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Page 2-Wednesday, November 16, 1977-The Michigan Daily

HOUSTON (AP) - 'Secretary of
Energy James Schlesinger, accusing
oilmen of "colossal exaggeration"
and "paranoia," ventured into Texas
oil cquntry yesterday and criticized
2,800 Industry officials for spreading
"myths" about the President's ener-
gy plan.
Schlesinger, speaking to the final
general session of the American
Petroleum Institute's annual conven-
tion, dismissed industry objections to4
the energy plan as "a mythology that
has spread widely in this industry
and which really has no direct rele-
yance to the present .problems that
the nation faces."
SCHLESINGER'S mere presence
at the convention was viewed by.
some industry officials as a concilia-
tory gesture, but he made no firm
offer of compromise.
'At a news conference after his
speech, Schlesinger said many peo-
ple in the industry had told him some
reassurance the government's good
intentions was needed. But he added,
"This is not the moment for a sudden
adaptation of the National Energy
The secretary's speech was greet-
bd withonly polite applause, and the
institute's new chairman later said
Schlesinger had not been "very
SCHLESINGER and the, industry,
Srarely clashing face to face, have
battled for months through lobbyists
and statements to the media as
President Carter's energy plan
moved slowly through Congress.
Schlesinger has been seeking sup-
port for the plan; the industry has
been demanding more incentives for
domestic oil and gas production..
The fight has continued as a
congressional conference committee
works on various compromise pro-

In his speech, S
"myths" held
-The belief th
ernment does not
nificant amounts
maining to be
United States.
"THAT IS nott
read the same
surveys that you
survey estimates
that there are 811
discovered." Bu
mates as saying
rate of consum
would be consume
-The belief th
centives in the e
increased produc
"We had thoug

chews out oil 1
generous incentives," he said.hdx-
Schlsiner lste as "Indeed, in our naivete, we had ex- h.
~chlesinger listed as '"h
by the industry: pected some grudging acceptance,'
hat the federal gov- even a degree of enthusiasm, from su
t ikteeaesgv- the industry.' sai
Sthink thergare sig- He based that expectation on the sa
discovered in the fact that for the first time, newlyi
produced domestic oil would be sold inc
at the world price, more than double is
true," he said. "We the current price.co
publications and HE SAID that for the first timeco
z do. The geological newly produced domestic oil would
a 50-50 probability be sold at prices available on the he
billion barrels to be world market, which currently range ab.
it he quoted esti- up to more than double the controlled Pol
that at the current prices set by the federal government, am
ption, all that oil Industry officials, however, say that gra
ed within 18 years. the additional funds won't reach the whl
at there are no in- oil firms. They aysth lan primar- A
nergy program for ily is a tax program and that the sub
'tion of oil and gas. money would stay in the federal bili
;ht that there were treasury. sbil

-The belief that federal officials
ave it in" for the industry.
"I put that under the heading of
spicion of paranoia," Schlesinger
id. "The objective of the govern-
ent is to see the American oil
dustry flourish. Indeed it is flour-
-The belief that the plan is "all
rservation and no production."
"This is a colossal exaggeration,"
said. "Conservationists are prob-
ly closer to the truth when they
int out that there is a very limited
nount of conservation in this pro-
am and that there is no change
atsoever intended in the basic
nerican lifestyle, which includes
burban living and individual mo-
ity in the form of the automo-

Reading: A major sport

CARMEL, Ind. (AP) - From the
weight-lifting room to the principal's
office, the only noise to be heard at
Carmel Junior High School for half
an hour yesterday was the sound of
pages turning. It was the first weekly
Secretaries, custodians, lunch-
room workers, even students, had to
read something - anything but text-
OFFICIALS at the school in this-
affluent Indianapolis suburb hope the
program will make reading a habit,
or as the hallway posters put it,
"Reading a Major Sport at Carmel
Junior High School." -
Principal Jerry Holifield said al-
though his students regularly score
above average on standardized read-

ing tests, the teaching staff felt there
was room for improvement.
"If we create the atmosphere and
the enthusiasm for reading, that will
be enough," Holifield said. He spent
his 30 minutes reading a book about
the Bermuda Triangle.
THE 1,170 pupils and about 70
teachers and staff aides divide into 73
groups for the half hour between 1
p.m. and 1:30 p.m. About 8,200 books
have been donated for the program.
Holifield said the ban on textbooks
was to stress "reading a book for en-
In the weight-lifting room, students
leaned against the walls and equip-
ment as the instructor sat on a leg-
curling machine reading "Rocky."
In the gymnasium, Athletic Director

Bob Johnson sat with his 25 charges
lined against the walls and read.
"MOST OF them are deeply en-
grossed. We just hope we can have
enough books to keep everyone
busy," said Johnson, who was read-
ing "All Quiet on the Western Front."
For the kids, books ranged from
nature study to novels. Student Ken
Veilands conceded the cartoon book
he was reading might be cheating,
but he said, "I just like it, I guess." In
his free time, Veilands, 14, said he
doesn't read very much - "I watch

In one classroom, head
Melinda Metz presided
group while perusing a

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"Instead of taking a 15-minute
coffee break each day, we can take 30
minutes to read," Metz said. "We'll
be the better for it."
Mike Goens, a ninth-grader and
president of the Student Representa-
tive Assembly, said he hadn't
"talked to anyone who can't read, but
you usually don't run into people who
say, 'Boy, have I read a good book.'"
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Rhonda Davis, a 16-year-old Oklahoma schoolgirl, has refused to comply
with a high school rule requiring a spanking after five tardiest
Cheerleader spurns

spank ing,
JONES, Okla. (AP) - Rhonda
Davis, a 16-year-old cheerleader
who was late to school five times,
has gone to court over a school
rule forcing her to stay home
unless she lets her principal spank
"It's a ridiculous rule carried to
ridiculous extremes," Peggy Da-
vis, her mother, said yesterday.
"Her father doesn't even spank
her, and he said he's not about to
let someone else lay a hand on
THE JONES High School hand-
book specifies any student late
five times must either submit to a
spanking or be dismissed indefin-
itely with failing grades. No
hearing is provided for. Under
Oklahoma law, 16 is the minimum
age for quitting school.
Davis, president of her school
class and football queen, said on
Nov. 4, the day after her fifth
offense, school officials "told me I
could take the licks or leave school
I just went home."
She said she was late because
she had a minor automobile
accident while returning from
lunch to the 500-nunil school.
DAVIS SAID Principal Robert
Foote "uses a board to give the

files suit
spankings. There have been quite
a few kids who got licks for being
Foote said he would not com-
ment until he discussed the matter
with Superintendent John Hol-
lingsworth, who was unavailable
for comment.
But both said earlier they did
not think the accident in this Okla-
homa City suburb of some 2,000
persons was sufficient excuse.
MRS. DAVIS said she asked the
police chief what would have
happened had her daughter left
the scene of the accident to get
back to school on time.
"He said, 'I would have arrested
her immediately,' " she said.
"Then we would really have been
in trouble."
Besides receiving failing grades
in all courses until she returns to
school, Davis was not allowed to
lead cheers at the high school's
final football game of the season.
The suit filed by the Davises in
Oklahoma County District Court
on Monday seeks to have Davis re-
admitted without the punishment.
The suit also seeks a court order
prohibiting enforcement of the
handbook rule. A hearing on the
lawsuit is scheduled Nov. 20.


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