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Service lets
customers
pick phone
numbers
by Courtney Whitehead
On a night out at the local bar, a
phone number can now advertise po-
tential as well as any pick up line.
Just imagine being told to call 769-
STUD or 994-BABE when asking
for the number of that special some-
one.
With Michigan Bell's new
Custom Number Service, telephone
subscribers can pick their own
phone number for a one-time fee of
$38.
"They are limited only by their
imaginations - and the availability
of the number they want," said
Marcia Buhl, public relations direc-
tor for Michigan Bell.
Custom Number Service started
Oct. 5 all across the state. However,
students living in residence halls
must settle for an assigned telephone
number.
A epresentative of the U-M
Department of Telecommunications
said she wasn't even aware that the
Custom Number Service existed,
and that it will not be available in
the near future.
The service is available to both
new and current Michigan Bell
customers. It was created for busi-
nesses and private citizens, in the
same vei2n as the "vanity" license
plates seen frequently on cars.
A number request must be based
on the exchange that services the
area. For example, CALLJOE would
not be an option in the Ann Arbor
area where the exchanges begin 994,
996, 769, etc. The last four numbers
are the customer's choice - unless
someone already has them - but the
first three are not negotiable.
Charlene Mitchell, a Michigan
Bell employee, said some people
have asked for their phone numbers
to be the same as their addresses or
the year they were born. Several
people have already signed up for
the service, but the exact number of
customers was unavailable.
So students who want to be THE-
STUD in their hometowns should
call now, before someone else re-
quests the position.

Congressional
candidates debate
economy, deficit

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Abortion rights rally
Kathryn Dupree, a U-M alumnae, chants with other pro-choice demonstrators at a rally on the Diag Friday. The
rally was the last event in a week-long string of pro-choice happenings. Democrats Perry Bullard and Lynn
Rivers spoke at the demonstration, as did Robyn Menin, the executive director of Planned Parenthood.
Speaker shares experiences
with environmental activism

by Hope Calati
Daily Government Reporter
Candidates for the 13th
Congressional District seat ad-
dressed community members in a
"town hall" meeting to discuss the
issues laid out by Ross Perot in his
book United We Stand.
Thirty people listened to
Republican State Sen. Robert Geake,
Tisch Party candidate Paul Jensen,
Workers League candidate Larry
Roberts and Independent Randall
Roe answer a list of prepared ques-
tions and audience inquiries.
Incumbent Rep. Bill Ford (D-
Ypsilanti Township) did not attend
because of a previous commitment.
The questions addressed issues
ranging from the federal budget
deficit to health care.
Moderator Gerald Harrington
asked the candidates if they favored
cutting $40 billion from.the defense
budget over five years.
"I think we can do that. But we
don't know what's going to happen
with inflation and we can't predict
an exact number," Geake said.
Jensen said he supports reappor-
tioning the defense budget. "If busi-
ness works well, so should the mili-
tary," he said.
Roberts said the enemy is not
foreign governments, but big
business. "We are for the abolition
of the Pentagon and defense as we
know it," Roberts said.
Roe added, "We must strategi-
cally reduce our defense but we
must not risk our security."
All the candidates supported
giving families access to preventive
health services at local schools.
"The school location would be a
great place to provide information
about AIDS and other killing dis-
eases," Roe said.
Roberts said health care is a right
and his party supports universal
health care.
Whenasked if the candidates
supported increasing the money to
the cities by $11.4 billion within five
years, the candidates offered mixed
responses.
Roe said he supports the program
with exceptions. "I will not support

shifting money from the suburbs to
the cities," Roe said. He advocates
using the money saved through for-
eign aid and defense spending reduc-
tions to aid the cities.
Geake said he supports the redis-
tribution of funds advocated by Roe
but he said he does not know how
much money should be allocated to
the cities.
Roberts said his party is against
enterprise zones and tax relief for
business as a means of revitalizing
the cities because they will not cre-
ate high-paid employment for those
who need it most.
The candidates all said control-
ling the federal deficit was a priority.
Roberts received applause from
the crowd for his response to the
'We are for the
abolition of the
Pentagon and defense
as we know it.'
- Larry Roberts
Workers League
candidate
question. "It doesn't address the real
issue: Where did the deficit come
from?" Roberts said.
He blamed the wealthy for the
problem. "They created the debt.
They should pay for it," he said.
The candidates said they support
a constitutional amendment to give
the president the line item veto to
reduce the influence of special inter-
est groups, with the exception of
Roberts.
"This is just another measure to
allow the president to eliminate so-
cial programs desperately needed by
the working class," Roberts said.
The candidates agreed that cam-
paign funding needs to be reformed
by the restriction or elimination of
Political Action Committee
contributions.
The event was sponsored by
United We Stand, America
(USWA).

by Gwen Shaffer
Daily Environment Reporter
When Hazel Johnson opened the
doors and windows of her apart-
ment, located in a poor African
American section of Chicago, she
was overcome by a smell that
brought to mind "decomposed
bodies."
The chemical stench caused by
incinerators and hazardous waste
dumps in her neighborhood made
her eyes water and her stomach feel
nauseous.
That was 13 years ago, before
she began fighting environmental
injustices.
Johnson spoke at Hale
Auditorium as part of the Student
Environmental Action Coalition
conference Friday night.
In 1982, Johnson formed the

grassroots organization People for
Community Recovery, soon after
her husband died of lung cancer.
"I started out by going to an
Illinois EPA hearing and testifying
about the problem," she said. "The
EPA said they would send forms for
individuals in my neighborhood to
fill out."
But when the forms arrived, the
EPA had enclosed only 12
questionnaires for a neighborhood of
2,200 people. Not ready to give up,
Johnson gave the forms to friends
and asked them to make copies at
their jobs.
"We made over 1,000 copies and
passed them out," Johnson said.
"When the health forms were com-
pleted we found out there were
hundreds of cases of cancer in the
neighborhood - two to three people

a week died."
Johnson said the forms also
showed an above-average number of
birth defects and miscarriages in the
neighborhood.
Although the health department
told People for Community
Recovery to "forget about" making
changes in their neighborhood, the
group has succeeded in getting the
asbestos removed from their apart-
ments and keeping large waste com-
panies from locating there.
Johnson has faced the opposition
of her neighbors. Recently, the
community was offered $25 million
by a "slick company" to be the site
for another landfill. Johnson was the
only person on the task force op-
posed to the project.
"I felt my health was more im-
portant than money," she said.

U-M debate team takes first place at Kentucky tournament

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by Kara Pranikoff
While the Michigan football
team was beating Iowa the weekend
of Oct. 13, the U-M debate team was
in Lexington, Ky., beating its own
competition.
Six U-M two-person teams took
part in the annual University of
Kentucky invitational debate where
U-M debaters Dennis Devine and
Matt Shors placed first.
"The event is a major one for us,"
said debate team coach Steve
Mancuso, who has run the team
since 1985. "It is comparable to the
Masters in golf, or Wimbledon in
tennis."

The tournament consisted of two
preliminary days where each team
debated eight times - four on the
affirmative, suggesting and support-
ing their own ideas and four on the
negative, trying to disprove their op-
ponents' thoughts. Sixteen teams
qualified for elimination day, where
the winning team took part in four
debates.
During each round, debaters de-
liver one nine-minute speech, one
six-minute rebuttal and cross-exam-
ine one of their opponents for three
minutes.
The U-M has been awarded first
place three times previously, this

year beating rival Dartmouth in the
deciding debate.
College circuit debate teams ar-
gue the same topic - one of four
suggested by a national committee
and voted on by participating
schools - throughout the year.
This year's resolution is: "The
U.S. should substantially change its
development assistance policy to
one or more of the following na-
tions: Afghanistan, Bangladesh,
Bhutan, Burma, India, Nepal,
Pakistan or Sri Lanka."
"At first I thought the topic was
too esoteric. With my research,
though, I've learned about new areas

rather than the broader countries I
usually study," Shors said.
After the resolution is released,
Mancuso assigns an area of research
to each team member - who obtain
information from articles from U-M
libraries and then share it with the
team.
First-year student Debbi Jutz
said, "While the sport is competitive,
the team itself is very supportive.
The more experienced members
really help out ... We're very
unified."
Team members said college de-
bating tends to be male-dominated,
however this year the U-M team
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consists of four women out of an
approximately 25-member squad.
Rana Jaleel, who participated in
her first collegiate debate at Wayne
State University last weekend, said,
"There's no real difference between
males and females on the team. In
high-school there were some com-
ments made, but I just attribute that
to immaturity.
"(Debating is) great for your self

confidence, and you get to speak
without being interrupted," she
added.
Many debaters said they enjoy
the competition and intelligence of
this different social environment and
build friendships, as debaters from
across the country attend the same
events every year.
"I love the travel, but I miss the
football games," Devine said.

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Student groups
Q Club Field Hockey, Palmer
Field, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Q Environmental Action Coali-
tion, meeting, School of Natu-
ralResources,room 1040,7 p.m.
Q Indian American Students As-
sociation, board meeting,
Michigan League, room A, 7
p.m.
Q Michigan Women's Rugby
Club, practice, East Mitchell
Field, 8-10 p.m.
Q Newman Catholic Student As-
sociation, Bible Study, 7:30
p.m.; RCIA, 7 p.m.; Vocation
Group, 7 p.m.; Saint Mary Stu-
dent Chapel, 331 Thompson St.
Q Shorin-Ryu Karate-Do Club,
practice, CCRB, Martial Arts
Room, 7:45-8:45 p.m.
Q U-M Ninjitsu Club, practice,
I.M. Building, Wrestling Room
G21, 7:30-9 p.m.
U Undergraduate Philosophy
Club, meeting, Angell Hall,
room 2220,6:30 p.m.
Q Undergraduate Psychology So-
ciety, mass meeting, Mason

Q "Capturing the Spirit: Por-
traits of Contemporary Mexi-
can Artists," Smithsonian
exhibit, Ann Arbor Public Li-
brary, 343 S. Fifth Ave., lower
level Multi-Purpose Room, 10
a.m. - 9 p.m.
Q Dance Lessons, U-MA-Squares,
Michigan Union, 6:30-8 p.m.
Q Diwali Show, Indian American
Student Association, Power
Center, show October 24, tick-
ets $7 and $13.50, for tickets
call Malini Patel 668-0686, or
Ami Patel 764-8879.
Q "Electronic Considerations of
Metallophthalocyanines," De-
partment of Chemistry Inorganic
Seminar, Chemistry Building,
room 1640,4 p.m.
Q "Focus on Michigan," photog-
raphy contest, City of Ann Ar-
bor Parks and Recreation
Department, accepting entries
until. December 1, contact Irene
Bushaw 994-2780.
Q Graduate Employees Organi-
zation, membership meeting,,
Modern Languages Building,

Q "The Birthday Party," per-
formed by U-M Department of
Theaterand Drama, through Oc-
tober 25, Trueblood Theater,
tickets call 764-0450.
Q University Activities Center
Homecoming, Window Paint-
ing, Michigan Union, all day;
Billiard Tournament, Michigan
Union, all day, $5 entrance fee;
Diag Entertainment, 12-1 p.m.;
sponsored by University Activi-
ties Center
Q Women's Book Group, Guild
House Campus Ministry, 802
Monroe St., 12 p.m.
Student services
Q Northwalk Nighttime Safety
Walking Service, Bursley Hall,
lobby, 763-WALK, 8p.m. -1:30
a.m.
Q Psychology Undergraduate
Peer Advising, sponsored by
Dept. of Psychology, West
Quad, :oom K210, 10 a.m. - 4
p.m.
Q Safewalk Nighttime Safety

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