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The Michigan Daily - Friday, December 3, 1993 - 5

Cafes give
discounts
to students
with mugs
* Stores such as Cava
Java, Cafe Fino'and
Rendez Vous-Cafe
offer lower price to
environmentally-
conscious students
By JENNIFER LOTT
FOR THE DAILY
0 Ann Arbor is a coffee drinker's
paradise. The plethora of coffee
houses provides students with a vari-
ety of choices.
However, these establishments
also produce a lot of waste.
In an effort to help reduce envi-
ronmental waste, students are encour-
aging local coffee shops to offer dis-
counted prices to coffee drinkers who
bring their own reusable mugs.
As part of a class project to iden-
tify and solve a local environmental
problem, LSA seniors Seth Cohen
and Carin Gordon, and LSA junior
Bryan Raskin visited several cafes to
discuss whether they offered discounts
- and to convince those that didn't to
begin doing so.
The students said they targeted
coffee shops, which produce more
waste than many businesses.
"Recycling is excellent, but it
still requires natural resources to make
the product plus money, water, en-
ergy, labor and time to recycle. In the
case of coffee shops, recycling isn't
even an option because recyclable
paper cups don't exist. The best solu-
tion is to simply reduce waste," Gor-
don said.
The students said their proposal

GM to open new
plant in Lansing

MARY KOUKHAB/Daily

Espresso Royale displays a sign indicating it is one of the participating shopsI

that offer discounts to students.

was met with unexpected enthusi-
asm. The managers of Cafe Fino, Cava
Java, Espresso Royal and Rendez
Vous Cafe all agreed to a 25-cent
discount for students using reusable
mugs. Amer's Deli will continue to
give its 10-cent discount. In addition,
the students posted flyers indicating
the effort.
Although some of the coffee shops
already offered the discount, there
were stipulations such as discounts
only on refills in their own mugs or,
only during specified hours.
The signs that now hang in all of
the targeted shops express the ur-
gency the students said they felt for
the project: "By 1995, half of all land-
fills in the U.S. will be closed. This
leaves us with no place to dispose our
waste."
Coffee shop owners said their
motivation for offering the discount
is more humanitarian than economic.
Some noted that by offering the 25-

cent discount, they actually stand to
lose money, since paper cups only
cost about 6 cents.
"I've got little kids and I want the
world to be around for them to en-
joy," explained Mark McGovern,
manager of Cava Java. "My little girl
is in kindergarten and she comes home
saying, 'Daddy recycle.'
"Listen, we've all got to realize
this is something we need to do," he
added.
Wade Radina, manager of Cafe
Espresso Royale ,said, "We actually
started this three years ago. Our mo-
tivation is to save paper."
Radina speculated that many
people don't carry mugs because they
plan to stay at the cafe, rather than get
their drink to go.
"There are those days when people
are running behind. They get on line
and suddenly think, 'Oh no! I'll be
late for class!' so they end up using
paper," he explained.

Eric Lundy, manager of Cafe Fino,
stressed that, while business- spon-
sored efforts are an important compo-
nent of solving waste problems, envi-
ronmental success hinges on commu-
nity awareness and activism.
"I am very excited and supportive
of the idea but I look forward to a time
where we don't need to advertise en-
vironmental awareness-a time when
people act responsibly on their own,"
he said.
The students and businesses in-
volved in this project said they are
enthusiastic about the program and
its potential impact.
They hope awareness will spark
action, and that through action the
community can make a difference.
"It's such a simple thing to do.
Reusable mugs are cheap and easy to
carry- especially for students with
knapsacks. It's such an easy solution
to an important problem," said Gor-
don.

DETROIT (AP) - General Mo-
tors Corp. and ASC Inc. will build
convertible Chevrolet Cavaliers and
Pontiac Sunbirds together in an
underused GM plant in Lansing, the
companies said yesterday.
Between 200 and 300 jobs will be
created counting the additional as-
sembly of cars in Lansing and the
convertibles that will be made at the
former Reatta Craft Centre. An unde-
termined number of the jobs will be
filled by workers transferring from an
ASC plant near Youngstown, Ohio.
Reports of the work moving to
Lansing from northeast Ohio have
circulated for weeks among the United
Auto Workers, which will add to its
membership by absorbing the
nonunionized ASC workers into Lo-
cal 1618.
ASC's labor costs for those work-
ers will rise because it must pay wages
and benefits under the national GM-
UAW agreement, but Lansing Auto-
motive Division general managerTom
Davis and ASC Chair Heinz Prechter
said the overall cost of making con-
vertibles will go down.
"We came to the conclusion that
the significant efficiency gained will
more than make up for the premium
of the labor cost," Prechter said in an
interview.
He said he isn't sure what will
happen to the ASC plant in North
Jackson, Ohio, but one option is ex-
panding a subsystems operation that
is running out of space in Columbus.
ASC, which derives about 30 per-
cent - more than $100 million - of
its annual revenue from GM, gets
access to a GM plant and a closer
relationship with a major client, one
of its strategic goals, Prechter said.
"When this opportunity came

'We came to the
conclusion that the
significant efficiency
gained will more than
make up for the
premium of the labor
cost.'
- Heinz Prechter
ASC chair
along, we felt we could merge our
expertise and flexibility," he said. "We
just felt that it was a once-in-a-life-
time chance."
GM wins points with the UAW by
bringing work back into the company
that previously had been contracted
outside, but Davis said bringing-the
work to a UAW plant "was a business
case that had to stand on its own
merits,"
GM's Lordstown, Ohio, assem-
bly plant, which now makes the Cava-
liers and Sunbirds that ASC modifies
into convertibles, will continue run-
ning three shifts six days a week at 77
cars an hour, Davis said.
The convertible work, expected to
be about 15,000 cars a year beginning
in early 1995, will be in addition to
70,000 to 100,000 Cavaliers and Sun-
birds GM will produce in Lansing
after moving them from Mexico.
For now, the only convertible
project is going to be the Cavalier-
Sunbird.
"We intend to use the talents of
both companies to bring additional
products in there," Davis said. "There
are a number of things we're looking
at."

Little red elves to collect money at 'U' for hospitalized kids

By MEGAN SCHIMPF
DAILY STAFF REPORTER
Several hundred medical students
will don red ponchos and appear on
street corners throughout Ann Arbor
today and tomorrow as part of the
Galen Tag Days fund-raising drive to
benefit Mott Children's Hospital and
other children's health organizations.
In their 65th annual fund-raising

drive, members of the Galens Medi-
cal Society will collect money on
street corners and give the donors a
green or red tag to demonstrate their
support for the organization and to
show other Galens members that they
have already donated.
The society is dedicated to
children's health, said fourth-year
medical student and Galens publicity

chair Jo Harter.
"It's mainly important for kids to
be kids in the hospital," she said. "It's
stressful anyway to be in the hospital,
and even if you only have a few hours
a day where you can play and be a kid,
and you're not being pricked by
needles 24 hours a day, it helps."
The red-ponchoed students also
have fun during the drive, sometimes

keeping warm by singing and danc-
ing on the street corner.
"It can be very cold," Harter said.
"But you always know that what
you're doing is helping other people.
It's gratifying."
All of the money raised will go to
children's health organizations, she
said.
"Sometimes when people donate

to groups, they worry that their money
will not get to where they want it to
go. We don't take any money from
the drive. It doesn't go to anything but
the kids," she said.
Donations are usually pocket.
change, but Harter said some people
prepare checks in advance. Last year,
one worker received a $5,000 check
in her bucket.

"One year, I was working in the
Diag and this man came up to me who
was obviously homeless. He didn't
have any money, but he had scraped
up a quarter and gave it me," said
Harter. "It was really kind of sweet."
The donations vary greatly, Harter
said. "We take anything, because any-
thing will help," she added.
This year's goal is $80,000.

Shuttle pursues broken-down Hubble

SPACE CENTER, Houston (AP)
- A repair team of astronauts chased
the Hubble Space Telescope through
trackless space yesterday to restore it
to health and bind NASA's wounds at
the same time.
The space agency says that never
before has a shuttle crew been as
experienced and trained as the six
men and one woman who rode the
Endeavour into orbit before dawn
yesterday.
Seldom, too, has NASA's reputa-
tion been so tied to a flight.
Endeavor's 11-day mission is the
most ambitious since shuttles began
flying in 1981. It seeks no less than to
fit the Hubble's instrument with cor-
rective lenses, replace the wide field
planetary camera, and to substitute a
new design of solar arrays for the old
ones that shook the telescope 28 times

each day.
For NASA, a successful mission
will be an upbeat finale to a year that
featured disclosures of massive cost
overruns, close calls on congressional
space station votes, a $1.4 billion
probe going to Jupiter with a jammed
antenna, and a $1 billion probe that
disappeared near Mars without a trace.
And only hours before liftoff the
director of the Johnson Space Center
confirmed that the FBI is investigat-
ing allegations of fraud at NASA's
hub for manned spaceflight.
The $1.6 billion Hubble was
launched with great fanfare in April
1990 as the first of the nation's great
space observatories - the first de-
signed to overcome the blurring of
images caused by the atmosphere and
the first to look backward in time and
distance to the very birth of the uni-

verse.
But the telescope, named after as-
tronomer Edwin Hubble, quickly be-
came a butt of jokes when it was
discovered that its 94-inch primary
mirror was ground too flat at the edges.
If the dime-to-quarter size corrective
lenses work, the telescope should have
almost all its planned capabilities.
Windy weather foiled the first
launch attempt on Wednesday but
yesterday's countdown was flawless.
The Endeavour lighted up the Florida
skies for hundreds of miles at 4:27
a.m. EST.
The telescope also has three failed
gyroscopes, two quirky magnetom-
eters, trembling solar panels, bad so-
lar-panel drive electronics, reduced
computer memory and a balky power
supply for an ultraviolet light detec-
tor.

The Space Shuttle Endeavour thunders off the launch pad early yesterday morning, beginning an 11-day mission to
repair the Hubble Space Telescope.

NON-STOP COPIES.

Friday
Q AIDS: The Long and Short of
it, a collection of short films
addressing the AIDS crisis,
sponsored by Visual AIDS,
Angell Hall, Auditorium B, 8
p.m.
Q Hegel's critique of Kant's
Empericism and Categorical
Imperative, lecture by Sally
Sedgwick, sponsored by the
philosophy department, Mason
Hall, Room 1412,4 p.m.
Q Korean Campus Crusade for
Christ, fellowship meeting,
Campus Chapel, 1236
Washtenaw Ct., 8 p.m.
Q Love and the Independent
Woman: Passion and Depres-
sion in Simone de Beauvoir's
autobiographies, lecture by
Toril Moi, Rackham

U Psychology Academic Peer Ad-
vising, walkins welcome or call
for appointment, 747-3711,
West Quad, Room K103, 11
a.m-4 p.m.
0 Rowing Team, novice practice,
boat house, men 3, 4, and 5
p.m.; women 3:30, 4:30, and
5:30 p.m.
U Safewalk Nighttime Safety
Walking Service, UGLi, lobby,
936-1000, 8 p.m.-11:30 p.m.
U Shorin-Ryu Karate-Do Club,
everyone welcome, CCRB,
Room 2275, 6 p.m.
U Students Concerned About
Animal Rights, meeting, Caffe
Fino, 1214 S. University Ave.,
5 p.m.
U Tae Kwon Do Club, everyone
welcome, CCRB, Room 2275,
7:30 p.m.

Sunday
U Activation, Alpha Phi Omega,
Pledges, 5 p.m.; Actives, 5:30
p.m., Michigan Union, Ander-
son Room
0 Celebration Service, sponsored
by the Wesley Foundation, First
United Methodist Church, 5
p.m.
Q Christian Life Church Sunday
Service, School of Education,
Schorling Auditorium, 11 a.m.
Q Concert of Instrumental
Chamber Music, sponsored by
the Residential College, East
Quad, Auditorium, 4 p.m.
0 Dinner and Planning meeting,
Guild House Students Involved
for Global Neighborhood, 802
Monroe St., 5 p.m.
0 Palestinian Dabkeh, sponsored
by Arab-American Student's

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