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The Michigan Daily-Thursday, June 14, 1979-Page 3
Beer and politics
'U'profs and administrators recall undergrad days
By KATE KELLOGG than political issues, they were aware the late 1930s, says the majority of he says were as well-written as those in
College students of the depression of conditions in Europe, according to students at that time were politically many national newspapers.
years were at least as anxious as University Interim President Allan active and liberal supporters of the Freedman says the main issue which
today's students about the job market. Smith, who attended Kearney New Deal. students were protesting during his
Many students in the 1930s were known Teacher's College in Nebraska during "THERE WAS a small but active student years was poverty. "The effec-
for expressing radical viewpoints. And that period. Communist faction on campus then, ts of the depression were still being
students always have expressed some "We were more trusting of the gover- and a good number of Socialists," says felt," he says. "Many students didn't
concern about getting expelled from nment then," he says. "There were Freedman. "When Norman have enough to eat."
universities because of rowdy or political questions, but we didn't so Thomas-the Socialist Party candidate Like Smith, Freedman does not
unethical behavior. much question if, as how, the gover- for many years-came to speak, the believe economic deprivations made
Life on college campuses has not nment should act." auditorium was usually overflowing." students more anxious about their
changed as much as many might Sociology Prof. Ronald Freedman, Freedman also says the Daily was careers than today's students who also
believe, according to several Univer- who was a student at the University in known for its radical editorials which worry about the labor market. "It's all
sity professors and administrators .. :relative," says Freedman. "The suf-
recalling their undergraduate days fering of today is just on a higher
from the 1920s to the 1950s. level."
RETIRED HISTORY Prof. Robert VICE-PRESIDENT for Academic Af-
Angell says students at the University fairs Harold Shapiro was a student at
from 1919 through the early 1920s were Migill College in Montreal during the
apolitical. early to mid-1950s, a time when he says
"(We were) somewhat superficial in "the economy was rapidly expanding
our interests, not very political. There and we were the first generation of
was a lot of loafing then," says Angell. well-trained kids.
"Colleges, being mainly for the elite, "- "Materialism wasn't questioned
were criticized as being just country, much," Shapiro says. "We were happy
clubs." just to be there, and as a result were
Angell also says parties played an very academically oriented."
important role in the lives of students. Tom Easthope, vice-president for
"Drinking was very prevelant, even af- student services, says familial values
ter Prohibition. That resulted in the were very strong in the early fifties.
probation and expulsion of several Both Shapiro and Easthope say
fraternities." drinking and fraternity partying were
ALTHOUGH STUDENTS in the late the favorite weekend activities of many
1920s and early 1930s were more con- EasthopeS apiro students.
cerned with economic matters rather

NUCLEAR WASTE FOUND ON BEACH:

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Possible
SOUTH HAVEN (UPI) - State
health officials said yesterday they
were investigating the possible dum-
ping of a small amount of radioactive
waste from Consumers Power Co.'s
Palisades nuclear plant into landfills in,
Berrien and Van Buren counties.
Donald Van Farowe, chief of the y
radiological health division, said an
employee of the Palisades plant found
some powdered resin on plant property
on the Lake Michigan beach Saturday
and discovered it to contain radioactive
material.
About two cubic feet of sand and resin
mixture was recovered and, according
to Consumers, it contained 10
microcuries of radioactivity.
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radioactive
THE UTILITY'S health physicists
said the amount of radioactivity
released was no more than one-tenth of
what is contained ina typical luminous-
dial digital watch.
Van Farowe said the health depar-
tment was alerted by state police Sun-
day, after they were informed of the in-
cident by the utility.
Health department personnel have
been investigating since that time, but
have not yet concluded their work.
CONSUMERS OFFICIALS said the
resin came from a waste dumpster on
plant property. It had been used for
water treatment in the secondary
cooling system of the $185 million plant
and should not have been radioactive,
VanFarowe said.

dumping investigated
He said company records snow the AT TlE OUTSET of the in-
resins to have been used for a 21-day vestigation, health department em-
period starting in October 1978 and ployees took two water samples from
again recently. hLake Michigan, one where the resin
The resins were used to purify water was found and another at the common
inside the nuclear facility. border of the nuclear plant property
COMPANY SOURCES said the resins with Van Buren State Park.
were disposed of last year by contracts Bt ampes shoe r
with two haulers, one of them is repor- Both samples showed no radioac-
ted to have dumped the wastes into his tivity.
own privately owned landfill. Health investigators are now concen-
The other hauler may have used any trating their efforts on attempting to
of four different landfills in Berrien find any trace of radioactivity in the
County, it was learned. five landfills involved.
Van Farowe said that if con-
taminated resins were buried in lan- Van Farowe said it is most likely the
dfills, the amount of radioactivity was resins were disposed of at a landfill
tiny and absolutely no public health southeast of South Haven, near the Ben-
hazard exists. ton Harbor Airnort.

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Making book on Skylab
Howard Pikstein, a University graduate student,
and his housemates on N. University Ct. devised a
gambling system to make money off of Skylab-if
they can get people to kick in. Throw in a dollar,
Pikstein says, and pick the day the Skylab will fall.
If you guess the correct day, or your guess is the
closest to the correct day, you win the pot. There is
one hitch-anyone who gets hit by a piece of the
floundering space laboratory automatically gets the
cash. So far only nine people have placed bets with
Pikstein, although the "bookie" says he's waiting
until June 25 for more accurate predictions. He says
he got the idea watching a TV news
show and talking about Skylab with his
housemates. Pikstein says anyone interested in
placing a bet should call 9ยง5-0398.
Where there's smoke
While the U.S. House of Representatives yester-
day debated giving itself a pat raise, a kitchen
grease fire forced diners out of the House Dining

room and choked the corridors with dense smoke.
Nearly a dozen District of Columbia fire engines
and ambulances responded as diners, some clut-
ching their sandwiches, crowded the single hallway
leading away from the eating area. Then water
from a loose hose connection sprayed over the mar-
ble floors and ornate columns and fire fighters
tramped through the hall dragging their equipment
behind them. According to waitresses, the fire star-
ted in a deep fat fryer and grew out of control before
the staff could contain it. Three people were treated
for smoke inhalation. Members of the House were
so involved in discussing their pay hikes, they
ignored the three fire fighters who searched the
chamber for smoke.
Happenings-...
- relax this morning, then at 1 p.m. stop by the
Regents Room in the Administration Building to
find out what the University Regents are discussing
at their monthly meeting . .. it's American
Heritage Night at the Michigan League. Tonight
from 5 p.m. until 7:15 p.m. the menu will feature
foods from the American Northwest ... at 7 p.m.,
Colorado State University Psychology Prof.
Richard Suinn will direct a seminar on The

Behavioral Management of Stress: Clinical and
Sports Applications in Whitney Auditorium in the
School of Education Building ... a guest speaker
from the Providence Birthing Center in Detroit will
address a meeting of the Ann Arbor Advocated for
Safe Alternatives in Childbirth at7:30 p.m. at 602 E.
Huron St.... the Dance Department of the School
of Music will present Dances-New Works at 8 p.m.
in Studio A of the Dance Building . .. FILMS: Ann
Arbor Film Co-op-Origin of the Species: Punk and
ProtoPunk, 7 p.m., and 10:20 p.m. and Island of Lost
Souls, 8:40 p.m., y all in Aud. 4,
MLB - .. Astronomical Film Festival-Space shut-
tle films and Jim Loudon will speak on "The Shuttle
and Space Colonization: Latest prospects and
Problems," in Aud. 3, MLB, 7:30 p.m.... Cinema
I1-Conrack, 7:30 p.m., 9:30 p.m., Aud. A, Angell
Hall ... Cinema Guild-Cooley High, 7:30 p.m.,
9:30 p.m., Old A and D Aud.
On the outside
Yesterday's sunny skies just won't last. Although
it will be breezy and warmer today, with high tem-
peratures in the low to mid-80s, there will also be a
slight chance of, thundershowers under partly
cloudy skies. The low will drop to the 50s.

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