The Michigan Daily-Saturday, August 11, 1979-Page 11
Summer students enjoy smaller, informal classes
By TIM YAGLE
For some college students, summer
traditionally is spent working full-time
to pay for next year's college expenses,
while enjoying the anxiously an-
ticipated time off from school. For
others, however, summer means
working full-time to pass a few courses.
Sarah Chapman and Penny
Jackovich, both graduating seniors,
elected to take summer classes in order
to graduate next week. Many of the
other nearly 9,000 students who enrolled
in summer classes just wanted to tucka
few more credit hours under their belts.
WHILE SOME students may not
think spending part of the summer in a
classroom is the best way to enjoy a
break from the rigors of fall and winter
classes, Chapman and Jackovich say
they don't mind poring over books in-
stead of soaking up the summer sun.
Both seniors said the main difference
between taking summer classes and
classes during the fall and winter ter-
ms, is that the campus is less congested
with people. "I love it," Chapman ex-
claimed. "I like it when it's not so
"The classes are smaller, more in-
timate. There's also a more informal
atmosphere," Chapman explained. But
the Fenton native also said she didn't
like being required to learn so much in
so little time.
DURING THE spring and summer
half-terms, course work is typically
completed in half the time of a usual
SUmmer classes are "very intense,"
Chapman is taking three courses,
totalling 10 credit hours. By day she is a
student, and by night she works a part-
time job. Graduating apparently took
priority over earning spending money,
but Chapman said she recently quit her
job because "it was too much" while
Chapman said she would take sum-
mer courses again. "It's necessary to
graduate," she said, "but I also like it."
JACKOVICH, WHO is taking eight
credit hours, disagreed. "No, I don't
like going to school the whole year,"
Jackovich said. "I like having a
"It's been harder (to study) because
I've been in school for a whole year,"
EAST LANSING (UPI) - Artifacts
from prehistoric Indian hunters have
been uncovered this summer at 12 sites
along the Looking Glass River by
Michign State University (MSU) an-
thropology and archeology students.
Items recovered and being kept at
MSU for examination and classification
later in the year include pottery shards,
arrowheads and flintstone tools such as
knives, hide scrapers and stone drills
for use on wood and stone.
ALL 12 SITES were adjacent to
swamps near the river from Portland in
Ionia County ot Owosso in Shiawassee
County and they are from 500 years old
to 4,000 years old.
Students made the finds duringa field
work course of 10 weeks beginning in
Some instructors also take advantage
of the more easy-going atmosphere on
campus during the summer term.
CHAPMAN SAID her professors
dress more informally, which adds to
the more relaxed classroom at-
Astronomy Prof. Albert Hiltner said
he likes to teach in the summer because
"the courses are somewhat more
relaxed, and I feel more relaxed."
Hiltner said he has about 40 students
in his Astronomy 112 class now, com-
pared to the nearly 300 enrolled during
fall and winter terms.
"MY CLASSES are smaller so I can
become better acquainted with the
students," Hiltner explained.
The professor commented there is a
"greater variety of students in the
summer than there is in the winter."
"It surprises me," Hiltner added,
that there are more "brand new"
students, fresh out of high school, who
are taking Astronomy 112 as their first
TEACHING SUMMER classes for
the past four years, the department
chairman said he likes living in Ann
Arbor during the summer because of
the local theatrical and musical
Hiltner said he also likes teaching
astronomy courses in the summer
because the observing conditions are
Hiltner added it is "very likely" he
will teach again next summer.
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