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The Michigan Daily -- Wednesday, October 9, 1996 -5

Students 'break' for community service

B Nick Farr
For The Daily
Spring break usually isn't uttered in
the same breath as community service.
For the 300 students selected to take
part in this year's Alternative Spring
Break program, the two are synony-
P ous.
"ASB is an alternative to the tradi-
tional college trip to Florida or to
Cancun," said LSA senior Jose
Bartolomei. "It's a more substantial
way to spend your spring break."
ASB, sponsored by Project Serve,
offers students the opportunity to work
in a field of their choice during the
school year, which culminates in a ser-
vice project during spring break.
Students in ASB work on community
5cvice projects in sites all over the
Anita Bohn, director of Project
-Serve, said ASB gives students, "the
ability to make a real contribution

around a particular issue they're inter- year's break made an impression on him.
ested in." "My experience last year completely
Students apply for the program in changed my life. I don't look at things
mid-October, choosing up to three the same way," said Bartolomei, who is
interest areas. Students selected for the returning as a site leader this year.

program meet
throughout the
year to orient I a
and educate
themselves ecOnOfi
about the issue
with which do a spring
they will be
"It's an ASB finan
opportunity for
students to
work on something they're passionate
about ... and they can get together with
students that are passionate about the
same thing," said Rackham student
Sanjay Patel, ASB's finance coordina-
Bartolomei said his work during last

cal way to
- Sanjay Patel
nce coordinator

Because of
financial con-
straints, only
300 students will
be accepted.
"We have to
turn down a
couple hundred
students," Patel
said. "We get an
incredible return

gram requires a $50 participant fee,
and students must also pay for person-
al expenses on the trip itself.
"It's a really economical way to do
spring break, relative to a $400 trip
wherever you go," Patel said.
ASB trips are made possible
through student fundraising efforts and
University funds, a portion of which
recently came from a state grant to fos-
ter community service programs at the
"Even with the grant, most of the
funding is still student-generated," Bohn
Bartolomei said the trips are both an
invaluable experience and an enjoyable
way to spend a vacation.
"It isn't a trip to Florida though,
where we're partying all the time,"
Bartolomei said. "It's also not a trip
where you're going to do harsh work
wherever you go. It's both fun, but it's
also a lot of work."

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entered the unlocked room saying they
were friends of the student's roommate.
"One touched the victim on the breast
before leaving with compact discs
belonging to a resident," DPS reported.
DPS was unable to locate the suspects.
Several female residents of South
Quad said they have taken safety precau-
tions because of the incident.
"Now, me and my roommate always
keep our door locked," said LSA sopho-
more Kelly Jackson, who lives on the
fifth floor of Gomberg Hall. "These two
guys knocked on her door and asked for
her roommate because her name was on
the door. Our RA told us we should take
our name tags off our door."
Joyce Wright, prevention education
coordinator for the Sexual Assault
Prevention and Assault Center, said all
students should be aware of the people
who live around them, especially if unfa-
miliar people enter their room.
LSA sophomore Shana Thornton said
she and her roommate also removed their

name tags from the door.
"This is getting ridiculous,.Thornton
said about recent sexual assault incidents.
A female University student also was
sexually assaulted last Saturday Morning
in the North Campus parking lot across
from Bursley Hall.
"As far as security goes, I don't think
we have enough security," Thornton said.
"Even though we have that machine to
swipe (identification) cards, sometimes
people let other people in."
Wright said she does not believe the two
weekend incidents were part of a trend.
"I haven't seen reports happeninjr in
one hall more than another," she said-
"Assault could happen in South Quad
or East Quad," Wright said. "Assaults
take place all over the campus."
Several female students at South Quad
suggested that the University should
institute a new security plan.
"One thing they could do is have a
security desk at night like at (Michigan
State University)," said LSA first-'ear
student Melissa Benham. "You have to
call and have a friend sign you in (as a

rate for students
involved in the program."
This year, all students who apply
will be granted an interview.
Patel said applicant selection is
"partially a random process, and par-
tially the site leader's preference."
The Alternative Spring Break pro-

'U' grads start own
company on the web

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By Heather Miller
Daily Staff Reporter
' At the Student Housing Locator web
site a student can specify how much they
want to pay in rent, where they want to
live and even how many bedrooms they
want their future apartment to have.
A simple click of a button locates all
local apartments which fit that descrip-
The Student Housing Locator is one
of the web sites designed by recent
University graduates Jacques Habra and
Patrick Sarkissian's company, Web Elite.
Habra and Sarkissian, who both
graduated last 'year, spoke at the
Business School last night about their
experiences owning their own business.
Business fraternity Delta Sigma Pi
sponsored the event.
Ed Friedman, vice president of pro-
fessional activities for the fraternity,
said he wanted students who did not
want to follow the standard career path
to have an opportunity to hear from
"two successful entrepreneurs."
Habra started Web Elite 18 months
ago, and joined with Sarkissian six
months later.
"I developed a belief in myself,
v ich is quintessential to everybody
who wants to start their own business,"
Sarkissian said.
The Ann Arbor-based company now

has 15 employees and designs web pages
for small to medium-sized companies.
"There's a tremendous amount of
competition (among web site design-
ers) in certain areas," Sarkissian said,
adding that there are five to 10 web
design companies in Ann Arbor.
Habra said Web Elite is different from
others because it takes "the extra step"
"We focus on developing an aesthet-
ic and functional web site," he said.
Successful web sites are based on
design, functionality of the design, pro-
motion of the web site and interactivity
of the web site, Habra said.
Functionality includes making the
web site easy to navigate and under-
stand as well as clearly conveying the
company's identity.
"Your web site is a 24-hour salesper-
son" because it can be accessed at any
time, Habra said. "It's an incredible
marketing advantage."
Web Elite has created sites for com-
panies ranging from the trucking com-
pany CAThomas Inc., to Trendway, a
furniture company.
Business senior Andrew Taylor said
Habra and Sarkissian offered a useful
"I thought it was good to hear a cou-
ple of youthful entrepreneurs talk about
their company rather than a major cor-
poration," he said.


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