The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, April 04, 1974, Image 1

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    Speaker reviews Nixon policy
on economy; terms it 'flip-flop'
"Nixon's Economy" is in
"The Consumer and the
While castigating President Nixcn for his
reversals in economic policy. Journalist Louis
Flukey ser said the country Is economically
stronqer, and Nixon's political future more
secure, than many people seem to think.
Rukeyser spoke to a group of about 50
people Wednesday in the Nebraska Union
Centennial Room.
His address on
conjunction with
Economy," a conference sponsored by ASUN
and the Consumer Aid Group.
Rukeyser noted that economic situations
and the implications of an impeachment vote
for congressmen might allow Nixon "to avoid a
successful effort to impeach hirrl." ' "
1 1 would have to be a "crime-type crime" to
impeach him, Rukeyser said, and he did not
think Congress had that evidence yet.
Nixon has to develop trust, Rukeyser said.
He noted that in areas such as economic policy
there is a gap between what Nixon said he
would do and what he has done. This has ied to
a nation of "doubting Thomases", he said.
He said that, when talking about Nixon's
economic policy, he would ask, "Which
Nixon? the Nixon who said he was going to
balance the budget or the Nixon who presently
is responsible for the greatest peacetime deficits
in the United State's history.
"The Nixon who said he would hold the
budget down and or the Nixon when, with his
$30 billion budget recommendations for the
1974-75 fiscal year, has called for the largest
single budget increase ever.
"The Nixon who said wage-and- price
controls would not work or the one who
proved it."
Rukeyser called it running the government
''by flip-flop." ;
Despite these inconsistencies, he noted that
the United States' position as a world economic
leader is the strongest it has been in years.
He said the United State's biggest problem in
the next 10 years will be inflation and not
depression. And the United States' biggest
energy concern will be to develop its own
natural resources, such as Alaskan oil, to ease
the threat posed by another Arab oil embargo,
he said.
Journalist Louis Rukeyser
thursday, aprii 4, 1974
lincoln, nebraska vol. 97, no, 40
Suicide rate high
Photo by Osil Fold r,d Stewart NslMn
topic of
A man known for teaching auerslla warfare tactics to
consumers will highlight Friday's events at the UNL
Consumer Economic Conference.
Richard Harmon, associate director of the Industrial
Areas Foundation (the Saul Alinsky Training Institute),
trains individuals in building community organizations for
5oca! power.
His consumer tactics include going to the source of
power with complaints, instead of simply going to that
source's front.
"Consumer Activism" will bo the subject of Harmon's
isiK i h p.m. in vne union iniennidi noum. , a
Julia Mewgley, consumer affairs officer for the Food and
Drug Administration in Omaha, will be on East Campus
Friday as part of the conference to present an illustrated
program called "How DA Protects the Consumer."
She will address a consumer problems class in the
Agricultural Engineering Building 103 at 10 a.m. It is eporj
to the public. Hewgley will taik on the philosophy of
consumerism, how the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act Is
enforced and whet food and cosmetic labeling car?
accomplish. She also will discuss previous court c&res
involving the FDA mi will show examples of items from
tome of the cases.
nong stu
By Greg Wees
On Feb. 28 a 19-year-old UNL student committed suicide in a
UNL fraternity, Ha was the first UNL student this year to dies by
suicide thr;$ecund leading- killer of American college students.
Only accidents kill more students, according to figures from the
National Institute of Mental Health.
By the end of 1974, about 600,000 students, or roughly 10
of the total . college population, will seek some kind of
professional help for their emotional problems, according to the
Institute's projections.
Of these, at least 100,000 will threaten to kill themselves,
10,000 will actually try and more than 1,000 will succeed, figures
Dr. Kenneth Hubble, director of the UNL Mental
Health Center, is currently collecting information aiiout suicides.
He has been trying to determine "the suicide potential, gestures,
and successful suicides" of UNL students since June 1973 when
memos outlining the intent of his effort were given to health
center personnel.
One result of this plan, said Hubble, has been truer than
average reporting of attempted suicides. This in turn riUi imi to
discovering better methods for handling suicides, he U,ri.
Since 1971 there have been 13 apparent suicides on thr? UNL
campus. But that figure, Hubble said, is deceptive because there
are eight attempted suicides for every successful orw?.
"Suicides are very difficult to substantiate," he said.
"Verifications are difficult because so many real suicides are
termed accidents on death certificates."
Others go unreported because life insurance c'a;m$ are not
paid when the cause of death is suicide, he said. '
The only way suicides positively can be distinguished from
accidental deaths is if the victim leaves a suicide note or tells
someone of his intentions, he added.
MUDDie said Doctors in tne unl Mental neaitn center saw
about 3,200 patients last year. Of those 3,200, 20 to 30 said
they had contemplated suicide, he noted, adding that the number
of clients ac the center has increased for 1574.
"We have not had a suicide with any of the people we've dealt
with yet (this year)," he said. "We've been very fortunate,"
Dr. Carmen Grant, coordinator of Outreach, a UNL telephone
help lint, also deals with suicide attempts by students.
Volunteers have received more calls this year than last year
from persons contemplating suicide, Grant aid.
According to Outreach data, there were 19 calk in the fall of
1973 from people who talked about suicide, depression or
In the fall of 1972, only five such calls were received.
Only one conclusion can be drawn, there has been a sudden
"Increase in terms of cuicida! gestures and thinking" for this year,
she said.
Dr. William Ternby, formerly a member of Hazard's
University Health Services, has said "there is nothing easily
recognizable about the student who is going to commit suicide,"
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