The Michigan Daily -Tuesday, February 19, 1985 - Page 3
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vanni stressed the adding that direct action is the only way
ollege degree for to induce change. "If you want (the
youngsters are South African blacks) to be free, why
ference," she said. don't you get on a plane" and change
tranced from the things from there?
walked on stage, She then turned to race relations in
said, "Unless you the United States.
no good to us." "I LIKE BEING a black American
oet was clad in tan because we have shown the world that
a red flannel shirt, you can get along with people who
I jean jacket. She despise you," she said to a suddenly
le tie was a tribute quiet audience.
,who she admires "Compassion and dedication will win
use in his lyrics he out over stupidity and myopia
eeds to be held anytime," she added.
Giovanni warned her audience that
hioan used her sim- this generation of blacks is facing a
words to attack bard struggle for civil rights and said,
ders for refusing to "I want to see you going forward."
ms facing blacks in "I WANT YOU to look back and say,
rld. I'm glad I went to U. of M., and I'm
e have to die (in the glad to be the president of IBM,' " she
) before the black said.
mething's wrong?" "I'm just trying to urge you to fight it
out against the anti- Giovanni was born in Knoxville,
ers at the South Tenn. and entered Fisk University
in Washington. when she was 16. She graduated as a
nngton" won' t solve history major and has since received
honorary doctoral degrees from four
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...promotes black awareness
By SEAN JACKSON'
Increased student involvement in education is one of the
main paths to improving undergraduate education, said Ken
neth Mortimer, chairman of the Group on the Conditions of
Excellence in American Higher Education, before the
University's Senate Assembly yesterday.
The panel's report, "Involvement in Learning: Realizing
the Potential of American Higher Education," was released
THE REPORT was not as caustic as the recently released
Association of American Colleges study which said the
bachelor's degree had fallen on "evil times."
"There are signs that we can do better. All is not well in the
house of higher education," said Mortimer, executive
assistant to the president and provost at Pennsylvania State
The problems plaguing undergraduate education include
the increasing number of students giving up a general
education in favor of specialization and the fact that only half
the students who set off to earn a bachelor's degree actually
receive one, he said.
THESE PROBLEMS resulted from a tendency of colleges
and universities to base quality of education on the quality of
facilities, he said. "Acquiring more computers doesn't mean
the quality has improved."
The second cause is the fact that colleges and universities
are often unaware of what makes for effective teaching at the
undergraduate level, he said.
Mortimer discussed three ways to improve undergraduate
education mentioned in the report.
- Increased student involvement in education. "In-
volvement is key," he said. If they must work during college,
he said, students should have jobs on campus in order to be
more involved. He also stressed seeking out a faculty mem-
ber who can serve as friend, adviser, and mentor;
* Increased expectations on the part of students and
faculty will also improve the quality of education, he said. "If
faculty and students come to share high expectations, in-
volvement and learning will be increased." Such expec-
tations could include two years of required liberal arts
training, specific goal setting by administrators, and more
faculty analysis of whether students are actually learning;
* The third area for improvement is the criteria used to
measure excellence, Mortimer said. "We're arguing for a
different view in excellence at the undergraduate level." He
said judging education on the basis of the quality of entering
students, the facilities, and the school's reputation "have
(nothing) to say about what a student gets in education." In-
stead he recommended a systematic method of judging the
knowledge of students who receive degrees. He added that
this would not mean a standardized national test for
GIOVANNI ended her presentation b
with a few of her poems, and an attack
on television commercials, which she
said promote an image of young,
beautiful women while advocating the
natural aging process for men.
Giovanni was presented with a
plaque from the program's sponsors -
the BSU, the Michigan Student Assem-
bly, and the fraternity - at the close of
A reception followed at the Nikki
Giovanni Lounge in Mosher-Jordan
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Pierce, Hadler win mayoral primary
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of the election, or did not care about it.
David Andrews, a Rackham graduate
student in English and an election of-
ficial at East Quad, felt that "people
seem to be apathetic to the whole elec-
toral process, to this massive
sloganeering." He went on to say that a
lot of people who live -in college towns
seem to "let it slide over their heads."
"My superiors and the people who
hired me didn't expect this much of a
turnout. They said you'd be lucky to get
two (voters) an hour," added Andrews.
The Archaeological Institute of America and The Kelsey Museum of Ar-
chaeology present an illustrated lecture, "The Invention of writing," by
Denise Schmandt-Besserat, a renowned researcher in the development of
writing and counting systems. It will begin at 8 p.m., in Auditorium D,
AAFC - Angel Face, 7 p.m.; Mildred Pierce, 8:45 p.m., Aud. A, Angell
Mediatrics - Blade Runner, 7 & 9:15 p.m., MLB 3.
School of Music-Concert, Eileen Davis, mezzo soprano; Donald Gren,
piano;8p.m., Recital Hall; voice recital, Stephen Horscheck, bass-baritone,
8 p.m., Reackham Assembly Hall.
Ark - Songs from North Country Opera & Prodigals, 8 p.m., 637 South
Chinese Studies - Guan Hojun & Michele Ehlers, Peking opera Demon-
stration of The Monkey King, noon, Room 200, Lane Hall.
International Center - Ecumenical Campus Center - Jeffrey Paige,
"Myth and Reality in U.S.-Central America Policy," noon, International
Computing Center - "Editor Procedure Examples," 12:10 p.m., Room
1011 NUBS, Forrest Hartman, "Beginner's Guide to the MTS File Editor",
3:30 p.m., Room 165 Business Administration Building.
Human Growth & Development - Marilyn Sveja, "Emotional Expression
and Infant Behavior Regulation", noon, Room 1000, 300 North Ingalls.
Microcomputer Education Center - Leigh Daniels, "Using the Apple IlIe
& Ic Micros with MTS", 4 p.m., Room 2346, School of Education Building.
Psychology - Gerald- Stechler, "The Relationship Between Self-
Development and Gender Identity," 8p.m., Rackham Amphitheater.
Philosophy - David Kaplan, "Indirect Discourse: Names, Virtual
Synonym and Neo-Fregianism," 4 p.m., Room 2231, Angell Hall.
Sigma Theta Tau - Barbra Donaho, "Coast Containment: Impact on
Professional Practice", 7:30 p.m., Sheraton University Inn.
AIESEC - International Business Management Club, 5:15 p.m., Room
131, Business Administration Building.
Ann Arbor Go Club -7 p.m., Room 1433, Mason Hall.
Michigan Student Assembly - 7:30 p.m., Assembly Chambers, Room
Turner Geratric Clinic, UM Hospitals - Newcomer's group, 1 p.m., 1010
University Anon - noon, Room 3200, Union.
Center for Eating Disorders - Support Group, 7:30 p.m., Human Growth
Center, 2002 Hogbeck, Suite 13.
School of Education, Career Planning - Elementary Teacher Cer-
tification, 2:30 p.m., Room 1211, School of Education Building.
Michigan Union Book Store - Dr. Aldon Morris will sign copies of his
book, "Origins of the Civil Rights Movement," 2 p.m., Michigan Union
Engineering Seminar Performance - Reliability Modeling of Distributed
Real-Time Systems, 10:30 a.m., Room 1084 East Engineering Building.
English Language and Literature - FictionReading, Philip Grahm, 4
p.m., Rackham West Conference Room.
Bursley Staff - Richard Malvin, Susan Schurman, Debate on Animal
Research, 8 p.m., East Lounge, Bursley Hall.
His House Christian Fellowship - Bible Study, 7:30 p.m., 925 East Ann
Medical School - Blood Donors Clinic, noon, North Campus Commons &
Michigan Union Ballroom.
Chemistry - Seminar, Philip Fuchs, "Strategy and Tactics in Organic
Synthesis", 4 p.m., Room 1210 Chemistry Building.
CRLT - workshop, Pat Materka, "Time Management," 3:15 p.m.,
Rackham East Conference Room, Alfred Storey, "Speaking Skills", 7:30
p.m., 109 East Madison.
Prnram in American Institutions - workshon. 3 n.m.. Pond Room A&B.
Phillis Engelbert, another election of-
ficial, commented that "students
usually don't get involved in politics,
but if enough students voted, they
would control these elections."
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