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'U' researcher says
youth alcohol-related
accidents decreased

Black English repol

since iegf
By BARRY WITT
Special to the Daily
DETROIT-The number of
alcohol-related automobile acciden-
ts involving 18-to-20-year olds
decreased between 17 and 30 percent
since the legal drinking age was
raised to 21 in 1979, according to
researchers from the University's
Highway Safety Research Institute.
In a speech presented at the
American Public Health Association
annual meeting, researcher Alexan-
der Wagenaar said his analysis of.
state police reports showed there
were approximately-1,650 fewer ac-
cidents in 1979 than were expected
based on 1970's trends.
WAGENAAR SAID his study con-
sidered all crashes, rather than just
fatal accidents because there are too
few deaths related to 18- to 20-year-
old intoxicated drivers annually to
be statistically significant.
Richard Douglass, Wagenaar's
supervisor in the project, added
that, based on previous studies, one
"can assume that because alcohol-
related crashes tend to involve more
injuries, injuries of all sorts
decrease" as the number of such ac-
cidents decrease.
The researchers were reluctant to
comment on whether this new in-
formation will affect the.vote on
Proposal B, a question on the
November ballot to lower the
drinking age to 19. In an opening
statement, Douglass said, "We (the

ii age up
researchers) do not consider our-
selves to be involved in this on a
political basis at all."
"THE EFFECT on policy will
depend on the importance that the
public places on accidents when
considering the issue," Wagenaar
said.
"From a public health perspec-
tive, (the higher drinking age) is in
the public interest," Douglass ad--
ded.
Kenneth Eaton, administrator for
the Office of Substance Abuse Ser-
vices and supporter of Proposal B,
said in an interview Friday that the
question of accidents must be balan-
ced with other arguments on the
drinking age. One consideration is
that alcohol-related accidents ac-
count for only two percent of all
crashes in the 18- to 20-year-old age
group, according to a statement by
Secretary of State Richard Austin,
another Proposal B supporter.
Scientifically, this study can only
be applied to Michigan because the
sample came exclusively from this
state, according to Wagenaar.
However, he said.his report can be
applied to most similar northern in-
dustrial states.
"Every state should do its own
study because of different
populations,"Douglass added. After
other states finish current studies,
which are expected within one year,
an overall generalization relating
the drinking age and driving habits
can be made, he said.

By PAM KRAMER
Now that the final evaluation of the
King Elementary School teacher
training program in Black English has
been filed, some people concerned with
the problem of racial language barriers
hope the issue won't be forgotten.
The children who were plaintiffs in
the controversial Black English case
showed, progress in school that met the
expectations of the court-ordered plan,
and the teachers gave the project
favorable evaluations in the recently
released report. But the problem
surrounding Black English and
education has not gone away, according
to Ruth Zweifler, director of the Student
Advocacy Center.
"I THINK THE program should be
expanded, and (the school district)
should get on with it," said the director
of the center which provided legal aid
for the plaintiffs in the Black English
case.
The suit filed against the Ann Arbor
Board of Education in 1977 alleged that
black students at King were not treated
equally in school because of a language
barrier.
"The children are still not faring well
in the schools," Zweifler said. "And
there are other children at King, and
others throughout the district that need
that kind of extra attention."
THE REPORT evaluated the five-
session in-service program for King
School teachers ordered by U.S.
District Court Judge Charles Joiner.
"The plan (including the report)

covered only the plaintiffs, which
makes it impossible to determine how
effective the in-service has been," said
University English Prof. Richard
Bailey, an expert witness for the
children in the trial.
"If it has been a class action suit, and
they had used available data from other
children in school, the results would be
more conclusive," he said.
"NOTHING FURTHER has been
discussed (about extension of the plan)
at King," said Rachel Schreiber, prin-
cipal at King.
"We are pleased that the consultants
felt the project accomplished
something," she said. "And we are
pleased with the progress the students
have made."
The King project was handled "in the
most minimal" manner possible, ac-
cording to Zweifler.
BAILEY CONCURRED, but pointed
out that the program, including the
report, complied with the court order,
which it was designed to do.
Zwifler said there is a contradiction
in the evaluation, and quoted a passage
that said, "it appears that the in-
service program contributed to teacher
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read in school.
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The Michigan Daily-Wednesday, October 22, 1980-Page.
t considered .
in that it reinforced and Another problem Bailey says he see
nerally existing teacher in the report is that the descriptions 4f
and teaching strategies the children are couched in very
issues surrounding black positive language, in which
:nglish and learning to achievements are listed in length.
" Similar reports prepared before the
oiner said publicly that it suit concentrated on their failures, he
neral denial, of any said.
black vernacular English ANNIE BLAIR, the mother of two
f the teachers that was children who were plaintiffs in the case,
nsible for the court or- said,* "It's hard for me to say how far
. But in the report (the my kids have progressed since we first
id the knowledge was got involved in the law suit.
"From the little bit I saw (of the
LSO pointed out am- report) in the newspaper, I can't really
passage. "It talks about say anything," she added. "Before thp
ledge of everything, in- law suit we were going to conferences
teach reading. Of course and the teachers would say the kids
know a good deal about were doing fine, but then we would get
e to read," he said. See EFFECTS, Page 9 .

HAPPENINGS
FILMS
Cinema Guild-Top Hat (Sandrich), 7,9 p.m., Lorch Hall Aud.
Nat. Resources-Energy and Morality (Wlfe), 7:30 p.m., Rackham Am-
ph., discussion with filmmaker following.
Zeta Beta Tau & UAC-Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, 7:30 p.m.,
Union Ballroom. Tickets available at the Fishbowl and at the door.
Max Kade Haus (Oxford)-Die Nibelunger, 8 p.m., Conf. Room.
MEETINGS
Cooley Lectures-"Deregulating Adolescence," 4 p.m.,Hutchins Hall.
LSA Student Gov't.-Meeting, 6:15 p.m., 3909 Union.
PIRGIM-Project Community, Gary Claxton, Carol McCab, 7 p.m., 1439
Mason Hall.
Int. Folk Dance Cub-Adv. teaching and dancing, 8-11 p.m., Union,
University Residence Hall Council--Meeting, 9 p.m., 3909 Union.
Extension Service-Workshop, "Proposal Writing in Process," through
Oct. 24, call 763-4321.
Stilyagi Air Corps-Meeting, 8 p.m., Union Conf. Rooms.
PERFORMANCES
Office of Major Events-Linda Ronstadt, 8 p.m., Crisler Arena.
School of Music-Clarinet students' recital, 8p.m., Recital Hall.
School of Music-Organ Conference XX, Tong-Soon Chang, 8 p.m., Hill
Aud.
Theatre & Drama-Spring Awakening, 8 p.m., Power Center.
SPEAKERS
CAAS-Raleigh Morgan, Jr., "Creole and Language Policy in the French
West Indies," noon, 246 Lorch Hall.
International Ctr.-Bag lunch lecture and slides, Will Weber, "Trucking in
Nepak," noon, International Ctr.
Comparative Literature-Jose Harari, "Pedagogical Fictions:
Rousseau/Defoe," 2:10.p.m., Rackham E. Lecture Room.
CRLT-Sem., W. J. McKeachie, "Testing," 3:10-5 p.m., 2417 Mason Hall.
Computing Ctr.-John Sanguinetti, "Pascal Programming Language (Pt.
2)," 3:30p.m., 3082 Nat. Sci.
Computing Ctr.-Forrest Hartman, "The Ontel Terminal," 3:30-5 p.m.,
B120MLB.
Business-Jack Ericksen, "Public Policy Issues in the Modern Cor-
poration," 4 p.m., Bus. School Hale Aud.
Chemistry-Colloquiem, Wan-Li Liu, "Cation-Catalyzed Ring-Opening
Craft Co- and Terpolymerization," "Photoinitiated Cation-Catalyzed. .
4 p.m., 1300 Chem.
Chemistry-Seminar, Gregory Wendel, "Collisional Activation Mass
Spectrometry," 4 p.m., 1200 Chem.
CREES-Vasily Aksenov, "Contemporary Russian Literature: Crossing
the Border," 4-6 p.m., Rackham Assembly Hall.
Industrial and Operations Engineering-Seminar, James Martin, "Recent
Work on Hospital Information Systems," 4 p.m., 229 W. Engineering.
MARC-Flowers Braswell, "Architectural Portraiture and Chauzer's Hall
of Fame," 4 p.m., 1402 Mason.
Nuclear Engineering-Seminar, Felippe Beaklini, "Fourier Synthesis
Solution of Neutron Diffusion Equation," 4p.m., Cooley Bldg., Baer Room.
Eckankar-Book discussion, Paul Twitchell, "Letters to Gail," 7:30 p.m.,
302 E. Liberty.
Russian House (Vanderberg Co-op)-V. V. Shevoroshkin, "Standard and
Colloquial Russian,"8 p.m., 623 Oxford Rd.
Libertarian League-Kay Augustin, "Feminism: A Moveient Whose
Time has Come... Or Gone?," 7:30 p.m., Union, Conf. Room 4.
Wilson-Wahr House-Lec., Detroit Councilwoman Marian Mahaffey,
"Presidential Candidates' Views on Women," noon, Wilson-Wahr House, 126
N. Division.
Finance Club-Jack Ericksen, Manager of public policy issues analysis
from Action Life Ins., "Public Policy and the Modern Corp.," 4 p.m.,
Business School, Hale Aud., refreshments.
MISCELLANEOUS
ARK-Hoot Night, open mike, 9 p.m., 1421 Hill.
Reading & Learning Skills SCtr.-Speed reading, study skills, academic
writing classes, 8 a.m.-4: 30 p.m., register at 764-9481.
SWE-Pre-interview Program, Chevron, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 270 W.
Engineering.
Extension Service-workshop, "Proposal Writing in Process," through
Oct. 24, call 763-4321.
HRD-Program, "PLanning and Organizing Your Work," 15 p.m., reg.
at 764-7410.

9

WHAT A
DAY.
I''3
00 t ,4-

After 15 interviews with various com-
panies, I finally found MITRE. And after 15
interviews I definitely knew what I was look-
ing for when I saw it.
I had to have breathing room. A place
that would turn me loose and let me work on
different kinds of projects. On the other
hand, I had to know I'd be able to turn to
other people for advice and backup. And I
definitely wanted a steady growth situation.
With the MITRE peoplef knew right
away I'd found it all.
At any given time, they have some 75
or so funded, significant programs involving
several hundred separate projects and
tasks. And because they're Techniical Ad-
visors to the Air Force's Electronic Systems
Division in Command, Control and Com-
munications (C3), they design and develop
some of the world's most advanced informa-
tion systems.
Still, MITRE handles every assignment
as if it were the only one. Because they have
to come up with the right solution every time.

Openings exist in:
COMPUTER SYSTEMS
COMMAND AND CONTROL
SYSTEMS ARCHITECTURE
COMMUNICATIONS
RADAR SYSTEMS
See your Placement Office to set up an
on-campus interview, or send your resume
directly to Jerome P. McKinnon, The MITRE
Corporation, Bedford, MA 01730. U.S. Citizen-
ship or resident alien registration required.
MITRE will be at
University of Michigan
on October 29, 1980

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