PAGE S1X--GENESEO LAMRON--FEBRUARY 8, 1974 R E A D E R ’ S F O R U M E D I T O R I A L Mourning After j l E H E H E H E S l l l l E I E E E E E E i g • • • There's a very fine line between fact and fiction. At what point is it that one ceases to be protecting the other from unneeded anguish? The old adage tells us, \W h a t we don't know won't hurt us.\ But, in this case an execption must be made. Read on and decide for yourself what seems to be the method to this madness. The infirmary is dispensing the Morning-After pill. Its sole ingredient is DES. N o it's nothing like THC. D E S is the a b b r e v i a t i o n for d i e t h y s t i b e s t r o l . Translated it means synthetic estrogen. DES has m a n y weird and wonderful uses. It prevents pregnancy if taken within 72 hours after intercourse, acne, thinning hair, and pre-menstrual tension. Oh, an inevitable wonderdrug. W h a t else does it do? A m o n g other things it causes tumors in cattle and best of all cervical cancer was found more prevelant in the daughters of women who had taken the drug during pregnancy. Yes, folks is the light starting to come on above your head? So the infirmary is dispensing a cancer-causer. But please remain calm for we know, thanks to Ralph Nader, that many things we consume can lead to cancer. But at least Ralph lets us know. The infirmary, unfortunately, does not warn women of the possible side efects of this drug. According to the Food and Drug Administration guidelines for dispensing of the drug, it should only be used in cases of emergency. They recommend that a pregnancy test be given before administering the medication and a brochure must be given to explain to women the possible effects of the drug. A reliable source who was given the Morning-After pill at the infirmary said she was asked such searching questions as, \W h a t type of bir.th control do you usually practice?\ \Are you sure you're not pregnant?\ and \Are you sure it was last night?\ She was then given the ten pills and told to return after her period. No hassles. G o o d ? No, b a d ! She wasn't told that in 1971 \Scientists testifying at Senate hearings to get DES out of beef described it as a chemical of 'bizarre and far-reaching properties, chief of which is that it is a spectacularly dangerous carcinogen' and that the minute amount present in beef liver, three-tenths of a microgram, was too high a concentration for such a powerful cancer-causer.\ In August, 1972 the F.D.A. banned D E S from cattle feed but did not ban the 250 milligram dose of DES taken by wom e n in the Morning-After pill. A wom a n who is taking the 50 milligram dose for five days, which constitutes the morning after pill, is ingesting 835,000 times the amount of DES that the F D A has d e c l a r e d \u n f i t for h u m a n consum p tion \ But some w o m e n at Geneseo are consum ing DES innocent of its effects. The dangers as listed in a recent F.D.A. study are (are you ready for this) abnormal blood clotting, visions and speech disorders, arm and leg numbness', headaches, or dizziness. Can you imagine waking up after taking the pill to find that you can not see or speak clearly? Can you imagine the fear going through the w o m a n 's mind? If the infirmary had sim p ly given her the brochure as instructed under F D A restrictions the co-ed would not have had to undergo this trauma. At least she would have k n o w n ! A n d therein lies the crux of the problem. W o m e n at this cam p u s have the right to know how DES will effect their bodies. N o t educating women of these effects is a violation of F D A codes. (continued on page seven) Dear Editor: i’d like to take this opportunity to answer the questions raised by Michael Holden in the February 1st edition of the Lamron. Mr. Holden claims to be a member of Kino-Geneseo, and through the tone of his letter that he is dissatisfied with many of our policies and is unsure of why they have been adopted. He further attests to having brought his questions to Activities C o m m i s s i o n and receiving vague answers. A s the chairman of Kino-Geneseo, perhaps I can shed som e lig ht on som e of these mysteries. W h y do people have to wait in line for an hour to see a 'film only to be turned away at the d o o r ? The anser to t h is question lies in the principles of mass and volume. If the facility of the film is being show n it can only accom m o d a t e 400 people, it stands to reason that only 400 people can be seated. W h y does Kino choose to use 400 seat facilities instead of a larger hall on c a m p u s ? Presently, there are four r o o m s on cam p u s considered suitable for film screenings. Wadsworth Auditorium is easily the m o s t sought after. It s e a ts about 1,000 people (800 people f o r a movie), has fine accoustics, a n d e a n be adapted to sh o w almost any film form a t (p a n a v i s i o n , c i n e m a scope, etc.) Throughout theyear, many academic departments hold Fine Arts oriented events in the building, and this, unfortunately, prevents Kino from screening films there. It should be remembered that this is a college community, and implicit in that is the sharing of cam p u s resources. W a d s Aud is always busy, and Kino requests as much time inside as possible. It must be remembered, however, that Kino is not the only organization on cam p u s and others have an equal right to the building. Incidentally Kino is back in W a d s for two weeks of weekend movies. Due to past experiences we have found that Newton 202 proves to be the second best screening facility on campus. Although it is small and the screen could be larger, the accoustics are fair and the room generally unoccupied. People often ask, that if we are show i n g a very popular film in Newton, that we schedule more than two sho w s . This i s a fine idea, and one we would like to see implemented, however it does pose a problem. The people who make up Kino are totally student volunteers, with hom e work and taundry and the desire for a s o c ial life. It would not be fair to them, if they had to spend their entire Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings working. This is why there will definitely be on l y one show i n g of m o v ies scheduled for Saturday evenings. Would you like to be stuck at W a d s Aud. from 6 p.m. to midnite on a Saturday evening. At present they are working three to four days a week, a s m u c h as seven hours anight. W h y not pay them regular salaries? That question has been raised several times over the last two years by former-chairmen of Kino, Glen Caron, and myself. At present, Kino pays it’s student cashiers, (rules state people m u s t be pa y e d , if they are to be “B o n d e d ”). To save the cost of paying a Janitor the six dollars an hou r it took for having a sh o w in Newton, two students are payed four dollars a night, to clean up the m e s s you movie go e r s made withi yo u r cigarette butts, so d a cans, and other trash. All of this big money averages out to about fifty dollars a semester for the 20 hours a week of work put in by the people. However, Activities Comnn ission decided that they would so o n e r see K i n o sh o w fewer films per week than pay people for doing what they consider to be “fun”. Kino has elec ted not to cut back, but rather to increase its schedule. Kino has quite often asked our fun loving student body for volun teers (Lamron advertisements, etc,), but it se e m s as there are very few students w h o want to join in the “fun and excitm e n t ”. The other two facilities on cam p u s are the College Union Ballroom and M O J O . The Ballroom seats more people than N e v t o n but suffers from poor s i g h t l i n e s a n d has had unreliable accoustics. At present, work is being done to try to correct the accoustical nightmares that have been experience in the ’'past. M O J O is sim p l y too sm a ll to show tllm s in before m i d n i g h t ; and often, just too small period. W h y people need bring their I.D.’s a c d fee cards is a question that K i n o has answered m a n y times, both on these pa g e s and elsewhere. A s i d e from the fact that the college requires all students to carry their I.D.’s at all times, Kino is required by contract to admit no one from outside the college. It is the feeling of the film distributers (U n i v e r s a l , C o l u m b i a , U n i t e d A r t i s t s , etc.) that college screen in g s have unfair advantage over pubtic theatres. We are not subject to m a n y taxes, large payrolls, or huge overheads. It is their f-ear that by op e n i n g our doors to the general public, and mak ing f i l m s available at a lower price, v/e would ruin com m e r c ial theatr&s. The college I.D. is our only m e a n s of verifying that a person d o e s indeed attend the college, The fee card on the other hand, i s a s k e d for s o that we may offerthe bearera discount on the price o f adm ission. Students pay $70.00 a year in activity fees, a small part of which goes to supplem e n t the cost of screen ings, Those people who do not present a fee card, are generally charged an additional 25 cents. The charge of only an additional 25 cents is because the people not presenting the fee cards is supposedly a Graduate student, Faculty, Staff, or a visiting guest of a student. A s to w h y people are not given succinct and honest answers when they confront Activities C o m m i s s i o n about inconvenien c e s that o c c u r at college activities. I can only give my opinion. Activities upon this cam p u s are run by students. As students, they are entitled to mistakes. They learn from their errors. There is only one question in my mind. Are you getting the best, or at least what you deserve for your A-ctivities C o m m i s s i o n is not an elected body, (elected groups have proven not to work on other cam p u s e s ) nor is it a g rou p that is hired or fired. Yet still, this is a group of people dealing in dollar am o u n t s containing five 2 eros or better. At one time, such an amount would have been con sidered a lot. Michael also referred to Kino as a service, It i s not. Kino is a student organization (something like a club), but t h i s do e s n ’t mean Kino c a n ’t become one. I also like to correct Michael, in that film selection is done totally by students. There are twenty eight days in the m o n t h of February, and twenty three Kino films. More than ever in the history of this cam p u s . It c o s t s a student only 75 cents (with I.D. and fee card) to see a film o n S u n d a y s if it is in VWads. Better f ilms are coming to cam p u s sooner than before. No on e lik e s s e l l o u t s , but as chairman for Kino, I can tell you its the best compliment we’ve gotten this year. T H A N K Y O U F O R T H E SPACE. . W m . E. Jam e s | (continued on page eleven) THE GENESEO LAMRON Phone:245-5896 Editor-in-C h ief: Dru Haines; Managing Editor, Pro Tern: Keith M. 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