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October 10, 1988

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) _ Some University of Maryland students say they’d rather study than party. In fact, the campus motto may become, ″I’d rather be studying.″

″People are really sitting down and taking things seriously,″ said Georgette Kiser, 20, a junior from Baltimore County and an officer in student government. ″I think students are saying, ’We have to start studying.‴

″I’ve never studied harder in my life,″ said senior Eric Young, 21, of Potomac. Young said he was ″sick to death″ of Maryland’s party-school image something that almost kept him from attending the school.

After the Student Government Association voted on the new slogan, students presented Acting President William Kirwan with a 12-foot banner bearing the motto and hundreds of signatures. About 4,000 students signed petitions supporting a referendum on the slogan.

″I think the enthusiasm of some of the administrators to make the school ‘top 10’ is rubbing off on the students,″ said Kevin Kalmbach, 26, a sophomore from Arnold and SGA legislator active in the campaign. ″As standards go up, they students know they can’t get away with as much.″

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OWENSBORO, Ky. (AP) - Students get the credit they deserve - or don’t deserve - under a new program at Daviess County High School.

The program is part of a new class in money and banking that puts theory into practice on cases including homecoming and cafeteria expenses.

First County High Trust had its grand opening Oct. 2 in the front lobby of Daviess County High School.

As bank president Davida Howard welcomed customers, two student marketing directors, Karla Koller and Michelle Carter, answered reporters’ questions. Student loan officer Mike Royal, meanwhile, explained the application forms to students already thinking ahead to homecoming expenses.

If 10 percent of the school’s 1,500 students open accounts, the program will be considered successful, said Jim Howell, a business and data-processing teacher at the high school.

While the program will introduce many students to handling personal finances, Howell said, the most instructive experience might be for those students whose loan applications are rejected.

″If somebody has a lot of DMs (discipline marks) and a lot of absences, he’s probably not going to pay back the loan without a lot of hassle,″ said student banker Derek Sexton.

One pending loan application is from a student who wants $150 for homecoming weekend.

Among the first to start a savings account at the bank was junior Mark Girten, who was lured by the 7 percent yield on savings.

″That’s better than you can get in town,″ he said.

As of Oct. 2, the student bank had about $4,000 in assets. That included start-up deposits of $1,000 by Central Bank and $500 from the high school’s general fund.

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PITTSBURGH (AP) - It wasn’t the Wild West, or even west Pittsburgh, but a posse was called out early Monday when a chestnut mare wandered through the city’s Allentown section and neighboring Mount Oliver.

The mare, named Skip, apparently had been spooked by something during the night and took off from her stable, said owner Natalie Higgins.

Pittsburgh police were called about 5:30 a.m. when a motorist reported sighting a riderless horse.

Police caught Skip at a convenience store parking lot, where it was tied to a sign post. But, authorities said, a police dog frightened the horse again and it fell on the asphalt, snapping its rope and setting it free.

Authorities said the horse sauntered off with several police cars in pursuit, until it was captured in a restaurant parking lot and held until Mrs. Higgins arrived to ride it home at sunrise.

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