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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP)-A 20-
year-old engineering student was found
dead of an alcohol overdose yesterday
morning after an off-campus fraternity
"hazing party," police said.
The fraternity pledge's death was not
discovered until members of Omega
Psi Phi social fraternity arose and
could not wake the victim.
"HE WENT TO bed on the floor after
the party. They all crashed somewhere
between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. and then this
morning they just couldn't wake him
up," said Homicide Capt. Sherman
Police identified the victim as Vann
Watts of Birmingham, Ala., a junior
mechanical engineering student at
Tennessee State University.
"The body was bruised. During this
hazing party, they used switches on the
guy to show manliness or whatever,"
DR. CHARLES HARLAN, Davidson
County medical examiner, ruled Watts
died from an overdose of alcohol. The
student's blood-alcohol level was .52
percent, more than five times the level
necessary to be considered legally in-
toxicated when driving, he said.
Three Tennessee State University students leave a fraternity hazing party held Tuesday night. One other student was
found dead of alcohol overdose yesterday morning.
After the body was reported to police
about 8:30 a.m., eight other initiates
with shaved heads emerged from the
house, squinting at the light, witnesses
said. Two of the pledges supported a
third under the arms so he could walk.
David Saunders, a fraternity adviser
and assistant director of finance and
accounting at Tennessee State, said
hazing is not allowed by fraternities.
He said the drinking began after the
pledges were inducted into the frater-
nity as brothers.
"After the ritual was read to them,
they all started drinking," Saunders
said. "They then went to the campus to
do their steps-another ritual-and
picked up some girls. They returned to
the house and started partying all over
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METRO AIRPORT & DETROIT
confidence in Gemayel
LEAVING MICHIGAN UNION
WASHINGTON (AP)-The Reagan
administration offered a vote of con-
fidence yesterday in Lebanese
President Amin Gemayel on the eve of
his talks with President Reagan, but
had no new plan for promoting the
withdrawal of Syrian troops from his
As new violence erupted in Beirut,
where the airport was closed and the
U.S. Marine base came under shellfire
for a third day, U.S. officials spoke
hopefully of reviving negotiations bet-
ween Lebanon and Syria, with the
United States aggin willing to play a
THE OFFICIALS saw Gemayel's
hand strengthened by his efforts to
reconcile warring Leganese factions,
and suggested a weakening of Syria's
grip over half the country partly
because of President Hafez Assad's
failure to gain full control of the
Palestine Liberation Organization.
These developments generated a
measure of optimism in advance of
Gemayel's meeting today with Reagan
that Syria might be ready to work out a
deal for withdrawal of its 40,000 troops
In that event, the United States is
believed ready to commit an American
negotiator and its prestige to the
Beyond that, officials acknowledged
privately that they had no new
initiatives to offer Gemayel during his
three-day visit. They also rejected any
suggestion that the May troop with-
drawal agreement between Lebanon
and Israel might be watered down to
TCKETS AVAILABLE AT THE MICHIGAN UNION
Compiled from Associated Press and
United Press International reports
Beirut shelling closes airport
BEIRUT, Lebanon - Shellfire closed Beirut airport yesterday, and Druse
gunners threatened fierce attacks on Lebanese army positions at the ter-
minal, harbor, power stations, schools and peacekeeping bases.
No casualties were reported at the airport, where the U.S. Marine base
came under shelling for a third day, but Druse attacks on army positions in
Christian east Beirut Tuesday killed six civilians and wounded 30.
In a written statement, the Progressive Socialist Party of Druse leader
Walid Jumblatt accused the Lebanese army and Christian militias in Beirut
of shelling Druse mountain villages.
Elsewhere, Beirut radio said Druse gunners pounded the Lebanese army
garrison at Souk el-Gharb in the mountains above the Marine positions.
Beirut radio also reported fresh clashes in Tripoli ,between Palestinian
supporters and Syrian-backed opponents of Yasser Arafat's leadership of
the Palestine Liberation Organization.
Shuttle furnaces yield new alloys
SPACE CENTER, Houston - Astronauts turned Spacelab 1 into an or-
biting factory yesterday, firing up three powerful furnaces to melt and mix
metal samples and create exotic alloys impossible to manufacture on Earth.
And in a test to see how humans adapt to weightlessness, mission
specialist Robert Parker endured the torture of having warm air blown into
his ears while a television camera took pictures of his eyes.
The furnaces, generating heat of up to 3,800 degrees Fahrenheit, melted
bits of silver, aluminum, zinc and germanium, causing the elements to mix
in different combinations and become alloys.
Payload specialist Ulf Merbold of West Germany reported the work was
"looking very good," although a failure in a vacuum system halted one ex-
periment for a time.
Experts hope the experiments will lead to development of space factories
where molten metals could be mixed to create alloys with unique properties.
Many such alloys are impossible to make on Earth because gravity causes
the molten metals to separate.
Economists see good year ahead
WASHINGTON - The government reported yesterday that its main
economic forecasting gauge rose 0.8 percent in October, the 14th consecutive
Commerce Secretary Malcolm Baldridge said the 14-month string of gains
in his department's Index of Leading Economic Indicators has been ex-
ceeded since World War II only by an unbroken 17 months of advances
following the 1973-75 recession.
"With the long upswing...still in progress we can expect the current
economic expansion to continue," Baldridge said in a statement.
White House spokesman Larry Speakes said, "The recovery is on track
and the leading indicators show substantial economic improvement is still
ahead. Full steam ahead."
Several private economists agreed, although Robert Gough of Data
Resources Inc. saw some "risks that lurk in 1984" - notably the large
federal budget deficit, continued weakness in some corporate balance sheets
and the possibility of an increase in inflation.
Trailways bus crash kills six
LIVINGSTON, Texas - A Trailways bus an investigator said may have
been speeding rammed the rear of a flatbed truck and catapulted off a
bridge and into a creek bank early yesterday, killing six people and injuring
Witnesses said the badly injured driver, who had been at the wlielless
than an hour, believed the bus blew a tire, but a passenger said he thought
the driver might have fallen asleep.
The Department of Public Safety said 12 people were aboard, and all were
killed or injured. Three of the dead were mothers traveling with young
children who survived.
The Shreveport, La., to Houston bus careened across'the median of the
four-lane road, crashed through a guardrail, became airborne briefly and
landed on the bank 31 feet below.
Reagan raises IMF contribution
WASHINGTON - President Reagan signed legislation yesterday author
izing an $8,5 billion increase in the U.S. contribution to the InternationalV
Monetary Fund, bringing to a formal close one of the hardest-fought
congressional battles of the year.
The president's signature had never been in doubt. The administration for
a year fought accusations that the bill was nothing more than a bail-out of
large U.S. banks whose loans to developing countries were in jeopardy,
arguing that the money was vital to keep the international financial system
afloat and preserve jobs in U.S. export industries.
The money is the U.S. share of some $50 billion in increased contributions
agreed to last year by the 146 member countries in the fund.
The Fund makes loans to governments, particularly those in trouble with
their balance of payments. It has said it would have to curtail its lending
without the new contributions.
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