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Continued from Page 1A
Ramsburgh said.
Ann Arbor resident and staff mem-
ber Dan Higby said he enjoys the mix
of students, faculty members, alumni
and others who work at the shop.
Building only with hand tools, Higby
said he is both a teacher and a learner.
"It's kind of a process of discov-
esy. I find the tools and wood are my
best teachers," Higby said.
While the woodshop has existed
for more than 20 years, it often goes
unnoticed by students.
"It's kind of hard to find. It's kind
of hidden," Architecture first-year
student Fav Hsu said.
"On Saturday nights, people hit
,-the bars instead of clean fun," said
Messon Gbah, a computer program-
mer at the Medical School. "It's too
bad not many people know about it."
Deb Mexicotte, director of the
Arts and Programs Office of the

Union, said her office has attempted
to increase the woodshop's publicity
by placing advertisements on radio
and in newspapers.
"One of the difficulties with the
woodshop is to get people to realize it's
there," Mexicotte said. In a written
statement, Mexicotte said the wood-
shop averages about 3,600 visits per
year, with an estimated 2,000 to 2,400
visits from students.
For many woodshop attendants, the
love of woodworking draws them back
each time. Johnson is a fixture at the
woodshop. Recently completing his
doctorate in micromolecular science
and Engineering, Johnson said he
comes to the woodshop whenever pos-
sible, sometimes every day of the week.
"This is my hobby," he said. "This
is what I did to keep my sanity dur-
ing my PhD."
But Johnson claims that his love
for woodwork wasn't what originally
drew him to the woodshop.
Necessity did.

"One of the difficulties with the
woodshop is to get people to realize
it's there."



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"The real reason is my roommate
moved out and he took all the furni-
ture," he said, describing the bed,
kitchen table, coffee table and lamps
he has made in the woodshop.
Vosburgh said many Architecture
students and Art and Design stu-
dents inhabit the site in the days just
before they have class projects due.
"I come here at crunch time," Hsu
said, adding that many students
come to the woodshop because its
hours are favorable to their varying
schedules. The woodshop is open
Monday through Friday from 5 p.m.
to 11 p.m., Saturday from II a.m. to
6 p.m. and Sunday from 4 p.m. to 11
Continued from Page 1A
Our hope is funding for the project will
mirror that set of pribrities,' Elias said.
Cunningham also hopes this will be
funded by the University, adding that a
one-time investment into a technologi-
cal device reaps cost-effective benefits.
"If you look at adding one bus to one
route, the cost of that comes to about
$100,000 a day"
But some students think dot matrix
indicators detract from more important
issues, such as improving the frequency
of services.
"They're definitely unnecessary,"
Engineering sophomore Larry Harvilla
Harvilla, who is also a University bus
driver, said the signs will cause a main-
tenance headache, citing the expense of
installing the system and potential
problems of vandalism.
"I've driven Saturday night shifts at 3
a.m.," he said. "I've seen what 40 drunk
people can do."
Bursley Council President Damon
Warren said he supports the system as
long as good service is an integral part
of the plan.
Elias said improving service is the
ultimate goal with the system's imple-
"Our goal is to increase comfort and
utility for students "he said. "The point
here is better service and more service."
Cunningham expressed similar
thoughts. "The money used from this
project will not detract from any bus
service in the future."
Proponents of dot matrix indicators
are optimistic because they said
Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates,


Architecture and Urban Planmg
student Giovana Solera echocd
Hsu's thoughts. "The schedule here
is very flexible." Solera said. "I like
to work at night. It's better for me.
Student participants pay either a
S2 daily fee or S40 per semestei to
use the woodshop. Faculty members
and others affiliated with the
University pay higher rates. The
woodshop, financed by the
University's general fund, has a
yearly budget of about S60,000,
Mexicotte said. Mexicotte estimates
that user fees contributed 'about
$15,000 to this year's total budget.
Inc. - the firm in charge of the campus
master plan -- also looked into this sys-
tem. But Heather Clark, project manag-
er for the campus master plan, said it
was only a speculation.
"We had really general discussions
but haven't really looked at it yet," she
Administrators at Ohio State
University have installed a similar sys-
tem several years ago called the Bus
Location Information System.
"Basically, buses are equipped to a
global positioning system that gives the
latitude and longitude of the buses,"
Operating Manager for OSU
Transportation Roy Alonso said.
"It provides a good service, and it's
especially nice in the colder weather,
he said. Alonso noted ridership has
increased but said he cannot credit that
to the system since services improved
around the same time.
But he said they have experienced
problems with BLIS.
"We're having trouble getting all the
information out to download. There's
been some trouble with that link," he
Elias said he hopes to have the pro-
ject completed before his term ends in
"There's still a lot of'administrative
legwork," he said.
Cunningham said the system could
be up within a year, and predicted dot
matrix indicators to be the wave of the
"This type of technology is going to
come to all bus systems. It allows peo-
ple to be more interactive, and I believe
it could facilitate more people to use the
bus. It's one of many steps where we
could take the bus service."

Internet companies push up ad prices
NEW YORK -- Some Internet companies are paying more to advertise or
January's Super Bowl telecast than they have generated in revenue, helping pusi
the average commercial price for the game to a record of about $2 million.
As'many as a dozen "dot-com" advertisers are expected to rub shoulders Witi
Anheuser-Busch, Pepsi-Cola. Federal Express, Visa and other longtime Supe
Bowl advertisers on the Jan. 30 telecast on ABC.
Dot-comn advertisers have bought about 20 percent of the available commercia
in the Super Bowl, industry insiders estimated.
Price evidently has been no object as industry insiders say the average charge fo
a 30-second Super Bowl commercial has soared 25 percent from the old high o
S1.6 million on the last NFL championship game broadcast. Super Bowl ad price
are typically the highest on TV
Marvin Goldsmith, ABC's head of sales and marketing, declined to comment o
the prices but said sales have been helped by a strong economy and advertisers
renewed appreciation of broadcast TV's ability to reach a huge audience quickly.
The Super Bowl attracts the biggest TV ratings of the year at the same time th
broadcast networks' audiences have steadily eroded. "There are very few of these plat
form events that offer the opportunity to reach the masses in a concise period," said
Flood, who oversees national TV ad purchases made by DeWitt Media in New York.

N.Y. lawmakers not
penalized for ethics
ALBANY, N.Y. - New York state
ethics law forbids lawmakers to accept
meals or gifts worth more than $75, if
they were offered to influence their
decisions. But there are dozens of law-
makers who Philip Morris said
received free meals worth more than
$75 during the past three years.
No one knows what it would take to
prove the law was broken. No one
knows because in its 10-year history
the panel that investigates such cases
- the Legislative Ethics Committee -
hasn't penalized a sitting legislator. All
eight members of the committee are
The committee has a policy of not
commenting on investigations, or even
acknowledging one is under way. One
of its co-chairs, Democratic Assembly
member Deborah Glick, wouldn't say
if she believes the recent Philip Morris
disclosures - for which the company
agreed to pay a $75,000 fine - require
further scrutiny. A spokesperson for the

committee's other co-chairs, howeve
suggested a probe is unlikely.
"At this point, the senator hasn't see
anything in published reports that in hi
judgment would warrant action by th
Ethics Committee,' said Gtral
McLaughlin, a spokesperson fortS
John Marchi (R-New York).
NASA to crash tiny
probes into Mars
PASADENA, Calif. - Two- littl
space probes heading for Mars thi
week won't float beneath parachutes o
bounce to a landing on cushion
Instead, they'll smash into the planet a
400 mph, punching into the ground lik
interplanetary lawn darts.
If the drastic landing technique wL
Friday, the softball-size instrument pack
ages will search for water and test lowe
cost technology that could revolution
solar system exploration.
The Deep Space 2 probes are flyin
toward the Red Planet along with th
Mars Polar Lander.
After they reach Mars, Polar Lande
will begin a controlled descent.


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Cuba: U.S. gv't was
notifiedof refugees
HAVANA - Cuba said yesterday
that it warned the U.S. Coast Guard that
a boat carrying 13 people was heading
for the United States coast --- three
days before survivors of the doomed
voyage were found.
The Coast Guard began searching
for survivors from the small power boat
on Thursday after fishermen two miles
off Fort Lauderdale, Fla., found 5-year-
old Elian Gonzalez clinging to an
innertube. Coast Guard officials said
the boat capsized Tuesday.
Two adult survivors and seven bod-
ies had been found by the time the
search was called off on Saturday.
"The entire responsibility for these
new and painful deaths falls on the gov-
ernment of the United States because
of the senseless way that illegal immi-
gration is promoted, stimulated and
rewarded from that country," the Cuban
Foreign Ministry said in a declaration
read over Cuban state radio stations.

Coast Guard officials declined t
offer an immediate reaction yesterday.
Also yesterday, Cuba said the be
had been kidnapped by his mother -
who died ir; the voyage - and th~~
should be returned to his father.
Naked man attacks
church with sword
LONDON - A naked sword-wiek
ing man burst into a south Londo
church during Mass yesterday, slashin
and stabbing members of the congrega
tion. Ten people were injured, thre
Six of the injured suffered9a
wounds, including a man who lost pa
of a hand. The others were hurt in
stampede to get out of St. Andrew
Roman Catholic Church in Thprt
Heath, a London suburb.
Two other men armed with sticks fo
lowed the man into the church, lashir
out at some of the 400-member congr
gation, priest Canon John Lennon, saic
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