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8 - The MichigarrDaily - Friday, February 23, 1996

LOCAL/STATE

Engineering students.

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sample military technology

By Allan izikson
For the Daily
A few lucky Engineering students
got a chance to navigate through a dark
Dow Auditorium last night, using the
same night vision technology as the
U.S. military.
The Michigan Student Society for Pro-
fessional Engineers and the Society for
Women Engineers hosted "Engineering
in the Military Environment," apresenta-
tion designed to broaden the opportuni-
ties for engineering students.
"I think there are good opportunities
for engineers in the military," said Harold
Snead, the presentation's featured speaker.
"It requires aperson who has an interest in
defending the country."
Snead, an engineer at the Naval Sur-
face Warfare Center in Crane, Ind., dis-
cussed the development of advanced
Electro-Optic devices, as well as other
ongoing projects at the center. The U.S.
military uses the devices for night vision
to aid naval and ground combat, but the
Navy has also employed the devices to
spot mines during the Gulf War.
Snead followed with a demonstration
of several such devices, like the night

vision goggles that require only starlight
to allow a soldier to see clearly in the
night, and the thermal imager, which uses
body heat to generate human and animal
shapes in complete darkness.
Students were able
to test the equipment
Snead brought in, look- It'S
ing aroundthe dark au-
ditorium with the for stua
goggles and imager.
"It's great to see for have a
yourself how this in-
teresting equipment eqUipfl
worksandto learn what
the military has to of- this.
fer," said Andrea Ryan,
an Engineering junior.E
Tom Komjathy,
president of MSSPE,
said interacting with professionals is a
great way to decide where one's interests
lie, given the broad array of opportunities
available to engineering students.
"It's important for students to have
access to equipment like this. It's some-
thing that we never see in the classroom,"
said Engineering junior Heidi Best.
"We don't get much exposure to real

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life applications of engineering," said
Engineering sophomore Kim Woody.
Woody, Best and Engineering junior
Christy Cipponeri stressed the need f*
women to get exposure to traditionally
male-domi-
nated' disci-
rnportant plines like en-
gineering.
a ts to Best said it
is difficult for
Doss to women to get
accepted in the
lnt like industry., and
ac hiev~i
equal recog
- Heidi Best tion will be a
challenge.
ngineering junior Cipponeri
said she be-
lieves the situation for women in the
engineering profession is improving, but
slowly.
Snead said that in his area of mechani-
cal engineering women are well accepted,
though their numbers are small.
"You ladies have a golden opportuniW
(in engineering). I would like to see more
of you in my area," he said.

Sweet dreams
Midterms have driven many students into libraries, coffee shops and computing centers. LSA first-year student Nitin
Bhatia takes a nap in the Shapiro Undergraduate Library as he prepares for two exams next week.
Pay phone rates eXpected to nse
folowing Ameritech dcreases

DETROIT (AP) - Now that
Ameritech is raising the price of pay
telephone calls, independent pay phone
operators are expected to raise their
prices by a dime.
Ameritech, which operates 60,000
public telephones in Michigan - or
65 percent of them - announced last
week that it will raise the cost of a
local pay phone call to 35 cents from
25 cents.
Most phones will be programmed for
the new rate within a month.
"The 25-cent rate basically wasn't cov-
ering costs" for labor, equipment mainte-
nance and vandalism repairs, said

Ameritech spokesperson Jonathan James.
Recently approved state and federal
regulations prohibit phone companies
from offering competitive services at be-
low-cost rates.
The change is good news for more
than 100 small companies in Michigan
that operate pay telephones.
"As an (Ameritech) residential or
business customer, your money was
going to subsidize pay phones - and
now it's not," said Bart Lewin, execu-
tive director of the Michigan Pay Tele-
phone Association in Lansing.
"Independent operators don't have any
other service to subsidize from, yet they

couldn't charge more than Ameritech or
no one would use them. This gives them
flexibility to adjust prices ifthey want to,"
he told The Detroit News for an article
published yesterday.
For example, small pay-phone com-
panies can now charge 35 cents without
driving away customers, and reduce the
sometimes exorbitant long-distance
charges they have used to cover "loss
leader" local calls.
The legislation also requires long-
distance providers like AT&T and
Sprint to pay a fee when consumers use
independent pay phones to dial their
toll-free numbers.

'UJ' residence hail chef leads
winning~ Hot Food Team

By Maggie Weyhing
Daily Staff Reporter
When he is on thejob, University Assistant Chef of Dining
Services Thomas Recinella must be prepared for anything.
Handling emergency situations is a skill he and his Junior
Hot Food Team have been practicing since October.
Recinella's team includes five students from his advanced
culinary techniques class at Washtenaw Community College.
Under his instruction, the team recently won a second place
silver medal at the State of Michigan Junior Hot Food Champi-
onship, sponsored by the American Culinary Federation.
Recinella and his team will now travel to Indianapolis in
March to compete in the American Culinary Federation
Central Region Conference Hot Food Competition. They
will compete with teams from 10 to 12 other states, he said.
"Our goal is to advance to the nationals," Recinella said.
However, the challenge of the- competition is one that
carries over to many situations that Recinella and other chefs
face in University cafeterias.
During the competition, the teams are given a "mystery box"
of food, and using the contents of the box, each team has 30
minutes to plan a menu, three hours and 15 minutes to produce
the menu, and 15 minutes to prepare 12 plated portions to serve.

Recinella said that learning how to work under a time
restraint as well as with unexpected ingredients is a neces-
sary skill while working in dining halls.
"The competition translates into real life situations in the
cafeterias," Recinella said. "The University suddenly has
food that they have excess of and we don't want to waste it
or let it perish. In those instances, we have to incorporate that
food into the menu somehow," Recinella said.
At the end of the allotted time, the results are judged on
technical skills, sanitation, taste, texture, nutritional balan*
compatibility of ingredients and plate presentation.
Recinella said the expectations of the competitionjudges are.
much the same as the customers he serves every day.
"Thejudges represent the customers in real life. Forexample,
the students who we serve every day in the cafeterias are going
to evaluate what they're being served with much the same
criteria as the judges of the competition," Recinella said.
Steve Meyers, executive chef of residence halls dining
services, said the competition teaches essential skills.
"Nothingin cafeteria situations istotally predictable,"Meyers
said. "Sometimes more people come to a certaindining hall th
we expect. It not only becomes a matter of putting somethW
together more quickly, but in the best way possible."

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Sng Commencemet
Student Speaker
Call for Entries
The Office of University Relations is making a Call for Entries
for a Student Speaker at Spring Commencement
Satiurday, May 4, 1996
10:00 a.m.
Michigan Stadium
The student speaker must be receiving a bachel6r's degree
during Winter Term 1996 or Summer Term 1996
Submit
- Curriculum Vitae (or resume) highlighting U-M

scholarship and campus leadership
- Typed draft of speech (no more than 5 minutes in length)
- Audio cassette tape of yourself reading the speech
Quesdons
- fr-f- C., car Aarc r OOC -7AC) (NI&!5YEl _.

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