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The Michigan Daily-Friday, March 6, 1981-Page 3

Scientists testify Calif. schools
already allow evolution doubts

scientists testifying in California's
"monkey trial" said yesterday state
guidelines challenged by fundamen-
talists already permit teachers to tell
students Charles Darwin may not have
the last word about the origin of life.
The second day of the defense's case
also featured a high school teacher who
told the court he has had students ar-
med with Bibles stand up in class and
challenge the evolutionary theory.
JOHN HORN, A teacher in Hacienda-
La Punte Unified School District in Los
Angeles County, said he had often faced
challenges from students who brought
their Bibles to class.
"I try to preface what I say by
making sure the student understands
the scientific theory. There is no intent

to say this is what you have to believe,"
he told the court in the non-jury trial
that started Monday.,
Asked what effect the discussions had
on the students' religious beliefs, Horn
said: "I think they went away feeling
stronger about their faith because they
had really gone into the subject."
evolution as fact to receive a good
"No," he said. "In biology you have
to know about these things. You don't
have to accept them."
Christian fundamentalists who took
the state to court say the guidelines go
too far in presenting Darwin's 19th cen-
tury theory as dogma, not theory.
The state presented two eminent
university professors who said they

found room within the guidelines for
teachers to explain that the theory is
just that.
"We are not gods, authorities, or
dogmatists," testified Richard Dicker-
son, professor of chemistry at Califor-
nia Institute of Technology, on the four-
th day of the trial. "We are doing the
best we can.
He described the state guidelines un-
der challenge by the Bible-believing
fundamentalists as "a summary of the
state of the art.
"If the data change," he said, "the
theories change. Scientists are oppor-
A second defense witness, William
Mayer, professor of zoology at the
University of Colorado and director of
the Biological Sciences Curriculum

study, said, "The California framework
is broad enough to give a science tex-
tbook writer a lot of latitude."
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Mother awarded custody

Daily Photo by BRIAN MASCK

LANSING (UPI) - A struggling
welfare mother who sent a daughter to
live with relatives after the family was
abandoned by her husband cannot be
stripped of parental rights for neglect,
the Michigan Court of Appeals ruled
The appeals court, concurring with
the Ingham County Circuit Court, said a
probate judge exceeded his authority in
making the young girl a temporary,
ward of the court.
from Kentucky with her 10 children in
1974 after the father had refused to con-
tinue supporting them, the court said.
She placed the children with relatives

and helped pay for their care out of Aid
to Dependent Children payments, it
The daughter in question, living with
an aunt and uncle, was made a ward of
the court in 1975 and legally placed with
the relatives who were reportedly
providing good care. Her mother
challenged the decision in 1978 and the
court, while restoring her custody,
retained the child as a ward.
The appeals court ruled the probate

judge erred in stepping in on the groun-
ds the girl was without proper custody
and guardianship as provided by law.
"We conclude that the girl, who was
placed by her natural mother in the
custody of a relative who properly
cared for her, is not a minor 'otherwise
without proper custody of guardian-
ship' and thus she was not subject to the
jurisdiction of the probate court," the
appeals court said.


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A drop in the bucket
A student contributes to the fund drive to combat Tay Sachs disease as a
member of one of the four fraternities sponsoring the drive looks on. Tay
Sachs is a genetic disease peculiar to Jewish children, afflicting their ner-
vous systems and causing death by the ages of three to five. If two parents
are carriers, they have a twenty percent chance of having a child with the
disease. Members of Zeta Beta Tau, Sigma Alpha Mu fraternities, and Alpha
Epsilon Phi and Sigma Delta Tau sororities, campaigned for funds on the
Diag and State Street yesterday. The fraternities will also help with a
screening program later when blood tests will be taken at Hillel and the
University Health Service later this month.
AAFC - Marnie, .m., Nat. Sci. Aud., Psycho, 9:15 p.m., Nat. Sci. Aud.
Alt. Action Films -Brubaker,7, 9:20p.m., MLB 3.
Cinema Guild - The Plumber, 7, 9 p.m., Lorch Hall Aud.
Cinema II - The Caine Mutiny, 7, 9:15 p.m., Aud. A, Angell Hall.
Mediatrics - Gone With the Wind, 7 p.m., MLB 4.
S. & S.E. Asian Studies - Bag lunch, Albert Bacdayan, "A Personal view
of the Growth of Mountain Identity in the Northern Philippines," noon, Lane
Hall Commons.
Guild House - Luncheon Lecture, Don Postema, Prayer and Justice,
noon, 802 Monroe.
Nat. Resources - Lecture, Peter Mertz, "How do the Major Forest In-
dustries Compare?" 3-5 p.m., 1040 Dana.
MSA, Women's Programming Comm. - Lecture, Ellen Willis, "The New
Conservatism and the Women's Movement," 3-5 p.m., Rackham Amph.
ISMRRD Continuing Ed - Conference, James Budde, "Measuring Per-
formance in Human Service Systems," 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Chrysler Ctr.
N. Eastern and N. African Studies - Lecture, James Gelhar, "Study
Abroad, Work Abroad, Travel Abroad," 4 p.m., 144 Lane Hall, Ctr. Reading
Canterbury Loft - The Stronger, opera, concert, Contemporary Chamber
Ensemble, 8p.m., 3325. State.
Eclipse Jazz - Concert, Adegoke Steve Colson, Iqua Colson: Union 'U'
Club, 8, 10:30 p.m.
Int. Folk Dance Club - all levels, 8 p.m.-midnight, CCRB Activities Room.
PTP - Mummenschanz, 8 p.m., Power Center.
School of Music - U. Symphony Orchestra, Gustav Meier, Serge
Zehnacker, conductor; works by Stravinsky, Strauss, Ives, Gluck, 8 p.m., Hill
U. Club - "Live-LyFriday," Whiz Kids, dancing. Happy hour 4-8 p.m., 4
Spartacus Youth League - Rally: "U.S. Hands off El Salvador," noon,
Hillel - Shabbat, 1429 Hill: Orth, Minyan, 6:15 p.m., Cons. Minyan, 6:30
p.m., dinner, res. by Fri. noon, 7:30 p.m., Lecture: "The Kibbutz and the
Second Generation: Does it still Work?" 8:30 p.m., 1429 Hill.
International Student-Fell. - Dinner, meeting; 6:30 p.m., 4100 Nixon Rd.
University Duplicate Bridge Club - Open game, inexperienced players
welcome, 7:30 p.m., Henderson Room, Michigan League.

Task force
to review
in crime
WASHINGTON (AP) - Citing ,an
"alarming and continuous" increase in
violent crime, Attorney General
William French Smith ordered a
special task force yesterday to deter-
mine whether the federal government
should make a bolder attempt to ensure
domestic tranquility.
"There has been no comprehensive
examination of the federal role in this
area for many years," Smith told his
first news conference as attorney
general. "The climate of crime today
makes such a review necessary."
The attorney general also announced
- as did President Reagan - that the
administration was making almost $1
million in federal funds available to
Atlanta authorities to help deal with the
"human" problems of youngsters in
that city, where 19 black children have
been killed in the last 11 years. Two
others are missing.
Smith said $650,000 would be sent
immediately from his department's
juvenile justice program, and the rest
would follow from other federal agen-
cies. The grants will pay for after-
school guidance for 1,000 youngsters in
the areas where the slayings occurred,
a 24-hour hotline for rumor control, and
housing care for homeless teen-agers.
Smith noted that 30 percent of the
nation's households were touched by a
serious crime last year, including mur-
der, -rape, robbery, assault, burglary,
larceny or theft. He said that violent.
crime increased 11 percent between
1978 and 1979 and that preliminary FBI
figures showed it grew 10 percent in
"These figures are shocking," Smith
said. "The alarming and continuous in-
crease in the commission of violent
crimes raises a serious question
whether the federal government is
doing enough to meet its obligations to
ensure domestic tranquility."

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