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Page 8-Sunday, January 15, 1978-The Michigan Daily
STUDENTS PROFS S TUDY ORGANIZA TIONS:

What makes

group
now in its second year.,
The SFRC was born in the fall of 1975
when a divisionof the U.S. Department
of Health, 'Education and Welfare
decided to fund an RC Social Sciences
proposal. The group asked for money to
link faculty research, classroom teach-
ing and student research in a unified
program.
One group, headed by RC Professor
Zee Gamson, plans to investigate alter-
5native businesses. "This includes look-
ing at communal forms of ownership
and examples of worker control," Gam-
son said. Her students will be studying
the Del Rio bar and Ann Arbor's food
co-ops.
ECONOMICS PROFESSOR Tom
Weisskopf's group will study the politi-
cal economy of the University. Al-
though plans aren't definite yet, the
group plans to investigate the cost of
administration, unionization struggles
and the economics of increasing stu-
dent participation in University deci-
sion-making.
FLUTE COMPETITION
NEW YORK (AP) - The Walter
W. Naumburg Foundation says it will.
hold its first competition for flute in
the United States in May 1978.
The foundation says "flutists of
every nationality who reside in the
United States and who are not under
17 years of age or over 30 years as of
March 1, 1978, will be eligible."
First prize will be $2,500, a fully
subsidized recital, and a 'commis-
sioned work.

tick?
The dynamics of neighborhood politi-
cal and community organizing will be
researched by a group led by RC Lec-
turer Susan Berkowitz. Her group wan-
ts to find out what makes some organi-
zations work and others fail.
Coordinator Simmons, an RC lectur-
er and assistant research assistant in
the School of Public Health, explained
that the program is open to any Univer-
sity undergraduate interested in a
demanding 12 credit learning experi-
ence.
SIMMONS' STUDENT counterpart,
Beth Doyle,; said, "Although the plan-
ning is done in the fall, the actual re-
search begins in the winter term."
RC graduate Jane Rosenthal called
participation in one of last year's
groups "the most important experience
I've had at the University.
"It was the culmination of everything
I had learned within the RC - discov-
ering a problem and then finding the
route to its exploration," she said. After
spending a term researching nurse-
practitioners, Rosenthal decided to be-
come one herself.
JEAN LEMANSKI, a student coordi-
nator and research assistant who also
participated last year, said of her time
studying day care: "I was able to learn
about social science research methods
in an experimental way so that through
learning I gained a certain skill."
"Both students and staff learn group
dynamics that then get carried into
other classes," said RC faculty mem-
ber Charlie Bright.

Caroline meets the mass
During her current visit to Japan, Caroline Kennedy visited a Sumo wrestling
studio, where she posed with the well-known grappler Takamiyama. When she
returnshome, however, legal authorities may put the squeeze on young Kennedy,
who faces an arrest warrant for speeding.

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U.S. POPULATION CENTER RESPONDS:
Carter gets irse
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President. That wasn't. Jumbo Maue
and Jimmy Carter were outnum-
bered.
"I CAN'T STAND his smile," said
Marlene Groennert, and she poured
some coffee into Jumbo's cup. "It's
deceiving. Besides, one of the things I
don't like about Carter the most is he
tries to make such an issue out of
being so common. And he talks in
circles. He talks around everything.
He avoids what he's talking about."
Before Marlene.Groennert's chili
was hot and ready for lunch, one
thing was clear: in Hund's Tavern,
an all-day meeting place that renders
telephones redundant and the Postal
Service superflubus in Mascoutah,
the population center of the United
States, most of the people were less
than ecstatic about Jimmy Carter's
first year in office.
Bob Heberer, Dwight Van Winkle,
Jim Stokes, Leroy Perrottet, the
mayor. Even Woots Linck. They all

they didn't like.
TO THIS MAN, who has never
visited personally but comes to them '
mostly as an image on the evening
news, they awarded tall praise for
honesty and effort. But they' offered
even heavier criticism of that image.
He moves too slowly. He doesn't
seem experienced enough to be'
competent.. He grins even when he
talks about the moral equivalent of
war.
. And when they were asked about
his policies, nitty-gritty complaints
came tumbling out: too much Social
Security tax, not enough farm ex-
ports, overpriced gasoline, and his
insensitivity to their needs for a
regional airport and a local lock and
dam.
"Bunch of Republicans," muttered
Jumbo Maus.
Not really. Leroy Perrottet says
he's an independent. And Woots
Linck is a Democratic precinct

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year ye
committeeman.
MASCOUTAH, population 5,000, in
down-state Illinois, is American
Gothic. Green and white church
steeples reach from corn-stubble
fields to the prairie sky. A galvanized
water tank on a steel tower presides
over the town like a tin judge..
Main Street is less than a mile long.
It has one stoplight. But the light
doesn't turn red and green. It just
blinks. Trees arch overhead. There's
a Pizza Hut. And Moore's Family
Restaurant. No movie house. But a
5-and-10 and an American Legion
post with a sign still advertising a
turkey shoot last Nov. 6..
The Census Bureau designated
Mascoutah the population center in
1970. That means if all Americans
weighed the same, this is where the
country would balance.
"MASCOUTAH" is an Indian.
name. It means "prairie people."
But the people of Mascoutah are
mostly German. They are hospitable,
thrifty, orderly, independent, some
might even say stubborn.
They are as honest and decent and
open and fair as Carter said the
government should be. But on Nov. 2,
1976, Jimmy Carter, in his bid to
become President, lost Mascoutah.
And Woots Linck, the Democratic
precinct committeeman, says if
things don't improve Carter will lose
Mascoutah in 1980.
"IN MY TRAVELS, talking to
people, hell, they don't, even know
what he's doing," worries Linck. "To
me, he's moving very slow. I think
he's not getting down to the voters.
"He's trying hard. He's just going
the wrong way about it. He's got to do
more work with the congressmen and
senators, and they've got to get off
their cans and start working for the
people. It takes a hell of a lot to be the
President."
To Don Schaack, vice president at
the First National Bank, and John
Kolar, who runs the senior citizens'
center, and Bob Dauber, whose phar-
macy has been in the family for four
generations, the bedrock question
was: Does the President have the
experience it takes to meet the
expectations his promises have
raised?
"I THINK Carter's honest," said
Perrottet. "I just think he's incap-
able of doing it all."
Even Vic Van Dyne, the school
superintendent, a Democrat and
Carter supporter who ticked off
several Carter pluses, including his
work for peace in the Middle East,
rated Carter's first-year perform-
ance no better than fair.
The President can take some com-
fort, though, from the fact that the
middlest American of them all,
Lawrence Friederich, is a Carter
man.
WHEN THE Census Bureau sur-
veyed to find the exact demographic
center of the country, its vectors
crossed smack dab in Friederich's

edback

soybean patch. There, 5.3 miles
southeast of town, bureaucrats from
Washington buried a concrete stone
18 inches below the depth of Frieder-
ich's plow.
It bears a bronze plate saying his
soybeans are the official middle of
the American people until 1980, when
a new census will measure new popu-
lation shifts.
"I think Carter's doing a good job;"
said Friederich, a farmer for 34 of his
60 years. He paused, then added:
"Don't you , know that one good
Democrat always sticks up for-
another?"
LEROY KRUSE is a farmer, too,
has been for more of his 64 years than
he'd like to remember. He's a
Republican. His family has been
Republican for generations. And, like
most farmers hereabouts, he thinks
less of Carter than his soybean-grow-
ing colleague.
"I'm disgruntled with him," Kruse
said flatly. "He was a farmer him-
self, but that was in Geogria, and we
don't think he's got a.true conception
of agriculture."
Three miles from Kruse's farm, in
the middle of downtown, is Mascou-
tah's conception of itself - a mural.
IT'S A REMARKABLE painting,
46 feet tall and 39 feet wide, a tour
de force. It covers an entire wall of
an old mill across Main Street from
Hund's Tavern and shows Mascou-
tah's history and heritage. The whole
town painted it.
- The man who designed the self-por-
trait of this town and its people is Red
Lemke, a retired helicopter pilot
from nearby Scott Air Force Base,
which contributes mightily to Mas-
coutah's population and economy. He
voted against Jimmy Carter. He
thinks Carter's smile is false. It
reminds him of Richard Nixon.
Carter's concept of leadership is
too lacking in delegated authority for
Lemke's taste. But he holds out a lot
of hope for the President.
"HE'S A SMART man," said
Lemke, rubbing the rusty stubble on
his chin. "He hasn't trusted enough
to his native intelligence - his in-
tuitive intelligence." Lemke thinks
that will change, and when it does
Jimmy Carter's successes will
mount.
At Hund's, some of the early horn-
ing coffee drinkers had returned for a
late afternoon beer. They were
playing a kind of German pinochle
called Euchre. Down the street, Rube
Yelvington had put his weekly "Mas-
coutah Herald" to bed.
He eyed his visitor wisely and said,
but for the visitor's efforts to stir up
Carter talk, the town probably
wouldn't have paid much attention at
all to the anniversary of Jimmy
Carter's inauguration.
After all, hobody pays that much
attention to the President in Mas-
coutah, Yelvington said.
Maybe that ought to worry Jimmy
Carter most.

Maybez we'll

cure acer,
with out your.hlp
but don1 t bet
your i fe on' it.
The way it stands today, one American out of four will
someday have cancer. That means it will strike some member in
two out of three American families.

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