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May 17, 1975 - Image 3

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Saturday May 17 1975

Activist Gregory attacks
American politics, values

Political activist Dick Greg-
ory last night ran roughshod
over the full spectrum of
American values in a $4-a-head
address at Hill Auditorium.
Speaking informally to a small
but attentive crowd, Gregory
warned, "Watch the manipula-
tion," and discussed what he
termed a basic American ignor-
ance of the country's ruling po-
litical powers.
BEFORE turning to the stated
topic of his speech, "The World
Food Crisis," Gregory lashed
out at the United States' bomb-
ing of Cambodian ships in this
week's successful attempt to
retrieve a U.S. merchant ship.
He stated, "The mightiest na-
tion in the world bombed a
country five blocks long ...
and I'm sirprised they got the
shin back."
Continuing with a denounce-
ment of U.S. aid to Vietnam,
Gregory i n t o n e d ironically,
"Why don't you just send $700,-
000 to Hanoi, and cut out the
"NIXON told us a long time

ago if he were elected presi-
dent, he'd take crime out of
the street. It was your fault-
you shoulda' asked him where
he's gonna put it," spoke satir-
ist Gregory as he turned his
focus to presidential politics.
He remarked that Nixon se-
lected Gerald Ford to become
chief executive as revenge for
forcing him from office.
Gregory is a social comedian
who gained national attention
in the late 1960's when he pro-
claimed that he would fast until
the United States left Vietnam.

keep going un for the next Vg
months, people will stop push-
ing dope and start pushing
"YOU PURIFY your blood;
you purify your body, so you
tighten up your spiritual thing,"
said Gregory, explaining the
value of a vegetarian diet.
He spoke softly and rapidly,
with his voice rising to full
volurne when emphasizing a
point, to fall back to its nor-
mally quiet tone.
Returning to his assault on
American social and political

HE HAS since become in- priorities,
volved in working to alleviate pulling a di
the growing world food short- wallet, "It's
age, and has written his own -'In God W
diet book with the hope that seen this or
consumers' awareness of health time you he
and nutrition will increase. you think ab
Gregory, who was sponsored CRIME W
by the Spiritual Community of CHIs ge
the Sun, shifted his attention to 00yhis agent
this primary concern: "Food rying about
is so expensive, it'd be cheaper let's start t
to eat money." men, Mafia-
Continuing, he quipped, "I who bring
predict that if sugar prices See GRl

Gregory remarked,
ollar bill from his
a super trick here
e Trust.' I've never
n a church. Every-
ar the word 'God,'
out money."
VAS the next topic
da. "Let's stop wor-
kids and drugs and
asking about the old
controlled hoodlums
the drugs into the
EGORY, Page 6

COMEDIAN and anti-war activist Dick Gregory, addressing
an audience at Hill Auditorium last night. Gregory delivered
a sweeping condemnation of American values both at home
and abroad.
'U' Regents approve
new Pharmacy dean
The Uiversity Board of Re- PAUL has a notional reputa-
gents unanimously approved tion for research in the areas
yesterday the appointment of of biosvnthesis, chemistory and
Professor Ara Paul to the dean- alkoloid metabolism.
ship of the College of Phar-
macy, effective July 1. Paul re- Paul begin his career at the
places Dr. Tom Rowe, who has University in 1957, as an as-
headed the college since 1951. sistant professor of pharmacog-
In an official statement re- nosy. He has also served as
leased yesterday, University curator of medicinal plants for
President Robben Fleming, and the University's Botanical Gar-
Vice-President for Academic dens since 1960.
Affairs Frank Rhodes called He received his undergradu-
Paul "a dedicated and effective ate degree from Idaho State
instructor who has been close- University in 1950, and a mas-
ly involved in the counseling of ters and doctors from the Uni-
undergraduate as well as grad- versity of Connecticut in 1953
uate students." and 1956 respectively.

14 busted for

Agents for the county's con-
troversial Washtenaw Area Nar-
cotics Team (WANT) sped
through Ann Arbor and Ypsi-
lanti Thursday night arresting
14 persons, including a proba-
tion officer, for trafficking in
heroin and cocaine in the larg-
est local drug crack-down ever.
Although the WANT squad
was armed with 25 arrest war-
rants they only managed to lo-
cate slightly more than half
their targets, but Chief Assist-
ant P r o s e c u t i n g At-
torney Jerome Farmer said he
expects the remaining 11 still
at-large to be caught "in the
very near future."
GARY ULMER, the arrested
probation officer for the 15th
District Court, was charged with

heroin delivery as were all but
one of the jailed suspects. The
other case involved cocaine
trafficking, Farmer reported.
Ann Arbor Police Chief Wal-
ter Krasny said many of the lo-
cal alleged heroin deals were
made on the 100 block of E. Ann
St., an area two blocks from
the police station and across
the street from the county jail,
which is commonly referred to
as "The Block."
After six weeks of undercover
investigation, Farmer com-
mented, WANT agents arrested
the suspects in their homes
and other locations during the
late- night raid which lasted
several hours.
SOME OF the suspects had
several charges against them,
but Farmer contended there is
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no evidence that the 25 are all
part of one large organization.
Farmer said the investiga-
tions leading to the arrests in-
volved "standard police under-
cover buys," the majority with
a police informant. The infor-
mant carried a concealed tape
recorder during the buys for
use as evidence and to broad-
cast any indications of trou-
ble to other agents nearby.
The bust was"certainly one
of the largest" in Washtenaw
County history,vFarmerde-
clared, and involved officers
from the Ann Arbor and Ypsi-
lanti Police Department and
the state police.
The arrest warrants were is-
sued prior to Thursday and au-
thorized by Prosecuting Attor-
ney William Delhey.

Edible wild plants
free for the taking

Eating wild plants conjures
up visions of Euell Gibbons
munching pine needles in many
people's minds, but with the
help of a University course
called "Edible Wild Plants" this
"natural experience" need not
be quite so unpleasant.
Ellen Weatherbee teaches the
course on how to find edible
wild- plants for the University
Extension Service -and, unlike
many of her hardy cohorts, con-
fided, "While I WIfink Gibbons
is quite good, he's also a little
bit of a kook."
H 0 W E V E R, Weatherbee
is also a bit of a food nut. Al-
though she points out that pick-
ing plants in the University Ar-
boretum is banned - for eco-
logical reasons - Weatherbee is
continuously rattling off places
in the park where a person can
simply stick one's nose in the
dirt and munch down.
She nonchalantly reports that
mint sprouts which can be used

to accent salads or boiled for
tea, wild onions, ground nuts
that taste like potatoes, and
strawberries are found in the
Arboretum. She then carefully
explains their exact location.
Weatherbee constantly stress-
es that plants should not be
eaten unless they can first be
definitely identified. Many wild
plants are deadly and Michi-
gan boasts "one of the most
poisonous plants, the water
THE PATH to a mouth wat-
ering meal is a tricky one,
Weatherbee explained, with
some plants partially edible.
partially poisonous. Rhubprb,
an example of this, has stalks
which can be eaten raw or-bak-
ed in pies, but the leaves are
Field guides or books are the
best way to get acquainted withv
edible plants enabling the lucky
to find, "The most gourmet
item of all," which Weatherbee
reveals with a dramatic pause,
"the ostrich fern."

HAVE YOU ever considered grooming your lawn with your front
structor for the University Extension Service course entitled, "E
you hoAw Here, Ellen examines a handful of wild foliage.

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