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Vending machines provide candy,

.condoms on some

by Jen DiMascio
While health care officials are
stressing the need for safe sex, many
of the nation's colleges and univer-
sities have developed active pro-
grams to educate and protect
students.
Schools have initiated a variety
of strategies to promote safe sex,
ranging from education programs to
the installation of condom vending
machines in campus residence halls.
Condom machines in bathrooms
at the University of New Mexico
were vandalized - then stolen. Dr.
Billie Lindsay, a former employee of
the University of New Mexico,
speculated the vandals may have
taken the machine for a dorm-room
decoration.
Ohio State University's residence
halls house vending machines with

condoms and candy. Located outside
the restrooms, the machines are ac-
cessible to women and men.
The U-M has taken a different
tack.
The U-M's University Health
Services (UHS) distributes free con-
doms to students as part of its safer
sex program. The program aims to
give first time users access to con-
doms and to reduce the public health
risk.
Residence hall advisors may ob-
tain free condoms for students on
their hallway by hosting peer advisor
seminars. The participants talk about
what decisions they would make in
sexual situations, and discuss safe,
risky, and unsafe behavior.
UHS officials say the program
recognizes that abstinence is an op-
tion for some students. Students are

college campuses
shown how to use various methods (UVC) class. One unit is devoted to
of birth control and may take sexually transmitted diseases and
brochures and condoms home. birth control. Anyone requesting
"Using a latex condom is no birth control at OSU must attend a
guarantee, but using one with sper- seminar, similar to the one offered at
the U-M. After the seminar, con-
doms are free, and diaphragms and
'1 believe that birth control pills are available at a
knowledge doesn't discounted rate.
Frustrated and unable to statisti-
cally evaluate the effectiveness of
- Mary Ann Joseph their programs, reaction from pro-
nursing coordinator gram coordinators at the U-M and
OSU were similar.
"I believe that knowledge doesn't
micide Nonoxynol-9 is the ideal," always rule behavior," said Mary
said Janet Zielasko, head of Health Ann Joseph, coordinator of nursing
Promotion and Community at The Ohio State University.
Relations Department. "We can build awareness. The
The Ohio State University re- message is getting out there, but
quires first-year and transfer stu- then it is difficult to evaluate the be-
dents to take a University Survey havior change," said Zeilasko.

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EVAN PETRIE/Daily
Paradise by the dashboard lightE
Bryan Theis, an Engineering first-year student, peers into the cab of a new GMC truck. General Motors was on
campus yesterday to display several new cars and register students for a $500 prize.
irst Step' helps substance

Just Vote
programs
to inform
students
by Shannon Unger
After registering more than 7,000
U-M students to vote, the student
group Just Vote is intensifying its
efforts with less than a week to the
Nov. 3 election.
Just Vote is sponsoring a variety
of events to increase voter turnout,
including:
A debate Monday between
candidates for the U-M Board of
Regents at 7 p.m. in Room 35,
Angell Hall;
Ongoing distribution of guides
detailing the candidates in the
Fishbowl, the Diag, the libraries and
residence halls; and,
A hand-out of these guides on
the Diag Monday while radio station
WCBS plays music.
The election guides contain pro-
files of candidates for Congress, the
Michigan House of Representatives,
the County Board of
Commissioners, and the U-M Board
of Regents. They also discuss the
four statewide referendums.
Karen Boven, co-facilitator of
Just Vote, said she was pleased that
the group registered 7,000 students
- 2,000 more than members
anticipated.
"Overall we got a great re-
sponse," said Boven, a sophomore in
the School of Natural Resources and
- Environment.
She added that the problem is not
lack of interest but lack of
information.
"People don't necessarily know
what to do, but they do want to
vote," she said. "We don't just want
voters to pull a lever. We want them
tto know who the candidates are and
twhat they stand for. We just want to
get everyone's attention to remind
them to vote on Tuesday."
i

A hole-y protest
Greenpeace members illustrate their concern aboutthe hole in the ozone
layer by protesting on the Diag yesterday. The students were rallying
against DuPont for producing CFCs and other ozone-depleting chemicals.

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abusers al
by Megan Lardner
Daily Staff Reporter
A new program called "First
Step" is offering just that to low-in-
come, substance abusers in the Ann
Arbor area who need a transition on
the way to recovery.
The program provides temporary
housing, information about recovery
programs and emotional support.
"I think we're providing a needed
service," said the program's
Executive Director, Rodney Barnes.
"First Step" organizers began the
program in September. About six
people live in the house, although it
can accommodate more.
The organization's main goal is
to breech the gap between temporary
housing shelters and independent
long-term living arrangements.
"The program has been pretty
well received," Barnes said.
Area temporary housing shelters
usually refer participants to the

ong road ti
"First Step" program. Involvement
is entirely by choice and members
are free to leave at any time.
Unlike shelters, which offer only
immediate and temporary relief,
"First Step" strongly encourages
members to enter a three-month con-
tract. Longer living arrangements
are negotiated on a personal basis,
depending on each individual's situ:
ation and improvement.
The house requires that its
members:
Do not use alcohol or illicit
drugs while in the program;
* Attend regular substance de-
pendency meetings, such as
Alcoholics Anonymous, or other
outpatient services;
* Honor their commitment to the
three-month living contract; and,
* Pay the program's fees, which
are somewhat flexible.
The program tries to provide a
living space that is affordable, drug-

o recovery
free and in a decent neighborhood,
Barnes said.
A main problem in Ann Arbor,
he said, is the lack of available hous
ing for low-income people.
Barnes pointed out that many
lower-income people who work in
Ann Arbor have to live inless ex"
pensive surrounding areas.
This is not economically benefi.
cial to the city and contributes to the
cycle of poverty and substance
abuse seen in other areas, he added.
The organizers said they are
confident the program will continue
successfully. "We've avoided a lot
of the pitfalls that other people may
fall into," Barnes stated.
"First Step" is applying for gov-
ernment grants, but has not received
any yet.
. Most of the organization's fund-
ing comes from private contributors,
though the program still lacks suffi-
cient financial support.

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