Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on August 20, 1972 · Page 126
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 126

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, August 20, 1972
Page 126
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Up...With qfoirth by ^Pamela Swift Music and Marriage Will the Jackson 5, the young, group of sililing pop stars, become the Jackson 6? Snch a rumor was sparked hy the June marriage of 19-year-old Tito Jackson to Delores Marten. 17- year-oUl Latin-American from Los Angeles Crenshaw District. Tito, whose real name is Toriano Adam/11 is the first of the Jackson 5 to marry. He dated Miss Martes for ahotit a year, waiting to marry her until she finished high school. He and Delores met two years ago when they were students at Fairfax: High School, ]efore the Jackson 5 were enrolled in private school. According to a spokesman at the Motown Record Corp., the million dollar group will, neither expand nor break up. Apparently marriage will not interfere with their music-. Switchboard Sex for Students The first sex counseling program j in the country organized and run by students opened its switchboard last October at the University of North Carolina. Students at the Chapel Hill campus have only to dial a local telephone number for confidential information about sexual intercourse, contraception, pregnancy and abortion, marital problems and interpersonal relations. The UNC Human Sexuality Information and Counseling Service, manned around the clock by 33 students and professional volunteers, answered over 1000 such calls during the last school year. Most in demand, explains Robert Wilson, founder and director of the service, is information about contraception, followed by "general information." and pregnancy and abortion infor- mation. The student volunteers, who are assisted by a team of physicians, gynecologists, psychiatrists and marriage counselors, undergo a 20- week training course before assign- ment to the switchboard. They work in male-female pairs to help sex-shy students, and refer their_ calls to professional help wherever necessary. Most of the student sex counsel- ors. Wilson explains, volunteered after suffering painful sexual experiences of their own. "Only basic knowledge and self-assurance." they believe, "can prevent many of those unfortunate experiences." YOUNG DEMOCRATS WHOOP IT UP AT MIAMl'CONVENTION LAST MONTH. Youth Power The 1972 Democratic National Convention has come and gone. Young men and women, white, black, yellow, under the age of 25 and working within the political system, comprised 13 percent of all the delegates. It will be interesting to note how many such youthful delegates turn up at the Republican Convention which gets underway tomorrow. The young Democrats, including the Yippies, the Zippies, the longhairs, and the freaks as well as Abbie Hoffman and Jerry Rubin, behaved like relative lambs. Inside the convention and out, they comported themselves with dignity and humor. There was no hysteria, no hate, none of the chaos which ruined the 1968 convention at Chicago. There was not a single demonstration or incident tainted by violence. Whether the "youth power" which Sen. George McGovern mar- shaled and expertly channeled to win him the Democratic nomination can be used as efficiently to win him the Presidency is, of course, the major question. The McGovern strategists are convinced that the first-time youth voters will decide their candidate's election fate. They point out that there are approximately 25 million in the 18-24 age-bracket who have never voted in a Presidential election. Perhaps 60 to 70 percent ot these young people will register to vote. The more the better for McGovern, they say, since college youth, if the polls are reasonably accurate, prefer McGovern to Nixon. If the Democrats can hold the states which Sen. Humphrey captured in 1968--a very big "if" indeed--and capture six states which Nixon won in 1968: California, New Jersey, Ohio, Missouri, Tennessee and Alaska, then McGovern can win the election. Using the same sort of hypothesis, if the Republicans can hold* the states Nixon garnered in 1968, and capture only three states which Humphrey won in 1968: Texas, Maryland, and Washington, then Nixon is again the winner. It is unrealistic, however, to suppose that the Democrats and the Republicans will repeat exactly their 1968 performances. '« Richard Nixon was elected President in 1968 with 43.4 percent of the popular vote, the lowest winning percentage since Woodrow Wilson ran in 1912 and won with 41.9 percent. Nixon also became the first President since Zachary Taylor whose party failed to win at least one chamber of Congress in his first election to the White House. Out of 73,211,562 votes cast in 1968, Nixon defeated Hubert Htfm- phrey by only 510,315 votes, becoming the 15th U.S. President who did not receive a majority of the popular vote. In 1968 only 61 percent of the estimated voting-age population of 120,006,000 turned out to vote. The 10 states with the largest voting populations are California, New York, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Texas, Ohio, Michigan, Massachusetts, Florida, and New Jersey. If Senator McGovern were to win in all these 10 states, which have the largest number of voters in the 18-24 age bracket, and no others, he would still not have enough electoral votes, 270, to win the Presidency. Nixon, on the other hand, needs little of the youth vote to win reelection, providing he can repeat his victories in California, Illinois, and Ohio. 17

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