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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 47

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Friday, December 10, 1976
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Palm Beach Post, Friday, December 10, 1976 Cll Crime Dip at Colleges Linked to Their Fight Back ported crimes for the last academic year. At Boston University, a comprehensive security program instituted three years ago sharply has reduced the number of major crimes reported, according to the campus police. Prior to 1973, all campus buildings were open to anyone who wished to he said, "but you find people here from all over the country that have never lived in an urban area before and don't know what to expect or how to act." In the last two years Yale has installed additional street lighting, sidewalk emergency telephones and locks on the doors to campus buildings. In addition, it has instituted late-night shuttle-bus service from outlying buildings and has hired student aides to patrol the parking lots from 4 to 6 p.m., a measure that has cut down on the number of university employes victimized by purse-snatchers. "This is our latest," Cappiello said, holding up a discreet blue and white calling card with the emblem of the 46-member force and the simple message: "You might have been ripped off." "Our men are going to leave these wherever they see an open office door, an unattended typewriter or purse or an unchained bicycle," he said. "If it could have been us, it could have been a thief. ' ' At Michigan State University, where an undercover bicycle patrol helped cut reported crimes 12.16 per cent for the last academic year, dormitory doors are being stenciled: "Lock your door." At the University of Chicago, which formed its own police force 10 years ago and two years ago increased its strength from 80 to 144 officers, crime on the campus and in its surrounding community is down 4.3 per cent. More than 50 women recently graduated from a self-defense course run by the campus police at the university of Arizona, where reported crimes were down 9 per cent so far this academic year. The University of Texas recently spent $50,000 on new locks and alarm systems and was rewarded with an 18.5 per cent decrease in re dropping, although the number of reported burglaries, thefts, robberies and rapes still is far higher than it was 10 or 15 years ago, when college crime often meant a little shoplifting in the campus bookstores. Crime-prevention seminars and self-defense courses have become parts of the regular curriculum and the colleges' biggest problem - the arrival each year of freshmen who must be taught to chain their bicycles and lock their dormitory doors is beginning to give way to experience. "Our biggest job is still trying to get people to realize that they are responsible for their own safety and the safety of their property," Louis Cappiello, the chief of police at Yale University, explained while outlining the measures that had resulted in a 50 per cent decrease in reported crimes on campus last September, compared with the year before. "I know it sounds pretty obvious," enter, a situation that campus officials say encouraged crime. Under the university's "special services program," initiated that year at an annual cost of $300,000, attendants are stationed at the entrances to dormitory buildings 24 hours a day and anyone wished admittance must show proper identification. just add people TAAKA VODKA GRAIN, SAZERAC CO., INC., N.O., LA. Mixes easy... M 80, 90.4 & 100 PROOF, DISTILLED FROM ah (d New Yorfc Timei NEW HAVEN - The nation's colleges and universities, which experienced a sudden increase in crime in recent years, have begun to fight back and apparently are making progress. Everything from arming campus guards with guns to arming students with whistles has been tried with varying degrees of success on the campuses, which once were relatively free of serious crime problems. Crime rates, which soared on some campuses five years ago and on others only last year, have been Inner Ear Implant Helps Deaf PITTSBURGH (UPI) - In an unusual study, ear specialists at the University of Pittsburgh have confirmed that a controversial hearing device can help deaf people hear basic sounds. The doctors emphasized that the new type hearing aid will not cure deafness but does help the deaf read lips and talk more intelligently. The device was developed in Paris in 1957 and has been implanted in the inner ear by American surgeons since 1969. Outer ear devices merely magnify volume. But the internal hearing aid converts sound waves into electrical impulses and transmits them directly to an electrode implanted in the inner ear. Implant surgeons Dr. William F. House of Los Angeles and Dr. Robin Michelson of San Francisco claimed the device helps its users to limited extent. But skeptics argued the gains were only imagined. To help resolve the controversy, the National Institute of Neurological and Communicative Disorders and Stroke asked the Pittsburgh medical team to evaluate 13 patients of House and Michelson. It was one of the first times the government contracted an independent group of physicians to evaluate the patients of another group. "It is rather creative and an unusual thing to have a doctor agree to allow the government to pick another group to evaluate his patients," said Dr. Robert C. Bilger of the Pitt Medical School, who also serves on the 15-member National Institute of Health scientific advisory board. The contract to the Pittsburgh doctors resulted when controversy over the aid for the profoundly deaf was magnified last year by a National Georgraphic television special, "The Incredible Machine." The program showed how a 13-year-old girl using the hearing aid heard her own voice for the first time. The Pitt physicians and scientists agreed with the two California doctors that the device does help. The Pitt researchers said while the implant failed to provide a substitute for normal hearing, such a device probably could be developed. Dr. Eugene N. Myers, head of the Pitt group, said: "In an era when you can transport man to the moon, have him walk around and then bring him back within one mile of a ship, I believe you can develop a device that when put on the auditory nerve, can transmit the proper signals." Myers maintained electronics are ahead of the medical field and more still must be learned about the auditory system before the inner ear device can be perfected. Bilger, "an unbeliever" before the evaluation, said even at its present stage, the implant is "a minimal device for people who need all they can get. "One of the women tested here was able to hear her doorbell with the help of the implant," Bilger said. "Previously, she had lived in constant fear, since she had to leave her doors open at all times in case she had visitors and couldn't hear the doorbell." The Pittsburgh group also pointed out the aid had its disadvantages and said those with impaired hearing were better off without the implant. "The device has an irritating effect on a patient's whole personality," Myers said. However, Myers said the device was definitely "an aid to communication and helped its users to keep in touch with their environment." FOR 6.99 18.99 Durango Train Set. Six Million Dollar Man Command Console. Six Million Dollar Man, 6.99 Gfooistaas 6s gating !sa0 Our savings ams gsfcta dbsec 10.99 Stretch Armstrong. Three pc. Americana Table and Chair Set. xJuy 12.99 vj 4k 10.99 Hush Li'l Baby!" 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