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mendations. That's my job."
Does pouring your heart out
to a machine really work?
Wark concedes that psycho-
analysts have been "uniformly
aghast at the idea," since a
computer can't read anxious
laughter or a concerned face.
Wark argues that the program
helps with minor problems.
"We wouldn't want anyone
who is in an emergency or cri-
sis situation," he says. Most stu-
dents who participated
seemed to have no problem con-
fiding in a computer screen. "I
hate to say this," says one soph-
omore. "I put more trust in a
machine than I do a person." At
least the computer won't go on
vacation in August or charge
for a 50-minute hour.
NOELLE GAFFNEY

A Patter Chase
at Georgetown
t might seem that a law stu-
dent's thespian skills would
best show themselves in
moot court. But at Georgetown,
budding lawyers use the stage
of the orange-carpeted court-
room for another purpose:
performing light operas. Or-
ganized in 1972, the Gilbert
and Sullivan Society had to
give away tickets to its first
apt operetta, "Trial by Jury."
Now the spring and fall pro-
ductions each year (this spring,
"The Pirates of Penzance")
usually play to sellouts.
Gilbert and Sullivan is espe-
cially appealing to law students

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Pleading their case: Recent law-school production of Jolanthe'

because of the large amount of
legal humor in the scripts. The
productions attract students,
alumni, faculty and communi-
ty members as cast, crew and
audience. "It's funny because
there'll be a reference to legal
fiction or a contract in the
script and [this audience]
laughs at things you wouldn't

ordinarily pick up in the
show," says club treasurer
John Bologna. It also helps
dispel the image of the law stu-
dent as a bookworm: "People
realize law school doesn't al-
ways have to be paper chase."

JENNIFER CASPAR
in Washington, D.C.

For UNH Dean,
an Inside Look
At the University of New
Hampshire, Roger Ritvo
is everywhere. Break-
fast in the cafeteria, there's
Ritvo. The 200-pound, 43-
year-old guy in aerobics class,
that's Ritvo. The one spilling
samples in Clinical Hematolo-
gy-Ritvo. An active if aging
student? No, an administrator
trying to distance himself
from his desk. Since becoming
dean of Health Studies last
August, Ritvo's tried to spend
an entire day with a student
from each of the eight depart-
ments in his school. If the stu-

dent goes shopping, Ritvo goes
along. When a student
crammed for an exam, Ritvo
did, too (the dean got a B-plus).
It's an experiment in educa-
tional quality control which
Ritvo calls "spending time
with the consumers of your
product." While impressed by
their energy, Ritvo is troubled
by student apathy about so-
cial and political issues. Even
among Health Studies ma-
jors, he says, the subject of
AIDS meets more often with
indifferent silence than spirit-
ed discussion. Students seem
to appreciate the dean's efforts,
though one guide said, "I
wouldn't want him hanging
around on the weekend."
KATE ROBINS in Durham

On Campus Poll: Abortion
A n overwhelming number of college students, both
women and men, favor abortion under some circum-
stances. Most think college health services should not
perform abortions but should provide referrals.
Do you think abortions should be legal under any
circumstances, legal under only certain circum-
stances, or illegal in all circumstances?
FEMALE MALE

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Legal under certain circumstan
Legal under any circumstances
Illegal
Should a college health
service perform
abortions?
68% No
25% Yes
If the health service
does not perform abor-
tions, should it refer stu-
dents to places where
they can get them?
74% Yes
21 % No
If a health service does
provide abortions or re-
ferrals, do you think it

ces 43% 50%
41% 35%
14% 13%
should be required to
notify a student's parents
or not? Only if the stu-
dent is under 18?
43% Notify parents only if
student is under 18
40% Should not notify
parents
17% Should notify parents
If abortions are legal, do
you think the government
should pay when a wom-
an cannot afford one?
47% Yes
44% No

Let's play student: Ritvo with Cindy Robinson, the real thing
RICK FRIED)MAN-BLACK STAR

For this NEWSWEEK ON cAMPUS Poll, The Gallup Organization conducted 542 face-to-face
interviews with college students on 100 campuses nationwide during the period Nov. 2-13,
1987. The margin of error is plus or minus 6 points. "Don't know" responses are
eliminated. The NEWSWEEK ON cAMPUs Poll © 1988 by NEWSWEEK, Inc.

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