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The Michigan Daily-Friday, May 21, 1982-Page 9
SAYS PpACICE WILL STOP
Cal~f. prof 'off ers credit for sex-

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP)- A psychology
professor has stopped offering students credit for
taking part in homosexual encounters or group sex,
but he defends the practice as "innocuous."
There's never been any pressure on students.
There's never been a single complaint from students
in the class," Barry Singer, who teaches "The
Psychology of Sex" at California State University-
Long Beach, said in an interview yesterday.
SINGER, A tenured associate professor with a
Ph.D. in psychology, explained that part of the course
requirement is to participate in an outside activity
and write a paper about it.
According to the syllabus, or course description,
"You may, with prior instructor approval, get credit
for engaging in experiences involving actual sexual
behaviors which are new for you. For instance, ex-
tramarital sex, group sex, gay or lesbian sex, casual
sex. See the instructors first to work this out."
"Students have a whole bunch of options that they
Royal visit
to reaffirm
U.S.-Dutch
relationship
(Continued from Page 3)
the queen's itinerary for the June 25
visit.
According to van den Muysenberg,
the queen, accompanied by herf
husband, Prince Claus, will arrive at
Detroit City Airport at about 11:00 a.m.
After a brief greeting by Gov. William
Milliken, her entourage will tour a
special exhibition of Dutch Artwork at JULIE
the Detroit Institute of Arts. ANDRE
AT 2:30 p.m., the queen will leave for
Ann Arbor and is expected to attend a
special ceremony to be held in her
honor at the University's Bentley
Library.
Consul van den Muysenberg said
although some details of the Ann Arbor
portion of the visit have yet to be
finalized, it appears that Vice-
President for Academic Affairs Billy
Frye will conduct the University
segment of the queen's visit.
According to van den Muysenberg,
Queen Beatrix is an avid supporter of
the arts and regularly attends
exhibitions, plays, and performances. .
She is an amateur sculptor, and per-
sonally oversees administration of the
Netherlands Royal Grant for Painting.
"The Dutch have placed a lot of em-
phasis on this trip," van den Muysen-
berg said. The Netherlands Gover-
nment is spending about four million
dollars on the queen's visit.
The Detroit counsular officer also
said that the University was included in
the queen's itinerary because almost
every department maintains ties with
Dutch culture in one form or another.
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'You may, with prior instructor .
approval, get credit for
engaging in experiences in-
volving actual sexual behaviors
which are newffor you.'
-course description,
California State University
can do for the class," Singer said. "They can go to
men's or women's consciousness groups, they can go
to marriage enrichment seminars, they can go to a
singles bar, they can go to divorce court for a mor-
ning. There's a whole bunch of very innocuous, non-
threatening things you can do and get an A."
SINGER SAID that "20 or so" students opted for
sex participation during the "three or four years"
that he offered it. 71

However, because the university received a com-
plaint from a religious group about the sex, and a
faculty committee is reviewing Singer's class, he
said he has dropped the option.
"I don't need this fuss," he said.
DR. CARLFRED Broderick, a University of
Southern.California sociology professor specializing
in studies of sexual behavior, said he had never
before heard of sexual participation being offered as
part of a psychology course.
"I don't want to say that experiential opportunities
aren't important but I think one has to use
judgment," said Broderick, noting that typical
assignments would include interviewing swingers or
people living in communes. "There is no set of rules
that is a substitute for good judgment. This is ob-
viously bad judgment."
Complaints about several women's studies courses
that include books on lesbianism have also been
received and forwarded to the university by several
legislators.

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