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LSA Journal November,

1986

LSA Journal November. 1986

GRADUATION
REQUIRE-
MENTS
by Stephanie Farber
As graduation approaches, we as
the LSA Student Government council,
want to make sure that you are aware
of the procedure you must undergo.
Graduation is not automatic. Students
must file a diploma application and a
concentration release form signed by
you concentration advisor. Further, if
you happen to be concentrating in more
than one field of study, you must file a
release form for each concentration.
If you are seeking a BGS, you
should submit a BGS Senior check form
in place of a concentration release
form. You can pick up both these forms
in 1221 Angell Hall and should be
returned there or to the Senior
Auditor's Office, 1401 Mason Hall.
Further, if you are an Honors Student,
you should pick up your concentration
release form in 1210 Angell Hall.
These forms must be signed by an
authorized Honor Concentration
advisor for your program and returned
to the Honors office.
After the Senior Auditor's Office
has received your forms they will
officially audit your record to
determine what is needed, if anything,
to complete your degree requirements.
You will be mailed a copy of the audit
within four weeks of the time you
handed in your forms.,

Although it is not urgent to file for
graduation this term, we do recommend
that you do so if you plan on graduating
in May. You do not have to have
completed all your requirements to file.
The advantage to filing early is that
you wil know before your final term
what you must take to graduate.
Finally, we recommend that you
make an appointment as soon as
possible, to see a general advisor at the
LSA Counseling office, in order to
confirm that you have completed all
your distribution requirements for the
LSA college. Furthermore, we
recommend you make an appointment
with your concentration advisor. You
should bring your concentration
Release form and have your advisor
review your file to see what is needed
to complete your concentration. Then
you should return the release form to
its appropriate location to start the
senior audit process.
This is an extremely important
process and it should not be taken
lightly. If you have any questions
about this procedure or graduation in
general, you can call or stop by either
LSA Counseling office in 1213 Angell
Hall, the Senors Auditor's office, or
LSA Student Government office at
4003 Michigan Union.

EXTERNAL
COMMITTEES
by Michael Rolnick
Besides the Executive Council of
LSA-SG which is elected every
November, LSA-SG is made up of six
external committees. They are:
Judiciary, Admissions, Curriculum,
Joint Student-Faculty Policy, Library
and Comprehensive Studies Program.
Each committe is crucial to the
livelihood of LSA. Students are
appointed to these committees every
September.
Academic Judiciary, which is,
composed of seven students and an
equal number of faculty members,
decides on cases of alleged student
academic misconduct such as plagiarism
and cheating and alleged inappropriate
practices on the part of the faculty The
student membership of Academic
Judiciary also makes up the LSA
Judiciary, whose sole purposĀ° is to
enforce the rules established by LSA-
SG, in addition to certifying LSA-SG
election returns.
Five faculty members and four
students make up the Admissions
Committee. This committee serves as
an executive committee to the Director
of Admissions. Recent issues discussed
in this committee have been rolling
admissions, Affirmative Action and
acceptance of ACT scores.

The Curriculum Committee
approves allncourses taught in the
college. Five faculty members and
three students comprise this group. In
addition this committee formulates and
recommends policies on issues such as
distribution, and foreign language
requirements.
The Joint Student-Faculty Policy
Committee, which is composed of six
students and six faculty members, has
direct access to the. LSA faculty
meeting each 'month. They diocuss
issues regarding tenure, TA training,
cheating, and college governance. This
group can basically deal with any and
everything. It is the only LSA
committee with direct access to the
LSA faculty.
The relationship between the
college and the University Library
System is handled by the Library
Committee. Past and current issues
include library hours, study space, and
lounges. One LSA student sits on this
committee which recently approved the
new lounge in the Undergraduate
Library.
LSA-SG appoints one student to sit
on the executive committee of the
comprehensive studies program which
offers LSA students an extraordinary
educational experience through
personalized counseling, intensive
sect6ns for introductory courses and
tutorials, which gives students
unparalleled guidance throughout their
education. The CSP executive
committee overlooks the operations of
the CSP.
These six committees are vital
to the functioning of the college of
LSA. Anyone interested in these
committees should contact LSA-SG
(4003 Michigan Union).

THE VALUE
OF A LIBERAL
ARTS
EDUCATION
by Mary Leddy
University evolved as a. system
available for those members of society
with the largesse to discover the
thinking process of the world before.
The impetus for this discovery was to
continue a tradition of civilization.
Education is and was a vehicle for
molding the intellect of an individual
such that he could interact
progressively in society, as mankind
seeks to find modes and ways of living
together harmoniously and
constructively.
Here seems to be a trend of the last
couple decades which unfortunately had
led us to ask the question "what is the
value of a liberal arts education?" This
pattern is the de-contextuli'ation of
education itself, in which it is currently
seen simply as a means of 'e A
scenerio has developed in recent years
which concentrates on specializations
and pre-determined vocations. This
notion strays from the initial intention
of educational institutions: that of a
broad education.
As participants in the university
system, it is imperative that we are
cognizant of the worth of education for
education's sake. Students of the
liberal arts are not simply directionless
non enterprizers. Rather, we are
opting to open ourselves to a slew of
disciplines which will form not only
academics but also better politicians,
businessmen, communicators and social
human beings in general.

This is because the skills one can
acquire as a liberal arts student are
inherently valuable t" any endeavor.
The ability to think in modes outside of
one's limited culture and upbring places
one in a position to effect constructive
change.
However, it is true that economic
concerns are present. Now that we
have decided upon a course of
becoming thinking individuals let's keep
ourselves in good. This need not force
us into a position of anxiety. For there
has been a grasswots reaction to the
stratified skills of people who are to
highly specified. There is an
increasing amount of literature about
the need for flexible well rounded
individuals in the work place.
Furthermore' it is not uncommon to
see employers recognizing these
talents in their hiring practices.
Another aspect of the situation is the
evidence of many recent graduates who
have found that the training for the
daily tasks was acquired on the job
rather than in their career-oriented
educations. .In fact many have
expressed remorse for not having taken
advantage of the opportunity to be
exposed to a wider range of ideals in
college.
Thus, these new trends are certainly
encouraging to the liberal arts student.
And those of us who have not
capitulated to the vocational
educational dogma will be well
rewarded not only on a personal level
but also on an economic one. Still, it is
quite disturbing that we need to justify
our desire for education and defend
ourselves against those who claim to be
"practical". As is the nature of history
it seems we have come
a full circle: today, as during any
Renaissance, the value of the well-
rounded is once agai. recognized.

A
FRESHMAN'S
FIRST STEPS
By Jason Feingold

An incoming freshman is faced with
many decisions when CRISing for the
first time at U. of M. To an
upperclassman, many of these decisions
might seem simple or unimportant, but
they are very serious to a beginning
student. There is a pervasive feeling
that one is choosing the path that his
education will follow. At one point in
time, the educational path of a student
in the College of L, S, & A was
obvious. It led to a well-rounded
liberal arts education. Now freshmen
must choose between pursuing
knowledge and pursuing money. The
choice is usually money. Judging from
my =everyday interactions with my
classmates, I'd say the typical LSA
freshman is either pre-med, pre-law,
pre-business, or simply "pre-wealth".
The pre-professional course load for
these students is almost always one-
dimensional, with emphasis on the
demands of the particular trade. The
L, S, & A distribution requirements
that do not pertain to or affect the
student's intended major are grudgingly
fulfilled in the most painless and
effortless manner possible. Since the
content of these courses is rarely of
interest to the pre-professional student,
and having to take them is often
considered a burden, the opportunities
for a thorough liberal arts education
are wasted.

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OPPORTUNI-
TIES FOR
FRESHMEN
by Debbie Feiwell
Are you tired of sitting in your
dorm room with nothing to do? Well
don't! There are a number of
opportunities to fill those empty hours
of loneliness The University of
Michigan is a place full of
opportunities. How about joining an
extracurricular club? There is the
Undergraduate Law Club, The
University of Michigan Economic
Society, The Public Relations Club,
and many others. If you are athletic,
there are intramural sports. You can
play football, basketball, tennis,
hockey, swim, and basically play any
sport you can think of. The IM
Building, CCRB, and NCRB all provide
environments suitable for your sport.
If you don't feel like playing a sport,
watch one. Being a spectator is often
as much fun as being a player.

If you are into dance, Impace Jazz is
a great opportunity to meet other
dancers and utilize your dancing skills.
The CCRB offers dance, karate, yoga,
aerobics and much more. If you like to
act, there are auditions every semester
for various broadway plays. If you like
to sing there are numerous large and
small groups that perform on campus._
For example there are the Friars,
Strangers on a Train, Madrigals,
Women's Glee Club, Chantideer
Quartet, and many others.
UAC is an organization run by
students for the students and offers
many opportunities to take on "real
world" responsibilities Some of UAC's
activities include Michigras,
Homecoming weekend, laughtracks at
the U- Club and many others. The
Michigan yearbook, Michigan video
yearbook, and the Daily also offer
experience that will benefit you after
graduation.
Now is the time to get involved
because your next four years will fly by
before you know it. There are more
clubs and extracurricular activities than
you would ever imagine, so get out
there and take advantage of everything
the University of Michigan has to-offer
- - YOU ARE ONLY A FRESHMAN
ONCE!

CAREER
PLANNING
AND
PLACEMENT:
WHAT IS IT?
by Martha Sampliner
Are you concerned about your
future? Do you wonder what you can
do with a liberal arts degree after you
graduate? Do you want to further your
education and go to graduate or
professional school? Or have you had
enough studying and want to take a shot
at the working world?.
Career Planning and Placement
(C.P. and P to those who are familiar
with it ) has many services to offer the
liberal arts student: there is an
extensive multi-media career resource
library, a credentials service for
collecting and sending letters of
recommendation to prospective
employers or graduate schools, as well
as counseling by appointment and
advising on a w4lk-in basis.

The service that many
upperclassmen seem to find the most
valuable is a recruiting service for
graduating seniors. This service allows
you to interview with a variety of firms
and graduate schools that recruit on
campus. This service does not
guarantee a job offer, but it will help
you gain invaluable experience in the
interviewing process.
There are programs at C.P. and P
which take place continuously
throughout the academic year to assist
in choosing a major, selecting a career,
or conducting a job search. Many of
these programs involve workshops
where you get "hands-on" experience
with such things as writing and
interviewing. There is no fee involved;
all one has to do is utilize C.P. and P
and take advantage of its many
services. So drop by the third floor of
the Student Activities Building or give
them a call .at 764-2460 and find out
how C.P. and P can help you.
If you are having trouble answering
these questions, you are not alone. But
there is help available. Career
Planning and -Placement can be a
valuable asset in your search for future
directions.

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WINTER
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by Amy Nick
As the cold weather slowly creeps
up and exams begin to dominate
thoughts, you may begin to wonder
about the ways you can relieve stress
and enjoy exercise during what may
sum like endless days of snow and
tension.
The university has answers for you.
The Central Campus Recreation
Building (CCRB), The Intramural
Sports Building (IM), and the North
Campus Recreation Building (NCRB)
are all, available at no charge to
registered students. They are open a
wide variety of hours, have a wide
array of facilities and are all
conveniently located to wherever you
may live on or off campus. The drop-
in program is designed so each user-
regardless of age, sex, or skill level-
can take part in any of the varied
recreational sports offered.

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