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Page F-10-Thursday, September 6, 1979-The Michigan Daily
(Continued from Page 9)

Pick a library, any library

1. Harvard U.. ...
2. Stanford U.:
3. Yale U. . ..... .... .
4. Johns Hopkins U ...
5. U. of California,
Los Angeles.... . .
6. Columbia U........
7. Washington U. (Mo)
8. U. of California, San
Francisco Med. Ctr.
9. Duke U...........
10. U. of Pennsylvania ...
11. U. of Washington ....

One of the
5 Best The Best
65% 31%
34% 9%
29% 5%
24% 2%

One of the
5 Best The Best
1. Harvard U. .. ...... 81% 29%
2. Yale U. ....... 78% 32%
3. U. of California,
Berkeley 63% 9%
4. U. of Michigan 56% 13%
5. Stanford U. .......... 36% 3%

22%
22%
21%
18%
13%
13%
12%

6%
0%
2%
4%
1%
0%/
1%

1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.

Stanford U.........
U. of Michigan..... .
Harvard U.
U k of California,
Berkeley..........
Yale U.
U. of Illinois, Urbana
U. of Minnesota...

One of the
5 Best The Best
74% 34%
56°'0 17%
46% 9%

By BETH PERSKY
It's the day before the chemistry final
and you're sweating bullets - and
rightly so. You've floundered around all
,semester, partying to the hilt. You
haven't cracked a book since the mid-
term and now it's clear that to pass the
exam you've got to get down to some
intense cramming.
But in the dorm,rcrazies make
irritating noises 24 hours a day. Where
can you go to escape it all? The Univer-
sity has dozens of libraries which can
be used during such emergencies.
The - Harlan Hatcher Graduate
Library (the "Grad," for short), when
not frequented by panicking students
preparing for finals, offers a comfor-
table, relaxing, and quiet atmosphere;

the second through sixth floors of the
south building.
The older, more impressive side of
the Grad, introduced by massive stairs
beginning at the south edge of the,

book contained in the Grad's stacks as.
well as book listings for many other
campus libraries. The Grad also con-
tains an Asia Library and a Library
Science Library.

Fall and winter term hours
Graduate Library: Monday thru Thursday, 8 a.m. to midnight;
Friday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.;
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.;
Sunday, 1 p.m. to midnight.
Undergraduate Library: Monday thru Friday, 8 a.m. to 2 a.m.;
Saturday, 10 a.m. to midnight;
Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2 a.m.

the Grad closes at midnight every night
.except Saturday, when it closes at six,
many students migrate to the UGLI .at
the strike of. twelve,;since it is open
most nights until two a.m. On Saturday
nights, the UGLI's doors are locked at
10.
The 'UGLI,' its nickname
describing the bare cement walls and~
strewn litter, is seen by many students
as a social center. However, the four
floors, each including study space, are
often packed by fretting crammers in
anticipation of exams.
Reserve readings are required for
many classes, and they often present a
frustrating problem. Many students
who wait until the last minute are ofte
unable to obtain the needed 'bowks,
which can usually be checked out fo
only a few hours.

One of the.
"SBet The Best
1. Indiana U............67% 33%
2. U. of Rochester....... 54% 9%
3. The Juilliard School .. 50% 20%
4. U. of Michigan ....44% 4%
5. U. of Illinois, Urbana 39% 9%
6. Yale U. ............ 28% 0Q%

33%
24%
18%

One of the

I

1. Harvard U.........
2. Princeton,,U. .........
3. U. of Michigan ..... .
4. U. of Pittsburgh...:. ..
5 k U. of California,
Berkeley.. ...

One of the
3 Best
85%
63%
53%
53%

The Best
40%
23%
10%
10%

1. U. of Chicago......
2. U. of California,
Berkeley..........
3. Harvard U.........
4. U. of Wisconsin,
Madison ..........
5. U. of Michigan......
6. Columbia U. .........
7. U. of North Carolina,
Chapel Hill .........
8. Stanford U...........

5 Best The Best THE DECOR in the Grad varies
71% 17% greatly, ranging from the high-
68% 25% ceilinged reference room on the second
59% 17% floor to Michelangelo-like murals on
several walls. The third floor offers a
55% 17 reserve reading room with comfor-
36% 5% table, modern chairs and decor, as well
as a snack bar. On the more
23% 0% primitive-and typical-side, graffiti-
10% 1% covered study carrels can be found on

Diag, contrasts with the newer sec-
tions, which includes the study carrels
and a rare books room on the seventh
floor.
The rare books room is "a way of
showing off some of our special
treasures," said librarian Karla Van-
dersypen. The exhibits, which are
replaced every two months, deal with
topics such as feminism, intellectual
freedom, and the fall of Rome.
The card catalogue room on the
second floor contains a listing of every

Foreign students
adjust to life in A

WHEN STUDENTS can't find a seat
in the Grad, when they have to do
reserve reading, or if they just want a
looser atmosphere, they may opt for the
Undergraduate Library (UGLI). Since

See LIBRARIES, Page 11

21

35%

3%

How to cut academic corners

(Continued from Page 1)
" Clean your room. Rearrange the
furniture, discover new ways for two
people to survive in a 12 x 12 box.
. Take a study break. Experts say a
10 minute study break every hour helps
clear out the cobwebs. Ten minutes of
study every hour doesn't overwork
even the mellowist mind. Use the other
fifty minutes to get psyched about
studying.
" BALANCE YOUR checkbook. It's
just one of those things that has to be
done.
" Figure your grade point average.
University students have been known to
spend more tinme calculating this
mystical number than actually
studying to improve it.
The procrastination techniques are
fairly easy to perfect. But that test is
tomorrow. You've blown it. Despite all
those good studious intentions to get
ahead, zero hour looms .. . none of the
chapters have been read and none of
the problems have been attempted sin-
ce the last test. But don't despair. At
this point study is the only hope.
TRY TO FIND out from students who
have taken the course in the past which
readings are essential. If even the most
important readings are too lengthy to
be covered before the exam, don't try
reading them word for word (try every
other word)-few professors expect
minute det ils from the readings. Skim
the chapters for broad concepts and
major theories.
If it's too late to get an extension on
that ten-page paper due tomorrow
morning that you haven't started, don't
panic . . . yet. There will be plenty of
time for that after you receive your
grade. Often unrealistically, a paper
should be- carefully researched, pain-
stakingly written, and scrupulously
edited, but it is 10 p.m. Although many
standards will have to be compromised,
it is possible to make the thing at least
marginally presentable. If your system
can stand it, pop some No-Doz and get
to work.
Write as assertively as possible in
hopes of masking the true uncertainty.
Be sure the introduction and the con-
clusion are well-written and organized.
SUSY SOPHOMORE knows a few

more tricks of the trade. Much of her
time is spent worshipping the almighty
median, the guiding force in her life.
Susy knows she can't get any efficient
studying done in her dorm, so offishe
trudges to the UGLI (Undergraduate
Library). Social hour is from 7 to 11
p.m.
No matter how hard you study it is
virtually impossible to avoid the twice-
a-term tizzy before midterms and
finals. Ask veteran students for tips on
how to survive these trying times. If
you are the type who goes into a frantic
panic when faced with four books to
read before tomorrow or three midter-
ms in two days, you will fit right in at
the big 'U'. Granted, studying has its
place in your academic' career,hbut it
doesn't have to ruin your life. Don't let
peer pressure get to you, remember
what Ben Franklin's (or whoever's)
advice-all things in moderation.
"They" say a student who plans time
well and studies efficiently can get good
grades and have a good time. ("They"
are like the mothers who send their
daughters off to college with the im-
possible-to-follow advice: be a good girl.
and have a good time.)
EVEN LIBRARIES can be fun. . . if
you enjoy counting the number of
people sleeping. in the carrels in the
Grad from your seat in the stacks or
scratching your interpretation of the
day's weather on the radiator in the
carrel. (Ann Arbor's weather apparen-
tly is often obscene when viewed from
the sixth floor of the library.)
The efficient student with straight
priorities knows when it is necessary to
attend class. A good set of notes can be
invaluable. Borrow and copy notes if
necessary when you fall asleep in
history lecture and don't know what
happened in the 20 minutes between the
signing of the Magna Carta and the
Renaissance.
The claim that the amount of time
spent studying or writing a paper is in-
versely proportional to the grade
received may prove true occasionally,
but it can't be counted on. (As a general
rule there is no general rule.) Chances
are, however, you will never have more
than enough time to do any assignment.

Pressure has caused spontaneous, as
well as literate, masterpieces and deep
respect must be shown those able to
"wing it" on tests, but these instances

are the exceptions rather than the rule.
It takes a while, but with some inten-
sive study the tricks of learning can be
mastered, hopefully before graduation.

CRISP:* close encounters
of the computer kind

By BETH PERSKY
After your first week of classes, it
may seem as if the reading assign-
ments for your more difficult classes
are written in another language. But a
good portion of the University's stu-
dents - many of the school's'
foreigners-have to face that reality
every day.
According to records at the Univer-
sity's International Center', 2,336
students from out of the country were
enrolled here last year, comprising 6.5
per cent of the 36,000 students on cam-
pus.
Within that group, 76 per cent were
male. Jon Heise, director of the Inter-
national Center, said that "most of the
world educates men, not women." He
added that 70 per cent of the foreigners
were graduate students last year.
WHILE MANY nations around the
globe are represented on campus, the
countries with the most citizens

here. For instance, the latter are
generally older. Heise'said being a- bi
older helps the foreign student adjust t
scholastic and social problems better
than the American student.
ONE JAPANESE student said there
is more of an emphasis on acadenic
performance here than in her country.
"American students are pushed. to
study harder-they study, very hard,
and they play very hard," she said. The
student added that she felt the
Japanese counterparts study
strenuously to get into the universities
there,"but once they are accepted they
don't study as hard.
She added that she believed. the
women's movement is the biggest dif-
ference in the American and Japanese
cultures.
"This sexual liberation is a big
thing-I don't think there are coed
corridors in Japan," she said.
Foreign students are generally B

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students per day during a heavy period
and could easily handle up to 2,400.
"SINCE THE SYSTEM began in Fall
'75, we hve been (broken) down a total
of less than 12 hours," Karunas said.
One breakown caused CRISP to post-
pone a whole day in 1977.
The registrar cited some unusual cir-
cumstances which have created
problems for CRISP.
"One woman elected over 30 courses
at different times and brought the
system to its knees," Karunas said.
"These are things people don't count
on. Another time, an engineer sat down
at a terminal and something went
wrong so only engineers could register
the rest of the afternoon."
In addition, the computer
automatically shuts down during power
surges so it won't blow its transistors,
according to Karunas.
DESPITE A REPUTATION among
some for inefficiency, student commen-
ts indicate that CRISP is not so bad to
many of its users.
"I really think it's pretty good," said
senior Joe George. Barry Fielding,
another senior, said the longest he had
spent at CRISP was about an hour, but
said his trips usually lasted only half
that. "It's really not that bad. It could
be a lot worse," he said. "I'm sur-

prised. You just get tired of waiting in
so many lines."
Each semester seniors are given the
best CRISPing times, with small
\ groups confronting the computer ac-
cording to alphabetical groupings. The
rest of the student body then registers
according to similar groupings. The
position of the priority groups rotate
each semester.
BUT DESPITE all the potential
problems, grin as you grit your teeth in
despair. For though the red tape may
seem never-ending, the introduction of
CRISP in the fall of 1975 greatly im-
proved efficiency in the University's
registration system. According to
Karunas, CRISPing now takes an
average of 15 minutes.
Prior to CRISP, however,
registration took about six hours. The
old system involved all the University
students going through the now-torn-
down Waterman Gym. After spending
abut four hours waiting in seemingly
endless lines strewn across the Diag,
students would enter Waterman and
wait in rows for each department to
select courses.
The process was further complicated
since there was no advance registration
in those days. This meant the entire
University had to be through the gym in
three days.

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THE INTERNATIONAL CENTER is located on Madison St. connected to the
Michigan Union. It provides variousservices to hundreds of foreign students on
campus.

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enrolled here are Iran, Japan,
Venezuela, and Canada, respectively.
Foreign students come to Ann Arbor
for a variety of reasons. According to
Heise, certain countries just don't have
sufficient higher education flacilities to
accommodate the demand from their
prospective students. Other problems
within a country, such as civil unrest,
may also cause students to study in the
U.S.
Heise also indicated that most foreign
students here are from at least middle-
income families. He said that an
average of 57 per cent of the funds sup-
porting non-American students comes
from personal and family resources.
MOST FOREIGN students seem to
agree on one thing: They are basically
the same as American students.'
"I didn't really feel a lot of difference
in the culture," said Makoto Megero, a
Japanese student. "Tokyo is a very
Americanized city."
However, there seem to be some
common differences between the
American and non-American students

students, according to Heise. "They
study harder, but they have cultural
problems. Their learning skills are dif-
ferent-they rely on memorization-"
Heise said.
In most other countries "you never
challenge an instructor with a
question-foreign students are taught
that teachers are to be respected;"
Heise added.
Non-American students spend their
free time engulfed in many of the same
activities as American students-par-
tying, working out at the CCRB, and
other common student pastimes. One
particularly popular nightspot for the
non-Americans is Don CiscQ's
restaurant, where many of the studen-
ts, especially Arabs, pack the
establishment on weekends. Many of
the native Middle Easterners report that
discos are very popular in their
homelands.
Many foreign" students also involve
themselves in any of more than 30
student organizations catering to non-
American students.

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