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September 06, 1984 - Image 38

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ROTC on the attack

Most students cringe at the thought of
joining the Reserve Officer Training
Corps at the University. But for those
who do join the experience can be both
challenging and financially rewarding.
"Our program is known as a fine way
to help finance an education and I can't
deny that and I don't even find anything
wrong with that," said Robert Coulter,
chairman of the Navy Officer
Education Program. "It doesn't bother
me that people are motivated in some
percentage of cases not by patriotism
or the desire to be career officers but by
a chance to go to a school that is
probably more than they can afford."
HOWEVER, SOME students have
taken advantage of the ROTC
program-and havesused it to make a
fast buck. These students join the
program for two years and collect
scholarship money and then skip out
before committing themselves to active
or reserve duty.
In order to discourage these students
from abusing the program, Congress
has passed a law which shortens the
trial period from two to one years, in
order to attract only those students that
will stay on and commit themselves to
further duty.
"The majority are motivated to at
least sample the Navy officer experien-
ce," said Coulter. "The Government
has decided that it is going to provide
scholarship assistance to induce some
of the best young men and women to

come and serve in officer status for a
certain period."
ROTC PROGRAMS require two days
of class and one day of drills and
military leadership training a week.
The courses range from military
history to examining the electrical
system of neclear submarines.

women (for the past 10 years-have
been admitted into the ROTC
But the existance of a branch of the,
armed services working on campus had
caused a certain number of problem.
Some activist student groups say that
"'In the name of academic freedom we.

'Our program is known as a fine way to help
finance an education ... and I don't even
find anything wrong with that.'
-Robert Coulter
Navy Officer Education
Program chairman

According to Coulter, ROTC has one
big advantage over the regular service:
Academics. Students can attend almost
any college in the country and still
receive ROTC benefits.
Recruitment for ROTC programs is
generally low-key. The four services
that operate on campus - Army, Air
Force, Navy and the Marine Corps -
simply send out informational letters to
incoming freshpeople describing the
programs available.
barred from military academies,

Daily Photo
Reserve Officer Training Corps students line up for instructions as part of their on-campus training which prepares them
for their eventual service in the U.S. armed forces.

UHS: A haven for sick st

Instead of going to University Health
Service every time they have a cold,
residents of Mosher-Jordan will be able
to consult their very own "dorm
paramedic" this fall.
MoJo will be the first University
dorm to offer a "peer health aid"
program. Students will be able to
discuss their health problems and learn
preventive medicine from 13 upper-
classmen, who will be taking a year-
long course to learn how to recognize
service director, said the program will
expand to other dorms if it succeeds in
The peer health aids will not take the
place of the 18 full time staff members
at health service, Briefer said. In-
steead, they will be responsible for
telling students when to see a doctor
and letting students know how to best
take care of themselves.
Briefer said the peer health aids are
"by and large pretty 'sotstanding

want ROTC off the campus," said
Coulter, "To me, that seems contradie-
Other groups opposed to American.
military interventionism have,
protested against U.S. involvement in
El Salvador and the invasion o
Grenada at North Hall, the building
which houses the ROTC offices.
At any rate, ROTC offers an introduo-;
tion to the armed force of your choice
an inexpensive way of going to college,
and all the camoflagued clothes you can
Q 0

students," who were chosen from more
than 40 applicants last spring.
Eleanor Puffe, a public relations
representative for the clinic, said the
peer health aid program is part of a
push to teach students how to take bet-
ter care of themselves.
"Our health education department is
expanding," she said. Health service
offers a mini-course on preventive
medicine in the Residential College, she
said, as well as lectures to dorm
University Health Service itself of-
fers a variety of services at a minimal
cost, Briefer said. Students are
assessed $55 each term, and receive
virtually all medical services without
additional cost. Students are charged
for prescriptions and over-the-counter
drugs, he said.
UHS clinicians' specialties cover

"the whole gamut of disease," Briefer
said, adding that students should
choose a doctor with whom they feel
"What we offer here is a very com-
prehensive, ambitious care
plan, Briefer said.
Briefer acknowledged that
"traditionally, health services are an
easy target" f6r ridicule. He added,
however, that "the people who bad
mouth it the most have never been
"I don't think we could be so bad sin-
ce we see about 60 percent of the
student population every year," Briefer
Between 22,000 and 23,000 different
University students use UHS, every
year, adding up to 100,000 visits a year.

... puts health care in the dorms


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Learning the world outside of the classroom

If you don't enjoy sitting in a
classroom listening to a lecture, then
you might want to enroll in an ex-
periential program-a course that
provides a learning experience both in
the classroom and in the community..
The two most popular programs on

the campus are Project Community
and Project Outreach.
BOTH OFFER programs where you
can earn credits from the University by
working in public schools, correctional
facilities, consumer advocacy agen-
cies, hospitals, child care centers, and

other community organizations.
As you work on a project, "you learn
about yourself and also provide a ser-
vice to the community," said Jeff
Howard, Project Community director.
Students learn about responsiblity, in-
tegrity, and self reliance while at the
same time exploring their own interests
as well as possible career oppor-
tunities, he added.
Assignments in the hospitals and the
public defender's office are Project
Community's most popular programs.
"YOU LEARN by doing," said
Howard, "that's a much better learning
experience." A regular classroom
education usually involves only theory
however, these programs combine
theory with experience, Howard added.
Both programs were started in the

1960s. But Project Community is aGf
filiated with the sociology department,
the School of Education, and the Officd
of Student Services, while Project
Outreach is sponsored by the LSA
psychology department.
In Project Outreach, the one-to-on6
program (similar to the Bio
Brother/Big Sister program) is vert
popular according to psychology Praf.
Richard Mann.
The experiential programs require
a time commitment of around eigU-
hours a Week. Usually 450-750 studenr
participate in the program each year.',
Both programs are open on a fir,
come, first-served basis. The program
directors recommend, that you stop 6
the offices to discuss any involvemep
with the programs.

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ched the quality of Michigan's drinking
water to better inform the public about
its possible hazards.
THIS PAST summer PIRGIM has ac-
ted as part of a nationwide program to
canvass neighborhoods and encourage
voter registration.
Yet because many of the projects
taken on by Pirgim are onhsuch a grand
scale, students don't see how their two
dollar donation is spent. So another
criticism leveled against the group is
that it does nothing to aid the individual
"Students are citizens also and have

a certain amount of responsibility to ti'
community," said Gibbons.
"Organizations like MSA specifical
serve the student. The project
PIRGIM tackles affect every resider
and taxpayer in the entire state."
Gibbons also noted that PIRGIM doe
produce publications concernin
tenants rights and energy conservatior
which do serve the student communit
"Every student should realize tha
clean air and water is something whic
affects us all," Gibbons said. "it's ce:
tainly worth a two-dollar signatur
while waiting to register for class.


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