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Page 12-Thursday, November 15, 1979-The Michigan Daily
KAPPA ALPHA PSI BRINGS THANKSGIVING TO THE NEEDY
Fraternity goes door-to-door in ood

collection

By BONNIE JURAN
Barbara, a housewife living in the
North Campus Village Green apar-
tinents, opened her door Tuesday night
only to be greeted by the following
monologue:
"Hi! My name is James Blessman Jr.
and I'm representing Kappa Alpha Psi
fraternity and we're having our annual
Thanksgiving food drive and I want to
know if you would like to, ah, donate some
nion-perishable canned goods for the
ah. . . , needy families of Ann Arbor so
they can, um, have a happy

Thanksgiving."
"THAT'S QUITE a speech," respon-
ded Barbara. "That is really very
good."
But, after recovering from the initial
shock of this somewhat unusual
greeting and after considering the fun-
blimg, improvisational monologue that
she had just heard, Barbara said, "Are
you by any chance a speech major?
No? Well, it's a good thing."
Barbara then proceeded to her kit-
chen and returned bearing four cans

of assorted food to give to the fraternity
member.
THIS WAS just one example of
the responses the brothers of
Kappa Alpha Psi received when attem-
pting to collect canned goods for lower
income families in Ann Arbor.
According to LSA Junior Rufus Reed,
the 40-member fraternity's vice-
polemarch who is in charge of all social
and community service projects, the
group has been involved in this
charitable activity for the past five
years.
"It's a drive we're very proud of,"
Rufus said. "We like to be able to help
people who are really in need at a time
when everyone is with their
families . . . we like to help people who
aren't as fortunate as us''
THE FRATERNITY, whose mem-
bers spend several hours a day going
from door-to-door, will be collecting.
food throughout this week.
Next Monday and Tuesday the group
will be distributing baskets of canned
goods and Thanksgiving turkeys t6 13
needy families whose names were ob-
tained from the Ann Arbor Community
Center. The Center is a non-profit
organization which provides counseling
and recreational activities to lower in-
come families in the immediate area.
Some of the apartment dwellers that
the group encountered at first were not
willing to help the cause. Tim, a
University senior, pointed to the left
side of his opened cupboard, which was
heavily stocked with food, and said,
"This is my roommate's"; he then
pointed to the empty right side of the
cupboard and said, "And this is mine."
But, after much persuasion by the
fraternity members, he consented to
donating two of his roommate's cans of
corn.
THE SOMEWHAT disorganized
group trudged through the cold and
PITCHER
at
668-8411

flurrying snow in order to collect the
cans. They jokingly asked each other
"what'd you get" as if they were trick-
or-treating on Halloween.
One graduate student 4sked the
group to wait a minute while he took a
look in his kitchen. "I've got something
in there that hasn't moved in a long
time," he said.
He returned with six cans of assorted
foods and received cheers and thanks
from all.
MOST PEOPLE who said they didn't
want to donate anything seemed to be a
little uneasy about refusing. One man
who initially declined to donate any
food, later followed the group to
another section of the apartment com-
plex in order to give three cans.
Some people were so bewildered by
the brother's request that they looked
into the bags of the previously-donated
canned goods in order to get ideas of
what they should give.
The fraternity members collected
between 200 and 300 cans of food on
: Tuesday and they seemed pleased with
their night's work.
Another fraternity, Phi Beta Sigma,
is now engaged in a similar activity. The
group is collecting canned food and
money in front of the Alumni Room in
the basement of the Michigan Union to
donate to the Mother Wattles's
missionary in Detroit. According to
Engineering junior Michael Bradley,
the fraternity's social action chairman,
they have been involved in this activity
for the past seven ybars.

-Daily Photo by PAUL ENGSTROM

Kappa Alpa Psi fraternity membersJames Blessnan Jr., Ken Gardner,
Greg Dawson, Philip Washington, and Raymond Johnson, plus helper Linda
White unload canned goods they collected Tuesday night. The food will be
distributed to needy families in Ann Arbor.

Northeast Iranian, earthquake.

kills 500, levels 18

00250
~Quk

A strong earthquake flattened at
least 18 villages in northeast Iran early
yesterday, killing at least 500- persons,
rescue workers said. Scores were
reported injured.
Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the
nation's revolutionary leader, called
the quake "tragic and frightening."
The tremor was felt in the holy city of
Mashhad, 500 miles east of Tehran, but
none of the famous domed mosques, tall
minarets, or other buildings there suf-
fered any damage.
SOURCES IN Masshad said bodies
were still being dug out by troops
rushed to the wide area of destruction.
Hundreds of peasants were said to be
homeless.
"It is possible the death-toll will ex-
ceed 1,000," said Mohammed Ali
Shirazi, reached by telephone from
Nicosia, Cyprus.
Shirazi, son of Ayatollah Ali Shirazi,
Mashhad's religious leader, said the
quake struck before dawn local time,

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illages
crumbling dwellings on top of thousan-
ds of sleeping villagers.
THE QUAKE measured 16.7 on the
Richter scale, the U.S. Geological Sur-
vey in Denver reported, but Tehran
radio, monitored in London, placed the
quake's magnitude at 5.6.
Tehran radio said the quake shook a
wide area of the province.from Tabas to
Ferdows and Gonabad. It said 280
bodies had been recovered from debris
in Qaen, 200 miels south of Mashhad.
The official Iranian Pars news agen-
cy said the epicenter of the quake was
150 miles south of Mashhad in mountain
country near Qaen, about 60 miles west
of the border with Afghanistan.
In a Tehran radio broadcast,
Khomeini said:
"We have received tragic and
frightening reports on the earthquake
in Khorasan and the extensive losses in
property and lives.. . I call on it (the
nation) to take immediate
steps . ,. This tragedy requires
everyone's help .."
EARTHQUAKES are frequent in
Iran, often taking many lives. A ,quake
measuring 6.7 on the Richter scale
struck about 270 miles south of
Mashhad Jan. 16, killing about 200 per-
sons, injuring many others and leveling
hundreds of structures. The Richter
scale is a measure of ground motion as
recorded on seismographs. Every in-
crease of one number means a tenfold
increase in magnitude. A quake
measuring six can cause severe
damage. A quake registering seven
represents a "major" quake.

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