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Ninety-One Years
of
Editorial Freedom

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SHADES OF GRAY
Cloudy tomorrow with a
chance of showers. High in
the 50s.

Vol. XCI, No. 142 Copyright 1981, The Michigan Daily Ann Arbor, Michigan-Thursday, March 26, 1981 Ten Cents Ten Pages Plus Supplement

VD: A

By DENISE FRANKLIN
It's on the increase because pre-marital sex is
becoming more frequent among young people.
Severe cases can lead to sterility and blindness, and
only the common cold affects more people annually.
Last year, the University Health Service Venereal
Disease Clinic tested about 1,500 students for
gonorrhea and syphilis. The clinic, which is funded
by Washtenaw County, tested a total 3,695 people last
year for VD. Sixty-eight percent of those tested were
males.
CRAIG ROSEY, DIRECTOR of the Washtenaw
County Venereal Disease Clinic, says although at
present VD is under control in this area, the disease is
reaching epidemic proportions in other parts of the

worry for
country. In 1980, 1,071,000 Americans were treated for
VD, he said.
"Prevention of VD can be very simple," explains
Rosey. "Just don't have sex."
BUT ROSEY SAYS he realizes that abstention
from America's most popular leisure activity is
unrealistic for most people. So he suggests that con-
traceptive devices, such as condoms, diaphragms,
special foams, creams, and jellies should be used to
prevent the disease from spreading to others.
"Another liig part in the prevention of VD is the
ability to communicate with your sex partner,"
Rosey added. "People are afraid to tell a partner of
other relationships because it would cause a lot of
emotional grief. But it only gets worse when the faith-

ful partner ends up with VD."
A major problem in controlling VD, Rosey says, is
that its symptoms are difficult to detect in women.
Only 20 percent of infected women and 80 percent to
90 percent of infected men show noticeable symptoms
of the disease, he said.
SYMPTOMS OF GONORRHEA - the more com-
mon of the two types of VD - appear 1 to 14 days af-
ter contact with an infected person, Rosey said. Sym-
ptoms for women are a greenish or yellowish vaginal
discharge, painful urination, or an increased
frequency of urination, he said. Male symptoms in-
clude painful urination and a urethral discharge.
If gonorrhea is left untreated, the victim may ex-

1,500 students

perience inflammation of the reproductive organs,
sterility, arthritis and blindness.
Syphilis is not nearly as common as gonorrhea -
only 25 cases were reported in Washtenaw County
last year, according to Rosey. Its symptoms, which
are the same for men and women, include painless
sores called chancres which look like blisters or open
wounds. Chancres appear nine to 90 days after con-
tact with the infected person. The sores can spread to
other parts of the body, but disappear after one to five
weeks.
IN THE SECOND stage of the disease rashes,
mouth sores, and hair loss occur, Rosey said. In this
stage, the disease may be spread by merely kissing
See VD, Page 7

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MSU student
dies in attempt
to save others

Suspected
'U' Towers
arsonist
arrested

EAST LANSING (UPI) - A
Michigan State University student
would probably have survived an arson
fire in her apartment building if she
hadn't tried to warn other residents to
flee, police said yesterday.
The victim, Monalee Caswell, 21, a
junior from Troy, rain from apartment
to apartment beating on doors to warn
residents of a fire Tuesday night at the
Woodmere apartment building two
blocks from campus.
CASWELL'S BODY was found later
in a stairwell. Police said she died of
smoke inhalation.
Lt. Tom Hendricks of the East Lan-
sing police department said Caswell
probably would have lived if she had,
either remained in her apartment or
fled the building.
Four residents and eight police of-
ficers suffered smoke inhalation in the
fire. The residents were admitted to
Sparrow Hospital in Lansing; the of-
ficers were treated and released.
NINE OTHER residents of the four-
story, 28-unit building escaped without
injury, police said. Damage to the
building was estimated at $150,000.
Fire chief Jack Gregg said the
Woodmere fire and a second one at
another apartment building about a
block away were deliberately set and
"definitely related."
No suspects were in custody, police
said.

INVESTIGATORS SAID fires were
set in at least two areas in the Wood-
mere - the laundry room and a stair-
well. The second fire raced up the
stairwell through all four stories.
There were no injuries in the second
apartment building fire. Police said the
blaze was contained to a basement
trash bin.
Fire fighters said they came
agonizingly close to rescuing Caswell
from the burning building.
COLLEAGUES SAID one fire fighter,
Dan Purtill, was "all broken up"
because he almost reached the heroic
young woman at one point, but could
not grab her or her clothing due to the
intense heat and smoke.'.
Purtill wasone of eight East Lansing
firefighters who were overcome by
smoke while trying to rescue apar-
tment residents.
With MSU students on spring
vacation, only nine of the building's 28
apartments were occupied.
Dan Bloomquist, an MSU student
taking care of the building during the
break, said residents "kind of took it
lightly at first" when they heard war-
ning bells.
He said when he finally opened his
door and saw smoke, he yelled, "It's the
real thing."

Daily Photo by DAVID HARRIS
No business-like defense
Former Secretary of Defense Harold Brown gives military management
pointers to Business Administration graduate students in yesterday's
McInally lecture. Brown said the American military cannot be managed like
an ordinary business because conflicting pressures will always limit its
peacetime efficiency. See story, Page 3.
Rising crime rate
snarls early aroles

By MARK GINDIN
A person suspected of setting more
than a dozen.trash fires at the Univer-
sity Towers apartment complex over
the past three weeks will be arraigned
in district court this afternoon, police
said yesterday.
lgolice spokesmen confirmed that a
suspect had been arrested yesterday
afternoon about an hour after the latest
fire had been set, but declined to
provide any further information pen-
ding the arraignment.
THERE HAVE been 14 minor fires in
19 days at the apartment building, ac-
cording to one source who lives in the
building. Fire Department Battalion
hief Henry Mallory estimated yester-
ay that his men had been called to the
building, located at South University
and South Forest Avenues, about 15
times.
A maintenance worker at the apar-
tment building said he had lost count of
the number of times the fire depar-
tment had responded to alarms in the
building. "This is their second home,"
he said, adding that yesterday's fire
was the first in about a week.
The fires themselves, all of which
were confined to the trash rooms on
several floors, caused no major

damage other than water damage from
the sprinkler systems, and evacuation
of the building's nearly 600 occupants.
THERE HAVE been fires on the
eighth, twelfth, fourteenth, and fifteen-
th floors, according to one resident.
"The first couple were scary, but now I
don't even pay attentien them," he
said.
"I am becoming paranoid about it,"
said Alden Peterson, a resident of the
fourteenth floor where most of the fires
have occurred.
Another resident said he was concer-
ned about the number of false alarms
the trash fires have caused. "What
bothers me the most is now I tend not to
believe the fire alarms," he said.
BECAUSE OF the arson attempts,
University Towers has taken several
precautions. Signs have been posted on
elevators requesting that any
knowledge about the fires be phoned in
to authorities.
Also, residents must meet guests at
the door of the building after 8 p.m.
Trash bins are emptied frequently and
garbage may only be deposited in the
closets between noon and 7 p.m.
University Towers General Manager
John Ladd declined to comment on the
arrest of the suspect.

LANSING (UPI) - Efforts to ease
prison crowding through early release
of about 1,000 inmates are being coun-
tered by a rising rate of violent crime,
state Corrections Director Perry
Johnson said yesterday.
Johnson said it is "pretty obvious" a
prison count scheduled for today will
trigger a new emergency law requiring
sentence reductions to reduce
crowding. Actual releases are expected
to begin sometime next month

following parole hearings.
JOHNSON SAID with new facilities
opening soon, he hopes the release will
solve the crowding problem at least un-
til next year and perhaps the year after,
but expressed concern over an unan-
ticipated rise in violent crime which is
producing a higher incarceration rate
than had been expected.
The veteran prison official conceded
any release program is not without
See RISING, Page 3

Fed-up merchants close
for a day in tax revolt

NASHVILLE, Mich. (AP) - M
chants fed up with taxes decked the
selves in black ribbons yesterday, to
to the streets and shuttered their sho
declaring small business has h
enough.
"We're gonna show big governm
we're tired of this," declared Ah
Jordan, vice president of the Chaml
of Commerce and organizer of the o
day protest.
"WE CLOSED 53 of 58 businesses

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:er- theday," Jordan said proudly, and THE PROTEST IN the southern
m- among the ranks of the closed shops Michigan village of about 1,600 people,
ok was his Corner Farm Markets. about 120 miles west-northwest of
ps, The aim of "Tax Strike Day," Jordan Detroit, was sparked by proposed in-
ad said, "was to call attention to Michigan creases in assessments that, in some
taxes, which he said are killing the bud- cases, would double property taxes.
ent iness climate. The higher assessments resulted
mo In just the past three weeks, a filling from strict enforcement by local
ber station operator and a refrigeration- assessors of a state law requiring that
ne- business owner packed up and moved to property be assessed tt 50 percent of its
the sunny business climes of Florida, market value, explained Phyllis
for Jordan said.u See TOWN, Page 3

'AP Photo
MERCHANTS AND CITIZENS of Nashville, Mich. shut down operations yesterday to march down Main Street in-a
mass protest against, increased property taxes. Almost every shop in the south-central lower Michigan village of 1,600
people was closed to mark "Tax Strike Day."

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Night Owl till 2 a.m._
F YOU LIKE staying at the Undergraduate Library
until the crack of dawn but don't relish the thought of
walking home, the Night Owl bus service may have
some good news: service hours have been extended
until 2 a.m., when the UGLI shuts down for the night. The
free bus service previously made its last run at 12:30 a.m.,
but due to student demand, the bus began running 1 hours
later yesterday morning. Karen Goodburne, who helped
initat4+a -Eirw a .fA hii,,-4,,i- tiV 'aA t. .

postage stamp supply get low in anticipation of the in-
crease, leading to the long lines, as well as "terrific
business in self-service vending equipment." He said the
public is aware of the increase and there have been few
complaints about the rate hike. Tschiltz added that sales of
3-cent stamps and 18-cent stamps have been evenly divided,
at least at the main post office on Stadium: People planning
on waiting until after the rush should remember that the
U.S. Postal Service is already talking of another increase
because they say 18 cents isn't enough. They had originally
requested a rate hike to 20 cents F
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don't think this was." Bice Clemow, a vice chairman of the
regents, said it was "not a distinguished piece." However,
there was one harsh reaction to the rejection. "Oldenberg is
a major sculptor and this clearly is a minor league town,"
complained faculty member Bernard Hanson. E
Let's make a deal
When Bob Gorham placed a brief classified ad in the
Olympia, Wash. Daily Olympian, he got something he
didn't bargain for-a lot of calls from people interested in
wife swapping. But actually Gorham, 68, who doesn't have
a wife , didn't have.that in mind atal1 hen h.a n1, na r

tax bill, but not in the usual way. He wants to pay more than
the city asked. Edmond, a 30-year-old computer program-
mer, recently received an automobile excise tax bill of
$86.25 from the city of Waltham, but he increased the
amount to $135 and told the city to keep the change. "I'm
impressed with the protection I've received since moving
here," Edmond said of city fire and police service.
"They're here when you need them." He classified his
political philosophy as "libertarian" and he's basically
against taxes except for necessary government service.
But he says fair is fair. "As an apartment dweller, I felt I
was receiving more services than I'm being asked to pay

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