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The Michigan Daily - Friday, September 22, 2000 - 3

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Caller threatens
to bomb building
4ue to study ads
A male subject called the Institute
for Social Research on Monday morn-
ing and threatened to bomb a building
if the department did not stop running
an advertisement for African Ameri-
can study, Department of Public Safe-
ty reports state.
The caller did not say which build-
ing he would bomb. DPS found no
evidence of a crime and did not report
Wing any suspects.
Large tree branch
falls on student
A student was transported to the
University Hospitals' emergency
room Tuesday after being struck by a
large tree branch on South University
Avenue, DPS reports state. The fallen
~anch dropped approximately 2(1 to
feet, and the foliage-bearing end
hit the victim.
Pants stolen from
Frieze Building
A pair of pants was stolen Tuesday
morning from the Frieze Building,
according to DPS reports. Also missing
were a wallet and pocket watch.
DPS did not report having any sus-
*ts.
4 more tampon
machines robbed
Money was stolen Wednesday
afternoon from tampon machines in
women's restrooms in both Institute
for Social Research and the Fleming
Administration Building, DPS reports
state. Machines in East Quad Resi-
*ce Hall and the School of Den-
tistry building were robbed Tuesdav.
The IS R machine was removed
from the wall. DPS did not report It is
ing any suspects.
Hospital patient
reports assault
A University Hospitals patient
claimed he was assaulted Tuesday
ning by a stall' member attempting
give him his catheter, according to
bPS reports.
The patient said he began to scream
and spit at the staff member. The staff
member attempted to block the spit
with her hand, at which time the
patient reportedly tried to bite her
hand.
1an sells art in
ampus buildings
A man was given a verbal warning
for solicitation Tuesday afternoon
after being found selling artwork in
East Hall, according to DPS reports.
About an hour earlier, a man had
been seen at the Clarence Cook Little
Science building selling artwork, but
if is unclear if he was the same per-
son.
&lother hits child
using crutches
- A woman in the Taubman lealth
Care building hit her approximately 5-
year-old child Tuesday afternoon,

according to DPS reports.
The child, who was on crutches, fell
after being hit, and his mother report-
edly yelled at him for falling.
PS officers responding to the
sene were unable to locate either
subject.
Man knocks on
door, drops pants
A black male knocked on the door
of an East Quad Residence Hall room
Wednesday evening and exposed him-
self to the female resident who
opened the the door, DPS reports
te.
The suspect was described as being
18- to 22-years-old, 180 to 190
pounds and wearing tan shorts and a
tan flannel shirt.
Compiled by Daily StaffReporter
David Emdrs.

Real World hits Detroit for housemates

By Susan Luth
For the Daily
Just as "reality TV" was looking like a dying
trend, out from the darkness comes the 10th
anniversary season of MTV's "Real World" and a
new reality game show called "Miles for Millions."
MTV casting director Laura Korkoian and her
staff will come to Detroit next Friday to take appli-
cations for the upcoming season of "Real World."
They will be at the Hockeytown Cafe, located
across from Comerica Park from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
"We always find very unique people who have
interesting stories," Korkoian said. "They must
be willing to have cameras on them 24 hours and
be willing to talk about their personal lives."
"Real World," which airs next summer, stars a
cast of seven people who will live together in New
York. They will be expected to maintain a job and
a normal life while every action, conversation and
emotion are filmed for the world to see.

Everyone who applies is considered not only for
"Real World" but also for MTV's "Road Rules."
Korkoian said more than 36,000 people apply each
year - 13 are chosen. Seven will star in "Real
World," and six will star in "Road Rules."
If this seems too competitive, the new reality
show "Miles for Millions" provides an alternative.
The show is scheduled to air next March and
will feature 10 contestants walking across the
United States with the goal of winning SI mil-
lion. The contestants begin their trek in Miami
Beach, Fla., and end in Seattle. Anyone who
reaches the finish gets S1 million.
Viewers can watch contestants on the road and
in nightly interviews from their hotel rooms.
Contestants are expected to complete an aver-
age of 22.3 miles per day, making the total trip
3,343 miles.
Millionaire hopefuls such as Angela Haley, an
assistant in orthopedic surgery at University Hos-
pitals, must first survive the selection process

before they can attempt to survive the show.
"I didn't think I'd make it this far," said Haley,
who heard from local radio stations that she had
been selected as a finalist for the show. "Months
went by and I figured, 'Oh, whatever,' and pretty
much forgot about it. Then I walk into work and
everyone had heard about it on the radio."
Haley has not had actual confirmation on her
status from the show's directors.
Associate producer Fred Shahade said only
350 finalists are still in the race and by November
the finalist list will be cut down to 100. If Haley
makes this list, she must travel to Orlando, Fla.,
where she will be given extensive physical and
psychological tests.
"We will spotlight different personalities of peo-
ple," Shahade said. "Viewers will be able to identi-
fy with at least one person from the show. It's going
to be a mental battle against everyone's minds.
"The best part is that anybody can get picked for
this," he said. "You can enter as often as you like."

Applications are being accepted on the show's
website at iwtmitilesjforiltiots.'omtt.
Although both "Miles for Millions" and "Real
World" are well under way with plans for the
upcoming season, cynics say "reality TV" may
be losing its popularity.
"Let's face it, the American people will watch
about anything," LSA freshman Cristin Morneau
said. "It's kind of like 'Big Brother.' No one real-
ly watches it. It was only popular when 'Sur-
vivor' was on."
But Shahade and Korkoian said their shows
will be as embraced as recent reality shows like
"Survivor."
"I think this is the perfect time," Shahade said.
"People love reality-based TV shows, and ours is
more real. You're not on an island eating bugs."
"I like to think we're the pioneers of reality TV'
Korkoian said. "For the 'Real World' to be on for
10 years I think we have our own following. Think
about it: Almost 40,000 people are applying."

University alum and entrepreneur Dick Beedon has rented the second floor
of the Delta Kapa Epsilon shant for his software company.
DKE alum sets
up shop in shant

By Scott Lindrup
ri the Dily.
While Delta Kappa Epsilon
fraternity finishes renovations to
its shant, alum Dick Beedon has
returned to haunt the second
floor and set up shop for his lat-
est venture, Sporgit Technolo-
gies Inc.
Sporgit, which develops and
markets speech recognition soft-
ware, has temporarily placed its
research and development labo-
ratory in the DKE's 61 1 1/2
William St ,house. DKE uses the
house for various ceremonies
and fraternity functions.
Ireedon said he plans to move to
a property on South Main Street by
Dec. 31. "After that, we will have
30 or 40 employees so we'll have
outgrownit," Beedon said.
While ieedon said he followed
his heart to Ann Arbor in pursuit of
a womnan, he said wants to enhance
Ann Arbor's technology industry
now that he's here.
"There is not near the infrastruc-
ture here as on the west coast. I
would like to bring what I've
learned to the area but some people
don't want to listen.
It's about finding the person
with the right mojo," Beedon said.
Ieeddon, former president and
CE) of University Netcasting, a
college sports-oriented Web devel-
opment firm, spent 25 years in Cali-
fornia as a tech salesman and
Internet entrepreneur.
His most successful project to
date is a university sports Website,
Beedon is encouraging the Uni-
veesity to become more involved,
citing that students will tend
towards the coasts where technolo-

gy opportunities are greater.
Beedon formed a relationship
with the Business School, speakiig
at two career sessions.
"We need capital to fund small
start-ups but we need new ideas to
get capital. It's the chicken and the
egg."
Although Beedon does not retain
close ties to the current chapter of
DKE, he and some of his class-
mates provided 55,000 seed money
to begin renovations and he contin-
ues to donate.
The house, built in 1879, has
been used by DKE members for
various ceremonies and meetings.
DKE members moved into the
shant after a fire destroyed its house
in 1967. That fire forced DKE to
close down in 1968.
DKE regrouped as "The Omi-
cron Club" in 1971,once again in
the renovated shant. The fraterni-
ty grew from there due in large
part to the leadership of Beedon.
The shant remained the frater-
nity's home until they moved into
their current house at 1004
Olivia.
Interfraternity Council Presi-
dent Adam Silver noted that
"Alumni influence varies between
chapters. Some alumni councils
own chapter houses or sponsor
events such as the Sigma Alpha
Epsilon Mud Bowl."
The decision to rent DKE's shant
was made by the DKE's alumni
foundation, Rampant Lion Founda-
tion, which owns the property.
"Obviously we don't like having
someone else in the shant, but he is
a DKE so that makes it a lot better,'
said Bill Gray, DKE treasurer.
"The rent is a one to one trade.
It goes directly towards the renova-
tions."

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Senate committee proposes
$1M fines for repair delays
LANSING (AP) - A Senate committee yesterday "Unless you give them (Ameritech) a whack on the
threatened Ameritech with a SI million fine for hands, they won't stand up and take notice," said the
lengthy delays in repair or installation of phone service bill's sponsor, Sen. Mike Rogers (R-Brighton), who is
in recent months. running for Congress this year.
The Senate Technology and Energy Committee His opponent, Sen. Dianne Byrum (D-Onondaga),
unanimously approved a bill that would authorize the also voted for the bill.
fine and customer credits for any phone company She called for the fines to be used to bolster the staff
whose average response time to a report of outage of the Public Service Commission or to help fund the
exceeded 36 hours. "lifeline" service designed to protect low-income peo-
"All our offices have received complaints," said pie and the elderly from having phone service cut off.
committee Chairman Mat Dunaskiss (R-Lake Orion). The committee action came just three days after a'
"This is an appropriate crowd of angry phone customers
response." "Unless you give them attended a PSC hearing and said
A spokesman for Ameritech, they'd lost time, money and
Michigan's largest phone compa- (Ameritech) a whack peace of mind waiting for the
ny, said large fines wouldn't state's largest local phone com-
force better service. on the hands, they pany to repair or install their
He outlined Ameritech's plan , phone service.
to improve things in Michigan. won t stand up and At the hearing, the head of
"A meritech embraces any * , Ameritech in Michigan apolo-
proposal that will truly improve take notice. gized for service problems that
services, but punitive fines and - Sen. Mike Rogers have generated a flood of com-
hastily drawn amendments and plaints in recent months.
rushed legislation will notR-righton Ameritech officials unveiled a
improve customer service," said revamped service improvement
Michael Barnhart. plan which calls for the compa-
"Michigan customers will see steady improvement ny to drop its average repair time to 36 hours by Dec.
in response time," he added. 31, three months earlier than it had first projected.
The bill, passed 7-0 by the committee and sent to the The average repair time now is 115 hours.
full Senate, would allow a penalty of up to SI million The newest plan also calls for the transfer of 124
for a local phone service provider if its average employees to Michigan from California, Texas and
response time to a service outage exceeded 36 in any Missouri this week.
given month. That's part of a plan to add 562 technicians to the
In addition, the company would have to provide work force of 26,000 by the end of this year in the
credits to customers. The credit would equal a prorated five-state region that includes Michigan, the company
amount of the monthly service rate if the outage was said.
less than 72 hours and an additional credit equal to PSC Chairman John Strand noted Monday that regu-
three times the prorated amount for any time greater lators in Wisconsin, Illinois, and Ohio also are investi-
than 72 hours. gatming Ameritech's customer service problems.

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