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The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, February 5, 1986 -Page 7
Kellogg Co. to cancel plant tours in April

Bullhorn in hand, Brian Smith calls
the action as countless caramel-
colored corn kernels cascade down a
chute, get flattened by rollers and
ride a conveyor toward a 575-degree
"Then they're taken downstairs
and Jsprayed with eight essential
vitamins," says Smith, passing a
scoopful of still-hot flakes among his
SMITH HAS just shown another
tour group how Kellogg Co., the
world's largest cereal maker, makes
cornflakes, the world's best-selling

"I feel bad that some day I won't be
able to take my kids through here,"
he says after the group leaves.
Kellogg has been letting the public
stroll through its biggest and oldest
cereal plant since 1906, when founder
Will Keith Kellogg began cranking
out Kellogg's Corn Flakes. Since then,
the company says, 6.5 million people
have taken the tour.
THE FREE tours will be history af-
ter April 11, however, because com-
pany officials fear corporate spies
might steal the new technology plan-
ned for Kellogg's flagship plant.
That troubles some people in this
southwest Michigan town of 39,000

residents, a city built on breakfast
food. Besides being home to Kellogg's
corporate headquarters, Battle Creek
is the site of large General Foods and
Ralston Purina cereal-making
It is a city where streets, schools
and a downtown city center bear the
Kellogg moniker. It's also a city that
keys its tourist industry to the tens of
thousands of people who visit every
year to see what makes Tony a tiger
and why roasted rice goes snap,
crackle and pop.
Creek has always been the Kellogg
Co. tour. That has been our main
destination" for visitors, said Bonnie

Telder, head of the Battle Creek-
Calhoun County Visitors & Conven-
tion Bureau.
She said the bureau hopes to
replace the tour with other cereal-
related tourist lures.
"It's going to have a major, major
effect on the tourist business, not just
in Battle Creek but the state of
Michigan," she said. "They had.
150,000 to 200,000 people go through
that tour every year.",
But with a $500 million plant
modernization project already begun,
Kellogg spokesman Dick Lovell said
the company can't risk a visit by cor-
porate spies.

Researchers unsure of

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Rudman's effects.
"ANYTHING YOU say is pretty
hypothetical," he said, noting the lack
of details available for the 1987
budget. He added that Gramm-
Rudman might be found uncon-
stitutional in federal courts.
"It's hard to be very specific,"
Heebink said.
Faculty members whose research
may be effected are also taking a
cautious line.
"I REALLY can't say yet" what the
effects will be, said Electrical
Engineering Prof. Wayne Stark.
Stark's project, "Array Processing
Equipment for Commuications," is
funded by the National Science Foun-
dation, which has slated a 4.3 percent
cut in all funding. He could only guess

at the effect of the cut on his project.
"I guess there's a 4.3 percent chan-
ce it will not be funded," he said.
Mechanical Engineering Prof.
Massood: Kaviany said his project,
"Controlled Energy Supply in Drying
Processes," will be affected, but he
doesn't yet know how.
KAVIANY'S project is funded by

budget cut effec&
both the National Science Foundation Wilson was unavailable for com-
and the Department of Energy, which ment, but in a Jan. 22 memo she en-
has planned 3.7 percent decrease in couraged researchers to actively;
research funding. pursue funding.
The project directors have warned
me there were going to be less funds Kaviany reiterated Wilson's point,
than last year," Kaviany said, "But I saying "We must continue to go after
don't have any specific measures if (funding) - that is one thing we cani
things don't go through." not give up.

Associated Press
last visitors to

Tony the Tiger and his little friend greet some of the
Kellogg's Battle Creek plant, as tours will end April 11.

S. A frican lawyers challenge apartheid

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (UPI) - About 30 mixed-
race lawmakers, charging "we have been mistreated for
so long," were refused meals in the whites-only members'
dining room in Parliament yesterday in the second
challenge to segregation in two days.
The unusual attack on South Africa's system of apar-
theid, or racial segregation, came as Winnie Mandela
visited her jailed husband, Nelson, for the second straight
day. The visit sparked new speculation that the release of
Mandela, the leader of the outlawed African National
Congress rebel group, was imminent.
THERE WAS also new violence 'yesterday as blacks
continued 17 months of violent protests against white rule
by burning at least two buses, stoning police and trying to
set fire to a house in Shoshanguve, northwest of Johan-
Witnesses said police fired shotguns at about 2,000
blacks demonstrating against the arrest Monday of more
than 100 protesters. No one was injured.
More than 1,180 blacks have died, more than half of

them shot by police, in the violent demonstrations against
the white-minority government.
SIX MIXED-race, or "colored," members of the
"colored" House of Representatives were refused meals
in the parliamentary dining room Monday, three daysaf-
ter President Pieter Botha told Parliament apartheid is
"South Africa has outgrown the outdated system of
paternalism, as well as the outdated concept of apar-
theid," Botha said in an address to Parliament Friday.
Yesterday, waiters refused to serve about 30 mixed-
race lawmakers and removed salad bowls and water from
their tables as they staged an hourlong sit-down protest
against apartheid in Parliament.
"We want freedom and justice," said Patrick Macken-
zie, one of the mixed-race representatives. "We have been
mistreated for so long. We are tired of being humiliated
and kicked about."
White opposition lawmaker Horace van Rensburg
vowed to boycott the restaurant until it is integrated.

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Proposal to be on ballot

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Referendum author Dean Baker,
president of Rackham Student
Government, said that he cannot an-
swer questions about which firms
might be eliminated from the Career
Planning and Placement inter-
viewing schedule if such a referen-
dum were to pass.
MSA was divided on whether or not
to favor the provisions of the proposal
on the referendum.
Those opposing the provisions said
M that students should have a right to

make their own decisions regarding
which firms to interview with.
Baker stressed that students could
still interview with any employers
they want, but that they would have to
go off campus to do so.
"Career Planning and Placement
already decides if a corporation is an
appropriate place for University
students (to work), so (passing the
referendum) would not be depriving
students," Baker said.

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