The Michigan Daily -Thursday, September 19, 1991 - Page 3
'U' student named
first runner-up in
Mr. Mich. pageant '
by JoAnne Viviano
Daily Staff Reporter
Chuck Babinger got lucky last
Friday night - thanks to his good
looks and personality.
The LSA sophomore was named
first runner-up in the the 7th annual
Mr. Michigan pageant, sponsored by
Metro 25 Tire Centers and Miller
The pageant was designed "to as-
sess personality, appearance and
modeling potential," said Babinger,
a pre-med major.
Contestants were judged as fol-
lows: 50 percent based on a personal
interview, 25 percent based on a
tuxedo competition, and 25 percent
based on a swimsuit competition.
"I worried most about the
swimsuit competition," Babinger
said. "Being only 19-years-old, my
body doesn't have muscle maturity.
But they weren't looking for a lot
of muscle, just a good coat hanger
Babinger is the youngest man to
ever place in this contest. "Nineteen
is a good time to start (modeling).
Men get better looking as they get
older," said pageant owner and
Executive Director Diana Hunt.
"I was most confident in the
personal interview. I'm into archery
and like to go hunting with my fa-
ther. The judges thought that was
unique," Babinger said.
"I told them my closest rela-
tionship is with my Dad. He's my
very best friend. I think that stuck
out in their minds," he added.
"(Chuck) represents a lot of the
ideal values the pageant was looking
for," Hunt said. "We stressed the
idea of being a positive male role
model, not just a male model. He
"The time I was most nervous
was when I was backstage just be-
fore they announced the top 20 fi-
nalists," Babinger said. "I was
wondering what I would say when I
had to answer a question in front of
a live audience. It really got me
Babinger said he was about to
give up hope when the top five were
announced. "By the time they named
the third runner-up, I was giving up
and when they announced the second
runner-up, I was thinking, 'This is
it,"' he said.
"And there was such applause
from the second runner-up that I
couldn't hear my name. I didn't
know if I should step out or not, but
everyone was looking at me so I
stepped out and just started laugh-
ing," he added.
The competition began at the
start of the summer when Babinger
responded to a radio advertisement
calling for good looking men inter-
ested in modeling.
"Statewide, they screened over
400 men. Only 124 were in the
pageant," he said.
A photo session, four rehearsals,
and two press parties followed se-
lection. "It helped me get to know
the guys. By the night of the
pageant, most of us knew each
Tower Records, Third Coast,
2001 Futon open to students
by Marah Gubar
LSA sophomore Chuck Babinger looks dapper in his tuxedo as he is
awarded first runner-up in the 7th annual Mr. Michigan pageant.
Babinger said he was confident about his personal interview, but
admitted that "I worried ... about the swimsuit competalon."
Three new businesses have
opened in Ann Arbor, offering stu-
dents and residents a variety of
items ranging from futons to food.
Tower Records opened Labor
Day on South University Street.
Manager Tom Rule said the Tower
chain chose Ann Arbor as a location
because it is trying to break into the
"Also, Ann Arbor is hip musi-
cally, a real music center. A lot of
bands on tour either stop here or in
Detroit," Rule said.
Rule has worked at other Tower
stores in California and Tennessee.
The Ann Arbor branch is the 60th to
open nationwide. However, Rule
maintains that each store is unique.
"Tower is not a typical chain in.
that each store is run independently
by the manager. I decide what titles
to order and how many of them we
need. It's not done by some company
headquarters in California that isn't
aware of what we need to have in
"For example, we expect to sell
a lot of imports and independent la-
bels because this is a college town
and alternative music is very popu-
lar," he said.
Rule explained that the store
does not specialize in one type of
music, but tries to maintain a com-
prehensive catalog containing every
type of music.
Rule said he welcomes tapes by
local artists. "If people in bands
record a CD or tape, we'd love to
carry it on consignment," he said.
The Third Coast, another addi-
tion to Ann Arbor, opened Sept. 6.
The coffeehouse and wine bar is lo-
cated off the corner of William and
"The owner decided on Ann
Arbor because the atmosphere
seemed right and a nice space became
available," said manager Martin
"Because of our location, we
hope to be accessible to students and
because of our menu and wines, we
hope to also serve people who
would normally avoid campus,"
"We do a few things differently
than most coffeehouses," he added.
"We have a full menu,
waiter/waitress service, and at the
beginning of October, we'll have
liquor. Not hard liquor, but wine,
sherry, cognac, etc.... Also, we are
constantly looking to have special
events - live music and poetry
readings, for example.
"In Ann Arbor, all the coffee
shops are not really in direct compe-
tition with each other. The amount
of people who only go to one shop is
very low. I think the people here
definitely will support a diverse se-
lection," Sweeney said.
Yet another addition to Ann
Arbor's growing commercial dis-
trict is 2001 Futon which opened
Aug. 31 on Main Street. There are 12
of the stores nationwide.
"Ann Arbor was chosen as a lo-
cation because our inventory seems
to sell very well in college towns..
Futons are well fitted to the con-:
temporary alternate lifestyle of
college students," said store man-
ager Linda Getty. f
other," Babinger said.
Babinger's award was accompa-
nied by $12,000 in prizes including a
full tuition scholarship from Specs
Howard School of Broadcast Arts, a
scholarship from John Casablanca
modeling agency, a six month mem-
bership at FitA S A Health Spa,
and round trip a tue to Florida.
Babinger said he plans to accept
the Specs Howard scholarship be-
cause "a great deal of modeling is
acting and learning to use your
Diag fair to recruit student volunteers
by Karen Sangir
More than 50 organizations will
seek volunteers for social action and
*irect service projects on the Diag
Project Serve's Volunteer Fair,
which runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m,
will bring representatives from
community agencies and campus or-
ganizations together to recruit stu-
dent volunteers, said Project Serve
stafffyember Anita Bohn.
Students can sign up for year-
gong programs such as Alpha Phi
Wmega and Students Working
Against Today's Hunger, or volun-
teer work in museums, the
University Hospital, and local high
schools, tutoring teen-agers.
Bohn said some non-traditional
groups, such as interfaith counsel-
ing, will be present as well.
This will be the fourth year for
the Volunteer Fair, but only its sec-
ond time on the Diag. In its first
two years, the fair was held in the
However, Bohn said she found it
was more accessible when it was
held outside and in the center of
campus where it was able to attract
people passing through the Diag.
The Volunteer Fair has proven to
be a very successful event in the
past, Bohn said. At last year's fair,
600 people signed up to volunteer.
She attributes some of the success to
students' ability to talk with actual
representatives from the organiza-
Beverly Smith, the volunteer co-
ordinator for the University
Medical Center and a fair partici- pleted community service in high
pant for four years, said the fair has school and became involved with
been a great aid to the hospital in its Project Serve during her first year at
endeavor to recruit volunteers. the University.
"The fair has been a valuable Alex, a Project Serve board
tool to us," Smith said. member, sends notices to all the or-
The hospital looks for students ganizations that might be interested
who can offer support service for in setting up xhibits. She also con-
visitors, patients, and hospital staff. firms whici r ps will come to
Working in the recovery room and the fair and ; et up tables.
taking the library cart to the pa- "We ha, e an expansive list of
tients are two of many available community organizations in Ann
placements. Arbor," Alex said.
The Volunteer Fair is organized The Volunteer Fair is one of sev-
and run by Project Serve, a eral annual campus-wide events that
University department, located in Project Serve organizes. "Into the
the Michigan Union. It is composed Streets" is another fall program it
of a board of 20 students, of which sponsors, in which students spend a
Bohn is one. semester completing community
LSA senior Asha Alex com- service.
Two other futon stores cur-
rently exist in Ann Arbor, but*
Getty feels that 2001 can offer'
something special to the
"All our products are made at:
the same company, so the quality is-
consistent, and the life span of our.
futons is very long," she said.
*Engler to work with union on health reform
LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Gov.
John Engler and a state employee's
union launched an ambitious joint
effort yesterday to tackle health
"This unique and innovative
partnership will create opportuni-
ties for more accessible, better qual-
ity, and cost effective health care for
*MViichigan workers and their fami-
lies," Engler said.
"At a time when other states are
cutting back on benefits, we are de-
lighted that Michigan has agreed to
work cooperatively with its em-
ployees in a forward looking cre-
ative approach to prevent the loss of
health care benefits," said John
Sweeney, international president of
the Service Employees International
Three SEIU locals represent
more than 10,000 of Michigan's
65,000 state workers.
What's happening in Ann Arbor today
Engler said he wanted the com-
mittee to look at every aspect of
health care, from the number of
hospital beds in the state to whether
more money should be put into pre-
venting illness and disease.
"I want Michigan to be a labora-
tory for health care reform," he
said. "We will work together to
'I want Michigan to be
a laboratory for
health care reform.
We will work together
to control health care
costs and increase
access to quality
- John Engler
control health care costs and in-
crease access to quality health care."
Engler pointed out that a mil-
lion of Michigan's 9.3 million citi-
zens don't have health insurance
Sweeney said the nation's current
health care system is "failing fast,
providing less coverage at higher
cost for fewer people. By 1998,
health insurance premiums will be
eating up 27 percent of our take-
home pay. And for employers, like
the state of Michig an, the price tag
will be equally ho rendous."
Sweeney said unions and private
companies in the automobile, steel,
telecommunications and other in-
dustries had banded together to
tackle health care.
However, he said Michigan is the
first state to take that step.
Dave Fox, a spokesperson for the
Michigan State Medical Society,
said the doctors' group welcomed
"It's a commendable effort and
we have already done a lot of work
in the area and we would be willing
to share any information that we
have with that group," he said.
Fox said the American Medical
Association had put forward a 16-
point plan to accomplish the objec-
tives that Engler and Sweeney have
set for the new eight-member panel.
"It's a compromise plan for
what we call fine-tuning the health
care system without overthrowing
it for some nationalized system," he
Among other things, Fox said
that plan calls for requiring em-
ployers to provide insurance for all
full-time employees, with tax cred-
its and risk pools to support that. It
also calls for reforms of the liabil-
BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) - The
official Iranian news agency yester-
day predicted the imminent release
of a Western hostage and named 77-
year-old Briton Jack Mann as most
likely to be freed.
The report by the Islamic Repub-
lic News Agency (IRNA) height-
ened speculation that Mann, who
was kidnapped May 12, 1989, would
become the fourth Western captive
to be set free in six weeks. Several
hours after IRNA issued its report,
there was no word of any release.
U.N. Secretary-General Javier
Perez de Cuellar has been working
to arrange a deal that would free
Western hostages in Lebanon and
about 300 Lebanese prisoners held
by Israel. The Jewish state seeks an
accounting of Israeli soldiers miss-
ing in Lebanon.
After Israel freed 51 Arab pris-
oners last week, the pro-Iranian
Revolutionary Justice Organization
issued a statement saying Mann was
alive and well.
The Iranian-backed Hezbollah is
believed to be the umbrella group
for factions holding most of the
missing Westerners. Iran, which has
facilitated previous hostage re-
leases, recently has reiterated the
importance of learning the fate of
four Iranians who disappeared in
Lebanon in 1982.
In Tehran, Lebanese Foreign
Minister Fares Bweiz said he would
urge Lebanese officials to press the
search for the four Iranians. The Ira-
nians were kidnapped by Christian
militiamen, and were reportedly
Japan Student Association, mass
mtg. Union, Kuenzel Rm, 7 p.m.
Russkij Chaj, Russian conversation
practice. MLB, 3rd floor conf. rm, 4-5.
Intervarsity Christian Fellowship,
mtg. Dana, Rm 1040,7 p.m.
U-M Pre-Med Club, mass mtg. MLB
Aud 3, 6 p.m.
Campus Crusade for Christ, weekly
mtg. Dental School Kellogg Aud,
U-M Sychronized Swimming Team,
mass mtg. Beginners welcome. CCRB,.
Amnesty International. MLB, B137,
Ann Arbor Libertarian League, mass
mtg. Union, Anderson Rm, 8 p.m.
Rainforest Action Movement, mass
mtg. Writers, artists, and anyone inter-
ested in saving the rainforest welcome,
Dana, rm 1046, 7:30.
American Chemical Society-Michi-
gan Student-Affiliates. 1650 Chem
Kinetics of Phase Changes in
Molecular Clusters," Ted Dibble.
Chem Bldg, rm 1640, 4p.m.
"Sedention and Family Function:
!Kung San," Patricia Draper of Penn
State University. MLB, Lec Rm 2, 4
"Must Revolutions Fall?" Sir Ralf
Dahrendorf of Oxford University.
Rackham Auditorium, 8 p.m.
"Patterns in Old Kingdom Subsis-
tence Behavior," Richard Redding.
Natural Science Museum, rm 2009, 12-
U-M Shorin-Ryu Karate-Do Club,
practice. CCRB Martial Arts Rm, 7-8.
"IES: Study Abroad in W. and E.
Europe or Asia," International Cen-
U-M Swim Club, Tuesday workout. IM
U-M Women's Lacrosse Club. Call
996-8591 for info.
U-M Rowing Team, novice practice.
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