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Marine survives six
weeks in wilderness
From AP and UPI
JACKSON, Calif. - A U.S. Marine
who became lost in a rugged mountain
area of Northern California for nearly,
six weeks survived on a diet of ants,
moss and grass until two hikers found
him, authorities said yesterday.
Karl Joseph Bell, 22, of Battle Creek.
Mich., was found on a ledge near Bear
River Reservoir Sunday afternoon.
BELL, WHO described himself as a
"dumb jerk that got lost," was listed in
good condition yesterday at Barton,
Memorial Hospital. He was rescued
Sunday after crawling to the top of the
ravine, collapsing, and being spotted by
"It was a while before I started
eating ants," said Bell, whose only
other sustenance was moss and water.
"They didn't really taste that good."
On a one-week vacation from the
Camp Pendleton Marine Base near
Oceanside, Bell was reported missing
June 17, when his pickup truck and
Marine-loaned camp trailer were found
parked at the dam. A search was
mounted but abandoned four days,
CLAD ONLY IN fatigue pants, boots
and a T-shirt, Bell suffered a broken
right ankle and bruised ribs in the 30-
foot fall. Blisters also formed on most of
his exposed skin from sun which drove
daytime temperatures into the 90s.
Overnight lows dropped into the 40s, he
From his hospital bed, Bell recalled
that for the first few days, he didn't eat
anything. Then he got hungry.
"The way it started out, I lay down
and the ants would be crawling all over
you. I'd smack them, and then I started
eating them," he said. He also ate
moss, but lost 75 of the 210 pounds he
was carrying on his 6-foot-1 frame
before the accident.
"HE LOOKED like the pictures you
see of starving people in India," added
Dennis Ray, chief of the Amador Coun-
ty Fire Department team that reached
Bell Sunday afternoon. "He was just a
skeleton with skin on it."
Bell said he crossed the Bear River
once in an attempt to crawl to help, but
crossed back when he couldn't find a
way out. Finally, he found a climbing
piton and a length of rope and used
them to haul himself back up to the trail
from which he had fallen.
Bell collapsed after the climb, and
hikers David Babich, 28, and Ron
Barrett, 22, both of Sacramento, found
him where he had fallen.
At one point, he recalled, a rescue
helicopter flew overhead but didn't see
him waving and shouting.
PIRGIM needs you
THE PUBLIC Interest Research Group In Michigan (PIRGIM) begins its
annual membership drive in Ann Arbor this week. Canvassers will be
going door-to-door to explain PIRGIM's stand on the issues and to ask for $15
donation from citizens who want tor be members. Organizer Amy Gibans
membership drives in Ann Arbor are usually more successful than in other
cities because the citizens are well informed about the issues and are more
involved. The drive will last until the end of August.
The University hosts the annual national conference of the Guild of
Natural Science Illustrators this week. Conference participants will attend
workshops and speeches beginning at 9 a.m. tomorrow, and an exhibit
ranging from wildlife art to medical illustrations will be held at the Slusser
Gallery in the Art and Architecture Building from tomorrow until July 30.
School of Public Health - Adria Thenen, "Iron and Immunity," 12 p.m.,
Rm. 3042 SPH I.
Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship -7 p.m., 1619 S. University.
His House Christian Fellowship - Fellowship and Bible study, 7:30 p.m.,
925 E. Ann.
Ann Arbor Go Club - 7-11 p.m., 1433 Mason.
Baptist Student Union - Fellowship and Bible study, 7 p.m., Rm. B, third
AAFC - Spellbound, 7:30 p.m., Notorious, 9:30 p.m., Lorch.
Cinema II - Jazz on a Summer's Day, 7:30 p.m., A Star is Born, 9:05 p.m.,
Angell Aud. A.
CFT - Zardoz, 7:30 p.m., Rollerball, 9:20 p.m., Michigan Theater.
School of Music - Carillon demonstration, 4-5 p.m., Burton Tower.
Academic Alcoholics - 1:30 p.m., Alano Club.
Science Fiction Club -8:15 p.m., ground floor conf. room, Union.
Tae Kwon Do Club - Practice, 6-8 p.m., outside behind IM Bldg.
Michigan Gay Undergraduates - 9 p.m., Guild House, 802 Monroe.
WCBN - "Radio Free Lawyer," 6 p.m., 88.3 FM.
Friends of the Matthaei Botanical Gardens - Herb harvesting workshop
by Sandy Hicks, 9 a.m.-noon, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd., Rm. 139.
Judge hears appeal in
M.S.U. gang rape case
LANSING (UPI) - Ingham County Cir- crowded courtroom that the victim's
cuit Court Judge James Giddings heard testimony was "incredible" and that
oral arguments yesterday in the appeal there was no evidence of resistance
of an alleged gang rape case involving a from sexual relations.
Michigan State University freshman Norman Gaffney, attorney for one of
and seven males. the defendants, said the victim's
Janis Blough, chief appellate attor- testimony was "beyond belief" and that
ney for the Ingham County prosecutor, she changed her stories far too many
outlined a 30-page brief to the judge, times to be credible.
calling the situation a "classic case for "I don't think the case should have
a jury." ever been issued," he told reporters
DISTRICT Court Judge Daniel following the hearing. "Seven names
Tschirhart's dismissal of the case last have been injured."
December has caused the prosecution Giddings is expected to decide
to believe the judge used information whether Tschirhart abused his
based on the victim's failure to resist discretion by dismissing the charges
rape, Blough said, adding that he earlier. He may reaffirm the decision of
disobeyed a legal statute in his ruling. the lower court or send the case back
Tschirhart, at the time, told a for reexamination.
Dow won't fund scientist
(Continued from Page) i are very much up in the air with all of
and several other schools to land a this."
research post, but he wouldn't say. Officials at Dow said the firm has not
which schools he was considering. benokisgDwithe Uirsntt
If he does accept a position at the been working with the Uiversity to
University, Higginson would heada brnmg Higginson to campus. "We have
small research unit in the epidemiology not committed to providing any
department of the School of Public money . . to the University of
Health, according to Joseph Owsley, Michigan for such purposes," said
associate director for health science' Dean Wakefield, Dow communcations
"THE DOW connection is all "(But) that doesn't say there aren't
speculation," Owsley said. "We haven't negotiations going on between the
had any formal talks with Dow." University and Higginson," he added.
John Kirscht, School of Public Health Wakefield said it's not unusual for a
interim dean said he did not know company like Dow to set up an en-
dowment fund to finance researchers.
dowment from Dow began, but he said "I wouldn't call it common, but it's not
the speculation has hurt the school's rare," he said.
the peculation h ggihsrt the schools Higginson, who has been called a
chance of bringing Higginson to the "scientific superstar" by University
"I think (the publicity) has made administrators, currently works in
anything quite difficult," Kirscht said. Bethseda, Md. at Universities
"THERE'S NEVER been any Associated for Research and
discussion with Dow," he said. "Things Education.
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