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SPRING BREAKERS SPEAK OUT: WHAT'S HOT AND WHAT'S NOT

 -- Cindy Crawford, Luke Perry Are Favorite Dream Chaperones --
 -- Majority Of Vacationers Call Home ... But Don't Tell All --
 -- Letterman and Arsenio Garner Top Ratings --
 WASHINGTON, March 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Whether uttering phrases like "mash me a fin" (lend me five dollars) or "beer me" (give me beer, please), or "rack up" (get some sleep), college students brought a new language to Daytona Beach recently, according to the MCI Spring Break Survey.
 The poll, conducted among 426 college students on vacation in Daytona Beach last week, revealed that a majority (51 percent) of Spring Breakers called their parents from the beach more than anyone else. While students were eager to discuss Spring Break finances (39 percent), late hours and romances were among topics to avoid with their parents.
 CALLING FOR ADVICE: MOM OR MADONNA?
 Given a choice to call anyone for advice during Spring Break, parents top the list:
 -- Parents -- 23 percent
 -- Madonna -- 15 percent
 -- Oprah Winfrey -- 12 percent
 -- Bill Clinton -- 9 percent
 DREAM CHAPERONES: CINDY CRAWFORD AND LUKE PERRY
 But when it comes to supervision, most students say mom and dad should stay home. Instead, supermodel and television host Cindy Crawford would be first choice to chaperone Spring Break:
 -- Cindy Crawford -- 29 percent
 -- Luke Perry -- 15 percent
 -- Bart Simpson -- 10 percent
 -- Parents -- 2 percent
 While a majority of male students (55 percent) would choose Cindy Crawford to be their chaperone, Beverly Hills 90210's Luke Perry won over women respondents (28 percent).
 LATE NIGHT BATTLE
 David Letterman edged out Arsenio Hall as favorite late night television personality among Spring Breakers:
 -- David Letterman -- 43 percent
 -- Arsenio Hall -- 40 percent
 -- Jay Leno -- 7 percent
 DON'T CALL US, WE'LL CALL YOU
 The survey also revealed that nearly 59 percent of students left their parents a phone number where they could be reached in Daytona Beach. The number was higher among women (70 percent) than among men (46 percent).
 PHONING HOME
 Although 41 percent of students brought calling cards to Spring Break to make long distance calls, students who did not use a calling card (59 percent) usually called collect:
 -- Calling collect -- 72 percent
 -- Dialing direct -- 15 percent
 -- Using friend's calling card -- 9 percent
 "I LOST MY PHONE NUMBER. MAY I BORROW YOURS?"
 MCI asked students to list some of their favorite "opening lines". They included:
 -- I lost my phone number. May I borrow yours?
 -- I hope you know CPR, because you take my breath away.
 -- Do you have a quarter? I want to call my mom and tell her I'm
 in love.
 -- If I could rearrange the alphabet I'd put "u" and "i"
 together.
 -- Is your father a thief, because someone stole the stars from
 the sky and put them in your eyes.
 -- Hey, do you want to thumbwrestle?
 NEW WAYS TO COMMUNICATE
 Students were asked to list some of this year's most-used slang expressions. They included:
 -- "mash me a fin" -- lend me five dollars
 -- "rack up" -- get some sleep
 -- "power nap" -- resting between partying and bar hopping
 -- "can of Spam" -- carload of guys
 -- "beer me" -- give me a beer, please
 MCI, the company which created the Friends & Family program, announced its 10 millionth Friends & Family customer in January, 1993, less than two years after the program was introduced. In addition to Friends & Family, MCI offers residential savings through a number of products and services including MCI PrimeTime, MCI Personal 800, MCI Around the World, MCI Card and the Friends & Family Card.
 The MCI Spring Break Survey results were tabulated on computer by Data Star, Inc., an independent survey tabulation service.
 -0- 3/25/93
 /CONTACT: Bob London or Su-Lin Cheng of MCI, 800-436-9749/
 (MCIC)


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