Page 4-Saturday, May 6, 1978-The Michigan Daily
Eighty-eight Years of Editorial Freedom
420OMaynard St., Ann Arbor, MI. 48109
Vol. LXXXVIII, No. 4-S News Phone: 764-0552
Saturday, May 6, 1978
Edited and managed by students
at the University of Michigan
St. Paul voters
stifle gay rights
I T WAS ENOUGH to make Anita Bryant
Last week voters in St. Paul, Minnesota easily
repealed the city's four-year-old gay rights law in
the fist test of such legislation since Florida's
Dade County which - with Bryant's en-
couragement - shelved its homosexual rights or-
dinance last June.
It was a high turnout for an off-year election,
and voters threw out the law by a two-to-one ratio.
The vote deletes from the city's human rights or-
dinance an amendment prohibiting
discrimination in housing, employment,
education, and public accommodation on the
basis of "sexual and affectional preference."
Rev. Richard Angwin, pastor of Temple Baptist
Church and a leader of the repeal crusade said
"we thank God" for the outcome.
"This should be and is a happy time for all of us
who have worked so diligently to see a sense of
decency and moral perception restored to St.
Paul," Angwin declared.
T HE ONLY thing that has been restored to
St. Paul is ignorance and confusion over
any real sence of decency. Four years ago voters
in the large, metropolis showed the American
public a fair and ethical law, ignoring bigoted
But now those same citizens have quashed that
measure of progress and have taken a step towar-
ds curbing equal rights for all people.
This represents a set-back for those who are
speaking out in favor of equal rights. But we must
continue to oppose the narrow-minded
proselytizing and try to keep Anita from smiling.
SPRING EDITORIAL STAFF
RICHARD BERKE KEN PARSIGIAN
STAFF WRITERS: Mike ArkushgReneBecker, Brian Blanchard, Elisa Isaac-
son, Dan Oberdorfer, Tom O'Connell,Judy Rakowsky. RJ. Smith
PAUL CAMPBELL........ Executive Sports Editor
HENRY ENGELHARDT........ ............. . ExecutiveSports.Editor
CUBSCHW ARTZ...................................... oExecutive Sports Editor
Gary Kicinsi Geofft Larcom, Brian Martin, Dan Perrin, Dave Renbarger, Jamie
Turner Boh Warren
Elisa Frye. Liz Mac, DianeSilver
ASSISTANT NIGHT EDITORS
Say 'Hi' to someone in A2
and you'll get a funny look
By Douglas Heller must brave the elements to go have today?
- -- - from one place to another. In 'Well, I need a 1osf of bread,
Walking the streets in Ann Ar- Grosse Pointe, everyone i * con? and I guess I'll get a couple
bor in spring is unlike walking stantly beaming (maybe they're cookies.' I say, smiling.
through any other town I have maintaining status quo). In "Okay, that'lI be $189," she
lived in. Florida and the Keys you couldn't says, like she really meant it.
The dogshit and the cracked wipe the sully grins off all the Here you go, I think I have
sidewalks are the same, and the faces with a flash flood some change."
abundance of trees shading the The only happy people you see "All right, thank you."
area is reminiscent of several here are in the local saloons, "Thank you. Bye now."
spots, but the town has an at- when a cheerleader gets atten " "Bye!" she calls, giving me the
mosphere about it all its own. tion from a football player or vice smile I've been waiting for.
versa. Shop owners and From what locals have told
ALmL THE CONCRETE. and salespeople are about the me, however, all this is due for a
asphalt suffers a little more than cheeriest folks around (closer to big change soon. Following
normal (and consequently so do Detroit they're the exact o- spring thaw, the summer heat
the drivers who must dodge posite). Sometimes I go into brings out all the wierdos,
potholes), and all the businesses
and residences seem condensed
into a very tight space. lIf
Weather often accounts for the
mood of people (a fickle thing),
and this balmy spring thaw
seems tosmake everyone stuffier
than usual. Things have finally
dried up, including the students,- N/
but things stay cold.
In other places, such as
Kalamazoo (where I lived the fd
past two years), one getsva frien- aJ''/
dly greeting from everyone they
pass on the street. A person very
easily falls into conversation with
a total stranger, often making it
all the more pleasant. If you say z\ .-s.- ..-
"Hi" to someone in Ann Arbor all
you get is a funny look. r I
EVERYONE IS lost inside nzG
their mind, and most won't leave ' t I t
it just for someone walking by. " -' 't1 '-' -
Students are deep in thought or- - -
worries, and often regard fellow In Ann Arbor, "brainstorms" are common
students as enemies or com-
petition that they must beat. Any stores (notably bakeries) and vagrants and varmints that have
other citizen or pedestrian is blow my money just to see a girl been holed up all winter. Even if
generally scared stiff of all the smile. they're not more friendly, they
students, so they avoid any con- "Hi!" should prove more amusing.
tact too. "Hi! How are you today?"
People don't normally smile "Oh, not bad," I say, Douglas Heller is a junior
here. They seem to be in too shrugging. "And what about journalism major in the
much of a hurry, or are under- you?"
standably depressed when they "Fine. And what are you gonna Literary College.
HEALTH SERVICE HANDBOOK:
Use caution with Librium
By Sylvia Hacker and Nancy Palchik
QUESTION: Can you say something about Lib-
rium? Is it addictive? I know lots of people who are
ANSWER: Librium was first discovered in 1933
when there was some interest in it as a muscle
relaxant. It wasn't until 1960, however, that
researchers reported "taming" of hostile animals
with low uses of the drug. When the taming was ex-
tended to monkeys, it was inevitable that it would be
tried on humans for its tranquilizing properties.
Indeed, early studies demonstrated its effec-
tiveness in releving anxiety and nervousness
without causing sleepiness or sedation when taken
in low dosages. Thus, in 1960, Librium was
marketed as the first anti-anxiety agent in a family
of related drugs (eg. valium) which appeared soon
after. These drugs fast became the most highly
promoted and prescribed drugs on the market.
IN ADDITION TO its use as a tranquilizer,
Librium is possibly effective as a muscle relaxant
and it is used to treat the D.T.s of acute alcohol
withdrawal. It appears to have very few side effec-
ts, although patients are instructed to observe
caution when engaging in any activity requiring full
alertness because it often causes some drowsiness.
Another precaution we at Health Service suggest
for patients on Librium is to never use it and alcohol
together. The effects are addictive and can be har-
mful, the same as using barbiturates and alcohol
together - they can cause an increase in sedative
and nervous system depressant effects. Librium is
not thought of as an addictive drug although it is ad-
vised that those who are addiction prone use it with
caution. There appears to be a possibility of
developing a psychological dependence on it as well
as a tolerance to its effects.
With very high doses, some sources say that frank
physical dependence can result, characterized by
some withdrawal symptoms when discontinued. It
is therefore emphasized that people not take low
dose prescriptions of Librium indiscriminately, i.e.,
increase the dosage on their own. Here at Health
Service, physicians generally confine the prescrip-
tion of Librium to low dosages for a short term to
patients experiencing temporary stress periods in
Please send all health related questions to:
Univ. Health Service
Div. of the Office of Student Services
Ann Arbor, Mich. 48109
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