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Page 8-Friday, September 28,1979-The Michigan Daily
Open house given by Office
of Minority Student Services

By JULIE BROWN
Minority students, who often face
closed doors at the University, were
welcomed yesterday by the Office of
Minority Student Services (MSS), in an
effort to show them how to open those
doors.
At an open house in the Michigan
Union yesterday afternoon, MSS
presented information on its services,
and other minority programs
throughout the University to ap-
proximately 300 students who attended.
"THE WHOLE object is to make
them aware of the services available to
minority students," said Ann Lyons,
Asian-American MSS representative.
"We want to give students a chance to
get together, to meet new friends, and
maybe to let us know what they'd like to
see."
Lyons estimated that about 50.
University offices, schools and colleges
were represented at the open house.
Literature was available from the of-
fices of Financial Aid, Career Planning
and Placement, Housing and the Op-
portunity Program. Representatives
from the offices were also on hand.
In addition to the University offices,

the Native American Student
Association, the. Black Student Union
and the La Raza Law Students
Association also were represented.
INTERIM UNIVERSITY President
Allan Smith spoke briefly at the Open
house.
Welcoming the students, Smith said,
"This University has, for many years
now, been seeking to have all programs
open to all colors and races. We now
hope the programs, facilities and sup-
portive services meet your desires."
"We do hope to know when these ser-
vices are inadequate, and when com-
munication fails," Smith said. "It is our
goal to make your stay with the Univer-
sity both a pleasant and a profitable
one."
HENRY JOHNSON, University vice-
president for student services, also
spoke.
"We are still committed to helping
this University become multi-ethnic in
orientation and perspective," he said.
"This is a' very complex and large
University, and it's very important for
you to know what services are
available."
This was the third open house spon-

sored by MSS, which was created in
1977. Lyons said that about 300 students
attended last year's open house.
ONE STUDENT, LSA senior Karla
Anderson, said she thought the open
house was beneficial.
"It helps the students become a part
of the University, and makes them feel
welcome," she said.
"It (MSS) has helped me with
problems I've had at the University,"
she added. "The office is very helpful,
and it has carried me through a great
deal. The people there are very com-
passionate and helpful."
Following Smith's and Johnson's
remarks, several dancers and
musicians performed including singer
Harriet McGovern, folk guitarist Pat
Cruz, and the Blue Lake Singers, a
Native American group.
The Chosen Few, a jazz band con-
sisting of violinists Gwynn Laster and
Marlene Rice, graduate students in the
Music School, and pianist Charles
Scales, an LSA senior, played several
selections. University students Esther
Yap, Victoria Lim and Shirley Woo per-
formed Chinese dances.

Daily Photo by DAVID HARRIS
THREE UNIVERSITY students perform the "flower drum dance," an Asian-American dance. They were among the
entertainers at yesterday's Minority Student Services open house.

AUDITIONS
October 3-6,1979
University of Michigan
Department of Theatre and Drama
* ,* *
Guest Artist Series
Shakespeare's
RICHARD III
Nov 28 - Dec 2
Directed by Richard Burgwin
Showcase Series
TANGO
by Slawomir Mrozek
Nov. 14-17
Directed by Laura Salazar
Auditions by appointment only. See sign-up sheets
outside of Room 1502 in the Frieze Building. Read
all instructions carefully.

COUNSELING, FINANCIAL AID OFFERED:

Asian-Americans

By JULIE BROWN
If he had been a University student,
even Bruce Lee may have had trouble
hacking his way through University
bureaucracy. But, in an effort to un-
scramble the bureaucracy for Asian
American students, the Asian
American Association/East Wind
(AAA/EW) will hold a special orien-
tation tonight, including a Lee film.
RUDY MUI, an Engineering College
sophomore and AAA/EW member, said
he expects 100-150 students will par-
ticipate.
In addition to the showing of "Enter
the Dragon," a Bruce Lee film, infor-
mation will be available from a number
of University offices.
These include: the Coalition for the
Use of Learning Skills (CULS), the Cen-
ters for Chinese, Japanese, South and
South East Asian Studies, the Housing
and Financial Aid offices, Academic
Counseling, and Career Planning and
Placement.
FINANCIAL AID information from
several graduate and professional
schools (Law, Medicine, Business Ad-
ministration, Social Work) also will be

available.,
"Most Asian Americans are very
timid about going to University of-
fices," Mui said.
Asian American students, however,
do not have as much trouble staying in
school as other minorities.
According to the Fall 1978 report to
the University Regents on minority
recruitment, enrollment and retention,
485 Asian Americans (1.4 per cent of
total campus enrollment) were atten-
ding the University. The disenrollment
ratio (students leaving the University

plan orientation
without earning a degree) is 25.9 per "The purpose is to give informatiqn
cent, as compared to 26 per cent for about services available at the Univer-
white students, 42.7 per cent for blacks, sity and to give students a chance to
68 per cent for Native Americans, and determine what they'd like to do," she
46.3 per cent for Hispanics. said. "They can get together socially,
A similar program was held last Sep- have discussion groups, and find out
tember, according to Ann Lyons, Asian who's studying each major."
American representative of the Office
of Minority Student Services (MSS) Lyons said the AAA/EW is primarily
which is co-sponsoring the orientation, a student organization, with some
LYONS SAID about 150 people atten- community and faculty members.
ded the program last year. Most were Tonight's orientation will be at 7:30
students, she said, although some were p.m. in Conference Rooms 4, 5, and 6 of
faculty and staff members. the Union.

Amateurs lust
From The Associated Press THE PRIG
The lust for gold, whetted by a nearly $20 an
pricetag of nearly $400 an ounce, is sen- sday, reachin
ding amateur prospectors into The Gold]
America's hills and canyons and old slow stroll co
abandoned mines in mounting num- to Sutter's M
bers. on Jan. 24, 18
"Every time the price goes up $20 in weekend div
three days, we have another gold new plastic p
rush," said Frank Sullivan, proprietor William B
of the Mother Lode. Dive Shop in for the Burea
Sacramento, Calif. "It's happened said 12 to 1
about four times this year." opened or re

for goIC
CE of gold bullion soared
ounce in London on Thur-
bg a record high of $395.50.
Rush of '79 may be only a
impared with the stampede
ill after the big strike there
48, but it's more than just a
ersion for the novice with a
pan and a rock hammer.
utterman, gold specialist
au of Mines in Washington,
15 gold mines have been
eopened in the past year.

I in hills
The old Iron Dye mine in Oregon's
Hell's Canyon, recently purchased
along with some surrounding property
by Texas Gulf Sulfur for $1.5 million,
has been reopened with new
techniques to retrieve gold, silver and
copper.
Gold fever also is spreading among
the "dig-it-yourself" amateurs. The
U.S. Geological Survey, which h4s
distributed 250,000 copies of a leaflet on
prospecting as a hobby overthe years,
recently updated the pamphlet.

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