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Page 6-8-Thursday, September 4, 1980-The Michigan Daily

Two programs alleviate
classroom drudgery

Many University students who sit
through lectures day after day and
struggle through endless textbook
readings often wonder about the prac-
ticality of the knowledge drilled into
them. All is not lost for these students,
because two University programs allow
and encourage students to put their
acquired knowledge to active use.
Project Community, which is listed in
the Course Guide as Sociology 389 or
1 ducation D312, consists of ap-
proximately 30 different programs in
three major areas-Innovative
Tutorial Experience, Inmate Project,
and Consumer Help. Students most of-
ten receive three credits for a combin-
at ion of "site work," a weekly seminar,
apd a mandatory journal, according to
Linda Moses, director of the Inmate
STUDENTS WHO OPT to volunteer
in the Elementary School Tutoring
Program spend two half days per week
in an area classroom. They're also
required to attend a seminar led by a
teaching assistant from the School of
t_ ducation each week to discuss their
on-t he job experiences.
The no-credit Volunteer Income Tax
program requires students to par-
ticipate in two training sessions before
they re allowed to assist people who

earn less than $15,000 per year with
their tax assessments.. According to
Moses, University students have had a
consistently low error rate in their
Students who participate in the
Washtenaw County Jail Citizens Infor-
mation Service program work from 6
p.m. to midnight one night a week
assisting people recently booked for
committing an alleged crime. Accor-
ding to Moses, the volunteers most of-
ten call employers to explain the
whereabouts of their employees, help in
raising,.bail, and provide referrals to
areas agencies.
LSA SOPHOMORE Cecla Lobin said
she found her work in Project Com-
munity especially rewarding.
"I found it better than my classroom
experiences," she said. "My job in-
volved directing a play with another
student from here. It was an intense
challenge, our actors were a group of
inmates from Jackson Prison."
Having gained experience in one
program, some students opt to spend
the following semester as a co -
ordinator of the project. A co-ordinator
spends an average of 10 to 15 hours per
week in a program for which he or she
may receive pay, Moses explained. She
added that credits may only be ob-
tained for additional work outside that
of being a co-ordinator.

are offered both fall and winter term
and may be added to a student's course
lod from the first day of class through
the period of drop-add. Information
about the program can be obtained in
booklets distributed to interested
students during the school year.
Project Community volunteers are
assessed $15 for transportation and
administrative costs.
Project Outreach, or Psychology 201,
differs from Project Community in
several ways-it is rooted in a different
University department, has an added
"academic component," and offers
students programs in a wider range of
areas, noted director of Project
Outreach Georgie Ferris.
Project Outreach contains 30 "set-
tings" in 11 different project areas and
requires four hours of field work, atten-
dance at a one hour lecture, and par-
ticipation in a one hour seminar per
week for an average of two credits,
Ferris said.
THE HIGHPOINT program allows
participants to interact with mentally
handicapped children in classrooms,
swimming pools and recreation areas,
Ferris continued. Students who work in
the emergency room of a hospital help a
patient's family cope with the
emotional trauma surrounding the in-
cident. Volunteers at the Chelsea
Retirement Center organize activities
for the elderly inhabitants of the
The lecture series is headed by a
graduate psychology student who in-
vites professionals in the area to speak
on a subject related to a specific
project. During the group discussions,
students are encouraged to "integrate
material from the lecture to their field
placement," she said.
At the end of the term, Project
Outreach volunteers are required to
submit a five-page paper relating the
lectures, group discussions, and field
placement work.
Students can add a Project Outreach
program to their schedule after the
mass meeting at the beginning of the
year where the fundamentals of the
program are explained, Ferris said.
The fall mass meeting will be held
Tuesday, September 9 at 7 p.m. in Hill

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IN 1979, STUDENTS stormed a Regents meeting to demand University divestment from firns doing business
in South Africa.

SAfrica: A dyingiss


The 180 shouting students,
faculty members, and other
local citizens crowded into the
Regents room, where they
demanded that the University
divest from firms doing
business in South Africa. When
the Regents refused, the
protesters' wrath grew, as they
shouted several chants in
defiance of Interim President
Allen Smith's calls for silence.
Just over a year later, last
spring, a divestment rally was
held on the Diag with the ob-
jective of mustering strength
for a march to the Ad-
ministration Building, where
the demonstrators wished once
again to display the support the

movement had behind it. In
marked contrast to the earlier
protest, the pro-divestment ad-
vocates had to cancel their
proposed march as less than 50
students gathered on the Diag.
The disparity between the two rallies'
is indicative of how the fierce activism,
of 1979 has disintegrated into the
relative indifference of 1980 with this
issue. It is ironic that in a year which
has seen both the resurgence of racial
strife in South Africa. and the introduc-
tion in the Michigan House of a series of
divestment bills, that the activism
among the university community
seems to have all but exhausted itself.
Explanations for the decline of the
divestment movement, according to
divestment activists, center around the
lack of immediacy the issue has for.
most students as opposed to, for exam-
ple, the anti-nuclear movement or the
"Save Women's Studies" movement.
They also suggest the dwindling in-
terest is not restricted to the Univer-
sity, but' in fact is a nationwide
The main body of the Regents policy
towards the investments in South
Africa is contained in a March 1978
resolution. It is based on the promise
that the only firms the University will
divest from are those that do not
respond to requests for affirmation of
the "Sullivan Principles," or their
The Sullivan Principles (established
by Rev. Leon Sullivan) call for:
" desegration of facilities
" equal and fair employment prac-
" equal pay for equal work

said the firm had refused to comply with
their guidelines.
Thus far, Black and Decker remains
the only instance in which the RegedLs-
have divested from, a firm refusing 10o
pay at least lip service to the principles
Also in May, the practices of G.,.
Searle, a pharmaceutical company,,
came under close scrutinization. yut
after meeting with Searle's vice
president for corporate relation,,
University Vice President for Finanoia '
Affairs James Brinkerhoff said, nV
have been assured that there is su
stantial similarity between the prac-
tices of Searle and the Sullivan Pi-l
Campus. activists, however, led, hy
the Washtenaw County Coalitiph
Against Apartheid (WCCAA) feel that2
the 'Regents have avoided opeur
discussions of divestment. On the other 4
side of the coin is the opinion, once ex-
pressed by Regent Deane Baker (R;
Ann Arbor)., that "there are a lot.-of;
evils in the world. Apartheid ranks
among Ike largest ofthem. We o
viously can't right all 06h evils in ,tbei
There is a similar controversy aEto
whether the University should assumo
a political role in its business .practices
or maintain as neutral a political
position as possible. Baker maintained
it is not the place of a university6
make moral judgments.. "If we start
making the judgments," Baker said,
"then other people will make judgmeqr
ts on us." The opposing view is a
university is perforce a political entii
and must accept the accompanyin
responsibilities. ,
About 55 per cent of the Universi y's

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"WE'VE FOUND THAT those who
come through after orientation for the
first time are lost,"he said. "Last year,
for the first time, we designed a slide
show to show the process."
Registrar's Office staff showed the
slide show in campus dormitories
during the fall of 1979. This will also be
done this fall, Kerunas said.
Handicapped students may register
for classes somewhat differently, due to
access problems at Lorch Hall,
Kerunas said. "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," Kerunas said.
Students need several materials in
order to register for classes through
CRISP. A Student Verification Form
(SVF), indicating name, address, and
class rank, is required. These are
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
have them available at their offices,
Kerunas said.
Students also need an Election
Worksheet, filled out indicating the
meeting times of desired courses.
Overrides, forms allowing students to
register for full classes, may also be
needed, Kerunas said. Students can
determine if courses are full by

checking the closed course board at
CRISP or by calling Checkpoint 10 (764-
IF A DESIRED course or section is
closed, students can have their names
placed on a wait list, if it is
available. Students also have the option
of securing overrides enabling them to
enter closed cougrses. Overrides can be
obtained from course instructors.
Students also need their yellow
plastic identification cards to register.
These are validated for the following
term each time the strident registers,
Kerunas said.
Since its beginning in 1975, CRISP has
been housed in the second floor of the
Old Architecture and Design Building,
recently renamed Lorch Hall. CRISP's
room once resembled a cavern, but im-
provements have been made.
"It looked like a.barn," Kerunas said.
"We finally convinced the Office of
Academic Affairs to spend some money
to fix the place up."
The Office of Academic Affairs paid
for the carpeting, put down in May of
1979, that now covers the once-bare
floor. The Registrar's Office bought
some of the plants that now dress up the
room, Kerunas said.
"It was all done in an effort to make it
more cheery, and a little warmer," he
said. "It wasn't only for the students,
but also to keep up staff morale."

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Campus activists led by the Washtenaw County
Coalition Against Apartheid ( WCCAA) feel that the
Regents have avoided open discussions on divestment. On
the other side of the coin is the opinion, once expressed
by Regent Deane Baker (R-Ann Arbor) that "there are a
lot of evils in the world and apartheid ranks among the
largest of them. We obviously can 't. right all the evils in"
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" development of training programs
for blacks
" increasing the number of blacks in
managerial positions
" improving the quality of em-
ployees' lives.,
The University's policy, dependent on
this code, has been attacked for accom-
plishing nothing more than proving
corporations have signed the Sullivan
Principles and not proving they ac-
tually adhere to its stipulations. Many
activists also charge that even if the
firms in South Africa did implement
the principles, the foundations of the
system of legalized racism ("apar-
theid") would remain strong.
After demonstrators disrupted the
March, 1979 session of the Regents
meeting, compelling the Regents to ob-
tain a court order permitting them to
convene behind closed doors, the
Regents voted in May to sell the
University's shares of Black and
Decker Manufacturing Co. The Regents

holdings are tied up in corporations,
doing business in South Africa, imd.
therefore would be affected by a°
wholesale withdrawl of stocks, bonds
and loans from that country. This would
not necessarily be detrimental to the
Univesity, as the recent experience of
Michigan State University (MSU),
would suggest.
Twenty months after MSU divested
from such firms, it walked away wit i
almost a $1 million net profit. This was,
accomplished by what Trustee Blanche
Martin called "prudent,
divestiture"-divesting only when it
was economically profitable.
The Regents have adopted a "sit
tight" attitude, saying that divestment
would be a great financial strain on then
University. In addition, they are skep-1
tical that divestment from firms doing,
business in South Africa would provu
helpful to the countries oppressed
blacks that constitute over 80 per cent
of its population.
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