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Page 10-Wednesday, February 21, 1979-The Michigan Daily
Blood center sheds shady image

Flunking out? Get tutored

When the Ann Arbor Plasma Donor
Center first opened its doors last
November, some community members
expressed their worry that it would at-
tract an unsavory clientele and would
fit a stereotypical "shady" image. But
a quick tour of the new center reveals
that community fears were unjustified.
While walking by the Ann Arbor
Plasma Donor Center, located on Four-
th Ave., it appears to be just an or-
dinary blue-curtained storefront. But
inside, the center has clean rooms fur-
nished with modern laboratory and
hospital equipment.
ACCORDING TO Center Manager
Mike Rozelle, there are two doctors on
staff, and all of its employees have fir-
st-aid training. Rozelle said many em-
ployees including himself have had
previous hospital experience.
Rozelle said the center aims -its ad-

vertising primarily at students and that
students do make up the greatest per-
centage of the donors, who also include
University professors and local
Rozelle said that to become a donor,
one has to be in good health and over 18
years old. He added that when a poten-
tial donor comes into the center, he is
first given a complete physical. If the
person is physically able to give
plasma, he must then sign a consent
form that explains the procedure and
the possible risks involved, such as in-
fections or a transfusion reaction.
ROZELLE explained that the plasma
is not used in direct transfusions, but is
sold to pharmaceutical companies. He
said that various parts of the plasma
are used for the production of vaccines
and serums, the treatment of burn
patients, and the testing for pregnancy
and hepatitis.
"The actual giving of plasma takes

about one hour and 15 minutes,"
Rozelle said. He continued, "Whole
blood is drawn from the veins, the
plasma is extracted in a centrifuge, and
the red blood cells are replaced in a
saline solution. All of the tubes and bags
used are sterile and disposable: The
utmost care is taken to insure the
donor's safety."
Rozelle said that each time a person
gives plasma, it is tested for hepatitis
and syp'hilis, and a protein count is
taken. If either of the two diseases is
present, the donor is notified, and the
plasma is destroyed. If the protein
count is low, the plasma will not be
The center manager explained that
because the body regenerates plasma
so quickly, it is possible to donate twice
a week. He said the center pays $10
each time a donor comes in, and gives
bonuses on the seventh and eighth
donation in a single month.

Usually, when it's halfway through
the term, and students realize they
haven't understood a word their Chem
professor has been saying all semester,
they cram feverishly, popping No-Doze
and guzzling coffee through lonely all-
nighters. However, some students don't
panic and sensibly decide to get
Besides the very informal "tutoring"
that goes on in dorms, where students'
seek the aid of other, more
knowledgeable and advanced students,
others seek outside help, and for these
students, there are a variety of tutoring
services available.
TUTORS ADVERTISE their services
via the many campus bulletin boards,
such as the ones in the Union, dorms,
and various University buildings. Ac-
cording to volunteer worker Bill Robin-
son,; the Student Counseling Office
(SCO) in Angell Hall has no tutoring
service of its own, but has a "tutor
board" where names and numbers of
tutors are listed.
Most of the tutors on SCO's board are
teaching assistants whose names are
given to SCO by their separate depar-
tments. There are tutors listed on the.
board for all courses, from Math and
languages to Chemistry and Physics.
An athletic office spokesperson said
the going rate for tutoring is about $5 an
hour, but some tutors may charge as
much as $8 an hour, depending on ex-
perience and level of education.
JEAN KATZ, who supports herself by
tutoring, charges $7-$8 an hour and said
she tends to "feel the students out" as
to their financial status and then
charges accordingly. Katz also said
that, ideally, she'd like to charge ac-,
cording to a flexible financial scale,
depending on her clients' income.
But, there is some free tutoring
around, if you're lucky enough to fall in-
to a particular category.

The athletic office spokesperson said
any University athlete, male or female,
who feels that he/she is in need of a
tutor, may receive free tutoring by
talking with his/her coach and filling
out a form. The spokesperson said there
is also a special "study table" in the
Undergraduate Library where tutors
are present to help freshperson
THESE TUTORS are paid for their
services from-a special tutorial fund in
the graduate 'M' Club which is spon-t
sored by alumni. "It should be more,"
complained tutor Sharon Kuusinen, a
Ph.D. candidate who also tutors
privately at $7.50 an hour.
According to Kuusinen, free tutoring
is alsoavailable to minority students
through the Opportunity Program,
whose tutors are paid $5 an hour. Ac-
cording to an Engineering Department
spokesperson, Tau Beta Pi, the
engineering honor society, offers free
tutoring to freshpersons and
sophomores in such basic engineering
classes as Math 115 and Physics 140.
Upper-level undergraduate economics
majors advertise their free services on

the SCO tutor board and tutor students
in introductory Econ. classes through
the Michigan Economics Society.
When asked if she thought payment
had any effect on a student's perfor-
mance in a tutoring situation, Katz said
"I'ts a psychological thing. They con-
sider your services more valuable if
they pay for them. Chances are, if you x
put money into it, you'll work harder."
NEITHER THE super studier nor the
student in danger of failing makes up
the majority of tutored students. There
seems to be a variety of students taking
advantage of ,tutoring opportunities.
"I've had the whole range of students,'
from those who are struggling to get by,
to those who are doing very well," said
Not very many students seem to be
willing to pay people to tutor them. The
reasons range from lack of funds to'
apathy. As LSA sophomore Kathy
Richelo put it: "I would never pay fbr
tutoring. I feel I pay enough to go to this
University and if I need special help,
my teachers should provide it,
especially since they have office hours.
That's what they're there for."

Rasta murders probed

NEW YORK (AP)-The bodies of
seven persons, some with their throats
slashed, were discovered last night in a
three-story building in Harlem, police
There were unconfirmed reports
that the deaths might be linked to the
Rastafarian cult, which is reportedly,
involved in illicit narcotics activities in
the neighborhood.
Police said the bodies of one woman
and six men were found at about 7:20
p.m. Identities of the victims were not
immediately made public:
"It's a bloody mess, in there," said a

police officer at the 28th Precinct, who
asked not to be identified. Homicide'
detectives were summoned to the'
The officer said the bodies were found'
on the first floor of the building, which
was being renovated.
The Rastafarian cult worships the,
spirit of Haile Selassie, the late'
Ethiopian leader. Its -members use
marijuana as part of their religious
There have been other deaths at-
tributed to members of the cult in which
the throats of victims were slashed,
authorities said.

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'U' Cellar employees fight back

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ability to affect the decisions made. "I
see the supervisor as certainly getting
input from the employees into the
decisions he or she would have to
make," he said. He added, though, that.
"the decision ultimately becomes that
of the supervisor."
Many of the employees felt this plan
was a- response to their effort to
unionize last month. The workers voted
to join the Industrial Workers of the
World (IWW), and the- main focus of
their planned contract deomnds was to
be guaranteed worker input into the
store's operations.
The board's decision to implement
this structure has effectively stopped
the workers from bringing up this sub-
ject in the negotiations, several of the
employees said.
of the union workers asked Bradley and
assistant manager John Sappington to
postpone implementation of the new
structure and to negotiate it when the
contract talks begin. They refused on
the grounds that it was a board decision
and they could not change the timetable
of it.

"The decision to implement this
structure was the board's decision,"
Sappington said. "We are following
their lead by'going ahead with it." He
added that both he and Bradley were in
agreement with the plan.
While some of the workers claim this
structure is a device behind which
Bradley and Sappington can hide their
incompetence; they also feel this is a
way of wresting control of the store
away from the workers.
-"THE POINT IS they want to make
the decisions, and they want a clear
hierarchy to work through so they don't
have to deal with the unionamembers,"
Chase said.
"Now the management is directly
exposed to us," echoed Bill Vargo of the
same, department, "but now when they
get this level of people in, there's going
to be a wall of people between us and
In addition to the loss of worker input
into the store, the workers feel the new
plan will endanger the discount policy
of the store. As a non-profit
organization the Cellar converts its
profits into discounts. The workers
believe the new positions, which will
pay more than the present wage rate,
and create new jobs, are unnecessary
financial burdens on the store.
"THIS WILL just add on an expense
that has never been here before, and
we're already doing the work they (the
supervisors) are going to be telling us
to do," said Vargo.
The employees are especially upset
with this fact as they were denied
customary merit increases at the end of
this year. According to Chase, the em-
ployees were told there would be "no
merit raises because of no money, yet
now this structure will increase salary

outlays by $20,000 to $50,000 per year. I
don't see where they could possibly get
the money," he said.
Bradley said they saw that there
might be financial problems at the end
of the year, so they withheld the raises.
-He added that during 1978 the workers
had received two cost-of-living hikes
and a six per cent merit raise in July.
HE SAID THAT by adding the two
raises together, the workers had gotten
a 14 per cent increase in less than a
year. "Not many orgaiizations give
that," he"said. He added that with all
the concern over this last increase, the
workers "lose track" of past raises.
Sappington said the supervisors are
needed to "make sure each area of the
store can develop the roles they have to
play to most effectively serve the
,students. "There has been a lessening
ability to affect the actions that need to
be taken to provide the services we're
here for," he added. "It's a means for
effective control of the store."
Pulkownik said the Poard arrived at
the structure as "the most effective
way to represent the students and not
mess with the employees." He said that
while they didn't want any "heavy-
handed capitalist thing" at- the Cellar,
the board believed the students could
get better services if some of the depar-
tments were run by supervisors.
THE IWW PARENT organization is
very supportive of the local's effort, ac-
cording to union organizer Eric Glatz
"We're beginning to think Bradley and
Sappington don't care about the em-
ployees," he said. "There is all this talk
about profits, but no one is taking into
account the human aspect of the



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