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to invest $3.5

million to cool labs

Students elect
reps to fill two
RC committees

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1by Ashok Bhatia
What is now a massive pit be-
tween the Dennison and East
Engineering buildings will house a
"state-of-the-art" air conditioning
system for the area by next summer,
said Director of Plant Extensions
Paul Spradlin.
The $3.5 million project, begun
in August, was prompted by the
Ineeds of the laboratories in the five
buildings near Dennison, Spradlin
"It's been apparent for some time
that something would need to be
done. The scientific work being done
(in the labs) requires a cool air sys-
tem. We've been doing room air
conditioners, but this system will be
more efficient and economical," he
The system will operate differ-
ently than most home air condition-
ers. Instead of cooling air and then
circulating it, the system will utilize
."chillers" which cool water, said
Fred Beal of the contracting com-
pany J.C. Beal Construction Inc.
"The big hole (in the plaza) is the
chiller enclosure, a big concrete box
to put the chillers in. Water is circu-
lated into the system, and the
chillers pump it into cooling coils
in the buildings," he said.
Contractors and engineers said the
system does not use environmentally
controversial coolants such as freon.

Freon is unnecessary because the
chillers' source of energy is steam
absorption rather than electricity,
said Engineer Don Sachs of Migdal,
Layne and Sachs.
"Generally speaking, it is my
understanding that no CFC's are
used in the system," Beal said.
Other buildings in the Diag area
are not air-conditioned through a cen-
tral system, Spradlin said. Instead,
buildings have separate units, which
he said decreases overall efficiency.
Bids for the project were taken
June 26 and work began in early
August. To accommodate the chiller
system, which will cool Dennison,
Randall, East Engineering,
Pharmacy, and C.C. Little, the
Dennison mechanical room is being
extended underneath the plaza.
The current stage of the work in-
volves building the superstructure
for the extended room, said Jeff
Jones of the contracting firm F.C.
Jones Co. The structure is expected
to be completed by December.
During the winter, Spradlin said,
equipment will be moved in and the
project should be completed by next
Spradlin said his office has re-
ceived one complaint about construc-
tion disturbing class, but most of
the noisy work is now completed.

by Jay Garcia
Six students were elected mem-
bers to two governing committees of
the Residential College last night.
First-year Holly Hightower,
sophomore Conan Smith, and senior
Sarah Salan will sit on the Execu-
tive Committee, which handles bud-
get decisions and ratifies the deci-
sions of other committees.
Mindy Sobata, Denise Leuthner
and Ned Harris were elected to The
Educational Policy Committee,
which recommends new policies and
approves new courses for the RC.
One more person will be elected
to the Executive Committee and two
more to the Educational Policy
Committee at the RC's next Town
The elections were informal.
Four members, one from each class,
were needed for both committees.
However, because no juniors were
present and two first-year students
tied for the Educational Policy
Committee, RC Director Herbert
Eagle decided to hold a second set of
elections at the next town meeting.
Nominees were asked to talk a

little about themselves and give rea-
sons they would be good for their reo
spective positions. All attendants;
were encouraged to become a part (:4
the Student Life Committee which
plans RC parties and events.
The last election of the eveniag
was for an East Quadrangle Repro-
sentative Assembly RC representa-
tive. A two-person tie resulted, and.
it was decided each person would
hold the position for one semester.
Carl Walker will be the represent=-
tive this semester.
Shelley Emerson will hold the
position beginning January.
The newly-elected committees
will meet on Fridays and are anxious
to get started on their work for the
"I'm really interested in repro-
senting people," said Sobata who
was surprised to learn that the RC
"community was so accessible."
One way to gather students views
would be to get evaluations of
courses, said Sobata.
Before the elections began, RC
Director Herb Eagle spoke of the is-
sue of attrition, noting that steps
were being taken to "stem" it.

The hole in front of the Denison Building will be filled with a "state-of-
the-art" air conditioning system by next summer.

Boston firm renting Macs on campus

by Brenda Dickinson
" Students who cannot afford to
uy a computer and are tired of fight-
ing lines at the computing center
now have a new option.
Campus Computer Rentals, a
Boston-based business operating out
of the Barnes and Noble Bookstore
in the Michigan Union started rent-
ing Apple MacIntosh Plus and
MacIntosh SE-equivalent personal
computers Aug. 20. Computers can
rented by phone with a VISA or
MasterCard by the week, month or
Rented by the semester, a
MacPlus costs $249 (just over $62
per month), and an SE equivalent
costs $399 (just under $100 per

Rental prices are more expensive
by the month - $159 for a
MacPlus, $229 for an SE equivalent.
Along with computers, dot ma-
trix printers, WriteNow word pro-
cessing software, 800K floppy
drives, and 20 megabyte external
hard drives are also available. The
software costs $39 and the printer
$119 per semester.
"You don't have to spend big
bucks on buying and students can
split costs with roommates," said
Paul Martecchini, president and co-
founder of Campus Computer
Rentals. "Apple is discontinuing the
MacIntosh Plus and a new low-cost
Mac with higher capability is due

out (on the market) in January. A lot
(of people) are renting now and buy-
ing in the spring."
'You don't have to
spend big bucks on
buying and students
can split costs with
- Paul Martecchini

semester we start to run out, it's like
trying to rent a house on the fourth
of July."
DougL Thiese, a sophomore
majoring in political science, is one
of the first 25 renters on campus.
He raved about the MacPlus he's
renting until the Oct. 23 delivery of
his $4,700 computer package pur-
chased at the University's Kick-Off
Computer Sale.

Over the years, especially as I have worked with women tobuild alliances
across the barriers of race, class,and culture, my Jewish identity,as well
as my Pagan one, has grown stronger. Perhaps, as we get older, we
simply become more clearly who we are, even when we are several seem-
ingly contradictory things. I am comfortable being both a Jew and a
Pagan, celebrating Chanukah and the Winter Solstice.
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President, Campus When his dot matrix printer
Computer Rentals didn't work right he called the toll-
froe number and got a replacement a
The Union Bookstore has a small few days later.
number of Macs in stock and "I like my own station where I
Martecchini encourages renting can control my schedule. It's an as-
early. set to adjusting to life at Michigan,"
"From now until the end of the Thiese said.


Beginning October 10

First-year students adjust after first month

gy Lari Barager
"O.K. class - have Wuthering
Heights read by Wednesday..."
Wednesday!? But it's already
One month has passed since
classes began, and by now many
first- year students are weighing their
expectations of college life against
the reality of living at the
For some students who miss
their fdmily and friends at home,
mail is the number one priority
when they return to the dorm after a
long day of class. Gary Schultz, a
first-year LSA student said, "it's de-
pressing when you open your mail-
box and there's nothing there but
Many first-year students are cit-
ing the greater volume of homework

assigned in college classes as the
most striking difference between
high school and college. They also
note that they spend more time
studying out of class than they had
While academics are many stu-
dent's primary concern, heavy on ev-
ery hungry student's mind is what's
for dinner in the dorm cafeteria.
When asked, most students
claimed that dorm food is the next-
to-last resort just before beef jerky
when in jeopardy of starvation. But
Andrew Bank, a first-year engineer-
ing student, said the food in his
dorm cafeteria is "better than home
- my mom never cooks. I have
pizza three nights a week and Taco
Bell the other."
Many students said they enjoy
living with such a large number of

people because it enables them to
easily make and sustain friendships.
For Tegan and Tiffany McCorkel,
twins living at Betsey Barbour, life
is not that different from other first-
year students. "We didn't choose to
live in a women's dorm; we're on
the golf team, and our coach put us
here," said Tegan. Added Tiffany, "I
have my sister here though, it's like
having part of my family right here
in Ann Arbor."
Doug Schubert, a first-year engi-
neering student said he's impressed
with Couzens dorm's "well-equipped
weight room and library." Some stu-
dents mentioned that they find their
dorm's computer cluster convenient.
However, dorm rules can irritate
some individuals. First-year engi-
neering student Doug Schubert said
that "quiet hours are annoying.

When your R.A. comes into your
room at 12:15 on a Friday night
screaming at you because you're
playing Zeppelin too loud, that's a
And then there's always the prob-
lem of adapting to a 12-foot by 12-
foot room after enjoying the spa-
ciousness of a house.
Amy Johnson, a first-year engi-
neering student remarked, "we have
the smallest room you can get - an
economy triple. It's hard even to
have elbow room." She said when
she and both her roommates are in
the room, they hardly have space to

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Woman assaulted near
'U' Medical Center
An assault and battery occurred at
the University Medical Center, Oct.
3 at .11:15 p.m., a woman reported
to Ann Arbor police. According to
police reports, a man approached a
woman walking near the Taubman
Medical Center. He then asked her
for money, grabbed her from behind
by her hair and her right arm. When
a vehicle drove by, the suspect fled.
Martha Cook entered,
nothing reported stolen
An unidentified suspect bent
wrought iron window bars and pried
off the screen of a window to Martha
Cook Residence Hall kitchen Sept.
28, Ann Arbor police reports said.
Morning cooks discovered the entry,
but nothing was taken, said the hall

Director Rosalie Moore.
Red 'ped stolen
A 1985 red Yamaha moped was
stolen from the 400 block of Cross
Street Sept. 27, according to Ann
Arbor police reports.
Dog sniffs out armed
robbery from business
An employee of Atlas Oil
Company, 2445 W. Stadium,
reported to Ann Arbor police an
armed man robbed the store on Oct.
The suspect entered the store and
asked for two packages of cigarettes,
police reports said. When the clerk
placed the cigarettes on the counter,
the suspect demanded money,
pulling his coat back to reveal the
handle of a gun. The clerk placed the
money in a paper bag, and the
suspect fled on foot. A Michigan
State Police dog tracked the
suspect's scent to the 400 block of
South Maple, but police have
arrested no suspects.
- by Josephine Ballenger
Daily Crime Reporter






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