The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 8, 1985 · Page 12
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Salina, Kansas
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The Salina Journal Monday, April 8,1985 Page 12 C. Samuel Micklus holds a wooden model that was able to support 978 pounds of weight. The games these students play are intended to boggle minds GLASSBORO, N.J. (AP) — It he designed the first contest: a sport" of watching youl frtrtlr tl^A fYlvm^vvism nt 4-V>rt Tk/T**i*] nl m nnn i« «rV»! nV\ nturl nv*tn Vt n si fn <-*t>is4n <lf nm**lr /^rifot? ttanl* 1 rf\f GLASSBORO, N.J. (AP) - It took the Olympics of the Mind almost seven years to find a problem a child could not solve. The problem was its name, which got the scholastic competition in hot water with the U.S. Olympic Committee. "I think it's unfair," said C. Samuel Micklus, a co-founder of the competition. "The Greeks used the word Olympics 1,000 years ago. I don't think it belongs to the U.S. Olympic Committee." Federal law disagrees. It gives the U.S. Olympic Committee exclusive use of the word, so the mind games have been renamed the OM World Finals this year. Micklus said more than 4,000 schools have become active members, with the finalists scheduled to compete June 5-7 at the University of Maryland. Micklus, a Glassboro State College physics professor, has developed the games since 1978 to test the creative and technical talents of youngsters in kindergarten through the 12th grade. He said he had been amazed again and again by the contestants' skill in solving complex problems with simple materials, creating everything from spring-powered vehicles to 18-gram balsa-wood structures that could support 978 pounds of iron weights. The competition began in the basement of Micklus' house, where he designed the first contest: a maze in which students had to guide a blindfolded player with, neither touch nor speech. Micklus likes to add a complicating element. In the first challenge he required the blindfolded player to pop a series of balloons with a blow gun. Micklus said one group of youngsters played musical instruments to warn their player of boundary lines, to steer turns and to position the blow gun. The games caught the attention of educators and journalists. That surprised Micklus. "I couldn't believe it, (entries) kept doubling every year," he said. "It was going to be a one-time thing." Within three years, Micklus said, the number of participants, judges, parents and spectators overwhelmed the 1,400-bed capacity of the Glassboro State College dormitories. The administrative work of the private, non-profit group also was moved from his basement to a small office in Glassboro. His wife, Carol, serves as OM's executive director and is one of four full-time paid workers. Mrs. Micklus said the theory behind the program is that creativity can be taught, just like learning to play the piano. At 50, Micklus retains a youthful enthusiasm for problem solving. His appreciation for the "spectator sport" of watching youthful minds at work dates back more than 25 years, when as a high school teacher he challenged students to package an egg so that it could be securely dropped from a high place. While Micklus works on problems for the 1986 competition in Flagstaff, Ariz., this year's contestants are tackling such challenges as de- VeToping a "Smarty Pants" robot capable of doing homework and cleanup chores, an "ecology dozer" that can transplant trees with the power of a hydraulic jack and a visual presentation to accompany classical music. Teams are limited to spending $40 in materials. "I think we underestimate teachers and we underestimate kids," he said. "We're moving into a super high-tech society, but look at the kids have adapted to it. For them, it's not homework, it's a game." Judge's decision praised PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A federal judge's approval of a settlement to close the state's Pennhurst Center for the mentally retarded next year has been lauded by people who want the residents living in communities, not institutions. For Pennhurst residents, "a life of freedom is just beginning," said David Ferlerger, who filed the landmark 1974 lawsuit that culminated in the agreement approved Friday by U.S. District Judge Broderick. Defense department Promotions To Private 1/c: Gregory A. Rogan, USMC, Salina. To Airman 1/c: Shawn L. McCarroll, USAF, Zurich. To Senior Airman: Thomas L. James, USAF, Kensington; Kenneth R. Mahnke, USAF, McPherson. To Staff Sergeant: Brian L. Gilchrist, USAF, Hays. To Master Sergeant: Charles R. McMann, USAF, Beloit. To Lieutenant Colonel: Eugene J. Ronsick, USAF, Lincolnville. Awards Meritorious Service Medal: T-Sgt. Candace J. Fielder, USAF, Belleville. Achievement Medal: Sp-4 David H. Meier, Army, Hays; Maj. William S. Taylor, Army, Abilene. Commendation Medal: Sgt. Donna R. Stewart, USAF, McPherson. Good Conduct Medal: S^Sgt. Wendell G. Peacock, USMC, Stockton. Expert Infantryman Badge: Pvt. Kyle D. Campbell, Army, Hays. Firefighter of the Year: Sgt. William F. Garton, USAF, Norton, at Peterson AFB, Calif. Dental Technician of the Quarter: Airman 1/c Shawn L. McCarroll, USAF, Zurich, at Andersen AFB, Guam. Graduates At Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.: Pvt. Leonard M. Cloyd, Army, Sharon Springs, wheeled vehicle repairer course; Pvt. James R. Largent, Army, Almena, metalworker course. At Fort Dix, N.J.: Pvt. Donald L. Dolley Jr., Army Reserve, Delphos, motor transport operator course. At Fort Benjamin Harrison, Ind.: Capt. Roseann D. Thornberry, USAF, Clay Center, public affairs officer course. At Fort Jackson, S.C.: Pvt. Dale L. Davis, Army Reserve, Minneapolis, wheeled-vehicle mechanic course; Pvt. Lila J. Van Lew, Army, Salina, administration course. At Keesler AFB, Miss.: Airman Patricia A. Broils, Air National Guard, Salina, administrative specialist course; Airman Deborah K. Lanphear, USAFG, Russell, Morse systems operator course; Airman Victor A. Mitchell, USAF, WaKeeney, chapel management specialist course. At Lackland AFB, Texas: Airman 1/c Larry L. Lamer, USAF, Salina, security police specialist course. At Port Lee, Va.: Pvt. Peggy S. Abbott, Army, Zurich, supply specialist course. At Lowry AFB, Colo.: Capt. Roger L. Heinen, USAF, Cawker City, intelligence officer course. At Fort Sill, Okla.: 2nd Lt. Lewis K. Ritchey, USMC, Salina, field artillery officer basic course. New assignments At Bergstrom AFB, Texas: Capt. Roger L. Heinen, USAF, Cawker City. To Camp Bullis, Texas: Airman 1/c Larry L. Lamer, USAF, Salina. To Clark AB, Philippines: Airman Deborah K. Lanphear, USAF, Russell. To amphibious transport dock USS Cleveland, San Diego, Calif.: P03 Donald E. Davis, USN, Enterprise. Ranch family learns to adjust to life without phones, electricity KERMIT, Texas (AP) - Rancher John Haley, who used to make his living as a stock broker, gave up his home phone and quit paying electric bills 16 years ago when he moved his family to a remote, 10,880-acre cattle spread here. He and his wife, Stefanie, have no regrets, although she said the decision to do without electricity and telephones isn't always easy. Haley, 58, said last week that the decision was "a matter of principle." "I had an estimate done when we first moved here on running an electric line and phone line to my home," he said. "I thought they could have given me a better deal> than that. I thought, I could burn a lot of kerosene for that amount of money." He did just that. Instead of paying $30,000 to "I don't get interrupted in the middle of a good steak by the ringing of a phone." —John Haley $40,000 to have phone lines installed, he drives 20 miles to Kermit and makes his business calls in a office that he rents for $325 a month. Rather than pay $700 for an electrical line and then monthly electricity bills, Haley burns $1,000 worth of butane and kerosene a year. Although Stefanie Haley said she likes the pioneer'spirit, she said she also has come to understand the problems of independent living. Once, when she had a crucial appointment, her car wouldn't start. She was alone, she had no phone Overall crime rate drops; not so for violent crimes and the highway was more than a mile away. "I put a pair of Levis on under my dress, jumped on a horse, galloped to the road and tried to wave a car down," she said. "Everyone thought I was nuts — this lady on horseback trying to wave a car off the road. After about 20 cars had passed, I finally got someone to stop and help, but it wasn't easy." Maybe so, but at least, said her husband, "I don't get interrupted in .the middle of a good steak by the ringing of a phone." Time To Use To Elmendorf AFB, Alaska: Airman Victor A. Mitchell, USAF, WaKeeney. To Kitzingen, West Germany: Pvt. John R. Stroyek, Army, Edson. To Mahe, Seychelles: S-Sgt. Jerri K. Wiggins, USAF, Salina. To McConnell AFB, Kan.: Airman Patricia A. Broils, Air National Guard, Salina. To NAS North Island, Calif.: Airman Michael R. Hatfield, USN, Concordia. To Offutt AFB, Neb.: Capt. Roseann D. Thornberry, USAF, Clay Center. To Pirmasens, West Germany: Pfc. Nicholas P. Kyner, Army, Sharon Springs. Boot camp grads At Fort Benning, Ga.: Pfc. David M. Kane, Army, Atwood. At Great Lakes, HI.: Seaman Recruit William P. Fisher, USN, Hays. At Fort Knox, Ky.: Pvt. Kenneth L. Lukavsky, Army National Guard, Salina. At Lackland AFB, Texas: Airman Richard D. Langdon, USAF, Colby; Airman Daniel S. Mathews, USAF, Salina; Airman Steven M. Reshkus, USAF, Chapman; Airman Catherine A. Thomas, USAF, Concordia; Airman Randall W. Thomas, USAF, Waldo. Enlistments Air Force: Angela Carmichael, Salina; William Alan Snell, Salina; Jeffrey Lee Tanius, Salina. Re-enlistments Air Force: Senior Airman Gary M. Hedrick, USAF, Peabody; S^gt. Theodore E. Meyer, Hanover. WASHINGTON (AP) - A government gauge shows overall crime fell by 4.5 percent last year, but there was no drop in the rate of violent crimes such as rape, robbery and assault, the Justice Department said Sunday. The National Crime Survey, which measures unreported as well as reported crimes, also showed that the rate of household burglaries and larcenies fell to the lowest level in the 12 years of the survey's existence. The crime survey is based on interviews with a nationwide sample of more than 125,000 people. Based on the preliminary figures for 1984, there were 35.3 million "victimizations" compared to 37 million the year before, the 'Bureau of Justice Statistics said. Steven R. Schlesinger, bureau director, said the drop in the crime rate might be attributable to several factors. He cited changes in sentencing procedures, increased citizen involvement in crime prevention and the shrinking crime-prone group of people between the ages. Several criminal scholars in recent years have cited declining birth rates as a factor in declining rates of crime. But revamped procedures for sentencing convicted felons, especially those with long records, also might account for the change. The National Crime Survey, by focusing on incidents in which people-are victimized rather than only on crimes reported to police, is regarded as a broader and more reliable measure of crime in the United States. 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