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*Napster.com makes changes to appease colleges

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - A company that
writes software for downloading music from
the Internet says the program has been
changed to please dozens of universities that
had banned it because students were clog-
ging up the schools' computers networks.
The problem arose late last year when
some universities saw the connections
between their own systems and the Internet
bogged down by heavy traffic.
Officials discovered that the traffic jams
were caused by students who were down-
loading free music by using an application

from Napster Inc.
So far, only Indiana University, which
worked with the San Mateo, Calif-based
company on the changes, has confirmed it
will try out the updated version, though
other schools are waiting.
"We'll be watching," Alan Cubbage, a
spokesman for Northwestern University,
said yesterday. "It's nice to not be the guinea
pig."
The technology's capabilities haven't
endeared Napster to the Recording Industry
Association of America, which accuses the

company of encouraging people to break the
law by pirating commercially recorded
music from the Internet.
Many students feel otherwise.
"I'm a poor college student, and I can get
on Napster and download any music I want
for free," said Indiana freshman Ryan
Bruner, a daily Napster user before the
school blocked the application last month.
Bruner set up a Website and petition drive
for students at 196 universities that he says
have banned Napster.
Eddie Kessler, Napster's vice president for

engineering, said the changes will mean
search requests will first be handled locally
- on the special, high-speed network
shared only by universities and other
research-based institutions.
Only if a request can't be satisfied will it
cross the school's pipeline to the larger
Internet, he said, greatly reducing the traffic
on those roads.
"We fully expect this will do what needs
to happen," said Mark Bruhn, who helps set
information-technology policy at Indiana
University.

A later version of the application will
direct searches to a university's own network
before sending them to the schools' shared
one, Kessler said.
The changes "show Napster is willing and
able to work with third parties to make sure
our service is as good a citizen as possible,
both in this area, network citizenry, and in
the area of copyright and content, as well,"
Kessler said.
A spokesman for the Recording Industry
Association did not return phone calls seek-
ing comment.

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Twinkies return
after strike ends

BIDDEFORD, Maine (AP) - An
eight-day strike by truck drivers against
Interstate Bakeries Corp. that cut off the
flow of Twinkies and Wonder Bread
across the Northeast ended yesterday.
The company and the Teamsters
union agreed to additional talks next
week on an arbitration dispute, and the
Teamsters agreed to go back to work as
a gesture of good will, said Dennis Ray-
mond, chairman of the Teamsters' New
England Bakery Drivers Council.
"Right now, it sounds like everyone
is going to get their Twinkies," said
Robert Piccone, president of Teamsters
Local 340.
About 1,400 Teamsters left their
jobs on March 15, accusing Kansas
City, Mo.-based Interstate of refusing
to abide by arbitration rulings. The

company says the process was unfair;
the union says the company refused to
participate.
Because of the strike, the company's
Biddeford plant that makes J.J. Nissen,
Wonder Bread, Hostess and Drake's
products was shut down, putting 400
bakers out of work.
Teamsters later set up pickets else-
where, shutting down plants in New
York City, Philadelphia, Wayne, N.J.,
and Buffalo, N.Y.
"We decided to pull the pickets down
and to have a cooling off period and put
people back to work," Raymond said.
On the picket line in Biddeford,
where the drivers had put up a banner
that said "Fort Twinkie" at their tarp-
covered shelter, they let out a cheer
when they heard the news yesterday.

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Salty Spud is one of 20 six-foot statues presented at a Statehouse
ceremony in Providence, R.I., yesterday to begin a new tourist campaign
dubbed "Rhode Island - The Birthplace of Fun."
*College offers tuition
breaks for having fun

Los Angeles Times

ST. LOUIS - First, a clarification:
It's true that students at Missouri's
William Woods University soon will
be able to earn big tuition breaks sim-
* ply by having fun.
But not every kind of fun qualifies.
Keg-party fun does not. Nor does
ping-pong-with-the-roomie fun. Veg-
out by-the-TV fun won't cut it, either.
No, this small liberal arts college
will knock nearly 40 percent off its
tuition only for students who have the
kind of fun that enhances an educa-
tion, or boosts campus spirit. Fun like
attending a women's basketball game.
Swinging by a faculty art exhibit.
Joining a book group. Performing in a
play. Jamming at an on-campus con-
cert.
In a program that national education
experts call unique, William Woods
will slash its S13,200 tuition by $5,000
next year for every incoming freshman
who pledges to participate in a set
number of extracurricular activities.
The college will give each activity
ma point value. Serving on student

government, for instance, might be
worth four points, while playing
intramural volleyball might merit
one. Every freshman who earns 45
points will snag the discount - and
will be eligible for a similar break his
sophomore year.
"In recent years, student involve-
ment in extracurriculars has been
declining," Dean Larry Kramer said.
"We're interested in encouraging
students to enjoy the total college
experience, not just what goes on in
their classrooms." But is it possible
to bribe a kid to be well-rounded?
Although many freshmen likely will
attend events grudgingly at first, drag-
ging themselves to a black history
month program for the sake of that
$5,000, Kramer predicts that most will
soon develop a genuine enthusiasm for
campus life. Not only that: He fully
expects students to become so used to
joining and doing that they carry on
the habit even after graduation.
"Once they get that job as a comput-
er specialist, we still want them to go
to the symphony, to the theater, sup-
port the local zoo," he said.

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