The Michigan Daily - Sunday, August 12, 1984 - Page 5
WMU investigates ceiling collapse
An investigation is under way at
Western Michigan University to deter-
mine the cause of a ceiling collapse in a
rehearsal room in the university's
Dalton Center, Western's newest
facility; opened as the new home of the
university's music school in the sum-
mer of 1982.
Although preliminary reports pointed
to the building's sprinkler system as the
cause of the collapse, officials are still
unsure why it happened.
Bill Bagin, of the Grand Rapids con-
tracting firm that headed Dalton Cen-
ter's construction, has examined the
collapsed room twice and can offer no
"It's still just too early to tell," Begin
said. "That was a pretty complex
ceiling in that room and right now we're
in limbo, like everyone else, on the
The room, which was designed to be
acoustically acceptable for music
rehearsals, is the rargest rehearsal
area in the building and one of the most
frequently used. It is estimated that 450
music students at WMU will be affected
by the collapse if the room cannot be
reopened in the fall.
-- The Western Herald
6 face bribery charges
Charges of bribery, embezzlement,
and fraud will again be filed against six
past and present officials of Northern
New Mexico Community College.
Those charged include former
president Frand Serrano.
The charges were originally filed in
May but were subsequently dropped
because of technical errors in presen-
ting the evidence to a grand jury.
However, since the charges were
dropped without prejudice to either
party, they can be refiled.
District Attorney for Rio Arriba
County Eloy Martinez said all six
university officials will be charged
- The Chronicle of Higher
Animal rights group
disrups research at Penn.
An animal rights group has disrupted
research at the University of Pen-
nsylvania's School of Veterinary
Medicine by freeing animals used in
Two dogs, three cats, and eight
pigeons were taken by the Animal
Liberation Front, a national
organization that has opposed the use of
animals in university experiments. A
university spokesman said a dog was
stolen by the same group earlier in the
Most of the animals were being used
for research that would animals
as well as humans, the university
said. That research included ex-
periments on inner-ear disorders in
dogs, bone fractures in bird wings, and
breathing disorders that affect cats and
Campus security and Philadelphia
police are conducting an investigation
into the thefts.
- The Chronicle of Higher
Calif. court rules that
interns are students
The California Court of Appeal has
ruled that medical interns and residen-
ts at the hospitals on University of
California campuses are students and
therefore do not have the right to
engage in collective bargaining.
The ruling overturned a previous
decision by the California Public Em-
ployment Relations Board last year,
which held that the interns and residen-
ts provide services of "primary
benefit" to patients and that the
educational benefits obtained were "in-
cidental and subordinate."
The board said the interns and
residents are covered by California's
Higher Education Employment Act and
could form an employees' union.
However, the appeals court ruled that
while the interns and residents are paid
between $15,000 and $22,000 a year,
their salaries bear little resemblance to
medical fees currently charged for
their services and do not indicate a
valid employer-employee relationship.
-The Chronicle of Higher
Animal rights group
vandalizes U. of Toronto
The Animal Liberation Front, an
animal rights group, has taken the
credit for the theft of 21 rats from a
psychology laboratory at the
University of Toronto.
The group also cut several power
lines and spray-painted slogans on the
laboratory walls. The university
estimated the damage as between $500
Following the incident, the group
distributed a press release stating that
they had caused "thousands of dollars"
in damage at the university.
John Yeomans, a professor of
psychology at Toronto, said that the
group's action representated "nuisance
'vandalism rather than serious
- The Chronicle of
Compiled by Daily staff writer
Military journalism school boasts
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - When Walter Mondale
was a lowly private, the Army sent him to school to
learn to write news stories and take pictures.
Actor Tony Dow later went to the same school, but,
like Mondale, he found success in front of the
cameras, not behind them.
MONDALE, WHO hopes to be in the White House in
January, and Dow, the older brother on the old
"Leave it to Beaver" television series, are among
thousands who have graduated from the military's
Today the school - now named the Defense
Information School - annually teaches about 2,000
soldiers, sailors, airmen, Coast Guardsmen, and
Marines how to inform their military comrades and
the public about activities of the armed services.
"In the skill area, we're as close to one journalism
school as another," says Army Col. Gary Werner,
w commandant of the school at Fort Benjamin
Harrison. "We've always had a very high
expectations for our students."
OFFICERS, enlisted personnel, and civilians are
trained in such areas as writing a news story,
operating a radio or television studio, dealing with
the news media, laying out a newspaper, or taking a
They then carry these skills back to their base or
post of assignment, where they might work for one at
about 630 military newspapers or some 920 Armed
Forces Radio and Television outlets around the
world. The training also might serve them in writing
news releases in public affairs offices or as liasion
officers between the civilian press and the military.
Among the graduates who have gone on to
successful journalism careers outside the military
are Paul Page, chief announcer for the Indianapolis
500 radio network; I.W. (Bill) Cole, dean emeritus of
Northwestern University's Medill School of
Journalism and director of its Gannett Urban
Journalism Center, and Gene Siskel, movie critic for
the Chicago Tribune and co-host of the syndicated
television program "At The Movies."
"I owe my career to it," said Siskel, 38, who
graduated from the military school in 1968. "It was
my first exposure to journalism. Based on my 10
weeks there, I decided to go into journalism."
Siskel, who won a gold watch for finishing first in
his class, noted, "The watch doesn't work anymore
but the training still does."
Dow, 39, is best remembered' by television
nostalgia buffs for his role as Wally Cleaver, older
brother of Jerry Mathers in the "Leave It To Beaver"
television series, which ended in 1963 after six
He attended the school as a member of the
California National Guard in 1967.
"I thought the school was sensational," he said ina
telephone interview from California, where he and
other members of the original cast will begin
production in August on a revival of the series for the
Disney Channel. "I got a lot of my photo training
The armed forces began their own training
program for military journalists shortly after World
War II. Before then, they drew many of their public
affairs officers from the civilian press.
The first military public affairs school was formed
in 1946 as the Army Information School at Carlisle
Barracks, Pa. It evolved into the Armed Forces
Information School at Fort Slocum, N.Y., in the early
1960s, when Mondale took the course.
Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara issued a
charter establishing the present school in 1964 and the
school moved to Fort Harrison a year later.
School officials are proud of the letter they received
from Mondale in 1979, when, as vice president of the
United States and a former graduate, he wrote to
laud the school's accreditation by the North Central
Board of the Commission on Institutions of Higher
On the school's Board of Visitors, which provides
advice on curriculum, are journalism professors and
key figures from the news industry, such as Richard
Leonard, editor and senior vice president of the
Milwaukee Journal and chairman of the
International Press Institute.
Leonard said the school "teaches people in the
armed forces to communicate, and that's very
important internally and externally.
"I was skeptical when I got on the board. I thought
it would be another Army by-the-numbers operation,
but on my first visit I could tell it was something
Police negotiator talks woman out of suicide
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"He saved a woman's life," Police
Chief William Corbett said of Vander-
pool. To coax the woman away from
the edge of the parking structure, Cor-
bett said Vanderpool talked about a
number of topics until he found
"something that turns the key" and got
the woman to respond.
WHILE VANDERPOOL talked to the
woman for 45 minutes, firefighters,
police, and an ambulance crew stood
below with the woman's daughter.
The black-haired, heavy-set woman
"seemed emotionless, really
depressed," Wallace said. "It seemed
like if I got too close she would jump."
At one point during the tense
negotiations, the woman leaned for-
ward as if to jump. Shortlyafterward;
at 3:30 p.m., Vanderpool was able to Although police were called around 2
reach the woman and help her climb off p.m., Corbett said the woman had been
the rail to safety. perched on the parking structure since
sometime Friday morning.
The woman was taken to the He said this incident was the "second
Psychiatric Emergency Services unit contact we've had in two days" with the
at University Hospitals, where she was woman. He would not discuss the
admitted late Friday. No update on her previous incident except to say it was
condition was available yesterday. . ,lis serious.