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Thursday, February 24, 1977


Page Three


Apathy plague
Course Mar



FEBRUARY 24, 1977



Course Mart, once the supermarket of academia, has recent- Efl ernaLional
ly fallen victim to student disinterest and now more closelyj
resembles a struggling corner grocery. ..
Six years ago, when its classes were introduced, students Idi A Milfl
gobbled up Course Mart's 30 offerings -the results of a plan U
to liberate academia with a fresh array of supplemental courses. UGANDA - President I d i
TODAY, HOWEVER, falling enrollment has shrunk Course alleged plot he crushed 1 a s t
Mart to a mere ten offerings, week was to have climaxed
"Course Mart enrollment reflects the attitudes of the cam- with an airborne landing of
pus," contended Joan Woodward, administrator of the program. paratroopers from the United
She tied the early, enthusiastic response toward the courses to States, Britain or Israel.
student activism of the late 1960's. Amin told correspondents that
"When students were uneasy, a lot of them enrolled in -16 persons arrested for a r m s
Course Mart classes," said Woodward. "Now the students are smuggling in connection with the
plot had disclosed under inter-
more satisfield. It's sort of political." .lotn that the uprising was
"THE ENROLLMENT in Course Mart is just peanuts com- troh stha with the assassi-
pared to enrollments in the rest of the cellege," she continued. nation of prominent Ugandan
"Course Mart provides some spice in the standard education pro- leaders.
cess. The whole thing (enrollment) is cyclical. We'll just have In the ensuing turmoil, para-
to let it happen." troopers were to fly in from an
Course Mart offerings this term incldde such diverse topics aircraft carrier of undisclbsed
as "Dimensions of Human Aging", "The Asian-American Exper- nationality and capture several
ience," "The-Gay Experience" and "The Struggle for Zimbabwe." towns in Uganda, he said.
Students are hard pressed to explain why they have never Amin did not elaborate on this'
elected a Course Mart offering. For many, it is a lack of time. hether heanbelievewas unear
For a large number, it is ignorance about the program's exist- three nations were directly n-
ence. volved in the coup attempt. The:
FOR OTHERS, HOWEVER, it is the quest for classes that U.S. carrier Enterprise, part of
will be graded and will appear in a better light- on graduate the U.S. Navy's Indian Ocean
and professional school applications. A non-traditional, pass-fail fleet, left the Kenyan port ofi
course just doesn't fit the bill. Mombassa on Wednesday afterl
"I want to take electives that will look good on my tran- a five-day visit. d
script," explained one student. "I need graded courses - not A U.S. State Department
the kind offered 'by Course Mart." spokesman termed "absurd" al-
Wookdward yiCore t specificrealegations that the United States
Woodward piinpointed two specific reasons why the 1977 was supporting a plot aimed at
student tends to shy away from Course Mart offerings - ignor- Amin. No comment was immed-
ance about the program and lack of interest in the subject iately available from British or
matter._ Israeli spokesmen.
"WHY IS COURSE MART enrollment shrinking? Oh, I In Dar es Salaam, the ca;,ital
don't know. I-never even heard of it," student Carol Schieb said. of neighboring Tanzania, a group
"Maybe that's why more students don't enroll in it - they don't gof22 refugeesdarriving from
know it exists." Uganda claimed Amin had
Nelse Espasses, a junior transfer student, explained her at- launched a nationwide massacre
of two predominantly hristian
titude toward Course Mart. "I was going to take one of their tribes, the Langi and Acholi, he
courses. I went to one lecture. It looked like it required a lot believed were 'central to the
of time, the reading list was long, the time demand too much. coup attempt.
So I took a course in the psychology department instead."

This tine about a deo off:-
cers dragged AmalriK across the
street and puiled him aa. he 50
yards to the sidewalk were he'
took up a vigil. About 5>0 othey
persons later joined htn there.
"I was struck by the harsh-
ness with which the Frerch po-
lice pushed me and tome away
my placard," Amalrik told re-
porters. "My action is complete-
ly within 1'he norms of tree cour-
"The attitude of the p hce. in
my opinion, is comole-et zecn:-
parable to that of tne KG3 in
Moscow, which sometimes
shows more prudence when
journalists are presa it."
About a half-mile awa, on the
Champs Elysees, riot p o l i c e
guarded the office of the Soviet
airline Aeroflot against flower-
tossing demonstrators marking
the suicide by fire °f a voung
anti-Soviet demonstru"r in the
office last week.

Hunt released

1 Hunt had been sentenced to
30 months to eight years in pri-
son after pleading guilty to con-
spiracy, burglary aiid Ilegal
wiretapping in the Waergatel
His release was autnorized by
the U.S. Parole Commission last
week after he paid a $10,000
;rhe first word of Hunt's re-
lease came when a prison offi-
cial read a brief statement to
reporters outside the gat.
After hearing the statement,
reporters saw a prison laundry
truck speeding from the prison
gate. They followed it, believing
that Hunt - who had worked
as a laundry clerk - might be
However, they lost the truck
about one mile from the prison.
Prison official Dave Swyhart
said later Hunt had left the pri-
son at 4 a.m. in a car driven
by prison workers, and the an-
nouncement was deayed two
hours. Prison officials apparent-
lv used a side exit for Hu"ss
$1 million heist
YONKERS, N.Y. - Two rob-
bers who invaded the Hudson
Valley National Bank here made
off with .more than $1 million,
an FBI agent said yesterday.
It was one of the biggest bank
robberies in U.S. history.
Bank officials refused to say
how much was taken, but Rob-
ert Besley, the agent in charge
of the FBI office in nearby New
Rochelle, said, "It is safe to as-
sume that more than $1 million
Besley said all the money de-
posited by Yonkers Raceway at
the bank from its three-day hol-
iday weekend of races was
stolen Tuesday morning. A bank
official confirmed Besley's
"They knew what they were
after.," Besley said of the rob-
bers. Besley confirmed earlier
rpt from a track account-
ant that the raceway's deposits
' included about $700,000 in daily
operating cash - money de-
posited each night and with-
drawn before the next day's
He estimated the track's share
of the money bet on the three
racing nights in question would
exceed $500,000 and that there
would have been additional mon-
ey from such things as horse-
men's fees.
Using Besley's calculations,
that would mean the track's
weekend deposit could easily
exceed $1.2 million.
Some sources, including fed-
eral authorities, indicate that if
the amount of cash involved ap-
proaches or exceeds $1 million,
it would be the biggest cash rob-
t bery of a bank in U.S. history.
There have been bigger non-
cash bank robberies, including
the theft of $3.3 million in jew-
els and other valuables from a
Southern California bank in 1972.
Besley said the bandits car-

ried their loot from the bank I
in two large duffel bags, the t
type generally used to carry
baseball bats.
In a joint statement, JohnI
Pratt, bank president, and Sid-
ney Thompson, bank chairman,
said that no accounts of any
depositors were affected by the
Alphonse J. Cerrato, agent for
the Continental Insurance Group,
said the entire loss is covered
by the bank's insurance policy.;
He said the bank should have
a check covering its loss by
Coffee probe
WASHINGTON - A federal
regulatory agency announced
yesterday that it is investigating
possible manipulation of U.S.
coffee prices by commodities
brokers from foreign coffee pro-
ducing countries.
Officials of the Commodities
Futures Trading Commission
revealed the investigation dur-
ing a House hearing into causes
for the tripling in coffee prices
during the last two years.
The commission officials said
they were particularly interest-,
ed in commodities transactions
Jan. 11 after consumer groups
had organized a coffee boycott.,
The boycott had resulted in a
decline in the price of coffee
beans on the Coffee and Sugar
Exchange in New York after
months of steady rises.
On that date "there was an
influx of money from a produc-
ing country" that bought 6.6 mil-
lion pounds of coffee, commis-
sioner John Rainbot said.
Prices then resumed their
rise, he said.
However, Mark Powers, chief
economist for the commission,
added: "It is very difficult to
sihow that the cause of the run-
uip in prices is buying orders by
accounts from producing coun-
tries. They have been selling
some coffee; too."
The commission is' compiling
data on trading by brokers from
coffee producing countries to de-
termine if prices have been ma-
nipulated, Powers said. 4
Rainbolt said the commission
does not know if the foreign
brokers ultimately represent
producers in the coffee export-
ing nations, but he said the
commission is looking into this
Reo. Benjamin Rosenthal, (D-
N.Y.), said, "If producers can


cheaper. "should adopt legislation which
would require that city char-
ters, when they do prohibit
State suchactivities as personal use
of city-owned automobiles and
'gifts' by employers at the
Kelly wants direction of the mayor or
council, members, also penalize
penalties those who violate orhrequire
LANSING - Attorney General others to violate such provi-
Frank Kelley appealed to the sions."
Mental Health Research Institute
"Specificity and Plasticity of Control
Function in Developing Rhesus Monkeys"

control commodity markets, legislature yesterday to include
then they've got it both com- penalties or other civil reme-
ing and going." dies in new laws requiring or
In other testimony, the two prohibiting specific activities.
leading U.S. coffee roasting Kelley said that, particularly
companies said they have rats- in his recent investigation of
ed prices repeatedly in recent the City of Dearborn, he was
moniths because of rapid in- frustrated by finding violations
creases in their costs for cof- of city charter provisions with-
fee beans.-r out having authority to impose
Bill Tower, president of the penalties.
Maxwell House Division of Gen-
eral Foods Corp., said the com- ."Too often citizens are lulled
pany's recent price increases :into thinking that the same law
"do not cover the current cost prohibiting an activity also
of green coffee beans plus oth- punishes those who violate the
er higher costs including ener- law," Kelley said in an open
gy, labor and packaging." fetter to the legislature. "This,
Tower promised that the price unfortunately, is not always
of Maxwell House will be low- true.
Bred once coffee beans become Kelley said l a w m a k e r s

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Course Mart classes are at the 300 level. The instructors -
many of whom are non-accredited teachers - receive no pay.
Yet they are knowledgable in their fields and have committed
themselves.to teaching.
STUDENTS ARE limited to a total of 15 credit hours elected
in Course Mart. "We can't ruin anyone's education," explained
Although Woodward notes that student interest is on the de-
cline, she says "there hasn't been a fantastic drop in Course
Mart enrollment. The courses -are small, and they are usually
closed quickly."
But she says the program might just nhase itself out.
"That will just indicate that the needs of the students have
been met;" she said.
"If it phases itself out, that's cool," she added. "Hopefully,
the topics will be incorporated into the regular department cur-
Thinking again she mused, "the courses are offered because
there is no regular department that presents that subject."
, . r : a r : : 't:-' r: '; ;{-{ } : " :.}

PARIS - French plain-clothes-'
men tangled with exiled Soviet
dissident Andrei Amalrik yes-
terday as he picketed the
French presidential palace,
prompting him to say the gend-
armes were "completely c o m-
parable" to the Soviet KGB.
The dissident historian, w h o
began his exile in the West in
July 1976. carried a placard
reading "Demand application
of the Helsinki accords" and
handed out tracts denouncing
the arrests in Russia of four
members of a group organized
to monitor human rights pro-
visions of the Helsinki agree-)
Amalrik's protest was promp-
ted by French President Valery
Giscard d'Estaing's refusal to
meet him earlier this week. In
an interview with a Paris news-
paper, Amalrik accused Giscard
d'Estaing of acting as a "Tro-
jan Horse" for the Soviets in
the West.
The presidential palate spokes-
man said political refugees such
as Amalrik were free to express
their opinions in France but not
to set up appointments by them-
'selves with the press 1-nt of the
Amalrik began his protest zt
about 10 a.m. and poli;e quiz1-
ly seized him, tore away his
placard and led hiM away to a
police station. He reaurned to
the Faubourg St. Honore side-
walk outside the palace an hour
later, refusing police orders to

Fla. - E. Howaed Hunt, the
convicted Watergate burglar
and author of several spy nov-
els, was releasedfrom a federal
prison under cover of early-
morning darkness yesterday in
the best cloak-and-dagger tradi-
Hunt, 58, left the 473-man fed-
eral minimum security prison on
this Gulf Coast Air Force base
after serving 32 months for his
part in the June 1972 break in
at Democratic national h e a d-
He successfully evaded report-
ers who had camped outside the
jprison's main gate through the
Ellis Rubin of Miami, Hunt's
attorney, said Hunt' planned to
fly to Boston, but he would not
say who Hunt would visit there.
Asked about reports that Hunt
would be paid by a televi ion
network for an interview, Rub-
in said: "That will have to be
announced by Howard."

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Thursday, February 24, 1977
WUOM: Robben Fleming speaks
on "The Role of the University in
the Future," sponsored by the UAC,
10 a.m.
CTR. Early Childhood Develop-
ment/Educ. Ctr. Human Growth,
Development: Marion Blank, Dept.
Psychiatry Rutgers Medical School,
"Teaching Disadvantaged Children
to Read," Schorling Aud., SEB, 4
CTR. Human Growth/Develop-
ment: Marion Blank, Rutgers Medi-
cal School, "Finding a Bit of Seren-
dipity in the Land of Reading Re-
tardation," Schorling Aud., SEB, 4.
Guild House: Paul Hubbel, Bill
Piumpe, poetry reading, 802 Mon-
roe, 7 p.m.
Music School: Concert Band, Hill
Aud., 8 p.m.
Two programs for people return-
ing to school who would like to
refresh their student skills are
planned by the UM Center for Con-
tinuing Education - of women.
"Speeded Reading and Study Effic-
iency," Feb. 28 through April 11,
will focus on ways to approach
reading assignments, take, notes,
plan study time. "written Commu-
nication" is designed to help with
preparing essays, critical reviews,
analytic studies and other kinds of
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