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Page 2-The Michigan Daily-Wednesday, October 28, 1987

'U'

to double MTS credit soon

IN BRIEF

By RYAN TUTAK
Beginning next week, students like LSA first-
year student Genevieve Wilson will be able to
discuss sex for twice as long on University
computers.
The University's Information Technology
Division will double the maximum credit
students can have on the Michigan Terminal
System (MTS) from $50 to $100 per semester.
The "money," available for free to students
through a request account, is only a way of
measuring usage on MTS and, for example,
cannot be exchanged for cash. Students will now
be given $50 on the system upon opening an
account. As much as $25 will be added to it
every month up to the $100 limit.
Students had been given $25 when they
opened their accounts, with up to $12.50 added to
it every month.
In other words, Wilson, who has three cents
remaining on her account, can now have longer
discussions that anyone on the system can join.
"I got into a fight with a guy in a program about
how to pick-up nice girls," she said.
REQUEST accounts also allow students to
write and print out papers, as well as send private
messages. LSA senior Mark Davis, for instance,

said he uses MTS about 2 hours every day. "It's
my lifeline to Ann Arbor because I live in
Plymouth. And I can talk to my friends from my
home," he said.
Students will not have to pay any additional
tuition or computer fees as a result of the
increase, however. The larger request accounts are
being financed through an internal reallocation of
the computer center's funds.
MTS is available on all campus computers
and can be accessed off campus.
It's difficult to estimate how much more use
the $100 gives students because rates vary with
the time of day, said Susan Harris, editor of the
University's computer newsletter. But she said a
student could use MTS everyday for up to an
hour and still have money in the account at the
end of a semester.
The increase in the request account was
prompted by student response and surveys, said
Gary Pirkola, assistant director in charge of
administration at the Computing Center. "We've
gotten a lot of suggestions that the funding
needed to be raised," he said. "People couldn't do
what they wanted to with the money they had."
MARY Mayer, ITD administrative manager,
said the $50 funding was assigned was an

experimental figure when the University opened
up MTS to all students in 1985. Until then,
MTS was only accessible to students taking
computer classes. The system was developed by
the University in 1967 so that more than one
person could use University computers at one
time.
John Buhrer, consultant at the University's
public access computer centers, said the increase
should eliminate the problem of heavy users
having to borrow a friend's account. "It's a
matter of making computer use easier," he said.
Although 13,000 students already have request
accounts, Harris hopes this increase will entice
more students to use MTS. "We're anxious to
get more students to use computers as quickly as
possible."
"There was a feeling that students and staff
could do a lot of things (on MTS) outside of the
classroom," said Pirkola.
Students can open a request account at the
Computing Resource Center in Room 3113 of
the School of Education Building weekdays 8
a.m. to 5 p.m. or at the Business office in the
Computing Center on North Campus from 8
a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Steiner: resolution
is longoverdue'

Compiled from Associated Press reports
soviets plan to visit capital
MOSCOW - Mikhail Gorbachev is ready to visit Washington this
year and sign an agreement scrapping medium-range nuclear missiles
without a link to restrictions in the "Star Wars" system, Soviet officials
said yesterday.
"We have no doubt that an agreement relating to intermediate-range
missiles and shorter-range missiles will be signed," Foreign Ministry
spokesman Boris Pyadyshev said at a regularly scheduled news briefing.
In Washington, a U.S. official said Foreign Minister Eduard She-
vardnadze would visit the U.S. capital, by Soviet request, at the end of the
week to discuss a third meeting between the Soviet leader and President
Reagan.
Gorbachev surprised Secretary of State George Shultz in Moscow last
week by saying he was not ready for another summit.
Stocks experience slight rise
NEW YORK - Stock prices rose $37 billion on Wall Street yester-
day as earlier gains in Asian and European markets encouraged investors
to shift some money back into the jittery stock market.
The Dow Jones industrial average, which on Monday lost nearly ,157
points in its second-worst point decline ever, reversed course and rose
52.56 points to 1,846.49.
Euphoria from higher prices in Tokyo and Hong Kong sparked a quick
rally in New York, sending the Dow average soaring nearly 90 points in
early trading.
But traders chipped away at the advance as the day wore on, selling
stocks that had made gains during the morning. The Dow slipped to a
gain of about 29 points shortly after noon before regaining ground later.
South Koreans approve new
constitution in referendum
SEOUL - South Korean voters overwhelmingly approved a new con-
stitution yesterday, establishing direct presidential elections and other
democratic reforms demanded in extensive anti-government riots last sum-
mer.
In downtown Seoul, riot police battled protesters who urged voters to
boycott the referendum. Police said about 40 demonstrators were arrested.
According to election officials, the referendum was approved late yes-
terday. The approval rate was 94 percent with 54 percent of the total bal-
lots counted. Only a simple majority was needed.
Nearly 80 percent of the country's 25.6 million eligible voters cast
ballots.
The constitution reduces the power of the presidency and increases the
authority of the legislature and the judiciary.
House passes speed limit bill
LANSING - The House voted 72-34 yesterday to raise the speed lim-
it to 65 mph on rural Michigan interstates and add a $5 surcharge on all
traffic tickets to pay for 120 more state troopers.
The vote came two weeks after the bill was rejected 59-40 because of
criticism that it unfairly punished urban motorists.
The new bill weakened the fines and penalty points on speeders, but
gained Gov. James Blanchard's support by giving the state police 50
more troopers than in the earlier proposal.
The measure now goes to the Republican-controlled Senate, which
earlier stripped the $5 surcharge from the bill arguing it was a hidden,
ticket tax.

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Steiner said, "A lot of people
don't think (passing up) is really a
big deal. That's wrong. When you
talk about sexual assault, people
MultiSpeed EL'" think of rape. They don't understand
that these kinds of things fall into
The world's fastest portable computer with a backlit Super-Twist LCD. that category."
Small enough to fit in your briefcase, weighs less than 12 lbs., and The resolution isn't the first re-
with 640K of RAM memory it is big enough to do almost any job your sponse to passing up. In 1979,
office PC does, like spreadsheets, word processing, filing, outlining, about 60 members of the
phoneedialing, telecommunications and it even does windows. A.M.A.Z.O.N. college (the acronym
So wherever you are, you can work on a fullsize keyboard, and haveA.AZON.clee(haroy
the added benefit of a separate numeric keypad and compatability had no meaning), demonstrated in
with the PC industry standard, PC softwarerand peripherals. front of the athletic administration
Stop in or call for our Special Introductry Price.
building protesting passing up. In
NEC is a regqstmed trademark of NEC Corporation . while 12 units last 1980, a student group called Stop
Passing Up Now organized a poster
campaign in dorms, and wrote edito-
Stop ourby,F write or give us a call rials in The Daily until 1981 when
gpassing up died down.
UrIch's Electronics: 1110 S. University But LSA junior Wendy Rider,
ne. 3136 Mi n 48104 who was passed up twice as a first-
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8:30a.m.-5:30p.m. year student, said she didn't mind the
E L -ECT RONICS Saturday 9:30a.m.-5:OOp.m. experience. "I haven't seen anybody
get hurt before," she said. "If they

stop that, that's no big deal - it's
not an integral part of the Saturday
afternoon experience."
Associate Athletic Director Don-
ald Lund said the Athletic Depart-
ment is against passing up in gen-
eral, but added that "these guys were
a little premature" in passing the
resolution. "No one checked with the
Athletic Department," he said.
"Wouldn't you think they would
check with us?"
Lund said that according to the
University's first aid department,
there have been no complaints about
passing up all year. During the Iowa
game two weeks ago, he said, "There
wasn't any incident. You've got to
be awfully careful about not making
a mountain out of a molehill."
Councilmember Anne-Marie
Coleman (D-First Ward) said she had
talked to Steiner and other Univer-
sity officials before co-writing the
resolution. Jeff Epton (D-Third
Ward) also co-sponsored the resolu-
tion.
Regent Thomas Roach (D-Saline)
said the only way to stop passing up
is if students do something about it.
He said greater police enforcement is
"not the best way to stop it, but I
don't disagree with taking steps."

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EXTRAS
Crazed candy corn culprit
confounds constabulary
SAGINAW (AP) - Following a trail of candy corn lead police to
three teenage men who were later released for lack of evidence from a
charge of breaking into Food Basket grocery store here.
In a pre-Halloween heist, a burglar pushed glass out of a door Sunday
and then stole peanuts, cans of tuna and chicken, and bags of sweets -
including candy corn - a store employee said.
Officers said they searched the area and found candy corn in several
locations as far as a block from the store before they lost the trail.
The police later picked up the trail at a nearby park, and then to a
competing grocer, said Tony, a manager at Food Basket. Tony suspected
the owner of Al's Market of selling the copped candy corn.
"This is bullshit," Al said.
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