THE MICHIGAN DAILY
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Educators back plan to teach birth control
By SUE WARNER
State Senator Gilbert Bursley (R-Ann Arbor) is
sponsoring a bill which would permit public schools
to include birth control information in sex education
classes, and administrators from Ann Arbor's three
public high schools are backing the proposed legisla-
Connie Craft, acting dean of Community High School
stated that she would be in favor of the proposed law.
"IT'S MY FEELING that the availability of such
information is crucial," she asserted. "We encourage
young people to seek information when they are in
a decision-making situation, yet in this one field we
have failed to give it to them."
Presently Michigan law prohibits birth control in-
struction in state schools, even in sex education
Bursley called the current statute "archaic," and
added, "Michigan is the only state categorically ban-
ning reference to birth control in sex education
classes. We want to bring -Michigan law into line
with twentieth century, facts.
THE PROPOSED legislation would permit reference
-to birth control in sex education classes, but only if
approved by the local school board. Also, a parent
review board would be established to review and re-
commend changes in the materials and methods used.
Another provision of the bill is that birth control
information will only be given in elective courses an#
umust follow guidelines established by the State Board
of Education and the state Department of Public
Health, or by the local school board and county or
district public health department.
Albert Gallup, assistant principal at Huron High
also feels the bill is necessary.
"IT SEEMS LIKE thtre's a real need if you read
the statistics," he said. But, Gallup too, cautioned that
the school board must consider community attitudes
before approving the law. "I'd be in favor of it if the
parents have an opportunity to decide if their children
should be involved," he explained.
Pioneer Iigh School Principal Dr. Milo White, also
said that he is in favor of the proposed legislation.
"There's no question in my mind that the correct in-
formation is necessary." However, he continued, "the
controversy is whether the school is the place for it,
but if the legislature should decide to pass the law, we
would have an obligation to teach the information.
GROUPS WHO oppose the bill have used the argu-
ment that the availability of birth control information
would encourage sexual activity among young people.
White counters this argument by reversing the issue,
"because they are sexually active, students need more
See LOCALS, Page 13
ocals picket Krogerstore
By GREGG KRUPA
Several Ann Arbor area residents have begun a drive to boycott
Dal Monte foods being sold by Kroger's stores in the area.
On Saturday, about ten members of the Ann Arbor Coalition
Against Del Monte picketed the Kroger's store on Broadway. This
. was the fourth consecutive Saturday that store has been picketed.
The group has also'collected 500-600 signatures in support of the
tDel Monte boycott.
MEMBERS OF the coalition claim Del Monte's sardine opera-
tions in Namibia are helping to support the apartheid regime and
are in violation of international law.
Namibia is still officially called Southwest Africa, although
,y r _ r the South West African People's Organization and other groups
united in the struggle to liberate lands in South Africa refer to
the area as Namibia.
A coalition circular asserts 'that, "Del Monte takes food from
r the people of Namibia to feed whoever has the most money to
pay for it-those who need the fond least-or to their cattle, who
! need it even less."
MARTY FRIESS, a spokesman for the coalition said of picket
m, "We had a little trouble with police on the first Saturday,
v haven't been bothered since then."
Sriess said that the manager of the Kroger store told him he
talked to his superiors about taking Del Monte products off
the shelves, but that the final decision was up to them,
The coalition is also protesting Del Monte's business practices
4- in the pineapple industry in Kenya. A report from the North
American Congress on Latin America (NACLA), a group that
researches American business concerns, in South America, says
that under Del Monte's original settlement with the Kenyan gov-
ernment, the company agreed to take 80 per cent of its production
Iromsmall-scale Kenyan farmers.
THE REPORT asserts that today, the company maintains its
- own large plantations on leased land, and takes nose ot its pine-
S apple production from Kenyan farmers.
Duane anson, as pokesman for the Del Monte company at its
r ,frte headquarters in S.a Francisco has said the vast majority of pro-
r : duction 'upplied in thc United States came from small individual
iv rnoto v ALAN - i growers.
DEMONSTRATORS PICKETING the local Kroger grocery store urge patrons to boycott Del Monte "I would assume that the situation is the same world wide,"
products. The protestors allege that Del Monte supports apatheid in S. West Africa. said Hanson.
0 T DAY
... begin today with a talk by Detroit femnist
and author Michelle ,Russell on "Women, Work
and Politics," at 2 p.m. in MLB Lecture Room
One. Russell will' also spear on "Black Women,
White Women and Femnism" at 7:30 p.m. in the
west conference room of Rackham ... ever won-
der why you' went to the grocery store? Some-
one obviously has, because Dr. Lidia Kostynuik
of SUNY Buffalo, New York will speak on "A Be-
havioral Mode and Destination Choice Study of the
Urban Grocery Shopping Trip" at 4 p.m. in 1217
E. Engineering ... Revolutionary Student Brigade
there was never any butter when he was a kid
because of the Depression, and how he never had
any fun as a teenager because of the war, and
what a hard time we had in Korea? According
to a report issued by the Population Reference
Bureau, the "birth cohort" -- group of 'people
born during a specified period - of the 1930's
has had a cakewalk life. Sociologist Carl Harter
calls the Thirties group "the good times cohort."
"Compared to their immediate predecessors," Har-
ter writes, m"they have needed less from society.
They did not find overcrowded delivery rooms,
insufficient classrooms, burgeoning universities,
scarce job offers, a big housing shortage." Harter
they're going to get." Harsh words, indeed, but the
grandmas in Myrtle Beach, S.C. are angry about
a state law banning the game of Bingo. Bingo op-
erators have brought suit to 'stop the law from
being enforced in this beach community, but the
case is currently tied up in court. And when the
weather turns hot, those old ladies can get mean.
"We're mad as fire," said Jan Fagan, an Ashe-
ville, N.C. housewife. "I am 41 and I've been play-
ing Bingo here since I was 15. We got here Thurs-
day and we just want to play Bingo."
and the EMU Iranian Students Association will host concludes that because of their smaller numbers, Ontheo s
a slide show on South Africa m Trotter House at the 1930's cohort "had it ,made." The secret, itoutside
7 p.m., followed at 8:15 by a meeting to organize seems, is to be born during hard times. Last week you gould fry eggs on the sidewalk
opposition to University investments ... and Nation- - today you should be able to pressure-cook them.
al Pickle Week enters its second day today. IIt'l be hot and very muggy today, with a high
. of 88. If you call thundershowers a relief from high
hufidity, there should be a relief from high humidi.
Bloom, baby,_L oom Bingo!,
a y, B - ty late this afternoon or early this evening. To-
And you thought your parents had it rough. Re- "You tell them it keeps grandmas off the streets. night the low will be 65, and tomorrow the sun
member how Dad was always telling you how If they want grandmas on the streets, that's what will be bark, bringing a high of 82.