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Page 10-Saturday, June 30, 1979-The Michigan Daily
Bill would penalize speeders during energy crisis

LANSING (UPI) - The Senate emergency.
yesterday moved toward adoption of a
bill levying penalty points against the The measure was placed in position
driving records of motorists who for a final vote, but only after Senate
violate speed limits during an energy Democratic Leader William Faust of
We can't afford
to SwEase 4it.

Westland issued an order forcing ab-
sent members to appear on the floor
and make up a quorum.
DEBATE ON the measure was con-
fused - some members described it as
Earlier, the legislature approved a
bill giving Gov. William Milliken broad
emergency powers to compel energy
conservation during an officially
declared emergency, including
authority to lower speed limits.
The bill before the Senate, sponsored
by Sen. John Hertel, (D-Harper
Woods), would give muscle to the tem-
porarily lowered speed limits by,
allowing the assessment of penalty
points against violators.
THERE HAD been some question as
to whether the emergency powers bill
itself allowed the governor to levy poin-
ts, but backers said Milliken likely
would never take that action.
Hertel's insistence on a separate

points bill, however, amounted to a
middle-of-the-road position.
Sen. Edward Pierce, (D-Ann Arbor),
said points are a device for traffic
safety, not fuel conservation, and
proposed 30 days in jail or a minimum
$50 fine as an alternative.
SEN. JACK Faxon, (D-Detroit),
dramatically complained that Pierce's
amendments made the governor ap-
pear as "an Old Testament figure who
will descend in wrath" against
speeding drivers. The amendment was
Faxon then griped that assessing
points for temporarily lowered speed
limits amounts to a "de facto ex post
facto" law. He was defeated, however,
in trying to have the points apply only
during' the maximum 90 days of the
declared energy emergency.
"Points are ludicrous to start with,"
Faxon said. "The imposition of points
has primarily served for the rating of
insurance risks."

MSU prof injured in
hydrogen explosion

Hydrogen gas exploded in a biochem-
istry lab at Michigan State University
(MSU) yesterday morning, leaving an
unidentified assistant professor with
minor burns.
MSU police lieutenant Jim Dunlap
said the explosion occurred around 8:15
a.m., when a container of hydrogen gas
in a vacuum-sealed safety chamber
developed a leak. The assistant
professor had been conducting ex-
periments in the chamber.

DUNLAP SAID the professor shut off
the pressure in the chamber and turned
on a ventilating fan to clear the air in
the room. A spark from the switch on
the fan igrited the gas, causing the ex-
Dunlap said safety glass, similar to
the type of glass on windwhields of
automobiles, blew into the chamber
and flew into the professor's face.
Dunlap said the professor's face and
arms were burned, and estimated
damages to the chamber at ap-
proximately $200.

'Rocky'sequel just
doesn't hit the spot

Comonued Irom Pae 8j,
newlyweds Rocky and Adrian certainly
makes it seem plausible. The two lie in
bed together and murmur promises of
devotion, but their lovemaking is so
bland that they seem like two unin-
volved actors trying to make a go of it
for the cameras.
As the boxer never seemed par-
ticularly pious in the first film, it may
be that in Rocky II his sexual energy
has been directed into religious fervor,
for he can't seem to pray enough. In
addition to getting a special blessing
from his priest, Rocky spends all of his
time before the big fight talking
privately with God. Through the

crosscutting of scenes, we see that
while Rocky is praying, Apollo Creed is
going through vigorous warm-up exer-
cises and getting a pep talk from his
trainer. Its no wonder that once the
fight starts, Rocky gets floored by
Creed twice before three rounds are up.
But Rocky wins, and everybody loves
a winner, especially when he's been
down and out, and especially when he's
won because of all sorts of ridiculous
circumstances that would never hap-
pen in real life. People like to dream,
and as long as those big box office
receipts keep rolling in, Sylvester
Stallone will most likely be happy to en-
courage them.

ingmar Bergman, 1955
The summer night has three smiles: for young lovers, for clowns and fools,
and for the sad and depressed. "A delightfully droll contemplation of
amorous ordors." At the beginning the men have their proud illusions; but
before the mysterious midsummer's night is over the women have their men.
Bergman's brilliant style and structure lie halfway between Shakespeare
and the Marx Brothers. Swedish with subtitles. (108 min.)

7:30 & 9:30

Angell Hall Aud A $1.50

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