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The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, January 14, 1987-- Page 3

'Swing Out' personalizes

senior graduation

By PAUL HENRY CHO
Some University seniors
compare graduation exercises at the
University to a livestock show
where students are herded into an
arena, displayed, and herded out. But
one campus group is trying to
personalize the event.
The Student Alumni Council
and the Michigan Union Board of
Representatives are sponsoring
"Senior Swing Out" in honor of
seniors graduating in May. Loosely
based on an old University

tradition, Senior Swing Out began
in 1983 and consists of several
social events before graduation.
T H E tradition began in' the
1920s, when fistfights between
seniors and underclassmen broke
out at the Engineering Arch and
were followed by various festivities
lasting until the commencement
ceremony. The name "Swing Out"
came from those brawls at the arch.
During the last weeks before
graduation, SAC will sponsor
various activities for graduating

seniors. The events include a
student leader brunch, U-Club
happy hour on the last day of
classes, a President's reception, jazz
on the terrace at the U-Club, and a
pre-graduation brunch before the
ceremony. The University will fund
all events.
The purpose of these activities,
according to Mimi Keidan, co-chair
of SAC, is to honor the seniors and
give them something to remember
as they leave the University.
M A N Y students agree that
personalizing graduation is
necessary.
"There's not much appreciation
of the seniors graduating in that
we're almost treated like cattle.
There's so many people there the
ceremony has no meaning," said
Harry Berberian, an LSA junior.
Engineering senior John Palmer
feels relief at the prospect of
graduation, and thinks of it as a
transition rather than a ceremony.
"I'm looking forward to graduation,
but I don't really care about the

commencement exercises. I'm just
ready to get out," said Palmer.
S OM E students think senior
apathy makes commencement an
anticlimactic end to an important

Berberian said. "It's all show and no
substance."
LSA senior Steve Graham called
commencement merely
"diploma-awarding."

"There's not much appreciation of the seniors
graduating in that we're almost like cattle. There's
so many people there the ceremony has no
meaning."
-Harry Berberian
LSA Junior

just a diploma-granting ceremony
and giving a greater sense of unity
to members of the graduating class.
In addition to the social
activities, SAC is sponsoring a T-
shirt design contest
commemorating "Swing Out."
Profits from the T-shirts will be
used to present a senior gift to the
University. Any senior may submit
a design to the Alumni Center by
Jan. 23. The winner will receive
free tickets to selected Swing Out
events.
Although the Swing Out will be
held at the May commencement, all
seniors graduating in 1987 are
invited.
For information about the events
or to volunteer, contact Christine
Oldenberg at 763-9754.
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State reps give

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HOLBROOK speculated that
plan would allow an insignificant
number of students to come to the
University, and he added that
concerns about lowering the federal
budget deficit will probably force
the IRS to turn it down anyway.
State Sen. Lana Pollack (D-Ann
Arbor) said the payments should
1not be tax deductible because tax
;revenues raised from the payments
could go toward educational
financial support for the needy.
Pollack praised the program as a
whole, saying it will put higher
education back in the reach of the
middle class.
"It has merit for the middle
class," she said. "But it has no
merit for the poor." Pollack feels
that poorer residents will not have
the money to make the initial
investment, so they will not
participate. But, she said, "I don't
see how it can hurt the poor."
TO PAY for the education of
those unable to join MET, Pollack
proposed more financial support and
grants. She hopes that if enough
residents participate, funding that
would have gone to them could go
to those unable to pay.
Harvey Grotrian, director of the
University's -Office of Financial
Aid, said, "I feel very positive
about any type of program that is
helpful to our work."
Grotrian said, however, that;
although the program may abate
some of the demand for financial
aid, "It probably wouldn't be that

azpproval
great."
BRETT McRae, a spokesman
for State Rep. Perry Bullard (D-Ann
Arbor), said that although Bullard
supports the program, he fears that
people will look at it as a cure-all
for the state's education problem
and lose sight of those who can't
afford it.
Many critics of the program
have predicted it could befall the
same fate the Social Security
system met in 1984 when cost
overruns nearly caused its collapse.
But Bowman disagrees, saying,
"The Social Security system is a
good example of how not to run
this program." He attributes the
Social Security sytem's brush with
ruin to the system's lack of frequent
reviews examining the its economic
solvency.
The MET program will be
reviewed annually by an official
review charged with probing the
program's accounts, Bowman said.
IF the review discovers MET is
running at higher costs than
investment revenues can cover, the
next group of applicants would
have to pay more to compensate.
"It would run just like an insurance
company," Bowman said.
Bowman added that the program
could also benefit investors by
cutting the amount of the initial
payment if the board discovers the
fund contains more money than it
needs.
Bowman cited the state's
pension fund as a system that was
saved by similar annual reviews
proposed for MET.

accomplishment.
"Graduation doesn't compare to'
the experiences of college life. (The
undergraduate years) are like a
fascinating movie and graduation is
a commmercial break, having
nothing to do with college,"

"All I'm thinking about is
getting out, and right now I'm not
really looking forward to it," he
said.
S A C hopes "Senior Swing
Out" will continue to be an annual
event, making graduation more than

HEALTH &LFITNESS

Open ~ie!

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What's
Happening

Recreational Sports
BUILDING HOURS:
January 7, 1987 -May 5, 1987

FREE ATHLETIC MOUTHGUARD

CCRB

NCRB

M-F 7:00 a.m.- 10:00 p.m. M-F 7:00 a.m.- 10:00 p.m.
Sa 9:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m. Sa 9:00 a.m.- 10:00 p.m.
Su Noon - 10:00 p.m. Su Noon - 10:00p.m.
IMSB
M-F 11:00 a.m.- 10:00p.m.
Sa 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Su 1:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.

Saturday, January 17
9 am to 3 pm
The students and faculty of
The University of Michigan
School of Dentistry will
custom make athletic
mouthguards at no charge
Athletic mouthguards are
recommended to be worn
while participating in all
contact and most noncontact
sports to help prevent
damage to oral structures

All ages are welcome
There will be parking available
in the Fletcher St. structure
No reservations are needed
This event will be held on the
2nd floor of the Dental school.
The Dental School is located
at the corner of Fletcher and
N. University
The University of Michigan
School of Dentistry
North University
Ann Arbor, Mi 48104

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Campus cinema,
The Wrong Man (Alfred
Hitchcock, 1957), CG, DBL,7
p.m., Nat. Sci.
Typical Hitchcock yarn of
mistaken identity. Henry Fonda is
the man who gets totally screwed
over by our judicial system when
he's accused of a series of hold-ups.
Sherlock, Jr. (Buster Keaton,
1924), CG, DBL, 9 p.m., Nat.
Sci.
The Great Stoneface plays a Walter
Mitty type who dreams of chasing
down villians.
Barefoot In The Park (G.
Saks, 1967), Med, 7:30 & 9:30
p.m., MLB 4.
Cutesy tale of a young couple
(Jane Fonda and Robert Redford)
making a go at it in a run-down
Greenwich Village apartment. Fun -
ny and romantic, despite the fact
that Neil Simon was behind it.
Stop Making Sense (Johnathan
Demme, 1984), MTF, 7:30 & 10
p.m., Mich.
David Byrne and Talking Heads
burn down the house in one of the
best concert films ever. If you're
not a fan by the time this one's
over, you're hopeless.
Shear Madness (M. Von Trotta,
1985), AAFC, 9 p.m., Aud A.
Two women share an innocent
relationship that gets misinterpret -
ed, resulting in much violence.
Speakers
Susan J. Linz - "The Impact of
World War II on the Soviet Union,"
Cntr. for Russian and East European
Studies, noon, Commons Room,
Lane Hall.
Roger Tembreull - "The
Applicability of Resonany Two
Photon Ionization and Pulsed Laser
Desorption in Supersonic Beam Mass
Spectrometry," Dept. of Chemistry, 4
p.m., 1200 Chem. Bldg.
Professor Julius Rebek -
"Bioorganic Chemistry," Dept. of

Meetings
On-Campus Recruitment -
Career Planning & Placement, 4:10
p.m., MLB Auditorium 4.
U-M Commission for Women
- noon, Michigan League,
Conference Room 4.
United Farm Workers SUpport
Group - 5:30 p.m., Wolverine
Room, Michigan Union.
Furthermore
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,
Commemorative Symposium-
9:30 - 4 p.m., Michigan Union
2 - 4 p.m. Rackham Bldg.
All Things Reconsidered -
WCBN, 6:30 p.m. (761-1312).
Resume Writing Lecture - 4:10
- 5:30 p.m., Whitney Aud., School of
Education.
Transcendental Meditation
Technique - Free introductory
lecture, 8 p.m., 528 West Liberty
(996-8686).
New Class in Metaphysics -
6:30 p.m., 719 West Michigan,
Ypsilanti.
Cigna Corporation - C,P, & P
Employer Presentations. 5 - 7 p.m.,
Pond Room, Michigan Union.
Women in Science - Career
videotapes. noon to 1:30 p.m., corner
of North University and Thayer.
U-M AFS Chapter - Information
Fair, 8 p.m., Michigan Union (996-
5954).
Symposium on Substance
Abuse - "Cracking the Cocaine
Crisis," 8:45 a.m. - 3:50 p.m.,
Towsley Center for Continuing
Medical Education (764-2220).

Send announcements of up-
coming events to "The List,"
c/o The Michigan Daily, 420
Maynard St., Ann Arbor,
Mich., 48109. Include all per-
tinent information and a con-
tract phone number. We must
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