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Page 4-Sunday, March 23, 1980-The Michigan Daily

UlO irbi4an aiIy
Ninety Years of Editorial Freedom

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Vol. XC, No. 136

News Phone: 764-0552.

Edited and managed by students at the University of Michigan
Course evaluations needed

T IS TIME the push for consumer
" protection was felt at the Univer-
sity. Students for years have been
paying high prices for their diplomas
without a chance to see what they are
buying: Choosing courses and
instructors at CRISP is more like
shopping with a blindfold than
planning a valuable education.
Students need a "truth in
advertising" law governing classes
and teachers, and student course
evaluations can be the first statute.
We do not mean the course
evaluations some instructors in some
courses provide at the end of some
terms-these are too inconsistently
developed, administered, and
publicized for use as consumer guides
for students.
What is needed is a single evaluation
form, with both quantitative and
qualitative questions, to be completed.
by every student in every class and
then published and made available to
every student preparing to register at
this University.
And because neither the
administration nor the faculty has
been interested in developing such an
evaluation program, it is up to the
students to create such questionnaires.
. University Vice-President for
Student c.rvices Henry Johnson has
said that course evaluations should be
a faculty matter, and he does not seem
at all eager to let students see the
results of University-administered
evaluations.
If Johnson is concerned that student-
administered, published evaluations
would not be feasible for use in top
secret tenure decisions, he could be
correct. But course evaluations have
A disavowa
W OULD IT BE too much to ask
the Carter administration to get
its story straight? When President
Gerald Ford alliteratively jeered at
candidate Jimmy Carter in 1976, com-
plaining of the Georgian's "wavering
and waffling on the issues, it sounded
like little more than typical campaign
rhetoric. Judging from the past three
weeks, however, Ford's words appear
to have been veritably prophetic.
Ever since the March 1 U.S. vote in
favor of a controversial U.N. Security
Council resolution condemning Israel's
settlement policy, Carter and mem-
bers of his administration have been
busy trying to paint the vote as the
result of a breakdown in com-
munication. The U.S., Jewish voters
have been asked to believe, never
meant to question Israel's control of
Jerusalem, despite the resolution's
many mentions of that city.
Just four days ago, Secretary of State
Cyrus Vance was called before the
Senate Foreign Relations Committee
to discuss the alleged U.N. gaffe.
Vance insisted that the part of the

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Injury da
Q: Racquetball is a popular sport. Are
there many injuries associated with this
game?
A: Racquetball is popular-it has been
estimated that more than 7 million persons
actively participate in the sport today.
It is an enjoyable sport because it provides
a good work-out, develops eye-hand
coordination and cardiovascular fitness, and
is relatively easy to learn, even for those who
do not consider themselves "athletically
inclined."
The injury rate is relatively low, but there
are a number of potential hazards that result
from:=(1) the speed of the ball in a confined
space; (2) the presence of 4 walls to come into
contact with; (3) the swinging of racquets;
and (4) the inexperience or discourtesy of
players.
California State University at Long Beach
found that 37 per cent of their racquetball
injuries were the result of contact with the
racquet (i.e., damaged teeth, lacerations,
fractures), 23 per cent resulted from contact
with the ball (particularly eye injuries), 14
per cent were caused by hard physical
contact with the court wall (i.e., bruises and
sprains), and the remaining 26 per cent were
injuries not specific to racquetball but
injuries that could have occurred with any
sport (such as muscle strains, abrasions,
ruptured Achilles' tendons, blisters, etc.).
Many of these injuries could have been

ngers
prevented by doing adeq
cool-down exercises, s
exercises, wearing eye go
the guidelines for safe, co
Eileen Dickinson, RPT
RPT, ATC, the Physi
University Health Se
following suggestions:
" It is better to "take
action when your oppone
Health c
Handb
rather than to risk hitting
her;
" Never look behind
opponent is doing; most
this way. If your eye is
have it looked at by a phy
" Play regularly to m
and coordination.
Q: What is fiber, and w
A: Fiber is the part o
broken down by chem
digestive system and is t
"non-digestible." This sh
be construed to mean it c

in racquetball
quate warm-up and simply means it passes trough the system in
uch as stretching muchthe same way it enters, providing no
)ggles, and following nutritive value.
urteous behavior. Fiber is considered beneficial because it
Fand Pete Loubert, holds water, making the intestinal contentse
cal Therapists at bulkier, softer, and more easily passed
rvice, make the through the intestines. As a result of this,
there is less strain on the intestines. Also, the
a hinder" and stop increased speed of transit is thought to be
nt is blocking a shot beneficial because it lessens the amount of
time the intestines can be exposed to toxic
~ substances. Some evidence now indicates an.
ervice additional benefit of fiber is that it increases
bile acid secretion, thus lowering blood
)o ok cholesterol which may decrease the chance of
o ok -heart disease.
Wheat bran, whole grain cereals, legumes
and fruits and vegetables contain a lot of
g and injuring him or fiber. If you want to increase the amount of
fiber in your diet, do it slowly while the body
to see what your adjusts to it. And keep in mind that it is
t eye injuries occur possible to get too much fiber, resulting in
struck by the ball, increased intestinal gas, diarrhea, and
sican; and, inadequate utilization of nutrients.
aintain conditioning
Health Service Handbook answers a
variety of health-related questions each
f a plant that is not Sunday on this page. Questions should be
ical action in the directed to Gail Ryan, Health Educator,
herefore considered University Health Service, 207 Fletcher

another, equally important function
beyond providing promotion
informaton-they are an important
resource for students when they
register.
Fifteen cents of the $2.92 Michigan
Student Assembly (MSA) assessment
collected from students each term is
earmarked for a student course
evaluation project; this money has
been accruing unused for several
years.
In recent weeks, MSA has begun the
long-postponed task of creating a
course evaluation project. MSA
members plan to distribute evaluation
forms at CRISP registration in April
and then circulate the results of the
evaluations next fall.
While this is an admirable
beginning-it represents MSA's first
real progress toward an evaluation
project-the CRISP plan is inadequate.
Most students are too preoccupied with
registration at CRISP to think
carefully about course and teacher
evaluations. At best, only a few
students in each class would write
meaningful evaluations.
Evaluations for a student handbook
should be distributed in each class at
the end of the term. If professors will
not cooperate in such a program, then
forms could be distributed as students
leave each class.
Admittedly, such an evaluation
project - is a huge endeavor;
compilation of a handbook containing
thousands of comments would require
much time and money. But the student
consumers at this University deserve
such effort from their student
government.
I disavowed
resolution that criticizes the West
Bank settlements meets with Amercan
foreign policy goals. He said the U.S.
would have endorsed the decision if not
for the references to Jerusalem.
On Friday, however, a new chapter
was added. The Secretary said that
Carter's disavowal of the vote was not
offered because the resolution violated
American policy, but rather because of
concern it would upset the current
negotiations on Palestine self-rule.
Vance, speaking before the House
Foreign Affairs Committee, said the
resolution-all of it-is in keeping with
past U.S. policy.
While Vance was on Capitol Hill
disavowing the disavowal, Rosalyn
Carter -was in Albany, New York,
telling Jewish voters yet again that the
vote was a "mistake."
We have yet to hear from the
president on the latest development. But
it will be amusing-and perhaps a little
frightening-to see how he tries to pat-
ch up the ever-widening credibility
gay his administration's bungling has
opened.

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LETTERS TO THE DAILY:
Allen on Cohen onProsterman hit

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To the Daily:
The personal attack on Prof.
Cohen by J.L. Allen (Daily, Mar-
ch 14), concerning Cohen's com-
plaints about H. Scott Proster-
man's one-sided and shallow ar-
ticles, deserves some answer,
too.
Instead of attacking Cohen's
just condemnation, Allen should
note the following examples of
Prosterman's "balanced"
writing:
Writing about the Lebanese
countryside ravaged by "Israeli
shelling," Prosterman never
mentions that a civil war was and
is going on there, or that the in-
digenous inhabitants of Southern
Lebanon (both Christians and
Shiite Moslems) are fighting the
Palestine Liberation
Organization (PLO) there (in-
deed with Israeli backing). He
ignores the fact that some of their
former villages are occupied by
the PLO (which is helped by an
even larger occupying army
from Syria). From the article one
might think that Lebanese forces
have spontaneously joined the
PLO in fighting Israel, while just
the opposite is true.
Prosterman frequently distorts
the facts and misquotes his sour-
ces. He attributes the following to
unidentified Israeli officials: "If
they are killed in their cars, they

must have been Palestinian
militants." Prosterman omits the
word "military" before "cars,"
which was actually spoken. Also,
the word "militants" ought to
have read "paramilitary forces."
The whole meaning of the
statement is thus changed. Did
Prosterman research the authen-
ticity of his version or did he just
present convenient hearsay?
He misleadingly establishes a
"symmetry" between Arafat's
terrorism and Begin's
"terrorism" in the '40s. Indeed,
the British called Begin a
terrorist because he attacked
their soldiers and officers in Tel
Aviv and Jerusalem. Begin did
give the order to blow up that
part of the King David Hotel that
housed the British military
headquarters (a warning was
phoned in so that lives would not
be lost, but went unheeded).
But no British school children,
either in London or Jerusalem,
were taken hostage and gunned
down, unlike Israeli children in
Maalot. No supermarkets or
student cafeterias were bombed,
and no innocent foreign citizens
were blown up in foreign civilian
airplanes (remember Swissair,
TWA, etc.?)
Arafat's "distinction between
Zionism and Judaism" (Mr.
Prosterman) did not keep all the

Jews from being marked for
destruction in Entebbe, while all
non-Jews, "Zionist" or not, were
freed. Had Prosterman been
there, all his protests of being a
non-Zionist would not have
helped him.
Prosterman claims that the
one-time PLO goal of
"liquidating the Zionist presence
in Israel" is no longer spoken of.
He ignores the fact that it was
never spoken of in those words!
The slogan twas and is to
"liquidate the Zionist presence in
Palestine," because for the PLO
all of Israel is Palestine, and
always will be. Prosterman im-
plies that the PLO's willingness
to establish a state "in any
territories evacuated by Israel"
is the same as a willingness to
establish its own state in those
territories, and that this is a
genuine move toward peaceful
coexistence. It just ain't so.
It may be news to Mr.
Prosterman, but the leaders of

the Israeli "Peace Now"
movement, who support a
Palestinian state in the West
Bank and Gaza Strip, consider
themselves to be Zionists.
Furthermore, Arafat's latest
pronouncements include a call
for bloodshed "at the gates of
Haifa and Beersheba" and even
for ='marching victoriously into
Tel Aviv."
Prosterman consistently
ignores these official quotes and
instead bases his views on third
person naive impressions, hear-
say, and wishful thinking. Thus
he serves the very-well-
lubricated PLO propaganda *
machine.
Finally, let me commend the
Daily for its Decent printing of a
number of well-balanced articles
on the subject - articles that are
not stained by Washington's
recent preoccupation with Arab
and Moslem oil.
-Raoul Kopelman
March 14

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Stegeman plan opposed

Stop preferential voting

To the Daily:
MSA (Michigan Student
Assembly) elections will take
place in just two weeks and it is
time for a change. The two-party
system is just not working. PAC
(People's Action 6oalition) and
SABRE (Student Alliance for
Better Representation) seemto be
diametrically opposed in
ideology and their members have

represent the students and not
just the political ideologies of
PAC and SABRE. This can be ac-
complished by the student body if
the referendum concerning the
discontinuance of preferential
voting is passed. As it now stan-
ds, preferential voting is a major
obstacle for any student who
wants to run for MSA. A number

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To the Daily:
We sent the following message,
to the Board of Regents.
To the Regents:
The two of us have between us
served ten years on the Ann Ar-
bor City Council. We both were in
office when the city's two tallest
buildings, University Towers and
Tower Plaza, were approved.
From this experience and others
we learned several things we
would like to share with you.
First, developers who propose
tall buildings do so in the hope
of maximizing profits while
keening land costs at a minimum.

and regulations-is the best
guide.
Third, decisions made in
respect to large buildings such as
the one under consideration are
unique in their 'repercussions.
They can alter the character of a
sector of Ann Arbor, including
the campus, for scores of years
into the future-far beyond the
life-span of even the youngest
member of the Board of Regen-
ts.
Our conclusion: Each of you
bears a heavy responsibility to
resist the proposed building, for
although it promises the

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