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Summer sees
rash of flashers

By R. J. SMITH
It's enough to make you lose your
place.
Readers quietly thumbing through an
old tome late some evening in the
Graduate Library might be in for an
unannounced, non-literary shock when
a fellow walks up and reveals an ex-
posure no Xerox machine could
develop.
That's likely to happen more than a
few times before September since
summer seems to be generating a rash
of flashers in the Undergraduate
'The problem is people
don't want to stay around
and prosecute.. . they don't
want to get involved . . .
We had two girls call security
once, and security came over
and in about 20 minutes
they had chased down the
man. But the girls didn't
stay around, so there was
nothing they (security) could
do...'
-An UGLI employee
Library( UGLI) and Graduate Library.
"We usually get a few people com-
plaining every now and then, but
usually we get more in the summer,"
said Pat Bulsok, an employee at the
UGLI. ".. . maybe it's because there's
less to take off in the summer, Bulsok
offered.
It is acknowledged by University of-
ficials that increasingly, the nooks and
dark areas of the UGLI, along with the
numerous carrels and long aisles of the
Graduate Library have become the
haunts of numerous exhibitionists and
thieves.
Last Sunday, University security
guards escorted a middle-aged Detroit
man out of the Graduate Library. Ac-
today
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cording to graduate student Steve Hy,
who witnessed the arrest, the man has
had a history, stretching over at least
three years, of harassing University
women.
Hu claimed to have seen the man
taken from the library on a number of
occasions over that period of time. He
further said he has seen the man, not
only in both libraries, but also in the
library in the Michigan League.
University Department of Safety
head Fred Davids has said the biggest
problem security faces in the libraries
is with people who do not belong there.
The University has assigned one guard
to a full-time Graduate Library watch,
but no officers work the UGLI. Davids
said security officers are called on to
escort non-students out of the building
several times a day.
But it's apparently hard to catch a
flasher in the act. "My roommate was
down in the basement," said an em-
ployee of the UGLI who asked not to be
identified," and some old man was ex-
posing himself for an hour before she
noticed."
UGLI worker Bulsok said library
patrons are generally reluctant to deal
with University officials after wit-
nessing an act of indecent exposure.
An employee at the UGLI who asked
to remain unnamed explained, "The
problem is people don't want to stay
around and prosecute ... they don't
want to get involved ... we had two
girls call security once, and security
came over and in about 20 minutes they
had chased down the man. But the girls
didn't stay around, so there was nothing
they (security) could do.. ." the em-
ployee added.
Willard Davis, head of circulation
service at the Grad Library, made no
estimate of how frequently reports
were made of exhibitionism in the
library.
There have also been a large number
of thefts reported in the study carrels of
the grad library. Davis attributes many
of the thefts to "carelessness on the
part of the students." Although the
department of safety spokespeople had
no figures available on the frequency of
carrel robberies, they did mention it as
an area of concern for them.

Doily Photo by JOHN KNOX
STANDING LIKE THE celebrated pinball statue, this player at Mickey Rat's
illustrates the theory of Dr. David McKearnin, a Canadian psychologist, who
believes the game is mesmerizing and addictive.
Sense of smell okay,

but bells
By ELIZABETH SLOWIK
Pinball wizards beware: a Canadian
psychologist has determined that pin-
ball can be hazardous to your health.
David McKearnin, an addiction
research specialist at McGill Univer-
sity in Montreal claims pinball players
become hypnotized by the games'
flashing lights and repetitive noises. He
said the players may fall into trance-
like states and withdraw from reality.
MCKearnin likened this experience to
that of compulsive gamblers and heroin
addicts.
ONE RESIDENT psychiatrist at
University Hospital, who asked to

harmful?
remain unnamed because he doesn't
feel competent to comment on com-
pulsivebehavior said that he's noticed
in his pinball playing that "you can get
some frustrations out" at the machine.
'.'It'd be interesting to compare the two
findings" on gambling and pinball, he
said.
The psychiatrist in training, who
claims to be novice player, said of the
game, "It's most seductive. It's ex-
citing, and even if you haven't won,
there are some inducements to continue
to play."
Dave Maurer, owner of Mickey Rat's,
a pinball arcade on E. William, doesn't
See DAZZLING, Page 14

V

1 ans sfor the memories?
After a series of problems, the much-delayed
yearbook has at last been mailed out. And at least
one 1978 grad had acknowledged receipt of her book.
But we can't tell if she was shocked or grateful when
her copy finally arrived. She sent a postcard to the
Michiganensian office, reading, "the 1978
Michiganensian has arrived! Thanks, Order No.
0093." You figure it out.
Red-faced, white and blue
Events were going according to schedule yes-
terday at the AFL-CIOconvention in Dearborn
before a delegate unexpeetedly blurted out a
question to the participants. Why, he inquired, was
the convention's door prize-a Magnavox television
set-constructed of 100 per cent foreign, non-union
pats? The red-faced convention chairperson was at
a loss for words. He finally offered a feeble "we
tried" to try to appease the inquisitive delegate and
other participants.

Happenings...
... begin at noon with a discussion and.demon-
stration of building harpsichords from kits,
featuring Edward Parmentier from the School of
Music and students. That's in the Pendleton Arts
Center, second floor of the Michigan Union . .
the Back Alley Players hold auditions for their up-
coming production of Ladies in Waiting from 4-6 in
2518 Frieze Building. Only women's roles are
available, but crew workers are also needed ...
the League of Women Voters sponsors a Can-
didates' Night at 7:30 in the City Hall Council
Chambers featuring contenders in the 18th District
state senate race . . . the Alfred Hitchcock film
Suspicion will be shown in the Ann Arbor Public
Library meeting room at 7:30.
Rest in poverty
For a mere $25,000, you can spend eternity side-
by-side with Marilyn Monroe. Westwood Memorial
Park has an empty burial vault next to the actress'
crypt and it's for sale. But so far, few people seem to
be dying to acquire it. The gravesite is owned by

Lyn Carter of Hollywood, who said that one of the
actress' fans in England and one of Monroe's for-
mer husbands-whom she would not name-had
tried to purchase the marble-fronted vault for less
than the $25,000 price tag. But Carter won't budge.
The star's former husband has been unable to cough
up the $25,000, Carter said, but "still has it in the
back of his mind." Carter, a 25-year-old bookstore
employee, bought the vacant site from a man who
decided to get side-by-side graves elsewhere for his
wife and himself. "I bought this space in Westwood
more or less as an investment," Carter said, but
now must sell to "exist with the high cost of living."
Considering the price tag, it doesn't look like the
price of dying is much cheaper.
On the outside
Though we may start out with a few early
morning showers,-we may end up with decent
weather by the end of-the day. It should become
mostly sunny and less humid with a high in the low
80s. Tomorrow, mostly sunny and pleasant with a
high around 80.

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