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Ninety-five Years
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Vol. XCV, 'No. 27

Copyright 1984, The Michigan Daily

Ann Arbor, Michigan - Saturday, October 6, 1984

Fifteen Cents

Eight Pages

University life

Lisa Birnbach style

By CHERYL BAACKE
"Watch this," said Lisa Birnbach just before
she spit her gum into a hot chocolate container
which she just emptied. a
Has Birnbach, who just completed her own
guide to the nation's colleges, been spending
too much tine with college students?
"NO, THEY'VE been spending too much
time with me," she said.
RELEASED last month, Lisa Birnbach's
College Book is the product of visits to college
campuses and interviews with thousands of
students compiled into profiles of 186 schools
and essays about the state of campuses today.
Birnbach's book also offers helpful hints to
college students such as how to perform "The
First All-Nighter."
"NEVER LET more than a half-hour go by
without a discussioit having nothing what-
soever to do with your work, such as a candid
'Economic.
indicators
show mor
Amerwans
at work
WASHINGTON (AP) - More than
270,000 Americans got jobs in Septem-
ber as civilian unemployment dipped to
7.4 percent, the government said
yesterday, taking this politically sen-
sitive economic indicator a notch below
where it was when President Reagan
took office.
Just over a month before the
presidential election, deputy White
House press secretary Larry Speakes
said the report showed that "the
economy continues to expand."
"THE PROSPECT is excellent for
continued economic growth and the
creation of more jobs," Speakes said.'
Some private analysts, however,
noted that job growth has slowed as
the pace of economic recovery has
slackened. These analysts said they
were concerned by the figures which
showed that the employment gains
were registered mostly in service-orie-
nted and retail business while there ac-
tually were losses in manufacturing.
In fact, the bulk of the more than
270,000 jobs created in September came
from service-oriented businesses such
as restaurants, retail and wholesale
trade, and hospital and health care in-
stitutions along with state and local
government. Several categories of
manufacturing industries suffered
declines according to the Bureau of
Labor Statistics report.
Barry Bluestone, a Boston University
economist, said he found that "distur-
birig" and said "we've gotten about as
much employment growth as we're
going to get for the next year or so. B
sIn a telephone interview, Bluestone T
said that behind the overall im- a
WSee ECONOMIC, Page 2 n

discussion about sex or drugs," she writes.
For anyone who ever wondered, Birnbach
also explains the purpose of a fire drill:
"allowing members of the opposite sex to see
you in your nightwear."
The twenty-eight-year-old Birnbach, who
also authored The Official Preppy Handbook,
in, 1980, traveled to each of the schools listed,
talking with students and university officials to
present an interesting - though admittedly
skewed and non-academic - look at what's
happening.
EACH PROFILE includes such importand
details as the best and worst dorms and best
pizza - details Birnbach says are really the
important ones to consider when choosing a
college. She also made up charts - "The
Definitive Put Out Chart (how far can you
expect to go on a first date?) and the "Room-
mate Desirability Chart" to show there is more
to a school than its ivy-covered walls.

"The book is supposed to be fun - it's not
supposed to be a serious read. But it's also not
so funny that it shouldn't be taken seriously,"
Birnbach said.
"Certainly the charts are silly. . . although I
would take the "Roommate Desirability Chart'
'I think if your roommates
don't have toaster ovens.
they really are not worth
it. - Lisa Birnbach.
very seriously. I think if your roommates don't
have toaster ovens they're not really worth it."
BIRNBACH majored in English at Brown
University in Providence, R.I. and has worked
for a number of publications including The New

York Times and The Village Voice. She is now
contributing editor for Parade magazine, but
added that her next step is to "get a job."
The idea for the College Book arose as Bir-
nbach was promoting the Preppy Handbook at
campuses. She said she enjoyed the variety at
the campuses, and wanted to write a "useful"
book for people applying to colleges as well as
for current students and alumni.
Birnbach did visit Ann Arbor, but she was
here for a day and a half in June when most
students were away. Although she stayed at the
Campus Inn, she did manage to catch a meal at
the League cafeteria and a delivered pizza
from Cottage Inn (listed in her book as the best
in Ann Arbor).
SHE SPOKE with University administrators,
and students, and said she was impressed with
the atmosphere here.
"It's a big school but as bureaucracies are
concerned there seemed to be a real element of

warmth and allegiance at the University that I
didn't see at other schools," Birnbach said.
Overall, the book contains criticisms of the
conservative atmosphere that Birnbach said
she believes prevails on many campuses today.
"IN 1975 AND '76 you would never find a
student who would tell you they were
Republican - you couldn't because we had just
lived through Watergate," Birnbach said.
South African investments and the Solomon
Amendment which links financial aid to the
draft, are two of the major issues that have
faced college students .in the past few years,
Birnbach said.
"And yet, none of the issues have jolted the
national student body into activism. They are
too remote, unreal, abstract; they evidently do
not affect most students to the extent that they
consider doing anything about them," Bir-
nbach writes. See THE, Page 2

Tigers win;

it's

off to

t he Series

By MIKE-REDSTONE
and SCOTT SALOWICH
Special to the Daily
DETROIT - The crowd was quiet.
The bats were quiet. Even the wave
was moving in slow-motion.
All the excitement of the 1984 season
seemed to stun the 52,168 Tiger Stadium
spectators into silence during the final
inning of last night's American League
Championship finale,
BUT...
When pinch-hitter U.S. Washington
popped up to third baseman Marty
Castillo the spell was broken, as
players, police and a few paying
customers rushed onto the field after
the Tigers' 1-0 victory.
After Castillo's pennant-clinching
catch, several hundred Detroit police
officers circled the field and prevented
the party from becoming ,a riot. Ap-
proximately 250 fans raced on the field
but the ring of cops prevented a repeat
of the field rush of 1972, when thousands
of celebrators caused considerable
damage to the field.
SOME TURF was removed but
damage was negligible.
Milt Wilcox's masterful pitching per-
formance brought the American
League pennant back to Detroit after a
16-year drought.
Wilcox kept the Royals' hitters
guessing as he mixed the fastball with
his patented collection of off-speed pit-
ches. The veteran righthander struck
out a season-high eight hitters in
picking up his second career playoff
victory. The first came with Cincinatti
in 1970.
WILCOX WAS ecstatic with the vic-
tory. "We did it all year. We deserve

Super-saver Willie Hernandez
finished Kansas City off in the ninth,
allowing only a scratch single to pinch-
hitter Hal McRae.
The game's lone run came in the
second inning when Tiger designated
hitter Barbaro Garbey led off with a
sharp single through the bok.
CHET LEMON was safe on a
fielder's choice and Darrell Evans sent
him to third -with a long single to left
center. Castillo beat out a possible
double play grounder to shortstop,
bringing Lemon home.
Besides that run, it was all K.C. star-
ter Charlie Leibrandt. The rookie lef-
thander blew his fastball by the A.L.
champs, allowing only three hits and
striking out seven.
The Tigers head to the Fall Classic
for the first time since 1968, when they
beat the St. Louis Cardinals four games
to three. Detroit will face either the
Chicago Cubs or the San Diego Padres,
pending the outcome of the National
League Championship Series. The Cubs
currently hold a 2-1 edge in games in
the series.
Ironically, if the Cubs win, they will
be playing the same team they last
played in the World Series, Detroit -
but that waslin 1945.
For the moment though, the Tigers
were content to enjoy their moment
atop the American League. Said an
exuberant Wilcox, "I don't care who we
play."
Added teammate Kirk Gibson, the
playoff MVP, "We could taste it. It was
a real nail-bitter."

Uazing shuttle Associated Press
ampa residents are treated to a spectacular view of the Space Shuttle Challenger as it rises from its launch pad at
ape Canaveral at dawn yesterday. The shuttle carried seven crew members, a record number, including two women
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Mail, class
preparation
'slowed by
Yale strike

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - The on-
campus mail system has slowed down.
Professors are preparing class
materials and making their phone
calls.
About 1,800 clerical and technical
workers are walking the picket line at
Yale University, an Ivy League in-
stitution that ranks.as the nation's four-
th richest school with a $1.1 billion en-
dowment.
THE STRIKE, which entered its 10th
day yesterday, is the fitst for most of
the union members. Union officials say
a dispute over pay equity - that women
should be paid as much as men for

similar jobs - caused the strike.
The 2,650 workers represented by the
union, 82 percent of whom are women,
earn an average of $13,300 a year. An
administrative assistant earns $13,500 a
year, but a truck driver makes $18,400,
the union says, noting that the two jobs
are comparable in responsiblity and
skill. The difference, it says, is that the
administration assistant is a woman
and the truck driver a man.
"We're trying to say that Yale has
taken advantage of a national pattern
of undervaluing the work that is done
primarily by women and minorities,"
See YALE, Page 3

Toxic waste bill sent to-Reagan

WASHINGTON (AP) - A bill
tightening the federal law covering
hazardous waste disposal was sent to
President Reagan yesterday, making it
the first major piece of anti-pollution
legislation enacted by the 98th
Congress.
The Senate, acting on voice vote and
without debate, approved the bill and
sent it to the White House. The House
passed tkie bill earlier this week.
SPONSORS say the bill will end
exemptions and exceptions that allow

millions of tons of hazardous waste to
escape federal regulation each year.
Ending one of those exemptions will
bring an estimated 130,000 small
businesses under the regulation of the
Environmental Protection Agency.
Another provision regulates the
currently legal practice of blending
hazardous waste with heating oil and
selling it, sometimes without notice, for
home heating.

AND A THIRD provision will forbid
blending hazardous waste with waste
oil and using it for dust suppression, the
practice that resulted in extensive
dioxin contamination of Times Beach,
Mo.
The changes are made in the Resour-
ce Conservation and Recovery Act, the
hazardous waste law first enacted in
1976 and now considered one of the
nation's seven principal anti-pollution
laws.

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scene," Walz said. "They wanted to keep him but the dorm
mother wouldn't let them."

Committee city

Only in Nebraska

DOROTHY, WE'RE not in Kansas anymore. The
administration's student code for non-academic
conduct is looming in the not-so-distant future, and
the representatives in the Michigan Student
Assembly have vowed to fight it. According to MSA ex-

ners which will be displayed at next week's Michigan-
Northwestern football game, the Networking committee
(in charge of contacting various student groups about the
code), and a host of other committees. There was a bit of
confusion over how the balloon situation would be han-
dled, since helium balloons would just float out of the
stadium. Fortunately, the confusion was soon resolved -
committee members will simply hand out deflated
balloons at the game. "People are that way at games - if
you have a balloon, you blow it up," said one committee
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years for his bride-to-be. At age 101, Jonsson has become
engaged for the first time in his life. "After 100 years as a
bachelor I've got a lot to catch uv on." said Jonsson. who
recently celebrated his 101st birthday."Never say never,"
he added with a chuckle. After living as a bachelor and
working as a horse dealer and farmer, Jonsson started to
feel his age this year and placed an advertisment for a
houskeeper. He hired -55-year-old Ingrid Engdal, who
moved in last spring. "I'd planned to stay for a couple of
weeks, but then love intervened," said Engdal, who has

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