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Vol. XCVI - No. 7-S

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Ann Arbor, Michigan - Friday, June 20, 1986

Sixteen Pages

PIRG may
not regain
SYF spot

University Public Health students Ron Shore (right) and Deborah Refsonopicket in the rain yesterday in front
of the Washtenaw County Courthouse. They were protesting the Washtenaw County prosecutor's decision not
to prosecute a man arrested for trying to destroy the shanty.
Students protest lack
ofaction on shanty vandal
By PHILIP LEVY and he doubted, unless securityattacks
The battle to keep the anti-apar- receives a tip, that anyone would be A perpetrator of a previous attack
theid shanty intact on the Diag con- was caught by campus security, but
tinued this week amid another attack For more South Africa officials said yesterday they were for-
on the structure and information that coverage, See Page 4. ced to drop charges because the Free
previous attackers were not South Africa Coordinating Committee'
prosecuted for lack of evidence. caught. (FSACC) could not estimate the
According to Robert Pifer, assistant BUILT TO symbolize the struggle of dollar value of the damage. FSACC
director of campus safety and South African blacks who live in members constructed the shanty.
security, the shanty was flattened similar shanties under the apartheid Under state law, said Jerome Far-
sometime after dark on Wednesday. system of racial segregation, the Diag
Pifer reported no leads on the attack shanty has suffered about 10 similar See PROTESTERS, Page 4

The Public Interest Research
Group in Michigan (PIRGIM) may
lose any possibility of obtaining
student funds ifa proposal by Regent
Deane Baker (R-Ann Arbor) is ap-
proved by the Board of Regents this
The proposal, which was presented
to the regents at their meeting
yesterday, would rescind a regental
policy that allows University funding
for any student group that obtains
majority support from students and
regents. The plan, tabled until
September, would threaten
PIRGIM's existence.
"IT'S NOT our history to bring upon
big decisions concerning students in
the summertime," Baker said.
PIRGIM, a student-run group that
works mainly on campus and
statewide environmental issues, has
conducted what organizers called a
"massive" petition drive since
February to rally student support for
placing the group on the Student
Verification Forms. Group leaders
say they have accumulated 16,874
Placement on the SVF would allow
PIRGIM to request a two dollar con-
tribution from each student. Students
would retain the option of not con-
tributing. The group appeared on the

SVF from 1972 until 1985, using
around $13,000 in student funds each
IN FEBRUARY of 1985, the regents
voted 6-1 to end PIRGIM's funding
contract with the University, citing
low studentsupport for its services.
Since the regents' decision,
PIRGIM has continued most of its
services through contributions from
citizens, foundations, and the
Michigan Divestiture Research fund.
"We've gotten grants from the public
service work that we do," said Andy
Buschbaum, PIRGIM's program
But according to Judy Hyslop,
PIRGIM's vice chair and an LSA
senior, PIRGIM can't continue
without more funding. "If we don't
get more funds, it's inevitable that
this campus chapter will phase out,"
she said.
PIRGIM LEADERS further ex-
plained that the group needs student
funds to hire staff members skilled in
drafting legislation relating to the en-
vironment, toxicwastes, and other
issues. According to PIRGIM staff
member Steve Johnson, permanent
staff members would also provide
continuity. He said PIRGIM is trying
to become a "professional
See Regent, Page 13

Extensive Walkmen use may fast forward hearing loss
By HARISH CHAND "While 10 decibels is not a lot," said Patricia Jackson, from Walkman-type cassette players. "It is uncommon but it
Walkmen, or portable cassette players, have become a clinical audiologist for University Communicative Disorders occurs," Winfield said.
part of everyday life on campus. But a report by officials at a Clinic, "when you are talking about hearing loss, anything is ALAN SCHLOSSER, vice-president of communications for
local health center suggests people should think twice about significent." the Electronics Industries Association, agreed that people
cranking their favorite jams for extended periods of time, or Jackson added that repeated exposure to loud sound will who turn their volume up to maximum level "are asking for
they may face the risk of hearing loss. cause permanent hearing loss. The greater the intensity of trouble."
Both temporary and permanent hearing losses have been sound, she said, the shorter amount of time necessary to He added that most people would not be able to stand the
caused by Walkmen, according to Jody Spaulding, director of cause damage. intensity for any period of time.
audiology services at Catherine McAuley Health Center, A SPOKESMAN for the Sony Corporation, which pioneered Despite these warnings, some students continue to turn up
which issued the warning. the product, said no hearing damage will occur from the volume.
Students bring Walkmen while going to class, listen while listening to a Walkman-if people use good judgement. Nolan Feintuch, a Residential College junior, explained
lying in the sun, or use them on many other occasions like It is difficult to determine what a "reasonable level" of that he likes to listen to the Rolling Stones on his Walkman as
easing the monotony of jogging. volume may be, according to Fred Walstron, because a lot loudly as possible.
THE CENTER cited a University of Iowa study of 16 depends on an individual's taste and ear sensitivity. "I usually crank it up to 10," he said, referring to the
volunteers, who listened to a Walkmen at their preferred Robert Winfield, assistant director of clinical services at loudest setting possible. "Sometimes I can't hear people
maximum volume level for three hours. Six subjects showed University Health Services, confirmed that patients have yelling at me. It's nice at times when I don't feel like talking
a temporary hearing loss of 10 decibels. complained of decreasing hearing and ringing in their ears to people.'?

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