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The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, December 8, 1993 - 3

Toy trains,
*chug Mside
When passersby look in the win-
dow of The Dascola Barbers on East
Liberty Street this month, they will see
much more than just people getting
theirhaircut. DavidDascola,partowner
and avid model train collector, has been
proudly presenting his model train dis-
play in the barbershop's front window
every holiday season for more than 25
The trains run through apanoramic
town that could be Anywhere, USA.
Dascola works on the details of the
display between haircuts. His blue-
and-white-striped cap reads, "South-
ern Michigan Railroad" identifying him
as the engineer of the tiny trains.
A close look in the window reveals
many painstaking details that Dascola
created in the fictitious town. In the
back of a pickup truck are deer, freshly
bagged in a hunt. A tiny dog is relieving
himself on a tiny fire hydrant. The

MSU women rage
against attacks

Anger, not fear, has spread through-
out three Michigan State University
residence halls following two assaults
in the showers there last week.
"People are more pissed off than
scared because there's really nothing
you can do about it," said first-year
student Elisa Hankenson, who lives in
the residence hall adjacent to one where
an attack occurred.
"You don't know what to do to
prevent this from happening. We're
expected tojust take it and accept it. It's
kind of frustrating."
Last Tuesday, a 19-year-old woman
was grabbed in the buttocks while show-
ering at 9:30 a.m. She elbowed the
attacker, grabbed her robe, and at-
tempted to chase the man before he
escaped, according to a report pub-
lished in the Lansing State Journal.
The previous day, another 19-year-
old woman was grabbed in the groin
while showering at 9:15 a.m. The same
man is believed to be responsible, said
the Lansing State Journal.
The attacks have raised concerns
about safety on campus.

"The whole thing sucks - you
can't feel safe on campus any time
you're walking around just because
you're female," Hankenson said.
First-year student Caroline Sober
said the attacks have made her question
people's behavior.
"I don't think about people being
that rude, but I guess they are."
Peeping incidents have also oc-
curred in other dorms on the campus.
"One girl in my math class was
talking about when she was washing
her face one morning and there was a
guy standing in the stall behind her,"
said first-year studentTy Mericle. "She
screamed and he ran out."
In response, locks are being in-
stalled on bathroom doors. The Uni-
versity of Michigan took the same ac-
tion three years ago when. bathroom
attacks were reported in residence halls.
"It might be a hassle, but it would
offer more security," Sober said.
Hankenson's floor had a meeting to
vote on the locks, which were sched-
uled to be installed yesterday.
The campus police have released
composite sketches of the suspect, but
have not apprehended him yet.

Dave and Bob Dascola play with the model trains on display at their Ann Arbor barbershop.

Batmobile and the Joker Van and all
the vehicles from "Back to the Future
2" and "Dick Tracy" can be spotted
around the miniature town.
There is also a small Pizza Hut
restaurant in the display. A few years
ago, Dascola asked Domino's Pizza to
help out with some charity work, and
Domino's refused. "Now my display

has Pizza Hut in it," Dascola said.
One box car has an actual A&P
advertising slogan from the 1940s that
reads, "You can whip our potatoes, but
you can't beat our meat."
Dascola added with a laugh: "That
campaign lasted for about five min-
Dascola said of the display,"It takes

about 10 hours to put it all together.
This isn't a project, it's my toy."
Before the trains, the Dascolas dis-
played a miniature Michigan March-
ing Band and stadium in the window.
Dascola owns and runs the barber-
shop with his brother Bob. It was opened
in 1932 by their father, Dominic, who
still cuts hair in the shop.


.Astronauts repair Hubble's lens
Two spacewalkers fix one section of near-sighted telescope

SPACE CENTER, Houston (AP) -
NASA's high-altitude repair crew installed
replacement parts to fix half of the Hubble
Space Telescope's nearsightedness yesterday
and then rested before going out to complete
the job.
Even as they exulted that "we won the
division and we are now in the playoffs,"
NASA officials cautioned against taking suc-
cess for granted.
The result of the repairs by the Endeavour's
crew should be a telescope that will live nearly
up to the original promise of getting crisp
images, and detailed scientific data from the
faintest and oldest bodies in the universe.
NASA suffered its greatest embarrass-
ment not long after the April 1990 launch of
the Hubble when it had to admit that the main
94.5 inch-diameter lens had been ground to
the wrong specifications, leaving the tele-
scope blurry-eyed.
"I have to keep emphasizing, it will be six
to eight weeks until we have the ability to
measure whether we have total success, par-
tial success, or whatever," said Hubble pro-

gram scientist Edward Weiler. "Let's not de-
clare total success."
Two spacewalking astronauts on the space
shuttle installed a new camera whose mirrors
compensate for the flaws created by the
telescope's misshapen main mirror.
A second team, Kathy Thornton and Tom
Akers, was set to install a tricky device that
intercepts incoming light and corrects it before
it hits three other Hubble optical instruments.
The mirrors are in a 7-foot-high telephone
booth-like box that weighs 640 pounds. It will
be slid into a space now occupied by a high-
speed photometer. That instrument will be
brought back to Earth.
It will take six to'eight weeks to orient the
telescope, recalibrate its instruments, fine tune
the position of the new mirrors and get the
photograph that astronomers call "first light."
"Let's all think about this and let's not
declare total success until success is really
there for the optics," Weiler said.
Hubble's guidance and power systems were
replaced during two earlier spacewalks, on
Sunday and Monday.

"Every day it's becoming more and more
like 'Can you top this?"' Mission Control told
the astronauts as they wrapped up their
spacewalk of six hours and 47 minutes.
In less than two turns around the world,
crewmembers Jeffrey Hoffman and Story
Musgrave deftly pulled out Hubble's old cam-
era and slid in the new one, a 620-pound unit
the size of a baby grand piano.
When Hoffman installed the new magne-
tometers near the very top of the four-story
telescope, two sides of the box came off in his
hand. Mission Control thought at first of put-
ting a "baggy" over it, then decided to install
pieces of insulation from the cover of a tool in
the cargo bay later in the flight.
As each part was installed, engineers on the
ground conducted tests and proclaimed that all
electrical connections had been properly made.
Before going to sleep about 11 a.m. EST,
Mission Commander Richard Covey radioed
Mission Control:
"We know we've been incredibly lucky so
far. We hope that our luck holds out and that
tomorrow goes as well as today did."


Astronauts Jeffery Hoffman, left, and Story Musgrave repair the Hubble telescope on Monday.


Penn may have first female president in Ivy League
Judith Rodin will likely replace Sheldon Hackney at a university grappling with racial issues

ioral psychologist Judith Rodin has
been tapped to become president of the
University ofPennsylvania and the first
woman to head an Ivy League school.
The 49-year-old Yale University
provost and 1966 Penn graduate was
selected Monday by a university search
If approved by the board of trustees
as expected Dec. 16, Rodin will suc-
ceed Sheldon Hackney, appointed by
President Clinton to head the National
Endowment for the Humanities.
Rodin said Monday that universi-
ties must address the onslaught of the
information age. "You need to choose
what your academic goals are and then
choose the technology to match," she
Write for
the Daily.

'You need to choose what your academic goals
are and then choose the technology to match,
not the other way around.'
- Judith Rodin,
University of Pennsylvania president-designate

said, "not the other way around."
After graduating from Penn, Rodin
went to Columbia University, where
she earned a doctorate in psychology in
1970. At Yale since 1972, she served as
chair of the psychology department
and dean of the graduate school.
She has written extensively on eat-
ing disorders, jealousy and the links
between psychological health and

physical well-being.
Penn's next president will lead the
university's struggle to balance free
speech with basic civility and ease ra-
cial tensions.
Earlier this year, a white student
was charged with violating the school's
racial-harassment policy for calling five
Black women making noise outside his
dormitory "water buffalo." The women

later dropped their complaint.
Also this year, university officials
decided not to discipline nine students
who dumped thousands of copies of
the student paper because they believed
the school and paper were insensitive
to Blacks; a racist bomb threat was
phoned in to a building that houses
mostly Black students; and nearly 40
Black students received telephone
The racial-harassment policy is be-
ing revised.
Rodin refused to discuss the issue
Monday, saying it would be presump-
tuous to do so before her confirmation.
Penn, with nearly 22,500 students,
was founded by Benjamin Franklin in




Shanti Stark lights a candle at an Amherst, Mass. memorial to musician
Frank Zappa, who died Saturday of prostate cancer at age 52.



Student groups
0 Law Club, office hours, Michi-
gan Union, Room 4124, 12-2
p.m., 4-5 p.m.
Q Lutheran Campus Ministry,
Jesus Through the Centuries
study/discussion, 6 p.m.;
Evening Prayer, 7 p.m.; 801
South Forest Ave.
U Marxist Study on Current
Events, MLB, Room B129, 7
U Ninjutsu Club, IM Building,

331 Thompson St.
Q Self-Defense, classes, CCRB,
Room 1200, call 996-1454 for
details, 9-10 p.m.
Q Shorin-Ryu Karate-Do Club,
everyone welcome, CCRB,
Room 2275, 8:30-9:30 p.m.
Q Students of Objectivism, meet-
ing, MLB, B 120, 7 p.m.
Q Tae Kwon Do Club, regular
workout, CCRB, Room 2275,
7-8:30 p.m.

dents, International Center, 3
Q The Mycenaeans Go to Court,
sponsored by the Kelsey Mu-
seum of Archeology, Tappan
Hall, Room 180, 4 p.m.
[ Women as Insiders in the For-
eign Policy Process, sponsored
by the Women's Caucus,
Hutchins Hall, Room 218, 4
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