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The Michigan Daily - Sunday, July 8, 1984 - Page 7
Grad. schools seek
higher loan ceiling

WASHINGTON (AP) - The nation's
graduate schools asked the Reagan
administration yesterday to increase
the ceiling on federally guaranteed
student loans from $5,000 to $8,000 a
year to close a tuition gap they said
could knock students out of high-priced
professional programs.
With tuitions rising 14 percent a year
in some schools, students will be priced
out of the market for law, medical, den-
tal, veterinary and other graduate
degrees without opportunities to
borrow more money, school
associations said in a petition to
Education Secretary Terrel Bell.
THE GROUPS said they were "con-
cerned with the widening gap that has
developed as maximum loans available
to students under various federally
sponsored programs have failed to keep
pace with the escalating cost of
In 1976, the federal government in-

creased the ceiling on guaranteed
students loans from $2,500 to $5,000 a
year and seta total loan limit of $25,000
per student. The education secretary
also was given the power to increase
the limits for especially costly courses
of study.
In their petition, the associations
asked Bell to exercise the authority and
increase the annual ceiling to $8,000 for
schools with yearly tuition coasts of
$5,000 or more. They also requested a
cumulative loan limit of $37,000.
THE COST of the increase, which the
groups estimated would be $17.9 million
a year, "would appear modest when
compared with the very significant
benefit it would produce in addressing
professional and graduate student
financial needs," the petition said.
Among the groups making the plea
were the Association of American Law
Schools and the Council of Graduate

Delegates young and old

Guiding light
An unidentified woman walks past a smiling lamp in front of the Union
" Death toll expected to rise
in Vt. train derailment

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injured from the remote site. An
estimated 300 rescue workers removed
the passengers, many on stretchers, af-
ter passing them through train win-
"THIS IS the most serious accident I
can recall in 30 years here," said Gov.
Richard Snelling, who was at the scene
within an hour of the crash and
remained there much of the day.
"It's pretty gruesome . . . I want to
see all of the people out," Snelling said.
About 82 people were taken to the
Medical Center Hospital in Burlington;
57 others were taken to the Fanny Allen
Hospital in Colchester. Most people
were treated and released.
ANOTHER 140 people with slight in-
juries or no injuries were taken by bus
to the Williston Armory.
"We have never had anything of this
magnitude," said Beverly Rutherford,
a spokeswoman at the Medical Center.
Nine of the 13 cars on the northbound

Montrealer derailed when the train ap-
parently hit a section of track over a
culvert that had been washed out by
overnight flooding, according to state
police and civil defense officials. One
car was completely crushed when it
tumbled into the streambed and two
more cars landed on top of it.
THE TRAIN had been en route from
Washington to Montreal. It was the first
fatal Amtrak accident this year.
Most of the passengers were asleep
when the train buckled.
"First there was a jerk; then a bang,
then a big bang," said Coles.
"WE WERE out in nowhere," said
Charles O'Connor, a passenger from
Arlington, Va. "Most of us were
sleeping; I was half asleep, and all of
the cars started to shift. The sleeping
cars were hit the worst; they were up
The accident occurred along the
Winooski River, a few miles east of
Burlington, in muddy, hilly terrain.

prepare or
WASHINGTON (AP) - Benjamin
Osborne was 67 when David Agnew was
born. That was 18 years ago. Next
week, both will be in San Francisco as
delegates to the Democratic National
Agnew, who just graduated from
high school, is a Gary Hart delegate
from Anderson, S.C. The 85-year-old
Osborne, a chiropractor in his fifth
term as the elected trustee of Center
Township, Ind., will be casting his
ballot for Walter Mondale.
THEY APPEAR to be the oldest and
the youngest people who will vote at the
convention, where the average delegate
will be 46 years old, according to an
AP survey of 85 percent of the
AP correspondents in all 50 states
asked delegates about their choices for
president and vice president, as well as
their biographical information. Some
202 delegates refused to divulge their
A total of 711 reported belonging to a
union, with the largest single group in
the National Education Association,
which has fielded the biggest con-
tingents at the past two Democratic
conventions as well.
THE NEA SAYS it expects 270 of its
members to be delegates in San Fran-
ciso. The AFL-CIO says its member

unions will send approximately 573
delegates to the convention.
Democratic National Chairman
Charles Manatt has boasted that this
year's convention will have "by far the
most minority delegates we've ever
had .. . We reflect our party and our
party reflects America."
Overall, the party says there will be
690 black delegates, or 17.5 percent; 254
Hispanic, or 6.4 percent; 73 Asians and
Pacific Islanders, or 1.9 percent; and 35
Native American, or 0.9 percent.
OSBORNE, WHO was born Nov. 15,
1898, in what was then British Guyana,
emigrated to the United States in 1919
and became a citizen in the mid-1920s.
He was first a delegate at the 1980
Democratic convention and says "I was
the oldest one then, too."
There is another 85-year-old Mondale
delegate, Francis Burke, a lawyer from
Pikeville. Ky., who was born March 12,
1899. Burke, a former state senator, is
going to his fifth convention.
Hart, who campaigned as the can-
didate of a new generation, counts
several teen-agers among his 1,245
delegates, including Agnew and two
other 18-year-olds, Karin Schutjer, a
Yale student from Mansfield, Ohio, and
John Littig of Rock Island, Ill., a
student at August Stanley College. Both
Schutjer and Littig will be 19 this fall.

Local cable company begins piracy crackdown

(Continued from Page 1?
equipment in a mobile community like Ann Arbor,
with people moving in and out all the time," she said.
BUT SOME Ann Arbor residents who subscribe to
Cablevision's basic service receive additional chan-
nels because of a flaw in their consoles.
"In this particular box," reported one customer
who wished to remain anonymous, "if you press two
buttons at the same time, you get HBO or the Playboy
This "pirate" said he does not consider the console
manipulation an act of theft.
"I FIGURED it's their mistake," he said. "If they
want to change the box, they can come and get it."
Wilson said Cablevision intends to do just that.
"We have a list of all the homes those boxes went
to, and we're in the process of knocking on doors and
replacing them."

The company will also recall consoles from
customers who can intercept services they don't pay
for simply by switching channels on their TV sets.
WILSON expressed frustration over the popular
view of cable piracy.
"It's what we used to call 'cocktail chic,' where
you go to a party and tell people how you're stealing
cable," she said. "We'd like to get it out of that
Cable piracy is punishable under the same statutes
which cover theft of utility service. The maximum
penalty for "making or maintaining an illegal cable
connection" is one year in prison and a $500 fine,
which applies to each illegal connection in the case of
a multiple violation.
TO DATE, Cablevision has not brought charges
against anyone for cable theft.

According to Wilson, "new technologies" will
enable the company to check the strength of its signal
at a given location in order to determine whether or
not an illegal hook-up is in use.
As part of the campaign, Wilson said, Cablevision
is reminding its customers that "the revenue we lose,
other subscribers have to make up for, and
sometimes people tapping in disturb the signal
playing customers receive."
Although this campaign represents Cablevision's
most serious attempt in its 12-year history to deal with
cable piracy, Wilson said she doubts that the com-
pany can completely eliminate the problem.
"This will help, but it's an ongoing thing," she said.
"No matter what you come up with, there's always
someone who's going to try to figure out a way to get
around it."

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