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ard with a Chip
e new Mcards computer chip will store information
t the cardholder in addition to keeping track of an
count local merchants will accept in place of cash.
adical information could be included on the chip,
another way for medical personnel to know how to
assist in an emergency.
e cash account will not exceed $50.
n also be linked to a checking account at First of
America for more cashless buying power.

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Sall'95 student ID card
~ets new look, technology

Mabel Cheng
the Daily
By fall term the new student identification card
Jxpected to be in full operation.
Mcard was introduced in February, hailed as the
e off-campus replacement to Entree Plus, the
iversity's debit-card. This summer the University
tounced the card will feature a computer chip that
1 be programmed to store information about the
The card will serve as a library, meal-plan, en-
and calling card. In addition, it also features two
s of financial transactions that replace the func-
n of Entree Plus.
One of the new features is the BankStripe,
ch serves the debit-card function. It is linked
student's checking account at First of
erica Bank. Students must have a checking
count with First of America to use the
Another service linked to the card is the
tshChip, which stores a pre-deposited amount of
aney on the card. Students can add up to $50 on
ir CashChip by using the CashChip stations.
To test the Mcard, the University organized a
lot program with over 800 students and staff
zmbers. Twenty-five merchants participated.
ady Ash, coordinator of Bank Card Services of
nancial Operations, said most complaints about
Mcard are that transactions took too long or the
minated cards stuck in the machines.
In response to these problems, the University
tked for a new card technology - the "smart"
rd. The new card will now be made from a vinyl
aterial similar to credit card plastic.
"On the new Mcard, a computer chip will be on

the front to replace the CashStripe," Ash said. "The
chip will go a lot faster, which means transactions
will be faster and equipment will be cheaper for
Until now, students have been using the
Entree Plus system, a debit-card system in which
students or parents deposit a certain amount of
money on a pre-paid account. Students can use
Entree Plus to make purchases on campus only.
Mcard will extend this function to off-campus
Many participating merchants said Mcard is
beneficial to both students and themselves.
Paul Rosser, operations manager of Ulrich's
Bookstore, said that before the introduction of
Mcard, they had contacted the University about par-
ticipating in Entree Plus. "Its going to be beneficial
in the long run to students," he said.
Angela Richardson, the manager of State Dis-
count said she liked the expansion to off campus
"I think it's nice to students that they can use
Entree Plus off campus. You don't have to carry
cash around, its nice," she said.
But Tom Rule, general manager of Tower
Records, did not participate in the pilot program and
is skeptical of the potential benefits.
"The charge percentage is too much. This is re-
ally expensive. The music market has a low market
already, this will affect business," he said. "I think
it is a good idea in theory. If they can get the bank
cost down, it will be good."
The Mcard Office is now located on the ground
floor of the Michigan Union, where representatives
from Mcard and First of America can answer ques-
tions about Mcard.

- Summer Orientation 1995 - TheMichigan Daily - 3
Healthy eating helps
curb 'rshman 15'
By Maggie Weyhing intaking.
Daily Staff Reporter Despite eating healthy, Herzog said
Contributing to the fears and concerns because most young adults are not done
of entering a new university, the tale of growing by the time they enter college,
the "freshman 15" looms ominously over many can expect to gain a few pounds
the heads of first-year students. during their years at the University.
The freshman 15 is the amount of "There is still the myth that girls stop Be Healthy
weight a freshman is expected to gain growing at 16 and boys at 18," Herzog Remember the
during the first year of all-nighters and said. "But today life spans are longer and Four Food
snacking. puberty sometimes doesn't stop until a Groups. Pop and
Paula Herzog, a person is in their chocolate are all
resident dietitian at late 20s." over the place,
the University, said For every teo beers Herzog said that but pasta and
Foroeveryttworbeersvegetables will
that the two maiin that a student intakes along with grw eep you going.
contributing factors h tasu e itks comes a natural Exercise. In the
to college weight a day, he/she can weight gain, usually afternoon you
gain are beer and five to 10 pounds are stronger and
late-night snack ng. expect to gain about a for every height in- burn more
"For every two crease of two oxygen.
beers that a stu- pound a week. inches. Snack healthy.
dent intakes a day, -Paula Herzo "Students have Pizza is one of
he/she can expect Dieticiang to decide whether toheeat. things
to gain about a Unes__ yD____ c___ or not they want . Chips and
,, dip may be
pound a week," their weight gain to better left alone.
she said. be fat or not. Students should think in Fiber is your
The all-you-can-eat environment of terms of feeding their healthy self and Friend. They help
residence hall cafeterias is also a major starving their blubbery self," Herzog release sugars
cause of first-year weight gain. Herzog said. and reduce
suggested that students should ask for Herzog said that to foster healthy cholesterol.
small portions of foods, not feel that they growth, students should satisfy them- Spice for Life.
have to eat what is offered as an entree selves with three meals a day. "Hot" foods like
and get to know the salad bar. Some of the most deceptive foods on peppers and
"If you're given a portion that is too the market are fat-free foods. Herzog salsa help
large for you, don't finish it. I always say warned students that while it is good to ay fight cancer
what is more of a waste, gaining weight be concerned about eating foods that Going Vegetarian?
and having low self-esteem or throwing have low fat content, fat-free foods can Eating nuts
away 11 cents worth of food?" she said. be a dangerous contributor to weight actually makes
Vikki Egbert, assistant manager at East gain, the heart
Quad, said that the cafeteria has many op- "Fat-free foods are unsatisfying. As a healthier.
tions for low-fat and vegetarian eating. result, students keep eating and intaking Soup. The meal-in-
"We are trying to provide for calories while remaining unsatisfied," a-bowl slows the
healthier eating. We are obligated and Herzog said. Fatin lteh
committed to trying to provide healthy Janet Zielasko, assistant director for burn the rest
eating for students," Egbert said. University Health Service, said those away.
Egbert also said East Quad and many students who have special dietary needs Water. 8 glasses
of the other residence halls label food and who feel that they need to be more every day.
products so students will be more aware educated about nutrition have many op- Sleep.

of how much fat and calories they are tions at the Univers


Awareness, caution help battle Ann Arbor crime

Scott Bishop
ily Staff Reporter
It's not the same as putting out the
at Signal, but the University's Depart-
ent of Public Safety is using updated
chnology to make the campus safer.
"We all should be concerned about
*y," said DPS Public Information
fficer Elizabeth Hall. "We all should
actice the three A's - be aware, be alert
id avoid dangerous situations."
Past reports support Hall's cautionary
vice. While 1995 statistics are not yet
ailable. DPS reported an average of 229
sn-aggravated and aggravated assaults
1993 and 1994. During that two-year
riod, DPS received reports of criminal
xual conduct, stalking/intimidation,
ons offenses and harassment.,
all said DPS has developed the
Enhanced 911" system to respond bet-
r and faster to calls for help.
"One of the biggest benefits is know-
.g where a 911 call originated," Hall

said. "When a call comes in to DPS, the
system gives the phone number, name (of
location) and address to the dispatcher."
As a result, DPS can respond to a call
even if the caller is unable to speak.
Sgt. Benny Chenevert said DPS can
typically respond to on-campus emer-
gency calls in three minutes or less.
Chenevert said he urges caution
without paranoia. "We want to heighten
awareness about safety," he said. Refer-
ring to the "Guide to Campus Safety," a
pamphlet by DPS, Chenevert advised
students to take precautions. The pam-
phlet suggests students walk in groups,
avoid poorly lit areas, know locations of
emergency phones and pay close atten-
tion to the surroundings.
Students carrying personal safety
items like mace or pepper spray need to
consider potential problems, Hall said.
"It's a personal decision. If you do pur-
chase a personal safety device, research it
carefully," Hall said. "If you carry it, be

sure you're properly trained. Also, you
should be certain the device is legal."
In the past year, the Michigan Stu-
dent Assembly has considered selling
pepper spray to students.
MSA President Flint Wainess said the
assembly would prefer a different option.
"We think personal alarms are a better al-
ternative than pepper spray," he said.
MSA has not reached a decision on
the sale of personal safety devices.
One safety measure available to stu-
dents on campus is Safewalk. Safewalk is
operated by student volunteers who offer
an alternative to walking alone at night.
They accompany callers to or from any
destination on or off campus within 20
minutes walking time of the Shapiro Un-
dergraduate Library. A similar service,
Northwalk, is available on North Campus.
Eric Kessel, co-coordinator of
Safewalk, said that the approximately 200
volunteers who make up the service "want
to provide a sense of comfort on campus."

During the Take Back the Night rally, students and Ann Arbor citizens
marched for safety through the streets.

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