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The Michigan Daily - Friday, November 14, 1986 -- Page 5
SAID incumbents run

on expei
(Continued from Page 1)
SAID, -a dominant force on
LSA-SG since 1979, started out as
a group of student activists, but
over the years the party has "bogged
down and lost enthusiasm," said
Forcier, a sophomore.
Forcier also sees the current
LSA-SG as "a part-time student
government." To alleviate the
problem of the group's offices only
being open part of the week,
Forcier hopes to hire work-study
students to help staff the office. If
the office is open more often, he
said, more students will have the
opportunity to stop in and express
their concerns.
CANDIDATE John Pantowich
cautioned Effective to "be careful of
accusing (current) members that
they're not doing anything," He
said he has not seen any Effective

rience platform
party members at any of LSA-SG's, increase its visibility amon
weekly meetings. students. "The greatest concern fe
Pantowich, a junior, said that us is that LSA-SG must be ver
over the past year, LSA-SG has visible to students and mor
produced a number of changes in students need to know about it." H
the University. Both he and current said, however, that "this is not t
president Michelle Tear pointed out suggest that it isn't visible now."
that LSA-SG helped initiate the SAID's slate consists of si
reprioritization of the class incumbent executive committe
registration system, under which members, including Pantowich an
juniors will now register after Nelson.
seniors instead of among freshmen Forcier formed the Effectiv
and sophomores. party by bringing together some c
In addition, the current his friends from the Michiga
government has been successful in Student Assembly's Externa
putting a non-voting student on the Relations Committee, of whichb
board that adminsters English is, a member; students from th
competency tests to foreign residence halls; and Greeks,.
teaching assistants. Tear sees these Forcier said he hopes to appea
as "concrete changes in the to a wide spectrum of student
University." "There are some people on ou
S A I D V I C E party who consider themselve
PRESIDENTIAL candidate Democrats and some who conside
Michael Nelson, a sophomore, themselves Republicans, but the
believes that LSA-SG needs to all want to get involved."


Associated Press
Deep freeze
A cold night and a warm weather watering schedule created this scene Wednesday morning in Farmington,
New Mexico. The sculpture of tree and ice, and its surrounding carpet of frozen grass was melting slowly in
the morning sun.

Program stresses
liberal arts studies

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wouldn't have taken had I gone the
regular route (through medical
school). They don't really fit into
medicine, but I think they make me
more aware, more cognizant of
things," he said.
Fridsma is currently taking a
course on Liberation Theology in
addition to his medical school
launched in 1972, it was the only
such program in the country. In six
years - two years less than it
would normally take - students in
the program could get both a
bachelor's degree and a medical
degree. The program was expanded
to seven years in 1982.
Among the concerns which
prompted the program was that
"some faculty wanted to have the
opportunity to have educational
experimentation," said Dr. Donald
Brown, co-director of Inteflex.
Mudge said the program still
seems experimental "as far as what
the right curriculum is. How much
science, how little science. How
much social sciences and other sort
of classes, and how to mix it all in
and get the right balance."
initiatives in new courses
beginning in Inteflex end up in the
medical school, Burdi said.
"Inteflex is a way to try new
things," he said, listing among its
benefits support services for
students and "a greater access to
junior and senior faculty members
by students, to discuss values to the
range of course content."
"I don't think the experiment is
over. I think in any new field of
inquiry, new questions arise," he
said. Two new additions to the
program, Burdi said, are an
increased emphasis on computers
and medicine and a course on ethics
and values.
physicians for the 21st Century
who are competent and bring in a
rich background of arts with them?
A background of compassion to go
with high technology? The answer
is yes," he said.
Even with all the differences
between Inteflex and the medical
school, however, students in both
programs tend to score about the
same on standardized medical tests
and get residencies in equally
prestigious hospitals.
The only difference, according to
Brown, is that women in Inteflex
score lower than women in the
standard medical program on the
National Medical Boards, which are
taken in the third and fourth years
of medical school. But Inteflex
men score higher than the standard
med students on those same boards.
"IT IS NOT a significant
difference, but it is consistent,"
Brown said.
Inteflex was originally a six-year
program, but a seventh year was
added in 1982 following a study of
the program, Burdi said. "We found
a good number of students who
wanted to pursue other interests.
And we were using spring and

the Pilot Program and the
Residential College, its relatively
small size gives it a "real sense of
community," Fridsma said. When it
began, Inteflex had 50 students.
This year's class has just 44.
Fridsma said Inteflex has been a
positive experience, and in the long
run Inteflex students may be better
off than regular medical students.
"We're exposed to a lot more
things early in our career, like
patient contact in our first year at
the University. And we're taking
classes in human sexuality, in
ethics and all sorts of things.
when you say, 'Do you think
'Can we educate
physicians for the 21st
century who . are
competent and bring in a
rich background of arts
with them?A background
of compassion? The
answer is yes'
-Dr. Alphonse Burdi
Director of Inteflex
you're going to be a better doctor?',
you're sort of saying, I'm going to
be better than everyone else and
they're going to be worse off for
not having done this,"' he said.
"There are are certainly going to
be people who take the standard
route who will do exceptionally.
And there are people who are going
to be in Inteflex who may not do as
well," he said.
One problem with Inteflex,
Mudge said, is that it is geared
toward people who are determined
to become doctors when they are
still in high school. "I think it's
too early for some people to
know," - it was probably too
early even for her, Mudge said.
"AT THE TIME it sounds
really good. I think there are a lot
of people who do know out of high
school that that's what they want,
and it's fine for them. But for other
people, I think it's a decision that
is made too early," she said.
Sometimes, Mudge said, Inteflex
students don't get a fair shake
because their curriculum is so
different. Mudge said there is
sometimes a general feeling of
antagonism toward Inteflex
students, but she hasn't experienced
any animosity directed at her.
"One time there was this organic
chemistry class. Usually Inteflex
students took the course in the
winter, but they changed the
curriculum around," she said. "So
the professor announced this to the
organic class that usually there were
Inteflex students in the class, but
this term there weren't going to be
any, and everybody clapped."
Michele Obrzut, a teaching
assistant for an Organic Chemistry
laboratory of Inteflex students, said
she did not enjoy teaching them.
"It was a feeling I got from them
that the system was out to get
them," she said.
When she offered criticism of

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