Daily Trojan, Vol. 75, No. 51, December 08, 1978
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and Senator S.l. Hayakawa (R-Calif.) contrasted the philosophies of the Republican and Democratic parties and answered students' questions in Hancock Auditorium. OCl 0 trojan Volume LXXV, Number 51 University of Southern California Friday, December 8, 1978 Library material theft may lead to high fines, prison sentence Students caught stealing library materials may now be subjected to high tines and even imprisonment due to the recent amendment ot a shoplifting law b\ the California legislature in September. Under the amended Penal Code Section no. 491).5, anyone caught trying to steal Ixxiks, magazines, microfilm or any such items from any library could taeea fi.ieof no less than $50, nor greater than $1,000 and/or a term in the county jail not to exceed six months The law was implemented in response to the rising incidence of library thefts and will be enforced <n all public and academic libraries in tlie state. "Right now, I think the greatest deterrence of library thefts is the electronic turnstile," said Paul Christopher, reference librarian in Doheny library. "This new law reallv isn't that well known. Whether or not it has any effect will depend on how much the law is made known to people." As part of the law, all libraries must post signs stating the law and the penalties one may incur breaking it. As of now only a few of the libraries have such a sign, including Doheny, College, Crocker Business Administration, Music and Social Work. Also under the law, library workers mav detain, for a reasonable amount of time, anyone they suspect may be stealing library materials. Such detainment and search of individuals has increased in some libraries, but not necessarily due to the law "We caught someone last week trying to steal materials," said one music library worker. "We've been stopping and searching people more and more, but not because of the law. We’ve just been trying to crack down on our recent wave of thefts." "How much we enforce the law will depend on the severity of the charge," Christopher said. "A person tning to steal a paperback may not be charged as much as someone trying to steal several rare books. "Usually if we catch someone through the turnstiles, we just let them go back to the desk and check the books out." Senate finds 57% of applicants get housing By Susan Ritchie Staff Writer The lack of available living spaces is the number one problem concerning housing according to a Student Senate Housing Task Force. The demand on housing rose 35% this year while the supply increased less than 24%, the report stated. Fifty-seven percent of those applying for housing were assigned because of the limited supply of living spaces. The task force found 1,000 names on the waiting list at a time when the Residential Assignment Office had 25 housing vacancies it could not fill. The report attributed this paradox to the Residential Assignment Office's decision to switch from the priority waiting list to a first-come, first-served basis during the middle of the reassignment process. The high cost of housing was the major complaint of 27.1 % of the students who participated in the grievance hearings. This complaint was unfounded, according to the report. "On the whole, university rental rates are generally in line with the market in the area and with private rates," the report said. The task force compared rents at Founders Apartments, a university-owned complex and the Mardi Gras Apartments, a privately owned complex leased by the university. Rents at the Mardi Gras were found to be as much as $70 higher for a one-bedroom apartment. Rents for privately owned apartments tended to be lower than those owned or leased by the university. Many of the grievances filed by students during the hearings held by the senate in early October were corrected by the time of the writing of the report. Thirty-two percent of the complaints concerned neglected or unrepaired facilities, 27.1 % dealt with the high costs of housing, 24.6% of the complaints were against furniture that was not delivered and 6.3% were about the priority system. The report was released to the Student Senate Wednesday and will be released to the administration today, said Jeff Gates, senate chairman of student affairs. (continued on page 2) „ Sen. Hayakawa points out parties’ differences ENTERTAINMENT VARIETY — Students were offered two different types of diversion on Thursday. Kenny Rankin performed an hour of songs and ballads at the Student Activities Center patio By Gail Harris Start Writer "I don't want the leader of the Republican party in 1980 to be Ford or Reagan. They can t win because too many people will see them as retreads," said Senator S.l. Hayakawa (R-Calif.) Thursday. Havakawa spoke in Hancock Auditorium and held a short question and answer session afterwards. The 72-year-oid senator was answering a student's question about who he would like to see as upcoming leaders in the partv. Hayakawa, who was introduced as an opponent of compulsory bilingual education, said the primary duty of every non-English speaking immigrant is to learn English. He said numerous letters from his constituents, which include Mexican-Americans, show enormous resentment for using taxpayer's money to pay for the classes. Hayakawa, a former Democrat, began his speech bv defining the differences be- tween the Republican and Democratic parties. He said if a person were drowning, the Republicans would throw the victim a 25-foot rope and tell him to swim the rest of the way because it was good for him. In the same situation the Democrats would throw the victim a 100-foot rope and walk away to do another good deed, Hayakawa said. Although they contain a variety of members, basically the two parties are "slightly distorted mirror images of each other," he said. "This gives strength to the American political system." A party that wants to remain strong finds wavs to keep the dissenters within it content, Havakawa said. He went on to sav the real struggle in the U.S. is the clash between the business elite and the knowledge elite, people who have PhD's and want government to use extensive regulatory' power. The knowledge elite tries to increase government control over the economy, and the business elite wants to be freed from these excessive demands, Hayakawa said. The main issue between the two structures is not physical fact but economic fact he said. For example, the question "Do we have an energy crisis?" can be answered both negatively and affirmatively depending on physical or economic fact, Hayakawa said. The system is full of illogicalities created by the "PhD. regulators", he said. The U.S. regulates its own oil companies' prices yet pays more to foreign countries for oil, he said. The knowledge elite have begun to think they can run people's lives better than the people can themselves, Hayakawa said. "A PhD. is a dangerous thing. I can tell you from personal experience that it takes decades to recover from it." Hayakawa said he didn’t know which elite group was right or wrong but both had its faults. Greed for profit motivates the business elite and lust for power drives the knowledge elite on, he said. Many people, especially Republicans, think the knowledge elite have too much power, the senator said. When one of the structures gets too powerful the other pushes it back and this struggle will continue for the next decades, he said. After this explanation Hayakawa answered students' questions. "When vou smoke marijuana you're supporting a whole gang of thieves, highjackers and murderers," he said answering a disgruntled student's question about his views on marijuana. A study by a professor at the University of California at Berkeley indicated that the drug decreases male hormones and can be linked to homosexual tendencies Hayakawa said. The senator admitted that the study was controversial and he believed the drug should be studied extensively before any discussion on legalizing it. (continued on page 3)
|Title||Daily Trojan, Vol. 75, No. 51, December 08, 1978|
and Senator S.l. Hayakawa (R-Calif.) contrasted the philosophies of the Republican and Democratic parties and answered students' questions in Hancock Auditorium.
Volume LXXV, Number 51 University of Southern California Friday, December 8, 1978
Library material theft may lead to high fines, prison sentence
Students caught stealing library materials may now be subjected to high tines and even imprisonment due to the recent amendment ot a shoplifting law b\ the California legislature in September.
Under the amended Penal Code Section no. 491).5, anyone caught trying to steal Ixxiks, magazines, microfilm or any such items from any library could taeea fi.ieof no less than $50, nor greater than $1,000 and/or a term in the county jail not to exceed six months
The law was implemented in response to the rising incidence of library thefts and will be enforced |