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'U' graduate remembers life as 'Moonije'

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generally "inquisitive, idealistic, innocent,
physically independent, insecure, and identity-
seeking," Kemperman said. Pressures at
college-final exams, broken romances, freshman
loneliness-make students especially vulnerable to
these characteristics, he said.
"THEY HAD MY trust. They were intelligent, good
people," Kemperman said. "Two-thirds of Oakland
(California) recruit leaders came from the Univer-
sity of Michigan," he added.
At the first meeting, the members discussed
philosophy and politics but avoided an explanation of
the group s actual goals and practices, Kemperman
"Everyone felt very comfortable, very
stimulated," he said. "There was a feeling of
comaraderie, of connecting with the people. They
were so nice, you didn't question them."
A WEEK LATER, Kemperman decided to par-
ticipate in a weekend workshop in which leaders
preached Moon's Divine Principle and ideology,dbut
in a watered-down form. The purpose was not to
enlighten potential recruits, but instead to "spread
the spirit that could change the world," he said.
Kemperman said the zeal and enthusiasm spread,
but the physical conditions and emotional overload
accounted for his altered state, rather than this new
set of beliefs.
Recruits were told that time alone is time with
Satan. Leaders provided each newcomer with a
senior church member, who slept next to them, and
went to the bathroom with them, Kemperman said.
"THEY WERE really doing a number on you,"
Kemperman said. "You couldn't take a walk, have
any free time, or get any information from competing
Kemperman said the members provided him with
a "black, distorted picture of the outside world
devoid of love. They told me the only place with love
is right in the group... in the family."
The idealism Kemperman once boasted about was

thrown back at him,." "If you're so idealistic, why
don't you do anything about it?' " Kemperman said
they barked at him.
A CONSTANT, high excitement prevailed. Kem-
perman compared the experience to an evangelical
revival session-complete with singing, dancing, and
"I felt like I had just pulled two college all-nighters,
and I was with the most wonderful people I've ever
met - this was the most incredible group," he said.
Dr. John Clark, a psychiatrist at Harvard Medical
School wrote in the Journal of American Medical
Association that "through highly programmed
behavioral control techniques and in a controlled en-
vironment, the subjects' attention is narrowed and
focused to the point of becoming a trance."
AFTER ANOTHER workshop, Kemperman said
he found it difficult to concentrate on his calculus and
physics studies. The group members proposed to
change the world - how could he possibly turn his
back on the opportunity? He said he finally decided
the only way to investigate the truth of their
allegations was to move into the group home.
Kemperman remained enrolled at U. Cal.-Berkley,
but,he said, was forced to study with only four hours
of sleep each night. His parents continued to send
him checks for room and board at the dorm unaware
that he gave this money to his new "family."
Behind closed doors, the intense displays of affec-
tion stopped, he said. "I was told strange beliefs I
hadn't been told before, but I wanted to stick around a
few weeks before I gave up."
AFTER TWO AND a half months, Kemperman
wrote in his diary, "My God...It's all beginning to
make sense." The pressure and duresshe claimed,
had finally stripped his ability to think independently.
He accepted the rule that Moon would eventually
choose his wife.He willingly dropped out of school at
Berkley at the end of his freshman year and traveled
through seventeen states, preaching Moon's doc-

trines, and raising funds for the church. Kemperman
alone raised $120,000 from door-to-door donations.
"The money buys real estate, buildings, big
publicity campaigns, and allegedly starts new
businesses," Kemperman said.
"MY PARENTS WERE freaking out," Kemper-
man admitted. When his mother, a social worker,
and his father, a math professor at University of
Rochester in New York, spoke to him, they noticed
the absence of his sense of humor, and his loss of in-
"The only reason I spoke to them was to try to
recruit them into the Moonie family."
Eventually in a parking lot in Ohio, while raising
funds for the organization, Kemperman was kidnap-
ped by his parents.
He resisted the deprogramming process that
followed - a counseling method that its advocates
claim enables cult members to think independently
When deprogrammers tried to rationalize with
him, "I just zoned out," Kempermanexplained.
HIS PARENTS immediately sentehim to Swope's
Carriage House rehabilitation center in New Ham-
pshire. There, in a summer camp setting that was
conducive to solitary thinking and relaxing, Swope
spoke to Kemperman patiently. He convinced him
that he would not "spiritually die" if he left Moon's
church. The counselors contradicted Moon's
philosophy, without denying the possibility that a
loving God may actually exist.
"I realized, my God, I could have been involved in a
counterfeit organization all those years," Kemper-
man said.
Kemperman said the restoration of his active and
self-controlled mind took five months of anguish and
After speaking with a former cult member, "I
finally broke down and cried. All fear and guilt and
controls fell away," he said.
Kemperman said he plans to apply to law school
in a year. Until then, he will travel for a year to
promote his book.

Black representative hired

Compiled from Associated Press and
United Press International reports
Abortion decision.challenged
KALAMAZOO- A children's rights group said yesterday it will file a for-
mal complaint against the judge who refused to allow an 11-year-old rape
victim to have an abortion.
The complaint, to be filed with the state Judicial Tenure Commission, con-
tends that Kalamazoo County Juvenile Judge Donald Halstead was in-
capable of impartially hearing the case and should have disqualified him-
"This judge has strong feelings about abortion and should have removed
himself from this case," said Phyllis Marsh, head of Children's Help in
Legal Defense, the group filing the complaint. "We feel. . . his decision to
oppose an abortion for this 11-year-old child reflected his own personal
feelings toward the issue of abortion."
Atlanta mayor-elect Young
says victory not a racial one
ATLANTA- Mayor-elect Andrew Young, fresh from a decisive victory in
a runoff where the voting was largely along racial lines, went to the streets
to thank supporters yesterday and said he hoped the city was not polarized.
Young, 49, a black who rose to prominence with Dr. Martin Luther King
Jr. in the civil rights movement and later served as U.S. ambassador to the
United Nations, was up at dawn to shake hands with sleepy workers at a
rapid transit station.
The former U.N. ambassador polled a 55 percent vote majority in the
runoff against State Rep. Sidney Marcus, a liberal contractor whose own
support closely mirrored the city's rolls of white registered voters.
He told reporters, "I would hope that most of the polarization and the
hostility was in the press and it really does not exist in this city nearly to the
extent we thought it does."
OPEC meets today; may
decide new oil prices
GENEVA, Switzerland- The world oil cartel, convening its second
meeting in two months today, is expected to fix base crude oil prices that
analysts say would slightly increase the cost of fuel and heating oil in the
United States.
"The way is paved to reach the target," said Iraq's Tayeh Abdul Karim,
one of 13 Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries ministers arriving
for the special pricing session. "We are very near to each other, so nothing
can prevent us from reaching a unified price."
Several OPEC sources said the ministers, who adjourned a meeting here
in August without agreeing on a unified price strcture, will this time go
along with the $34-per-barrel base price pushed by Saudi Arabia. The
current OPEC base price, set in December 1980, is $36 a barrel.
Black Liberation Army member
suspect in Brink's ambush
NEW YORK- A reputed Black Liberation Army member wanted in last
April's shooting of two policemen in Queens has been identified as a par-
ticipant in the shootout that followed the ambush of a Brink's armored car,
sources said yesterday.
A witness has picked out the photograph of BLA member Anthony Laborde
on two occasions, the sources said.
One source close to the investigation said the witness identified Laborde as
being involved in the shootout at suburban Nyack after a gang shot up a
Brink's armored car and made off with $1.6 million in nearby Nanuet on Oct.
Two police officers were killed in the Nyack gunbattle following the ar-
mored car heist that left a Brink's guard dead. The money was recovered.
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staff member to conduct research and
data analysis on minority students.
Moorehead also said the University's
problems retaining black students in-
fluenced the decision to hire a black
Before the position was filled, studen-
ts told Moorehead that they wanted to
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people applied for the job. At the
beginning of the month the three MSS
staff members reviewed the ap-
plications and narrowed the field to two
One of the final candidates chose a
job elsewhere, and Moorehead hired
the other candidate, Al Watson.
Students were upset when they lear-
ned Moorehead had hired a represen-
tative without student input.
Moorehead said he hired Watson
without student input because a fun-
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coming up next month and he wanted to
have a black representative before the
ONCE A PERSON is hired for a
position, it is impossible to legally
reopen the;,search committee, so most
concerned students say they plan to
work with Watson.
"I've spoken to Al Watson about the
manner in which he was appointed and

he said he understood our
frustrations," said Valerie Mims,
minority affairs coordinator for the
Michigan Student Assembly. "We've
discussed some of our plans to work
together and I'm hoping that our joint
efforts will address black student
problems in academic and carer coun-
seling, financial aid, and so on."
Watson's position combines the duties
of black representative and director of
Trotter House. Moorehead said he
hired Watson because he was qualified
in data analysis. "We're fortunte to get
him," he added.
Mims said the lack of student input in
the decision to hire Watson is indicative
of a University-wide problem.
"The fact that administrators are
slow to recognize and serve the needs of
minority students is a University-wide
problem and until the central ad-
ministration takes some major steps to
generate effective and well-coordinated
programs, we'll continue to lose studen-
ts," she said.


'U' project may show all
matter will disintegrate

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To test this prediction, researchers
from the University and six other
schools and laboratories are filling a
plastic-lined vat 2,000 feet under ground
with 10,000 tons of highly purified
The reservoir, located in a salt mine
east of Cleveland, Ohio, will be lined
with 2,048 photomultiplier tubes which
can detect extremely small amounts of
WHEN A PROTON decays it will
release a coneshaped light, called
Cerenkov light, that will travel through
the highly transparent water and be
detected by the photomultiplier tubes.
Cosmic rays can cause a similar
light, but the earth above the un-
derground vat should block most
cosmic rays.
A small particle called a neutrino can
also cause flashes, but computers
programmed to analyze data should be
able to distinguish between the neutrino
flashes and proton decay, according to
the researchers.
WATER WAS chosen as the source of
protons because it is cheap and tran-
sparent, van der Velde said. "Ten

thousand tons of anything is expen-
sive-except water," he said.
Filling the two-and-a-half-million
gallon reservoir is expected to begin
about November 1 and will take roughly
five weeks. Van der Velde said the
researchers expect results after six
Van der Velde, Dan Sinclair,, and
Larry Sulak are three major in-
vestigators of about a dozen from the
University's physics department.
Researchers from the University of
California at Irvine and Brookhaven
National Laboratory are also playing
major roles in the experiment, of-
ficially named the IMB Proton Decay
IN ADDITION, the California In-
stitute of Technology, Cleveland State
University, University College London,
and the University of Hawaii are
collaborating on the project.
Most of the funds for the $4 million
project have come from the Depar-
tment of Energy. Both the University of
Michigan and the University of Califor-
nia at Irvine have contributed ad-
ditional money. "They (the univer-
sities) have gone out on a limb for us,"
van der Velde said.

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