Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on August 6, 1972 · Page 141
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 141

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, August 6, 1972
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Up...With "Youth Oat of Wedlock Almost one-fifth of all the infants in Sweden are arriving out of wedlock. Erland Hofsten, head of Sweden's statistical bureau, declares that nothing like it is happening elsewhere in Europe. In 1966 more than 61,000 Swedish couples were married. Last year, the number dropped to 39,000, a tumble of 35 percent in five years. In 1960 about 10 percent of all Swedish births were illegitimate. In 1970 it was up to 18 percent and rising. Quite simply, young Swedes are declining to marry without foreclosing their option to start their families. In Sweden marriage is rapidly going out of style. * Students Counsel Each Other Students leaving home for the first time to go to college often find themselves with problems and questions and no one to turn to. To help fellow undergraduates, a 20-year-old Harvard junior from Brockton, Mass., John Martin, has organized a student-managed counseling center, which he calls ^Student-to-Student. The center, as Martin sees it, "is meant to occupy the middleground between a friend and a professional. We will provide," he says, "non-clinical aid to students who are suffering from emotional problems and refer those who require professional attention to reliable psychiatrists and university health service personnel. We will also disseminate information on subjects which concern students such as the draft, abortion, and birth control." Martin, a social relations major, has modeled his summer program after a similar student-run agency which operates during the regular school year at Harvard. This agency, called Room 13, dealt mostly with "crisis-oriented" individuals, such as potential suicide or abortion cases. Although Martin is working with one of the origi- 16 nators of Room 13, Margaret S. McKenna, now assistant to the director of the University Health Services, he feels that Student-to- Student will have more participants than its predecessor. "It's a place," he says, "which is oriented towards one-to-one rapping sessions. Complete anonymity is guaranteed. A student does not have to fear that anyone will find out about his problems, and at the same time he does not have to face the stigma which some people feel is associated with seeking psychiatric help." Supported by a small study grant from a Radcliffe Education for Action fund, Martin operates his counseling service from Friday through Monday. Most of the students he sees, he explains, are suffering "from dissatisfaction and disillusionment with the university." The Beatles: Dividing the Spoils In ten years as the world's top musical group, the Beatles earned over $50 million. The four former superstars have long since parted musical company, but they are still dickering about the division of the spoils-specifically, $17 million in current assets. "It should be simple," Paul McCartney announced recently in London. "We've all talked about this and I think the obvious solution is a four-way split. The others ROLLING STONES' MICK (AGGER ON TOUR IN U.S. Backstage with the Stones Question: What keeps a Rolling Stone from gathering moss? Answer: Soap. Before the Rolling Stones set out on their latest record-breaking U.S. tour, their manager sent the following notice to local promoters: "We know it doesn't happen in America, but in rather barbarian outlands of Europe we have encountered many dressing rooms which lacked towel and soap. "It would be nice to know that we do not have to worry about this small problem. A clean group is a happy group." Local auditoriums were also requested to provide the following items backstage to keep the Stones "happy": cognac, scotch, chilled wine, tequila with salt and lemon, fruit, cheese, bread, butter, cold' cuts, and Alka-Seltzer. agree, but they're tied up by legal complications.'' The legal complications, however, involve among other things the management-- or mismanagement--of the Beatles' phenomenal earnings. "If all the money due to us had come to us," explains McCartney, who now sings with a new group catted Wings, "we'd have been made for life and still have enough to give every person in the British Isles a big share." Coed Sex Survey The British Medical Journal recently published the following findings from a sex survey of 1500 freshmen coeds at the University of Aberdeen: Of the 1500, 684 or nearly half were by their own admission no longer virgin. Few were promiscuous, however: 86 percent reported sexual relations only with a flance or "steady." At the time of the survey, six of the coeds were pregnant and 49 more possibly pregnant; 65 reported a previous pregnancy, 55 of which were terminated by abortion. Most startling, nearly 40 percent of the girls engaging in regular sexual relations reported that they were not taking proper contraceptive precautions. "If so much ignorance exists about contraceptives, and if they are used so ineffectively among university undergraduates," the BMJ report comments, "how much more are they a closed book to less privileged young women?" Many of the coeds surveyed explained their failure to take proper precautions "because they did not like being given a moral lecture by their doctor." In a message to doctors, the BMJ report concludes: "It is unwarranted to allow a girl to suffer a conflict between fear of pregnancy and her emotional and biological drives in order to press personal moral beliefs." I'ARADr · AUGUST 6, 1972

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