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Ninety-One Years
Editorial Freedom


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increasing cloudiness, and
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*ol. XCJ, No. 133

Copyright 1981, The Michigan Daily

Ann Arbor, Michigan-Sunday, March 15, 1981

Ten Cents

Ten Pages


FCC. to investigate
WCBN' activities


The Federal Communications Commission is investigating
WCBN-FM, the University's student-run, non-commercial
radio station.
The federal inquiry is in response to charges filed by six
former and current employees who claim the campus radio
station has violated a number of FCC regulations.
THE LETTER OF complaint-filed on Jan. 11-alleges the
" The radio station has maintained an illegal relationship
with local concert promoter Eclilpse Jazz;
" Disc jockeys have repeatedly broadcast obscene
m The station illegally broadcasts news from the ABC
newsline; and,-
" WCBN announcers have not always been properly licen-
WCBN General Manager Eugene Lisansky called the letter
of complaint "fabrication and outright falsehood."
"I DON'T EXPECT thre to be any problems formulating
answers to the inquiry," Lisansky said. "There might have
been some areas where we've been in ignorance of the laws,
but we've tried to correct that as an ongoing thing," he ex-
Lisansky said he would not comment on specific charges
because he did not want to affect the outcome of the case.
The FCC is making "rather extensive inquiries," accor-
ding to Stephen Sewell, assistant chief of the Complaints and
Compliance Division of the FCC's broadcast bureau. Sewell
said the FCC receives and reviews more than 100,000 com-
plaints each year.
IF THE RADIO station is found in violation of FCC

regulations, Sewell said, the commission could exercise a
number of options, including:
" a "slap on the wrist" telling the station to correct areas of
e a fine;
" renewal of WCBN's broadcast license for fewer than the
standard three years; and,
" a hearing to determine whether the station should lose its
Sewell said the last option is. rarely exercised.
In response to one of the charges against the station, Sewell
wrote the complainants, "As deplorable as certain offensive
broadcast remarks may be to some persons, they are not
n essarily actionable under the law."
However, Sewell said, the FCC will attempt to determine
whether the Regents, as licensees, are exercising the proper
authority at the radio station. The commission will also in-
vestigate what steps have been taken to insulate announcers
who work for concert promoters from a conflict of interest,
and will check whether WCBN holds a contract with ABC
THE COMPLAINANTS allege that WCBN regularly
broadcasts news from an ABC news feedline. WAAM is the
area's ABC-affiliated station and receives the feedline, but
WAAM Program Director Doug Hamilton said there is no
agreement between ABC-News, WAAM and WCBN which
gives the campus station the right to use ABC broadcasts
from WAAM.
However, Hamilton added, while picking up newscasts off
the air and broadcasting them is illegal, "it is a pretty har-
See FCC, Page 5

Film prompts pickets
Women Law Student Association members protest the showing of the movie, "Dressed to Kill," shown last night by the
Ann Arbor Film Co-op. The group opposed the film's suggestion that women want to be raped.

Suicide: A macabre success

Mary, a University student, told each
of her five housemates individually that
she was thinking of killing herself, and
*she asked each not to tell anyone. They
respected her wishes, and each one
thought that none of the others knew
about the problem. Several weeks later,
Mary hanged herself in her basement.
One of the most popular myths
surrounding suicide is that people who
threaten will not actually go through
with it.
"THAT' TJUST NOT true," said Er-
nest Rosemond, a peer counselor at 76-
GUIDE and founder of Students Con-
cerned about Suicide. "Most people
who commit suicide have told someone
that they were thinking about it. That's
a cry for-help."
Suicide is the second most common
cause of death for people between 15
and 24 years old, and more college
students commit suicide than non-
college people of the same age. Fifteen
out of every 100,000 college students kill
themselves, according to Rosemond.
1 In 1980 there was one successful
suicide and four attempts by University
students on campus, according to an of-
ficial of the University Department of
BUT THAT department does not have

figures for attempted and successful
student suicides that occur off-campus.
Rosemond said that two years ago he
knew of seven, suicides that had hap-
pened within one year, but since then he
has stopped keeping records. PEACE
(Psychiatric Emergency Assistance
Coordination Effort) is currently
working on collecting reports of attem-
pted and successful student suicides to
help guide the University's treatment
of the problem.

students at a university with the
reputation of the University of
Michigan are "together enough to
handle the stress of a competitive at-
mosphere; they aren't the "type" to kill
But there is no "type" of person who
is more likely to commit suicide-than
someone else, Rosemond said.
"I've had undergraduates with
problems, that never appeared
suicidal," agreed Stuart McDougal;-

'It would be assumed that academics are the
major cause of college suicides, but some studies
have found that it is lack of emotional in-
-Ernest Rosemond, 76-G UIDE peer counselor

"Students are very grade-
conscious," said Paul Panadero, a
teaching assistant in the Spanish depar-
tment. "I do feel pressure from them.
They can get very emotional, but we
just sit down and discuss it."
Rosemond said faculty and residence
hall staff should watch for signs of
suicidal potential. These include sud-
den neglect of school work, unusual
disregard for personal health and
cleanliness, and repeated talk of-death,
he said.
People who kill themselves usually go
through five stages. The first is called
ideation-a person is considering the
possibility of committing suicide. Then,
there may be threats to friends, or
comments like "I won't see another
NEXT, A GESTURE may be made.
"This can be anything fromtaking four
aspirin to ,lightly cutting yourself with a
pencil," Rosemond explained, adding
that the difference between a gesture
and the next stage, the attempt, is that
the attempt is intended to be lethal.
The final stage, he said, is called the
"Intervention should not be seen as
an invasion of privacy, but an act of
caring," he said. "Talking to someone
See STRESS, Page 2

"It would be assumed that academics
are the major cause of college suicides,
but some studies have found that it is
lack of emotional involvement,"
Rosemond said. "But each case is in-
dividual. There are economic reasons,
personal problems, and parental
pressures, also."
A COMMON assumption is that

associate professor of English. "But
then, I had an acquaintance in college
who committed suicide, and I wouldn't
have called him suicidal, either."
STUDENTS attending a workshop on
college suicide yesterday said the
pressure of knowing their parentsare
paying $7,000 for their education can
cause severe feelings of anxiety.

To aVoid gallows, U.S. must.

AP Photo
A PAKISTAN INTERNATIONAL Airlines jet arrives in Aleppo Syria, with
freed Pakistani prisoners and Pakistani officials yesterday. The prisoners
were freed in accordance with demands of hijackers holding hostages in a
jetliner parked at Damascus International Airport.
Pakistani hijackers
hand over hostages

*mend its ways, B
The cure for America's economic and domestic problems
is long-term institutional change, reaching as far as the Con-
stitution. It's not a simple solution, and the process will be
But the' country is approaching the gallows and has no
THAT'S THE VERDICT former Secretary of the Treasury
Michael Blumenthal voiced to more than 50 students at
AIESEC's spring regional conference yesterday.
"If you look at the numbers," he said, "you will see that
real growth of domestic production has been declining since
1960 and even 1950." Since our current problems have their
origin in history, Blumenthal said, the country must realize
that a long-term plan is essential to prevent future (collap-
The government would be a good place to start making

iumentnai says,
some necessary changes, Blumenthal said. One six-year
term for the president and a three- or four-year term for
representatives would eliminate the year-round cam-
paigning by public officials.
PRIVATE ENTERPRISE is not exempt among in-
stitutions needing changes, Blumenthal said. Multi-year
company plans and better management-labor relations are
needed to increase productivity in the private sector,
Blumenthal said, citing the success of Chrysler's new board
member, United Auto Workers President Douglas Fraser.
Fighting about "who gets the biggest piece of the pie" is
overshadowing the actual production of the pie, Blumenthal
said. If we worked together to make a bigger pie first, he ex-
plained, we could later decide who gets which piece.
President Regan has reached many people with the
recognition of the need for a larger pie, and "he should be

From AP and UPI
DAMASCUS, Syria - Three
Pakistani hijackers surrendered
Saturday after 13 days and released
more than 100 hostages when a
planeload of freed Pakistani
prisoners arrived here after an
odyssey around the, Mediterranean.
The hostages, -freed from history's
second-longest case of air piracy,
were taken to a nearby military
The sudden end to what was also
one of the most bizarre hijackings on
record came at 4:15 EST, shortly
before the arrival of a second plane
carrying 54 political prisoners freed
by Pakistan in exchange for the

hostages, who included three
Officials said the hostages all ap-
peared to be in good condition. They
left the plane one by one, a few
crying, some still in a daze but most
wearing a smile that had been saved
up for 13 terrifying days.
THE PRISONERS came to Syria
shortly before midnight local time
after Libya, reneging onan earlier
agreement to give them asylum, an-
nounced it would not accept them
when their aircraft was 30 minutes
away from the Libyan capital of
Libya's official JANA news agen-

... says institutional change


Unrequited love
something to be mad about Thursday night.
While the rock and roll singer was performing
M at Kalamazoo's Wings Stadium, vandals were
ripping a hood ornament off his 1975 Bronco and etching
their initials on the truck with their fingers. Several teen-


but he'll probably just grin and bear it. On Wednesday,
Patrolman David Franck rescued an 11-inch teddy bear
from a South San Francisco highway where it was disrup-
ting traffic as animal lovers swerved to avoid it. But in-
stead of reporting the rescue to his superiors, Franck took
home the road-worn teddy and cleaned it. For that, the
patrolman received a mild reprimand, which will go on his
record. The rescued bear, which was moved from Franck's
residence to the Highway Patrol's found property room,
has yet to be claimed. It doesn't pay to be a good Samaritan
anymore. EQ

Oldenburg's interpretation of one. The
flashlight/monument will be installed on the University of
Nevada-Las Vegas campus this week. The sculpture
arrived Tuesday after traveling 4,500 miles from Olden-
burg's studio in New Haven, Conn. The flashlight will be in-
stalled in a mall area between the Judy Bayley Theatre and
Artemus Ham Concert Hall at UNLV. It was paid for
through a private grant and a matching grant from the
National Endowment for the Humanities. Michiganders
shouldn't be too concerned about this one-upmanship,
though. After all, Detroit's sculpture-the world's largest

assistance, but when none arrived right away, he got in his
car and pulled up by the fleeing felon. "He opened the door
and when he looked inside and recognized me, I said Hi,
Ivory, you're under arrest,' " Kelly said. Kelly said the
disgruntled hitchhiker "just swore and got in. I just
couldn't believe it. He was just standing out there on the
street." Taylor was transferred to the county jail and was
to appear on a bench warrant issued when he failed to
return to court following a lunch break Monday.
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