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Wednesday, July 24, 1974

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Page Three

Florida school
nurses testify
about patient
mistreatment

WASHINGTON / )Two former nurses
at an unaccredited IFlorida school for
disturbed children have told Senate in-
estigetors their patients were whipped
and beaten, used as guinea pi n, nd
allowed to live in filth.
The nurses testified yesterdoy tIht the
ddirector used the childre n-miiany of
them sons and daughters of military
pet-sons ihose care was paid for through
the Pentason-to research his own un-
- orthodox theories of inental disease even
F. thoughf he, himself, was not a physician
or psychologist.
THEY TOLD the Senate Pertmanent
Investigation Subcommittee that the
>,youngpersons confined in the school
were allowed virtually unlimited sexual
activities but were punished for infrac-
tions of rules by being chained, whipped,
given injections of irritants or proded
with an electric "bull shocker."
AP Photo The Green Valley School in Orange
City, Florida, and the University Center
Enough hot air to fla . . . in Ann Arbor are the focus of the
The opponents of New Jersey's income tax proposal apparently decided to take Senate probe into alleged abuse against
all their wasted breath and put it where it'll really say something-in a hot military dependents housed there.
air balloon. The airship took off from in front of the state house in Trenton The director of the Ann Arbor facility,
yesterday, and the guessing was that the rig would cover more distance than Dr. Arnold Kambly, was expected to
the hotly-opposed tax bill. testify later during the hearings.
Want to speak Francais.
rink up! You'll do better

By BARBARA CORNELL
Those who find it difficult enough to
speak English after downing a drink
ought to try speaking a foreign lan-
guage. They could be pleasantly sur-
prised.
Although Psychology Prof. Alexander
IRfam*Ily
study attracts
nationalnotice
By BILL HEENAN
A University family income study has
recently attracted President Nixon's at-
tention by charging that the Federal
Welfare System needs overhauling.
The report, conducted by the Institute
of Social Research (ISR), has followed
the yearly economic progress of a re-
presentative sample of 5,000 U.S. fam-
ilies since 1968. The project was fund-
ed by the federal Health, Education and
Welfare Department (HEW).
DATA FROM the ISR study was used
in an HEW report to President Nixon
focusing on proposals to "stream-lined,"
money-saving versions of the welfare sys-
tem.
Nixon has been a persistent critic of
the present welfare setup, which lie con-
tends is wasteful.
Eligibility for welfare benefits h a s
been determined by yearly Census Bur-
eau assessments Last year under the
official poverty line of $4,550 per single'
See STUDY, Page 8

Guiora asserts he and his colleagues do
"not advocate the use of alcohol to blow
your mind," he says in m o d e r a t e
amounts it can loosen inhibitions that
impede pronunciation of a foreign lan-
guage.
OF READING, writing, and speaking a
language, "psychologically the most de-
manding is speaking," explains Guiora.
"The sound of your speech is your
psychological identity," he continues.
The ability to accurately reproduce for-
eign sounds hinges on the individual's
ability to assume a new identity or to
"put oneself in another's shoes," which
Guiora refers to as empathic behavior.
This intoxicating discovery is part of
the results of nine years of study con-
ducted by a University research team
headed by Guiora.
GUIORA SAYS alcohol is a "nice,
neat, and socially acceptable way" to
reduce inhibitions, thus allowing the in-
dividual to assume this new personality.
His findings show the point where it
becomes increasingly difficult to assume
a new identity is at puberty when an
iindividual's character loses its childhood
flexibility, hence it is easier for a child
to learn a language than an adult.
"Once this process has gelled you will
not be able to change it," he explains
As a result, Guiora says an individual
can never lose an accent, thus a native
can never be taken as a foreigner in his
homeland regardless of how long he has
spent away from it.
Guiora applies his findings to some-
one like Secretary of State Henry Kis-

singer. Although Kissinger came to the
United States as a child, he has re-
tained a "frighteningly thick accent."
GUIORA attributes his inability to
adopt a native American accent to ex-
treme self-centeredness w h i c h keeps
Kissinger fromn assuming a new identity.
He says that often certain accents._
carry ulterior connotations which may
or may not be desirable. Many people
are consequently f o r c e d to l e a r n
"Standard English," w h i c h is most
closely related to mid-western, if they
aspire to certain positions. "Nobody is
going to elect a president if he has a
strong Mississippi accent," he explains.
He adds that President Johnson was
one of the "great accent shifters of all
time" since he was able to shift from
a heavy drawl to a Standard English
accent with ease.
Guiora's scientific c u r i o s i t y about
black dialect got him labelled as a
racist by many of his colleagues as well
as some top-level University adminis-
trators so he discontinued his study, but
he speculates the dialect has persisted
due to the tightness of black society.
EQUALLY important, he claims, is
that, unlike white immigrants who have
little trouble assimilating into the anglo-
saxon mainstream, blacks were never
accepted as American. He says today
black dialect has become a means of
protecting black culture and demonstrat-
ing that blacks do not desire to become
assimilated into white society.
Gulora, who speaks several languages,
says his pronunciation study came as a
See A LITTLE, Page 9

ESTIIER SNOW, ririier chief nurse at
Green Valley testified under oath that
one student was punished for injecting
lighter fluid into his arms by being
forced tod tig and seep in his iwn grave,
even though the arm was seriously in-
fected
The school wa run by Rv Gerge
von Itllisheimier, described i one affi-
davit to the committee as "a highly
talented, profit - motivated confidence
artist."
Von Hillsheimiier engaged in medical
research and prescribed massive doses
of vitamins and ther drugs as cures for
various mental disorders, Snow said.
AFrER A warning of similar state-
ments, Chairman Henry Jackson (I-
Wash.) called the testimony "a bad
nightmare."
"I don't understand how this was
allowed to happen in America," Jackon
said. "It sounds to me like concentra-
tion camp experimentation in Hitler's
Germany"
The Green Valley School and Univer-
sity Center are among a number of in-
stitutions around the nation which have,
on a regular basis received emotionally
disturbed children referred through t he
Civilian Health and Medical Program of
the Unifor m ed Armed Service
(CIIAMPUSI -
The Michigan facility is suspected of
drug use by patients, questionable book-
keeping procedures and inadequate treat-
ment and supervisioun of residents, sub
committee sources said.
John Walsh, a committee investigator,
testified CHAMPUS is unable to provide
virtually any statistics on the number
of patients referred to institutions, to
w h e r e they had been sent, or the
amounts of money paid for their care.
The Pentagon agency does not pay
the money directly, but has delegated
authority to such private medical in-
surance firms as Blue Cross Blue Shield
and Mutual of Omaha.
Dairy official
admits to illegal
contributions
WASHINGTON (MP-David Parr, a key
figure in the milk-fund affair, pleaded
guilty yesterday to conspiring to donate
corporate money illegally to Sen. Hubert
Humphrey, Rep. Wilbur Mills and other
Democrats and Republicans.
In an unusual move, however, the
Watergate Special Prosecution Force
said Parr may still be prosecuted for
bribery in connection w i t h President
Nixon's decision to increase federal milk
price supports in 197.
PARR HAD been secod-in-command
of the nation's largest dairy cooperative,
Associated Milk Producers, Inc., until
he was ousted in an internal power
struggle in January, 1972.
He w a i v e d indictment and pleaded
guilty to conspiring to donate $222,450 in
corporate services to six candidates.
The sum is the largest admitted total
of corporate donations from a single
group. It does not include a $100,000 cash
See DAIRY, Page 8

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