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Poisoned minds
See Editorial, Page 4


Ninety-three Years of Editorial Freedom

1E aiI

Partly sunny today, high in the up-
per 60y, becoming cloudy tonight,
with a high in the low 50s.

Vol: XCIII, No. 17

Copyright 1982, The Michigan Doily

Ann Arbor, Michigan-Tuesday, September 28, 1982

Ten Cents

Reports say
Reagan less
active on
'~civil rights

WASHINGTON (AP)- Records of
the Equal Employment Opportunity
Commission and a lawyers' study of
Justice Department operations con-
tradict President Reagan's claim that
his administration has enforced civil
rights laws more actively than its.
An EEOC document obtained by The
Associated Press showed that, contrary
to Reagan's recent claim to a black
audience, the number of job
discrimination suits approved by the
commission has dropped sharply.
And the independent Washington
Council of Lawyers concluded in a
recent report that "the administration
has retreated from well-established,
bipartisan civil rights policies. in
several areas. Enforcement of school
desegregation and fair housing laws
has all but halted, according to the 138-
page study.
ONLY IN prosecuting police brutality
and similar violent denials of in-
dividuals' civil rights has the Justice
Department excelled, the report said.
A Reagan spokesman, Peter Roussel,
said there would be no immediate
comment from the White House.

Reagan told a dinner for black
Republicans on Sept. 15 that he usually
tries to ignore personal attacks, "but
one charge I will have to admit strikes
at my heart every time I hear it. That's
the suggestion that we Republicans are
taking a less active approach to protec-
ting the civil rights of all Americans.
"NO MATTER how you slice it, that's
just plain baloney."
But Reagan went on to say, "The
Justice Department has filed nine new-
anti-discrimination cases against
public employers and has reviewed
more than 9,000 electoral changes to
determine compliance with the Voting
Rights Act. And that, too, is a higher
level of activity than in any prior ad-
The council study found these
statistics, used earlier by a Justice
Department official, "highly
misleading, though technically ac-'
curate... . Upon closer examination, a
different picture emerges."
THE 9,000 reviews Reagan men-
tioned are those required each timea
state or local government covered by
the Voting Rights act makes a change
in its election law.

Strained view
Douglas Fisher finds an eye-catching attraction at the Treasure Mart on Main St. yesterday.
Adverti~sed h erpes drug
may not be all itcam

Ten Pages
into camps
From AP and UPI
BEIRUT, Lebanon - French and
Italian peacekeeping troops, welcomed
by smiling Palestinian children and
women offering tea, moved into the
Sabra and Chatilla refugee camps
yesterday, scene of the Beirut
But 1,200 U.S. Marines, third com-
ponent of a new peacekeeping force,
remained offshore, awaiting the com-
plete withdrawal of Israeli forces from
this bloodied capital.
THE STATE Department said 1,200
Marines were expected to land
tomorrow, 400 more than previously
announced. Another 600 marines will
remain off-shore aboard 6th Fleet ships
in reserve.
Christian militiamen moved into the
camps Sept. 16 and went on a three-day
rampage that killed hundreds of
Palestinian men, women and children
Since the massacre, the camps have
been gripped with the fear the
militiamen will return for more
Lebanese authorities have reported
about 600 people confirmed killed in the
camps. Earlier yesterday, hundreds of
women from the camps gathered tear-
fully at a mass grave in Chatilla to pray
for the victims.
In Israel, all members of Prime
Minister Menachem Begin's Cabinet,
bowing to intense public pressure, are
ready to support a full judicial inquiry
into Israeli conduct during the camp
killings, Israel Television reported. The
Cabinet meets today.
Begin had proposed that Israel's
chief justice condtict an investigation,
but without subpoena power and other
attributes of a full inquiry.
Israeli Justice Minister Moshe
Nissim was quoted in the Israeli press
as saying a formal inquiry "now seems
Israeli troops had the two Beirut
camps surrounded during the
massacre, and Defense Minister Ariel
Sharon has acknowledged that the
assault on the camps by Christian
Phalangist militiamen was mounted
with Israeli planning and support in an
effort to root out PLO fighters reported
in the camps. But he maintains that the
Israelis intervened after learning that
civilians were being slaughtered.

Although marketers of HERP-EZ
claim in their advertisement that the
drug is the most effective treatment
available for Herpes Simplex, medical
officials, including University
physicians and researchers, are afraid
that the 'ad may be arousing false ex-
The promotion, while stating that
there is no known cure for Herpes,
maintains that-the product's main
ingredient "has been demonstrated to
be a potent inactivator of Herpes Sim-
plex-Virus." The ad, which has ap-
peared nationwide in college
newspapers, including The. Michigan
Daily, and magazines such as the
National Enquirer and Penthouse, of-
fers the mail order tablets or drops for
"IT MAY issue false hope," said
University Health Service senior
physician Hernan Drobny. "It's cer-
tainly misleading, and I also think it's
(the product) very expensive."
"There's so much panic and fear and
commotion about Herpes that I don't
think it's helpful," he said, referring to
the large number of mail order produc-
ts claiming to be a cure for Herpes.

'Unless and until carefully controlled
clinical trials are done on any drug, there is
no point in getting excited.'
-John Drach,
University pharmaceutical scientist

"This advertisement implies that
there is a new cure when there really
isn't. That can cause problems," he
JOE SANTILLI, a representative of
Virex, Inc., the Florida-based company
that is selling HERP-EZ, denies that his
ads are misleading. "I'm emphasizing
that this product is not a cure for her-
pes," he said. "It is a treatment, not a
But University pharmaceutical drug
scientist Dr. John Drach is also "skep-
tical" of the new product. He did admit
that the drug, 2, 6-di-tert-butyl-p-cresol,
commonly known as BHT, was effec-
tive in treating animal cells and
isolated human cells when tested in the

He asserted, however, that it has not
been tested on humans. "Unless and
until carefully controlled clinical trials
are done on any drug, there is no point
in getting excited," he said.
ALTHOUGH the product has not been
approved by the Food and Drug Ad-
ministration, Santilli said the reason is
because no company, including his, was
willing to invest the money necessary
for the tests since the drug is already
available to the public as a food preser-
If it gets FDA approval, Virex, Inc.,
could get a patent on the drug, but "why
would a company want a patent on a
drug you could buy in a health food
store?" Santilli said.


Profs give
tips for
writin g

"Remember," the professor says, "your term
papers are due next week. I want them concise, but
not too short; daring, but accurate; literate, yet sub-
tIe; fun, but all the while maintaining an air of
seriousness. Most of all, I want them good."
Every student at the University has faced a similar
situation at least once in their stay in Ann Arbor. At
times, the task may seem impossible: second
guessing a professor's likes and dislikes is a hard job.
ALTHOUGH professors are slow to divulge their
secrets for the instant "A" paper, they're always
ready to give advice. The confused paperwriter can
usually get straightened out.
"I look for evidence that the writer has engaged
thought and knows what he is talking about," said
Julie Ellison, professor of English. "I look for reac-
tions to the topic, such as irritation, excitement, and
confusion-a clear, honest response."
And if a student is caught at home at 9 p.m. Sunday
night, a term paper sitting mostly in the garbage can,
Ellison has a suggestion.
"THE STUDENT should openly recognize his dif-
ficulty, ambiguity, and indecision, and begin to work
from that," she said, explaining that paper writers
should detail their problems with the topic in the

The good

drawn between classic arguments-good writing
versus good thinking.
On one side are the clarity, mechanics of writing,
and grammar enthusiasts, with their dictionary and
style books at the ready. On the other are the content
group, with their eyes constantly inspecting the
thought and organization of a work.
"GRAMMAR AND mechanics is a major
noticeable error in most papers," said Com-
munications Prof. Frank Beaver. "It's obvious that
some papers are not proof-read."
No professor is committed totally to good grammar
or only to clear thinking. A compromise, according to
most, will carry the day.
"I assign papers to help students develop and exer-
cise the ability to reason," said Bruce Frier,
professor of classical studies. "However, I notice ex-
cessive poor use of semicolons, and sloppy practices
with commas."
BEAVER ADDED: "Personal insight and clarity
of expression is important. A student who has the
ability to take documented information and syn-
thesize it in a clear, organized and inciteful way, will
write a good paper."
While Frier admitted that there is no fixed set of
See PROFS, Page 2

paper "lines of battle" are, in general,

Fresh off the farm
Linda Anderson and Kate Fairbanks sample the wares at the Farmer's

Under the gum
AS A SEATTLE police officer stepped forward
in a courtroom to be laced under oath for
testimony, Judge Rosselle Pekelis noticed he was
chewing gum. Not wanting to embarrass him, the
judge said softly, "Would you just put your gum in the
basket," and pointed to a nearby wastebasket. "In the
basket " the offieer asked "Yesin the basket" the iudge

home after she walked in and found them looting the place.
The two men left, but only after Linda McDaniel moved her
car so they could make a getaway. "I was upset that these
people were in my house," McDaniel, 31, said after the in-
cident. McDaniel said she apparently surprised the men
when she arrived home about 2 p.m. and spotted a car, with
its doors open, in the driveway. She went in the back way.
"I saw a guy bending over my VCR cassette recorder," she
said. She spotted the other man hiding behind a kitchen
door, she said. Instead of fleeing, McDaniel ordered: "I
want you out of my house." Later, she explained, "I guess I

in Maywood, N.J. seem to think. The company is putting out
yet another of the calendars, called "1983 Campus Calen-
dar/The Student Body," featuring full-color pictures of
"college-age males." "This one will be a pictorial fantasy
of college life as seen by coeds," said Ray Baldassare,
executive producer for EPI. "It isn't pornographic, just a
little revealing, and clean fun." Baldassaro, who described
the calendar as "a great holiday gift item," said he is plan-
ning an entire line of products for the college market.
Reports of the company producing off-color blue books,
however. have not hen cnnfirmed. -

most out of your studies with a minimum of effort," he said,
" 1964 - MSU announced plans to admit a ten year old boy
into the school. In previous attendance as an unofficial
student, Michael Grost of Lansing, one of the youngest per-
sons ever to enter college anywhere, took the equivalent of
38 hours of classroom work in history, humanities, natural
science, and mathematics, and accumulated an A-
a 1970-University President Robbin Fleming, disturbed
by outbreaks of violence across the campus in recent years,



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