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with a high in the upper 30s
to lower 40s. Low in the 20s.
Vol. XCI, No. 72 Copyright 1980, The Michigan Daily Ann Arbor, Michigan-Wednesday, November 26, 1980 Ten Cents Eight Pages
By STEVE HOOK
Three University students captured a fleeing
jewelry thief yesterday afternoon moments after
he stole a case of gold wedding rings from
Schlanderer's Jewelry Store on South University
The students, all unidentified pending the
suspect's arraignment today, responded to calls
for help from a Schlanderer's clerk and captured
the thief in the middle of East University Street a
block away from campus.
The suspect, described by one of the students
as a "young black guy," was then turned over to
the Ann Arbor Police Department.
"MY FRIEND and I were standing outside the
Ann Arbor Bank, when all of a sudden this guy
comes running out of the crowd;" recalled one of
the students. "Somebody yelled 'Stop him!' My
first instinct was that it was some kind of joke.
Then I saw that he really had something," he
"He dodged me and ran down East Univer-
sity," the student continued. "As I was chasing
him, he tripped and fell and I dove on him. When
he fell, this little box full of rings opened. I held
him while somebody else came along and
gathered the rings."
All but one of the nearly 100 wedding rings
were returned to Schlanderer's.
THE SUSPECT will be arraigned today in 15th
District Court on the charge of larceny from a
person, a felony which is punishable by a
maximum prison term of 10 years, according to
Sgt. William Canada.
The store's owner, Paul Schlanderer; confir-
med the unnamed student's account of the in-
cident. He said that the thief came into the store
and asked to look at wedding rings for an up-
coming marriage. When the case of gold bands
was brought out, he snatched it and ran off.
"'You read so much about people who refused
to get involved," the relieved Schlanderer said.
"This shows that there are still people who care
about others. These were honest people; they
really helped me."
EMUEL AND SHIRLEY BENTON stand outside the tarpaper shack they built next to the Brooklyn housing project that evicted them last
year. The Benton's, who support their five children on a monthly disability check, built the house with materials scavenged from abandoned
Brooklyn family celebrates in shack
NEW YORK (AP)-They call their tar-
paper shack a home, their five children
healthy, and themselves happy.
Rejecting welfare, Emuel and Shirley Ben-
ton have built and furnished a little hut with
other people's garbage in the vacant lot
across the street from the housing project
that evicted them last year.
We don't need welfare," Emuel Benton, 54,
says. "What could they give me that's better
than what I got?"
THE PROUD PARENTS vow not to apply
for welfare, and say they don't want people
who -read or hear about them to send them
Staying thi~s wekn?-
"We won't take money, but we'll take food
and clothing for the children if people drop
them by," Shirley Benton says. In fact, that's
how they got most of the turkey, stuffing,
chocolate cake and sweet potato pies she will
prepare in a neighbor's kitchen and serve in
the family's shack on Thanksgiving..
"We have everything to be thankful for,".
she says. "There's a lot of God in this little
house. Otherwise we wouldn't still be alive
"EVERY DAY," Emuel Benton, agrees,
holding hands with his wife. "We have
Thanksgiving every day."
The family, whose sole income is the
father's $200 monthly disability check, was
evicted after his second heart attack forced
him to give up his job as a truck driver. For 28
weeks they all slept in their battered brown
Then Benton, mindful that his only con-
struction experience was building a doghouse
when he was 7 years old, announced that the
family was to commence building a house.
"WE DIDN'T KNOW what we were doing
or how to do it," Benton recalls, "We just did
it. We had to."
See SQUATTERS, Page 2
By BETH ALLEN
Even students staying on
campus during the long
holiday weekend are talking
turkey and giving thanks. Af-
ter all, the libraries and
recreation buildings will be
open and a turkey dinner with
all the traditional trim-
While most students desert
campus during Thanksgiving
break, those who stay plan to
take advantage of the peace
West Quad RA Janet Kop-
meyer said she plans to "fool
around, and maybe enjoy life
while it's quiet around here."
MANY OF the campus
inhabitants this weekend will
be resident advisors and
directors who will be on
rotating shifts to make sure
thed ormitories are staffed.
"I have to work the front
desk," said Tim Mulavey, a
resident advisor in Markley's
Elliot House, "and I need to do
homework-finals are coming
West Quad RD Greg Mischel
will also be on duty this
weekend and he said he has
work to do. "I'm going to write
a resume and learn to use the
plotter, on the computer," he
said, adding that he plans to
sleep a great deal as well.
See TURKEY, Page 2
'U'gets $4 million to,
study occupational safety
By MARK SCHUMACK
A recent $4 federal million grant to the University reflects
a trend toward renewed government support for op-
cupational safety and health programs, according to Univer-
Engineering Prof. Don Chaffin said federal money for such
programs, dwindled in the 70s, indicating that the gover-
nment felt industry should bear the financial burden for
safety training programs.
MORE RECENTLY the government has realized that oc-
O cupational medicine is not simply a concern of big business,
said program director Jerom Schultz.
The National Institute of Occupational Safety anI Health
grant will be used by the University over the next five years
to develop occupational and health training programs in the
School of Public Health, the Medical School, and the College
The grantis one of 13 that the federal agency has doled out
to educational institutions around the country.
A MAJOR FACTOR in obtaining the grant was the strong
o link that the University showed it could provide between
departments in Public Health and Engineering, said Chaffin,
the director for the integration of the occupational safety and
Chaffin said that although other schools in the country have,
similar programs, they "don't have quite the cooperative
agreement" the University has between its School of Public
Health and College of Engineering.
Another unique feature of the program will be the im-
plementation of an "on-job/on-campus" training plan, ac-
cording to Public Health Associate Prof. Lawrence Fine, the
director for the occupational medicine program. Under the
plan, practicing physicians will attend classes four days
every month, eventually obtaining a master's degree in oc-
FINE SAID the on-job/on-campus program is being
developed in response to doctors who desire formal training
in occupational medicine, in addition to the skills they learn
on the job.
Some of the $4 million will go towards a pioneer chemical
safety engineering program. This project will be the first of
its kind in the nation, Schultz said.
Classes will be developed to educate engineering students
in chemical hazards they must consider in the design of in-
The major portion of the grant money for the chemical
safety engineering program will go towards financial sup-
port for graduate students. The graduate chemical
engineering program currently lasts one year but will take
longer for students who elect the safety engineering option,
Schultz also said most of the incentive for the development
of safety engineering projects is coming from industry rather
than student demand. He said he hopes the financial awards
will lure students into the program until it can "take off by it-
self" after two or three years.
3,000 dead in
NAPLES, Italy (UPI) - The death toll in Italy's worst earthquake
in 65 years rose past 3,000 yesterday and Pope John Paul II, the ground
still shaking under his feet, visited the disaster area to pray with
The national police office coordinating casualty reports from the
more than 100 towns and villages hit by Sunday's quake east and south
of Naples said 2,400 bodies had been recovered and that about 700 more
were still buried under the rubble in a single village, Laviano, in the
province of Salerno.
By dusk, rescue teams had still not reached other villages where hun-
dreds of more people were reported buried under tons of debris.
AS THE DEATH toll mounted, severe aftershocks from the massive
quake still shook the already devastated area, two of them last evening
causing the collapse of already damaged buildings.
Wholetowns were declared uninhabitable because of quake
damage and authorities said hundreds of thousands of people were
The pope flew through the'devastated region by helicopter, stop-
ping to visit a hospital in the town of Potenza 86 miles east of Naples,
then flying on to Balvano, the mountain village where worshippers were
crushed in the collapse of a church.
AN ELDERLY WOMAN sits in her wheelchair in front of the ruins of
her home in Sant' Angelo De Lombardi, Italy, after the worst earth-
AP Photo quake in that country in 65 years.
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SOMEONE SHOULD let the U of M Students for Carter/
Mondale campaign know that the election is over. A
Daily reporter received some campaign literature in the
mail yesterday, accompanied by a letter which announced,
"We have enclosed some information that we hone is heln-
that Dallas drew viewers in 53.3 percent of the nation's TV-
equipped homes. That means the key episode was seen in
about 41.4 million households. CBS researchers translate
that figure into a projected average audience of about 83
million. Dallas' biggest ratings rival from the past was. the
final episode of the ABC miniseries Roots, which drew a
51.1 rating when it was broadcast Jan. 30, 1977. For the few
million of you who happened to miss the show, it turned out
that Kristin Shepard, J.R.'s sister-in-law and jilted
mistress shot the oil baron, played by Larry Hagman.
Kristin naved by Marv Crnshv also revealed that . R.
The culprits weren't spotted, but suspicion fell on the
university's engineering students, who are noted for ap-
plying their technological expertise to practical jokes. To
add to such circumstantial evidence, the vehicle in question
was last known to grace the grounds of the Engineering
Undergraduate Society's campus hangout. And a band of
engineering students was caught red-handed trying to per-
form this same feat last year. In retaliation, they towed the
wreck of a station wagon beneath the tower and filled it
with quick-drying cement. To get the Beetle atop the tower,
the culprits broke three locks tn o t to the ton and than
trial, the jury rendered its verdict: Not guilty. Peter
Markou, 21, of Pownal, Vt., was acquitted Monday in Cen-
tral Berkshire District Court of charges of swallowing a
gold wedding ring at a pizza shop. Markou's girlfriend,
Ellen Shea of North Adams, had accused the hapless.
hungry young man of swallowing her ring while they were
eating pizza June 23. Shea said the ring, which is still
missing, was a family heirloom that belonged to her
mother. Let justice prevail ...