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Tips- for studying at the Grad
By NICK KATSARELAS
Aformer friend of mine, explaining her con-
I itious absence for our date last Saturday evening,
id me how she wound up studying at the Graduate
Library all night. After informing her the Grad closes
on Saturdays at 6:00 p.m., she reddened, blurted out
something about being late for work at Mr. Tony's on
State Street, and ran off.
I contemplated this poor girl's misinformation con-
cerning the Grad (and about recently-closed
restaurants). She is only one of many students who
possess a wealth of questions about libraries. This
promipted me to write a column offering advice and
ormatiofi on the Grad, granddaddy of University
F4rst of all, if you want to study, go directly to the
stacks. But if you want to have a social evening with
an academic orientation, then the reference room is
theplace for you. There are certain rules of etiquette
that, one should observe . if one wants to "study"
1), Walk into the reference room looking good;
people are watching you. Your hair must be
greomed; your coat, buttoned correctly. Tidy up in
the.lobby before entering.
2) Determine beforehand whether you will go to
the right or the left side of the room; your in- alone. You should go with son
decisiveness will be noticed instantly, and people will someone you haven't seen since din
point and laugh. 9) Every so often, loudly tap y
3) Do not choose the first seat you arrive at; you calculated nervousness. Or better !
are discriminating in your taste. - Make sure you impinge upon the
4) When you finally do choose your seat, remain the angry person next to you. Loud
standing for a pregnant moment. Look about you and your frustration. But remember, th,
get your bearings. This also provides the chance for in this. It just means your work
your friends to locate you when they want to come means your classes are hard, whi
over for the quarter-hour breaks. pre-med, pre-law or pre-business, w
5) OcyursmBrush be making a hell of a lot more moni
5Once you are seated, get 111fortabUe. Brs person next to you, which means
your hair again, push up your glasses, and for God's pyor nexttyouo'ih}ie."
sake, be certain your collars are buttoned down. Pile yo) Ic if ou t lke it.
10)It s oay o tke na. Fold
your books neatly before you, making just enough table, and gently place your head
noise to distract the surrounding people. them. Warning: Breathe out of 3
6) Do you have all your supplies? You should don't, you will snore or, worse y
probably have multicolored hi-liters, kleenex, clean up your drool quickly.
change, breath mints, pencil sharpener, time 11) You are now ready for anothe
schedule, and candy, as long as it's in an annoyingly- 12) Lastly, never, but never 1,
crinkly wrapper. before 10:00 p.m. "That person is
7) Whether you use them or not, certain books everyone will say. You will be c
must be laid out for all to see. Pre-laws must con- colleagues and shunned from all acs
spicuously place Gifis' Law Dictionary before them, Once you have mastered these ru
while Barron's Guide to Medical Schools is a must for for next week's lesson: how to goo t,
pre-meds. the Grad without being smashed in
8) Now you are ready for your break. Never take it doors that open into each other.
Gridders may receive
academic support system
By ALAN FANGER
Copyright 1980. The Michigan Daily
The University Athletic Department
may. establish a program to provide
"comprehensive academic support"
for= the Michigan football team, The
Dagy has learned.
1ie program would cost more than
$30;00O to operate during the 1980-81
academic year and would be im-
Rleinented and managed by the Univer-
sity' s Reading and Learning Skills Cen-
If THE department adopts the plan,
it Would be the first such program to be
instituted in the country, according to
officials at two Big Ten schools and the
National Collegiate Athletic Asso-
Neither football coach Bo Schem-
be hler nor Athletic Director Don
laham were available for comment
ye terday, but George Hoey, the
atljetic department's academic ad-
viser, confirmed that the program is
cloge to becoming a reality.
We're just working out some of the
bugs," he said. Two of the "stumbling
blocks" facing the program, Hoey ad-
ded, are the degree to which upper-
claspersons will participatae in it
(froshpersons will be required to par-
tic ate), and certain elements of its
A COPY OF the proposal reviewed by
The Daily stated the program, which
would extend throughout the entire
academic year, would be divided into
fotr phases-assessment, action plans,
treatment, and evaluation. The first
two phases would bring together
players and counselors from the
reading center to review a player's past
academic history and design "in-
ividual support plan." Freshpersons
oiild meet with counselors on an in-
diidual basis, while upperclasspersons
would participate in group planning.
Mlore than 85 per cent of the
prgram's budget is targeted for the
treatment phase, which would consist
of seven courses. Courses would be of-
fered in such areas as "power learn-
ing," time management, remedial
reading and writing, reading
strategies, and academic writing. In
the last course, athletes "will work on
kapers that have been assigned to them
in their regular courses."
HOEY SAID if the plan is implemen-
tetl this fall and judged to be successful,
the department may expand the
program to include all University
Jeading and Learning Skills Center
Director Dr. Rowena Wilhelm said
many team members had previously
Program administrator David Patten
said other University schools are con-
sidering the establishment of similar
programs, but added that they are also
in the planning stages.
Patten stressed that if such a
program is implemented it would not be
the first of its kind to assist certain
groups of students at the University. He
said that several University schools
and colleges, including the Schoold of
Public Health and Dentistry, have
worked with the Center in establishing
academic support systems.
"WE DON'T HAVE anything even
remotely close to the proposed
academic program, said Mary Homan,
a spokesman for the Ohio State Univer-
sity Athletic Department. "What we
have is a study table, where an athlete,
if he is falling behind in a class, can go
and receive help," he said.
Dale Meggas, a spokesman for the
NCAA, was equally surprised by the
scale on which the plan was being con-
sidered. "I've never heard of any
program like that," he said.
The University administration has
apparently decided to allow the athletic
department to develop the program
without outside interference. Alfred
Sussman, dean of the Rackham School
of Graduate Studies and former interim
vice-president for academic affairs,
said, "We don't normally enter into the
substance of such negotiations unless
there is a problem."
SUSSMAN, HOWEVER, said the
program could be beneficial to all
athletes if it were "a total learning ex-
perience where each athlete is treated
"No single program can accomplish
all the things we need to do," Sussman
said. "(The team members) need a
total context where their special
problems are considered."
University President Harold Shapiro
said he had "no direct knowledge" the
program was being considered.
The program proposal states it
recognizes' "the outstanding and
dedicated student/athletes that
epitomize the University of Michigan
athletic program have had to absorb
and withstand unique pressures and
stresses, along with demands on their
time beginning early in their school ex-
"As a result," the proposal continues,
"it is not always reasonable to expect
each to possess the same academic
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