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Social worker
specializes in
eating disorders
Continued from Page 1
the University's Mental Health Scr-
vice, which merged with Counseling
Services in the Michigan Union in
1976. She was a full time staff
member at the program until last
year, when she reduced her schedule
to part time hours.
Office is specifically targeted for
short-term treatment. Tom Morson,
Senior Social Worker and Coordina-
tor. of Outreach and Consultation,
said an assessment is made on the
student's first appointment. He said
;if a student needs more than 12 vis-
its, the office refers them to another
service outside the University.
Partlow-Sech said the average
student client sees her for six visits.
Drawbacks to her work occur
.when she is unable to provide the
help a client needs, Partlow-Sech
,said. "It's somebody who is very
,distressed, needs long term care, and

has no money... that presents the
most difficult thing for me. Fortu-
nately we don't see many... and stu-
dents are very resilient."
She earned her Masters degree in
Clinical Social Work at the Univer-
sity, after receiving an undergraduate
degree in social work from the Uni-
versity of Missouri. A summer job
as a secretary in a social services of-
fice led her to consider the profes-
sion. "I changed my major and went
,.r. a" she , -d. "I identified with it
almost immediately."
Partlow-Sech said she recognizes
her work with students who have
eating disorders as "a special inter-
est" which developed purely by acci-
"WE HAD a woman psychia-
trist here who worked part time and
had a lot of women she was seeing
who she put in a group," Partlow-
Sech explained. "She leftand she
kept nagging at me to take the group
over. I met them, and she said,
'Here's Mrs. Sech,' and walked out.
We looked at each other... and de-
cided to stay together."
Partlow-Sech said that at the time
she began working with this group
of female students, many of their
concerns were with weight prob-
lems. "It was at the same time that
anorexia and bulimia broke through
on the scene as recognizable and di-
agnosable problems."

Eating disorders affect between
five and 30 percent of the Univer-
sity's student population at any
given time, Partlow-Sech said. "My
own thought is a lot of people have
eating disorders who never seek
treatment. I've seen it all the way
from people who just started to peo-
ple who have been doing it for years,
since junior high."
ALTHOUGH bulimia and
anorexia are disorders that affect
mostly women, Partlow-Sech said
that on rare occasions they can affect
men. "I have seen only one (male
client)," she said. "But other people.
have seen men, and at 'U' Hospital I
understand that they have seen sev-
eral." Partlow-Sech also cites an
'I think she has made an
outstanding contribution to
the lives of innumerable
- Hal Korn, director of
Counseling Services
"overall reluctance of men to seek
Partlow-Sech said women are es-
pecially likely to develop eating dis-
orders because of societal pressures
- the image of the perfect, slim,
glamorous woman is everywhere.
"It's very common for women to be
very concerned about their image,
their body size... it's almost a uni-
versal concern," she said. "Whether
that goes on to a true eating disorder
is hard to determine."

In the years Partlow-Sech has
spent working with students she said
she has seen a wide range of prob-
lems, most of which she attributes
to college pressure. "In four years
they must do well in school, leave
home, decide on a career, make
friends and relationships," she ex-
plained. "It's an enormously pres-
sured, anxious time."
HOWEVER, she stressed that
in general, students have continued
to come to her with the same types
of problems over the years, mostly
dealing with anxiety, depression, and
relationship crises.
For Partlow-Sech, the greatest
rewards of her profession come as a
result of working with student
"I really like working with stu-
dents. They are bright and insightful,
and here we can offer them an unbi-
ased opinionfrom someone who's
not emotionally involved with their
lives," she said.
In past years, Partlow-Sech and
her program have spoken with stu-
dents in the residence halls about
eating disorders and where they can
go for help. She has also worked
with counseling interns in the Uni-
versity's graduate program, units
around the community, and on some
occasions has even provided students
with materials for writing papers.
This past fall she served on
Counseling Services' Professional
Education Committee.
Occasionally the pressures of her
busy schedule have become difficult
to manage. Last January, Partlow-
Sech took a break for a month in
California. "You can't be here with-
out being very involved," she says.
"I think that's true for everyone on



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Shultz says Middle East peace
talk plans remain at impasse
WASHINGTON - Secretary of State George Shultz said yesterday he
was unable to bridge differences with Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak
Shamir over a U.S. plan to open Mideast peace negotiations by May 1.
But he called the first of three days of talks with Shamir constructive
and said, "We feel encouraged to continue our efforts to work with Israel
and others in the Middle East."
Shamir underscored one of the main differences. He said that in Israel's
view, the Middle East peace conference which Shultz wants to convene
next month to set the stage for negotiations could not play "any positive
President Reagan sought, meanwhile, to reassure Shamir he would not
be put under U.S. pressure to agree to any particular solution to Israel's
40-year dispute with the Arabs.
Civilians join Panama unrest
PANAMA CITY, Panama - Medical workers hurled firebombs at
police outside a hospital yesterday, joining a wave of public employees
rallying against the cash-strapped government of Gen. Manuel Antonio
Hundreds of civil servants took to the streets to demand their
paychecks, and riot squads responded with tear gas, water cannons, and
shotguns loaded with birdshot. At least a dozen were injured.
Also yesterday, Panama ordered Terrence Kneebone, director of the
U.S. Information Service here, to leave the country within 48 hours, a
U.S. Embassy source said. The United States said it would ignore the
The Reagan administration hopes the government's inability to pay its
workers will bring down the Noriega, the military chief who controls the
Gorbachev visits Yugoslavia
BELGRADE, Yugoslavia - Mikhail Gorbachev yesterday toured a
factory that exports industrial robots to the United States and the Soviet
Union, and he met with workers who run the plant under Yugoslavia's
local-management system.
The reform-minded Soviet leader is on a five-day visit to Yugoslavia,
getting his first look at this independent communist country's less cen-
tralized economy.
soviet officials said Gorbachev was "very satisfied" with his first two
days of talks with Yugoslav leaders and seeks ways of developing closer
relations with the country Moscow once denounced for "revisionist"
NASA reports more ozone loss
WASHINGTON - High-altitude ozone, which protects humans from
skin cancer, shows an unexplained thinning of about 2.3 percent since
1969 over mid-latitudes of the Northern Hemisphere, an area that includes
most of the United States, NASA scientists said yesterday.
The decline, which is at least twice as large in winter at high latitudes,
was almost certainly the result of human use of ozone-destroying chemi-
cals, the researchers said, in what is believed to be the most definitive
report on ozone concentrations to date.
Ozone, a pollutant at ground level, makes possible life on earth by
blocking the harmful ultraviolet rays of the sun at high altitudes. The
Environmental Protection Agency has estimated that every 1 percent
decline in ozone overhead means an eventual increase in skin cancer of 5
percent to 6 percent.
Town can't chase wild geese
MARQUETTE, Mich. - Wild geese have been making a mess in this
Upper Peninsula town, and city officials think the only way to get rid of
the problem is to get rid of the birds.
Humane society officials are against drastic solutions to the problem,
and are suggesting alternatives to killing the animals.
Marquette spent $1 million to renovate a public swimming pool
because of what the birds had left behind. Officials said the fowl also had
fouled parks and athletic fields with their droppings.
Officials already have tried trapping, fireworks, and cannon shots,
without much success.
"We'll be selective," said John Turausky, director of the city Parks and
Recreation Department. "Geese are extremely intelligent animals, and
when they see the area is not a healthy one for them, we hope they'll

Turausky said a typical full-grown Canada goose weighs 8 to 10
pounds, has a three-foot wing span "and leaves about one-third of a pound
of droppings a day."
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"We've got to have a new trade
policy. We've been too timid. We've
lacked courage for too long," the
candidate said, echoing what has
been the main thrust of his entire
He also spoke about education:
"Our goal is going to be that by the
year 2000 America will have the
best educated people in the world,"
_ Gephardt next stopped at the
Wayne County Jail where he dis-
cussed drugs with Genessee County
Prosecutor Robert Weiss and Ma-
comb County Prosecutor Carl Mar-
linga. After viewing samples of rock
cocaine, heroine, and "crack," the
candidate said it was the first time he
had seen "crack."
He also commented at the jail
about the Reagan administration's
"lip service" on supporting law and
drug enforcement.
Gephardt continued on the cam-
paign trail by touring a crankshaft
manufacturing plant in Jackson.
There he played up his trade bill and
asked workers about unemployment
and job conditions.
He spoke of America's
"manufacturing industrial base that
is on the decline," and asked workers
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