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The Michigan Daily-Thursday, September 10, 1981-Page 7-B

Registration never easier,
but students still grumble

e beginning, there was registration for classes
rst-come, first-served basis. Students descen-
Waterman Gym (now a field) to spend hours
o register for classes. And it was grueling.
i the University introduced a computer-
d registration process called CRISP. Seniors
ranted the first crack at classes, while other
is received registration appointments on the
>f a rotating alphabetical schedule. And (in
of computer breakdowns and still-lengthy
it was better.
V THERE IS new, improved CRISP.
puter Registration Involving Student Par-
ion was upgraded last year when the old ter-
were replaced by more advanced technology.
he system, is not flawless, and registration
ns confusing to new and old students alike.
've found that those who come through after
ation for the first time are lost," said Tom
as, associate University registrar. Two years
is office designed a slide show to help the
ining a student verification Form is the first
award a successful CRISP. The SVF has a
it's name, address, class rank, and appoin-
time, and is available in the lobby of the

Literature, Science and Arts Building for LSA
students. Other schools and colleges either mail the
forms to students, or offer them through individual
THE NEXT STEP is filling out an Election
Worksheet, indicating courses and course numbers,
and the hours during which they meet.
Often-evasive overrides may also be necessary;
overrides are forms signed by professors, enabling
students to enroll in closed (full) courses.
It is a good idea to keep a close watch on the closed
course board at CRISP before registering (Check-
point 10, 764-6810, also has closed course infor-
mation); getting an override in advance can save
considerable time and trouble.
IF OVERRIDES are unavailable during
registration (as they often are), students may have
their names put on a wait list-if it is available.
Sometimes, there is simply no way to get into a
desired course. At that point, virtually all a student
can do is wait for higher CRISP priority the next time
CRISP is an unpleasantry which nearly all Univer-
sity students must endure throughout their college
careers. Students of the School of Social Work, the
Law School, the School of Medicine, and the School of
Dentistry register for classes through a different
system, and architecture students are allowed to

begin registration at the School of Art and Architec-
ture on North Campus. Their course selections are
then sent to CRISP for processing.
Handicapped students also use a different method
for registration, because of access problems at Lorch
Hall, where CRISP is housed. "They can go to the
Registrar's office at 1524 LSA and have their
materials processed there, on the spot or in a day or
two," Karunas said.
ALTHOUGH IT STILL has problems, CRISP is im-
proving. During registration for fall term of 1975,
many students faced four-hour waits, and lines
creeping around the block, according to Karunas.
CRISP was shut down for a total of 14 hours during
fall term of 1980.
On the first day of. CRISP for this term, 2,200
Students were processed, and "that's the most we've
:one in a while," Karunas said. On the second day,
2,600 students went through, along with several hun-
dred students with drop/add requests.
"In the past, 1,800 to 2,200 students (per day) was
doing good," Karunas said.
During the third day the system shut down for
several hours, dashing the hopes of students that
their suffering associated with registration might be
at an end.
Although there are still a few bugs in the system,
University registration has come a long way from the
Darwinistic battle in Waterman Gym.

Don't mind me
One of last year's most controversial campus issues involved the mid-term
installation of new windows at many campus dorms. The process incon-
venienced many, who protested the intrusion, but others seemed to get by
with minor adjustments.

Local parents
:scrambing for
spots in day
care cen ters



at the 'U'

MANY married University students
live in North Campus housing suited
specifically for them, with ample
and uncluttered surroundings for
their children to play in safely.

Care for the children of University
*mloyees and students is scarce in this
area, according to both parents and
child care administrators.
There is currently a task force
working on the possibility of construc-
ting a community center on North
Campus for members of the family
housing units in the area. The proposed
building would initially have room for a
large multi-purpose room, several
smaller rooms for meetings, and an
area for care of up to 40 children.
STILL IN THE proposal stage, the
*enter's top priority would be the child
center. Almost two-thirds of the
residents in Family Housing responded
in a questionnaire that such a service
should be one of the top priorities of the
In the meantime, however, "it is real
dry around here for that sort of care,"
according to Linda Hart, parent and
receptionist at the University's Staff
enefits Office.
The Child Care Coordinating and
Referral Service "recognizes there is a
very serious need for child care" in the
University community, according to
Bess Manchester, a worker at the ser-
Many other parents and child-care
workers agree. Hart commented that
there "are a lot of people in this boat"
who are left stranded, looking for
University day care.
In recent history, there have been
*nly three University-affiliated centers
or child care. The oldest, Child Care
Action Center, closed its doors in June
of 1980. Founded during the 1960's,
CCAC was licensed by the state to care
for up to 25 children at any one time.
AFTER MOVING from office to of-
fice for almost a year, CCAC located on

the third floor of the School of
Education building. Its doors were
closed when state fire inspectors
declared the office unsafe. Ad-
ministrators of the center tried to bring
the facility up to code, but ran out of
Pound House, located at the corner of
Hill and E. University Streets, accom-
modates 26 children in its program. The
center was established five years ago to
provide a multi-cultural experience for
foreign children and others in the
Pound House is sponsored by the
University's International Center,
which provides the building itself. The
University pays for staff benefits and
the house's utility bills, but does not pay
for staff salaries, according to David
Murphy, one of the center's instructors.
THE THIRD child care program is
the University's Children's Center,
located at 400 N. Ingalls. Two years in
the planning by representatives from 10
University departments, the center is
"definitely not a day care or a drop-in
center," said Owen Janssen, the cen-
ter's administrator.
Children's Center was designed to
provide research and training facilities
for early childhood educators, and to
provide high quality education and care
for the children involved in the resear-
ch, according to Janssen.
Spaces at the different child care
facilities are hard to come by. While it
existed, CCAC occasionally had - a
waiting list of over 100 families, accor-
ding to Margaret Elias, former co-
director of the center.
Ellis remembered that there were
some infants on the list, waiting to be
included in the program two years
POUND HOUSE'S list of prospective

Photo by DAVID GAL

enrollees fluctuates, depending on the
kind of child needed to fill a certain spot
in the program. Administrators try to
keep an equal proportion of males and
females, balance out foreign and
American children, and span all
economic backgrounds. A child may be
on the list for only a short while, if the
appropriate opening arrives; others
may have to wait a long time.
Children's Center has a "substantial
waiting list," according to Janssen. It
provides half-day programming for
from 122 to 125 children.
Most operating funding for each of

the centers comes not from the Univer-
sity, but from the tuition paid by the
The problem of scarcity in child-care
programs is not unique to this Univer-
sity. Northwestern University, for
example, has no child care center, ac-
cording to the school's public relations
department. Ohio State has one child
care center for 150 children.
In the Big Ten, the school with the
most centers for children is the Univer-
sity of'Minnesota. It has six programs,
including two in student family housing
areas, and a laboratory nursery school.

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