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6 • BENNETT BANNER • MARCH 8, 2000 NEWS • FEATURES • NEWS* FEATURES • NEWS . FEATURES • ^On© ©xpenences what you don't know could cost you third fire this year BY SHAWNTIE ANDERSON Staff Reporter 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 the alarm. “My first reaction to the alarm was, ‘Oh no, not again’,” Bryant said. 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 fire.” Crump said she then called the fire department. 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 Safety. 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 said. “Alitcigaretteinthegarbage can caused the fire,” McDougle said. 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,” Johnson said. (NAPSA)-Bennettstudcnts who 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 to. 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 Exams continued from Page 1 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 Angeles. 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 making. • 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 call 1-800-222-0300. 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. The Banner publication for Spring 2000 scfieduie changed due to snow days. See Page 8. €raci[ Head ..all throHffl out with tfie help pf 5fWs liie me. "-ftiiarSgeiS '^ - , ' Everybody Loves to trash teenagers, right? 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. Call Toll Free 1-800-722-TEENS www.wepreventiorg

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