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Excursion on


A student interested in natural
sciences, archaeology, or the arts
can find ample opportunities in
Ann Arbor to indulge his avoca-
tion if he is willing to do a little
legwork. Within walking distance
from central campus can be found
exhibits of everything from con-
temporary paintings to towering
dinosaurs to 17th century musical
In the newly remodeled Univer-
sity Art Museum, a gallery of con-
temporary art has replaced por-
traits of past University presidents
in the main corridor of the former
Alumni Hall. The special exhibits
which highlighted the musuem's
reopening in April included both
drawings by Robert Rauschenberg
and the first exhibition in the
United States of paintings by 18th
century Italian artist Alessandro
Special Exhibits
A schedule of this year's special
exhibits is not yet available, but
they should match the quality of
the initial shows which attracted
over 5,000 people to the musuem in
one month.}
While the museum collection is
not noted for masterworks, it does
contain a fine collection of draw-
ings, etchings and lithographs,
including a "Garrotted Man" from
Goya's "Desastres de la Guerra"
series and a Picasso horse. A Beck-
mann painting and a fine though
small group of English sculptures
stand out in the museum's perma-
nent collection.
Also included in the permanent
collection are paintings by Klee,
Millet, Corot, Magnasco, Whistler,
Vlaminck and Courbet, and sculp-
tures by Giacomietti, Henry Moore,
Rodin and Arp. .Works by less
well-known artists are often of
equal interest.
The museum not only exhibits
traditional American and Euro-
pean art, but also contains the
renowned Parker Galleries of

Oriental Art in two main floor photographic transparencies of
rooms. celestial phenomena and a recon-
The University sponsors chang- struction of the surface of the
ing art exhibits in the Architec- moon as seen through a telescope.
ture and Design building, Rack- An occasional empty case in the
ham Gallery, the Clements Library Exhibit Museum emphasizes the
and even the Undergraduate Li- constant process of reorganization
brary. Exhibitions are announced and modernization of displays.
in the calendar of coming events A tour of the turreted Kelsey
published each week. Museum, which appears to have
The foreboding building on materialized from the depths of a
North University with the tra- Gothic novel, begins with Roman
ditional lions in front of it houses tombstones in an appropriate
the University's Exhibit Museum ; basement setting.
three separate museums which The Kelsey Museum displays ex-
concentrate on research,, field hibits which are the result of
work and exploration in the fields archaeological expeditions by Uni-
of anthropology, zoology, and pa- versity faculty and students over
leontology, and the University the last 40 years. During the past
Herbarium. year, for example, expeditions
Last year over 105,000 people have been working at Karanis and
visited the Exhibit Museum, which at St. Catherine's Monastery in
features displays of fossils, Mich- Egypt.
igan animal and plant life, North The monastery was built around
American Indian life, astronomy, 550 A.D. by the Emperor Justin-
geology, geological principles and ian, and houses the only icons
primitive technologies. known to have survived the eighth
Dinosaur Skeletons and n i n t h century iconoclast
ThP th uand of schnl chil heresy.

1110 G1uus Usul W-
dren who visit the museum each
year on field trips are especially
fascinated by the huge skeletons
of a flesh-eating Allosaurus dino-
saur and a mastodon which lived
in Michigan only a few thousand
years ago.
Geology and anthropology stu-
dents may not be as entranced,
but they also spend considerable
time at the museum fulfilling lab-
oratory assignments and studying
displays of fossils. Originally in-
tended as a supplement to general
natural science and anthropology
courses offered at the University,
the Exhibit Museum has been sub-
sequently expanded and simplified
for general public use.
Also included in the museum is
a planetarium and astronomy al-
cove. Demonstrations are given on
weekends or by request for special
groups of 15-50 persons. Over
12,000 people a year view the
planetarium shows.
The astronomy alcove contains

Book of the Dead
The Mediterranean and Near
Eastern collections display jewelry,
artwork, coins, glass, pottery and
writing materials. The Egyptian
Book of the Dead opens in the
first floor display hall.
Exhibits are not confined to
specific museum buildings. The
Natural Science Building houses
a collection of rocks and minerals
and displays of the results of Uni-
versity geological projects.
The Sterns Collection of Musical
Instruments in Hill Auditorium$
displays musical instruments as
an art form.
The collection includes forerun-
ners of the modern guitar deco-
rated with many layers of wood-
carvings. The highly ornate in-
struments of 17th and 18 century
France and Italy are also display-
ed, along with Far Eastern instru-
ments and their ancestors. Some
of these instruments are even used
in school of music concerts.


Flunking Out:
An Easy Path
Not To Follow
For freshmen who lack academic discipline, the University
will provide plenty of its own when the first term ends.
No matter which of the seven colleges or schools they enter
-literary, architecture and design, pharmacy, engineering, nurs-
ing, music, or natural resources-about 19 out of every 20
students admitted this fall will witness the spring in Ann Arbor.
A lagging grade-point will have sent the other home.
But of the 19 students who remain in good standing on the
academic roster, about three of them will be benched for sub-C
performance by the time of their graduation.
Michigan Honor Points are figured out in the following
fashion: A-4, B-3, C-2, D-1, E--0. Thus, if a student takes
15 hours, the standard University course load, he is expected to
earn at least 30 Michigan Honor Points. His work is considered
deficient if he cannot reach that level.
A grade point average is determined by dividing the num-
ber of course hours into the number of Michigan Honor Points.
Thus 30 Michigan Honor Points with a course load of 15 hours
is a 2.0 average.
Here is a rundown on the guidelines for academic disci-
plinary action and a review of the individual college's method
for handling them.
Literature, Science, and the Arts
Freshman probation is the fate of any literary college
freshman whose grade point falls below 2.0 (C) for the first
term. Once placed on probation he is required to bring his
overall average up to 2.0 (C) within the next term or face
possible expulsion. Statistics indicate that freshmen are usually
given the year to establish eligibility to continue their studies.
But, beware, students can be expelled at the end of- the first
semester, if after consideration the administrative board feels
it advisable.
Action is flexible. All decisions are a result of the personal
examination of the student's record by at least six members
of the literary school's administrative board. More than 1800
transcripts are reviewed each semester.
After the freshman year, any other sub-C term will force the
student to withdraw from the college. In special circumstances
"probation continued" status will be granted, which will allow
the student to continue his studies. The student may request
a hearing on the action of the board.
In the engineering college, if a freshman is from one to
nine grade. points deficient, he is placed on probation. If he 's
more than ten points deficient, his further enrollment is with-
held. However, the engineering school has made it a practice
of giving freshmen at least a second opportunity to perform
'A student must receive the recommendation of the Faculty
Committee on Scholastic Standings to be reinstated in the
college once he has been expelled.
The pharmacy school expects all its students to maintain,
at least a 2.0 overall average. If a freshman is 17 points def-
cient-he will usually be required to withdraw from the school.-
However, the individual merits of each case are considered by
the pharmacy faculty.
If the student is found to be more than 13 points deficient
after his freshman year he is asked to withdraw. If a student's
deficiency is less than 13 points, he is placed on probation. The
terms of his probation are determined by the pharmacy faculty.
Architecture and Design
The architecture and design school places the freshman
student "on notification" if his average falls below 2.0 in his
first term. Rarely is a student asked to withdraw after only his
first term. If after a student's setond term his cumulative
average is more than 10 honor points deficient, he is asked to
withdraw. However, he may petition for readmission the fol-
lowing year.
Probation is incurred at any time, except the freshman
year, when a student's cumulative grade point falls below a
2.0 (C).
The nursing school places a student on probation if her
overall average falls belows 2.0, including her average for the
first semester. Students may sometimes remain on probation. for
more than one semester before being asked not to return. Each
individual case is given individual consideration by the dean.
Music school freshmen are placed on probation if their
first semester average falls below 2.0, and may remain on a
"stringent probation" if their overall average after the second

semester remains below 2.0 Qnce a student's overall average is
above 2.0, he may be placed on probation if his average for
any semester sags to below "C," but he is usually not given a
"not to return" unless his overall average falls below 2.0.
Natural Resources
When a natural resources school student is in academic
trouble, his case is considered individually by the dean. Students
are placed on probation only if their overall average falls
below 2.0. The number of semesters one may stay on probation
before being asked to withdraw varies as to the individual case.






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