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Snow job
Snow fell in huge quantities yesterday morning, and the University
maintainence crew kept busy clearing sidewalks and salting steps.
Witha 11 of that snow to clear it was a good thing the crew got some
help in front of West Quad. Leon West, the dorm's building director,
was outside the Quad, all bundled up and operating a snow blower. We
know that West's extra duty makes living in West Quad just a little bit
easier, but when is he going to get around to plowing Ann Arbor
Take ten
While battalions of U.S. marines along with other allied troops
were launching the biggest seaborne assault of the Vietnam war on the
Batanga Peninsula, on Jan. 14, 1969, the operating committee to the
Office of Student Affairs agreed that the University should comply as
much as possible with a rent strike that was being held. The rent strike
organizers requested theBureau of Off-Campus Housing to inform all
students seeking housing information about the rent strike.
Candid camera
Norma Taylor, principal of John Adams Junior High School in
Charleston, West Virginia, has an interesting way of keeping an eye on
students who are goofing off. Taylor takes photographs of the rowdy
kids and then confronts them with the developed pictures at conferen-
ces in her office. We've heard rumors that students at the junior high
school are becoming extremely camera shy.x
Living 'out 'in Ypsi
At the new $120,000 Stampler home in Ypsilanti, the outhouse is
out front. The family, without a sewage connection six months after a
permit was issued, put a portable outhouse on the front lawn last week.
"They've been giving us the run-around," Cathy Stampler said.
Although acknowledging she faced a possible fine and the wrath of
neighbors, Stampler said the portable potty was "better than nothing.
I'll put a heater in there and I may even get to like it." It would be a
shame if the Stampler's are fined for their outdoor toilet antics. As the
saying goes, "when you gotta go, you gotta go."
Cinema Guild-The Caine Mutiny, 7, 9p.m., Old Arch. Aud.

Music School-Piano chamber recital: SM Recital Hall, 2 p.m.
Musical Society-Mozart's "Marriage of Figaro," Canadian
Opera Co., Power Center, 3, 8p.m..
Eva Jessye Afro-American Music Collection-Dr. Jessye's 84th
Birthday Celebration; lecture, performances, photo display; Pen-
dleton Rm., Union, 4 p.m.
Israeli Dance Performing Group at Hillel, 12-1 p.m., 1429 Hill St.
Open Israeli Dancing at Hillel, 1-3 p.m., 1429 Hill St.
Michigan Dance Association-Free performance by University
faculty and students, 5 p.m., Studio A, University's Dance Building.
Men's Gymnastics-Big Ten Invitational, 10 a.m., 2:30 p.m.,
Crisler Arena.
Folklore Society-Square Dance with live string band and caller, 8
p.m., Hillel basement, 1429 Hill St.
Cinema Guild-Man Ray experimental films, 7, 9:05 p.m., Old
Arch. Aud.
Ann Arbor Film Co-op-Lubitsch night, The Oyster Princess,
9:30; Madame Du Barry, 10:30, Aud. A, Angell Hall.
Washtenaw County Coalition Against Apartheid-Last Grave at
Dimbaza, 7:30 p.m., Rm. 126, East Quad.
Ann Arbor Public Schools-Kayjona Jackson, John McCants, and
the Back Alley Players will put on a performance for children kin-
dergarten through sixth grade; 2-3 p.m., meeting rm., Ann Arbor
Public Library, 343S. Fifth Ave.
Disabled Student Services-Demonstrations of the Kurzweil
reading machine for the blind, 10 a.m., 2211 Michigan Union.
Med-Sci II-Rep. David Hollestar; "The Medical Treatment
Decision Act," Noon, S. Lecture Hall, Med-Sci II.
Women's Basketball-U-M vs. Ohio State, 7 p.m., Crisler Arena.
Xanadu Co-op-Scottish Country Dancing, beginners welcome,
7:30-9:30 p.m., 1811 Washtenaw.

Bridge to Heaven? Daily Photo by ANDYFREEBERG

Actually, New York's Whitestone Bridge doesn't go as far as heaven. The bridgejconnects the boroughs of Bronx-where this cemetery lies-and Queens.

Anesthetics linked to infant brain damage

NEW YORK (UPI)-Pain-killing and
anesthetic drugs routinely given
American women during childbirth
cause brain damage to their babies, a
government study shows.
A government health officer admits
this may mean many children are being
born with "less than a full deck."
THE STUDY-submitted for
publication eight months ago but still
delayed by the government-makes a
"clear-cut" link between obstetric
medication and impairment of brain
development, particularly thinking
ability, motor skills, and behavior in
children born during the last century.
"It is difficult to' avoid concluding
that the damage is permanent," said
Dr. Yvonne Brackbill, author of the
study, in an interview.
The effects are subtle in most
children and they appear to function
normally, she said.
BUT, SHE SAID, even the subtle ef-
fects of these pyschoactive medications
administered during childbirth cause
an average IQ loss of 4 points.
With an annual U.S. birth rate of 3.7

million, this comes to a total national
* loss of 14 million IQ points a year, which
"should put the problem of obstetric
medication at the head of the class of
national health priorities," Brackbill
Brachbill, a pyschologist at the
University of Florida in Gainesville,
specializes in the study of the effect of
drugs on the brain.
HER STUDY constitutes the largest-
based test in medical literature of the
effects of obstetric medications on in-
fant development and has far-reaching
social and medical implications.
Brackbill estimated that in 1977 "95
per cent of births in the United States
hospitals nowadays are medicated.
This means 3.5 million medicated bir-
ths out of 3.7 million births a year."
She said contrary to the common
belief that natural child birth is in-
creasing, the number of drugs being
given to women during gestation, labor
and delivery is rising. She cited a study
in Houston which showed the average
mother consumed 19 different drugs
during pregnancy and delivery in 1977,
up sharply from an estimated 3.6 drugs
taken by the average mother in 1963.
DRUGS DISCUSSED in the study in-
clude all the inhalant anesthetic drugs
used to put women to sleep during
delivery as well as the routinely used
pain-killers-meperidine (Demerol),
promazine (Sparine), promethazine
(Phenergan), scopolamine (Hyoscine)
and secobarbital (Seconal).
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Sunday. January 14, 1979
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According to Brackbill, the effects on
infants are related to drug strength and
dosage-the stronger the drug and the
higher the dose, the more serious the ef-
fect. "The most substantial effects
follow cases in which mothers received
the highest potency drugs," she said.
Asked if in laymen's terms the study
means children are being born, "with
less than a full deck," Dr. Samuel
Drage, who is responsible for the study
at the National 'Institute of Health
(NIH), said: "Well, if you want to put it
that way, it may be that this study
shows that several generations of
chilren born in this country under ob-
stetric medications may be starting out
life with a deficit-less than a full
BRACKBILL SAID her study, which
was ready for release last April, was
January 16-7:30 pm
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Assembly Hall
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being withheld by NIH as a result of
pressure brought by obstetricians aid
"I am very afraid that they are going
to take this study which makes a vei'y
clear-cut, cause-and-effect relationsh-p
between the obstetric medications and
degradations in behavior and iii-
telligence, and water it all down by put-
ting in a lot of qualifiers," she said. ,If
they do that, I will take legal action .
This is too important to be changed br

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GLENDA JACKSON in Peter Brook's
Marat Sade
A play within a play on film-the inmates of a French insane asylum stage a
play concenring the death of the French revolutionary leader Jean Paul Marat,
at the hands of Charlotte Corday. The inmates' disorders tend to intrude upon
the proceedings, and the interior play is directed by the asylum's most noted
inmate, Marquis de Sade. A stunning drama, and an absolutely spellbinding
discussion of madness and revolution. GLENDA JACKSON steals the show
in an early screen performance. With PATRICK McGEE, IAN RICHARDSON,
and the ROYAL SHAKESPEARE COMPANY. (115m) (1967)

The other famous mutiny film, Bogart is unusually cast, but superb as the
paranoic Captain Queeg, the skipper of the CAINE, whose obsessions trigger a
modern-day mutiny. With an all-star cast including JOSE FERRER, VAN JOHNSON,
FRED MacMURRAY, and LEE MARVIN. In color. Bring your ball bearings.
MON: MAN RAY EXPERIMENTAL FILMS-The works of the Philadelphia-born
Man Ray who went to Paris, became a Dadaist, surrealist pointer and photog,
rapher, and it shows in his films. (Free at 7 and 9:05)
(Free at 7 and 9:05)
CINEMA GUILD 7:00ad,:15 $1.50




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