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The Michigan Daily-Wednesday, February 1, 1978-Page 3


Chatter champ
Rule number one of the sports promoter's Bible states that there is no
event which can't have a national championship. And so now we hear of
the national Citizens Band Radio championship, held yesterday in New
York. A. Robert Merrill, a welfare administrator for the Mormon Church;
outchatted five finalists to win a trip to London and $5,000 for personal
appearances. Merrill was judged best at desribing a vegetable oil slick
and ensuing traffic jam, and King Kong attacking the Empire State
Building. Another finalist, Murrell Fassett is a radar technician at White
Sands Missile Range, which brings to mind some interesting fantasies
about F-111 convoys and good buddies in ICBM silos.
Papal Cadillac
First they were worried about how to break the news to Pope Paul VI
that his 1960 Cadillac might have a defective steering mechanism. Now
there are other problems - no one knows where the vehicle is. The Pope's
car, purchased by a group of Notre Dame alumni, has never been seen in
Vatican City according to papal spokepersons. One official suggested the
Pope may have given the car to a mission or had it scrapped. General
Motors, however says, it will repair the car no matter where it shows up.
The Pope now travels in a German-made Mercedes.
Happenings ... .
will keep you on the move today. WCBN (88.3 FM) continues its
"New Wave Marathon" until 10 p.m. ... at noon take your choice of a
brown bag lunch with the Ann Arbor Committee for Human Rights in
Latin America in Suite D, third floor of the Michigan League or maybe
a brown bag lunch at the International Center, featuring a talk on "Cheap
Transportation Across the Atlantic," part of the European Travel Series
... or if you're not hungary, join in a demonstration against Project
Seafarer at the Federal Building on Liberty St. ... take a break until 5
p.m. when the Society of Professional Journalists/SDX meets in the
University Club .. at 7:30 The Spartacus Youth League will hold a
workshop entitled "Why University Divestment Would Not Attack Apar-
theid - The Revolutionary Strategy to Fight Apartheid" at 220 Tyler
House, East Quad :.. at 8 Jean Fialka, director of Wayne County's Safe
Teen Program will speak on sexuality at Common Ground, 1090 S.
Adams, Birmingham ... also at 8, the Max Kade German House, Oxford
Housing, presents the free film "Matias Kniessl" (with English subtitles)
to end the day, "Destroy All Monsters" presents a free concert in the
Union Ballroom at 9. Also, Child and Family Service of Washtenaw Coun-
ty plans a "Marital Separation Group," beginning February 6. For in-
formation contact Diane Farber, 971-6520.
In his image
Dennis Wise is a fan of the late Elvis Presley. Wise is so much of
a fan, in fact, that yesterday he underwent plastic surgery in order to look
just like the performer who died last August. Wise, 24, received dental
work on his mouth last weekend to make his mouth resemble Presley's
prior to the six hours of plastic surgery in Orlando, Fla., yesterday. Den-
nis O'Day, his manager, said when Wise recovers he plans to form an
Elvis imitation act, using his profits to build an Elvis Presley museum.
On the Outside.. ..
They may' as well leave the same tape on at Dial-the-Weather. Our
fearless forecaster says once again it will be cold and partly cloudy with
intermittan't snow flurries, little accumulation. Today's high will be 18*,
low tonight 5°. Thursday is more of the same. This is a recording ... a
recording ... a recording .

AP Photo
Flames, fed by continuously leaking gas, shoot through the snow around the wreckage of a house in Stoughton, Massachusetts, leveled by an explosion.
Six persons were injured in the fire.
Lie ound in Antarct ic rocks

WASHINGTON (AP)-An abundance
of life has been discovered inside rocks
from a barren region of Antarctica-a
surprising finding that could change the
way scientists search for life on Mars.
Discovery of microbes, algaes and
fungi underneath the surface of certain
rocks in Antarctica, one of earth's har-
shest environments, significantly ex-
tends the known limits of life on this
planet and offers new hope that some
form of life may exist on desolate
neighboring worlds, scientists say.
THE NATIONAL Science Foundation
and the National Aeronautics and
Space Administration, co-sponsors of
the Antartic research, announced the
findings yesterday.
Drs. E.Imre Friedmann and Roseli
Ocampo-Friedmann, a husband-wife
team of biologists from Florida State
University at Tallahassee, found life in
light-colored rocks from Antarctica's
Dry Valleys region, a frigid, arid area
mostly devoid of ice and snow.
Similar, but more extreme, con-
ditions were found on Mars by two
American Viking spacecraft, which in
1976 searched unsuccessfully for con-
clusive signs of microbial life. But the
unmanned craft were not designed to
crack open rocks and peek inside.
DR. RICHARD Young, NASA's chief
of planetary biology, said that if Mar-
tian life exists only in the interior of
rocks, "the design of the spacecraft
would be influenced accordingly."
"For example, we would search out
specific rock types and design a sam-
pler which can open such rocks and
provide subsurface samples which can
be examined for life forms and organic
molecules," Young said.
The Friedmann's have looked for life
inside rocks for more than 15 years and
earlier succeeded in finding living cells
inside rocks from the desert areas of
America, Asia and Africa.

But we didn't know if this was
widespread and common, or if it was a
freak case," Friedmann said.
In two subsequent expeditions to An-
tarctica, the Friedmanns brought back
600 pounds of rocks and found that a
dark, greenish layer of life existed in-
side semi-transparent rocks where
sunlight penetrates several millimeters
THE THIN, surface layer of rock not
only traps heat and minute amounts of
moisture but it also protects the
organisms from the harsh outside en-
vironment and filters out excessive
solar radiation.
Friedmann said he examined one life-
bearing rock when the air temperature
was about 14 degrees Fahrenheit and
the rock surface about 82 degrees. At
the layer of.life a quarter inch below the
surface, it was 50 degrees, cozy for
these types of organisms.
During the winter, when tem-
peratures drop to 60 below zero "and

the wind-chill factor is incredible," he
said, the life forms become dormant
and wait for warmer periods to begin
functioning again.
FRIEDMANN SAID there is eviden-
ce the Dry Valleys area once was more
hospitable to life forms and probably
suported surface life. But as condition-
s worsened, organisms began to with-
draw and seek places where they could

"The only possibility of getting into
the rocks was through accidental
cracks," Friedmann said. "Once they
got in, they could spread horizontally.
"If Mars once had more water than
now, and there is evidence it did, life
could have formed. Mars is now a cold
desert, but life could have withdrawn
inside rocks," Friedmann said.

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Daily Official Bulletin
Wednesday, February 1, 1978
Educational Media: Open House, media exhibits,
demrnstrations, SEB, 10a.m.
Macromolecular Research Ctr.: New Develop-
ments in the Understanding of Frakture Processes,
3203 Chem., 4 p.m.
Industrial/Operations Eng.: Dr. Arnie Rosenthal,
"Generalized Algorithms for Central Distribution
Point Problems on Trees," 229.W.E., 4 p.m.
Music School: Jelinek-Gurt Duo, Rackham Aud., 8
3200 SAB - Phone 763-4117
Peoples Gas Light/Coke Co., Chicago, Ill. An-
nounces summer intern program for students major-
ing in engr., acct., computer science. Further details
Camp Ohiyesa, Metro. YMCA. Will interview
Mon., Feb. 6 from 1 to 5. Openings - cabin counse-
lors, waterfront (WSI), tripping, unit director.
Register in person or by phone.
Camp Sea Gull, MI. Coed. Will interview Mon.,
Feb. 6 from 9 to 12 and 1-3:30. Openings include ten-
nis, arts/crafts, nurse, gymnastics, guitar. Register
by phone or in person.
Mutual Life ins. of New York. Will interview
Thurs., Feb. 2 from 9 to 5. Will talk with a few studen-
ts interested in summer jobs. Possible assignments
-- marketing, financial plan, accounting, invest-
ments. Register by phone or in person.


FRIEDMANN SAID in an interview
that in 1975, he found a layer of blue-
green algas inside a Dry Valleys rock
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