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The Michigan Daily-Friday, January 6, 1978-Page,3

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Splish, splash he was taking a crash
No one's asked the athletes yet, but one of scientists' latest brain-
childs may have the likes of Muhammed Ali, Joe Green or even
Rick Leach rigged up with electronic devices to their heads, spines
and chests as they do their thing on your TV screen. According to
John Melvin of the University's Highway Safety Research Institute,
the hard-hitting (or hard hit, as the case may be) football players
and boxers are the perfect subjects for the study of head impact and
injury. "Particularly in boxing and contact sports such as football,
it's fairly common for someone to go out and get injured," he
observes, adding that no human volunteers for experiements are
willing to subject themselves to such "crash severities." But for
athletes, it's an "occupational hazard," he says. Already, the U.S.
Department of Transportation is funding the development of an
accelerometer system to be insertted in a boxer's mouthpiece to
measure accelerations to the brain when a left hook or right jab hits
its target. Don't worry, Muhammed, if Ken Norton KO's you, it's
all in the name of science.
Shear energy
If we would have known sooner, Christmas would have been less
of a pain in the pocket. University industrial design Prof!2 Allen
Samuels, fed up with the avalanche of "low quality, unsafe and waste-
ful" products on today's market, instructed his Art School students
to make a marketable mountain out of a $9 molehill. Using only the
components of low-priced battery-operated grass shears the students
were to create a variety of safe anduseful products. Six of the students
manufactured models that would enhance both performance and
safety of the original grass shears, which failed to shield the user
from the clipping blades, but others pulled automatic food mixers,
electric silverware buffers, miniature sewing machines and uphol-
stery and dry cleaning brushes out of their thinking caps. ".. . in
addition to being an industrail design exercise," said Samuels, "the
project attempted to infuse in the students a sense of responsibility
to the consumer." Your mother would be proud.
.. .are short but sweet . . . first of all, the LSA Course Mart
people would like us to tell you that their winter term offerings
include six classes which you can register for through CRISP stasrting
today . . second of all, job hunters can join the Job Search Support
Group which meets today from 1:30-3:30 in the Career Planning and
Placement Office, 3200 SAB. . . and third of all, welcome back.
On the outside...
Wear your rubber boots to class today because it's rubber duckie
weather. The white stuff will turn brown and mushy as the high hits
a comfortable 34 degrees under partly sunny skies. But tomorrow,
look out for the rivers! The high will soar to a whooping 45 degrees
and will be accompanied by afternoon showers. One might think the
warm weather is due to the fact that we are nearer the sun now than
at any other time of the year, according to University astronomer
Hazel Losh, but don't let it fool you. We're tilted the wrong way, you
know. Remember Buffalo. Remember Dayton.
'U'Hospital atients

U I 1 AIIVIR e gtetpoUn de r
Regents ponder

While you were cramming during
study days, the University Regents
pondered more proposals to improve
automobile access to the Medical
Center, mulled over a plan to ease
the housing crunch that includes two
options for building a new dormitory
and approved the controversial
transfer of the Speech and Hearing
Sciences program from the Medical
School to the Education School.
The University Planning Office
today will choose a consulting firm to
study a score of proposals to create
new roads or widen existing streets
to a new $140 million hospital in the
Medical Center, said Kenneth Kor-
man, University planner. At Decem-
ber's session, the Regents heard the
report of Johnson, Johnson and Roy,
an Ann Arbor planning firm, that
supported the University's earlier
proposal to create a divided four-lane
parkway that would trace Fuller,
Geddes and Glacier Parkway.
THE CONSULTING firm chosen
today will study that proposal fur-
ther, along with several plans ad-
vanced by the Urban Area Transpor-
tation Study Committee (UATS).
UATS, the federally-designated plan-
ning agency responsible for making
decisions on road improvements that
will use federal funds, opposes the
University's proposal, saying a four-

lane highway could disturb the
ecology of the Huron River Valley.
Seating representatives f r o m
.cities, townships and various agen-
cies in Washtenaw County, UATS
favors several alternatives empha-
sizing car pooling, higher parking
fees and improved bus transporta-
tion to ease traffic congestion in the
hospital area. Opposed to the Univer-
sity's four-lane highway proposal,
UATS wants only the Fuller Bridge
and Glen Avenue widened. Another
UATS option calls for the creation of
a new two-lane highway from the
Bonisteel-Fuller intersection on
North Campus to the hospital area.
The consulting firm is to begin
work next week, said Korman, and
assess how the plans "serve the
University's interests and determine
all the proposals' workability." Kor-
man said the study should be com-
pleted in four weeks, allowing time
-for UATS to consider the consulting
firm's report before UATS makes a
final decision on a plan in February.
THE DECEMBERRegent's meet-
ing also was marked by a Housing
Office presentation outlining three
plans to ease the tight housing
situation. The alternatives are recon-
verting the office spaces in West
Quad to dorm rooms, using Michigan
Union hotel rooms for boarding
students and building a 500-student

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The Regents did not approve any of
the options, but tabled the proposals
until this month's meeting so more
alternatives could be developed.
An increase in the number of
students who attend the University
and who want to live in dormitories
has prompted the Housing Office to
ask for more student housing.
PLANS FOR A new dormitory
would involve the construction of a
500-student residence. Two sites were
proposed: one across from East
Quad, on the corner of East Univer-
sity and Hill, and the other on

Thompson and Madison Streets,
across from South and West Quads. ,
The conversion of West Quad offices
back into dorm rooms would open up
229 student spaces, but its implemen-
tation would be hampered by finding
replacement facilities for the various
academic offices.
Using some Michigan Union guest
rooms could produce about 150
additional spaces for students. The
Regents were told by University
Housing Council Vice-President, stu-
dent Mike Synk the Union plan would
be the quickest proposal to imple-

St. Step hen
returned t
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1945, when U.S. troops in Austria cap-
tured Hungarian honor guards who
were fleeing their homeland to keep the
relics from the advancing Russian ar-
THE U.S. government, reluctant to
surrender it to a Communist regime,
locked the crown in the vaults of Fort
Knox. It remained there until President
Carter decided last year to honor
Hungary's longstanding request for its
This decision touched off vehement
protest among anti-Communist
Hungarian-Americans and others, but
the Supreme Court rejected two attem-
pts to block the return.
Though Hungarian .leaders have
made the crown's homecoming a big of-
ficial event, the Hungarian public will
not be involved. The government did
not announce publicly the hour of the
crown's arrival or when and where it
eventually will go on public display.
THE FIRST actual word of the
arrival to reach Hungarians was by



5 Hungary
television news reports more than an
hour later.
Hundreds of officials and public per-
sonalities, but not the general public,
are to be in the neo-Gothic parliament
building beside the Danube for the
There are no flags or banners, and for
some young Hungarians not much in-
terest in the whole event.

used for C]
(Continued'from Page i)
versity Hospital patients were in-
volved in the tests. For example, the
minutes read in part, "At this point,
(censored) asked the nature of
(censored) work in the above hos-
pitals (four censored names and the
University of Michigan) and (cen-
sored) explained it involved testing
of any developed psycho-chemicals."
The CIA letter said the agency
would conduct a review of the project
and suggested that if the University
would like further information o the
testing it should write the CIA.
Vice-President f o r Research
Charles Overberger has requested
additional information from the CIA
but has not yet received a reply. His
office has also begun an investigation
into University records for more
information on the project.
FLEMING AND Harlan Hatcher,
who was University president at the
time of the research, have stated that
the University did not know the CIA
was involved in the research pro-
Alvin Zander, Overberger's assist-
ant, said yesterday that the Univer-
sity investigation has not turned up
anyone who might have been in-
volved in the project.
ZANDER SAID one explanation for
the University's not knowing of CIA
involvement is that the agency could
have sponsored the project under
another name, such as that of a
foundation or research group.

A tests
"Whether or not that happened, we
don't have any way of knowing," said
Zander. "It could be possible."
CIA spokesman Dale Peterson
would not comment on how the
agency had sponsored "Artichoke"
or on the specific nature of the
According to Peterson, the CIA
discovered a "large number" or
documents pertaining to the project
earlier this year. He said more
documents dealing with specifics of
the research had been available, but
were destroyed in 1973. Some infor-
mation on the project came out in
hearings before the Select Commit-
tee on Intelligence Activities, which
investigated CIA activities in 1975.
PETERSON SAID the minutes
were censored to avoid invading indi-
viduals' privacy. Also, he said, "We
felt we should leave it up to the
institutions to make an announce-
ment about whether they were
involved or not."
The CIA has termed the type of
research that was done here "defen-
sive" - meaning research which
protects national security from for-
eign aggression.
"The Cold War was going on and it
was the agency's responsibility to
counter the influence of other coun-
tries," said Peterson.
Zander said the project was an
effort to develop a drug to "keep
people from giving secrets."

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