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How to study among
all the distractions


There is no way to avoid it. Whatever
classes you take, no matter how smart
you are, you will probably find that
surviving college takes considerably
more studying than breezing through
s r high school did.
:.; Despite all the other, more enjoyable
distractions on campus,strdying is the
irstdist ority of most University studen-
THE AMOUNT different students
S*study varies. Some say two hours for
every hour in class is enough. Others
study two hours per credit hour of class.
Some live in the library while others
do not even bother to buy books.
To study effectively most students
A"> need to find a place they are comfor-
table with.
Because it is often difficult to concen-
a _trate in noisy dormitory rooms or apar-
tments, many students flee to the
Graduate or Undergraduate libraries.
UG fiIets facelift,

These two monstrous libraries have
hundreds of study spaces and tables.
The Undergraduate Library has con-
ference rooms for students who wish to
study together.
"OTHER students, however, are
repulsed by these incredible think-
tanks. Complaints run the gamut bet-
ween "the grad library is too quiet,"
to "the UGLi is like studying in a cir-
These libraries also become ex-
tremely crowded during midterms and
Instead of always using the big cam-
pus libraries, most students find their
own private corner of the University to
study in, whether it be an empty
classroom, a dormitory library, or a
lonely restaurant booth.
MOST OF THE smaller campus
libraries offer more peaceful at-
mosphere. Many students living in the
hill dormitories use the Taubman
Medical Library, while at the other end
of campus South and West Quaddies of-
ten take advantage of the Law Library.
The underground portion of the Law
Library, however, is off limits to un-
There are also 20 divisional libraries
that often are not heavily used. These
libraries are sprinkled all over Central
and North Campus, from the Physics
and Astronomy Library in the Denison
Building to the Art and Architecture
Library on North Campus.
If you find that studying with seventy
or eighty other people is not conducive
to concentration, there are also hun-

dreds of undiscovered, out-of-the way
rooms and lounges around the Univer-
THE RACKHAM building has several
lonely hallways with benches and
chairs, while the classrooms in Mason,
Haven, and Angell Hall are also left
open at night. The basement lounge in
the Public Health Building is another
convenient place for hill dorm residen-
ts. The Michigan Union and the4
Michigan League have lounges with'
some of the most comfortable chairs on
campus, in addition to tables and desks.
Living in a dorm offers the advantage
of a library and study lounge in your
home. Markley's "South Pit" and the
Wedge Room at West Quad are two of
the better study lounges but every dorm
has something similar to these.
The dorm lounges also become extra-
crowded during exams.
SOME STUDENTS find they need, to
get off campus occasionally to get work
done. The Ann Arbor Public Library is
located only three blocks from campus
and has quiet research rooms and a
large magazine collection.
Students also use several local
restaurants and coffee shops as a
change of pace from the library.
During the day, Drake's coffee shop
is an excellent place to slide into a booth
and read several chapters of poetry
over a long cup of coffee.
And for more intensive cramming,'
the Pan Tree is open 24 hours and sells a
75-cent, bottomless cup, of coffee
guaranteed to keep you awake until

new carpet, paint job

New students on campus this fall may
never understand why the Un-
dergraduate library has so long been
called the UGLi."
They will never see the library's pale,
grimy, cinderblock walls, its hard tile
floors, or the shabby, metallic grey
THE UGLI underwent a major
facelift this summer for the first time in
27 years.
This fall astounded sophomores,
juniors, and seniors will discover new
carpeting on all five floors of the
building; new paint on the walls,
ceilings, and bookshelves; a redesigned
circulation desk with a more efficient
checkout process; and 300 new seats to
study in.
David Norden, head of the UGLi, said
the reason-for the $500,000 renovations
is simple: "To improve the quality of
study space here."
THE NEW carpeting is intended to
reduce the din of several thousand
people studying, and to make the
building more attractive visually, Nor-
den said.'
To complement the carpeting, the
library's ceilings, walls, and
bookshelves will be painted in earth
tones to give the interior a warmer at-
mosphere, he said.
Norden said his office is the only
room in the building that has been

Books, books, books. It's enough to make your eyes sore. But students ob-
viously see a lot of them. This year, however, they may look more attractive
on the shelves of the newly renovated Undergraduate Library. Above,
students study diligently in the Graduate Library.

repainted since the UGLi was build 27
years ago..
THE LIBRARY'S new circulation
desk will remain on the first floor, but
will be equipped with a new computer
system, Norden said.
The new system will read student and
book identification codes with a light
wand similar to the ones used in many
grocery stores. The-system will be con-
siderably faster than the old computer,
system which used programmed cards,
Norden said.
The system will also make it easier
for the library to catch students with
unpaid overdue fines, he said.
To make room for 300 additional
study spaces, the UGLi will move 20,000
books over to the graduate library, and
into storage. The books which are being
moved are the ones least used by
students, Norden said. "What remains
is what students are using... we want
this collection to be a high usage collec-
tion," he said.
said the changes ate an attempt to rid
the building of its reputation as the
"Ugli" and to emphasize the importan-
ce of undergraduate education at the
"(The renovations") are a
recognition qn the part of the Univer-
sity of the importance of un-
dergraduates," Norden said.
'U offers
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under their parent's control. Family
relationships change and become con-
flictual when students leave for college
and need clarification.
Whether a student has "guest status"
or must follow parents' rules when they
return home is a common family con-
flict, Gauthier says.
OTHER PROBLEMS which frequen-
tly bring students into counseling are:
" relationships with boyfriends or
* pregnancy;
" study anxiety;
" motivation; problems, such as a
student who wants to get high grades
but can't seem to get motivated or
organize study time;
" stress, anxiety or feeling "burned
out" from doing too many things at on-
ce such as taking 18 credit hours and
working a part-time job and
" eating disorders such as anorexia.
or bulimia. (See related story.)
Many students, however, are reluc-
tant to use counseling services fearing
they will be labeled as "weird,"
"crazy," or "weak" for not handling
problems by themselves.
"I have enough friends, I don't need
counseling," said one University

Note-taking service

attracts thousands
By JACKIE YOUNG which operates on, many
Nearly 2,000 students paid entrepreneur Although some profess
Perry March to take notes for them in service, and many othersc
class last fall. to mind it, Bartleby's had
And this year, March plans to expand some who did not like it at a
the note-taking service he started last SOME SAID that the s
fall under the name Bartleby's. This reduce class attendance, otl
fall, March expects Bartleby's to take would be inaccurate, anc
notes in more classes, for more studen- only "mindless memorizat
ts, and make more money. material instead of compr
LAST YEAR, for $13 to $17 per term, derstanding.
students could purchase class notes for But after last semester,
25 University courses. The notes were those fears have been dispr
taken by graduate students and were "Not one professor (af
available within 48 hours of the lecture. term) has ever said that t
Most of the note takers were appointed tually had limited their clas
by professors, and many were teaching March, adding that profess
assistants for the courses, March said. cel the service in their class
The idea came from a similar "BUT NO MATTER w
business known as "black lightning" See NOTE, Page


west coast
ors liked the
did not seem
to face up to
ervice would
thers feared it
id encourage
ion" of class
ehensive un-
March said
fter the fall
he notes ac-
ss size," said
sors can can-
ses anytime.
hat you do,



counseling for students




student who wouldn't give his name. "I
am reluctant because I figure that the
person, in such a short time available,
wouldn't understand what's going on."
"I DON'T WANT TO fit into some
mold they have," he says.
Other students said they would go to
counseling only as a last resort.
"I like to work out my own
problems," says LSA Junior Jean
"Counselors would make (problems)
sound clinical. They would have a
'University-oriented' approach. I don't
think someone who doesn't know you
would understand," she says.
But University counselors do not look
at students' problems from a clinical
perspective trying to make a diagnosis,
Gauthier stresses. They are
"professional listeners," helping
students with problems that are "nor-
mal and typical" during college,
Gauthier says..
IT ISA MYTH when students say:,"If
I'm strong and smart I can handle
problems on my own," Gauthier says.
Although it can be threatening to think
you might need help, a student should
keep in mind that college is a new ex-
perience 9nd it is difficult to cope with
changes alone, she says.

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MSA and You . Working Together For Change

"Counselors assume the pressures of
being a student are great and no one
gets through it smoothly," she says.
Many students have misconceptions
about counseling, Gauthier says. If
students venture to the Union to see a
counselor, they won't find a gray-
haired man, with a notebook asking you,,
why you hate your mother.
empathic listening from someone who
is trained to understand problems and
can suggest constructive ways of
coping, Gauthier says.
Counselors aren't interested in
diagnosing you as "neurotic," Gauthier
says, but by "talking out loud to someone
who is a trained listener, you gain a bet-
ter, realistic perspective on what is
really troubling you."'
When students leave the office theyA
usually feel the problem is more
manageable or the situation is less
bleak, she says.
"Many times just knowing that
someone understands helps," she says.
the idea that if you need help, it is a sign
of weakness, said Harold Korn, director
of University counseling services.
Seeking a professional, objective
listener who "by virtue of training and
experience is wiser than the person
next door," is not weak, but a smart
move to ease stress and anxiety, Korn
The 18-member counseling staff, four
psychologists and 14 social workersi
are highly qualified with several years
of training and experience counseling
students, Korn said.
The service in the Union is free for
students, but there is a 12-session limit.
The office, open from 8:30 a.m. to:5
p.m., has walk-in hours at 10 a.m., 11
a.m., 3 and 4 p.m.
forms on the first visit to give a coup-
selor an idea of the problem and
background information such as age
and family history.
At the first visit a counselor will
determine if a student needs short-tern
therapy or should find a private

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