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The Michigan Daily-Sunday, December 6, 1981--Page 3

Student missing in bizarre tale

* estigators yesterday were trying to
unravel the mystery of an ROTC in-
Kructor who talked three coeds into
gaming him beneficiary in life insuran-
ce policies before one of the women
vanished and the instructor killed
But letters leading police to suspect
Army Capt. Dwight Beddingfield, 35, in
the disappearance were described as
"pure fantasy" yesterday by one of the
women involved in the bizarre story.
BEDI)INGFIELD, a military science
instructor at Old Dominion University,
was "ttustworthy," said Debora
George, a 27-year-old student at
another college.
George, one of three women who
named Beddingfield as beneficiary on
life insurance policies, said she did not
believe statements damaging to Bed-

dingfield in letters written by the
missing woman.
"All this is totally out of character for
him," she said.
CHESAPEAKE Police Lt. Stephen
Feehan said detectives had "probable
cause" to believe Beddingfield was in-
volved in the disappearance of Janice
Starr, 23, an Old Dominion student from
Chargin Falls, Ohio, who vanished-Nov.,
Beddingfield reported her missing af-
ter she missed a week of classes, and
police found her apartment broken into
and signs of a struggle.
Feehan said an anonymous telephone
call to the missing woman's mother
said Starr had a nervous breakdown
and was being cared for the day after
she was reported missing,
BUT CHESAPEAKE detectives say
they believe Starr was the victim of foul

play, and they have found no trace of
Starr, George, and another uniden-
tified woman named Beddingfield
beneficiaries of life insurance policies
worth thousands of dollars. Starr's
policy is worth $344,000.
Beddingfield and Starr had been in-
volved in a bizarre romantic relation-
ship that involved dangerous "tests"
and wagers, letters from Starr in police
custody indicated.
GEORGE SAID a detective showed
her letters and a diary written by Starr
in which she wrote of her fears for her
life and a series of tests, ranging from
drinking bouts involving lethal doses of
alcohol to an offer of $100,000 to drive a
car off a bridge.
"The letters are illogical and
foolish," George said. "Pure fantasy is
what I called them to the detective."
She said she last saw Beddingfield
Thanksgiving weekend and was en
route to Harrisonburg when she was
stopped by a detective handling Starr's
She said the detective told her "all
about this murder-for-insurance-
money thing. Detective Kay Lewis told
me that police had me under sur-
veillance because they feared I would
be his second woman victim for the in-
surance money."

The Michigan Marching Band will be performing in concert at Crisler
Arena today at 2 p.m. Highlights from the pre-game and half-time shows will
be performed as well as marching demonstrations, flag routines and
twirling exhibitions, plus a special visitor from the North Pole. Tickets are
$1 for students under 18 and senior citizens and $2 for adults. Donations go to
theMarching band equipment fund.
Cinema Guild-The First Nineteen Years, Michigan Theatre, 7, 9, and 11
p.m.; The Old Man and the Sea, Lorch Hall, 7 p.m., The Sound and the Fury,
Lorch Hall, 9 p.m.
Mediatrics-Small Change, MLB 4, 7, 9 p.m.
AA Film-Winnie the Pooh with Pogo's Birthday, MLB 3, 1, 3:30 p.m.
ASO-Debbie Does Dallas, Nat. Sci. Aud., 7,8:40, 10:30 p.m.
PTP-"Morning at Seven," Power Center, 2, 8 p.m. For info, call 764-0450.
Musical Society-Handel's "Messiah," Hill Aud., 2:30 p.m. For info, call
Ark-Concert, Billy Novick and Guy Van Duser, 8 p.m. For info, call 761-
School of Music-Conducting recital, Gary Speck, Recital Hall, 2 p.m.
Piano Recital, Winifred Kerner, Recital Hall, 4 p.m., "USO" Chamber Or-
chestra, members of the University Symphony Orchestra, Rackham, 8
p.m.; Percussion Recital, Lon Grabowski, Recital Hall, 8 p.m.
Ann Arbor Civic Theater-"A Life in the Theater," 338 South Mani, 8 p.m.
Sategic Moves-ERA benefit featuring Misbehavin, Jedi Afro Jazz Dan-
ce oupe, Michigan Union Ballroom, 8 p.m.
RC Chamber Music Group-Chamber and Choral Music of the 16th, 17th.
and 18th century, RC Auditorium, 8 p.m.
PIRGIM-Nestles Boycott Task Force, 4th floor Union, 3:30 p.m.
Chug Aliyah-meeting, 1004 S. Forest, apt. 3,8 p.m.
Gargoyle-Mass meeting, Student Publications Bldg., first floor, 2 p.m.
Gay Discussion Group-Presentation of gay health problems, Guild
House,802 Monroe, 6 p.m.
Recreational Sports-Family Aerobatics, NCRB, 2-5 p.m.
Hillel-Deli Dinner, 6 p.m., Israeli Dancing, 7-10 p.m., 1429 Hill.
Latin American Solidarity Committee-Caribbean Dance Party, benefit
for refugees from El Salvador, Rick's American Cafe, 611 Church, 9 p.m.
Ann Arbor Ballet Theatre-rehearsal, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Michigan Theatre.

Herculean effort
It's a battle of the fittest as Bob Boyle and Fred Smith are locked in a seemingly endless struggle to see who will be the
victor in spinning the cube to his advantage.

_ ,


State's student leaders
map out lobbyin gplans
(Continued from Page 1)
"I PERSONALLY think the state is
University, Wayne State University, trying to support too many colleges,"
and the University's Dearborn campus Feiger said. "I think they should close
- will meet again this week to work out down a few of the smaller schools."
details for a Feb. 5 rally at Wayne State Yesh said he, too, supports such a
demanding more support for plan, but added that there is certainly
Michigan's higher education. Yesh said not unanimous support for the concept
he hopes students from across the state among the 15 student presidents.
will attend the rally. Feiger said that, while lobbying in
The presidents yesterday also sent a Lansing, he also will encourage state
resolution to Gov. William Milliken, officials to press for more influence in
asking him to make good on his the University's retrenchment
promises of more state appropriations decisions."
for public colleges next year. "RIGHT NOW the decisions on (the
Thirteen members of the coalition of University's) redirection and retren-
student leaders met last month in Lan- chment are coming out of (academic
sing with several key state officials and affairs Vice President Billy) Frye's and
legislators. At thathmeeting, the gover- (President Harold) Shapiro's office,"
nor promised to honor the students' he said. "I think it should be a public
request that a state panel be formed to decision.
consider the directions of higher "What I'd like to see the University
education in Michigan. The students do, is put out a proposal: their objec-
said yesterday, however, that the panel tives, what they're aiming for, what
has not yet been formed, and that they really does 'smaller but better' mean?
have not yet heard from state officials What I think it means," Feiger said, "is
on the matter. that they (University administrators)
IN THEIR request for the com- are going to strengthen the engineering
mission,. the student leaders. had said school incredibly and shrink down
the panel ,;should be charged with LSA."
determining the role of higher "If that's what the state wants to do,
education in the state's future, and with - if that's what the people of the state
developing a detailed plan for handling want to do, that's fine. But if it's just
any further cutbacks in assistance to coming out of Frye's and Shapiro's of-
public colleges. fices, then that's something else," he
"Thestate has been chiseling away at said.
(support to) schools," Feiger said. "We If the University were to state its
found out they (state officials) have no retrenchment objectives openly, Feiger
coordinated plan" for orchestrating said, then the public would have an op-
cutbacks at the various colleges. The sorunity to approve or reject the plan.
student government presidents said the port
panel, if it is formed, should develop
such a plan.
Feiger said he would like to see the THE DAILY
state adopt a program of selective cut- CLASSIFIEDS
backs in higher education similar to the ARE A GREAT
University's "smaller but better"
retrenchment plan. He said he thinks WAY TO GET
the state should consider eliminating FAST RESULTS
some smaller colleges to preserve the
financial support and quality of other ALL 764-0557
larger ones.


Professor of Education, School of Education
and Center for Afro-American and African Studies, U. of M.
At The International Center Lunch $1.00
603 E. Madison Street For additional information,
please call 662-5529
Co-sponsored by: The Ecumenical Campus Center, The International Center,
Church Women United in Ann Arbor.

Kings Productions Auditions
Michigan Union, Kuenzel Room Dec. 11; 2-6 p.m
American Heritage Music Hall Jan. 23 & 24; 1.0-6 p.m.
Productions feature professionally designed scen-
ery, costumes, staging and choreography in fully
equipped theatres and outdoor stages.
Singers * Dancers * instrumentalists
Technicians * Variety Performers
$ 180-S 2SO/week
One round trip air fare will be paid to hired performers traveling over
250 miles to the park.
Contact Park. or Kings Productions for further audiitioninformition
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The University of Michigan Arts Chorale Presents its Winter Concert
Monday at 8 p.m. in Hill Auditorium. The program includes two magnificats,
Britten: Ceremony of Carols, and Kodaly: Missa Brevis. Admission is free.
AAFC-Paper Moon, Lorch Hall Aud., 7 p.m.; Daisy Miller, Lorch Hall
Aud., 8:45 p,m.
Cinema Guild-The First Nineteen Years, Michigan Theatre, 7, 9, 11 p.m.
Wholistic Health Council-David Spangler, "The Emerging New Culture:
Ethical Considerations," Michigan Union Ballroom, 8 p.m. $6 general ad-
mission, $4 student admission.
ADARA - Betty Kaufman, "Networking" Kuenzel Room, Union, 7:30
Collegiate Institute for Values and Science-Kan Chen, "The Place of
Cost-benefit Analysis in Technology.Assessment," MLB lecture room 2, 6
Center for Western European Studies-Andre Burguiere, "Social Science
faces the change in French Government," 5208 Angell, noon.
Department of Chemistry-Harold Jabloner, "Molecular Parameters and
Taste," Chem. room 3005,4 p.m.
Department of Chemistry-Lou Messerle, "Reaction of Diazoalkanes with
metal-metal multiple bonds," Chem Room 1200,4 p.m.
College of Architecture and Urban planning-Panel discussion "Future
Directions in Urban Designs," Art and Architecture Bldg. room 2216, 7 p.m.
Hypnosis seminar to reduce test anxiety, improve memory and study
habits, 3rd floor Michigan League, 7 p.m. $18.
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Happenings, The Michigan Daily, 420 Maynard St., Ann Arbor, MI. 48109.




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