The Michigan Daily - Friday, January 27, 1989 - Page 5
BY DIANE COOK
Students Concerned About Ani-
mal Rights (SCAAR) is determined
"rotect the rights of animals that are
used for research purposes.
Recently recognized by the Mich-
igan Student Assembly, the group
feld its second meeting yesterday.
"Our primary goal is education...
to raise awareness about leather, fur,
and farming practices," said Laura
O'Connor, an LSA junior, who is a
founding member. "We plan to form
committees for each of these areas."
0 Although SCAAR is not against
necessary use of animals in the
laboratory situation, the group
vishes to abolish repeated, unnec-
By working with the University's
Unit for Laboratory Animal Med-
icine, SCAAR will monitor animal
treatment in the labs on campus. If
necessary, the group intends to take
legal action against animal abusers
through contact with national and
I SCAAR plans to work as an out-
let for students to get information
about inhumane animal treatment,
forming a base group of students
which wills help inform the other
More than 40 members attended
fast night's organizational meeting,
in which they divided into com-
nittees to discuss individual con-
Independently, members have al-
ready started a campaign for animal
rights. In East Quad, they have pro-
tested the serving of veal because of
the poor conditions in which the
calves are raised.
EAST LANSING - A Michi-
gan group's proposal to increase the
number of organs transplanted from
babies born without brains could
hurt transplant efforts while helping
only a few infants, an expert in
biomedical ethics said yesterday.
Tom Murray, director of the
Center for Biomedical Ethics at Case
Western Reserve University, said
that as few as 11 infants a year
might benefit from transplants of
organs from babies born without
Estimates are only 11 successful
transplants would result each year
from using the organs of brainless
infants and although those numbers
might increase in the next decade,
they still would not exceed 40 or so.
Murry noted that by creating: a
special category that allowed doctors
to take organs from anencephalic in-
fants while they were considered
alive, according to current definitions
of death, might undermine public
support for organ donation.
A large portion of the public al-
ready fears that doctors won't do ev-
erything possible to keep them alive
in order to take their organs for
transplant, Murry said, adding that
taking organs from anencephalic in-
fants may heighten that fear.
Murray said an acceptable option
is to wait until the infant is at the
point of death, place the infant on a
respirator, wait until the child is
brain dead under current legal defrni-
tions and then recover the organs.
Police restrain an anti-abortion protester yesterday after he and about 200 others tried to block the entrance of a family
planning clinic at the University of Iowa.
SCAAR plans to publicize a list
of companies which mistreat ani-
mals for research purposes. Also, a
list of alternative, humane corpora-
tions will be generated.
To raise awareness in a large
"group of students, SCAAR will
1ecure a time to show Tools for
-esearch, a 30-minute video docu-
fnenting cases of animal misuse for
fesearch purposes. The film is ex-
Jilicit, but won't turn viewers'
stomachs, according to O'Connor
"We share a common concern
about the fur industry and factory
farming. It's a matter of coalating an
effort that already exists," said RC
sophomore Joann Porvin, also a
Homeless charge police
BY DANIEL KOHNS
AND JONATHAN SCOTT
Nearly $60 worth of returnable
beverage cans were confiscated from
two homeless men by two Ann Ar-
bor police officers Wednesday, after
the police said they received a stolen
According to the homeless men
and witnesses at the scene, the offi-
cers on patrol apprehended the sus-
pects as they sat outside the Stop
'N' Go convenience store on East
"The cops screeched to a halt,
jumped out of their car as if they
were chasing a murderer, and insult-
ingly addressed the men," said wit-
ness Matt Bless, a first-year residen-
tial college student.
The officers, Richard Blake and
Phil Levine, then confiscated two
plastic bags containing the return-
ables, and put them in the trunk of
the patrol car.
Both officers declined comment
on the matter.
Ann Arbor Police Sergeant Norm
Melby said the returnables were
confiscated because of a stolen prop-
erty report filed by a fraternity.
The homeless men, Anthony
Raycraft and John Shenberger,
claimed at the scene that the return-
ables in question had been donated
by a fraternity.
Blake then escorted Shenberger to
the fraternity that had earlier reported
stolen returnables to the police de-
partment. The cans were then handed
over to the Chi Phi fraternity.
"The frat stole our cans. The
place the cops left the cans wasn't
even where we got them from,"
Shenberger said. He said the cans
were donated by another fraternity -
not Chi Phi - but he couldn't recall
Chi Phi Vice President Gordon
Cross confirmed claiming posses-
sion of the cans, saying the pink
color of the bags was evidence they
were Chi Phi's property, as all of its
returnables are stored in pink bags.
But upon confiscation from the
homeless men, the bags in question
were clear plastic, a witness said,
suggesting the returnables collected
by them originated from a location
other than Chi Phi.
Shenberger was released after the
fraternity declined to press charges.
He claimed that upon release, of-
ficer Levine threatened him with
"He told me that he would stake
out the frat, and if he saw me there,
he would blow my head off."
Renuka Uthappa, a member of
the Homeless Action Committee,
said, "This isn't an isolated incident.
Homeless people have reported con-
stant police harassment on the
streets of Ann Arbor."
According to sources, who wished
to remain anonymous, both officers
have in the past been allegedly tem-
porarily relieved of their duties for
Blake is currently the subject of a
police investigation arising from a
physical confrontation with student
protesters at the inauguration of
University President James Duder-
stadt last October.
INFORMATIONAL MEETINGS FOR:
3100 MICHIGAN UNION
Counseling Services will be offering the following groups and workshops for currently enrolled students. These
groups are presently in the process of being filled. Enrollment is linited. Many groups require screening
meetings with Counseling services staff to assure best placement. For more information, inquire at Counseling
Cooing as an African American Student on The U of M Campus
Times to be arranged as soon as members are found.
Call LaReese Collins at 764-8312.
Black Graduate Women's Support Group
losed at present.
Hispanic Student Supoort Group
Brown Bag, Wednesdays 12-1 p.m., beginning February 8-March 15,
jCall Counseling Services 764-8312 to sign up.
Asian Women's Support Group
"Wednesdays, 6-7:30 p.m., starting February 15.
Call Pamela Motoike before February 10.
Study Abroad Programs are as follows:
" a* :
Monday January 30, 4:00 P.M.
MLB 4th Floor Commons
A Personal Growth Group for Jewish Women
,Mondays, 12 noon-1 p.m., beginning January 30.
Screening interview required.
A Workshop.-How to Code With Your Difficult Family-Summer Survival Skills
Monday, April 10, 1989 7-10 p.m. Call 764-8312 to reserve a place.
Global Friendships and Relationships Brown Bag Series
Wednesdays, 12-1 at the International Center, Light-hearted discussions about relationships and dating.
$pirituality for the Non-Religious
Three Thursday evenings, March 16, 23, and 30 from 6-8 p.m. A workshop exploration' series for those seeking
a more personally satisfying spiritual life. No Screening. Call 764-8312 to sign up.
General Therapy-Self-Esteem Issues
Thursday, 3:30-5 p.m. Coed Group. Accepting males only; screening required. To begin February 2, 1989.
General Therapv Group
Mondays, 5-6:30 p.m. Screening reuired.
Adult Children of Alcoholic/Dysfunctional Families
Tuesdays,3-4:45 p.m., limited openings available; screening required.
To begin February 14, 1989.
Adult Children of Alcohol/Dysfunctional Families-Drop-In Groun
. .. "
Tuesday January 31, 4:00 P.M.
MLB 4th Floor Commons
Tuesday January 31, 4:00 P.M.
MLB Room B-116
Wednesdays, 12 noon-1 p.m. No Screening.
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