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Death row
K fa
ndeath stay
- eals
From AP and UPI
Convicted copkiller Thomas Andy
Barefoot dodged four dates with the
executioner, but lost his last and
highest appeal yesterday, while the
}-death stay request of Earnest Knighton
was also rejected a final time by
Louisiana's governor.
Both men were scheduled to be
- '. 'executed shortly after midnight last
THE SUPREME Court voted 7-2
yesterday against staying Barefoot's
execution, and Texas Gov. Mark White
appeared to be his last hope. During
more than five years of appeals, his
'case was reviewed 11 times and he won
'four stays, one just 11 hours before he
.'was to have been put to death.
Meanwhile, North Carolina attorneys
for Margie Velma Barfield, a convicted
W ' poisoner, filed an emergency appeal
with the Supreme Court to stop her
Friday execution. The 52-year-old
f 'grandmother, who admitted killing her
mother and three others, would become
the nation's first woman executed in 22
Barefoot, a 39-year-old oilfield
"roughneck, has refused to name wit-
nesses for his death by injection. He
predicted God promised to spare him.
KNIGHTON, 38, faces "Gruesome
Gerdie," nickname for Louisiana's bat-
tered electric chair.
Knighton's attorneys twice urged
Gov. Edwin Edwards to stay his
execution, claiming Knighton was drug
crazed when he killed Ralph Shell of
Bossier City, La., and too $300 from his
- service station.
The last appeal was rejected early
Barefoot was convicted in the 1978
shooting death of Harker Heights police
officer Carl Leyin.
Leyin was shot once in the head while
- investigating a case of arson. The .25-
caliber pistol used in the slaying was
found in Barefoot's pocket when he was


The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, October 30, 1984 - Page 5
Med school prices
for elite, says study

WASHINGTON (CPS) - A student
graduating from medical school this
year will probably already be some
$26,400 in debt, a new study by the
Association of American Medical
Colleges (AAMC) says.
Based on its findings, the AAMC war-
ns that skyrocketing tuition, along with
financial aid cutbacks, may soon keep
all but the children of the rich from at-
tending medical school.
THE CONCERN over med student
debts closely parallels college financial
aid experts' fears that all students are
falling dangerously far into debt to
finance their college educations.
Officials say the recent restructuring
of federal financial aid programs has
forced many students to rely on loans,
rather than grants, to pay for college.
And while the debt problem threatens
all college students, medical students
are becoming especially vulnerable,
according to the AAMC study.
TUITION HAS doubled or tripled at
most medical schools in recent years,
already locking out many middle- and
lower-class students, according to the
study, which was conducted by a panel
of 18 medical school deans.
This year, the average medical
school graduate left school with more
than $26,400 in debts, the study shows, a
10.8 percent increase over last year.
Over 30 percent of the new doctors,
moreover, graduated $30,000 or more in
debt, compared with only 25 percent
last vear.
OVER EIGHT percent - One out of.
every 12 - left school owing more than
"If this trend continues," the study
says, "many students may be denied
the opportunity to study medicine. A
medical education may become an op-
portunity restricted to the affluent."
Only 12 percent of this year's med
students graduated without debt. com-

pared to 14 percent in 1983.
MINORITY students particularly
are being locked out of the medical field
by soaring tuitions and dwindling
scholarship funds, AAMC officials say.
Since 1974, the report points out, the
number of minority students attending
medical schools has stalled at 8.3 per-
cent of total enrollment.
Many lower-income and minority
students who would otherwise enter
medical school are opting for less-
costly business, chemistry, and biology
degrees that will bring them high-
paying jobs without a huge debt
obligation, the medical deans report.
And cutbacks in federal aid for
medical students promises to exacer-
bate the debt problem, says AAMC
spokesman Robert Boerner.
The main scholarship program for
medical students, the National Health
Services Corps (NHSC) awards, "is
being cut radically and virtually
phased out by the Reagan ad-
ministration," Boerner says.
"There will be fewer than 200 (NHSC)
awards annually now," he says, "com-
pared to about 1200 four years ago when
the program was at its peak."
Even one of Ronald Reagan's per-
sonal physicians has rebuked the
president for the cuts in aid to medical
Programs such as the NHSC awards
"have enabled people with little
resources to reach their full potential,"
says Dr. James Giordano, one of the.
physicians who operated on Reagan
when he was shot three years ago.
Including himself as one of the
students who was helped by federal
assistance programs, Giordano hopes
Reagan "will not abandon the com-
mitment that has meant so much to me
and my family."

Associated Press
Mae McClernon displays one of the many "Reaganabilia" items for sale in the VIP store and Official Reagan Infor-
mation Center in Dixon, Ill., the president's boyhood hometown.

From the Associated Press
Beginning the final week of the
presidential campaign, President
Reagan yesterday urged Pennsylvania
voters to avoid complacency, while
Walter Mondale promised in Oregon to
restore human rights as the centerpiece
of America's foreign policy.
Campaigning at Millersville Univer-
sity in Lancaster County, Pa., a
Republican bastion in a state where the
race is considered close, Reagan told
supporters to vote next Tuesday and
prevent the Democrats from picking
"the American wallet again" with
"high taxes, explosive inflation and
spending without limits."
MONDALE, ON A marathon swing
across the country, charged at Portland
State University in Oregon that Reagan
has bolstered "the very Soviet-backed

swings into final week

extremism in he professes to detest" by
supporting repressive right-wing tyran-
ts around the world.
"As president, I will make the cause
of human rights the cause of America
again," pledged the Democrat, who
said that he would impose "tough san-
ctions" on South Africa and "end the
illegal covert war in Nicaragua."
Mondale made no mention of the
latest national polls, which show him
trailing Reagan by 17 to 24 points. But
he predicted the pundits "will find out
on Nov. 6 that polls don't vote, people
REAGAN HAD HIS own, worries
about those surveys, telling supporters,
"Stop reading the polls. Don't let
anything keep you on Nov. 6 from get-
ting out there and doing what we need
to do."

Vice President George Bush, stum-
ping in Birmingham, Ala., defended
Reagan's record on Social Security and
urged the election of Republican
congressional candidates "who will be
free to speak out, who won't be
beholden to Tip" - House Speaker
Thomas P. O'Neill.
His counterpart, Geraldine Ferraro,
visited a synagogue in New York City
and accused Reagan of "disgraceful
falsehood" for saying last week that the
Democrats lacked the "moral
courage" to denounce anti-Semitism.

Profs try to get faculty
support for Democrats

(Continued from Page 1)
drive had netted 116 signatures and
more petitions are expected before the
THE statement is important so
people don't just give up after seeing
polls that show Reagan leading Mon-
dale by as much as 20 percent, Kaplan
"With all these terrible polls around,
people tend to get discouraged. I think
its very bad for the attitude of the
y voters," Kaplan said. "We feel it's very
important to act."
Reagan has raised serious questions
about whether he is capable of solving
the problems the country faces today,
.he said.
"I DON'T trust (Reagan) at all. I
don't think he's smart enough," Kaplan
said. He pointed to defense expenditures
as one area where Reagan's policies
have fallen short.
"It's obvious they've been throwing a
lot of money at problems without im-
proving our defenses," he said.
Kaplan thinks that Mondale and
Ferraro present a better choice for
president and vice president.
" > a"MONDALE and Ferraro are much
more solid people. I think we're dealing
with a much higher level of competen-
ce," Kaplan said.
Physics Prof. Marc Ross, who is also
one of the petition sponsors, said that
the action by the faculty members was
nothing unusual, and that as citizens,
professors they have the right to
publicly state their support for a can-
He said, however, that some
professors are opposed to signing a
petition as a University faculty mem-
ber. "There are people who feel this is a

personal decision, like sex, that
shouldn't be discussed in public," Ross
said. "I strongly disagree with this
The petition might make people think
more about the election, Ross said, but
he doubted it would sway people who
had already made up their minds.
"But I'm sure there's nothing like it
for Reagan. I don't think you could
collect one signature for Reagan," Ross

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