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Newfoundland Faces Problems

Eighty-Seven Years of Editorial Freedom
420 Maynard St., Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Saturday, December 4, 1976

News Phone: 764-0552

Edited and managed by-students at the University of Michigan
results disappointing

day Michigan Student Assembly
(MSA) elections have snot been com-
pleted, but the figures as of yester-
day afternoon are quite disappoint-
ipg. For the first time since 1972,
dormnitory residents chose to reject
their boycott of non-United Farm
Workers lettuce, and the students
elected Irving Freeman to the gov-
erning body.
The UFW in California has been
subjected to legislative blackmail,
bullying and even violence over the
past decade, not to mention the sub-
standard working conditions and sick
pay rates. The boycott was used as
an organizing tool, as are most tac-
ties of the sort, and it has been es-
pecially crucial to the work of the
Union, as they are, dedicated to
reaching their goals non-violently.
Perhaps the vote is a signal, a
proverbial "sign of the times." The
city elections last April, when a Re-
publican was elected to Council in
the First Ward for the first time in
recent memory, was another such
sign - a sign that the Great Uni-
versity Liberals have returned to a
callous and predominant concern
with getting the grade, making the
buck and forgetting those who don't
have the same amount of economic,
political and social resources.
THE MARGIN WAS 2-1 against
the boycott, not even close. It re-
mains to be seen what the Univer-
sity Housing Council will do about
the situation, but it seems certain
that they will follow the mandate
of the dorm residents. Whether or
not, in the words of one official, the
Pauline Lubenra............ Chief Photographer
Brad Benjamin..............Staff Photographer
Alan Bilinsky................Staff Photographer
Scott Eceker ,................Staff Photographer
AndyP'reeberg............Staff Photographer
Christina Schneider......... Staff Photographer

vote was more an anti-dorm food vote
than an anti-lettuce vote is unim-
portant here. What is important is
that the outcome and consequences
will be the same regardless of the
intent of the majority. Those that
could afford to suffer a bit decided
they couldn't, and that's sad.
The election of Mr. Freeman is
another matter. The old Student
Government Council (SGC) had a
reputation of being a kangaroo court;
there was corruption and other she-
nanigans, much more than those de-
scribed in the column to the right.
They changed their name and tried
to change their image. They were
succeeding, to an extent.
Enter Irving Freeman, who cam-
paigned to "give MSA a pain in the
He makes)no bones about what
he intends to do, so we'll make no
bones about how we feel. Freeman
is a political opportunist in the most
derrogatory meaning of the term, and
it's apparent that the only intent he
has is making a mockery of the gov-
ernment body and in turn the 'en-
tire University community. Yes, he
WILL be a pain in the ass, from
those who constitutionally have to
deal with him in the Assembly of-
fices and those that have to depend
on him to represent their interests,
to those, like us, who have to waste
print on him editorially. And the pain
doubles once one considers that MSA
is not the only governing body he has
a vote in..
Hopefully, though, students will
realize his sham and remember that
one childish legislator doesn't neces-
sarily spoil the entire group.
News: Linda Willcox, Shelly Woolson,
Laurie Carruthers, Jay Levin, Pau-
line Lubens, Tim Schick

By The Associated Press
An estimated $100 million has
been spent near the coastof
Newfoundland in an effort to
learn the true extent of offshore
oil and gas deposits believed to
exist in significant amounts.
Informed sources said there
have been at least three gas
"finds" recently and one that
suggestsdeposits of oil. This
has prompted speculation that
Newfoundland may be on the
verge of a rich strike.
Such a find could prove an
embarrassment of riches for
Newfoundland, long known as a
treasure trove of iron ore,
uranium deposits, hydroelectric
power and timber resources.
These very riches pose a
problem-whether economic
development of Canada's
eastermost province will
remain under local control or
pass into alien hands as in-
ternational oil companies and
other interests are attracted to
the area.
Actually these same interests
are being encouraged to move
to Newfoundland. Economic
development is vital to the
province where half a million
inhabitants are plagued by
unemployment running above
15 per cent, partly because of
seasonal joblessness and the
province's lagging fishing in-
The provincial government is
courting investment from the
United States and such Western
European nations as Norway,
Sweden, Finland, West Ger-
many, France , Britain and
Italy. It is citing special
financial incentives to com-
panies who make the move.
Other problems face the
provincial regime. One is the
desire of inhabitants of
Labrador on the mainland to set
up a province of their own,
separate from the island of
Newfoundland. This could
remove the lucrative
hydroelectric and mining
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control of the Newfoundland
There is also the specter of a
struggle between federal and
provincial governments should
the quest for oil and gas pan out.
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authorities. might be anxious to
use the oil and gas to light and
fuel homes in Toronto and
Montreal whereas Newfound-
land would prefer to use the
energy sources for its own in-
dustrial development.

THE MOST RECENT wave of smear-literature to pummel the
campus during the just completed MSA elections, serves to
show that the philosophy embedded in the people of this country
that allowed Watergate, to happen is still very much with us. And,
more directly to the point, the perpetrators of this style of politics
is not indigenous only to the so-called "older generation," but has
infiltrated into the ranks of the so-called "young radicals."
The time was once when we could look on the scandals and
corruption that racked the highest levels of our federal govern-
ment with genuine outrage and disappointment. But armed with
the knowledge that when it would be our turn in a few years, we
would clean 'up the political swamps and virtue and trust in
government would be reborn. But the shoddy campaign tactics
employed on the "radical" Michigan campus doesn't say much for
the future political leadership of this country.
This University is supposedly one of the finest and most
esteemed intellectual and educational centers in this country. It
is also reputed to be one of the most vociferous hotbeds of protest
against corruption and other deficiencies of government. Based on
the corruption and deficiencies in our student government, that
reputation deserves to be severely tarnished.
ECHOING THE TACTICS of men of high reputation such as
Donald Segretti and Gordon Liddy, some of our upstanding and
forthright political parties seeking election to the MSA have
deemed it worthy of themselves to smear rival candidates by
circulating defamatory campaign literature claiming "pay-off
junkets" and secret motives, and political power-plays.
Perhaps the most widely distributed and influential piece of
campaign literature was the two-colored piece that proclaimed
in bold capitals "MSA rips off Rose Bowl." It then went into a
tirade on how the President of MSA behaved like Boss Tweed in
dispensing tour guide assignments in California, implying that he
dished these jobs out to his political cronies. Nowhere in the entire
piece does the Campus Coalition back up their charges with even
one iota of fact.
Further on in the same piece, they ,charge MSA with funding
this junket "courtesy of the students of the University." The
charge has been flatly denied and it has been proven that the travel
agency sponsoring the tour is paying the cost. But the damage
had already been done. How many students, who not being overly
well-informed about student government, read this pamphlet as
their only source of information, have been turned off to MSA
because of blatant lies? An more important, what caused pur-
portedly intelligent and politically active students to stoop to the
level of CRISP?
ANOTHER PRODUCT of the political process was provided by
the Vountary Funding Party (VFP). The headline on their
slander sheet read "Beware of CAMF." CAMF is a rival political
party and the gist of VFP's invective was that the name for which
CAMF stands for, the Committee Against Voluntary Funding, was
using that name under false pretenses; that in VFP's estimation,
they were secretly in favor of mandatory funding. That nothing
said in the piece substantiated their allegations, such trivial de-
tails as evidence, facts and proof, didn't phase them one bit. And
the harm done in the piece was probably too great to overcome
by a piece put out by CAMF that claimed slander.
Where did VFP get their information? Did one of the. members
of CAMF admit to such ideology?
It's no doubt a case that Redford and Hoffman should be
investigating, gathering witnesses and information from the third
level of the Forest Street parking structure.
When pressed on his motivations for generating such base
tactics, one of the young generation's future leaders summed up
the sadly prevalent attitude that epitomizes the decay of our
political system with the all-too typical rationalization, "everyone
else is doing it."
This statement is a virtual admisison of collaboration in the
perpetuation of a corrupt and unresponsive form of government.
Where in that limp justification of scullduggery is the slightest
indication of a desire to change and purify the system?
TACTICS OF THIS sort may by some be dismissed as merely
the overeagerness and obnoxiousness of youth. But the implica-
tions of these dirty actions stretch far beyond that. For Segretti
and Liddy and Haldeman and that whole crew of distinguished
and patriotic citizens got their start in politics' on the student
government level. Joseph McCarthy once rigged his election as
president of his college student body. And as everyone knows,
those men realized the mistakes of their youth and went on to
perform great deeds in government.

Letters to The Daily

Editorial Page: T o m Stevens,
Arts Page:Lois Josimovich
Photo Technician: Scott Eccker


To The Daily:
errors in your story about the
Barbour - Waterman buildings
(Friday, December 3, 1976).
1. I have not said, nor do ,I
believe, that the University's
officers are trying to "sneak"
the decision by the University
community. A number of faculty
and others are hoping that the
issues will be aired in more
depth than they have been so
far. The alternatives can and
s h o u ld be considered more
thoroughly. But President Flem-
ing and Mr. Sturgis have been
cooperative and not hasty. For
instance, the Regents' discussion

was postponed from November
to December at our request.
2. I could not say that state-
level officials have definitely
classified the Barbour-Waterman
buildings at historic. Some staff
members have indicated earlier
in the fall to Mr. Sturgis and
others that they regard the
buildings as having considerable
historic value'. But no formal
action has been taken, as far as
I know.
Our group has put in a criti-
cal evalaution of Mr. Sturgis'
report, in some detail. Your
story could have stressed those
issues more fully so that Uni-
versity members could evaluate
them in good time before the

Regents' meeting on December
The disposition of older build-
ings seem inevitably to gener-
ate debate, on campuses all
across the country. This is nat-
ural and healthy. We hope and
trust that the Barbour-Water-
man issue will be resolved with
great care. The quotations given
in your article greatly exagger-
ated the sharpness of tone with
which I wish to approach the
issues. I regret that very much
and look forward to a measured
discusison of the basic issues.
William G. Shepherd
Professor of Economics
December 3

X1i SE

Fat Fighters' Forum j

-IEAR FFF: You sure can't
lose weight by talking about
it. I know, because I'm an ex-
elephant type person myself.
It's no fun being fat, but all I
did was complain about it. I
didn't have any revelation about
my fat, and no water diet mira-
culously worked for me. I just
decided that I was going to col-
lege where no one knew me. It
was time to start a new image.
One important fact that I re-
alized was that no one could lose
weight for me and no one could
help if I didn't help myself. All
the miracle diet products in the
world won't make you lose
weight unless you work with
them. That's the only way.
Make the decision and stick to
it. After the first 30 pounds, it's
The hardest time not to eat is
when you are alone. With others
around, you can be a martyr
and refuse that chocolate cream
pie, but when everyone's gone,
you've got to refuse for your-
Start now while you're think-
ing about it. Good willpower

helps and luck has nothing to
do with it.
-Formerly Fat
QUESTION: I hear that weight
gain can sometimes be attribut-
ed to eating to satisfy not so
much of a physical hunder as
an emotional hunger. Can you
suggest ways to satisfy that hun-
ger without resorting to eating?
ANSWER: Numerous studies,
have shown that overweight peo-
ple, in comparison with persons
of normal weight, are less like-
ly to eat in response to the con-
tractions of an empty stomach,
and more likely to eat inres-
ponse to other stimuli, both ex-
ternal (food commercials, others
around them eating, time of
day) and internal (thoughts of
food, emotions.)
Many people respond to emo-
tional states, especially anxi-
ety, depression, anger, and bore-
dom, by eating. This pattern has
often developed because we afind
eating such a rewarding and
pleasurable activity in itself.
IN ADDITION, eating has of-
ten been asosciated with past
good times and may symbolize

the warmth, affection, and se-
curity enjoyed during those
times. So, eating may tempor-
arily relieve present streses and
unhappiness. Of course, this
strategy has some long-range
negative consequences: obesity
and non-resolution of unhappy
situations. If your problem emo-
tional states are not too frequent
or overwhelming (as to require
profesional help) we recommend
the following aprpoach, which
might cut down your eating, too.
First, you must gather some
accurate information about your
eating habits. Get a notebook
you can have available when
and wherever you eat. Record
what you eat, when, where, why
and wit4 whom. Include any ac-
tions, situations, thoughts, or
feelings that precede, accom-
pany or follow your eating and
that seem to influence your eat-
ing. This includes that between-
class mouthful, that ravished
stuffing between lunch and din-
ner, that "stuff the mind, stuff
the mouth" while studying, and
that late night snack.

The tactics employed by the college student learning the
political ropes, as it were, today, may someday become the
groundwork for a life of public service. It is sad to think that our
political system is such a vicious cycle that corruption and slander
have to be the major inroads to success in the game.
Somewhere it all has to stop. The only good tiding to come out
of Watergate was that the public revelations that came out of it
caused rage and indignation on the part of the people, and emitted
a glimmer of hope that the morass would be cleaned up. And the
most logical source for the clean-up operation is the college-
educated political activists who will someday become the leaders
of this nation. But if the political leaders on this campus and the
methodology for achieving their ends are indicative of the .future
state of politics that is in store for America then a sad future
awaits us.
pORTUNATELY, a large proportion of the student body, including
those running for office have not been tainted by the sess that
is slowly enveloping them. Many of the candidates are seriously
dedicated to reforming the system and have not felt the oned to
ascend to power by smearing their opponents. But if these people
are consistently frustrated by being the only straight players in a
game where everyone else uses shaved dice, they they will either'
assimilate themselves into the decrepit system or totally alienate
themselves from all involvement with politics. Neither of these
alternatives is acceptable if we ever hope to clean up government.
Ta is ine, we'a 11 hpen loking at it from the wrong

After 2-4 weeks of this note-r
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Ralph's Universe


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tak~ing, an examination of your
records should show some re-
tevens curring patterns. If you find
that you do eat in response to
certain emotions, you can take
--steps to change this. The re-
cording process should make
you more aware of the emo-
tion-food, connection. If you rec-
ognize this earlier in the chain
of events that lead to eating,
you are more likely to have
success in changing the pattern.

'tD t ru

We do recommend working di-
rectly with your eating behavior
because a) in some cases that

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