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Wednesday, March 26, 1969 Ann Arbor, Michigan Page Three
Never walk alone
- not even in the daytime
By JIM BEATTIE
"I'd take a train, a plane or even a bus before
I'd take a ride with someone who advertised on
a bulletin board."
"I'm not going out at night alone."
All over campus, the female mood yesterday
was one of fear, as coeds reacted to the finding
of a second slain girl in the Ann Arbor area.
The murders, coupled with the slayings of two
Eastern Michigan University coeds surrounded by
similar circumstances during the last two years.
may at least for a while end the traditional
casual attitude of University girls about their own
Response to advertisements for rides on the
Union bulletin boards will undoubtedly fall off,
as girls remember that a murdered University law
student supposedly took a ride advertised on a
bulletin board on the day she disappeared.
A South Quad coed yesterday said she would
not accept any offer if someone answered her
ad for a ride to Columbus, Ohio. "Now I'd never
take a ride from the Union board," she said,
As soon as they were informed about the find-
ing of the second body yesterday, two Residential
College girls also decided to cancel a trip to Chi-
cago planned for next weekend.
Many girls said that the news of the murders
had prompted calls from worried mothers. "My
mother even called me twice-once after she
heard about each killing," one girl explained.
"She told me not to walk alone-not even in
the daytime," she added.
Some coeds did not seem so concerned that
they might be raped or robbed, but only that
they might lose their lives.
"Just as long as we don't get killed, the rest is
not so important," one girl explained.
But almost all the girls said that they would
still be more careful. Residential College coeds,
who admit that they often wander out at night,
said they would be more reluctant to go out now.
"I'd have to be in really dire need to go any
place now," one Residential College girl said.
Other girls, however, were not as concerned
about the situation.
"It's something that I've known happened all
along, and there is no reason to change my mind
now. But I might walk a little faster and look
at, every bush a little more carefully," she ad-
Another girl from South Quad said, "I know
I'll be thinking about it." But she added that she
would continue to walk alone on campus as al-
Some girls said that they felt safer on campus
than in residential areas because it is better lit
and more populated.
And other coeds said that they would continue
to use the bulletin board system for rides. "I'd
just be surer that I had talked to the person a
little more than I would have before," a girl from
"I'd really have to want to get there, and I'd
be pretty sure there were other people going
along, but I'd still take a ride," another girl said.
And an entire group of girls admitted that
if they really wanted to go somewhere, they could
always "find lots of rationalizations for going."
Some students discounted the importance of
the whole affair.
"I live in Manhattan, where it happens twice
a day, not twice a week or twice a year," said one
Another student pointed out that the effect
of the murders will probably not last very long.
"Right now the murders have weakened the
force of the idea that 'it can't happen to me,' but
we're all pretty careless, and soon we'll be acting
as though nothing had ever happened," she ex-
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movement toward settlement of munist-
ts the war, said informants here. months
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direct, secret negotiations with the other.
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touched on several major aspects and the
of the Vietnam situation, Thieu four-sid
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talk about withdrawing any of the swit
the 540,500 American troops now
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by The Associated Press and College Press Service
ARMY DOCTORS reported yesterday they are uncertain if
former President Eisenhower will survive his latest heart prob-
Eisenhower suffered a flarup Monday of a previous episode of
severe congestive heart failure. Physicians at the Walter Reed Army
Hospital said his condition has not worsened, but "the eventual out-
look remains guarded."
The five-star general entered the hospital last May after his
fourth coronary heart attack. In the meantime he has suffered three
more and has undergone major surgery for an intestinal obstruction
before his present attack of congestive heart failure.
* * *
A FOUR-POWER MEETING on the Middle East situation
is expected soon, a U.S. spokesman said yesterday.
Bilateral talks on the subject have been going en in Wrshington
and New York, and he said it appears, they are likely to lead to a meet-
ing of the four permanent members of the Security Council in the
The United States, the Soviet Union, Britain and France started
the bilateral talks Feb. 11 with the object of producing the basis of
four-power meetings on settling the Arab-Israeli conflict.
PAKISTANI PRESIDENT MOHAMMED AYUB KHAN turn-
ed control of his government over to the military yesterday.
His resignation came after four months of rising violence in the
nation of 120 million.
Gen. Yahya Khan, the army's commander in chief, was appointed
chief martial law administrator and supreme commander of Pakistan's
armed forces. The military has banned all strikes, political meetings,
Ayub, a retired army field marshal, had announced last fall after
a student-sparked political uprising that he would not seek re-election
at the end of his term in January, 1970.
* * *
PRESIDENT NIXON AND PRIME MINISTER TRUDEAU of
Canada concluded their first series of talks yesterday.
Aides said the discussion included the antiballistic missile sys-
tem and its implications for Canada.
Additional bilateral meetings-among top U.S. and Canadian of-
ficials were scheduled to discuss trade and economic matters.
A joint statement issued at the White House quoted Nixon as say-
ing there had been some areas of disagreement but many more areas
of agreement during their talks. It said Trudeau approved of this as-
Nixon emphasized the candor and cordiality of the talks. He
accepted Trudeau's invitation to visit Cana;a at a later date.
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