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The Michigan Daily/New Student Edition- Thursday, September 10, 1992 - Page 3

face life
on U-M
by Elizabeth Vogel
Although, first-year student
Fabian Salinas found the size of U-
M inimidating during his first few
days in Ann Arbor, he was relieved
about some of the differences be-
tween high school and college.
"In high school some freshmen
were thrown in garbage cans and
locked in lockers. Here it is not
like that," Salinas said.
"The school can behoverwhelm-
ing. There is so much around, so
much to find out about before you
start (classes)," Salinas said.
Salinas is one of the roughly
4,500 students who are
experiencing their first week as a
student at the U-M. As with any
new experience, moving off to
college can be overwhelming.
"There is so much going on -
it's really different from high
school," said Natasha Tokarz, an
LSA first-year student.
She said she spent her time be-
fore classes began finding her class-
rooms or going shopping.
"There are a lot of things I wait
in line for," Tokarz said.
Dan James, a junior Engineering
student who works at the Ulrich's
information desk said he believes
that first-year students are just a
little confused, but they catch on
Still, every turn offers an excit-
ing new challenge for these eager
One of the biggest challenges
facing them is the move into the
residence halls. And, because
students can luck out with a single
or get stuck in a converted triple,
the reaction to dorm life differs
from person to person.
First-year Engineering student
Gary Oke said he was pleasantly
surprised with his triple, "I
thought it would be crammed but

Gelman Sciences, city
reach cleanup decision

by David Rheingold
Daily News Editor
City Councilmember Kurt
Zimmer held a glass of water aloft,
noting it contained trace amounts of
a suspected cancer-causing chemi-
cal, then gulped it down to the
amusement of his colleagues.
Zimmer (D-4th Ward) drank the
water at Tuesday's council meeting
to convince the audience that an un-
derground water cleanup near Scio
Township will not pump unhealthy
amounts of the substance into the
Huron River.
The council unanimously ap-
proved the cleanup plan Tuesday.
Under it, Gelman Sciences Inc.
will clean an underground water
plume contaminated with 1,4-diox-
ane, a suspected carcinogen.
The dioxane is a manufacturing
byproduct of Gelman Sciences,
which makes micro-porous filters.
A mile-long plume, creeping
northeast toward Ann Arbor at
roughly a foot per day, has reached
the Evergreen Subdivision near M-
14 and Dexter Road.
The contaminated water does not
affect the city's water supply, which
serves the U-M campus. But because
the state considers it an environmen-
tal pollutant, some cleanup is
Gelman Sciences will reduce the
amount of dioxane to safe levels,
then pump the treated water through
city sanitary sewers. After passing
through the city water treatment
plant, it will enter the Huron River.
Some residents feared the
cleanup will not reduce the dioxane
to adequate levels.
Gelman Sciences must reduce the
concentration to a monthly average
of 10 parts per billion over a 180-
day period.
Several council members said
Tuesday that this is a relatively
insignificant amount.
Councilmember Bob Eckstein
(D-5th Ward) brought a scientific
study Tuesday which said a tomato
contains 25 ppb of dioxane.
The state says 1 ppb is safe for

drinking water and 2,000 ppb is safe
for body contact.
Many foods and products contain
dioxane. Zimmer, who drank half a
gallon of water containing 100 ppb,
pointed out that baby shampoo con-
tains 100,000 ppb and Woolite
contains 40,000 ppb.
As a result, the city estimates that
more than 250 pounds of dioxane
enters the Huron every year.

Gelman Sciences will discharge
about 72,000 gallons of water into
the sewers, which will contain only
1 to 2 pounds of dioxane per year.
"It's ridiculous to say that 2 lbs.
is the straw that broke the camel's
back," Eckstein said. "It's the 250
lbs., not 2 lbs., that we should be
worrying about."
Gelman Sciences has agreed to'
indemnify the city against damages
and possible legal actions.

Ann Arbor City Council approves
plan to continue year-long funding
bail-out of Recycle Ann Arbor

After going shopping and being introduced to U-M's penchant for lines,
new LSA student Natasha Tokarz relates her experiences thus far
over lunch in the cafeteria. She commented that the U-M is really
different from high school and making adjustments is difficult, a
common reaction for frosh. An estimated 4,500 first-year students
have just entered U-M.

there is a lot of room."
"It's not at all like home,"
Salinas said. "I'm used to having
my own room. Right now there is
enough space, but maybe after a
while we will feel cramped.
"I'm used to home cooked meals
and the stuff in the cafeteria looks
like it came out of a box and was
stuffed in the oven," Salinas added.
Students also noted that they
have more freedom than they did in
high school.
"(You are) away from home
and get to do whatever you want,"
said Tim Abla, a first-year LSA
Although being a first-year stu-
dent can be exciting, most students
said they find it difficult.
"You have an idea of what

everything is supposed to be like
and when its not, its hard to deal
with," Tokarz said.
Paul VanDerKolk a junior
Engineering student who is a
bookrunner at Ulrich's can tell if a
student is first-year because they
seem to act intimidated.
"The majority I see are kind of
shy," VanDerKolk said.
"Everything they say is a question
in a way."
Surviving school is a goal that
many of the first-year students
Oke said his goal is, "Not to
flunk out."
Salinas said he hopes. "... not
have a nervous breakdown. I want
to get out in four years, hopefully."

by David Rheingold
Daily News Editor
After months of debate and inac-
tion, the Ann Arbor City Council
voted Tuesday to give Recycle Ann
Arbor (RAA) $296,000 needed to
recuperate fully from its financial
"We're back on our feet," said
RAA Interim Director Mike
Garfield. "I'm thrilled and I'm glad
that (the council has) enough trust in
Recycle Ann Arbor to get its act to-
gether and restore its service."
RAA is a local, non-profit recy-
cling agency. It collects waste in off-
campus neighborhoods and some U-
M offices.
It recently encountered extreme
financial difficulties, which surfaced
in April when several workers
walked off the job.
"The organization got to the point
last spring where it couldn't
(maintain) payroll, it couldn't pay
insurance, and it was faced with po-
tentially going into bankruptcy,"
Garfield said.
The city helped keep RAA afloat
with several payments. Tuesday's
approval will bring the total bailout
to about $600,000.
City officials managed to come
up with $294,000 within the city's
existing solid waste budget.
Funding came through program

savings, delays and eliminations in
the current year's budget. About
$100,000 of it was slated for public
housing, which has been stalled be-
cause of construction delays. The
city will replace the money when it
is needed.
City officials said they were
pleased they did not have to dip into
the city's $2 million budget surplus.
"I wasn't interested in driving
down our cash reserves $300,000,"
said Councilmember Bob Eckstein
(D-5th Ward). "I wanted to find
money in the budget, other places."
The city also managed to avoid
delaying a commercial recycling
program and closing the South
Industrial drop-off recycling station.
Both were initially proposed, but the
city found alternatives through addi-
tional budget rearrangements.
Garfield attributes RAA's finan-
cial difficulties to mismanagement
last year.
"Recycle Ann Arbor negotiated a
processing contract that was bare to
the bone and not good enough to
keep operations going when pro-
grams expanded threefold last year,"
he said.
Tuesday's payment will cover re-
cycling truck maintenance and out-
standing RAA debts.


by Henry Goldblatt
Daily News Editor

These are local candidates seeking various offices in the
November election:
13th U.S. Con ressional District

William Ford, Democrat (incumbent)
Robert Geake, Reoublican

Mark Ouimet, Republican
Marv Schroer Democrat

Terrence Bertram, Republican
Lynn Rivers, Democrat

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Brian Mackie, Democrat
Lynwood Noah, Republican

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Jerome Farmer
Kurtis Wilder
Farmer, Wilder to vie
Sfor judicial position
by Hope Calati system is not working," Wilder said.
Daily Government Reporter Wilder said he wants to "insure

Democrat Lynn R
Republican Terrence B
each one step closer to be
next state representativ
Arbor's 53rd district aft
won their respective party
August 4.
In the race for the D
nominee, Rivers captured
of the vote beating outI
opponent - state polil
Alexander - by 30 perce
Ann Arbor attorney B
ily defeated oppone
Coolidge Firestone by a
to 28 percent margin.
The 53rd disctrict se
cated when 20-year vet
Rep. Perry Bullard (D-A
decided to run for a Cin
judgeship in November.
district includes the majo
U-M campus area.
Republican Mark Oui
mer Ann Arboi
Councilmember, handil
party's nomination in A
52nd district. He will fac
Mary Schroer, a legislativ
to State Sen. Lana Pollack
Both of the 53rd disc
dates called higher educa
ing a top priority and

Bertram capture 53rd
would be spending time at U-M campaign is enter
campaigning and talking to students. stage.
ivers and "If we do not provide for educa- "We're going 1
ertram are tion it will have a boomerang effect. cus on things wec
coming the People will not get jobs and leave issues people raise(
ve of Ann the state. ... We need to make it an choice, school fun
'ter having absolute priority," Bertram said. tion of the human
y primaries "We will be spending a lot of Rivers
time on campus. I don't believe thatR said.
Democratic students are uninterested," he added. "This crew knoN
52 percent Rivers said her goal was to make egy - 'all out'. W
her closest access to higher education as easy as everyone though n
tician Bob possible. on as many doors
nt. "Education in general is a high added.
ertram eas- priority. I would always look to fund Both candidate
nt David education and make sure that it is as hopeful about their
71 percent accessible as possible," Rivers said.
She added, when visiting the U-M
at was va- campus, she hopes to allow students
eran State to define some of the issues she will 5:C A
knn Arbor) focus on during the campaign.
rcuit Court Bertram said his past budget ex- -Wilbur the
The 53rd perience helped him gain his party's for schools
ority of the nomination: -Reptiles -S
"What I present to the people is a *KnowledC
met, a for- person who can deliver services
r C it y within the current budget ... Based
y won his on my experience, I know that there
nn Arbor's is a better way which we can get Fis
e Democrat more effective and efficient re- S
ve assistant sponses to the needs of the con-
k. stituents within the existing budget,"
trict candi- Bertram said.
ation fund- Rivers said her focus on certain
said they issues will not change now that the


district rep. nods
ring a different tion in November.
"It's going to be a tough race.
o continue to fo- Once we get issues out, there should
lid this time, the be a clear choice between candi-
I with me such as dates," Bertram said. "Once I get out
ling, and restora- there and present my stance on is-
services budget," sues, this should demonstrate my
ability to get things done. We have
an excellent chance of prevailing in
vs only one strat- November."
e have tried to hit Rivers said she is also optimistic
ail ... and knock about her chances for election in
as we can," she November and emphasized she
would like to work with other
s said they are Democratic candidates during the
chances for elec- fall election.



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In a tight primary race fraught
with computer glitches, Jerome
Farmer beat Lore Ann Rogers by
one percentage point for 22nd
Circuit Court Judge.
Farmer's victory earned him one
of two positions on the November
ballot. He will face incumbent Kurtis
Wilder in this non-partisan election.
"At the end of the evening, we
went to bed thinking (Jerome) had
lost." said Farmer's wife, Carolyn,
"We received a call at quarter to
eight (the next morning) saying he
had won. ... We were thrilled."
Jerome Fanner will campaign on
his 23 years of experience in the
county prosecutor's office and the
prosecution of sexual assault and
domestic violence offenders and
child abusers..
"(The prosecuting attorney) is a
friend to those who are living lives
according to the law," Carolyn
Farmer said.
Wilder's campaign will
"redouble" his efforts to reach out to
Washtenaw County residents. He
said he has been working to address
both public and private groups since
he was appointed to the judgeship on

not only is there the appearance of
justice in the courtroom but that jus-
tice actually occurs."
In the race for prosecuting attor-
ney, Republican Lynwood Noah will
be facing Democratic candidate
Brian Mackie.
Noah said he was surprised by
his 61-39 margin of victory over
Republican challenger John
Stanowski. Stanowski and Noah
both work currently work in the
prosecuting attorney's office. Noah
is the Deputy Chief Assistant to the
Prosecuting Attorney and John
Stanowski is the Assistant
Prosecuting Attorney .
Noah said he will emphasize the
prosecution of repeat offenders and
assault offenders - including mur-
derers, armed robbers and rapists in
his campaign.
Brian Mackie won two-thirds of
the democratic votes cast, beating
Terrance O'1lagan.
Mackie has served as assistant
prosecuting attorney from 1978-
1991. If elected, he will establish
special units to prosecute career
criminals and sexual offenders if

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