The Michigan Daily-Sunday, March 15, 1981-Page 5
compiled by Maureen Fleming
MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL-The University of
Minnesota is participating in a national study of a
birth control device that could be the feminine ver-
sion of the condom-non-prescription, disposable,
The device is a contraceptive sponge, made of
polyurethane and heavily imbedded with a com-
mnonly used spermicide-nonoxynol-9-which has
been recognized as safe and effective for 25 years,
according to the sponge's manufacturer.
The sponge acts as a contraceptive in three ways:
By covering the cervix; by soaking and trapping
sperm; and by slowly releasing spermicide.
Small-scale clinical trials conducted outside the
United States have found the sponge to be as effec-
tive as the diaphragm in preventing pregnancies,
said spokeswoman Pat McCarthy of the Inter-
national Fertility Research Program-the
organization conducting the study.
McCarthy said the sponge was developed in 1976
to improve the diaphragm, although the idea of
using sponge-like material as a contraceptive has
~been around since Cleopatra's time.
Women at the University of Minnesota between
the ages of 18 and 40 are being asked to enroll in the
study for up to a year, said Obstetrics and
Gynecology Prof. Dr. Harry Foreman. About 80
women will be chosen.
FDA approval of the sponge hinges on the study,
wyhich must prove the device is "safe and effective
for its intended use, and that its benefits outweigh
any, risk,'' said Washington, D.C. spokeswoman
A loss for Knipper
IOWA CITY--A University of Iowa Student
Senate candidate, arrested last week in connection
with a series of thefts at local residence halls, has
withdrawn from the March 17 senate election.
Kurt Knipper, who was running as an off-campus
candidate, and two other students are being
charged with second-degree burglary.
Campus Security officiers found two truckloads of
stolen merchandise at Knipper's residence, in-
cluding university-owned furniture, a dormitory
refrigerator, and gallon containers of canned food.
Knipper said he withdrew from the election "for
the good of the slate."
MOUNT PLEASANT-What began as a room-
mate personality clash has ended in all three
moving out of a Central Michigan dormitory and in-
to new homes.
The action stems from what one roommate, Kirk
Johnson, called a disrespect for his rights and an
indirect threat of physical abuse from another
roommate, Paul Khoury. "Things escalated Feb.
7," Johnson said. "It got out of proportion. That
night he (Khoury) was telling his friends he was
going to kick my ass."
Johnson told third roommate Jeff Bobick that he
was moving out. In order to encourage him to move,
Johnson's desk set was glued to his desk, salt was
sprinkled on his bed, derogatory comments were
written on his desk, and his bags were packed.
"When I saw it I couldn't say anything," Johnson
said. "It was all a mess. When my father saw it he
went right through the roof and said he wanted me
moved. He and I went down to the RA."
Assistant Directorof Housing Tom Trionfi told
Khoury that what Khoury did was worse than
smoking dope or having a keg in the room, Khoury
said. He only admitted to gluing Johnson's pencil
cannister and file cards to his desk and to packing
some of his clothes, and claimed he did not threaten
Bobick said he "only.packed some of Johnson's
clothes. Both Bobick and Khoury were ordered by
the housing office to move from the dorm room.
Johnson has also moved.
Student government follies
BLOOMINGTON-Meal ticket vs. Toga Party?
That's the latest dispute at Indiana University.
Meal Ticket and Toga Party are political parties in
the Read Center Residence Halls Association. Meal
Ticket is angry with Toga Party for its last-week
campaigning in the cafeteria, a no-no according to
Irate Meal Ticket vice presidential candidate Ed
Grossman said he wanted the Toga Party removed
from the ballot for the upcoming elections.
Read's board decided to let the Toga Party infrac-
tion go with only a warning. Seems like the Toga
Party line of defense was superior: "We had not
received a copy (of the election code) until after the
mail was delivered (on the day the offense oc-
curred)," said presidential candidate Chuck Miller.
In this case, ignorance was bliss. Meal Ticket said it
plans to appeal the decision.
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Hijackers release hostages in
exchange for Pakistani prisoners
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cy had said Friday that Libya would
kiant asylum to the prisoners and
hijackers "for motives of humanity and
to save the lives of the human beings
aboard the hijacked plane."
A Pakistani government spokesper-
son said Khadafy's government had
conveyed its "reconsideration" to the
Pakistani ambassador in Tripoli. Libya
provided an explanation as to why it
THE AIRCRAFT refueled in Athens
before the trip to Damascus, where the
Syrian government announced it would
"keep" both the hijackers and prison-
ers. It was not clear if they had been
Moments after the jet, carrying the
freed prisoners landed on an airport
runway, the gunmen emerged at the
door of their commandeered Pakistan
International Airlines Boeing 720. They
waved their firearms - pistols, a sub-
machine gun, and a grenade - in the
air and flashed a V for victory sign
before being hustled into Syrian
military vehicles and whisked away.
Fifteen minutes later, the hostages,
including some half-dozen Europeans
and Americans, began filing off the
plane, laughing and sobbing as they
descended stairs to the tarmac.
Many of the hostages, who each
received a bouquet of flowers from
waiting Pakistani officials as they
stepped off the plane, were unshaven
but appeared in good shape, walking
down the steps unaided.
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"As a whole, the station is beginning
'to take a more reSonsible attitude
toward the listenership" since the
inquiry has been made, one of the com-
plainants who currently works for WC-
BN said. He said he signed the com-
plaint as a last resort to get W.CBN to
"clean up its act' and assume a more
University attorney Daniel Toohey
has until March 23 to respond to the
WCBN is currently waiting for
government approval to increase its.
wattage from 10 to 200 watts. The
University has promised the financially"
strapped station an additional $16,000 if
the FCC approves the wattage boost.
The station-the only opportunity on
campus for a student to get "hands-on"
radio experience-currently receives a
$20,000 allocation from the University's
general fund. The station collected an
additional $10,265 in pledges during a
fundraiser last month.
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given credit for it," Blumenthal said.
Until that message reaches everyone,
we will stay on our present path .of
economic decline, he added.
AFTER HIS speech, Blumenthal was
'asked questions by audience members.
He made se'veral comments concerning
,the current administration's policies.
Blumenthal called Kemp-Roth tax
proposal-which would reduce federal
income taxes 30 percent over the next
three years-"an absolute disaster."
He said rampant inflation will result if
the Reagan administration pushed the
measure through as promised.
Instead, Blumenthal said he favors
selected tax breaks, preferably to
businesses. He predicted Congress
would "save the President from him-
self" by not passing Kemp-Roth.
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