The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, March 2, 1994 - 3
MSA: work with
Lisa Hope peers out of the sunroof of the Wienermobile on State Street yesterday. Hope owns the Not-Dog stand in front of Espresso Royale Cafe.
Wienermnobile winds through Ann Arbor
By JAMES M. NASH
DAILY STAFF REPORTER
Addressing the Michigan Student
Assembly last night, Ann Arbor
Mayor Ingrid B. Sheldon urged stu-
dents to take responsibility for their
own welfare, but said the city is will-
ing to pitch in when possible.
Budget woes prevent the city from
following through on a number of
projects MSA has requested, Sheldon
told the assembly. Without Univer-
sity funding, many of the projects
may be impossible, she said.
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Wright, MSA's 'Students r
new liaison to the
city, outlined his with the ne
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cautioned against what the ar
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her responses to Ann
While LSA Rep. Julie Neenan de-
cried the lack of lighting along
Washtenaw Avenue, Sheldon said the
city can't upgrade the streetlights
singlehandedly. But with funding
from the University and residents, "it
would probably be a fairly moderate
expense for each party," the mayor
Neenan was not completely satis-
fied, however. "The fact of the matter
remains that people are getting hurt,"
she said, referring to recent assaults
near Washtenaw Avenue.
Sheldon encouraged students in
off-campus housing to build ties with
their non-student neighbors. Noting
struggles between the two groups over
noise violations and several other is-
sues, Sheldon said the city can't leg-
"I do feel badly that certain neigh-
borhood groups are trying to use zon-
ing as a method to regulate student
behavior," Sheldon said. "Students
need to meet with the neighbors to
find a 'peace zone' or truce. I don't
know what the answer is."
Although this perennial sore point
between University students and
nearby residents no longer is be-
smirchedby controversy, Sheldon said
the dispute could resurface this spring.
red to meet dents have
pressed to have
ghbors to therockremoved;
e zone" or citing noise and
t know Sheldon advised
swer is.' students not to
pick at old
B. Sheldon wounds. "Have
Irbor mayor your fun, do it in
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ner, and go on."'
students and city leaders
Sheldon said Wright's visit to the
City Council and her address to MSA
have reopened lines of communica
Council members and MSA rep-
resentatives plan to keep in touch on
issues of mutual concern, Sheldon
and Wright said. Both applauded the
spirit of cooperation.
MSA President Craig Greenberg
concluded the hour-long meeting on A
positive note: "We look forward to
strengthening our relationship."
During a question-and-answer ses-
sion following Sheldon's speech.
Rackham Rep. Roger DeRoo asked
the mayor to simplify voter registra-
tion for students.
Sheldon said the only step the city
can take is to send deputy registars to
the residence halls.
Oscar Mayer is
looking for a few
good 'hot doggers'
By DAVID SHEPARDSON
DAILY NEWS EDITOR
Graduating University students are
feverishly applying for jobs and hear-
ing pitches from prospective employ-
One such employer rolled into to
the University today looking for pro-
spective employees: the Oscar Mayer
"Hot doggers" - as the drivers of
the Wienermobile are called - Brian
Ullem of Des Moines, Iowa, and
Chelsea Glennof St. Louis, Mo.,came
to the University yesterday to talk to
students about the job that entails
traveling 345 days of the year, eating
hot dogs and promoting the benefits
of the famous frankfurter.
"It's a great experience. I mean
where else can you travel the country
for free and do it in a giant hot dog,"
More than 1,000 recent college
grads will apply for only 12 spots. Six
Wienermobiles- each with two "hot
doggers" - crisscross the country
appearing in parades, charity drives
and even football games.
In December, Glenn and Ullem
were in Minneapolis helping to pro-
mote the "Toys for Tots" campaign.
In appreciation, they were invited to
drive around on the field during half-
time of the Minnesota Vikings-Dal-
las Cowboys game.
"It is once-in-a-lifetime events that
make this job so great. And Emmet
was great," Glenn said, referring to
running back and Super Bowl MVP
Emmet Smith of the Cowboys.
Before the hot doggers head out
on the road, they attend "Hot Dog
High," an intensive one-week train-
ing course detailing the rigors of
Wienermobile life in Madison, Wis.
They learn how to drive the 23-
foot long, 5,800-pound converted
1988 Chevrolet van. (That's the
equivalent weight of 58,000 hot dogs,
they say.) In addition, hot doggers
learn all about the history of the Oscar
But out on the road, they must be
prepared for any situation - espe-
cially puzzled passersby.
"We get a lot of stares wherever
we go," Glenn said. "At the gas sta-
tion, we tell onlookers that we are
filling up with high-octane mustard."
Rich Cohrs,an LSA senior, sur-
veyed the Wienermobile and said he
hoped to make the cut in becoming a
"I'm not ready to wear a suit and
tie every day and I want to travel,"
Cohrs said. "What better way than in
After today, the Wienermobile
makes stops in Marshall, Big Rapids
and Cheboygan. After that, they will
spend a couple of weeks in Florida.
"We can hardly wait. Michigan is
great, but the weather is a little cold,"
'Michigan's Rep. Carr proposes
'two strike' anti-crime legislation
THE GREAT AMERICAN LOCK-UP
WASHINGTON (AP) - As Congress took its first
look yesterday at federal crime legislation that would
prison someone for life for three felony convictions,
1ichigan Rep. Bob Carr proposed a "two-time loser"
Carr (D-East Lansing) was one of five members of
Congress who testified in favor of either the "three strike"
or "two strike" approach at a hearing of the House Judi-
ciary Committee's crime panel.
Carr introduced his "two strike" measure on the same
day the administration unveiled its "three strike" plan. He
said he doesn't want criminals to have a chance to commit
their third violent crime.
0 "We need to be tough on these criminals, especially
those committing multiple, violent crimes," he said. "We
know that so much of violent crime in our society is being
committed by the same people. Those who don't play by
the rules cannot be free to break the rules again and again."
Carr said many of the other proposals don't define
crimes that merit life without parole.
His bill would require life imprisonment for people
convicted of a federal violent felony crime and who have
at least one prior state or federal conviction for a violent
He defined felony as a crime with a sentence of at least
U.S. Rep. Carr's bill would require
life in prison for people convicted of
a second violent felony crime.
15 years involving violence against a person. The statu-
tory threshold for other proposals is as low as 10 years, and
would bring more people into the system, he said.
Referring to the "three strikes" proposals, he said,
"this is not a baseball game."
The Clinton proposal would imprison for life people
convicted in federal court of a third violent crime.
Some of the crimes that could lead to a federal three-
strikes determination would include murder, assault with
intent to commit rape or murder, sexual abuse and sexual
abuse, arson and kidnapping.
Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) called Carr's proposal
and those of other lawmakers "a knee-jerk, political
response to a very, very, very serious problem."
"I wish we could take this bill up when we all weren't
running for re-election, but we don't have that option,"
Carr, who is running for the Senate, said, "The Ameri-
can people do speak through us, election or no election."
ASI B AoNI41.
Stephe Slane, a city employee, was "arrested" yesterday in the American Cancer Society's ninth annual "Great
American Lock-up." Slane raised more than $300 for chairty before he was released.
Coke goes 'alternative' with lne of fruit drinks
NEW YORK - Coca-Cola is go-
ing head-to-head against upstart
Snapple Beverage Corp., unveiling a
ine of bottled fruit juice drinks it will
market with a mix of '60s psychedelia
and '90s New Age themes.
The company predicted yesterday
that the "Fruitopia" line, with tongue-
in-cheek names like Lemonade Love,
Strawberry Passion Awareness, The
Grape Beyond and Total Fruit Inte-
gration, will help it grab 30 percent of
the $6 billion "alternative" beverage
market within three years.
At a news conference, Sergio
Zyman, Coke's marketing czar, de-
fined that market as also including
bottled waters, iced teas, sports drinks
and natural sodas. He said Coke has 8
percent of that market now. That same
range of "alternative" drinks has cut
into market share for colas in recent
"We found consumers want the
yin of the new mixed with the yang of
the traditional," Zyman said, in ex-
plaining the creation of the Fruitopia
name under the company's Minute
Maid label. Although Zyman sipped
on a Coke during the news confer-
ence, at his side was a vending ma-
chine with a purple psychedelic de-
sign and flashing lights and body,
mind and planet stick figures.
Not only do Fruitopia flavors,
which range from 10 percent to 16
percent juice, resemble Snapple
names, but so do the bottles.
"This is a real challenge to
Snapple," said Jesse Meyers, pub-
lisher of Beverage Digest. He said
Coke's biggest advantage is its pow-
erful distribution system.
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