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The Michigan Daily-Saturday, February 10, 1979-Page 7
Experiential learning programs

Jury-tampering probe ordered

From UPI, AP, and Reuter
The Justice Department decided
yesterday to conduct a jury-tampering
investigation concerning the lone juror
who held out to acquit Rep. Daniel
Flood of bribery and perjury charges.
The Flood case ended in a mistrial
last week when the jury declared itself
U.S. Dsitrict Judge Oliver Grasch,
who declared the mistrial, recently
disclosed that late in the deliberations,
he received a note from a juror concer-
ned about statements made by the lone
holdout for acquittal.
GASCH SAID the holdout, William
Cash, reportedly told hi tolleagues at
one point that a "confi itial source"
.gave him damagaing im mation about
three key prosecution witnesses. .
Justice Department spokesman
Terrence Adamson said yesterday that
Assistant Attorney General Philip
Heymann, "based on information
reported about the statements made
during the Flood jury deliberations, has

determined that, in the best interest of,
the administration of justice, an inquiry
should be opened into those reports."
"The FBI is being instructed to con-
duct such an inquiry," Adamson said.
HE SAID A decision "on whether to
move for a retrial of Mr. Flood will be'
made at a later date."
Flood, 75, has been hospitalized for
exhafstion since the trial, and Justice
Department officials have conceded his
age and frailty will be factors in any
decision on whether to prosecute him
The New York Times, quoting sour-
ces closely familiar with the case,
reported Cash as having told the others
that a confidential source had informed'
him that three of the witnesses against
Flood had stolen $176,000 from the
congressman and that he had
discovered the loss when a check he
wrote for $46,000 bounced.
concerned because the information
Cash allegedly imparted to the other

jurors was similar to that contained in a
year-old FBI report. That report was
based on statements from Stephen
Elko, a former aide to Flood, who was
the chief government witness against
the congressman.
Officials report figures similar to
those offered by Cash were contained in
Elko's statements to the FBI a year
Elko reportedly told investigators
that Flood said in 1970 that a member of
the congressman's staff had taken part
in an effort to steal $175,000.
The New York Times quoted Cash as
saying he had not heard of Flood before
the trial and did not have any outside
contacts during the three weeks the
jury was sequestered while the trial
was in progress.
Flood was accused of taking more
than $50,000 in payoffs in return for
using his influence as chairman of an
important congressional subcommittee
on health, education and welfare.

Belgian troops sent into Zaire

KINSHASA, Zaire (AP)-Belgium's
decision to send 250 paratroopers to this
former Belgian colony in central Africa
stems from critical food shortages,
unrest among ill-paid Zairian troops
and the need to show support for
President Mobuto Sese Seko,
diplomatic sources said yesterday.
Belgian Foreign Minister Henri
Simonet told news editors in Brussels
the operation resulted from fear that 3
million hungry Zairians in this capital
city might turn on 30,000 well-fed
diplomat Willy Verriest said:
"There is no direct, visible threat, but
the situation here is volatile. It's not a
racial or political situation-it's a
question of have and have nots."
A 70 per cent inflation rate, corrup-
tion, bad crops, gasoline shortages and
dwindling medical services have
produced terrible and - spreading
misery in Kinshasa.
"I am seeing starvation here for the
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first time in my life," said an American
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Many foreigners believe that if
trouble does start it will be aimed not at
the Europeans but at the estimated
15,000 Zairian officials and
businessmen who have accumulated
vast wealth. Official corruption exists
at every level, from customs officials to
hungry soldiers forced to prey on black
in Brussels was that the troops were
being sent to help train a brigade of
4,000 Zairian soliders. Sources in
Brussels said the troops would be sent
by Monday.
Zairian sources said the immediate
reasson for the Belgian move was
unrest and some shooting last week
among the 4,000 Zairian soldiers being

trained at Kitona, the coastal base
about 310 miles west of here where the
paratroops will be sent.
The Zairian sources said the soldiers
rebelled against lack of food and pay, a
common problem for the 22,000-man
What alarmed the Belgians was that
the Kitona brigade was being trained
by Belgium to replace 300 Moroccan
and 15 Senegalese troops, who have
been patrolling copper-rich Shaba
province, formerly Katanga, since the
invasion of Angola-based rebels last
About 800 Africans and 130
Europeans died during a rampage of
looting and killing following the in-
vasion last year. France and Belgium
airlifted troops into Zaire to repulse the

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curricula he needs for his career."
Reinharz said, however, that adding
more academic requirements and in-
volving a greater number of faculty
members would be a reasonable
revision of the Outreach program.
"If a little extra reading is required,
we could easily move in that direction,"
Reinharz said. "But if that's a message
from the committee that experiential
learning is not a valid means of
education, I would be opposed to it."
REINHARZ SAID between 900 and
1,000 students are involved in Outreach
each term, and that if credit for ex-
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"The whole program would come to a
crashing halt, and the students and the
community would be miserable," she
said. "It would be a conservative, un-
necessary action."
The Curriculum Committee - com-
posed of nine voting faculty and three
voting student members - is scheduled
to meet with the LSA Executive Com-
mittee next week in an informal session
to discuss various aspects of experien-
tial learning programs.
"IT WILL simply be an exploratory
session," said Prof. John Knott, chair-
man of the Curriculum Committee.
"There are lots of different things we

can recommend for the future, and we
will discuss them in committee
meetings after this session."
Jeff Liebster, a Law School student
and a coordinator for Project Com-
munity's court-watching program, said
he favors the plan to review the
program by the Curriculum Commit-
tee, but added that he feels credit for
the course should not be revoked.
"Experiential learning is a very
necessary part of everyone's
education," he said. "I would invite any
critics of such courses to sit in on the
court-watching program, to observe
that this type of education is important
and necessary."
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Young Chinese riot

TOKYO (UPI) - Hundreds, of young
Chinese intellectuals 'demanding jobs
have raged through the streets of
Shanghai for several days, looting and
clogging vital transportation lines,
Japan's Kyodo News Service reported
yesterday from Peking.
Kyodo said the intellectuals were
assigned to other Chinese regions
following training in Shanghai and have

staged angry protests apparently
because they want to return to the
bustling city of 10.8 million.
"The demonstrators stopped trains,
cut power to trolleybuses, damaged
public facilities and held officials of the
Shanghai Labor Bureau hostage,"
Kyodo said, quoting Radio Peking and
the Peking-based People's Daily.



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