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Page Eight

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Saturday, February 17, 1,973'

Page Eight THE MICHIGAN DAILY Saturday, February 17, 1973

Opinions

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vary

on

current

legal status C
LANSING (UPI)-Michigan wom- Supreme Court decisions,
en thinking of taking advantage take effect 25 days after
of the U.S. Supreme Court's abor- handed down-Saturday.
tion liberation today may face However, the states of Te
some legal obstacles. Georgia, displeased with w
In a 7-2 decision Jan. 22, the call "an unpopular decision
high court ruled that women have asked the court for a re
the right to seek abortions during Attorney General Frank
the first six months of pregnancy said yesterday until the cou
without major state interference. grants or refuses a reviem
The ruling, as with all U. S. issue, abortions are not;l

If
was to
it was
exas and
hat they
n," have
hearing.
Kelley
rt either
w of the
legal in

abortions

Michigan as the state's old law
specifies.
"The court's abortion decision
doesn't go into effect Saturday
because under Supreme Court rules
a judgement is stayed and has no
legal effect if one of the parties
has asked for a rehearing," Kelleyj
said.
Kelley gaid because of this legal
technicality "it is as if the court

Experimental high school hit
with problems in first year

(Continued from Page 1) ,
Teachers and students alike en-
thuse over the "personal involve-
ment" at Community. Small size,
freedom to innovate, and time to
talk are all cited as key factors
in the personable character of the
place.
Community has its troubles,
however, and one of them centers
on the freedom given each student
'I'm f orever

to order his own priorities. One
student sums up her view of the
problem with the phrase: "A lot of
kids don't give a shit."
"In this school they give you
some responsibility," says David
Feldt, a student, "and for people
who've never had it, it's a real
trip."
"Students feel that if they don't
go to classes," says an adminis-
trator, "all they're hurting is them-
selves. That's not true."
Bets Hansen, a reading lab in-
structor, looks at the situation

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hl from another perspective. She
rĀ±thinks that some students "need
ow ing gum less pressure" and "need to goof
off." The school offers some stu-<
(Continued from Page 1) dents a chance "to find out thingsi
to'beofchap shclibe about themselves they n e v e r
of hampionship caler, would have found out any other
Jeff Pynnonen, a junior also in way," she says.
engineering,. took the prize hands While students are enthusiastic
down with a monstrous bubble of about the freedom the school gives
over 14 inches in diameter. them, some express the desire for
feat was even more incredible as more direction in their studies
Pynnonen's winning effort magical- Community "needs a lot more
ly switched from a vertical to a structure," says one, because stu-,
horizontal bubble in mid-blow, dents are "tempted by so many1
"It's the high point of my life,"things."
exclaimed Pynnonen in his mo- However, several observers notel
ment of triumph. Despite his ob- that students are "settling down"
vious talents, Pynnonen, from as the year goes on. They also,
Lathrup Village, Mich., disclaimed note that some classes are be-1
any intention of turning pro. coming more structured. And ac-
When informed that the contest cording to one teacher, the change
was an annual affair, he comment- is "in response to kids more than
ed, "I was thinking of dropping to faculty."
out, but I'll definitely stick around Students are also generally fav-
to defend my title." orable in their comments on the
A check of the Guiness book of community resource courses, but
records revealed that no record there are some complaints.-
for bubble-gum size exists. A One student says that some of1
party-pooper in the crowd however the people out in the community
cast some doubt about Pynnonen's who volunteered to teach the cour-1
14 incher, claiming that he had ses "copped out." On the other
seen an 18 inch bubble at a state hand, a teacher reports that a
fair competition. number of the community resource
A final footnote on the day's fes- people are "upset" because the
tivities was echoed by a losing con- "committment" of some students1
testant, who told The Daily, "You is "unreliable."
should have seen the one that got Bill Casello, coordinator of the
away." community resource program,
Democratic primary
accents by youth
(Continued from Page 1) Specifically, he advocates action
The issue most important in El- in the area of health care and
ton's eyes is change in the city's housing with total community in-
transportation system. "The . gov- volvement directed against the ris-
ernment has to start taking a ing crime rate.
stand against monster two-ton Hollier says he would like to
cars," Elton says. "People have to think of himself as a "sounding
start rethinking their relationship board" for people so that he could
to society. Americans as a whole affect the maximum use of all
have car fixation, and the govern- resources.
ment is the only agent I see doing ' He has worked as an administra-
anything to change this. Certainly tor for a child day care center in
General Motors won't," Elton said. Detroit and in a prisoner rehabili-
Along these lines, Elton men- tation program at Milan Federal
tioned a block-by-block close-off of Penitentiary.
the central campus square to auto- The other Democratic candidates
mobile traffic, and maybe the elim- are uncontested in their primary
ination of all private traffic within races.
the city's limits. Norris Thomas' is an incumbent
In the Fourth Ward, another councilman running for re-election
choice between experience and a in the First Ward. It is estimated
fresh viewpoint is offered by can that he has a very good chance to
didates Ethel Lewis and Carl Hol- win the spring election.
lier. Carol Jones, a junior in the
For the past four years, Lewis Residential College, is running un-
has worked as a planning commis- opposed in the Second Ward. She
hsorked sas a lannin cmis feels that change can be influenced
sioner. She says that her dealingsfrmwtthDeoaicpty
with city hall and "the establish- from with the Democratic party,
ment" have usually been from a "nd that it already has beome
minority position and that she has Elizabeth Kaufman is running
relied heavily on support from uncontested in the Third Ward and
broadly-based citizens groups. was unable to be reached for com-
Actual election to council will not ment.
seem like a very big step to Lewis In the Fifth Ward, Mona Walz
since she sees herself as "sort of makes a second attempt to win a
an incumbent" already. council seat. (Last spring she lost
Carl Hollier, the other Fourth by about 80 votes.) She too is in-
Ward candidate, is running because volved with city planning.
"there are some issues I'd like to The situation in the Fifth Ward
forward and I don't think I can do is "awkward," Walz says, because
this except as a politician." Hol her opponent, Richard Stoneman,
lier has "good credentials," ac- has been declared eligible to run
cording to Democratic sources, but but ineligible to win by City Clerk
he's not well known. Harold Saunders. Stoneman moved
Hollier's emphasis has been on out of the ward and hence dis-
the "development of human re- qualified himself for the council
sources and natural resources." seat.
EASTERN MICHIGAN
UNIVERSITY PLAYERS
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HENRIK IBSEN'S
PEER GYNT

says, "We've had some big suc-
cesses, some moderate successes,
and some outright failures."
With the help of a secretary and
some volunteers, Casello is re-
sponsible for placing and evaluat-
ing the students in their out-of-
school courses - 1500 placements
in 300 different situations so far
this year, he says.
Answering the criticism that
some students receive academic
credit through his office for doing
next to nothing, Casello says that
it will take "a hell of a lot more
manpower" to adequately evaluate
the courses.
Budget cuts have also hurt the
school. Dean Bodley, Community's
dean, recalls "seven formal" and
"two informal" budget reductions
requiring "across-the-board" cuts
in personnel, materials, and equip-
ment.
Teachers report paying for books
and materials out of their own
pocket, shaking up curriculum in
order to work around the lack of
equipment, and relying on dona-
tions for materials.
Bodley says that the school has
become "more structured" be-
cause of school district-wide poli-
cies. Although last year prospec-
tive students were told that they
could take as many credits as
they wanted at the new school, and
hence graduate early, a subse-
quent school board ruling made it
impossible to graduate in less than
three-and-a-half years,.
The school has also suffered
from bad publicity. "Like any-
thing new," says one teacher, "all
eyes are upon us." Newspaper ar-
ticles have stressed fights, loiter-
ing problems, and the smell of
marijuana in the,corridors.
"They smoke marijuana at every
school," says one student, "but
they point it out here." And fights
are no greater a problem at Com-
munity than any other school,
several observers there agree.
Community may have tried to
come too far too fast. Its prob-
lems, however, have to be weigh-
ed against the fact that few stu-
dents or teachers there say they
want to go back to their old
schools. One student says, "if they
closed this place down, we'd go
nuts."

had not handed down a decision."
However, legal opinions both in
Michigan and in other states have
been far from consistent.
Last week, Gov. William G. Mil-
liken said as far as he's concerned
the decision opens up Michigan
and all other state's to legal abor-
tion.
"It is my opinion that 'the deci-
sion' will have a very significant
effect," the governor said at a
news conference. "It is going to
open up the doors and when that
happens the state should be ready
with guidelines to protect the lives
and the health of the people."
Yesterday, Attorney General
Frank Kelley repeated his earlier
warning that doctors who perform
abortions at this time "do so at
their own peril."
Kelley said he will not comment
on the ramifications of the decision
until the U.S. Supreme Court has
acted on the Texas motion for a
rehearing of the case anduntil the
iMichigan Supreme Court hearst
three abortion-related cases pend-
ing before it.
Oral arguments will be heard in
the cases the first week in April
which means it will be at least
two months before Kelley will is-
sue a statement.
In other states the situation is
as confusing as it is in Michigan.
Last week Massachusetts Attorney
General Robert Quinn said the
court's decision took effect im-
mediately in Massachussets and he
declared all abortions legal if per-
formed by licensed physicians in
hospitals.
By contrast, Indiana Attorney
General Theodore Sendek last week
said abortion is illegal in that state
as far as he's concerned. Sendek
has drafted a new abortion bill
which would permit abortion if sev-
eral stipulations are met.
So far in Michigan only one bill
has been introduced in the legis-
lature in response to the court's
decision.
Sen. Alvin De Grow (R-Pigeon)
has submitteda bill which would
guarantee that no person would
be required to perform or assist
in performing an abortion against
his conscience.
De Grow said the bill "will clar-
ify the situation where the federal
ruling is in conflict with those
residents of Michigan who believe
that abortion is murder."
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