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Call ing all critters

Though students often com-
plain of not being able to make
phone calls from their residence
hall rooms due to a lark of service,
before the age of Blackberrys and
iWhones, students were limited no
making calls within the confines of
their dormitories.
But, when University admin-
istrators revamped the residence
halls' phone system during the 1eee
spring semester, it wasn't without
its share of problems.
The new phone system cost $38
nmillion and was said to increase
efficiency by switching from
an AT&T-controlled system to
complete University autonomy,
according to a Sept. 4, aea6 article
published in The Michigan Daily.
The purpose of the new installa-
tion was to remove the need to dial
the AT&T operator to make long-
distance calls and to provide "high

tech" features like call-waiting and
call-hold for University adminis-
Roxano Block, then-director of
the University's telecommunica-
tions systems, told the Daily at the
time that the system would pay for
itself within 10 years of installa-
tion, as the University would save
money that was formerly needed to
pay AT&T's Michigan Bell.
But not all members of the Uni-
versity community were satisfied
with the changes. Students living
in West Quad complained that the
workers installing the new phones
were "rude, incompetent, and
lazy," according to the Daily article.
Students at the time also said
they were woken up by workers who
barged into their rooms to install
the phones and were also concerned
with the lack of safety precautions
that ensued as a result of the phone

system's installation. In May 1986, a
drunken moan repeatedly knocked
on a female student's door in West
Quad, and because her new phone
wasn't yet installed, she was unable
to call for help, as reported in the
Daily article.
The installation of the new
phone system was also thought to
be a catalyst for a widespread cock-
roach problem in West Quad. The
insects began appearing in large
quantities in the residence hall at
the start of the transition, though a
Centel employee who was working
on the installation said connecting
the two was "far-fetched," accord-
ing to the article.
"There were so many dead cock-
roaches lying around that we had a
party for them one night," an anon-
ymous West Quad resident told the
Daily at the time.

LSA sophomore Goardan Young uses a hall phase is West Quad
because his phase was remaved hy Canael Business Systems.

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libraries, University Police keyboard, University Police WHO: Multi-Ethnic Applications are due by Mon- with severe illnesses.
reported. The suspects had left reported. There are no sos- Information Exchange day, Jan. 25.
the scene by the time the offi- pects. WHEN: Today from noon to WHO: Office of New .


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of unknown value was stolen the Cardiovascular Center workshop about rum-
from a snow plow parked in a between Jan 15 and Jan 18, municating with one's
lot, University Police reported. University Police reported. intimate partner and
Thee re o usect. he The needles were valued at "intentional" talking, with
thef occrre beweDe. $2.50 in total. There are no time to practice privately.
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Student Programs
WHEN: Tonight at 7 p.m.
WHERE: Michigan
Union, Anderson ABC
. A news brief in ycster-
days edition of The Daily,
"Plane crash kills students
in Mich." incorrectly stated
that charges nsf murder and
weapon possession were
involved. They were nor.
. Please report any error
in the Daily to correc-

ZTheta are 1,240 students
registered with Services
for Students with Disabili-
ties, a University organization
that assists disabled students.
The majority of those regis-
cared, however, have disabili-
ties that can't be seen.
3According to Reuters.
com, 390 tons of ground
beef produced by Hun-
tington Meat Packing Inc. in
Montebello, California, is being
recalled because of potential
traces of E. Coli bacteria found
in it. Some of the meat was pro-
duced nearly two years ago.



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