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Thursday, July 28; 1977


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Marchers back VA nurses

Special To The Daily
[DETROIT-About 700 supporters of Filipina Narciso and leo-
nora Perez gathered yesterday for two hours in Kennedy Square
downtown to march, sing and hear speakers protest the two
women's convicrrons for poisoning.
Narciso and Perez, both nurses at the Veterans Administra-
tion (VA) hospital, were found guilty of poisoning five patients
during the summer of 1975. The verdict, handed dowt after a
thirteen week trial and a record 94 hour jury deliberation, has
been sharply criticized by nurses organizations, VA hospital eiA-
ployees, and patients.
AT YESTERDAY'S rally, which began shorty after noon to
catch some of the Kennedy Square lunchers, supporters of Nar-
ciso and Perez marched in a ring chanting "We want justice-free
the two nurses!" and "Innocent!"
The marchers, most of them nurses and still in their white
uniforms, carried signs which read "Reasonable doubt-Unreason-
able Verdict," and "We Want Justice."
Erlinda Santos, President of the Philinpine Nurses Associa-
tion (PNA) which spearheaded the rally, said she was "very much
satisfied" with yesterdays turnout.
"Now I strongly believe that the people think these two nurses
are innocent," she said.
MRS. SANTOS said that the PNA and many individual sup-
porters of Narciso and Perez have sent telegrams to Federal
Judge Philip Pratt, who presided over the case, and to President
Carter. She said they are also thinking of having a motoircycle to
Washington sometime in the future.
Narciso and Perez were meeting with their laterrs yesterday
and were unable to attend the rally.
One of the four attorneys who represented the two, tietrolt
lawyer Lawrence Burgess, was at the rally "just watching" aBur-
gess declined an opportunity to address the crowd, saying that
he didn't want it to appear that the lawyers had a hand in or-
ganizing the support.
One of the speakers was William Loesch, one of the VA vic-
tims of the summer of 1975 whom Narciso and Perez were both
convicted of poisoning. toesch said of the women "'There is n
doubt in my mind they are innocent. 'they took care of me,
boosted my morale, and saved my life"
JUDY POtACHEK, a former VA staff nurse, who resigned
front her job after hearing the guilty verdict, told the gathering
that it was "largely because of Leoni and I I." (Narciso) that
See MARCHERS, Page 10
Thieves freeze emly1es-
get away wilth cold cash

Zero Way Street
The shouting season between South and West Quads hasn't started yet, and it's a good thing,
because with road construction ripping up the street between them (E. Madison) about all the,
antagonists could do would be shout. Or heave smudge pots.
Researcher finds contraceptive
use erratic among young people

Although most college students seem confident
and casual about sex, it is probably a facade,
says Sylvia Hacker, a University Health Service
Hacker, who recently studied pregnancy rate
among unmarried youths, for her doctoral re-
search, said most young people have anxieties
about sex.
SHE FOUND the anxieties come about be-
cause of the envelope of secrecy that is placed
around sexuality.
"Sex and contraception are still relatively ta-
boo subjects in our post-Puritanical culture," she
said. Even the most liberal parents tend to view
sex as a private matter, and the schools treat it
as a dry academic subject,
In her research Hacker studied 38 people, aged
15 to 23, the bulk of them college students. All of
them had sexual experiences with, and later,
without, contraceptives.
HACKER SAID studies have shown young peo-
ple to be erratic in their use of contraceptives
and she wanted to find out why.
The 38 people in her study indicated a general
desire to avoid pregnancy but were not commit-

ted to the use of birth control.
"If you carry one with you," one girl re-
marked, "it's like you're asking for it.
HACKER SAID the self-consciousness about
using contraceptives was due, primarily to the
guilt, or what she termed "sexual anxiety," as-
sociated with intercourse.
She said the problem was one of the "pro-
cessing" information.
"Just consider the difference between how we
treat sexuality and reading," she said. "Young
kids are taken to the library, they see their par-
ents reading, and they talk about problems in
reading. This is not the case with sexuality."
HACKER SAID because atdequate knowledge is
lacking in the home and in the school, kids turn
to their peers, where then receive tisinforma-
tion and pressure.
"They hear their friends say, 'hey look, it's
gonna make you terrific,' or 'it will make you a
hero,"' she said.
tlacker said yittng people often have no one
to answer their more personal concerns.
THEY WANT TO know, "what will site think
if I try something," or "How far should I let him

Two employes of the Beer
Depiit, located at 114 E. Wil-
ham, were threatened at gun-
point and then tossed into a
freezer chest Tuesday night by
two men who robbed the store
of an undisclosed amount of
The two employees, Desnis
Scott and John LiDuke were
"TIEY CAUGHT us com-
pletely off guard," Scott said.
According to police, the two
men entered the store at up-
proximately 11:49 p.m. Scott
was bent over picking titu trash,

ttaking LaDtke the tnly clerk
visible to them at first.
The mten held a putt to la
Duke's head, and demanded he
give thet alt the imtnev from
the ca-h lregister. Scou stood
tip, and the mnit decided to
thriw ITtlIuke and Scott itto
the stolr's fricier.
SCOTT', THE first to be
thrown into the cooler, said one
of the wen threttetned him,
barking "where's the rest of
the rtoney? This freezers'
soundproof. If you don't tell
mae, Itlit~ otr oaway."
As he wtas tossed into the
freezer, Scoul hit the alarm,
which alerled police.

Lights, camera, carillon ...
If your mother always said you should be in
pictures, hustle down to State St. or any of sev-
eral other campus locations during the next five
weeks and you can at least be near them. Mer-
curial producer/director William Martin is back
in town complete with film crew for the shooting
of Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep, a movie based
loosely on the John Norman Collins killings which
took place in the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti area in 1969-
70. The film is being shot partially in California
and partially on location, using many local resi-
dents. The production is being bankrolled by KBS
Productions of Los Angeles at a reported cost of
$1.5 million. Yesterday was the first day of out-
door shooting on campus.

with an out of tune instrument when he blows
his horn. Laubach, the "human Trumpet," doesn't
use an instrument at all when he stands before
nightclub audiences; purses his lips, and lets forth
his own rendition of "Hello Dolly." His hornless
trumpeting talent, which Laubach has had since
childhood, won't lead him into show business
though, he says. A graduate student at the Uni-
versity of Wisconsin, Lavbach has no desire to
spread his talent nationwide. He performs his lip
tricks only two or three nights a week at small
local night clubs. May we suggest the Gong Show?
... it's music and cultchah day. At noon, pianist
Randy Benway presents a free recital in the Pen-
dleton Room of the Union featuring selections by
Beethoven, Liszt and Mozart as a part of the con-
tinuing Open Hearth Series ... If you feel like do-
ing a little traveling, head on over to EMU's mall
(near the fountain) for the Shooby-do and Jazz-a-

go-o show, also at noon ... That's it except for
the meeting of the Christian Science Organization
in Room 4304 of the Union at 7:15 p.m. ... Begin-
ning this week Project Outreach is accepting ap-
plications for Fall internships with adolescents.
Head over to 554 Thompson or call 764-9279 or
764-9179 for information ... For the intelligent among
us, it's time to apply for post-graduate scholarships
(Rhodes, Marshall, Danforth, etc.). Contact~tm. 5208
Angell Hall or call 764-4311.
On the outside
They say all good things must come to an end.
Well, maybe it's time to disprove that. Today will
be just another day In a string of glorious weath-
er. The sun will shine and except for a few billowy
white clouds, the sky will be crystal blue. It's too
good to be true ... there must be a typhoon brew-
ing for us somewhere. Enjoy it white it lasts. To-
day's high will be a pleasant 82, tonight's low . a
crisp 55. Snuggle up to someone warm.


Peter Laubach of M
er with valve oil,

ladison, Wisconsin, doesn't
brass polish or suffering

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