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Battered women

Daily Photo by JIM KRUZ
A team of four women, Sherilyn Brown, Janet Buchwald (seated), Barbara
Conley, and (standing at rear) Julie Wittman takes a breather prior to
producing a play about battered women last night. The benefits from the
production at the Union will go to Ann Arbor's SAFE HOUSE, a local
shelter for battered women.


"Internal Injury," a play about the
plight of battered women, was perfor-
med last night in the Michigan Union
Ballroom in an effort to acquaint the
community with the realities of
domestic violence.
The play, which was performed by
the Rhode Island Feminist Theatre
(RIFT), before an audience of ap-
proximately 200 people, told the story of
three women of varying ages and
economic backgrounds who had been
beaten by their husbands. It was based
on information compiled from women
who had been victims of their spouse's
THE 90-MINUTE long drama -
performed on a raised platform with
only a few props - depicted the fear,
guilt, and loneliness that battered
women feel. One of the actors com-
pared herself to a "mouse in a biology
test who runs through the mazes
waiting for the next electric shock."
In the conclusion of the play, one
woman leaves her husband and begins
working at a shelter for battered wives.
Another is eventually murdered as a
result of her husband's continual
beatings, while the fate of the third is
left up to the imagination of the audien-
RIFT, which is based in Providence,
Rhode Island, was formed in 1973 by
five men and five women at Brown
University, according to Deborah Ber-
toldi, RIFT member and the sound
director of "Internal Injury". The
group currently consists of seven
members, all of whom are women, but
Bertoldi said that is subject to change.
"WE USE feminism as a base but we
try to perform for all types of people,"
aft er N.M.
SANTA FE, N.M. (UPI) - Authori-
ties have completed relocation of
nearly half the inmates at the New
Mexico State Penitentiary where 33
convicts were killed in the bloodiest
prison riot since Attica, Warden Jerry
Griffin said yesterday.
"We sent a total of 482 out of state,
and we have 538 remaining here now,"
said Griffin. "At the present time we
are not planning to take any more out of
state. There may be some minor
changes, but no more mass movement
of prisoners."
THE RELOCATION of prisoners was
required because of the devastation of
the prison during the 36-hour uprising
that began Feb. 2. Rampaging inmates
set fire to the building, smashed win-
dows and destroyed fixtures during the
takeover, making much of the building
Officials said 33 inmates died duringt
the rioting, many of them tortured in
grisly reprisal slayings. At least 89 per-
sons were injured in the bloody
uprising, including some of the 14 guar-
ds held hostage during the deal.
Clean-up operations continued inside
the prison, Griffin said.
GRIFFIN SAID three of the least
damaged cellblocks, five dormitories
and the prison hospital were being used
to quarter the inmates while cleanup

"We have not yet been able to put
back together two cellblocks and two
dormitories," he said.
Investigators returned to the prison
to seek more evidence and interview
additional inmates who may become
witnesses in the trial of instigators of
the riot:
Assistaht District Attorney Dick
Baker said he was not certain how soon
the cases would be prepared for presen-
tation to a grand jury. But he noted it
took a year for indictments to be issued
in the 1971 Attica prison riot that killed

Bertoldi said. "For example, our new.
play, 'Paper Weight' (a comedy con-
cerning six women who work in an in-
surance company) is about the work-
world and power relationships,' she
According to Bertoldi, eight of the
nine plays the company has toured with
have been original scripts. She said that
in developing the play, the actors don't
stick closely to the script and "have a
* tremendous amount of freedom in
developing their characters."
The play "Internal Injury," which
has been performed in both University
and community settings, has been on
tour for the past two years. According
to Bertoldi, this will probably be the
last year that the group will tour with
this play.
THE PROCEEDS of the play will be
donated to SAFE HOUSE, a local
shelter for battered women established
in 1978.
According to Barbara Warrington,
the community liason for the Domestic
Violence Project, the Ann Arbor
organization which created SAFE
HOUSE, the center has the capacity to
house 30 women and children at any
given time and is 'inhabited by
approximately 1,500 of both each year.
SAFE HOUSE, which is almost
completely government funded, takes
in women whose ages range from 13 to
100 and who come from all walks of life,
Warrington said.
The women are only allowed to
remain at the shelter for a period of 30
days and during this time they receive
counseling (if they request it), and take
on domestic chores, such as cleaning
their rooms, according to Warrington.
The women are allowed to "feel their
way around," Warrington said. "It's a
decision time for them which is
frightening and confusing as many
have never been on their own before."
Warrington said she believed there
were two reasons a large number of
women returned to their husbands or
boyfriends after they leave SAFE
HOUSE: dependency and insecurity.
She said that it is a woman's decision to
leave or stay and the sole reponsibility
of the shelter is to inform women of all
their options.


The public is cordially invited.
Please contact the Center for
Japanese Studies, 108 Lane Hall
(telephone 764-6307 or 763-4301),
for further information.

Thursday, Feb. 14, 1980
12-1:00 P.M.
200 Lane Hall
Washington & State Streets



The Michigan Daily-Tuesday, February 12, 1980--Page 3
Announces a

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JOHN C. CAMPBELL, Dept. of Political Science
Strengths and Weaknesses of the Japanese .
Bureaucracy and Welfare System
ROBERT E. COLE, Dept. of Sociology
The Japanese Company: Employee Satisfaction
and Alienation
VICTOR KOBAYASHI, School of Education
The Japanese Education System: Model or
DAVID H. STARK, Dept. of Anthropology -
Crime Control in Japan: The Social Context of
. Law Enforcement



Cinema Guild-Variety, 7,9:05 p.m., Old Arch. Aud. (Lorch Hall)..
Cinema II-Knife in the Water, Two Men and a Wardrobe, both at 7, 9
p.m., Modern Languages Building Aud. 3.
Undergraduate History Association-Women on the March, 7 p.m., Room
2029, Angell Hall.
Arbor Alliance-Sentenced to Success, 7:30 p.m., Anderson Room D,
Michigan Union.
Ann Arbor Public Library Youth Department-Laurence Yep, children's
writer, 10:30 a. m., Main Library)Meeting Room. I
Center for Chinese Studies-William Wei, postdoctoral scholar, "Coun-
terrevolution: The Nationalists in Jiangxi During the 1930's," noon, Lane
Hall Commons Room.
People's Action Coalition/Guild House-Janice O'Neal, "History of the
Black Student Movement and Outlook for the '80s," noon, 802 Monroe.
Resource Policies and Management-Prof. Charles Eisendrath, "Jour-
nalistic Leadership and French Environmentalism," noon, 1028 Dana
Asian American Association-Lawson Inada, "The Ethnic Writer as
Representative American Writer," noon, 126 East Quad.
School of Business Administration-Robert Magill, General Motors vice-
president, "GM and Energy, GM and South Africa, GM and Affirmative Ac-
tion," 2 p.m., Hale Aud.
Department of Chemistry-Douglas Neckers, "On Chemistry Majors:
1961-1979," 4 p.m., 1200 Chemistry Building.
Department of Geological Sciences-Prof. Philip Gingerich, "Early
Cenozoic Mammals of Asia-Results of Research Visits to Pakistan and the
People's Republic of China," 4 p.m., Room 4001 C. C. Little Building.
Great Lakes and Marine Environment Center-David Rosenberg,.
"Southern Indian Lake, Manitoba: The Case History of a New Reservoir in
Northern Canada," 4 p.m., 165 Chrysler Center.
Bioengineering - Frank Filisko, "The Interaction of Biomaterials and the
Body," 4 p.m., 1; 42 E. Engineering.
Computing Center-Forrest Hartman, "The MTS File Editor-4," 4 p.m.,
Lecture Room 1, MLB. Also at 7:30 p.m., B115, MLB.
English Language Institute-Christian Adjemian, "The Specificity of In-
terlanguages: In Defense of Second-Language Models," 4:30 p.m., East
Conf. Room, Rackham Building.
Minority Caucus, School of Library Science-Prof. Robert Hayden,
Department of English, Jessie Carney Smith, Director of Fisk University
Library, speaking on the Harlem Renaissance, 7 p.m., Vendenberg Room,
Michigan League.
Earl Greene-Meet Second Ward city councilman, 7 p.m., 126 Tyler, East
School of Natural Resources-Prof. Samuel Hays, University of Pit-
tsburgh, "Public Values and Resource Management: A Case of Cultural
Lag," 7:30 p.m., 1040 Dana Building.
Computing Center-Brice Carnahan, "The Amdahl 470/V6 Computing
System and MTS," 7:30 p.m., Nat. Sci. Aud.
School of Music-s-F. Gerald Errante, "Contemporary Aspects of Clarinet
Performance," 8 p.m., Stearns Building.
Ann Arbor Conimittee for a New Jewish Agenda-Al Stern, "A Jewish
Peace Prospective," 8 p.m., Conf. Room 6, Union.
Asian American'Speakers-laurence Yep, 8 p.m., Benzinger Library, East
Viewpoint Lectures-William Sullivan, former ambassador to Iran, "The
Iranian Crisis," 8 p.m., Michigan Theatre.
LSA-Student Government-Curriculum action group, 7 p.m., Conf. Room
4, Union.
Undergraduate Political Science Association-Mass meeting, 7:30 p.m.,
Conf. Room 4, 7:30 p.m.
National Organization for Women-General meeting, 7:30 p.m., Unitarian
Church, 1917 Washtenaw.
Committee Concerned with World Hunger-9 p.m., Assembly Hall, Union.

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