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Author Lappe criticizes
U.S. world hunger policy

By JULIE HINDS
U.S. charity toward third world coun-
tries is not the solution to combatting
world hunger, author Frances Moore
Lappe said Sunday.
"Our role is not to go in and set things
straight," Lappe, author of Diet for a
Small Planet and Food First, told an
audience of 300 at the Michigan League.
"Our role in' the third world lies in
removing the obstacles in their path" to
self-sufficiency.
ALTHOUGH American food exports
have doubled over the last ten years,
Lappe claimed that American foreign
policy is actually "accelerating all the
problems." She said such figures
create an illusion that everyone is win-
ning, when actually "two-thirds of our
exports go toward feeding livestock,"

not people.
Lappe criticized large grain .cor-
porations for upping production solely
for profit. Cereal industry profits of 200
percent above the average of other in-
dustries "defy anti-trust laws," she
said.
'The current trend toward fewer and
fewer farms with larger and larger
acreage has "created a landed
aristocracy," with increasing control of
political and economic power.
LAPPE, WHO came into prominence
in 1971 with publication of Diet for a
Small Planet, said she began her.
crusade against world hunger by
visiting talk shows as a self-described
"Julia Child of the soybean circuit."
Further research led her to refute
what she calls "propaganda" that
overpopulation causes world hunger.

_Daily Photo by DAVID HAI
FRANCES MOORE LAPPE criticizes U.S. policy on world hunger issues before an audience of more than 300 at the
Michigan League. Lappe spoke Sunday night during part of the week-long World Food Crisis Conference.

Dorm residents protest c

Her second book, Food First, proposes
long-range solutions to world hunger
involving self-reliance and
redistribution of world agricultural
resources.
Lappe described her present role in
the fight against world hunger as one of
reaching individuals, not of changing
government policy.
"What is needed to be changed is so
profound it.won't be changed by one
piece of legislation," Lappe said. "My
role is to build the troops through
classrooms and the media."
Lappe, who is currently researching
for a book on American agricultural
export expansion, spoke as part of a
week-long conference on the world food
crisis sponsored by the Committee
Concerned with World Hunger.
aulking
putting in new windows in eight dorms.
Workers began to replace Mosher-
Jirdan windows during spring break,
according to Maksym, who said many
students are upset that they were not
informed of the construction. "The
students believe they should have been
involved in this major housing decision,
since it affects where they live,"
Maksym said.
But according to Sunstad, students
have been informed a day before their
room was scheduled to be worked on.
Maksym suggested that is necessary,
his organization may take further ac-
tion, even court action, to halt the win-
dow installation.
Sunstad said that crews will stopt
work, even if the job has not been com-
pleted,by April 3. '.We want to give the
students time to study for exams," he
said.

(Continued from Page 1)
But according to Assistant Director
of Housing Norman Sunstad, .the
caulking compopnd was tested last
summer by the University's Depar-
tment of Environmental Health and
determined unhazardous to health in
the amount used for the window
replacement project. As student com-
plaints increased, Sunstad said the
sealant was retested lost Friday, with
the same results.
SUNSTAD SAID the Univerkity has
received "virtually no complaints" sin-
ce the project began late last summer.
Mosher-Jordan residents have been
"more vocal on the subject than we've

encountered before," he said. He
suggested that the residents are
exaggerating the effects of the com-
pound. Sunstad said windows in most of
the other dorms have already been
replaced in the same manner with the
same materials.
"I haven't had any problems at all,"
said hall resident Marvin Rotblatt,
whose windows were just replaced,
"and neither has my roommate." But
he did say he had heard of other people
who had gotten sick.
Paul Pardales, another resident,
commented, "The smell doesn't bother'
me, but the intruding does," referring

to the workers' early 8 a.m. start.
SUNSTAD SAID the crews "try to go
into a room only one time."
House Council spokesman Maksym
suggested that the repairs should have
been made last summer. Because some
of the dorms were used to house people
affiliated with the Republican Conven-
tion last summer, Maksym clailtied
that students are taking a back seat to
conventioneers.
"The convention people only had to
live in the dorm a few days," he said.
"For students, the dorm is their home."
SUNSTAD SAID the project couldn't
begin until late summer because a $5
million HUD loan for energy conser-
vation in residence halls wasn't ap-
proved until then. He said $2 million has
been allocated to new roofs while the
other $3 million will be spent on
reglazing (installing new glass) and

TUESDAY LUNCH-DISCUSSION
TODAY, March 17, 12 NOON
"If This Is The Doughnut, Where Is The Hole?"
-a look at subtle bias in the Media
Speaker: JANE MYERS,
columnist and feature writer for The Ann Arbor News
at the INTERNATIONAL CENTER
603 E. Madison Street

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but Festival suffers

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For information call: 662-5529
Co-sponsored by the Ecumenical Campus Center

(Continued from Page 5)
viewing to dislodge its secrets.
ANOTHER Great Day was the
program's only animated offering and
the only self-contained masterpiece.
Artists Jon Bonney and Ruth Peyser
combined cartoon and collage in por-
traying a day in the life of a lonely
young woman -trapped ,in the universe
of her apartment.
Looking like the lost protagonist of an
Edward Hopper painting, she dreams
of gourmet meals, dances along with a
TV performer, masturbates to a gothic
novel - while all the while the voice of
a smarmy radio DJ exhorts his audien-
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it's worth, yet the artists' multiple
images are so dazzling that their movie
becomes a very original lament de-.
personalized society.
Which leaves us with' Dan Dinello's
Rock Lobster, a wild-swinging fantasy
about a couple's disintegrating
marriage, cornerstoned by a large pet
lobster in their living room fish'tank.
Dinello's film lurches crazily from
situation comedy into surrealist chaos,
interweaving New Wave mythos,
Camus' The Stranger and contem-
porary world econo-politics. The movie
is damningly erratic, yet exhilirating in
its furious lack of compromise.
Dinello drives, drives, drives,
throwing caution to the winds; in the
process, he comes to symbolize
everything the Ann Arbor Festival used
to be at its best and worst. But that was
before our government told us we had
to sacrifice, before "playing it safe"
became a gospel, before artistic
originality became a tax liability.

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