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The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, September 3, 1996 - 3A

Class of 2000 gets crash course in college life

Campus groups
seek members
On Friday, Sept. 13, hundreds of
cups will congregate on the Diag to
recruit new and returning students.
Religious and ethnic groups, athletic
clubs, service organizations, profes-
sional societies and publications
groups will each have tables set up and
fliers to pass out.
In case of inclement weather, the
event will be held in the Michigan
Union Ballroom.
Groups can still register for Festifall
contacting the Office of Student
tivities and Leadership in 2207
Michigan Union.
'U' brass to speak
at conference
Interim President Homer Neal and
Regent Shirley McFee (R-Battle
Creek) will speak at the American
sociation of University Professors
96 Governance Conference, which
will be held Friday through Sunday at
the Campus Inn.
The conference, "Shared
Governance versus Corporate
Management," will provide informa-
tive panel discussions and workshops
on topics including search and evalua-
tion for administrators, coordination of
faculty governance and working with
f ate legislatures.
After several recent cutbacks in
higher education funding, the AAUP
firmly believes that faculty members
must be involved in making decisions
that affect academic institutions. The
,association has more than 44,000
,embers at colleges and universities
troughout the country.
AFE House looks
One in three women will be a victim
of domestic violence. This fall, stu-
dents can fight back by joining Ann
Arbor's SAFE House project, which is
actively recruiting volunteers.
The project needs men and women
to operate its 24-hour crisis line and
helter, provide 24-hour responses after
omestic arrests and provide assistance
children and one-on-one counseling.
If you have four or more hours a
week to help fight against domestic
violence, call 973-0242 ext. 3.
'U' ushering
positions available
Tomorrow and Friday, the University
Musical Society will be accepting
plications for ushering positions for
the 1996-97 season. The society uses a
volunteer ushering staff for its presen-
tations throughout the school year at
Hill Auditorium, Rackham Auditorium
and the Power Center.
Applicants must apply in person
from 6-8 p.m. tomorrow or Friday at
the Hill Auditorium Box Office.
)Engler to address
S-M Flint campus
Gov. John Engler will be the featured
speaker of a lecture series sponsored by
the first Greater Flint Economics Club
this fall.
Engler will speak on the state of the
nation's economy at a breakfast meet-
ng on Sept. 24 at the Flint campus.
The club, in conjunction with the

~)CUS Council and the Community
Foundation of Greater Flint, will offer
five other breakfast presentations focus-
ing on changes in the Flint community.
"The club is intended to stimulate
discussion of Flint's economic status
especially given the impact of the auto
industry on the community," said
Joanne Sullenger, vice chancellor of
- Compiled from staff reports

By Anita Chik
Daily Staff Reporter
For the 4,000 first-year students who
crammed into Hill Auditorium, the
New Student Convocation delivered an
early dose of campus life, adminstrators
and Michigan spirit.
"The class of 2000 is truly outstand-
ing because it has accomplished a great
deal through the years of high school,"
said Director of Undergraduate
Admissions Theodore Spencer at the
convocation last Wednesday. "This
year, it includes students who have
accomplished in both academic and
extra-curricular together."
Spencer said that admissions this
year were competitive, and that the
University only admitted 5,200 out of
about 20,000 applications. He said
about 800 first-year students had a
4.0 grade point average in high
Interim President Homer Neal joked
with students about how he forgot the
location of his new office for the first
few weeks. Laughing, he said how he
felt intimidated by the big University
when he first arrived on campus in the
"It is important to put all of us here
for the same purpose,' Neal said, smil-
ing at the audience. He said the new
students were beginning "a purpose, a
journey, a life toward wisdom and
Neal said new students should grab
the many opportunities the University
offers. He suggested students take the

initiative to talk to advisers and teach-
ers and that they be willing to ask ques-
"(The speakers) reach down, so they
talk about things we are all going to
deal with," said new student Keri
Schaubert. "They are down to our level.
They spoke more to what we were
A performance by The Friars, a
men's a cappella music group, evoked
laughter, whistles and yelling.
The Michigan Marching Band parad-
ed onto the stage to bring the convoca-
tion to its close.
"The band was a real nice touch.
They are part of the football game and
the life in this campus," said first-year
student Luis Garzilazo. "I am looking
forward to going to as many football
games as I can."
The audience shouted with joy and
excitement while shaking their fists and
raising their arms to "The Victors."
The program ended with faculty
members following the marching
band to the Michigan Union for
Escapade '96, another festive wel-
coming event.
Several new students said the Friars
and the marching band were their
favorite parts, while ,some said they
enjoyed the speeches presented during
the convocation.
"The Friars broke things up a bit -
there are so many speeches at once.
There are so many people that you have
to find your way around," said LSA
first-year student Amanda Edgell.


Members of the Michigan Marching Band march from Hill Auditorium to the Michigan Union In a welcome event for new stu-
dents. About 800 of the 4,000 first-year students had a 4.0 grade point average in high school. Admissions this year were
considered competitive, and the University admitted 5,200 out of 20,000 applicants.

sales slow
on eve of
Store employees are
bracing themselves for
impending rush
By Katie Wang
Daily Staff Reporter
The scene at many of the bookstores
on campus yesterday could be the calm
before the storm.
Although it was the eve of the first
day of classes, many of the bookstores
were relatively empty compared to pre-
vious years.
Sarah Rose Chobanian, a textbook
employee at the Michigan Union
Bookstore, attributed the slow book
sales to the Labor Day holiday.
"It's different this year because it's
Labor Day" she said. "The first couple
of days of classes (students can expect)
long lines:.
Chobanian said students should
expect to wait in lines for five to 10
minutes, and that the bookstore has pre-
pared for the rush by tripling its staff
and adding more registers.
Some students decided to get a head
start and purchase their books early to
beat the lines and to find used books.
"I'm just looking around for
options," said Sunga Carter, an RC
first-year student. "I might check out
books (from the libraries) for cost-cut-
Carter said she was surprised by
how much books cost and would also
consider purchasing her books at this
week's Student Book Exchange.
LSA junior Grishma Joshi also spent
the day shopping around for the best
"I always try to look for used books
first, or I look for signs that advertise
used books," Joshi said. "My last resort
is to come to the bookstore:'
Joshi, who is a cellular-molecular
biology concentrator, said she expects
to spend between $250 to $300 on

AATA alters 14 bus
routes, cuts 4 others


By Will Weissert
Daily Staff Reporter
The Ann Arbor Transportation
Authority has made changes to 14 bus
routes and eliminated four others, but
company officials said the changes
should not affect student riders.
The route changes, which took effect
Aug. 25, were implemented to
"increase efficiency" throughout the
AATA's bus service, said Manager of
Community Relations Liz Nowland-
"I don't think it will change their
routes too much," Nowland-Margolis
said. "Certainly, nothing has been
decreased on student routes"
Most of the altered routes served the
Ypsilanti area. However, changes to
the Huron River route (number 3),
which moved to Fuller Road near the
VA Hospital, will no longer serve
Bonisteel Boulevard or Beal Avenue.
This may affect some North Campus
Nowland-Margolis said changes in
some of the AATA's downtown routes
would improve service to the Michigan
Union for students.
General student use of AATA buses
is limited. Some students said that with
the University's free bus system already

in place, there is no reason to ride the
AATA, despite any changes.
"I don't ride the AATA because it
costs money and the University's buses
are free,' said Engineering sophomore
Steve Thomson.
Betsy Lamb, a University bus super-
visor, said University buses, which con-
nect North and Central campuses, have
an average of about 18,500 student rid-
ers daily.
Nowland-Margolis said the AATA
does not document the number of stu-
dents who ride their buses, but that
serving University students is a prima-
ry concern. "Our target audience is def-
initely students - a lot of our routes
are geared toward students," she said.
Nowland-Margolis said the AATA
tries to attract student riders, including
distributing route guides on campus,
working with student government offi-
cials to lower fares for students - and
even offering free rides to students dur-
ing move-in last week.
But even free rides did not attract
many students. "Even if it's free I still
don't think people will ride the
AATA," said LSA sophomore Matt
Drake. "It seems -like their routes are
not centralized and only go places like

Rackham student Foued Benamara selects his books for the fall semester. Many
book stores are bracing themselves for high volumes of sales today.


books this semester alone.
The average first-year student tak-
ing a schedule consisting of English
125, Math 115, Chemistry 210, and
Political Science 1l1 can expect to pay
about $200 for textbooks this semester.
LSA first-year student Phuong
Hoang said she was not completely
surprised by the high prices because
she had been warned by older sib-
lings who had already attended col-
Law second-year student Stacy
Burman said she thinks the prices of
books are "ridiculously" high.
"I haven't been able to buy law
books used, but I would if I could,"
she said.
Burman, who spends about $300

each semester on books, said it is dif-
ficult to buy second-hand law text-
books because most law school stu-
dents tend to keep their books.
Today, many bookstore employees
are bracing themselves for the mad rush
in book sales during the first day of
"The best time to come (to avoid the
lines) is in the evenings or mornings,"
said Shaman Drum employee Jessica
During book rush, Shaman Drum
often has long lines of students stretch-
ing down its long stairway to State
Street below.
Chobanian also said the Union
book store was the least crowded at
dinner time.

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