The Michigan Daily-Wednesday, February 27, 1980-Page 7
Few attend mass
meeting on drinkage
10 BY CATHY BROWN
Representatives of the Citizens for a
Fair Drinking Age (CFDA) and two
state legislators kicked off a drive at
the University last night to lower the
drinking age in the state to 19.
Fewer than 20 people attended the
mass meeting sponsored by the com-
mittee, which is spearheading a state-
wide petition drive at colleges and
universities to lower the legal drinking
*age, raised from 18 to 21 in 1978.
"BASICALLY WHAT we need to do is
circulate petitions and get people to
sign them," said Kim Wheeler, chair-
woman of the University segment of the
CDFA drive. Wheeler said she hopes
the campus petition drive will be un-
derway by March 28. ]
The group needs 286,000 signatures by
July 7 in order to place the proposal on
the November ballot. According to Rep.
Perry Bullard (D-Ann Arbor), the drive
twill aim for 30,000 signatures in Ann
Wheeler said her strategy includes
"hitting key points on campus, the
dorms, the UGLI, the Fishbowl, the
diag, CRISP lines, etc.," and to branch
out to locations around the city later.
CDFA STATE chairman Doug
Hargett said the group now has com-
mittees in about 30 campuses state-
wide, and hopes to have at least 50
committees organized by the end of
"If not," Hargett said, "We won't
make the ballot."
Proposal D, which raised the legal
state drinking age to 21, passed due to
lack of organization on the part of those
fighting it, Hargett said.
"I won't lower the drinking age,
Representative Bullard won't lower the
drinking age, you will. It's up to you to
corral interest," Hargett told the
Hargett said Proposal D was aimed
both at preventing high school students
from drinking and decreasing traffic
accidents caused by drunk drivers.
"NINETEEN WOULD do it. The
State Board of Education has endorsed
us on this," Hargett said.
Traffic fatalities are up six per cent
since Proposal D went into effect,
Hargett added. The reason the law
failed and traffic deaths increased, he
said, is because of poor enforcement
and the increase in the number of young
people drinking in parks and in cars in-
stead of in bars.
The reversal in 1978 of the right to
purchase and consume alcohol was a
take away due to student apathy," said
Bullard. He stressed the importance
"to try and get the history" of the laws
concerning the drinking age. Bullard
said the initial lowering of the drinking
age to 18 in 1971 was due to the youth
movement of the '60s. "To reverse the
situation, we need a renewal of the
youthful idealism that led to the change
of the drinking age to begin with," he
Daily Photo by JOHN HAGEN
A STUDENT VOLUNTEERS to be a petitioner for the Ann Arbor drive to
lower the drinking age while State Rep. Perry Bullard (D-Ann Arbor) who
also attended last night's mass meeting, looks on.
MSA supports planned boycott of
0X7 IU r Cr ,TMSA member Tom Robinson said the Yorkievits also said she feels the
BY 1V ITCHbTUART
By a narrow margin, the Michigan,
Student Assembly (MSA) last night
voted to support a package of anti-draft
registration activities including .a
boycott of classes on March 14.
The eight and one half to seven vote
expressed MSA support of a series of
events March 13-16' which includes a
teach-in, a rally, the boycott, and other
activities which supporters called
That description of anti-registration
activities was one reason for the close'
vote, as many of the resolution's op-
ponents said a boycott of classes would
be contradictory to the planned
Proponents of the resolution,
however, said students would learn
things in a teach-in they would not learn
in the classroom. They also cited a
teach-in as an effective way to increase
student awareness and knowledge.
PRIGIM member Dan Carol said,
"The idea is to promote awareness and
to get people involved in this:"
boycott is a "symbol" that will be
recognized on a national level.
The boycott was also considered last
night at the Rackham Student Gover-
nment meeting, but according to Vice
President and Acting Chairwoman
impact from undergraduates is much
greater on lawmakers and other policy-
makers, mainly because they are
within the age group that would be
GREG SCOTT, president of the
'Boycotting classes is equivalent to ciil disobelien('e.'
-Carol Yorkieritz, Racklam Stu(lent (orernmti nt
rice-president and( facting clIailcomiil
Scott added, "We may commit
ourselves to a more supportive position
as things develop."
Scott said, "On a legal basis, GEO
has a virtually perfect right to call for
something like this."
ALSO LAST night, MSA approved
Ross romeo as this year's election
Romeo, an LSA junior and
Communications major, was assistant
election director for last year's LSA-
Student Government election. Last
night he said he hopes to run the MSA
general election in a similar way.
Romeo added he doesn't see any
obstacles to this plan.
The appointment at this time was in
stark contrast to last year's election
director appointment, which occured a
spare two weeks before the election.
Members of the election board cited
impartiality, leadership ability, and
experience as qualities they looked for
in choosing the director.
Carol Yorkievitz, no action was taken
due to the lack of a quorum.
YORKIEVITZ SAID, "My thought on
the subject is that boycotting classes is
equivalent to civil disobedience."
"The situation for gradaute students
is a bit different. Some of the graduate
students are teachers," she said. There
n ight be a conflict, Yorkievitz said,.
etween, boycotting classes and
teaching responsibilities for graduate
Graduate Employees Organization
(GEO) said the executive committee
resolved to lend at least minimal
support to the boycott.
"What we decided to do was to urge,
at the very minimum, that teaching
assistants follow the Yom Kippur Rule.
We're not saying that they shouldn't go
further than that," Scott said.
He said the "Yom Kippur Rule"
urges teaching assistants not to
penalize students for missing class for
N-plant shuts down due to instrument failure
From AP and UPI
CRYSTAL RIVER, Fla.-A nuclear
power plant reactor shut down
automatically .yesterday when its
instruments and control systems lost
power. Some radioactive water was
spilled inside the plant when an
emergency cooling system switched on,.
said officials of Florida Power Corp.
There was no leakage of radioactive
material outside the Crystal River No. 3
plant and no danger to the public, said
the utility and the Nuclear Regulatory
NRC SPOKESMAN Ken Clark said.
some "non-essential employees from
some areas inside the plant" were
"-There has been no measured off-site
release of radioactive material," said
an NRC statement issued in
Washington, and conditions "appear to
NRC spokeswoman Sue Gagner said
in Washington that the water was
confined to the containment building,
which houses the reactor.
THE UTILITY estimated as much as
60,000 gallons of the radioactive water
escaped into the building, where sump
pumps began collecting it into storage
Bill Johnson, spokesman for Florida
Power, said some "clerical and
administrative" employees were sent
home, but employees were not
evacuated, although the NRC declared
a site emergency and dispatched a
team of five experts to investigate.
Johnson said the accident began
when the 825-megawatt reactor's
control and instrumentation system
lost power and the reactor shut itself
For unknown reasons, congressional
and NRC sources in Wasington said, the
reactor's emergency cooling systems
flipped on, forcing extra cooling water
into the core. The extra water drove
radioactive coolant water out of the
primary system-probably through the
defective valve-and into the
NRC may lift stay on nuke licenses
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Nuclear
Regulatory Commission is ready to
begin licensing nuclear power plants
again for the first time since the Three
Mile Island accident, NRC Chairman
John Ahearne told Congress yester-
Ahearne said his agency's self-
imposed moratorium - he called it a
"pause" - could end in the next few
days when the NRC considers granting
an interim operating license for a plant
near Chattanooga, Tenn.
BARRING UNFORESEEN com-
plications, a license will likely be issued
to allow the plant to begin "low-power"
operation within the next few weeks,
Ahearne said in testimony to a House
Appropriations subcommittee on
If no problems develop after this
shake-down period, the plant could then
go to full power four to six months later,
The plant - the Tennessee Valley
*Authority's Sequoyah Unit No. 1 - is
first on the NRC's list of 14 new plants
that could be put into operation in 1980.
NEXT ON THE NRC's list of almost
ready-to-go plants is Virginia Electric
& Power Co.'s North Anna No. 2 plant in
north-central Virginia, Ahearne said.
No nuclear plants have been licensed
since the accident last March 28 at the
plant near Harrisburg, Pa. - the
nation's most serious commercial
Ahearne said the 11 months since the
Three Mile Island accident have seen a
major revision of NRC safety standards
and procedures. Needed corrections
have also been made on existing plants
to make them safer, he testified.
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