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t TRilian Batty
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A matter of priorities

MPLIED IN the likelihood of a strike
by University service and mainten-
ance employes this week is the possibil-
ity that the University may have to close
its doors for lack of services. While only
those anxious to see the University em-
broiled in problems and who enjoy seeing
union workers unemployed can relish in
this situation, nonetheless such a strike
would deserve student support for many
In the three years since the ink dried on
AFSCME's last. contract with the Univer-
sity inflation has spiraled, hurting espec-
ially low income groups such as most of
the unin members at the University.
For these workers suffer especially
from-the "misplaced priorities" in our en-
tire economic policy. The AFSCME work-
er is simply not able to compete on an
equal level with his employers, the Uni-
versity, as he is frustrated by the threat
of court injunction if he dares to take
matters into his own hands.
HIS POSITION seems a deserving one,
when his present contract is con-
sidered. A worker in a dorm or a classroom
janitor is paid a wage that amounts to
barely a subsistence living by even the
government's standards. Because of its
lack of grievance procedures the contract
is unable to protect the worker against
the whims of his non-union supervisors.
His requests are ignored, his demands
tossed aside and his working conditions
left for him to improve.
Wage demands, reportedly, have not
even been discussed yet in the current
talks because there are so many non-
economic demands that have been ignor-
ed in his present contract. The ambigious
nature of this contract, does not substan-
tiate the University's self-laudatory rhe-
FOR THESE reasons, even though t h e
union agreed to an extension of the
contract, (which expired Dec.,31) it is no
1nriger W'int to fopo'o a 8%rke to rt11rr
to inadequate wages vuid conditions.
Thus, with the possibility of a strike so
close, students must immediately evaluate
their role regarding the union's struggle,
Barring progress that few exnect, stu-
dents will be faced with a situation sim-
ilar to the Black Action Movement strike
last year. As with' the BAM strike, this
action will be an effort to break through
the barriers that separate what the Uni-
versity practices from what it preaches.
. This time, however, AFSCME is the sub-
ject of the University's rhetoric - rhe-
toric that speaks of justice and equality
and decries discrimination but fails to
deliver what it promises., The common
element is that of deision. Should a strike
be called and the administration try to
ignore the importance of the strikers'
services by attempting to keep the Uni-
Editorial Staff
Editorial Director Managing Editor
JIM NEUBACHER Editorial Page Editor
ROB BIER........... Associate Managing Editor
LAUR HARRIS..t..................Arts Editor
JUDY KAHN .....Personnel Director
DANIEL ZWERDLING............Magazine Editor

versity open, students will determine the
success or failure of the strike.
A LTHOUGH IT IS unlikely that t h e
University could remain open long
under the obvious lack of necessary serv-
ices, in the interim various forms of stu-
dent support will be critical. No longer
will the negotiations simply be a matter
to be discussed behind closed doors, but
.a question on the minds of everyonein
the academic community.
For students with food service jobs it
will be a question of "will I work today
and interfere with my co-workers bar-
gaining with our employer - thus hurt-
ing his chances to support himself and his
family - or will I forego my pay as
well?" For others in dorms it will be, "Am
I interfering by doing work that my Jan-
itor is striking from in order to achieve
a decent wage?" For all students, it will
involve a question of honoring picket
lines and doing nothing that will hurt the
workers on strike.
There is still another aspect of tfie
impending strike that students s h o u1 d
consider. It is the idea that student sup-
port of workers is not mutually exclusive
of student concern for the University. It
is impractical as well as impossible to
consider a union strike a "punishment"
for the University. Certainly, in very real
ways the University is suffering from the
economic problems that have been affect-
ing its workers.
JN THAT LIGHT, the objective of a strike
should not be to worsen the financial
condition of the University, but rather to
force upon it a consciousness of the
equally troublesome financial plight of its
workers. The University is clearly unwill-
ing to accept further economic punish-
ment from the state. But it has not been
conversely willing to recognize that its
own workers should not be required to
sustain similar treatment from the Uni-
In the present circumstance, the Uni-
versity's requests for fairness from the
State Legislature appear hypocritical.
Students must not allow this to continue
by letting the University claim that raises
cannot be granted (in spite of inflation)
because there are no resources available
to provide them.
The same tired argument was used in
trying to avoid the whole black admis-
sions issue, as well as countless questions
before it. No one doubts that an increase
will involve some belt-tightening for the
University. As in the past, this question
is one of "priorities."
Should there be a strike, even if it is
followed by an injunction aimed at pun-
ishing workers for standing up for their
rights, its purpose would thus be to call
attention to the workers' needs and to
make them a priority matter for the Uni-
versity. In the event of a strike, students
could advance this purpose by demand-
ing, not providing, the services these
workers provide.
Students must therefore choose what
kind of University they wish to attend
and support. Hopefully, they will re-
cognize the validity of the workers' posi-
tion and further their aims by supporting
their efforts.

Recently the national alarm was
sounded against tuna fish a n d
swordfish and now comes the
news, as reported by the Associat-
ed Press, that "the government
found illegal residues of arsenic
in from one-fourth to one-sixth
of the poultry samples taken in
1968 and 1969."
There was the ostensibly reas-
suring remark t h a t "officials
doubt the residues pose any ser-
ious human health hazards" and
the cheerful reminder that "or-
ganic arsenic is far less toxic than
inorganic arsenic." But who will
derive real serenity f r o m these
tranquilizing footnotes? E v e r y
chicken is henceforth under sus-
picion; all fowl is fair game for
In the light of these and other
disclosures about the hidden perils
of the most careful life, there is
herewith projected a series of rev-
elations still to come in 1971.
* * *
WASHINGTON, Jan. 18-- Fed-
eral officials disclosed today that
extensive sampling showed a di-
rect link between frequent con-
sumption of cottage cheese and
the growth of stomach ulcers.
They said the cause of the con-
nection was still undetermined,
but that the statistical evidence
showed a correlation "too striking
to be ignored."
At the White House President
Nixon, who has often called atten-
tion to his own preference f o r
cottage cheese - dressed w i t h
ketchup - as a luncheon menu,
declined comment on the report.
Press Secretary Ron Ziegler said
that, as far as he knew, the Pres-
ident had no plans to alter his
diet "at least for t h e present."
Ziegler added:
"He doesn't panic about these
things, you know."
But another informed source
who declined to be quoted by name
said Mr. Nixon had requested an
immediate inquiry to determine
whether the survey had explored
the effects of ketchup as an im-
munizing agent.
* * *
CHICAGO, Feb. 25 - A special
medical panel set up by the Doom,



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ominously high proportion of toe-
cancer cases among men over 35
who jog more than once a week
The inquiry, begun in late 1968,
was "still in its preliminary stag-
es." a spokesman for the group
said, but added "we have found
enough to indicate that jogging
should be considered clearly haz-
ardous when practiced daily."
President Nixon, who recently
revealed that he jogs in place 200
times each morning, was reported
to have asked his personal physic-
ian for a detailed analysis of the
special Presidential medical com-
mission is reported to have con-
firmed earlier federal findings of
a direct 1 i n k between frequent
consumption of cottage cheese
and the development of stomach
ulcers. It is said to have found rio
evidence that the application of
ketchup alter the results.
The White House said Mr. Nix-
on has not yet found time to read
the report.
CHICAGO, Sept. 21 - A special
psychiatric panel sponsored by the
Ghoul Foundation reported today
that men who drink more than
two glasses of ginger ale a Aay
tend to be more irritable and im-
patient than abstainers.
* * *
WASHINGTON, O c t. 18 -
Googies. currently the most pop-
ular dog food in the U.S., have
been found to contain dangerous
quantities of uranium.
Despite anticipated protest from
various humane societies, federal
officials said they were uot order-
ing googies off the market because
"we believe their further use may
lead us to new discoveries about
hazards in related foods eaten by
the civilian populace."
* * *
WASHINGTON, Dec. 31-White
House Press Secretary Ziegler re-
vealed today that President Nix-
on has abandoned his cottage
cheese lunches. There was no
"The President is still jogging,"
Ziegler added.
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Foundation warned today t h a t
redheaded women who engage in
sexual intercourse with baldhead-
ed men are particularly vulnerable
to respiratory ailments.
The panel said it was still trying
to ascertain the precise reasons
for this result but it recommended
that couples so described reduce
their relations "to a minimum"
until further 'notice. j
* * *
WASHINGTON, March 14 -
Regular attendance at baseball

games or other outdoor athletic
events is described as "a c l e a r
health hazard in many cities" in a
secret report drafted by federal
It was learned authoritatively.
that President Nixon had ordered
suppression of the report pending
further inquiry.
The theme of the report, it is
understood, is that air pollution
conditions "in nearly all major-
league cities" - in both the base-
ball and football leagues - have

deteriorated so gravely that resi-
dents are advised to confine them-
selves to watching, sports events
on their TV sets. However, the
President was said to have ex-
pressed interest in a dissenting
opinion which emphasized the
dangers of early blindness involv-
ed in excessive TV watching.
* * *
CHICAGO, April 19 - A spec-
ial medical panel financed by the
Grimm Foundation today report-
ed t h a t "Jogging" produces an

Social W ashington: outdoing Julie Nixon

First, Vice President Agnew
chastised the "purveyors of per-
missiveness" because of the moral
state our country is in. Then Pres-
ident Nixon warned that "Ma i n
Street will not be turned into Smut
Alley." And then Special Assistant
to the President Henry Kissinger's
staff member, John Lehman, had
a trouserless party, and C o n-
gressman John Rarick of Louis-
iana was infuriated.
So infuriated was the repre-
sentative that he came to the floor
of the House to express his dis-
pleasure and then read into the
Congressional Record an article
from the Washington Post about
the pantless event. The following
appeared in the Jan. 2 Record.
Hon. John R. Rarick
of Louisiana
in the House of Representatives
Thursday, December 31, 1970
R. RARICK. Mr. Speaker, it
appears that the District of
Columbia- social event of the year
was a trouserless orgy and w a s
held by a member of the staff of
Dr. Henry Kissinger, special assist-
ant to President Nixon for na-
tional security affairs.
This immodest event was re-
portedly attended by Adm. Rem-
brandt Robinson of the staff of the
Chief of Naval Operations, a large
number of Kissinger's national
security affairs staff, o t h e r
White House, staffers and some
employees from Capitol Hill and
other branches of government.
One of the suspect perverts was

so unpatriotic and shameless that
his underwear was made from an
American flag.
It is little wonder that our young
people over the country have be-
come disillusioned with this so-
called establishment, when s u c h
total disregard for decency and
morality is flaunted by people who
are related to as representative of
our Government. If the other
members of the Paris peace talks
delegation are of the same char-
acter as exhibitionist R i c h a r d
Smyser, we can now begin to un-
derstand why even the Vietcong
cannot communicate with them.
And this is the way servants of
U.S. taxpayers entertain?
I insert the story of this recent
debauchery at this point in the
(From the Washington Post,
October 25, 1970)
(By Maxine Cheshire)
The engraved invitation read:
"Black Tie, sans pantalons" -
meaning that male guests should
arrive without trousers.
The party was given two weeks
ago by John Lehman, a member
of the staff of Dr. H e n r y
Kissinger, special assistant to
President Nixon for national
security affairs. Kissinger d i d
not attend.
The event should be f o r e v e r
memorable in an administra-
tion where the social highlight
of the week can be Julie Eisen-
hower having her girl friends
over for an afternoon cup of.
tea and a movie showing of
Visualize, if you can, Adm.

Rembrandt Robinson, Kissing-
er's liaison with the Chief of
Naval Operations Adm. Thomas
Moorer, resplendent topside in
gold braid and artistically at-
tired below in flower-bedecked
skivvies trimmed in ruffles.
There was Richard V. Allen,
key Nixon campaign adviser on
foreign affairs and formerly
deputy to Kissinger, wearing a
tuxedo jacket over a pair of
women's knee-length bloomers
dyed in psychedelic colors.
A stockbroker from Villanova,
Pa., Lehman noted, wore a cos-
tume that could get him a.r-
rested in some states. His un-
derwear was made from an
American flag.
Richard Smyser, Kissinger's
Vietnam expert and former
member of the Paris peace talks
delegation, wasn't trying to re-
main anonymous in the crowd.
He had his name stenciled in
large letters across the back, of
his shorts.
The host, John Lehman, wore
his Cambridge University row-
ing blazer over a pair of boxer
shorts that has been tie-dyed
and then stitched strategically
by his girl friend with a toad in
The toad is the emblem of the
Cambridge dining society to
which Lehman belonged in his
student days, the Ancient Order
of Gonville Loungers.
Trousersless parties are a tra-
dition with that group accord-
ing to Lehman a former Univer-
sity of Pennsylvania faculty
member and a cousin of Prin-
cess Grace of Monaco.
The Gonville Loungers, whose
members include television's
Davil Frost, recently celebrated
their 511th anniversary at a
sans pantalons, gathering for
which Lehman flew to England.
This is the second trouserless
party that Lehman has staged
in Washington with the help of
two bachelor roommates who
share his Georgetown r o w
Bie had a six-piece rock band
and most of his guests had a
rollicking time. "But there is
always someone," he says, "who
stands around looking very
sheepish in his garters."
Women guests all wore ele-
gant long dresses. Men who did
not take the invitation's word-
ing seriously were met at the
door by a maid who insisted
they remove their trousers. She
provided boxer shorts for those
who came in briefs.
Only one man resisted. Kent
Crane, of Vice President Ag-
new's staff, firmly refused to


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