SDAY, OCTOBER 21, 1958 THE MICHIGAN DAILY
To Frisbee or Not To .. .
LSA Steering Group Discusses Grades
By RUTHAN RECHT
The Literary School Steering
Committee yesterday started its
discussion with the reactions of
freshmen who will soon receive
"Learning is a lonely process
and the student cannot create or
study with the help of his peers,"
James Robertson, assistant dean
of the literary college and faculty
advisor of the committee said.
"The student should learn this
fact early in his college career,"
It was decided that five-week
grades give the new student a
feeling of either false security or
throw him into a depressed state.
"The student should be warned
not to 'coast' if he does well, but
to continue to work to keep up his
grades. If he does not do well he
should not be too upset, but
should try by added work to im-
The committee then turned to
the continuation of last week's
discussion on counseling. The
adequacy of the information given
in the General Information Bul-
letin on counseling wss ques-
tioned. It was found that the bul-
letin stressed counseling as place-
ment assistance and did not stress
general discussion between coun-
selors and students.
"In the case of ambiguity of
vocation, the student is referred
to the counseling division which
gives tests," Dean Robertson said.
The bureau is'the place fro place-
ment information. It helps the
senior students obtain jobs and is
a feedback to the junior and
senior advisors. In this way a
liason is formed between the
junior and senior advisors and
The selection of junior and
senior counselors was the next
topic discussed. "To be chosen as
a counselor, the teacher must take
an active interest in students and
counseling," Dean Robertson said.
The department may also ask one
of its members if it would like to
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Articles of Israeli culture, sup-
plied by students from Israel, can
now be seen in the International
Center's display case.
The exhibits, which are changed
every two weeks, provide a visual
"trip around the world," Helen
Tjotis, the Center's program as-
The displays are usually ar-
ranged on Thursdays, Miss Tjo-
tis explained, so that students at-
tending the weekly teas sponsored
by the International Center from
4 to 6 p.m. each Thursday may
view them as soon as they are
Various nationality clubs at the
University volunteer to provide
materials for the displays, she
said. The clubs' members lend
jewelry, clothes, books and other
articles typical of their cultures
for the exhibits. Often they also
volunteer to arrange the materials
in the display case, she continued.
A new exhibit, displaying the
customs of Ceylon through ex-
amples fo its arts and crafts, will
be on view at the International
Center beginning Thursday, Miss
A cultural view of a distant
country can also be gained by
the use of facilities in the Inter
national Center Library, she
A large number of countries are
represented by embassy files con-
taining bulletins, announcements,
magazines and books from each
nation. These works provide the
student with a broad view of the
country's culture-its government,
its industry, its artistic and liter-
ary endeavors and aspects of its
society, Miss Tjotis explained.
Articles and official bulletins
come flooding in from any coun-
try involved in a political struggle,
making the Library's information
timely and accurate, she said.
become a member of the counsel-
ing staff. In this way, the mem-
ber would gain knowledge in stu-
Orient New Faculty
Most of the time, new members
of a department are asked to be-
come counselors and in this way
orient themselves to the Univer-
sity. "It takes at least a year to
learn all the phases of the coun-
seling department," Dean Robert-
son said. He must learn to be able
to answer the questions which
most students ask. To facilitate
in learning the 'ropes' the coun-
seling office has issued a bulletin
on counseling practices.
The chief functions of this bul-
letin are to supply authentic in-
formation and advice on courses
required for a degree; to explore
the student's aptitudes and inter-
ests in an effort to help him to
choose a profitable course of
study; to approve specific course
elections for each student each
Some other functions are to dis-
cuss with the students opportuni-
ties for professional or graduate
work arising from particular pro-
grams of study; to explain rea-
sons for college and departmental
requirements and to discuss the
students' academic problems and
difficulties in an effort to help
him arrive at sound solutions.
The length of time which the
counselor spends in office was the
next topic under discussion.
Freshman and sophomore coun-
selors may be in office from three
to five years. The first year is used
primarily for learning. After the
end of the fourth year, interest in
counseling often wanes.
Junior and senior counselors
are in office for as long as their
department wishes them to be. It
is important that the faculty is
interested and well informed. The
main problem is making decisions
in the interest of education.
It was held by many of the
committee that the description of
courses in the bulletins and in the
time schedules was not adequate.
They were too brief to let the stu-
dent know exactly what would be
covered during the semester.
A syllabus or outline of the
course was proposed by a commit-
tee member to correct this defi-
ciency in the bulletin.
It was also felt that the orien-
tation into the course, and its em-
phasis was not stressed. There is
not enough information given in
the catalog for most students to
know what courses to choose.
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