The Michigan Daily-Sunday, January 11, 1981--Page 3
By RITA CLARK
While raising children is a big enough
challenge for mom and dad together,
family life poses special problems for
single parents. For assistance in coping
with the role of a single parent and
helping children adjust to the loss of a
parent through divorce, separation, or
death, some people turn to a group
called Parents Without Partners.,%
"We are not a counseling service, we
are a support group," explained Marge
Schmandt, publicity director of the561-
member Ann Arbor chapter of the in-
ternational organization. "Our main in-
terest is in teaching parents how to help
their children realize that they're not
alone in this."
SCHMANDT SAID divorced parents
frequently express concern that their
children feel responsible for the break
up of the marriage. "By bringing the
children together in activities, they
meet other children in similar
situations. It is important that they
know they are not alone," she said.
This weekend the local chapter is
hosting a regionalconference at which
members of eleven chapters are atten-
ding workshops and dances,
According to members, PWP
provides an opportunity for single
parents to meet other parents with
common concerns in a social at-
DUWAYNE HOY, a member of five
years, said, "It's where single people
meet other single people."
"I like it, and I think you get a better
perspective with your own problems
when you look at others."
A member, who asked not to be iden-
tified, said, "I think the biggest advan-
tage is that it has a common interest-it
especially enables people to relate and
support each other during some trying
THE WOMAN'S 19-year-old daughter
agreed, "I think it's great, they get a
chance to get out with people."
At bi-monthly meetings, members
listen to psychologists, lawyers, doc-
tors, or other speakers who offer advice
on solving problems common to single
During the month, various family ac-
tivities are planned for parents and
their chidlren at attend together, such
as movies, campouts, bowling, ice
skating, and hiking. Sometimes the
group has a party at a member's house.
DENNIS SNIDER, vice president of
the Ann Arbor chapter, said, "Because
most people coming out of a divorce or
separation are facing financial dif-
ficulties, we try to arrange all of our ac-
tivities (with economics in mind)."
People whose children are grown or
have never been married are also in-
vited to join PWP.
But PWP apparently is not for
ONE WOMAN described her ex-
perience with PWP as "not what I
needed." She said she had been divor-
ced for four years when she looked into
the group and decided it was more
suited to someone newly separated.
"I was looking for companionship
and in the three sessions I attended, I
didn't find anyone who I could picture
myself in a relationship with. Also,
most of the people were still hurting
from their loss."
Herman Jacobs, a local psychologist,
said, "It's more of a self-help group. We
all have our special problems and PWP
helps people discover why they are
feeling the way they do."
Parents Without Partners was for-
med during the 1950s in New York by
two single parents. The organization'
spread nation-wide and now there are
chapters in Europe, Canada and
Hugh Gaston, a marriage counselor,
in private practice, and a former
University student counselor, formed.
the Ann Arbor chapter in 1961 because
he said he "saw a need in the com-
munity for that type of organization."
Eight-year-old Harold Egan entered
this tinman in an arts contest for youths
at the Ann Arbor regional conference of
Parents Without Partners.
City buses included in recall
The ANN ARBOR TENANTS UNION
By DOUG BRICE
The city's seven newest buses will be
imodified as a precaution against an
axle defect discovered in similar buses
in other cities.
The buses, purchased last year from
the Grumman Flxible Corporation of
Delaware, Ohio, are included in the
company's campaign to replace and
teinforce a part of the rear axle system
In all 2,692 of the buses in use in 26
cities. The recall is in response to
*cracks-apparently caused by metal
fatigue-which were discovered in the
A-frame, the main cross support of the
rear axle in some of the buses.
THERE WILL be no change in local
bus services while the city buses are
being modified by Grumman at the Ann
Arbor Transportation Authority
Although no cracks have been
discovered in Ann Arbor's black and
white buses, several cities, including
New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles
have taken the buses out of service.
The cracks have occured mainly in
buses in large cities, resulting from
heavy loading and poor street con-
AS A RESULT of the cracks, New
York has taken all of its 637 Grumman
buses out of service, and has refused
delivery of 200 more until the problem
can be corrected. This has resulted in
bus service cutbacks for New York.
James Ansley, manager of Public
Relations for Grumman Flxible, said
that since the cracks were first
discovered in New York and Santa
New cancer treatment
LANSING, Mich. (AP)-What is
billed as the nation's first program to
treat cancer patients with a homemade
supply of interferon has been launched
at Lansing's Sparrow Hospital.
Hospital President Karl Neumann
called the plan to supplement the
treatment of up to 50 patients with in-
terferon "one of the most exciting
programs we have undertaken."
Fewer than 20 hospitals and research
programs around the nation use inter-
feron experimentally, he said. Scien-
tists believe the substance may stop
cancer cells from growing without af-
fecting health cells.
Monica, Calif. cracks have been found
in 258 of the $100,000 buses.
In nine buses, the cracks caused the
beam to fracture, Ansley said, but ad-
ded that there was no loss of safety fun-
ction, such as brakes, and that the
buses simply settled on that side.
Grumman Flxible has just started
the retrofitting program in Los
Angeles, Santa Monica, Chicago,
Houston, and Hartford, Conn. Priority
is being given to the cities that have
taken the buses out of service.
Ansley says the company hopes to
complete the program by spring.
The modification involved adding 235
pounds of reinforcements to the frames
in the form of steelplates, gussets,
brackets, and reinforcing tubes. Ansley
maintains the reinforcement is even
more than is necessary for safe
4001 Michigan Union
Alternative Action-Yellow Submarine, 7, 9 p.m., Modern Languages
Building Aud. 3.
Cinema Guild-The Loves of Isadora, 7, 10 p.m., Lorch Hall Aud.
Cinema Two-A.K.A. Cassius Clay, 7 p.m., Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss
Song, 8:30 p.m., Angell Hall Aud. A.'
Michigan Community Theatre Foundation-The Thin Man, 2, 3:45, 5:30,
7:15 p.m., Michigan Theatre.
New Wave Films-Deep Throat, 6:30, 7:45,9,10:15, 11:30 p.m., Nat. Sci.
Michigan Community Theatre Foundation-Rupert Barton, organ recital,
10 a.m., Michigan Theatre.
School of Music-Tibor Szasz, piano recital, 8 p.m., Recital Hall.
Graduate Woman's Network-Pot-luck brunch, noon, Guild House, 802
Hillel-Young Jewish Professionals discussion brunch, noon, 4:15 S.
Hillell-Israeli folkdancing, instruction 12-1 p.m., open dancing, 1-3
p.m., 1429 Hill St.
College of Engineering-Tour of the Computing Center, 2-4 p.m., North
Campus Computing Center.
Department of Recreational Sports-Family Sunday Funday, 2-5 p.m.,
North Campus Recreation Building.
First Presbyterian Campus Ministry-Square dance, 4 p.m., First
Presbyterian Church, 1432 Washtenaw.
Hillel-Deli dinner, 6 p.m., 1429 Hill St.
AAFC-Of Mice and Men, 7 p.m., The Grapes of Wrath, 9 p.m., Nat. Sci.
Cinema Guild-Cat on a Hot Tin Rough, 7, 9 p.m., Lorch Hall Aud.
Michigan Theater-The Thin Man 5:45, 7:30 p.m.
Chemistry-Nicephoros Fotinos, "Some Interesting Reactions Involving
the Mo-Mo Triple Bond in CP2Mo2(Co), 4p.m., 1200 Chem.
Macromolecular Research-Allan Hay, "Oxidative Polymerization of 2,6-
diarylphenol," 4 p.m., 3005 Chem.
Pi Lambda Theta-Karen Wixson, "Reading and Learning Disabilities,"
Dean's Conf. Room, School of Ed., 5 p.m.
Cross Currents-Czeslaw Miolsz, "Looking for a Center: On the Poetry of
Central-Eastern Europe," 8p.m., Rackham Lecture Hall.
Bible Study Group-12:15 p.m., W5603 Main Hosp. Nuc. Med. Cpnf. Room.
SACUA-1:15 p.m., Pres., Conf. Room.
LSA Faculty meeting-4:10 p.m., Aud. A, Angell.
Christian Science Org.-7:15 p.m., 3909 Union.
Journal of Econ.-7:15 p.m., 301 Econ.
Meekreh-8 p.m., Markley Concourse Lounge.
American Cancer Sciety-Stop Smoking Clinic, 4-5 p.m., VA Hospital.
Computing Center-Videotape, "The DECwriter Terminal and MTS,"
between 7-9 p.m., 212 UGLI.
Men's Glee Club-Auditions, 7 p.m., Union Kuenzel Room.
Rec. Sports-Basketball Officials' Clinic, 7:30 p.m., IMSB.
Mu Phi Epsilon Recital-7:30 pm., Rackham Assembly Hall.
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