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The Michigan Daily - Thursday November 7, 1996 - 3A

Undersecretary
,to lecture at 'U'
U.S. Undersecretary for Technology
'ry Lowe Good will be visiting cam-
pus Nov. 20 to discuss the changing
relationship between major research
universities and the marketplace.
Good's lecture, titled "The
Ulobalization of Technology," is part of
the Distinguished Lecture Series on
'Nafional Policy, and is sponsored by the
'Office of the Vice President for
Research.
Good is expected to propose federal
licies designed to stimulate economic
wth, improve scientific and technical
education, and maximize universities'
contribution to the private sector in
advanced and developing nations.
The lecture is scheduled to begin at 4
p.m. in the Rackham amphitheater.
,Reduced-fat food
packs calories
mericans who eat reduced-fat foods
ay be consuming higher amounts of
carbohydrates and calories than they
presume, according to findings present-
ed last week to the New York Academy
of Sciences.
"In many cases those who eat the
most reduced-fat and non-fat foods
actually consume more calories than the
"people who don't use such products at
all," said James Heimbach of TAS Inc.,
an international food-safety consulting
that performed the study.
Two groups were used in the test -
those who eat reduced-fat foods and
those who avoid these items.
The difference in total number of
'ealories per day was slight between the
twb groups among the general popula-
tion, but teen-age boys who eat reduced-
fat foods had a higher daily caloric con-
sumption than those who did not.
Teen-age boys who reported eating
ee or more fat-free products con-
sumed 3,772 calories per day on aver-
age while those who avoided reduced-
fat products only consumed 2,549.
From 1987 to 1994, the number of
Americans consuming one or more
reduced-fat products daily jumped from
31 to 43 percent.
But despite the increased use of such
products, more Americans are over-
weight today than ever before, as the
'tional Health and Examination
rvey reported last year that one in
three Americans is overweight.
Bone disease,
breast cancer
possibly linked
A recent University of Pittsburgh
study of elderly women found that while
ise who had the strongest bones were
at a low risk of getting osteoporosis,
they also were at a higher risk of getting
breast cancer.
In the first major study of its kind,
researchers tried to find a correlation
between bone mineral density and breast
'cancer in the female hormone estrogen.
A deficient amount of estrogen is
associated with a higher risk of osteo-
porosis and heart disease, while exces-
>'sve levels of estrogen are believed to
@rease the risk of breast cancer.
Of a group of 6,854 women aged 65
and older, those who had the highest

bone mineral density had about twice
1the risk of developing breast cancer than
he women who had the lowest bone
--dnsity, according to the study pub-
fished yesterday in the Journal of the
American Medical Association.
But chief author of the study, Jane
t uley of the University of Pittsburgh,
'id it's too soon to draw conclusions.
- Compiled by Daily Staf Reporter
Brian Campbell.

Company cracks down on cable thieves

,'

By Heather Kamins
Daily Staff Reporter
Cable thieves have illegally spliced
wires and removed cable cartridges to
receive free cable television in resi-
dence halls and in apartment buildings
across campus, but that practice may
soon come to an end.
"We do know, based on audits that
we do on campus, that the theft rate
there is rather high," said Bill Black,
director of company affairs at
Continental CableVision.
One Engineering sophomore, who
lives in a residence hall and who wished
to remain anonymous, has taken advan-
tage of his hallmates' ingenuity to avoid
paying the $24.50 per month standard

charge for regular cable.
"They used just a normal little power
tool and they took the bolt out. Then
they were able to take out the car-
tridges. Then they just put the box back
on," he said. Now he and his hallmates
receive free cable service, including
pay-per-view channels.
To combat the widespread cable theft
on campus, Continental CableVision
initiated a program last week that will
crack down on the theft by actively
searching out cable thieves with the
help of the Department of 'Public
Safety.
"When we find someone has tam-
pered with the system, we get the cam-
pus public safety involved," Black said.

"We haven't addressed it perhaps as
aggressively as we should, and we do
plan to work with the University to do
more audits and prosecuting if that's
what it takes."
"The only thing we can do is check:'
Black said.
When Continental CableVision does
catch someone who has either stolen
cable services or tampered with the
cable system, Black said the company
has several options in handling the situ-
ation.
"There are state and federal laws that
relate to the stealing of cable service,"
Black said.
"There is up to a $1,000 fine and up
to six months in jail, or both. In addi-

tion, civil damages of $250 or more can
be recovered," he said.
Many cable thieves do not realize
their actions can affect the entire cable
system, Black said.
"When people steal cable they gener-
ally do damage to the cable system,'
Black said emphasizing that this can
relate to picture loss and static on tele-
vision sets of customers in the area.
"The cost for operating the cable sys-
tem needs to be spread across." Black
said.
"(Cable theft) has the effect that peo-
ple who are paying (for cable service)
have to pay more."
Many students pointed to the high
cost of tuition and living expenses at the

Uniersity as justit'ication f'or their ille-
gal actions.
"If you compare the amount "of
money that we pay for room and board,
we should get free cable:' said one LSA
first-year student and dorm resident
"It was brilliant of them to leave (the
cable box) right here in the middle of
the hall. Some people in this school are
mechanically inclined geniuses. That is
why this is Michigan." he said.
Other students said re enge against
the cable company was their pnrrie
motive in stealing cable services. .
"We weren't going to do it;" said the
sophomore Engineering student. "We
had free H BO and Showtime and they
took it away. so we got pissed at thenC

Local Red Cross
tops state records:.

AJA DEKLEVA COHEN/Daily
LSA sophomore Susan Rasch retrieves pages from the printers at the Angell Hall computing site. ITD increased its cost per
printed page from 4 cents to 8 cents this year to the dismay of many students.
Students angered byincreae
i TD charge fo pntin

N Washtenaw County
chapter leading in
health and safety
By Beth Gottfried
For the Daily
Efficiency, diligence and generosity
are part of the American Red Cross phi-
losophy and are also a few of the traits
that helped Washtenaw County's chap-
ter to achieve the state's best record of
health and safety.
Last year, Washtenaw County spon-
sored 67 of 660 blood drives at the
University, collected 23,010 pints of
blood, provided social services to more ,
than 2,800 local people, assisted 248
victims of disaster and reached a record
high volunteer list of more than 900
people.
With all of these achievements, the
Washtenaw County chapter of the Red.
Cross boasts the most impressive
record in the state. John Nordlinger,
president of the local chapter, said com-
munity involvement was the key to suc-
cess.
"1 am proud to be working with the
Red Cross, an institution that is known
for its integrity and commitment,"
Nordlinger said. "Unlike private busi-
nesses, our funds rely on the generosity
of the people of Washtenaw County
and their overwhelming commitment to
the community." -
Jim Pedersen, chair of the board of'
directors of the local Red Cross, agreed
that local residents contributed to the
effort.
"Time, energy and resources are the
key ingredients to a successfully oper-
ated charity, and the Red Cross has
been fortunate enough to retain each of'
these through the assistance of the
community."
Kevin Dowd of the local Red Cross
chapter said most of their disaster
relief programs are used by University
students.
"The most commonly featured acci-
dents take place in apartments and
involve fires. Many of these incidents

involve students at the University of
Michigan," Dowd said. "The Red
Cross is contacted by the Fire
Department almost immediately after
a fire breaks out to provide relief to
victims."
Disaster relief is the Red Cross'
largest social service
"This task enlists the availability of
many dedicated volunteers, donors; a
large quantity of time and energy and
perhaps most importantly the accessi-
bility of funds," Dowd said.
On a national scale, the hurricanes
that have ravaged their way through
the south-central corridor have devas-
tated millions of families, and the
Red Cross is currently seeking: to
allocate funds to assist victims; in
these areas.
As part of a $25-million campig) in
disaster relief, the national chapter
expects Washtenaw County to raise
$19,000.
An integral component of the Red
Cross is the contribution and perfor-
mance of its volunteers. Several hun-
dred University students volunteer as a
means of giving back to the cominuni-
ty.
Amy Wu, a second-year gr duate
student in computer science and educa-
tion, first started working with the Red
Cross nine months ago. She has partic-
ipated in blood drives, helped fund-
raisers such as "Swim-Across;" and
busied herself with collecting funds
from sponsors.
Wu said. her time with the Red
Cross has been a valuable le4nning
experience. Wu stressed the "vi'sibili-
ty" and "accessibility"of the orgahiza-
tion. *
The Red Cross is sponsoring a
"Blood Battle" that runs Nov. 11-22.
The Blood Battle is a competition,
sponsored on a yearly basis, bet Veen
Ohio State and Michigan, to increase
the blood supply in the neighboring
states.
The University has not won the
Blood Battle since it began 15 years
ago.

By Matthew Rochkind
Daily Staff Reporter
Lately, printing at campus computing
sites can get students in a rage. The cost
of printing has doubled since last year,
and many users aren't buying the
Information Technology Division's jus-
tification for 8 cents a page.
LSA first-year student Brian Peroff
said he was dissatisfied with ITD poli-

i

cy.

i

"I think it's kind of crappy, he said.
waiting by an Angell Hall computing
site printer to print a paper. "I'm paying
a (lot) of money to go here and every-
where I go there's extra charges. There's
no way to avoid it."
Kitty Bridges, ITD director of'
Product Development and Deployment,
said the charges are necessary to keep
ITD running.
"Last year we lost money on print-
ing," she said. "We are not trying to
recover from that this year, but we are
reflecting this year the true cost of
printing."
Bridges said the cost of printing
includes networking the printers, pro-
viding print servers, printer upgrades,
paper, toner and maintenance.
Bridges said the current price,
deducted from users' University of
Michigan Computing Environment
allocations, was calculated to approxi-
mately cover ITD's costs.
"We take the cost of providing a ser-
vice and in many cases we charge the
cost - we don't up the charge. In some

cases we might round up or down," she
said.
UMCE allocates $ 10 per month to
each user for these services, which
include printing, electronic mail and
file storage. Every student, staff and
faculty member has an account, and
users pay extra only when this alloca-
tion runs out.
Last year, printing cost 4 cents per
sheet, and the allocation was then
$11.50. Bridges said this year's print-
ing problems are a result of the
reduced allocation and an increase in
the cost of paper. In calculating the
charge, lTD estimated that 16 million
sheets are printed during the academic
year.
According to Bridges, the University
of Wisconsin also charges S cents,
Michigan State University charges 25
cents, and some universities don't even
provide allocations.
LSA sophomore Dana Shamash,
who was using the printer during a sta-
tistics class in Angell Hall, said she is
not concerned because she understands
the system.
"It goes automatically on your
account," she said. "If you had to pay
(extra), that would be a pain"
Computer Aided Engineering
Network users have less to worry
about - CAEN is setting up a fund to
help students who use up their alloca-
tion.
"As long as the fund still has money
in it, it deducts from the general fund

if your account runs out," said
Engineering junior Matt Guthaus.
Students outside of CAEN could
run into problems if they try printing
after they have run out of money -
mainly that their documents won't
print. Students can monitor their
UMCE accounts online.
Measures to improve ITD's current
system could arrive soon, as Bridges
plans to set up an advisory group some-
time in the winter term.
I am committed to getting a com-
mittee of faculty. staff and students"
she said.
This might make printing more toler-
able to students, but some just don't
approve of the increase.
RC sophomore John Targowski said,
"Four cents is all right. Eight cents is a
little much."

W hat's hap ei i n ro oa

IfROUP MEETINGS
I Orthodox Christian Fellowship,
665-3170, Michigan Union, 4
p.m.
CIProgressive Jewish Collective, cur-
rent events discussion, Ali Baba
Restaurant, corner of Hill and
Packard, 7 p.m.
U Residence Halls Association, gen-
eral assembly meeting, 763-
3497, East Quad, Room 126, 7-
9 p.m.
VENTS
U "A New Agenda For Science
Revisited," Thomas Malone, spon-
sored by Sigma Xi, Dennison
Building, Room 260, 4 p.m.
O "Americans of Color Abroad," spon-
sored by International Center
Multicultural Student Services and

Commons Room, 12 noon
J "Environmental Careers," spon-
sored by CP&P and SNRE, Dana
Building, Room 1040, 5:10-6:30
p.m.
J "Graduate School Information
Fair," sponsored by CP&P,
Michigan Union, 12-4 p.m.
~J "Information Meeting About Study
Abroad in Freiburg and
Tuebingen, Germany," sponsored
by Off ice of International
Programs, Mason Hall, Room
1408, 5-6 p.m.
J "McMaster-Carr: Open Pre-Recruit
Session," sponsored by
Michigan League, Michigan
Room, 7-8:30 p.m.
J "PoetrynReading," sponsored by
Advanced Study Center
International Institute, Shaman
Drum Bookshop, 313 South
State, 8 p.m.
I "Pnr-,a inatinWnrsn n -non-

J "Shulchan lvrit," sponsored by Hillel,
Cava Java, 5:30 p.m.
j "The American City: What Works,
What Doesn't," sponsored by
College of Architecture and Urban
Planning, Rackham Amphitheater,
6 p.m.
SERVICES
J Campus Information Centers, Michigan
Union and Pierpont Commons, 763-
INFO, info@umich.edu, UMeEvents
on GOpherBLUE, and http://
www.umich.edu/~info on the World
Wide Web
J English Composition Board Peer
Tutoring, need help with a
paper?, Angell Hall, Room
444C, 7-11 p.m.
J Northwalk, 763-WALK, Bursley Hall,
8 p.m.-1:30 a.m.
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