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OMIKO JONES IS YOUR ORDINARY U. OF
Pennsylvania senior except for one small detail:
from jellybeans to VCRs, everything she needs
she buys online.
Jones - along with Alanna Blanco at California State U., Chico, and
Scott Raymond at the U. of Kansas - is one of three daring college stu-
dents participating in Levi's e-commerce experiment. Armed with a
$500 per week allowance (yep, that's right, 500 smackeroos per
week!), these three Web-celebs are discovering if it's possible to browse,
budget and buy everything they need for an entire semester online.
This virtual reality isn't half bad, says Tomiko. After only two weeks,
she had bought some CDs, flowers for her mom, groceries, a VCR and
plenty of Levi's. And even though she shelled out $300 her first week,
she's still looking for a cell phone and a spring break trip.
"I'm having a blast," Jones says. "You click on something on the
Internet and it's delivered in two days. I'm getting used to that."
But what about those fast-food cravings during all-night study ses-
sions? "At the beginning I thought I was going to be able to log on to a
fast-food site and have food
delivered," she says. "I'm still Want to see what tile stuldents are buy
waiting for 'FeedTomiko.com"' W.L Go to wW'com. StaY tuned for
their on-line show at 9 pm. EST on Sundays
By Jessica Lyons, Assistant Editor I,~ wi eert uss

Ii. ot Oel~~aie sop?,o we Jhn l3an has a lot on nas mind -
1,4Th ~ds, to be osact. rhat'~ tbo nelglit of Sean's or band
bail ~-- unotbolally the world's apost. se's woahlapf to get at ovoa
f)a2hj pounds tay APOI, the cut off foa the yerw 2000 edItion at the
faaaaess tjoola of World ~ecords.
lt'~ baron atssat a year since Sam 21. staa tod tho ts-ala to ~aII time
at l~n~ job an ttao nrailrooaa of a Wilaruopton, bot~. law finn Then it
bopt getting bagger. Aaad bagger. When it got to be about 40 praaanals
I thoaaght, 'I might as web go all the way.' Soan ssys The caan'eaat
record as 1022 pouaads. hoht by Stare Partradgc' of Surrey, ~ngland.
b.aaar keeps has. ball -~- now 4 1 2 foot hagh and 12 font aaa carcaana-
fereaace - an the garage of has Wilnaa'agtoaa hoan tie used to norh
an at about 10 hours per woof,. but a'ecently, the bell has grown too
big for the rubber bands supplaod by his sponeda. the Alliance ftul.abea-
Conapony of tInt Springs, ArIr.
While Saan s shoppIng for a new spoosoa. ho's keeping hanasoaf
biasy -- he s started aaothea rubber band ball, which as. about arose-
balI-.~azed. flias one s for fun, Sam says. "The ba~ one as 1ust too
hard to play with.
Whoa, that's a lattle anoro antoamabon than we needed. ohM
8ef~y Laasbacr. LL rat ~'laasarst Photv fry John Claaiaaag fL rat L\'taasrarv

That 20-page paper on the complete works of Chaucer is
due tomorrow, you haven't read a word, and osmosis just
isn't working. But even if your conscience can't keep you
from buying an "A" paper from last semester, a new web site
might. Integriguard (wwwaintegriguard.com) Is an Internet
service professors can subscribe to for $4.95 a monte
that checks students' papers against a database of existlng
works for suspicious matches. Sounds great for profs,
but this Internet-plagiarism policing has students worried
about false accusations. "My main concern would
LJ be if it pulls your name up, is it 100 percent sure
you cheated or 75 percent?" asks North Carolina
State U. junior Jenny C.J. Chang. Whether it works
or not, cheaters had
better beware-
there's a new -
S cop cruising the
information (;;7
'~superhighway.
a I
~e By Jill Carnol, -
U. of Massa-
chusetts
41 Illustration by
Rick Mahr,
Southern ;
___ Illinois U.,
S Edwardsville

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