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Vol. XCIII, No. 65
Copyright 1982, The Michigan Daily
Ann Arbor, Michigan-Tuesday, November 23, 1982
Mystery surrounds near- death experiences
By CHERYL BAACKE
"I was sitting there, thumbing through a
comic book, and suddenly I could not take a
breath. I felt like someone had put a clamp
over the trachea," said Carolyn Lewis-Stone of
an experience she had when she was 14 years
"I remember just being scared, then all of a
sudden it was just really peaceful. I felt as if I
had exited through my back."
LEWIS-STONE, who is now a social worker
at the University's counseling center, doesn't
know what happened to her physically that
day. But she does remember vividly what she
believes was a near-death experience that
Dr. C. Bruce Greyson, chief of psychiatry at
the University Hospital, currently is resear-
ching cases of near-death experience. It is a
phenomenon, he explains, that occurs when a
person is very close to death because of an ac-
cident, severe injury, or illness.
Often a person who has been pronounced
clinically dead has revived to relate the ex-
perience, according to Greyson.
"IT DIFFERS from dreams and
hallucinations," he said. "It is perceived as
being vividly real." During the experience, he
said, the patient is "wide awake, almost hyper-
The existence of near-death experience does
not prove there is life after death, he said. "I
don't know any serious researchers who would
say that. (We are) interested in practical ap-
plications-to learn more about life."
Patients describe three basic types of these
experiences: In an "autoseopic" experience,
the person floats near the ceiling and looks
down at what's going on; in a "transcendental"
experience, the patient sees a dark tunnel
leading toward a bright light; and in a "life
review;" the person sees parts of his life in
rapid succession. Many patients also experien-
ce strong feelings of peace, and some have the
impression they are meeting people, Greyson
LEWIS-STONE had a combination of tran-
scendental experience and life review. "I was
standing in this blackness and I realized I was
being pulled," she said. "I was aware of my
head, (my brain), and my trunk, but not my
legs or arms.
"Suddenly there was an enormous book that
was just fascinating."
The book was in color, she said, a contrast to
the darkness. The book, organized like a
photograph album, opened and its pages flip-
ped rapidly. Lewis-Stone was very curious
about the pictures.
The pictures were like moving film, she said,
and she only caught a glimpse of each. "I wan-
ted it to slow down. I wanted to see how this
worked. Then it dawned on me-this is about
AFTER THE book closed, Lewis-Stone began
to move in the darkness again. Then, she
recalls, "There was an opening of light before
me. As I was being pulled along, the light was
getting bigger. The only thing I can compare it
to was looking directly at the sun or a flash-
bulb. But my eyes didn't hurt. I was just
She heard an unfamiliar voice in her head
ask, "Are you ready?"
"Somehow, with that question, I seemed to
let go of all curiosity," she said.
She remembers thinking that there were still
some things she wanted to do in her life.
"Again, not with my voice, but with thoughts, I
said no, simply no. I felt as though I had a
choice whether to go or not.
"THERE WAS a pause and I was being
pulled backwards," she said. At that point she
realized it probably had something to do with
See MYSTERY, Page 5
By ROB FRANK
Despite bomb threats and death notes
against his supporters, radical Rabbi
Meir Kahane spoke to a group of 90
students last night in the Michigan
League. The speech by the rabbi was
moved to the League after the Univer-
sity Activities Center, his initial spon-
sor, decided not to underwrite his ap-
Kahane's general message to the
crowd - which had paid a dollar a
piece to hear him - was that Jews in
America and the world are being
misled by leaders who are "chosen for
their money, not for their Jewishness."
THE LEADER of the Jewish Defense
League said he was "outraged" that his
UAC Viewpoint lecture had been can-
celled. "It is an outrage not-because it Tr
is me," Kahane said, "but, because this
campus is supposedly dedicated to Autui
See JEWS, Page 2
By GEORGE ADAMS
Three of four prisoners who escaped from
Washtenaw County Mail Saturday night are still at
large, and officials from the Sheriff's department
believe at least one of them has already fled the
Michael Gregory, 33, of Ann Arbor was apprehen-
ded Sunday night at a vacant home in Pittsfield
THE INMATES escaped from the Hoback Road
facility at approximately 9 p.m. Saturday by
squeezing through a six-inch gap in a barred window
while 16 prisoners were gathered in a recreation
room talking and watching television, according to
By JIM SPARKS were moving ah
A key faculty committee wants to reviewing for
rewrite the guidelines restricting the classified resear
type of military research done on cam- In the past, th
pus, and some critics say the change applied onlyt
could make it easier for professors to research. But1
help the defense department develop Senate Assemb]
new weapons. ministration to
The Research Policies Committee all research. T
voted last week to ask that the Univer- still not acted on
sity make minor changes in the wor- Last Thursday
ding of its research guidelines which Committee agr
forbid professors from doing research revised guidelin
that could lead to the destruction of non-classified r
human life. classified rese
WHILE members of the committee same.
say the changes are designed simply to CURRENTLY
make the guidelines more clear and that the Univers
eliminate confusing wording, some say research pr
the subtle changes could promote cam- foreseeable ar
pus weapons research. which, the direc
Committee members also said they
head with plans to begin
the first time non-
rch done by professors.
he University guidelines
to classified defense
last April, the faculty
ly voted to urge the ad-
extend the guidelines to
'he administration has
y, the Research Policies
reed to ask that the
nes become the rules for
esearch. The rules for
earch would stay the
Y, University rules state
sity will not approve any.
ojectb "the clearly
nd probable result of
ct application of which.
See RESEARCH, Page 5
Dioily Photo by EL IZABETH4 SCOTT
ukful of trees?
nn Johnson decks lamp posts along State Street with boughs of holly, preparing the city for the holiday'season.
apees still at large
cell and ripped an iron bar used to support a desk out
of the wall. They broke a 3/4-inch safety glass win-
dow and then used the bar to pry open the bars on the
window. The four were discovered missing about an
hour later, according to Sheriff's Department Com-
mander Chester Reese.
The Sheriff's Department is urging residents to
take "reasonable" safety precautions, but said none
of the three is considered extremely dangerous.
The escapees are :
" Bruce Jackson, 26, of Detroit, five feet nine inches,
135 pounds, serving two and one-half years for
breaking and entering,
" Daniel Valentine, 20, of Whitmore Lake, five feet
ten inches, 145 pounds, serving time for breaking and
entering and third degree criminal sexual conduct;
" Daniel Wright, 25, of Ann Arbor, six feet one inch,
170 pounds, serving time for breaking and entering.
"WE THINK that two (of the inmates) are still in
the county because they're originally from here,"
Minick said, referring to Valentine and Wright.
"The last one, we think, is either in Muskegon or
Detroit, his former places of residence."
Minick said that prison officials used to worry that
an inmate could pry the bars out of the window,'but
they never thought anyone could fit through the small
space between the bars.
"I still don't know how that 170-pound fellow fit
through," he said.
Washtenaw County Sheriff Tom Minick.
Minick said two of the inmates went
into an open
WASHINGTON (AP)- Wielding both
stick and carrot, President Reagan an-
-nounced yesterday he intends to deploy
the huge MX missile in a "dense-pack"
string of Wyoming silos, then prepared
to advance new arms control proposals
to the Soviet Union.
"We would prefer that the Soviets
dismantle SS-18s (intercontinental
ballistic missiles) rather than we build
more holes," Reagan said in a written
statement. "But we can accommodate
either and maintain stability."
To emphasize his long-range goal,
Reagan formally named the MX the
"Peacekeeper" missile and called his
basing plan "a reasonable way to deter
THE LONG-awaited MX basing
decision, which faces a doubtful future
in Congress, would have the United
States deploy its first new intercon-
tinental missiles in 20 years.
But in a nationally televised speech
later yesterday, Reagan was to signal
the Kremlin leadership that America
would prefer reduction of nuclear ar-
senals to participation in a dangerous
and expensive arms race.
Hours before the formal announ-
cement, all signs indicated the
president had accepted the Air Force
recommendation to place 100 MX
weapons in super-hardened launch silos
spaced about 1,800 to 2,000 feet apart
near Warren AFB in Wyoming.
THE CLOSE-spacing concept, which
the Air Force calls "dense pack,"
represents a dramatic departure from
past missile deployment plans, in-
cluding the Carter administration's
scheme for the MX.
That plan called for spreading 200
MX missiles among some 4,600 con-
crete shelters stretching across the
Utah and Nevada deserts and shifting
real missiles and decoys from site to
The untested theory behind the dense-
pack plan is that most of the MX
missiles could survive a Soviet surprise
attack because incoming Soviet
warheads would disable each other as
they converged on the MX silos and ex-
REAGAN SAID cost was a factor in
his decision. "We concluded that by
pulling the launch sites much closer
together and making them a great deal
harder, we could make significant
savings," from the plan originally en-
visioned by then-President Carter.
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In Remembrance AP Photo.
Senator Edward Kennedy and Rory Kennedy, daughter of the late Robert
Kennedy, pray at the grave of the late President John F. Kennedy yesterday
in Arlington, Va. President Kennedy was assassinated 19 years ago in
The Woody show
HEY DEFINITELY.didn't sing "annihilate Ohio
State and humble Woody Hayes." And that's
probably the reason no one got punched in the
face. The event? Ex-Ohio State Football Coach
Woody Hayes took the spotlight again this week, but this
time on the conducting stand. Hayes, the infamous tough
.... - 9- -A ffl. *ynnhnr a nlnnina t m
E VER SINCE someone wrapped the state Seal of
Oklahoma in old underwear and spirited it out of
Guthrie, Okla. 72 years ago, Guthrie's citizens have been
trying to get it back. The seal, not the underwear. Yester-
day they succeeded. John Hannah, president of the Logan
County Historical Society, "stole" a replica of the state seal
from the Capitol in Oklahoma City and carried it back to
Guthrie, which had been the territorial capital. "We in
Guthrie certainly feel it was snuck out in the dead of the
night ... after a questionable election," said Hannah. In
nnnfactto he ch,,1,nA1 .in r oi9n the rptlrn of the state~
probably several old pair of underwear.. . that's how he got
past the guards" at the Logan County Courthouse, Hannah
said. What was the official reaction to yesterday's "theft?"
A dastardly act, said John Reid, news secretary to Gov.
George Nigh, a most dastardly act. O
The Daily almanac
" 1945 - Michigan's hopes for a victory in its
Homecoming game against Ohio State were dashed when
Coach Fritz Crisler announced that first string full-back
Jack Weisenburger would not be able to play due to a
broken bone in his chest. Michigan won anyway, 7-3.
" 1968 - Julie Nixon and David Eisenhower announced
that they would be married Dec. 22 in New York.
" 1976 - It was announced that Betty Ford would receive
an honorary doctor of law degree at the University's winter
commencement exercises. University President Robben
Fleming said, "Mrs. Ford exemplifies todays' independent
woman, expressing her views honestly and forcefully. C