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college education and support her
parents who had lent financial support
when she was divorced.
Her sons agreed she should return to
college. Allen recalls dreams of
studying at night with her boys.
But those dreams were cut short
when, two years ago, her sons dived in-
to the Detroit River to rescue five
children trapped in a car which had
rolled off the bank. They saved the lives
of the five strangers, but lost their own.
ALREADY registered for freshman
courses at the University's School of
Dentistry, Allen enrolled in the fall. But
she found herself stymied by grief and
'This has really pushed me. I have to show
the instructors that I'm going to make it
- Doris Allen
Concentrating on her studies was dif-
ficult. She purposely went to bed early
the nights before major exams. She
says "survivor's guilt" kept her from
pushing herself to succeed.
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"I hardly spoke to anyone," she
recalled. "I stayed to myself and con-
sciously avoided people."
SHE DROPPED out of school in
December. But having turned her back
on her previous career, Allen sought
counseling and began taking hard
science courses at Wayne State Univer-
sity. She had not turned her back on
This past summer Allen worked in a
low-income dental clinic in Detroit. No
longer needing to earn a hefty salary to
support her children, she said she
would like to split her time between a
private practice and public clinic work
when she graduates..
At the moment, she hopes to obtain a
research grant to study alternative
means of funding dental care for the
poor and the unemployed.
HAVING RESOLVED her feelings of
guilt, Allen re-entered the University's
dental school this fall. She said her
reversal is like "noise in the
background you're not awae of until it
She smiled and reflected, "I didn't
know how bad off I was the first time.
It's like a cloud has been lifted."
She feels a camaraderie with her
classmates-several of whom are also
older students-that she said was not
"I FEEL SO much closer to the
classmates I have now. I know (the
other students are) probably not much
different. I know in any group of 120
people you're going to find kind of like a
bell-shaped curve of personalities-so
the change is definitely me," she said.
Her first term grades reflect her new
attitude. She earned all A's and B's
while carrying a 22-credit hour cour-
"She definitely knows what's going
on. Nothing is going to stop her," said
classmate Keith Allain. "She's more
laid back than most of the others. She's
not so uptight."
ALLEN EMPHASIZES she is not a
cutthroat, though she is determined to
"Some people may feel competitive
and don't want to help others. But if I
can know something and explain it to
someone else, that only reinforces what
I know," she said.
Allen has quickly formed close frien-
dships with several classmates. One
classmate, Beth Alderisio, calls her
every morning to wake her up in time to
get to class.
"I HAVE THIS real problem with
getting up. I'm late for school a lot,"
Allen said. She imitates her friend's
daily call: "Get out of bed, you bum! I
know you're there."
Professors have been supportive of
her decision to face the challenge of
dental school again. Some remembered
her from her earlier attempt and
welcomed her back to the University.
She laughed as she recalled a
professor who checked one of her
assignments and teased, "You
probably have that left over from when
you did it two years ago!"
ALLEN'S GAZE grew solemn as she
said, "This has really pushed me. I
have to show the instructors that I'm
going to make it this time."
Allen's family remains a key part of
her life. Nearly every weekend she
drives to Detroit to visit her 78-year-old
mother and her 82-year-old father.
She spoke especially fondly of a two-
year-old niece whose parents asked
Allen to be the girl's godmother.
"At first it was hard to open up
again," Allen says. "But that little girl
sure did work her way into my heart.
I'm devoted to her."
"I feel great now. I can't be an in-
spiration to my boys. I can't be a good
provider for them, but I still have
something to offer the community.
Maybe I can inspire other people, and
other people's children.'
get rid of an
unwanted pet, and
tell your friends
how much you care,
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Compiled from Associated Press and
United Press International reports
Yale strikers reach contract
NEW HAVEN, Conn.-Yale University and the union representing its blue.
collar workers reached tentative contract agreement yesterday, averting a
strike white-collar workers had vowed to join and students had warned must
George Conte, the president of Local 35 of the Federation of University
Employees, emerged from the talks shortly after 4 a.m. and said he was
"happy to announce" the agreement.
Conte said the tentative pact, unanimously supported by the union's
negoiating committee, will be submitted to the 1,000-member union
tomorrow night for ratification.
He would not give further details but said, "We both made concessions. I
think it's going to be a good contract we both can live with."
The decision brought relief to students, many angry over the labor
troubles that have disrupted campus life since Sept. 26 when Local 34,
representing white-collar workers, began an 11-week strike.
Shuttle mission remains secret
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.-The mystery deepened yesterday over the
fate of the "Big Ear" spy satellite carried secretly into orbit by the military
shuttle Discovery to listen in on the Russians.
Two rocket-firing six hours apart were programmed to propel the radio in-
telligence satellite from the shuttle's 170-mile-high orbit to a 22,300-mile-high
orgital parking spot south of the Soviet Union, according to defense sources.
The performance of the two-section rocket, called an inertial upper stage
(IUS), was critical not only of the success of the mission for the national
Security Agency, but for the next shuttle mission scheduled to begin 3%
weeks from now.
Another IUS is scheduled to push the National Aernautics and Space Ad-
ministration's second tracking and data relay satellite from the shuttle
Challenger into the stationary orbit where a satellite's speed is synchronized
with Earth's retation.
Sen. Jake Garn (R-Utah) is among the seven-man crew for next month's
Minister qits Lebanon cabinet
BEIRUT, Lebanon-Education Minister Selim Hoss, the leading moderate
in lebanon's unity Cabinet, submitted his resignation yesterday .over the
government's failure to cope with factional bloodshed and a worsening
Hoss' resignation came amid Lebanese radio and newspaper reports that
Israel was preparing to remove its troops from Sidon, a mainly Sunni
Moslem seaside community in southern Lebanon, by tonight.
There was no immediate comment form Israel.
Hoss, also the labor minister and a Sunni, submitted his resignation to
Prime Minister Rashid Karami just hours before an emergency meeting on
security matters and the economy between Karami and President Amin
Gemayel. It was not immediately clear if Hoss' resignation would be accep-
Karami said later the Cabinet would hold a special session today to discuss
the Israeli troop withdrawal and the collapsing Lebanese currency. Special
measures lifted the Lebanese pound yesterday to a rate of 10.75 to one U.S.
dollar, up from a disastrous 12.10-to-one Friday.
Pope arrives in Venezuela
CARRCAS, Venezuela-Pope John Paul II arrived yesterday in Caracas to
elaborate civil and military honors and four festive "Days of Jubilation" to
mark the start of the pontiff's 12-day trip to Latin America.
President Jaime Lusinchi, on hand with his full cabinet, shook hands with
the pope after the waving, smiling pontiff stepped down from his Alitalia
airliner and kissed the ground.
Groups of schoolchildren cheered "Si Si Si, El papa esta aqui" (Yes Yes
Yes, the pope is here), "long live the pope" and "the world loves John
In his welcoming speech, Lusinchi said the pope was visiting Latin
America in a moment of "serious crisis, with serious disturbances," but that
he was greeted with "hope and happiness."
Auto strike ends in settlement
WENTZVILLE, Mo. - A tentative settlement was reached yesterday in a
12-day strike over work rules by 3,100 United Auto Workers union members
at a General Motors plant here, company and union officials said.
UAW Local 2250 walked off the job Jan. 15, halting production of front-
wheel drive Buicks and Oldsmobiles, in a dispute over a proposed pool of
The workers would be more extensively trained and higher paid than other
workers, and would be assigned work according to need. The company said
the program would be more efficient than permanent job assignments. The
union said it would weaken the seniority system.
Neither side would elaborate on the details of the tentative pact, which was
reached at 3:10 p.m., according to Christine Brandt, a GM spokeswoman. A
union trustee, Berta Avila, said a ratification vote probably would be held
Monday or Tuesday. Work rules usually are negotiated at each auto
assembly plant, separately from the national contract on wages and
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