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Busch calls boycott ineffective
ST. LOUIS (AP)- One month after Operation
PUSH announced a national boycott of Anheuser-
Busch, the world's largest brewery says the cam-
paign isn't working.
But the Rev. Jesse Jackson, head of the self-help
group, says, "The word is out across black America
that Bud is a dud and that you drink something else."
"WE HAVEN'T been able to detect any effect of
the boycott," said Wayman Smith III, a vice
president for the brewery that markets Michelob,
Budweiser Light and Busch beers. "We're still
making the same amount of beer and selling the
same amount of beer.
"In fact, we're, having record sales," he said.
"We're not sure if the boycott is hurting us or helping
The dispute started in August when Jackson, head
of the Chicago-based organization, came to St. Louis
and proposed the national boycott, charging that only
one of the company's 958 distributors was black and
two were Hispanic.
ON SEPT. 3, Anheuser-Busch announced a $5
million grant to train minorities to become
distributors. The grant, the company said, had
nothing to do with the threat of a boycott by PUSH, an
acronym for People United to Serve Humanity.
The following day, Jackson announced the boycott.
He accused the brewery, as well, of attempting to
"Why are we boycotting Anheuser-Busch?" he
asked. "Because they have 95 wholesale distributor-
ships, but only one is black-owned; they are spending
$254 million in advertising this year, yet less than.two
percent is with black advertising firms and black
media; while 18 percent of their total employment is
non-white, blacks are concentrated in the lower
positions and their employment does not reflect
"ANHEUSER-BUSCH is lacking in reciprocal
trade with the black community," he said. "They
claim they reinvest between $40 million and $45
million in the black community annually, but we
doubt these figures."
Excluding its payroll, Anheuser-Busch does an
estimated $5 million business a year with the black
community, said Smith, one of the company's two
black vice presidents. The company made a profit-of
$217.4 million in 1981 on sales of over $3.8 billion.
Rush cuts traumatic experience for some women
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rushee meets in a house." But it's still
an "ego blow" for those who do get cut,
"The more girls you meet, the better.
your chances are," explained Effinger,
"also a member of Delta Gamma
sorority, "and it's not a rushee's fault
she doesn't meet enough house mem-
bers-they determine her fate."
Many people think sorority members
"run down to the basement and talk
about the girls as soon as they leave,"
Seiler said, "but it isn't true, many"
houses aren't allowed to make remarks
about the girls unless they are
positive. . ,
"THE VOTE is secret; if a girl's cut,
it's not known who cut her," explained.
Stacy 'Elliot, rush chairman for Delta
Gamma sorority. "Because it's so
diverse there are so many good girls
going through, we take the best of
what's coming through."
Seiler added that many women going
through rush "cut themselves short and
end up disappointed" because they
limit their choice of houses to only the
"popular or favorite" ones. Consequen-
tly, many of the smaller houses on
campus don't get enough members, she
There are no hard and fast rules that
qualify a woman's acceptance into a
sorority, but members try and get a
"general feel" for the rushees, accor-
ding to Tracy Elsperman, social rush
chairman at Kappa Alpha Theta
"IT'S LIKE talking to someone in a
bar, there are no certain charac-
teristics. We want someone who's laid
back and easy going. It's not based on
how they look," Elsperman added.
Despite this, many rushees were
overly concerned with what to wear and
how they looked, said Effinger, who is
also a resident advisor at Markley. She
added that valid impressions are made
by a rushee's personality, not looks.
Sororities are striving for diversity
among their members, Seiler insisted.
They look for girls with varied in-
terests. Seiler stressed that sororities
provide an opportunity to develop
leadership and organizational skills, as
well as learning to get along with dif-
ferent kinds of people.
"SORORITIES encourage in-
volvement, they don't want members
exclusively to themselves. they - en-
courage members to reach out. It
broadens the entire college experien-
ce," she explained.
One woman who participated in rush,
who also asked to remain anonymous,
said she was looking for a smaller, more
intimate group to associate with. She
added that living in a sorority house is
safer and more convenient, since meals
are provided for.
The convenient style of living comes
with a high price. Pledge membership
fees alone can be as much as $485 in
some sororities, with an additional $150
for a building fund. Whe members ac-
tually live in a house the average cost is
equal to living in a University residence
SORORITY members inform rushees
about the costs during rush, but there is
little mention of it between the par-
ticipants, according to one rush drop-
"You either afford it or you can't,"
she said. "As a pledge I felt it wasn't
worth it for the money ... I'd rather in-
vest my money in a tennis racquet - I
would use it more."
But for those who want to join a
sorority it is well worth the price. Ef-
finger said there are many benefits to
living in a house. She noted the
aesthetic value; "Beautiful rooms,
wallpaper, and nice meals." She em-
phasized, however, that women join-the
group mainly to develop friendships
with people who have the same ideas
for having fun - not for conformity.
"GIRLS WANT to join to narrow
their horizons. Because the dorms and
the University are so big, it's good to
narrow it to 35 people to know who are
' similar to you in a way," she explained.
But for those who don't pledge or
weren't accepted, the Panhellenic Of-
fice's rush brochure encourages in-
volvement in other University ac-
"You will quickly realize this is a
community with opportunity for new
experience," the manual states.
"Somewhere amid the variety of
student organizations and activities is a
place for you to become involved."
LSA junior Angelique Sabo shows off her soccer skill in the diag.
MSU student hangs himself in cell following arrest
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He was pronounced dead on arrival at
Lansing's Edward Sparrow Hospital.
Officials described Hickey as very
cooperative after the arrest. Because
the student did not appear violent or
depressed, officials did not take his
socks or belt from him before he was
placed in the holding cell.
A passenger in Hickey's car, Toby
Dahm, was also taken to the DPS
station and charged with having open
beers in the car. He was ticketed and
FRIENDS SAID Hickey, who had at-
tended Wayne State and the University
of Michigan before transferring to
Michigan State, appeared to be a nor-
mal, well-adjusted student.
A Michigan Department of Correc-
tion rule states that "any item which
might be used by the inmate as a
weapon or to hang himself such as a
necktie, shoelace, or belt shall be
removed from him."
This State administrative code ap-
plies to all jails, lockups, and security
camps, according to Diane Hendrik of
HENDRICK SAID the department
will conduct a followup investigation to
determine whether the MSU campus
jail was in violation of the law..
This jail suicide comes in the wake of
a similar case now pending in the
Washtenaw County Circuit Court.
The Michigan Court of Appeals ruled
on Sept. 23 that the widow of a man who
hanged himself in an Ann Arbor Police
Department detention cell has the legal
grounds to sue the city and the depar-
KENNETH YOUNG hanged himself
in 1978 while being held in a cell at
The city, former Police Chief Walter
Krasny, and several police officers had
been freed of responsibility in an
earlier court decision after they argued
the jail was not subject, to the above
department of correction rules.
The appeals court, however, said the
state regulations apply to all jail
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we've been able to mobilize this many
volunteers for one effort."
THE 1,300 volunteers were
distributing leaflets warning residents
not to use any Tylenol products. In ad-
dition to English, Harris said the flyers
had been translated into Spanish, Viet-
namese, Arabic and Polish to reach
Chicago's disparate ethnic com-
Asked whether there might be ad-
ditional victims, isolated individuals
who may have taken the cyanide-laced
capsules before public warnings were
issued, Harris replied, "There's cer-
tainly no indication of that right now."
Arthur Hill Hayes, commissioner of
the Food and Drug Administration, an-
nounced formation of a government-
pharmacy industry task force to work
on security measures-such as sealing
* pill containers-to avoid future cases of
ILLINOIS Attorney General Tyrone
Fahner said a "very substantial" lead
was the incident in which two Kane
County sheriff's deputies suffered sym-
ptoms resembling cyanide poisoning
after handling the Extra-Strength
Tylenol capsules they found strewn in
the parking lot of a suburban motel.
Because the incident occurred two
days before Tylenol was linked to
deaths, the deputies did not keep the
capsules and most were gone by the
time investigators arrived.
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