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Community Access celebrates anniversary
By Paul Golin
Ann Arbor Community Access
Television's staff had more than one
reason to celebrate yesterday at its
Although they were happy about
the system's sixteenth anniversary in
broadcasting, the Community Ac-
cess staff was overjoyed about their
newly upgraded access studio, which
includes.three new video cameras, a
better graphics generator, and new
carpeting in the studio.
The festivities kicked off at 4:30
yesterday when the studio was
opened to the general public, and
broadcasting live on cable channel
10. Access Staff Coordinator Martha
Schmidt and Programmer Lucy Ann
Visovatti interviewed several guests.
Visitors in the studio were encour-
aged to witness all aspects of live
television broadcasting, from the
camera work in the studio to the
shouting in the control room.
Among the many guests were
members of the City Council, Ann
Arbor mayor Jerry Jernigan, and
James Amin, Director of Central
Amin spoke of the "elaborate se-
lection of a company to deliver a
(production) system that would be a
total upgrade all around" and, impor-
tantly, "user friendly" so that anyone
in the community could use it with
The goal in upgrading production
equipment was to gain "a technically
improved look in order to attract
more (television program) producers
from the community," said Schmidt.
Community Access Television
was set up in 1973 when the City
Council gave a contract to Columbia
Cable to provide cable services.
"Because cable television is a public
utility, it must pay the city 5% of
its gross revenue for the use of pub-
lic property such as streets. Much
of that 5% goes to support Commu-
nity Access Television," said Char-
lene Ladd, director of the Cable
"Ann Arbor is unique in that its
public access television is handled
exclusively by the community," as
compared to other cities that have
more closed systems, said Ron Har-
rmon, General Manager of Columbia
Cable. He said the Ann Arbor cable
system is expanding, with plans to
add more than 20 channels by 1991.
Maria Buffington, who interned
at Community Access for two years
before graduating, was hired to a
permanent position there as Produc-
tion Assistant. She said that interns
at Community Access have greater
responsibilities than elsewhere, rang-
ing from editing to production, be-
cause "we are the staff."
Anyone can submit a finished
show to be broadcast on Community
Access Television, Buffington said.
Or, if a person wants to use the new
production equipment and studio,
they simply need to complete a
series of free training sessions.
International Center urges study abroad
by Terri Jackson
Daily Staff Writer
Have you ever considered taking a break from
Ann Arbor without leaving school? It's not as
impossible as it sounds. The University of
Michigan International Center offers many
opportunities for students to study, work, or
travel, abroad, which were detailed in an
information session yesterday afternoon at Angell
participants study in the same classrooms as the
native students. Prof. Jean Carduner, director of
the French study abroad program said, "Students
(that participate in his program) return virtually
"The program is a means to get you over
there," said Julie Trent, a student who spent a
semester with the program in Florence, Italy. "It
is loosely structured. You have to make an effort
distribution requirements, and students who have
need are eligible for financial aid, said Study
Abroad Advisor Karen Zonder-Mazurek.
Students interested in a specific university or
geographic area can use the center to find
information for enrolling in an institution
outside the program and that credits may still
transfer towards the total number required for
Almost 100 students were on hand to hear to meet the people." In addition to completely academic programs,
the program directors talk about spending a Kerry Niemann travelled to Spain through the William Nolting, director of the Overseas
spring or summer term or an entire semester in program and learned the language. "It's a matter Opportunities Office at the Center, said
Africa, France, Spain, Germany, Great Britain, of survival," Niemann said. "You have to speak information on overseas internships, volunteer
Sweden, Japan, or Italy. the language just to order a sandwich." work, and travel is also available at his office.
Several of the programs require junior The advantage of working through the LSA Planning a trip through this office is the
standing or above, and a certain level of Office of International Programs is that credits "cheapest and best way to travel around the
proficiency in a foreign language. In most cases, automatically transfer and count towards world," he added.
Students protest weapons lab recruiter
Compiled from Associated Press and staff reports
Shattered glass kills 7 children
NEWBURGH, N.Y. - A glass wall blew in on a school cafeteria
during a severe thunderstorm yesterday, killing seven children and injuring
18, authorities said.'
"It was a very quick thing and there wasn't anything anybody could do
about it because it happened all at once," said Mayor Donald Presutti.
Rescue workers dug through the debris with a backhoe at East
Coldenham Elementary School. State Trooper Robert Gillespie could not
say whether more victims were believed to be in the rubble.
It was not known how many students were in the cafeteria when the
storm blew in a wall of windows during lunch.
The storm system was the same one that moved through the South on
Wednesday, spinning off tornadoes that killed 17 people in Alabama.
Soviets to ease travel barriers
WASHINGTON - Commerce Secretary Robert Mosbacher said yes-
terday a historic easing of travel restrictions in the Soviet Union would
clear the way for the removal of U.S. tariff barriers "if all conditions are
Mosbacher said President Bush would recommend that Congress ap-
prove a one-year grant of lower tariffs on Soviet imports after the new
Soviet legislation clears final passage.
Mosbacher did not spell out the conditions at a joint news conference
with Konstantin Katushev, the Soviet minister of foreign economic af-
fairs. They signed commercial agreements designed to boost U.S. invest-
ments in the Soviet Union and to explore a new trade agreement.
Unusual blood disorders
linked to diet supplements
NEW YORK-Reports of potential cases of an unusual blood disorder
have risen to 243 as investigators press an international investigation
focusing on a possible link to the dietary supplement L-trytophan.
The disorder has been reported in 35 states and the District of
Columbia, Edwin Kilbourne of the federal Centers for Disease Control
The disorder has been named cosinophilia-myalgia syndrome, but the
CDC said it is not known whether the disorder is new. The agency defines
the syndrome as including an abnormally high number of white blood
cells called cosinophils, plus severe muscle pain.
The cause of the disorder remains unknown, but since many patients
report having taken L-trytophan tablets or capsules, the Food and Drug
Administration had advised consumers to stop taking them temporarily.
Willy takes case to the Regents
Having been rebuffed by the University Athletic Department, the
promoters of Willy the Wolverine took their case to the University Board
of Regents yesterday.
At the public comments session of the meeting, LSA seniors Adam
Blumenkranz and David Kaufman and LSA junior Eric Lfkofsky, joined
by Willy himself, urged the Regents and the University's executive
officers to consider adopting Willy as the University's official mascot.
As usual the promoters showcased Willy as a lovable mascot at
athletic events desired by the fans. "You can't hug a block letter 'M,' but
you can hug Willy," Blumenkranz said.
But this time the promoters also stressed that Willy is not just an
athletic mascot, but a representative of the whole University. They said
they envision Willy as traveling to Mott Children's Hospital and the
Pound House to play with children, and participating in "stop rape"
Blumenkranz admitted the University may have no pressing need for a
mascot, but should adopt Willy as one because "the University is a leader
in innovation and change in the world." -by Noah Finkel
by Dima Zalatimo
About 20 students gathered in
front of the Randall Laboratory
Wednesday morning to protest a re-
cruiter from Lawrence Livermore Na-
tional Lab, one of the two major nu-
clear weapons laboratories in the
The recruiter, Helmut Koehler,
was on campus to interview physics
graduate students for future employ-
ment. He was unavailable for com-
"Livermore and Los Alamos (the
other major lab) are run by the U.S.
Department of Energy, and while
funding for those facilities and
weapons research is thriving, re-
search in other areas is being cut,"
said Rackham physics graduate stu-
dent Michael Massey, who helped
organize the protest.
Massey said he interviewed with
the recruiter yesterday as a symbolic
form of protest against the lab.
Department of Physics Adminis-
trative Assistant Gary Krenz would
not comment on the protest itself.
He said Koehler was not officially
invited by the department, but he
would be treated like any other re-
Krenz said a 1986 pledge by
physics faculty and graduate students
not to participate in Strategic De-
fense Initiative research did not apply
to the Livermore recruiter's presence
Jeff Gaberson, Head of Public In-
formation Officers at the Livermore
Lab, said he supported student's
right to protest, but at the same
time, "a popularly elected govern-
ment has the right to finance defense
work of its choosing, like the work
we do here at Livermore. We at Liv-
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ermore have helped make nuclear
Some physics professors who en-
tered the building said they weren't
aware of the Livermore recruiter's
visit. Physics Prof. Marc Ross said
he supported the students' efforts,
adding that labs like Livermore "are
a bad influence on U.S. policy."
lic was actually getting from San
Salvador, claiming that much of the
"news" is simply given to the news
media by the U.S. State Department.
"Now that the State Department
has controlled the media and has
blocked any news coming out of El
Salvador, the media is simply regur-
gitating (to the U.S. public) what
the State Department feeds them."
current situation in) El Salvador,
especially with the use of U.S. advi-
sors," said Hickey, a junior in the
Residential College. "This is direct
U.S. involvement with the State
Department denying it, just like they
did before the Vietnam War."
Hickey also was concerned about
how little information the U.S. pub-
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