The Michigan Daily-Thursday, February 19, 1981-Page 3
Co-op planned for
By ANN MARIE FAZIO
Engineering students may have the opportunity to
participate in a cooperative education program if the
executive committee of the engineering school ap-
proves the plan next month.
Students in such a program would alternate each
semester between working in industry and-attending
classes, providing practical experience that is dif-
ficult to obtain in a classroom.
ALTHOUGH THE aerospace engineering depar-
tment has offered a co-op program that involves
about ten percent of its students, the college as a
whole has never had such a program, according to
sophomore Clarke Anderson, chairman of a student
committee that will send a co-op plan to the executive
committee at the beginning of March.
The engineering college has "never developed a
feeling for a co-op program," according to
Engineering Assistant Dean Leland Quackenbush,
partly because theoretical, rather than practical,
aspects of engineering are emphasized in teaching
The University does offer intern courses, where
students work in industry one day a week to ex-
perience the job world, Quackenbush said. Some
students arrange their own employment and create
informal cooperative programs.
PLANS HAVE NOT progressed far enough to tell
whether budget constraints will stand in the way of
the program. But, according to Associate Dean Joe
Eisley, finances could be a problem. He said he would
favor a small, voluntary program, "but alwasy with
reservations about the cost and about what else could
be done with the money used for a co-op program."
Vernon Phelps, a research engineer and lecturer at
the University, said that students who go through a
co-op program are more valuable to industry. "They
know what they're going to school for. They know the
problems in industry and they know what has to be
done," he said.
Phelps added, however, that students in a co-op
program might feel as if they will never get through
with school, since the program does take longer than
a regular engineering program.
Quackenbush noted that non-co-op students may
have some advantages over those participating in a
co-op program because they graduate earlier.
The assistant dean added, however, that he is per-
sonally in favor of instituting a co-op program at the
University because it would "provide the student
with a better view of what he might do in industry and
because industries look with favor on students with
Cooperative education programs are common in
most engineering schools across the country. At a
midwest engineering conference held last fall, the
University was the only school without such :a
program, according to junior Mike Behounek, adx
ministrative vice president of the student
Reported VD cases
A FIREMAN CLINGS to a man who nearly fell while being rescued from a
burning building Tuesday night in Bangor, Maine. Three people died and
several firemen were hurt in the late-night blaze.
CFT - To Catch a Thief, 4, 9:30 p.m., Michigan Theatre.
A-V Services-Birth, 12:10 p.m., SPH II Aud.
Housing - Black Like Me, 7 p.m., W. Quad Cafeteria,.
Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning - Robert Ross, "Visual
Resource Management," noon, 1040 Dana.
Med. Ctr. Psychology Service - Bruno Giordani, Gerald Zelenock,
"Neuropsychological Changes Following Carotid Endarterectomy," noon,
A154 VA Med. Ctr.
Medicine - Stanley Garn, "Maternal Weight Gain during Pregnancy:
Nutrition for Babies," noon, Med. Sci. II West Lec. Hall.
Biology - Frank Butterworth, "Cell Death in Drosophila Fat Body: A
Model of Senescence," noon, 1139 Nat. Sci.
Vision/Hearing - Bag lunch sem., Steve Easter, "Growth and
Organization of the Optic Nerve in Goldfish," 12:15 p.m., 2055 MHRI.
Ind. and Operations Engin. - Ben Scribner, "O.R. At Bethlehem Steel
Corporation," 3 p.m., 243 W. Engin.
Hopwobd - Poetry Reading, Robert Clifford, 3:30 p.m., 1006 Angell.
Chemistry - Bernhard Schlegel, "Geometry Optimization and Transition
Structures," 4 p.m., 1200 Chem.
CREES - Ted Freidgut, "The Persistence of Peasantism: The Triumph
of the Private Plot in the USSR," 4 p.m., Lane Hall Commons.
Romance Lang. - Fances Wyers, "Jorge Luis Borges," 4 p.m., MLB 4th
Computing Ctr. - Bob Blue, "Advanced Aspects of MTS," 7 p.m., 2003
Libertarian League - James Hudler, "Gay Rights: A Redefinition," 8:30
p.m., Union Welker Room.
SPAM/School of Music - Sing-in, 19th Century American Music, 7:30
p.m., Clements Library.
Canterbury Loft - "In Celebration: A COllage of Music, Poetry, and Dan-
ce," 8 p.m., 332 S. State.
Eclipse Jazz - Sam Rivers Trio, 8,10:30 p.m., E. Quad RC Aud.
School of Music - Black Music and Dance Student Assn., "Tribute to
Belinda," 8 p.m., Mendelssohn Theater.
School of Music Band/ Repertory Band, 8 p.m., Hill Aud.
UAC - Soundstage Coffeehouse, 8 p.m., Union U. Club.
U. Musical Society / Cross Currents - Guarneri String Quartet, 8:30 p.m.,
Ark - Julie Austin, blues guitar, 9 p.m., 1421 Hill.
Union - COncert of the Month, "The Galliard Brass," 8 p.m., Union Pen-
Psychology - Committee of Undergraduate Studies, 3 p.m., K 108 Lloyd,
Med. Ctr. Bible Study - noon, F2230 Mott Library.
MES -,Organizational Mtg., 4 p.m., Good Time Charley's.
Regents - meeting begins at 11 a.m.; public comments, 4 p.m., Regents
Room, Administration Bldg.
Campus Weight Watchers -5:30 p.m., League Project Room.
Intervarsity Christian Fell. - Mtgs., 7 p.m., League, Union.
AA - 8:30 p.m., N2815 U. Hosp., 2nd level, NPI.
Botticelli Game Players - noon, Dominick's.
Computing Ctr. - Chalk Talk, "Simple FORTRAN Debugging with *IF,"
12:10 p.m., 1011 NUBS.
Computing Ctr. - "Integrated Graphics, Part 2," 1 p.m., NC Computer
Ctr. Sem. Room.
Housing - Soul Food Dinners, must RSVP, 4:30 p.m., Alice Lloyd caf.,
Markley caf.; 5 p.m., W. Quad caf.
American Cancer Society - Student/Faculty tea, 5 p.m., 3503 Chem.
International Night - India, 5 p.m., League cafeteria.
Friends of Filipino People - Forum, "Philippine/U.S. Relations," films,
This Bloody, Blundering Business, Controlling Interests, 7:30 p.m., Int'l.
Guild House - Poetry reading, Emery George, John Glowney, Beatrice
Lincoln, 7:30 p.m., 802 Monroe.
Hillel - Slide presentation, "El Salvador - COuntry in Crisis," 9 p.m.,
Hillel, 1429 Hill.
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LANSING (UPI)-Reported cases of
gonorrhea dropped in Michigan last
year for the first time since 1963, but ef-
forts to fight it this year may be ham-
pered by budget cuts, health officials
The state Department of Public
Health also reported a decline in
syphilis cases and said an outbreak late
last year of a gonorrhea strain resistant
to penicillin apparently has run its
. THERE WERE 34,951 cases of
gonorrhea reported-down 4.6 per-
cent-still left it the state's second most
common communicable disease after
There were 1,163 syphilis cases, a 7.7
percent decline but still above 1977 and
1978 levels. For the first time in 40
years, however, no infant was born with
Officials, attributed the decline in
venereal disease to expanded preven-
tion efforts, aided by increased federal
funding in 1972 and more state aid in
THE OUTLOOK in this .recession-
marred budget year is not so good,
however, and continuing the trend of
decrease may be impossible with
reduced staffs, officials say.
"We're at a point where we'd almost
be happy just to maintain the status
quo," said. Joseph Ploussard, chief of
the health department's venereal
disease control divisions.
In Detroit, he said, a staff of 28 in-
vestigators is down by six with no hope
of returning to full strength due to a
hiring freeze. Detroit, with 14 percent of
the state's population, has 58.5 percent
of the syphilis cases and 45.3 percent of
Officials noted there were 17 reported
cases of a gonorrhea strain resistant to
penicillin, 14 of them in November and
December in Flint and Detroit.
Ploussard noted the outbreaks involved
only two chains of infection.
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