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The San Francisco Examiner from San Francisco, California • Page 7

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S. F. Sunday Examiner Chronicle, July 9, 1967 irtrictx Section" A Nj 7 The Wide Open Spaces at UC Doctors Scared Hippies From Using STP Drug By ALAN CLIN Education Writer At first glance, the University of California Berkeley campus this summer appears like any other school term. Students man the inevitable tables "Hell No I Won't Go," Vietnam Summer Project in front of Ludwig's Fountain. Students hand out leaflets advertising everything from an anti-Israel meeting to a rock dance. Evangelist Hubert Lindsey, a pretzel stand on one side and a sno cone cart on the other, delivers his message at the Bancroft Avenue campus entrance. Noon speakers on Sproul Hall steps may represent the entire political spectrum from Vie Communist Party to the John Birch Society. It could be October or May at Berkeley. clear. Dr. Meyers said mostly negative facts: STP is NOT 5-methoxy-NN-dimethyltryptamine, as reported in the current issue of Time magazine. It is NOT BZ, the Army's chemical warfare agent, although it has some BZ-like effects and may be chemically related to BZ. And it was NOT stolen from UC's chemical warfare contract laboratory at Berkeley, as rumored last month. Dr. Meyers also reported that the death of a young man in Ontario, California, attributed to STP, turned out to be unrelated to the drug. Dr. Meyers believes that the wave of publicity generated by the STP fad poses a new threat to the hippies. He predicts a crackdown on the casual and widespread use of illegal drugs In the Haight-Ashbury. "It simply cannot be ignored much longer." he said. "There appears to have been But he said the Food and Drug Adminstration and its Drug Abuse Control Unit, faced with nationwide publicity about STP and its Haight-Ashbury sources, can scarcely ignore the problem any longer. "It is no longer a local decision." said Dr. Meyers. "It doesn't make any difference what the mayor and the police think is expedient." His worry, Dr. Meyers said is that the least culpable hippies will be the ones sw ept up in a crackdown. "They won't get the manufacturers and the distributors," he said. "They'll just pick up all the 17 year old kids walking along Haight Street with marijuana ciga-rets in their pockets. "The kids will have to behave like criminals, something they have heretofore refused to do." Dr. Meyers believes it would be undesirable to arrest large numbers of the Haight-Ashbury hippies in a By GEORGE DUSHECK Medical Writer The wave of STP use apparently has passed through the Haight-Ashbury, a doctor who treats them at the hippie medical clinic on Clayton Street reported yesterday. "The use of this agent has fallen off sharply in the past week," said Dr. Frederick II. Meyers, professor of pharmacology at the University of California Medical Center. Apparently the hippie drug users took seriously the warning issued by him and by Dr. David Smith, physi-cian-in-charge of the city's Drug Abuse Screening Unit, on June 26. "The publicity had the desired effect," said Dr. Meyers. He bases his judgment on the sick hippies up to 130 a day who come to the volunteer clinic, and on the number of kids who turn up at San Francisco General Hospital and other hospitals with "bad trips" from STP. The week before the warning was issued there were 10 or 11 such "bad trips" treated at several San Francisco hospitals. Last week there were none. In the wake of the STP fad some new facts have become a I AN ECONOMICS CLASS AT UC 70 STUDENTS IN A 366-SEAT ROOM Normally, the course would have as many or more takers than seats of the problem was professors who tried to cram their 16-week semester course into jthe shorter quarter arrange a great dislike among many professors and students for the quarter system. "You can't change a system and have it work perfectly from the start," said Dr. Harold Iversen, an associate engineering dean in charge of the faculty committee planning year-round operation. He explained part quarter term which allows carrying a full load and normal progress toward a degree. MICH DISLIKE The answers may help plan for next year and for UCLA's summer quarter next summer. It is extremely unlikely, however, the year-round system will be changed, despite be handled in the same space. For the student seeking small classes, the 10-week session is a natural. Many of the undergraduate courses which might get into the hundreds during the regular year are down to 60 or 70. An example: Economics I taught in a 366-seat room in Wheeler Auditorium. Nor- a tacit agreement that the drug crackdown. He points hippies would be allowed to i out there is a large transient carry and use drugs provided I a i in the Haight-they stayed in their own A ry. neighborhood, just as if there Society's goal should be to as a tacit agreement to ig-. allow them to return home as nore the topless provided it unscarredas possible, he stayed in North Beach." argues. ment. Iversen. noting tradition and habit are difficult to change, predicted a few years would be needed to achieve the sought for 40 percent enrollment. Except. Instead of 27,000 students packing Cal's oldest and most prestigious campus, only 7100 are rattling around in the University's first 10-week summer quarter. In previous years, summer sessions were split into six Veek sessions, were self-supporting, and practically anyone could enroll. Last year 8000 attended the first term, 4000 the second. mally, the course, a prerequisite for many advanced Iv. I V- lini IHWmilUVJfi uj livlMl JJ But with the advent of the quarter system last fall, UC Berkeley went on a year-round four quarter basis, i Only students meeting the KMllUI I'lUUi Ittl 1 I II I I I I I I I 1 I 'KTMifJIVW i i i t. academic requirements of SALE! Serta-Ortholux Mattress Lets You S-T-R-E-T-C-H Your Sleeping Dollar, Gives You Relaxing Comfort All Night Long humanities courses, would have as many or more takers than seats. Professor Abba Lerner's summer class has 70. Students signed up for summer quarter because they want an academic speedup, like the small class approach, or would rather go to school than work. LESS IIECTK' Many of the 170 entering freshmen figure the less hectic summer as the best time for starting out, making the transition to more difficult University study. Why didn't more students sign up to summer on the campus? One reason could be the offerings. The selection of graduate and undergraduate courses is about one-third that of the other three quarters. Also, many key professors traditionally take off for the summer. Junior grade professors and visitors make up the bulk of the teaching staff. The draft is another reason. There have been incidents at other schools where eligible men have gotten in trouble not drafted but in need of special letters from officials for substituting summer quarter for another. University officials seeking to learn more about why students attend summer terms passed out a questionnaire to the University are now eligible. They must carry a full load. Under the past setup, summer session students could sign up for only one course. Because of the new requirements and because many teachers who traditionally attend summer session do not qualify for one reason or another, a short term for teachers was arranged. About 300 are In the 12-course program. 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