The Michigan Daily - Monday, September 25, 1995 - 3A
The Office of University Relations is
making a call for entries for a student
speaker for winter commencement,
which will be held Sunday, Dec. 17 at2
p.m. in Crisler Arena.
To be eligible, students must be re-
ceiving a degree during summer term or
Interested students should submit a
cover sheet with their name, address
and phone number, a typed draft of the
speech and an audiotape of them read-
ing the speech.
Entries are due at the Office of Uni-
versity Relations in the Fleming Build-
ing by Monday, Oct. 16. For further
information, contact Susan Ederer at
USA Today searches
for best college
USA Today will name 60 students to
the 1996 All-USA Academic Team and
feature them in aspecial section oftheir
The 20 first team members will be
invited to a reception in their honor in
Washington, D.C., on Friday, Feb. 9
and receive a $2,500 cash award.
Any full-time undergraduate at a four-
year institution is eligible and each
nomination must be signed by a faculty
memberfamiliarwith the student's work
and an administrator.
Winners will be chosen by a panel of
The criteria are designed to find stu-
dents who excel not only in scholar-
ship, but in leadership roles as well, Pat
Ordovensky, the All-USA Academic
Team Coordinator, said in a statement.
Outstanding academic or intellec-
tual products will be given primary
consideration. The judges will base
their decisions on the student's ability
to describe the work in theirown words
and recommendations from the nomi-
nating professors and up to three other
Applications are due by Friday, Nov.
Call Carol Skalski at (703) 276-5890
with any questions.
Students interested in pursuing a
career in nuclear power regulation
and continuing their education
should look to the U.S. Nuclear
Power Regulatory Commission for
a helpful hand.
The NRC Graduate Fellowship Pro-
gram provides funds for students inter-
ested in pursuing a masters degree in
health physics, thermalhydraulics and
Fellows must work at the NRC for a
minimum of nine months prior to be-
ginning graduate school. Fellows re-
ceive a $34,000 to $36,000 starting
salary plus benefits.
The NRC Graduate Fellowship Pro-
gram provides full payment of tuition,
fees and books.
Eligible students must be U.S. citi-
zens with a bachelors degree by August
1996 and must complete the Graduate
Applications are due by Jan. 26. For
more information, contact Rose Etta
Cox at (423) 576-9279 or Tom Rich-
mond at (423) 576-2194.
The University's Center for the
Education of Women is offering a
program of 12-24 week administra-
tive internships to begin in January.
Women with a bachelors degree
who are interested in changing their
career direction or reentering the job
market are encouraged to apply. De-
scriptions of the internships will be
available after Oct. 2 at CEW. Appli-
cation letters and resumes are due by
For more information, call 998-
Relay raises money for cancer society
By Anupama Reddy
For the Daily
Relay teams walked, strolled and
jogged this weekend to raise money for
the American Cancer Society of
Washtenaw County in the "24-Hour
Relay for Life," which lasted from noon
Friday to noon Saturday at Domino's
Even though ACS had hosted the
event in past years, this was the first
year the event covered a 24-hour span.
It was held in memory of Ann Roddy,
who lost her life to cancer in 1994.
Her husband, Philip, said the relay
means "we will come together as a
family in the celebration of hope as well
The Relay for Life involved teams
raising a minimum of$100 per member
prior to the event. Team members took
turns circling the designated track at
Even though this weekend came be-
fore Rosh Hashanah and during Greek
Rush, the University was represented at
the event. Friday, football coach Lloyd
Carr kicked the event off by shooting
the starter's gun.
The women's swim team volunteered
during registration and other activities,
while the cheerleading squad judged
participating teams for spirit and cre-
ativity. The University's Challenge Pro-
gram also was represented and helped
in kids' activities.
Cheerleader and LSA junior Tyler
Barrett said, "Since it was cold and
chilly, I had a lot of respect for the
people walking. Overall, it was a lot of
Cancer is a deadly disease that will
Volunteers take turns walking to raise money for cancer research at Domino's Farms Friday and Saturday.
manages to transport
I million papers past
striking union workers
DETROIT (AP) - A homemade
bomb was dismantled yesterday out-
side a Detroit Newspapers distribu-
tion center, and management said I
million papers were transported.past
striking union workers.
A bomb squad went to the Detroit
center after police received a threat
between 8 and 10 a.m., police Officer
Fatima Cotton said. There were no
injuries and no suspects.
The bomb was "sort of a car battery
with a fuse and some nails taped or
glued to it," said Benny Napoleon,
executive deputy police chief.
Union officials condemned the a0
"This is deplorable," said Joe
Swickard, spokesman for the Nevws-
paper Guild."'It serves no positive
Six unions representing 2,500 ems
ployees struck Detroit Newspapers
on July 13.
Pickets outside the distribution en-
ter briefly blocked trucks preparing
to deliver yesterday's edition. Five;
people were arrested on disorderly V-
conduct charges and released, Cotton
Early yesterday, about 250 pickets
gathered outside another of the ndiys-;
papers' 20 distribution centers and
overturned an abandoned pickup truck
and turned back a semi-truck. A tow
truck cleared it from the driveway.
At about 6 a.m., about 50 officers
with helmets and batons gently moved
the remaining 65 pickets aside and
allowed a semi-truck to move through
the gates. Strikers shouted, "No scab
cops!" after the truck passed through.
At a third distribution center, Team-
ster member Jim Thomas, 52, was hit
by a pickup truck as it arrived, said
striking reporter Gene Schabath. Tho-
mas was treated at a hospital and re-
be diagnosed in about 1,252,000
Americans this year, according to the
American Cancer Society.
To defend against this growing
killer, about 20 teams from local
businesses and civic groups aimed
to raise $20,000. ACS will allocate
40 percent of the money to research,
and another 40 percent is for pa-
tient, community and educational
"Support from all aspects of the com-
munity is tremendous," said Piper Boyd,
executive director of the ACS
Washtenaw County chapter.
The relay was marked with new ac-
tivities on the hour. Tournaments were
held in lawn bowling, volleyball, poker
and hearts, and Trivial Pursuit. There
also was the familiar assortment of pic-
nic games like the wheelbarrow race,
water balloon toss and tug-of-war com-
petition. Demonstrations in Tae Kwan
Do and golf were provided from vari-
However, there was a more somber
candlelight tribute to those living with
cancer- the Luminary Memorial Cer-
Physics Prof. John Chapman, who
was a support member, summed up the
event's sentiments: "It was an interest-
ing blend. There was lots of exercise
and fun, but people were also looking at
the luminaries and remembering loved
Angell Hall construction disturbs students, faculty
By Heather Miller
For the Daily
Since last winter, students and
teaching faculty alike have been ser-
enaded by an eclectic mix of power
drills, jack-hammering and the clang-
ing of steel beams performed by the
Angell Hall Construction Symphony
Prof. Julie Ellison, who teaches an
English course in Mason Hall, said fall
is always associated with noises such as
lawn-mowing and leaf-blowingthat can
be disrupting to classes.
"But the really bad noise is coming
from the Angell Hall project on the
other side of the building," Ellison
Construction on Angell Hall began
in February 1994 and includes a reno-
vation of all interior spaces.
However, the noise associated with
the renovations has interfered with some
"I'm using a microphone for the first
time in my life," said Prof. Sidney Fine,
who teaches a history course in Angell
Prof. Joan Lowenstein, who also
teaches a course in Angell Hall, said
that, in the past, she used a microphone
so she could speak in a normal tone of
voice. However, she said that now"even
when I use the microphone, I still feel
like I have to shout."
She said the noise has a tendency to
make it "harder to teach."
The noise may make it harder to learn
LSA junior Darci Weinert, a student
in Fine's class, said, "It's difficult to
hearhim with thebangingandthewhole
thing. You have to sit up close."
LSA junior Andrea Kasko agreed
that the construction noise can be dis-
"I had to take an exam, and it was
really hard to concentrate because they
were clanging pipes and everything,"
Knowing that the noise can be dis-
turbing, David Sprow, a project engi-
neer from the University's Construc-
tion Management Office, said that "we
try to avoid (noise) as much as possible.
We try to work early in the morning
before classes." However, Sprow said
"some noise is unavoidable."
Currently, most of the noise around
Angell Hall is from a steel erection
project. Sprow said that, originally,
this project was to be completed be-
fore the beginning of classes, but that
it would be done within a week or
Then construction workers will be-
gin setting brick and block, which Sprow
said is "a quieter operation."
The renovation of Angell Hall is
scheduled to be completed Nov. 1,1996.
"Things should start quieting down
soon," Sprow said.
Gingrich promises hard
line on deficit reduction
MACKINAC ISLAND (AP) -
House Speaker Newt Gingrich vowed
yesterday not to blink in a looming
faceoff with Democrats over balancing
the budget, saying Gov. John Engler
has proved that sticking to principle
"The Republican Party in the House
and Senate has a historic opportunity to
keep faith with the American people
and to insist on a balanced budget,"
Gingrich said. "We are not going to
His 90-minute speech to a cheering,
foot-stomping crowd concluded the
Michigan GOP's biennial leadership
conference on Mackinac Island. The
three-day event brought five presiden-
tial contenders to the historic Grand
Hotel in search of support from 2,000
In his speech and at a news confer-
ence, Gingrich reiterated his promise
not to schedule a vote this fall on lifting
the debt ceiling-except for a few days
at a time - until Congress and Presi-
dent Clinton agree on a seven-year blue-
print for erasing the deficit.
Increasing the debt ceiling is required
periodically to keep the government
from defaulting on its loans.
Gingrich acknowledged pressure
would mount as the deadline ap-
proaches, but said some of the nation's
leading bankers and investors had urged
him to enact balanced-budget legisla-
tion at all costs.
He described the issue as central to
the GOP's effort to overhaul the gov-
ernment, saying Americans repeatedly
have elected candidates who promised
a balanced budget.
"And every time people arrive in
Washington, they flinch," he said. "We
are not going to back down.... We will
not compromise on the principle of
balancing the budget, period."
Gingrich and his wife, Marianne,
spent Saturday night with Engler and
his wife, Michelle, at the island's ex-
ecutive residence. The speaker hailed
Engler as "a brother-in-arms" in the
Engler was the only governor asked
to address the newly elected GOP House
majority last December, Gingrich said.
He said Engler cited his own experi-
ence in telling the group that seeking
fundamental change would carry short-
term political costs, but ultimately vot-
ers would approve.
"He just kept taking the heat and
doing what was right, and then got re-
elected by the largest margin in almost
70 years" for a Republican governor of
Michigan, Gingrich said. "John Engler
is the inspiration of the courage we
have shown" in Congress this year.
The crowd's outpouring of affection
for Gingrich may have eclipsed even
the warm welcome given Sens. Bob
Dole, Phil Gramm and the other presi-
dential contenders. The audience re-
peatedly interrupted his speech with
applause and mobbed him afterward
for handshakes, autographs and pic-
"He's the leader of the conservative
revolution," said Kathleen Bragg of
Pontiac, clutching a copy of Gingrich's
book, "To Renew America."
"He's the culmination. Everything
we've heard this weekend was leading
up to Newt coming in."
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