Page 5 - The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, November 19, 1985
Greek police shoot boy,
violent rioting results
Computer conference lets
students enter their views
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -
Rioting erupted yesterday in
Athens and two other cities in nor-
thern Greece after a policeman
fatally shot a 15-year-old boy who
was throwing fire bombs at a
At least 70 youths were taken in-
to custody, in what police said was
the worst violence Athens has seen
in years. Authorities said there
were scores of policemen and others
injured, but gave no numbers as
the unrest continued into the night.
THE DEATH of Michalis
Kaltezas enraged a mob of self-
proclaimed anarchists, who went
on rampage yesterday through
downtown Athens, breaking win-;
dows of banks and shops and
engaging police in hit-and-run bat-
Authorities said policemen in the
firebombed bus were not injured.
The youth died from a shot in the
By DIANNE KNAUSS
With topics ranging from smoking
to student government, students
around campus have banded together
to express their views. But, instead of
rallies and public forums, these
students are using computers to
Though computer conferencing has
been around for a few years, Univer-
sity students have usually shied away
from participating in the conferences
simply because their computer time
was allotted for course work.
SINCE SEPTEMBER, however,
the University has offered every
student $50 worth of computing time
per term on the University computer
system, MTS. Dubbed request ac-
counts, they have allowed the
establishment of an MTS computer
conference specifically for students.
The conference, called MEET:
STUDENTS, was started back in Sep-
tember by a group of students who
had shown interest in other MTS con-
"(We) started talking about a con-
ference by, of, and for students," said
James Heaton one of the conference
WHEN THE University obtained
another computer for MTS and
decided to let students have the
"free" computer time, the concept of
a student conference took shape.
MEET: STUDENTS currently has
Once you get in (MEET:STUDENTS),
it's really worth it. You can't stop - you
about 200 users, 120 of which are fairly
active, said Maya Bernstein, a
residential college senior and an
organizer of the conference.
Though those numbers may not
seem impressive, Bernstein said
MEET:STUDENTS is comparable to
other active conferences on MTS.
ON MEET:STUDENTS, users can
choose from over 100 "items," each of
which addresses a different topic.
Participants can view responses
from other users as well as adding
comments of their own.
Some of the items, like one called
Sex and Singles, a questionnaire
taken from Playboy, have created
more interest than others. The
questions didn't provoke debate, but
many of the responses did.
"A couple of people didn't show a
whole lot of decorum," Bernstein
said. "I was, perhaps, a little conser-
vative about it - worrying about what
people were saying. It got into a little
bit of a debate that digressed into Fir-
st Amendment rights."
SENIOR engineering major Paul
Anderson, who is active on
MEET:STUDENTS, said the con-
ference was a good way for him to in-
teract with other people, although
he'd like to see more diversity among
"I'm disappointed by the lack of a
wide variety of people. It fails its ob-
jective of a wide spectrum of com-
munication...about 10 percent (of the
users) are not computer science and
engineering people," Anderson said.
A lot of the problem, Bernstein said,
is due to the fact that many people are
afraid of computers.
"The stigma that computers are
just for math and computer science
students is crap," Bernstein said.
"(Computers) can be used to build
bonds between people."
ANOTHER PROBLEM with getting
non-science majors involved, is that
to obtain a request account, a student
has to trek up to the North Campus
"It's hard to get students up to Nor-
th Campus," said Jimi Lee Haswell,
an LSA junior, and participant on
MEET:STUDENTS. "They're trying
to experiment with getting (request
accounts) at CRISP."
Any student with a computer ac-
count on MTS can access the
MEET :STUDENTS conference.
Users must first log on to the UB
computer. In the past, there was only
one computer, known as UM.
But this summer, MTS added a
second computer, UB, where all the
student request accounts are held.
After signing on, a user must type
#Source MEET: STUDENTS
From there, the conference will
help you get started. Heaton en-
couraged other students to get in-
"It's scary to people with no
background in computers, but once
you get in there, it's really worth it.
You can't stop - you get addicted."
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