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Vol. LXXXVII, No. 157

Ann Arbor, Michigan-Saturday, April 16, 1977

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Great moments in
journalism, Part 2
Last Saturday we wrote that the February issue
of the Michigan Journalist-the monthly magazine
put out by the graduate students in the Journalism
Department-would be issued in April instead. We
reported that Journalism Dept. Chairman Peter
Clarke, disturbed by the excessive -number of
spelling and typographical errors in the first print-
ing of the February Journalist, ordered the issue
redone at a cost of some $200 to us students. Clarke
has informed us that we made several errors in
that item which we wish to correct. Clarke did
not, as we reported, scrap the original printing
and then order a remake. Instead, the mistake-
riddled issue was sent to the 3000 Journalist sub-
scribers first and, then the reprint was ordered
so a second distribution could be done. Secondly,
Clarke has challenged our assertion that the $200
came from student pockets. "The Journalist budget
includes 'snafu' funds, which paid for the extra
issue," he explained. Finally, Clarke pointed out
that we omitted the "e" in his name. We regret
these errors and if Prof. Clarke can see his way
to giving us $1600 from his "snafu" fund, we will
gladly reprint the April 9 edition of The Daily.
Gif t-giving
Seems that every day is Christmas for the Uni-
versity. At yesterday's Board of Regents meeting,
a total of $1,189,205 in gifts received by the Uni-
versity in February of this year was formally ac-
cepted. The total included $339,362 from individ-
uals; $281,334 from foundations; $159,758 from cor-
porations; $173,453 from bequests; $20.526 from
deferred giving-trust; and $214,770 from associa-
tions, organizations and others-and that's just for
a month. Guess we ought to count our lucky stars.
Who knows where tuition costs would be if it
weren't for all those rich alums?



Lansing: PBB's



First of a series
Caretakers at a cemetery in Kalkaska, Michi-
gan, not far from the southern tip of Grand Tra-
verse Bay, have seen more than their share of
overturned earth since 1973. But the buried there
are not human beings; they are animals, poisoned
on Michigan's farms: 18,000 cows, 1,200 sheep,
3,500 swine, and 1,500,000 chickens. All were de-
stroyed because they were chemically contami-
Hundreds of people, also exposed to the toxin
are showing the symptoms of inexplicable, in-
curable ailments.
FOUR YEARS ago, a bag of fire-retarding
powder containing the chemical PBB was acci-
dently mixed with cattle feed at a Battle Creek
plpnt. Today, virtually every accountable govern-
ment agency has been sucked into the controversy
over whether PBB still endangers Michigan resi-
dents, and the state's farms have been profound-
ly shaken, many ruined, by the worst crisis of
their history.
Governor William Milliken and the state's
Democratic-controlled legislature are scurrying to
pin the blame for the contamination on each
other. Both claim they didn't understand the
serious nature of PBB contamination soon
enough. Milliken says the legislature, didn't re-
spond to his initiatives, and the House and Sen-
ate say the same of him.
As the bickering continues in Lansing, people
around the state are forming their own opinions
of the authorities. Milliken may lose his job over

PBB in the 1978 election, and state Agriculture
Director B. Dale Ball may be gone before him.
SKIRTING THE politics of PBB are a host of
scientific experts trying to understand just what
has happened to Michigan livestock, and what
dangers PBB-tainted food has in store for hu-
mans. Some have taken sides and laid blame,
while others are awaiting the results of more
complete tests.
Meanwhile, farmers and consumers are forced
to eat whatever appears on supermarket shelves.
Often, the only available dairy products are
Michigan-made. Available meats contain PBB in
quantities sometimes carelessly above and often
just below the tolerance level, though the accept-
ability of that level is widely contested. No one
can even guarantee that animals and people will
stop getting sick from exposure, to the chemical;
no one can say when, if ever, the chemical will
be purged from the state.
It began in Battle Creek, 80 miles west of Ann
Arbor, in July 1973. Farm Bureau Services, a
manufacturer and distributor of cattle feed and
other products, received a shipment of what was
believed to be "Nutrimaster," a magnesium ox-
ide feed supplement, from Michigan Chemical
THE SHIPMENT was not Nutrimaster, it was
another Michigan Chemical product called "Fire-
master," a flame retardant containing the chemi-
cal polybrominated biphenvl (PBB). Michigan
Chemical has given the deadly Firemaster and
the non-toxic Nutrimaster similar names and
See FARMERS, Page 5

Doily Photo by SUSAN ADES
Veterinarian Alpha Clark examines the deep-frozen body of a deformed calf. The calf was the off-
spring of a PBB-fed mother.
'What you can';get under your fingernail can wipe
out an entire herd of cons. That's h o w toxic that
stuff is.' -Lou Trombley, Hersey farmer


Regents vote to elimate


In yesterday's account of the Thursday Board of
Regents meeting we mistakingly reported that
MSA Communications Director Michael Taylor
spoke to the board about the Freedom of Informa-
tion Act. Taylor actually about the Open Meetings
Act, a related piece of legislation. We also listed
Debi Goodman as one of several student work-
ers discharged from their jobs in the aftermath of
the AFSCME strike - but it wasn't Debi who
lost her job, it was her sister, Wendy. We sincerely
... are as scarce as fish's eyelids. Starting at 9
a.m. and lasting until 6, Trotter House, 1443 Wash-
tenaw, will hold a rummage sale . . . at 2 p.m.
and then at 7:30 the RC Art Dept. will present
James Thurber's Many Moons, in the RC Theatre
in East Quad. Admission free ... at 2:30 the Dept.
of Classical Studies presents Platus' Pseudolus or
The Birthday Party in the foyer of Angell Hall .. .
there will be a square dance at Xanudu co-op, 1811
Washtenaw, at 8 p.m. Live string band, refresh-
ments, 50 cents admission . . . also at 8 University
grad students will sponsor a dance concert in the
Dance Bldg., Studio Theater A. One dollar admis-
sion . . . and from 9:30-1:30 there will be jazz at
the 'U' Club by The Roots Trio. That's it.
Kudos ... everyone
Tired of the endless stream of resolutions com-
mending, memorializing and congratulating, Ten-
nessee State Senator William Baird introduced a
piece of legislation he says will put an end to it
all. Baird's legislation, is titled the "Victor H.
Ashe Memorial Resolution to End All Resolutions,"
named after one of the legislature's most prolific
resolution writers. The resolutions honors every
citizen of the state, all fraternal organizations,
every civic club, all charitable groups, plus those
"who for one reason or another have been judged
worthy of honor as measured by society or poli-
tical expediency.'" The resolution passed with one
dissenting vote. "It was named the Victor Ashe
Memorial Resolution," Ashe complained in ex-
plaining his vote, "and I haven't yet died."
On the inside . .
America's U. N. ambassador Andrew Young
stirs up a new diplomatic tempest. Details in the
Page 3 Digest . . . Debi Goodman looks at the
University's history of union busting for the Edit
Page . . . and Brian Miller reports on the men's
tennis match with Wisconsin on the Sports Page.

The Regents voted 6-1
yesterday to eliminate the
Department of Population
Planning (DPP). They im-
mediately followed the ac-
tion by unanimously ap-
proving the implementation
of a set of policies and pro-
cedures for discontinuing
academic programs.
By July, 1978, DPP will
be replaced by an Interde-
partmental program in the
School of Public Health
(SPH) and by the re-crea-
tion of the Center for Popu-
lation Planning, a research
center which was the pre-
cursor of DPP.
MOST REGENTS publicly ex-
pressed regret for eliminating
DPP and voiced hope, that the
reorganization would strengthen
study in the field.
"It's hard to vote against the
recommendations from both
Vice President (for Academic
Affairs Frank) Rhodes and the
Dean of the School," said Re-
gent Paul Brown(D-Petoskey),
echoing his colleagues' senti-
ments. Rhodes and SPH Dean
Richard Remington had urged
the Regents to re-organize DPP.
DPP Chairman Leslie Corsa
indicated after the vote that
there may be some difficulty
in retaining current faculty
See REGENTS, Page 3

Read it and weep:
Tentative tuition
Though the Regents have not formally voted on a tuition
hike yet, Board members and University administrators are
working under the assumption that rates will be increased
for next year.
In fact, Vice President for Academic Affairs Frank Rhodes
presented the Regents yesterday with a tentative list of
tuition figures.
FINAL TUITION figures will not be discussed until the
University is told how much money it can expect next year
from Lansing.
But because Rhodes has to start formulating a budget,
he presented the tentative figures to the Regents. Besides,
the University believes students should have some idea how
much their tuition will jump before they leave for the
The impending tuition hike was not voted upon yesterday,
but officials believe the Regents will take action in June.
The figures below average out to between an 8 and 9 per
cent tuition hike. Even though they are not final, it's highly
likely your tuition bill will rise accordingly. Read 'em and
O underclasspeople--in-state, 8.6 per cent, $464 per term
a to $504; non-resident, 6.8 per cent, $1,508 per term to $1,610
O upperclasspeople-in-state, 9.1 per cent, $526 per term
to $574; non-resident, 7 per cent, $1,626 per term to $1,740
O graduate students-in-state, 11.6 per cent, $636 per
term to $710; non-residents, 7.3 per cent, $1,650 per term to
O medical and dentistry students-in-state, 13 per cent,
$920 per term to $1,040; non-residents, 13 per cent, $1,840
per term to $2,080

Doily Photo by ALAN BILINSKY
Terry Fung, intently taking dictation from a language tape, is one of few students who frequent
the University's language laboratory. Chances are, however, Fung is not taking advantage of
the specially designed microphone-tape system in front of her. The little-used system records a
speaker's voice and then plays it back to aid pronunciation.
Students spend'little
time at language lab

Second of three parts
Among the long, surrealistic
rows of booths, five or six stu-
dents sit listening, oblivious to
each other and the rest of cam-
pus. Far from the crowds of the
Graduate Library and the din
of the UGLI, these students are

weeks. But, he claims, the 169
booths start seeing action again
when finals roll around. '
"I SAVE it up until I have to
(come)," explained s t u d e n t
Karen Frye, looking up from the
push-button console she employ-
ed to request her tape. Like
many students, she isn't very

Her teacher suggests that stu-
dents use the lab a half hour
each day, but rows of empty
booths affirm Rhee's contention.
"You can't talk to a tape,"
said Associate Spanish Prof.
David Wolfe. Dissatisfied with
the lab's artificial environment.
Wolfe said the ideal situation is
to converse with native speak-
ers on campus.
IT'S UP TO the language in-
structor to decide whether the
class will use the lab as an in-
tegral l e a r n i n g tool, Wolfe
Stephen Konopaki, a German

I feel like ajerk sitting here in
a box taiking to myself'-Sopho-
more Phil Raimi, discussing the
la(1 uatlilab ii.

Heaven knows why these legs
were dangling yesterday from
a Mason Hall window. But it
looks like a relaxing way to
kill a few minutes before

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