By LISA SPECTOR
High interest rates and spreading unemployment
in recent months have caused consumers to be less
ISR reports confident in the American economy, according to
may be great enough to offset all of the improvement
recorded since the middle of 1980, the researchers
C os m e rs he report, the result of a survey of consumer at-
titudes conducted by the University's Institute for
" "Social Research, also indicated that confidence in the
losing faith government's economic policies also has fallen con-
siderably since President Reagan entered office. But
the public's confidence in Reagan's policies,
ini e c oo m however, remains stronger than during President
1J1 Ey Carter's years in the White House., according to
Richard Curtin, the director of the survey.
IN EARLY 1981, 37 percent of all families expected
an improvement in business conditions, compared to
the 18 percent who were pessimistic. By the year's
end, however, the optimists became fewer, declining
to 29 percent, nearly equalling the 27 percent who ex-
pected economic decline.
In addition, while 33 percent during the first quar-
ter of 1981 made reference to favorable government
economic policies as reason for their optimism, by
the fourth quarter, that number had been cut by half.
And, as interest rates rose and credit became
tighter, consumers put off buying large discretionary
items, such as cars, houses, or large appliances, the
CURTIN SAID that "more favorable employment
and real income trends are necessary before
sustained growth in housing and vehicles sales can be
The report concluded a three-month nationwide'
survey of 2,100 respondents. It also ranked the Index
of Consumer Sentiment, a general measure of con-
sumer confidence in the economy,at 65.7 for the final
quarter of last year, a drop of 9.1 points from the third
quarter, and a drop of 6.4 points from the year before.
See ISR, Page 7
The Michigan Daily-Tuesday, February 16* 1982-Page 3
Search continues for
girl drowned in river
By NANCY MALICH
A second day of searching for the
body of an eight-year-old girl who fell
through ice on the Huron River Sunday
ended without success last night.
Stephanie Chaconas was playing with
a six-year-old boy near the snow-
covered river bank Sunday afternoon
when she walked out onto the ice and
fell in. The boy ran back to report the
accident, and two divers from the
Sheriff's Department searched for her
in the icy river water until nightfall
COUNTY OFFICIALS said last night
that they had not yet decided whether to
continue the search operation today for
the girl, who is presumed drowned.
Stephanie, the daughter of Athena
Chaconas of 2222 Fuller Road, fell into
the river behind Huron Towers Apar-
tments near the University's, North
Sgt. Terry Mills, who is in charge of
the diving team, said the ice on the
Huron River is deceptively thin in
spots. Warm weather and the river
current wear down the ice, he said, and
make the slush-covered surface par-
THE RESCUE TEAM yesterday
cleared ice up to 100 yards downstream
from where the girl went in, using mild
explosives to crack the surface.
Four Sheriff's Department divers
reportedly spent the entire day sear-
ching the stretch of thetriver, which is a
popular jogging site in warmer
Winners of the annual Concerto Competition in the University's School of
Music will perform with two of the school's orchestras at 8 p.m. today and
tomorrow in Hill Auditorium. The concerts are free and open to the public.
Women's Studies-Single Parent, noon, 2203 Angell.
Ann Arbor Film Coop-Beware of a Holy Whore, 7 p.m.; The Bitter Tears
of Petra Von Kant, 8:45 p.m., Lorch Hall.
Musical Society-The Feld Ballet, 8 p.m., Power Center.
Nuclear Eng. & Computer Info.-Cont. Eng.-John Zelenka, "Control
Data SuperComputer Technology," 4 p.m., White Aud., Cooley Bldg.
CHGD-David Hill, "Development of Taste and Feeding:
Neurophysiology & Behavior," 12:10 p.m., 44 VV Bldg.
Wildlife Society-David Herbst, "Public Involvement in Preserving
Riparian Wildlife Habitats," 4 p.m., 1040 SNR.
Bioengineering-Dr. Kensall Wise, "A Multi-Channel Multi-Plex In-
tracortical Recording Array," 4-5 p.ili., 1213 E. Eng.
Urban Planning-Aaron Adiv, "Transportation Planning," 11 a.m., 1040
Public Health-Ronald Watson, "Restoration of Cellular Immune Fun-
ctions in Malnourished Children and Aged Mice by Diet and Hormone
Treatments," 3:30-5 p.r., 3001 SPH I.
Western European Studies-Alf Ludtke, "Cash, Coffee Breaks, Fooling
Around: Eigensinn and Politics Among Factory Workers in 19th Century
Germany," 4 p.m., E. Lec. Rm., Rackham.
Geological Sciences-David Chapman, "Tectonic Evolution of the
Colorado Plateau," 4 p.m., 4001 CC Little.
Chemistry-A. W. Czanderna, "Overview of Ion Spectroscopes for Surface
Analysis and Some Applications to Solar Materials Reseach," 4 p.m., 1300
Psychobiology-Jacquelynne Parsons, "Sex Differences in Math In-
volvement," 12:30 p.m., 1057 MHRI.
Economics Wayne Passmore, "TROLL Econometrics Program (II)"
7:30-10 p.m., 2443 Mason Hall.
CRLT-Robert Spars, "Inventive Reasoning: Adding .Reason .to
Imagination," 12-1:30 p.m., Rackham Amphitheater. -*-
Institute of Gerontology-Angela O'Rand, "Retirement Patterns of Men
and Women," 3-5 p.m., E. Co nf. Rm., Rackham.
Ann Arbor Libertarian League-7:30 p.m., Henderson Rm., League.
Baptist Student Union-Bible Study-7:30 p.m., 2408 Mason Hall..
Botticelli Game Players-Noon, Dominick's.
Ann Arbor Go Club-7-11 p.m., 1433 Mason Hall.
Lesbian/Gay Health Professionals-for info call 763-4186.
College of Eng.-Faculty Mtg.-3:15 p.m., 311 W. Eng.
Center for Western European Studies-Summer in Israel, 7 p.m., 1020
Angell Hall; Academic Year in Florence-8 p.m., 203 Tappan.
Folk Dance Club-Beginning Folk Dance Instruction, 7-8 p.m.; Request
Dancing, 8-8:30 p.m.; Advanced Beginners, 8:30-9:45 p.m., League.
Amer. Chem. Soc.-Free Tutoring for Chemistry, 10 a.m.-noon, 1210
Nursing's Cont. Ed. for Nurses-Sem., William Glasser, "Taking Control
of Our Lives Through Stations of the Mind: New Directions for Reality
Therapy," 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Weber's Inn.
Jewish Cultural Assoc. of E.Q.-Felafel Study Break, 10 p.m., E.Q. Rm.,
English Composition Board-Sem., ECB Faculty, "Responding to Specific
Patterns in Student Writing II," 4-6 p.m., 2553 LSA.
Chinese Studies-Brown Bag- Myron Wegman, "Biomedical Research
in China," noon, Commons Rm., Lane Hall.
Tau Beta Pi-Sem., Kathy Dannemille, "Tau Beta Pi Management
Styles," Anderson Rm., Union, for info call 764-6250. %
Hillel-Detroit Aliyah Desk Rep., Hillel, 10:30-4 p.m., for Appt. call 663-
Ecumenical Campus Center/International Center-Video Tape of Dr.
Helen Caldicott, "Medical Implications of Nuclear War," noon, Int. Center.
Computing Center-Chalk Talk, Counseling Staff, "Debugging for Begin-
ners'"7:30-10 p.m., 1011 NUBS.
CEW-Counseling Group, "Assertiveness Training for Secretaries," 7:30-
9:30 p.m.; Informal Drop-in Hunt Club, 12-1:30, Center Library.
Society of Manufacturing Engineers-Luncheon, professional Hypnotist,
Bert Freeman, Noon, 1042 E. Eng.
Housing Special Program-"Black Cultural Display," Angela Davis
Lounge, Markley, 7 p.m.
Humanities 497 Debates-"Should the Manufacture and Sale of Handguns
Be Prohibited in the United States?" 7 p.m.; Should the President of the
United States Be Elected by Direct Popular Vote?" 8p.m., 1508 E. Eng.
Botanical Gardens-"The First 75 Years," exhibit.
Bentley Historical Library-"The Economics Building: The Evolution of a
Museum of Art-"School of Art Faculty: A Rackham Grant Exhibition,"
and "Inuit Prints from the Collection of Mr. & Mrs. Eugene Power,"
Rare Book Room-Seventy Years of Social Protest: The Labadie Collec-
tion 1911-1981," exhibit.
Exhibit Museum-Planetarium-"Winter's Gems."
a Clements Library-"Firefighting in Early America," exhibit.
Kelsey Museum of Archeology-"A Scientist Views the Past," exhibit.
To submit items for the Happenings Column, send them in care of:
Happenings, The Michigan Daily, 420 Maynard St., Ann Arbor, MI. 48109.
Gay judge offers
advice to students
By ABBY TABB
"The reason I'm here is because I'm
gay and I'm willing to say I'm gay,"
said a Los Angeles Superior Court
judge. "And that tells you a lot more
about the situation of the world than it,
does about me."
The judge, Stephen Lachs, speaking
at the law school Sunday, urged gay
men and lesbians not to hide their
homosexuality for the security of others
"IF PEOPLE are going to be tm-
barassed about dealing with
homosexuals, they're the ones that are
going to have to go to a psychiatrist,"
He said he feels his openness about
his homosexuality benefits
heterosexuals and homosexuals alike.
A successful person who is open about
his homosexuality encourages others
who are still "sitting in the closet" to be
honest themselves, he said.
His openness also benefits
heterosexuals, he said. Heterosexuals
realize, he said, that "we don't have
horns and we don't have hooves."
LACHS BECAME the first judge
ever to admit to being gay, when in Sep-
tember, 1979 Gov. Jerry Brown appoin-
ted him to the Los Angeles Superior
Since his public avowal, other judges
and lawyers in California have come in-
to the open with their homosexuality, he
said. Lachs called Los Angeles a "very
special place in the role that lesbians
and gays play in this world."
For the law students present at his
speech, sponsored by the University's
society of Gay/Lesbian Law Students,
Lachs recommended the "trickle down
theory." He asked them to go beyond
lesbian and gay groups to show others,
especially young people, that it is nor-
mal to be gay.
LACHS SAID it was impossible to
determine whether open avowal of
homosexuality will damage a student's
law career, but suggested that
professional success may not be worth
the cost of the internal anguish of
Lachs was optimistic about the future
for gay men and lesbians in America
and does not feel that the Moral
Majority and right-wing groups like it
are the wave of the future.
He said, "I hope that I will come back
to Michigan at a time when there are
those who scorn at people who want to
hate rather than love."
Senate Assembly hears
Frye unveil 5-year-plan
(Continued from Page i)
MSA RESPQNPED by passing a
resolution' to provide Frye with a list of
only enough student names to fill the
number of open spots, rather than
allowing him to choose from a pool.
But Frye and other executive officers
said the MSA plan would be allowing
the assembly to "appoint" student
members to the committees, and they
adamantly opposed the proposal. Frye
said if MSA pursued that plan, it would
lose all opportunity to participate.
MSA President Jon Feiger said
yesterdaya two-part compromise had
been reached to resolve the issue. He
said Frye agreed to allow two or more
students on those subcommittees which
are large enough that students would
not be given "disproportionate"
MSA LEADERS said it was also
agreed that Frye would be aided in his
student appointment decisions by
Feiger, Budget Priorities Committee
student member Jamie Moeller, and
BPC chairwoman Mary Ann Swain.
"It's the same way the faculty ap-
pointments are made," Feiger said.
"(Senate Assembly- chairman) Mort
Brown sits down with Swain and Frye
and helps choose faculty members. It's
a lot more reasonable (than Frye's
Moeller was equally pleased with the
''It's for his benefit as well as ours,"
he said. "We'll be sure no studentstwill
be excluded for anything other than
very rational reasons and it will benefit
him because he will know more about
the students on the committees."
Frye could not be reached for com-
ment on the issue.
A young Havana lawyer, Fidel
Castro, led a group of revolutionaries in
an attack on a fortress held by army
and police supporters of the Cuban dic-
tator Fulgencio Batista in 1953. Many
of the attkckers, including Castro, were
captured and imprisioned but Castro
was released and went into hiding until
1956. He went on to overthrow the
Batista regime three years later.
An article in the Feb. 13 issue of The
Michigan Daily ("1st, 3rd Ward'
primary issues vary") inaccurately
reported that Third Ward Republican
primary candidate Gary Hann said he
thinks the city's $43 million pension
fund should be invested in only those
businesses with no out-of-state
holdings. Hann actually said the money
should be invested in Michigan
businesses, even if they have out-of-
Restaurant and Bar
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