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Ryback: pre-lav

The Michigan Daily
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MURIEL HUMPHREY was sworn in yesterday as U.S. Senator from Minnesota, officially assuming the legislative duties of
her late husband Hubert and becoming th Senate's first woman member in five years. In this reenactment, Vice President
Walter Mondale administers the oath of office to Ms. Humphrey, while Senator Wendell Anderson (D-Minn.) looks on. Ms.
Humphrey has been assigned to the Foreign Relations and Governmental Affairs committees.
Carter asks Congress to grant

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determined to be a pre-law major. To
his family and friends, this made
perfect sense. His father, a success-
ful attorney, had long encouraged
young Tim to follow in his footsteps
and join the family firm. At the age of
25, he would leave law school and
step right into all the comforts and.
luxuries of an upper middle class
Fate intervened, however, and to
the shock and amazement of his
family, Tim switched his major from
pre-law to medieval German litera-
It came in the form of a class
entitled "Icelandic Saga", taught by
Professor Thompson, head of the
German Department. Tim, who was
already an avid follower of Don
Quixote, found medieval literature to
be the inspiration he was looking for.
Immediately, he plunged himself
into the stories, totally immersing
himself in the adventures and. ex-
ploits of those early explorers.
HIS PARENTS did not share this
excitement, though. When they re-
alized that their son was serious
about his change of majors, they
adamantly opposed his plans. What
practical purpose could there be for
such a degree? How could "their
son-the-Viking" pay his bills and
provide for his existence?
Tim also wondered how his degree
could be applied to the present world.
"After all," he said, "getting a PhD
in medieval literature is like commit-
ting academic suicide. I'm just not
scholarly enough to sit back and read
the literature and not do something
about it."
It was on -a hiking trip with his
older brother Eric that Tim found the
practical application he had been
looking for. To make the trip more
interesting, Tim placed himself in
the role of a medieval knight, trying
to view the world and experience
things as the knight would.
GRADUALLY, his obsession with
Icelandic literature led to his first
major expedition, a search for
Thompson Aarments
furnished eficiencies
1 and 2 bedroom apartments
available for Fall 1978 occupancy
Located of corner of
William and Thompson
call 665-2289

mythical Vinland, as Leif Ericson
himself might have done. After a
year and a half of preparation, and
financed by a book about his hiking
trip, Tim set sail down the coast of
Maine in a replica Viking ship. With
his brothers, Kris and Eric, he lived
the life of an adventurous Viking,
until near-disaster hurled him back
into the twentieth century.
Caught in a squall halfway through
the trip, the three brothers were
swept from their boat by a twelve--
foot wave and plunged into the icy,
shark-infested waters of the North
Atlantic. They were rescued just
minutes before succumbing to the
death-grip of the elements.
After the three brothers returned
to their Belleville home, everyone
assumed that Tim's exploring days
were over. His parents, and friends
urged him to get a job, and settle
down to a normal way of life. So Tim
Ryback started doing all the things
that sane 22-year-olds do: drink beer,.
shoot pool and look for a job. It looked
like Tim was back in the twentieth
century for good.
A SMALL PART of his spirit
refused to die, though. Tim's favorite
quote, a passage from The Man of
LaMancha, whirled in his mind:
"Too much sanity may be madness,
and the maddest of all: to see things
as they are and not as they should
be." This small voice renewed his ob-
session with the Vikings, and three
weeks later, Tim wasback in his
boat, searching for the mystical
He never found a physical Vinland,
but he found within himself a special
feeling. a sense of satisfaction that

f-Tuesday, February 7, 1978-Page 9
what he was doing was just right for
In the fall of 1977, Tim became'a
teaching fellow in the German De-
partment, with a new goal set in his
mind: a trek following the route of.
the first Crusade from Grmany to the
Holy Land. Wanting to be as authen-
tic as possible, Tim scoured the
country looking for a medieyal suit of
armor, which he finally uncovered in
a camera store in Denver, Colorado.
As the knight-in-charge, Tim will
wear the 65-pound suit during they
journey, which will begin in Rotheni
burg, Germany in August.
THIS ADVENTURE will take him
through Yugoslavia, A l b a n i a,
Greece, Turkey, Syria and, in the
end, to Jerusalem for Christmas.
When his crusade is over, Tim
already has plans for another e
ploit: a trip following the trades
routes of Marco Polo to China. And
after that, well, Tim doesn't know for
sure. His mother once asked him if he
would always be searching for
something. Tim thinks he will.

benefits to Pvt. Slovik



WASHINGTON (AP) -- President
Carter said yesterday he has asked
several congressmen to introduce a
bill to give life insurance benefits to
the widow of Pvt. Eddie Slovik, the
only American soldier shot for deser-
tion during World War II.
During a White House reception for
about 350 Polish-Americans, Carter
said he decided he did not have the
authority himself to grant the bene-
fits to Ms. Antoinette Slovik, now in
her early 60s.
A WHITE HOUSE statement after
Carter's remarks yesterday said the
President's decision "in no way
condones'the act of desertion. Rather
it is a response to the unique nature
of the situation and to Mrs. Slovik's
personal plight.

"This case differs from all others,
including those in which servicemen
died by causes other than execution
while in desertion status," the state-
ment said. "The President does not
believe that special legislation would
be appropriate in such other cases."
Slovik was executed by a firing
squad in a French village on Jan. 31,
1945. Six months ago, the Army
upheld that execution as legal, and
dismissed Ms. Slovik's petition for
$70,000, which includes Slovik's $10,-
000 National Service Life Insurance
policy plus interest.
SLOVIK'S widow contended the
Army made errors in' the court-
martial process and unjustly exe-
'cuted her husband to set an example

for other potential deserters.
The White House said Carter made
the decision after a "personal ap-
peal" from Senate Majority Leader
Robert Byrd, (D-W. Va.).
The President said he had con-
ferred with the Justice Department
and decided he had no independent.
authority to grant the benefits.
Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.), has
introduced in the House a bill, giving
Ms. Slovik the benefits. It has not yet
been introduced in the Senate.
Under current law, survivors of
servicemen who deserted do not
receive life insurance benefits.
"You know I'm broke. I've been
trying to get help from the state, but
they are so slow. I didn't know what I
was going to do," Ms. Slovik said in a
telephone interview after learning
about the decision.

U ranked third in
higher education poll

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Gourman said.
Gourman, who is backed by publish-
ers National Education Standards, de-
cided to do the study because he "has
always been interested in the assess-
ment of higher education." He added he
makes his assessment standards from
the compiled "empirical date."
"My report is not gossip," he said.
Gourman said he has "no axe to grind
with any of the schools." "I'm in-
terested in students and I want to see
them get a good education. I'm trying
End near
n strik e
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was - only tentative, pending approval
by the bargaining council and the
UMW's rank and file.
Horvitz also thanked West Virginia
Gov. Jay Rockefeller for his "protrac-
ted efforts" in assisting the
Rockefeller made an unexpected ap-
pearance at the news conference and
put in a pitch for ratification of the con-
tract. He said the proposed terms meet
the "human needs" of union members,
thousands of whom live in his state.
The statements by Horvitz, Miller
and Rockefeller appeared to be the first
push by officials to win ratification of
the tentative contract.
In a statement, Miller labeled the
proposals "by far the best agreement
negotiated" in any major industry in
the past two years.

to find quality in higher education and
I'm determined to find it," he said.
DIRECTOR OF University Informa-
tion Services Joel Berger said it would
be hard to comment on the ranking not
having seen a longer report. "Before
tooting the horn, we want to find out if
it's a good survey. But sure, I'd love to
say by God, we're as good as we knew
we were."
Assistant to the Vice-president for
Academic Affairs Edward Dougherty
said, "We obviously can't comment at
this time not having seen the report."
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