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PageA-Wednesday, February 22, 1978-The Michigan Daily
Eigh tv-Eight Years of Editorial Freedom
420 Maynard St., Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Vol. LXXXVIII, No. 119
News Phone: 764-0552
Edited and managed by students at the University of Michigan
Rhodesia's non-solution

Justice Warren E. Burger is
about as private a public figure
as this city offers, a man who
most often effectively avoids
news media attention unless it
suits his purpose.
But the nation's top judge found
himself the center of a much-
publicized controversy when
arriving in New Orleans for the
American Bar Association con-
vention last week.
HIS CHARGE that one-half of

Chief Justice
Burger's gripe
By Richard Carelli



THE ODD thing about the recent
Rhodesian majority rule "set-
ement" is that it really doesn't settle
It is true that Prime Minister Ian
Smith and the three moderate black
leaders he was negotiating with may
have reached agreement on
something. Trouble is, these are not
the people who have been waging a
jlerrilla war in Rhodesia for the past
five years. Settlement or no set-
tlement, that war continues-even as
government leaders shake hands in
The agreement, reached last week
after months of negotiations, provides
for a black majority government to be
established by a one-man, one-vote
election. Unfortunately, in the terms of
tie agreement, the black government
would not effectively have power for
another ten years. Smith has procured
some crafty safeguards for the white
minority, among them, 28 reserved
seats in the 100-seat Rhodesian
parliament for the next ten years.
Those 28 seats insure the white
control of Rhodesia's economy and
army for years to come. And until
those ten years'are up, there will be no
real transfer of power from white to
black. What the four leaders have
agreed to, in fact, is not the ter-
mination of white minority rule in
Rhodesia, but the outright extension of
it. Is this what the so-called moderate
black leaders have been negotiating
for? If so, then the recent cries of
"sell-out" are all too true.
Smith now has the ingenuity and the
gall to propose that he remain at the
head of the half-white, half-black tran-
sitional government prior to free elec-
tions. Black negotiators, although said
to be upset by this proposal, may just
allow such a concession if their past
actions are any indication.
All four leaders have, for the pur-
poses of a settlement, chosen to ignore
altogether the significance of an
ongoing war in their country. It is ap-
parently expected that the black
Rhodesian population do the same:
ignore the 40,000 persons fighting;
ignore the 8,500 dead; in fact, ignore
For an ope
W ITH THE Fourth Ward primary
election out 9f the way,
epublican victor David Fisher and
emocrat LeRoy Cappaert begin their
ace for the hotly contested swing City
>ouncil seat.
The beginning of a political cam-
>aign is typically a time for
eassessment. The hopefuls look at the
oters they want to reach, the issues
hey wish to raise and plan a strategy
or doing so.
THE DAILY sincerely hopes that
avid Fisher will take a second look at
is camaign strategy and make him-
elf more available for interview and
Students make up a significant
tortion of the Fourth Ward. For most

Ftudent voters - in spite of anything
the Fisher campaign may believe -
*.he Daily is a prime source of infor-
nation about candidates and issues.
And yet, so far, we have been unable
o present a balanced picture of the
ourth Ward contestants to our.
ptudent readers because of the inac-
tessibility of one of our candidates.
Our feelings about this de-facto news
blackout were made quite clear in a
>revious editorial, in which we
Teclined to endorse either Fisher or
Jarl McIntire in Monday's Republican
" Now. as the general election cam-

any stray bullets which might pass
overhead as blacks go to the polls for
one-man,one-vote rule.
Many American officials who have
been involved on a peripheral level
with the Salisbury talks believe that
the Rhodesian leader's disregard for
the current war will not only take its
toll on the stability of any new gover-
nment,, but will eventually serve to
escalate the fighting between guerrilla
forces and the white minority gover-
There is speculaton, too, that the new
agreements could further enflame dif-
ferences between the various black
factions in Rhodesia, creating the
threat of civil war and possibly erasing
any advances toward majority rule
which may have already been made.
pen as a result of this latest
agreement, it will surely not be a set-
Even if the free elections materialize
within 12 months as promised, they will
do little good if the guerrilla forces fail
to recognize a new government.
What's more, if the 'new government
fails to acknowledge the presence of a
major war going on within Rhodesia -
as the current government seems in-
tent on doing - it will only compound
the mess.
Despite the many efforts of the
United States and Britain, Prime
Minister Smith has failed to draw
black guerrilla groups into construc-
tive negotiations for peace and the
transfer of power. Until the Rhodesian
minority leader can do so, no plan for
majority rule can be effective.
The Patriotic Front nationalist
alliance, which leads the guerrillas
fighting from within countries neigh-
boring Rhodesia,has stated simply that
the war would continue until there is
"an unfettered, total and complete
transfer of power from white to
By any democratic standard, the
Patriotic Front's demands are not only
reasonable, they are fundamental to
any true and lasting settlement which
is to come out of Salisbury.
n campalgn
Ward City Council seat. He does not
have to be locked into the short-sighted
and ill-considered tactics of the
The public is the ultimate loser when
a office-seeker makes him or herself
unavailable to the media. We would
hope that Fisher - and the organizers
behind the Fisher campaign - would
come to agree with us on this.

all trial lawyers are incompetent
had rankled a group of lawyers
from Illinois enough to spark a
resolution that the ABA rebuke
In his annual speech to the
association. Burger welcomed
the controversy because, he said, it
focused new light on an old
problem. In the end the ABA
backed down, seemingly vin-
dicating the chief justice's
But let's take a closer look.
made during testimony before a
legal services commission in
London last July-testimony not
made public until November. For
Burger, it was a forum, he almost
never sees in the United States,
an impromptu question-and-
answer session which he had no
control over.
Transcripts of Burger's
testimony showed that the chief
justice said he favored a system
in which trial lawyers-one in 10
U.S. lawyers that ever enter a court-
room - would be required to
pass some kind of "written


u ,
N. 1
a N.

Spann had labeled Burger's
estimate on trial lawyer incom-
petency as "grossly dispropor-
THE FIGURE was more like 20
per cent, said Spann - sounding
much like the man who claims he
beats his wife only two times a
week instead of five.
Burger picked up, on Spann's
quibbling, noting in his speech:
"Even if 20 per cent are incom-
petent, we ought to be doing a
great deal more about it than we
have up till now."
The next day, the ABA's policy-
making House of Delegates
briefly debated the resolution
seeking a Burger apology.
THE MOST effective speakers
argued that adoption of the
resolution would be interpreted
by the public as a cop-out --that
the organized bar doesn't want to,
do anything about cleaning up its
Other speakers defended the
chief justice as a "good friend"
and a citizen who has the right to
speak his mind. But no speaker ,
agreed that the chief's specific
charges were on target - or even
The consensus seemed to be
that the numbers do not matter -
that if there are some incom-
petent trial lawyers not earning
their fees the legal profession
better redouble its efforts to train
or weed out those lawyers.
Burger's troops at the Supreme
Court report that the chief
justice's remark spurred many
callers and letter-writers to
register their support, and many
editorial pages have awarded
him a unanimous decision.

Burger also said his obser-
vations from the bench and
statements from other judges led
him to believe about half of all
trial lawyers now are unqualified
to represent their clients.
HAD THE chief justice
exaggerated and offered a guess
not grounded in any legitimate
data? Perhaps, but a public
relations nightmare for the folks

from Illinois let Burger off the
The gist of the resolution was
that Burger's "negativism" had
been overstated, that there in-
deed was a problem but not of the
scope discussed by the chief
Burger's escape became ap-
parent even before he arrived in
New Orleans. Talking to repor-
ters, ABA President William B.

Richard (:arelli is .a
correspon dent for ''Te

Another view o

To The Daily:
The letter published in The
Daily on February 11, signed by
15 Bursley staff members, labels
coverage of the Eric Arnson
firing "patently absurd," a
distorted image of Bursley's staff
interactions. Bill and Sue
McGee's view is equally distor-
ted. This is the consensus of
fellow staff members we have
talked to, some of whom weren't
asked to sign the letter, and sur-
prisingly, others who did sign.
The McGees resent accusations
that dissent at Bursley is being
stifled, just as could be expected
from Tod Hanson's RDs. We see
Mr. Arnson's firing as the last of
a long series of encounters be-
tween Hanson and this outspoken
RA. Tod Hanson, it seems cer-
tain, has knowledge of other staff
members - RDs included - who
have been at least as involved
with marijuana. His inconsistent
enforcement suggests that he is
less concerned with applying
regulations to those staff mem-
bers he doesn't dislike. We can all
agree that there has not been a
drug crackdown at Bursley; the
crackdown was on Eric Arnson.
The building director's desire to
have the whole staff on his side
appears to be the driving force
behind this action. As this letter
shows, enthusiasm for his
policies still isn't unanimous.
Staff selection procedures
follow the same outline as before,
just as the letter of February 11th
claims. Tod always has, and con-
tinues to, encourage student and
staff "input." He is a master of
listening to what'he agrees with
and responding "I know where
you're coming from" to what he
doesn't want to hear. Few people,
we feel, deal with Tod extensively
enough to understand this. Since
'last year, when Tod went against
the RD selection committee's
recommendations, we have been
skeptical about the value of our
participation in staff selection.
The need to ask three times for
student participation, the fact
that volunteers, aren't knocking
his door down, seems sym-
ptomatic of the way residents
perceive their voice. It's not the
procedure that has changed,
rather the way it works.
The RD staff may in fact have a
greater voice than ever before, as
they say. This, we feel, is possible
because they are team players
hand picked never to buck Tod's
authority. Many of us find Tod's
RDs lacking creativity, com-
passion for individuals, under-
standine of residents' mntives.

In general, we are quick to
agree with other staff members
in their summary of Tod's per-
formance; he is reasonable,
dedicated and professional.
However, it should be noted that
Tod is first dedicated to himself
and his career aspirations within
U of M staff; residents and staff
at Bursley come second. We have,
accepted this and sincerely hope
that Bursley staff 'members will
not be devisive, vengeful, or un-
professional in their actions. As a
group we can still do great things.
Let us recognize each others'
talents and work together for the
-A member of Bursley staff
EDITOR 'S NOTE: The wri-
ter's name was withheld upon
request, because of Bursley's
ongoing staff selection pro-
defending samoff
To The Daily:
I am impelled to respond to the
general charge made in your
paper by a student that Prof. Joel

Samoff is "punitive" or"
tarian" and thereforeu
ving of tenure. As a senio
ate student, I can test
these charges are abs
baseless. In fact, Prof.
has gained a reputation
department, both amo
colleagues and studen
being very "democratic
partly this orientation
which has garnered hin
whelming student supp
has put him at odds with
his colleagues.
As a TA in several polil
ence courses, Iam veryf
with the fall-back positio
competents and slacke
think that they can "g
without doing the require
Undoubtedly, many pr
are similarly acquainted1
ter term with the kind o
tine bellowing such
Political Science Dep

7 .y

s RAs

'authori- been presented to the Ann Arbor
undeser- Democratic Party for considera-
r gradu- tion at their Feb. meeting to be
ify that held on Feb. 22 in. the Michigan
solutely League, Michigan Room, of the
Samoff University of Michigan:
in this WHEREAS the debate in the
ong his scientific community concerning
nts, for the hazards of recombinant DNA
". It is research continues,
of his WHEREAS some bioldgists of the
n over- highest standing in their
ort and profession believe that a public
some of health or environmental
catastrophe might result from
tical sci- recombinant DNA research,
familiar WHEREAS no one has given a
on of in- rigorous demonstration that the
ers who risks are small,
et over" WHEREAS the people of the
ed work. world have not given their "in-
ofessors formed consent" to recombinant
term af- DNA experiments which risk
f philis- their health,
as Bob BE IT RESOLVED that we urge
that recombinant DNA research
ika Gray be prohibited and that this
artment prohibition be rescinded only if
the people of the world freely and
DNA democratically give their consent
to recombinant DNA research.
ion has -Robert Ball

To The Daily:
The following


--- Health Service Handbook


01,4c Michigan Baiig

Editors-in-chief -


Managing Editors
EILEEN DALEY.......... ............... University
LANI JORDAN .................................... City
LINDA WILLCOX ......................... Features/Projects
BARBARA ZAHS ............Personnel
Editorial Director
Sunday Magazine Editors
BOB MILLER........... ..............Sports Editor
PAUL CAMPBELL................... Executive Sports Editor
ERNIE' DUNBAR.................. Executive Sports Editor
HENRY ENGELHARDT ... .......Executive Sports Editor
RICK MADDOCK...............Executive Sports Editor
CUB SCHWARTZ.................. Executive Sports Editor
NIGHT EDITORS: Jeff Frank, Gary Kicinski, Geoff Larcom,
Brian Martin, Brian Miller, Billy Neff, Dan Perrin, Dave
Renbarger, Billy Sahn, Errol Shifman, Jamie Turner, Bob
ASSISTANT NIGHT EDITORS: Jeff Blake, Elisa Frye, Pete
Leininger. Liz Mac. Eric Olson. Kevin Roseborough. Diane

By Sylvia Hacker
and Nancy Palchik
QUESTION; How do I know when to come in
about a fever and a cough? When is it a bad cold an
when is it the real flu? Is the Russian flu different
from other types?
ANSWER: Since so many people are now in the
throes of all kinds of respiratory distress, this is a
good time to do a quick flu review.
Influenza, or the "real" flu, (whether it be Vic-
torian, Tesan, Russian, etc.), is a viral respiratory
disease. The symptoms are: abrupt onset,
headache, chills, fever, muscle aching and
weakness, pain in the windpipe and upperchest,
dry cough, loss of appetite and, to top it all off, oc-
casional nausea and vomiting. A patient can ex-
pect to be sick from 3 to 7 days and may feel under
the weather for 2 or 3 weeks more. We're sorry to
say that there is no specific treatment for.this
charming collection of symptoms. Antibiotics are
not recommended in the uncomplicated case since
it is 'a viral disease and antibiotics work only
against bacterial and certain other kinds of infec-
tion. Don't pay any attention to those funny folk
who recommend chicken soup for most flu types
and borscht for the Russian variety.
What should you do, therefore? Our chief of the
medical clinic, Dr. Paul Seifert (with the support
of the other medicine men), recommends rest
(admit defeat), fluids, aspirin for the aches, ob-
servation 'of your temperature, and steam
inhalations 4 times daily (a pan of boiling water
with a towel over your head, or a vaporizer for the
affluent). Certain folks, however, should consult a
physician at the onset of the symptoms
described:-pregnant women, those over 60, and
DeoDle with a history of bronchitis, asthma.

the doctor, with the expectation, however, that
there may not be much that will be able to be done.
It may be of some comfort to know that the now
popular Russian variety is somewhat milder than
the others. However, it mainly affects people un-
der age 30. The reason for this is that it is making
its second appearance in the world, It appears that
it was probably active in 1947 and therefore,
anyone born in 1946 or before has probable
developed an immunity to it. If you do decide to
come to Health Service to be treated, at least the
older doctors and nurses will be here to comfort
QUESTION: What is cancer? What does it mean
to say that cancer has metastasized? These terms
are used so much that I'm almost embarrassed to
send in this question.
ANSWER: Cancer, in humans, refers to over 100
related diseases that may arise in any of the
body's tissues and that are characterized by the
uncontrolled and disorderly multiplication of ab-
normal cells. Initially, cancerous cells may
resemble those cells from which they arise (their
tissues of origin), but as the disease progresses,
theae cells usually become increasingly abnormal
in appearance, structure and function.
A major problem in the treatment of cancers is
the ability of cancerous cells to spread. This may
occur through the infiltration of adjacent tissue. It
also may occur if a cancer cell or group of cells
separate from the main mass and travel in the
lymph system, the blood, or through body tracts to
another part of the body. If not destroyed in tran-
sit, these cells may become implanted in a new
location and start to grow there. This process by
which cancers spread to distant parts of the body
is called "metastases." As metastases occur
later, after the primary cancer has attained con-


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