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May 15, 1984 - Image 5

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The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, May 15, 1984 - pnne 5
Grateful Dead to hold
concert for charity
By MICHAEL BEAUDOIN throughout the U.S. on the National
Conquering blindness in Nepal might Publig Radio Network.
not sound like a popular cause, but it The Canadian site was chosen in or-
has attracted some popular backers - der to take advantage of the Canadian
including the Grateful Dead. International Development Agency's
At a June 21 concert outside Toronto, program which matches money raised
The Grateful Dead and The Band will for capital projects abroad on a dollar-
give a benefit concert to raise money for-dollar basis.
for the Seva Foundation, a group com- DR. ALAN MORINIS, chairman of
mitteed to many programs, including Seva's sister organization in Canada,
the Nepal Blindness Project. said at a Toronto press conference that
THERE ARE as many blind people in if the benefit raises its goal of $25,000 it
Nepal, a country of 15 million people, as could singlehandedly make a drastic
there are in the United States, said Seva difference in the quality of eyecare in a
Foundation outreach coordinator David distant country on the other side of the
Green. world.
Seva is the sanskrit word for "service The concert's proceeds will be used to
to humankind," and the foundation establish a manufacturer of eyeglasses
tries to do just that, Green said. Seva is in Lumbini, Nepal, the birthplace of
a non-profit organization based in Gautoma Buddha, the father of Bud-
Chicago. It was created by a group who dhist religion.
had just finished work on eradicating When Seva started the project, Nepal
smallpox in Asia. Among this group had only nine opthamologists. To han-
was Prof. Lawrence Brilliant of the dle the backlog of necessary eye
University's School of Public Health. operations, physicians from the U.S.
Seva has a wide variety of suppor- and Norway were brought in.
ters, including Wavy Gravy, a popular Since then, the Foundation has sup-
figure from the '60s who was one of the ported the training of Nepalese doctors.
emcees at the Woodstock Festival, and It also sends supplies, consultants and
Danny Rifkin, long-time stage manager computer equipment to Nepal.
for The Grateful Dead. Both are on the SEVA SUPPORTS other human in-
Foundation's board of directors. terest projects around the world as
"Bob Weir of The Grateful Dead is an well, including a hospital in India,
ardent supporter of Seva, and so are which Green describes as "the Cadillac
many "Dead Heads,"' said Green, who of eye hospitals". It has performed
began working with the organization more than 11,000 free eye operations.
while doing master's workatthe Women of All Red Nations, a South
University's School of Public Health. Dakota reservation-based
"WAVY GRAVY, with his many con- organization is also a Seva-funded
nections in the entertainment world, is project.
the chief fund-raiser for the Foun- Locally, Seva aids the Second Baptist
dation," said Green. Human Services, a food distribution
The concert will be held at the service and a Jackson-based com-
Kingswood Music Theatre north of munity food service, Green said.
Toronto and will be broadcast live

Put 'er there
President Miguel De La Madrid of Mexico and his wife, center, are escorted
by State Department officials upon their arrival at Andrews Air Force Base
in Maryland yesterday. De La Madrid is scheduled to meet with President
Reagan today as part of his three day state visit. M
PSN prepares strategy
(continuedfromPagei) criminal suit, the University had con-
trol over the decision to prosecute.
file a motion to dismiss this defense "It the University made a decision to
before the trial actually begins. drop the charges, certainly they'd be
dropped," Marx said. But Daane said
The 11 activists were arrested soon that the prosecutor's office would
after they entered the lab to protest probably be reluctant to drop the
Haddad's research, which members charges after investing so much time
say can be used to help the Phoenix and effort into the case.
missile project. It was the second time
the group had taken over a lab since
September, but the first time the
University had taken action against the
PSN's motion includes a request for
pre-trial discovery of evidence - they
want access to all evidence against
them in the prosecutor's case before the
trial begins next fall. This motion in-
clades a request to find out the specific
type of research Haddad actually con-

INFORMATION regarding Haddad's
research is not relevant to the trial, ac-
cording to Lady.
But by knowing the specific nature of
his research, PSN members said they
can prove that they "acted to prevent a
threat to the health and safety of all of
The group's other defense - that
Haddad didn't have the authority to
evict the protesters - was questioned
by Lady and University General Coun-
sel Roderick Daane.
ALTHOUGH the University and
Daane are not directly involved in the
case, Daane said Haddad did have the
authority to read the statute.
Walter Stevens, director of public
safety, said that the statute was read by
a security officer before Haddad read
it, and University President Harold
Shapiro has authorized security of-
ficials to read the statute.
Some PSN members complained
that, although the University is not
directly involved in the case since it is a

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