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NR school aims at practicality

An innovative program in the School
of Natural Resources is attempting to
show that subjects taught in school can
be directly relevant to the outside
Under the direction of Prof. Ron
Rollet, the Integrative Studies Center
(ISC) is designed to supplement
traditional natural resources course
work by concentrating on four com-
ponents relating to the school: new
courses, case studies, summer job
programs, and media communication.
Through the four areas, said
Assistant Director Richard Block, the
ISC helps the students supplement
material learned in the school. "The
ISC is a medium to understand the field
better," he said.
THE PROGRAM, based in the Dana
Building, began last May with a
$510,000 three-year grant from a
National Science Foundation program.
Prof. Richard Andrews, chairman of
the school's Resource Policy and
Management Department, said the
goal of ISC is to give students a sense of
the relationship between many
disciplines in solving world problems.
"The most important direction (of
ISC) is building the capacity to tackle
different resource and environmental
problems within the full range of
natural and social sciences," Andrews
explained. "We're trying to build
reality - put together various teams to
deal with those problems."
course developed through ISC offered
for the second time by the school last
fall. Block said a group of first-year
students travels to the Pigeon River
Country State Forest, located in the
northern portion of the Lower Penin-
sula, during the first weekend of the fall

"The course is designed for freshmen
to get interested in natural resources,"
said Laura Scotford, a Natural Resour-
ces sophomore who went on the trip in

because of its newness, ISC is being
evaluated by James Kulik at the Center
for Research on Learning and Teaching
"THE CRLT evaluation is very im-
portant. We want to demonstrate we're
doing well because we want support,"
Block said.
Kulik saidCRLT is looking at student
attitudes toward courses and differen-
ces between what is learned by those
exposed to the ISC and those who are
"I can't think of anything (program)
comparable to ISC," Kulik said. The
evaluation will be finished when the
three-year grant ends in May 1982,
Kulik said.
Block said ISC is putting a great ef-
fort into the summer internship

program. "When. a student is plugged
into a job, students get excited and
want to know why certain things a
important," he said.
BLOCK SAID the internship program
is good for the faculty because it
pressures them to be accurate, up-to-
date, and practical in what they teach.
One problem with natural resource
education today, Block said, is that
students are not taught to communicate
what they learn. As part of ISC's move
toward practical training, a media cen-
ter has been established.
Students Work on film and vide
projects ranging from Earth Day
awareness to wildlife and forestry. In a
few years, Block said, communication
of information on natural resources will
be vital.


board discusses

school busing plan

...seeks practical application
"We looked at oil drilling, plans for
timber harvesting, and wildlife
management," she said.
AFTER LOOKING at different
resource questions, Block said, studen-
ts apply their discoveries to various
problems throughout the term.
Case studies developed from visits to
the Pigeon River state forest and the
school's Camp Filibert Roth, located in
the Upper Peninsula near the Wiscon-
sin border, help "students to see the
whole web of problems," Block said.
Once aware of questions, he said,
students can look in different directions
to ftid solutions.
"The direction the school is going is
the direction that N.R. education has to
go," Block said. "You need people in
positions they can appreciate and to
work with people in other disciplines."
Block said the University is a pioneer
in this type of resource education, and,

Several Ann Arbor Board of
Education members expressed reser-
va tions about a recently-released
elementary school desegregation plan
at their meeting Wednesday night. The
board also discussed the possibility of
using a computer system to assist in
implementing the plan.
Some board members objected to the
prospect of school closings that might
be caused by the plan while others op-
posed the number of children called for
to be bused.
IN ADDITION to reassigning about
half of the city schools, the
desegregation plan calls for busing 577
students, an increase of 329 over the
present number bused.
The racial balance arrangement,
submitted to the board on March 7, in-
dicated that six elementary schools in
the city had enrollments with 15 per
cent more black students than the
district-wide ratio. These schools are
required to change their racial balan-
ces under state guidelines.
Trustee Peter Wright said he had
voted for moving toward
desegregation, "but not all in one fell
swoop. This goes too far, too fast from
my point of view."
TRUSTEE JOHN Powell said
although the board has talked about
racial balances, it has not determined
exactly what that balance is to be. He
noted families unhappy with the
desegregation plan might move into a
school district within the city that they
perceive as good, and therefore city
housing patterns should be addressed.
"There are persons in this community'

who have to learn you can run but you
can't hide (from desegregation)."
The prospect of busing was attacked
by several of the board members and
also people from the community who
aired their views during the meeting's
public commentary period. Trustee
Donna Wegryn said volunta*
movements of students by such
methods as pairing schools (having one
of two contiguous schools take grades
one through three, and the other take
grades four through six) would be bet-
ter, and that "forced busing is difficult;
it is hard to. achieve community har--
Trustee Patti Cerny said that one of
the drawbacks with the pairing system
is that some students now walk)
school for all six grades, and pairing
may entail busing for some of those
years, since few are within walking
distance of two schools.
Other problems associated with im-
plementing the busing plan, such as
classroom ratios and busing schedules,
could be solved by using a computer
system named ECOTRAN, according
to Associate Superintendent
Curriculum and Instruction Lee H
The system is handled by a national
firm with regional offices in Detroit,
Hanson told the board. He added that
nearby school systems have used
ECOTRAN and have been pleased with
the results.
Trustee John Heald noted the board
should first determine the final version
of the des'egregation plan befq,
making a commitment to the computW
system's handlers.

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still had Brian Jones? Remember James Brown when he still had processed hair? This is the gronddaddy
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Fabulous Flames, the Barbarians. Marvin Gaye Gerry and the Pacemakers Lesley Gore Jan and Dean
Smokey Robinson and the Miracles. Billy J Kramer and the Dakotas Plus short GATHERING
MOSS. a short featuring the Rolling Stones.
CAB CALLOWAYS HE DE HO (1934) RHAPSODY IN BLACK AND BLUE (1932) Starring Louis Armstrong
JAMMIN' THE BLUES (1944) with Harry Edison. Lester Young Illinois Jacquet Jo Jones Sid Catlett
Ed Callender MarieBryant and others BUNDLE OF BLUES t93' ifeontrnrna Duke ElIingron Ivy Anderson
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featuring Allen Ginsberg. Gregory Corso Peter Orlovsky and Larry Rivers Lots of music with
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