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Papers better
than TVon
polities,
study shows

By ELIZABETH SLOWIK
Newspapers do a better job than
television of informing the public about
politics, according to a study conducted
by the University's Journalism Depar-
tment.
The study, "Newspapers, Television
and Political Reasoning," was based on
a random sample of 1,883 adults in 25
states following the Senate elections in
1974.
THE STUDY'S conclusion clashes
with opinion poll results which claim

The Michigan Daily-Thursday, July 13, 1978--Page 3
people use television more than markets ranging from rural com-
newspapers to get news. munities to large cities. They
Unlike earlier studies, the survey calculated the average level of can-
separates "informed citizens" from didate information held by people in
their counterparts who have little each market, then reflected this again-
knowledge of political affairs and com- st indexes describing gross exposure to
pares the ways the two groups use the newspapers and television.
media. The study defines "informed
citizens" as those who can cite reasons THE BEST-INFORMED people lived
for their votes. in areas where newspaper use was
The researchers, Peter Clarke, high, while those who lived where
chairman of the journalism depar- television viewing was heavy were less
tment, and graduate student Eric informed. This correlation remained
Fredin, surveyed people in 67 news See PAPERS, Page 10

'Significant others'
get rec facility use
By MITCH CANTOR said he doesn't foresee a growth in
Unmarried University students will membership despite the move.
no longer be singled out by University
sports officials. "I REALLY don't see it increasing
Because of a new policy to take effect greatly the number of people who come
in September, swinging singles as well in the facilities," Canning said. He said
as married students may sponsor one that the important thing is the fact that
"significant other" - a non-student single students may now take advan-
who will be allowed to use the Univer- tage of this opportunity if they so
sity's recreational facilities for only $15 choose.
per year.t Nemerovski said the decision was not
Under the old system only married monetarily motivated.
students, who normally pay $30 per Canning said the deal might be an
year, could sponsor their spouses. The unprofitable proposition. "When I
new ruling, however, gives single figured it out a couple months ago it
students an equivalent privilege. Ken (the new policy) could be a $3,000 loss,
Nemerovski, Assistant Director of the which is a one per cent loss," Canning
Department of Recreational Sports, said. But he added that his forecast is
said fairness was the goal of the action. simply an estimate.

"THE ADVISORY Committee on
Recreation, Intramurals, and Club
Sports (ACRICS) felt that a policy
which provides (for eligibility) for
spouses was discriminatory against
people who aren't married," Nemerov-
ski said.
The revised policy also allows faculty
and alumni the same privilege, though
their "significant others" must pay $30
and $75 per year respectively. Dues
allowing a totally unaffiliated person to
use University facilities, such as the
Central Campus Recreation Building
(CCRB), are $150 per year.
Bill Canning, Associaste Director for
Financing and Facility Coordination,

THE DECISION, which was passed 5-
2 by ACRICS in late April, will include
all "significant others" to participate in
the Competitive Intramural Sports
Program, the Sports Clubs Programs,
and Informal Recreation. Also included
will be access to all of the University's
four recreational buildings.
Nemerovski said he expects a
generally favorable response from
local citizens. "The majority will see it
as being in step with the times," he
said.
In order to get the passes, members
and their "significant others" must buy
passes from the CCRB. Passes will go
on sale next Monday.

Daily Photo by JOHN KNOX

NEW UNIVERSITY POLICY will now enable any University student to sponsor
a "significant other" at any of the University recreational facilities.
today
Happenings ...
... don't begin until noon today so feel free to get
some extra shut-eye. Then wake up to 'Mr. Bones,'
also known as Percy Danforth, who will play he
bones to ragtime in the Pendleton Arts Center on the
second floor of the Michigan Union ... take another
rest until 7:30 when The Gay Divorcee will bey
shown in the meeting room of the main branch of
the Ann Arbor Public Library. The film, which
features memorable song and dance routines by
Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire, will also be
shown tomorrow afternoon. :.at 8, cellist Jerome
Jelinek and harpsichordist Edward Parmenter will
perform a faculty chamber music recital in the%
Recital Hall of the University Music School. The
program will feature works of J. S. Bach.,
R.I.P.
Morris the Cat, the finicky star of catfood com-
mercials, is dead at 17. As the announcement came
over the wire, our silent glances betrayed what we
dared not say: Morris was yet another innocent Mon
inundated with superstardom until he burst. He
knew the glory of limelight, but he paid the price. related to old age, bu
Morris (he changed his name from Moskowitz in for so many other inn
1963) starred in his first television commercial at finas day herhann
the age of 7, and over the next ten years made over final says, his life had 1
40 commercials for the tyrannical 9-lives company. shrouded in mystery.e
Dr. Barbara Stein, Morris' veterinarian, said the smokescreen of groupe
death was associated with cardiac complications hoppig, but he didn't h

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driven his wife, the backwards-stepping feline of the
Purina Cat chow ads, to her tragic suicide in 1973,
Morris couldn't stop society's evils from digging
him an early grave. Morris' role will be taken over
by a previous understudy, and a spokesperson
claims the new cat "is a double for Morris
physically and is as finicky, aloof, and independent
as his predecessor." Well, we say, Fat chance. As
the aloof posture Morris took in his commercials
betrayed the existential dread in his soul, he
revealed himself as a true anti-hero for our times.
Anything for females
Some men will go to any length to be included in
the company of caring females, and Ellis Fraser is
no exception. The British man, 43, swallowed 50
pence coms to feign illness because he enjoyed the
company of nurses. He encountered little love, but a
lot of trouble with the law. Fraser, a fishmarket ice
porter, was sentenced toa year in jail after pleading
guilty Tuesday to three charges of obtaining
hospital treatment by deception. Maybe Fraser
should try a more concentional approach next time,
like reading one of those books on fool-proof ways to
pick up females,
r*
On the outside..
Get out your umbrella, cause it's going to rain.
Scattered thunderstorms will continue throughout
the day, probably ending by evening. The sky will
be mostly cloudy with a high of 83'.

£s i're cUa
it everyone knows better.
st as it had marked the end
ocent gadflies. During the
become more and more en-
He tried to hide behind a
s, fast cars, and celebrity-
ave the stuff. Just as he had

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