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Page 8-Wednesday, January 24, 1979-The Michigan Daily
.Psychiatric patients
sue for better care
(Continued from Page 1)

LA VER TY RESIGNS POST:

MSA blasts FBI,

CIA probes

conform to the guidelines set forth by
Michigan mental health statutes. We do
so to the best of our ability."
THE KEY issue in the case is the
declaration by the plaintiffs that they
are being denied their right to fair and
humane treatment. The lawsuit
charges:
the plaintiffs are given negligently
prescribed and negligently supervised
dosages of medicine;
" the only substantial or concentrated
treatment or therapy that the patients
receive is heavy doses of medication,
causing them to become overly drowsy
and zombie-like;
.there are no activities available to the
plaintiffs that can be characterized as
treatment or therapy;
* although the majority of the patients
in CFP are black, there are no black
psychiatrists or clinicians on the staff;
the defendants and their employees
chronically abuse, neglect, and deny
treatment to the plaintiffs;
*tie defendants and their employees
treat the plaintiffs as if they were in a
prison or jail rather than'a treatment
facility.
The lawsuit seeks also damages of
$500 per day for each day since Meyer
assumed the directorship in 1976 in ad-
dition to the appointment of an official
- who would report directly to the
court - to take over operation of the
CFP. As well, the plaintiffs seek injun-
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their failure of providing treatment and
therapy to the plaintiffs and. . . from
continuing to provide... inhumane,
unsafe, and unsanitary living con-
ditions."
ATTORNEY for the plaintiffs, Kurt
Berggren, of the Wayne State Univer-
sity Law School Clinical Advocacy
Program, said the need for effective
treatment and therapy was the primary
reason for the litigation. "The lack of
treatment and therapy in an institution
has a two-fold effect. The patients
realize that with no treatment, there is
little likelihood of them getting out. On
the other hand, it is against the best in-
terests of society to have them sitting
a round and taking drugs, because if
they get let out they could be
dangerous."
Berggren added that it was fair to say
that some people would just as soon
lock them (the criminally insane) up
and throw away the key. "They (the
plaintiffs) feel that they're being
treated unfairly," he said. "The defen-
dants have 30 days to file an answer to
the charges or they lose the case by
default."
The lawsuit has been assigned to U.S.
-District Court Judge Fred Kaess of the
Eastern District of Michigan. No date
has been set for a hearing, although the
defendants must report back to the
court by February 16.

By JULIE ENGEBRECHT
The Michigan Student Assembly
(MSA) last night passed a resolution
opposing FBI and CIA investigations
into the legal, political, and religious
activities of foreign students at the
University. The resolution also urged
the University administration, faculty,
and Regents not to cooperate with the
two agencies in any such in-
vestigation.
By resolution, MSA also formalized
the relationship of the student presiden-
tial selection committee and the
assembly. (See related story, page 1.)
THE RESOLUTION condemning the
federal agencies' actions concerning
foreign students, which was approved

by consent, cited specifically the Carter
administration's call for an in-
vestigation of the Organization of
Iranian Moslem Students and the
Iranian Students Association. .
The resolution was introduced by
MSA vice president Kate Rubin, who
said she is aware of two University
foreign students who have been contac-
ted by the federal agencies.
"There are many foreign students on
the campus, and as MSA is a represen-
tative of students, it is important for us
to take a stand against the harassment
by the FBI and CIA," Rubin said. "The
agencies are infringing on peoples' con-
stitutional rights."
INCLUDED IN the resolution was a

budget allotment to provide $50.00 to
compile and print information about
students legal rights and means of
protection against harassment by in-
telligence agencies.
Also at the meeting, MSA Vice
President for Student Organizations
David Laverty announced his
resignation from the office, although he
will still retain his regular seat on the
Assembly for the duration of his term.
Laverty cited academic concerns, as
well as other interest, as reasons for his
resignation. "I don't want to stay if I'm
not going to be able to put time into the
job," he said.
MSA President Eric Arnson said the
Assembly will select a new MSA mem-
ber to hold the office next week.

Lave rty

Diggs won't seek subcommittee post

ByAPandUPI
WASHINGTON - Rep. Charles
Diggs (D-Mich.), announced yesterday
he would not seek reelection as chair-
man of a House subcommittee on
Africa while appealing his three-year
prison sentence conviction.
Diggs, who was convicted last Oc-
tober 29 of mail fraud and payroll pad-
ding, was reelected a month later by a
wide margin.
Diggs said he voluntarily
relinquished the post "to avoid a con-

frontation" that he said could work
against African interests.
Sources said Diggs decided to give up
the post after being told by House
Speaker Thomas O'Neill Monday night
that failure to do so could result in his
being stripped of his post. Sources also
said O'Neill urged Diggs to refrain
from voting while his appeal is in the-
courts.
But House members from both par-
ties vowed yesterday to pursue ethics
issues affecting Diggs, despite his
peace overture offer to give up the
chairmanship.
Rep. Peter Kostmayer, (D-Pa.), said
he would press ahead with two ethics
proposals that could lead to punishment
of the veteran Michigan Democrat.

"WE STILL need to change
procedures," he said.
One of Kostmayer's proposals would
deny a convicted congressman the right
to vote and take part in committees un-
til all his appeals are completed and he
serves his sentence.
The other would automatically put
the issue of expulsion before the House
as soon as a convicted member's ap-
peals are exhausted.
House rules now require a convicted
member to abstain from voting or par-
ticipating in committee business until
either cleared or reelected.
THE HOUSE Democratic Caucus,
which met yesterday to work on com-
mittee appointments, was expected to
take up the ethics issue later in the
week, perhaps today.

The ,caucus, made up of all
Democratic members, would have to
endorse Kostmayer's proposed rules
changes for, them to have a serious
chance of approval by the House.
"We need procedures and rules to
apply in this kind of case," Kostmayer
said. "The issue allows us to put aside
partisanship and personality and con-
centrate on a rule that would apply in
all this kind of cases."
BUT SOURCES in the House
Republican Conference said GOP
freshmen members are as determined
as Democrat Kostmayer to get
Congress to look into the Diggs issue.
The conference, made up of all House
GOP members, voted last week to ask
Diggs to refuse the subcommittee
chairmanship and abstain from voting
until his appeal is completed.

MSA formalizes tie
a e
to search committee
(Continued from Page 1)

Farr was meant as a "formality"
which woulddefinesthe committee's
relationship to MSA, aroused strong
opposition by assembly member
Joseph Pelava. Pelava, a strong op-
ponent of student participation in the
selection process, wanted the resolution
amended to include conditions when the
committee would dissolve itself.
"I WOULD like to see spelled out the
conditions under which they (the com-
mittee) would recommend their
dissolution," he said.

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But Pelava's amendment was not
seconded. The resolution was passed 16-
1, with two abstentions.
Supowit stressed that the resolution
provided a "presumption to the
recommendations of the committee,"
but that all decisions will be made in
conjunction with MSA. The resolution
states that "MSA will maintain close
communication with the committee to
ensure that MSA remains familiar with
the development of the presidential
selection process.'"
SUPOWIT ALSO said the student
committee met with interim University
President Allan Smith Monday night to
discuss the duties and powers of the
president. Supowit called the two-hour
session "very productive" and ex-
plained that the president's powers
were largely undefined.
"So much of what the president does
depends on his own personality,"
Supowit said.
The student search committee, which
has not yet submitted its statement on
the needs of the University to the
Regents, will hold an open meeting
tonight to receive input on those needs
from the University community. The
meeting is scheduled for 7:30 in the
Kuenzel Room of the Michigan Union.

(Continued from Page 1)
BUT THE FORMER cabinet
member added that Carter's plan to cut
the Social Security benefits even more
substantially for the 1981 and 1982 fiscal
years might be more successful and
therefore warrant strong lobbying effor-
ts against the cuts.
Cohen will be the chairman of the new
organization. Other members of the
group include Eleanor Smeal of the
National Organization for Women,
Aaron Henry's National Black Oaucus
on Aging, William Hutton of the
National Council of Senior Citizens, and
representatives from the Coalition of
Citizens with Disabilities.
"We'll try to organize politically with
all the different groups to make sure
Social Security benefits hold the line
and defeat the cut proposals made by
the government," said Cohen.
COHEN EMPHASIZED the major
portion of the coalition's effort will be
geared to convincing Washington
legislators that any long-term cuts in
Social Security would be detrimental to
the nation's poor, black, elderly, and
unemployed.
In its proposed $532 billion budget for
the 1980 fiscal year, the Carter ad-
ministration announced plans to end
Social Security child support benefits
for parents after the youngest child
reaches the age of 16, reduce benefits
for post-secondary students aged 18 to
21, eliminate a $255 lump-sum death
benefit, and end minimum benefits for
future retired persons.
Under the current system, when a
worker dies, retires, or becomes
diabled, his widow, son or daughter
becomes eligible for Social Security
benefits until the youngest child
reaches the age of 18. The ad-
ministration-backed proposal would
save the federal government a substan-,

tial amount of money but Cohen asser
that these savings would add econom
perils for the disabled, widows ar
their families.
"THIS MEANS WHEN a wido
reaches the time when her younge
child becomes 16, she must then
back to work to earn a living. And th
ruins the whole essence of the Soci
Security system," he said.
Also, he said, the cutback in benefi
handed down to college students of
deceased worker would endanger t]
ability of many of the nation's youths
pay their tuition costs.
"I don't think Carter rates educati
very highly on his list of priorities.
would urge people to make him accoi
plish more in this area," said Cohe
who created the 1965 legislation
benefit college students.
COHEN CONTENDS that while t
administration's Social Securi
slashes are "dead" for this year, he st
believes the overall attempt by t
government to fight inflation would w
strong approval on Capitol Hill.
"He should get his general objectiv
achieved. Social Security won't pa.
Defense should get through. The rest
the proposals are up in the air," he sal
Cohen said he expects a lot of cro.
department transferring of fun
before the final budget is ratified1
Congress in September. Since t
deadline for budget approval is si
months away, Cohen said any numb
of economic and political co
siderations could ultimately for
Congress or the administration
initiate major revisions of the budget
"IF IN THE beginning of Septemb
the economy seems to be slowing dow
Congress may decide changes in t
budget are necessary to initiate mo
programs to raise the employme
rate," said Cohen.

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He did seem deeply concerned;
however, that any decisions on the
amount of Social Security benefits
would be more lasting than the
proposed allotments to other federal
departments.
Also, Cohen mentioned that the SociaI
Security cutbacks introduced a major
theoretical modifiction in the gover-
nment's attitude toward the nation's
disadvantaged.
"That change raises many questions
for the future. The proposal is too vast a
policy switch in too quick a time. It
must be studied more," he said.

Cuts in Social Security fought

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es participation, he says, creates a literary
ss. audience that is uniquely responsive to
of the art.
id. Informal gatherings of old friends
ss- were an important activity of the con-
ds vention. Author Joe Haldeman, a toga
by clad fan, and a University professor of
he English gather in a room to sing filk
till songs. Filk songs are SF tales that have
er been set to folk tunes.
gn- The highpoint of the weekend was the
ce second annual masquerade ball, which
to took place in two crowded convention
studios. Laser light images were
per displayed on the walls, and a loud
in, music system cranked out dance music
he that ranged from classical to pop.
re Tired dancers from the ball dotted
ent the hallways, resting from the crowded
parade of costumed figures. One young
man, dressed in Chewbacca (the
Wookie), had taken off his furry head
mask to cool off for a few moments. The
scene was a study in bizarre contrasts: a
wookie speaking to a woman in a full
cut skirt and a low bodice. Only here,
the scene seemed perfectly natural.
The whirl of other wordly costumes
seems to bother no one but the "mun-
danes." Mundanes are non-SF fans in
attendance, and are readily identified
by their normal attire.
For those in the Stylagi Air Corps, the
weekend was an even blend of business
and pleasure. But no matter how much.
work goes into a con, those who put
them on seemingly never stop thinking
bout the next one.
Sunday, as Corps members bade
farewell to all those who had lasted out
the weekend's festivities, the excited
call went out: "See you next month, at
the con in Wichita, Kansas."
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