The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, February 4, 1986 - Page 3
Michigan belt bucklers
drop to 43%, study says
By JOSE-ARTURO MARTINEZ
The number of Michigan motorists
who buckle up is about double what it
was before the new seat belt law went
into effect, but that number is down
significantly from its all-time high
last July, according to a University
study released yesterday.
Ann Arbor motorists showed the
highest rate of compliance with the
law - 63.5 percent of Ann Arbor
passengers wear seat belts.
THE STUDY was conducted by the
University's Transportation Resear-
ch Institute over the past year and
was based on direct observation of
more than 12,000 cars and 17,000
Forty-three percent of all Michigan
motorists wear their seat belts, the
study said, but that figure was 58 per-
cent just after the law went into ef-
At first, "lots of publicity and lots of
enforcement" prompted a high com-
pliance rate, said Meg Wiviott, a
researcher who has worked with the
institute on the study.
But later, as the public begins to
perceive that the law is not strictly en-
forced, compliance went down,
One reason for this, Wiviott said, is
the "lack of teeth" in the seat belt
law. In Michigan, the law is given
only "secondary enforcement," so
motorists can be ticketed for not
wearing seat belts only if they are
pulled over for another offense, such
as speeding or running a red light.
Wiviott also said driver misuse of
seat belts is a problem. Often, she
said, motorists tuck the shoulder
strap under their armpit instead of
letting it stay over their shoulders.
This habit can result in serious injury
because the belt can put pressure on
the rib cage during an accident.
Wiviott said she was amazed at
what lengths motorists go to to get
around using seat belts. "People
must stay up at night to beat them,"
.Free University opens semester
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designed to reflect "Some aspect of
social change for human liberation,"
according to Jonathon Ellis, director
of Canterbury House. The classes,
which are not graded and require
minimal preparation, include such
topics as "How to Evict Your Lan-
dlord," "A Guide for the Perplexed,"
and "Anarchism." They run over a
four-week period, starting last week.
Ellis predicted that MSA will not
drop its support of Free University,
citing Josephson's position on the
Free University Board of Directors.
He added, however, that the program
would consider unspecified alter-
natives to its current structure.
LSA JUNIOR Mark Weinstein, one
of two project coordinators, rejected
the idea of setting an attendance goal,
saying that "if 10 people go to a course
as compared to 25 people, this
shouldn't be seen as a failure. We
wouldn't want to aim for over 200."
Although Weinstein and Josephson
estimate that last year's attendance
was between 250 and 300- the highest
in five years - they could not provide
overall figures for this year's first
week of courses.
Instructors did say, however, that
attendance ranged as high as 23
people at the "Anarchism" class, and
as low as nine at "How to Evict Your
LSA-SG President Michelle Tear
said the student government has no
plans to withdraw support for Free
University next year.
While the idea for Free University
dates back to the 1960s, its latest
revival here began in 1982, according
to Ellis. After a speech in Ann Arbor
by Jonathon Cozol, a Boston writer
and school teacher, Ellis and others
drew up the organization's charter.
Free University tries to provide a
forum for those who desire social
change in some area. The criterion,
says Ellis, serves to "avoid such
courses as 'Bartending"'.
ANN ARBOR resident John Lloyd,
the facilitator for "A Guide For the
Perplexed," believes the Free
University format will offer students
"a chance to discuss ideas without
being graded". He feels that Univer-
sity students often go to school for
credentials, rather than to learn.
Free University, on the other hand,
attracts students who are just in-
terested in learning.
King Karn, a graduate student in
linguistics who attended Lloyd's
class, reacted favorably to the cour-
se's format. She says she attended a
Free University course last year on
alternative approaches to health care,
and found that with less pressure, she
Daily Photo by PETE ROSS
LSA junior Kathy Hansen (left) browses through the University's newest literary effort: Shaking Through.
Matt Stern, also an LSA junior, said sales in the Fishbowl are doing well for the monthly magazine.
Convicted mrurde re r auwaits extradition
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he may have convinced an "inex-
perienced" member of the kitchen
staff that he was one of a number of
less-threatening inmates who are
allowed to leave the jail occasionally,
Or, he added, Davis may have
escaped through a door that a mem-
ber of the kitchen staff accidently left
ajar, offering Davis "a straight shot"
Eaton County Prosecutor Michael
Hocking saw the events differently.
He said an unidentified deputy of the
jail told him that Davis escaped when
the jail sent him out to a work shed to
get a lawnmower.
Bob Hill, a sheriff at the jail,
responded "no way!" to Hocking's
allegation. He did not elaborate.
Ross says he will clear up exactly
how Davis escaped when he arrives
back from Canada.
That could take anywhere from 30
to 60 days, according to Riley.
Once back, Davis faces the added
charges of his escape, Riley added.
Hill said the escape came as a sur-
prise to him because Davis was "a
Sheharansky, prisoners may be freed
appears in Weekend magazine every Friday.
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16th Annual Ann Arbor 8mm Film
Festival - Eyemediae Showcase, 8
p.m., Eyemediae, 214 N. Fourth
Tonight's showing features the
works of Hungarian filmmakers.
Flashdance - (Adrian Lyne) MTF,
A dance-in-the-aisles movie about
Jennifer Beals as a welder by day
dancer by night with aspirations of
becoming a ballerina.
Footloose - (Herbert Ross, 1984)
MTF, 10 p.m., Mich.
The "city mouse" comes to the
country. City kid Kevin Bacon
moves to a small town where "loud
music" and dancing have been
outlawed and confronts a deter-
mined minister (John Lithgow) in
an effort to bring it back.
Concert of the Month - Michigan
Union Arts Programs, 8 p.m., Union
Pendleton Room (764-6498).
Recital by local baritone Blane
Shaw, former student and veteran of
the Michigan Opera Theater.
Josephine Humphreys - Fiction
reading, English Department
Visiting Writers Series, 4 p.m.,
Rackham East Conference Room.
Gayle Ness - "Population Policy
in the Third World," School of
Public Health, 7 p.m., International
John R. Powers - "Do Black
Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect
Up?" Town Hall Celebrity Lecture
Series, 10:30 a.m., Mendelssohn
Warren Wagner - "The
Systematics of Plants: An Unending
Synthesis," LS&A 10th Annual
Distinguished Faculty Lecture
Series, 8 p.m., Rackham Am-
University Science Research Club
- 7:30 p.m., Chrysler Center, North
Bars and Clubs
Bedard and the Bonnevilles,
Bird of Paradise-(662-8310)-Bill
The Blind Pig-(996-8555)-X-
Martin F. Semmelhack-"Car-
bene-Metal Complexes. New
Processes and Applications in
Organic Synthesis," Chemistry, 4
p.m., room 1300, Chemistry Bldg.
Jews and Their Absorption Into
Israel," 8 p.m., Keunzel Room,
Charles B. Smith-"The
Chemistry of Depression," Science
Research Club, 7:30 p.m., Chrysler
Eric M. Auppede - "Merit: Migan's
Universities' Computer Network,
7:30 p.m., Chrysler Auditorium.
William Strodel-"Lasers in
Surgery," Bioengineering, 3:45
p.m., room 1017, Dow Bldg.
was able to learn more. charansky and perhaps one other per-
"How to Evict Your Landlord" is son held by the Soviets.
Medications," Ann Arbor Hear-
tbeats, 7 p.m., Hospital Room s3348.
Pirgim-Campaign meeting, 7
p.m., Wedge Room, West Quad.
Organization-5:30 p.m., Business
University Aikido Club-5 p.m.,
Wrestling room, IMSB.
Farm Labor Orgnizing Committee
Support Group-5:30 p.m., Univer-
School of Education-5:30 p.m.,
Tribute Room, School of Education.
Action Against AIDS-7 p.m.,
Styles-DODC workshop, 6:30 p.m.
Red Cross Bloodmobile-1 p.m.,
The Black Family: Searching for
Answers in the '80s-Baits Black-
Council panel discussion, 7:30 p.m.,
Anderson Room, Union.
Survey of TextcProcessing on
MTS-Computing course, 7 v.m.,
:oom 1013, NUBS.
Planning for the Future: Op-
timizing Your College Experience
By Getting Involved-Career Plan-
ning and Placement program, 4:10
p.m., Michigan Room, noon.
Advanced Education: Now, Later
or Never-Career Planning and
Placement Program, 4:10 p.m.
Resume Writing for a Summer
Position-Career Planning and
Placement Program, 4:10 p.m.
General Dynamics-Society for
Women Engineers pre-interview
meeting, 5 p.m., room 1013, DOW
facilitated by the Ann Arbor Tenants
Union, and the title comes from pam-
phlets the union publishes.
According to Jeff Ditz of the tenants
union, the relationship between tenant
and landlord is fundamentally adver-
sarial, with tenants often being taken
advantage of by their landlords. His
course, like all of AATU's activities,
seeks to inform tenants of their rights.
Former University student Andrea
Walsh and Ann Arbor resident Gala
Kyle are the facilitators for "Anar-
chism," a course intended to examine
various aspects of anarchist thought
Walsh sees the Free University
format as an extension of anarchist
ideas. In her opinion, the typical
university's classroom is "naturally
disempowering". Teachers exert
their authority, she says, and don't
encourage contributions from studen-
"The entire University should be
one big Free Uiversity," she suggests.
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Shcharansky's wife, Avital, was not
at her Jerusalem home yesterday.
The radio said she would meet her
husband in West Germany.
THE BONN source, who is in a
position to know the details of such an
exchange, said it would take place
Feb. 11 on the Glienicke Bridge,
linking Potsdam in East Germany
with West Berlin. It will involve both
spies and East bloc dissidents, he
said, speaking on condition that his
name and nationality not be revealed.
Bild, a Hamburg newspaper, repor-
ted the exchange plan in its yesterday
editions and said Shcharansky was
involved. The source in Bonn would
not comment on whether the Jewish
dissident would be included.
Shcharansky was a leader of the
Soviet human rights movement in the
1970s. He was sentenced to 13 years in
prison after being convicted in 1978 on
charges, which he denied, of passing
intelligance to foreign countries.
Previous reports that Shcharansky
might be traded for captured Soviet
spies have not materialized. His
family says his health has
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