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6 • BENNETT BANNER • MARCH 8, 2000
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third fire this year
BY SHAWNTIE ANDERSON
For the third time this academic
year, fire fighters were called to
extinguish a fire in Cone Hall.
The fire alarm sounded as some
of the residents exited the build
ing. Nicole Bryant, a junior from
New York and resident of Cone
Hall, said she was in her room on
the second floor when she heard
“My first reaction to the alarm
was, ‘Oh no, not again’,” Bryant
Detwa Crump, public safety of
ficer, was the first to arrive at the
scene. “The flames were about
five feet high coming out of a five
gallon garbage can,” Crump said.
“Most of the women were not
in the building at the time of the
Crump said she then called the
Fire fighters from three differ
ent departments appeared on the
scene approximately 10 minutes
after the fire alarm went off. Al
though the ceiling and walls were
black with residue, no one was
hurt and there was no real struc
tural damage, said Leon
McDougle, director of Public
The fire was the third reported
in Cone Hall this school year. Thoe
were two other reported fires in
December, one of which was
caused by a curling iron.
The cause of the most recait
fire is still imcCTtain. “At first I
was told that the fire was caused by
a dryo- in the basement,” Bryant
can caused the fire,” McDougle
Paula Johnson, of the Fire De
partment Administration Office,
said that the cause of fire was not in
the official report. “The reprat
only says that there was a small
fire in a basement garbage can,”
Johnson said. She also said that
there was one fire truck on standby
while the firemen removed the
smoke. “As of right now, there is
no investigation going on,”
choose a phone company without
doing some research risk being
peony wise and phone foolish.
According to experts at AT&T,
many consumers don’tknow there
are different types of calls, what
they’re paying for each of these
types of calls, or that the rates
some companies charge may vary
by time of day.
An AT&T Consumer Affairs Di
rector says this can result in con
sumers paying more than they have
It’s important for consumers to
understand their calling patterns
so they can make an educated de
cision when it comes to choosing a
calling plan,” said the AT&T Con
sumer Affairs director. “We ad
vise consumers to check with their
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telecom provider for fiill details on
their calling plans and rates.”
Most calls consunm^ make are
made within their state and are
tamed “local toll calls.”
Local toll calls are made to loca
tions outside a customer’s local
calling area but are short of being
long distance calls. On average,
local toll calls make up about 70
parent of consumer in-state calls.
What consumCTS don’t realize is
local toll per-minute rates can be
highCT than state-to-state rates. This
means anin-state call can cost more
than a call from New York to Los
Read the fine print Many calling
plans that appear to charge the
same per-minute rate actually have
rates that vary by time of day and
day of the week.
Some companies charge rates as
much as two or three times higher
on calls made during the day when
millions of people are at home.
Here are a few tips to help save
njoney on every call:
• Know what types of calls you’re
• Ask your telecom company for
their in-state rates, not just adver
tised state-to-state rates.
• Shop around for a telecommuni
cations company. It’s possible to
save as much as $135 annually by
choosing a carrier with a calling
plan that includes cc«npetitive lo
cal toll rates.
To find state-specific informa
tion, visit www.atLcom/loctoll. Or
AT&T says by learning more
about your phone service, you may
be able to save money.
The make-up days will be Tuesdays and Thursdays during March and
April from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. The first three snow day make-ups
have been scheduled. The Reading Day May 5, wUl be canceled. The
fourth snow day make up will be annoimced at a later this semester
SNOW DAY It 1 (Jan. 18)
Tuesday and Thursday classes Make up from 11 a.m.
8:00 a.m. Tuesday , March . 7
9:30 a.m. Tuesday March. 14
1:00 p.m. Thursday, Mar. 16 (No ACES)
2:30 p.m. T, Mar. 21
3:45 p.m. Th, Mar. 23 (No ACES)
5:30 p.m. T, Mar. 28
SNOW DAY #2 (T, Jan. 25)
8:00 am. T, April 4
9:30 am. Th, April 6 (No ACES)
1 :(X) p.m. T, April 11
2:30 p.m. T, April 18
3:45 p.m. Th, April 20 (No ACES)
5:30 p.m. T, April 25
SNOW DAY #3 (Wednesday, Jan. 26)
Classes that meet on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday will make the
missed day onFriday,May 5 (Reading Day) at the regular meeting time.
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Maybe they don't realize that we do care. That we can make
a difference. Get involved in Crime Prevention. Clean up parks.
Teach younger kids. Start a school or neighborhood watch.
And help make your ^community safer and better for everyone.
Together, we can prove them wrong by doing something right.
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