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Page 128-Thursday, September 6, 1979-The Mich


igan Daily
'n' Blue boasts rare resources
Anyone got a 68-ton carillon?

Only at the University of Michigan could someone
be majoring in bells.
Not that the University has a more finely-tuned
faculty than other institutions, but the school does
boast many unusual resources unavailable at other
colleges, like the third largest carillon (68 tons) in the
The almost unavoidable Burton Tower, on South
Ingalls Street, houses the carillon and its 55 bronze
bells. Dedicated in 1936, the carillon will soon hve 67
bells, which will make it the world's only carillon in-
corporating the entire bell range. All the bells were
made in Loughborough, England.
THE MAN WITH the constant ringing in his ears is
Hudson Ladd, the University's carilloneur, who
spends much of time on the ninth floor of Burton
The 34-year-old bellringer, who has been the
carilloneur for eight years, currently has four studen-
ts studying the bells with one student majoring in it.
"I'm trying to establish a serious academic ap-
proach to the carillon,'' Ladd said. He accepts five to
eight music students per year into the carillon

program. "Thre is a psychological factor involved in
being a carilloneur. I have to make sure the student
has his head together," Ladd added.
. Ladd and his students regularly perform for the
campus between 12 and 1 p.m. and again at 5 p.m.
WHILE THE CARILLON is probably the Univer-
sity's most notable musical asset, it is not the school's
only musical distinction. The Stearns 'Musical
Collection, in the Stearns Building on North Campus,
is also one of the University's more celebrated
Robert Warner, the director of the collection,
described the menagerie as "a collection of 2,000 in-
struments from all parts of the world," adding that the
pieces are both "very rare and very beautiful."
The valuable collection was begun in 1899 when the
collection's namesake donated between 750 to 800 in-
struments to the music school. According to Warner,
the collection is not augmented on a regular basis.
Warner says the only museum rivaling his collec-
tion is the Metropolitan Museum in New York, which
is "somewhat larger than our own." He added that
"the only other university that has anything close to a
collection of this magnitude is at the University of
South Dakota."

ANOTHER OF THE University's rarities, also at
North Campus, is the 25-foot-long wind tunnel, where
everything from aircraft wings to automobiles are
tested to determine their wind resistance and to
simulate the motion of an object through air.
"You force the air to move rather than the body.
The fact that one is moving relative to the other is.
what counts," explained Gas Dynamics Lab Director,
J. Arthur Nicholls.
Built in 1955, and one of the few university-owned'
wind tunnels in the country, the facility has been used
by several car companies to test their products.
"Availability (of wind tunnels) is not very great,,
Nicholls said. "There is a scarcity of these kinds of,
testing facilities available. They are very expen-.,
sive," he added.
About half of the estimated $500 million used to
build the tunnel was supplied by the U.S. Air Force,
with the other $250 million coming out of University
And there are dozens of other resources almost ex-
clusive to the University in scientific and other
academic fields.


'U' gays battle

About 10 to 15 per cent of those in
the University community are gay, ac-
cording to Brook Stair, a former
University peer counselor for gays.
But Betty Skandalis, a Women's
Studies staff member, says most people
aren't even aware that there are gays
on campus.
"The biggest thing is people don't
even get to the point where they support
or don't support gays-they don't know
they exist," Skandalis said. ,
Stair claims many around campus
suffer from "homophobia."
'People are afraid of
the word gay. It implies
men are weak, frail, and
cowardly, and women are
masculine, overbearing,
and aggressive.'
--Brook Stair
Former peer
counselor for

"PEOPLE ARE AFRAID of the word
gay," she said. "It implies men are
weak, frail, and cowardly, and women
are masculine, overbearing, and
But Stair estimates that 80 per cent of
all gays within the University are open
about their sexuality.
Like members of other minorities,
gays often claim discrimination and
prejudice against them are prevalent
on campus. Some say such attitudes are
the reasons they remain "in the
DISCRIMINATION against gays on
campus is very subtle, according to
"It's all subliminal," she said. "It's a
very subtle type of discrimination-it
very rarely gets blatant. A lot of times
you never know why people hate you or
stay away from you."
The University's Gay Advocate Of-
fice, located on the fourth floor of the
Michigan Union, is geared toward
helping gays on campus deal with their
problems. Aside from individual coun-
seling, the office also works to improve
human rights for gays and support for
gay groups, such as the Gay Academic
THE OFFICE, headed by Jim Toy

and Jean Hopkins, also includes a 24-
hour anonymous hotline, and provides
dances and coffeehouses for gay
According to Toy, some of the
psychological problems common
among gays are low self-esteem, a lack
of support from peers, and uncertainty
or discomfort about their sexual orien-
The Women's Crisis Center, located
on Fourth Avenue, provides supportive
services for gay women, and its
bookstore, Womanspace, provides

literature geared towards women, as
well as sponsoring dances for women.
Other information dealing with
lesbianism can be found through the
Women's Studies Program that deals
with women and women's issues.
Stair said one thing the gays on cam-
pus are striving for is an identity. "The
gay community is as diverse in its
make-up as the straight community or
the black community," she said. "All,
minorities want basically the same
thing-that's a culture. There is a gay

Special services
aid minority students

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one-fourth of grants and scholarships'
offered to University students. The;
University does not include Asian-;
Americans in such financial aid com-
But many minority students have ex-
pressed discontent with the amount of,
financial aid available, citing that
minority students on average come;
from less affluent backgrounds. Many,
also icriticized the supportive services
in general.
supportive services are helpful, but "if
we look at the effects and results we see
that what they've got isn't enough. You;
have to go out of your way to find out;
where the supportive service is-it's ai
real hassle." The student also termed
the financial aid availble to minority;
students as "totally inadequate."
Opportunity Program Director
George Goodman, like most ad-
ministrators of the special programs,)
said his program functions "quite well.;
The opportunity students who take ad-
vantage of our services are pleased,"
Goodman said.
Goodman's program offers academic;
and personal counseling, individualized;
tutorial assistance, assistance in course
selection, and financial aid.
The University also sponsors several
special recruiting programs, but they
have drawn the same fire as other sup-
portive services.
One such program sponsors campusI
visitations from tenth and eleventh
graders from Detroit's inner-city. One
minority student claimed the service is;
only a superficial gesture. L
"That one-day glimpse of the Univer-
sity doesn't compensate for the fact
that the quality of education in inner-
city Detroit is not the same as in Bloom-
field Hills," he said.
The following are University services
available to minority students. These
programs, as well as several others,
are listed in a booklet available from
the Minority Student Services office in
the Michigan Union.
Minority Student Services, 2245
Michigan Union-a unit of Community;

Services that focuses on helping studen-
ts cope with various aspects of Univer-
sity life. The staff includes repesen-
tatives from several minority groups.
Opportunity Program, 1415 Mason
Hall-designed to provide supportive
services to minority students whose
educational exposure has been below.a
level that would normally predict
academic success, but who are believed
capable of success with assistance. In-
cludes special academic and personal
counseling, financial aid, assistance in
scheduling, career planning, and
tutorial assistance.
Coaliton for the Use of Learning
Skills (CULS), 1021 Angell Hall-an
academic support program within the
College of Literature, Science, and the
Arts. CULS offers credit-bearing cour-
se sections in English composition,
math, and psychology as well as study
groups and assistance in math and
writing. ' Though geared towards-
minorities, CULS programs are
available to all students.
Minority Counseling and Infor-
mation, third floor Michigan
Union-staffed by minority students
trained to provide supportive coun
seling and to lead groups focusing on
issues of concern to minority students.
William Monroe Trotter House, 1443
Washtenaw-serves as a community'
center for minority students. Trotter
House sponsors social and cultural
events and provides space for ac
Special Programs, Housing, 150'
Student Activities Building-provides
assistance especially designed foir
minority students in the areas of group
counseling, race awareness, conflict
resolutions, student-staff relations, and
minority organizations.
Several schools and colleges withi
the University also have their own"
minority service offices. Most dorms
have minority organizations that
provide social and cultural activities;
for their members.
There are over 50 student
o anizations on campus' eared
tow-ards minority students, indludirit
several fraternities and sororities;



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