commentary in addition to its music coverage. has just named a new chiet. 1 1 ïo new "President and C'hicl Operating Officer" is Richard Irvine, forme rly ín marketing at Campbell soup, and more recently President of Disney EducatiunaJ Media... Irwin Allen, the producer ol' disaster movies such as 'The Towering Inferno" has a new one in the works. This time its "The Swarm," about a pack of human-killing South African honey bees which are transplanted to South America, then move north to attack the US. Hollywood present; a great picture - the past is nosialgically wonder f ui, the future portends disaster. One final note. Tliey had to pull out the tables and chairs at the Blind Pig for Radio King last week to satiate the dance thirsty crowd.
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