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U.S. hints of Soviet link
.to chemical war in Asia

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From AP and UPI
The Reagan administration said it believes thousands of
people in Afghanistan, Laos and Cambodia have been killed
in recent years by an outlawed chemical poison- but it
declined to hold the Soviet Union directly responsible.
Government experts briefing reporters said they had only
circumstantial evidence linking the so-called lethal
mycotoxins to the Soviet Union. A mycotoxin is a poison
produced in nature by living organisms.
O'NE OF FOUR U.S. officials brought before reporters-
Sndhom the State Department refused to identify despite
objections- said the biowar agents "are being used by Viet-
nam and Laos, with Soviet support, against civilian villages
in Laos . . . and against anti-government forces in Cam-
The experts spoke just hours after the Soviet government
denfied employing chemical warfare in the three countries.
The Tass report, which came in response to a speech Sun-
day by Secretary of State Alexander Haig, instead charged
thatithe United States has used chemical agents against its
nemies, mentioning specifically Vietnam.
IAIG SAID in West Berlin on Sunday, "We now have
physical evidence from Southeast Asia which has been
analyzed and found to contain abnormally high levels of

three potent mycotoxins- poisonous substances not in-
digenous to the regions which are highly toxic to man and
The agent has been described as "yellow rain" because it
is released from aircraft as a yellow powder that covers the
ground, structures, vegetation and people below it.
According to a "fact sheet" provided to reporters, the
agent produces "bizarre effects" in- rapid sequence: diz-
ziness, severe itching or tingling of skin with formation of
multiple small hard blisters, nausea, coughing of blood-
tinged material, choking, vomiting of massive amounts of
blood, shock and death of those directly under the sprays, of-
ten within hours.
Questioned about the number of deaths caused by the
poison, one scientist said the estimates range from several
thousand up to 30,000. But he said there is no reliable infor-
mation on the subject.
The chemical agents used are common to cold climates
and do not occur naturally in Southeast Asia. The scientists
said they doubted any of the three countries has the
capability of producing the agents in the quantities believed
to have been employed in recent years.
Undersecr'etary of State Walter Stoessel said the United
States will wage a worldwide public campaign through the
United Nations and other agencies directed against halting
biological warfare- outlawed by treaty.


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Theta Xi

to remain
oed frat
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viously, that's not what I wanted to be a
BVT OTHER members said they
weren't as pleased. "I would like to stay
associated with the national," said
houe treasurer David Porter. "I went
0 to ainational convention this summer,
andtreally enjoyed being able to meet
people from all over the country."
P6rter stressed, however, that he was
willing to go along with the decision.
"As a leader in the fraternity, I can't
just give up. I'll work just as hard as
eves," he said, adding that he feels the
house "works better" as a coed
Other members said the decision
leaves several problems unsolved.
"There's still a problem within the
house," explained McDonald. "As long
as the attitude of some of the guys is
that women don't belong there, there is
still a problem because the women are
treated as second-class members,"
McDonald said.
McDONALD ALSO cited, a survey
taken among the alumni which showed
pt apprQximately 78 percent of those
''veyed wanted the house to become
lj-mnale. "i don't think some of the
house members know what they're get-
ting into,"he said.
But Wolf said "no clear conclusions"
eculd be drawn from the survey
because it was not scientific. He ex-
plained that although there are between
600 and 700 living Theta Xi alumni, the
survey was only returned by 143 people
because of non-forwardable addresses
axed other problems.
"It will be a difficult road ahead, but I
.think we are comfortable with the
decision," Wolf said.
Tim Vredenburgh, Executive Direc-
tor of the national Theta Xi Fraternity,
said he was disappointed with the
decision made by the board. "It puzzles,
me why the board would come to that
decision," Vredenburgh said. "I don't
think the board is aware of the
Vredenburgh refused, however, to
predict what action the national con-
vention will take
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to receive
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problem." Colburn added that it will be
interesting to see what arguments will
be used to justify granting tenure to
only 14 professors.
"YOU COULD call the (LSA)
Executive Committee and they
wouldn't be able to give you an an-
swer," Colburn said, refering to how
the LSA administration will reduce the
tenured faculty.
tWe must realize our budgetary
restraints are real," Steiner said. "I
won't rule out the possibility of more
departmental cuts. But surely we could
look for all the other alternatives we
can. :



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