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Waitlist hinders services
for injured 'U' students

by Shelley Morrison
Daily Staff Reporter
Temporarily-injured students
might be denied University services
for disabled students this winter be-
cause waiting lists are growing too
large to accommodate.
The Office of Services for
Students with Disabilities (SSD),
which normally offers disabled stu-
dents door-to-door service to class,
doctor's appointments, and work,
has been swamped with requests and
recently had a waitlist as long as
three weeks.
A third van hired by SSD, how-
ever, has temporarily remedied the
While students with permanent
disabilities are guaranteed a seat on
one of two SSD vehicles, some tem-
porarily-disabled students have been
left with no alternative means of

LSA first-year student Scott
Shogan said he waited a week after a
basketball injury put him on crutches
before he could get transportation.,
"I called the SSD and asked to be
put on the list, and I was told there
'We are not going to
provide crummy
service to students ...
in order to
accommodate new
- Evelyn Becker
LSA junior
were five people ahead of me,"
Shogan said. "They didn't tell me
what else I could do, so I just had to
SSD representatives said the
situation was unavoidable.

"We at the SSD don't want to
turn anyone away," said Elizabeth
Maasen, the student program coor-
dinator. "We have temporarily hired
a new van in hopes of eliminating
the waitlist, but we are not going to
provide crummy service to students
already on the service in order to
accommodate new ones."
SSD told waitlisted students to
find transportation through friends or
taxi services.
While some temporarily disabled
students have been unable to take
advantage of SSD services, some,
permanently disabled students said:
they benefitted.
LSA junior Evelyn Becker said
she "couldn't have done without it."
"I'm really dependent on the ser-
vice to get where I'm going," Becker
said. "Even my seeing-eye dog can't
always point me in the right
direction, but the drivers can."

Ali Tarhimi, a photographer for the pro-Iranian group Hezbollah AI-Manar television, is taken by the Lebanese Red
Cross into an ambulance yesterday after being injured in South Lebanon.
Israel to attack Lebanon until
Shiite Muslims stop hostilities

TYRE, Lebanon (AP) - Israeli
troops and tanks breached U.N.
barricades in south Lebanon
yesterday, going after Shiite
Muslim guerrillas who have been
rocketing Israel.
Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir
said Israel would keep up the
attacks "until we quiet them."
The Israeli incursion drew a
sharp protest from U.N. Secretary-
General Boutros Boutros-Ghali,
who called for an immediate
pullout. The Bush administration
expressed "deep concern."
U.N. sources said it was the first
time since 1985 that the Israelis had
crossed the security zone and taken
up positions. Before smashing the
U.N. barricades with a bulldozer,
the Israeli troops got in fistfights
with the peacekeepers, a U.N.
spokesperson said.
Despite fears that escalating vio-
lence would derail the next round of
peace negotiations, the State
Department said all parties had

indicated they would be on hand for
talks beginning Monday in
Syria's military chief, Gen.
Hekmat Shehabi, said yesterday his
country would help defend Lebanon
against Israeli "trespassing."
In the Israeli thrust into the vil-
lages of Yater and Kafta, two
Israeli soldiers and four Shiite
guerrillas were killed; 33 people
were wounded, including three
Israeli soldiers, four Fijian U.N.
peacekeepers, five civilians and 21
Shiite guerrillas, security sources
The incursion involved 36 tanks
and three armored personnel carri-
ers, and Israel said its aim was to
find Katyusha rocket launchers and
"terrorist nests."
The action came after three days
of attacks on northern Israel by
Hezbollah guerrillas using
Katyusha rockets and those attacks
continued yesterday.
Shamir said that if the rocket-

fire continued, "We will certainly
attack them (Hezbollah) ... and I
hope that this will continue until we
quiet them."
Two liberal Israel lawmakers
demanded an urgent session of
Parliament's Defense and Foreign
Affairs Committee to review the
ground thrust into Lebanon.
By last night, the Israelis had
withdrawn partially from Yater but
still held the southern edge of the
village. They also held Kafra and a
hill overlooking the entire terrain.
Hundreds of Shiite soldiers from
the fundamentalist Hezbollah and
its one-time Shiite rival, the secular
pro-Syrian Amal movement,
jammed traffic on Lebanon's south-
bound coastal highways, heading
for the battle front.
They were armed with AK-47
assault rifles, and some wore red
and green headbands inscribed with
the battle cry of "Allahu Akbar," or
"God is Great."


Two good to be true
Petra Kronberger of Austria holds up her skis and celebrates her second Olympic gold medal in Meribel, France,
yesterday after winning the slalom event. She earlier won a gold medal for the Alpine combination.

'U' students say merged UB-UM overwhelmed by frequent delays

by Carlton Daniels
V Since the University's electronic mail
systems merged in January, the combination
has been plagued with frequent shutdowns
and a marked slowdown in performance.
During the weekend of Jan. 4, the
University Information Technology Division
(ITD) combined UB, the student electronic
mail system, with UM, the faculty system.
Doug Van Houweling, vice provost for
information technology, acknowledges that
were problems as a result of the merger of
the two systems, but most of the flaws have
been worked out.

"During the period when we consolidated
the systems, the systems weren't working as
well as we expected, and it wasn't as stable
as we would have liked," Van Houweling
The system problems were due to the size
of the combined system, said LSA sopho-
more Jason Larke, an ITD computer consul-
tant. "Obviously, it's inconvenienced a
number of users because the system's
down," he said.
"The changeover doubled the size of the
computer system as a whole, and there are
problems that occur on a system that large

that didn't occur on the smaller systems," he
Van Houweling contends that the main
problems that users experienced were due to
sluggish performance on the Michigan
Terminal System (MTS) message system.
"The performance problems we had are be-
hind us," he said. "The speed of the mail
system is actually a little faster now."
Many students, however, said they are
highly upset about the resulting problems,
and they have not noticed the improvements.
LSA junior Angela Moore, East Quad's
minority peer adviser, criticized the merger.

"I think it's terrible," she said. "It's not only
inconveniencing me but everyone as a
whole. The thing is always going off."
Moore, who uses the computer daily for
both personal and staff projects, said the
problems have negatively influenced staff
performance. "You have to send and retrieve
so many messages to know what's going on.
It inhibits us," she said.
RC sophomore Shelley Emerson, a
weekend MTS user, said she is upset by the
enhancements. "I find a big difference in
that there's a lot less time that I can be on
the computer due to frequent shutdowns,"
she said.

Van Houweling, however, contests the
claim that there are more shutdowns under
the merged system. "We're talking about
something that's past," he said. "Our goal is
not to have the system go down at all."
The slowdown hasn't been as aggravating
for some students, such as RC first-year stu-
dent Colleen O'Brien, another daily com-
puter user. "I don't think it's a huge
problem," she said. "I still think it's fun."
However, the problems haven't escaped
O'Brien's attention. "Every time I use it, I
feel like it's either broken, or it takes top
long to get on the system," she said.

i ;

Regent Paul Brown is a Democrat from Petoskey. Robert Delong did not
sponsor Terri Hudson's USE Lobby Service, although he did give Hudson a
donation and he purchased a new camera. This information was incorrectly
reported in yesterday's Daily.
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"Duplicate Bridge Game, every Fri-
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Israeli Dancing, every Sunday. $2.
Hillel, 8-10 p.m.
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T. H. Hildebrandt
Distinguished University Professor of Mathematics
At the Crossroads
March 3
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the Outside World
March 10

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