Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on June 23, 1974 · Page 114
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June 23, 1974

Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 114

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"Keeping Up ^3 b*(P« ··· With %mth by ^Pamela Swift Sex--ft. 1 Stole* Sex is the major health worry of college students. So declared Dr. Arnold Werner, director of Michigan State University's psychiatric services, at the recent annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association in Detroit. Dr. Werner, an associate professor of psychiatry who also writes a column for Michigan State and some 50 other student newspapers, analyzed 700 letters sent to him consecutively by his readers. Of-that number, 53 percent, asked questions concerning sex. Of those letters which had nothing to do with sex, 39 percent concerned general medical problems such as colds and headaches, 38 percent dealt with cosmetics, care of hair and skin, and only 7 percent concerned drugs. "They (young people} worry about how their bodies work and what they should do in relation to other people," Dr. Werner explained. "They want information. They say, "Fell me what I need to know, dnd I'll take care ojit.'" The sex questions addressed to Dr. Werner's newspaper column, "The Doctor's Bag," revealed a surprising lack of basic information, "things you could find put fram reading a book or from an adequate education." All of them were serious inquiries, with young women worrying about their inability to achieve orgasm, and young men worrying about why they achieved one too quickly. "Young people," Dr. Werner pointed out, "are not particularly worried about coronaries or cancer or the problems of degeneration which generally bother their parents." DrtVBtof to Alotof ^ If you drink, don't dive. £ That may become the motto 8 for safety-conscious swimmers | and boaters this summer. ·' A recent study clearly links drunkenness and drownlngs.. "Our figures indicate that alcohol is as much a part of drowning as of automobile accidents," says Park E. Dietz, who made the study at the Johns Hopkins University Medical School. Nearly half of all persons over 14 who drowned in Baltimore In the five-year period ending in 1972 had blood alcohol levels that would make them legally intoxicated. The study found that the most likely drowning victim is a young man, aged 15 to 24, swimming or boating while drunk. The most likely location is in a river or creek. "The average blood alcohol content among the drunk drowners was .18 percent, a very high level," says Dietz. The findings apparently coincide with studies made hi California, Australia and Scandinavia, he says. Last year only 49 percent of the nation's high school graduates went on to college. In 1968 the percentage of ongoing students was 58. Why the drop? Did students go to college because they didn't . want to go into the Army and Vietnam? Whatever the reason/college recruiters are none too happy about the current trend. They want warm bodies, more and more students, or the halls of ivy are going to come tumbling down. Private colleges are already closing in unprecedented numbers, faculties are becoming unemployed, all because student enrollment is on the r decline. As a result "the competition'for students may be bordering on the rapacious," declares Henry Peter, vice president for admissions and records at Syracuse University. Peter reveals that some colleges have already begun "buying" students by offering scholarships, paying their own students to recruit others, and pirating students -from other colleges and universities. PART OF A TREND: MARIA MULDAUR MflTkffGtM In the last two or three years, women singers have begun to have hit records again, following a period dominated by British and American male rock groups. Some weU-known examples of this resurgence are Betie. Midler, Helen Reddy, Joni Mitchell, Cher, and Anne Murray. Now another woman has a gold album. She is Maria, Muldaur, who has been on tour across the southern U.S. from San Diego to Atlantalately. In addition, her hit single, "Midnight at the Oasis," has been near the top on both "easy-listen- ing" and rock charts, and a second album is scheduled for release in August, according to Reprise Records. Maria and her husband Geoff Muldaur have a daughter, Jenny, 9. Maria, originally from flew fork City's Greenwich Village, now resides near Los Angeles, but she also maintains a home in Woodstock,*!.?. ~ Miss Muldaur says of her voice: "Tm not a screamer, but my voice is getting heavier as 1 get older. It's like Tve had a flute all these years. But... now I find there's a saxophone in there" Q or: 10

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