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Adolescent cynicism cited by prof

The stereotyped image of adolescents as
political idealists is far from the truth,
according to a University psychologist who
says he has found the opposite in an eight
year study.
In interviews with over 450 young peo-
ple, Psychology Prof. Jo se ph Adelson
says he encountered skepticism if not
cynicism in their views of human nature
and the limits of social change.
Other findings in his broad study are
that a profound shift in political thinking
occurs during the early to middle teen
years in nearly all adolescents, of all cul-
By 18 a youngster has "a firm grasp on
the political system; he is forming an
ideology; he is qualified to vote," accord-
ing to Adelson.
Adelson began documenting "the Politi-

cal Imagination of the Young Adolescent"
eight years ago. His subjects, boys and
girls aged 11 through 18, were of normal
to high intelligence and from a full spec-
trum of social class. About 50 were inter-
viewed twice within a three year interval..
"Our aim was to discover how adoles-
cents of different ages and circumstances
construe the world of political action, and
how they organize a political philosophy,"
he explained.
"We were motivated largely by the
widely held but seldom substantiated
claim that adolescents are political ideal-
"We asked, 'what kind of ideal society
would you establish?' 'Could it success-
fully eliminate crime and diminish dis-
agreements among people?'
"We weren't surprised to find the ideal-

ism generally absent," the psychologist
said. "But we were totally unprepared for
the prevalence of fiercely held anti-utopian
"We then raised hypothetical questions
on such issues as the obligations of citi-
zens and state; the limits of political au-
thority; the nature of crime and justice,
and political freedom versus the common
"We were surprised to find that neither
sex. nor intelligence, nor social class count
for much in the growth of political con-
cepts," Adelson said. "What does count,
and counts heavily, is age."
Adelson is currently expanding his study
with a comparison of some 500 black and
white youths living in the Detroit suburbs
and inner city.

Prof. Adelson

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No rain, no snow, no sleet,
a little sunshine

Wednesday, July 21, 1971 Ann Arbor. Michigan News Phone: 7654-0552
Judgerules Argu
- ictu-re an o bsceni ty

(;Guerrillas flee Jordlan
An Israeli soldier, right, stands guard Monday over blind-folded
Palestinian guerrillas taken prisoner near Israeli's frontier with
Jordan. Israelis said they were among the more than 70 guerrillas
who crossed the Jordan River and surrendered to Israeli forces
while fleeing from King Hussein's crackdown on Palestinian strong-
holds in northern Jordan.
Survey released on
ou t-of-state studens

A local judge has ruled
that a picture printed in the
Ann Arbor Argus almost two
years ago is "lewd, obscene,
lascivious, filthy, indecent,
disgusting and immoral," in
violation of state law.
Circuit Court Judge Ross
Campbell July 5 barred further
p r i n t i n g or distribution in
Washtenaw County of a picture
s l o w i n g Councilman James
Stephenson (R-4th ward) with
a superimposed drawing of a
When the ruling is carried
out, the three people affected--
local lawyer John Hathaway,
Councilman Joseph Edwards (R-
3rd ward) and John McCormick
(R-5th ward)-will have their
copies of the picture seized and
destroyed by County Sheriff
Douglas Harvey.
The three had said they would
distribute the material if the
court did not restrain them.
Hathaway declined yesterday to
say why they involved them-
selves in the case, except "to
test the law." He did not say in
what way the law was tested.
In September, 1969, the question
of whether the picture was ob-
scene was brought to Mayor
Robert Harris, City Attorney
Jerold Lax and County Prose-
cutor William Delhey.
Harris and Lax refused to
opine whether the picture was
obscene, but Delhey said it was
and thus the case was brought
hefore the Circuit Court for a
As a result of the ruling, all
copies in the plaintiffs' posses-
sion "shall forthwith be sur-
rendered by the plaintiffs to
the Sheriff of the County of
Washtenaw, and the said sher-
iff is hereby directed to seize
and destroy any and all such
copies which shallnbe so sur-
rendered or which shall remain
in the possession of the plain-
According to Hathaway, the
"sheriff is minion for carrying
out the destruction of copies of
the material," which means that
he can get an order from the
court instructing any possessor
of the picture in the county to
surrender it to him to destroy it.
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Why should states subsidize
the education of non-residents?
Are there quotas for non-resi-
me dent students? Do their tuitions
differ fairly from the tuition
of resident students?
Non-resident students at the
nation's state universities have
become an issue of growing
Lottery date
set at Aug. 5
WASHINGTON (A') - The 1972
draft lottery has been set for
W Aug. 5 as prospects dim that
Congress will reinstate the na-
tion's draft law before Septem-
A Selective Service System
statement issued Tuesday by Di-
rector Curtis W. Tarr said draft
age men "deserve to know their
relative chances of induction so
that they are better able to plan
Tarr said the lottery to deter-
mine new 19-year-olds' draft or-
der in 1972 will be held at 10 a.m.
Aug. 5 in the Commerce Depart-
ment auditorium in Washington.

concern in higher education as
administrators find themselves
faced with such questions as
To begin to answer such ques-
tions, Robert Carbone, dean of
the College of Education at the
University of Maryland, recent-
ly distributed a questionnaire
to member institutions in the
National Association of State
Universities a n d Land - Grant
Colleges (NASULGC). A total of
SI of the 117 member institu-
tions responded.
Carbone's report based on the
questionnaire, focuses on two
issues related to the non-resi-
dent student: Policies governing
their admission and procedures
for establishing tuition levels.
According to the report, 58
institutions answered that they
have no quotas restricting the
number of non-residents they
Quotas reported by the re-
maining 20 institutions varies
from five per cent for new non-
resident freshman at the Uni-
versity of Mississippi to 45 per
cent for all out-of-state under-
graduates admitted at the Uni-
versity of Virginia.
At the University of Mich-
igan, according to Alan Smith,
See NATIONAL, Page 6

Troops increase action
South Vietnamese troops move out on patrol from Firebase Fuller,
a hilltop position four miles south of the DMZ. North Vietnamese
troops shelled the position yesterday, as fighting rose to a 28-
day high, but no casualties were reported. (See story, Page 7.)
Grand jury to investigate
tar and feathers incident

An April 1 incident in which
the principal of Willow Run
High School was tarred and
feathered, allegedly by white
racists, will be investigated by a
U.S. grand jury yet to be con-
The grand jury will specifical-
ly investigate the Ypsilanti-
based White Advisory Council
and the Ku Klux Klan.
Justice department officials,
however, have refused to con-
firm or deny the plans, citing a
grand jury secrecy law as pre-
venting them from making any
The attack on the principal,
Dr. Wiley Brownlee, followed
months of severe racial unrest
and rioting at the school.
According to Brownlee he was

waylaid on a back road in
Wayne County by a group of
hooded men who knocked him
down and poured tar and feath-
ers on him.
Washtenaw County Prosecu-
tor William Delhey, whose office
has been investigating the at-
tack, refused to comment yes-
terday on the specifics of the
Delhey did say, however that
his office, along with the Federal
Bureau of Investigation, has
been investigating the crime,
and hinted that the jury probe
had resulted from their work,
The sole suspect arrested in
connection with the case was
released after questioning and
no one has been charged with
the assault.

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