1981-10-16; Central Michigan Life
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■vw.iuilf. pinn Central Michi LIFE Vol.63 No.20 ©1981 CM LIFE Mount Pleasant, Mich. 48859 16 pages Friday, Oc"t. 16,1981 SBAC tightens up SGA's purse strings by DAVE ELLIS3 LIFE Staff Writer The Student Budget Review and Allocation Committee cut an additional $6,011 from Student Government Association's proposed budget Wednesday, eliminating the group's "Awareness Drive" —one of SGA's top priorities — and cutting a minority speakers series. Just after he learned of the cuts, Student Body President Kel Britvec called the SBAC a "puppet organization" saying Vice President for Student Affairs James Hill wanted the cuts and the SBAC made them. But Hill said the group acts in a "recommendation role" and SBAC Chairwoman Karen Pickering said the cuts were made because other campus groups did not support the areas where the money would have been spent. The cuts have pared the budget to $20,377, down from the group's original request of almost $30,000. The original request was cut to $26,388 Sept. 30. The Ethnic Minority Relations speakers series was cut from $2,700 to $300. Hill said he reviewed the budget request and was concerned about some of the spending. He then asked the SBAC to review the budget and consider his concerns, two of which were the awareness drive and the speakers series, he said. Britvec said by making the cuts, the SBAC was* "making policy decisions for student government" and the SBAC has said the SGA cannot get its messages to students and cannot have minority programs. "They can't seriously expect you to run a speakers series on $300," Britvec, Battle Creek junior, said. Britvec said the SBAC did not want the SGA (See "SGA"—page 2) Wires downed A 21-year-old Warren man was cited for reckless driving Thursday night after the car he was driving collided with another, parked on Douglas Street just north of Clayton Street. Michael S. Webster, a CMU senior, was northbound on Douglas when he swerved to avoid hitting two unidentified people standing in the street, according to Greg Orlowski, Ithaca senior and a passenger in the Webster vehicle. The collision also knocked down a utility pole cutting off electrical power for at least three others, according to a Mount Pleasant police official on the scene. A "hot wire" landed on the Webster vehicle and sparked for a few seconds before Mount Pleasant firemen removed the potential hazard. The parked car was owned by Greg Acessi, Pontiac senior, who was visiting friends at nearby 914 Douglas St. Mount Pleasant Police Officer Therm Looman said the Webster vehicle was traveling at more than the 25 m.p.h. speed limit. The accident occurred at about 8:45 p.m. Although an ambulance was dispatched to the scene, no injuries were reported. Moral Majority vs ACLU Debate centers on TV by SHEILA GRUBER LIFE Ass't. News Editor Representatives from the Moral Majority and American Civil Liberties Union agreed on one thing Wednesday—there is an increasing emphasis on sex and violence in television. What impact that emphasis may be having and what should be done about it, however, are points the two did not agree on during a panel discussion before "a standing-room-only crowd in the University Center Auditorium. * , Harold Ford, chairman of the Flint ACLU, said the problem is "complex and requires a complex solution." "Censorship is totalitarian, like Nazi Germany A .. it's too simplistic," Ford said. "The FCC's (Federal Communication Commission) prerogative and responsibility to regulate goes as far as curbing free speech," responded Mac Brake, financial director of the Moral Majority of Michigan. Brake said he and members of the Moral Majority are concerned about the "psychological danger of moral desensitization" created by the "river of sex and violence that floods into my living room." "We are so insensitized to violence as far as human life is Mac Brake concerned, nothing shocks us anymore," Drake said at the event co-sponsored by Student Government Association and Journalism Department. The effects of violence and sex as presented on television are difficult to guage, Ford said. "The evidence is mixed and .confusing, there is data to support both sides." But what should—and should not—be done about it is something the ACLU has some definite ideas about, according to Ford. "The ACLU is opposed to censorship," he said, outlining the group's contention that there is no definite casual relationship between obscenity and antisocial behavior. Further, Ford said there is no legal- substitute for parental responsibility and suggested one solution to the problem lies in "asserting ourselves more as parents." "Children are being compelled to handle things beyond their maturity that they are not capable of handling," Brake said. Although the option of changing television channels is there, Brake said he is "concerned about whether or not the public fare has any choice during prime time. I'm not sure my son or daughter would pull the plug," he added, contending parents (See "Debate"—page 15) .^^*s_PSBB8-> Harold Ford Handicapped are often forgotten by CHRIS STEVENS LIFE Staff Writer A mass of humanity blocked the only entrance into the building. Students were scrambling —pushing and shoving—to get first in line at drop and add. The students flooded through the door trampling anything or anyone that got in their way. Left behind in the confusion, a woman in a wheelchair. No one bothered to spend 10 seconds to open the door to let her in. The handicapped person is either completely avoided or pitied, according to Dennis Mertel, graduate assistant to Career Development for Handicapped Persons. "When people hear the words 'handicapped person' they immediately think of a person being in a wheelchair or blind," Mertel said, "but a person wearing glasses is also considered handicapped." Mertel, who is 70 percent deaf, said there are two types of handicaps — physical and emotional. "Physical handicaps physically prohibit a person from doing something," Mertel said. "An obese person or senior citizen can be considered physically handicapped." Mertel said emotional handicaps are most prevalent with persons he calls "temporarily- abled bodies." "TABs, 'normal people,' will eventually be handicapped," he said. "They will get older and become senior citizens and won't be able to do the things they once did." According to Mertel, TABs are emotionally handicapped because of their "bad attitude." They give physically handicap- CM UFE/Chuek Socket do" ped persons the "can't stigmas and labels,' he said. "Some people look at handicapped persons as lower class citizens because they are unable to do something or another," he said. "I hate stigmas and labels." Getting rid of these stigmas and labels and educating the public on the affairs of handicapped persons are two of the major goals for CDHP, Mertel said. Other organizations also are (See "Handicap"—page 15) 'Irks the hell out of your body' byNEDRASTALTER LIFE Staff Writer Mike Gray was a typical CMU junior in 1980. He took an average of 15 credit hours a semester, participated in extra-curricular activities and basically knew what he was going to do with his life when he graduated. But, on April 12, Gray's entire life changed. On the way home from a wedding reception Gray's Volkswagon station wagon slid off an exit ramp through the railing ahd into the gully below, rolling three or four times before it came to a stop. When it did, Gray was laying across the floor of the car, totally conscious—and paralyzed. Now he is in a wheelchair. "You can't even begin to imagine what it's like. It kicks the hell out of your body. I find myself still thinking 'this can't be happening*," Gray said. After spending six hours in surgery at Bay City Medical Center, Gray, of Freeland, was rushed to the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor where he spent the next four months trying to put his body, and his life, slowly back together. After more surgery to his spine, Gray was strapped to a flat bed- (SeeVGray"—page 15) In Brief The School of Graduate Studies will again have funds to assist in student research activities* Application^, due Monday, can be obtained at the School of Graduate Studies, Warriner 107. Campus Mount Pleasant's "Boss of the Year" has been announced. pageS Financing for abortions faces a tough battle. page 5 Sports Central's football team faces Toledo Saturday on ABC TV. page 8 Index Arts and Leisure Classifieds Comment Doonesbury Horoscope. Off the Wire ■ Sports Spotlife........ 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|Title||1981-10-16; Central Michigan Life|
|Publisher||Students of Central Michigan University|
|Description||Friday, October 16, 1981 issue of the student newspaper of Central Michigan University. Also known as CM-Life. Originally published biweekly. Later published three times a week during the academic year and once a week during the summer. Began publication in 1941. Previously known as Central State Life. Issues from 1999 to the present are available online at the CMLife website.|
|Subject/Keywords||Central Michigan University - Newspapers; Mount Pleasant (Mich.) - Newspapers; Isabella County (Mich.) - Newspapers; College student newspapers and periodicals;|
|Copyright Permission||Copyright 1981 by Central Michigan University. This material is copyrighted and any further reproduction or distribution is prohibited.|