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Page 2-Friday, February 17, 1978-The Michigan Daily
Flu drug tests to begin

Russian flu, to University biologists,
doctors and immunologists is known as
"four-one-and-one" influenza.
But to the growing ranks of Univer-
sity students fearfully watching for the
first signs of a runny nose or an upset
stomach, Russian flu is just plain
TO HELP BATTLE the influenza out-
break, University epidemiologist Ar-
nold Monto has announced a series of
tests which will be conducted at the
School of Public Health. During the
next five weeks researchers will pay
students $15 to have their blood checked
and to test the effectiveness of Amanta-

Amantadine, marketed' as "Sym-
metrel" across the country, is the only
licensed drug known to be effective in
fighting Russian flu, according to Mon-
to. "We still have time to do something
about it here so we are sending
someone by plane today to get the drug,,
rathe' than wait until Monday to have it
sent to us."
Approximately 400 students will be
divided into two groups: one will be
given Amantadine, and the other will be
given a placebo - a harmless substan-
ce which will be indistinguishable from
the drug. A comparison of blood sam-"
pies before and after the drug and the
placebo are administered will show
how effective Amantadine is against
Russian influenza.

MONTO STRESSED the importance
of finding the test results quickly.
Though the University does not seem to
be hit hard by the flu yet, other nearby
institutions have been. Some service
academies have had over 50 per cent
absentee rate.
The tests will be funded by the
National Institute of Health, and per-
formed in conjunction with the Center
for Disease Control in Atlanta.
uhStudents can sign up in room 1022 in
the School of Public Health to par-
ticipate in the testing Fri., 11 a.m. to 5
p.m.; Sat. and Sun., 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.;
and Mon., 9 a.m.

New 'U' group boycotts Nestle

(Continued from Page 1)
INFACT also claims Third World
mothers misconstrue mass media ad-
vertisements to mean that formula
feeding is better for their baby than
breast feeding. In addition, the group
says "milk nurses" (Nestle employes
dressed in uniform to appear like nur-
ses) convince mothers to use formula
instead of breat feeding.
Ciocca said all mass media adver-
tising in black Africa has been with-
drawn by Nestle for review and no
nmedia advertising has been carried out
in Latin America. Further, he said
uniformed personnel who might be con-
fused with health authorities have been
banned from hospitals for the last "18 to
24 months."
CLEMENTS CLAIMS to possess a
cbpy of a Uruguayan newspaper dated
Dtecember 1977, that contains a Nestle

advertisement. He could not document
any instances of the use of "milk nur-
ses" in the past two years.
According to INFACT, Third World
mothers are often too poor to feed their
infants the required amounts of infant
formula and so they dilute the powder
with water, not understanding that it
will lead to malnutrition.
In addition they say the mothers are
usually too poor to buy fuel to boil the
sometimes contaminated water they
mix with the formula. This can cause
infections and gastroenteritis. Further,
because the mothers do not understand
sterilization techniques the bottles are

often left exposed to germs and flies,
which adds to the danger of infection.
NESTLE CLAIMS the instructions on
their product include everything that
the mother needs to know to prepare
the formula and the label clearly
proclaims the superiority of breast
INFACT says the mothers are often
illiterate and the labels are ambiguous.
INFACT particularly objects to the
use of Nestle employees on hospital
staffs. They claim the primarily
private hospitals, because they are un-
der staffed must use the services of
personnel paid by Nestle.

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Israel wants to keep airfiels i Sai
NGTON (AP) - Israel might Israel has expressed dismay over that existed prior to the 1967 Six-Day DAYAN SAID HE did not consider tire proposed sale of jet figh
old onto airfields in Sinai to U.S. opposition to Israeli settlements in War the arms deal a form of "direct Israel, Egypt and Saudi Arabia

have to h

hters to
was in-

protect itseLi against the F-15 jets the
United States plans to sell to Saudi
Arabia, Foreign Minister Moshe Dayan
said yesterday.
"They (the F-15s) would be able to
cover the entire Israeli sky without
refueling," Dayan told a news con-
ference after a half-hour session with
President Carter.
DAYAN'S HINT that Israel might
stiffen its negotiating stance came
during a fast-paced day's visit in which
the foreign minister reaffirmed Israel's
dependence on the United States to be
"more than a mediator" in negotiations
with the Arabs.
After talks with Vance, Dayan said,
"The United States should carry on its
role of mediator and more than
mediator. There is no substitute.
Without the United States we cannot
achieve an agreement with the Arabs."

captured Arab Territories and to
Washington's proposal to sell jet
fighters to Egypt.
DAYAN SAID THE proposed $2.5
billion sale of 60 F-15 Eagles to Saudi
Arabia "would have an affect on the en-
tire military picture of Israel." The
sale faces tough opposition in Congress.
"With all the difficulties that we are
facing and sometimes agonies and con-
cerns, we in Israel appreciate the basic
fact that we are negotiating for peace.
And this is of the utmost importance,"
he said in the news conference.
Even before Carter announced the
Saudi arms sale, Egypt had demanded
that Israel give up its installations in
Sinai including airfields at Etzion near
the key seaport of Eilat, and in the
Rafiah area near the Mediterranean.
Both are close to the old Israeli border

WHILE SEEMING to stiffen Israel's
position on the bases, Dayan also reaf-
firmed Israel's intention to retain a
score of settlements in the Sinai as part
of a "security belt." He said the settlers
would be protected by Israeli
policemen, not soldiers, in a
demilitarized zone under United
Nations supervision.
Dayan said he had no doubt that
Egyptian President AnwaraSadat is
committed to peace. "But can anyone
assure us that we won't' be =obliged
someday to fight American aircraft at-,
tacking Israel from Saudi Arabia," he.,
Carter administration officials, in
defending the projected sale, insist that
turning over F-15s to Saudi Arabia
beginning in 1981 would not threaten
Israel's security or tip the military
balance in the region.

pressure" by Carter on Israel. But he
added an effort is under way to try to
reverse the President's decision.
That effort, he said, will continue
when Defense Minister Ezer Weizman
and Prime Minister Menachem Begin
visit Washington in March. The White
House announced, meanwhile, that
Begin will be in Washington March 14
for two or three days. Carter's talk with
Dayan was characterized as "friendly
and candid."
The State Department launched its
defense of the jet fighter sales in a 10-
page memorandum delivered to Capitol
Sale of the jets to Saudi Arabia is con-
sistent with peace objectives and the
decision was undertaken with
"scrupulous care" for Israel's security,
the memorandumsaid.
A RESOLUTION to veto Carter's en-

troduced in the House Thursday by
Clarence Long (D-Md).
"One day we could be watching
Israelis, Egyptians and Saudi Arabians
killing each other with American
weapons," Long said.
"Haven't we learned anything from
arming both sides in the India-Pakistan
and Greek-Turkish conflicts."
CONGRESS HAS the power to veto
presidential decisions to sell arms to
other countries.
The White House said Carter's
decision on combat planes for the Mid-
dle East "takes into consideration U.S.
national security interests and the
needs of our friends and allies." He said
the United States would honor its "his-
torical responsibilities to the security of
the state of Israel."

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'U' ties trouble Regents

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professor at the University, wrote an
editorial which appeared in the Daily
yesterday revealing that Fleming wa a
board member of John Deere Corp. and
Chrysler Corp.
have a conflict of interest in the South
African case because of his connection
with John Deere Corp.
According to Detwyler, Fleming may
be influenced by his position as a mem-
ber of the board of directors. Fleming
might also be influenced by his fellow
board members who serve on the boar-
ds of other corporations, which operate
in South Africa.
"I don't think it was a personal at-
tack," said Detwyler. As to the reason
he wrote the article, he said: "I would


like clarification about these possible
conflicts of interest."
IN AN INTERVIEW late last night
Fleming said he would answer all
questions raised by Detwyler by
writing an article for the Daily's
editorial page.
"I would do it now except that I don't
have any time," said Fleming. He plans
to leave for Saudi Arabia today.
In a press conference yesterday
sponsored by the ASA, Denis Ondeje, a
member of their special committee on
South Africa, also expressed concern
about the Regents' connections to cor-
porations with South African ties.
"We are aware of the danger of con-
flict of interest," said Ondeje. "It is im-
perative that we have business profiles

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on everyone who will be involved in the
decision (on South African ties)."
welcome Fleming's resignation from
John Deere and Chrysler corporations
and the sale of any stock which he holds
which might compromise his position.<
On an issue related to the Univer-
sity's investments, Riase Jakpor, ASA t
president, credited the Committee on l
Communications with expanding the
University community's knowledge ofc
South Africa via the recent Forum on
Corporate Investment in South Africa.
The Committee on Communications
is a panel comprised of two students,
two faculty members, and two adminis-
trators. The committee was recently
reestablished, after several years of
inactivity, to handle the problem of
South African ties.
BUT ONDEJE said the committee
should have exposed other University
ties with South Africa like the connec-
tion between Fleming and John Deere
Ondeje said the committee could be
instrumental in revealing the Regents'
ties. But he added the committee must:
work fast because the Regents could
decide the issue in March.
Jakpor stated the ASA was pleased
with the committee's recent conclusion
that the majority of the University
community favored divestment. But
others, including Powell were less than
THE CHARTER for the, committee is
in the Regents' bylaws which provides
for a panel whose sole purpose is to
open channels of communication bet-
ween factions of the University com-

The Regents' bylaws do not implicitly
or explicitly give the committee the re-
sponsibility to make recommendations
or to draw conclusions.
But the committee had been urged by
various groups and individuals in-
cluding the ASA, Len Suransky a white
SOuth African who is a doctoral candi-
date in the School of Education, and
Dave Gordon a lecturer on South Africa
at the University to make a recommen-
IN A MEETING last Sunday, com-
mittee members agreed that to make a
specific recommendation was not
within their power. But they agreed
there was a need to do more than
merely pass on all the information they
had collected.
As a result the committee issued a
conclusion. A source close to the com-
mittee said for all intents and purposes
the conclusion is basically a recom-
Committee member Percy Bates said
the committee members were chosen
because they could bring some
knowledge or expertise to the panel. "If
you simply want someone who can call
somebody up and say come and speaks/2
it seems to me that you don't have to
select anybody - anybody who can talk
or write can do that," he said.
of the committee's job," said Bates. "If
we only needed to record then we could
take a tape recorder and give it to
someone. But somebody needs to say
'your involved in this, what sense do
you make of it and what can you say to
us based upon what you've heard'?"
According to Fleming, the committee
was not wrong to make a recommen-
dation or draw a conclusion. But the
committees conclusion would not carry
any substantial weight, he said.

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