THE MICHIGAN DAISY
Sunday, Jonuary 18, 1970
THE MICHIGAN DAILY Sunday, January 18, 1970
(omen across nation
orry about 'The Pill'
MAY DIE OUT
Fraternity system faces crisis
By The Associated Press
Alarmed women across the na-
tion have been calling up their
doctors after learning of testi-
mony before a Senate subcommit-
tee about possible hazards of birth
Many doctors questioned in an
Associated Press sampling com-
plained that last week's testimony
had caused an unwarranted care.
Others, however, said they h a d
not received as many calls as an-
The wave of concern was gen-
erated by two :sessions of Wis-
consin Sen. Gaylord Nelson's
monopoly subcommittee. E i g h t
birth control specialists testified
and reviewed studies linking "the
pill" to a variety of disorders, in-
cluding cancer of the breast, cervix
In Omaha, Neb., two gynecolo-
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"There should be more people at
this meeting than there were at
the last one," says Grobe. There.
were nine people at the last meet-r
ing and Grobe believes that Lasser
may have inadvertently caused a
"It wasn't on purpose," says
Grobe, "but it was as mistake and
he (Lasser) will have to face up
The counter-proposal Grobe
hopes to pass asks for five students
on the administrative board and
all-student hearing boards. "If this
is not accepted," says Grobe, "I
wil immediately move that the
Assembly ignore all other pro-
Grobe also emphasizes the in-
terim nature. of his proposal. "I
think it should only be temporary,
until all problems like student dis-
cipline are handled on the Uni-
versity level where they belong,"
The Washtenaw County Build-
ing and Construction Trades
Council will have a ratification
meeting on a new contract, agree-
ment tomorrow at 4:30 p.m, The
meeting will be held at their un-
ion hall, 530 W. Michigan Ave.
The head of the union nego-
tiating team, Jack Wheatley, said
that the Union negotiating group
would unanimously recommend
ratification. Some 280 University
employees are members of the
gists reported "surprisingly little
reaction" and "very few calls."
But a third, Dr. William C. Boel-
ter, said "the phone's been ring-
ing its head off because of these
articles and it's unfortunate. Wom-
en are scared, and it's been over-
A leading Minneapolis gynecolo-
gist said: "We're getting a lot of
kickback. Women are coming in
to say they are stopping the pills."
Said Dr. Ernest Scher, Balti-
more gynecologist: "There's been
a deluge of calls about it. Women
a-:e completely confused a n d
scared to death about this testi-
"My advice to the patient is that
I am not convinced that this evi-
dence is complete," Scher said.
"However, if thepatient has great
anxiety, then on this basis alone:
they ought to go to some other
form of contraception."
There, however, is the rub. Most
gynecologists agree that the estro-
gen pill is the most effective birth
control device there is - both
because of the way is works and
because it is easy to take.
Dr.. Robert I. Ayerst, a gyne-
cologist in a New Orleans suburb
said that when women call, "we
tell them that the pill is safer than
being pregnant. We tell them
also that there is no relationship
proved between the birth control
pill and cancer."
"Aspirin kills more .. patients
than any other drug on the mar-'
ket," he said. "And if you com-
pare the birth control pill with a
coil, which is inserted in the
uterus, the coil is more danger-
ous than the birth control pill."
Dr. Ayerst explained' that the in-
tra uterine device occasionally
"The mortality rate of women
on the pill is 3 per 100,000. The
mortality rateof pregnant women
is 8 times that. The mortality rate
among football players per sea-
son is roughly 12 times that-35
per 100,000. .
"We aren't really dealing with a
dangerous drug when you consider
the alternative of pregnancy."
But, he said, "I think the po-
tential danger of cancer result-
ing from oral contraceptives h a s
been blown out of proportion to
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Jaffe says. "The idea of brother-
hood didn't really exist."
Ex-Tau Delta Phi member Doug
Moran regretted joining. "It took
a lot of money to see it was some-
thing I just didn't want. I real-
ized I did a lot of dumb things
like hell - week which are sort
of embarrassing to remember,"
Moran says now.
The dearth of fraternity mem-
bers has posed financial as well
as institutional problems. At least
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only eight students have graduated
under the program so far and
none have applied for graduate
"But the degree as such will not
be evidence for judging against
students," says Assoc. Dean Byron
Groesbeck of Rackham graduate
"A student's background in his
subject is the most important con-
"I can imagine individual ad-
missions committee members being
against the degree for one reason
r another," Groesbeck says, "but
I think-it's unlikely there would
be a whole department with a pre-
A stronger working relationship
between the business administra-
tion school and the business com-
munity is foreseen in the Business
School Associates Program ap-
proved Friday by the Regents.
The program will enable cor-
porations to pay an annual par-
ticipation fee in return for such
considerations as receipt of busi-
ness school publications4 and re-
search reports, availability of con-
sultations with faculty members,
and special executive seminars for
Similar programs with business
firms are well established at other
major business schools, such as
those at Harvard a n d Stanford
three houses-Acacia, Tau Delta Xi President Dale Jurcisin. Be-
Phi and Phi Kappa Psi - have sides the changing image, he
closed in the last year and a half noted, the Greek system has also
while at least four others-Phi loosened rush policy and eased the
Epsilon Pi, Sigma Alpha Mu, formality and rigid structure of
Alpha Delta Phi and, just recently, rush.
Zeta Beta Tau-have taken in'
In the face of these losses, the
fraternity system is working fev-I
erishly to reverse the trend. Onej
weapon is the Interfraternity
Council rush booklet. It plays on
the new fraternity image, which'
"offers a liberal atmosphere stress-
ing the diverse, well-rounded in- l
"It's like a product you have to
sell," says ATO's Cotner. "So far
we've been doing a bad job, but
now we realize our position and!
are racing against the clock."
"We're now on an all-out cam-
paign to get pledges," adds Thetal
The fraternities have taken a
more aggressive attitude toward
potential pledges. IFC this year
provided houses with lists of
freshmen who had registered for
rush but not pledged. The lists
were used over the winter vaca-
tion by fraternity members who
contacted freshmen from their
home towns to see if they might
still be interested in joining.
But despite these efforts, some
Greeks remain pessimistic.
"Our house has a defeatist at-
titude," says Cotner. "The campus
mood seems to be so anti-frater-
nity that it has created a sense of
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