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The Michigan Daily-Thursday, August 5, 1982-Page 3
Reaction mixed to Night Ride
By BARB MISLE prevent the men from learning the women's ad- weLientman acknowledged that the average wait for
Several female patrons of Night Ride, Ann Arbor's dresses, Shachter said. a Night Ride cab is 18 minutes, more than three times
experimental late-night taxi service, have com- Such requests have caused conflicts with the cab the wait for standard taxi service.
plained about the conduct of the male passengers drivers, she added. NIGHT RIDE differs from a standard taxi service
with whom they share their rides, according to local "It is a problem that doesn't have an easy in that the cab may pick up more than one passenger
officials. solution," said Chris White, planning coordinator for along its ride before dropping off each customer at
Some women have said that they feel uncomfor- the Ann Arbor Transportation Authority, which runs his or her destination.
table about using the service-which employs the service in conjunction with Veterans. But the Night Ride, which runs from 11 p.m. to 6
Veteran Cab Co. taxis-when other males are "THE CAB company has been very cooperative in a.m. seven days a week, is cheaper than other taxi
already in the cab, said Ellen Shachter, a member of responding to complaints," White said. "We have services. Passengers pay a fixed fare of $1.50 regar-
the Public Interest Research Group in Michigan, asked the cab company to take someone else home dless of the distance traveled within the city limits.
which was instrumental in founding the service last first if there is a problem among passengers." The service, which is subsidized by a $64,000
March. Stuart Avery, owner of the cab company, said he federal grant, will continue on a trial basis until Mar-
"SOME WOMEN have complained they were felt the drivers would be able to resolve any conflicts ch of next year, but Schechtman said he expects the
harassed by male passengers or the drivers," that might arise. money to last an additional six months.
Shachter said. "The overall response to Night Ride has been If the final evaluation of Night Ride is positive,
These womei have requested that drivers take any positive," said Perry Schechtman, the transportation Schechtman said, there is a good chance the service
male passengers to their destinations first in order to authority's systems development manager. But will expand to include the Ypsilanti area.
Dental School
enrollment down
says new Dean

In the face of decreasing enrollments,
the School of Dentistry will be em-
phasizing improved patient care and
increased interdepartmental'
cooperation under the leadership of its
new dean, Richard Chrisiansen.
A former lecturer at both the Univer-
sity of Maryland and Georgetown
University, Christiansen began his five-
year appointment as dean in July.
He comes to the University from the
National Institute of Dental Research,
where he worked on "craniofacial
anomolies," or deformatins of the skull
which alter the way one's teeth mesh.
THE DENTAL school enrollment will
be decreasing from 150 to 135 due to a
lack of funds and a decrease in the
demand for dentists, according to
"When the enrollment went up to 150
there was a request for additional funds
for instruction. We never received
those funds to service the 150 students,"
Christiansen said.
There also may be increases in
merit-based faculty salaries to retain
dental school professors, many of
whom have the option of making more.

money in private dental practice, he
Demand for dentists has dropped in
recent years as the nation's overall
dental health has improved, Christian-
sen said. The smaller enrollment will
help keep the present balance of one
dentist for every 1700 people in the
FOR THE future, the dental school
will be developing a five-year plan to
accomplish its academic goals,
Christiansen said.
"The area that has to be addressed is
-patient care," he said. "How can we
improve the patient care and make
sure it's available to everyone who
wishes to have a problem attended to?
The second concern the new dean
stressed was for greater cooperation
between various parts of the Dental
School. "Across the board . . . every
department's faculty will"have to fully
aware of (other departments')
curriculums to minimize duplication,"
he said. He added greater involvement
of researchers with clinics could help
them develop fresh research ideas, and
investigate the field's future problems.

Doily Photo by DOUG McMAHON
THE NEW SCHOOL of Dentistry Dean, Richard Christiansen, says he will
try to decrease overlapping curriculum and improve patient care in the den-
tal school's clinics during his 5-year appointment.

City Council opposes federal cable- TV bill


The Ann Arbor City Council passed a
resolution Monday night condemning a
U.S. Senate bill that would take
regulatory power of cable television
away from municipalities and give it to
the federal government.
In passing the resolution, Ann Arbor
joined many cities across the country
that are calling for the bill's defeat. The
municipalities argue that Federal
Communications Commission control
will damage community access to cable
"IF THE FCC regulates the cable in-
dustry, it won't give a damn about Ann
Arbor," said Elliot Chikofsky, the
chairman of the city's cable casting
commission, who presented the
The bill passed the Senate Commer-

'If the FCC regulates the cable industry, it won't give a
damn about Ann Arbor.'
-Elliot Chikofsky
chairman of the Ann Arbor Cablecasting Commission

ce, Science, and Transportation Com-
mittee on July 22 by a 12 to 3 margin.
Sen. Don Riegle (D-Mich.) supported
the measure.
The measure will allow the FCC to set
a franchise fee limited to the cost of
local regulation. Cable companies have
argued that municipalities use fran-
chise fees to fund other city services.
BUT THE measure will also mean a
decrease in the number of access chan-
nels required by most municipalities,
according to Martha Schmidt, coor-

dinator for Ann Arbor's Community
Access Television.
She said that funding for local
programming will be cut off under the
bill because communities presently
receive the money for their access
channels from franchise fees.
Schmidt also expressed concern over
the portion of the bill that deals with
franchise renewal. "It is basically an
automatic franchise renewal. The
whole idea behind relicensing is to
make sure (the cable companies) are

responsive to community needs," Sch-
midt said.
The City Council resolution states the
bill "would seriously restrict and crip-
ple local community access television
services and local regulatory control,
and does not reflect the interests of
private citizens and local government."
Supporters of the legislation say it
will benefit comsumers by decreasing
costs. A cable industry spokesperson
estimated that 22 percent of a
customer's monthly fee goes toward
Supporters also say that the bill will
eliminate the present regulatory
discrepancy between cable companies
and satellite and microwave com-
munications systems. Satellite and
microwave systems are not assessed
franchise fees, said a cable spokesper-

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