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NEWS

The Michigan Dailv - Mondav, December 13.

2004- 3A

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ON CAMPUS
Speaker to discuss
life and times of
Tibetan monk
Donald Lopez, an Asian languag-
es and cultures professor, will hold a
lecture titled "The Life and Times of
a Modernist Tibetan Monk." Lopez
will speak in Rackham's Osterman
Common Room today from noon
to 1:30 p.m. For more information,
contact Nicola Kiver at 936-3518.
'U' Philharmonia
Orchestra performs
Conductor Andrew George will
lead the University Philharmonia
Orchestra tonight at 8 p.m. in Hill
Auditorium. Contact Rachel Francisco
at 764-0594 for more information.
CRIME
NOTES
Shots fired on
Liberty St. linked
to other shooting
An altercation reportedly led to shots
fired on Liberty Street early yesterday
morning, the Department ofPublic Safe-
ty reported. A subject was brought to the
University Hospital's emergency room
with unknown injuries. The incident
was possibly related to another shooting
in Pittsfield Township on Saturday, DPS
said.
Rock shatters
window on State
A rock was thrown through a win-
dow at 1114 State St., according to DPS
reports. The incident occurred Saturday
morning just before 9 a.m.
Gang graffiti
spotted in men's
bathroom
The men's bathroom on the first floor
of the Shapiro Undergraduate Library
has been vandalized with gang graffiti.
There are no suspects.
Three 'U' affiliates
fail to pay for food
Three people affiliated with the Uni-
versity are under investigation because
they did not pay for their food in South
Quad Residence Hall. The incident took
place Saturday around 5:30 p.m.
THIS DAY
In Daily History
Tragedy mars swim
demonstration

Dec. 13, 1959 - Two thousand fans
attended the 25th annual Swim Gala, but
events turned tragic midway through the
show. The crowd was stunned into silence
when Michigan diver Bob Webster struck
his head against the three-meter diving
board while attempting an inward two-
and-one-half somersault.
Knocked unconscious by the blow,
Webster was hauled from the water by his
teammates and attended to by doctors.
University hospital doctors stitched up
the head laceration, which ran the full
length of the hairline.
Webster regained consciousness in the
locker room and was in full command of
his faculties when taken to the hospital.
As he left, he said, "Heck, why did I have
to ruin the whole show?"
CORRECTIONS
r
An article on Page IA of the Dec. 2 edi-
tion of the Daily contained several errors.
It should have said the University of Michi-
gan Engineering Council worked with the
University to bring a recreational center
into Pierpont Commons, which contains a
pool table and couches. The article should
have said only the UMEC president meets
with Associate Dean of Undergraduate
Education Levi Thompson. The article
' also should have said UMEC holds town

Free rides fill
Ann Arbor buseS
Program allowing students to ride
busesforfree leads to increase

By Kim Tomlin
Daily Staff Reporter
In the past three months, Ann Arbor's
bus system has seen a 12 percent rider
increase, up by 134,000 passenger rides,
from last year.
University Facilities spokeswoman
Diane Brown attributes this rise to the
new MRide Program, which allows all
University students, faculty and staff to
ride for free on any of the Ann Arbor
Transportation Authority's "regular
fixed-route" buses at any time. TheRide,
a part of the AATA - a non-profit unit
of the local government - provided
1,220,000 passenger rides in the three-
month period from September through
November of this
year. The most-
used AATA nthe
routes were those I past
going between months, A
North and Cen-
tral campuses., bus system
"It's a win-win seen a 12 p
for everyone," sena1 p
Brown said. "Our rider increa
whole communi-
ty benefits when _________
people use this
program."
The MRide program allows passengers
to get around campus and to off-campus
destinations like grocery stores, malls,
restaurants and theaters in Ann Arbor,
Ypsilanti and other nearby areas.
LSA sophomore Jackie Richey said
she is happy about the creation of the
MRide Program, which eliminated
the $1 fee riders had to pay before
September.
"(It is a benefit) for me, especially
because I can go to the mall without wor-
rying about how to get there and how to
get back. It's easy," she said.
Richey, who does not have a car on
campus, said she currently takes the
AATA buses to the Briarwood Mall and
to the Main Street shopping area because
it reduces walking.
Brandon Clark, an LSA freshman
who also does not have a car on cam-
pus, said he takes the bus frequently to
go to Briarwood Mall and surrounding
music stores.
"It's convenient and I catch the bus
without worrying about the change now,"
he said, referring to the quarters needed to
pay the previous fare.
The input from University students is
currently helping the AATA decide how
to distribute the 8,000 additional service
hours it has decided to implement. A ser-

vice hour refers to the amount of time a
bus rides on a specific route.
Earlier this semester, the University put
up four locations around campus where
people could talk with both AATA repre-
sentatives and University transit officials,
The officials also sent out e-mails to stu-
dents and faculty to request recommenda-
tions and ideas. All of those who provided
feedback on the MRide program were
allowed to vote for the changes. The ideas
that obtained the top votes received prior-
ity, although they were not all possible to
enact, Brown said.
An announcement detailing how the
bus routes will expand will be made at the
end of January.
"Technically 8,000 is not a lot, but it's a
little boost," Brown
said.

three
nn Arbor's
has
ercent
se.

In addition to
the increased hours
of operation, the
increased bus usage
means potentially
taking cars off the
roads, which could
reduce the traffiz,

With increased stress from finals,
students more likely to visit UHS

By Sarah Sprague
For The Daily

"I don't think I will
miss any class
no matter how

By 2:30 p.m. on Dec.. 6, 35 people
had already come into University
Health Service seeking flu vaccina-
tions, mostly because they worried that
potential sickness could get in the way
of studying.
An increased number of visits to UHS
is common during this time, as the student
body grows more cautious, not wanting to
jeopardize exam studying.
"Though we usually do more flu treat-
ment early in the school year, what we see
during exam time is the usual number of
infections, but people can't afford to be
sick for even two or three days and they
get very anxious,' UHS director Robert
Winfield said.
This anxiety is what leads students
like LSA freshman Shreya Sinha to stay
healthy so that class attendance does not
begin to lag.
"I don't think I will miss any class
no matter how bad I feel because,
especially now with finals, I can't
miss any of the information covered,"
she said.
Those students who end up missing
class say it leaves them behind others in
the class.
I think (being sick) will definitely
make my final grades worse, and it has

bad I feel

. . .

-Shreya Sinha
LSA freshman
been very stressful trying to catch up on
all the work I had to do. I feel like I missed
out on a lot of information," RC freshman
Halley Kim said.
The actual number of sick students
may not rise dramatically around finals
time, but the stress accompanied with
finals increases as students become
overwhelmed, Winfield said.
"There have been many studies done
on the impacts of stress on the immune
system ... One of the earliest, in the
1970s, showed that people who got laid
off from their jobs had higher rates of
cancer, infections and appendicitis than
people who didn't," Winfield said.
Students who visit UHS because of ill-
ness will find a number of techniques for
coping with exam-time stress.
"When students show up plagued
with stress, they are usually anxious

and unable to sleep because of the heavy
workload. We suggest over-the-counter
cold medicine to help them sleep, but
usually just talking with students helps
a lot. Occasionally, students are deeply
affected by stress and will need counsel-
ing or a few long nights of good sleep,
which might require sleeping pills,"
Winfield said.
Especially for freshmen, the inde-
pendence of living at college can be an
added source of stress. Students said
they find themselves with a greater level
of responsibility for getting a doctor's
note, keeping up with class work, study-
ing and taking care of themselves all at
the same time.
"At home teachers were more
lenient about missing work. Here it is
harder. It's much more of a personal
responsibility to attend class here than
it was in high school where I could
miss classes easily and it wasn't a big
deal," Sinha said.
For many, exam-related sickness and
stress can be beaten without time-con-
suming or complicated treatment, Win-
field said.
"I encourage students to relax and
think through what they have to do,
not become overwhelmed and cause
stress to build up. Just doing that often
leaves them feeling much better," Win-
field said.

noise pollution d
parking hardshi 9,.
although statisti:s
are not yet available. The buses aho
help to increase business for retailers
because the routes allow more students
to commute longer distances, especially
students without access to a car, Brow n
said.
"It's truly assisting the whole mass
transit," Brown said.
The MRide Program, which receives
its $1.8 million funding through an annual
combination of $1.1 million from the Fed-
eral Transit Administration and $700,000
from the University, has a contract that
expires after five years.
Although there are not yet plans to
continue with the program, Brown does
not think that it will be terminated at the
end of the contract - especially with
both parties benefiting. University transit
experienced a 7 percent increase in rider-
ship and the AATA recorded a 12 percent
increase.
The Link, a division of AATA, also
offers free services to all Mcard users
to the downtown areas as well as Cen-
tral Campus. Until the end of January,
The Link is free for all other passen-
gers too.
Other AATA services available to Uni-
versity and non-University passengers but
not free of charge, include Night Ride,
Holiday Ride, A-Ride, Football Ride anhd
RideShare.

Holiday bus schedule
All University bus services run regular schedules through Dec.
23 and resume on Jan. 3
There will be no University bus services on official University
holidays - Dec. 24, 25, 31 and Jan. 1
For North Campus routes, from Dec. 26 to 30 service will run
on 60-minute intervals; service resumes Jan. 2.
The Ann Arbor Transportation Authority suspends service on
Dec. 25 and Jan. 1
I-

-CHABAD
Continued from page 1A
old one stood. They plan to eventu-
ally create a new permanent meno-
rah, and invite anyone interested in
helping to contact them.
"We're going to have the same
setup, but we're going to take secu-
rity measures," Goldstein said.
"We're going to put things in
place so that such an incident won't
happen again - but if it does they'll
be brought to justice."
Goldstein said that Chabad leaders
are more interested in talking to the
perpetrators than taking legal action.
"Every religion should be able
'a'Y to celebrate and practice their own
religion in their own way," he said.

A menorah put up at Chabad House in celebration of Hannukah was
destroyed yesterday.

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